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hello, this is bbc news with ben bland. the headlines. the prime minister looks for ways to bring her eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time. some members of her party say she shouldn't try to force it through parliament. this is bbc news. i'm ben bland. i would be concerned the headlines at four. if she was simply to come the prime minister looks for ways back and try yet agin to batter her deal through. to bring her eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time but some members of her party are saying she cannot continue trying to force it through parliament. i would be concerned if she were to come back and try yet again to batter her deal through. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to declare the pay difference between their male and female workers but thousands haven't yet done so. thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza
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and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. the rolling stones postpone their upcoming tour of the us and canada as mickjagger is told he needs medical treatment. and at half past four, the best of the week's exclusive interviews and reports from the victoria derbyshire programme. theresa may is discussing ways of bringing her eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time next week after yet another commons defeat yesterday. it was the third time the prime minister's plan was rejected by mps — this time by a majority of 58 — including the dup and 35 mps from her own party. despite that, a number 10 source insisted that efforts are "going in the right direction" given the size of defeat was narrower than the previous two votes. meanwhile, mps from all parties are considering how they might be able to get support for an alternative brexit plan in a second round of
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"indicative votes" on monday. our political correspondent matt cole reports despite scores of leave supporters raucous outside, it was not third time lucky for theresa may, with another rejection of her brexit deal. the ayes to the right, 286, the noes to the left, 344. but with the scale of the defeat smaller than on the previous two occasions, downing street officials are taking the view that at least the numbers are going the right way, and the government has not given up. the deal which delivers on the referendum in a way which works for our economy is the best way forward, but we recognise some colleagues do have concerns about that that we need to work through. parliament ultimately has to vote for something. and indeed mps will vote on monday on a range of possible alternative
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brexit plans with the hope majority support can be found for one of them. propositions could include a no deal brexit, another referendum, a customs arrangement tying britain closely to brussels, or even an amended version of theresa may's deal. it's about gathering momentum around particular ideas, so just to say that the dup may come on board with a customs union idea, and it is about pulling people into a way forward. but even if mps do find a plan to rally round, the government is not promising to back it and could even seek to have a run—off against the now thrice rejected withdrawal agreement. but if the prime minister loses again, what next? maybe a general election, maybe something else. if theresa may felt she could not implement what parliament had identified as a way of leaving the eu, then i think we would have to think hard about a cross—party coalition group of people or whatever. the eu council has called an emergency summit
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for the 10th of next month, two days before the new brexit day, the 12th of april. but will the government have anything to offer that could secure a further delay to resolve the deadlock or will britain be leaving without a dealjust hours later? there are just so many questions about what might happen here next week and the answers will determine the fate of the prime minister, the government, and the country for many years to come, but what those answers might be is just not clear. matt cole, bbc news, westminster. meanwhile, the prominent remain campaigner dominic grieve has received a vote of no confidence from his local conservative association n buckinghamshire. members in beaconsfield voted by 182 to 131 against the former attorney general, who supports a second public vote on brexit. earlier he gave this response to the confidence vote. i have been the mp for 22 years, i
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have good relations with my association, good relations with my association, good relations with my association members. i also know that brexit is very divisive and i know there is a few people who i know there is a few people who i know and respect who disagree with me and they are entitled to come and express their views, and also entitled, if they feel it is absolutely necessary, to refuse to express confidence in me. this was a confidence motion last night, rather than a no—confidence motion. so, i have to be prepared for that, and thatis have to be prepared for that, and that is a legitimate part of the political process and each mp must face up to that, but last night there were also present quite a number of people who clearly came with one fixed objective only, and it appeared to be, from all the surrounding evidence, and orchestrated and organised campaign, which seems to have required signing lots of people up to my association, over quite a short period of time, and led by a particular individual who happens to have been the new
