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i'm kasia madera, in london. the headlines: r vj}..""21’i: ' the strasbourg agreement. regarding follwing hours of talks, the european union unanimously the strasbourg agreement. regarding agrees to give britain more time to prepare for brexit, the extension, how decisions but on condition that the uk envisaged two scenarios. in the parliament agrees to theresa may's deal. first scenario, if the agreement is passed by the house of commons next this closes and complete the full week, the european council agrees to an extension until the 22nd of may. package. there is no more that you in the second scenario, if the can have. we are hopeful that the agreement will be adopted by the agreement is not agreed to buy the house of commons. house of commons, the european theresa may says that, council agrees for an extension while she understands the frustration of british mps, it's time to put an end until the 12th of april. what this to the uncertainty. i hope we can all agree we are now at the moment of decision and i will make every effort to means in practice is that until that date, all options will remain open. on the cliff edge date will be
delayed. the uk government will still have a choice of a deal, no deal, along extension or revoking article 50. the 12th of april is a key date in terms of the uk deciding whether to hold european parliament elections. if it has not decided to do so by then, the option of a long extension will automatically become impossible. as you know, in accordance with the treaties, any extension must be decided by the eu 27, in agreement with the member state concerned. this is why i met prime minister mays several times tonight, to make sure that the uk accepts the extension scenarios. ——
may. and i'm pleased to confirm that we have reached an agreement on this. and here is the european commission president, he was standing by him, jean—claude juncker. standing by him, jean—claude juncker. we have done everything we could to help get it over the finishing line. we were asked to clarifications in december, we gave them. we were asked for assurances injanuary, we them. we were asked for assurances in january, we gave them. we were asked for assurances injanuary, we gave them. i was asked for further reassurances last monday in strasbourg, notably with regard to the backstop, i gave them. “ assurances. regard to the backstop, i gave them. —— assurances. and regard to the backstop, i gave them. “ assurances. and so regard to the backstop, i gave them. —— assurances. and so i have to welcome that today the 27 leaders endorsed the legally binding clarification and assurances that prime minister theresa may and i agreed in strasbourg. this closes and completes the full package, there is no more that we can give. we are hopeful that the agreement
will be adopted by the house of commons. hope eternal on the part of the european commission president jean—claude juncker. they have the european commission president jean—claudejuncker. they have said they have done everything they can to help the uk sign in december, january and february, and still hoping that that deal, theresa may's deal, let's face it, it is their deal, let's face it, it is their deal as well, that they can still get it the house of commons next week. plenty to play for than in london these next few days. that is it from here in brussels this evening, let's get some weather with. sunshine and warmth willjust cloudy? it was all nothing really is went to thursday's weather and friday, there has been a good deal of cloud around again but some wetter weather on the way. a band of rain moving gradually south—eastwards and sunny skies returning behind that, though there will be showers wintry on heels, heading west to north—west scotland.
particularly western scotland gusting to 60 miles an hour or so. much of england and wales will stay dry, some drizzle in places. some outbreaks have been reaching towards northern ireland and wales that evening. still a good deal of cloud across the south—east, starting saturday. elsewhere under clear skies, chilly night, touch foster because parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland. cloud holding on across the south and south—east on saturday, maybe some drizzle here. just a few showers running into scotland, one ought to enter northern ireland, where it will remain very breezy. —— one or two. u nless unless anybody else appears at the podium in brussels, we're going to try and have a look at the papers, if that is all right with you. hello and welcome.
