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this is bbc news — i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 2pm. 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 — counting is under way in the country's general election, with early result suggesting a good night for prime minister scott morrison's governing liberal—led conservative coalition. 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, you feel like pain like no other pain.
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final preparations are under way 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, as they look to become the first english club to complete the domestic treble. and, at half past two, we take a look back at the last seven days at westminster in the week in parliament. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon. labour's brexit spokesman, sir keir starmer, has accused cabinet ministers of "torpedo—ing" his party's negotiations with the government, which collapsed yesterday. he's called on theresa may to put a promise to hold a further
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referendum on the face of her eu withdrawal agreement, when its presented for a final time next month, before she steps down as prime minister. our political correspondent, jonathan blake, reports. an awkward and lacklustre launch for a european election campaign theresa may never wanted to fight. but the prime minister argued yesterday that only the conservatives could deliver brexit. if parliament had backed our brexit deal, we could already have left the eu. but parliament has not, so what chance does the prime minister have of getting mps to support her deal when they vote on it again next month? at least one in her party does not fancy her chances. it has failed three times. you can watch the movie titanic 100 times but i'm afriad the ship sinks every time, so if you are going to bring back this deal, and it still has the backstop, the dup will not support it and an increasing of conservative mps,
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even those who voted for it the second and third time, are saying enough is enough. this man wants mps to vote on holding another referendum. the labour shadow brexit secretary, sir keir starmer, says that after talks with the government to find a way forward broke down, it would be one way to break the deadlock. the prime minister has the option of going back to the eu and seeing what changes they would make. there's no point in that, is there? well, the political declaration, i think 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 to find a way of breaking the impasse. when parliament votes in a couple of weeks‘ time, it will be another chance for mps to shape brexit somehow, but for the prime minister, it will be her last chance to deliver brexit with her deal on her terms. jonathan blake, bbc news. our political correspondent,
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jonathan blake, is here with more. this question of the second referendum, i thought we had put it to bed more or less, but how likely is it? there are still a lot of mps who would like it to happen but not so who would like it to happen but not so far at least a majority in parliament. it is not government policy and i think it is safe to say there is no chance of it becoming government policy in the near future. a downing street source has said in response to what keir starmer said in the piece, asking the government to put it into the withdrawal agreement bill, that there are many mps who want a second referendum and it is that source's view that they are simply trying to find a way to stop brexit but mps will have a chance to amend the withdrawal agreement bill to try and force a public vote on either the terms or outcome of the deal, leave
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oi’ terms or outcome of the deal, leave or remain or whatever the question may end up being, if there is a majority in parliament for that. a suggestion that when this bill comes become before parliament to the next couple of weeks, not only is it a straight vote on theresa may's brexiteer, it is a series about potentially on legislation that will put that deal into uk law and give mps the chance to tinker around the edges and possibly shape brexit to their liking. this question continues, how likely is it that theresa may's deal will get through? if it does not, what happens? theresa may's deal will get through? if it does not, what happen57m theresa may's deal will get through? if it does not, what happens? if it does not, i think we will see her stand down and set a timetable for her departure straightaway. think there is a feeling this is the last chance she has to get through her deal and get brexit delivered on something like her terms and that deal was obviously reached with the eu several months ago now, she has
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put it before parliament several times —— three times and it has been rejected on each one of those occasions. but there is time for the government to offer things alongside that deal as part of that legislation package that is going to go through parliament that could bring potentially labour mps and more conservative mps on board and persuade them to vote for it. and bubbling away in the background, she is going to stand down, one way or another, the unofficial tory leadership is beginning to really warm up leadership is beginning to really warm up now leadership is beginning to really warm up now and leadership is beginning to really warm up now and we are leadership is beginning to really warm up now and we are seeing those contenders jostling around. warm up now and we are seeing those contendersjostling around. yes, this conservative leadership contest is not officially under way but it has been rumbling on for weeks now. there is a yougov poll of conservative activists which puts borisjohnson as by conservative activists which puts boris johnson as by far and conservative activists which puts borisjohnson as by far and away the frontrunner in that contest, with 39% of the vote. dominic raab in second place and then several more on single figure percentages. and we
