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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: mps reject all of the latest four alternative brexit proposals to theresa may's deal. this house has continuously rejected leaving without a deal, just as it has rejected not leaving at all. therefore, the only option is to find a way through which allows the uk to leave with a deal. canl can i remind the house that the prime minister's unacceptable deal has been overwhelmingly rejected three times? the conservative member and remainer nick boles dramatically quits the tory party whip in the commons. i have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. i
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regret therefore to announce that i can no longer set for this party. neck, don't go, come on! despite her deal being rejected three times already by mps, ministers say there could be a fourth vote on it this week. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers lucy fisher and sebastian payne. stay with us for that.
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good evening and welcome to bbc news. it's been another dramatic night at westminster, where mps have, for a second time, failed to back any of the alternative proposals to the government's brexit plan. none of the four motions were approved. however, ken clarke's proposal for a customs union was defeated by just three votes. this is how the house of commons speaker, john bercow, announced that all four options were defeated. ican i can now i can now announce i can now announce the outcome of the divisions on issues of our withdrawal and future relationship withdrawal and future relationship with the european union. in respect of mr clark's motion c, the ayes we re of mr clark's motion c, the ayes were 273, the noes were 276, so the noes habit. in respect to mr nicholas bowles's motion d, the ayes
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we re nicholas bowles's motion d, the ayes were 261, the noes were 282, so the noes habit. in respect to mr peter kyle's motion e, the ayes were 280, the noes were 282, so the noes have it. in respect tojoanna cherry‘s motion g, the ayes were 191, the noes were 292, so the noes habit. let's cross to our political correspondent, jessica parker. it looks like we are no further forward. that was the message from stephen barclay, who said that they had failed to reach a consensus. but
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now, ian blackford, on the motion the snp brought forward, which talked about a number of things, including potentially revoking article 50 in order to avoid an ideal brexit, you fell short by 151 votes, so you did worse than all. yes, but 121 labour mps abstained. if they had voted with us tonight we would have one, because we need to recognise that next week there is a real danger that the uk falls out of the eu with no deal. that would be catastrophic for everyone, so i really do question what on earth where the labour party doing? we could have stopped no deal as a serious prospect, and the labour party didn't step up to the plate. some recriminations are beginning, of course this whole process, the idea behind it was to bring the
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house of commons to a consensus, but thatis house of commons to a consensus, but that is not happening. our position has been for a long time that we wanted a people 's vote, but again it is labour abstentions that stop that happening. crucially, we tried to work with other parties, we supported the common market, the one that would have kept us in the single market and the customs union, that was a compromise position. fundamentally it has to be about the jobs of our constituents, and that would have been in our economic interest. we are massively frustrated because we were told that referendum in 2014, if scotland stayed in the uk we would remain eu citizens. we are now being dragged out. voted overwhelmingly to remain. scotland voted to stay in the eu, to revoke article 50, to make sure we stayed in the single market and customs union, and our views and
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votes are simply disregarded. i think it is becoming increasingly clear to the people of scotland that if we want to remain part of the eu we need to take seriously the idea of remaining part of the united kingdom. that is a choice we will be facing. your frustration is clear, but on a more immediate level what happens next? everyone is talking about what potentially might happen on wednesday when mps are set to ta ke on wednesday when mps are set to take control again. what will your game plan b? we will seek to work across the house but i will say to colleagues, we missed an opportunity tonight, particularly the labour mps who abstained. i hope we have the opportunity to have a people 's vote, and i appeal to colleagues to recognise that we are at five to 12, leaving with no deal. they may bring the deal back. well, people talk
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about what we had for a people 's vote tonight, but we have just come up vote tonight, but we have just come up short. the biggest defeat in parliamentary history, there is no time. the prime minister has told her she will be going but then she will bring back her discredited deal, which would be a disaster for the people of scotland. if there was another set of indicative vote on wednesday would you be back in common market 2.0, would you be willing to go through those compromises again? the important thing is to find a way through this. we can take no deal of the table, we can have a people 's vote, that is what we should be doing. ian blackford, leader of the snp in westminster, thank you for your time. clearfrustration, westminster, thank you for your time. clear frustration, and westminster, thank you for your time. clearfrustration, and of course one of the most frustrated people we saw this evening, we saw nick boles announce in some dramatic style that he would be resigning the tory whip. now, lots of people
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talking about what could happen. 0n wednesday, potentially a third round of indicative votes, and along cabinet meeting for tomorrow. let's have a look at those figures again. customs union was defeated by just three votes. common market 2.0, thatis just three votes. common market 2.0, that is what nick boles was referring to, some long—standing eurosceptics throwing their weight behind that, but that went down by a majority of 21 votes. that would have required the government to go
