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neither the uk nor the eu is ready for a no—deal brexit, warns the country's biggest business group, the cbi. one boss from the troubled car industry says it's ready to pull out of the uk if brexit hits its profits. the minister in charge of no—deal, michael gove, says britain will be prepared. there won't be any delays, we're determined to ensure that we leave on october the 31st, and it's my job to make sure the country is ready. we'll bring you all the latest with our correspondents at the vauxhall plant in ellesmere port and at westminster. also this lunchtime: borisjohnson is in scotland, calling for unity, but he faces opposition to a no—deal brexit from the first minister and the scottish tory leader. they're shooting!
panic at a food estival in california as a gunman opens fire, killing three, including a child. china condemns the anti—government protest in hong kong as horrendous. and a lucky rescue for the man trapped in rocks on the norfolk coast. he'd saved his toddler from the incoming tide. and coming up on bbc news, egan bernal becomes the first colombian to win the tour de france, after safely riding into paris in the final stage. last year's champion, geraint thomas, was second. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. borisjohnson is starting his first full week as prime minister by ramping up preparations
for a no—deal brexit. a cabinet committee on no—deal led by michael gove will meet for the first time this afternoon. there've been warnings today from business leaders at the cbi that neither the uk nor the eu are prepared for no—deal, and it's today published practical steps that firms can take. the uncertainty surrounding brexit prompted the french owner of vauxhall to say it could move all car production from its ellesmere port factory in cheshire — if it becomes unprofitable. our business correspondent theo leggett reports. vauxhall‘s plant in ellesmere port employs 1000 people and faces an uncertain future. last month, parent company psa said it wanted to build a new version of its astra model, but only on condition a suitable brexit deal was reached. now it's post says if there is no deal, there will be no new production line. the
chief executive said in a newspaper interview, frankly i would prefer to build a car in ellesmere port, but if the conditions are bad and i cannot make it profitable, i have to protect the rest of the company and i will not do it. but the man charged with preparing for no—deal seemed to take that right in his stride. we are doing everything we can to make sure we can leave the european union october the 31st, there won't be any delays, we are determined to ensure we leave on october the 31st, and it is myjob to make sure the country is ready. no—deal would bring major changes to the way we do business across the channel, affecting everything from lorry traffic to financial services. exports would be subject to tariffs overnight, border controls would be tightened up, and a swathe of industries which currently rely on eu rules and standards could be left in legal limbo unless emergency measures are put in place. yet the confederation of british industry says neither the uk nor the eu is ready for a no—deal scenario and
much more needs to be done. we absolutely do think ideal is essential, for all the preparation we do, it is like putting up sandbags to prevent floodwaters, we will probably still lose the kitchen but we might save the bedroom. every effort, just as we put effort into preparation, every effort needs to go into getting a deal, and that means flexibility from both sides, because neither side is ready. the cbi says that although many big businesses have well thought through contingency plans, a number of smaller companies do not, and it says much of the artificial advice firms are being given —— the official advice firms are being given is outdated. yet the government points out that some car—makers have been happy to announce new investments. in recent weeks, we have seen amazon, ntt, the big japanese tech firm, and indeed jaguar land rover announce fresh investment into the uk, so it is not all one way or all the risks are downward, there are opportunities
here, and we need to be ready to mitigate that. the government still insists it would prefer to leave the eu with a deal but has to operate on the assumption that won't happen, and that means companies have little choice but to prepare for a deeply uncertain future. theo leggett, bbc news. our business correspondent colletta smith is at the vauxhall plant in ellesmere port. worrying news for the workforce. worrying news for the workforce there. it certainly is, reeta, a very quiet day at the plant because most of it is shut for the two week summer most of it is shut for the two week summer shutdown, so staff are mostly off on their holidays at the moment, and it is not going be pleasant news for them here in wherever they are 01’ for them here in wherever they are or when they return to work. it is not necessarily surprising news, because as we heard theo saying there, just four weeks ago the company said they would really like to build the new vauxhall astra right here in the uk at the
