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mps outline their way forward on brexit — after voting to seize control of the process from theresa may. the cabinet met amid intense speculation over today at 5: we're at westminster, whether mrs may's brexit deal — where senior backbenchers have been and her premiership — setting out their plans can still survive. to try to take back control of brexit. with the clock ticking and still no consensus tomorrow, mps will start voting on alternatives on what brexit should look like, to the prime minister's brexit deal. we'll bring you new research revealing what voters think now. but a former critic of the deal, also tonight... david davis, tells the bbc it stands england players speak out after uefa a decent chance of being accepted lays disciplinary charges by the commons. against montenegro for racist abuse well, it's not a good deal, at last night's match. but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. i think the punishment should be, whatever nation it is that your fans meanwhile, the eu's chief are chanting racist abuse, negotiator, michel barnier, i think it should be the whole says all eyes are now on parliament. stadium, that no—one can come and watch here. jack shepherd, convicted of manslaughter for killing we'll also be looking at how public charlotte brown in a speedboat crash attitudes to brexit, on the river thames, is to be extradited from georgia. and the negotiations, might have changed over the past year. the other main stories bluebells, swifts, robins — how the loss of pollinating insects on bbc news at 5: jack shepherd, convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat accident on the thames in london, is to be extradited back to the uk from georgia.
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uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after some fans made racist chants towards england players during their euro 2020 qualifier victory last night. lawyers for us actorjussie smollett say prosecutors have dropped all charges against him for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack. it's five o'clock. i'm in westminster where, in the last hour, senior backbenchers have set out their plans for taking control of the parliamentary process following last night's vote. with time running out to secure an agreement with the eu, various options will be voted on tomorrow from 7pm
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with more to follow, possibly next monday. cabinet ministers have insisted the government doesn't have to act on the result, 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 democratic person, my aim as a politician was to try and deliver what the public voted
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for, but that's not at the price 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, it's only been delayed by two weeks, 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,
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they may have to pass a 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 a 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 risking no brexit by voting against the deal? that message hasn't yet won boris johnson 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 she'll talk to her mps again tomorrow but so far
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she still hasn't found a way through. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. our chief politcal correspondent, vicki young, is in central lobby in the houses of parliament and joins us now. we have some detail on how it will all play out tomorrow. what do we know? what an extraordinary situation we are in where we go to a briefing from the official spokesman about what will happen tomorrow and most of the time he can only say, it's not up to us because backbenchers have seized the initiative and the agenda and that isa initiative and the agenda and that is a pretty remarkable position to being on such a crucial issue, and also the fact that tomorrow will not be the only day. if they get the same number since last night, they keep voting through to take control on other days as well. so that is a crucial point. this paper vote tomorrow which should be seen as a shortlisting exercise, the plan is to get rid of a couple of the options which do not have much
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support at all, and if they can get their way on monday or another day next week, they can then whittle that down or even a different voting system to try and find something parliament can coalesce around that it supports. and meanwhile the prime minister still intends to bring back the dealfor a third minister still intends to bring back the deal for a third vote. the reason for some cautious optimism tonight with euro sceptic sounding more puzzled. the feeling into downing street is seeing the likes of people taking control in this way might make them think, hang on a minute, this is a problem, we could let brexit slip through our fingers because it is probable that the only way that parliament will go will be towards a closer relationship with the eu, and that is not what that group of brexiteers of people want. jacob rees—mogg saying people like thing have to think of this is a process not an event, you move away
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from the eu before you make a clean break, and also david davies who switched sides last time around even though he resigned over brexit policy, he thinks it is time for tory mps to get behind the deal. it's not good deal, but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. now we are seeing it. we are seeing people letting amendments to wrench control of the negotiation away from the government. that would bea away from the government. that would be a disaster. you are see proposals put up that are worse than her proposal. a norway plus all common market 2.0 is more like eu miners. a second referendum is designed only to stop the result of the referendum. do you believe that might help her get this deal over the line? she has got a reasonable chance. she has got to get the dup
