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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. a cross—party group of mps is preparing to take legal action if the prime minister refuses to abide by a bill to delay brexit. the court is taking a decision to try to make the prime minister abide by the law made by a parliament of which he is a member. these are strange times for democracy. it's the law of the land and he is under an obligation to obey it. if he doesn't obey it, he can be taken to court and, if necessary, the court will issue an injunction ordering him to do it. and if he doesn't obey the injuction he can be sent to prison. the number of people killed as a result of hurricane dorian in the bahamas has risen to a3. satellite images appear to show an iranian oil tanker off the syrian coast after it was previously
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impounded in gibraltar. england's ashes hopes fade as early wickets fall. at close of play they were 18 for 2. good evening. pressure is growing on borisjohnson to make clear he'd abide by legislation requiring him to seek a further brexit extension if there's no deal with the eu. a group of mps are preparing legal action if the prime minister refuses to carry out the instruction, which is expected to become law on monday. the former attorney general dominic grieve has warned that mrjohnson could end up in prison if he defies the law. our political correspondent
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jonathan blake reports. another stand—off in westminster. protest and counterprotest today, over the prime minister's plans to suspend parliament and mps' attempt to force a delay to brexit. borisjohnson has spent the week in campaign mode, preparing for an election he wants but opposition parties won't allow, before an extension to brexit is secured — something he's adamant he won't ask for. i'd rather be dead in a ditch. as many of that opinion will say content. to the contrary, not content. the contents have it. parliament has now passed a bill compelling the prime minster to ask for a delay if a new deal cannot be reached. the law means borisjohnson has until october 19th to get a new deal with brussels. if not, he must write and request more time till at least january 31st. yesterday he said this.
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this bill would in theory mean the government was obliged to write a letter asking for a pointless delay. some fear the prime minister is looking for wriggle room and are preparing a legal challenge if he does not comply. he can't ignore the law, he is as bound by the rule of law as anyone else in the country. parliament has passed primary legislation. once it has received royal assent, it is law of the land and he is under an obligation. if he doesn't obey, he can be taken to court and the court will pursue an injunction ordering him to do it, and if he doesn't obey the injunction, he could be sent to prison. those behind the anti—no—deal bill are confident it will not allow mrjohnson a way out. he must write a letter on that day to donald tusk specifying the wording he must use to apply for an extension. i'm very, very concerned and troubled by the fact the prime minister is going around the country saying he will never ask for an extension.
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either we have a rule of law or we don't. in aberdeenshire, the traditional spectacle of the highland games. the queen arrived, having hosted the prime minister at balmoral overnight. the constitutional crisis caused by brexit is sure to have been discussed. where it will lead next, we cannot predict. earlier, jonathan blake told me what we can expect from parliament next week. on monday as it stands, parliament is due to be suspended or prorogued at the end of business on that day. that is after the decision, the controversial decision, you will remember, from a week or so ago, where the queen gave her approval to the prime minister's request to suspend or prorogue parliament for that. for that slightly extended period in september through to mid october. that is when mps were due to ta ke october. that is when mps were due to take a break anyway but they have no say over the dates now or the length of the break, where they
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otherwise would have done so. there isa gap otherwise would have done so. there is a gap between monday and thursday where the government can decide when parliament is suspended. so you now have the situation where the prior minister is bound by law as soon as the bill, requiring an extension to the bill, requiring an extension to the article 50 process if a new deal can't be reached, becomes law. —— the prime minister is bound by law. that should happen by monday. as soon as that kicks in, the prime minister will have to ask for an extension to the process if he cannot get a new deal, and boris johnson has said he has no intention of doing so, as you've seen. but he has also said he won't break the law. that is the big question, what does he do? the fact the opposition parties are due to oppose the government's next attempt to get a general election, which could be one way out for the prior minister, and also the government seem determined to stick to their commitment whatever happens to deliver brexit by the end of october, given all that you are likely to see more
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moves early next week, both by the government and by opposition parties to try to get what they want. —— which could be one way out for the prime minister. so the suspension of parliament, the bill to delay and then putting forward this motion for then putting forward this motion for the general election. that is monday. in terms of a general election, what options does boris johnson have two get one of those? to get what he wants? firstly he can try again under the fixed—term parliaments act, which means outside of the five year time frame, there needs to be a two thirds majority in the house of commons to say they will have one earlier than scheduled. he tried that once, didn't get the number of votes needed. he will try that again on monday but again he won't get the votes needed, because the opposition parties, the snp, the lib dems have said, we want an election but not before a no—deal brexit has