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through a political framework to implement an economic plan no later than the end of september next year. something similar to what norway or switzerland has, a bespoke arrangement distinct to those countries. the disadvantages you have no role in the decision—making that sets the rules. the norwegians used to call it fax democracy, but now that is a bit out of date, maybe e—mail democracy. peter kyle, he basically was saying that the government would not be able to implement or ratify anything unless they put it to a confirmatory vote of the public. that went down by 12 votes, and finally, this is quite a complicated proposal that the snp through its weight behind, ian blackford was talking about it, in the name of snp mpjoanna cherry, that would have set various hurdles that would have set various hurdles that would have set various hurdles that would ultimately mean if there was no way of getting a deal, in order to avoid no deal, it would revoke article 50, which means brexit would be over until at another point the government started the process again. that went down by
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a massive 100 votes. in scotland, the labour party is always at loggerheads with the snp, as it were, and perhaps the snp will be interested in pushing for independence again. that is the most dramatic, but the narrowest one, that at the top, defeated byjust three votes. in the next extract i think you can hear the sheer frustration held. the brexit secretary, stephen barclay, gave this update to mps. this is now the second time the house has considered a wide variety of options for a way forward. this has once again failed to find a clear majority for any of the options. and yet, the result of the options. and yet, the result of the house's decision on friday not to endorse the withdrawal agreement means that the default legal
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position is that the uk will leave the eu injust 11 days' time. to secure any further extension the government will have to put forward a credible proposition to the eu as to what we will do with that extra time. this house has continuously rejected leaving without a deal, just as it has rejected not leaving at all. therefore, the only option is to find a way through which allows the uk to leave with a deal. the government continues to believe that the best course of action is to do so as soon as possible. if the house were to agree a deal this week it would still be possible to avoid european parliament elections being held. the cabinet will meet in the morning consider the results of tonight's vote and how we should
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proceed. point of order the leader of the opposition, mrjeremy corbyn. 0na point of the opposition, mrjeremy corbyn. on a point of order, it is disappointing that no solution has won a majority this evening, but i remind the house that the prime minister's unacceptable deal has been overwhelmingly rejected three times. the margin of defeat for one of the options for tonight was very narrow indeed, and the prime minister's deal has been rejected by a very large majority on three occasions. if it is good enough for the prime minister to have three chances at her deal, then i suggest that possibly the house should have a chance to consider again the options that we had before us today ina options that we had before us today in a debate on wednesday, so that the house can succeed where the prime minister has failed in presenting a credible economic relationship with europe for the future that prevents us crashing out with no deal. labour leaderjeremy
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corbyn, and before you heard stephen barclay. conservative mp nick boles resigned from prime minister theresa may's governing party, after his attempt to seek an alternative route forward to break the deadlock in parliament over brexit was rejected. he has fallen out with his local constituency association over his concerns about brexit. he put forward the motion for common market 2.0 era, a new form of commercial relationship, which was defeated tonight by 21 votes, and on a point of order he stood up and said to the speaker that his real sense of frustration had now boil over. i have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise that can take this country out of the european union while maintaining our
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economic strength and political cohesion. i accept i have failed. i have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. i regret, therefore, to announce that i can no longer sit for this party. nick, don't go, come on! so what reaction from europe over the last hour? the european parliament's brexit co—ordinator guy verhofstadt has tweeted about the results, saying "the house of commons again votes against all options. a hard brexit becomes nearly inevitable. on wednesday, the uk has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss." damian grammaticas
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is in brussels for us. well past midnight now, after 11 when the results came. in a sense, it is the last chance, standing or staring into the abyss, donald tusk talking about those facing help for those who pushed leaving brexit, are theyin those who pushed leaving brexit, are they in the place where they think there is going to be britain leaving without a deal? i think there are many people in this city and across european capitals, yes, who are starting to see that as an extremely likely outcome of this process. the reason is when you look at what happened in parliament tonight, that provides confirmation for many in the eu who simply believe that the uk is not yet on a path to resolving its difficulties and its divisions over brexit. so, what they see is a parliament unable to resolve its split and agree on a path forward and then a government that would
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accept that, so that is the real concern on the eu side. even if parliament can agree this on wednesday, guy have —— guy was talking about, would they put that policy forward? i think many on the eu side are sceptical and pessimistic even though they would still in most of the capitals around the eu hope to find a resolution that could find a path to an agreed solution, agreed withdrawal agreement to get the uk through this process. the argument you hear from brexiteers is that in the end no—deal brexit becomes a problem if the uk and the eu choose to act in a hostile way towards each other. it needn't be a problem. you could have a situation where there are no extra restrictions imposed on the transition of goods because we already have established trading relationships and we already trade
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to the same safety standards and all of the rest of it. why is that argument not accepted in brussels? it is simply not accepted because brussels view it as ignoring the practical legal realities of the situation, which is where you have at the moment and enmeshed relationship underpinned by shared rules, shared institutions. if you move to a sort of world trade organisation rules relationship, that takes you down to the lowest common denominator and you lose all of that sort of structure of rules and institutions that enables all that free trade to function in the sort of deepest, most integrated way possible. so, the eu says that simply cannot happen. the eu side would have to impose, as a matter of law, tariffs, checks, health checks,
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standards checks. there would be tax implications. all sorts of things that come into play which are the practical realities that are faced at the borders as goods would cross and services would cross those borders. it ignores the reality of what the situation would be on the day after a brexit. we talked about a kind of no—deal brexit, a hard brexit. presumably the only other option is some kind of arrangement that extends the period we stay in the eu. what's the mood towards that at the moment, would you say, in brussels, given that the suggestion appears to be, with this emergency summit next week, that theresa may would have to go back and ask for some kind of more time? if she is looking at other options trying to get a deal through the house of commons. yes, the uk has the option is to cancel the options entirely, to revoke the brexit process and remaina to revoke the brexit process and remain a member. that is one option open to the uk. obviously that is the most extreme step that the uk
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could take. there is no indication that the uk is willing to do that. the other option as you say is to seek some sort of an extension. to do that, the eu has said the uk must come up do that, the eu has said the uk must come up now do that, the eu has said the uk must come up now with a clear plan and a clear process that theresa may could come and present to the 27 other leaders who will be gathered in brussels next week on the 10th of april to convince them why they should keep the uk inside the eu and give it that time. and their question will be how is this process going to reach a resolution of some sort? they need to be convinced about that in order to grant that extra time. the eu of course would say, and as does the government in london, that the other option is, there is a deal on the table that provides for a two—year transition period where everything stays the same. that's the withdrawal agreement. it is there now but it is the one theresa may can't get through parliament. presumably on the basis of what you say, no
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withdrawal agreement, no transition, so it really would be out the door? absolutely, the eu has been clear about that. eu leaders again have reiterated that. no withdrawal agreement, a hard brexit means no transition and they have also said that beyond that there would be no mini agreements they call it, in the case of a hard brexit, they will not replicate what's already been in the withdrawal agreement to smooth the process. they will not have many deals, transport and aviation, the eu will put in place its own unilateral measures to try to help over the initial period, but some of those will only last a matter of weeks and months and then it will be for the eu to decide whether it wa nts to for the eu to decide whether it wants to consider them —— continue them so it will make its own unilateral decisions and not with the uk. damian green atticus in brussels, thank you, we will let you go to bed. thank you for staying up with us. —— damian grammaticas.
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anna soubry, who left the conservative party earlier this year to join the independent group said she was shocked to see nick boles leave the tory party. he would be very welcome. i share ick‘s values. he has mine. we came into parliament at the same time. he isa into parliament at the same time. he is a sensible great brain —— nick's. so much to offer. he is a conservative member like the other three, it is not bus that has changed, the party has changed. increasingly there are those sort of conservatives who are realising that the party is not only falling to pieces, but actually the future of it, we saw with dominic grieve, you know, the vote of no confidence in him, is moving to the right, and it is moving to the right at a very, very fast pace. just to be clear, you didn't have any prior discussions with nick boles. you didn't know it was —— he was going to do it? no, no, no idea at all. you could tell when he stood up
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something would happen because he was clearly upset, as he would be. you know, when you leave your party, when you're elected and use of your community. but also, you've given so much to your party. these are very important decisions. for some people it isa important decisions. for some people it is a real trauma almost. a short time ago, jessica spoke with mark francois from the european research group. she asked his response to nick boles' resignation? nick's amendment was heavily defeated given the mathematics in the house at the moment, so i can understand he is upset, but leaving aside all political considerations, there is a great deal of respect for nick in the house because we all know he fought a long and courageous battle with a very serious illness. so he has made a decision. everybody will have to become accustomed to that. i am not going to criticise nick boles because he fought of cancer and all of us respect that.
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moving onto the results of tonight's vote, what do you make of the fact that nothing, although a couple of things got close, nothing got a majority? well, what happened was there was basically an attempted coup in the house of commons this evening, whereby a number of prominent mps like 0liver letwin and dominic grieve and others in cahoots with a number of members of cabinet and others attempted to stop brexit. that was their sole aim. a customs union is not brexit, for instance. they failed. conservative backbenchers saw what was happening, rallied. the cabinet didn't vote. they were out of it. the conservative backbenchers rallied and the overwhelming numbers against we re and the overwhelming numbers against were conservative mps. so they saw that other mps were trying to sell us that other mps were trying to sell us out, to overturn the referendum. the tory backbenchers fought back and defeated the coup. so you're
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pleased with tonight's results, but where does it leave us now?m leaves us leaving the european union in ten days because that is the legal default position is not what you said that last time as we approached 29 march and it didn't happen. the difference now is i believe the eu won't extend article 50 any further because they extend beyond 12 april and they have to have european elections in the uk, that would very likely, particularly in the current climate, deliver very large numbers of very eurosceptic mps to the european parliament, which completely ripped up all of their plans. so i believe they won't extend article 50. by the way, importantly, we can stop it anyway. we have a veto. if the prime minister says don't extend it, it isn't extended. we don't need to do that. we are ten days away. let's do what 70 million people wanted and just leave. say that doesn't happen and say the government presents a choice of perhaps bringing fair deal back to parliament, meanwhile other
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mps are saying if the deal isn't passed we will try and further delay brexit. what will you do if you feel you are with that choice? well, mps trying to sabotage brexit tonight failed. trying to launch a coup against the british people. 0ther mps defeated them to their absolute eternal chagrin. in ten days from now we are due to leave the eu which is what 17.4 now we are due to leave the eu which is what17.4 million people voted. at the end of the day, we don't elect the people. they elect us. we are there to obey their instructions. they gave us in order to leave, so, for god's sake, let's just leave! mark francois, conservative mp and brexiter. so here are the results.
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obviously, it was one added to one side is one taken of the other side in the other column. none of them, though, has got as close as mrs may's deal which was rejected and we are told is likely to return to the house of commons for one more appearance before the end of the week. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers lucy fisher, defence correspondent at the times, and sebastian payne, whitehall correspondent at the financial times. that is the papers coming up just after 1130. now it's time for the weather. hello there. for many it was a beautiful start to the weak, blue skies, sunshine and warmth. in fact,
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in greenwich in central london we saw a high of 20 degrees, 68 fahrenheit, way above average for this time of year and maybe it was mother nature's very own april full. with a change of month, a change to the feel of our weather. —— fool. 0n tuesday temperatures will halve in value. we saw the first times of the change on monday afternoon. a lot of cloud across scotland and northern ireland. this is a weather front that will continue to push south and east. as it does so it introduces the cold air from the north. we could start off in east anglia and the south—east on tuesday on a dry, sunny note. it is not expected to last. the rain pushes steadily south and east. then behind it quite a clea ra nce, and east. then behind it quite a clearance, sunny spells, scattered showers. the wind is light. the showers. the wind is light. the showers could be slow—moving. heavy with some hail, rumbles of thunder and snow to the tops of the hills. top temperatures in the north, 6—8 agrees after a chilly start, highest values in the south double digits just. it is courtesy of the jetstrea m just. it is courtesy of the jetstream at the moment. it is quite an undulation in the jet. jetstream at the moment. it is quite an undulation in thejet. this
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horseshoe shaped jetstream at the moment means a weakerjet. so it's not pushing areas of low pressure in from the atlantic. in fact we look to the east over the next few days as to what's happening with our weather. interestingly enough, it is dragging down cold airfrom the north and that will make the difference with the feel of the weather. an area of low pressure on wednesday sits in the north sea, bringing heavy rain and gales on exposed coats, even wintry nurse to the tops of hills. that will make it feel raw indeed. sheltered western areas see the best of any brightness and warmth, but factor in the strength of the wind, even for the beginning of april we still have to talk about the windchill. it will really feel more like freezing in some exposed coats. that area of low pressure will drift its way unusually westwards towards the latter stages of the week and take outbreaks of showery rain with it. we will need to keep a close eye on how much sleet and snow in there. mostly too higher elevations. you will need to keep abreast of the forecast as it continues to push its
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way through scotland and northern ireland and northern england. further south a little bit warmer, a little bit sunnier with highs of 11 degrees. moving out of thursday into friday, looks a slightly quieter story. that low pressure dress off to the south—west, a scattering of showers here, but there will be some decent dry sunny in the forecast for the end of the working week. highs of 9— the end of the working week. highs of 9- 13 the end of the working week. highs of 9— 13 degrees. there is the potential on saturday because the wind direction is coming from the east, always a little more in the way of cloud spilling on of the north sea coast. sheltered western areas likely to see the best of the sunshine, but a quieter start to the weekend, highest values of 9—13. now, looking further ahead, we have to continue to look out to the east. an area of high pressure centred across scandinavia, and the wind is still coming from an easterly or a south—easterly, so this mild, yellow tones starting to nudge a little bit closer towards the uk. so that does potentially mean things look a
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little bit more optimistic. so, over the next few days, certainly turning colder, classic april showers with snow on the hills, but after the weekend it could just turn that little bit milder again. more details from me the same time tomorrow.


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