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on site. and i have sympathy with them because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the uk, but i think she has a decent chance. the dup so fardo think she has a decent chance. the dup so far do not look like they will budge. but how many conservatives feel like david davies? and throw into this mix the issue of theresa may's leadership, tory mps talking about all the time, about whether she would announce a date for her departure, would that bring over enough conservatives to back the deal? they are both waiting for each other here. theresa may does not want to go public, she is not sure the numbers are there, but there are also tory mps who do not trust her if they were to commit to backing her deal. she will address a party tomorrow at 5pm, it will be quite a day. our europe correspondent, adam fleming, is in strasbourg. i understand that the brexit
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steering committee, what did they have to say? there was a meeting of the group of the senior meps who oversee the brexit process from the european parliament perspective, they met here this afternoon. michel barnier was there, the chief negotiator for the eu, barnier was there, the chief negotiatorfor the eu, saying all eyes a re negotiatorfor the eu, saying all eyes are on westminster, increasing the tension a bit. we heard from some of the members throughout the group. the european parliament's brexit coordinator is pretty happening about what is happening in the uk at the moment because he says this is the first step towards a cross— party this is the first step towards a cross—party consensus of what kind of brexit deal could get through the house of commons, something he has been calling for some time now. he is pleased about that although he would be more pleased if brexit was revoked in article 50 was cancelled altogether. then we heard from a
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green mep from belgium, the leader of one of the green groups here, he was scathing about theresa may, saying last week's european summer shows she is lacking the basic human skills needed for political leadership because she managed to end that summit by annoying even the prime minister of luxembourg who a p pa re ntly prime minister of luxembourg who apparently is the nicest man in europe. then we had from the vice president of the european‘s people's party. he said that british politicians need to decide whether the uk is in or out and live with the uk is in or out and live with the consequences of either choice. so they are notjust the consequences of either choice. so they are not just watching the consequences of either choice. so they are notjust watching what is happening at westminster but commenting on to here. thank you very much. we heard from david davies who said there is a reasonable chance of the prime minister getting her deal through. i'm joined now by anne marie morris, the conservative mp for newton abbot, who campaigned to leave the european union. let me read you willjacob rees—mogg said today. deal or no brexit
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becomes the choice eventually, may‘s deal is better than not leaving at all. which i fundamentally disagree with. the choice is between her deal which ties us into europe ever and continuing to fight this with or without extensions, ultimately keeping no deal and a free trade deal on the table. would it make a difference to you if the prime minister offered to resign in return for you giving more support to the deal? no, because right now we are too late in the process for that to be relevant. if she resigned, we would have a caretaker, and that ca reta ker would would have a caretaker, and that caretaker would still drive forward the government agenda. the reality is the change will make no difference. and i don't want that deal through so changing the leader adds nothing. one of the options that steve baker has talked about is may be supporting jeremy corbyn in a vote of no confidence in the government, would you be prepared to
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consider that? that makes no sense. i think it would be very strange for him to do that because i do not think he has enough numbers to take into that. the reality is, there will be a core group of conservatives who will never vote for that. i do not see it happening, if we are talking about motions of no confidence potentially leading to an election, we still have on the table the potential for theresa may to call an election, and that certainly we must not forget. but what would you campaign on as a party? you will not campaign on a ma nifesto party? you will not campaign on a manifesto where she is standing for a softer brexit. i totally agree. it is not something i would advise, but it is something which is on the agenda. what she might do, the most
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likely scenario, if she gets that deal through, and my view is she still won't, she may call an election to cement a place in history, that is more likely than election decided that decision. there will be lots of brexiteers at home who voted to leave the eu, and they say this is the best way of doing that, the only way of doing that, everything else the prime minister has said has come to pass house, we are heading to a softer brexit, the house has control of the process. no deal is not of the table, it can still and will continue, whether we have no extension, a short extension or long extension, a short extension or long extension, it is still there. in terms of no deal, remember, everything that needs to go to the house has gone through. it is the only option we could do easily, all she has to do is trigger that first clause which puts in place leaving. there is nothing that parliament can do about that. the first clause of the withdrawal act? indeed, so that's where she should be going. i am deeply frustrated for all of those who voted leave that she has