with me are broadcaster henry bonsu and kate andrews, an associate director at the institute of economic affairs. let's have a look at some of those fun pages then. —— fun pages. —— front pages. a somewhat awkward embrace between theresa may and jean claude juncker is on the telegraph. it says a growing number of tory mps want mrs may to step aside. the metro focuses on that story concerning operation redfold, which is the name for part of the mod‘s no—deal plans. metaphorical language in the ft, which describes the new article 50 deadline as a brexit guillotine. the guardian has quotes from one eu aide, who describes the pm's plea to fellow leaders as awful, dreadful and evasive. do you know what? i'm going to stop and point you in the direction of the camera that is above my head, it is going to show us the times, which we have just had is going to show us the times, which
we havejust had in. one last is going to show us the times, which we have just had in. one last chance is the headline on the front of the times. eu gives theresa may the weeks to when her brexit vote. one weeks to when her brexit vote. one week and it is no deal or long extension, what has been categorically ruled in or out? extension, what has been categorically ruled in or ounm extension, what has been categorically ruled in or out? it is good that we missed a slot in our logo because it is now little bit clear of where we are. a picture of theresa may walking on a lonesome. if you are a fan of theresa may, you will say this is good because the eu has blinked. —— on her lonesome. after seven hours of argy—bargy, the may 12 deadline has been pushed back to may 12. —— march 29 deadline has been pushed back. if not, then it is kicked a little bit further down the road until the 22nd, is that right? might if the vote, if the agreement is accepted. -- if the vote. if the
speaker allows it to be held and it is agreed by mps, then we have got until may 22 but also in order to defer my 29th, don't we have to have some kind of legislation to parliament next week in order to sort of amendment march 29 as our leaving date? yes, in which state you put on that legislation? anything is possible, it is all up in the airas anything is possible, it is all up in the air as the same, we have got the 22nd of may to now look forward to if the withdrawal deal gets over the line, if meaningful vote three does not go ahead or not accepted by mps and we have got 149 mps who voted against it last time, then you are going to be in a situation where the 12th of april is now the new brexit deadline. but this is going to be very difficult for people listening in, not just to be very difficult for people listening in, notjust a few to be very difficult for people listening in, not just a few voted for brexit that if you are very, very tired because the reality is that this feels like a whole new set of cans to keep down the road. —— not if you just. now that it is
being extended, it really does feel like there is in definite nature to it. but she said that no deal was better than no deal and i was doing all she can to avoid a no deal. she is not all she can take no deal off the table, there is no consistency here in one of the issues is were promised no general election, we we re promised no general election, we were promised no extension of article 50, many promises have been made that broken and i think a lot of people out there, especially if you are brexiteer, the fact that the 29th of march is now changed and really has not, we do not have a new committed brexit date, that is still up committed brexit date, that is still up in the air is going to cause a lot of people to panic about the result. let's look at the guardian, theresa may's appeal falls flat as eu seizes control brexit date. they have but they have kept the language pretty vague, so all sorts of other options could still come back. well, they have to because of course, we have got 27 leaders, these are all people who believe in, as he was
saying, the eu project and they do not want to have to face their own elected if britain is sent away with a flea in its ear. you got the impression leading up to this summit that quite a number of european council members, by ministers and presidents, was sick and tired of britain, wanted to get rid of this troublesome member. theresa may, in this guardian piece, appealed for time and again, and i have said this would long time, and interviewed theresa may a couple times my career, and she does not do charm. we know that she does not do small talk, so when you are called upon to doa tourde talk, so when you are called upon to do a tour de force in front of the 27 members, if you want to persuade them to give you a fairly long extension, you have got to give them something. and what it appears, from this piece, that emerged from that meeting was that she simply was not clear, she appeared confused, he was a quote, she —— when asked three times what she would do if she lost the vote, she could not say what you
