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hello and welcome to bbc news. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has confirmed he's received a formal request from borisjohnson to delay brexit for three months. mr tusk said he would start consulting eu leaders on how to respond. mrjohnson also sent a second letter telling european leaders that a further brexit delay would be a mistake. he was forced to ask for a delay after mps voted not bucket rugby club the support for that stance from those angry at mps to approve his dealfor the uk actions today. to leave the eu until all the legal steps had been completed. this is how he reacted i think it's outrageous.
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they're just cocking to that defeat. a hoop at us, basically, saying, no, we're not i will tell our friends interested in what you think, we're going to do and colleagues in the eu exactly what we want to do. i think it's an absolute joke. they're just holding it up. what i have told everyone in the last 88 days that i've served itjust needs to be sorted. and if they want to go as prime minister — to a general election, that further delay would be bad go to a general election. for this country, had for the — my view is that parliament's lost it. bad for our european union, parliament doesn't represent the people any more. and bad for democracy. parliament has its own agenda. faced with further delay, it seems boris johnson is being defiant, trying to put himself on the side it's an historic day for parliament, of the people who are frustrated that this process because it has said it will not be hasn't yet been resolved. blackmailed by a prime minister the problem with that strategy who is apparently prepared, is that some people think parliament once again, to defy a law has done the right thing. passed by this parliament. i think it needs a delay to give more time for here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg, with the latest the deal to be scrutinised. from westminster. because it's all a bit the government has tonight sent three different last minute and rushed. documents to brussels. so, i think it's probably a good thing. i think we had a better one of them an official copy deal with theresa may. and this one is worse. of what was in the benn act, i'm a remaineranyway. boris johnson is starting that act that went through to get his comeuppance. parliament that will say that the uk so, with westminster set for a rematch, the public view remains divided, is requesting an extension, in what seems to many another delay to brexit. like a political game, but the prime minister is already tonight enraging his critics because he has refused to sign that letter. albeit with crucial consequences.
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in fact, i'm told they've sent a photocopy and an email to donald tusk, the president of the eu council. alongside that there's a covering note from sir tim barrow, some breaking news now. president who's a civil servant, explaining that they're just sending a copy from the act. and with that a second letter, trump is abandoning his plan to host the twenty20 g7 meeting at his a political message to the eu florida resort following backlash. from borisjohnson maintaining his argument that a delay would be a mistake and asking them to ask parliament -- 2020. he to reconsider their decision. florida resort following backlash. —— 2020. he hasjust from a political point of view, florida resort following backlash. —— 2020. he has just tweeted: florida resort following backlash. —— 2020. he hasjust tweeted: "i this window there is now, thought i was doing something very gives borisjohnson‘s opponents good for our country by using trump what they see as a chance to cause as much trouble as they possibly can to try and try to maybe get that national doral, in miami, for second referendum some of them hosting the g7 leaders. so desire orjust to try to slam the brakes on the prime minister's project. but for number 10 they are going to keep trying. they are going to try another vote on monday, then maybe another vote on tuesday, the difficulty for them is this process is getting more and more tangled up. and because of that, we've said before, before too long this is probably going to be resolved by a general election.
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our europe editor, katya adler is in brussels with reaction from there. the fact that the prime minister has an accompanying letter tonight, ——sent an accompanying letter tonight, so another venue needed for that expressing again his opposition to an extension, that will help eu summit. let's move on. leaders drag their feet a little bit. first and foremost they are going at the rugby world cup injapan, to look to the prime minister to make good on his promise to them, it was the first day of the quarter just two days ago here in brussels, finals — england took on old foes australia. our sports editor dan roan reports. that their newly negotiated brexit deal would definitely pass through parliament. if england wanted to lay down and time, relatively speaking, a marker at this wolrd cup, is on borisjohnson and the eu's they have done exactly that. side, because the brexit deadline is not today, this was a hugely it is at the end of impressive performance. they got off to an excellent start the month under eu law. against their old rivals, australia, thanks largely and eu leaders want to keep pressure to winger, jonny may, who scored twice in two minutes. captain, flyhalf owen farrell, on mps, they want to help focus extending his side's lead with some importing kicks too. their minds before they say yes you absolutely have a lot of time. but the advantage at half—time was just eight points, thanks to the boot of in fact if they wanted to, eu christian lealiifano, leaders could hold their emergency who scored some important points of his own. brexit summit to decide a new extension even on the morning and in fact, immediately of the 31st of october. after the restart, but all of that said,
