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tonight at 10pm. we are in dining street —— downing street. i believe with every fibre of my being that the course i have set out is the right one for our country and all our people. earlier, dominic raab became the second brexit secretary to resign from the cabinet, saying he could not support the prime minister's approach. i think she needs a brexit secretary that will pursue the deal she wants to put to the country with conviction. i don't feel i can do that in good conscience but i respect her, i hold her in high esteem. i think she should continue but i do think we need to change course on brexit. and piling on the pressure — the leading brexit supporter jacob rees—mogg, who's written a letter of no confidence in the prime minister. what we have voted for should be implemented and the prime minister is not doing that and that is why i have no confidence. and we'll be in newcastle,
asking voters for their perspective on the brexit story so far. we'll have all the latest developments and reaction on a turbulent day here at westminster. also tonight... in california, officials say the town destroyed by wildfire will need a total rebuild that will take several years. and wayne rooney at wembley for his final england appearance. and in sport on bbc news... the second test between england and sri lanka is finally poor eased. —— finely poised. good evening from downing street, after a day of brexit turbulence
for the government, when the prime minister set out to answer her many critics inside the conservative party. she insisted she was determined to carry on, promoting her widely—criticised plan to take britain out of the european union. two cabinet ministers are among those who've resigned from the government today. it all started at 9am today, when dominic raab became the second brexit secretary to leave the job, saying there were fatal flaws in mrs may's plans. his departure was followed by the work and pensions secretary, esther mcvey, who also said she could not support the draft withdrawal agreement. a number of junior ministers also stepped down, including suella braverman from the brexit department and shailesh vara. at 10:30am, theresa may went to the commons, where she spent three hours defending her plan. but she was roundly criticised, not least by mps on her own side. and following that statement, the leading brexit supporter, jacob rees—mogg, submitted a letter of no—confidence in
mrs may's leadership. the prime minister then held a news conference, insisting her plan was the best available and that she would "see it through." we'll have all the latest developments and reaction, with more details of the prime minister's plan and what it could mean for households and business. but we start with this report on a day of turmoil, from our political editor laura kuenssberg. there seems to be an interest in today's cd. on exactly the spot where theresa may took on the job as prime minister, the march of the brexiteers, trying to walk her to the exit. what we need is a leader who will say to the european union, it is impossible to divide up the united kingdom, it is impossible to
agree to a situation where we have other perceptual customs union. what do you say to some of our viewers and listeners who think this is self—indulgent and you are complaining about a practical compromise? it is nothing to do with ambition of brexiteers, it is about brexit and the country. leaving the european union is the most fantastic opportunity for the united kingdom. the ugly fight over how we leave the european union. now an open battle in the tory party girl who runs the country. what are we all to make of this warfare is playing out in front of our eyes? those who still backed her, exasperated. stop rocking the boat, stop wrecking, otherwise this will prove a disastrous period. haven't we passed the point where it is credible for her to be able to turn this around? no, i think she
remains our only hope. that hope dashed by this man, the brexit secretary who quit and did not make the journey to work today? morning, minister, are you going to resign? all this woman, the work and pensions secretary who gave up her ministerial folders. pensions secretary who gave up her ministerialfolders. seven pensions secretary who gave up her ministerial folders. seven members of the government have gone today. in protest at the brexit compromise. but she is still there, even with resignations and open revolt. can she stay? she will try. serving in high office is an honour and privilege will stop it is also a heavy responsibility. that is true at any heavy responsibility. that is true atany time, heavy responsibility. that is true at any time, but especially when the sta kes a re at any time, but especially when the stakes are so high. negotiating the withdrawal of the uk from the eu after a0 yea rs withdrawal of the uk from the eu after a0 years and building from the ground upa after a0 years and building from the ground up a new and enduring relationship for the good of our
children and grandchildren is a matter of the highest consequence. my matter of the highest consequence. my approach throughout has been to put the national interest first. i do notjudge harshly those of my collea g u es do notjudge harshly those of my colleagues who seek to do the same but he reached a different conclusion will stop i am sorry they have chosen to leave the government andi have chosen to leave the government and i thank them for their service. i believe with every fibre of my being that the course i have set out is right for our country and all our people. is it not the case that you are now in office but not in power? i will do myjob of getting the best dealfor britain. i will do myjob of getting a deal in the national interest. when the vote comes before the house of commons mps will be doing theirjobs. will i be seeing this through? yes. she has made it plain that she may have to go. some
