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borisjohnson says his opponents are damaging britain's chances of securing a new brexit agreement with the eu. he says the government will hold more frequent talks with the eu to try to get a deal, but warns mps not to scupper their chances. the more the parliamentarians try to block the no—deal brexit, the more likely it is we will end up in that situation. meanwhile, a judge rejects a temporary halt to borisjohnson‘s plan to suspend parliament, but mps behind the move remain hopeful. he hasn't made any ruling on our argument that prorogation should be stopped. he wants to hear further and full argument on tuesday morning here at the court of session. we'll have the very latest on today's brexit developments. also this lunchtime.
new research suggests women on menopausal hormone therapy, risk developing breast cancer, a decade after treatment ends. leading pro—democracy activists in hong kong are arrested, as the territory gears up for another weekend of mass protests. and the people of florida are warned huricane dorian is strengthening as it heads for the us coast. and coming up on bbc news, not a good return to f1 for lewis hamilton. his mercedes suffers power failure in first practice at belgium, but ferrari's sebastian vettel has the fastest time. good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one.
borisjohnson says his opponents are damaging the chances of getting a good brexit deal with brussels. the prime minister's promised a renewed effort to get an agreement before the deadline at the end of october. he's facing fierce opposition to his decision to suspend or prorogue parliament, and among those opposing the move is the former conservative prime minister sirjohn major who'sjoined a legal case at the high court. our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. chanting: stop the coup! in manchester... chanting: stop the coup! in london... boris out! and right on the prime minister's doorstep, anger and outrage this week at his decision to suspend parliament, but borisjohnson says it is mps, not him, that are raising the chances of leaving the eu without a deal. the more the parliamentarians try to block the no—deal brexit, the more likely it is that we'll end up in that situation, so, the best thing now is for us to get
on and make our points to our european friends with clarity and with vigour, and that's what we're doing. the decision to shut up shop here for five weeks took many by surprise. now labour is urging more action against what it says is a government acting unlawfully. we'll use any means necessary to prevent this undemocratic behaviour. and that includes people taking to the streets, that includes people taking to the airways, that includes people going to court. but protests and legal challenges aside, mps know if they want to stop a no—deal brexit, they will have to do something about it in parliament. those hoping to force a change in the law are finalising their plans. i hope that parliament will take a series of actions in a proper, orderly way that, by the end of the week, mean that boris johnson
knows that, as prime minister, he has the backing of many of us to get a deal but if he doesn't get a deal, he is going to have to seek an extension. efforts to achieve a new deal are stepping up. uk and eu officials will meet twice a week in brussels from now on but, despite warmer words from european leaders, the two sides are still far apart on the key sticking point of keeping an open border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. at the moment, nothing credible has come from the british government in the context of an alternative to the backstop and, you know, if that changes, great, we will look at it in dublin, but, more importantly, it can be the basis of a discussion in brussels. but it's got to be credible. so, no sense of a breakthrough soon, and back here, a government determined to stick to a deadline, parliament intent on imposing its will. jonathan blake, bbc news. let's get more from jonathan blake in westminster now. next week is potentially the last
week for this parliament before it is supposed to be suspended. and, frankly, it could be a huge week in terms of brexit. it is going to be a very big week ahead. at the moment the brexit process feels like traffic moving along a motorway, pulling back and overtaking, but everyone going at roughly the same speed waiting for a breakthrough. you have heard in the report about brussels saying they are willing to talk but no major shift in position. downing street describing that is going on to a football pitch and not wanting to be shown the red card straightaway which is why they are going into these preparatory talks are tentatively hoping for a shift before that summit scheduled in mid—october. back here at westminster over the next week, it will be about who wins the argument, the government saying they are determined to deliver by the end of october come what may whether it is with a new deal or without.