do, it was also, evasive, she did not have a plan b. it is interesting meeting at the senior aid on the front page of the guardian who has been questioned and interviewed here, saying that she could not explain to the 27 eu member states what happens if this withdrawal deal does not go through. a lot of us asking the same question because realistically with this timeline, there's only one deal on the table, so if that does not go through, you are looking more extreme scenarios, no—deal brexit, revoking article 50, things that mps do not want to do on either side and certainly do not have a majority for when she is asked about her plan b, you are right, there is no plan b, at least she is not articulating it. i would like to think she has a few tricks up like to think she has a few tricks up your sleeve, it has been chaos, it is hard for us to sit back and believe she isjust being a bit coy about plan b, she could not articulate it. and what is clearly quite irritating is to see the prime minister who has to present herself as tribune of the people, i am with you, i know you are sick and tired of it, to me that statement from
downing street to the people, but she is the one who boxed herself in at the very beginning. and alan the ft. at the very beginning. and alan the ft, we have got warnings of a national emergency to the prime minister. —— now on the ft. this is the tuc. that is right and the cbi. the tuc and the cbi business leaders unusually coming together to say the same thing. well, they are absolutely terrified of a no—deal brexit, they are worried about what it would do to the economy, there is a concern that not enough planning has been done under no—deal brexit, so it does not have to be a disaster but the u.k.'s something not prepared. it is only talking about national emergency because there are a few going on within this article and what it is also revealing is that the tensions within the eu and their leaders, so it highlights here that angela merkel and emmanuel macron nearly erupted into a row over these discussions and we must remember that while it is extremely easy and i think quite right to criticise the way that the uk is acted in these negotiations, the eu is facing many, many tensions of
their own. macon is having to succumb to his protesters in france, germany could be facing the session. there are many questions about unemployment and growth in the eu. their there as well, so it is not just the uk versus the eu, the eu has a lot to deal with in the next few years, not just this one topic. jean—claude juncker said we have other legislation to be getting on with. really do, yeah. daily telegraph, may cause eu's bluff, i am ready to crash out, she says. they have clearly drunk the theresa may kool—aid here, giving the impression that theresa may is clearly in the driving seat, in great contrast to the picture presented by the financial times in the guardian, as though theresa may has essentially got what she wanted and the eu has blinked before we did. if you are brexiteer who believes and has always believed that in the end, the eu would recognise our massive economy, the fa ct recognise our massive economy, the fact that the 65 million british
people have an economy the size of the 18 smallest european union countries, in the end they would cave in, then you will be happy with this headline but i'm not really sure i buy it. i mean she was not ready to crush out, actually she said my dealers the only deal, do not have a plan b, but this a nice spin on her behalf. i do not buy it, she was asked specifically at a press conference if no deal was an option and she said no. again. and also, she had the opportunity to not ta ke also, she had the opportunity to not take no deal off the table and she voted the other way, no consistency. in one of the other issues here, 18 ministers threatened they will quit. could the you are file conservatives, as the ft is suggesting, join forces with labour to stop theresa may, to bring the government down, to avoid crashing the economy? i am not convinced that your file conservatives are going to join labour. i think we have to remember that the one thing keeping this cabinet together, keeping the you are files in the eurosceptics
together in the conservative party is that an opposition leader who fundamentally disagrees with their values and has a very different opinion about the world and a very different perspective about the battle of ideas is waiting in the shadows. —— europhiles. it seems very unlikely even now that the europhile conservatives would align themselves with jeremy corbyn. the and meiners have been getting behind theresa may's deal to some extent, soido theresa may's deal to some extent, so i do not think we are seeing that pathway. there has been a flurry of mps leaving their parties to join the independent group. yes, but they have kind of run out of steam, they are going to need some kind of new energy in order to swell the numbers because i thought when it got to 11, 0k, it is because i thought when it got to 11, ok, it is going to go quiet for a bit and get 18 or 20 but it doesn't look though they are going to go. having said that, if we are up against another deadline, you might see other people, we have not ruled out dominic grieve, didn't he say
