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a federaljudge in the us has banned the trump administration from sending asylum—seekers to mexico to await their court hearings. the policy was introduced in january. the ban won't take effect until friday to give government officials the opportunity to appeal. polls open in a few hours in the closest fought election israel has seen for years. prime minister netanyahu is running for his fifth term in office. but he's facing a tough competitor, benny gantz, as well as serious corruption charges. a measure put forward by british mps to prevent a no—deal brexit has become law. it requires prime minister theresa may to ask the eu 27 for another extension to article 50. britain is currently due to leave in just four days. you're up to date on the headlines.
it's just after 2:30am. now on bbc news, it's time for monday in parliament. hello and welcome to monday in parliament. the menus in westminster. commons leader accuses parliament of rejecting every attempt to get a good brexit deal. this government carries the confidence and parliament has failed to support the will of the people in the referendum in 2016. amid the backs attentions, there is an outbreak of consensus on standing up two technology companies. outbreak of consensus on standing up two technology companiesm outbreak of consensus on standing up two technology companies. if there has been one person and one because uniting elected representatives of all parties on all sides of the house, mark zuckerberg and
the urgent need to bring social media
giants into line. and the legacy of the uk's military action in iraq and libya. our engagement and our involvement in both iraq and libya has turned out to have had calamitous outcomes. but first, mps we re calamitous outcomes. but first, mps were supposed to be starting the easter holiday this week, but the break was cancelled because of brexit. the house of lords cracked on with debating and amending the european withdrawal bill. the legislation obliges the government to try and keep the uk in the eu if a nodal scenario looks likely. we'll be hearing some of the lord's debate ina be hearing some of the lord's debate in a moment. the house of commons approve the legislation by one vote last wednesday but the arguments about it raged on. with the lead of the house confirm that the bill that is currently going to the house of lords at the moment is the biggest dog ‘s dinner of any bill that we have seen in recent
times his is the government opposed to this bill and
will it do everything to defeat it? well, i entirely agree with my honourable friend that this is a huge dog 's dinner. as i mentioned to colleagues when we were looking out the business of the house motion, the european union notification of withdrawal act 2017, that was the act to revoke article 50, had two causes, containing only 58 words. it was debated for five full days in this chamber and it seems inconceivable that parliament has looked at this bill for the first time last tuesday and has had just a few hours of debate across both houses. mr speaker, it is not so both houses. mr speaker, it is not so much a dog 's dinner, it is a dog's brexit, and this is not just... come on, that was all right. mr speaker... just... come on, that was all right. mrspeaker... simply just... come on, that was all right. mr speaker... simply managing this day—to—day crisis management basis, no—one has really got a clue what
the business will look like tomorrow afternoon, far less what the business is going to look like at the end of this week and the strength of the guys in the corridor, they have/ diligently to this task and managed to get this to the house. —— stuck. this task and managed to get this to the house. -- stuck. a band of ill—advised custom unions based brexit comment talks with the opposition. will my right honourable friend agree that this house would need time to debate the merits and demerits of a customs union, in some detail? and is she personally still opposed to a customs union with the european union? well, what i can say to my right honourable friend is that any discussion of a new and different proposal would need to come before this house for careful discussion and consideration, and in answer to the second part of his question, i am absolutely opposed to remaining in the european union's
customs union, but i do think that if we are to leave the european union in very short order, then we do need to be flexible and find a way forward that the whole house could support. the public could well holed this house itself in contempt of our nation if this house did not ta ke of our nation if this house did not take the action that was taken when we face this national crisis. —— hold. this house is sovereign and the government seems to reject that notion at every point and turn. this government has sought at all times to find a deal that honours the referendum in 2016 and enables the uk to leave the european union in a way that ensures we meet the will of the people, but at the same time deliver a deal that protects our economy and protects our security. that is what this government has sought to do, and what parliament has then done is to reject every attempt to get a good deal that