parliament and mps saying they have to avoid a no—deal brexit at all costs. it may be about who shouts the loudest or who makes the smartest moves. eu foreign ministers meeting in hel —— helsinki say the uk has not yet presented any credible alternatives to the irish backstop. our europe correspondent damian grammaticas is there. the backstop is seen as the big blockage to a potential deal but a suggestion from other members of the eu is britain hasn't come forward with an alternative. that is exactly what they have said, i asked all the foreign ministers we could arriving this morning whether they had heard anything to make them think a deal is likely all the process is moving forward and all those eu foreign ministers gathering here in helsinki said, no detail, no. the dutch, belgians all said they had not seen any detailed
proposals from the uk side although the uk once these talks next week. the irish foreign minister said he thought the eu would be open to five days a week of talks if necessary because the eu wants a deal, but the problem is that no credible proposals have been put on the table by the uk side. and he reiterated a credible process has to deal with the irish border issue. it is sounding familiar to before with theresa may when there was lots of talk about negotiations, the problem is, nothing on the table and still a blockage in parliament. thank you. a judge at scotland's highest civil court has rejected a request to put an immediate block on boris johnson's decision to suspend parliament. the court will instead hear full arguments next week. a cross—party group of more than 70 mps and peers is asking the court to rule that it would be illegal and unconstitutional for the government
to suspend parliament, limiting the amount of time mps have to debate brexit. lorna gordon reports. it is scotland's highest civil court. decisions made here can reverberate far beyond this cobbled square. few, though, as potentially far—reaching as this. the decision made today to wait untilfull arguments can be heard, with the judge refusing to order a temporary halt to plans to shut down parliament. i am not satisfied that it has been demonstrated that there is a cogent need for interim suspension or interim interdict to be granted at this stage. lawyers acting for the government said proroguing is an exercise the queen alone can enter into based on the government's advice, and it is not a matter for the court. pro—remain campaigners outside those court disagreed, while inside, lawyers acting for those seeking to stop the proroging of
parliament argued that the advice given to the queen was unlawful, and unconstitutional, and motivated by a desire to restrict parliament's ability to hold the government to account. those behind the action called on the prime minister to submit a sworn statement to court on the reasoning behind his decision. this prime minister doesn't behave as other prime ministers do, but i think if he believes that he has a good case for prorogation, he should have the guts to swear an affidavit as to the reasons for that prorogation. a spokesperson for the government said, "we are glad the court found against the interdict," adding that there was no good reason to seek one, given the full hearing is due to take place next week. that hearing will now take place next tuesday, with a ruling delivered soon after. lord doherty said it was in the interests of justice and in the public interest that the case proceeds as soon as it can. lorna gordon, bbc news, at the court of session in edinburgh.
our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman is here. the significance of that court of session ruling in scotland, how powerful is it? what has happened here is the petitioners have sought and emergency injunction at an early stage of proceedings, they have failed in that but it is far from over. now, we get this full hearing on tuesday and if the petitioners succeed in getting a ruling which says that the advice given by boris johnson to the queen was unlawful, then, that, the government could appeal that but pending any appeal, it pulls the queen into the political arena, puts her in the uncomfortable position of having passed an order based on unlawful advice. that is a fascinating constitutional playing out we will see next week. it is far from over. the government has had some success
in arguing this is a lawful use of prerogative powers to suspend parliament and this is a matter not for the course. the case in scotland, northern ireland and london, sirjohn major hasjoined ireland and london, sirjohn major has joined the case in ireland and london, sirjohn major hasjoined the case in london alongside gina miller who has already won a famous brexit court case in the high court, has significant is his involvement? her case is about proving the unlawful intention behind seeking the suspension of parliament. intention is a difficult thing to prove. if you have in your back pocket not just a prove. if you have in your back pocket notjust a former prime minister but a former conservative prime minister, if he says the only basis on which this could have been done was to reduce the amount of parliamentary time for mps to debate brexit options, that is very powerful. thank you. a major international study has