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have seen matt hancock the health secretary in an interview with the daily craft —— daily telegraph, saying whoever takes over should avoid calling a general election and that could lead labour into power and kill off brexit indefinitely. theresa may tried to get her bill through parliament and you have the likely contenders to replace her circling and trying to assert their vision for brexit on their terms of potentially what they would look to do when they came to office. the duke of cambridge has spoken about the pressure of working as an air ambulance pilot and the strain it placed on his mental health. in a bbc documentary, he says he was left with the feeling that death was always around the corner. prince william also said that losing his mother, diana, princess of wales, when he was a child, was a pain like no other. andy moore reports. we've got to relax a little
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bit and be able to talk about our emotions, because we're not robots. in the documentary called a royal team talk, prince william sits in a changing room and discusses mental health issues with stars of the footballing world who have all come under pressure in their careers. he speaks candidly about the enormous grief the duke of cambridge has spoken about the pressure of working as an air ambulance pilot and the strain it placed in their careers. he speaks candidly about the enormous grief he suffered when his mother, princess diana, died in a car crash in 1997. he was just 15. 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's 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. he also speaks about the stress of his formerjob as an air ambulance pilot. he said he sometimes found it very difficult to deal with his feelings. in some cases, very raw, emotional day—to—day stuff, where you are dealing with families who are having the worst news they can ever possibly have, on a day—to—day basis.
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mmm. it leaves you with a very depressing, very negative feeling where you think, "death is just around the door everywhere i go." and that's quite a... it's quite a burden to carry and feel. prince william says the best way to share that burden is to be honest and talk openly about the mental health issues that all of us experience. andy moore, bbc news. you can see more of that interview with the duke of cambridge in the documentary, a royal team talk: tackling mental health, is broadcast on bbc one tomorrow night atio:30. in the eu referendum in 2016, 52% of people in wales voted for leave. next week those same voters will be back at the ballot box to elect meps in the european elections. bbc wales political editor felicity evans has been asking voters about having to vote again. italians were among the first europeans to come to live in the welsh valleys, and they brought cafe culture with them. the photographs here are showing the bakery as it was in 1980. joe and his chef tony have been serving coffee and community here in pontypridd for more than a0 years.
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this is what was our living accommodation. when you see the kitchen, that is where we lived. the period decor and freshly baked produce is a big hit with customers, but with wales having voted to leave the eu in 2016, many people are fed up with politicians at westminster going around in circles. so, will they use the european elections to let off steam? we had a democratic vote, and what do we do now? is it the best of three or do we use the democracy that we have got in this country, and stick with what we have got? every time you listen to the radio, it has changed, it has changed. at the moment, there is no unity, they are all going off on tangents. i haven't heard a decent argument from any of them yet. people have their parties and they formed yet another party. that seems absolutely ridiculous to me. i mean, what is going on? how can people understand? it is just madness.
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but the heritage of the welsh valleys is one of coal mining as well as cafes, and labour as well, the dominant party in welsh elections for a century. can welsh labour's new leader keep the brexit party challenge at bay? the new first minister, mark drakeford, as the new leader of welsh labour, has a big test on his hands, particularly given the divisions within labour over brexit and whether there should be another referendum and what should happen in the future. he has steered a very careful line, really, towing his leader, jeremy corbyn's position on this, but i think that is getting rather fragile now particularly as welsh labour has selected four candidates who support remain and are in favour of a second referendum. a total of eight parties are on the menu in wales. remain parties come in a variety of options — pro—welsh independence plaid cymru, the liberal democrats, the greens and change uk are all arguing for another brexit referendum.
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ukip once had enough support in wales to win seven seats in the welsh assembly, but opinion polls suggest that these days leave voters find the brexit party a more appetising choice. in a further boost for the brexit party, some former ukip members of the welsh assembly have recently joined forces with nigel farage's new party, giving it representation in a uk parliament even before the european elections take place. as for the welsh conservatives, they fear voters will not like what they have seen over their pa rty‘s performance over brexit since 2016. on thursday, we will see just how hot under the collar welsh voters are, three years after the brexit referendum. bbc wales political editor felicity evans reporting. you can find more details and analysis on the eu elections over on the bbc news website. and next week, we will be continuing our series of interviews with meps and leaders from the main parties standing in the european elections in a special ask this.