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not done that because she could do it so easily and that would get us out of this mess. hilary benn saying it is time for compromise, the country is in a state of crisis and so is parliament, where are you compromising? we have two options, vote for theresa may's agreement, two is not to have an extension and see where we can get to, both will lead to two years of pain. they will be different pain back pain. the idea that vote for theresa may, all sorted, it does not stand the test because for her it would then be a trade deal. she has got to negotiate that. if we go for an extension, it is negotiating a trade deal. there is negotiating a trade deal. there is no more certainty by pushing her agreement through the other way round. the benefit is, if we stay and extend, we can still do no deal, if we take hers, there will never be no deal and we are in a position of a permanent customs union because
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your path to agree that deal, and there's no way they will agree anything short of a customs union. thank you. let's look at what the so—called indicative votes are. the mps will be able to vote on a series of options maybe 6 or 7 of them — to see, if any of then, commands a majority. so here are the likely options a no—deal brexit, a standard free trade agreement, a ca nada—style agreement the pm's deal, the pm's deal plus customs union, the pm's deal plus a customs union and single market, otherwise known as common market 2.0. the second referendum and revoke article 50. they are all options on the ballot
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paper tomorrow. a straight yes no vote on each preference. they will count them up and the speaker will decide later in the week which options go through to the run off. i'm joined by two experts in this field — the director of the hansard society, which promotes parliamentary democracy, ruth fox, and graeme cowie, a clerk in the house of commons library, which is an independent research and information unit providing impartial briefings to mps and their staff. so, we have got a clearer idea of what will go on tomorrow. there will bea what will go on tomorrow. there will be a piece of paper that they will all get at the back of the commons, they will go away for half an hour, indicate their preferences, then what happens? it seems to me puts the speaker in a central position. the speaker will have to choose which motions will be voted on, so
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he has got to do the selection. i suspect he will aim to be as inclusive as possible. but members will vote. my fear is with this approach it is taking the temperature on each of the potential outcomes. my fear is it will end up like we had in 2003—7 on house of lords reform and it is something similar. on the first round of votes in 2003, no option, a majority said there was no way forward and in 2007 you got two options which clashed in the government could not move forward again. so it is not clear that we will get a good outcome tomorrow. but could you not keep going, knocking out the least popular options until you get one that has the bigger share of the vote ? that has the bigger share of the vote? or might you still not get a majority? in principle you could rule out certain options. it is not clear how the approach proposed today would actually do that. you could take those that have the least supporting politically remove them from the process. i suspect that is what they are looking to use monday
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for, for an additional set of votes on motions if to eventually rule out. it was an extraordinary day here at westminster. the government almost sitting on its hands, wondering what the business will be tomorrow, they still have to bring back this statutory instrument to change the brexit date, but they cannot set out their plans because they did not know what mps would decide. in this motion put down today, there are other days now in the pipeline. could this get out of control? it could, but i don't think it will. tomorrow, if that's not a degree of clarity, mps will to think about what the structuring of monday's decision making will look like. if they don't get that right, and the next stage does not lead to and the next stage does not lead to a clear outcome, we will run into difficulties. politically, the government will have to make a rapid decision about what we do about the proposed brexit day on the 12th of
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april. can the prime minister wrestle back control? ultimately by getting political support for a way forward. the reason we are here is because we have a minority government that has changed the dynamics in parliament. the old assumptions that the government controls parliamentary business does not necessarily follow. and ultimately, if parliament is unable to agree a way forward, it is not inconceivable that a general election might be spoken about, but in procedural terms, parliament would still have to vote for that, either by voting no confidence in the prime minister and either by voting no confidence in the prime ministerand her government in waiting 14 days, or by weight voting for two thirds for an early general election. the prime minister said she is not bound by what the commons decides but nick boles on newsnight last night was saying, if she does not take up what we find consensus on, we will legislate for it, how would they do
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that? the proposal they had a few weeks ago is to bring a private members bill and to legislate that way. but the problem that will be had, it is notjust winning the votes in deciding what option is, you then have got to sustain that politically going forward, notjust for a day or two, but four days, weeks, months in order to get this process through. it is not clear to me that there will be any clarity about how that can be done and therefore the government may well find the only option is a general election. so, if you want to control the business of the day, you have got to have this vote to do that? the way the backbenchers are able to achieve that is by that because their presumption is in favour of their presumption is in favour of the government. there are some days that are given priority is to backbenchers and the opposition but the key thing is the government gets to decide on when that happens which is not what is happening here.
