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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11. borisjohnson could face another legal challenge, if he ignores new legislation aimed at stopping a no—deal brexit. a warning that four in ten uk businesses haven't done even a basic risk assessment of the consequences of a no—deal brexit. as people flee the devastation of hurricane dorian, there are fears the death toll will rise significantly from the 43 confirmed dead. a prisoner swap between russia and ukraine appears to be underway — it's hoped it will ease tensions between the two neighbours. keeping children safe from gangs and violence — a call to open schools in the evening and weekends.
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good morning. a group of mps, including some rebel conservatives who were expelled from the party, are preparing legal action if borisjohnson refuses to agree to a parliamentary bill — which would require him to ask for a further delay to brexit. the prime minister has said he would rather ‘be dead in a ditch' than ask for the eu for another delay, beyond the october 31 deadline. our political correspondent matt cole told me why the government is trying find a way to stop another extension to the article 50 process. the law that is being worked on by the commons and passed by the house of lords this week is waiting for royal assent on monday when it is locked into the statute book. at that point, theoretically boris johnson, if he does not have a brexit deal signed off by october
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the 19th will write to them and say he would like an extension, potentially to the 31st of january, three months beyond the current deadline. he said he would rather be deadline. he said he would rather be deadin deadline. he said he would rather be dead ina deadline. he said he would rather be dead in a ditch than do that but that means he has the choice potentially of breaking the law by not doing that or breaking his promise that he would never do that. some are wondering how he will get out of this and there are concerns that initially he will break the law. some mps, we understand, are getting their lawyers ready to take him to the courts to force him to do this. this has added concern, as borisjohnson said that the bill would, in theory, mean the government was obliged to write a letter asking brussels for a pointless delay, as he called it. some are therefore wondering what that means. whether it does, for example, mean downing street has found a loophole that the law has been drafted in such a way as, in
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practical terms, you do not have to do that or does it mean, in theory but in practice, he is going to resign and putjeremy corbyn in downing street? either way, resign and putjeremy corbyn in downing street? eitherway, if resign and putjeremy corbyn in downing street? either way, if he is going to break the law, it is causing concern. a seniorformer cabinet minister, david lidington, has been counting against ignoring the law. the government is bound by the words of any statute that has been duly enacted by the queen in parliament. it is a fundamental principle that we are governed by the rule of law, that i hope that nobody or anybody will question that. and defying any particular law sets a really dangerous precedent. as i said, when we last spoke a week or so ago, if you do something in government, you also need to know about process and constitution and think, would i be happy if the other lot were in power and they did this to me? and if you would not be
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happy with that, it is a very good warning. is there a possibility of this getting bogged down in the courts and the courts running it down? is that a strategy? everything is on the table, if we are thinking about that, they probably are and a myriad of other thoughts too. i think the concern of the mps behind this, well we understand some other parties, like labour and the lib dems, the main driving. to lawyers getting ready, we understand some of the tory mps kicked out the party for voting against the government this week, i think they may be concerned about that, hence lawyers getting ready now, more than a month before the deadline comes. others are concerned that this is something we don't want to see again. we have been hearing from sian berry, one of the co—leaders of the green party who thinks we need fundamental
