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under pressure — theresa may continues her battle for support for her eu deal as parliament prepares to try to take control of the brexit process. after claims of a plot to oust her, the prime minister tells her cabinet she's still hopeful of putting her deal to a parliamentary vote for a third time. we need to make sure that we leave the european union and we do so in an orderly fashion. i hope as many people as possible recognise that that means supporting the prime minister and making sure that we get her deal through. the european commission has warned of the increasing likelihood that the uk will leave the eu without a deal on april the 12th. and the other main stories this lunchtime... in the us, democrats call for the publication of the full report into claims of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. passengers rescued from the stricken cruise ship off the norwegian coast tell of their dramatic rescue.
# the sun ain't going to shine any more and the singer scott walker, who found fame as a teenage idol in the walker brothers, has died aged 76. coming up on bbc news, wins for northern ireland, scotland and wales and now england look to follow suit as they face montenegro in their euro 2020 qualifier later. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. theresa may has met cabinet ministers this morning to discuss her strategy on brexit as mps threaten to seize control of the parliamentary process. the prime minister's withdrawal agreement has already been rejected by the commons twice,
and downing street says it will only put it to a third vote if it can be sure of winning it. but with time running short to agree a deal, backbenchers are tabling a series of amendments which would allow them to indicate a new way forward. this morning, the eu said the uk leaving without a deal now appeared "increasingly likely". our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. should the prime minister resigned to get a deal through? stern faces from some ministers arriving at downing street this morning, others managed a weary smile fault of the cabinet met first thing to consider one big question. after two heavy defeats for the prime minister's brexit deal in parliament, and a third looking likely, what now? good morning. he and others have denied any plot to oust the prime minister. for now the message is still to back her and her deal. i think it is very important that everyone recognises that this is immensely serious this week and we need to make sure we
leave the eu and do so in an orderly fashion. i hope as many people as possible recognise that means supporting the prime minister and making sure that we get her deal through. but mps are frustrated and some say theresa may's time is up. lot of us in the conservative party are looking at cabinet with despair and wondering what happened to collective responsibility, to cabinet government. if they cannot unite behind the plan is that then they have to unite behind one of them. this week the house of commons is likely to vote on various alternatives to the prime minister's deal which may include a close—knit relationship with the eu is similar to norway, more distant free trade agreement like canada's, or leaving the eu without a deal. up up to uptoi up to i million up toi million marched in favour of another referendum this weekend. that could also be on the list of options but so far it has lacked support in parliament and labour still one away from backing a public vote. we set out a plan around a
customs union and a strong single market deal, dynamic alignment, rights and protections which we think was the closest to getting consensus in the house of commons. we would like to put that again this week but it may not succeed. again, brexit has come down to a tussle for control between parliament and government. it seems ministers are likely to allow mps to hold that a series of indicative votes rather than try to manage the process and influence the outcome but if a consensus emerges, it is unlikely to bea consensus emerges, it is unlikely to be a silver bullet that solves the brexit stalemate. the government is not keen on following the orders of mps. i made a pledge, as did all conservative mps, to their boat is that we would leave the single market and customs union. we cannot change that around because other mps wa nt change that around because other mps want us to do something different. what is the plan, prime minister? is this the last throw of the dice? what is the plan, prime minister? is this the last throw of the dice7m could well be. the prime minister appears to be doing all to get
support for her deal even now but we are told no decision has been taken on whether it will be put to another vote. jonathan blake, bbc news, westminster. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. this cabinet meeting this morning, the result seems to be some confidence that she will put her deal forward confidence that she will put her dealforward for a third confidence that she will put her deal forward for a third time sometime this week? the one thing we are told that they apparently did not discuss was mrs may's owner position and future as leader, even though pretty much every tory mp you bump into this morning seems to be talking about nothing else. instead, the focus was on how to get round this looming threat of parliament taking control brexit mps giving themselves the power tonight to hold a series of indicative votes to set out the sort of deal they might back. one choice was for the government to hold its own series of indicative votes in the belief you could arrange them in such a way