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backbenchers are now able to control whether they will get another day and when, which is making the difference. and we should state the obvious, if theresa may suddenly finds she has got the support of the dup and the bulk of the drg has come across, she can bring her vote back on thursday if she was allowed to buy the speaker, and all this would go possibly tomorrow will be a clarifying moment for the withdrawal agreement because it may well be thatis agreement because it may well be that is what breaks the deadlock in terms of the minister getting support of members of the e r g. possibly not the dup but may be members of the er g shift and there we see the dominoes move. members of the er g shift and there we see the dominoes movem members of the er g shift and there we see the dominoes move. it is not necessarily the end of the story either. even if you get an agreement to the withdrawal agreement, you still have got to get the bill through, that will be contentious. there will be constitutional provisions that will make big changes to the way the uk is government. but it would restart the clock because then we would then go
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to the 22nd of may to get the legislation through. fascinating, thank you very much indeed. the bbc has been looking at how public attitudes towards brexit might be changing. natcen social research asked more than 2,500 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 41% 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.
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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
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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
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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. good to get the thoughts of people in nottingham. plenty more reaction to what is going on here in
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westminster over the next half an hour. 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, went on the run to georgia before his trial. after months in hiding in the capital, tbilisi, he handed himself into police and was jailed for three months. our correspondent, steven rosenberg, was in court this morning. well, 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 speedboat crash in which charlotte brown had been killed. now, rememberjack 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 years in prison. he wasn't there because he'd fled
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britain and come to georgia. the defence team today said that those arguments were groundless, but they conceded thatjack shepherd had now agreed to be extradited, they said he wanted to go back to britain to take part in an appeal court hearing, which he's been 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, he wanted access for the media to his cell because his defence team said he had security guarantees. the georgian judge said this was not a decision he could take and then, shortly after, the judge ruled thatjack shepherd should be extradited. we don't know when that is going to happen, there's some paperwork still to be done, and the georgianjustice minister will have to sign off on this. but it does appear that, just over two months afterjack shepherd handed himself in to georgian
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police, this legal process, this extradition process, is moving towards its conclusion. following this morning's hearing, the mpjames brokenshire released this statement on behalf of charlotte brown's family. it says, "the family clearly welcome the news thatjack shepherd is no long contesting extradition in georgia and can now return to the uk to face justice. with shepherd's return to the uk, it is their wish that he now accepts responsibility and atones for his actions. also that he drops the appeal against his conviction, which can only cause more pain and anguish for the family." last week, kurdish—led forces took the last piece of territory in syria occupied by the islamic state group. it brought a formal end to the self—proclaimed caliphate announced back in 2014. but amid the celebrations, kurdish authorities say they're struggling to cope with the thousands of captured
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is men and women, and are calling for an international court to be set up to try them. our correspondent, aleem maqbool, has been given rare access to one of the camps, roj in northern syria, where many of them are being held. what should be done with the captured men and women of the islamic state group? it's one of the most urgent issues now the last enclave has been won back from is. hundreds of women who joined the group from around 40 countries are in this camp in northern syria. they include ilham from the netherlands, who admits to having joined is, but as yet has has no idea where she might face trial. we are asking the government to take us back, but i'm still here, waiting. if you did go back to holland, what do you think would happen? i'd go to prison. my children i hope to my family. that's what's going to happen. and you can accept that? yeah.
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because i know i made a mistake. well, you'll understand there are people around the world who will be watching this and they will say, well, leave her there. yeah, but it's never about what people are thinking about me. with few countries taking back their is group nationals, dealing with them has been left to the ill—equipped kurdish administration. this isn't a prison. it is, as you can see, a camp in a war zone. the longer it goes on, the more there is a risk that something could go wrong, there could be instability in the region again. unless a plan is put in place soon, this really is a ticking time bomb. people here have already suffered living under is then losing so many lives fighting is. here, countries like britain revoking the nationality of citizens who join the group has gone down badly. the kurdish head of foreign relations, abdulkarim omar, says it's created a huge problem.