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you can send us your questions to put to them. on monday, we'll speak to conservative mep ashley fox and vince cable the lib dem leader. then on tuesday we're interviewing gerard batten the ukip leader and on wednesday it will be the turn ofjohn healey from labour and adam price, the plaid cymru leader. details of how to get in touch are on the screen. the headlines on bbc news... in the last hour, austria's deputy chancellor, heinz—christian strache, has resigned. it follows the emergence of a video in which the leader of the far right freedom party apparently promised public contracts in exchange for campaign support before the general
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election two years ago. mr strache complained he was the victim of political targeting. a man has died after a fight in a street in rochdale last night. he's believed to be in his early twenties. greater manchester police say a woman, who's 25, has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation. 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 with canada and mexico and we'll be selling our product into those countries without the imposition of tariffs or major tariffs. big difference.
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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 in the coming weeks. the us has also announced a pause in plans to levy tariffs of up
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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 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
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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 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. counting is under way in australia's general election, with early results suggesting a good night for prime minister scott morrison's governing liberal—led conservative coalition. prince william opens up over the pain he suffered after the death of his mother, diana, in a bbc documentary about mental health.
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thousands of women with down's syndrome who are going through the menopause might not be getting the help they need, because health professionals often overlook their symptoms. the down's syndrome association warns that emotional symptoms are sometimes written off as challenging behaviour caused by a learning disability. jayne mccubbin has been to find out more. right, ladies. what do you all know about menopause? it's the change. the change. it's something what men don't have to go through. there's a reason it's been women given to women — because we can cope. sorry, man in the room! i'm here to be abused — it's fine! this is the award—winning cafe leap in leeds. it's run for and by people with learning disabilities. but this session is to help women prepare and go through the change. feeling sad and tearful, depressed, forgetting things.
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you can get angry. i get quite tearful. you can get quite tearful sometimes. you've got lots of support here. we're all sisters. should we do a group hug? it's something, susan, every woman sat in this table is going to go through, sweetheart. my name is susan hanley and i am 5a years old and i'm going through the menopause. susan is the chair of cafe leap and has had a tough time coping with some of the worst of the symptoms. what do you fancy? but this is where she comes for advice and support and essential tea and cake. a woman needs her cake. nice. not bad. becky told me you were a bit scared at first. i was a bit scared. i wasn't sure what i was going through. you weren't sure what was happening. i could get really low but i try to pick up myself. that's all you can do, really.
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the down's syndrome society tell us too many women like susan get late diagnosis and delayed support because symptoms are too often missed by gps. women with down's syndrome, they tend to go through the menopause earlier than the majority so the majority, they tend to say it's 50—plus, whereas with down's syndrome, it can be in your early 405. and there is another reason symptoms can be missed as well. it's called diagnostic overshadowing. often that is when someone is classed as having challenging behaviour, for example, or they're having an emotional outburst. so gps or medical professionals will miss an underlying medical problem because theyjust haven't taken the time to see beyond the learning disability? yeah. for some reason, it never seems to get picked up as menopause. please, doctors, nurses, whatever, please help us. don't use long words. don't talkjargon.
