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the prime minister under pressure over her brexit deal, as another minister resigns. jojohnson quits his transport job, saying the deal on offer is a travesty — and there should be a second referendum. it's a very difficult decision, but we're clearly barrelling towards an incoherent brexit that's going to see us cede control. the referendum was meant to be about taking back control. we'll be asking what his resignation means for any brexit deal. also tonight... last post theresa may joins european leaders in france and belgium to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war. and, crafting their own tributes — communities across the country remember the men who never came home. wildfires burning out of control in california have killed at least five people, and thousands have been forced from their homes. the long hot summer,
and some footballing success, boosted retail sales and the wider economy. and england's cricketers win their first overseas test match for more than two years, in sri lanka. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news — england co—captain owen farrell calls for complete commitment from his team—mates, as they prepare to host the world champions new zealand at twickenham tomorrow. good evening. jo johnson has resigned as transport minister — branding theresa may's brexit plan "a terrible mistake" and calling for the public to have a fresh say on leaving the european union. the prime minister's alliance with the democratic unionist party
is also under strain — after it accused her of "betrayal" in the negotiations, when a leaked letter indicated that northern ireland could follow different customs rules to the rest of the uk. the government has insisted it won't do anything to put the unity of the united kingdom at risk. more details from our political correspondent, alex forsyth. sorry about that, mind out — watch your back. "watch your back" — fateful words perhaps, uttered earlier this year by a man who's now delivered a blow to theresa may. jo johnson was until today the transport minister, but tonight, he quit hisjob, with a scathing assessment of the prime minister's brexit plan. crucially he called for another vote, saying the current proposal was deeply flawed. it's not going to deliver trade deals. our ability to strike meaningful trade deals is going to be greatly reduced. it's not going to lead to us becoming a singaporean turbo—charged economy on the edge of europe — farfrom it, we're going to be signing up to all of the rules and regulations over which we'll no longer have a say.
at present the deal is incoherent on its own terms and that's why it's so important for the public to have a say, so it can confirm that this is really the brexit that it wants. the brother of boris johnson, he had — unlike his sibling — backed remain in the referendum, but said he'd respect the result. now though he says the government's brexit plan is taking britain to the brink of the greatest crisis since the second world war. his decision to quit drew praise from his brother, who said, we are united in dismay at the intellectually and politically indefensible uk position. this is not taking back control, it is a surrender of control. for the prime minister, with her european counterparts at armistice events, it's another brexit headache on a day she's already facing criticism from supposed allies. the dup, who support her in government, fear she could sign up to an exit deal which might mean northern ireland trades on different terms to the rest of the uk in future. it's not a question of trusting
the prime minister. it's a question of what her proposals are for exiting the european union. she has sent us where she believes she is currently at and remember this is before she goes to brussels to negotiate with them on what they believe is possible, but currently as it stands we could not support her proposals. so it's still the irish border, and how to keep trade flowing no matter what, that's proving the hardest part of this negotiation. every possible compromise, it seems, drawing some criticism. at a summit meant to cement british—irish relations today, ministers were quick to try to reassure. the prime minister has been absolutely clear that she's not prepared to see the break—up of the constitutional economic integrity of the united kingdom in any deal. we're working intensely now to getting that deal and securing that deal. i think what we need to do now is calm heads, cool heads, let's get down, get the deal, and then people can comment on it when they see it. but in parliament there
are plenty who aren't waiting for the detail before warning against the exit deal. getting something agreed, then signed off here, is looking increasingly fraught. alex is at westminster tonight. how damaging is this resignation? downing street gave a short statement, thanking jo johnson for his work in government and making clear they would not be another public vote on brexit, but he is now the seventh minister to resign over brexit aren't there is speculation he may not be the last. his decision to quit has been met with support from different parts of the conservative party, from those mps who had backed remain and now want another referendum and those brexit backing mps who share his damning may's handling of the process so far, so it shows there's unhappiness
with the prime minister across—the—board with the prime minister across—the—boa rd and that with the prime minister across—the—board and that the real problem for her, because if she does reach an agreement with the eu about the terms of departure she needs that signed off by parliament where she has no majority so she needs every vote, not just she has no majority so she needs every vote, notjust in her own party but also the dup on whose support she relies and they are raising concerns are going to night. all of this political instability just as she is reaching those final delicate stages of negotiations, when she is trying to hammer out a deal with the eu. there have been talk of her summoning her cabinet this week to try and get sign off for the final details. that looks pretty unlikely because it seems theresa may has still got some work to do in convincing notjust the eu about her brexit plan, but parliament too. alex forsyth at westminster, thank you. well, the prime minister travelled to france and belgium today, to mark the centenary of the first world war. at a military cemetery near mons in belgium, she laid wreaths at the graves of the first and last british soldier to be killed in the war — 16—year—old john parr and ao—year—old george ellison, who died just an hour and half before the armistice was signed.
