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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 11am... the shadow brexit secretary, labour's sir keir starmer, says to break the brexit impasse, the government should include a public vote in any eu withdrawal agreement. australia decides — polls have closed as the country wait to find out whether it'll get their sixth new prime minister in as many years. prince william opens up over the "pain" he suffered after the death of his mother, diana in a bbc documentary about mental health. i think when you are bereaved at a very young age, any time really but particularly at a young age, i cant resonate closely to but can you feel pain like no other pain. -- i can resonate. final preparations are being made for the 64th eurovision song contest in tel aviv with michael rice flying the flag for the uk. manchester city face watford in the fa cup final at wembley
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as they look to become the first english club to complete the domestic treble. and in half hour here on bbc news, the dateline london panel discuss who could replace theresa may as prime minister and deliver brexit. good morning. labour's brexit spokesman, sir keir starmer, has said the government should include a public vote in the withdrawal bill to end the political impasse. yesterday, cross—party talks between the conversatives and labour ended without agreement, with both theresa may and jeremy corbyn blaming divisions in the other‘s party for the failure to reach a compromise. our political correspondent jonathan blake explained the prime minister's position. well, i mean, the prime minister
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needs some, at least, labour votes to have any hope of getting her withdrawal agreement through parliament and, as you say, it will come to a vote in the first full week ofjune in the shape of the withdrawal agreement bill, which is a piece of legislation that effectively puts theresa may's brexit deal into uk law. but it does provide an opportunity for the government and mps on all sides to try to amend it, tweak it around the edges, adding little extras which may encourage some mps to vote for it who haven't done so at the last three times of asking. but sir keir starmer this morning setting out his stall. as one of labour's loudest cheer leaders for another public vote, it's perhaps no surprise that he is saying that the government should do this and there are differences of opinion even in the shadow cabinet, let alone in the labour party as a whole, as to how keenly they support the idea of another public vote. but it is sir keir starmer, the shadow brexit secretary's view, clearly, that if the government did that, then it would, in his words, break the impasse.
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let's have a listen to what he said on the radio this morning. the prime minister has got the option of going back to the eu and seeing what changes they would make to the political declaration. well, i think the political declaration they would make changes. the withdrawal agreement might be another option. or, of course, they could seek to break the impasse by putting a confirmatory vote on the face of a bill. but whatever happens, they have got to find a way of breaking the impasse. we've got five and a half months, which seems like quite a long time but, in reality, once we get to the summer recess, we've only got two weeks in september and two weeks in october and what we don't want is to go up against a sort of cliff edge again. so, it is highly unlikely that sir keir starmer‘s call for that further referendum to be included in the bill is going to change theresa may's mind. she has consistently ruled it out and i think if there was any sense that she might even consider it, there would be howls of betrayal from the conservative backbenches, not least many people in government and in the cabinet who dislike deeply the idea of a further referendum and say that it would be backtracking on the result
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of the referendum which was held initially which, of course, was in favour of leaving the eu. all the conservative tension seems to have shifted from the withdrawal agreement to who will succeed theresa may and we obviously have borisjohnson first out of the traps during the course of the week. an intervention by matt hancock today. some see him as a possible leader although the yougov poll today suggests he might have a bit of a struggle to make the impact on the membership. definitely. languishing among the also—rans in terms of that poll that you mentioned which puts boris johnson in front with 39% support among conservative activists who were asked as part of that yougov poll for the times. the second place, dominic raab, way back with 13%, and a handful of others all in single figures. but yes, matt hancock, clearly an ambitious member of the cabinet and may well fancy his chances with a shot at being prime minister and leader of the conservative party. his warning today is that, whoever ends up having thatjob, or whether it is theresa may even before the contest formally starts,
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should not call a general election because it would be disastrous, he says, for the conservatives. it would risk not only putting jeremy corbyn into downing street and the conservatives suffering a collapse in parliament, but also risk brexit, potentially, not happening at all. and i suspect the other contenders in that competition, and the vast majority of conservative mps, agree with him on that — the last thing they want in the nearfuture is indeed a general election. counting is under way in australia in one of the most closely fought general elections in years. final opinion polls put the opposition labor party slightly ahead of the liberal—national coalition, who have held power since 2013. voting is compulsory in australia and a record 16.5 million voters will take part. our sydney correspondent hywel griffith joins me now.
