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tonight at ten — theresa may writes to all mp5, setting out in stark terms the uk's options on brexit. she returned to downing street from brussels with a delay to brexit day — and under huge pressure to break the westminster deadlock. we are now at the moment of decision, and i will make every effort to ensure that we are able to leave with a deal and move our country forward. the labour leader urged her to accept her deal‘s failure — and to allow mps to vote on a series of different proposals. the prime minister has had two and a half years to undertake these negotiations, hasn't done so. it's time for parliament to take over. with mrs may appearing to accept this evening that her deal may not have enough support, we'll look at the options now facing both the prime minister and parliament. also tonight...
after a 22—month investigation — robert mueller delivers his report on alleged links between russia and president trump's 2016 campaign. the devastation caused by cyclone idai in southern africa — we report from one of the worst affected areas. at the inquest into the victims of the birmingham pub bombings almost 45 years ago, a witness names four ira men he says were responsible. exactly a week after 50 people were killed in two mosques here in christchurch in new zealand, the whole country pauses to remember the dead. commentator: sterling going for a hat—trick and scoring a hat—trick! and raheem sterling steals the show, as england thrash the czech republic in their opening euro 2020 qualifier. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, birmingham city drop to 18th in the championship after they were handed a nine—point deduction
for breaching profitability and sustainability rules. good evening. theresa may has written to mps tonight, spelling out the options now open to parliament and the government — as she comes under intense pressure to find a way forward on brexit. the uk was meant to leave the eu in a week's time — on march 29th. but after theresa may failed twice to get her withdrawal deal through the commons, the eu last night agreed to an extension. it means if on a third attempt mps do vote for her deal next week, brexit will happen on 22nd may. but there are no signs she has enough support. if the deal fails again, the eu has given the uk until april 12th to propose something else.
the prime minister outlined the options to mps tonight — leaving with no deal, cancelling brexit, or asking for another extension. labour'sjeremy corbyn said mps should be given a series of alternatives to vote on. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. how long now? how much longer before we leave? how much longerfor this prime minister? how much longer can our politics really go on like this? just after midnight in brussels, theresa may confirmed the eu granted not as long a delay she had asked for, but a pause. good morning. an extra fortnight to give her another chance to pass her deal. the date of our departure will now be extended to the 22nd of may. if parliament does not agree a deal next week, the eu council will extend article 50 until the 12th of april. at this point, we would either leave with no deal or put forward
an alternative plan. so we'll leave a little late, if mps back down and back her. but why would they do that when she strongly pointed the finger at them? doesn't this delay just postpone the dilemma you still find yourself in? what is it that makes you think you have a chance of passing your vote next week, and do you think actually you should apologise for the remarks you made about what parliament has done? there are passionately held views on all sides of this argument. and yes, as i said last night, i expressed frustration. but i know mps are frustrated, too. getting the deal through next week in a meaningful vote means that we can have that extension to the 22nd of may, get our legislation through, deliver on the referendum. the prime minister herself indicated ina the prime minister herself indicated in a letter to mps tonight she might give up at last on her compromise, writing that the government might
not hold another vote on the agreement with the eu if there does not appear to be sufficient support. theresa may missed out on this last photocall in brussels, with its booming music and cheesy grins. but no one here really believes she'll get her deal through back in westminster. odds—on, it will then be for mps to determine a different deal, or a longer delay. the fate of brexit is in the hands of our british friends. at the eu, we are prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. as you know, hope dies last. how much hope, though, does number ten's weary team really have? if the deal fails, they've already promised mps can have different votes on different versions of brexit. what isn't clear though is whether those votes would force ministers‘ hands and change the plan, orjust give a sense of direction.
