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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at eight. the cabinet minister reponsible for no—deal brexit preparations refuses to commit the government to follow parliament's orders, if it passes no deal legislation. lets see what the legislation says. you are asking me about a pig in a poke, andi you are asking me about a pig in a poke, and i will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward. the most powerful storm ever to reach the bahamas has now made landfall. "catastrophic conditions" are forecast. parts of it is already under water, and some areas you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street and where the ocean begins. germany's far—right celebrates gains in two state elections — but exit polls suggest they've
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failed to gain overall control in either place. chaos at hong kong airport as protestors cause flights to be delayed and cancelled. in half an hour, charlotte callen investigates an innovative scheme uses mentoring and education to help young drug dealers break out of a life of crime. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the minister in charge of preparations for a no—deal brexit, michael gove, has refused to say whether the government would abide by legislation designed to stop the uk leaving the eu without an agreement. a cross—party group of mps will introduce a law intended to block no—deal, when parliament returns from its summer recess this week. the shadow brexit secretary,
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sir keir starmer, described mr gove‘s comments as "breathtaking". here's our political correspondent, iain watson. hey, ho, borisjohson‘s got to go! a weekend of protests on the streets. a week of rebellion at westminster lies ahead. save our democracy — stop the coup! these demonstrators want the suspension of parliament later this month lifted, but the politicians will still meet this week. opposition mps and some conservative rebels will attempt to stop borisjohnson taking the uk out of the eu without a deal. but how? very simple. the route will be by legislation, because i believe there has got to be legislation in place to lock this and make it unlawful for him to take us out without a deal. but this could lead to a further delay to brexit. obviously, if we're at the 31st october, that will require an extension, but i think this should be a very short, simple exercise.
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so, if the opposition parties pass a law to stop no—deal, will the government to respect it? this cabinet minister refused repeated invitations to say that the government would abide by the of parliament. we will see what the legislation says when it is put forward. let's see what the legislation says. you're asking me about a pig in a poke. let's see what the legislation is that he puts forward. so what could happen if borisjohnson‘s defeated? the prime minister has argued that if mps rule out no—deal, it will weaken his hand in negotiations with brussels. so rather than accept mps‘ instructions to delay brexit, he may well try to call an early general election instead. but that would need the agreement of two thirds of mps at westminster, and the liberal democrats have said explicitly, and labour have hinted strongly today, that they would only allow this to happen if polling day comes before and not after we leave the european union.
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of course, all this could be avoided if borisjohnson gets a deal, but michel barnier, the eu's chief negotiator, said brussels won't be poring over new plans unless they're very similar to the ones he previously agreed. and this week, the government will step up its campaign to get people ready for brexit. but how ready, really, are we for no—deal? for example, will food supplies be unaffected 7 everyone will have the food they need. some prices may go up. other prices will come down. you know it's going to be a big week in parliament when the world's media sets up camp on its doorstep. the next few days could determine how, when and, indeed, if we leave the european union. just a line of news from our political editor laura kuenssberg. a source close to the group of conservative mps who are pushing to
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rule out a no—deal brexit say that the prime minister has called off a meeting that was scheduled with them with no explanation. however what we do know is that a one—to—one meeting with the former chancellor philip hammond was offered by the prime minister, but mr hammond is understood to have declined on the basis that he doesn't speak for the group and they have a range of points to make. so at the moment it looks as if that group of mps pushing to avoid no deal won't be meeting the prime minister. we will try to get more deal on that as soon as we can. aodhan (connolly, director of the northern ireland retail consortium— says fresh food supplies will be severely affected under a no—deal brexit: the retail industry has long warned both the government and the public that no—deal would result in shortages of some fresh foods. we are doing everything that we can to mitigate for a no—deal brexit, we are stocking up on nonperishable goods so that consumers don't need to. but this no—deal brexit would
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mean, this is coming directly from the retailers, our members and directly from suppliers, that they will be disruption, and that will likely cause shortages for fresh foods, particularly items for things like fresh fruit and salad vegetables. at that time of the year when brexit is going to happen, we get around 90% of our lettuce and 80% of our tomatoes and 65% of our fresh fruit from outside of the uk. if there are complexities and delays, that means for those just—in—time supply chains, there is going to be availability issues. but surely that means we are not going to have the choice that we are used to? it will be a case of we will be able to have what we need rather than what we want, which is something rather different. there is a lot of stuff that we don't grow out of season in the uk, and a lot of stuff that we don't grow in the uk at all. there are not too many ba na na uk at all. there are not too many banana farms in lincolnshire, for example. however, it's notjust