ellesmere port plant but they put a really big contingency over that, saying it depends on what kind of ideal the uk government are able to secure for brexit. today we are just hearing more information, a little more meat on the bounds of what that actually means for the workforce, so they are saying that they do have an alternative plant in mind if this one is not profitable enough after a brexit doubt. it is certainly a big threat for the uk government and i worry for the staff here, and of course we are talking about very high end jobs here, this is a highly skilled workforce, more than 2000 of them based right across the north west or travelling here. they have worked for years, many of them, in this plant and have achieved a really high skill level, because it isa really high skill level, because it is a very efficient plant at the moment, so the overall company owner, based in france, would certainly have to do a lot of head scratching to say that this plant was no longer profitable, even after ano was no longer profitable, even after
a no brexit. —— no—deal brexit. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. just last month borisjohnson said the chances of a no—deal brexit were a million—to—one against, but is that now becoming the most likely outcome? well, reeta, ithink well, reeta, i think it is fair to say under theresa may no—deal was unthinkable, and a borisjohnson it is very much a part of his thinking, whether it is the most likely outcome we really don't know, and in pa rt outcome we really don't know, and in part that is because there is a sort of battle going on for boris johnson's lug hole between those who believe a deal can still be reached and mrjohnson could get it through parliament because it is argued labour mps parliament because it is argued labourmps in labour parliament because it is argued labour mps in labour supporting constituencies would be more minded to back an agreement, against those who say there is just not the time to get any sort of deal through parliament, so might as well cut the chase and go for no—deal. and the truth is we don't really know where borisjohnson truth is we don't really know where boris johnson stands, and truth is we don't really know where borisjohnson stands, and i suspect thatis borisjohnson stands, and i suspect that is just how he likes it, to have maximum uncertainty, to keep
eve ryo ne have maximum uncertainty, to keep everyone guessing, so his political opponents do not know whether they can relax safe in the knowledge he will pivot towards an agreement, or whether they should be battening down the hatches and preparing to thwart no—deal, and it exerts maximum pressure on the eu to blink. and it really is a sort of high—stakes game of political poker, with everyone trying to read boris johnson's face — is he bluffing, or is he serious about no—deal? and the truth is, i think maybe even boris johnson doesn't know the answer to that question — at least not yet. 0k, that question — at least not yet. ok, norman, many thanks, norman smith there. well, on a visit to scotland, which voted to remain, boris johnson will attempt to reassure those voters worried about brexit uncertainty. and in a couple of hours' time, the prime minister is due to speak to the first minister, nicola sturgeon, and then to the scottish tories‘ leader, ruth davidson. we can speak to lorna gordon, and those meetings might be quite difficult. yeah, there are likely to
be tensions during those meetings, not least that meeting with the leader of the scottish conservatives, ruth davidson, who did not vote for him in the conservative leadership contest, and she has been very vocal in opposing all plans to leave the eu without a deal. within the last few moments, the prime minister has been responding to the speculation about what has been build a clearly a meeting, he says we are not aiming for a no—deal, we are aiming for a deal but preparing for a no—deal. he also says he has a strong relationship with ruth davidson and is looking forward to seeing her later, he says he likes her very much and supports her ambitions in scotland. of course, he will also have a meeting with the scottish first minister, nicola sturgeon, who has been very vocal in her criticisms of him. she said scotland didn't vote for the conservative government or the new prime minister, didn't vote for brexit and didn't vote for the no—deal brexit which mrjohnson's government is working on the assumption, she says,
there will be. she says her government is ramping up its plans for the possibility of a second referendum on scottish independence. on that point, mrjohnson has said, on the possibility of a second independence referendum, while he is prime minister, that the confidence of the public would be undermined if we we re of the public would be undermined if we were to go back on a promise that it was in a once in a lifetime, once ina it was in a once in a lifetime, once in a generation vote. 0k, lorna, many thanks, our correspondent lorna gordon there. a gunman has opened fire at a food festival in california, killing three people, including a six—year—old boy, and wounding 15 others. the gunman was shot dead by armed officers, although police are investigating reports that a second suspect may still be at large. the shooting happened in gilroy, around 80 miles south of san francisco. from there, dave lee sent this report. 0h, bleep! what's going on?! the gunfire began at 5:41 on sunday evening, as families were starting to head home. they're shooting!