the government would provide parliament with the means to come to a view on the options available. some ministers think the government should lead that process and be bound by whatever gets most support in the commons. the problem is, others and many backbenchers are horrified by the idea. with no majority, though, theresa may's choice might be to budge or be budged. hello, have a nice weekend. are you supporting the indicative votes? parliament now has to take control of the process. the government has failed, the prime minister has failed, her deal has gone. neither labour nor even some of the prime minister's allies are coming to her aid. she's got to listen and consult with parliament. she cannot go on living in a bunker and pretending it will come all right next week. it won't unless there's a change by her. the government has not taken a grip of the situation. it has been prepared to be pushed around at every level. i think cabinet divisions have caused real problems for the prime minister.
conservatives on all sides of the raging brexit argument are angry, frustrated and disappointed with the prime minister's predicament. for months, theresa may has hung on to the idea that her deal is the only one, there's no alternative to the compromise she brokered over two years. but now an alternative might be forced upon her by parliament and forced upon her soon, and that could make her leadership impossible to maintain. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. in the last hour it's been announced in the united states that the special counsel robert mueller has submitted his report on possible russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to the attorney general. its conclusions haven't yet been made public, but speculation is rife on what it could contain. our north america editorjohn sobel
is at the white house for us now. it's hard to overstate the significance of this day. people have been waiting with anticipation, some trepidation, about what the mueller report might contain. it's 110w mueller report might contain. it's now been finally delivered to the attorney general and for the past two years the subject of russia, was their collusion, was their obstruction of justice, their collusion, was their obstruction ofjustice, has overshadowed donald trump ‘s time at the white house. robert mueller, a former fbi director, was appointed special counsel almost two years ago, but in that time he is not made a single public comment about his investigation. good morning. donald jtrump! investigation. good morning. donald jtrump! he's investigation. good morning. donald j trump! he's been looking into whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the kremlin during the 2016 presidential race. did donald trump know that russians had hacked hillary clinton's campaign and given e—mails to wikileaks to campaign and given e—mails to wikilea ks to release? campaign and given e—mails to wikileaks to release? russia, if you are listening, i hope you are able
to find the 30,000 e—mails that are missing. i think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. what happened at a trump tower meeting in june 2016 what happened at a trump tower meeting injune 2016 between key campaign officials, including donald trump junior, and russians campaign officials, including donald trumpjunior, and russians with links to the kremlin? and this question. did the president fire that then fbi directorjames comey in an attempt to obstructjustice? the president has repeatedly claimed it's a witchhunt. the witch hunt, as i call it, should never have taken place. the entire thing has been a witch hunt. it's a witchhunt. that's all it is. there's been a string of convictions. traitor. paul manafort, donald trump ‘s one—time campaign chairman, has been found guilty of financial crimes but not collusion. michael flynn, the president's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia. long—time trump advisor roger stone
has been accused of lying to congress about his efforts to get in touch with wikileaks during the 2016 campaign. michael cohen, donald trump ‘s former lawyer, also made a plea deal with the special counsel and turned on his former boss. now the new attorney general, william barr, has been handed the mueller report and it's for him to decide what will be made public. what happens next? well, let's choose our verbs with some care. the report has been delivered. it hasn't been released. mr barr, the attorney general, says he's going to be reading and deciding how much of it he can released a committee chairman wa nts. he can released a committee chairman wants. 0nce he can released a committee chairman wants. once they get a version of it becomes public, their version becomes public, their version becomes public, their version becomes public, but there will also becomes public, but there will also be demands for maximum to closure from democrats, who want to see the full report and the arguments underpinning a lot of what's in it. that's the first thing. the second
thing is, and i think this is really significant, there were many people who speculated that when mueller delivered his final report that would be a kind of big bang finale, maybe an indictment of donald trump junior, may be an indictment of jared kushner. that has not happened and that has lifted the mood enormously in the white house, that there is no fresh bombshell disclosure, no new fresh bombshell indictment. but all that having been said, the third thing is that whilst the mueller chapter may be coming to an end there are all sorts of other cha pters an end there are all sorts of other chapters that are being written. there are congressional inquiries going on now that the democrats control the house of representatives in all sorts of aspects into trump's at activities. there are other enquiries going on in the southern district of new york. donald trump may be able to breeze a bit easier tonight that the mueller investigation may be over, but there's still a long way to go. john sobel there's still a long way to go. john sobel, our north america editor, thank you. rain, rising rivers,
and broken bridges are hampering aid and rescue efforts for those affected by cyclone idai in southern africa. the death toll officially across the region is over 550, although the true number is thought to be far higher. hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced across mozambique, zimbabwe and malawi. the uk has donated £22 million to the aid effort, £8 million of that is from the public. fergal keane has travelled deep into one the worst affected areas, the district of nhamatanda in mozambique, where many people have died and thousands more are still in need of aid. the bridge on the road towards nhamatanda now crosses a river that has engulfed the countryside and severed the road that is a trading lifeline for southern africa. survivors of the flooding have found a way across the farmland that has become a swamp. and they told of many deaths in the countryside beyond.
translation: a lot of people have died in my village. we saw the bodies of 76 people, and then yesterday we found four more. we continued on foot, thanks to the kindness of locals, who want the world to see what has happened to their lives. 0n the other side, another driver to negotiate the battered road, where dozens have taken shelter under plastic. little protection from the rains, and now there are reports of cholera. disease is the inevitable consequence of so many living in such terrible conditions. this 76—year—old war veteran has come to the water to fish, his only hope for food. and while scientists assess the causes of the violent weather, he says the storm is the worst he's ever known.
i was born “119113, francesco told me, and i haven't seen a wind like this. we arrived in nhamatanda as the un was leaving. they'd just made a food drop. much more is needed in a place where they saw hundreds lose their lives and thousands are destitute. how many people are you taking care of here? 2000? over 2000 people in this one school? katerina goncalves was waiting in the hope of getting food. her mother was drowned in the storm. the eldest of her seven children was trying to repair the family home. katerina is a widow, and her crops have been destroyed. the way i am now, she told me, i don't know how i'll
survive with my children. i have no work and everything at my farm was destroyed. and remember, they live with the trauma of losing dozens of their neighbours in the storm. then there was a glimmer of better news. some food had come. this is a supply of government food that has just arrived. you can see there are armed guards on the truck, because hunger breeds desperation. it is entirely understandable when people have gone for days without food. there are bigger questions about the causes and solutions to such disasters. but, on the ground, it is still an unfolding crisis, a question of survival. fergal keane, bbc news, nhamatanda. a former ira bomber has named the people whom he believes were responsible for the 1974 birmingham pub bombings. the man — known as witness 0 — was giving evidence
during the inquest into the deaths of the 21 victims. he said he'd been given permission to reveal the names by the current head of the ira. sima kotecha reports. it was an evening in november 197a. two explosions in two pubs in birmingham. 21 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. six men were falsely imprisoned for the crime. after spending almost two decades in jail they were acquitted, and that's when some of the families of those killed began calling for fresh inquests. four weeks in and today a former volunteer of the ira told the court who he thought was responsible. he said he'd been given permission to do so by the head of the ira in dublin. the man, known as witness 0, gave four names. he said seamus mcloughlin was the officer commanding the ira in birmingham at the time, and was in charge of selecting targets. mick murray, he said, was one of the bombers.
another member of the bombing team, he said, was michael hayes. and then when asked about a james gavin, witness 0 said, "well, he was involved." all are dead apart from michael hayes, seen here two years ago. in court, my brother and my sisterand i, we were all sobbing, hearing what witness 0 had to say about one of the bombers who, quote, said, "he's harmless now". that's because the damage has already been done. what makes what was said in court today so significant is that for 18 months there was an ongoing legal battle between some of the families of those killed and the coroner over the scope of the inquests and whether it could include the potential perpetrator issue. the court of appeal ruled that it could not. but today, for hours, the court discussed suspects.
