good afternoon, and welcome back ‘e :12 i‘m" g to westminster where we continue ufuﬂuf” sn’f weather towards the highlands of scotland, more cloud there. but some with our brexit coverage. and let's take a look now sunshine for eastern scotland. quite at what could happen next in the process. warm here. in the sunshine for at 2.15pm, mps will vote on the withdrawal agreement part of theresa may's brexit deal. england and wales, temperatures 16-18dc england and wales, temperatures 16—18dc widely. overnight tonight, this only covers how the uk we see that band of cloud drifting leaves the european union, and not its future relationship with the bloc. slowly southwards. drizzly weather for scotland and into northern ireland. england and wales, dry, if mps reject the withdrawal agreement today, there could be colder, some mist and fog, further indicative votes on a range particularly towards the west and it of brexit options on monday the 1st of april. will be quite chilly. temperatures again just below freezing. a chilly start to the weekend, but some sunshine beginning to break through, that follows this week's votes, where there was no majority some areas of mist and fog around as for any brexit plan. the next deadline for brexit well, particularly for the midlands, the west country earlier in the day. is the 12th of april. 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 that's when the european union expects a clear answer from parliament cloud producing some rain and on the the next steps drizzle. the sunshine is following for the uk's exit. far northern scotland, some showers it's also the date the uk would need here. they could turn wintry during to make preparations the afternoon. it is cold enough for for european parliament elections if a longer extension that. this is the main band of to brexit is needed.
cloud. not much rain on it as it heads into england and north wales. south of that, we should see some if mps do back the prime minister's sunshine and a lovely day. the withdrawal agreement, then, the eu will extend brexit warmth in the south—east. 18, until the 22nd of may. possibly i9 that's the day before the 27 warmth in the south—east. 18, possibly 19 celsius. those temperatures will be much lower european union countries will hold european parliament elections. without the sunshine. we have this band of cloud pushing southwards. looking further ahead, the newly high pressure than building in elected european parliament will sit for the first time behind so sunday should be a dry day. they will be more cloud across on the 2nd ofjuly. southern parts of england and wales. and next year on 31st of december a chillier, sunnier start elsewhere, 2020, the transition period proposed but some patchy cloud will build and within the withdrawal agreement spread out and it should be a dry day with some light winds and cooler will come to an end. everywhere. perhaps only seven celsius in aberdeen and newcastle. all this at
a time when the clocks change on saturday night into sunday morning and we move into british the debate in the commons has been summertime. well, on the day the uk underway for over four hours now. was supposed to leave the eu, we'll leave you now with some of the key events and images from the past three years. you can see aerial pictures of
demonstrations gathered in parliament square earlier. very the british people have spoken, and the answer is we are out. noisy demonstrations. not huge it has been more than 1,000 days since the uk voted to leave the eu. numbers. but one of a number of it was a result that changed the political landscape, and ushered demonstrations happening around in a new prime minister who promised westminster today. lots of police to respect the will of the people. vans, drafted in to check on the brexit means brexit, and we are protesters. the important business going to make a success of it. but success isn't so easily earned. is happening inside the commons. she's faced rebellions at home... protesters hoping their voices will i have never felt more ashamed to be a member of a conservative party. be heard. ultimately it is the mps ..and isolation and inside who will get to decide what resistance in europe. happens when they vote on the i have been wondering what the special place in hell looks withdrawal agreement at 2:30pm. 45 like for those who promoted brexit minutes away. the debate began at without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it. 9:30am. her deal has been rejected twice. it was opened by the attorney general geoffrey cox. the noes have it. mr speaker, the minimum
unlock. necessary to secure our legal the noes have it. we cannot sign up to right to an extension, therefore, is that this withdrawal the withdrawal agreement on agreement is approved and all negotiated exits that any its own because the prime minister decided to go for that backstop. member of this house might conjecture or dream of will require and a firm promise has been broken. this withdrawal agreement. the united kingdom is leaving the european union on the 29th of march. therefore, the house has before it 29th of march. 29th of march, 2019. a prime minister who has a clear choice this morning. even promised to resign to deliver brexit. a country divided. it can either approve this a parliament in chaos. withdrawal agreement knowing that by doing so it secures its right to an extension, or it can decline to do so, and know, in doing so, that by next week there will be no right to an extension, that any extension applied for will require some clear indication of the pathway forward and a stable majority behind it. good afternoon. it's 1.30pm, and here's your and thirdly, that it is subject to latest sports news. i'm olly foster at the bbc sport centre.