as the shots rang out, there was first confusion and then panic, and eventually disbelief. who'd shoot at a garlic festival? a food festival — one that obsessively celebrates the garlic grown here — has become the scene of the 246th mass shooting in america this year. as soon as the gunfire started, everybody scattered, and they were yelling for their kids. it sounded like 30 rounds to me, and then we heard a little lapse in time, and then another 30 rounds. it sounded like automatic fire. we just heard a pop — pop, pop, pop — and we just went behind some tents and took cover, and we knew right away when we saw a lot of people just running away from there. police said they took less than a minute to shoot dead the man once he opened fire, but even with that rapid response, the gunman was able to cause carnage — a six—year—old boy among the dead. the suspect was shot and killed. we have several witnesses reporting
that there may have been a second suspect, but we don't know if that suspect was engaged in any shooting, or whether they may have been in some sort of support role for the person that we have accounted for. witnesses described the man as being white and in his 30s, though this has not yet been confirmed. around 80,000 people descend on this small city for this festival every year, but now it will become known as yet another instance of everyday american life that's been torn apart by gun violence. dave lee, bbc news, in gilroy, california. shares in sports direct have fallen to an eight—year low in response to company results released late on friday, which showed a 6% decline in underlying pre—tax profits for the group. in its annual statement, published after the stock market had closed for the weekend, sports direct said it regretted buying house of fraser a year ago and the chain's problems were "nothing short of terminal".
new rules are to be introduced to protect people who appear on television and radio programmes. the regulator, ofcom, wants to ensure the welfare of members of the public who take part in entertainment and news programmes. this follows the deaths of two former contestants on itv‘s love island and a participant on thejeremy kyle show. the russian opposition leader alexei navalny has returned to prison from hospital, after the doctor treating him says he may have been poisoned. mr navalny was jailed last week for calling for unauthorised protests but, reportedly this weekend, became ill from an allergic reaction. officials say he's in a satisfactory condition. china has made a rare intervention in the affairs of hong kong, condemning the recent anti—government protests as "horrendous incidents" that have caused "serious damage to the rule of law." the demonstrations began over a planned extradition law but have since broadened into calls for full democracy.
our correspondent celia hatton is in beijing. why is china intervening now, and what does it hope to achieve? i think beijing wanted to address the ongoing turmoil in hong kong by offering its own viewpoint on what has gone wrong there, and it blamed the ongoing violence on a small group, it said, of radical protesters who were being influenced by overseas forces, but it went on then to underline its trust in the hong kong authorities and its respect for the hong kong police. now, this is the same police force that has been coming under a lot of criticism elsewhere because of its use of force against unarmed protesters. so i think the underlying message here is that beijing isn't ready to step indirectly, it is not going to be sending chinese troops onto the streets of hong kong. in fact, that was the one question during a press conference today that the spokespeople tried to bat away, they
didn't want to answer it, they told reporters to look at the relevant laws for themselves. celia, thank you. the time is a quarter past one, our top story this lunchtime: the owner lunchtime: of vauxhall warns it will pull out of the uk if brexit hits profits, as the cbi says neither the uk or the eu are ready for a no—deal. and coming up, a weather anniversary. we step back in time — 70 years since the revival of tv forecasts. coming up on bbc news, romelu lukaku is left out of the manchester united squad that travelled to norway this morning. the belgian striker has been heavily linked with a move to inter milan and posted on social media, "soon to be continued". a former engineer at the us aerospace company boeing has told bbc news that work on the production line of the 737 max passengerjet was not adequately funded.
the entire fleet has been grounded worldwide since march because of two fatal crashes. boeing denies the claims by its ex—employee, and says it's committed to making the 737 max one of the safest aircraft ever to fly. richard bilton reports. the 737 max has been a commercial triumph for boeing. 5,000 have been ordered. but two of the aircraft crashed after being forced down by the plane's computer software. 346 people were killed. adam dickson ran a team of engineers who worked on the max. he says they were under constant pressure to keep costs down and the production line was under—resourced. certainly, what i saw was a lack of sufficient resources to do thejob in its entirety. the culture was very cost—centred, incredibly pressurised.
