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[applause] >> and no "bbc world news." rajini: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am rajini vdyanathan. british prime minister theresa may puts the brexit vote on the back burner. where does this leave th' u.ks withdrawal from the european union? prime min. may: t it is clet this house faces a much more fundamental question -- does this house want to deliver brexit? rajini: meanwhile, there is mori tuat the white house. president trump is on the hunt for a new chief of staff as heo lyeparesrt ways with general john kel. >> your cousin mary returned to rule in scotland. she is formidable. rajini: and the battle of two
monarchs. we meet with the lead actresses inuehe new film about mary qenc. viewerswelcome to our on public telesion here in the s. and around the globe. with just g months before the u.k. withdraws from the european union, british prime minister theresa may postpones e n her brexit plan that was due on tuesday. speaking to parliament, she conceded she did not have p support h it through, including from her own party. mrs. maple go back to the eu leaders in the hope of finding a way forward. speaking before a rowdy house of commentsshe was jeered and heckled. some have called on her to go. others want a second referendum on the eu, something the prime minister has dismissed. prime min. m: many of the most
controversial aspects of this deal, including the backstop, recently inescapable facts of having negotiated brexit. those who continue to disagree need to shoulder the responsibility of advocating an alternative solution that can be delivered,so and d- and do so without ducking its implications if you want a second referendum to overturn the results of the first, be honest that this risk dividing the country again. rajini: squaring off against the prime minister was opposition leader jeremy corbyn, who called on mrs. may to get results or step aside. yn: this is bad deal for britain, a bad deal for a democracy. our country deserves better than this. the deal damages our economy, and it is not just the
opposition saying that. the government's own analysis shows this deal would make us worse. o if the prime minister cannot be atclear she can and will renegotiate a deal, then she must make way. rajini: the bbc's christian h fras been following events in parliament and was mr. and i spoke with him earlier. quite a dramatic day. b what have peopn saying to you in westminster today? christian: on the conservative bench, they e happy that theresa may is finally listening because they've been saying the last week that this vote has teen unwinnable, but frust that it has been this long to come around to their position. 164 mp's have spoken in the course of this debate over the last few days, and now they t get a vote on the deba that they have heard. on the labor bench, they are very unhappy about tha they forced an emergency brexit debate tomorrow but that is nonbinding on the government. the meantime, theresa may
heads off to europe again to try to get something that will reassure her wavering backbenchers. tobut it is difficulee at this moment what she can get that will force them to vote the way she wants, because donald has said we can meet on thursday, we will call a brexit summit if you want in brussels, but we are not reopening the withdrawal agreement because if we do that, everybody else will pile in. it has taken than two years to this point to get the deal over the line. ni: that date in march i set in stone. by the end of march, the u.k. will leave the european union. what happens now? christian: unless they can get some statute to replace the withdrawal act -- in that is the da the u.k. will leave the european union -- probably there is a majority in the house of commons to stop that or to stopd nol. you know, you can probably pull together labor mp's and conservative mp's to stop the process.es
the big quon is what happens next. the prime minister is adamant that they have to respect the te. 17 million people voting to leave. but ashe father of the house said today, the house of commons is broken into various factions ad there is no majority f way forward. they can delay it. the big question is what do they move to. at the moment, all those options -- no deal, the prime minister's deal, referendumgeneral election -- any one of them is possible at this moment in time. rajini: i know it is difficult, but if you had to put your money on it, what are the odds of twoan things, chris- first of all, theresa may being in her job in march and the second referendum being tabled? i christiam not a betting man. i don't think at the moment thuse is a majority in the of commons for a second vote although there is lot more noise about it. maybe a general election or referendum -- at the end of the wday maybe that is the on
you can get out of the political mess in the house of commons. will see. in terms of the leadership debate, we have five conservative mp's over the course of the evening and not one of them talked about a challenge. will there be a challenge when she has come back from brussels? sif comes back and there is nothing that satisfies -- nothing that is legally bind g that prevents the irish backstop from being put in place to stop the hard border in ireland, nothing legally binding, that wn the same position next week, and at what point do they say that this is her deal, she is the problem, we need to geter rid of that is the question. rajini: so many questions,fr christiaer.y thanks vch for joining us. for more on where things stand with brexit, i spoke earlier with ed luce, u.s. national editor for the "financial times" in washingomn. thanks forg in. as christian was saying, so many uncertainties around brexit. watching this from the other
sidef the pond, so to speak, how do you think people are looking athat is going on in the u.k. right now? >> i think they are seeing the extraordinary self-destruction or potential self-destruction of one of the world's oldest, most stable, commonsensicmo acies. they are watching with mouths agape. this is not the pragmatic british way. i thin britain could go off a cliff is becoming very, very real. and it is clearly america's closest partner in europe, a clear step up to the plate nato how like this is g very bewilderght to observe. it is not the britain america thinks it knows. it is not the britain that theye from britain thoug knew. rajini: how do you think this
affect the u.k. relationship with the u.s. and with europe? ed: one of the claims of tse who supported brexit is that there will be a big u.s.-u.k. trade deal as a result of it. clearly the de that theresa may -- well, not putting to the house of commons anymore because she know it will fail -- will preclude the opportuty, and donald trump himself actually said that, very unhelpfully for theresa may, he pointed out that britain would not be able tone gotiate that with america. there is complete perplexity about what would emerge. as christian has been pointings out, there understanding that radical uncertainty that we are faced with in brof the staying income europe at the end of this, potentiallcrashing out with no deal and having a serious
self-induced recession in 2019, or least likely now, that parliament votes for theresa y of these are- possible, and they produce different relationships with united states depending on which britain stumbles into. rajini: you mentioned financial uncertainty. the pound has fallen once again. where does this leave the global financial situation? ed: i think people from britain would like to think it is a major contributor to the e globnomy. i would say that is 1/10 as important as the u.s.-china trade relationship.wo clearly mad like to think that the markets will pressure her party to vote for her deal , that the panic in the markets are going to concentrate minds in the same waa little bit like what happened with the tarp vote in 2008 when the republican speaker john boehner helped to votet down and the markets then crashed, and three days later he brought it to a second vote and republican troops fell in line. i don't think this is equivalent.
