this is bbc news, the headlines: the british parliament has rejected a withdrawal agreement from the european union for a third time, in a major setback for the prime minister, theresa may. mps defeated it by 58 votes this is bbc world news, on the day originally set i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: for britain to leave the eu. the head of the european council, the eu warns a no deal brexit donald tusk, has called a special is increasingly likely after british meeting of eu leaders two days mps rejected the withdrawal before the new brexit deadline of 12 april. dealfor a third time. they'll consider any request for a longer extension. but the european commission says the uk's now set to leave on 12 april, a no—deal brexit is now but prime minister theresa may says a likely scenario. hundreds of thousands of people a delay is almost inevitable. in algeria have taken to the streets of major cities — demanding police use water cannons and tear the resignation of president gas, as more than a million people bouteflika. police have used teargas and water descend on the streets of algiers in the biggest protest yet cannon to disperse the crowds. against president bouteflika. those are the latest headlines on bbc news. blackouts plunge venezuela ns into even more hardship. the opposition is calling for people well there were angry scenes both inside and outside parliament on friday. to come out in protest. but what do people away from westminster think about the uncertainty surrounding brexit?
hello and welcome to bbc news. the british government is considering its next steps on brexit, after prime minister theresa may's withdrawal agreement was rejected by mps for a third time, plunging the process into even greater uncertainty. this on the day the uk was orginally scheduled to leave the eu. on this occasion, the vote was simply on the first part of the agreement — the withdrawal arrangements. the idea was to leave the issue of the future relationship with the eu to another time. but even that wasn't enough to win over all the sceptics. the european commission says a "no deal" brexit is now a likely scenario. the bbc‘s political editor laura kuenssberg reports. drumming. this really is such an iconic day, it is march the 29th. protestors: what do we want? brexit! when do you want it? now! this really is a great failure, that we are not leaving at 11 o'clock this evening. crowds on the march to push parliament to get on with it...
it's a thoroughly bad idea and it deserves to be defeated today. on the day that we were due to leave... shame on you, shame on you! ..mps asked thr question, back a deal they hate or a delay. protests brought frustration to parliament, the prime minister brought the deal that would divorce us from the eu to the commons for judgment — again. the ayes to the right, 286. the noes to the left, 344. a closer result than last time out but a third defeat of nearly 60 votes for theresa may's deal — still way off. i fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this house. this house has rejected no deal, it has rejected no brexit, on wednesday, it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table. this government will continue to press the case for the orderly brexit that the result
of the referendum demands. this deal now has to change. there has to be an alternative found, and if the prime minister can't accept that, then she must go, not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now. she should now go and we should be having a general election. open calls for her to quit growing in her party too. there's only one thing the prime minister can do, get us out on 12 april, get our country back, and deliver what we promised. because if we don't, god help us. do you think that she should stay in herjob? no. i think it was inevitable that what just happened was going to happen because theresa may, once again, singularly failed to reach out to people. the cabinet's still trying to cling on... we're going to have to think very hard over the next few hours how we respond to that, but this is a hugely disappointing result, that's to my mind absolutely not
in the national interest. the prime minister's pitch earlier was this is the last chance to make sure we could leave the eu sometime soon. it avoids a long extension, which would at least delay and could destroy brexit. i have said that i am prepared to leave this job earlier than i intended to secure the right outcome for our country. and when the division bell rings in a few moments‘s time, every one of us will have to look into our hearts and decide what is best for our constituents and our country. this deal, even the half of it we have before us today, is bad for our democracy, bad for our economy and bad for this country, and i urge the house not to be cajoled on this third time lucky strategy and vote it down today! for weeks, exhausted ministers have only been able to stand back and watch on, while brexiteers made this deal sound like the end
of the world. but listen... if we say we stand up for 17.4 million people, then we have to get those people what they asked for — is to leave the european union and this now is the only way. and then another... i will vote for the motion. the problem i have is that i cannot countenance an even longer extension. and i cannot countenance holding european elections in may. and then another... most of us don't like the agreement, but it's a damn sight better than sticking two fingers up to the british public and saying we're going to ignore you. but a clutch of convinced eurosceptics were firm. we have capitulated. this is not compromise, mr speaker, this has been capitulation. and theresa may's allies from northern ireland weren't budging... whatever means there are available to us, should this agreement go through, we will continue to oppose it.
