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opposition leaders agree to stop borisjohnson having a snap election until brexit is delayed beyond the end of october. the so—called rebel alliance say that when their mps vote again on an election on monday — they'll either abstain or vote against. we we're in agreement that the prime minister is on the run. boris is broken. we have an opportunity to bring down boris, to break boris, and to bring down brexit. and we must take that. the prime minister says he won't contemplate the idea of resigning if he hasn't delivered brexit by the end of october and says he will get a deal. they don't trust the people. they don't want an election. 0k. perhaps it is that they don't think that they will win.
fine. i'll go to brussels, i'll get a deal, and we'll make sure we come out on october 31st. we'll have the latest from westminster where some mps say an election is now unlikely before november — also this lunchtime. robert mugabe — the liberator of zimbabwe who became its dictator — has died at the age of 95. hurricane dorian has caused "unimaginable destruction" according to the government of the bahamas. and does this footage show the late sinn fein leader martin mcguinness making a car bomb during the troubles? and coming up on bbc news. serena williams has another chance to win a record equalling 2a grand slam singles after beating elina svitolina in straight sets. she's through to the us open final.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. opposition parties in parliament have agreed to stop borisjohnson holding an election — until brexit has been delayed beyond 31st october. mps vote again on monday on whether voters should go back to the polls. today the so called rebel alliance — including labour, the liberal democracts and the snp — decided to either oppose an early election or to abstain. some mps say that means an election is now unlikely before november. our political corresponent chris mason reports. trying to strike a deal is rarely easy. £50 per fish. good god! if this looks like a prime minister on the campaign trail that's because it is. hello, good morning. boris johnson started the day in peterhead
in aberdeenshire talking fish and talking to farmers, and encountering this brute. the thing is, his campaigning has photo opportunities but there's no election date sorted because his opponents are saying not yet. there is a contest going on to make sure that we come out of the eu on october 31 and there are people in the parliament who plainly want to block that, and that includes jeremy corbyn, the snp. i think they're wrong, i think people in this country want us to get on and do it. i'll go to brussels, i'll get a deal and we'll make sure we come out on october 31, that's what we've got to do. you keep mentioning october 31 and you've made it abundantly clear that it is your line in the sand. if you can't deliver that, you are going to have to resign. that is not a hypothesis i'm willing to contemplate. back here at westminster this morning opposition party leaders got
together in person and on the phone together in person and on the phone to plot a way of leaving boris johnson in a spot and a tight one, forcing him to choose between breaking his promise of delivering brexit come what may by the end of october, or breaking the soon to be law preventing a no—deal brexit in just a matter of weeks. what we have agreed is that there are no circumstances in which we are going to give the prime minister the general election he is so desperate for until an extension has been secured and until the risk of no deal has been completely eliminated. i think we've done that. the prime minister is on the run. boris is broken. we have an opportunity to bring down boris, to break boris and to bring down brexit. and we must ta ke to bring down brexit. and we must take that. we will choose the timing of that election, it is in our interest in the snp to have the election tomorrow but it is in the broader interest of all of our nations in the united kingdom to act together and we will have the election when it is the right time
but i will make you this promise it will not be a long wait. the resignation of the prime minister's brother yesterday left him winded and this place has left him wounded this week. the opposition parties working together now have a majority together and their —— they are intent on making use of it. let's join chris live at westminster. where does this leave the prime minister now? the extraordinary thing right now is opposition parties at westminster usually can talk but they can't do. it is the deep frustration of being in opposition. they can crave power but they don't have any power to exercise. right now the opposition parties who together have an majority and it leaves borisjohnson ina majority and it leaves borisjohnson in a pickle. he is saying, look at the reality of the current situation. the prospect of potentially being in the european union for so much longer despite what happened at the referendum, the
cost to that, paying the subscription to the club, and also of the reality, in their view, that jeremy corbyn is running scared of the electorate and is ignoring the will of the people. now, that is rhetoric that will resonate with some people. but frankly it does not shift the political bind the prime minister now finds himself in. how does he get out of that not, of either breaking the law or breaking his promise? plenty of heads are being scratched to find some sort of third way. right now there does not seem to be won. —— knot. it is a spot the opposition parties are delighted to have managed to reverse the prime minister into. chris mason, thanks. chris mason at westminster. well meanwhile — the chief constable of west yorkshire police says he's "disappointed" that his officers were used as a "backdrop" to a political speech by borisjohnson on brexit yesterday. john robins says the force thought the prime minister's remarks would be used in connection with the government's police recruitment drive. he said he had "no prior knowledge" that the speech would be broadened into other issues until it was delivered.
the high court has rejected a legal challenge to borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. the case was brought by the businesswoman gina miller. let's speak to our legal correspondent clive coleman — is this the end of it? no, it isn't. because what has happened today is three senior judges at the high court have dismissed gina miller's legal challenge and the advice given by the prime minister by borisjohnson to the queen to prorogue parliament for five weeks at a time of national crisis was unlawful, it breached parliamentary sovereignty. but what the court has done has said there is enough merit in the case to allow it to leapfrog on an appeal, leapfrog the court of appeal and go straight to the uk supreme court. so this morning a welcome victory for mr johnson in what's been a difficult week for him. but it is by no means over and outside court gina miller
was defiant. we feel strongly that parliamentary sovereignty is fundamental to the stability and future of our country, and therefore, worth fighting to defend. as our politics becomes ever more chaotic, we feel it is absolutely vital that parliament should be sitting. so, if this challenge at the uk supreme court, and it could be joined by challengers going through the courts in scotland and northern ireland, if it is successful, parliament could be prorogued on monday. the hearing is not until the 17th of september. it could have the effect of on suspending a suspended parliament. so the legal story is farfrom parliament. so the legal story is far from over. —— parliament. so the legal story is farfrom over. —— unsuspending. thank you very much, clive. he was the liberation hero who became a ruthless dictator — robert mugabe, the former president of zimbabwe has died at the age of 95.
mr mugabe led the independence war against white minority rule — and then ruled the country for 37 years. his regime was one of brutal repression and economic mismangement, which brought zimbabwe to its knees. he was finally overthown in a coup and has now died in hospital in singapore. from zimbabwe, there are flashing images in this report from shingai nyoka chanting prime minister robert mugabe! he was once zimbabwe's liberator, leading a war against white minority rule. but by the end, the adulation president robert mugabe once enjoyed was gone. he cemented his power winning overwhelmingly at elections in 1980. as leader of a new nation he set about creating a better country than the one he inherited. and for a while he succeeded. there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the
democratic process of election under the lancaster house agreement. surely, this is now time to beat our swords into ploughshares. but beneath the veneer lay a dark side. mr mugabe deployed a crack military unit to southern zimbabwe to deal with hundreds of insurgents. between 1983 and 1987, thousands were murdered and the world turned a blind eye. mugabe was the great hope. but as the 1990s ended, the economy was bottoming out and a new political party was on the rise. seemingly desperate to regain popularity, mr mugabe played a political hand. land seized by the colonial government was still in the hands of the white minority. sensing the frustration, mugabe encouraged blacks to take back their land. and they did, often violently. the western world
took note, breaking diplomatic ties and imposing economic sanctions. the opposition, its leaders, human rights workers bore the brunt of his anger. in 2008, in the midst of billion—percent inflation and widespread unemployment, mr mugabe suffered his first electoral defeat. it only led to more violence in the second round of voting. britain stripped him of his knighthood and former allies condemned him. nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow africans in our own country. and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring zimbabwe. but he remained a cult—like figure among many africans for daring to challenge western political dominance on the world's affairs. in retaliation for the measures
we took to empower the black majority, the united kingdom has mobilised her friends and allies in europe, north america, australia, new zealand, to impose illegal economic sanctions against zimbabwe. but within his own party, discontent was rising. many believed he had overstayed and needed to hand over power. his second wife, grace mugabe, a0 years hisjunior, seemed to be gaining power, and she began accusing then vice president emerson mnangagwa of trying to oust them. mr mugabe finally fired his long—time aide, accusing him of trying to topple him. mr mnangagwa, with the help of the military, mounted a comeback, posting soldiers on the streets and placing mr mugabe under house arrest. tens of thousands of zimbabweans marched, calling on him to step down, and after the threat of impeachment he resigned.
