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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at midday. the eu's lead brexit negotiator rejects borisjohnson's demands for the irish backstop to be scrapped. michel barnier says the uk has now reached a ‘moment of truth‘ labour's brexit spokesman, keir starmer, says this week may be the last chance to stop borisjohnson taking the uk out
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the eu without a deal. the route is via legislation. the senior cabinet minister reponsible for no deal preparations, michael gove, refuses to be drawn on whether the government would abide by any legislation designed to stop a no—deal brexit (tx sor) let's see what to legislation says. pro—democracy activists in hong kong target the city's airport. large crowds gather outside the terminal building, causing long queues for passengers trying to get inside. some flights to and from the uk are facing delays because of problems affecting french air traffic control. the foreign secretary dominic raab is in poland where commemorations are underway to mark the day germany
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invaded the country, sparking the start of the second world war. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. labour's brexit spokesman has said this week will almost certainly be the last chance to stop britain leaving the eu without a deal at the end of october. sir keir starmer said mps opposed to a no—deal brexit would try to introduce legislation to prevent it happening. meanwhile, the senior cabinet minister reponsible for no deal preparations, michael gove, has refused to be drawn on whether the government would abide by such legislation. he also denied there would be food shortages in the event of no deal, but predicted that some prices may go up and others would go down the eu's lead brexit negotiator, michel barnier, wrote in a sunday paper today saying the uk has come to a "moment of truth" on how it will leave the european union.
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earlier i spoke to our poltical correspondent, susana mendonca, who told me that mr barnier‘s comments undermined the stance taken by borisjohnson. here we have the eu's chief negotiator saying there is no chance of getting and michel barnier saying the eu has shown maximum flexability and what it is shown so far is the fact of movement is brought into question.
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mps who work to stop a no deal brexit will be working towards that end. and tory rebels who were former members of theresa may's government are going to be speaking to borisjohnson to say what progress are you making with the european union? this does not help boris johnson that respect. in terms of those leading the charge we have the opposition parties and labour and we have heard from the shadow brexit secretary keir starmer today who says this is the last chance because of prorogation, they literally have four days to make their mark and so they are planning ahead and he was talking about how they have lots of ideas for different eventualities. he did not go into detail about what the plan would be and we wouldn't expect him to because that would be telling the government. certainly it is very clear that he and others from other political parties are working to try and stop a no—deal brexit and that is his priority. the legislation is intended to ensure we don't leave without a deal. that will require an extension. the length of extension is secondary, frankly. we've simply got to stop leaving without a deal. 0k. but i do go back to this point because there's always talk about plotting, etcetera. the prime minister can cut
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through this very easily this week by saying i am going to put my proposal up for a vote and i'm going to live by the result. if parliament gives me backing to leave without a deal, so be it, and if they don't, i will abide by that, but he won't do it. and what about the government reaction to that? and what keir starmer said in that interview is he described boris johnson as disingenuous and he would use any means to get around parliament so there is clearly a complete lack of trust there. we have heard from michael gove and i think it was telling in his interview that he wouldn't say whether or not the government would abide by legislation to block a no—deal. he said they would have to wait and see what happens with that but in terms of this idea that enough conservative backbenchers would side with labour and the liberal democrats and what have you
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to try and block a no—deal brexit. michael gove was very clear that the prime minister has the numbers on his side. i believe that a majority of mps in the house of commons this week will back the prime minister because we know the prime minister is making progress with our european friends and allies in order to secure a deal. i do think people will want to put a road block in its way. we all want to leave with a deal and we know as a result of the conversations that the prime minister's had with emmanuel macron and angela merkel, that the withdrawal agreement that they stated was a block of marble and could not be altered, is now capable of being changed. i don't think that michel barnier got that memo. we do not know what is going on behind—the—scenes. but the government say they are trying to get a deal
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with the european union but we have heard from keir starmer about that. he is saying why are we not heeding noises from the european union about that? -- noises from the european union about that? —— hearing. there are lots of rumours about would borisjohnson go for a general election and there is a vote of no confidence and we do not have a lot of time in parliament for mps to do what they are going to do. there are also court cases going on. lots going on that could hinder the government's aims. and also the government is saying that they do not want a no—deal brexit but they are obviously planning for it and we have this advert campaign this week, that is being launched this week. michael gove is behind that one. it is all about telling people what to expect in a no—deal brexit. i was having a look at itjust before and it is almost like a question and answer. have you got pets? are you a european citizen? where are you planning to travel?