this week, he said he was absolutely really tired and embarrassed and ashamed to be a conservative? that sounds like somebody was looking at the exit door. if you have got people, if you have got this april the 12th, the boat does not go through, the meaningful vote, the withdrawal agreement is not accepted, she has got to go back. and come up with something different. what is that something different? —— vote. different. what is that something different? -- vote. not only did she have to come up with something different and mps have to vote to send it back to brussels, but then the eu has to agree to it. this is not a unilateral decision and that you will be getting tired, mps and vote rs you will be getting tired, mps and voters will be getting tired and a very serious issue for her is how people view her leadership, both in the uk and in eu. can she keep going back time after time? as i said before, it is likely have new set of cans to kick down the road, people are very tired. i do not see people being casual about extending this process much longer. metro, no-deal brexit bunker at the mod. this is
pa rt brexit bunker at the mod. this is part of operation redfold, which is pa rt part of operation redfold, which is part of operation redfold, which is part of their plans for a no deal. it was i'm not sure why they need to be in no deal brexit bunker. it looks nice but it'sjust be in no deal brexit bunker. it looks nice but it's just an office in the building. it is where they've got space. they haven't used it since the 80s. they are trying to make it look as though things are going to get so serious that we need to have a command and control nerve centre that no—one can penetrate and from this we will decide which troops are deployed to handle possible rioting, maybe yellow vests, ensure food gets through ports. this is news they've released today. i think there is a little bit of hype. they had to prepare but to say this is being co—ordinated from no deal brexit bunker makes a nice front—page story but it's still in office. 3500 troops across britain, thatis office. 3500 troops across britain, that is not actually that many.
hopefully they will not be needed but it's a relatively good sign if troops won't be needed. writing. much more technical. no brexit scenario. even if you were to pull off a successful no brexit scenario. the government has handled these contingency plans a bit late. remember that the ferry that didn't work? are as ashley quite sympathetic to that. i like that they were giving the little guy have a chance of the contract. we weren't thrilled about carillion, c got to give the little guy a chance. the
ideal of we are near the end, when jean—claude juncker was asked, when is the end? there was no answer. he doesn't know. it is very concerning. it is forever. doesn't know. it is very concerning. it is - forever. according to the extension, a long extension could mean to the end of this year or beyond. a lot of brexit supporters would not accept that. they said they wouldn't accept an extension of article 50 at all yet here we are. lot of weird things going on. i've heard some quite hardy eurosceptics saying they would prefer a long extension to the withdrawal deal. the way people are ranking their decision—making doesn't add up. there isn't much of a majority from anything. we are days away from meaningful vote three. interestingly
when laura kuenssberg asked if she would have the vote next week, she did not answer that question directly. maybe we will get some indicative votes as well. which option commands majority. maybe a long extension would happen. mike hill turn to be that the pressure grows for a vote to see that petition on the government website, thatis petition on the government website, that is getting 2 million signatures... apparently it's the fastest growing petition in history. i think you can look at any of these scenarios and asking why either side would like it but that suggests even now, with this new date of april 12 or may 22, nothing is ruled out. the daily telegraph, clock runs down on
theresa may as tories tell her, time is up. graham brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee delivering that message but she survived a vote. time and again. we thought she was going to kick stand down nothing has changed, what, 1.5 years ago, she is still there. even though it's a nice front—page appalled by his statement from downing street yesterday. hardliners were not impressed. the executive secretary of the 1922 committee, saying it is not that people don't believe what you say, it is that people don't believe what you can deliver. but she is determined to stay. it is getting hairy. she sees another day. plus ca
change... indeed, indeed. we did it! that's it for the papers. don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online on the bbc news website. it's all there for you seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers. and if you miss the programme any evening, you can watch it later on bbc iplayer. thank you henry and kate. you have to be prepared to be very patient when you come here. that is it from us. good evening — here's your latest sports news. we start on a terrible night for scotland. alex mcleish‘s side were abject in their euro 2020 qualification opener. they lost 3—0 to kazachstan, a side ranked 117th in the world — a team who have only won 2 of their last 20 qualifers. craig templeton watched the action.
scotland's qualifying campaign began a long way from home. astana is nearly 4000 miles from edinburgh but all the early patterns of play were created by kazakhstan are yellow, and inside six minutes they found a hole in the scottish defence in the top corner was found. it was about top corner was found. it was about to get worse. once more, the path to scotland's girl was too easy to find and it was 2—0 afterjust ten minutes. only agility meant it didn't become three before half—time. the interval brought no change and soon it was three. you can see what the tartan army thought about. the best chance fell to stuart armstrong but despite having so little to do, the goalkeeper was up so little to do, the goalkeeper was up to the task. scotland stunned by a team ranked 77 places below them and questions certainly will be
asked. northern ireland had a much more positive start to their qualifying campaign with a 2—0 nil win over estonia at windsor park. the hosts were on top for much of the game, but it took until the hour mark until they scored their first goal — niall mcginn with the final touch. steven davis added the second from the penalty spot after george saville was fouled in the box. michael o'neill‘s men play their second qualifier against belarus on sunday. chelsea ladies have boosted their hopes of reaching the semi—finals of the champions league for the second successive season with an important win in the first leg of their last eight tie against paris saint germain. both goals came in the second half, after a rather nervy first 45 minutes — hannah blundell with this wonderful strike for chelsea's first. england's fran kirby set up team mate erin cuthbert for the second — the second leg is in paris next wednesday. west ham midfielder declan rice has issued an apology for pro—ira comments he made on social media 3 years ago. rice is currently with the england squad after receiving his first
call up for the games against the czech republic and monteonegro after switching allegiance from the republic of ireland. the post in question came from 2015 when the midfielder was an ireland youth player and he wrote '#upthera' on instagram. he has apologised on that same platform today and then received support from the england manager. i think people understand, most people who have children of those sorts of ages, and people are still maturing at that age. you are in conversations with friends you can get giddy. you don't understand the context. our fans in get giddy. you don't understand the context. ourfans in our public ‘s will recognise that fact, i'm sure. bryony frost is going to miss next
month's grand national meeting at aintree. she broke her collarbone in a fall at southwell. she became the first female jockey to win a grade 1 jumps race at the festival last week. she also came fifth in the national last year hasn't although she hadn't yet secured a ride in the big race. gymnast simone biles has confirmed that next year's tokyo olympics will be her last. the 22—year—old, who won 4 gold medals at the rio games in 2016, says the wear and tear from her gymnastics career has taken its toll on her body, which she says feels like it is "falling apart". that's all the sport for now. goodnight. there is the latest live update from bbc weather of the day that sort 18 celsius in east yorkshire in the sunshine but many other places were mild but cloudy. it it's all about to change as this weather front moves south friday and early saturday, clearer conditions following on behind. more places
will see the sunshine that it will be cooler. the cloud is still with us. rain across shetland, dampened drizzly across western parts of the uk, christian mackey in some spots. a lot of cloud as friday begins. here is the rain from that weather front. wet and increasingly windy as well. the strongest wind gusts, northern ireland and scotland. notice how clears behind that sunshine coming out. wintry on hills, especially going into friday night. some rain edging into northwest england. much of england and wales, north—east england, yorkshire, along the south coast, mild but cooler behind the weather front. further wintry showers into scotland, still with strong winds on friday night. the front moving south
across england and wales, barely any ram in it. a little light rain in places, lingering towards the south—east, temperatures up into saturday morning. elsewhere, a cold night. this weather front is making quite a difference. it is cooler behind it. it's clearer, fresher, releasing sunny spells around. on saturday, the front is lingering through southern england. still perhaps a little light rain. elsewhere, sunny spells, still wintry showers and scotland. still very blustery northern scotland, temperatures at around 9— 12 degrees. the chance of frost on saturday night. sunny spells elsewhere. more prolonged downpours. showers to northern ireland. similar temperatures for sunday. this is how your week in his shaping up. if they do feel different out there. a chilly night as well. there will be