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australia reduced the deficit if push comes to shove and time to just one point — is running out, no deal looks at that moment in the game it like the only option, looked like the match then after all these years, was very much in the balance. two prime ministers, two brexit deals, i cannot see eu leaders at this point closing the door in the uk's face. but then enter kyle sinckler, the powerful england prop for england, storming through. i think at that point they are likely to grant another he proved unstoppable and, extension, but probably after that, england really as short as possible reasserted their authority, thanks to owen farrell's boot — and they will want to know what is for. he ended up with 20 points — is it to pass final legislation? and some magnificent defence as well. to hold a second referendum? anthony watson secured a try which really sealed victory, a general election, or even thanks to an interception. and england didn't look back. ajoint—record margin a referendum on their nearly signed of victory over australia, who knocked them out, of course, ——newly signed off brexit deal? of the last the world cup, let's get some of the day's other news. on english soil, four years ago. kurdish fighters have accused the united states of failing now, eddie jones' side to monitor a ceasefire in northeast have secured revenge, syria, where the kurds have been and they can now look besieged by turkish troops. for its part, turkey has forward to a semifinal. accused kurdish militia of breaking the truce. meanwhile, a medical convoy managed that was the target the rfu always to reach the syrian border town set for the australian coach. of ras al—ain, after being and i think, given the manner blocked by the fighting. in which it has been achieved, england will now believe a curfew's been imposed in parts they can go all the way, of the capital of chile, and secure a first world cup santiago, where violent protests are continuing. victory, of course, since 2003.
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the demonstrations began in response in the day's other quarterfinal to a planned rise in metro fares, ireland took on new zealand. but have carried on despite andy swiss was watching. president sebastian pinera's promise to suspend the move. well, this was the night whenre soldiers and tanks have been new zealand showed just why deployed in the city after dozens of metro stations were set on fire. well, this was the night where new zealand showed just why they haven't lost a world cup match for some 12 years. and also why there are still many people's favourites to lift the trophy again. it was an utterly emphatic win over ireland. ireland remember looking to reach the semifinals so things are looking more for the first time in their history. complicated for boris johnson. but really from the moment that our political correspondent, aaron smith scored two early tries, ben wright, has been looking at what might happen in the days to put new zealand in control, and months ahead. there was only going ministers never tire of saying it's to be one winner. time to get brexit done, beauden barrett added a third but leaving the eu was always try for new zealand, just before the break. it was 22—0 at halftime. going to be a hugely complex after the break new zealand just went on extending their lead. ireland did get two consolation and time consuming process, and it is farfrom being over. scores from robbie henshaw this is how the next few days and then a penalty try, and even years might unfold. borisjohnson and the eu have agreed butjordi barrett rounded a new withdrawal agreement — things off for new zealand the terms of divorce. in the closing minutes to complete a ruthless victory over ireland. the prime minister wanted mps
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to approve it in principle today, ireland's disappointment at the world cup continues. but they haven't. and so, after this setback once again, they have been knocked for the government, it needs to change tack again. out at the quarterfinal stage. next week ministers will publish the withdrawal agreement bill — remember they had gone to this that is the legislation which puts the deal into law. tournament as the world number ones. expect an early battle over its timetabling, as for new zealand, as well as its content. what a performance from them, and what a mouthwatering semifinal there will be many votes over many it sets up against england days, and the government may even in yokohama next weekend. ask mps to back the brexit deal in principle again, as soon as monday. the government still wants the bill to be law by october 31st and for the uk to leave the eu then, but after today all that could slip. let's look even further ahead. what a match that is going to be! cats, les mis, a whole new phase of brexit the phantom of the opera — will begin, if and when the uk all shows enjoying huge success leaves the eu with a deal. in london's west end and now a transition period, disney's the lion king during which little actually is celebrating a milestone. changes. it made its way onto the west end stage on tuesday the 19th of october 1999 at the lyceum theatre. this is the time both sides are meant to hammer out their future relationship — on trade, security, and more. ministers will set out the negotiating aims to parliament, and then the talking 20 years on and the production based with brussels begins again. on the 1994—animated film is one this transition period will last of the longest—running musicals until the end of december 2020, in west end history. but could be extended deborah godchaser is making for another two years, her west end debut — if both sides agree. and took us backstage for a tour. some tory mps hate that idea, and today borisjohnson said so my first time on stage,
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that was, i don't even know, it was so surreal. just the whole show, he wouldn't want that either, i was like, oh my gosh, but complex trade deals can take i'm actually in the lion king! several years to negotiate. the deal mps are arguing about now finally. singing in swahili. sets out how the uk leaves the european union, but explains relatively little about what comes next. that will be the focus of wrangling a swing is a cast member who is required to learn multiple amounts of roles within the show. and negotiation for a long time yet. while mps were debating inside the chamber of the commons in the case of the lion king, thousands of demonstrators that would be different characters were outside calling for a public such as the gazelle, zebras, lionesses, the cheetah, vote on any deal that's agreed. i would say it is quite nerve racking. i've learned to control the nerves, i think ijust kind of go with it the protest, organised by the people's vote campaign, and trust the fact that i know converged on parliament square, the choreography and i know as mark easton reports. where to be. # and you'll never walk alone...# when i go downstairs to what they call the bunker, i'm going to show you are it had been billed as a march to give confident voice to those all the magic happens. who want the brexit debate put back to the people. the magical bunker. but as they set out, follow me. the mood was more resolute, anxious, even pessimistic.