many more were furious... mr speaker, we cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by the never ending internal tory psychodrama, and people who want to put their ownjobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of people in this country! the rainbow of other parties were never going to say yes... we've been ignored, silenced and sidelined. the futures of citizens across scotland and the rest of the uk held to ransom by right—wing brexiteers and the dup. this is nothing more than deceit, duplicity and deception from a government in desperation. so, what happens next? well, tonight, even members of the cabinet aren't sure. if we know anything about theresa may, it's not impossible that, somehow, she will come up with another way of trying to get her deal through again. but remember, mps are working together behind the scenes to try to come up with a solution — probably a softer brexit —
that could find a majority in the house of commons some time soon. but in either case, it's likely the government will have to ask the eu for a longer extension, with conditions attached. but they could say no, in which case we might leave the european union without a deal in a couple of weeks. as they leave, on the day we were all meant to leave, the question of the country's departure from the eu is far from journey‘s end. laura kuenssberg reporting. hundreds of thousands in algeria have taken to the streets in various cities demanding the resignation of president abdelaziz bouteflika. it is the sixth successive friday of mass anti—government protests in the country. the demonstrations come just days after the country's powerful military called for the 82—year—old president to step down. razman karmali reports. they came to demand
the resignation of the president. instead, they were met by water cannon. hundreds of thousands across the country and around a million in the capital, algiers, joined protests. now in its sixth week, they are fed up, notjust with the 82—year—old president clinging to power, but with the entire regime. translation: we do not want anyone to leave, we want the departure of the whole system which created this crisis, killed the best amongst us, and pushed our children to immigrate, which i was affected by as my children are all abroad. over the six weeks, the demonstrations against president boutaflika have been peaceful, but they have been growing. he has been in power 20 years, but has been rarely seen since he suffered a stroke in 2013. on 2 march, president boutaflika offered to resign later this year, if he won elections scheduled to take place in april. nine days later, he changed his mind and said that he was not going to seek re—election,
but he cancelled those elections. however, this week, the army chief, lieutenant general ahmed gaed salah, said that he would invoke article 102 of the constitution, which would declare the seat of the presidency vacant if the president was declared to be unfit to rule. but opposition politicians were still unimpressed. translation: today, the invocation of article 102 came very late because there is a new deal and it is a peaceful revolution of the algerian people, who came out and made a live referendum and are asking, today, this political system to leave. the ruling national liberation front has held power since the early 60s, after the independence war with france. but for most of the demonstrators, its leaders are seen as too old and out of touch. what happens next is difficult to predict, there is no sign that any of the opposition parties hold any influence over the processes.