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constitutional change. the fact our constitutional change. the fact our constitution cannot cope when someone as constitution cannot cope when someone as untrustworthy as the current prime minister is in power, it means we do need a written constitution and we should have the citizens convention to put together a new constitution where every vote cou nts a new constitution where every vote counts and where we have democratic institutions at the right level throughout the country, that needs to be done. i think this shows the need for that and it gives us the opportunity once we have decided to remain in the eu, every thinking things on the domestic front too. people are talking about whether we need a written constitution but that ta kes need a written constitution but that takes time. more immediately, the clock is ticking. in terms of boris johnson's options, if he broke the law, what would happen? unless he is taken to court and is told by the courts that yes, you have to do this, and he doesn't, he will be in co nte m pt of this, and he doesn't, he will be in contempt of court which could lead to serious sentencing if he was
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found guilty but before then, in the short—term, one would have to look at whether there would be some way of deposing him as prime minister. you could have a vote of no confidence but that takes 14 days from the point of deposing a prime minister to finding another one and whether there could be a general election. if he resigns and jeremy corbyn is put in place, and asks for that deferral from brussels, corbyn is put in place, and asks for that deferralfrom brussels, and then there is a general election, borisjohnson may then there is a general election, boris johnson may favour that after jeremy corbyn is the man asked for the extension. there may be a situation where you collapse the government and jeremy corbyn could form his own and something else. but at the moment, the parliamentary numbers are so finely balanced, not in borisjohnson's numbers are so finely balanced, not in boris johnson's favour, numbers are so finely balanced, not in borisjohnson's favour, hence he is in trouble but some questions
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revolve around the opposition parties that are working well together at the moment that how long that lasts. we have a month of intrigue ahead but by how things are looking at the moment, i think an autumn general election is on the cards that i don't think anyone will bet on the date and time of its calling. the british chambers of commerce says two fifths of uk businesses haven't done even a basic risk assessment of the consequences of a no—deal brexit. the government has said there's been a "significa nt acceleration" in the help given to companies. but the bcc says its members are still struggling with a "huge number" of unanswered questions. our business correspondent, katie prescott, has more. here in southampton, these warehouses are filled to the rafters. meachers logistics stores everything from food to car batteries and takes it on to where it needs to go. but not knowing when and how we'll leave the european union is causing problems for them and their customers.
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we are so reliant on what the changing environment will be between the eu and uk and what decisions are made, just to how hard the brexit is, but pretty much, we are there in capability, but not necessarily with the manpower we'll need because you can't employ people with no work to do. this is the feeling thing echoed up and down the country — unlike big businesses with contingency plans in place, smaller companies are working out how to direct the limited time and resources. it's very hard for businesses, particularly those who are pressed delivering orders or dealing with contracts to try to hit a moving target, and that's exactly what they've seen over the past three years. those firms who have been able to do some preparations have done them. many others have been watching and waiting, hoping for a resolution to the question, so that they can then prepare with greater confidence. and right now, a lot of businesses still don't have the basic
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information that they need, either, in order to take those steps and make those preparations. the government says it has put in place a lot of support for small businesses to raise awareness about what they need to do. there's a website with comprehensive information for different sectors, a £10 million brexit readiness fund for trade associations, and a finance council to support investment in small businesses. but for companies like meachers, there's one thing that politicians aren't giving them that they want, and that's certainty. katie prescott, bbc news, southampton. the number of people now known to have died in the bahamas as a result of hurricane dorian has risen to a3. but the death toll is expected to rise significantly. efforts are continuing to provide aid to survivors and find further victims of the storm on the islands. david willis reports. dorian grazed the carolina coast but certainly left its mark, leaving hundreds stranded amid rising floodwaters after they ignored a warning to leave.
