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this is bbc world news. our top story: the british prime minister's brexit withdrawal plan has hit yet another obstacle after a ruling by the speaker of the house of commons. john bercow said theresa may's deal can't be put to a vote by mps again, welcome to newsday. unless there's a substantial change. i'm babita sharma, in london. ministers have warned the headlines: of a constitutional crisis. a major blow for britain is due to leave the eu the british government, just ten days before brexit. theresa may's told she can't ask in just ten days' time. mps to vote on her deal for a third time. the new zealand government what the government cannot has agreed changes to gun laws "in principle". legitimately do is to resubmit police say the killer used military—style assault weapons which had been modified to the house the same proposition to make them more deadly, which is not currently illegal. or substantially the same and these pictures of school children in christchurch proposition as that of last week, are trending on pupils across new zealand performed the haka in tribute to the 50 people killed in the attacks which was rejected by 149 votes. on two mosques in the city. stay with bbc world news. a gunmen kills three people in the dutch city of utrecht. police arrest a 37—seven—year—old turkish man. the hunt for survivors and the top story in the uk: of the mozambique cyclone continues. britain's security minister has warned that a far—right attack a thousand are feared dead,
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with hundreds more missing. i'm sharanjit leyl, in christchurch, where tributes continue to pour in for the victims of the attacks on two mosques. and preparations for burials are set to begin. new zealand's governor general tells us the country will stay strong. this attack, it was designed to try and break apart our community and we are not going to let it. more for you on our top story with regards to brexit but first we go live to wellington where, as you can
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see, this is the parliament the government has currently got in session to discuss, of course, the aftermath of the attacks in christchurch. they are saying prayers before the session begins but we will keep a close eye and we will bring you all the latest information from the ground. it's 1am here in london, where there are nowjust 10 days to go until britain is due to leave the eu. but the path towards brexit has just become even more complicated, because of a ruling by the speaker of the house of commons. in a major blow to the prime minister, the speaker says theresa may cannot have a third go at getting her withdrawal deal approved by mps, unless the motion is substantially different from before. with all the day's developments, here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. time isn't healing, it's hurting. every day, it seems theresa may's
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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.
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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 seen from the chair. those in and out of number 10, trying to get a deal done, had no idea. reporter: 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.
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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.
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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. good afternoon from christchurch, where we're expecting details soon of reforms to new zealand's gun laws, following friday's attack on two mosques which left 50 people dead. the prime minister is at the debating chamber. the session was opened up by religious leaders, including an e—mail. let's have a look at the pictures coming in. —— iman. 0h, look at the pictures coming in. —— iman. oh, lord, we ask you to give full recovery to all those who have been injured, to grant patients and hope to all the family members
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affected by these tragedy. 0h, hope to all the family members affected by these tragedy. oh, lord, we ask you to protect new zealand and the whole world from such calamities. amen. those are live pictures. we are hearing from religious leaders opening of the session were prime ministerjacinda adern is expected to speak. we have the latest report now. 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,
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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. we believe the prime minister is speaking at parliament. their quiet
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friday afternoon has become our darkest of days but for the families it was more than that, it was the day that the simple act of prayer, of practising their muslim faith and religion led to the loss of their loved ones lives. those loved ones we re loved ones lives. those loved ones were brothers, daughters, fathers and children. they were new zealanders, they are asked, and because they are us asked we feel a duty of care, we mourn them. we have failed the need to say and to do. 0ne failed the need to say and to do. one of the roles i never anticipated having and have never to have is the voice of the grief of a nation. at
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this time, it has been second only to securing the care of those did and the safety of everyone. —— affected. i want to speak directly to the families. we cannot know your grief, but we will walk with you, we will surround you with all that makes us us. our hearts are heavy but our spirit is strong. mr speaker, less than 36 minutes that an emergency call was made alerting of the shooting at al noor mosque, police were at the scene. —— less
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than six minutes. to country police officers rammed the vehicle from which of the offender was still shooting. they opened his car door when they were explosives inside and pulled out. we want to acknowledge that they put their there lies below others. 0riginally that they put their there lies below others. originally from pakistan, a man died after rushing at the terrorist. he lost his life trying to save those worshipping alongside him. 0riginally to save those worshipping alongside him. originally from afghanistan, a man confronted and facedown terrorist after grabbing a simple machine. he risked his life and no doubt saved many. there will be cou ntless doubt saved many. there will be countless story. some of which we
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may never know but to reach we acknowledge you in this place and in this house. so many of us, the first sign of the scale of these terrorist attack was the images of ambulance staff transporting victims to christchurch hospital. to the first responders, health professionals who have assisted and continue to do so, please except the heartfelt thanks of us all. i saw first and professionalism in the face of extraordinary challenges. we are proud of your work and incredibly grateful for it. mr speaker, proud of your work and incredibly gratefulfor it. mr speaker, if you will allow, i would like to talk about some of the media measures currently in place, especially to ensure the safety of our muslim community and more broadly the safety of everyone. as a nation, we
