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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: mps prepare to take part in a series of votes tomorrow to try and find an alternative to theresa may's brexit deal that the house of commons can support. uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after some fans made racist chants towards england players during their euro 2020 qualifier victory last night. 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. six teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of ransacking a mosque in newcastle, where copies of the koran were ripped up and windows smashed. roger charlery, known as ‘ranking roger‘ of the beat
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and general public, has died aged 56. and at 11:30pm, we will be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, brexit editor of the telegraph asa bennett and political commentator jane merrick. stay with us for that. good evening. the house of commons is preparing to embark tomorrow on a series of votes to explore other ways forward in the brexit process. some 16 options have been tabled by mps. the process could last several days. last night, the house of commons voted to take control of the next phase of the brexit process, but ministers say they can't guarantee that any outcome will be binding on the government. some leading conservative brexit
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supporters have suggested they could now support mrs may's withdrawal agreement, to prevent the risk of a long delay in the brexit process, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. parliament has shown its power. we know who is in control, and the answer is no—one. mps are getting ready to talk and vote their way through their ideas for brexit. but then what? brexiteer ministers especially insist mps taking control won't work. it's a negotiation between ourselves and the european union, and if parliament expresses a view, it may be entirely undeliverable. but the cabinet is split. there is amber rudd. she is backing mrs may's deal, but wants freedom for tories to vote as they choose. some junior ministers are saying privately they'll rebel and resign if they have to. today, mrs may kept them all guessing.
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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 of a good future with the eu. so what will be the choices when mps fill this chamber tomorrow? there is the pm's deal, twice defeated already, or a brexit deal closer to eu customs and market rules than mrs may's, maybe comparable to norway's. a fresh referendum is another option. and a brexit with no deal. mps insist they'll never support that, but it still seems possible. all of these proposals will be put forward. the speaker will select them. they will then be put on a ballot paper, and that will be handed to mps, and we'll be asked to indicate yes or no to each one of them, and mps can vote for as many of the ideas as they're prepared to support. still, the battle over mrs may's deal goes on. some rebels have backed
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away, but not enough. the chances of the prime minister getting her brexit plan approved by parliament at the third time of 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. boris johnson wants her job, but would he support her deal? earlier, he kept us guessing. tonight, though, people queued to hear a hint of a grudging shift towards mrs may's plan, if there is a change of brexit policy — and did he also mean a change of prime minister? what i want to hear is, if this withdrawal agreement is to make any sense at all, then there's got to be a massive change in the uk's negotiating approach. another potential candidate is reluctantly backing her plan. well, it's not a good deal, but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos. that's what i said a week ago, and now you're seeing it. and you're seeing proposals
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being put up which are all worse than her proposal. and do you think, with your help, theresa may might get this deal over the line? she's got to get the dup onside, and i have some sympathy with them, because i want northern ireland to be protected inside the united kingdom. but i think she's got a decent chance. but today, the democratic unionists were sounding tough as ever. is there any chance of us changing our minds on it? unless there are significant changes to the agreement itself, no. here tonight, no—one is predicting the future of brexit, or mrs may's, with any confidence. no—one can. and in brussels, the eu's chief negotiator spoke today for many. all eyes on the british parliament. unusually, for any comment on brexit, no—one is disagreeing with that tonight. earlier i spoke to drjoelle grogan, a senior lecturer in uk public and eu law at middlesex university, about the use of indicative votes. she told me about the last time they were used in the commons.