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but the lashing winds and torrential rain bore little comparison to the destruction wrought earlier in the week. hundreds, possibly thousands of people are missing on the tiny island of abaco in the bahamas, and many fear the place will never be the same again. i honestly believe abaco is finished. i think abaco will not recover until the next ten years. like, fully recover, because everything is gone. absolutely everything is gone. a few miles off shore, the crew of a british ship, the rfa mounts bay, is spearheading what looks to be a massive relief operation. the united nations believes more than 70,000 people here are in urgent need of food and water. but the aim is to evacuate as many as possible to neighbouring islands, not least because those who remain face being homeless for months. dorian, for its part, has now headed out to sea,
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weaker than it was a week ago but still capable of doing serious damage. it's expected to make landfall again in nova scotia, canada, sometime this weekend. david willis, bbc news. the children's commissioner for england has proposed opening schools during evenings, weekends and holidays to keep children safe and away from gangs. anne longfield has also suggested posting designated police officers and security to every school to help combat violence. she said that opening classrooms outside of usual hours could have a transformative effect on society. 29,000 people have woken up this morning with a new gas and electricity provider after eversmart energy became the latest supplier company to go bust. they'll be hoping for a smoother
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transition to their new provider than those of extra energy, a company which went into administration 10 months ago — and is still sending out bills. ellen fraser is an analyst at baringa partners — a consultancy firm which focues on the energy market — shejoins me now in the studio. thank you for coming in. in terms of people getting bills, we have heard from money box, our reporter said a foreign half thousand pound bill was sent, that's unbelievable. —— make a full thousand £500 bill. it's hard to understand how that happened, i understand they were only with the supplierfor 2.5 years understand they were only with the supplier for 2.5 years and so the fa ct supplier for 2.5 years and so the fact that she has created a bill of that size, something has gone wrong there. i strongly suspect that. and what do you think needs to be done? people have changed their behaviours
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in terms of energy providers, switching companies to get the best prices. if these are the problems, what i was two individuals have? customers are switching full price, and it's a delicate balance in terms of switching for price and service. understanding organisations that have been in the market for longer, they have a good and strong reputation in terms of customer service, there is a balance to find and looking at things like citizens advice and which rankings is wise to do before you change suppliers. and what is your advice to customers? is it better to go with well—known companies or not necessarily? there isa companies or not necessarily? there is a balance, some smaller ones offer good customer service and have beenin offer good customer service and have been in the market a while. but certainly, check out the ratings on things like citizens advice to so that you understand who your with and make sure they are a reputable
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company. don't hold large credit bala nces company. don't hold large credit balances on the account. ofgem protect those balances but it can be difficult to get those back and it ta kes a difficult to get those back and it takes a lot of time and effort to get those back. how do you make sure you don't do that? manage your payments carefully and work closely with your supplier to ensure that you do not have a large credit balance, that is worthwhile. most suppliers will help you understand the level of credit you have on your account, making sure it is well understood, that is a wise thing to do. thank you. and you can listen to the full report on money box — on radio 4 at midday. relations between ukraine and russia could be about take a step towards normalisation. a long awaited prisoner swap between the two countries appears to be taking place as we speak. it's thought that more than 30 prisoners from each side could be swapped.
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our correspondentjonah fisher is at kiev airport for us. what is the latest? a prisoner swap is taking place, we expect a ukrainian government plane to land here at the airport in kiev in 5—10 minutes or so with about 30 ukrainians who had been held in russia. they include 2a ukrainian sailors detained in november last year, as they tried to pass through the kerch strait near crimea. in ten civilians who ukrainians have been campaigning for for a long civilians who ukrainians have been campaigning forfor a long time. a russian government plane left here a short time ago. less information that the most significant person we are wondering about is whether a man called volodymyr tsemakh, apparently a witness to the downing of the passenger plane mhi7 in eastern ukraine in 2014, passenger plane mh17 in eastern ukraine in 2014, dutch prosecutors would like to speak to him but from what we understand, his fate has
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been a key sticking point in negotiations between russia and ukraine in the last week also. it's interesting to see that in order to get the swap going whether ukraine has given up volodymyr tsemakh, this potential witness who could have gone to holland to testify whether they have given him up in return for getting the high—profile ukrainian prisoners home. thank you. educating yorkshire, the channel 4 series which followed life in a dewsbury secondary school, became a sensation after one of its pupils — mushy — learnt how to cope with his stammer, with support from his teacher. now six years on, mushy‘s life is the subject of a new musical. our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson, caught up with him at rehearsals. plug it into mine, i'll put some awful music on! it was a tv moment which became a viral video and made millions cry — the documentary series educating yorkshire. mushy, in year 11, able to read
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a poem despite his acute stammer, when his teacher mr burton tried out a technique he had seen in the king's speech. it's the same moment when the trees unloose their soft arm from around you, the birds take back their language. now, six years later, mushy‘s story has been turned into a musical. # mushy, you put dewsbury on the map. # mushy, we saw you on tv. # mushy, you're the man. and this is the moment he went to rehearsals to meet the man who would be playing him. how's it going? a little bit nervous! how are you doing, you all right? mushy then watched on as scenes from his life were acted out. how many weeks does it take my boys to change a lightbulb? i don't know. never!
