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after her latest defeat in the commons last night — the prime minister meets her cabinet — to try set out a new brexit strategy. in an unprecedented move — mps voted to take greater control of the process — and to present their own alternative plans. but it's unclear if the government will let them. the prime minister has always been clear — it is a negotiation between ourselves and the european union, and if parliament expresses a view it may be entirely undeliverable. we'll also be looking at how public attitudes to brexit — and the negotiations — might have changed over the past year. and the other main stories this lunchtime... jack shepherd — on the run after being found guilty of manslaughter following a speedboat crash — says he will be extradited to the uk. more overnight missile strikes as the israeli military attacks targets in gaza — after palestinian militants fired rockets into israel.
and uefa launch disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after the racist abuse of england players during last night's match. it is a real sad thing to hear. i did not hear it personally but my team—mate danny heard it so it is a sad thing to hear. and coming up on bbc news, mma star conor mcgregor retires from the sport. fans, though, aren't convinced he won't return to the octagon. good afternoon and welcome to the news at one. i'm in westminster where the prime minister has been meeting her cabinet, after mps inflicted another defeat over brexit in the commons.
last night, mps voted to seize control of the parliamentary process — as time runs out to secure an agreement with the eu. tomorrow, they'll vote on a series of alternative brexit plans, to try to find a deal that could command a majority in the house. but ministers have warned they won't be bound by any decision mps make, as our political correspondent iain watson reports. what's happening today? the morning after the night before. big day. ministers are beginning to contemplate the fact they are no longer fully in control of the brexit process. parliament will set out its views but as government we can't necessarily deliver on it. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes to the left, 302. this was the moment late last night when mps seized control, winning a key vote to allow them to discuss alternatives to theresa may's brexit plan.
she also lost three ministers who resigned to back more power for parliament. as a democrat, my aim is a politician was to try and deliver what the public voted for but that's not at theprice of suicide. parliament has to decide. what are the options? tomorrow, mps are likely to discuss whether to have a close economic relationship with the eu including a customs union or a looser free trade deal, or perhaps leaving without a deal at all or possibly holding another referendum. but how will mps choose between them? they will be put on a ballot paper which will be handed to mps and they will be asked to indicate yes or no to each one of them and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they are prepared to support. tomorrow evening we will have the results declared. what if the prime minister doesn't listen? if we are going to get out of the crisis, and this is a real
crisis, then the government has to show a willingness to compromise. let's flag up another problem. if theresa may knows what mps are telling her, they may have to pass another new law to compel her to listen. that could be tricky because if she doesn't like that, we could then be facing a general election. some of her ministers say they have the solution to break the deadlock. they say if long—standing leave campaigners don't like the alternatives, they should simply drop their opposition to the prime minister's plan. it's clear the prime minister's deal is the best way forward and no—deal isn't going to get past parliament so i very much hope people will vote for it. are you going no brexit by voting against the deal? that message hasn't yet won borisjohnson round although his mind may be more open than his window. and another leading brexiteer appears to be softening his opposition. crucially, his allies,
the dup, are not. is there any chance of us changing our minds on it? unless there are significant changes to the agreement itself, no. theresa may's ministers discussed the deadlock today and will talk to her mps again tomorrow but so far she still hasn't found a way through. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in central lobby for us now. government is taking control sort of? things look bad for mrs may, you have to say, but perhaps not as bad as might seem at first glance because although parliament has bent over and grabbed hold of the steering wheel, actually navigating a different course is hugely precarious —— lent over. mps have to agree where it is they are going on an agreed brexit outcome given they spent the last two or so years arguing whether they want a second referendum or a customs union or