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i think it's too late. so this is the lioness costume. yeah, i think it is a bit too late. the heads are all hand—painted. but we're just here to... the silks are all hand dyed try to give it a go. individually to make every single yeah. individual look different. the argument could be decided before you get to parliament square. it could, it could. the different beads come together i know it could. to make this corset and the white we all know that. lines represent the it's in the back of our minds, underbelly of the lioness. but we are going to still keep marching and saying what we believe in. the organisers claim a million people snaked their way from marble arch, that symbol of british triumph against the continental might of napoleon, past wellington's home at hyde park corner, past nelson, on his column, these are the gazelles. in trafalgar square. they are all made out of carbon fibre. they — we have one on the right hand, one on the left hand and one the architecture of the nation's on the head, on a cramp capital, reflecting historical in order to represent tensions with european neighbours. a significant part of the country the herds moving together. mayjust want to get a deal done, get onto the next stage along as they travel of the brexit process. across the pride land. but these are the faces of people these are the grass heads that we were on top of our heads. who are saying not in my name, these are hung upside down in order to keep the shape of the grass. not yet, or not at all. the first time coming on stage, details of every growl and groan the audience had — the energy, from the debate inside the house it was just so surreal of commons rippled
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through the crowds outside as they headed towards parliament. and electrifying. i was very nervous. stop brexit now! well, i think i got over this long—planned event provided the fact that i was nervous because i was in it, doing it. a noisy soundtrack to attempts i guess as a swing, you have so many by government to bring the brexit argument to an end before the march other things to be thinking about such as where you're reached its destination. pictures from inside the palace meant to be on stage, of westminster were relayed you come after, which when to the vast crowd watching outside, you exit or and so on. so i think i was thinking so much and then the moment when it was clear there would be about those things but i did no brexit deal today. applause. try to enjoy. so i think by my third show, i started to just kind of settle the news from parliament is greeted in and enjoy it and yeah, less with rejoicing, i think, and more with relief. the long march that they hope leads i can't remember what scene it was. from one people's vote to another people's vote, well, that can go on. my my mother, she was going, that's my it's not a defeat. we're still in the fight. at least it gives us hope that something can be slowed down. baby! slowed down? the slower it goes, the better. break a leg. now the weather with louise lear it means the agony continues, though, doesn't it? i know, yes, that's boring. but that's the position that hello there. saturday was a day of contrast. he's put us in, so... we finally got some much—needed sunshine across central but what will the final and southern england and, destination look like? in fact, in hampshire, for people on all sides we had over seven hours of the argument, that of sunshine. that's not bad for
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remains frustratingly unclear. this time of year. it was a different story though further north, across the scottish borders. there was some heavy, persistent rain at times, so as we've been hearing turkey and some blustery winds and, and kurdish leaders have accused in fact, edinburgh had 34mm of rain, each other of breaching the temporary ceasefire around an inch and a half between their forces of rain, throughout the day. so the radar shows where that rain tended to sit, through much of saturday. it is starting to weaken off now, in northern syria. as the area of kow pressure is drifting into the north sea, and it's allowing a northerly flow to start to dominate evren celik wiltse across the country. is a political scientist so as the showers fade away at south dakota state university and the northerly air kicks in, and shejoins me now. we will start to see those temperatures falling away, kurdish fighters first of all so it could be potentially accused the us of failing to monitor a chilly start to sunday. particularly in rural parts of scotland and lincolnshire, the ceasefire, is that a fair in south—east england, accusation? i really cannot tell we are going to see low single figures, maybe low enough for anything other than what i follow some pockets of frost. so we start off on a chilly note. that low pressure sitting out from the media, and there are some in the north sea could feed a little more cloud along those east coasts very disturbing views and footage, and a few scattered showers. so here it could be cold but it is very difficult to trace and disappointing, but further south and west, away from the low, we should see the cloud breaking up, who really is violating the terms, the sunshine coming through and highs peaking at 9—111 degrees. when there are so many different so that's the story on sunday. groups who are armed in the field.