— — protesters. let's look at some other stories in brief. the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, is under new pressure over allegations by his formerjustice minister that government officials tried to persuade her to shield a canadian company from prosecution in a corruption case. jody wilson—raybould has released more than 40 pages of documents to support her accusations. justin trudeau denies any wrongdoing, but opinion polls suggest the controversy has damaged his re—election prospects in october. a redacted copy of us special counsel robert mueller‘s report into russian interference in the 2016 us election is to be released by mid—april. mr mueller cleared president trump of colluding with russia, but reached no conclusion about whether he had obstructed justice. the democratic chairman of the housejudicary committee said the report should be released to congress unredacted. new zealand's justice minister has announced a review of the laws on hate speech in the wake of the christchurch terror attacks at two mosques a fortnight ago, which left 50 people dead. andrew little said the current laws were inadequate and didn't tackle
the evil and hateful things seen online. he said the government would work with the human rights commission to come up with a proposals by the end of the year. the international red cross says humanitarian aid could be distributed in venezuela within two weeks as long as the process did not become politicised. the opposition leaderjuan guaido held a rally earlier calling for large protests against the maduro government on saturday. the country is undergoing severe shortages of food, medicine and basic goods. there are reports venezuela is experiencing wide scale blackouts tonight in 21 states, the third time this month. from caracas, will grant reports. it has been another difficult week for venezuelans. just as a degree of normality began to return to the beleaguered nation,
the lights went out again. a second vast power cut in as many weeks. for those forced to abandon work and walk home it has become difficult to keep their temper. translation: this is a country that supposedly is drowning in oil. so how is it possible we live in this poverty? this ruin of a country. it is time for those guys to stand down and let new people step in who are more efficient because they have shown themselves to be incapable. it is notjust workplaces that have been closed. schoolchildren have spent more time in the parks then in classrooms recently. this woman is a teacher who has had to look after her daughter. but their situation over the lack of electricity is far more serious than just skipping class. her daughter has diabetes and her insulin must be refrigerated. given the shortage in medical supplies, the family can ill—afford to allow the expensive life—saving drug to go to waste in a blackout.
translation: it is worrying. we don't sleep at night because the electricity might go out. it is complicated and really not an easy situation. the consequences of the darkness for venezuelan families is clear. yet the political crisis continues. the maduro government accuses the opposition of sabotaging the power grid as part of washington—backed coup. they have gone on the attack, banning opposition leader juan guaido from holding public office for 15 years. he responded by calling the government illegitimate and urged his supporters to take to the streets on saturday in protest at the rolling blackouts. the lights are largely back in the capital but venezuelans know that is unlikely to last for long. electricity rationing and water shortages are part of daily life now. with big protests ahead, the opposition want to keep people angry about the situation rather
than accept it as normal. donald trump has threatened to close the us—mexico border next week, if mexico does not stop immigrants from reaching america. the department of homeland security has warned that the government is facing a ‘system wide meltdown‘, as border officers struggle to deal with a surge of asylum seekers travelling from central america. local residents are already reporting delays to crossing at legal points of entry, and the plan to close the border has the potential to cause event more distru ption for families and businesses. here's some views from people at the juarez—el paso crossing on how they might be affected if the border shuts down. translation: the queues are very long, one has to cross to be able to work. the migrants came to make things crossing more difficult for us things crossing more difficult for us mexicans. it would affect us a lot because my family is in tijuana, i visit them and do shopping and
things like that. translation: my granddaughter and all her family would be on the other side in el paso and i would not be able to see them. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: no deal, no brexit? extension or election? after another defeat on its eu withdrawal deal — where does the uk go from here? the accident that happened here was of the sort that can at worst produce a meltdown. in this case the precautions worked, but they didn't work quite well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of these stations from resurfacing. the republic of ireland has become the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace.
from today, anyone lighting up in offices, businesses, pubs and restaurants will face a heavy fine. the president was on his way out of the washington hilton hotel, where he had been addressing a trade union conference. the small crowd outside included his assailant. it has become a symbol of paris. 100 years ago, many parisians wished it had never been built. the eiffel tower's birthday is being marked by a re—enactment of the first ascent by gustave eiffel. this is bbc news, the main story this hour: the british parliament has rejected the government's eu withdrawal deal for a third time, meaning the uk faces a no deal brexit or another delay to the proces. returning to brexit now. after yet another rejection by mps of theresa may's deal, where does the uk go from here? there are all kinds of possibilties from a no deal brexit,
to a closer future relationship with the eu, a long delay, and a general election. our deputy political editor john pienaar looks at the options. this may have been theresa may's last chance, and she came up short. by 58 votes, mps voted down the divorce deal she thrashed out with the eu. plenty of battles still to come before brexit‘s ever settled, but if mrs may even hoped to regain any control, that hope probably died today. how? tory brexiteer resistance mostly crumbled. they feared losing brexit altogether. big hitters like borisjohnson, dominic raab, evenjacob rees—mogg, who said till today he'd oppose the deal so long as the democratic unionists did, but the hard—core stayed firm. the dup held out, fearing northern ireland could be treated differently to the rest of the uk for the sake of avoiding a hard eu border with ireland. jeremy corbyn‘s labour mps split.