when asked about a michael patrick reilly, witness 0 said he didn't recall him at all. reilly has always denied playing any part. 21 killed 44 years ago, and now the names of the potential perpetrators have been mentioned for the first time in a formal setting. the inquests continue. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. people across new zealand have observed a two minute's silence in memory of the 50 people who died in shootings at two mosques in christchurch, one week ago. prime ministerjacinda ardern joined thousands of mourners near the al—noor mosque, one of the two targeted in the attack. clive myrie is in christchurch for us this evening. yes, it was an intense and emotional day of mourning and prayer for the 50 people who lost their lives in
the attacks on those two mosques, with new zealanders of all faiths coming together to show solidarity with those people who died, and also to make it clear that they wanted to fight for a society where everybody can feel valued, feel equal and feel safe. the whole aim, of course, to prevent a similar atrocity happening again. this place has been defiled. the al noor mosque isn't fit for worship — the memory of violence still fresh. a crime scene, it's out of bounds on this, the holiest day of the week in islam. so the faithful must go elsewhere. allahu akbar... this call to prayer also sounded out exactly seven days ago, but was followed by gunshots. now in its wake, silence.
two minutes of space for a country to breathe, suffocated for a week by all—consuming grief. last friday, i stood in this mosque and saw hatred and rage in the eyes of the terrorist who killed and murdered 50 innocent people. listening, survivors of the massacre and an estimated 20,000 people of all faiths, united in defying the wishes of the killer. this terrorist sought to tear our nation apart. but instead we have shown that new zealand is unbreakable.
the country's prime minister attended the commemoration service, along with five men who'd arrived in christchurch earlier in the week with stories of loss. i take people for hajj pilgrimage to saudi, mecca. and one of the sisters, who is a devout muslim, linda armstrong, i took her for hajj in 2017. and she was one of my best group. and i said i would go there and do whatever i can to help people to bury her peacefully. and buried peacefully she was, along with 26 others this day, including mucad ibrahim, the youngest victim, aged just three.
new zealand has had to ask itself some tough questions in the last seven days. is it really as welcoming to strangers as it would like to think? the al noor mosque will reopen shortly and the veneration of god will return indoors. but an open and frank conversation about islamophobia, hatred and white supremacy has moved into the open and cannot be ignored. well, here in the centre of christchurch there has been a march for love taking place in a street down below. we've got some pictures to show you now. thousands of people moving through the to show you now. thousands of people movi school. gh the
to show you now. thousands of people movi school. gh i 1e to show you now. thousands of people movi school. gh i say, that was local school. as i say, that was the march for love. they have been trying to heal themselves over the last seven days or so. humberside police have said the death of the university student libby squire, whose body was found in the humber estuary on wednesday, is being treated as a potential homicide. the 21—year—old, originally from buckinghamshire, disappeared last month after a night out with friends. 0ur correspondent danny savage is in hull. what more are the police saying? libby was last seen alive exactly seven weeks ago today, sitting on this bench. she was noticed by people driving by and people stopped to check she was all right. but then she vanished and ever since then a major police inquiry has been under way. but it has been treated as a missing persons investigation. however, that has now changed. libby's body was found on wednesday,
floating in the humber estuary, near to spurn point. a postmortem led police to conclude that she died as the result of a crime. in a statement released this afternoon, they say libby's death and the recovery of her body now leads us to solely investigate this as a potential homicide. that can mean murder, it can mean manslaughter, it could mean unlawful killing. at what it does mean is that many people who suspected she may have died as the result of an accident, that is not the case. this has now been treated asa the case. this has now been treated as a crime and this inquiry has a long way to go. thank you, danny. funerals have been held for the three teenagers who died in a crush before a st patrick's day disco in county tyrone. morgan barnard and lauren bullock, who were both 17, and 16—year—old connor currie, were among hundreds of young people waiting to get into the event, at a hotel in cookstown. the leader of plaid cymru says wales should have a referendum on independence if a series of demands are not met after brexit.