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kipp candidate who stood against me in 2017. -- kipp candidate who stood against me in 2017. —— the you kipp —— ukip candidate. meanwhile in response to the government failing to get their withdrawal agreement passed for a third time yesterday, mr grieve had this advice for the prime minister. iurge i urge her to listen to what the house of commons is saying, she has put a huge amount of personal effort and energy in difficult circumstances in trying to craft a dealfor exit from the circumstances in trying to craft a deal for exit from the eu, circumstances in trying to craft a dealfor exit from the eu, which seeks to reconcile what she saw as the instructions rather than the vague instructions that the result of the referendum had given, with minimising the risks, but the difficulty she has had is that she has ended up with something that look second rate for the future of the country, and this is an assessment made by x remainers and remainers and people who want to leave and want a form of hard brexit. the difficulty is, where'd
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you from here? we are now talking about something that is totally different from the visions being promoted in 2016. my personal view is that the sensible thing is to go back and ask the public if they want her deal, the alternative could be remain, and they should also consider other alternatives. so, what is next? earlier i spoke to our political correspondent matt cole. he mapped out what he expected to happen in the brexit during the coming days. a lot of questions, as i was saying in my report, what are the answers? very difficult, a sequence of events points us to where we might live, monday, mps will have what they call a series of indicative vote, they did it on wednesday, what they had then were eight different potential alternative options, the likes of another referendum, a customs union, at the time, britain economically
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close to the eu. a no—deal brexit, a range of options, mps asked to vote for all of them, express a preference, yes or no to these deals and none of them got majority support. the idea was that it was first round, see how the idea could coalesce around things. they will do the same on monday. if they can now, having had theresa may's deal rejected a third time, come up with an alternative that all mps can support, may be theresa may, the government, can say, let's take this to brussels. the indication from government at the moment is that they are minded not to all they can put the deal forward for a fourth time ina put the deal forward for a fourth time in a run—off against the winner, so, that is where we start, where we go, kind of depends upon what happens on monday night. with all of that, is there time for all of that to happen, given there is a new deadline, april 12... of that to happen, given there is a new deadline, april 12. .. time is tight, there is time this week, what theresa may now needs is something to ta ke theresa may now needs is something to take to brussels on april ten,
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there is an emergency eu summit called by the european council, they will effectively say, what's next, have you got something, otherwise, you are leaving without a deal in two days' time. if she has something to ta ke two days' time. if she has something to take to brussels to say, we have this idea, can we have more time, if it is plausible, the answer will probably be, yes, but it would probably be, yes, but it would probably mean months and years rather than a couple of weeks, that will mean parliamentary elections, the government is adamant they don't wa nt the government is adamant they don't want that to happen. time is short, option is running out, if theresa may's deal was to get through, it could even be put to a vote, it is not clear that the speaker of the house of commons would allow that, theresa may has said she would resign. what we would probably get, extension two may 22, taken off the table yesterday, that could come back on, a period of getting the paperwork done for departure on may 22, and then, after that, britain would be leaving but so would theresa may because she would be
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stepping aside, and there would be a tory leadership contest. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees to reveal how much of a pay difference there is between male and female workers. but thousands are yet to file. 0ur correspondent sangita myska has been looking at the numbers. this is not a story about men and women paid differently for the same work, this is about the gender pay gap, it is quite complicated how they calculate that. we have a graphic to show you. this measurement is done by lining up employees, women and men, in a company, in order of salary, you then pull out the woman on the middle salary and the man on the middle salary and the man on the middle salary, and then compare the two, and that gives you the gender pay 9511 two, and that gives you the gender pay gap. why is that important today? because we are talking about the public sector, that accounts for 16 of the number of people employed here in the uk, over5 million
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people. who are the worst offenders? it could be argued that the group of employers that should know better, universities! if you were to look at the national average, the gender pay gap, it is 9.1%, but when you take that to universities, you will see that to universities, you will see that it that to universities, you will see thatitis that to universities, you will see that it is 13.7%. now, it is possible to argue that that gap can be explained away by the fact that women largely, women are more likely to be working part time and let's face it there are few of us in senior roles but there is an interesting figure buried in between all of this, that is looking at the gender pay gap for bonuses, single payments made at the discretion, largely, of the employer. the two of the worst offenders, liverpool and newcastle universities, that gap, 80% and over. in terms of the rest of the public sector, how is that fairing? civil servants working in