found that women who have menopausal hormone therapy experience an increased risk of developing breast cancer for more than a decade after treatment ends. researchers from the university of oxford who looked at more than 100,000 women from around the world estimate a million cases of breast cancer may have been caused by the treatment since the 1990s. here's james gallagher. louise rivers started having symptoms of menopause three years ago. she says she lost her brain and was struggling to work. herjoints ached, she was not sleeping well and she began to get migraines. louise says starting hormone therapy last year was a difficult decision, but the right one. i definitely feel as if my concentration levels are back where they were a few years ago. i feel a lot more confident working. i still have a few bad days here and then, still get some migraines, but overall, i feel much better taking it than i did before when i wasn't taking it. it has long been known that menopausal hormone therapy
increases the risk of cancer. the latest study shows the increased risk lasts more than a decade after stopping the drugs, and that the dangers are twice as high as previously thought. it means for every 50 50—year—olds taking daily oestrogen and progesterone therapy for five years, one would have a cancer caused by their hormone therapy before they turn 70. we don't want to alarm women, but we don't want to give them false reassurance about the risks associated with hrt. what we would hope is that women would use this information to make a much more informed decision about whether or not they want to start taking hrt or perhaps continue taking hrt. doctors say the risks and benefits of treatment need to be balanced for each individual patient. as clinicians, we are looking at women, so when you have got a woman in front of you who feels absolutely dreadful because she has gone through the menopause, then, you need to help her, and she needs to make the decision, do i want to feel better,
do i want to have a better quality of life? louise says she found the latest findings concerning, but that she was not going panic. taking hormones improved her quality of life and she plans to chat to her consultant at their next appointment. james gallagher, bbc news. the bbc‘s head of statistics robert cuffe is here. some of these figures look alarming, how did the researchers reach their findings? that one in 15 number, let us look at the data to see how they arrived at the data to see how they arrived at that conclusion. a 50—year—old woman who hit menopause, but does not take hrt, on the left, 63 will be expected to experience breast cancer. if they take oestrogen for five years, that goes up to 68, an increase of five cases for 1000 women. the most commonly prescribed oestrogen and progesterone, it goes all the way up to 83, an extra 20
cases per 1000 women. one in 50. it is clear those risks depend what drugs you are on and other factors, drinking, weight, when the menopause started. taking the one in 15 number away, it is important women discuss this with their gp. police in hong kong have stepped up their crackdown on pro—democracy demonstrations, by arresting three leading activists. two have appeared in court, charged with organising an illegal protest. another march is planned tomorrow, despite the authorities banning the protest and police have warned that anyone taking part is likely to face arrest. from hong kong, john mcdonell reports. activists descended on police headquarters five weeks ago as part of hong kong's ongoing political crisis. police stations have been marked out for special attention here, with many in the pro—democracy
movement calling for fellow protesters already detained to be released. amongst those seen outside this building on the 21st ofjune was pro—democracy campaignerjoshua wong. for this, according to his party, the high—profile figure was snatched off the street this morning as he walked to an underground train station. he was then forced into an unmarked van and driven away by police officers. all we ask for is just to urge beijing and hong kong government to withdraw the bill, stop police brutality and respond to our calls for a free election. even i have beenjailed three times and i need to face a trial on the 8th of november, which means three months later, but we still keep on our fight. we shall not surrender. joshua wong and fellow demosisto leader agnes chow have been charged with "inciting others to participate in unlawful assembly"
and also "knowingly taking part in such a gathering". hong kong police say they are not taking sides in this dispute, but that when people break the law, they will be punished. in an off—the—record briefing inside the barricaded police headquarters building, officers told us that today's arrests were not part of some broad crackdown on the pro—democracy movement. however, when you consider the arrests in connection with the prohibition of a planned mass march on the weekend, many are predicting this could spark yet more violence in this city over the coming days. in defending the decision to refuse permission for tomorrow's march, police said that a large, peaceful rallies in the city have been leading to street clashes. they are threatening more arrests if protesters turn out to march illegally. but such threats have been ineffective in recent weeks and seem highly unlikely to work this time. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong.