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unfortunately, the international community has disappointed us, he says. we can't hold and try these people alone. if the world doesn't help us, there will be a problem again, and the islamic state group will once again be a danger for all of us. after the final offensive to wipe the so—called islamic state from the map, we saw trucks that carted away, we were told, hundreds of is families, an ignominious end for the militants, but a reminder that children had been caught up in it all too. the administration here is urging countries to at least do something to help rehabilitate these young foreign victims to try to stop the ideology into which they were born re—emerging through them in the future. aleem maqbool, bbc news in north—eastern syria.
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time for a look at the weather. here's thomaz with the forecast. it will get warmer towards the end of the week. most also spring on the way, high teens. the weather looking pretty quiet this evening, one thing we do not have to worry about. fine weather across most of the uk. tomorrow, a little change compared to what we have had to do. i would point out the fact there will be a little bit more cloud in the sky tomorrow compared to today pass skies. by the end of the night, temperatures will have dipped down a couple of degrees in towns. that means a touch of frost outside of city centres. and tomorrow's weather, still some cloud across scotla nd weather, still some cloud across scotland and the north west, like today, but more generally tomorrow across england and wales, there will be that cloud building up, so partly cloudy tomorrow rather than sunny. 14 celsius, not too bad tomorrow, 12
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in edinburgh. and if we skip to thursday, and even warmer day on the way. rebecca is absolutely right, some showing on the way, and take a look at those temperatures. could hit 18 celsius across the south, and even 16 in aberdeen. this is bbc news. the headlines — senior backbenchers set out their plans to try to take back control of brexit before they start voting on alternatives to theresa may's deal. jack shepherd, convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat accident on the thames in london, is to be extradited back to the uk from georgia. uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after some fans made racist chants towards england players during their euro 2020 qualifier victory last night. time now for a sport update
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with sarah mulkerrins. good afternoon. montenegro will face punishment, after fans were heard chanting racist abuse at england players during last night's euro 2020 qualifier. uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings — which will mean montenegro will, at the least, have part of their stadium closed for their next qualifier against kosovo in june. winger callum hudson—odoi says he heard the abuse. uefa are also investigating allegations of racism against him during a europa league tie with dynamo kiev earlier this month. he says it's a problem senior players in the england camp are helping him to deal with. raheem sterling has always helped me out talking about it, saying, don't worry about it, it is football. it's not right, but you've got to stay
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strong. i've spoken to him, and they have said, in football, you will a lwa ys have said, in football, you will always get that, people will be rude to you and say stuff you do not want to you and say stuff you do not want to hear. sometimes you have got to block it out of your head and just keep going with the game. but at the same time, that should never happen in football, everyone should be enjoying the game. former liverpool and england midfielderjohn barnes says it is easy to point fingers at others, and the overall approach by football towards racism must change. it is hypocritical of people here to look at what is happening in the montenegrin, because it happens every week in this country. something has to be done, but people are looking at the wrong solution, it is not —— the solution is not too close football grounds and ban people. i understand that lows have to be taken, but from the point of view of changing perceptions of black people, women, homosexuals, once perceptions are changed, we will not see incidents like this. england women have beaten sri lanka
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by eight wickets in colombo, to take an unassailable 2—0 lead in their twenty2o series. sri lanka could only manage 108—6 in their innings, with two wickets for katherine brunt and one for captain heather knight. and england chased down their target in 14 overs, danielle wyatt top—scoring with 37. victory in the final match on thursday would give them a record 10th win in a row. the man who stabbed tennis champion petra kvitova in her home in the czech republic has been sentenced to eight years in jail. just a warning, there's some flash photography coming up. radim zondra went to her house in december 2016 and attacked the former wimbledon champion. she suffered severe wounds to her left hand — her tennis—playing hand. she returned to the sport five months later, and is currently competing at the miami open. kyle edumund is currently playing his last 16 game in miami. he's taking on the defending champion, the 610" american john isner. edmund forced him all the way
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to a tie—breaker in the first, before losing that 7—5. into the second, on serve, 5—5. conor mcgregor‘s announcement that he's retired from mixed martial arts has been met with a degree of cynicism. the irishman established himself as one of mma's leading fighters, although his career has been marred by controversy, with an arrest and an order to have anger management help. it's also not the first time he's annouced he's retiring, so fans and commentators aren't convinced he's definitely left the sport behind. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's welcome back to westminster, where mps are building up to another big day in the brexit process, after mps voted in favour to seize control of parliamentary timetable.