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whitehall, government departments, again, if you are a woman you won't be happy, 23%, local government fares better, 3%. thousands of palestinian protesters have gathered on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began there. the gazan health ministry said a palestinian had been killed by israeli shrapnel before the start of today's demonstration and two protesters were killed during the clashes. demonstrators are demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes in what is now israel and an end to the gaza blockade. the un says at least 189 palestinians and one israeli soldier have been killed between march and december last year. from gaza, our middle east correspondent, tom bateman, sent us this update. we are at the biggest protestjust east of gaza city. we saw thousands of palestinians making their way towards the sign here, tear gas
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canister there is being thrown back by one of the protesters. you can see the israeli points on the other side of the perimeter fence, see the israeli points on the other side of the perimeterfence, these are sniper positions. we are seeing tear gas fired at the palestinian protesters, some burning tyres. so far, they have not made their way right up to the fence, that is the real point of friction here. what today will be, is a test of what has been a fragile calm between hamas, who runs the gaza strip, and israel, in the last few days, after a serious military escalation at the start of the week. as these year anniversary protests get under way, there has been strong rhetoric from both sides, the israelis have sent 200 snipers into sniper positions around the fence, and three extra brigades to the south of israel to the area surrounding the strip. hamas has asked people to remain peaceful, but it says if there is what it calls israeli aggression, it will respond with equal force.
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in israel, yolande knell is just outside nahal oz, close to the border with gaza. she says there are still large crowds at the fence. here, if you look across through the field, you can see the gaza boundary fence, and we can still see on the other side large palestinian crowds. according to the israeli military, some 40,000 palestinians turned out at different locations along the fence for this day of protest. despite the relatively large numbers of protesters, we have seen less violence than in previous weeks, although, we are hearing from gaza health officials it was two palestinians killed during the course of the mass rallies as well as the person killed ahead of their making it three people killed during the course of the day. israeli troops have been using tear gas to drive people back, and they have had
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claims from the un, from a un enquiry, that they have used excessive force in the past, using live ammunition. they say they only use live ammunition when palestinians are trying to breach the fence, enter israeli territory, where they could pose a threat to israeli civilians who live, really, as we have seen here, not very far away at all from the place where all of these protests are taking place. there has been no israeli confirmation of a claim that came from hamas that suggests they have helped, they have been helped by egypt to reach a sort of deal with israel where they would calm things along the fence, in return for an easing of the tough economic sanctions that are imposed on gaza. all of this coming at a very sensitive time where hamas has been trying to use this anniversary as a show of force. want to use the anniversary is leveraged with
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israel, it has been facing a lot of economic unrest in gaza with unprecedented protests there and people turning their criticism on the hamas leadership. here in israel, also a very sensitive time politically, just ten days from a general election where security really is a main issue. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, does not want to be shown to be making concessions to hamas militants, at the same time, he does not want to be fighting an unpredictable campaign against palestinian militants at the same time he is fighting a tough election campaign. the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister and her cabinet look for ways to bring may's eu withdrawal agreement back to the commons for a fourth time after it was defeated by 58 votes yesterday. today is the deadline for public sector bodies with more than 250 employees
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to declare the pay difference between their male and female workers but thousands haven't yet done so. thousands of palestinian protesters take part in protests on the border between gaza and israel to mark a year since weekly demonstrations began. in sport, manchester city back on top of the premier league after beating fulham 2—0 at craven cottage and elsewhere in the three o'clock kick—offs, manchester united, leicester, burnley and southampton all winning so far. munster knockout edinburgh to become the first team through to the semifinals of the european champions cup, keith earls with both tries at murrayfield. monaco weight charlie clare has become the second largest bet youngest driver to take top spot in bahrain, taking pole position, lewis hamilton will start from third. rory mcilroy struggling in texas, two down to the two—time winner, with a place in the quarterfinals at stake. —— charles leclerc.