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waiting for official results but the exit poll suggests that labor have pulled it off. absolutely. the single exit poll we have so far suggests that lure have won a narrow margin, 52—48, clearly enough for them to take power and in for australia to have another promise minster, the sixth within six years —— labor have done enough. there are early results come in, one noteworthy one that people might recognise, the former prime minister of australia, liberal mp tony abbott, we believe had lost his seat in northern sydney in the face of an independent challenger that is significant because he is seen by many as the man who orchestrated that coup back in august last year that coup back in august last year that deposed malcolm turnbull and it led to the introduction of scott morrison as prime minister here. his local electorate it seems have
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punished him and potentially the nation might be punishing in party for that messy spell last year. as you said, tony abbott and malcolm turnbull, both out of polmont because malcolm turnbull quit pretty much as soon as he was ousted and now scott morrison is gone as well —— out of parliament. there is a big lesson here for the governing coalition about the future. i wonder if the past played a part for labor for them as well because we had bob hawke passing away this week and a good chance for bill shorten to wallow in happier memories for his party. it was an untimely death but in terms of how these things play out in an election, it was a reminder to the electorate that the economy was in pretty safe hands during the hawke keating era possible there were many changes happening in australia under bob
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hawke's kaepernick watch that the liberals would regard as progressive and successful therefore the whole narrative the current liberal party has that you can't trust labor with the economy undercut that idea and has not been a more successful or dare i say popular prime minister since he still holds the record for approval ratings and therefore it was a reminder that labor can be popular here. arguably bob hawke is much more popular than bill shorten but it would have helped his cause. i suppose the question that is what will be different under a labor government to the liberal government. on immigration that does not seem to be a huge difference, they both seem to have got the message from voters on that one. on the economy and perhaps more importantly the question of climate change there was a big difference. absolutely. economically, they try to match each other in terms of tax cuts and promises, labor are trying to neutralise the argument about
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there not being trusted with the economy. i'm sorry about that, we have lost the feed at a critical moment. i think he was going to say that climate change policy was going to be very important and they have made some potentially controversial promises and that might cause a bit ofa promises and that might cause a bit of a rethink in what would be the opposition liberals as they regroup. we will hear more on that in the course of this money because we are likely to get a concession from scott morrison, if he has indeed lost, in the course of the next couple of hours but we can move on. the duke of cambridge has described feeling "pain like no other pain" following the death of his mother, diana, princess of wales, when he was 15. prince william made the comments in a bbc tv documentary about mental health. ramzan karmali has more. we've got to relax a little bit and be able talk about our emotions because we're not robots. prince william in a frank discussion with footballers, former footballers, and the current english manager, gareth southgate. william is the president of the football association, england's governing body
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for the sport. he was taking part in a bbc documentary, a royal team talk, tackling mental health. one topic he spoke about openly was the hurt he felt when his mother, diana princess of wales, died. william was just 15 at the time of her death in 1997. i think when you are bereaved at a very young age, any time really, but particularly at a young age, i can resonate closely to that, you feel pain like no other pain, and you know that in your life it is going to be very difficult to come across something that's going to be even worse pain than that. but it also brings you so close to all those other people out there who have been bereaved. injuly 2017, the prince left the east anglian air ambulance service. his two—year experience as an air ambulance pilot had a profound influence on his outlook. in some cases, very raw, emotional day—to—day stuff, where you are dealing with families who are having the worst news they could ever possibly have on a day—to—day basis. it leaves you with a very depressing, very negative feeling, where you think, death isjust around the door everywhere i go.