in his last years mr mugabe had retreated to the seclusion of his mansion. many will remember him as a gifted orator and visionary who liberated zimbabwe but later returned her to the shackles of oppression. robert mugabe who has died age 95. mr mugabe's successor as president of zimbabwe — emmerson mnangagwa — has praised him as "an icon of liberation". but here the former anti—apartheid campaignerand labour but here the former anti—apartheid campaigner and labour minister lord hain said the early promise of his leadership was outweighed by corruption and repression. paul adams assesses reaction to mr mugabe's death — in zimbabwe — and around the world. what happened to robert mugabe? how did this african liberator, feted around the world, turn into an isolated pariah, clinging to power until his former allies decided they had had enough? i, robert gabriel mugabe... it started so well.
a landslide victory in 1980 and promises of progress and racial reconciliation, that sense of early optimism reflected in some of today's reactions. "comrade mugabe was an icon of liberation," tweeted the man who replaced him, "who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people. his contribution will never be forgotten." and from former fellow revolutionaries in south africa... "the anc mourns the passing of friend, statesman and revolutionary comrade robert mugabe." mugabe started off as a liberation hero and somebody who was imprisoned by the old racist white minority regime of ian smith, tortured, not allowed to attend his son's funeral, and therefore he suffered a great deal for the cause of the liberation of zimbabwe. but so, too, did the country he ruled. but so, too, did the country he led. robert mugabe rarely shied away from the use of violence.
it became a hallmark of his regime. profoundly troubling for opponents and colleagues alike. i'm afraid we have a deeply rooted legacy of violence in this country. you can't just blame robert mugabe for that. one also has to blame the intransigence of ian smith and the rhodesian front in the 1960s and 1970s but certainly robert mugabe perpetuated that culture of violence. it is now deeply rooted in our society and it is going to take probably another generation to rid the country of that legacy. robert mugabe ruled zimbabwe for 37 years. towards the end he seemed frail, remote, exhausted. did he simply linger too long? if the late president had been a two—term president he would have gone down in history along with the likes of nelson mandela. i think it was a case ofjust having overstayed. but on the streets that
still bear his name, many zimbabweans are inclined to be more generous. he was my first president. so, to me, he deserves a great honour. it is sad news. we have lost a good father. mugabe was all right. when emmerson mnangagwa took over in 2017, the country seemed euphoric. but, less than two years on, hopes have once more been dashed. it is a measure, perhaps, of zimba bwe's desperate position that robert mugabe is once again seen by many as a hero. our world affairs editor john simpson is here. so, john — mugabe — how will history remember him: a liberator or a dictator?
imean, he i mean, he was the liberator of it and he was the man that brought about the dictatorship. i think in zimbabwe in years to come the standard view will be that he was an appalling dictator that visited huge amounts of suffering on the country. i went after 1983 when his forces linked to the north korean army using trainers from north korea went in to using trainers from north korea went intoa using trainers from north korea went in to a centre of opposition, burning down houses, killing people just ruthlessly. i did not see it myself but i saw the aftermath of it and heard the stories about entire family being herded into huts and burned alive and so forth. the extraordinary thing is how britain in particular, but also the united
states and the europeans, managed not to notice this because they thought that the rhodesia zimbabwe problem had been solved and they did not want to hear anything that might indicate otherwise, and then of course the attack on the white farmers, which i know you reported on as well as me, that created the colla pse on as well as me, that created the collapse of the economy so that in 2008, in november, the year on year level for inflation was 89.76 trillion percent. impossible to work out. our top story this lunchtime: opposition leaders agree to stop borisjohnson having a snap election until brexit is delayed beyond the end of october.