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categorically been ruled out. there are various other means at the government's disposal. one is potentially bringing in a one line bill, which would effectively change the law to get around the fixed—term parliaments act and allow them to hold a general election on a specified day. that would only need a straight majority. easier for the government to achieve but as things stand, very difficult again. then there is the option which sounds absurd but the government somehow engineering a vote of confidence in itself, which would bring down a government. if a new government cannot be formed that would trigger a general election. has that ever happened? not to my knowledge! but i'm willing to be corrected. it is certainly amazing to contemplate and you would always expect it to be something the opposition would aim for and trigger rather than the government. but it is a sign of how upside—down things are that it is even being considered. there was a bit of a tease coming from the leader of the lib dems. jo swinson
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has tweeted the lyrics to 16 going on has tweeted the lyrics to 16 going 0ni7, has tweeted the lyrics to 16 going oni7, leading to has tweeted the lyrics to 16 going on 17, leading to speculation that another is to join them. you will remember the tory crossing the floor tojoin the lib dems earlier this week. brecon and radnorshire, that gave them another mp. so expect another announcement this evening to tell us who their new mp is. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are martin lipton, chief sports reporter from the sun, and the economist ruth lea. 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.
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efforts are continuing to provide aid to survivors and find further victims of the storm on the islands. david willis reports. hundreds, possibly thousands, are missing on the tiny island of abba cow 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 offshore, 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. clint watson, reporter with tv station eyewitness news, has been on the island of abaco and told us about what he found there. it is disastrous. things are flattened. nothing is operable and it isa flattened. nothing is operable and it is a place where people are just deserted, walking around aimlessly, lost, not knowing what is next for them, just hoping for some kind of relief. most of the residents on the island want to get off the island because you cannot operate. there is nothing you can do there atjust sit in despair, so for many people, they need to get out to begin to strategise a way forward. so you find all the ports of entry to the
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island are swamped with people just trying to get out, with relief planes and relief boats. just last night and then this morning a boat came in and several thousand got out of various ports on the island. people just want to get out because the place is just people just want to get out because the place isjust no people just want to get out because the place is just no way to want to be. the difficulty is presumably that aid is coming into the country but it comes to nas our first and then you have to get it to the other islands? there is a lot of red tape. too much red tape for a cause like this where people just need relief. and getting all of the supplies. it is taking too long to get to the people, to distribute it. there are people, to distribute it. there are people who want to just come in and distribute it to the people but that is not being allowed to happen. they have to pass it through the officials and it becomes very cumbersome, and so you find a lot of people on the ground are saying they are not getting the relief. they are hearing about it but not getting it. just for a british audience, can you
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explain what nima is? it is similar to the us company. it is the government arm responsible for distribution and ensuring the entire operation is looked after. thank you for that. and in terms of the immediate needs of the island, and elsewhere as well, is it the supply of food and water and presumably shelter? but presumably that is less ofan shelter? but presumably that is less of an issue than it was during the storm? yes. still shelter because there are not many buildings you can put people in, so they can't live. and then how long you have people group together and they can't live. the defence and armed forces are coming in to give tents so people can live there. many of the residents on the island are having to go out of town to other islands of the capital, where they can stay with family members. so it's that kind of situation. but they need food and water so people can have
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things to eat and water to be able to do what they need to do. to be able to do the basics. brush your teeth, even use rest rooms. there is nothing here so it is a place you don't want to put anybody to live an iranian oil tanker seized by royal marines injuly has been spotted outside a syrian port. the ship had been held in gibraltar having been suspected of intending to take its cargo of oil to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. it was only released on condition it would not travel on to syria. however, satellite photographs reveal it is now sitting at anchor outside the syrian port of tartus. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is the iranian oil tanker at the heart of the latest tensions — the grace 1, as she was known, but now renamed. detained injuly by gibraltar with the help of british marines.