works for the whole united kingdom. solam works for the whole united kingdom. so i am absolutely, always, keen to hear from honourable and right honourable members, but it is the fa ct honourable members, but it is the fact that this government carries the confidence and parliament has failed to support the will of the people in the referendum in 2016. meanwhile, there was further bitter wrangling in the lords over the eu withdrawal bill. he is debated at length last week did not make much progress, so length last week did not make much progress, so they came back to it after the weekend and the mood was at times badtempered. but before we get to that, a bit of context. the duke of montrose spoke about his ancestor, government minister in the early 18th century. it is easy to think that we are in difficult and dangerous times, but at that point, these people had seen real constitutional crisis, the end of the spanish war of succession, the 1701 act, the act of union, and
installed —— that install european monarch in a situation where there was an incipient cold war which broke out about three months later, so broke out about three months later, so if we think we've got a crisis now, we need to think of what other people have faced. when the detailed committee staged debate about the bill got under way, temper started to fray. the nature of business in the uk parliament and the uk government seems to be increasingly last—minute. it is simply unacceptable last—minute. it is simply u na cce pta ble to last—minute. it is simply unacceptable to try to rush through a bill of such huge importance without proper time to consider its implications. it makes a mockery of our parliamentary democracy. the bill received a second reading in the other place by the narrowest of majorities, just one vote. it is deplorable that many noble lords thought it was nevertheless appropriate to suspend the house's normal procedural rule ‘s, and wa nted normal procedural rule ‘s, and wanted to... order. i respectfully
remind the noble lord that we are debating amendment number four. i am well aware of that, i think the noble lord for his advice. lord goldsmith, former labour attorney general said there were two realities. the first reality is that the most important purpose of this bill is to ensure that we do not crash out, we do not leave on friday without a deal. it is critically important therefore that, that an extension is agreed before friday. the second... i won't at the moment because he has not even heard what i am trying to say, so i'm not giving way, i'm not giving way, i'm not giving way. the second point is that we are running out of time, and that is very, very clear, we're running out of road, to go back to the previous question in all questions. if we can pass the bill today, as i explained at the conclusion of second reading, and it can go back to the other place and they can
agree it, then we would be able to, they would be able to pass a motion which would inform what the prime minister then does on wednesday.- started his remarks by using the phrase crashing out. everybody talks about crashing out, the bbc talk about crashing out, the bbc talk about crashing out, sky news talk about crashing out, sky news talk about crashing out, sky news talk about crashing out. it has been part of the propaganda all along. would he tell... would he tell the house now precisely, precisely what problems will be caused if we leave this coming friday? respectfully invite the noble lord to read fully the debate on second reading where this was explained by number of noble lords. lord panicked, senior lord, explain the problem as he saw it with the bill. because one of the bill envisages that if the prime minister is mandated by the house of commons to seek an extension to a specified date, and the european council then makes a counter offer
ofa council then makes a counter offer of a different date on wednesday night, the prime minister under because one would have no power to agree to that counteroffer, she would have to say our european partners, that she is required to return to the house of commons on thursday to seek its approval, and she would have to say that, notwithstanding the fact that the european council is not going to remain in session. —— panic. they all going to go home. remain in session. —— panic. they all going to go homelj remain in session. —— panic. they all going to go home. i agree with the noble lord lord goldsmith and the noble lord lord goldsmith and the noble lord lord goldsmith and the noble lord lord panic that the combination of amendments five and seven supply both legal certainty and tactical certainty. the government hopes that amendment seven will also be successful, which would allow us to reach agreement with the eu on wednesday, as long as that extension extends no later than the 22nd of may. i think he said, in relation to the date, i think he said not later than the 22nd of may.
