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president trump announces shock trade tarriffs on mexico — to try to deal with immigration. he says tarriffs will increase, unless mexico reduces the tide of people crossing its border into the us. markets fell after the announcment — we'll have all the latest reaction live from washington. also this lunchtime: labour suspends a member of its ruling body, following his comments about the party's anti—semitism row. gp surgery closures are at an all time high across the uk, suggests new research, affecting half a million patients. the lawyer for shamima begum's family accuses the authorities of failing to protect her from being groomed by islamic state. and, we're with the fans who've travelled to madrid for tomorrow's champions league final.
and coming up on bbc news... the cricket world cup continues. pakistan have had a nightmare start after being sent into bat by west indies. we'll have the latest from trent bridge. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. president trump has announced a new tactic to try to pressurise mexico into reducing the number of migrants crossing its border into the us. a trade tariff of 5% will be imposed on all goods from mexico from next month and the tax will be increased every month until it reaches 25%, unless the president considers the flow of people has been stemmed.
financial markets have fallen in response to the move. mexico's president has criticsed it and called for talks. from washington, chris buckler reports. donald trump has long claimed that mexico could do more to stop migrants from illegally crossing over into the united states. he has done nothing to hide his frustration, even tweeting pictures of large groups being apprehended by border patrol agents as they try to sneak into america. but it's notjust people who cross this border every day. it's a huge amount of trade and the president believes that offers an opportunity to put pressure on the mexican government. in a post on twitter he said onjune the 10th the us will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming into the country from mexico. he warned the tariff would gradually increase to up to 25% by the ist of october. mexico has called the proposal disastrous and warned that it will respond vigorously.
translation: of course if this threat is carried out it would be grave, very serious, extremely serious. but i'm sure this is something that is not destined to happen. if this is put in place, in my opinion we must respond very strongly. tariffs have become a favourite weapon of president trump. he has used them in his ongoing trade battle with china with some concern on the stock market. and there are firms rattled about this latest dispute, including several of the world's largest car manufacturers who have factories in mexico and a huge market in america. they are not alone. some in the white house are said to be worried about the potential wider economic impact and what this could mean for the us mca trade deal between canada, america and mexico. as president trump was finalising his plans, the us vice president mike pence was north of america's other border
to discuss the agreement with the canadian prime ministerjustin trudeau. the prime minister and i discussed the whole process of ratification here in canada and in the united states. i am assured that the president and i are absolutely determined to work with rank and file in the congress and the leadership to move the us mca forward and to move it forward this summer. but it still has to be ratified by each of the countries and these tariffs could put that in doubt. certainly mexican officials are warning that they will retaliate and that is sure to test cross—border relationships once again. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. let's get more now from our washington correspondent barbara plett usher. so, what are people saying there this morning, what is the reaction as people absorb this announcement,
barbara? the as people absorb this announcement, barbara 7 the reaction as people absorb this announcement, barbara? the reaction is very negative. they tumbled at the news, the mexicans are not happy and the president has written a 2—page letter and placed it on twitter in which he said mr trump was turning it into a ghetto. he is sending a minister to try to reason with mr trump. business and trade are unhappy, they said it is a colossal blunder which will damage industry and destabilise trade. even the head of the republican finance committee said it was unhappy. he said it was a misuse of presidential authority. everybody is asking questions, is this even legal to use tariffs to deal with an immigration issue rather than a trade issue? mr trump has invoked international security powers and a lot of people are
asking will he go through with it? he has a history of creating problems in order to fix them. but he has been getting more angry that he has been getting more angry that he hasn't been able to stop this flow of migrants at the border and he has been itching to take a radical measure and grab headlines because he thinks that will be necessary for his pre—election campaign because he did make immigration part of his presidential campaign. barbara, thank you very much. president trump will arrive in london on monday for a three—day state visit. lewis lukens was the united states' ambassador at the time of the last presidential state visit to the uk when barak obama came. what is president trump getting out of the state visit? he is getting all the pomp and ceremony, the state dinner, the things he enjoys. all the pomp and ceremony, the state dinner, the things he enjoysm all the pomp and ceremony, the state dinner, the things he enjoys. it is not about business or policy in any
