tv BBC News at One BBC News March 29, 2019 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
on the day the uk was supposed to leave the eu, theresa may battles to save a key part of her brexit deal. right now, mps are debating mrs may's withdrawal agreement for a third time, ahead of another crucial vote later this afternoon. and all negotiated exits that any member of this house might conjecture or dream of, will require this withdrawal agreement. if the vote goes the prime minister's way, it would set the 22nd of may as the date for the uk to leave the eu. also this lunchtime... a memorial service is held in christchurch, new zealand to honour the 50 victims of the mass shootings two weeks ago. because we are not immune to the viruses of hate,
of fear, of other. we never have been. but we can be the nation that discovers the cure. donald trump claims robert mueller‘s investigation into political collusion with russia, was used by his opponents as a means to illegally seize power. the system for checking new born babies for hip problems is failing, according to doctors who say it means too many late diagnoses and corrective surgery. in the sport on bbc news, formula 1 is gearing up for the second race of the season. we'll have the latest from practice ahead of the bahrain grand prix.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. on the day that the uk had been scheduled to leave the european union, theresa may is battling to get her eu withdrawal agreement through the house of commons. mps are due to deliver their verdict in about an hour and a half. if they reject the agreement — which covers only the terms of departure — ministers have warned of a long extension, with the eu setting the terms. the government's making frantic last—ditch efforts to secure support. the dup have reiterated their opposition, but some backbench labour mps and prominent conservative brexiteers have changed their positions and now say they'll back the agreement. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, reports. westminster on what should have been brexit day. but instead there is
deadlock and delay. on show, the now familiarfaces deadlock and delay. on show, the now familiar faces and fixtures of this epic daily political drama. the prime minister, long having lost full control, arrived at parliament for another attempt to push her plan forward , for another attempt to push her plan forward, somehow. and those who could sway things one way or the other new they faced a choice. could sway things one way or the other new they faced a choicem could sway things one way or the other new they faced a choice. it is a very difficult decision. people will make up their own minds according to their feeling as to whether mrs may's deeply u nsatisfa ctory whether mrs may's deeply unsatisfactory deal is closer to brexit than potentially two years ago. i shall be voting against it. it isa ago. i shall be voting against it. it is a transparent attempt to try to separate two parts of the agreement. it is like asking somebody to sell their house when they don't know where they are going to move to. the government argued this was parliament's the last and only attempt to avoid a long, uncertain extension and leave the eu within two months. the minimum
necessary to secure oui’ within two months. the minimum necessary to secure our legal right to an extension therefore is that this withdrawal agreement is approved. and all negotiated exits, that any member of this house might conjecture or dream of, will require this withdrawal agreement. but for labour it is a desperate move to save a deal that is all but dead. today's vote is a shoddy gimmick from a desperate government that is trying to hide away from the reality that this house would still need to bring the meaningful vote in the form of the political declaration and the withdrawal agreement back to this house. mps will vote this afternoon on the withdrawal agreement that settles the leaving bill of £39 billion and guarantees citizens‘ rights. they will not have a say on the political declaration on hour future relationship a say on the political declaration on hourfuture relationship with a say on the political declaration on hour future relationship with the eu. but splitting the deal in two
didn‘t stop the arguments. at we have capitulated. this is not compromised. this has been capitulation. we voted against at the first time, we voted against at the first time, we voted against at the second time and we will vote against it at this time. i don't know what the outcome will be today. but can i assure the house that whatever means there are available to us, should a disagreement to go through, we will continue to oppose it. the prime minister cannot pull her fractured party together and we in this house and the rest of the uk will pay a price for that failure to seek a broader consensus. but from some, long opposed to the prime minister because deal, a decision to switch. the reality today is i am going to support the government in this. mr speaker i will vote for the motion. brexit has tested