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about the availability, it's about the cost as well. here in northern ireland, we have half of the discretionary income of great british households and that means we will feel any cost rises because of a no—deal brexit harder and sharper than anywhere else. and those cost rises are not just than anywhere else. and those cost rises are notjust about than anywhere else. and those cost rises are not just about things than anywhere else. and those cost rises are notjust about things like customs and tariffs, it is things like nontariff barriers, those checks and delays, and already in northern ireland, we are about 12 hours behind freshness than bolton and birmingham, quite simply because the food has extra miles to travel. so for us in northern ireland, our big two concerns for shoppers of the cost, which we can't afford any of the rises, but as well as that, the availability on our shelves. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered
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in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the mirror's political correspondent nicola bartlett and the president of the foreign press association benedicte paviot. hurricane dorian has become the strongest storm in modern records to hit the northwestern bahamas. the us national hurricane center said dorian made landfall in the abaco islands as a category five storm, with maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and gusts of more than 220 miles per hour. hurricane dorian is expected to pound the islands with up to two days of devastating winds, torrential rain and high waves before it takes aim at the us mainland. the national hurricane center has tweeted a warning about a catastrophic storm surge of 18 to 23 feet which will affect the abaco islands during the next few hours. their prime minister has been speaking at a press conference. let's listen. a great part of the
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palm is underwater. the airport is underwater. flooding has extended as far as freeport. freeport is an area that we were using for shelter, and therefore one can expect even more flooding than was experienced in 2016. unfortunately, today we do not have legislation in place for mandatory evacuation. as i speak, i can ensure everyone that upon our return to parliament, we will introduce legislation for mandatory evacuation. and i would hope that the opposition would concur and support us in this legislation. this is not the time for politics. this
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is not the time for politics. this is not the time for red or yellow. we must wrap ourselves in one flag, not red flags, not yellow flags, but that country's flag. we are altogether. nick millerfrom our weather centre has been following the path of the storm. it looks like the worst case scenario for the bahamas as hurricane dorian moves in with its destructive winds. of course, it has strengthened. you can see the eye on the satellite picture, always an indication of the power of a hurricane. it's slow moving, too, and that means its destructive winds last longer, along with the rain. huge amounts of rainfall. and a storm surge. the amount of water above normal tide level coming to the bahamas, particularly the northern islands, the abaco islands into grand bahama. now, after the bahamas, where does it go next? well, continues west but then it looks like it is going to take a turn to the north. this is the forecast track from the usa national hurricane center. along this line here — if it follows that track,
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it would not make landfall in the usa. but look at the range of possibilities in the blue shaded area. it may still head a little bit further west than this. it is a distinct possibility that it could still make landfall in florida or anywhere into the south—east of the usa towards the mid—atlantic. as we take a look at the forecast rain and wind after the bahamas, as it takes a turn to the north, eventually, look how close it comes to florida. even if it doesn't make landfall in the usa, it is close enough along this coastline here to bring some significant impacts before eventually it starts to move a little bit quicker and then back out into the atlantic. all of these ingredients come with hurricane dorian. it is truly a devastating storm as it stands right now. and all of this is being felt by the bahamas. well, as nick miller said there, it looks like the us will feel at least some of the impact of hurricane dorian. here's president donald trump speaking a little earlier today. i ask everyone in hurricane dorian‘s
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path to heed all warnings and evacuation orders from local authorities. it looks like they're going to be having to give them, u nfortu nately. and we should watch. it's been lurking. it's just been building out there. that's a bad thing, not a good thing. the slower it moves, the bigger it is in the bigger it gets. but we want to minimise any unnecessary study public, and our brave first responders have been working very hard with the governor of florida and getting fuel and gasoline brought in. they have never seen anything like it, the rush to get so much. again, the coast guard and the army and the marines have been incredible, terminus amounts of gas vary quite quickly. americans are strong, determined and resilient and we will support each other, and we work very hard to minimise whatever the effect of what is coming at us.