and coming up — the mystery of the murder ofjoy morgan. the student's family speak out about the controversial church she attended with her killer. coming up on bbc news: we hear from michael owen on the publication of his new book and his twitter spat with alan shearer. the two former england strikers fell out when newcastle were relegated in 2009. the government in the bahamas says hurricane dorian has caused "unimaginable destruction". the number of people known to have died has reached 30, but officials say the final death toll will be "staggering". dorian — which is now closing in on the coast of north carolina — has weakened to a category1 storm, with winds lowering to some 90 miles per hour. richard galpin reports.
it is hard to imagine how anyone can survive here. dorian hit this island at full force and stayed over it for two days. possibly thousands of people are missing and on other neighbouring islands. people are missing and on other neighbouring islandslj people are missing and on other neighbouring islands. i think abaco will not fully recovered for the next ten years because absolutely everything is gone. that includes food. inevitably some people have been breaking into shops to find something to eat and drink and supplies are becoming scarce. small amounts of food are being brought in and the united nations are bringing
in meals. when it will arrive is unclear. so many are trying to leave. i am supposed to leave. i have no water, no food, no one can stay there. there is also no power here. generators are needed urgently but the international response to this disaster is only building up slowly. airports on the island are slowly. airports on the island are slowly becoming more operational and small flights getting in and out but the clearance process is still going and roads are damaged and that could change rapidly over the next few days but it is still a challenging situation. hurricane dorian has also been causing problems at a smaller scale in the united states. with high winds and flooding in south
carolina. although dorian has been downgraded to a category one hurricane there are still warnings of storm surges and flash floods. a landmark bbc documentary series on the troubles in northern ireland has made new revelations about two leaders who eventually made peace — the unionist ian paisley and former ira chief martin mcguinness. this report from our ireland correspondent chris page. their portraits now hang in stormont as testament to the unlikeliest of political alliances. 12 years ago, ian paisley and martin mcguinness went in to government together as the first and deputy first ministers of northern ireland. but the new bbc series — spotlight on the troubles: secret history — shows how remarkable theirjourneys were. in the early 1970s martin mcguinness was an ira commander in londonderry. the programme makers uncovered this footage of republicans assembling
and priming a car bomb. there is a huge charge there. a very dangerous alarm clock timer. that could blow them all to hell. who do you recognise? who do i recognise? well, there's martin. who is the person you are referring to as martin? martin mcguinness. are you certain that's him? i'm certain that he's filmed at the end there walking across the back of the car, yeah. nobody walks like him with a stoop in his back. half—an—hour later, this happened in the city centre. the number plate in the wreckage is that of the vehicle that was loaded with explosives. the man martin mcguinness would share power with decades later was a protestant preacher. ian paisley strongly opposed plans to give more civil rights to catholics.