westminster to its limit. and on the day the uk was due to leave the eu, the decisions to be taken are so difficult, the division is so deep, that parliament feels paralysed and the government is trying anything it can to stop the whole process from grinding toa can to stop the whole process from grinding to a halt. minds are changing by the hour this afternoon but the government is far from guaranteed the breakthrough it needs. brexit hangs in the balance again. jonathan blake, bbc news. in a moment we‘ll hear from our correspondent emma vardy, who‘s on the irish border, but first let‘s speak to our assistant political editor norman smith. it isa it is a very dramatic day, isn‘t it? first thing this morning mrs may seemed to be heading into a brick wall of brexiteer opposition. but the story of the past few hours has been the steady, slow crumbling, like a stale dry carrot cake, brexiteer opposition, with one after another brexiteer folding. in the
next —— in the last hour, dominic raab, who said he was not for turning, said he would back mrs may. speculation about what jacob rees—mogg might do with some of his collea g u es rees—mogg might do with some of his colleagues saying he too may fold, even though he has said he will never abandon the deep nupe, who are still holding out. —— the dup. at the same time we see labour mps and leave supporting constituency doing a wobbly jelly manoeuvre, leave supporting constituency doing a wobblyjelly manoeuvre, beginning to wonder if they should also support mrs may to avoid a long delay. it means we are heading for a knife edge vote. my senses mrs may will still fall just short, which means we then moved to monday, when parliament regained the initiative, to pursue a much slower, softer brexit. so today is frantic friday. next up, manic monday. norman, thank
you. let‘s go to m on the irish border. the term irish backstop has become part of the politicaljargon but it has become personal there. how passionately do they feel about this? absolutely. today was due to be the day this near invisible border became the new frontier between the uk and the eu. there are so between the uk and the eu. there are so many trading links north and south of this island that have been built up over decades through our shared membership of the eu. so for two years businesses, farmers, food producers have been living with uncertainty about how they will continue, how they will continue to arrange their trading in future. that is why what happens in parliament this afternoon matters so much here. i can tell you many businesses saw theresa may‘s deal is imperfect but saw the backstop as a way of providing some certainty
about how they would continue to operate in the future. this is in the face of many warnings from the irish government over the massive economic shock ireland could face if the uk were to leave without a deal. thousands of job losses the uk were to leave without a deal. thousands ofjob losses potentially, some businesses becoming unviable almost overnight. meanwhile, of course, the dup is continuing to hold a very tough line in westminster, saying it will not vote for a deal. it believes it has a lot of support for its position. in contrast, there are many nationalist communities across the border bitterly opposed to brexit. they are angry and frustrated this has been brought to the brink. thank you. and thank you norman. we will be back with norman later. well, to remind us ofjust what mps are going to be voting on this afternoon, our reality check correspondent chris morrris is here. the whole package is about the past and future but mps just voting on
the withdrawal agreement today? yes, thatis the withdrawal agreement today? yes, that is the legally binding treaty which sets out the terms of the divorce and includes all those arrangements which have proved so controversial about the irish border. it also includes the divorce bill, the financial settlement under which the uk has agreed to pay the eu £39 billion over a number of yea rs. eu £39 billion over a number of years. it includes a section on citizens‘ rights, the rights of uk citizens‘ rights, the rights of uk citizens in europe and eu citizens here. legal issues, such as setting up here. legal issues, such as setting upa here. legal issues, such as setting up a transition after brexit. and other issues we sometimes forget about, the future status of gibraltar. the backstop is something we have come back to time and again? yes, it is the most controversial issue. the idea is to avoid a hard border in ireland under all circumstances. if that can‘t be done by the end of the transition, it would create a single customs territory between the eu and the uk.