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so unfortunately for the few days ahead, the president that we have from 2003 is not very helpful. in 2003, seven different options were offered to the house of commons on how to reform the lords. now, every single one of those options was rejected, and we just continued with the status quo. now, concerning lee, in our context, here in the uk, the status quo for us is going to be a ha rd status quo for us is going to be a hard exit, no deal brexit on 12 april. that is what happens if nothing else is decided upon. if no action happens, that is where we're headed. so, i if i action happens, that is where we're headed. so, i ifi am... if the endgame is for parliament to try to reach an agreement, what would be the best chances of success, of that happening? so this is in the power of the question, and the power of how the question is formed. now, we have been hearing so far that all of the questions are going to be yes
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and no, so ifi the questions are going to be yes and no, so if i ask you a series of questions like would you like to go to the cinema, yes or no? would you like to go to a restaurant, yes i know? would you like to... i don't know? would you like to... i don't know what else you should do on a night like this, but would you like to go out walking? yes or no? it is very easy for you to say yes, yes, yes, no, no, no. but the important thing, the essential thing, is to decide a preference between those votes. so right now that is going to be the very political question, on how the questions are asked, how they answered, and if there are many options, as was said very eloquently, if there are many options that find a lot of favour, how we determine and decide between them. and that is going to be the most important question going forward , most important question going forward, after the initial votes tomorrow. and just remind us, forward, after the initial votes tomorrow. andjust remind us, who actually then raises the question, because that, from what you are saying, is pretty key. very key. this is taking control of
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parliament. so it will be mps who propose those motions. so it will be chosen among the proposed motions. so it could be anyone in the house of commons, i can imagine, right now. let's just look of commons, i can imagine, right now. let'sjust look at it of commons, i can imagine, right now. let's just look at it from the other side. let's say there is an agreement on one way forward. what happens? because the government has said these votes are not binding stop so could the prime minister just say, well, i am not having any of this? so you are exactly right. in fact, we are confronted with two realities. the first reality is the legal reality. any of these indicative boats are just that. they are indicative of what the parliament would refer. they are not legally binding on government at all. the second reality that we are really facing is time —— votes. 0n 12 april, if there is no agreement, thatis 12 april, if there is no agreement, that is when we end our membership, that is when we end our membership, thatis that is when we end our membership, that is when we end our membership, that is when we end our membership, that is when we withdraw from the uk. unless there is a further extension. but again, that will require... that will require asking
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the eu 27, the heads of government of 27 governments, to give a much longer extension. and that is a big question in and of itself. so two realities coming to bear. 0ur political correspondent nick eardley is in westminster. nick, we have some detail, clearly, on how it will all work tomorrow. what do we know? well, unlike normal, mps won't trip through the lobbies, it won't take ages with them voting in person. they will be given a sheet of paper around 7am which will have a series of basically brexit options on it. we will know tomorrow afternoon exactly what those options will be. they will be chosen by the speaker from about 16 that have been suggested so far, ranging from everything from no deal to know brexit, including along the way things like the single
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market, the customs union, a free trade agreement, a lot of ideas. it's basically going to be the greatest hits of the last couple of yea rs, greatest hits of the last couple of years, i think. greatest hits of the last couple of years, ithink. but greatest hits of the last couple of years, i think. but then 7am mps will be given a bit of paper and they will vote for each of the options that they think would be palatable. around 9am, half nine, we will see if anything gets a majority. interesting. how much good this process, in your view, focused the minds of people who are wavering about whether to support theresa may's deal, were she to bring it back to the house of commons for what would be a third time? well, there's two ways of looking at that. 0ne there's two ways of looking at that. one is there are some ministers who are desperate to have three votes tomorrow. so that they can express it different view from the government's, potentially moving away from the strategy that the government has been pursuing ever since that deal was agreed with brussels. we have heard tonight from one of the ministers that quit yesterday over indicative votes,
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saying if there isn't a free vote for ministers tomorrow, up to 12 could resign to say what they want to do. so potentially some ministers will move away from what the government has been saying. 0n the other hand, this could focus the minds of brexiteers. because if parliament starts to move in the direction of a closer relationship with the european union than the one the government wants, and the thinking is there might be some who wa nt thinking is there might be some who want brexit, who don't like the pm's deal, but i worried about what parliament will do, so could get on board. a couple of them we have heard from today. jacob rees—mogg saying he increasingly thinks that the choice is now between theresa may's deal and not leaving at all. he has written on the daily mail tomorrow saying he will get on board with pm's plan if the dup does. a pretty big if, because at the moment they are not there. we have also heard from borisjohnson tonight, again floating, heard from borisjohnson tonight, againfloating, hinting, heard from borisjohnson tonight, again floating, hinting, suggesting that he might get on board if there
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is some sort of promise that the future relationship will be negotiated in a different way. it is a pretty unsubtle hint, to say, if a different prime minister comes. so tomorrow night, when theresa may addresses her backbenchers around 5pm, that is what a lot of people are going to be watching for. will she give any hint that she could go to help get this deal through? big day tomorrow. it is indeed. thanks for that. uefa has charged montenegro with racist behaviour following the abuse suffered by england players in their euro 2020 qualifier in podgorica on monday. england won 5—1, but the match was overshadowed by racist chanting from some home fans directed at several england players, including danny rose. uefa said disciplinary proceedings had been opened against montenegro. raheem sterling, who scored last night, called on football's authorities to take a proper stance and crack down on the racist abuse.