engineers were given targets to get a certain amount of cost out of the airplane. there were no such cost concerns in the boardroom. the chief executive, dennis muilenburg, has been paid more than $70 million. boeing has also paid $17 billion in dividends to shareholders and has spent a further $113 billion buying its own shares — a spending spree that has helped boeing treble its share price in just five years. critics say boeing's executives have been too focused on making money. if you supercharge the incentives of top executives and tell them that theirjob is to get the stock price up, they're not going to pay the kind of attention they need to pay to ensuring they produce a safe plane. boeing says it balances investment with returns to shareholders. it denies that corners were cut on the max and says it's always held true to values of safety,
quality and integrity. richard bilton, bbc news. and you can see more on that story on tonight's panorama — "boeing's killer planes" — which is on bbc one at 8:30pm. and it'll be available shortly afterwards on the iplayer. now, firefighters have rescued a man whose foot became trapped in rocks on the north norfolk coast. he'd fallen while trying to help his child on the beach at sheringham yesterday evening. the man was stuck in the sea for nearly four hours and, at one point, was submerged up to his neck. our correspondent, robby west, is in sheringham. it all sounds very dramatic, what happened? yes, it was very dramatic and this is where the man was trapped. he was walking up the steps off the beach when a wave came in from the left. he stepped in front of his children to protect them and he was not onto these big slabs of granite. first onto the scene was a
local lifeguard and he told me what hero —— what he saw when he arrived on the scene. the patient had his foot wedged down in—between the rock and this structure here. when i arrived on scene, he was getting hammered by pretty severe tidal waves. and so i basically came in with a rescue tube to wedge it between him and the rock, and then sheltered him with my body when waves were impacting. well, firefighters eventually freed him from the rocks using brute force, but he was in the water for over three hours. police say today his injuries are not thought to be serious. and just before we came on—air, i spoke to members of his family wanted to thank all the emergency services for saving his life. thanks very much. now, from camp's bay beach to table mountain — the city of cape town, in south africa, is well—known as a popular tourist destination
for millions of people every year, but it's also one of the world's most divided and dangerous cities. on average, eight people have been murdered there every day in the first six months of this year. the bbc‘s vauldi carelse and cameraman christian parkinson spent a weekend with the police, and spoke to some of the bereaved families. first on the scene, the metropolitan police's law enforcement officers are out on patrol in a dangerous part of cape town. jerrickjunnies grew up on these streets. it's a never—ending story, man. you killed my dad, i will kill you. you killed my brother, i will kill you. i call it the coloured curse, the bruinmense curse, because everyone is willing to pick up a knife, ora gun, to avenge someone else's death. take out your wallet and your phone, please. often, the guns are turned against police. six members of the anti—gang unit were shot and injured last month.
over the weekend we were filming, three more were shot. one of them died. ok, you guys go left and we're going to go right. we got a glimpse of the danger they face every day. open the door! hey, that's why you run! two more! is that sort of weapon something you normally find? no, normally, you'd find handguns, but that's a big weapon. i'm also quite shocked. vauldi, this is my thinking, if i get one gun off the street, i'm saving hundreds of lives. so, one gun, that's how many cars, how many hijackings, how many murders? but policing can't fix the social and economic inequality in these areas. this is blikkiesdorp, home to over 20,000 people. sprawling townships like these
are a legacy of apartheid. a month ago, five men were shot execution—style in this shack. 15—year—old mogamad qiyaam petersen was one of the victims. his little sister and brother watched as he died. the violence has got more and more, you know. the children are not safe in that place. truly. they're not even safe in the park. he's not supposed to be dead. if you're not even safe in your own house, how can it be safe outside? to make these streets a little safer, the army's been called in. the army is meant to reinforce the police, who are thin on the ground. with more than a thousand soldiers on the streets of some
of the troubled hotspots, theirs is a temporary deployment, a stopgap measure to help halt the killings. qiyaam's mother, shieyaam, hopes she won't have to bury another son. after the murder, the family had to leave blikkiesdorp and now they're hoping for a fresh start. i know violence everywhere, but because i already lost one son, and i don't want to lose another. vauldi carelse, bbc news, cape town. a couple are taking the church of england to court over christian school assemblies, which they say are indoctrinating their children. lee and lizanne harris say their children's school in oxfordshire should provide an inclusive alternative. our religion editor, martin bashir ,is here. what is the current law on acts of worship in school? the current law dates back to 19114 in the education act which stipulates that every day, there
should be collective act of worship, it should be predominantly christian although not distinctive in terms of denomination. and that law has applied since 19114. in 2014, denomination. and that law has applied since 1944. in 2014, the national governors association said that the law should be abolished because it wasn't really being applied and then in 2015, charles clarke, who had been the education secretary, contributed to an academic paper where again, the suggestion was that this law should be abolished because it is not really being enforced and because the culture of britain has changed so much. and why other parents in this case challenging this law? well, the harrises believe that when their children had been attending these collective acts of worship, they have been hearing christianity described as truthful and factual. one of the distinctives about the way collective worship takes place as it is largely dependent on the senior management of the school. in some schools, the collective act of worship is a bit like school dinner
custard. it is warm and sweet, but it is not really theologically robust. in other schools where you might have a head teacher who is a committed christian, well, then they would focus on things like the authority of the bible, historicity of christ, his death on the cross. and this family are saying that when they chose to take their children out of these collective acts of worship, the children were simply placed in a room with an ipad. so they are asking for this law to be changed. thejudicial they are asking for this law to be changed. the judicial review is set down, i think, for the end of november and it will be a question of whether the law is changed, repealed and replaced or whether there are new directives for schools as to what should happen in a collective act of worship. but as i say, we will know about this by the end of this year. 0k, martin, many thanks, thank you. the duchess of sussex has been revealed as the first guest editor of british vogue's september issue —
seen as the most important edition of the fashion year. meghan has chosen to feature 15 so—called ‘change—makers' on the cover of the edition, which focuses on female empowerment and diversity. the duchess declined to appear on the cover herself, telling the editor she felt it would be "boastful". six flood alerts are still in place in england, after a month's rain fell in less than 24 hours. greater manchester was one of the worst—affected areas. the manchester airport relief road is still closed because of flooding. five flood alerts are in place in scotland. well, from last week's heatwave to flash flooding over the past 24 hours, our volatile weather makes forecasts important for many. and on this day in 1949 — 70 years ago — the bbc revived the tv weather report, something it had originally introduced at the start of the second world war. the way we get the latest predictions has changed dramatically over the years, as our presenter, matt taylor, has been finding out. it's going to be a dull
and wet start to the day... the way we consume the weather forecast has changed immensely. from simple hand—drawn charts and magnetic symbols... there's some... oh, dear! bleep let's do it again. there's the heavy and persistent rain... ..to 3d graphics and sophisticated mobile phone apps. we now have more weather information at our fingertips than ever before, but how exactly does that information get there? it all begins at a weather station like this. the radcliffe observatory has been recording data for over two centuries, making it one of the oldest and longest running in the world. we've been taking temperature observations here on a daily basis since 1814, and then we've got daily rainfall observations as well from the 1820s. so, everything that's used here to measure the temperature and the rainfall has been issued by the met office, so it's all standard kit. and so, what's measured here will be measured likewise in other parts, notjust the uk, but right around the world? absolutely. but with the atmosphere stretching kilometres above us,
we also need weather balloons, radar and satellite data. and all that information gets fed into weather organisations such as the european centre for medium—range weather forecasting here in reading... where supercomputers like these ones, doing trillions of calculations every single second, churn all that weather observational data and create the forecast. this is planning for food, for transport, for health, for energy, for anything that is part of society, that's making society. agriculture needs to know when to borrow, buy, rent equipment. they need to know what crops to use, when. that up—to—date, personalised information is crucialfor all of us. since the bbc weather app launched in 2013, it's been downloaded 15 times a minute, with up to eight million people using it every single week, and it continues to innovate and evolve. well, the technology and the amount of information available may have changed greatly in the last 70 years
but, for me personally, you can't beat getting in front of the camera and communicating the forecast and its uncertainties verbally. now, if you don't mind, i have a job to do! see you soon. matt taylor there on how weather forecasts have changed. so now let's have our very own up—to—date look at today's weather. here's alina jenkins. has the way of forecasting and the style changed in the time you have been doing it? i have been doing it 18 years and i have noticed the improvement in a ccu ra cy have noticed the improvement in accuracy and forecast technology has moved on from 70 years ago, but some things are still quite tricky for us and lots of showers in the forecast. many of us started the new week with blue skies and sunshine. not all there though, showers booing in the scilly isles and cornwall in south—west scotland. from the earlier radar picture, you can see three distinct areas, the south—west england, rain across south—west scotland. showers across northern
areas of and pulling away. showers across northern ireland and the far north of england. for most, increasing sunshine across northern england, good spells of sunshine for england, good spells of sunshine for england and wales away from the south—west corner where we have the showers. and in the sunshine, probably the warmest day of the working week. temperatures widely in the low to mid 20 celsius. cooler weather is cloud stubborn to go. this evening and overnight, showers across south—west england pushed further into wales, may be the midlands and northern ireland. gusty winds associated with those and heavy rain and may be thunder and lightning. quite a muggy night, temperatures across central and southern england not much lower than 16 or 17 celsius. tomorrow, this low pressure is the driving force behind the weather this week. the isobars are quite close together, meaning we have windy conditions particularly across south—west and southern england tomorrow. showers here in the morning will become more widespread as the day wears on. heavy and thundery could give quite a lot of rain in a short amount