both sides say it would only ever be temporary but there has been added legal reassurance on that from the eu. still there is no unilateral exit for northern ireland and no way out of it. no confirmed end date. the dup will still vote against this agreement. what happens with the political declaration which is on the shelf for today? it is on the shelf. that is the non—binding part of the brexit deal. it includes everything about the economic relationship, the customs union, single market, a combination of two ora single market, a combination of two or a free—trade agreement. also the future of security and foreign policy. all of these can only be formally negotiated after brexit, which is why labour and opposition parties say just which is why labour and opposition parties sayjust passing the withdrawal agreement is more of a blind brexit. the only —— the only thing they‘re worried about is that evenif thing they‘re worried about is that even if this agreement passes that it still doesn‘t mean we will be
guaranteed to leave on the 22nd of may with no deal. it still needs to go into eu law, that would be another parliamentary battle. well, let‘s go to brussels now to find out how all this last minute drama is being viewed by the eu. we can speak to our europe correspondent damian grammaticas. what is the reaction there? here we have just been hearing from michel barnier. he has been speaking on a visit to poland. he said watching this, what the eu is hoping for is a positive outcome. a yes vote to something, today or in the next few days. he said what the eu‘s primary desire is, is that this agreement goes through. that is the cleanest option for the eu. it gives that may 22 date and the prospect of the uk leaving with a transition period. if not, he has been making clear, then the uk is on a different track. the
april 12 deadline will kick in. it will then be up to the uk in the coming days to chart a clear path forward. he also pointed out that that could be, he said, if the uk chose a path like a customs union, the eu has seen those votes in the past few days, he would be open in principle to one. he has indicated, speaking to eu ambassadors here, he thinks that could be done very quickly. but we would then be looking at the prospect of the eu having to agree a long extension to sort things out. six months, nine months, 12 months possibly. and that, of course, would involve the uk agreeing to take part in european parliament elections in may. thank you damien. well, as you can hear, things very vocal round here. it is getting busier. leave—suppporting demonstrators are gathering in parliament square. they‘re protesting over the failure of brexit being delivered today.
sarah walton is with the demonstrators. yes, joanna. these are some of the thousands of people gathering this lunchtime for a series of protests and marches across central london. there is a marching band about to arrive at parliament square. there are some pro remain support groups here but the vast majority are brexit supporters, people who say they weren‘t planning to come to london today for a celebration. —— people who were planning to come to london today for a celebration of leaving the eu. that is not going to happen. the brexit process is not clear. i have been speaking to people from across the country who say they are frustrated and even angry that the government has not kept its brexit promise. i think those people need to understand what democracy means and how angry people are at the way they have behaved. the queen should get involved
and tellthem, listen, right, i don't want anarchy on these streets. so, she should give the order and leave. basically, our government has betrayed us. we voted to leave. if they go for a second referendum, it is going to take them six months to do their canvassing and then if we vote to stay in — leave — what was the point of that? i believe we should have a no deal and once we are out then we can talk about deals, you know, there is no point in talking about deals if you have got a deal. once you are out of the eu, let‘s discuss it. let the eu understand how important we are to them. i can tell the politicians this. judgment day will come because the election will come and those who voted against the people will get their p45. they will go.
well, as you can hear, there are more and more people arriving here as the afternoon goes on. amongst those coming here this afternoon will be the march to leave protesters who have travelled almost the whole length of the country so it will be a busy afternoon here in central london. indeed. thank you. it is another dramatic day here in parliament. i‘ll be back with more from westminster at the end of the programme. and just to let you know, there‘ll be a special programme on bbc one and the bbc news channel to bring you the results of the vote in the house of commons. that‘s from 2:15 this afternoon and you can follow all the action on bbc radio five live and online. the time is 1.16. our top story this lunchtime: on the day the uk was supposed to leave the eu, theresa may is battling to pass a key part of her brexit deal. mps will vote on the withdrawal agreement in just over an hour. and coming up — tributes are being paid to the two members
of the liverpool indie band, her‘s, killed in a car crash in the united states. two weeks after after a gunman opened fire, killing 50 people, in an attack on two mosques in christchurch, a sevice of remembrance has been held to honour the victims. speaking at the open air service the prime minister, jacinda ardern, said new zealand was not immune to the virus of hate but could be the nation that found the cure. hywel griffith was at the service and sent this report. linda susan armstrong. musa nur awale... the names of the fallen,
the 50 who came to pray. as new zealand remembered the victims of the mosque shootings, its prime minister called on the nation to stay united, far beyond these days of mourning. we will remember the tears of our nation and the new resolve we have formed, and we remember that ours is a home that does not and cannot claim perfection, but we can strive to be true to the words embedded in our national anthem. men of every creed and race, gather here before thy face, asking thee to bless this place. god defend our free land. two weeks ago, parts of this park were a crime scene. today, it was a place of reflection and resilience. unfortunately, we have lost some good family and friends who were dear to us,