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i thought you were telling a joke? it's like, how the hell has it happened? it's awesome seeing how each and every person has put their hard work in, and obviously really shown how far i've come. # i tell my mum i'm famous, i'm not a geek or a freak... the aim was to encourage asian audiences into the theatre. i wanted to tell his whole story. notjust the kind of viral video, the before and after. and this is what mushy does now, giving motivational talks at places such as this. the first direct arena in leeds. prince has played here, bruce springsteen has played here, and now you. it's awesome, i would not have thought i would be here six years ago. obviously getting from the situation where i thought i would never again, and now speaking
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at this, it's awesome. his audience — 2,000 people at the teach first teacher development conference. hi guys, i'm musharaf asghar, and hopefully you guys saw me on a tv show six years ago called educating yorkshire. cheering back at rehearsals, one important question remains. is he good—looking enough to play you? he is, ifeel like i should be calling him mushy. ifeel like i'm playing him now. colin paterson, bbc news, watford. # mushy, you're the man #. they have bonded, i think. ameet chana is the director of mushy: lyrically speaking .. it is an incredible story. yes, it is inspiring and uplifting and that is inspiring and uplifting and that is one of the reasons why we wanted to tell the story theatrically. we saw him there, how is he doing generally? fantastically. when the
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artistic director and me decided to tell his story, theatrically, we went to meet him a few times as well as mr burton. it was amazing to see the kid that we rememberfrom as mr burton. it was amazing to see the kid that we remember from the television show with that stammer, now able to address schools and colleges, reams of 3000 teachers in a motivational role. he still stammers but it is part of him. how long was it before he became more fluent? after the television programme he realised he did not wa nt to programme he realised he did not want to come across as a lie to the nation who thought he had been fully killed in the moment so he rehabilitated himself, he called call centres can be found out they weren't allowed to put the phone down on him, he spent hours on the phone to mobile phone services to rehabilitate himself and practise speaking. rap music was part of that. we have involved it in the show so he can cover his in a voice.
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the technique of covering music —— mike listening to music so you don't hear yourself speak, is this used widely? in our research, he does. he blew bubbles into a glass, a p pa re ntly blew bubbles into a glass, apparently that is also a technique. listening to music allows you to blur out your own voice. so you are not hearing yourself speak. you hear the music and in the king's speech, that happens there as well. that is where mr burton, the teacher, got the idea from. and blowing bubbles? it relaxes your throat muscles to allow air to get through and reduce the stammer. and you are touring this production? we previewed last night at watford palace theatre, a home theatre for us. from there we go round the country to northampton and birmingham and we come back to london. we end near moshi and mr
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burton's theatre, on the doorstep of dewsbury. —— mushy. burton's theatre, on the doorstep of dewsbury. -- mushy. and how has it been for him becoming so well—known? when you get that kind of fame, you have nerves of steel, and that has allowed him to continue to put himself in difficult positions. that he has chosen to put himself in and overcome. i think the fame and the stardom, it put him on the back foot, now he is studying to be a presenter in broadcastjournalism. i'm sure that someone is watching! we will be looking out, he will be here, i'm sure. fingers crossed. thank you very much. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good morning.