no—deal and even if they can agree on something they have to get the government to do it. that may well involve having to pass their own legislation, never been done before and even if they can do that they have got the eu to agree to what they want to do and then to get them to set aside more time to do all that. and at the same time, brexiteers will be looking on in the hope of team may is that brexiteers may frankly get spooked or the heebie—jeebies when they see parliament beginning to chart a course to a slower parliament beginning to chart a course to a slower softer brexit and may conclude perhaps they are better to back mrs may's deal. on that interestingly today we heard from jacob rees—mogg one of the leading lights of the brexiteers something much more emollient about theresa may is mike veale, so bad for mrs may, not necessarily game over. thank you. let's go to adam fleming
who is in strasbourg. while they watch what is going on here just as closely as we are is there any sense they would listen to any new proposals that might come from here? we have seen the good and the bad in terms of reactions from strasbourg here today, on the negative side we had a senior mep say it is time for the parliament in the uk to just decide to commit the game is over, are you in or out and do you accept the consequences of either? then another senior mep was scathing about theresa may, saying she lacked the basic human skills required in a later because of the eu summit last week she managed to annoy the prime minister of luxembourg who is the nicest man in europe. but then we heard from guy verhofstadt who was the european parliament brexit front man who said he is pleased of what is happening in parliament at the moment because it is the first step towards agreeing a cross—party consensus about a brexit that parliament could prove, something he has been calling for for quite some time. we havejust got
has been calling for for quite some time. we have just got to has been calling for for quite some time. we havejust got to remember the timetable here, parliament has to decide something, the government has to adopt and agree to it and then get it approved and agreed and adopted by the eu by the 12th of april, so there is not a lot of time for all of this to be done. adam, thank you very much. the bbc has been looking at how public attitudes towards brexit might be changing. natcen social research asked more than two and a half thousand adults last month about their views on brexit — and compared this with data from february 2017. the poll found just 7% thought the government had done a good job in the talks, while 81% said it was handling them badly. the data suggests that public faith in the negotiations has dramatically fallen — when questioned in 2017, 29% thought the government was handling brexit well, and a1% said negotiations were being handled badly. and in another significant shift, only 6% now expect britain to get a good deal with the eu, down from 33% in 2017.
63% now think britain will end up with a bad deal — up from 37% two years ago. the poll also indicates that 55% would now vote to remain in the eu. our correspondent, jayne mccubbin, has been to nottingham, to hear what people think about the brexit negotiations there. take me back tojune 2016. how did you feel? i woke up and i was in tears. relieved i had bought an irish passport a year earlier. that confident? that confident. my confidence levels were really good. i was relieved. i thought we finally done it, very optimistic about what would be to come. three years on, we've brought voters to parliament, the nottingham bar that is. leave to the left, remain to the right... to hear how one thing has finally united them. brexit means brexit, and we're going to make a success of it.
it is the now majority belief on both sides that negotiations have been less success, more shambles. i always thought it was going to be difficult, but it has been handled far worse than it could have been. to say there is no sense of unity in parliament is an understatement. it's quite clear that no one in that room has any idea how to pull this off. i completely agree with him. it's been handled appallingly. i mean, you've got politicians who are more interested in keeping their crumbling parties together than actually trying to figure out a decent solution to the brexit negotiations. today only a tiny minority, amongst them claire, believe things are going well. i'm in the 7%. you're in the 7%. and i think that i'm satisfied, because i think they couldn't have done it better. theresa may... really couldn't have done it any better? theresa may was given the poisoned chalice. if theresa may's done one thing, she's been able to unify the country ironically by being un—unified in parliament. i don't even know where to begin with that. we do not approach these negotiations expecting failure, but anticipating success.
on the withdrawal agreement that will ensure our smooth and orderly departure on the 29th of march next year. if we were to say, "right..." it's notjust the view of how negotiations have gone that's changed, but the view of what's ahead. more on both sides now believe the economy will be worse off post brexit, and that the deal on offer is a bad deal. i knew the economy was going to be bad, but it is going far worse. i would say i'm more pessimistic now, yes, because she's had two years floundering around with the eu, to produce what is essentially the worst solution, that no one wants. we can't do this. this is going to damage the country irrevocably. and furthermore, this is going to affect generations to come. the referendum left 52% raising a glass, 48% drowning their sorrows, but pollsters from the national centre for social research say it is remarkable that leave voters today have become as critical as remainers of both the process and the outcome.