lucy williamson reports. buried in the soil of europe is part of britain's past — its sacrifices and its souls. in belgium today, the prime minister laid wreaths at the graves of two british soldiers, the first and last of their countrymen to die in the first world war. waiting for mrs may at the town of albert in the somme, the french president told schoolchildren, "never forget your history." before commemorating the past, the two leaders met for talks on present—day challenges. as the prime minister was greeted with a reserved and formal handshake, someone in the crowd shouted, "stay with us." this is a reminder of the shared military history that unites france and britain. today they are divided by a political conflict over brexit but theirjoint commitment to europe's defence won't change, they say,
no matter how tough the negotiations or the terms of their future relationship. at the thiepval memorial in the somme, the two leaders walk through the cemetery honouring their dead. beneath the arches of the monument, they laid a wreath of poppies and cornflowers — the national blooms of remembrance in britain and france. the building here, carved with the names of 72,000 british and commonwealth soldiers lost is a symbol of anglo—french cooperation — a place to remember shared sacrifice and shared values. a moment for their leaders, amid the tensions over their future relations, to recognise and honour their past. the armistice commemorations will continue here over the weekend. the
us president donald trump hasjust landed in paris ahead of his meeting with president macron tomorrow. he will bejoined by with president macron tomorrow. he will be joined by other world leaders, including russia's president putin, and germany's angela merkel, for the main remembrance day ceremony here at the arc de triomphe on sunday. lucy williamson in paris. a long hot summer, and success for england at the world cup, helped the uk economy grow in the third quarter of this year at its fastest rate for two years. the office for national statistics says economic activity in the three months to september rose by 0.6%. the figures have been welcomed by the chancellor — although many economists believe the underlying picture isn't as strong as the figures suggest. our business editor simonjack reports. drinks all round. well, today's numbers show the economy is moving along pretty nicely. touring a west london brewery this morning, the chancellor seemed happy enough but said he was looking to the future. very good news. 0.6% growth quarter shows
the fundamental strength of the economy based on our employment performance — 3.3 million new jobs, unemployment lower in every region and nation of the united kingdom since 2010. what we've now got to do is pivot to a focus on ensuring real wage growth and higher standards of living. construction was a particular bright spot, as building sites like this one in lancashire bounced back from a frozen and wet start to the year. we are in the buoyant sector — 2.1% in construction — so, for me, it feels very exciting and hopefully it continues. i've been in several recessions now and it's not been good at times. it feels very exciting. england's run to the semifinals and the football world cup boosted spending on eating and drinking during july and although august and september were flat, it was enough to secure a strong economic performance. thank you.