way? the policy and business happens ata way? the policy and business happens at a lower level, john bolton has been here probably taking care of business with his counterparts. i wouldn't expect to see a lot of business happening in the meetings next week. we talk about the pomp and ceremony, how usual is it for a family to bring so many family members with him? i have never seen it in my experience, but understandable. he wants them all to enjoy the experience of meeting the queen and the royal family. you think it is understandable? yes, unusual but understandable, i think. what about embassy staff be doing, what are they looking out for on a visit like this? they will have been working for weeks now laying the groundwork for the visit. organising the different locations and sites, working with the secret service and their british counterparts in british security to ensure the visit goes as smoothly as possible and there are no last—minute surprises for the president. we have just been
talking about tweets in the middle of the night and trade tariffs, does that bring with it a degree of nervousness for the people based in london? i think so, the embassy can do all it can do to prevent surprises but a lot of big surprises come from the president himself. i wouldn't be surprised if something happens next week while he is in london. the tweet, statement, a meeting that he has that breaks with protocol. i think that is what i would keep my eyes open for. all right, thank you joining us. labour has suspended one of its members. it is almost certain who is behind this anti—semitism, almost certain it was the israeli embassy.
that is just a section of that recording. let's talk to chris mason at westminster. explain exactly what has gone on here. that dates from january, chris? it does, this is yet again an example wherejeremy corbyn, the labour leader faces awkward questions about allegations of anti—semitism. they have swirled around his leadership for a long time. the national executive committee is the governing body of the labour party and peter willsman sits upon it. it isn't the first time he has infuriated some within his party and deeply upset many jewish people. in july, his party and deeply upset many jewish people. injuly, there was a recording taken at a national executive committee meeting, in which he talked aboutjewish trump fanatics being behind accusations of anti—semitism in the labour party. now this is relating from january between him and an israeli reporter.
it was published this morning the labour party has said he has been suspended pending investigation, but this lunchtime, three organisations are all saying it doesn't go far enough and that he should be expeued enough and that he should be expelled from the party not merely suspended. the chair of jewish labour has said that, the british board of deputies of britishjewish people are saying the same thing and the campaign group labour gains anti—semitism is striking in their reaction saying suspension is inadequate, inappropriate and insulting and once again, british jewish people have been racially abused by the labour party. we have approached mr wilson for comment, but no reaction from him. but what we can be certain of is the story is just starting, it isn't going away. chris mason, thank you. the uk's biggest business organisation, the cbi, has written an open letter to all the conservative party leadership candidates calling
on them to promise that the uk will only leave the european union with a deal. in the letter, its director—general carolyn fairbairn warns that a no—deal brexit would cause british companies "severe damage". our business editor, simonjack is with me. what is the fundamental point this letter is trying to make, simon? what is the fundamental point this letter is trying to make, simon7m is laying down a challenge to these are leadership hopeful saying, are you going to run a party that is the natural friend of business and cares about the economy and jobs? if the a nswer about the economy and jobs? if the answer is yes, we want to remind you that most, not all, but most businesses think leaving the eu without a deal is a horrible idea. as we know, half of the candidates who are up for the job think they are prepared to and in some cases determined to leave at the end of october with or without a deal and thatis october with or without a deal and that is a big worry, according to the cbi. the cost of no deal is so great, so severe across companies of all sizes, that this is something that should be absolutely a last resort, a plan 2
and not a plan a or b. there are other voices and there a lwa ys there are other voices and there always are in the brexit debate. some are saying no deal is a risk but it shouldn't be blown out of all proportion and anyway, that is not the final destination. no deal is plan b. it's a stepping stone to a future free trade agreement. it has a whole host of different deals in the near term. no deal is not an end state in itself, but you are right, we should have been doing a lot more preparation for no deal. the business lobby are saying they cannot stomach or work with a candidate who says no deal. you have the big gap and that is the disaffection between the business community and the tory party, which we have seen over the past few yea rs. we have seen over the past few years. simon, thank you for now.