so we‘re here just to show support and we appreciate everything from the new zealand community. it‘s unbelievable. it feels important to us because new zealand's quite an open and accepting society and that a minority group were targed is something that affects us all and that's not part of who we are. since the shooting, people here have been desperate to show the world, to show each other, their rejection of racism and the violent act of terror which changed so many lives. adeeb sami was shot in the back as he hugged his son, shielding him from the bullets. he watched the gunman walk around the mosque, hunting down the living. this is my wife... but he tells me the legacy of that day will be love, not hate. if the shooter could imagine that this would happen, he would never shoot us. we became more unified, and the community is one, you feel that christchurch is one city, new zealand one country, and by the way, it —
i'm sure it will change the world. the al noor mosque has now been reclaimed as a place of worship, rather than fear. but armed police officers still stand guard over this city as it tries to recover, to heal. hywel griffith, bbc news, christchurch. donald trump has accused his political opponents of using the investigation into alleged collusion between his election campaign and russia to try to illegally seize power. the president made the comments at his first political rally since the end of robert mueller‘s inquiry. the special counsel didn‘t find evidence of conspiracy, but did not draw any conclusion on whether president trump had obstructed justice. our correspondent chris buckler reports from washington. please welcome the president of the united states, donaldj trump! this rally in michigan felt like a victory lap for a president still celebrating the findings of the mueller report. democrats say questions
remain after the special counsel refused to be drawn on whether donald trump tried to obstructjustice by interfering with investigations. after three years of lies and smears and slander, the russia hoax is finally dead. cheering the collusion delusion is over. he even suggested it had been a plan by those who had lost the 2016 election to grab power. the crazy attempt by the democrat party and the fake news media right back there... booing ..and the deep state to overturn the results of the 2016 election have failed. the greatest election
that we have had. but for all the talk of what it did or didn‘t happen in the 2016 election, this speech often sounded like the start of campaigning for 2020. mr trump attacked the democrats‘ policies and promised once again to build a barrier between the us and mexico, warning at one stage that if groups of migrants weren‘t stopped from illegally crossing into america, he was prepared to close the border completely. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. the current system of checking new born babies for hip problems is failing, resulting in too many late diagnoses and corrective surgery. all newborns in england have their hips examined but only those at risk or with problems receive a scan but surgeons from southampton children‘s hospital said the rate of late diagnoses had not improved since screening started more than 30 years ago. duncan kennedy has more.
just three months old, eb is in for an operation on her hips. the doctor is checking to see if she has hip dysplasia where the ball—and—socket doesn‘tjoin properly. the surgeon has good news. her hips are beautiful. for mum and dad, it is a relief. thank you very much. can you stand up? but seven year old leah humphrey has already had two operations on her left hip. stand on leg. stand on the other leg. how uncomfortable was it? how much pain was there? there wasn‘t much pain but there was some and... it was comfy when i was walking, actually, because i like hopping. is has taken two operations to repair her hips.
well, it's terrible really. she should have — they should have found out as a baby, like a tiny newborn baby really, and then she wouldn't have had to go through what she's had. a screening programme to spot it it was introduced in england in 1986 but today‘s new research, from the university hospital in southampton, says hundreds of children are being diagnosed too late. so what we wanted to highlight is just how many children there are that are missed, despite the current national selective screening programme, for something that actually is so readily and easily treatable in infancy. but today‘s research also throws up a dilemma for the government. she did now introduce universal screening for all newborn babies? public health england says no, arguing that while all parents can get their baby tested, offering a universal scan could cause more harm. the evidence shows that it can meet to 20 times more babies being unnecessarily treated. so what to do? join the likes of germany and austria in testing all children, or
continuing scanning selectively? getting a drunkard mean more cases like this one, with years of pain and surgery. —— getting it wrong could mean more cases like this one. both members of the up—and—coming liverpool indie band, her‘s, have been killed in a car crash in the united states. stephen fitzpatrick and audun laading died along with their manager as they were travelling between gigs. ashley john—ba ptiste reports. the liverpool—based duo her‘s were living most bands‘ dream, touring the us, playing live music for theirfans, but on the way to a gig in california, duo stephen fitzpatrick and audun laading, alongside their tour manager, were killed in a car crash on an arizona freeway. their record label said they died in the early hours of wednesday. the arizona department of public safety says it is investigating. the label heist or hit said they were heartbroken, and their energy, vibrancy and talent came to define the label.