jayne mccubbin, bbc news. our home editor, mark easton, is in worcester. mark, what do the results of the british social attitudes survey tell us? i think perhaps the most striking thing about these figures, as we have just been reporting, thing about these figures, as we havejust been reporting, is thing about these figures, as we have just been reporting, is the agreement that you find between both people who supported remain and people who supported remain and people who supported leave. eight out of 10 of both those groups say the government has handled brexit badly. interestingly six out of 10 people think the eu has handled it badly. extraordinarily actually you have the british public blaming its own government more than the other side. the other area of agreement as we have been reporting is the kind of deal we are likely to get, only 6% of leaders micro and 6% of reminders micro think we're going to get a good deal. of disillusionment, disenchantment, exasperation, and
that 55-45 of disenchantment, exasperation, and that 55—45 of people voting today in favour of remain suggest things are beginning to change a little bit. sirjohn curtis in his analysis of the research says whether the question to leave remains the british people's well. politicians from all group who perhaps show a little humility and not claim to know what the british people really do want. thank you. from a sunny day here in westminster but are rather noisy westminster, so apologies for some of the interruptions, it is back to you. simon, thank you very much. the man sentenced to jail in his absence for killing a woman — charlotte brown — in a speedboat accident in london has agreed to be extradited back to the uk. jack shepherd, who's 31, handed himself in to the authorities in georgia in january. our correspondent, steve rosenberg, is outside the court in tbilisi. what happened this morning in court?
here at the tbilisi city courthouse jack shepherd sat impassively as the prosecution set out the case for extradition, reminding the court of the circumstances of that speed boat crash in which charlotte brown had been killed and jack shepherd last year was convicted of the manslaughter of charlotte brown by gross negligence at a trial at the old bailey and sentenced to six yea rs old bailey and sentenced to six years in prison. he wasn't there because he had fled britain and come to georgia step the defence team today said those arguments were groundless but they conceded that jack shepherd had now agreed to be extradited and they said he wanted to go back to britain to take part in an appeal court hearing which is permitted to have. but then some unusual security guarantees, jack shepherd requested. he wanted a cell all by himself in the uk. he wanted 24—hour video surveillance, access for the media to his cell, because
his defence team said he had security guarantees. a georgian judge said this was not a decision he could take and then shortly after, thejudge ruled thatjack shepherd should be extradited. we don't know when that is going to happen, there is some paperwork still to be done and the georgian justice minister will have to sign off on this but it does appear that just over two months afterjack shepherd handed himself into georgian police, this legal process, this extradition process is moving towards its conclusion. thank you, steve rosenberg. israel has carried out more air strikes on targets in the gaza strip in response to palestinian rocket fire. the israeli army said it had struck dozens of hamas targets. palestinian groups say they have fired at least 30 new rockets from gaza into israel. the un has called for calm. our middle east correspondent yolande knell is in the border town of sderot.
israel's prime minister is now back in the country after meeting president trump and he went straight to consult his top military generals. this remains a very tense time stopped overnight in the town where i am there are repeated air raid warnings. and in gazza, there we re raid warnings. and in gazza, there were explosions. —— gazza. explosion. a sleepless night in gaza, with dozens of israeli air strikes pounding buildings said to belong to the strip‘s militant rulers, hamas. meanwhile, barrages of palestinian rockets were fired at nearby israeli towns. locals desperately taking cover as the iron dome defence system was put to use. frantic international efforts are under way to broker a ceasefire. we continue to work with egypt and all concerned parties to try to de—escalate the situation, and again encourage restraint. further escalation is likely to make
an already bad situation worse, in particular for civilians in and close to gaza. this morning in gaza, people surveying the destruction, with israeli drones humming overhead. this is where the office of the hamas leader was hit. and, in sderot in southern israel, this man began cleaning up his home hit by a rocket. people in sderot are now taking advantage of the calm to do some shopping, but schools here are shut and some offices as well. it's the same in israeli villages close by, and in gaza too. there's a lot of nervousness as everyone waits to see what happens next. more israeli tanks rolling in, and extra soldiers are also being deployed in the south. israel wants to show it's keeping its military options open. this is meant as a show of force.
right now the situation isn't clear. militant groups in gaza said they had agreed a ceasefire, but a senior israeli diplomatic source said no trees had been reached. on the israeli side there is pressure to ta ke israeli side there is pressure to take more decisive action but that's a big riskjust two weeks from a closely fought election —— truce. our top story this lunchtime. the prime minister meets cabinet ministers, after mps seize control of the brexit process in the commons. and still to come... charles and camilla in cuba, meeting the president and taking in the culture. coming up on bbc news — england's women clinch the t20 series against sri lanka, winning by eight wickets in colombo to take an unbeatable 2—0 lead.