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that's quite a burden to carry and feel. prince william has made mental health the cornerstone of his public work. by speaking so honestly, he hopes it will encourage others to take this issue much more seriously. ramzan karmali, bbc news. the united states and canada have dropped aluminium and steel tariffs that were imposed just under a year ago. it follows lengthy negotiations and a telephone call on friday between president trump and the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. it could pave the way for the ratification of a new north american trade agreement. david willis reports. crowd chanting: usa, usa, usa! president trump broke the news that he was lifting tariffs on metal imports from neighbours, mexico and canada, in a speech in washington, dc. we have just reached an agreement
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with canada and mexico and we'll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs. big difference. president trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports last march, pitting the us against all its major trading partners, including the european union. lifting them in regards to mexico and canada is expected to pave the way to the ratification of the united states, mexico, canada agreement — the trilateral replacement for nafta. these continued tariffs on steel and aluminium and our counter—measures represented significant barriers to moving forward with the new nafta agreement. now that we've had a full lift on these tariffs, we are going to work with the united states on timing for ratification but we're very optimistic we're going to be able to move forward well
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in the coming weeks. the us has also announced a pause in plans to levy tariffs of up to 25% on cars and car parts from the eu and japan. although those tariffs on steel and aluminium remain. president trump is giving negotiators six months in which to reach agreement. he believes foreign competition is hurting us car sales and thereby hampering research and development which amounts to a threat to us national security. but whilst it pushes forward with a trade deal close to home, the trump administration is holding the line with china. this week china announced retaliatory tariffs against the us and the next round of negotiation between the world's two largest economies are said to be in flux. mr trump has also declared a national emergency to protect us computer networks from foreign
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adversaries — an announcement widely thought to be directed at the chinese telecoms giant, huawei. with china and the us locked in an escalating trade war, america may feel it needs its allies and some are saying peace on the trade front here might even strengthen the president's hand in negotiations with the chinese. david willis, bbc news, los angeles. the debate around the future of the irish border has been a significant stumbling block in the brexit process, with the forthcoming eu elections expected to be particularly hard—fought in northern ireland. ahead of the vote next week, our ireland correspondent chris page has been to hear people's views. politics is full of ups and downs. standing for election can be a white knuckle ride, especially during the stop start and put process. ——
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unpredictable brexit process. the impact on northern ireland is probably greater on most places because of the land border with the irish republic so it is clear what issueis irish republic so it is clear what issue is the main one for photos this week. i think we should have been out years ago but i think we need somebody with strong leadership in the government and we don't have that. we need a second referendum or something like that because i don't know if brexit is a good idea. something like that because i don't know if brexit is a good idealj just know if brexit is a good ideal just feel that it's not straightforward to leave any more, i feel that i'm not sure any more. this is one of the biggest events in northern ireland, more than 100,000 people visit the balmoral show every year and one of the reasons why it is so cute is that agriculture and the food industry are massively important to the economy here. we have an industry here that is in fine fettle and really good form but potentially will be massively affected by brexit if we have a withdrawal without a proper agreement behind it for them it could affect us in semi—different terms, particularly around the
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movement of people and the access to markets and the tariffs associated with that —— so many different terms. farm animals and produce are traded across the border all year round. the invisibility of the frontier helps to explain why 56% of people in this part of the uk voted to remain in the eu. no matter what three politicians are elected as meps on thursday, business people say they need clarity about brexit. we are frustrated because we are well well—established hit within northern ireland but we would love to get a foothold within southern ireland and at the moment that seems to be far away from us. and people based near the border deeply feel the effect of political decisions or divisions. hopefully it will be a good outcome because otherwise it is going to be very tricky, even getting over from the going to be very tricky, even getting overfrom the border every day because we are farmers in the north but the road is in the south so logistically it would be a nightmare let alone for business.
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from a business point of view, we are based in enniskillen, only 15 miles from the irish border and i think we could be a situation where that be a hardboard and tariffs imposed on businesses, it isjust crazy. we are depending on the politicians to get things sorted out. and if it's not sorted outcome but brexit has generated strong words and passionate opinions. the last few days have been all about competitions between farmers but in thursday's contest, voters will decide which political arguments are most clear cut. the headlines on bbc news... the shadow brexit secretary, labour's sir keir starmer, says to break the brexit impasses, the government should include a public vote in any eu withdrawal agreement. australia decides — polls have closed as the country waits to find out whether it'll get their sixth new prime minister in as many years.