having recently released their debut album, they were featured earlier this week by bbc music during a festival in austin, texas. there, they spoke to bbc radio one‘s hugh stevens. we have been selling out shows on the east coast so far which is, yeah, it has been a really, really good run so far. we‘re excited. so it is proper life on the road for her‘s? yeah, big time. that‘s why i lost my voice so much as well. they came across as such a wonderful, warm couple of human beings. and really good friends, and so, i was so saddened to hear. 24—year—old stephen from cumbria and 25—year—old audun from norway met in liverpool as students. since news of the crash, tributes have been flooding in. i saw them last october.
one of the best gigs i‘ve ever been to and it is just so awful and tragic. i discovered them last year and they were a bit of a soundtrack to my summer, and really happy songs, and good memories as well. playing to thousands of fans across north america and even featuring in the music magazine nme, this band will continue to have a special place in the lives of their many followers. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news. welcome back to westminster, where mps have been debating ahead of that vote on part of theresa may‘s brexit deal, due to take place in about a hour‘s time. our assistant political editor norman smith is here. you can properly see that the leave means you can properly see that the leave m ea ns leave you can properly see that the leave means leave demonstrators have just left parliament square and they are heading past the houses of commons, possibly loud enough for them to be heard inside that building which is where the withdrawal agreement will be voted on in the next hour. it is
getting closer, isn‘t it, norman? might she even do it? i think she will follow just short today, but mrs may is inching ever closer to getting a deal through as brexiteers scramble aboard the good ship theresa may. if she fails as she bubbly well, then the pressure will be on mps to agree on something on monday, an alternative agenda after the shambles of last week when i couldn‘t agree on anything. they know they are up against the cost because mrs may is now breathing down their neck. there are moves to try to get everyone to try to agree on and amendment, to get people who support a customs union to support a referendum, and the opposite. so both sides can accept a delay that results in a customs union subject toa results in a customs union subject to a referendum, but we are now basically in exit race. who can get a majority for their deal first? can the parliamentarians get a majority on monday, or will mrs may comeback later in the week and try to get a
majority for her sort of brexit? so both sides are going at it hell for leather. thank you very much, norman. time for a look at the weather with darren betts. thanks very much indeed. the weather is cheering us up a bit today. a beautiful blue sky for much of the country and after a cold start it is turning out to be a warm afternoon as well. in many places, temperatures will be up at 18 degrees. things will change over the weekend. at the moment, we have this gentle, fairly warm south—westerly breeze, but look what happens over the weekend. much colder air floods down from the north and as we move into sunday, these are the typical afternoon temperatures. 10 degrees. some places colder, some warmer. the change comes in behind this band of air here. the cold is behind that. this cloud is moving southwards very slowly. it is bringing some drizzly weather towards the highlands of
scotland, more cloud there. but some sunshine for eastern scotland. quite warm here. in the sunshine for england and wales, temperatures 16-18dc england and wales, temperatures 16—18dc widely. overnight tonight, we see that band of cloud drifting slowly southwards. drizzly weather for scotland and into northern ireland. england and wales, dry, colder, some mist and fog, particularly towards the west and it will be quite chilly. temperatures again just below freezing. a chilly start to the weekend, but some sunshine beginning to break through, some areas of mist and fog around as well, particularly for the midlands, the west country earlier in the day. some hailfog in the north west the west country earlier in the day. some hail fog in the north west of england. there is the main band of cloud producing some rain and drizzle. the sunshine is following far northern scotland, some showers here. they could turn wintry during the afternoon. it is cold enough for that. this is the main band of cloud. not much rain on it as it