it is not earlier than the 22nd of may, perhaps you can confirm that? it is obviously a very important stop yes, take his point, he is right on that. the brexit minister there. and that amendment and lord goldsmith‘s were approved by the house of lords, giving theresa may flexibility over the extension date during her negotiations with the eu. and up to several more hours of debate, he has approved the bill and send it back to the commons, where it finished its pulmonaryjourney and became law. that her majesty the queen has signified her royal assent to the following act, animal welfare service animals act, european union withdrawal act. you're watching monday and parliament with me, kristiina cooper. coming up, at crisis point in british politics, there's a new phase in the commons. and be faithful and bear true allegiance to her majesty queen elizabeth, her heirs and successors,
according to law, so help me god. after a ll after all that agonising over brexit, mps have something they can wholeheartedly agree on, the need to remain in big technology companies. the government has announced plans to fine or block internet sites if they fail to tackle material related to terrorist activity and child abuse. there were also proposals for an independent watchdog to oversee and sanction tech firms. the culture secretaryjeremy and sanction tech firms. the culture secretary jeremy wright told and sanction tech firms. the culture secretaryjeremy wright told mps it was time to end the era of self—regulation. was time to end the era of self-regulation. no-one has done it before, there is no comprehensive international model to follow, and there are important balances to strike, in sustaining innovation in the digital economy and promoting freedom of speech, as well as reducing harm. none of that is straightforward and the government should not claim a monopoly of
wisdom. that is why the consultation which will follow will be a genuine opportunity for members of this house and others to contribute to these proposals. he said online companies had been to reactive. he can no longer be right to leave online companies to decide for themselves what action should be taken, as some of them are beginning to recognise. that is why my right honourable friend, the home secretary, and i have concluded that government must act in that the era of self—regulation of the internet must and. this white paper does not aspire to deal with all that is wrong with the internet. —— monday in parliament. no single piece of work could sensibly do so in this white paper forms part work could sensibly do so in this white paperforms part of work could sensibly do so in this white paper forms part of the government's response to the many challenges the online world brings, but it is focused on some of the most pernicious harms found online and it expects much more of the companies that operate there in tackling those times. these are big
steps, but they need to be taken. some will say the internet is global and so, no country can act alone. but i believe we have both a duty to act to protect uk citizens and also an opportunity to lead the world on this. these past months in this house, it has felt like we had been more divided than perhaps any time in our recent history. yet there has been one person and one because uniting elected representatives of all parties, on all sides of the house, mark zuckerberg and the urgent need to bring social media giants into line. he warned that the industry would fight back. those tech giants are certainly gearing up for a fight, hiring an army of lobbyists, who i expect will be in
touch with each of us very soon. for a coalition. so i hope we can all commit now that these measures will be the minimum standard of regulation, and we will not resile from any of the recommendations in the report. it is one of the toughest policy challenges that we face, andl toughest policy challenges that we face, and i believe we will only resolve it if we are able to work across these benches and make sure that what we produce is as robust as it can be. and as he also said, there will be a considerable amount of resistance to what is proposed in this white paper and we will all need to hold our nerve in the face of that pressure. it is imperative that any new legislation addresses the funding of political advertising only. the illegality of the leave campaign is a dark stain on our democracy and we much —— must get this right. for the
sake of the family of molly russell and the victims of christ church, we must work together across this house to make sure social media companies and tech companies are properly held to account. now, the foreign office minister mark field has said the uk's engagement with iraq and libya have had calamitous outcomes. he was speaking during an emergency statement on the crisis in libya. it has been plagued with violence and political instability sense of longtime ruler colonel gaddafi was deposed and killed in 2013. at the moment, there is national accord backed by the united nations and based in the libyan capital tripoli. but last week, general khalifa have to do, head of the libyan national army, launched an offensive to seize control of tripoli. he has power bases around the country. yet again, this is another dangerous moment for libya. the uk has wholeheartedly supported the un's tireless work to