paula radcliffe wants the court the veto of those 27 member states. of arbitration for sport to allow the iaaf to implement regulations to limit testosterone levels in female athletes with differences demonstrators are going back past in sexual development. parliament in the other direction. the double olympic champion presumably because they want to make caster semenya who has elevated levels of the hormone because of hyperandrogenism has as much noise as possible outside appealed to cas to stop the world athletics plans the commons in the hope their voices and she has also received support from the united nations may be heard. they have drums, human rights council. whistles, and are making lots of noise. ido i do not think there is an outcome the labour response came from the shadow solicitor general, thatis i do not think there is an outcome that is fair to anybody in all of nick thomas—symonds. this. sadly. we have to go in my view be something that is fair to mr speaker, we used to say that the political declaration the majority, 99.9% of female was so vague it was athletes come and try to protect a blindfold brexit. female sport as a category. it may but what we also now know, down the line come to a stage where because the prime minister has made clear that she intends we have a sport divided into to leave her office, categories according to the range of is rather than being a blindfold brexit, the party opposite testosterone that you fall into. but are asking us not only to be blindfold but led it is essentially what the iaaf are into a different room by a different trying to do with laws they have put in place, to protect that category
tory prime minister. of female elite sport. england will go into this summer's women's world cup as the third ranked team in the world. the lionesses have jumped above the french with just the usa and germany ahead of them — and let us be clear that's after they won as well, mr speaker, the shebelieves cup earlier this month. scotland are still 20th, as they it is a prime minister ultimately prepare for their first world cup. ferrari have set chosen by conservative party members the early pace ahead of sunday's bahrain grand prix. charles leclerc who constitute a tiny part was quickest in first practice, ahead of teammate sebastian vettel. world champion lewis hamilton of the wider electorate. was fourth—fastest, over a second behind leclerc. second practice starts and the party opposite can talk about the national interest, at three o'clock. it is not in the national interest for the future of our country mick schumacher, son of seven—time to be decided by a tory world champion michael, is due to test with ferrari next week but this weekend leadership contest. he's making his f2 debut with the prema team, also in bahrain. the former brexit secretary dominic in first practice, raab has been explaining he was 12th fastest to the commons why he's last night, the five—time world champion raymond van barneveld said backing today's motion. he was quitting darts with immediate effect, that's after he was well beaten in a premier league
game in rotterdam. but the 51—year—old why is it that the eu's position is treated as immutable dutchman and unlivable, but the uk has now changed his mind and gone back to his original retirement is always expected to change? plans, that is to bow out after december‘s pdc world championship and i say to the house, at alexandra palace. he said, "i realise that i should that it is succumbing to that not speak out like that mindset which is what led us when i feel such raw emotion." into this predicament in the first place. at the same time, the risk of a wto departure rising star denis shapovalov will face roger federer in is growing because of the the semi—finals of miami open later. the canadian teenager says it position of the eu and what will be "a dream come true" to play the swiss for the first time. we do in this house. federer made it through with a very has been made, we should starightforward win over last year's continue to collaborate wimbledon finallist kevin anderson, to mitigate the risk losing only four games. to jobs and livelihoods. no matter what the result of the semi, that is the responsible shapovalov will break thing for all sides to into the world's top do, and i hope the government 20 when the rankings is engaged in that. are released next week. if the eu rejects all these offers, it must take its responsibility for the consequences of its political simona halep won't return to number1 in the world rankings this week, she lost her semi intransigence in what follows.