simonjack. the deputy leader of the liberal democrats, jo swinson, has confirmed that she will stand for the leadership of the party. the former energy secretary, sir ed davey, has already announced his candidacy to replace sir vince cable, who steps down in july. meanwhile, a new opinion poll has put the liberal democrats ahead of both the conservatives and labour for the first time since 2010. jonathan blake reports. it looks like a good time to be a lib dems, celebrating success at the recent european elections with their clear anti brexit message. but the leader says it's time for a change at the top, time to find a new cheerleader in chief. getting to work on her campaign at a tech start—up in london today is the pa rty‘s number two start—up in london today is the party's number two arguing the tories and labour have let voters down. there is a fracture between those two countries because they are failing our country and there is a need for a better alternative and
thatis need for a better alternative and that is what the liberal democrats can provide and rally people to that cause. so far it is a two horse race, the other candidate made his pitch to party members yesterday and along with stopping brexit, wants climate change to be a priority. we have the crisis are brexit, which all liberal democrats are committed to stopping but we have a climate change emergency and i have the idea to tackle that huge problem for our country and i will. making the most of this will be the big challenge for whoever is chosen, seizing support from remain voters are brexit is one thing, getting into government is another. they have been there before of course, and unlikely coalition partners with the can services where broken promises and uncomfortable compromises live long in the memory for some. the winner of this race will not of course automatically become prime
minister. there may be signs of rising support for the lib dems, but whoever becomes their new leader will have to work hard to make the most of the limited presence in parliament. jonathan blake, zee news, westminster. doctors treating a boy who was injured in a fall from a roller—coaster yesterday have said his condition is now critical. the seven—year—old fell at least 15 feet from the twister ride at the lightwater valley theme park. he was taken to leeds general infirmary with head injuries. an investigation into what happened is continuing. our top story this lunchtime... president trump announces shock trade tarriffs on mexico, which he says will increase unless mexico reduces the tide of people crossing its border into the us. and still to come... we're with the fans who've travelled to madrid, for tomorrow's champions league final. coming up on bbc news... anthonyjoshua says a fight with fellow british heavyweight tyson fury will be his focus
if he beats andy ruinunior. they're fighting in new york in the early hours of sunday morning. the a lawyer representing the family of shamima begum, the of shamima begum, who left east london for syria in 2015 when she was 15 years old, has written to the home secretary accusing the government of failing to protect her from being trafficked by the islamic state group. the letter, which has been seen by the bbc, claims the begum family wasn't told that their daughter had been interviewed by the police after a girl at her school went to syria in 2014. the family is calling on sajid javid to reverse his decision to revoke their daughter's citizenship. hanna yusuf reports. stripped of her british citizenship and held in a syrian refugee camp, shamima begum faces an uncertain future. she left her home in east london with two school friends,
despite having been spoken to by the police. the school gave the girls letters to give to their parents, but the letters never reached them and the bethnal green girls slipped out of the uk. but according to her lawyer, shamima begum was targeted and trafficked by islamic state. isis have a propaganda machine where they reached out to the world into the mobile phone of shamima begum and managed to groom her, giving her the advice that she needed to successfully, as a 15—year—old girl, evade uk police counterterrorism, cross a border between syria and turkey, and find herself betrothed in an isis ceremony to a 23—year—old man. the letter to the home office cites failures by the uk authorities to stop the three girls from leaving for syria. it claims the families should have been adequately warned the girls were at risk of being trafficked for exploitation by isis fighters. others agree more could have been done but say shamima begum has to take some responsibility.