that it meant parliament did not reach any consensus and then mrs may could turn around and say, i gave you a chance and you failed to reach a consensus and you might as well go with my deal. that seems to be receding somewhat and instead the other choice is a much bolder choice for mrs may simply to bring back her dealfor a third time for mrs may simply to bring back her deal for a third time tomorrow and to try to push it through, even though there is no sign of a big surge in support towards her. but cabinet sources say there is a slightly more positive mood about the deal but the stakes are enormously high because it is probably mrs may's a last chance and if it goes down, then it is probably curtains for mrs may's leadership as well. norman, thank you. let's speak to our correspondent adam fleming in brussels. whatever it happens here in westminster, the planning seems to be on the basis that ate no—deal brexit is looking more and more likely. here at the european
commission in brussels they have been doing their contingency planning for if the uk leaves without a deal at any point, since january last year. they are saying here that that work is now completed and the chances of there being a no—deal brexit are becoming increasingly likely. in the words of one senior official, it is because there is no positive majority at westminster for the deal, or there is no positive majority at westminsterfor the deal, or a constructive idea for a way forward to handle the situation. today the commission has repeated what it has been saying for quite some time now, that no deal equals a lot of disruption. british businesses would face increased checks on their exports to the eu, and british tourists, well, they would not be able to use the eu lines at european airports when they go on holiday anymore and you would have the chance of getting more questions from the border guards. why are you coming? how long for? do you have the money to support yourself on your trip to the eu? even going on holiday could feel quite different. behind—the—scenes, eu officials are talking to a high about what you do
on the island of islay macro to appoint a hard body and protect the good friday agreement dash mike of the island of ireland. they say all this could be avoided by voting for the deal. adam, thank you our reality check correspondent chris morris is here. very much. remind us what the various options are that we are going to be hearing about throughout the week. the prime minister still thinks she can push her vote through for a third time. we're not sure how that happen but her plan a, her preferred solution, is to approve the deal and that means the legally binding withdrawal agreement separating from the eu and the non—binding political declaration which sets the framework for the future. of course, if that does not go through it is worth reminding people of the default position is still leaping with no deal. what has changed on that of course is the date of that, no longer the 29th of march, the new deadline is the 12th of april and there are mps from the european research group who think that no deal is the best way forward.
research group who think that no deal is the best way forwardm none of this happens and we are facing what some people describe as a softer brexit, what are the options there? these are things where we can get into more detail as the week goes by but basically there is the labour party's brexit plan which essentially means staying in the customs union, having a close relationship with the single market. there is also a plan put forward by a cross—party group of mps which they are calling common market 2.0 which is the other way around, staying in the single market and having a post customs relationship. both of those possibilities, they are being talked about and there are discussions between those advocating both of them, clearly across some of the prime minister's red lines but there may be a majority for one of there may be a majority for one of the other and we might find out this week. and as we saw at the weekend, there are still a million people who think we should not be leaving at all. a million people who want to have a referendum, that was clear, and who turned up here on saturday. they would like that referendum to
say leave, possibly on the terms of the prime minister's deal, or remain. the other option is to revoke article 50 altogether. there isa revoke article 50 altogether. there is a petition on the parliament website and the number of signatures on that is heading towards 5.5 million. supporters of leave say that it's still less than the 17.4 million who voted for brexit three yea rs million who voted for brexit three years ago but 5.5 million signatures ina years ago but 5.5 million signatures in a matter of days shows that there isa in a matter of days shows that there is a groundswell of opinion, certainly in parts of the population, saying, let's call the whole thing off. chris, thank you very much. i havejust seen whole thing off. chris, thank you very much. i have just seen a tweet from laura kuenssberg, our political editor, saying that theresa may had been speaking to arlene foster, the head of the dup, and the result is no shift in the dup position, breaking news coming in. that's all from westminster for the moment. sorry about the noise but the protesters are sorry about the noise but the protesters a re in sorry about the noise but the protesters are in full voice again here in westminster! now back to reeta for
the rest of the day's news. thank you, simon. democratic party leaders in the united states have called for the publication of the full report into allegations that donald trump's campaign team conspired with russians to influence the 2016 presidential election. yesterday, officials released a summary of robert mueller‘s inquiry which said it found no evidence of collusion, but couldn't say whether the president attempted to obstruct the investigation. mr trump has claimed the report completely exonerates him, as our washington correspondent, chris buckler, reports. for almost two years, robert mueller scrutinised the actions of donald trump and his campaign to become president. # proud to be an american... the special counsel was asked to investigate whether russia interfered in the 2016 election, and whether they conspired with the trump campaign. while mr mueller says the russian government did try to influence the vote, he says he's found no evidence of collusion. there was no collusion with russia.