in miami to karolina pliskova. on that basis, i will you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. vote for the motion. that's bbc.co.uk/sport. that's all the sport for now. i will do so without prejudice to my position on the section 13 meaningful vote, to achieve two essential outcomes. including all the build—up to the stave off a longer extension, and prevent european elections in may. premiership matches. the big match is on sunday, liverpool taking on and i hope the government can more such —— taking on tottenham. still vigorously pursue the reassurance we need on the withdrawal agreement. and the political declaration. to make the deal more acceptable to this house. lots more reaction to ole gunnar solskjaer taking over as the dominic raab cited as one of the key permanent manager at manchester leadership contenders in the event united, on a three—year contract. of theresa may stepping down, and she has said she will step down if i'll be back a little bit later on bbc news. she has said she will step down if she gets her deal through. it is a dramatic day, the day we were due to leave. who would have thought on this day mps would be voting on weather or not to support the withdrawal agreement and that it
would be so close. this morning it was looking saturn theresa may would not get her deal through. as the hours have passed, it has looked like she is getting closer to a deal through although it is anticipated it may fall short of where she needs it may fall short of where she needs it to be. but mps like dominic raab who have said previously they would not support her deal, have been coming along side in a small trickle. there are some labour mps saying they will defy their party whip to support the agreement. let us whip to support the agreement. let us take a look at the demonstrations, there are many demonstrators across westminster. the numbers are louder than the actual numbers would indicate. they have drums and whistles, making a lot of noise. this particular demonstration is leave means leave
gathered in parliament square. earlier, they came past the commons and are going back the other way. many extra police officers out on the street to deal with those demonstrations. a little earlier, i spoke to nicola bartlett, political correspondent for the daily mirror, and christopher hope, the daily telegraph's chief political correspondent. and i asked them about their expectations for this afternoon's vote. i think it is almost inevitable the vote will fail and theresa may will be faced with the realisation that this deal is not going to get through the commons. there were various suggestions of movement earlier in the week, but the dup have come out so strongly against it, and she really needs their votes. i don't know about you, chris, but the numbers of tories that need to come over, i do not think they are there yet. are there any signs of them coming? there has been speculation, for instance, in the commons that dominic raab is
going to stand up and say he is supporting it. he has hanging out with the hardcore spartans, they're called by the erg, the ones that will never move at all. there are reports at 11 o'clock the dup might come around but i have seen a source saying that is wrong and the dup are out of the window, that won't happen and it looks almost certain the deal is dead today. i cannot believe we're coming back for a fourth time, unless the parliament perogues next week and they have to rewrite the start all over again, and the speaker blocks it again. i think in rounds of votes on monday, maybe having a law on wednesday and the government might collapse on friday. are labour not in a tricky position because they previously said they had no problem with the withdrawal agreement, it was the political declaration, they are not looking at the political declaration today? that is the point the tories are trying to make, the attorney general, geoffrey cox, and others in the commons. the problem with splitting off the withdrawal agreement is it is not the full picture, and it is not acceptable to the eu that this passes, and we thought actually theresa may
announcing she would leave might help this process, but i think it has hindered her because she is not going to get labour to vote for the withdrawal agreement on its own, knowing that in the future it is going to be a tory leadership contest which decides what kind of brexit, or brexit at all, the country ends up with. that has put them in a difficult position. there were people considering this but i would be surprised if it is more than a handful of labour mps who vote for this. that is ultimately what everyone in there is so worried about, whatever happens with locking down the withdrawal agreement, the future relationship is dependent on who next has the keys to number 10 and where the political majority is if there is a general election? nicola is right. to eurosce ptics, paying £39 billion with no guarantee of the shape of how that arrangement might work is even worse than the actual deal that had a degree of shape in the political declaration.
it is really, i can't see it going through. it is a last throw of the dice. it feels like the end of days of this administration. what do you think is going to happen? if it doesn't go through today, we have the debate on monday on alternatives. but we have no guarantee we are going out... if a customs union will go through on monday, as everyone piles in behind one option, that is completely against the 2017 election manifesto of the tory party. there is no way a tory prime minister could even endorse that legislation, even if parliament makes it a law to enforce the government to do it. it is hard to see what result there will be apart from another election quite soon. it seems they have the wrong leader in charge. they have all fallen out with theresa may in terms of her brexit talks. it is a mess for the tories. labour, not so bad, they have a leader who will happily take on the pm. that is interesting for labour's position all the way through.