quite a bit to toast in today's figures. these are the strongest economic numbers since the end of 2016 and that's helpful because he just spent big in the recent budget on nhs and tax cuts. but it was not all good news — once again business investment fell sharply. that is the longest negative streak we have seen now since the financial crisis, as they take a more cautious — arguably a more sober — view of the risks posed to the economy by brexit round the corner. clearly business investment is lower than we would like it to be. that is because businesses are waiting for clarity about our future relationship with the european union. the sooner we can give business clarity about the future relationship, the sooner business will start investing again, creating even morejobs in our economy. to keep the economy moving from here on may now depend on the government's ability to hammer out a brexit deal that business feels it can get behind. simon jack, bbc news. police in australia say they're treating an attack in melbourne, in which one person was stabbed to death, as an act of terrorism.
two other people were wounded before the suspect, who was originally from somalia, was shot by police. he died later in hospital. the chair of the parole board for england and wales says she's concerned that it currently has no black members. the board assesses whether prisoners are fit to be released. just 13 of its 240 members are from other non—white ethnic backgrounds. the board is looking at whether there is unconscious bias in its recruitment process. yemeni forces — backed by the saudi—led coalition which is supported by the us and the uk — have launched a major offensive to take full control of yemen's port city of hodeidah. aid agencies have been warning that an all—out attack on the city, which is the entry point for 80 percent of the country's food imports and aid relief, could triggerfamine. 0ur international correspondent 0rla guerin has recently returned from yemen, and is in istanbulfor us tonight. we have talked many times about the
importance of hodeidah, so how significant is what's happening tonight? well, it's clear that the worst fears of aid agencies have been realised, that the strategic red sea port of hodeidah has become a major battle ground. now what happens here could determine the outcome of the conflict. which has now dragged on for almost four yea rs. now dragged on for almost four years. and critically it could be the triggerfor a years. and critically it could be the trigger for a famine in yemen. about 20 million yemenis, that's two thirds of the population, are entirely reliant on humanitarian supplies that come in through this one port. about 80% of the supplies come through hodeidah. last month, when we were in yemen, the un was already warning that even a short disruption to the operation of the port caused by fighting would have an impact that would be immediate and catastrophic. within days, hundreds of thousands of people
wouldn't have enough food, within weeks, that would escalate into the millions. added to that, grave concern to night about the fate of hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in that city are caught between air strikes by the saudi led coalition and mortar fire and shelling by the houthi rebels. we know the fighting is getting closer not only to the port, but also to the major hospital where we filmed last month, and the un has been warning that around 60 children who are getting life—saving treatment, some of them in danger of starving, are trapped in that hospital. their lives are now being put at risk, not only by hunger, but by the escalation in the conflict. there is a major strategic objective here by the government of yemen and its saudi allies. it's trying to take back this port from the houthis, trying to ensure that if peace talks ta ke trying to ensure that if peace talks take place before the end of the year than the houthi rebels are brought to the table in a much weakened position. 0rla guerin, thank you. wildfires burning out of control
in the us state of california have killed at least five people, and thousands have been ordered to leave their homes. the fires broke out on thursday and have already burned 20,000 acres of land, spreading across several towns in the sierra foothills north of sacramento. there's been particular devastation in the town of paradise, home to 26,000 people, where officials say there is almost nothing left. state officials said at least five bodies have been found in charred vehicles. 0ur correspondent james cook is in northern california and sent this report. heavenly father, please help us. please help us to be safe. it was a desperate dash for survival, pursued bya desperate dash for survival, pursued by a wild fire. paradise sits on a
ridge and a few roads down, it became choked with traffic. some motorists abandoned their cars and ran for their lives with children and pets in their arms. the hardest thing about this all is the people that may not have had the benefit that may not have had the benefit that i had to get out when i got out. i started crying. the extent of the disaster is not yet clear but what we know already is grim. bodies have been found in the charred remains of vehicles. the magnitude of the destruction we are seeing is really again unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go out to everybody who has been affected by this and impacted. we know there have been injuries and we know there have been injuries and we know there have been injuries and we know there have been loss of life. we are just driving into paradise now and it's really a
frightening scene. there are telegraph poles on fire, electricity has been cut. we have been driving past some houses which have been burned and we are hearing disturbing reports from inside paradise itself about many deaths and injuries there. this is what we found. paradise not just lost but annihilated. 27,000 people lived here. little remains. in southern california two big blazes raged towards the pacific 0cean for the tens of thousands of people in the path had to flee. this fire burned on the edge of thousand oaks, a city already reeling from a mass shooting in a bar. the communities of calabasas and malibu have also been evacuated. the fire, which consumed paradise, was driven by hot, desert wind rushing down to the sea. it was an inferno.