prepare under its own action plan, due to take place on libya on the 14th of this month. the uk has warned that any libyan national army advance on tripoli would be catastrophic for this medical and dental —— diplomatic process and risks it is spread to more widespread violence. this scenario appears to be developing. he says the general has no sign of halting his advance. committing unashamedly to the un led initiative and political protest. there is still time to prevent further violence and find a solution. opposition mps said the lessons of iraq hadn't been learned in libya. the uk has a
special, after the overthrow of colonel gaddafi, the uk hasjoined the list of fragile states around the list of fragile states around the world and is the people of libya who suffer the most. my concern is that the lessons of the raack were clearly not learned in libya with this military action on rebuilding and one un official speaking of the uk. where we are seeing in libya today shows the lessons of our intervention in the raack have not been learned. not truly, not really. —— iraq. it shows how wrong david cameron was to suggest they had been when he published the report in 2016 because i said back then, so many of the same disastrous mistakes had been made by the government 's of the uk and the us over libya that we re the uk and the us over libya that were made by their predecessors over a raack. and most importantly, the
total and inexcusable failure to prepare for the aftermath —— iraq. does make the aftermath of regime change and leading into civil war which libya is still facing today. many in this house, on all sides, would not disagree on many of what she has said. our engagement and involvement in both iraq and libya has turned out to have calamitous outcomes. there have been some progress made. obviously in iraq where the islamic state has now been taken where the islamic state has now been ta ken out of where the islamic state has now been taken out of the picture. the concern i think many rightly have now is an ex——— escalating conflict here in libya and that is why there is such urgency about letting people around the table to have a peaceful and diplomatic solution. the concern is that there would be a recruiting partner strengthening islamic state.
they have been wiped out in both iraq and assyria. president of the nato parliamentary assembly. —— syria. can i ask the minister if it is in fact time to look at the events in libya as a wake—up call to russia's increasing involvement in africa? it russia's increasing involvement in africa ? it is russia's increasing involvement in africa? it is looking for bases for its troops, access to libyan ports, it's already got naval logistic centres in sudan. military cooperation engagements and contracts with mercenaries in the central african republic sudan, niger, chad and mauritania. all of whom could give it support to the un. is it not time to look at the bigger picture? the health secretary has told mps that a woman caught trying to bring medical cabin —— cannabis into the uk may get the drugs back. appleby had a three
month supply of the medicine which cost over £4500, seized as she landed with her family at a south and airport on saturday. she bought the drugs to treat her nine—year—old daughter who has severe epilepsy. the law was changed in november to allow cannabis prescription by some doctors but without clinical authorisation, it can't be imported. however, we have made available the opportunity for a second opinion and the products have been held not been destroyed as would normally be the case. and to set out what action he was taking. i have asked and england rapidly to initiate a process evaluation to address barriers to clinically appropriate prescribing. and he had asked for research and to provide cannabis. some of these young children have 300 seizures a day. they are given drugs which
actually don't seem to work at all and there is not a cure but these medical oils can and often do reduce the seizures. anybody that saw the footage from southend airport at the weekend, as a parent, as a father, as anybody that has a loved one in theirfamily that as anybody that has a loved one in their family that suffers, would understand what the family were trying to do. they have been prescribed it by a consultant abroad because we couldn't get it here. we are riding charity in many cases so that the money can be raised, sometimes £1500 a month, to get medical cannabis on prescription for people. as the secretary of state knows, prescriptions are being issued by the relevant experts and this ecgs and trusts are refusing to honour those perceptions. —— ccgs. that is a disgrace in this country
and we should be ashamed. he welcomed the trials and review but urged —— urged the minister to unlock the door to medical cannabis. there are just over 90,000 specialist doctors in the uk and anyone of those who has the relevant experience in this area can prescribe this drug and then it will be allowed in and that can happen it now. the guidance is no barrier to that and i want to make clear again that and i want to make clear again that the guidance is not a barrier to prescription. but i am also clear that this isn't working, hence i have put in place the process evaluation which is what, it is nhs language for looking exactly why these decent working and what we need to do about it. what is the minister, secretary of state, i should say, going to do to speed up the processes around this issue? parents will not be impressed to hear of further reports of