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suspected of heading for syria in breach of eu sanctions, released in august after iran gave written assurances that this was not the case. look at this. new satellite images appearing to show their tanker moored a few miles from the syrian port of tartus, potentially there to off—load its cargo. a foreign office spokesman said the reports were deeply troubling and any breach of iran's assurances would be morally bankrupt and a violation of international laws. this is hugely disappointing and demonstrates why the uk government was right to impound the vessel in gibraltar and wrong to release it. in a terse tweet clearly pointed at european allies, the us national security adviserjohn bolton said anyone believing the ship was not headed for syria was in denial. tehran thinks it's more important to fund the murderous assad regime than providing for its own people. so far there has been no comment from tehran, which is desperate to evade tough us
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sanctions curbing its ability to export oil that have hit its so economy hard. iran announced today a further breach of the deals agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear programme. western officials said the move had been expected. but tensions with iran are deepening and optimism remains thin on the ground. the headlines on bbc news. a cross—party group of mps is preparing to take legal action if the prime minister refuses to abide by a bill to delay brexit. the number of people killed as a result of hurricane dorian in the bahamas has risen to a3. satellite images appear to show an iranian oil tanker off the syrian coast after it was previously impounded in gibraltar. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's gavin ra mjaun.
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let's start with the ashes, which england are looking somewhat unlikely to win back from australia. at the close of play on day four of the fourth test, england were 18—2 in their second innings, a huge 36a runs behind. australia declared on 186—6, after yet another half—century from steve smith. in fact, his 82 was his lowest score in this series. by contrast, it was really straightforward for england's footballers this evening at wembley. captain harry kane scored a hat—trick, as they cruised to a a—0 win over bulgaria to go back to the top of their euro 2020 qualifying group. our correspondent david ornstein was watching. the latest stop on the path to euro 2020. a path england hope will ultimately lead back here next summer, when wembley stages the tournament final. they could also enjoy home advantage in the group stage but that and their seeding
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will be determined by the outcome of qualifying. so games like these carry greater importance. england duly set up camp in opposition territory and bulgaria buckled. harry kane, as ever, in the right place at the right time. his team in control, the packed house happy. after the break, their delight would double. marcus rushford too quick... then harry came with the kick. it effectively ended bulgaria's resistance. from score of the captain, he soon turned provider. raheem sterling made it three and continued their prolific partnership in the national interest. the last task the harry kane was to provide passer and scorer. england maintain a 100% record that could prove so crucial to their hopes of making history. so it is 3—1— three, and gareth
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southgate's men are cruising towards qualification. it is kosovo next tuesday, when they look to take another step towards a much bigger goal. a record crowd of over 31,000 people were at the etihad to watch manchester city beat manchester united 1—0 on the opening day of the women's super league season. the only goal of the game came early in the second half, when caroline weir scooped up a poor clearance and slammed it home. this was the first manchester derby in the professional women's game. and it's a point apiece for bristol city and brighton after city keeper sophie baggaley brilliantly saved victoria williams‘ penalty in the first half to keep it goalless. rugby now, and ireland will go into this month's rugby world cup as the number—one ranked side in the world. they moved to the top spot after beating wales by 19—10 in theirfinal warm—up game in dublin today. it was an emotional occasion for captain rory best, who played his final home match and will retire
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after the trip to japan. lydia campbell reports. it's rarely easy to say goodbye. just ask rory best. this is his home farewell before he retires after the world cup. and on theirfinal game before japan, the irish claimed the first points of the day. rob kearney driving over. these warm—up matches are for fine—tuning ahead of the world cup, and this was pitch perfect. leigh halfpenny added the conversion, giving wales a 10—7 lead at the break. but the second half was all about the men in green. their second try down to pure brute force. and james ryan added the third shortly after. eventually given after some discussion. and that's how it finished. the win lifting ireland to the top of the world rankings for the first time.
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ahead of the world cup, rory‘s side are simply the best. lydia campbell, bbc news. we have a british champion at the us open tennis. jamie murray and bethanie mattek—sands retained their mixed doubles title, beating the top seeds chan hao—ching and michael venus in straight sets. it's the fourth year in a row that murray has won a title at flushing meadows. the crowd is now looking forward to seeing serena williams take on bianca andreescu in the women's final. that's all the sport for now. 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 significant 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.