football's governing body uefa has launched disciplinary proceedings against montenegro following racist behaviour directed at england players during last night's euro 2020 qualifier. england's 5—1victory was overshadowed by the abuse from the crowd — with danny rose, raheem sterling and callum hudson—odoi subjected to monkey chants. manager gareth southgate said the behaviour was totally unacceptable and that sanctions without education were worthless. our sports editor dan roan reports. it's raheem sterling! it's pfeiffer england. the fifth and final goal in another impressive england win. but raheem sterling wanted to make a point here, football under the microscope yet again for allegations of racism. it's a shame we are
talking about this, to be honest. it's 2019 and i think the punishment should be whatever nation it is, i think it should be the whole stadium but no one can come and watch her. when that ban is lifted just fans will think twice again. that will be a yellow card double danny rose seems to have been the most heavily targeted last night including after he was booked. his manager not afraid to address the issue afterwards. i'm told there were things in the early part of the game as well. i certainly heard when danny rose was booked and it's unacceptable. i've spoken to our players individually. we've got to support them. one of those who will receive support leave support is
callu m receive support leave support is callum hudson—odoi. he had to talk about the issue rather than his impressive debut. uefa today charged montenegro with racist behaviour. if found guilty what could be the punishment? croatia were made to play against england behind closed doors last year after a number of offences but some campaigners want tougher sanctions. is closing the stadium for a game worthy? or is expulsion more worthy? if we're going to really show we are challenging, and i say we because i'm part of the football industry, if the governing bodies are going to say they are really tackling the situation i'm all for enough is enough. you can't play until you sort yourself out. the england team showed composure in the face of hostility. now the governing body will be under pressure to send a message of zero tolerance.
the us defence department has approved the transfer of $1 billion to build more than 50 miles of fencing along the mexican border. the funds are the first to be released under the national emergency declared by president trump. the cbs correspondent laura podesta is in new york. this remains a highly controversial issue. that's right. it's controversial to some because the majority of the funds will only be released because president trump has declared a national emergency. despite congress attempting to block the national emergency declaration by passing a resolution, trump vetoed it. today it doesn't look like there will be the number of votes necessary to override the veto. the funding for the wall comes primarily from the pentagon, from money allocated for military construction projects. $3.6 billion that were supposed to go to those projects will now go to the wall if the emergency declaration holds. and an additional $3 billion is said to
be coming from funds allocated to effo rts be coming from funds allocated to efforts to stop drug trafficking. plus, additional money coming from a spending bill used for fencing and other ways to secure the border. thank you. coroners in england and wales could be given new powers to investigate the deaths of stillborn babies. the government is consulting on whether every full—term stillbirth — that's after 37 weeks of pregnancy — should be investigated. currently coroners can only hold inquests for babies who have shown signs of life after being born. the government has announced plans to force social media firms to remove content promoting misinformation about vaccines. the uptake of measles, mumps and rubella jabs has been falling in england, and last year the number of measles cases in europe tripled. four schoolgirls from oxford have launched an online petition calling for climate change to be made a more prominent part of the curriculum in england, and for schools to be run more sustainably. the government says the subject is already covered in science and geography.