you are going to hear the marching feet of protestants on the march! in 1969 the loyalist paramilitary group the ulster volunteer force carried out bombings designed to help bring down the leader of the unionist devolved government and stop the compromises. the documentary looks at ian paisley‘s alleged role in this attack on a reservoir in county down. my memory is very clear from what the district inspector told me, that paisley had supplied the money that financed the explosion. mr paisley always denied any involvement in the bombings. the programme also reveals fascinating documents from the former head of the army, general sir michael carver. in 1972 he wrote that a lasting solution had to lie to finding a way to escape the commitment to the border. in effect he was advocating a united ireland. the violence was to last
another quarter—century. this bbc series promises to generate new debates about a long, complex, bitter conflict, which still impacts on the fraught politics of today. and you can watch the first in a seven—part documentary series on bbc spotlight at 8:30pm next tuesday on bbc one in northern ireland — and on bbc four. mystery still surrounds the death ofjoy morgan, a 20—year—old woman killed last year by a member of the controversial church she attended. a man has been convicted of her murder — but he still refuses to say wherejoy‘s body is. now, herfamily have told radio 1's newsbeat about the dramatic change they saw in her character when she joined the congregation. cherry wilson reports. joy's family say she lived up to her name — compassionate and caring, she was a joy to be around. but when she started becoming interested in a church called
israel united in christ, they say she changed. because in the israelite church you can't be israelite if your father is a white man, she would be like to my little sister, "you're a white devil," and it was like, "whoa, what's happened tojoy?" and that's when she became more distant. it's like she hardly spoke to me and stuff. i mean, some people might hear it and go, "it sounds likejoy was a bit racist." i blatantly called my daughter racist. i am not saying i never called her that. yeah, idid. i said the religion she has got is racism. joy was 17 when she joined that church and everyone knows when you're17 you are still a kid. you still can be influenced by all kinds of things. isaid, "enough, enough, enough now. you need to stop that rubbish. no, you need to stop that rubbish." and then afterwards it ended up she left. iuic is my family and, like, the best family i've ever had.
that's it, really. founded in the us, the iusc opened its first premises in the uk in 2017 in east london. the church is part of the black hebrew israelite movement. it teaches that black, hispanic and native american people are god's chosen ones and are the true descendants of the biblical 12 tribes of israel. a us civil rights organisation has labelled iusc as a black nationalist hate group. they have the belief that caucasians are literally, not figuratively, not metaphorically, but they are literally the devil, so what white people have done, like with slavery for example, and other ways of oppressing black people, are because they are the devil. iusc denies it is a hate group and says it doesn't encourage anyone to break laws. joy's killer was also a member. he gave her lifts to
and from the church. last month he was convicted of her murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 17 years. joy's body still hasn't been found. her family hope one day they will find out where she is and what really happened to her. and you can watch the full newsbeat documentary — the murder ofjoy morgan — on the bbc iplayer. let's return to brexit — and at the end of a turbulent week at westminster what are voters making of it all? in the european election in may, the brexit party of nigel farage took more than a third of the votes across the west midlands — and our correspondent phil mackie has been speaking to workers at an engineering firm in smethwick. as westminster tries to engineer an end to the brexit crisis, businesses across the country still have high—pressure jobs to do.
this firm wants to expand, but, before it can put plans in place, it needs an end to the uncertainty. it's all a bit of a shambles at the moment. hopefully, it'll sort itself out, but i can't see anything happening at the moment. what would you like to happen? to get the deal done, and for the country to get back as normal as possible. this part of the west midlands, the black country, voted very strongly to leave in the referendum three years ago. it is also a labour heartland, so it's places like this that will become key election battle grounds. but, despite the fact they export to europe here, and there is a great deal of uncertainty, nobody has really changed their opinions on brexit. they are making tools and parts for companies like rolls—royce and jaguar land rover, but, although he didn't want brexit, the boss thinks it should happen. we've got to leave. the level of damage politically caused in this country, and the institutions in this country, i think will take
generations to repair. ithink theirfaith, their lack of trust in our elected representatives, has been decimated. parliament has not come out of this with glowing colours. what do i want to happen? i don't want us to leave, but, for democratic reasons, we've got to leave. you voted remain, most people in this area, most people who work in yourfactory, voted leave. do you get on? we have to get on. i'm also of a different persuasion when it comes to football teams! if you get on at that level, you'll get on at this level. the only, and it isn't any comfort, that i'll have the last word, but if it pans out as i think it will pan out, i'm going to be saying, "i told you so," a lot. joe was too young to vote in 2016, although he supported remain. now his opinions have changed. i think brexit has become a sort of broken record within british politics, and i think if we were to go back on it now,