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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. we are so reliant on what the changing environment will be between the eu and uk and what decisions are made, as to how hard the brexit is, but pretty much, we're there in capability, but not necessarily with the manpower we'll need, because you can't employ people with no work to do. and this is the feeling being echoed up and down the country. unlike big businesses with contingency plans in place, many small companies are working out how to direct are working out how to direct their limited
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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've 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 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. russia and ukraine have completed a prisoner swap
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involving 70 detainees. it's hoped the swap will ease tensions between the two countries. more than 13,000 people have died in fighting since russia annexed crimea in 201a. the freed prisoners include captured ukrainian sailors and a man who dutch prosecutors want to speak to about the downing of the passenger plane mh17 in 201a. jonah fisher reports from kiev. this swap had been rumoured for weeks. so when the plane finally touched down from moscow, relief echoed across the tarmac. the families of 35 ukrainian prisoners had come to see their loved ones return. among them, high—profile detainees like film—maker oleg sentsov, and 2a sailors, like andre, who was captured in the black sea late last year. and we are happy, too.
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we can't even understand that this has already happened. this is clearly a very emotional moment for the relatives of these ukrainian prisoners, but it is also politically significant. it opens the door for meaningful talks between ukraine and russia and the prospect of an improvement in relations between the two countries. this man, volodymyr tsemakh, was russia's price. a potentially important witness in the downing of the passenger plane mh17 five years ago, he was flown today to moscow. for ukraine's president, the swap is a sign ofjust how serious he is about trying to end the long conflict with russian—backed rebels. we have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war. but do you think this is a new chapter in relations between russia and ukraine? i think this is the first chapter. jonah fisher, bbc news, kiev.
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the family of a six—year—old french boy who was allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at tate modern in london last month say he has made amazing progress, and they've thanked well—wishers who have donated more than £5a,000 to help him. in a message shared on the gofundme page, the family said... hello, everybody. just a little message to tell you about our son's amazing progress. he is an incredible fighter. even if he can't speak or move his body for the moment, we now know for sure that he understands us. he smiles and we saw him laughing several times since a couple of days when we were telling him some funny things. a 17—year—old boy is in custody in connection with the incident. educating yorkshire, the channel a series which followed life in a dewsbury secondary school, became a sensation after one of its pupils, mushy, learned 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.
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our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson, caught up with him at rehearsals. i'll put you some 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 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 shrewsbury on the map. 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?
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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. 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. # don't 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.
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and this is what mushy does now, giving motivational talks at places such as this. prince has played here, bruce springsteen has played here, and now you. it's awesome! obviously getting from the situation where i thought i would never speak again, and speaking at this, it's awesome. his audience — 2,000 people at the teach first development conference. hi, guys, i'm musharaf asghar, and hopefully you guys saw me on a tv show six years ago called educating yorkshire. back at rehearsals, one important question remains. is he good—looking enough to play you? he is, ifeel like i should be calling him musharaf. ifeel like i'm playing him now. # mushy, you're the man #. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller.
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hello. a fine start to the weekend across much of the uk. you might have picked up the odd shower across england or wales but the last of these clearing away from southern england. overnight you could catch one brushing the coast of east anglia. cloud increasing across north—west england and scotland, holding temperatures up elsewhere. a chilly night to come under clear skies. a—7 degrees and possibly a touch of frost in the coldest parts of eastern scotland and north—east england. plenty of sunshine around to start the day tomorrow. some cloud around east anglia and eastern kent. thickening cloud around scotla nd kent. thickening cloud around scotland firstly. some patchy light rain and drizzle. elsewhere, sunshine and patchy cloud developing but it stays dry. the winds are light but picking up with the thickening cloud and outbreaks of rain towards north—west scotland, and temperatures around 15—18. a bit warmer in eastern scotland and north—east england.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the prime minister says he would rather be dead in a ditch than delay brexit, but a cross—party group of mps is preparing to take legal action if he refuses to abide by a bill to delay the uk's exit. the court is making a decision that is trying to make

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