the time is 1:17pm. our top story this lunchtime... borisjohnson says his opponents are damaging britain's chances of securing a new brexit agreement with the eu. what impact could a no—deal brexit have on the 70,000 british pensioners who live here in spain and their ability to access to health care system? some have told us health care system? some have told us they feel abandoned by the british government, more shortly. coming up on bbc news, dan evans will play roger federer in the third round of the us open after beating luca pouille. it will be the third time the british number two has met federer in a grand slam. people living in florida, have been warned that hurricane dorian could strengthen as it approaches. a state of emergency has been declared, and donald trump has cancelled a planned trip to poland. dorian is set to sweep
through the bahamas, and is expected to reach the us mainland early next week. let's get more now from ben rich from the bbc weather centre. how worried should people be in florida? i think people in florida are right to be preparing for this storm, it is already a strong storm and it is only set to get stronger. we can take a look at the progress the storm has been making on the satellite picture. you can see it has passed just to the east of porto rico and if you watch the later frames of that image, it is now starting to look more and more we would expect a hurricane to look, the centre of the storm, wins around 110 mph according to the national hurricane center in the usa and that is the track that is forecast, some uncertainty about how for no —— how far north and south it will get and where it will land in florida but it is set to move north of the bahamas, and you will start to feel the
effects of it in florida late sunday, into monday, the centre of the storm due to make landfall around monday, by which time, sustained winds could be 140 mph, gusts could be stronger than that and a storm surge could well inundate coastal areas, so very high sea levels and on top of that, it looks like the storm, once it arrives, is going to slow down and could dump huge amounts of rain. forecasts are currently upwards of 300 millimetres of rain for florida so 300 millimetres of rain for florida so this is a combination that will cause major problems. it does seem incredibly powerful but how does it compare to other recent hurricanes? so in 2017, hurricane irma hit with a category four status, and at the moment, we are expecting this to be a similarly strong storm. that was an extremely costly storm and in 2018, hurricane michael hit the florida panhandle and that was briefly a category five. so a few big ones in florida over the last few years and this could just be the
latest. ben, thank you. with hurricane dorian expected to make landfall in florida on early monday morning, residents are preparing for all extremes. cbs news correspondent david begnaud sent this update from merritt island in florida. we are in merritt island, florida, which is just outside of orlando. people are waiting in line right now to get sandbags. yesterday, they waited for more than eight hours. today, people showed up before 6am. sandbags were going to be distributed at 8am but a couple of people brought their own shovels, grabbed the bags that the police left over and are now serving themselves. you can understand why, as people prepare for what is expected to be a major hurricane. the governor of florida, ron desantis, has told people prepare now, do not wait until the weekend. and they want people to prepare not only with sandbags, but also with food, water and fuel. we've seen lines for gasoline stretching blocks and even for a half—mile. shelves in various stores are empty, specifically the shelves for things like bread and water.
in fact, some grocery stores are telling people that you are limited to four cases of water per family. i should tell you this, no one seems to be panicking here in the state of florida, everyone is calm, but heeding the warning from the governor to get ready now. david begnaud, cbs news for the bbc. british citzens living in spain have told the bbc, they feel alone and forgotten by the uk government, with the brexit deadline fast approaching. confusion about their status after the uk leaves the european union, dwindling pensions, and concerns about healthcare are leading some to consider whether or not to stay in spain. tim muffett is on the costa del sol for us. tim? yes, ona tim? yes, on a sunny day like today, it is easy to see why so many british citizens choose to live in spain. more than 300,000 are registered to live here, 70,000 of those are
pensioners and now they can access the spanish health care system, but we re the spanish health care system, but were there to be a no—deal brexit, many, were there to be a no—deal brexit, any were there to be a no—deal brexit, many, many are worried about the consequences of that. we have met some of them. under the spanish sun, dave is waiting on events in brussels and westminster. good to meet you. hi, good to meet you too. how do you feel you have been treated by the british government? drea dfully. i think if i'd treated a dog the same way, i'd have been in court. what they've told us has been half—truths, lies, misdirections. it seems to change week by week. dave moved to almeria in andalucia in 2004. he has parkinson's disease and has had two heart attacks. like other british pensioners, he has been able to access health care in another eu country but the chance of a no—deal brexit has changed things. this one is a cardiac drug. that is for parkinson's. if it is a no—deal brexit, you don't know for sure whether you will be able
to access these medicines? i can't get them without prescription anyway. the cost of the medicines alone is around 700 euros a month. i can't afford it. something would have to give. i'm wondering, you know, is itjust worth going on? you know? if i lose my health care, wouldn't it be easier to just die? even if there is a no—deal brexit, both the british and spanish governments have said they want to carry on offering a reciprocal health care agreement to pensioners from both countries, but nothing yet has been formalised and it is that uncertainty which many are finding so unsettling. my battle with cancer has been hampered by actually having a fight with brexit as well. lisa moved to spain three years ago. she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. expats have been advised to register for spanish residency. lisa says her application has been rejected on a technicality, even though she's been here for three years.