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the rolling stones have postponed a tour of the united states and canada because sir mickjagger needs medical treatment. the band's publicist said the legendary lead singer would be working very hard to get back on stage and doctos expected him to make a full recovery. the rollings stones had been due to kick off their tour in miami and play 17 dates across north america, ending in canada injuly. 0ur news correspondent chi chi izundu has been following the story. no more detail on what the medical treatment is for or how long he is being treated for, a tour is an expensive affair, takes a lot for an insurance company to agree someone to be signed off to cancel a whole tour and postpone it, plus it will cost a lot of money. aeg and concerts west our advising ticket holders to keep hold of their
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tickets because there are plans that this will go ahead eventually. he has said he is sorry to all his friends in america and canada, he says he hates letting them down and is devastated to have to postpone the tour, but will with —— but will be working very hard to get back on stage as soon as possible. if you think about a rolling stones concert, one of the things they are most famous for, if not for being the rolling stones, is mickjagger‘s massively energetic performance, there is a scientific report out there is a scientific report out there that show that when somebody is performing on stage, it is akin to being an athlete. 75—year—old man, now undergoing medical treatment, this tour is just on postponement, but we wish him all the best. in his mid-70s, still with this phenomenal amount of energy, to sustain a 17 date concert tour, and
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thatis sustain a 17 date concert tour, and that is no small thing. lets not forget, this isjust one leg of that is no small thing. lets not forget, this is just one leg of the tour, there no filter tour. he is well renowned for how much energy he puts into his tour dates, ageing really well for a 75 man but sadly this news has come out that he has had to postpone the whole tour for the us and canada legs, it was supposed to start last month on the 20th, and end towards the end of july, but his treatment, his doctors have said he cannot do the tour and he has got to focus on his health. the pilot of the plane which crashed into the english channel with footballer emiliano sala on board wasn't allowed to fly at night. the bbc has been told that david ibbotson was colour—blind and restricted
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to daytime flights only. both men died when the piper malibu crashed in january. kayley thomas has more. it's been ten weeks since the plane carrying cardiff city's record £15 million signing, emiliano sala, crashed into the sea off guernsey in the channel islands. the man tasked with getting him to his new club in time for training was david ibbotson, a private pilot from north lincolnshire. but he should not have been flying at night because he was not licensed to. the bbc has been told that he was colour—blind and had a restriction on his license stating he could fly in daylight hours only. the ill—fated flight set off from nantes over one hour after sunset. there has been much speculation about the legality of the flight. the piper malibu was registered in the us and could not be operated commercially with paying passengers. the air accident investigation branch said that licensing continues to be a focus of its investigations but a full report into the crash is not expected until early next year. psychiatrists are being urged to ask children, who are having mental health
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assessments, about how long they spend online and what they use social media for. the royal college of psychiatrists says it is concerned about how time spent online impacts mood, sleep, diet and behaviour. mps have called for new regulations to be imposed on platforms such as facebook, twitter and instagram, to protect children from what they call "an online wild west." dr bernadka dubicka is the chair of the child and adolescent faculty at the royal college of psychiatrists who explained what help was available to young people. there are really good resources out there for children and young people, there for children and young people, there are lots of support available, asa there are lots of support available, as a child psychiatrist, we are highly skilled professionals, trained to find out about all aspects of a young persons life and their online presence is a very important aspect of their life these days. it is important that professionals receive young people who are vulnerable and have mental health problems and also enquire
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about what is happening online and with new technologies. are there any aspects of that which is affecting them and they are struggling with that. and we hope to try to help them negotiate that. a bbc investigation has discovered rogue traders are selling tens of thousands of pounds worth of receipts and invoices in a black market trade to cheat uk taxes. the dealers — who advertise online — sell authentic documents to enable others to fraudulently claim back vat and reduce the amount of income tax they pay. colin campbell has the story. he wants to sell me £10,000 worth of construction material receipts for £800, and boasts they can be used as a way to work around paying income tax. an illicit black—market trade, i contacted dealers posing as a self—employed builder,
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seeking to use the receipts to evade tax and fraudulently claim back vat. with a ring binderfull of construction material receipts, this polish builder wanted £2,500 for £30,000 worth of receipts. will these create trouble for us? another rogue trader, this time decorating receipts. these guys are essentially committing tax fraud. i showed the footage to a tax expert. it's a crime because what it's doing is enabling people to reduce their tax bill
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and their vat bill illegally, because they haven't actually incurred the expense that they're going to claim for. i found more than a dozen dealers advertising the receipts on uk based polish classified ad sites. hmrc says it's committed to ensuring all companies and individuals pay the right tax at the right time, and will pursue those who fail to do so. all the dealers we spoke to had a ready supply of receipts. i'm actually a journalist from the bbc. but none wanted to discuss their illicit trade. what you're doing is criminal. it's fraudulent. you're helping people cheat the tax system, aren't you? you're helping people cheat their tax. i don't know. you've got £30,000 worth of receipts here. a previously hidden crime, now a brazen illicit trade that's hard to combat. another form of tax evasion, cheating the country
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of much—needed revenue. colin campbell, bbc news. let's go back to our top story, and brexit — the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has been reacting to the events of the past few days and he has once agian been criticising theresa may for her handling of brexit this is becoming a long—running saga, she was supposed to pull the vote, lost by the largest ever majority in parliamentary history. brought it back again, and again, and now will apparently try it again next week: this is beyond ridiculous! there is a clear proposal there that we negotiate a customs union with europe which will then protect the whole issue of the border in northern ireland, we negotiate trade access and, above all, a dynamic protection of rights
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so we all, a dynamic protection of rights so we don't fall below europe on it because i suspect there is a whole agenda there in the tory party that would like to see workers' rights and consumer rights and environmental protection diminished. we will put proposals to parliament next week. indicative votes on monday? indicative votes on monday. are you confident of a majority. we are working very hard on that and reaching out to people across the commons and we will be doing that all this week and all this weekend. this is a very dangerous period, if we crash out without a deal, the supply chains get interrupted, jobs are at stake and also, the sense of security of many european union nationals living in britain and british people living across europe, we have been reaching out a lot, we had a very good discussion with the governor of spain to ensure the protection of british nationals living there. are you concerned, with the clock running down, and the commons debating, there might be a soft brexit, brexiteers, as much as
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they do not like the deal, they may back it and it will get through. however people voted in the referendum, nobody voted to lose their jobs, referendum, nobody voted to lose theirjobs, to be worse off, to deregulate our society. i think that the obvious choice is, what i have suggested, which would be a good economic relationship with europe, which can be negotiated and i'm convinced of that, having spent a lot of time meeting with and talking to officials in europe. now it's time for a look at the weather with helen willetts. for many, another lovely sunny warm day, there have been exceptions, we have change on the way, behind this line of cloud spattered with rain, chilly air, sunshine in the north, temperatures can significantly lower. transition to chilly air continues overnight as the colder airsinks continues overnight as the colder air sinks south behind the bank of cloud, just enough for most to avoid
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frost but not in the north, much colder as we go into mothering sunday, widespread frost across northern england, northern ireland and scotland. it will be a nice sunny day, wintry showers easing, and in the south, chance of a spot or two of drizzle, and mist and hill fog but gradually that will lift, a cloudier, windier, therefore much chillier day, into the cold air, temperatures will be significantly lower, remaining below average next week when we usher in some more showers.
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