the air here is acrid. you can actually taste the chemicals as they smoulder. and it is eerie and frankly pretty awful to walk here in the ashes of people's lives. james cook, bbc news, paradise in california. germany's chancellor, angela merkel, has warned of a resurgence of anti—semitism in her country, and spoken of a moral duty to resist it. she was speaking at a synagogue in berlin, to mark the 80th anniversary of kristallnacht — the night of broken glass — when the nazi state unleashed an orchestrated wave of violence againstjewish homes and businesses. it marked a sharp escalation in persecution, that would lead to the holocaust. 0ur correspondent caroline wyatt has been hearing from one woman who lived through the horrors of that night. translation: the windows
were all smashed in, the pavement was full of glass shards. isaid, "look, daddy, someone's broken the shop windows." now, 90 years old, ruth finkelman and was just ten when she witnessed what became known as the "night of broken glass." she was with her father, herman, on her way to thejewish primary school in berlin. translation: a little further on, we saw the word "jew" was scrawled onto the window and a star of david was smeared on there, too. once inside, the school was surrounded by nazi storm troopers. the state—sanctioned persecution of germany'sjews had become violent. translation: we saw it all from our windows. we saw the smoke coming up from the synagogue but we weren't sure what was burning.
we didn't know what kind of danger we were in, or what it all meant. that only became clear later on when we went back to school and some of the fathers weren't there any more. later, her father was taken to the death camp at auschwitz where he was murdered. ruth, and her mother, survived the war living in a shed. i got four postcards from him in march, april, may and june and then nothing more. the real significance of the violence of that night lay in what it ultimately unleashed — the murder of six millionjews across europe commemorated here at the holocaust memorial in the heart of the german capital. outside her old school, ruth tells her story to new generations. i am afraid that something similar
could happen again but i hope humanity has learned from the holocaust. of course i'm scared when people vote for the far right but such a mass, systematic destruction, that won't happen again. the synagogue ruth saw burn that night has since been restored. at the entrance is a sign saying "never forget." caroline wyatt, bbc news, berlin. the grenfell inquiry has been played a recording of a 999 call from the night of the fire, in which the father of the youngest victim can be heard pleading with his daughters to "keep going" during the family's escape. in a written statement, marcio gomes said his son was stillborn, because of the fumes his wife inhaled that night. england's cricketers have won their first overseas test match
for more than two years. they wrapped up an emphatic 2ii—run victory over sri lanka in galle. our sports correspondent andy swiss reports. after two years of sporting travel sickness, england finally found the cure. their first test victory abroad since 2016 was a win of spin. jack leach leading the way and moeen ali duly followed. any lingering sri lankan hopes soon snaffled. four wickets for moeen, three for leach, including the pick of the bunch. oh, what a ripper! that's about as good as spin bowling gets. dinesh chandimal bamboozled, unplayable, unforgettable. not everything went quite so smoothly. oh, no. he's down. a spot of slapstick courtesy of adil rashid but it was about england's only slip—up as sri lanka quickly capitulated. when rangana herath,
in his final match, was agonisingly run out, that was that. a thumping victory for england and, after 13 away tests without a win, at last a tour has brought them triumph. andy swiss, bbc news. let's return to the commemoration of the end of the first world war. across the uk, people in cities, towns and villages have been preparing for the armistice centenary. from knitted poppies on village greens, to marking the contribution of commonwealth soldiers, our correspondentjon kay has been finding out how the country will commemorate 100 years since the guns fell silent on the western front. each one is a life that was lost in the great war. charfield in gloucestershire. somebody made these poppies with love. 4,000 residents, 12,000 poppies. all knitted by villagers over the last year.