are organising to try to shove her from office. this decision is not theresa may's alone. the gale could sweep through in a couple of days or it could be a storm to bring the prime minister and her government down. she cannot ignore this, listen to the now departed brexit secretary condemning the deal. dozens and dozens condemning the deal. dozens and d oze ns of condemning the deal. dozens and dozens of his colleagues hold this view. i worked hard to get a good deal, a deal i could take to the country and my colleagues. what has been proposed in my view is damaging to the economy but impossible to reconcile with promises we made at the last election. we do forgive some of our viewers, including those who voted for brexit, who would be really angry at people like you who campaigned for brexit, now it gets difficult and hard, you walk away? there are risks in what measures we ta ke there are risks in what measures we take but the worst outcome is to
give into the eu's lack and accept a deal bad for the economy and devastating the trust in our democracy. statement, the prime minister. beyond departed colleagues, is it realistic to expect theresa may can get her version of brexit through parliament? i do not pretend this has been a comfortable process or that either way or the eu are entirely happy with all of the arrangements that have been included within it. mr speaker, when first became prime minister in 2016 was no ready—made blueprint for brexit. many said it simply could not be done. i have never accepted that. watch our colleagues, half of them cheering and half of them arms crossed, hardly knowing where to look. bitter complaint after bitter complaint. this is not the deal the country was promised and parliament
cannot and i believe will not accept a false choice between this bad deal and no deal. the government must now withdraw this half baked deal, which is clear does not have the backing of the gabba —— the cabinets, or the country as a whole. the prime minister is well—known for her dancing, sadly, having seen the withdrawal agreement and it is clear who isjune withdrawal agreement and it is clear who is june she withdrawal agreement and it is clear who isjune she is dancing to. withdrawal agreement and it is clear who is june she is dancing to. sit down comic you disloyal twerp. not what you would normally hear in the house of commons. i could take the prime minister through the list of promises and pledges she has made to this house and to us privately about the future of northern ireland and the future of northern ireland and the future of northern ireland and the future relationship with the eu. i feel it would be a waste of time $0011 i feel it would be a waste of time soon she clearly does not listen. which he at least today undertake
not to rule out taking this back to the british people? —— would she at least? would honourable members put their hands up if they do support their hands up if they do support the prime minister on the set of proposals? eventually, after an hour, some proposals? eventually, after an houi’, some messages proposals? eventually, after an hour, some messages of support, but farfrom hour, some messages of support, but far from congratulations.” hour, some messages of support, but far from congratulations. i want to pay tribute to the fact that the prime minister to get agreement in cabinet. no matter how many ministerial resignations there are, the agreement will come to parliament, away from the westminster bubble. we must consider these fast communities when we consider the outcome is today and we know that it is no deal that will be most damaging to them. like it or not it is in this circus that the future of the gutmann will be decided. in a moment of the absurd,
theresa may cracking a joke joining an intense crisis. —— the government. the prime minister is at the mercy of others but still in place. laura is here. the message from the prime minister could not have been clearer, she will fight on and believes in the deal. where is she with members of the cabinet? if you do not have a cabinet, you do not have a government. at six o'clock we saw the international development secretary go and see the prime minister but tonight she is still in herjob. the question of what is happening with michael gove, who right now is environment secretary in one of the main cheerleaders for leaving the eu in the first place is rather unclear. i was told he was offered the job of brexit secretary that he turned that down because he said to the prime minister he would do it but only if he could go back to the deal and he is now understood
to the deal and he is now understood to be questioning whether or not he should quit altogether. i am told michael gove and other ministers are discussing whether or not they should collectively try to push the prime minister to change or tweak some of her deal. what kind of message will deliver to the backbenches? we heard lots of critical voices today. absolutely. any sign from senior brexiteers that are continuing to shake the ship will be encouragement for those mps who have begun to put letters in, calling for theresa may to move on. they have not reached their magic number of a8, that is what would trigger a vote of no—confidence in have. they believe they will be able to hit that target by later this weekend perhaps monday. for ben, and for everyone in westminster, and us too, the question of, how will this extremely uncertain situation really be resolved? —— for them. meanwhile in brussels today, the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, has formally handed
over the 585—page draft withdrawal agreement to the president of the european council, donald tusk. 0ur europe editor, katya adler, is in brussels for us this evening. katya. we had heard time and again in parliament that some people think a different deal is possible, that somebody could go back to brussels and geta somebody could go back to brussels and get a better deal than the one they have. what is the view there? well, i have to say, here in brussels, everyone is looking at the uk, intrigued, fascinated, open—mouthed. 0ne uk, intrigued, fascinated, open—mouthed. one of my contacts described what they saw in the uk as a political horror show. 0verly concerned eu leaders do not appear to be. we heard from the german foreign minister who said is strong action in the uk was to be expected because, after all, in the uk people feel very strongly about brexit and
therefore a brexit deal as well. eu leaders see theresa may as their main interlocutor. cabinet ministers and brexit secretaries can come and go that she is still standing finau and today she was standing very determined. eu leaders have cleared their diary for the 25th of november. that is when they want to sit down with the prime minister and sign on the dotted line about a brexit deal. there is a sigh of relief at support of that. eu leaders feel they have enough uncertainty with the politics of italy, etc, they would like to put this chapter behind them. there is zero appetite here to rip up this withdrawal agreement and start all over again. but you do not see a manual macron and angela merkel rushing to microphones to say this because they know that would not help the situation in the uk at all. —— emmanuel macron. katya adler there in brussels.
at the heart of today's heated debate is the draft withdrawal agreement, agreed by london and brussels, and published by the eu last night. that agreement is specifically about the manner in which the uk leaves the eu. it's not about any permanent future relationship. 0ur correspondent, chris morris, of the bbc‘s reality check, has been studying the 500—page draft withdrawal agreement, and he joins us now with his analysis. thanks, huw. amidst all the political turbulence, it's this hefty legal document that has prompted so many resignations from the government, especially over the issue of the irish border. this draft withdrawal agreement sets the terms of our departure from the eu and provides for a transition period after brexit which would apply until the end of 2020. but it's what happens after that which has caused all the bother. if a long—term trade deal isn't ready, and transition isn't extended, you're left with the so—called backstop. that's the guarantee of last resort that there will be no return to a hard border in ireland
under any circumstance. the no hard border plan — if it were needed — would create a temporary customs union with the eu, covering the whole of the uk. they're calling it a single customs territory, with no customs checks between great britain and northern ireland, and none with the eu. but northern ireland would be even more deeply entwined than the rest of the country, both with eu customs rules and with the rules of the single market. that specifically is one of the reasons why dominic raab resigned as brexit secretary. the government argues northern ireland would enjoy the best of both worlds: frictionless trade with the eu and the rest of the uk. but that's prompted the scottish government to ask why it can't have the same. scotland can't because the backstop wouldn't get rid of all border checks for trade with the eu from elsewhere in the uk. the truth is no one really likes the backstop, but neither the eu nor
the uk could get rid of it on their own. this draft says it would have to be a joint decision, and that fear that the uk's hands could be tied was another big cause for concern in resignation statements. it's also worth remembering that the withdrawal agreement doesn't really focus at all on the uk's long term relationship with the eu after brexit. but there is a separate outline political declaration, just a few pages long for now, that starts to do that. behind the scenes, a lot of progress has been made on issues like security and foreign policy. pinning down a comprehensive free trade deal, though, will take time. the political declaration says ambitious customs arrangements in the future would build on the controversial single customs territory set out in this withdrawal agreement. but that's just created further suspicion among brexiteers, which the government says is totally unfounded. and the prime minister has warned that if her deal is voted down,
no brexit at all could be the possible outcome. huw. chris, many thanks again. chris morris in there. and as chris was saying, all along, one of the biggest dispute has been the future of the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. this would be uk's only land border with the eu after brexit. it's a dispute that's resonated both north and south of the border, as our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. who is scoring here? it was a goalless draw as northern ireland took on the irish republic in dublin tonight. but theresa may has been trying to present the draft brexit deal as a win for both sides. it is not really dublin's problem so yeah, they could sit and watch it all unfold in westminster. the best case scenario for northern ireland would be the hong kong of the uk, a place to do business if you want
to do business with europe easily, but at the same time without feeling like you have difficulties actually within the united kingdom. the brexit deal could keep northern ireland more closely tied to eu rules so trade can flow freely between the north and south of this island. some northern ireland businesses believe that is a benefit. from first impressions we thought it was business friendly. we welcomed the fact that we had open access to but the gb and the europe markets. one of theresa may's closest allies came to rally support for plan. when people actually sit down and go through the detail and it is incredibly technical detail and base the safeguards that have been put in place and see the way that the people of northern ireland have been put at the heart of this, they will see this is the right deal for the united kingdom. but she is not cheering, the dup leader arlene foster believes the draft deal severs the united kingdom itself. and the decision to sign off
on the irish backstop has led to a political crisis at westminster. today player after player and theresa may's team happening quitting their positions. many saying it's those arrangements for the irish border that they can no longer support. it is a relationship between these two sides that is continuing to define brexit. emma vardy, bbc news. the first minister of scotland, nicola sturgeon, and the first minister of wales, carwynjones, have written a joint letter to theresa may criticising the "chaotic" approach to brexit and demanding a much greater involvement for the devolved administrations in the negotiations. ms sturgeon says the plans put scotland at a competitive disadvantage because they would take scotland out of the single market, while northern ireland would in effect stay inside. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith joins us from edinburgh. talk us through the case that the
first minister is likely to be making in the days ahead. nicola sturgeon says the proposed brexit agreement is unfair to scotland because it gives northern ireland the sort of deal that she's long been arguing for. the snp have a lwa ys been arguing for. the snp have always said they want scotland to stay in the single market on the customs union even after the rest of the uk have left. the prime minister has always said that's impossible. but, say the snp, if you can have separate arrangements were northern ireland, why can't scotland operate under different rules as well? that is the case they will continue to make. it is the case the scottish tories have long feared, which is why they have always said they would not accept any deal that undermines the integrity of the united kingdom. theresa may was spared any resignations from her top scottish tea m resignations from her top scottish team today, senior conservatives say that they are satisfied this deal protects the union, but that did not stop nicola sturgeon hinting at the scottish parliament today that she would soon announce a date on which
she would want another referendum on scottish independence, and she signed a joint letter along with the first minister of wales, carwyn jones, where they complain about the lack of any meaningful engagement with the devolved governments and the uk government throughout the entire brexit process. they are now demanding a meeting next week to try to have some input into this process before the final political declaration is actually finalise. sarah, thank you very much. sarah smith, our scotland editor, in edinburgh. business leaders have been expressing alarm at the prospect of a brexit deal unravelling and the uk leaving the eu next march with no deal at all. the eu is britain's biggest trading partner. the uncertainty has triggered a fall in the pound, and in shares in banks, retailers, and house—builders. the car—maker bmw has also confirmed it's preparing for a no—deal brexit following today's ministerial resignations. the city of portsmouth, where goods and people pass to and from the eu every day, could be heavily affected by a no—deal outcome. 0ur correspondent
tom burridge has been there to assess the business mood. the calm away from westminster. goods arriving on a routine crossing. normandy to portsmouth in six hours. everyone, whatever their politics, wants goods to continue to roll off and on these boats with ease after brexit. tonight, those running the port, listening carefully to her every word. cautiously encouraged by the prime minister's draft deal. the most important point that she made during her speech, i think, was about the importance ofjust in time manufacturing, and the businesses that rely on us and the hauliers that rely on companies like brittany ferries to transport goods seamlessly between two countries. but things are still anything but clear. business needs certainty. our customers need certainty, that's passengers and freight. and i think the country
needs certainty. we need to give people the opportunity to plan for the future, to plan with confidence. until there is clarity, until this deal is ratified, you know, we will continue to prepare for a worst—case scenario, and a no—deal scenario. hundreds of lorries cross into europe from portsmouth each day. a quick scan, and they're on their way. 0ne driver heading to spain today told as he would change jobs 0ne driver heading to spain today told as he would changejobs if 0ne driver heading to spain today told as he would change jobs if he had to wait hours for customs checks in the future. if they will change britain to get back to make customs controls, i will definitely change job. the lib dem council which owns the port says any change to the way we trade with europe will be bad for business. this is probably the best that could have been achieved, working within the red lines of the government are set. but by saying we didn't want to be part of the customs union,
by saying we didn't want to be part of the single market, the government restricted its freedom of movement enormously, which has ended up with us getting this really rubbish deal. working out how to leave the eu was never going to be plain sailing, but the priority for this port is that cargo and passengers continue to flow freely. tom burridge, bbc news, in portsmouth. we'll have more on the brexit story in a moment, but let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the director of the us emergency agency says that paradise, the town in california destroyed by wildfire, will take years to rebuild. he described the destruction there as one of the worst disasters he had ever seen. so far 56 people have been found dead and 130 more are still missing, as our correspondent dan johnson reports. these are the teams that must answer the painful questions that hang in this acrid air. where is my family member?