there was no obstruction, and none whatsoever. and it was a complete and total exoneration. traitor! robert mueller‘s investigation did lead to charges being brought against some of mr trump's inner circle. however, those prosecutions weren't connected to the key issue of whether there was collusion with russia, and after months of speculation and allegations here in washington, what the special counsel has found is very good news for this president and this white house. but mr mueller has left one question unanswered, and that's whether the president tried to obstructjustice. mr mueller wrote that this "report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, "it also does not exonerate him." president trump is wrong. this report does not amount to a so—called total exoneration. special
counsel robert miller was clear that the report does not exonerate the president. however, for now, president trump is celebrating. he returned to the nation's capital with relief, rather than rage... america is the greatest place on earth — the greatest place on earth. ..and he may have seen off one of the greatest threats to his presidency of it. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. let's speak to our correspondent, gary o'donoghue, in washington. where does this go from here? there will be a lot of pressure from democrats to release the whole report as you heard. they are very keen to know exactly what robert mueller found out in terms of obstruction of justice. mueller found out in terms of obstruction ofjustice. could not come to a conclusion on that although the attorney general did decide there was no prosecution that could go ahead in that area so the democrats are pressing on that. there are still these other investigations that the trump
organisation is facing in other jurisdictions like in the southern district of new york of course, and democrats in congress will continue to press on other areas through their committee structure. but having said all that, this has to come to perhaps the best weekend the president has had since his election. he will feel an enormous weight has been lifted. he has been, ina sense, weight has been lifted. he has been, in a sense, vindicated throughout this whole process and the question now is how he uses that fresh new honeymoon period, which is what it amounts to, two years into his presidency, in the run—up to the next election. will he try to go after his opponent and get them investigated or will he clear the slate and try to do some more substantial things in order to try to seal a victory in 2020 as well? gary, thank you. an raf plane has delivered aid, including tents, water purifiers, and solar lanterns, to mozambique to help those affected
by cyclone idai. the storm has caused devastation across south—east africa, with over 700 people confirmed dead. there are now are warnings of the growing threat from diseases such as malaria and cholera. nomsa meseko reports from the port city of beira in mozambique. as mozambique continues to pick up the pieces. after the most devastating tropical cyclone to hit the southern hemisphere, much—needed aid is finally arriving. the airport in beira is unusually busy. international aid cargo plamnes offloaded tonnes of medical supplies, shelter kits and food. this operation is no longer about rescuing people.
it is now about getting aid to those who need it the most. it has been more than a week since the devastating tropical cyclone hit, and aid is finally ramping up. it is a race against time. many haven't eaten for days, and are in desperate need of clean drinking water. there are fears of outbreaks of diseases such as malaria and cholera, but as yet nothing has been confirmed. as far as i'm concerned, we have had no confirmed cases of cholera to date, and that's really important to understand. i agree with the minister that there will be cases of waterborne disease, and if we're on top of that, we have the treatment centres set up, we will be able to manage that. it is where we lose disease surveillance through lack of access that it will be really problematic. but the mozambican government believes it is only a matter of time. we will have cholera, for sure. as i was explaining in portuguese we will have cholera, we will have malaria. it is unavoidable in this situation. so the government is opening a cholera treatment centre already. the scale of the devastation felt
by people here has sent shock waves in many parts, and there is no doubt it will be a while before things go back to normal. nomsa maseko, bbc news, beira. british holidaymakers who were on a cruise ship that was stranded in rough seas off the norwegian coast have been describing their experience. 200 britons were on board the mv viking sky when it sent a mayday call on saturday. helicopters and ships were called in to rescue the passengers and crew. caroline davies reports. relief on board a rescue helicopter. passengers crammed in on their way back to dry land. this is what they were rescued from. when the viking sky suffered engine failure during a storm, it began to roll. inside, passengers tried to dodge falling parts of the ceiling and furniture. luckily, where we were, there was a carpet, so most of the furniture stayed still.