people are just in tears, literally stood there with tears down their cheeks. really heartbreaking, breathtaking, and i'm just proud of everybody. this is going to be an amazing day. many here are remembering relatives who fought 100 years ago. what do you think your grandpa would think of this? oh, i think he'd be thrilled. i think he'd think it was wonderful. there are children coming out of houses, going, "can we help you put them up?" and their mums and dads came out to help. this is a close—knit community here. close—knit? close—knit. laughter. from cornwall... to norfolk. from anglesey to the isle of arran. from our smallest villages. ..
to our biggest cities. we will remember, this weekend. here in the west midlands, this road has been transformed. why did you want to do this as a community? we feel that station road represents communities up and down the country that lost so many people to a terrible war. in this road, we lost 16 young men. making the armistice relevant, bringing history right up to date. people from the war who lived here. charlie and his family say it's helped them understand. makes me proud of the people who fought for us and for our country. and the people who lived in your house? yeah.
makes me proud to live here. just one road, like so many others, finding its own way to remember. jon kay, bbc news. that's all from us tonight. there will be full coverage of the armistice across the bbc this weekend. here on bbc one, time for the news where you are. good night. hello, and welcome to sportsday. the fa cup first round is here, haringey borough of the seventh tier fail to provide its first
major shock against afc wimbledon of league one... hibernian are left ruing missed chances. it's now four games without a win after defeat by aberdeen in the scottish premiership. and can england produce a world class performance against the most fearsome side in world rugby — the all blacks? they are a tough opponent. we have to make sure is that we do notjust feel our way and. hello, and welcome to sportsday. good evening, ready yourself for the words "magic of the cup" because the first round proper of the 138th edition of the fa cup in england is upon us. haringey borough, who play in
the seventh tier, had reached this point for the first time in their history and were aiming to shock league one's afc wimbledon. they gave a strong account of themselves, but it was mitchell pinnock who broke boro's hearts with a deflected winner in the 89th minute. sheffield united missed the chance to go top of the championship as they were held by sheffield wednesday at bramall lane. david mcgoldrick had a golden opportunity to put the blades ahead in the sheffield derby from the penalty spot, but he was denied by cameron dawson. the result leaves united second in the table and wednesday down in 17th. aberdeen leapfrogged hibernian to move up to fifth in the scottish premiership, thanks to a 1—0 win against at pittodrie. the only goal of the game came when gary mackay—steven celebrated his scotland call—up by drilling beyong adam bogdan five minutes before half—time. the win means aberdeen are level on points with kilmarnock and rangers and five behind leaders hearts. england's women have won the first of their three autumn internationals
with a thumping 57—5 win over the united states at allianz park. england's katy daley—mclean celebrated her 100th cap with this tryjust before half time. england were in control from the off and their night was made easier when american prop megan rom received a red card for dangerous play after just a quarter of an hour. that advantage enabled england to score nine tries in total as they overpowered the visitors. there's a tougher challenge lying in wait for england's men tomorrow. they face the world champions the all blacks at twickenham. over the years, the sides have met a0 times. england have only won seven of those matches, while new zealand continue to be the most dominant side on the planet. joe wilson reports. england here completing their preparation in their pennyhill park surroundings of all the challenges to come against new zealand at twickenham, of all the
uncertainties, at least there is one thing they can rely on, their warrior goal kicker owen farrell, he is not suspended. he is not injured. he is ready. do you think playing new zealand at rugby union is perhaps biggest test anywhere in sport? i've never really thought about it like that, maybe. you know, the, certainly a brilliant team, you know to be at the top for that long and have the win percentage they have is pretty remarkable, really, but we are looking forward to playing them. in terms of you throwing yourself into it, are there times when you think maybe i need to hold back, maybe i need to protect myself because i immediate to make the kick, can you adapt your style of play at all in that way? can you hold yourself back?