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mps are told by the speaker, with just 11 days to the set date of the uk's departue, that he's based his ruling on long—standing parliamentary precedent. what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit to the house the same proposition or substantially the same proposition as that of last week, which was rejected by 149 votes. as the news sank in at westminster, the response from government was a mix of incredulity and shock. we are in a major constitutional crisis here, a political crisis that we want to try and solve
for the country. we'll be asking how this ruling could affect the brexit process, as the prime minister prepares to attend an eu summit on thursday. also tonight... in new zealand, after the terror attack on two mosques which claimed the lives of 50 people, we report on the planned changes to gun laws. here in christchurch, as the families of those killed wait to get their loved ones‘ bodies back, preparations for a series of funerals are under way. the three teenagers who were reportedly crushed to death outside a st patrick's day party in county tyrone. it's feared that up to a thousand people have died in mozambique from the effects of a devastating cyclone. and in cardiff tonight, a fitting welcome for the record—breaking welsh rubgy team after winning the six nations and the grand slam. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, the rise and rise of callum hudson—odoi.
the 18—year—old has been called up to gareth southgate‘s england squad for the very first time. good evening. we start tonight with the latest twist in the brexit process, with just 11 days to go to the set date for the uk's departure from the european union. the speaker of the house of commons, john bercow, has ruled out another parliamentary vote on theresa may's brexit deal unless there is "demonstrable change", not in terms of wording but "in terms of substance". in response, some ministers warned of a looming constitutional crisis, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. time isn't healing, it's hurting.
every day, it seems theresa may's task gets harder and harder. arriving at the back gates of number 10 today, she'd planned to have another go at getting her deal through, not knowing what the speaker had up the sleeves of his black gown. order, i wish to make a statement to the house. john bercow has the ultimate power in parliament, and, as it stands, he says the government cannot try again. what the government cannot legitimately do is to resubmit to the house the same proposition or substantially the same proposition as that of last week, which was rejected by 149 votes. in other words, the government should forget it, he says, if they think they can just keep asking mps to vote again and again on the brexit deal, because it's been lost twice before. order. point of order. yes, indeed, point of order.
you can hear the surprise at his ruling, and see government frontbenchers jumping up to try to push back. remember, the government had hoped to hold another vote today. it requires detailed consideration and we will be looking at it closely and coming to a view on it. clearly, it's not the most helpful intervention we have ever seen from the chair. those in and out of number 10, trying to get a deal done, had no idea. has the speaker ruined the government's brexit plans? no idea. we are in a major constitutional crisis here, a political crisis, that we want to try and solve for the country. the prime minister's doing everything she can to try and break that impasse. the chair‘s ruling is the chair‘s ruling and it is binding. the speaker's many detractors suggest he is using his power far too aggressively... we march on our way. stopping parliament having another say on brexit. but his fans would argue he is doing exactly the right thing.
strangely, the move has united some leavers and remainers who both want to stop the prime minister's deal. we know all these european deals, they always happen at the last minute, so with 11 days to go, something really interesting could come out of this. well, it is clear she can'tjust keep flogging the same dead horse now, can she? she's been doing that for ages. so let's maybe get on a different horse. there is anger, though, too. i think what will happen now is that thanks to this afternoon's announcement, brexit will not occur and the people of britain, both those who voted to leave but also the remainers, who like to see democracy done, they will be absolutely furious. tonight, the government front bench doesn't quite know which way to go next, but the mood is clearly sour. for me, treating colleagues with courtesy and respect is at the forefront of that reform and any speaker's counsel would have to have that at its heart and i simply would not be confident that that would be the case. well, so be it. i treat the house with respect.