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that means tomorrow, mps will vote on various brexit options to see if parliament can agree. the prime minister said she was "sceptical" about the process, the uk was due to leave the eu this friday, but that date is now delayed, and its not entirely clear what happens next. so, how are you feeling about it? are we nearer or further away from the brexit you want? watford was one of the most marginal areas when it came to the vote, with 50.3% voting leave and 49.7% voting to remain. and our news correspondent ashleyjohn baptiste has spent the day there. hello, i am currently in watford in hertfordshire. i'm currently in the hustle and bustle of the town centre, new watford market, where locals are milling about, going about their business. now, watford is an extremely interesting area when it comes to brexit. in the 2016 eu referendum, watford voted to leave with an extremely narrow majority of 252 votes. now, i am here with some voters from watford who have
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different views on how the government has handled brexit negotiations. so, how has the government handled brexit? it's been a shambles. if we had known all the facts in the beginning, i think some of us would have voted differently, and it has just gone on too long. we are all sick to death of it. do you feel you understand brexit? no, not at all. i haven't a clue. don't know what it's all about. and what you think? i think it is taking too long for them to decide, and as part of the general public, i am confused now. and i wish they could just hurry up with it and make up their minds. but you think theresa may has done a decentjob? i think she's trying her best, she is not getting the support she hoped she would get, and i wish they could just hurry up with making a decision. and what do you think? i think the public have a right to vote. i think the referendum wasn't a referendum, it was a fib—erendum, because there was misinformation on both sides. because nobody knew at the time how this would pan out.
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that was the campaign, but how do you think the government has handled the negotiations since then? well, i don't think it has been a balanced set of negotiations, because i don't think they have listened to all sides to see what the general consensus is. and taking the same deal back to parliament time and time again and then denying everyone a right to a people's vote doesn't make sense to me. and finally, all of you, how do you feel these negotiations have shaped your view of british politics? oh, it's ridiculous, i don't think they know what they are doing. they cannot seem to make up their minds. and finally? i think it is unfortunate that people have lost respect for mp5, through perhaps no fault of their own, because they are being told what they have to vote for. well, there you have it, three voters from watford who clearly are not too approving of how the process has been negotiated so far. back to you.
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plenty of you have signed this online petition to revoke article 50, and stay in the european union, and many of you might have followed it online to see how it is faring. it has now reached 5.7 million signatures, and because it has reached the 100,000 threshold, it will now be debated in parliament. we have just heard will now be debated in parliament. we havejust heard it will now be debated in parliament. we have just heard it will be debated on monday, the coming monday, in the westminster hall, so mps will take part in that debate. it says here it is the most signed petition ever received on the house of commons and government petition site. so that is one to watch on monday as if there weren't enough things happening on monday, certainly that debate 12 focus on as well. let's get the thoughts now of ann clwyd, labour mp since 1984. last night, watching the row that ensued since last night, what do you
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make of it all? it seems to have transcended into a very divisive, ugly debate in the house. yes, but on the other hand, you have talked to people you don't normally talk to on the other side. i have had several conversations today with tories that i have never spoken to before. and people are awfully exhausted, they want it over and done with, they feel there are other things they should be getting on with. so quite present conversations with. so quite present conversations with lots of people. let me talk to you about the indicative vote, because i know you are a supporter ofa because i know you are a supporter of a second referendum. there are some people who think that they do not want that to be on the ballot paper tomorrow, because it might be cast aside as people rush for a softer brexit. what are your thoughts on that? i think all sorts of options out to be on the ballot paper. some people do want a
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referendum, and i was a young mp, 1979 to 1984, i was elected at a time when the labour party was split on europe, and when i have been in the european parliament for two yea rs i the european parliament for two years i changed my mind. i could see the possibility of working with mps from other countries, and working together when we were losing jobs in the steel industry and the coal industry at the time, and we cooperated quite a lot. and indeed, iam glad cooperated quite a lot. and indeed, i am glad i went there first, and not here to the house of commons, because it really broadened my mind to be amongst people from many other countries. so i am really sad that people in this country took the decision to come out, although i am sure that they didn't know all the
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arguments, they know they're now much better than they did then, for example, the promises that were given about 350 million on the nhs boss. i remember asking boris johnson about it at the time, and he said, ididn't johnson about it at the time, and he said, i didn't say it. —— nhs bus. and i said, but you are associated with that campaign, promising 350 million for the nhs if we came out of the eu. there are lots of things like that, and i know that my area, one of the poorest... will become even poorer if we come out of the eu. i suppose your colleagues are concerned that if you put a second referendum on the ballot paper tomorrow, and it is defeated, not one of those options that goes through to the second round on monday, then that might put a nail in it forever. mind you, given that it isa in it forever. mind you, given that it is a secret ballot tomorrow, there might be some mps who do not wa nt to there might be some mps who do not want to be seen going through the lobby voting for a second
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referendum, who put their name alongside it. yes, that is possible. my alongside it. yes, that is possible. my area voted to leave, but i hope that by now, a considerable number of people will have changed their minds. ican of people will have changed their minds. i can tell from the e—mails i have been getting that people have changed their minds. i don't know if enough have changed their minds, i have no idea, but that can only be found out when two people have a chance to vote again. and the politicians can't agree amongst themselves. we are gridlocked. and since we cannot decide, let the people themselves to sight, and that is the only fair method. ok, ann clwyd, thank you very much indeed for that. just one liner to bring you beforehand you back to rebecca. we have got one of the indicative of votes been put down by gareth snell, who has said he has tabled with collea g u es who has said he has tabled with colleagues for tomorrow a motion to compel the government to campaign for a new compel the government to campaign fora new uk compel the government to campaign for a new uk customs union after we leave the eu. it is identical to the
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successful amendment to the trade bill that's labour secured in the house of lords. that is one of six options that will be on the voting paper tomorrow, we will see how many mps will choose that one. that is from the mp gareth snell. that is all from westminster, back to rebecca in the studio. the headlines on bbc news — senior backbenchers set out their plans to try to take back control of brexit before they start voting on alternatives to theresa may's deal. jack shepherd, convicted of killing a woman in a speedboat accident on the thames in london, is to be extradited back to the uk from georgia. uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after some fans made racist chants towards england players during their euro 2020 qualifier victory last night. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states,
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this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. prosecutors have dropped all charges against us actorjussie smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack, according to his lawyers. the empire actor told police he was attacked by two men in chicago in january. his attorneys have today maintained that he was attacked by two unknown individuals. let's talk to our correspondent nada tawfik, who is in new york with the latest. this is frankly an extraordinary story. how can you make sense of it all for us? it really is, one that has had so many different twists and turns. here in the united states, in chicago, and today, jussie smollett went in for a court appearance, and it was really shocking news that
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prosecutors had decided to drop all of the 16 charges against him for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack, and lying to police, and he came outside of court, and with his attorneys, his attorneys said his record had been wiped clean and he had been vilified. throughout all of this in the court of public opinion. and thenit the court of public opinion. and then itjussie the court of public opinion. and then it jussie smollett the court of public opinion. and then itjussie smollett himself, who all along has pleaded not guilty to these charges, also spoke about how he is feeling about this. first of all, i want to thank my family and friends, the incredible people of chicago, and all over the country into the world who have prayed for me, who have supported me, who have shown me so much love. nobody will ever know how much that has meant to me, andi ever know how much that has meant to me, and i will forever be grateful. i want you to know that a not for a moment was it in vain. i have been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one, i would not be my mother's son if i was capable of one drop of what i have
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been accused of. this has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but i am one of the worst of my entire life, butiama one of the worst of my entire life, but i am a man of faith and i am a man that has knowledge of my history, and i would not bring my family, our lives or the movement through a fire like this, ijust would not. so i want to thank my legal counsel from the bottom of my heart, and i would also like to thank the state of illinois for attempting to do what is right. now i would like nothing more than to just get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistakes, i will always continue to fight for the justice, equality and i will always continue to fight for thejustice, equality and betterment of marginalised people everywhere. so again, thank you for all the support, thank you for faith, and thank you to god. blessed y'all, thank you to god. blessed y'all, thank you to god. blessed y'all, thank you very much. the state attorney said she had reviewed the fa cts attorney said she had reviewed the facts of the case, and said she believes this is an appropriate and reasonable outcome, givenjussie
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smollett‘s time of community service and the fact he would forfeit his bond, she feels like this is a good resolution to the case. but in a competing press conference, if you will, we heard from chicago police and also chicago's mayor, who were very dismayed at the fact that the judges had been dropped. eddie johnson, the chicago police superintendent said, do i think justice was served? no, i still think the city is owed an apology. and the mayor said, this is a whitewash of justice. so and the mayor said, this is a whitewash ofjustice. so as i say again, those charges dropped kind of out of the blue, and many people still questioning what this says aboutjussie still questioning what this says about jussie smollett‘s still questioning what this says aboutjussie smollett‘s gilt and the alleged staging of this homophobic and racist attack. good to talk to you, thank you. 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.
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the un has called for calm. our middle east correspondent yolande knell reports from the border town of sderot. 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,
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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. the government has announced plans
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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. 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. prince charles and the duchess of cornwall have met the cuban president 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,
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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
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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 thomaz with the forecast. quiet on the weather front, something we are pleased about. weather will stay more or less the
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same for the rest of the week. if anything, it will turn a bit warmer in the coming days. little change, with a big high pressure in charge of the weather. here it is across the uk today, not shifting anywhere. high pressures tend to establish themselves across a big chunk of the continent, and once they do, they don't move around a lot. what happens is any weather systems coming our way are around the air of high pressure, and that is why in the north of the country, in the northern isles and north—western scotland, we have a little bit more cloud because we are closer to weather fronts, cloud, and cloud because we are closer to weatherfronts, cloud, and a cloud because we are closer to weather fronts, cloud, and a few spots of rain. ten in stornoway, more or less right now in the south of the country, 11 or 12 this evening. tonight, in the north of the uk, with winds blowing out of the uk, with winds blowing out of the atlantic ocean, round this high pressure, we have cloud. so here it will be milder tonight with all of that cloud, frost free. in the south and central areas of the country where the crowds break, for any lengthy period, probably a touch of
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frost. so a crisp start to the day, a sunny one, too, and it promises to be fine for most of the day. but i think the clouds will be a bit more prevalent in the sky tomorrow, so hazy, partly cloudy, ratherthan prevalent in the sky tomorrow, so hazy, partly cloudy, rather than a sunny tomorrow. temperatures tomorrow getting up to around 14 celsius in the south, maybe in aberdeen as well, where there will be some sunshine. high pressure not moving anywhere, weather fronts riding around it. but also what is riding around it. but also what is riding around it come out of the south—west a stream of milder air, wrapping around this area of high pressure. that means temperatures will actually be on the rise as we head towards the end of the week. so a good dose of spring weather on the way, certainly by the time we get to thursday and friday. and thursday are expected to be release on the across the uk, light winds as well, beautiful sunshine. in fact, the sun getting stronger now, you're starting to really feel those sunny rays against your face. 17, 18 celsius in the south will feel well,
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16 in belfast. and temperatures dropping in the south of the country, a sharp drop from 17 and friday down to 11 celsius on monday. and a big change on the way next week, early next week, winds blowing out of the north, straight out of the arctic, which means it may be time to dig out those thick winter coats once again. a hint of cold weather certainly on the horizon, but hopefully not for too long.
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