everyone said labour have a brexit fudge, what do they stand for? at this point, the idea of hedging your bets doesn't actually look so bad. except if we have a general election, what are the manifestos for labour and the tories going to look like? they have to be really clear. there was no clear majority in parliament for any one option. there were movements for a customs union, a suggestion there could be a consensus. oliver letwin may have played a blinder and may be able to get everyone to coalesce behind one position on monday, and then the problem is, we are looking at what happens in the next few days rather than weeks, you really can't tell at this stage. this letter as a check in with
demonstrations again, coming back and forth. this is a leave means leave demo. this is the day we were supposed to leave the eu. but that date has changed. the next dates we can leave potentially, 12 april, and 22nd may, depending on events unfolding. the key event is to see how mps vote inside the commons in the next 35 minutes. when their debate will come to an end and they will cast their votes on whether they support the government's withdrawal agreement. they had voted twice before and it has been rejected by a large margin. it is different today. mps are not voting on the political agreement. they are voting solely on the divorce agreement. lots of demonstrators
there, noisy demonstrators, hoping they may be heard inside the building behind them. well, let's go to central lobby in the houses of parliament now where we can speak to our chief political correspondent vicki young. can you hear them inside there? no, actually, it is relatively quiet at the moment. mps will be going into the chamber to listen to the prime minister and her summing up, making herfinal prime minister and her summing up, making her final plea to get behind this deal. it has been rejected or similar form this deal. it has been rejected or similarform rejected by huge numbers before. the big story is a large number of conservative mps who have decided to put aside their issues and say they will get behind it, the main reason is they fear brexit may not happen at all. andrew percy is with me now, a brexiteer who has backed the deal all the way along, what is the
message you are giving to colleagues, why are so many changing their mind? if we back this deal, we will be leaving the eu at 11pm. this is the only way we get out of the european union. this place has proven on two occasions it won't let us leave the eu without a deal. either with the pm's deal or a softer brexit. my message is simple, they have to get on board first. and two labour mps, they keep telling us they will come on board, if not today, when? let us assume this does not get through today. we think it could fall short. what is the choice before parliament? it will get more votes than the previous two occasions. if the premise doesn't get the deal through, it is possible it could come back in a different format next week. what we will have lost is the
extension to may 22 for article 15 which means we are counting down the clock to april 12. what is increasingly likely is a general election. how do you break this impasse? the commons keeps voting against everything. at some point we will have to put it to the people in a general election. labour mps would say what they are worried about is giving a blank cheque to another future tory leader, maybe someone with views of a harder brexit which is why they are not voting for it today. this is rubbish. from labour mps who told their constituents they would vote in line with the referendum result and who have found in every way to weasel their way out of voting for this deal. the reality is, whether the leadership of the
tory party changes or not, the arithmetic doesn't. a hard brexit cannot be delivered. this is another excuse for why not to support this. iam excuse for why not to support this. i am supposed to be best man at a wedding in ten minutes. the premise has written them a nice note. i have promised the groom i am happy to be best man at his next wedding which hasn't gone down well! iam not hasn't gone down well! i am not surprised that hasn't gone down well! let us look at the debate still under way inside the commons. as the clock ticks down to the moment when mps clock ticks down to the moment when m ps vote. clock ticks down to the moment when mps vote. we are seeing the tory benches there. david davis, bill cash, both prominent brexit is, bill cash, both prominent brexit is, bill cash, one of those who will almost
certainly not support the deal. there are some well—known brexit is who have changed sides today, including dominic raab and iain duncan smith. saying they will support the withdrawal agreement. the reason for that as we were hearing, they want the agreement that we will be leaving the eu locked down. let us take a pause for now. we will be back with more coverage. it is getting closer to the moment when mps vote, at 2:30pm, full coverage still ahead. time for a look at the weather. it is a glorious day here. warming up nicely, 18 is quite likely. we have had low cloud, mist and fog over western coasts. and
across northern ireland and western scotland, drizzly rain towards the highlands. that figure cloud will push across southern scotland overnight. clearer for england and wales. some mist and fog forming in the west. temperatures close to freezing in rural areas. light rain and result sinking down towards northern england and north wales. ahead of it, some sunny spells. quite warm as well, temperatures of 19 in the south—east. sunshine in scotla nd 19 in the south—east. sunshine in scotland and northern ireland feeling chillier. we will be in this cooler and fresher air on sunday. it should be dry with sunshine at times.