respect? there's not much of that around. a cabinet minister told me the government willjust have to find a way around this decision. but none of this has been done before. there's no map, no easy route out. laura is at westminster. what can we say tonight about the potential impact of this ruling by the speaker? it certainly took the government by surprise and maybe it should not have done because there has been chatter around this in the last few days. but it does not stop brexit happening. what it does do is make it extremely unlikely that the government will put another vote on their deal to parliament this week and that, in turn, makes it less likely that the prime list will be able to say to you leaders who she has to face in brussels on thursday, give mea has to face in brussels on thursday, give me a short extension and somehow i promise we can get this sorted out. in turn, that means it is much more likely that she will
end up with a longer extension, a longer delay to brexit. and the conclusion that most people in westminster would reach from that means that we are heading, it is likely, towards a closer relationship with the european union, a softer brexit to use the jargon, than the one theresa may set out and has been trying to batter through the commons for the last few months. that said, the government does believe that although they are not clear about what it might be yet, that there is a way round this complication but it is another significant obstacle for number ten tonight and it has come in the words of one senior official, made things significantly more complicated. i thinkjust finally it significantly more complicated. i think just finally it is significantly more complicated. i thinkjust finally it is hard to underestimate how divisive this has been. for some people, underestimate how divisive this has been. forsome people, perhaps underestimate how divisive this has been. for some people, perhaps many watching tonight, they will think john bercow is acting as a hero, standing upfor john bercow is acting as a hero, standing up for parliament, but for others it is absolutely going beyond his remit. there is no settled view on that, just of course as there is
no settled view across the country about brexit itself. indeed, thank you, laura kuenssberg our political editor at westminster. in new zealand, the prime minister says she will announce major reforms to the country's gun laws within days following friday's attack on two mosques which left 50 people dead. my colleague clive myrie is in christchurch with the latest. yes, the prime minister here, jacinda ardern, has said her cabinet backs changes to gun laws "in principle". police say the killer, brenton tarrant, used military—style assault weapons which had been modified to make them more deadly, which is not illegal under current legislation. our correspondent hywel griffith reports on the day's developments here in christchurch. hosne, shot while saving her disabled husband. mucad, a three—year—old remembered for his smile. and sayyad, a high school student at the mosque with his mother and friends.
it's the stories of the victims, and not the gunman, that new zealand wants the world to hear, as it faces the question of whether they were failed. abdigani would have been at the mosque if he hadn't overslept. but his housemate, mohammed, was there, one of 20 friends he lost as the gunman kept on shooting. women and children have died, you know? a very cowardly act, i would say. we're coping the best we can. he's not succeeded. if anything, this will bring us a lot more closer, and we still have our faith, which he can never take away from us. within hours of friday's terror attack, new zealand's government pledged to reform gun controls. the suspect, brenton tarrant, had five weapons, two of them semiautomatics. after the 1996 port arthur massacre, australia banned semiautomatic weapons and held a national amnesty.
new zealand may now follow. the prime minister says measures have been agreed, in principle. when australia found itself tragically in a similar position to what we find ourselves now, they took 12 days to make their decision. we have taken 72 hours. there is, though, still some detail that needs to be worked through. i want to do that, but still move as quickly as we can. just as in australia, just as in america, it's taken a terrifying, violent act to provoke a debate on new zealand's gun laws. but, just as in those other countries, there is a powerful gun lobby here, likely to resist change. the christchurch gunman bought four firearms online within four months, from this company. its store in the city remains open, and its owner defiant. he was a brand—new purchaser, with a brand—new licence.
it was an ordinary sale. and while he was keen to go before the cameras, he wouldn't answer our questions on restricting gun sales. i totally agree there should be a gun debate. but today is not the day. please respect me on this. i am going to leave if these are the only questions you have. inafew in a few days, a group funeral will ta ke in a few days, a group funeral will take place what many of the victims. families have been desperate to arrange burials in line with islamic custom. the need to honour the dead, to cherish their memory, is what now sustains this place. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. people have been remembering those who lost their lives and of course the scores of people still in hospital recovering. a particular focus today has been the children who died in the two mosque attacks and young
new zealanders have been gathering together to see how they can help their community. this silent memorial shouts its poignancy. 50 pairs of white shoes. for the 50 people who died. among them, little children. as so many reflect on this tragedy, lost in a whirl of painful thoughts, it is sobering to remember that the killer didn't see human beings in those mosques. he saw targets, and children were fair game. the tributes right across christchurch reflect that abomination. five perished who were under the age of 16, including a three—year—old and a four—year—old, given no chance in life. sayyad milne was 1a.
now at peace, says his father, and mourned by one of his best friends. in the morning, the news was confirmed and i was devastated, it was awful. he was known by so many people and loved by so many people and it is so sad that this community has been brought down by this shooting and it is awful, yes. i don't know what to say, really. no one knows what to say. but ocirano talaier, who is 17, says it is important young people have a voice in helping a community heal. i know that my school has been majorly affected. many students have lost loved ones and just making sure that they know that the school is behind them and, you know, getting involved in the events that i've led just shows them that, you know, hatred cannot drive out hatred — only love can.
and this is the fruit of his labour, organising a huge vigil. an opportunity for thousands of young people to celebrate life. i think it's amazing how we all gathered together to show our support and especially how it was done by kids and high school students, i think that isjust a really good thing. local schools now have counsellors on hand to help traumatised children after the calamity. recognition that no one should have to walk through gates of grief and sorrow, especially the young. a really remarkable and impressive set of young people. i spent maybe half an hour with the young man who is only 17 and he was negotiating with the police, about the kind of numbers and security needed for that rally, negotiating with them to deal
with that matter. very impressive individual. i want to show you the scene behind me at the botanical gardens here in the centre of christchurch where tens of thousands of people have been coming over the last two or three days to lay flowers, a carpet of flowers all along the wall here will suffer so many people arriving to pay their respects to those who perished in the tragedy in the two mosques which are not farfrom the tragedy in the two mosques which are not far from our the tragedy in the two mosques which are not farfrom our location here. and i'm sure over the next few days many more people will be coming here to pay their respects. we are expecting the funerals, the first funerals of those who died in the attacks at the mosques to begin probably around wednesday or thursday, the process of giving the bodyis thursday, the process of giving the body is back to their loved ones has 110w body is back to their loved ones has now begun. many people believe that once those burials take place, then perhaps this community can begin to mourn fully and properly. with that, back to you.
clive myrie, in christchurch, there. brenton tarrant, who's been charged with murder following the attacks in christchurch, had published a document online in which he advocated his far—right ideas. it's led to questions about the wider threat posed by the rise of the far right, notjust in new zealand, but here in the uk. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has been investigating. police in stanwell in surrey last night, after a non—fatal stabbing which detectives suspect was a terrorist incident inspired by the far right. it raised new concerns about the possibility of a new zealand—style attack in the uk. 21 months ago, there was an attack on worshippers near a mosque in finsbury park. everyone back! darren osborne drove into a group of muslims, killing makram ali. the home secretary warned today that the government's de—radicalisation programmes have detected a growing problem with the far right.
of those that we have had most concern about, and that is something called the channel programme, last year almost half of those were far—right extremists. counterterrorist police and the security service, m15, have experienced a sudden surge in the threat from the extreme right wing. four attacks got through, three murders, and one that came very close. and of the 18 foiled a suspected terrorist plots suspected terrorist plots in the last two years, four came from the extreme right wing. very vicious language about muslims that has been circulating everywhere online. .. but at a regent's park mosque event today, sajid javid was also repeatedly warned about the language that had crept into everyday politics. our politicians, our leaders, who use language such as "sick asian paedophiles", such as "muslim women who wear the niqab are letterboxes", they need to be called to account. some recent uk attacks have been
linked to neo—nazi groups like the now banned organisation national action, but others were simply driven by the unrestrained extremism that can be found in parts of the internet. a number of people are self—radicalising who are not members of organisations, who are not activists infar—right groups, but are listening to this propaganda, watching it on the internet, becoming inspired by it and, without any kind of political background at all, are then acting to carry it out. so, another far—right attack could easily happen in the uk but the strict gun laws here make a mass—casualty firearms attack unlikely. daniel sandford, bbc news. police in northern ireland are investigating the deaths of three teenagers at a st patrick's day party last night. a 17—year—old girl and two boys aged 16 and 17 are thought to have been crushed in a large crowd outside a venue in cookstown in country tyrone. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports.
this was the scene outside the hotel last night as the crowd waited to get in. people began to scream that they couldn't breathe. there was confusion and disbelief, as one teenager died at the scene and two died later in hospital. terrible. terrible, just chaos. young ones, hysterical. today, local youth clubs offered support. 17—year—old kyra said she'd watched as people tried to resuscitate her friend on the floor. i just started crying, just having to see everybody there, depressed, and having to see him lie on the ground like that. why do you think it became such a crush? i don't know. i just think everybody just wanted to get inside and drink. that's what everybody wanted to do. 17—year—old lauren bullock was killed. her school described her as a shining light. we are deeply saddened at the tragic death of lauren,
our year 13 student. she was a beautiful girl, a young person with much talent and much capability. the 16 and 17—year—old boys who died have been named as connor currie and morgan barnard. police have asked people not to post pictures from the incident online as they try to piece together what happened. there was a crush towards the front door and in that crush, people seem to have fallen. we are examining now to see if the people who have fallen are those who are deceased. there seemed to be a little bit of struggling going on to get people off the ground and that might explain also why there was a report of some fighting. emergency services have described what happened here as a truly appalling incident. and today, there are questions about how the event was advertised and how the crowd was being managed outside. tonight, teenagers are still trying to come to terms with how their st patrick's day turned to tragedy. emma vardy, bbc news, cookstown.
police in the netherlands have arrested a turkish man, after three people were shot dead on a tram in the city of utrecht. five others were injured in the shooting this morning. schools were closed and people were told to stay indoors for several hours as police tried to find the suspect. from utrecht, our correspondent damian grammaticas reports. sirens. late morning, a tramline at a standstill and dutch medics scrambling. the reports were of multiple casualties. armed police units responded fast, too. they moved in as well, hunting at least one attacker who it was thought was still nearby. dan molinaar was in the tram. he says, "all of a sudden, the shooter came running, waving a pistol in the air. ithought, i have to get out of here." what eyewitnesses said was that this morning on the tram here, a man
pulled a gun and began shooting. there was panic as people tried to escape the scene and, within minutes, police and ambulances were here. but it is thought that he fled around the corner and now police have a house surrounded in one of the adjacent streets. erwen van der linden was just getting ready to catch the tram himself when it all happened. i heard a lot of screaming. i heard a lot of honks from the cars. then, all of a sudden, sirens and hell broke loose. it was chaos. soon, several city blocks in utrecht had been sealed and police issued this picture of the suspected attacker, gokmen tanis, 37 years old, originally from turkey. anti—terror teams thought he might have fled just a few hundred yards around the corner. as they tried to track him, they ordered people in the area to stay indoors. offices, schools and universities all in lockdown.
"this has been a jolt for our country," the dutch prime minister, mark rutte, said, adding, "we are horrified and in disbelief". and late in the afternoon, the suspect, gokmen tanis, was detained. the police siege at an end but the sense of shock here still deep. damian grammaticus, bbc news, utrecht. it's feared that up to 1,000 people may have died in mozambique, from the effects of a devastating storm. cyclone idai reached speeds of up to 120 miles an hour, and brought with it torrential rain. tonight, the british government said it would send £6 million of relief aid and tents. cyclone idai came in off the indian ocean at the port city of beira, which has been largely submerged, before making its way into zimbabwe. our reporter shingai nyoka has managed to get to chimanimani, close to the border with mozambique, and sent this report. shops with their fronts torn off, windows shattered in the street.
roofs rendered useless, ripped from theirjoists. this is beira, where it's thought there has been the greatest loss of life. while the damage on the ground is bad enough, it is from the air that you can see the scale of what has happened here. beira is the major port on mozambique's coast. now it is largely underwater, after the cyclone tore through it, bringing the sea in its wake. the city's tightly packed suburbs submerged. no one knows yet the true loss of life here. translation: flying sheets of metal decapitated people. some people are in hospital. it's really bad. we don't eat properly. we don't sleep properly. we have no home. from the suburbs, cyclone idai's destructive force spread inland. no respecter of borders, it crossed into neighbouring zimbabwe.
landslides, rock falls and raging waters have marooned hundreds. as you can see, the devastation of cyclone idai. there is a major crater here. this is one of the main access roads between the city of mutare, where the support teams and the supplies are, and the villages of chimanimani, which have been cut off. we met an elderly couple who were trying to check on family members on the other side. he tells us he has been trying to call family trapped in chimanimani, to find out if they survived the storm, but he has not been able to reach them. as night falls, rescue teams are managing to save those trapped by the rising waters. plucking people from trees, providing comforting arms for a distressed child. but once on dry land, hunger and homelessness become the next challenge. shingai nyoka, bbc news,
chimanimani, eastern zimbabwe. big crowds gathered in cardiff earlier tonight to celebrate the welsh rugby team's rather magnificent grand slam victory at the weekend. warren gatland's men, who claimed their 14th win in succession with victory over ireland, will now turn their attention to the world cup in japan in september, as our correspondent katie gornall reports. it has been a weekend to remember for the grand slam champions. for the past three days, they and their country have been in party mode. now, at the welsh assembly in cardiff, it was time for a more formal celebration. we'rejust very proud. i've said it a few times in the last couple of days, all the faces looking back at us here today, it's what we represent when we get out on the park. we couldn't be prouder to be here, sharing it with everyone today. the little dink, hadleigh parkes! wales' match with ireland was meant to be a nailbiter. instead, they blew them away 25—7, suffocating them in defence and punishing them in attack.
they haven't had it all their own way in this six nations, but even when they were behind against england and france, they found a way back. when the pressure is on, wales have proved themselves to be masters of the big moment. their demolition of ireland gave warren gatland a record third grand slam title in his final six nations game in charge. his side are now on a 1a—match winning streak and have climbed above ireland to second in the world rankings. they will head to the world cup in japan later this year as major title contenders. as wales celebrate this grand slam, they know an even bigger prize could be around the corner. warren gatland will step down after the world cup injapan and nothing will mean more to him, the fans or the players than if they can return here to cardiff with the webb ellis trophy. it's been an awesome campaign, an awesome tournament. tonight has been awesome as well. more importantly, we won the grand slam and that is definitely a good start
for the world cup. i'm so proud of them. i think all the nation is, proud to be welsh. she speaks welsh. there is a togetherness about wales, a sense that when you play them, you play a nation, and not a team. this is a small country that believes it can conquer the world. katie gornall, bbc news, cardiff. yes, indeed! that's all from me. here on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm holly hamilton. wales receive a six nations heroes welcome in cardiff to celebrate their first grand slam
title for seven years. chelsea teenager callum hudson—odoi earns first england call—up but admits he thought it was a joke. new sponsor, new name. team sky are set for a rebrand as britian's richest man is revealed as their new backer. hello and welcome to sportsday. we begin in cardiff where huge celebrations have taken place in honour of the wales victory in this year's six nations. hundreds gathered at the senedd this evening to welcome home the grand slam winning team. they beat ireland at the weekend to finish off a perfect campaign and claim their 14th win in a row.
it has not sunk in yet. it has been a whirlwind 48 hours. to see how much it means to everyone. it is fantastic. we are lucky to get such tremendous support. it is a special weekend. it was a third grand slam for head coach warren gatland who praised his team for their resilience and said they won't rest on their laurels ahead of this year's world cup in japan. these guys will not go down in any match without a fight. you need a little bit of luck. hopefully they do not pick up too many injuries. we have got it a few months preparation. we will go being one of the fittest team is, if not the fittest tea m the fittest team is, if not the fittest team at the world cup. a