in a speech to his party's spring conference, adam price announced a series of policy propsals — and said european funding for wales must be guaranteed. england got their euro 2020 campaign off to the best possible start this evening. a hat—trick from raheem sterling helped the three lions to a 5—0 victory against the czech republic at wembley. natalie pirks watched the action. with all talk centred on new talent there was first time to applaud the past, but as legends were remembered there was time for new memories to be made. and after a slow start, teenagerjadon sancho found himself on the end of some quick thinking from harry kane. raheem sterling had to stretch, but he wasn't missing from there. confidence is coursing through sterling. these defenders tried desperately to keep him in check. step forward harry kane. as the czechs started the second half with more purpose, it was time to get clinical.
raheem sterling again in the perfect place with the perfect touch and the perfect sentiment — paying tribute to a young footballer we lost this week to leukaemia. with his stock sky—high the class act continued, albeit with a slice of luck. time fora rest, raheem, and a hug. step forward callum hudson—0doi, capped for england before making a premier league start for chelsea. it was his determination, but tomas kalas‘s comical own goal. 5—0 england then and the kids were all right, but the night was capped by one sterling performance. what i hat—trick performance from raheem sterling, fast becoming a fan favourite. the crowd were quiet in the build—up to the first goal, the england team perhaps experiencing for the first time the weight of expectation that has affected england teams of the past. but this tea m england teams of the past. but this team are confident and entertaining. the feel—good factor continues.
that's all from us tonight. here on bbc one, time for the news where you are. welcome to bbc london news. i'm alice bhandhukravi. "it's like being given a life sentence" — the words of seven—year—old joel urhie's mother, as she described hello and welcome to sportsday, i'm sarah mulkerrins. your headlines tonight... hat—trick heaven for raheem sterling as england kick off their euro qualification campaign in style. birmingham city drop from 13th to 18th in the championship, as the club are sanctioned over a breach of rules. and st helens score eight tries against castleford to move two points clear at the top of the super league table.
welcome along, and a very good evening if you're an england fan. gareth southgate's side kicked off their euro 2020 qualification campaign with a thumping five nil win against the czech republic at wembley. and it was a stellar night for raheem sterling, the boy who grew up around the stadium left with a hat—trick. that in fact, the first england one there in nine years. 0ur sports correspondent natalie pirks was at the game for us. that is for winds on the defendant for england and no question for who the man of the match as not raheem sterling fast becoming the fan favourite which is a fast turnaround. a perfect start in the
qualifying campaign and the crowd was slightly quiet and the build—up to the first goal and i think they we re to the first goal and i think they were perhaps experiencing for the first time the weight of expectation thatis first time the weight of expectation that is building. when they got that first goal, it was incisive it was a pass from to find the 18—year—old, making his first offering and raheem sterling was there and had to stretch for it but it was really neverin stretch for it but it was really never in doubt. the second goal again, raheem sterling, confidence coursing through them and had to be body checked by not one but two defenders and that has caused plenty of debate. by it matters little, harry kane stepping up to score. but the shot was too hard to handle. raheem sterling, the pick of the bunch for him, clinical and bent into the top left—hand corner and paid tribute by lifting his shirt to reveal a tribute to a player who was
lost this week, a 13—year—old who he had been supporting. the hat trick, that came courtesy of a slice of luck. and looked straight up to the heavens after celebrating at midnight could not have gone much better. he was off getting a hug from garrett southgate and on came hudson who has not started in the premier league for chelsea but here he was making his debut for the england seniors and his drive and determination was involved in getting england's that, and on goals from thomas callis, who is on loan for chelsea. 5—0, everyone very happy. and they play on monday with the fantastic start from tonight, two games leading up to the finals that they have of the nation's leaned in june that they have of the nation's leaned injune and a perfect start really. garrett southgate can ask for no more. thank you so much