however, there was some large cabinets with model boats in, and one of those flipped over, just missed a couple of passengers and smashed into pieces. but there were injuries. just went over. i went with it, so i have bruises all over. i have stitches in my leg, i have... but, hey, that's fine — some people are a lot worse off. over 400 people were airlifted from the liner, including the injured and the elderly, winched up on a cable in high winds. at least one person was taken out on a stretcher when the ship finally reached the port yesterday afternoon. some passengers were angry at the ship's operator, viking cruises. one, david hernandez, tweeted that the ceo had not directly apologised for taking the ship into gale force winds, saying... "the weather didn't just happen. it was known."
viking have so far not replied for comment. while they wait for flights home, many passengers spent last night back on board the viking sky. 24 hours on, in the auditorium where they'd waited in life jackets, the passengers said thank you to the crew, who many feel saved their lives. caroline davies, bbc news. israeli police say a rocket fired from the gaza strip, which is controlled by the militant group hamas, has injured at least seven people in central israel, including children. it is the furthest a rocket from gaza has reached inside the country for five years. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, is cutting short a trip to the us, and has vowed to respond with force. our correspondent, yolande knell, reports. this is the awful sound residents of central israel woke up to. sirens sirens warning of an incoming rocket. families hurried to safe
rooms, locking the doors. and this is the village that was hit. here, a couple and their little children were wounded, their pets killed. as rescue workers searched the ruins of the house, the israeli prime minister, who is visiting washington, promised a tough response. translation: in a few hours i'll meet president trump and straight after, i will return to israel to direct their actions from close at hand. hamas, which controls gaza, makes longer range rockets and has stocks to use against israel. although it doesn't often fire them. but there's been an upsurge in violence, especially here along the gaza boundary fence, coming up to the anniversary of these protests. and hamas has also brutally cracked down on demonstrations against the dire economic conditions in the strip.
this is a sensitive time for israel in the run—up to a closely fought election. it has been cautious in its reaction to recent attacks. now there is pressure for a much stronger response. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. the time is 20 minutes past one. our top story this lunchtime... theresa may is preparing to make a statement in parliament about her brexit strategy ahead of a commons vote where mps seek to get control of the brexit process. and still ahead, prince charles making the first royal visit to communist cuba. coming up on bbc news... the masters is less than three weeks away and england's paul casey wins the valspar championship in florida, saying it was "mega" for his confidence. the prince of wales and the duchess of cornwall have become the first members of the royal family to make an official visit to cuba. it's being seen as an attempt
to forge closer trade ties between the britain and the communist state. and the communist state. prince charles is due to have dinner with the president tonight, and will also meet members of the buena vista social club at a recording studio in havana. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. welcome to cuba. the guard of honour of the revolutionary armed forces of one of the world's last remaining single—party communist states, with a greeting for the representative of perhaps the world's best known hereditary monarchy — prince charles of the united kingdom. band plays god save the queen no member of the british royal family has ever been to cuba before, to stand alongside portraits of revolutionaries like che guevara, peeping through on the left here. that charles and his wife are in havana is a sign of britain's readiness to engage with cuba. and so at the memorial to one
of cuba's national heroes from its 19th century war of independence from spain, a wreath was carefully placed and respect was duly shown. it's the sort of thing the royals can do, to send a signal without getting enmeshed in political issues like cuba's human rights record. it does something else, too. it sends a message to cuba's powerful northern neighbour. what this visit does is underline the contrast between britain's approach to cuba and that of donald trump's america. britain wants to encourage. president trump's america wants to pressurise and, to an extent, to punish. there was a moment when the united states softened its hostility towards this communist state, when president obama restored diplomatic relations in 2016. but under donald trump, the hardline was returned. the message from london, conveyed by this visit by the heir to the british throne, is a more emollient one.