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so it is very difficult to place just need to draw your attention to what's happening across the near continent. this frontal system may well move definitive blame on any of the towards the essex and kent coast, sides, because there are so many overnights sunday into monday, different sides. of course it is and produce some wet weather, but the high pressure is building in from the atlantic, so that is the dominant force very difficult to monitor any information coming out of that area, to the weather story on monday, as you can see. largely fine and dry mr erdogan has made a number of but we will need to keep a close eye on events down into the south—east. threats of going and "crushing" the that could be a little bit of a fly in the ointment. kurds, is it likely that he will generally speaking though, highs are likely to peek, carry out those threats? that again, at 9—111 degrees. now, as we move out of monday particular rhetoric came... at a into tuesday, that area of high pressure pushing rally today, at a domestic rally, in from the atlantic willjust slip its way steadily southwards, and there are a couple of and that's going to allow weather interesting things about it, where fronts to topple across the high and push into the far north—west. was he saying these things, he was so potentially bringing the risk saying this at an opening ceremony of some more wet weather and certain windy weather at times as well. ofa so only up into the far north saying this at an opening ceremony of a lot of public projects like of scotland potentially on tuesday. schools and dormitories, so the elsewhere, with a south—westerly feed, might be a little more cloud along west—facing coasts, audience is the turkish electorate, but a little bit milder with it as well. really, and what we political you can see the theme is generally scientists use under these a dry one across the country, circumstances is the concept of with highs of 11—15 celsius. rallying around the flag syndrome.
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so as we you move out of tuesday so when politicians feel electorally into wednesday and thursday, it's a similar feel to things. vulnerable, which was the case for we keep the potential for some wetter weather up into the far north. resident erdogan after the spring much of england and wales stay dry and a little milder. take care. 2019 local elections, he experienced a major electoral blow, so a lot of that very nationalistic and very harsh rhetoric, is i believe a response to the domestic audience. cani response to the domestic audience. can i ask you, what are the main political risks for president erdogan as he pursues this strategy in northern syria ? erdogan as he pursues this strategy in northern syria? it really is not as risky for president adeline because he really —— erdogan, because he really —— erdogan, because he really played this hostage diplomacy card many times, and did have returns. so for
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this is bbc news, the headlines: example, with the eu having nearly 4 the president of the european council, million syrians in turkey is an effective bargaining chip for president erdogan. so the europeans really don't have much wiggle room. in the case of the us, the us electorate chose a very isolationist president, so with president trump already expressing that he wants to bring the troops home, he doesn't wa nt to bring the troops home, he doesn't want to get engaged in these various forms of regime change or war or being the world police around the world, so really he has the political vacuum, the international political vacuum, the international political vacuum. the only, i believe, barrier could be russia, and that is what he is planning to speak to on tuesday. we will follow that when that meeting happens,
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thank you very much. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: britain's prime minister, borisjohnson, has written to the european union asking for a further delay to brexit. he wrote the letter — which he left unsigned — after losing a key vote in parliament on his withdrawal deal. thousands of protesters in lebanon have taken to the streets of the capital, beirut, for a third day, demanding the government resign over its handling of the country's financial crisis. president aoun's government says it has agreed a new budget that won't include additional taxes and it's promised a solution to the crisis. dr lina khatib is the director of the middle east and north africa programme at the chatham house think tank. she joins me from new york. the protesters a re the protesters are not leaving the
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street. how will the government deal with them? they are certainly not leaving the streets. they have been on the street of a two—day, despite government induced violence. the first think that the government did may have been to say, ok no more taxes but protesters and security forces clashed violently on the first night. however, on saturday, the situation improved and protesters remained on the street right now and they will go back to the streets tomorrow and will continue to do so until the government resigns, basically that is what they are demanding. government resigns, basically that is what they are demandingm government resigns, basically that is what they are demanding. is the state ca pa ble is what they are demanding. is the state capable of providing basic services for the citizens and if it isn't can they be an overnight solution? this is the problem. in terms of reforms, citizens are
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basically saying this government is beyond reform, it is incapable of reform. the financial problems they are suffering from have been around for a long time and the government has not been able to offer 24—hour electricity even to people since the 19905... electricity even to people since the 1990s... since the 90s! yes, since the 90s, it was the last time limit on saw 2a hour electricity and that did not last very long because, as i said, the situation since then has deteriorated and before then there was civil war. we're talking decades 00:16:40,194 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 of problems and
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