she went, she was there for a long time, she now wants to exit now that the group is no longer as powerful as it used to be. it remains to be seen what kind of role she played in the group when she was there. the home office won't comment on shamima begum's case but says decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are not taken lightly. and it's not the only body facing criticism today. shamima begum's supporters say she was failed by her school, the local authority and the met police. her family continue to challenge the home office decision in the courts, but say the little hope they had when she was first found has been stolen from them. hanna yusuf, bbc news. the hungarian and south korean foreign ministers have visited the river danube in budapest where a sightseeing boat sank on wednesday, killing at least seven south korean tourists. 21 people, among them two hungarian crew members, are still missing. police have said the captain
of the boat which struck the smaller tour boat was arrested, and is being held suspected of reckless misconduct. gp surgery closures across the uk have reached an all time high, according to research carried out by the medical website pulse. it says nearly 140 surgeries shut last year, up from just 18 in 2013, affecting an estimated half a million people. nhs england says this is often because of practices merging. leigh milner has more details. say ah. excellent. every year, millions of people are treated by their local gp. but over the past year the nhs has lost more than 400 fully qualified gps in england and surgery closures across the uk are at an all—time high. according to new figures released by the medical magazine pulse, in 2013 just 18 surgeries shut across the uk. by last year that number
had increased to 138. nhs england, which runs the health service, said it refuted the pulse figures. according to their data, which only covers the past financial year, it had seen a few closures and patient dispersal. let's put this on your hand. the investigation also revealed that gps felt that increasing workloads and recruitment difficulties meant practices were often forced to close as a last resort. how can we help today? speaking earlier this month to the bbc, this doctor, who works in plymouth, said something has to change. there is a crisis in general practice, it's very real. it's the worst crisis since 1948. it future is injeopardy, there is no doubt about that. as a result of the surgery closures, the research revealed that more than half a million people were affected. leigh milner, bbc news. there have also been new warnings about doctors leaving the profession
because of pension tax rules. our health editor hugh pym is with me now. explain the relevance of this and what is happening. there are complex tax rules around pensions are brought in over the last couple of yea rs brought in over the last couple of years which mean if you earn more than £110,000 a year, for every extra pound you are earning you start losing tax relief on your pensions. what is happening is doctors are finding they are getting unexplained tax bills they were not expecting and if they are being asked to work extra shifts, effectively the whole thing is eaten up effectively the whole thing is eaten up by effectively the whole thing is eaten up by tax. you may say they are highly paid, this is what the rules are therefore, to stop people putting a lot of extra money into pensions. but it is affecting hospitals and we have heard from nhs providers that there are more reports of operations being cancelled because doctors do not wa nt to cancelled because doctors do not want to do the extra hours to bring
down the waiting lists. the british medical association is saying a problem with gp retention and recruitment is some are leaving early because of the pension issue. the government line is they are looking closely at it. it is possible they will come up with a solution next week, but it may not address the whole issue because it isa address the whole issue because it is a complicated tax problem. doctors‘ leaders are saying it is an acute issue right now affecting patients, because of the problem covering rotors and getting the work done. covering rotors and getting the work done. survivors of child abuse in northern ireland have said they feel abandoned by the government because they haven‘t received compensation nearly two—and—a—half years after they were promised it. the compensation scheme wasn‘t set up because the power—sharing executive at stormont collapsed. the survivors say westminster must step in, and they feel they‘re being used as political pawns. our ireland correspondent chris page has been speaking to some of them and a warning that his report does contain some flash photography. homes like these were supposed to be
sanctuaries and shelters, where vulnerable children were cared for. but for many young residents, they became institutions of fear and suffering. decades on, the survivors of child abuse say the trauma never leaves them. you don‘t imagine the cruelty that happened to us, so you don‘t. and...it‘s very hard. there's sometimes where i've been five days in bed and i couldn't even make a cup of tea for myself. and ijust didn't want to go on. it's an everyday living hell for these people, because there is no end to it. no nothing, no closure. you know, it'sjust every day that no one cares. back in 2017, they felt their poignant stories had finally made an impact.
hundreds of people who‘d suffered physical and sexual abuse gave evidence to a public enquiry. the report recommended victims should get at least £7,500 each in compensation. but just a few days afterwards, the devolved government here at stormont collapsed. that happened because of a major disagreement between the democratic unionist party and sinn fein, who‘d been sharing power. the political deadlock has continued, there‘s been no ministers to make decisions, so the compensation scheme for abuse survivors hasn‘t been set up. civil servants have drawn up legislation and asked the northern ireland secretary, karen bradley, to take it through the westminster parliament. all the main stormont parties agree it should be done. we want progress on this as quickly as possible. i think she has run out of roads on this. i think she has run out of roads on this. the government says the issue
is a priority and it wants an agreement with the stormont parties in the next week on the quickest way forward. campaigners are mindful, more than 30 victims have died since the enquiry ended. we are getting old. we are in our 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. we just want to live out our lives peacefully and try and have a life, that we didn‘t have in our childhood. it was taken away from us. we would ask the new prime minister in waiting to please take this under his or her rule and do what is right for these people. his or her rule and do what is right for these people. the governmentjust have abandoned us. i don't care if they don't give me anything, but please, please look after the rest of the victims. what do we need? justice. when do we want it? now. northern ireland hasn‘t had political leaders in office for nearly two and a half years. abuse survivors have been doubly devastated, but they are determined to keep on demonstrating. chris page, bbc news, belfast.
let‘s look ahead to the weekend. thousands of fans have begun arriving madrid for tomorrow‘s champions league final, the second all—england european football final of the week. again, fans have had to make an expensive journey to see their teams battle it out. our sports correspondent natalie pirks has been travelling with some of them and sent us this report. football stars treated like rock stars. liverpool were given the big sendoff from merseyside today as they prepared to fly to madrid and despite losing his last six finals, the manager isn‘t feeling the strain. yes, we have stressful moments and, yes, there is pressure, but i see it as an opportunity. when they arrive they will find fans in fine voice and for supporters of both clubs it was simple, theyjust had to be here.
liverpool fans travel all over the world to support the team so why notjust go across the road to madrid. i've never had nothing like this, i've never witnessed it. to come here with your club and your colours, there is nothing more important. believe me. have you got a ticket? i'm working on it. he is far from the only one who has come with hope in his heart. the most expensive tickets the two clubs are selling are around £500 but some fans here have been offered them for thousands. but it‘s notjust the cost of tickets, merely getting here and staying here has cost fans a fortune with businesses accused of profiteering off passion. is it outrageous or merely supply and demand? i know friends of mine who have booked hotels and they have been cancelled, refunded and said booked again and pay five times as much. that for me is wrong. what can uefa do about that? do they have control over that? not uefa‘s fault, but businesses know fans will literally go to the ends of the earth
to watch this match. i've come from australia so about 24 of flying — so about 24 hours of flying — phuket, bangkok, abu dhabi, madrid. i booked these a week ago and it cost me £1400 return. we have four people staying in a little room in a hostel, a bit tiny but anything to be able to come to madrid for the atmosphere. even if you have to share a bed, who cares? flew in from hong kong this morning, 13—hour flight. why? i have been a tottenham supporter all my life and for me this is a bucket list moment. looking forward to the game? of course. the spurs manager cut a relaxed figure this morning on the eve of the biggest match of his life. tottenham‘s first champions league final, so close you can almost touch it. natalie pirks, bbc news, madrid. anna holligan is in madrid now. the sun is shining, how is the mood?
as warm as the weather really. first of all, the first english final in more than a decade, 70,000 supporters starting to congregate here in the central square. it is a sold—out game and about half of the 68,000 seats went to both clubs are‘ fans. but there are people trying to profiteer from fans. but there are people trying to profiteerfrom passions. we were offered one single ticket last night for £3500. there are about 4500 police are keeping watch on these streets. this is considered a high—risk event. the country is already on the second highest terrorism threat level. but i have been speaking to fans and i can guarantee there is only one thing on their mind, and that is tomorrow‘s game. it is even more special because we are talking about two english clubs in the final. for
totte n ha m english clubs in the final. for tottenham it would be the first time they left the champions league trophy. for liverpool it is an opportunity to put last year‘s runners up status behind them and lift the trophy for the sixth time. a very special occasion for the thousands of fans gathering here in sweltering madrid squares. my goodness, 3500. my goodness, 3500. time for a look at the weather. here‘s chris fawkes i‘m hoping for some sweltering temperatures, are we unlucky? for the south—east at least we will get hot weather tomorrow. mixed fortu nes to get hot weather tomorrow. mixed fortunes to date with rain in northern ireland, scotland and northern england. a lot of cloud across the uk. but we have a gap in