it's an encouragement to cuba to move on down the road to economic and political reform. nicholas witchell, bbc news, havana. the biggest fraud trial in british history has begun in london. the american company hewlett—packard is suing the former head of the software firm autonomy for almost £4 billion. our technology correspondent, rory cellan—jones, is at the royal courts ofjustice. what's the background to this? this all dates back to 2011 and one of the most disastrous takeovers in corporate history. back then, hewlett—packa rd bought autonomy, well software com pa ny, hewlett—packa rd bought autonomy, well software company, for something like £7 billion, but a year later it wrote off nearly all that money and accuse the company of fraud. this morning it has begun outlining its case against mike lynch, the former chief executive and the chief financial officer. in court, those two been accused of causing autonomy
to enter into improper transactions and engaging in false accounts. basically misstating the company pours my position, inflating reve nu es to pours my position, inflating revenues to make it look more valuable than it really was. we have heard some detail about one of the alleged practices, which was this pure software company going out and buying computer hardware and then selling it at a loss at the end of each quarter, simply to inflate its reve nu es each quarter, simply to inflate its revenues and sure it was more valuable than it really was. and this is alleged to have been a long pattern of fraud by mike lynch and his colleague. mike lynch has come out fighting, has put out a statement this morning, saying he welcomes the opportunity to respond in court, and accusing hp of botching autonomy, destroying the company and seeking to blame others. he says he won't be
a scapegoat. k, rory, thank you, rory cellan—jones there. the technology company apple is widely expected to unveil its latest product today, which is believed to be a subscription tv and news service. it's understood it wants to take on the likes of netflix and amazon prime. our media editor, amol rajan, is here. this could be quite a big moment? we are living through this media revolution, reeta, and i think this isa revolution, reeta, and i think this is a big moment in that. two announcements around about five o'clock, as you said, and one is this big tv service that will have about 30 shows, a rival to netflix, andi about 30 shows, a rival to netflix, and i think they will be focusing on quality rather than quantity, curated brilliant production, and also some of the world's leading news brands, like the wall street journal, they will be there. this is katmai apple moving in a big way from hardware to hollywood, and the question is why now? —— this is apple moving big way. they see huge
growth in global news and entertainment. we are living through something you might call the attention economy, where there is more for our attention going on, and apple want to get into that before other rivals take over. they also think, given we are all addicted to these smartphones, a lot of people will be willing to spend more time on their smartphones for great katmai apple tv. for punters? i think it will be around about £10 a month, so another annoying part of it, but hopefully some great tv in return. amol, thank you. the prime minister of new zealand has ordered an independent judicial inquiry into the christchurch mosque attacks, in which 50 people were killed. jacinda ardern said it was vital to understand whether the shootings might have been prevented. the inquiry will focus on whether the intelligence agencies and the police could have done more to monitor the threat of violence from far—right extremists. police have launched a murder investigation after a shop worker was stabbed to death in north—west
london yesterday morning. it is believed the 54—year—old was killed as he opened a newsagents in pinner, in what officers have described as a violent robbery which escalated. no arrests have been made. attempts have been made to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into a prison in dorset by putting them inside dead rats. just to warn you — you may find the image we're about to show you upsetting. the items were sewn inside the bodies of three rats. they were found by officers at guys marsh prison earlier in the month, after they had been thrown over the fence. the prison service says it is the first recorded instance of rats being used in this way. now, scott walker — the 60s pop star who became an influential solo artist — has died at the age of 76. as one of the walker brothers, he had hits including the sun ain't gonna shine anymore and make it easy on yourself. our correspondent, david sillito,
looks back on his life. of course, it was fantastic for the first couple of albums or so. but it really wears you down. such an awful life. # the sun ain't gonna any more # the moon ain't gonna rise in the sky... #. the life of scott walker is one of p°p'5 the life of scott walker is one of pop's stranger journeys. the life of scott walker is one of pop's strangerjourneys. as part of the walker brothers in the 60s, he was up there with the beatles. 40 yea rs was up there with the beatles. 40 years later, he was producing something rather challenging... the man chris sharp signed in 2005 had long since turned his back on pop. the thing to remember about scott, he was spectacularly famous. in the mid—60s, he was inspiring, devotion, second only to the beatles. chased
around, people trying to rip off his clothes, photographs wherever he went. he experienced full throttle celebrity, and i think anybody who has been through that experience... it isa has been through that experience... it is a very peculiar experience. # mathile has come back to me! #. by # mathile has come back to me! #. by the mid—60s he had permanently left california for britain and left his ban for a new direction as a solo artist. as the years went by, he travelled further and further away from his days as a teen heart—throb. by the end, that 60s p0p heart—throb. by the end, that 60s pop star had long since become just a name. “— pop star had long since become just a name. —— just a pop star had long since become just a name. ——justa man. scott walker, who has died at the age of 76. time for a look at the weather. with