enquiries. we need to resolve the appleby case quickly but we also need to make sure that no other families of sick children have to suffer in the way the appleby family is suffering. in medicine, we use many controlled drugs, heroin, morphine, cattlemen, diazepam, that have a street value. —— ketamine. the problem is, the way cannabis has treated —— been treated for the last 50 yea rs, we treated —— been treated for the last 50 years, we have had no research or experience. the problem is, expectations were raised in november as if every gp would be able to simply write prescription but a prescription for what? it has to be a pharmaceutical quality of drug so that you know exactly how much cbd, how much thc, you would be
prescribing. that is not yet generally available. please, secretary of state, this has got to stop. we cannot wait for trim —— finical trials. there is medicine out there, yet it to the children that need it! i appreciate the public's concern that at a time when several police forces have openly admitted that they will not take action against those involved in recreational cannabis use, the full weight of the home office's border force is deployed to intercept medication for a seriously ill young child. surely getting medication to a seriously ill young girl should never be a crime. my honourable friend makes a very important point and the border force should not be criticised in this case because they we re criticised in this case because they were following the rules. and the rules are that if the clinician hasn't signed it off then it can't come in. it is incumbent on the health side to solve this problem. and finally, with the easter break cancelled and the brexit crisis
reaching boiling point, what a time to bejoining the house of commons. the new mp for newport west is labour‘s ruth jones. the new mp for newport west is labour‘s ruthjones. she won a by—election last week following the death of the veteran labour mp paul flynn in february. mps were impressed about how she had already mastered the art of nodding to the speaker. i swear by almighty god that i will be faithful and bear true allegiance to her majesty queen elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. so help me god. next, the customary extended handshake to the speaker. the new mp for newport west getting straight down to work. well, that's it for monday in parliament. alessia mccarthy will be here for the rest of the week. but from me, christina cooper, goodbye.
hello there, good morning. sunshine really did make a big difference to the temperature yesterday. we had 20 degrees for the first time in a long time. that was recorded in east anglia in the sunshine. further north, in the north—east of england, a very different look to the weather. the mist, fog and low cloud rolling in from the north sea and temperatures about seven degrees. we should get sunshine in the north—east of england on tuesday but our air is getting colder. our air is coming all the way from scandinavia over the cold north sea so we are going to find temperatures dropping. the milder, warmer, windier weather is staying out in the atlantic. it wasn't very warm in mid wales on monday with thick cloud, showery rain too. we should get some sunshine here on tuesday because the rain is still around but it's probably a bit further south. the rush hour, affecting south wales, southern england, perhaps into the south midlands. further north, very much quieter. a chillier start with some mist
and fog patches but sunshine in most areas and fairly light winds. a much sunnier day for the north—east of england. we'll still have this showery rain and it is only slowly moving southwards. we could induce a few more thundery downpours in the south—west of england in the afternoon. away from here, a lot of dry weather and sunshine continuing through the day. easterly breezes, mind you, colder around the north sea coasts. a significant drop in temperature around east anglia as well as western parts of scotland where it's quite warm on monday. it gets chilly as the sun goes down and we should see these showers moving down, further south out towards the english channel overnight. clear skies, maybe one or two mist and fog patches but a chillier night. northern parts of the uk, touch of frost around. we're going to find any showers getting squeezed away to the south by this developing area of high pressure. that is extending its way into the uk and is keeping
all of these weather fronts at bay from the atlantic. a lot of quiet and dry weather through the rest of the week. chilly start on wednesday. any showers are more likely to be across the channel. maybe a bit more cloud coming in and more a breeze across east anglia and the south—east of england. a chilly breeze as well. those temperatures are not changing an awful lot. 9—13, if you are lucky. a bit below par for this time of year. with the high pressure around, essentially it is dry stop cloud around, sunshine at times, when speaking up later on in the week. still feeling chilly for this time of the year. goodbye.
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