five, reconciled to brexit, backed the deal. most helped sink it. so now, who's in charge? mps and cross—party factions are working on their own plans for brexit. former cabinet minister oliver letwin is one of those organising a series of votes for next week, hoping most mps can agree on one. the options — a brexit closer to the eu than mrs may's deal, maybe under the same customs rules, maybe under eu single market rules, so free movement of people could continue, or maybe both. that's been compared to the old european common market. a new referendum is an option, maybe tied to whatever brexit deal is chosen in the end. and some mps who oppose leaving with no deal and believe parliament
would never allow it prefer revoking brexit, calling it off for now or for good. mps could still take control, ordering the government by law to adopt the plan mps choose. so mrs may's next move, assuming she's around long enough, doing nothing's not an option. there'll have to be a brexit plan, made law by a withdrawal agreement bill. mps could try to force their own plans into that bill. a softer brexit may well have most support. could any pm order tory mps and ministers how to vote or try? government discipline has all but collapsed. the next eu summit is set for a week on wednesday. the eu offered to delay brexit till may the 22nd, if the prime minister managed to get the terms of divorce through parliament. she's failed, so the deadline is set for april the 12th. that's to allow the uk to avoid the european elections. until there's a final agreement, a no—deal brexit remains possible, the outcome many fear most, maybe by accident. but the eu may offer a much longer delay. what if mps demand a new referendum? you thought brexit was close to being settled? think again. they say all political careers, all premierships, end in failure. most end in better shape than theresa may's.
she's on the verge of leaving number ten with her authority shattered, the future of brexit still in deep doubt, demands growing louder for a general election. it's fair to ask, could any leader have done much better? either way, there's a long list of contenders keen to move into downing street and try. now if you still haven't had enough of brexit, or need to know more about what's happened, and what might happen, just go to our website. while you're there, if you're a fan of podcasts, follow the links to check out our brexitcast, a lighthearted and witty look at all the twists and turns in this story, featuring the cream of the bbc‘s political journalism. today marks the one—year anniversary of the start of regular weekly protests by palestinians along the gaza—israeli border, which have resulted in the deaths of 200 palestinians and one israeli soldier. tensions are expected to be increased further with more protests
planned for today, but gaza's islamist ruling party hamas claims to have reached an agreement with protesters to remain calm over the coming days. over 7,000 palestinians have been shot in the last year, and this has put significant strain on available medical resources, as tom bateman reports. every time you come to these clinics you get such a feel for how an entire generation has been affected by what has happened over the last year. there is a crisis of disability in gaza now. in this clinic where they are treating people for long—term care, bullet wound rehabilitation, they still have 200 people come through their doors every day. actually i will say that there is no other health system in the world that could face this number of injuries. when you get a thousand, 200 gunshots in a few hours any system would collapse. there is a lot of pressure. there are not enough beds for the population and obviously the system is not collapsing but it is really
under pressure. translation: they shot me. they fired an explosive bullet that broke translation: they shot me. they fired an explosive bullet that broke seven centimetres of bone. i have had 11 surgeries and could not walk for eight months. 11 months ofjust sitting down. it can really affect someone. the actor george clooney is calling for a boycott of nine luxury hotels owned by the sultan of brunei, after brunei announced that gay sex and adultery would be punishable by death. the sultan founded the brunei investment agency, which owns some of the world's top hotels, including the dorchester in london and the beverly hills hotel in los angeles. the government has ordered death by stoning or whipping of gay people from next week, under a strict
interpretation of sharia law. a number of other celebrities have voiced their support for the boycott campaign, including actress jamie lee curtis, who called clooney "a good man doing the right thing, fighting an unjust and barbaric law." also in support is screenwriter dustin lance black, who penned the oscar—winning screenplay for the biopic milk, who tweeted: "if you continue to stay at or frequent the beverly hills hotel, you are guilty of financially supporting these murderers." singer belinda carlisle is also urging her followers to "think twice before patronising (the sultan‘s) hotels." they were talented musicians based in liverpool, on the verge of a musical breakthrough, but the lives of the members of the indie band her‘s has ended in tragedy. the two young men were killed alongside their tour manager by a pick—up truck driving on the wrong—side of the road in arizona, according to authorities in the us. ashleyjohn baptiste reports.