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it's a shame, really, because it was a massive team performance on a difficult ground, a difficult place to come. we knew how difficult it would be. we knew it would be hard at times and we stuck together as a team, and there were some great performances in there today. but then, you know, if a couple of idiots, mind my language, buta couple of idiots ruined a great night. it is a real sad thing to hear it, personally, but my team—mate danny heard it, so it's a sad thing to hear. a little earlier this evening i spoke to the former england and liverpool footballer john barnes, who himself experienced racist abuse from football fans during his playing days. i started by asking him to assess the scale of the problem today. i've always said, as long as it existed in society, it will exist in all walks of society, of which football is just one. football can govern its own house, which means for 90 minutes on a saturday or
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whenever they can try and get football fa ns whenever they can try and get football fans not to throw bananas on the field or to help racist abuse, but for the rest of the six days of the week, what can they do to change racism? and in many respects the bigger problem, the bigger problem, is in society. so we have to tackle it in society. so i understand when people are talking about sanctions against football clu bs. about sanctions against football clubs. so when we talk about montenegro, why do we —— don't we talk about what happens in this country every single week? skater dipol that 90% of fans headed every match they have been at, so we are going to say that the whole stadium should then pay for racist fans' behaviour? so shall we stop chelsea from playing in the premier league? and all clubs, not just from playing in the premier league? and all clubs, notjust in the premier league but up and down the country, where we hear racism? why is it just country, where we hear racism? why is itjust montenegro, and croatia? where people have been sanctioned? why are we talking about —— and we talk about what is going on in this country? i understand what you're saying, so if it is notjust a problem that starts and finishes on the football stadium, what practical
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steps, then, would be taken to help tackle it in society? we're having this conversation in 2019. absolutely, because we haven't been having this conversation, because the conversation we have having in the conversation we have having in the last 20 years is that it is a problem in football and it is a problem in football and it is a problem with police but the rest of society is ok. that is a big issue. now what is the solution to the problem? the solution is we have to start tackling the cause of discrimination, not the symptoms. so the symptoms of discrimination those two racist fans with raheem sterling, montenegro, luis suarez yea rs sterling, montenegro, luis suarez years ago, and of course, from a discriminatory point of view, harvey weinstein with women, and somebody who is homophobic. we have to tackle the cause of it, and causes what we have been wrongly told about different groups of people for the last 300 years, and we continue to see it. so therefore the narrative thatis see it. so therefore the narrative that is used in terms of jamaican drug dealers, nigerian gangs, muslim groomers, this gives us a negative perception of those groups of people. and also, when we then have a white, blonde haired, blue—eyed terrorist who kills 50 people in zealand, and the headline is cute blonde boy turns into a muscular,
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and no—one sees that that influences the perception we have of blonde boys... the headlines on bbc news: mps prepare to take part in a series of votes tomorrow to try and find an alternative to theresa may's brexit deal that the house of commons can support. uefa opens disciplinary proceedings against montenegro after some fans made racist chants towards england players during their euro 2020 qualifier victory last night. 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. we stay with that story. a man convicted of the manslaughter of charlotte brown, following a speedboat crash on the river thames in 2015, is to be extradited to the uk. jack shepherd fled to georgia before
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the end of his trial last year. after months in hiding he handed himself in to police. from the georgian capital tbilisi, our correspondent steve rosenberg sent this report. for ten months, he'd been on the run 2,500 miles away in georgia, hiding from british justice. today, finally, jack shepherd was ordered back to britain. at the tbilisi city 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
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by gross negligence. but ahead of his trial he'd fled to georgia. when he was eventually tracked down injanuary he handed himself in to georgian police. shepherd told the court he had already decided to return home for an appeal hearing in the manslaughter case. simply because i wish to participate in the appeal process... of course, jack shepherd believes that he is 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 that's why he made this decision to surrender to the police, to do his best to help thejudges find out the truth. through his defence team today, jack shepherd made an unusual request.
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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. 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 conviction, to accept responsibility and to atone for his actions. steve rosenberg, bbc news, tbilisi. 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 teenager is in a life—threatening condition in hospital after being stabbed in south—east london. police say they were called
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to reports of someone being threatened with a knife in kidbrooke, and found a male, thought to be around 18, with multiple stab wounds. no arrests have been made. six teenagers have been arrested after an islamic education centre in newcastle was broken into and vandalised. copies of the koran were ripped up and windows were smashed at the bahr academy last night. police are treating the incident as a hate crime. it's been the second time this year that the academy has been targetted. mark denten reports. copies of the koran, torn up and scattered on the floor. damage everywhere you look, the aftermath of another night of destruction at newcastle's bahr academy. the islamic education centre was targeted back injanuary in what police then described as a hate crime. last night, a group of people broke into the centre again. local people raised the alarm, then the organisers were confronted by this.
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all in a place designed to bring people together. this is an educational centre, with the community element to it. basically, we educate everyone. muslims, non—muslims, everyone. it is devastating. it is really sad, disturbed, hurt, and at the same time, i don't know why it happened again. and why it is happening again and again. this repeat hate crime comes less than a fortnight after the terror attacks on mosques in new zealand. the local mp's concerned. i visited the bahr academy the day after the christchurch attacks to see the work they are doing and also to talk to them about the rise of islamophobia and now another attack
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on the academy, and it is incomprehensible that people would do this after the evil that we saw in new zealand. but i also think it is important to say that it represents... it shows the rise of islamophobia, but also it is not representative of the newcastle. it is really sad to be down here again. i was here last time the building was damaged. and it is not acceptable. we responded to the incident last night and it is nice to hear that a member of the community living near actually reported the incident. so the community are aware. they are as appalled as i am about the damage being caused to this building again. you are in no doubt that this is another hate crime, as a force? yes. it is. there is nothing that can hurt us more than someone attacking our holy book. so you can see from my face that... i wish something like that did not happen to anyone. it must not happen again. itjust cannot carry on. mark denten, bbc news. prosecutors have dropped all charges against us actorjussie smollett
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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. 0ur los angeles correspondent peter bowes has the details. a little earlier, jussie smollett can his reaction to the decision by the prosecutors to drop the charges against him. first of all, i want to thank my family, my friends, the incredible people of chicago and all over the country and the world have prayed for me, who have supported me, who have shown me so much love. no—one will ever know how much that has meant to me and i will forever be grateful. i want you to know that, 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
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of what i have been accused of. this has been an incredibly difficult time. honestly, one of the worst of my life. but i am a man of faith and i am a man who has knowledge of my history and i would not ring my family, our lives, or the movement through a fire like this. ijust the movement through a fire like this. i just wouldn't. the movement through a fire like this. ijust wouldn't. does make would not bring. so i want to thank my legal counsel from the bottom of 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'd like nothing more than tojust get back to work and move on with my life, but make no mistakes, i will a lwa ys life, but make no mistakes, i will always continue to fight for the justice, equality, betterment of marginalised people everywhere. again, thank you for the support, thank you for faith, thank you to god. thank you all. but in a press conference chicago's mayor condemned today's decision, calling it a whitewash ofjustice that shows there is no accountability in the system. the city's police chief echoed that sentiment.
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do i thinkjustice was served? no. what do i thinkjustice is? i think this city is still owed an apology. u nless we this city is still owed an apology. unless we digress for one moment, when i came on thisjob, i have been a cop now for about 31 years, when i came onto this joe a cop now for about 31 years, when i came onto thisjoe baker when my honour, my reputation, my integrity, if someone accused me of doing anything that would circumvent that, i would clear my name. i heard that they wanted their day in court with tv cameras so america could no the truth. you know, they chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent thejudicial behind secrecy and broker a deal to circumvent the judicial system. to agriculture, according to new research. experts studied more than 350 species of the insects between 1980 and 2013. they found that a third
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of the species were present in fewer areas than before. but measures taken by farmers have led to a 12% increase in the prevalence of some insects, known as key crop pollinators. scientists say the overall decline shows we can't take the well—being of the environment, or the food supply, for granted, as our environment correspondent claire marshall explains. this it's 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 of other key pollinating insects, such as hoverflies, are struggling to survive. they've vanished from a quarter of the places they used to live. the reason — a complex mix of climate change, habitat loss and intensive farming.
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this isn'tjust about insects, it's about our food security, what we put on our plates. many farmers do all they can to help nature. julian gold is one of them. agriculture's got to learn how to live in harmony with nature. it's all very well producing food, but we don't want to destroy the food factory at the same time. also at stake is the colour palette of the english landscape. all these wild flowers that people like seeing when they go out in the countryside, most of them depend on pollinators. if you don't have those pollinators available, then you're going to see a decrease in their ability to maintain in the wider environment. there are fears that familiar visitors to our gardens, and to the wider countryside, will have less to eat. there's all sorts of different birds, from flycatchers to sparrows, which are all dependent on this rich, vibrant life of flying life out there, that this report tells us is declining across the uk. some good news did come out of the study. these bee species help to pollinate flowering crops and their numbers are increasing. there are also key steps
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that can be taken. instead ofjust big prairies of wheat fields, you've got grass strips, flower margins, strips 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. so, if you're talking about somebody in their garden, for example, having a patch of earth, of their garden where 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 too. claire marshall, bbc news, 0xfordshire. boy who saved his classmates from school bus hijacker is to be granted italian citizenship. —— a boy. the 13—year—old has been praised for his
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heroism after he raised the alarm on his hidden phone when the driver seized of the mobile phones of the other pupils. he and 50 other children managed to escape the vehicle before it was satellite near malone. his father emigrated to italy from egypt into thousand and one. under italian law, children born to immigrants are not eligible for citizenship until they turn 18. roger charlery, known as ranking roger of the beat and general public, has died aged 56. the birmingham—born singer died at home earlier today surrounded by family, according to a statement on the beat‘s website. the musician played in bands with members of the specials and dexys midnight runners during his nearly ito—year career.
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tributes have been pouring in for roger rankin. the beat‘s twitter feed said he passed peacefully, and that he was a fighter. ub40 simply had the message "big love". and musician and campaigner billy bragg said "rest easy, hello. like an excitable lamb spring weather can leap about a little bit from one extreme to another. that is what will happen over the next ten days. the jet stream as to the north, high pressure to the south, keeping things mild and fairly quiet. really weekend into next week, notice how thejet quiet. really weekend into next week, notice how the jet stream returns and wishes to the south of us, putting us on the cold side with a greater chance of things turning or turbulence. the phil costa schapelle, for instance, for the next seven days, notice our temperatures temporarily rise with the jet stream to the north and then plunge away as things turned colder —— takea plunge away as things turned colder —— take a look at sheffield. it is fairly static to the south of us.
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