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prince william opens up over the "pain" he suffered after the death of his mother, diana in a bbc documentary about mental health. it's one of the world's longest—running tv talent shows, and certainly the biggest. tonight, 200 million people will tune in to watch the 64th eurovision song contest. but this year's event is not without controversy. it's taking place in israel, against a backdrop of increased political tension arising from the israeli—palestinian conflict. pauljordan, a eurovision commentator known as "doctor eurovision", told me why the contest is still so popular. there is nothing else like it and it really is a very, very happy event, and it is one that is, you know... unusually, you have countries that sometimes don't get on and for one night of the year they put their politics aside and they have a bit of a party and i think it's very special, actually. you say they put their politics aside. there is a lot of controversy over the fact that it is being held
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in israel this year because, of course, israel won and under the rules it is perfectly entitled to hold the contest. a bit of an attack on madonna last night from the primal scream lead singer, complaining about her decision to go and perform there. presumably they must be particularly nervous. did you get a sense of nervousness when you were out in tel aviv, from the broadcasters, about whether any of the bands might use it as an opportunity to make some kind of political point? well, they are not actually allowed to make these political points and the european broadcasting union have asked them not to, and they try to keep politics out of it. but that said, they do also believe in freedom of expression and the fact that we are having this discussion now is because it is in israel and i think it is a good thing. it is a really complex issue and it's very important i think to look at it from a balanced perspective but we may well see singers making statements. madonna herself, she is not one to shy away from controversy so she may well have an opinion or two as well. let's talk about michael rice, the lad from hartlepool who has flown out there to represent the uk with the track bigger than us.
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what are his prospects? i think he is a really good singer and i think he would have done really well last night when the juries were voting. i'm not sure if it is the type of thing the public will go for. it's a bit of an x factor kind of style anthem from about ten years ago. but it is a good song. we wish him all the best. it is actually written by the man who was performing for sweden tonight as well so there is a nice link there. talking about keeping it in the family, where is the smart money at the moment? at the minute, people are talking about the netherlands winning. they are the hot favourites, alongside sweden. good outsiders — russia, azerbaijan, switzerland. it's a very open year. i think it is going to be one that stands out on the night and in that case, it could be iceland or australia. as you can tell, i have probably heard the song is too many times so i have lost all sense of perspective! i'm sure you have very good judgment but we will try to hold you to your predictions! just one final thing. how important is the public vote? as we have said already, the professionaljuries have already voted also does the public vote make a difference? it can do, yes, absolutely.
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it is going to be really interesting to see what the public go for versus what the juries did. so, last year, we did see israel winning with public support and the juries' support, but previously it was all over the place. in 2016, ukraine won despite not winning either the public or the jury. the public vote went to russia and the jury vote that you went to australia. so, it will be interesting to see where those votes go tonight. i will have the main news is joined by viewers and beams were at midday. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jane dougal. it's fa cup final day and manchester city are one game away from an unprecented treble. they've already won the league cup and the premier league, and nowjust watford stand in their way of becoming the first men's team to win a domestic treble. for watford, it's their first fa cup final since 1984 and they have never won a trophy. we'll hear from their striker andre grey after the city
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boss pep guardiola. winning is so effective. so when you prove it and you taste it you say, i want more! it's something like, you know, you win, you go to take a shower so i want to take the next one and the next one. make your life better, easier. and of course i want to win it, of course i didn't have it. so of course i want to win it. it is city in the final, they have just won the premier league, they are on for the treble. how do you beat them? that the question that everybody has tried to answer this season and struggled to find a solution. but look, i think it'sjust a pure belief and desire and just do not give up. we're just going keep fighting. huge match in the women's game today, too — the champions league final between barcelona and defending champions lyon is being held in budapest. there's british interest in the form of lyon's lucy bronze, and her england team—mate
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toni duggan who plays for barca. barcelona is a club and a massive club but in the women's team they are not known for that. so people question why. and i believe, the same way when i signed for manchester city, i believe in the process. i believed what they wanted to achieve and i believed they have the resources and the facilities to do that. and now i'm sitting here ahead of the champions league final and i can say it has turned out well. last year we were the favourites to win the game and toni had been a bit like, why are lyon the favourites? we are just as good. and she's right. barca are a really great team. even on the opposite team, it was great to watch the football that they were playing. at lyon we like to play this kind of football as well. england's cricketers wrapped up their one—day series against pakistan with a game to spare. they were set 341 to win at trent bridge, and looked to be heading to that total pretty easily as jason roy hit a quickfire century. they then had a slight wobble, losing four wickets for just 15 runs. but ben stokes steadied the ship with an unbeaten 71 to see england over the line and reiterate just why they're favourites to win this summer's world cup.
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to another dominant performance — that of the american brooks koepka at the us pga championships in new york. he got the lowest score after two rounds in major championship history, and is now seven shots ahead of the field at the bethpage black course. he's also the defending champion. tiger woods though is out, after missing the cut. it was a great night for britain at the world taekwondo championships in manchester. bradley sinden has become the first british man to win a world title, whilst bianca walkden won a third world taekwondo title. but it happened in controversial circumstances. she beat the olympic champion, shu—yin zheng from china in the final, but was booed after forcing her opponent into a series of penalties when well down on the scorecards. zheng then refused to shake
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walkden's hand after the bout. i found ifound a i found a way to win. busily there are other ways but the rules are, if you get disqualified you are out. i did what i had to do and i'm a three—time world champion. they can't take that away now, i'm a three—time world champion i don't think many people have done that so i'm just overwhelmed. congratulations to her. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather with ben rich. the best word to describe the weather this weekend is mixed because there will be some sunshine and in that sunshine it will feel warm but equally some showers and some of them could be really heavy, drenching downpour is. as we go through today, across scotland and northern ireland it is likelyjust a predominately cloudy with some outbreaks of rain whereas for england and wales we will have brighter skies and spells of sunshine but also some hit and miss heavy and thundery showers. looking more closely, it is likely to stay
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grey and damp across much of scotla nd grey and damp across much of scotland today although the rain will tend to ease a little, turning lighter and catchier. in aberdeen, a noticeable easterly breeze. in northern ireland, generally cloudy, some bits of brightness and some rain and for england and wales, these patches showing on the chart, some heavy and thundery showers. quite a slow moving because of the light winds but some places will avoid them and stay dry. the chance ofa avoid them and stay dry. the chance of a show at wembley for the fa cup final this afternoon. equally some sunshine. in the sunshine, it could feel warm at 17 or 18 degrees. this evening and tonight, many of the showers will fade. it is likely to stay quite damp in parts of scotland and northern ireland and we will see some mist and fog developing, particularly across parts of yorkshire and lincolnshire and east anglia. temperatures are not falling too far, between six and 11 degrees as we start sunday. low pressure in charge this weekend. it sits across the near continent tomorrow, throwing areas of cloud in our
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direction but not many white lines on the chart, the winds will be light. any showers developing through the date will be quite slow—moving. some drenching downpour is in one or two places, certainly the early mist and fog should lift. some spells of sunshine between the showers. brighter than today in scotland, northern ireland having more cloud. in the sunshine, feeling warm with highs of 16—20d. 0n monday, a similar story, spells of sunshine and equally patchy cloud and showers. the showers most especially in eastern and northern parts of the uk. drier and brighter in the far south—west and template is again up to 20 degrees. it stays pretty mixed through the week, a lot of dry weather, some warm sunshine but also some showery rain at times. that is all from me for now.
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hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week... "we're having a little squabble with china, but we always win," so says president trump. is the squabble little, and which side will win? economic sanctions and military firepower. it's all sticks, no carrots in us policy on iran now. and delivering brexit. if not theresa may and her
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withdrawal deal, then who and how? my guests today are barry abdel atwan, arab affairs analyst, writer and broadcaster jeffrey kofman, isabel hilton of the news website china dialogue and political commentator steve richards. welcome to you all. "we have all the advantage," said a confident president trump last week. our economy is fantastic — their‘s is not so good. paper tiger, deluded colonialist, retort chinese state media. who is misjudging who here? i think that is a question first isabel. i think there was a misjudgment to be closing week of the negotiations in which both sides were talking confidently with the vice premier going back to washington and suddenly it went very pear—shaped at the weekend. it seems to have been a push from the chinese president who may have fatally of the deal and that the maximum demand at the last minute
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minute would get you there. it didn't work. the sticking point i think was the american demand that some of these concessions which i think china was fairly willing to make on intellectual property and the list should be enshrined in chinese law, which is a slightly bizarre concession considering the patties above the law anyway, but it meant this very public process of going to the national people because my congress, it would have looked like a climb—down for the chinese president who is highly nationalist, he wants to make this country great again, to be seen to allow the united states to dictate chinese law, i thought he politically was not a great work. remember it came just after his belsen road —— mike belton road summit. he is not an entirely confident ground and brandy figure is a big part of

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