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we don't even know what's coming out this. all we know it is possibly the biggest. i am not sure i have ever heard of a category five. i knew it existed, and i have seen some category four. you don't even see them that much. category five is something that i don't know that i've ever even heard, even though i know it's there. that's what we have, unfortunately. polls have now closed in eastern germany in two regional elections. exit polls from two states in the former communist east of the country, brandenburg and saxony, indicate that the main established parties have held off the challenge of the far—right alternative for germany party — but the afd has made gains in both regions. our correspondent in berlin — damien mcguinness has been analysing the initial results for us. i think we can safely say that angela merkel‘s conservatives will be happy that they have managed to hang onto power in saxony where they have governed since germany
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reunification, and equally her coalition partners in berlin, the ce ntre—left coalition partners in berlin, the centre—left spd, will be able to stay in government more than likely in brandenburg. now, we have some tricky coalition negotiations ahead of us now, because we have lots of parties in the parliament, it looks like, according to these initial results, so it is not going to be easy to build a coalition. but i think we can say safely so far that the two main established parties will managed to stay as incumbents and ordinarily will be able to lead the governments in both those eastern german states, and it wasn't a given, because as you say, there was this risk of the right—wing populist afd party pushing them out of government because of their rise, because they have done incredibly well, better than some of the polling had suggested, but still not quite as well as they had hoped, because certainly in brandenburg, the afd had hoped to win the most votes, and that would have been a game changer, that would have paved
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the way for possible future coalitions in regional states, and even one day in the government, because at the moment no other parties will work with the afd, they are seen as parties will work with the afd, they are seen as toxic. but if they were to win the most votes in a region, like today in these elections, that would have changed the game, because you couldn't ignore them eventually, there would have been growing pressure on angela merkel‘s conservatives to one day possibly work with the afd. that hasn't happened, so the afd is firmly in second place. they say they are happy and that they are winners, but it is not quite as good as they had expected or hoped. damien mcguinness in berlin. earlier i spoke to john jungclaussen, correspondent for the german newspaper die zeit and asked him how much of a force the afd have become in german politics. well, they clearly have become a very strong force, especially in eastern germany, which if you look isa eastern germany, which if you look is a global comparison, these are the people that voted for trump in
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america, like people in the north of england who voted for brexit, the people who felt left behind. 30 yea rs people who felt left behind. 30 years after the reunification, they feel that not only the people that are governing them are coming from the west, but there is no infrastructure, no jobs. youngsters are leaving east germany to go elsewhere. so it is a sort of desolate place, and on top of that, they feel badly treated by the establishment, and on top of that they feel they are lumbered with the burden of the immigrants, which angela merkel let into the country three years ago. but what are the afd promising to these people that they can really deliver in a way that the older established parties can't? they are promising a lot, but what they can deliver, that is quite another thing. there is a difference between the brexit party in britain,
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which is a single issue party, and the afd in germany. afd is more of a sort of across—the—board party, and they are promising more money for industries like mining, coal mining, which is very important in some of the states. how, though, will these results be viewed by angela merkel? i think she will be immensely relieved, because angela merkel is on her way out. she announced that she would leave before the next elections, which are due to be held in two years' time. so she probably has another year left in power. so therefore at this time she is more worried about her legacy than anything else. how is she going to protect that legacy, then, do you think? to make sure that the last few months of her tenure aren't overshadowed by things that were successful in her time? one aspect
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is of course brexit, with moving on from eastern germany now to european affairs, brexit is of course an issue. it could cost the german economy 100,000 jobs by the german government's own estimation. she will try and persuade borisjohnson to agree to whatever deal she can agree from her own side. you are watching bbc news. the headlines this evening: the cabinet minister reponsible for no deal preparations refuses to commit the government to follow parliament's orders, if it passes no deal legislation. the most powerful storm ever to reach the bahamas has now made landfall. "catastrophic conditions" are forecast. germany's far—right celebrates gains in two state elections — but exit polls suggest they've failed to gain overall