what happened to my loved one? how many more people are dead? team five starting search on location. house after house, street after street, the ashes of this community are slowly revealing the lies once lived here. —— lives once lived here. this work is difficult in the conditions can be dangerous in the scale of the task is almost impossible to comprehend. more than 10,000 properties ruined in more than 100 people still missing. there is no good news here, no positive outcome. 0nly another name to add to the list of lives lost. they sift through the rubble with respect. and they are trying to preserve some dignity. they're special people. i don't think humans are intended to see this out to be honest with you. but i think everybody that does this, they come in with the intent of trying to provide closure
to the families. because right now they are missing. so there's still more for them to do, and as they look further, it only gets worse. danjohnson, dan johnson, bbc news, danjohnson, bbc news, paradise. and a brief look at some of the day's other stories. nhs england has called for a review of cancer screening programmes after letters about cervical cancer tests were not sent to nearly 50,000 patients earlier this year. all those affected have been contacted by the nhs. it comes just months after it emerged up to 17a,000 women had not been invited for breast cancer screening. saudi prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against five people for the murder of saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. he was a critic of saudi's crown prince mohammad bin salman, and was killed in the saudi consulate in istanbul last month. the prosecutor also said an intelligence officer was responsible for the killing, alleging he used a lethal injection. premier league teams have agreed
to pay their departing executive chairman richard scudamore a bonus of £5 million. some smaller clubs are angry at being asked to contribute £250,000 each towards the bonus. mr scudamore has been in the role for 19 years, and will remain as an adviser. and just to stay with the world of football. england have beaten the usa 3—0 in a friendly at wembley this evening. the match marked wayne rooney's 120th and final cap for his country. natalie pirks was watching the action. please welcome england's top goal—scorer... england's past honored by england's present. with dad 120 on their backs, wayne rooney's children played their roles to perfection. look cute, smile, do not bicker. you can never rely on kids, right? giving youth a chance is working out well for england these days, though. the celebration might need work.
but england's finishing did not. just two minutes later, trent alexander arnold joined the party. rooney enjoyed that, and soon he would be on for one last time. this would be on for one last time. this would be on for one last time. this would be one for the family album. wayne rooney! cheering but with all eyes on wayne, debbie tad callum wilson took his moment. brad guzan had no time to sentiment. there were times he hadn't enjoyed playing for england, but tonight the i°y playing for england, but tonight the joy was clear. gareth's goodbye gift was a special one. natalie perks, bbc news. let's reflect a little more on today's developments in the brexit process. the united kingdom is due to leave the european union on the 29th of march next year, nearly three years after the eu referendum took place. this week we've been asking people who voted in 2016 what they think
of the way it's turned out so far. 0ur correspondent danny savage has spent the day in newcastle. how is life going to be different for people after the last 2a hours in british politics? at this science centre in newcastle, people were still wondering what it all means. i just sort of want something to come out — just to sort of say, what is actually happening? what is the plan of happening? when is everything going to go ahead? is it going ahead because there's sort of been back and forths. i just want to know what is actually the plan of brexit. and there was some sympathy for theresa may. i didn't vote conservative but i do feel she's got a really... i don't think anyone could do thejob, to be honest at the moment. i think she's got an impossible job. gosh!