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once again, ben stokes trying to lead the rescue act supported by jonny bairstow. england started to hundred 97 runs behind, but look at this. ben stokes with a fighting spirit early on. a defined boundary there. he has moved on. going strong. england are 212—5. a second new ball there. a warning for england, the new ball available for the australians. england manager gareth southgate, says his side still have everything to prove as they take on their groups bottom side bulgaria, at wembley this afternoon. england have won two out of two of their euro 2020 qualifiers so far. after bulgaria, they play kosovo, at st mary's on tuesday. victories in both games would make qualification for next year's tournament, a near formality. we have everything to prove in terms of where we are pitched in world
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rankings. i think we are competitive against any rankings. i think we are competitive againstany team. rankings. i think we are competitive against any team. but equally, i think there are a number of teams who come on their day as proved in the summer, are capable of beating us. we have to keep striving to improve. qualifying for scotland looks like a tough task — they were beaten 2—1 by russia at hampden last night. they're now fourth in their group below kaza kstan. but better news for wales thanks to gareth bale's winner seven minutes from the end — they beat azerbaijan 2—1 and are now third in their group. attendance records for women's super league matches, will almost certainly be smashed this weekend, with some games being played at their clubs' main grounds for the first time. the new season kicks off, with manchester city hosting newly promoted manchester united at the etihad — the two sides, haven't met in the super league before, with united playing their first season in the w:s.l. we are making sure that we are diligent in all preparations and
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making sure that players know their roles and responsibilities. we still have a long way to go and we will be finding our feet have a long way to go and we will be finding ourfeet in this campaign. but we start in a very tough way. manchester city, arsenal and liverpool in the first three games isa liverpool in the first three games is a tough ask for a promoted team but it is a good barometer of where we are at. rafael nadal has reached the final of the us open final, with a straight—set win over italian matteo berrettini. the spaniard survived two set points in the opener, before his class shone through in a 7—6, 6—4, 6—1win at flushing meadows. nadal is going for a fourth title in tomorrow's final against russia's daniil medvedev in new york. my my goal here was to produce a chance, to compete for the big thing again. and here i am. i gave myself another chance as i did in wimbledon and australia. that is the personal satisfaction, the personal happiness.
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in rugby league's superleague, leaders st helens thrashed huddersfield giants 48—6 with second placed wigan beating catalans dragons 46—12. and it was the battle at the bottom, as hull kingston rovers took on london broncos, and it was the visiting broncos who prevailed 20—16, jay pitts, one of their three try scorers. elsewhere warrington beat wakefield, and salford won at leeds. scotland's robert macintyre, is in pole position, to cap a brilliant rookie season with his first european tour title — he leads the european open in hamburg by four shots, after a flawless second round of 65. and finally — as we mentioned, the ashes is just about to get under way again at old trafford and we wondered if england might want some help from this guy... watch carefully as the man on a roller—coaster in spain spots that someone a the seat above him has dropped their mobile phone and he manages to catch it mid air.
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that's all the sport for now. now for the weather with sarah keith—lucas. hurricane dorian remains a powerful storm pushing into eastern canada, but this side of the atlantic it's looking quieter. here is the picture in cornwall, patchy fair weather cloud around. there are some showers as we head through the weekend. try u nsettled head through the weekend. try unsettled weather with sunshine on offer. that is because we have high pressure coming in from the west. wins rotating around high pressure, coming from a northerly direction. a cool rotating around eastern england and scotland, and some heavy showers down towards the south—east. in most other areas, they will ease into the afternoon and with sunshine breaking the club nicely, it will feel pleasant. 17—20d. —— breaking the cloud nicely. the ashes will continue today, at old trafford. we
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won't see much rain, sunny spells, temperatures of 17 degrees. in the evening and overnight, largely clear and dry weather ahead. that means temperatures are falling quickly. a touch of frost in eastern scotland. even further south, we are down in single figures. a fresh start on this sunday morning. if you are planning on running the great north run tomorrow, it's a chilly start to the morning. decent conditions for running, up to 15 degrees and a light wind. we keep the sunshine tomorrow in england and wales. eastern scotland holds on to a great deal of sunshine. in scotland and northern ireland, cloud builds in from the west. some spots of rain during the afternoon. temperatures of 15-18d. a during the afternoon. temperatures of 15—18d. a touchdown today, losing that cool breeze. this weather front comes in from the west. heading eastwards as we move into monday, it
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may stall. a soggy start to the working week. with the rain and the trees picking up in wakefield, about 14-16d. trees picking up in wakefield, about 14—16d. autumnal on monday. temperatures recover. we see quite a deal of dry weather. breezy and a little damp on wednesday. not a bad week ahead weather—wise. goodbye for now.
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hello and welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week... borisjohnson's promise that he would do or die to deliver brexit by october 31st has become do or die in a ditch. despite a full house of parliamentary defeats,


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