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do remain on high alert. while there is no specific threat at present, we are maintaining vigilance. u nfortu nately, we are maintaining vigilance. unfortunately, we have seen in countries that know the horrors of terrorism more than us, there is a pattern of intense tension over the weeks that followed that means we need to ensure vigilance is maintained. there is an additional and ongoing security presence in christchurch and, as police have indicated, but they will continue to be police presence at mosques around the country while the doors are opened. when the doors close, police will be in the vicinity. there is a huge focus on ensuring the safety of families. a community office centre has been set up near the hospital to make sure people know how to access support. visas for family members
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overseas have been prioritised so they can attend funerals. funeral costs are they can attend funerals. funeral costs are covered they can attend funerals. funeral costs are covered and it includes a repatriation costs per any family members who would like to move their loved ones away from new zealand. we are working to provide mental health and social support. we received roughly 600 or phone calls at yesterday. lasting around a0 minutes. i encourage anyone in need of reaching out to use these services. they are there for you. language services have also provided support for more than 500 contexts -- 5000. we support for more than 500 contexts —— 5000. we are able to pass on the support needed in the language needed. to all of those working within this service, we say thank
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you. our security and intelligence services are receiving additional information. as has been the case in the past, these are taken extremely seriously and being followed up. i know, mr speaker, that there have been questions around how this could have happened here, rightly. in a place that prides itself on being open, peaceful, diverse. there is anger that it has happened here. there are many questions that need to be answered and the assurance that i give you is that they will be. yesterday cabinet agreed that an enquiry, one that looks into the events that led up to the attacks on the 15th of march will occur. we will examine what we did know, could have known or should have known. we cannot allow this to happen again.
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pa rt cannot allow this to happen again. part of ensuring the safety of new zealand is must include a frank examination of our gun laws. as i have a ready said, our gun laws will change. cabinet met yesterday and mate in principle decisions, 72 hours after the attack. before we meet again next monday, these decisions will be announced. mr speaker, there is one person at the centre of this terror attack against oui’ centre of this terror attack against our muslim community in new zealand. an australian citizen, charged with one count of murder. 0ther an australian citizen, charged with one count of murder. other charges will follow. he will face the full force of the law in new zealand. the families of the fallen will have justice. he sought many things from his act of terror but one was not
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the right cheek and that is way you will never hear me mention his name. —— not noteriaty. he will never have his name spoken by me. rather we will he then names of those he has taken. new zealand will give him nothing, not even his name. mr speaker, we will look at the role social media played and what steps we can take, including on the international stage and in unison with our partners. there is a question that ideas and language of diversity and hate have existed for decades but the form of distribution, the tools of
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organisation, they are new. we cannot simply sit back and accept that these exist in the watto sat on them is not the responsibility of them is not the responsibility of the place they are published. they are the publisher, not the postman. there cannot be a case of all profit, no responsibility. this, of course, doesn't take away the responsibility we too must show as a nation to confront racism, violence, and extremism. i don't have all of the answers now, but we must collectively find them and we must act. mr speaker, we are deeply grateful for all the messages of sympathy, support, and solidarity that we are receiving from our friends all around the world. and we are grateful to the global muslim community who have stood with us and we stand with them. mr speaker, i
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acknowledge that we too also stand with christchurch and the devastating blow that this has been to their recovery. and i acknowledge every member of this house who has stood alongside their muslim community, but especially those in canterbury, as we acknowledge this double grief. as i conclude, i acknowledge that there are many stories that will have struck all of us stories that will have struck all of us since the 15th of march. ten wish to mention is that of a 71—year—old man who open the door at the al—nuri mosque and said hello and welcome. his final words. he had no idea of the eight that sat behind the door. but his welcome tells us so much. that he was a member of a faith that welcomed all its members, that showed openness and care. i have
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said any times, mr speaker, we are a nation of 200 at this of these, 160 languages. we open our doors to others and say welcome. and the only thing that must change after the events of friday is that this same door must close on all of those who espouse hate and fear. yes, the person who committed these acts was not from here, he was not raised here, he did not find his ideology here, he did not find his ideology here, but that is not to say that those very same views do not live here. i know that as a nation we wish to provide every comfort we can dwell muslim community in this darkest of times. and we are. the mountain of flowers around the country that lie at the doors of mosques, this spontaneous song outside the gates, these are ways of
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expressing an outpouring of love and empathy, but we wish to do more. we wish for every member of our communities to also feel safe. safety m ea ns communities to also feel safe. safety means to be free from the fear of violence, but it also means to be free from the fear of those sentiments of racism and hate that create a place where violence can flourish. and every single one of us has the power to change that. mr speaker, on friday it will be a week since the attack. members of the muslim community will gather for worship on that day. let us acknowledge their grief as they do, let's support them as they gather again for worship. we are one. they are us.
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again for worship. we are one. they are us. and that was new zealand's prime minister, jacinda ardern speaking at the debating parliament, addressing the speaker of the house, essentially, continuing to stress what has been done to handle the situation. she, of course, thanked the security services, the police, and various other people. essentially voicing the grief of the nation. wanted to speak directly to families saying essentially our hearts are heavy, but our spirit is strong. so, of course, lots of people have been reacting on this, not just the people have been reacting on this, notjust the prime minister whom we have heard from several times since the tragedy happened. but, of course, i spoke to the governor general of new zealand on how people are reacting to this tragedy. the mood in new zealand at the moment is firstly one of great grief
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and shock. but there is coming through more and more, and you will have seen it today, a feeling of determination that we will do everything to support those in the community who have been directly affected, but more than that, to make sure that all minorities in new zealand, whether they are new new zealanders, whether they are ethnic minorities who have been here for a long time, they all feel welcome and pa rt long time, they all feel welcome and part of our community. i was just at the refugee centre, community centre, this morning and meeting with the people who have had the most immediate losses. there were vacancies in the room, those are the people that are no longer with us or are in serious condition in hospital. they had many searing m essa 9 es hospital. they had many searing m essa g es of hospital. they had many searing messages of pain and tragedy, but one thing they all expressed was their determination to make sure new zealand to stay is the place they wa nt to zealand to stay is the place they want to be. they feel safe here and they are determined to feel safe again. and i think we are uniting.
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we have a culture born out of maori tradition that means that our strength comes from our land and its then and now too. so we now have which got —— rich cultural tapestry we now need to weave together to have true integration. there has been some criticism that underneath the surface, even though new zealand has a great record when it comes to human rights, multiculturalism, under the surface there is islamophobia, there is racism, and this attack has uncovered all of that. this attack, it was designed to try and break apart our community. and we're not going to let it. so i think you will have seen let it. so i think you will have seen that, particularly, internationally there have been some challenging posts on social media, for example, there's not new zealand. and if it is new zealand,
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then we need to make sure that we educate everybody, that love is stronger than hate. what about concerns. . . that was the governor general of new zealand, dame patsy reddy speaking to mejust a zealand, dame patsy reddy speaking to me just a little earlier. zealand, dame patsy reddy speaking to mejust a little earlier. of course, prior to that you heard from the prime ministerjacinda ardern speaking in the debating chamber in parliament, addressing the speaker of the house, saying various things are being done. yesterday when she met the cabinet and parliament she said they had opened an enquiry into this, they are looking into reforming gun laws in new zealand, and they are also looking to help, of course, all of the bereaved and the families' funeral costs are being looked after. repatriation costs as well, amongst many other things. as i mentioned earlier, and she mentioned, even though the country remains divided their spirit is strong. sharanjit leyl hearing christchurch. thanks for watching
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newsday. does make here in christchurch. hello there. last week, we were bombarded by deep areas of low pressure, bringing gales and heavy rain, but i'm thankful to say this week is looking much quieter. we've got high pressure, i think, in the driving seat for many of us. so it'll be a lot more settled and quite mild. although we'll have quite a bit of cloud around, where you get the sunshine, it will feel very springlike indeed. this is the area of high pressure which will be dominating the weather for us throughout this week. but we've still got a few weather fronts to contend with in the short term. so it does look like, early on tuesday, quite a lot of cloud around, some showery bursts of rain across northern and western areas, and it will be breezier here as well. so with all the cloud cover, i think, and even the rain and the breeze, it's not going to be a particularly cold start on tuesday. but there will be quite a bit of cloud around. sunshine will be limited. i think probably the best of any, if you get some, will be the north—east of scotland, perhaps some spots across eastern england. but elsewhere, quite a bit of cloud,
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thickest across the north—west, where we'll see further outbreaks of rain, and it'll be breezier here too. so 11—1a celsius for scotland. further south, 12, 13 degrees, maybe 1a celsius in the south—east, which is actually pretty mild — a little bit higher than what we should be looking at this time of year. things are set to turn even milder midweek onwards. this big wedge of air will move in from the atlantic. the orange and yellow colours denote that. then it does look like, if we get some sunshine across the eastern side of the country, then those temperatures will shoot up. but again, another very cloudy day, i think, across northern and western areas. thickest of the cloud across the west of scotland, where it'll be quite breezy. 13, maybe 1a degrees here. but across the south and east, given some sunshine, we could be looking at 16 or 17 celsius. we've still got high pressure with us, dominating the scene, i think, for much of england and wales. this weather front will bring thicker cloud, outbreaks of rain to scotland and then to northern ireland later in the day, and it will become quite windy here too, as well, so a bit of a different feel to the weather. further south, though, largely settled, variable cloud, a little bit of sunshine, and again very mild, with temperatures reaching 15 or 16 degrees. something a little bit cooler behind this weather front —
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nine or 10 celsius here, lower for stornoway. this weather front begins to slip south—east, but fizzles out as it does for friday. so outbreaks for scotland and northern ireland, then into north—western parts of england and north—west wales later on. those temperatures dropping a little bit here, but still very mild, with some sunshine across the south and the east. now, it looks like that weather front will slip southwards during friday night, and then for the weekend, something a little bit cooler, as you can see. temperatures down a notch, but it looks largely settled, with variable cloud, a bit of sunshine.
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