but as katharine da costa reports, there's growing demand for pupils to be taught more about the impact of climate change — and solutions. at 15, these girls are in the middle of their mock exams but instead of revision worries, they have bigger things keeping them awake at night. other countries struggling with like forest fires, drought and all of these things, it's really heartbreaking. i think it'sjust seeing all the pictures of what's happened to the animals and all of the places that have just been submerged under the water. that's kind of frightening to think that if we carry on the way that we are, that we could end up like that. in science lessons, they're taught about the causes of global warming — but they say there's not enough information about what can be done to prevent it. we want to see it included in as many subjects as possible. like not a gcse as it's own, but like how it relates to every subject, because it does. like, how we're going to end up seeing the effects, but also how we can grow
to live more sustainably. what examples of renewable energy do you know about? with an ofsted review of what's taught in schools under way, could this be the right time to reassess how climate change is covered? in terms of the causes of climate change, particularly from a science point of view, that is very much covered within the curriculum. i do agree with them, however, that we could be looking at us as environmental citizens in what we could be doing better and embedding that far more. chanting: save our planet, save our planet! making climate change a more prominent part of the curriculum is also one of the demands of the campaign group youth strike 4 climate, which has seen hundreds of thousands of young people walk out of lessons in support. nearly 60,000 people have signed their online petition from all over the planet, proving the demand for action on climate change is really hotting up. katharine da costa, bbc news, in oxfordshire. the number of potholes repaired
by councils in england and wales rose by more than a fifth last year. the asphalt industry alliance, which carried out the study, found that 1.8 million holes were filled in, compared with 1.5 million in the previous 12 months. but the alliance says that while council budgets for repairing roads are rising, much of the money is being wasted on superficial "patch—up" jobs, which don't last. ireland's former ufc champion, conor mcgregor, says he has retired from the sport — for the second time. the 30—year—old fighter announced his decision on social media. our sports correspondent, natalie pirks, reports. with a nickname like the notorious, it's no surprise conor mcgregor has always had a gift for publicity. i am going to truly, truly love putting a bad, bad beating on this little glass jaw rat. this morning, he has been talking again. he took to twitter to tell his 7.5 million followers that he was quitting mixed martial arts, adding, "i wish all my old colleagues well
going forward in competition. "i now join my former partners on this venture "already in retirement. "proper pina coladas on me, fellas." fans greeted the announcement with a healthy dollop of cynicism. after all, he retired once before three years ago. and just last night, he was on thejimmy fallon show in the states to chat about his next big fight. we are in talks forjuly. we are in talks forjuly so we will see what happens. a lot of politics going on. the fight game is a mad game but again, like i said, and to my fans, i am in shape and i am ready. he is a complicated character with a turbulent recent history. a world champion in two weight divisions, mcgregor turned his hand to boxing in 2017 to fight and ultimately lose to floyd mayweather in one of the most watched bouts in history. he was then charged with assault after attacking a bus in brooklyn. his last fight ended in defeat and a post—fight brawl that saw him
suspended for six months. and earlier this month, he was arrested again after a row with a selfie seeking fan. mcgregor's mother once said he was born with his fists clenched. with his flair for the theatrical, we can't rule out seeing those fists in action once more. natalie pirks, bbc news. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall have met the cuban president, miguel diaz—canel, on the first full day of their trip to the caribbean island. it's the first time members of the royal family have made an official visit to the communist state. the prince and duchess were treated to a dance performance, before meeting the president at the palace of the revolution. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. in the palace of the revolution in havana, a ceremonial welcome. on the left, the president, who is taking cuba into the post—castro era. president miguel diaz—canel took over last year and last night he and prince charles
sat down for talks. pleasantries rather than politics, but the very fact that charles is here at all is a clear sign that britain wants to build a relationship with cuba and a visit by the heir to the british throne undoubtedly helps. royal visits aren't so much about detail, that's all left to the politicians. these visits are all about striking the right note and creating the right ambience. and here in cuba, that means connecting with some of the things for which cuba is famous. music ballet is one thing at which cubans excel. charles and camilla visited a ballet school run by carlos acosta, formerly principal guest artist at the royal ballet in london. does he, a cuban, think his country is changing? i think so, consistently, for a long time, there's a sense of evolving, at a cuban pace. but we are getting there, definitely. there is more openness.
cuba, a country moving with great care to balance old ways with new imperatives and find a new place in the world. nicholas witchell, bbc news, havana. time for a look at the weather, here's tomasz we've got some fine weather out there which will please most of us. beautiful weather for the next few days. across the southern half of the uk we currently have an area of high pressure that's going to stick around. in fact, high pressure that's going to stick around. infact, it's high pressure that's going to stick around. in fact, it's firmly in charge of the weather today. around it we have weather fronts moving through. today's clouds have been shifting towards northern parts of the uk where the skies have been quite hazy. in the south right now the weather is a bit clearer. this is where the best of the weather is,