24—year—old stephen fitzpatrick from cumbria and 25—year—old audun laading from norway were in liverpool as students. as music duo, her‘s, they were living most bands‘ dream, touring the us, playing live music for fans. the duo, along with their tour manager, trevor engelbrektson, were killed in a car crash in the early hours of wednesday morning. officials in arizona said a nissan pick—up was driving on the wrong side of the freeway before hitting the musicians' ford van. since news of the crash, tributes have been flooding in. you could just see they were being themselves when they were on stage. they came... they came alive. they were sweet, they were warm, they were infectious to be around. they were just the loveliest people, they really were. truly talented. having released their debut
album, they were recently interviewed by bbc music during a festival in texas. we've been selling out shows on, like, the east coast which is, it has been really good. a good run so far. we are excited. # oh, boy #. midway through a tour in north america, the band stood out as a promising talent whose potential was brutally cut short. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news. before we go, we can remind you of oui’ before we go, we can remind you of our top story. eu says it is likely britain will leave the bloc without a deal in two weeks after the withdrawal document was rejected by parliament for a third time. british prime minister theresa may said the latest defeat of her plan made a longer brexit delay almost inevitable. much more on that story on our website, including a nice
little jargon buster if you need a reminder of all those terms like no dealbreaker. stay with us here on bbc news. —— no deal brexit. hello. the clocks may be springing forward this weekend but the temperatures are falling back. why? a cold front, a leading edge of cold air that will gradually work its way southward, not with much rain but certainly with a change in the feel of the weather. and that is the most noticeable thing on the way this weekend. plenty of dry weather away from the weather front which has not got anything particularly wet associated with it but a drop in temperature that we will all notice. it will be cold enough as the weekend begins for a touch of frost in parts of england and wales and fog patches gradually clearing. here is the cloud. patchy rain, hill snow in scotland, a few spots of rain in northern ireland slowly working southward towards northern england as we go through the day. when you get behind that front it will brighten up again with blustery wintry showers in northern scotland and especially in the northern isles.
south of the front for much of england and wales, broken cloud, sunny spells and temperatures rising again. warm spots reaching high teens in south—east england. can't rule out an isolated shower in east anglia and south—east england in the afternoon but most places will avoid them and stay dry. saturday evening and notice the weather front. a bit of patchy rain spreading through more of northern england into parts of wales, the midlands and east anglia keeping temperatures up which means a frost as sunday begins is more likely as the further north you are. especially northern ireland and scotland. of course it is, on saturday night, the early hours of sunday, the clocks go forward. it marks the arrival of british summertime. nothing to do with the weather. the irony is that, as we established, temperatures are actually dropping. more of us in the blue as the cold air percolates southwards, for part two of the weekend. with some cloud, maybe a few spots of light rain affecting parts of england and wales that will be the extent of it. for northern england, northern ireland and scotland, you may start with sunshine. there will be a lot of cloud around on sunday afternoon. some sunny spells. we are all in the cooler air.
temperatures at their highest through south—east wales. 13, 14 degrees most of us will fall short of that. clearing skies on sunday night into monday morning with high pressure close by, expect a frost. more unsettled weather to come next week. there will be some wet and windy weather at times but have a look at these temperatures. 00:28:18,711 --> 2147483051:50:54,070 single figures at or below average 2147483051:50:54,070 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 through much of the week.