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depending on what you put in there it comes up with various bits of information. but those worried about an ordeal brexit talk about the possibility of there being shortages of medicine and shortages of food and these are worries that are concerning people and we sell these massive protests about prorogation yesterday and will understandable be more protests to come. pro—democracy demonstrators have again targeted the international airport in hong kong, attempting to cause disruption to flights and transport links. they were prevented from entering the terminal building and have been gathering on the streets outside. the metro line to the airport has been closed and there are traffic jams on roads leading there, some of which have been blocked by demonstrators. our correspondent stephen mcdonell is there and has more. here at the airport in hong kong. that gate there is where passengers
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would normally come out to reach buses. you can see it's closed. here's a barricade that has been built to stop them coming in or out. the idea was to cause transport chaos. here are the protesters, the pro—democracy activists, who defied the authorities, defied warnings that to have a rally like this risks arrest, risks the potential of being charged with illegal assembly. they are moving around the airport from place to place trying to block various parts of the transport infrastructure. for example, the airport express train service has had to be stopped, as well. protesters are running in that direction because police havejust arrived. with the transport chaos we have seen today the authorities must have
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decided this can't go on. protesters are still leaving the airport. protesters get to out of fear as a way of delaying the police. barricades along the road. trying to flee the airport and big numbers. this is the movement in action having a discussion and then working out what to do. the most important aim for them is to try and escape the airport area without being arrested. so discussions like this ta ke arrested. so discussions like this take place but the priority now, they have done the hit bit. now the run. they have done the hit bit. now the i’ui’i. “ they have done the hit bit. now the run. —— now they run. we will bring you further
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developments. the german president, frank walter steinmeier, has asked for poland's forgiveness at an event marking the eightieth anniversary of the start of the second world war. he was speaking at ceremonies in the polish town of wielun, which was the first to be bombed by the nazis at the start of the conflict. foreign leaders and dignitaries, including foreign secratary dominic raab, are attended the events. the us vice president mike pence is also in attendance. adam easton is in warsaw and we can speak to him now. this is a hugely important commemoration for the polish but also has resonance today. this is a very important commemoration because poland was one of the biggest sufferers and casualties of the second world war. 70% of its population, more than 5 million
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polish citizens and more than 3 millionjewish polish people were killed. the city centre were killed the mic destroyed by the nazis. —— the mic destroyed by the nazis. —— the city centre was destroyed by the nazis. this is also conflict that because at the end of it the soviet union liberated the city from the nazi occupation, they installed an u nwa nted nazi occupation, they installed an unwanted communist regime which for decades held back the polish economy. and so this conflict has actually had an impact on polish people up to the current day. the polish president is speaking and not just the victims but the polish citizens who were killed but the 80 million estimated casualties of this
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war. it is notable that among the guests there are heads of a0 countries here, a0 heads of delegations among them the vice president mike catt mike pence. there is nobody from russia. president vladimir putin was not invited. ten years ago he was invited. ten years ago he was invited but subsequently things have changed in the polish people did not think it was important to invite president vladimir putin after the russian annexation of crimea and its involvement in the conflict in the western ukraine. they see that is exactly the type of aggression that actually happened in the second world war so yes there is an element of politics to this member nation today. and with a general election in the offing next month there are some suggestions that the government
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has been using this to promote its view of history and its argument that germany and other countries in western europe still haven't properly accounted what happened to poland. certainly that is right. a date is a date and that is the commemoration. the polish hosts were very happy that president donald trump agreed to come especiallyjust six weeks before a general election. that would have been a big coup so there was some disappointment that president donald trump decided to stay in the united states to monitor hurricane dorian after the florida coast. but this government has a conservative point of view of polish history where the polish people were predominantly sufferers which is of course true. it sees itself as solely a victim and does not want to
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view the more nuanced multilayered view the more nuanced multilayered view of history where polish people actually got involved in very heinous crime as well, sometimes against theirjewish neighbours. what is also happening this government has set up a parliamentary committee to estimate the damage caused by is the germans during this conflict. and it is still in the process of doing that and just this week the polish pie minister was talking about the fact that it was completely unfair that poland basically didn't receive any reparations after the second world war. now, the polish government is yet to raise this officially with the german government and the german government says this issue legally as close. poland waived its right to those reparations in an agreement going back to 195a. that is certainly a political element and some say the government is playing to its own domestic audience. as i
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say it hasn't raised this officially with the german government but this is certainly something which ties in with this government is particular rather nationalistic view of the war. we will be checking in with adam and those commemorations later on. schools in england rated ‘outstanding' by 0fsted will no longer be exempt from inspections, under new government plans. the department for education says that, as of last summer, almost 300 schools hadn't been assessed for more than a decade. it said the changes would give parents up—to—date information about their child's education and ensure standards remain high. let's talk now tojohn waldren, a former headteacher and former 0fsted inspector .he joins us via webcam from bristol. hejoins us via webcam from bristol. it raises the question if there are 300 schools out there which haven't been inspected for more than a
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decade, it is very hard, isn't it, for the government to have much confidence in the overall performance of those schools if there is no objective way of measuring them? i quite agree. 300 schools have not been seen for more than ten years. if you had a car which needed an mot every year and they suddenly said great, you're mot is good for ten years, how would you feel with your brakes on your tires and things like that? it is the ridiculous system. schools need to be inspected just the same as anyone else. the government dressed up what was ina else. the government dressed up what was in a study to measure what it was in a study to measure what it was having to reduce budgets and last places and this is one way the department for education save money and said it was a reward for success. a lot can change and a skill and ten years and head teachers can come and go in senior leadership teams change. we are where we are in the government says this exemption will go. what you think will be the immediate impact
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on schools? presumably itself will have to over a period of time expand operations to be able to deal with this actual work? indeed. we operations to be able to deal with this actualwork? indeed. we have just heard in the last week that education is going to have australians of money given to it. and some of that will go to 0fsted. ——scrillions. the 0fsted budget has been cut in real terms by 15% in the last ten years. they will have to reorganise but it does mean that all schools will be fairly inspected. just because a school is outstanding ten yea rs just because a school is outstanding ten years ago, i guess my life was slightly different ten years ago. and therefore we need to re—evaluate what we do each time. and therefore we need to re—evaluate what we do each timelj and therefore we need to re—evaluate what we do each time. i suppose it is particularly galling for other schools which have had more regular inspections that may be the school
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down the road has been able to coast. exactly. the is always that danger. i don't think —— i think outstanding schools work incredibly ha rd outstanding schools work incredibly hard on thejust outstanding schools work incredibly hard on the just over a000 outstanding schools at the moment. i have worked on schools that end of that spectrum constantly under the microscope and constantly under pressure day in day out with 0fsted and hmi visits and visits from a local authority advisor when they we re local authority advisor when they were available. and all that pressure added up all the time for those schools and they did improve but it is very unfair on the schools when the other school down the road has never been seen for ten years. john, it will be an interesting time and yearahead. john, it will be an interesting time and year ahead. thank you for joining us. the headlines on bbc news...
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the eu's lead brexit negotiator michel barnier says the uk has now reached a ‘moment of truth‘ — and rejects demands for the irish backstop to be scrapped. labour's brexit spokesman, keir starmer, says mps will propose legislation to stop no deal. but the senior cabinet minister reponsible for no deal preparations, michael gove, refuses to be drawn on whether the governement would abide by any such legislation, if passed by mps in the commons. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's jane dougall. good afternoon. the first old firm derby of the season is under way at ibrox. both sides are unbeaten in the league with three wins from three.
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it's 0—0 and it's been a fairly un—eventfulfirst 19 minutes. a win for rangers would see steven gerrard's side leapfrog celtic to the top of the table. later this afternoon — arsenal host tottenham for the north london derby. both sides coming off the back of defeats last week. spurs head coach mauricio pochettino spent friday denying rumours that he was set to leave the club. but, despite losing to newcastle last week — he says he's looking forward re—newing the rivalry with arsenal. it is not important what happened in the past, it is important what is going to happen now in the present. and we know very well this type of game, what it means. i'm so lucky to be involved in this type of game. i love to play this type of game and of course i am so excited and
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optimistic that we are going to play in the best way. i think it is the best test. every time is a good moment to play against them. sunday with our supporters is the best moment to play. and enjoy that match, that derby. and maybe on sunday that is the best match in the world for all football supporters. motorsport is in mourning, following the death of a young driver during a support race for this weekend's belgian grand prix. 22—year—old french driver anthoine hubert died after a crash in a formula 2 race in spa. it happened on the second lap and — as the severity of the situation became clear — the race was susequently halted. a lot of the senior fi drivers knew hubert. world champion lewis hamilton paid tribute on social media writing: — "devastating news. god bless your soul, anthoine. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today." ferrari's charles le clerc posted a picture of himself and fellow countryman anthoine hubert alongside each other from their karting days together. vasly lomachenko beat britain's luke campbell
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at london's 02 arena on points to add wbc lightweight title to his wba and wbo belts. lomachenko — who's regarded as one of the best pound—for—pound boxers — was made to work hard for the thrilling win though. campbell was knocked down in the 11th round by the ukrainian — who won by a unanimous decision. i was too close, i was too close but it's boxing and i said before, for me it doesn't matter about the result — knockout, tko or score, it doesn't matter. win, just win. rafa nadal has powered through to the fourth round of the us open. the world number two was clinical in seeing off south korea's chung hyeon in straight sets yesterday evening. defending champion naomi 0saka is also through — beating 15—year—old coco gauff in straight sets 6—3, 6—0. gauff‘s serving badly letting her down in the second set. and 0saka showed her compassion in victory afterwards,
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with some consoling words for the emotional american teenager. it was kind of instinctive because when i shook her hand, i saw that she was tearing up a little and then it reminded me how young she was and then for me, at least when i lose ijust come into the locker room and cry and then i do press here. i love you guys but it's not the greatest. if she isjust i9 if she is just 19 years old, also very young. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour.
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at least five people have been killed and many more injured in the second mass shooting in texas within a month. three police officers are among the injured in the cities of midland and 0dessa. the suspect was shot dead in a standoff with police, as andy moore reports. five killed, that is confirmed by the police chief... at first it was thought two gunmen were on the loose. panic spread far and wide. people were evacuated from this shopping centre, at first it was thought two gunmen were on the loose. panic spread far and wide. people were evacuated from this shopping centre, including the presenter at the local tv station. there are people running through the mall, not sure why. are we going to go back to programming? no, we're going to leave and slip away, we don't know what is going on. as the gunman was finally cornered near a cinema complex, people were urged to take cover. police said the gunman had started his shooting spree after a simple traffic stop. several police officers were among the injured, and a child under two. he is a white male in his mid—30s.
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i don't have a positive identification on him yet. i have an idea who he is, but i won't release that information until we are absolutely positive. the vice president said the white house was being fully briefed on the incident. the president and i and our administration remain absolutely determined to work with leaders of both parties in the congress to take such steps that we can address and confront the scourge of mass atrocities in our country. there have been iao victims of such mass atrocities so far this year. the same as in the whole of last year. flights across european airspace are being disrupted due to a computer failure at french air traffic control. ryanair says some services are facing long delays or cancellation. passengers are being advised to check their flight before travelling to their airport. earlier i spoke to travel expert simon calder who gave an assessment
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of the impact this is having on air travel today. this is one of the busiest days in the year, particularly for families returning from their holidays. a number of uk airports say it will be the busiest day for inbound arrivals, but at the moment that looks uncertain. let me try and explain where we are. france absolutely at the heart of western european traffic control. 60% of all easyjet flights anywhere go over french territory. british airways say that they thought there would be some disruption, but there has already been 36 cancellations from heathrow, to destinations as far apart as athens, rome, berlin. they are blaming air traffic control in france. i assume that is because so many delays are building up. in gatwick, one easyjet flight to toulouse is running five hours late. we have had long delays on easyjet.
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also tui. at manchester, if you are watching this in the departure lounge, you are quite possibly booked onjet2 to alicante. thwo of their flights are running four hours late. do we know what has gone wrong at air traffic control? there has been industrial action earlier in the summer, is it just a coincidence? it appears to be, yes. it appears to be looking at the overflights. paris charles de gaulle is operating surprisingly well. we have seen many strikes, particularly in the marseille area in the south—east of france, out into the mediterranean. this appears to be some kind of malfunction which greatly reduces the flow rate. there are reports of pilots in lisbon trying to get to the uk telling their passengers that they are going to be
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four or five hours late. you will not be able to get compensation, because the airline is not at fault but airlines have a strict duty of care, meaning meals and so on. they also have to rebook you on the first available flight, even if it means paying money to a rival to get you home. hurricane dorian is drawing ever closer to the bahamas and the southeastern coast of the united states. it's a category four storm, with maximum sustained winds of ias miles per hour. dorian‘s route has been very difficult to forecast but with heavy rain and severe storm surges expected, its potential to cause huge damage remains high. seen from space, hurricane dorian is scything through the atlantic ocean. with the storm's path varying, communities from florida to georgia and the carolinas are preparing for the might of mother nature, but
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dorian will hit the bahamas first. the bahamas are going to get absolutely levelled by this thing because it is a strong storm. the bahamas are flat, they have no defence to the storm and it will churn over there, it's going to dump perhaps two feet of rain. as the hurricane heads in, the ships sail out — the united states navy moving away from the storm's path. it's a similar message for communities in the caribbean. we are moving as many possible. still, there are many residents who are refusing to move. we send this final plea asking them to kindly move themselves to safer ground. the caribbean and the southern states are ready for the wind, rain and storm surges. the region is more than used to severe weather. all that's left now is to hang tight and be hopeful. pope francis has had to apologise for arriving late for his weekly address to crowds in saint peter's square —
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