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don't hold it in. get it all out, out of your system. you'll feel great in yourself. one third of women will fly through the menopause, one third will manage the symptoms, but another third will find it hard and women with learning difficulties might need that bit extra help to make sense of what is happening. jayne mccubbin, bbc news. australia's governing centre—right coalition looks set to retain office, following one of the most tightly fought elections in years. local media have called victory for the prime minister, scott morrison,
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and his liberal party, although, with votes still being counted, it's unclear whether it will be a minority or majority government. if this outcome is confirmed, it comes as a surprise. pre—election opinion polls had pointed to a narrow victory for the opposition labor party. the final of the 64th eurovision song contest takes place in tel aviv this evening, following israel's win last year. eurovision is one of the world's longest—running tv talent shows, and the biggest. this year dozens of artists have called for a boycott because of israel's treatment of the occupied palestinian territories. our arts correspondent, david sillitto, is in tel aviv. the organisers always describe eurovision as essentially a celebration of inclusivity, diversity and being very nonpolitical, all of which has been
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challenged by the sheer fact that this year it is taking place here in israel. there have been protests, there are groups who want there to be a cultural boycott of israel because of their actions in the occupied territories and you also have to remember that there's another side protesting — orthodox groups within israel who believe this should not be going on, especially on the sabbath. so far, there have been some protests in tel aviv but in the two semifinals there has been remarkably little, but tonight is the big night. i spoke to the boss yesterday who said that, for instance, if any competitors staged a protest on stage, they would be immediately stopped and the performance brought to a halt, and there is very strict security. however, if you are interested in the eurovision song contest, the favourites so far are the netherlands, australia and sweden. the united kingdom is way down the odds. remember, michael rice was not
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even born the last time the united kingdom won the eurovision song contest. i'm joined now via webcam from hartlepool by diane watson and tara stalla rd. they are "superfans" of this year's uk entry michael rice. he's also from hartlepool. thank you forjoining us. how is hartlepool in the build—up to tonight? everybody is really excited and we cannot wait. everything is organised. the big event, where is that? we're having a at hartlepool town hall, it was a ticket event, and it sold out immediately. town hall, it was a ticket event, and it sold out immediatelym town hall, it was a ticket event, and it sold out immediately. it will
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be amazing. tell us about michael. he is such a sweet soul. everybody loves him. and he is a fantastic singer. how long has he been singing? since the age of 11. how did he get involved in eurovision? he won a singing competition. he has done quite a few competitions. he did all together now, i think that was the biggest stepping stone for him for the eurovision. what do you think of the song? people have been giving it a bit of stick. it is amazing. his song is fantastic. it is about being yourself and not being ashamed of who you are. he has a fantastic focal and people need to watch this space tonight. you have spoken to him from israel? how is he
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feeling? he is really excited. he just cannot wait to get on stage and perform well. living his dream. how did the dresser hurtles go? fantastic. —— dress rehearsals. there is a party going on in hartlepool, the ticket of the century. what are the odds for michael? he's got to win. we want him to win. he is going to win. michael rice to win. all the countries vote for each other but hopefully, they will vote for his voice on the song. no gimmicks. it is all about his vocals. we don't wa nt is all about his vocals. we don't want any is all about his vocals. we don't wantany drama, is all about his vocals. we don't want any drama, just your talent tonight. yes, and that is what michael has got. he is an absolute
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superstar. he will always be a winner in our eyes in hartlepool. did hartlepool know about michael before eurovision? yes, he is well known. he is very popular. final message from us? goodlatte, michael! thank you so much —— good lacks. with supporters like that. fantastic. now it's time for a look at the weather. party time, darren? it is raining in stirling at the moment. it has been cold across scotla nd moment. it has been cold across scotland and northern ireland. for england and wales, we are seeing the
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cloud breaking up but that is triggering some showers. we will see more of those showers developing over the next few hours. underneath the cloud and raining scotland and northern ireland, temperatures are only 11 to 13 degrees. it is still damp tonight across northern areas. some patchy mist and fog will become dry in the south. temperatures around seven tomorrow, mr and fog attending to list and it should brighten up in scotland. —— mr and fog. those are not going to move very far. if you're stuck under those, it is good to be a wet all day. warmer than today. and northern ireland. —— warmer than today. and
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northern ireland. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: 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. counting is underway in australia's general election, with local media suggesting victory for prime minister scott morrison's governing liberal—led conservative coalition. prince william opens up over the pain he suffered after the death of his mother, diana, princess of wales, in a bbc documentary about mental health. when you are bereaved at a very young age, any time really, but particularly at a young age, you feel pain like no other pain. final preparations are underway for the 64th eurovision song contest in tel aviv, with michael rice flying the flag for the uk.
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now on bbc news, it's time for a look back at the week in parliament. hello and welcome to the week in parliament. a brexit showdown — could june be the end of may? the withdrawal agreement bill will have a second reading during the week beginning monday 3rd june 2019. tory activists say she shouldn't hang around that long. they've lost confidence in the prime minister and wish her to resign before the european elections. and accentuating the positive — how mps can avoid brexit—related stress.


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