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control in either place. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's connie. good evening. first this evening — arsenal and tottenham shared the points in today's north london derby. spurs went two ahead in the first half, but the gunners fought back in what was a pulstating 90 minutes. ben croucher was watching. the managers may be friendly, but thatis the managers may be friendly, but that is where the neighbour is end. normally no quarter is given. christian eriksen made tottenham's opener. when the south korean motors at the box, granit xhaka halted him. the first half having concluded
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before alexander lacazette pulled one back. this was no time to stand, though, not with the firepower at tottenham's disposal. kane fired. an arsenal equaliser would lift the match even more. aubameyang only too happy to help. throw a bit of late var drama into the mix for a modern ta ke var drama into the mix for a modern take on this classic, this winner rightly ruled out for offside. there was nothing to separate arsenal and spurs today. the early match in the premier league was a cracker at goodison park as everton beat wolves 3—2. three goals inside the first 15 minutes got the fans off their seats — richarlison giving everton an early lead. it wasn't long before romain saiss
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equalised after great work from traore. but everton were ahead again moments later. alex iwobi with his first league goalfor the moments later. alex iwobi with his first league goal for the club. it took until the last 15 minutes for the next goal is to come, wolves of the next goal is to come, wolves of the second equaliser. raul himinez with a brave header. richarlison popped up with a header to score his second in what proved to score his second in what proved to be the winner. wolves actually ended the game with ten men after willy boly was sent off. everton move up the table to fifth. celtic have won the first old firm match of the season, they beat rangers 2—0 at ibrox to maintain their 100 percent start to the season in the scottish premiership, and move three points above their rivals in the table, it took half an hour for the first shot on target, but odsonne edouard made it count. they were into stoppage time beforejonny hayes made sure of the victory. that ended rangers' unbeaten record this season, and just to make things worse, they also had jordanjones sent off for this rash challenge
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with just seconds remaining. ferrari's charles leclerc has won his first ever formula 1 grand prix — and has dedicated it to formula 2 driver anthoine hubert who died on saturday. leclerc led from pole in belguim and after his team—mate sebastian vettel fell out of the top three, he managed to repel the mercedes of lewis hamilton who finished second but still extended his lead at the top of the standings. it was ferrari's first team win since the united states grand prix last year. in the last few minutes, british tennis number one johanna konta has reached the quarter finals of the us open. she beat the third seed karolina pliskova, but it wasn't straightforward. konta losing the opening set 7—6. but she fought back — winning the next two 6—3, 7—5.
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it is her first it is herfirst us open quarterfinal, and she will face either madison keys or elina svitolina next. roger federer has eased into the quarterfinals. he thrashed belgium's david goffin 6—2, 6—2, 6—love injust 78 minutes. federer will face grigor dimitrov in the last eight. warren gatland has named his final 31 man squad for the rugby world cup that starts in just under 3 weeks in japan. rhys patchell, who scored a try yesterday against the irish, is included at fly half. that's as back up to dan biggar. lock cory hill is also in the squad despite currently being sidelined with a fractured leg. wales begin their world cup campaign in japan against georgia on the 23rd september. that's all the sport for now. thank you very much. thousands of pro—democracy protesters brought chaos to hong kong international airport today — blocking road and rail links and forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled. police in hong kong have meanwhile
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been defending the use of force to subdue and arrest large numbers of protesters on the subway system. our china correspondentjohn sudworth reports from hong kong. hong kong airport, a vital part of an open, free trading economy under siege. fight forfreedom! with pilots having to clamber over the barriers... the pro—democracy campaign tries to hit this city where it hurts. well, this is the main airport approach road and, once again, this meandering leaderless protest movement is showing its ability to take its message to the international community. they come, they disrupt, and, if necessary, melt away and there is very little the authorities can do about it. thousands turned up for the action, and although many flights were still getting away... ..with transport links brought to a standstill, passengers faced major problems.
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do you support what they're doing? i support what they're doing but there's means and ways of doing it, i don't think this is the right way. hong kong's never had democracy and it's certainly not going to have it in the future, so. what do you make of the disruption? it's bleep. i'm trying to go on my honeymoon. eventually, the police arrived in force, but, as predicted, the protesters had already vanished. moving on to this nearby metro station, the service, now a target of violence and vandalism for closing stations, giving protesters fewer ways to escape. yesterday, similar acts were met by a fierce response, heavily criticised over accusations that innocent bystanders were caught up in it. it was anger over that incident, though, that helped fuel today's demonstration.
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with many walking home along the airport expressway, at this city's extraordinary escalating cycle of chaos continued late into the night. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. the trade war between the united states and china has intensified with the imposition of new tariffs or taxes on many consumer goods. the us has imposed a 15% tariff on over a hundred million dollars worth of chinese imports. china has responded with similar tariffs on us goods. our business correspondent katie prescott explained why it was so important. well, this is just the latest front of tariffs in a trade war that has been going on for two years now. because we are talking about the world's two biggest economies, this is really important and it has the possibility to destabilise the economy run the road. what is really different about these tariffs is these are going to hit consumers squarely in the pocket. previous ones have been on things
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that will impact on industry, such as steel and aluminium. this list, 122 pages‘ worth of goods, covers things like food, clothes, nappies, things like what schoolchildren will need when they go back to school next week like pens and pencils, and retailers say they will have little choice but to pass this tax or tariff through to consumers because they just cannot absorb that themselves. some economists are saying this could raise the cost of household spending by about $800 a year, or £650. so what has president trump been saying most recently about this? in the last hour, president trump has suggested that businesses should try and source their goods from other parts of the world other than china this is one of the reasons he launched the trade were in the first place two years ago, to try and push china to change the way they do business,
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but also to persuade american company to source their goods from elsewhere and to remain factoring back to america. i spoke to the national retail federation in the states a few hours ago, and they said this just isn't possible, that the supply chains are so well established in china, it is a very difficult thing to change quickly, and there are things about china and its very good resources and its logistic and its size means that it and its logistic and its size means thatitis and its logistic and its size means that it is the perfect place to do business. the question now is, when will all this come to an end? and really, although the two sides are getting together in september again, it seems unlikely they will be anytime soon. and in the meantime, it's the american consumer and the chinese consumer and business really suffering for all this. katie prescott. now it's time for a look at the weather with darren. hello there. it is a bit chilly out there at the moment, a few showers continuing through the night across
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northern areas of the uk, but clearer skies around too, particularly across eastern scotland as it turns drier, and later across england and wales. these are the overnight lows, and in rural areas, temperatures could be down to three orli temperatures could be down to three or 4 degrees, miles for northern ireland with rain moving in already. elsewhere a bright, chilly start, cloud amounts will tend to increase as the south—westerly wind freshened through the day. a little rain and drizzle around some of these western hills of englert and wales, wetter weather coming into northern ireland over the irish sea, into northern england and particularly scotland, western scotland, not much rain for the east. those are the wind strengths through the day, picking up strengths through the day, picking up in many areas, but drawing in milder air, temperatures a little higher than today. hello, this is bbc news with martine croxall. the headlines: the cabinet minister reponsible for no—deal preparations refuses to commit the government to follow
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parliament's orders, if it passes no deal legislation. let's see what the legislation says. you are asking me abouta pig in a poke, and i will wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward. the most powerful storm ever to reach the bahamas has now made landfall. "catastrophic conditions" are forecast. germany's far—right celebrates gains in two state elections — but exit polls suggest they've failed to gain overall control in either place. now on bbc news, charlotte callen investigates an innovative scheme developed by avon and somerset police that uses mentoring and education to help young drug dealers break out of a life of crime. just like scavengers, basically, do you know what i mean? we used to just walk around and rob people, it's as simple as that.
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