if i don't have residency, i don't have my health care rights. do you fear, then, if there is a no deal exit, that your treatment could effectively stop? yes, of course it could. suddenly, countries can suddenly decide they don't like each other too much. it's unlikely but so was prorogation. this is why the panic and the anxiety is rising. others are confident things will be sorted. neil hesketh runs a support group for expats. there is no question in my mind that both britain and spain would want a one—to—one agreement. before spain evenjoined the eu 30, 35 years ago, there were lots of different agreements between britain and spain over health care, pension rights, workers' rights. but no government, whether in spain or britain, is going to let people not be covered, it's just not going to happen. people here expect to feel the heat but, as brexit gets nearer, the questions keep coming.
the british government has today announced a £3 million funding package for uk citizens across the eu, to help them to register their residency, which is the key bit of advice and at the british embassy in madrid says it has hosted 200 events across the country to help people go through that process, especially pensioners and disabled people, but despite those assurances, there is clearly a great deal of uncertainty as to what lies ahead. tim muffett live on the costa del sol. a woman who won a landmark court case over bereavement benefits, says it's "shameful" that, a year on, she still hasn't received a penny. siobhan mclaughlin, from county antrim, wasn't married to the father of her children when he died in 2014, and so couldn't claim widowed pa rents' allowance. even though they had been in a relationship for more than 20 years. but despite her court victory, the law still hasn't been changed.
president trump has set up a new pentagon command for space warfare. speaking at the white house, he said enemies of the united states were weaponising earth's orbit. the command will focus on defending us interests in space, such as satellites used for communications and surveillance. almost 30 years after the collapse of the berlin wall, there are still significant political differences between germany's old east and west. the far right afd party is popular in the former east and in two regional elections there this weekend, it could emerge as the strongest party, posing a challenge to angela merkel‘s cdu and her coalition partners, the social democrats. our berlin correspondent, jenny hill, has been to goerlitz in saxony to find out why. angela merkel promised them stability, strength. here in germany's old east, they don't believe her any more. the far right has made itself at home in what was conservative country.
afd promises security and it deals in fear. translation: i'm sick to the back teeth of foreigners taking over our fatherland. i don't like having muslims in my country. translation: there isn't much wrong here, but we see it on television. we don't want conditions like they have in west germany, where police don't dare go into certain places. we don't want that here. loved by tourists, famed for its architecture. 30 years ago, goerlitz was behind the iron curtain. the town's been rebuilt, the country reunited. still, some here feel they've been left behind. translation: afd isn't just a problem here, it's a general problem in the east. there are a number of reasons. many people here experienced radical change in 1989, and now we face big changes again,
with digitalisation and the end of coal production here. many are afraid of these changes. there is a fragility about germany's big old political parties. centre—left and centre—right failing to reach voters like heiko, who was a young man when the berlin wall came down. translation: they have cheated people for years. they made promises before elections but the only thing that always improved was their salaries. i wonder where all the money for foreigners is coming from. you could put it into schools or old people's homes, but that doesn't happen. it all feels very tranquil but, behind the beautiful facades, there is a real division here and angela merkel will be watching closely. a strong afd performance could put more pressure on her government, but it's about more than that. what's happening here represents a nationwide struggle to define
what modern germany's values really are. grilling for victory. mrs merkel‘s eastern conservatives. she asks question in german. but when i asked the regional prime minister how he plans to beat afd, he seems reluctant to engage. for most germans, afd remains an unpalatable choice, but it's fast becoming an established part of this country's politics. jenny hill, bbc news, goerlitz. the australian government says the great barrier reef is continuing to suffer because of climate change. a new report says rising sea temperatures, caused by global warming, means the reefs prospects have been downgraded to "very poor" — its lowest level — jeopardising its world heritage status. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett.