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tv   BBC News at Six  BBC News  March 26, 2019 6:00pm-6:31pm GMT

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this is bbc news. the headlines — theresa may will appeal to parliament to support her brexit deal again tomorrow, in an effort to find mps outline their way a way out of the impasse. forward on brexit — some mps suggest they would rather after voting to seize control accept her deal than risk not of the process from theresa may. leaving the european union. the cabinet met amid intense speculation over whether mrs may's brexit deal — and her premiership — can still survive. uefa have moved quickly with the clock ticking and still no consensus on what brexit should look like, after england players were racially we'll bring you new research revealing what voters think now. also tonight... england players speak out after uefa lays disciplinary charges against montenegro for racist abuse at last night's match. i think the punishment should be, whatever nation it is that your fans are chanting racist abuse, i think it should be the whole stadium, that no—one can come and watch here. jack shepherd, convicted of manslaughter for killing charlotte brown in a speedboat crash on the river thames, is to be extradited from georgia. bluebells, swifts, robins — how the loss of pollinating insects threaten the traditional sights
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and sounds of our countryside. and the paintings which inspired vincent van gogh to produce some his most famous works — now on show in a new exhibition. and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news: walking away from the octagon — conor mcgregor says he won't fight again, but he's retired before. good evening. theresa may has been consulting her cabinet after the house of commons seized control of this phase of the brexit process in last night's dramatic vote. mps will tomorrow be presented with a series of options on the way ahead, but ministers say they can't guarantee any outcome will be binding on the government.
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mps have twice said they don't want mrs may's deal but haven't yet said what they do want. this is an opportunity to do just that. they'll likely vote on around seven options for how to proceed. those may include closer links to the eu than what's proposed, a no—deal brexit, or cancelling brexit entirely. but as mps debate, time is running out to agree a deal with the eu before the exit date next month. our deputy political editor, jon pienaar, has more. parliament has shown its power, we know who is in control and the a nswer know who is in control and the answer is no one. mps are getting ready to talk and vote through their ideas for brexit, but then what? cabinet are not giving up.” continue to support the deal of the prime minister about but ministers insist mps taking control will not
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work. it is a negotiation between ourselves and the european union. it may not be deliverable. but the cabinet is split. amber rudd. she is backing mrs may's deal but wants freedom for tories to vote as they choose. others like david gauke on the left is demanding the same. some junior ministers are saying privately they will rebel and resign if they have to. today mrs may kept them all guessing. one who quit the government and voted to give mps a choice between brexit plans stood by his decision. i think brexit should happen in the right way, which is leaving but leaving on good terms with the best possible opportunity ofa with the best possible opportunity of a good future with the eu. so what will be the choice is when mps fill this chamber tomorrow? there is the pm because my tale, twice defeated already, or a brexit deal closer to eu customs and market rules than that of mrs may, may be comparable to norway. a fresh
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referendum another option. and a brexit with no deal, mps insist they will never support that but it still seems possible. all these proposals will be put forward, despicable select them, they will be put on a ballot paper which will be handed to mps and will be asked to indicate yes or no to each one of them, and mps can yes or no to each one of them, and m ps ca n vote yes or no to each one of them, and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they are prepared to support. still the battle over mrs may's deal goes on. some rebels have backed away but not enough. the chances of the promise to getting her brexit plan approved by parliament at the third time of asking look slim. talk to any tory mp or ministerand asking look slim. talk to any tory mp or minister and her own chances of surviving long after this crisis whether her plan goes through or not look even smaller. no shortage of contenders for herjob. could boris johnson fallen behind her deal? he could, but if he is he's not saying. another potential candidate is relu cta ntly another potential candidate is reluctantly backing her plan. it's
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not a good but the alternative is a com plete not a good but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. that's what i said a week ago and now you're seeing it. proposals being put up which are all than her proposal. do you think with your help theresa may might get this deal over the line? she has to get the dup onside. and i have some sympathy with them because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the uk. but i think she has a decent chance. today the dup were sounding tough as ever. is there any chance of us changing their minds on this? u nless of us changing their minds on this? unless there are significant changes to the agreement, no. here tonight no one is predicting the future of brexit or mrs may with any confidence, no one can. in brussels, the eu's chief negotiator spoke today for many. all eyes on the british parliament. no one is disagreeing with that tonight. it's almost three years now since the uk voted in favour of leaving the eu. but the original departure date
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of march 29th has been delayed and the government is searching for a way forward. so, what do voters now think about brexit? major new research came out today to answer that question. our home editor, mark easton, went to worcester to discuss the findings with people he spoke to during the campaign in 2016. worcester has a reputation as a bellwether for what the public thinks. true to form at the referendum, it's vote for leave almost exact lay mirrored the result across england. we are definitely better... during the campaign, i came to this pub were brexit hustings to local activists from both sides of the argument. almost three years later and i've invited the participants of that debate back here to see what they think now. arguing for leave in 2016 was peter
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juul. for the first 12 months it will be chaotic. perhaps that is an exaggeration. it will be difficult. thereafter, this country will flourish. this local businessman was a passionate remainer. flourish. this local businessman was a passionate remainerlj flourish. this local businessman was a passionate remainer. i would like to stay because it's better for my business, in my opinion. butjust tell me what we are going to do. you sound at the end of your tether!” am,| sound at the end of your tether!” am, ilose sound at the end of your tether!” am, i lose sleep over it. william oliver says his business has suffered since the referendum. the way it's been handled is terrible, it is causing indecision for investment, for the people i supply in the construction industry, because of the uncertainty, decisions are being put back. the disillusionment of activists on both sides of the debate is reflected in the latest research from a british social attitudes survey. according to the poll, 81% think the government has handled brexit badly. just 6% of voters think the uk will
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get a good brexit deal. so what should happen now with mac there we re should happen now with mac there were strong opposing views in the pub. what worcester woman says is indicative of how the country goes. well, i am worcester woman and i would say to the westminster bubble, you are there to implement the decision of the british people.” wa nt decision of the british people.” want to leave but now i do not, i wa nt want to leave but now i do not, i want to leave but now i do not, i want to remain. you have changed your mind? completely. it has been disappointing. the amount of people who are having regrets and who have changed their mind matters a lot because if you're still going to talk about the will of the people you need to measure it bounced —— against the current information. one national pollster has calculated worcester would support remained in that according to the survey reflects the view nationally. but the research has also warned that perhaps the key message is that eve ryo ne perhaps the key message is that everyone “— perhaps the key message is that everyone —— meant for everyone to show a degree of humility when claiming to know the will of the people.
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our deputy political editor john pienaar is at westminster. we've just heard voters are looking on in dismay. mps are trying to take control. what, then, are theresa may's options now? well, mrs may's day today tactics have often seemed to be all over the place but her longer term strategy, if you can call it that, has been consistent. that is to wait, to wait while the clock runs down, stick to her plan and hope the brexit rebels in the end will see her plan is the best and only way to achieve brexit. as ever she is moving one small step ata as ever she is moving one small step at a time. we are still wondering, will tory ministers and mps be free to vote as they choose on the brexit options? we are still waiting to hear the answer to that. meanwhile a number of junior and middle ranking ministers are saying that they are prepared to rebel and resign if they feel they have to. all the time, a number of tories, they are saying
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mrs may could increase the chances of her deal if she makes clear she is willing to stand aside soon and make way for a new leader. she is meeting tory mps at westminster tomorrow but will she make that promise? we can only guess. as ever, the prime minister is holding her cards very, closely, even when she seems to have no strong cards left to play. john, thank you. football's european governing body, uefa, has announced disciplinary charges for racist behaviour against montenegro, following the abuse suffered by england players in their euro 2020 qualifier last night. england won 5—1, but the match was overshadowed by racist chanting from some home fans, directed at several england players. our sports editor dan roan has the details. it is raheem sterling! he may have just got england's fifth goal in an oppressive win but raheem sterling wa nted oppressive win but raheem sterling wanted to make a point. this
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gesture, his response to what the fa today called abhorrent racist chanting towards some of the players. it's a shame we are talking about this. it's 2019. i think the punish —— punishment should be whatever nation that your fans are chanting racist abuse, it should be the whole stadium, no one can come and watch here. danny rose seems to have been subjected to some of the worst abuse but it wasn't confined to the spurs defender. it's not right, it's unacceptable and hopefully uefa deal with it properly because they were making comments about monkeys. you have to keep our heads. if referees become aware of racist abuse they have the power to halt or abandon matches. gareth southgate is said he did here at may ask his players if they wanted to walk off the field in future. he admits in this report is not immune from the issue. we have to make sure the education is right for everybody. i have said this before, i'm not sitting herejust
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criticising what has happened tonight because in our country we have the same issue. we are not free of it. uefa today charged montenegro with racist behaviour so what could be the punishment? in 2012 the serbian fa was fined £60,000 after england were racially abused. the fa said uefa had been too soft. last year, croatia was made to play its match against england behind closed doors after a series of offences. but anti—discrimination companies say the time has come for football to get tougher. is closing the stadium for a game that is not going to be against england where they, or expulsion more where the? if you're really to show we are challenging, andi really to show we are challenging, and i say we because i'm part of the football industry, so if the governing bodies are really to show they are challenging this situation, i'm all for the enough is enough, you can't play in this tournament until you sort yourself out. uefa's
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president described the incident as a disaster and european's —— european football's governing body is under a pressure to send a message. the european parliament has backed controversial copyright laws which critics say could change the nature of the internet. the new rules will make technology companies responsible for material posted without proper copyright permission. many musicians and creators say the new rules will compensate artists fairly — but others say they will destroy user—generated content. a man convicted of the manslaughter of charlotte brown, following a speedboat crash on the river thames in 2015, is to be extradited back to the uk. jack shepherd fled to georgia before the end of his trial last year. after months in hiding, he handed himself in to police. from the georgian capital, tbilisi, steve rosenberg sent this report. for ten months, he had been on the run... 2,500 miles away in georgia...
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hiding from british justice. today, finally, jack shepherd was ordered back to britain. at the tbilisi courthouse, the judge ruled that shepherd should be extradited to the uk and be taken into custody there. last year, at the old bailey, jack shepherd had been convicted in his absence of the manslaughter of charlotte brown. they'd been out on a date on his speedboat when it had crashed on the river thames. charlotte was killed, shepherd charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. but ahead of his trial, he had fled to georgia. when he was eventually tracked down injanuary, he handed himself in to georgian police. shepherd told the courts he'd already decided to return home for an appeal hearing in the manslaughter case. simply because i wish to participate
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in the appeal process... of course jack shepherd believes he's innocent and there is not a single evidence in the case. why did he run away? it was a big mistake for him to run away and it's why he made his decision to surrender to the police, to do his best to help the judges find out the truth. through his defence team today, jack shepherd made an unusual request. claiming to fear for his safety in a britishjail, back in the uk, shepherd wants a cell all to himself. he wants 24—hour video surveillance and he wants the media to be allowed into his cell to see him. but the georgian judge said that's not a decision he could take. with jack shepherd set to return to the uk, tonight, charlotte brown's family urged him to drop the appeal against his
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conviction, to accept responsibility and to atone for his actions. our top story this evening. cabinet members meet amid intense speculation over whether mrs may's brexit deal — and her premiership — can survive. coming up, what should be done with the captured members of the islamic state group? and in sport... more on the charges brought against montenegro after england players we re montenegro after england players were targeted with racist abuse. pollinating wild bees and hoverflies are disappearing from areas of great britain, posing a potential future threat to agriculture, according to new research. experts studied more than 350
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species of the insects between 1980 and 2013. they found that a third of the species were present in fewer areas than before. but measures taken by farmers have led to 12% increase in the prevalence of some insects known as key crop pollinators. scientists say the overall decline shows we can't take the health of our environment or our food supply for granted. here's our environment correspondent claire marshall. it is springtime and honey bees across the country are out foraging. these bees have a safe home here but today's landmark report reveals their wild cousins, along with dozens their wild cousins, along with d oze ns of their wild cousins, along with dozens of other key pollinating insects, such as hoverflies, are struggling to survive. they are vanished from a quarter of the places they used to live. the reason — the complex mix of climate change, habitat loss and intensive farming. this site shows you the problem. you have wild flowers here, this site shows you the problem. you
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have wildflowers here, which is what the pollinators need, and then over there, a typical english arable field but no flowers, no insects and no other animals. this isn'tjust about insects, it is about how food security, what we put on our plates. many farmers do all they can to help nature. julian gold is one of them. we need to learn how to well producing food but we don't want to destroy the food factory at the state —— at the same time. want to destroy the food factory at the state -- at the same time. also at stake is the colour palette of the english landscape. most of these flowers we see depend on pollinators. if you don't have those pollinators. if you don't have those pollinators available you will see a decrease in their ability to maintain in the wider environment. there are fears that familiar visitors to our gardens and the wider countryside will have less to eat. all sorts of different birds, from flycatchers to sparrows, which are all dependent on this rich, vibrant life, the flying life out
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there, that this report tells us is declining across the uk. some good news to come out of the study. these bees species help to pollinate flowering crops and their numbers are increasing. there are also key steps that can be taken. instead of just big wheat fields, big prairies, you've got grass strips, flower margins, strip through the middle of fields, just trying to increase the biodiversity in the field. pesticides that can damage wild bee populations are still being approved, so we need to put in place the right tests that make our pesticides safer for wildlife. the right tests that make our pesticides safer for wildlifem you are talking about somebody in theirgarden, for you are talking about somebody in their garden, for example, having a patch of their garden that they let wild plants develop, those can be really important for helping maintain those pollinators. so we can do our bit in our gardens as long as the policymakers do their bit as well. last week kurdish—led forces took the last piece of territory in syria
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occupied by the islamic state group. it brought to a formal end 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 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 a0 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,
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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. because i know i make 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. if she wanted to go then leave her there." yeah, but it's no matter 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.
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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. unfortunately, the international community has disappointed us, he says. we can't hold and try these people alone. 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
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to stop the ideology into which they were born re—emerging through them in the future. aleem maqbool, bbc news in north—eastern syria. nasa has been forced to abandon its all woman spacewalk because of a lack of space suits that fit women properly. nasa says the suits are available in medium, large and extra—large but they only have in small. prosecutors have dropped all charges against us actorjussie smollett for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack. the empire star had denied 16 counts of lying to police. our correspondent peter bowes is in los angeles for us now. this is a very unusual case. mr smollett came forward and said he was the victim of a racist and
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homophobic attack but when the authorities started to investigate, they say that he had in fact made up they say that he had in fact made up the story that he had filed a police report and they say he did it because he was dissatisfied with his salary and he had taken advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. well, now, out of the blue, prosecutors have decided to drop the case, saying they have looked at all of the circumstances, the fact that he does volunteer work, and decided this is the best outcome for everyone. the details of the case are being sealed, which means more details won't be released publicly. mr smollett spoke outside the court and said, i wouldn't be my mother's son ifi said, i wouldn't be my mother's son if i was capable of what i've been accused of. chicago police for their pa rt accused of. chicago police for their part are very angry at this development, angry at prosecutors. they say this is a whitewash of justice and they say chicago, the city, deserves an apology. peter,
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thank you. vincent van gogh is universally celebrated as one of the world's greatest artists, and now a new exhibition at tate britain aims to shine a light on the years that he spent living in london. between 1873 and 1876 he worked as an art dealer, and although he didn't become a painter himself until four years after leaving britain, those years were crucial to his artistic development. our arts editor, will gompertz, reports. vincent van gough came to britain in 1873 — not to make art, but to sell it and see it. the 28—year—old art then dealer quickly developed an appreciation for british landscape painters, most notably john constable. he settled here at 87 hackford road in brixton, south east london. he'd leave home and walk to work in covent garden every day because he wanted to take in the sights and the sounds and the smells of britain. he'd often have some charles dickens in his pocket to read and always wore a top hat because, as he said, you couldn't be seen in london without one. van gough took to london like a beard to a face.
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that is, it grew on him. in a west end gallery he discovered james whistler's paintings, whose evening view of westminster bridge would inspire the dutchman, when he eventually became an artist a few years later, to produce one of his most famous works. he found something in british art which he recognised as different from the art of his own country. the way particularly british landscape could evoke a feeling in the viewer. that was something he always wanted to do himself. modern british artists, he noticed, were painting autumnal landscapes, and paintings like millais‘ chill october creates this wonderful atmosphere and you see van gough actually, particularly when he's painting in autumn, trying for that same emotional accent. it has been said that the van gough we know was born in london. "things are going well for me here," he said in a letter to his brother theo. "i have nature and art and poetry, and if that isn't enough, what is?" ajob, as it turned out. he was sacked, which was
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a good thing in a way. he left britain and decided to take up painting. time for a look at the weather, here's tomas schafernaker. it's a picture out there today. beautiful weather across the south of the country. no sunflowers but we have the daffodils out. over the next few days, the weather will be warming upa next few days, the weather will be warming up a bit. not much change overall but the cloud will come and 90, overall but the cloud will come and go, as will the sunshine, but temperatures will steadily rise. high pressure is anchored across the uk. it is not moving anywhere. in fa ct uk. it is not moving anywhere. in fact it will last quite some time, probably till the weekend. next week, a change on the way and we will talk about that in a moment. this is what it is like this evening and overnight. quite a few layers of cloud across western parts of the uk bringing spots of rain. around seven or8 bringing spots of rain. around seven or 8 degrees, so quite mild. but in the south, where the skies are clear, down to around freezing just
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outside town and city centres. more cloud in the sky tomorrow, particularly across southern areas compared to what we had today. in the north, remaining cloudy, so south—westerly wind bringing outbreaks of rain but for the vast majority of the uk, another fine day. this is the high pressure through thursday, and crucially we have mild airaround through thursday, and crucially we have mild air around it, through thursday, and crucially we have mild airaround it, and through thursday, and crucially we have mild air around it, and that means those temperatures will rise. so sunny skies across many parts of the country on thursday. light winds as well with temperatures rising to 17 or18, so as well with temperatures rising to 17 or 18, so a beautiful dose of spring weather on the way for some of us on thursday. in the north—west, fresher here, but up to 16 in aberdeen. as we head through the weekend, and into next week, guess what. i bet you weren't expecting this! cold wind but with wintry showers on the hills. so
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there really will be a nip in the air. astark there really will be a nip in the air. a stark change to what we will be experiencing in the coming days. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.
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