i think the markets have alreadr ed in a british ability toar self and therefore the lesson that the markets potentially give that enable may to get this through is probably much more limited than that. that analogy probably doesn't hold. but the pound is in freefall, and until may finds a on or somebody replaces her with a credible solution, it is going to keep falling. rajini: who knows when the solutionill come. thanks for joining us. ed: thank you. rajini: speculation has been swirling in washington over who will take over as donald trump's next white house chief of staff. mr. trump announced that keneral joly will be stepping down by the end of december after a tumultuous year and a half on the job. whoever takes his place will deal with the legal surrounding the presidency. re"playboy" model mcdougal and porn star stormy daniels,im
both chey had affairs with donald trump, both paid by michael cohen to stay silent.se cohen will be ntenced this week for campaign-finance violations. court documents say the hush money was us to influence the outcome of the election. donald trump has always denied the affairs, and in the past, the payments. rajini: now in a monday morning tweet, the presidents denying he broke campaign-finance laws. he said there was no collusion describing t payment is a private transaction. democrats say it is a serious matter. >> certainly they would be impeachable offenses because even though theyere committed before theredent became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office. that would be an impeachable offense. rajini: for now the presidenis focusing on his job. on the weekend he visited the
army-navy college football game. in politics as well as sport, he surrounded himself with members of the military, hiring many to his team. one of them, general john kellya is on hiout. he was picked for the role in a july 2017 to bring order to a chaotic white house. pres. trump: he will do a i spectacular joave no doubt. rajini: how things change. mr. kelly is stepping down amid reports that he is no longer on speaking terms with the president. pres. trump: we will be announcing who will take john's plone. it might bn interim basis. i will be announcing that over the next day or two. rajini: nick ayers, currently chief of staff to vice president mike pence, was widely tipped, but has ruled himself out. current names onhe short list included republican congressman rk meadows, budget director mick mulvaney, and acting attorney general matthew whitaker. investigationssia and dealing with a new congress are two challenges they will e ce. but abovl it is about
keeping donald trump happy. no doubt that chief of staff is one of the toughest jobs in politics.wh for more o is happening in the white house these days, i was joined earlier by alexis simendinger of "the hill." i began by asking her about nick ayers, who said he wouldn't take the job, and how the job of chief of staff will be a tough slot to fill. alexis: you can tell already that the unveili did not go as planned, and it will be a tough job to fill. in previous presidencies, it is not unusual to change the chief of staff, but you get itll prepared beforehand before you are making the change. t s case president trump has a couple of things that are stiff headwinds. one is that we know that congress will give the president and the white house a real going-over next year. any candidate knows that. they know that the president himself is very mercurial and difficult.
some chiefs of staff know they will have to hire personal attorneys. and the politics is foremost in th wpresident's mine aloh the mueller probe. if you put all of those things together, it is extra difficult for a candidate to say, gee, i really want to do this job. rajini: tough the moment for all of those things going on. let's talk about the other tough challenges facing e president at the moment. we referred in tha por report to the president -- the payment made by the president's formel lawyer micohen to two women. the president has tweeted that it was just a private transaction. how safe is that as a defense?we alexis: , what is interesting is that the word cru used is "defense," and that is the right destion because he has been named as individual 1. thidenot den s clear from the documents that he is that person. he is suggesting what th defense is -- he was what is descbed as making a personal
defense, almost conceding that he had a relationship or had to make a paymentn order to change the dynamic. his argument from his attorneys is that he wanted to maintain the privacy with his family wife or business, not that he was making a campaign donation. you can see thats the defense both legal and personal, after denying all of it and thenconch by inceding all of it. you can see he is in jeopardy. rajini: now you have democrats using the i-word again, t impeachmening over the house of representatives. how much do you think this changes the game, these payments? alexis: it is one of aon things that house democrats are rubbing their hands together and hope they get a chance to conduct investigations or overght about. it is not just the mueller probe or the justice department explorg the president's business, but you can see that the house democrats are willing to talk about not just impeachment, but jail time for
the president, very presumptivelbefore they are even indoctrinated into the majority, talking abt what the repercussions could be, and you dent is that the pre very agitated about it. rajini: very briefly, we have more documents relating to the mueller investigation. a lot of speculation about when something might come back. what is your best guess? alexis: it seems that robert mueller, the special counsel, thinks he will be at this for months into the new year. at least he suggested that withc deadlines to trt. i think that is a reason.ble expectat rajini: alexis simendinger, thanks very much for coming in. alexis: thank you. looki: let's take a quick at some of the days of the news. a siberian policeman described as russia's most prolific serial killer has been given a second life sentence was that he was found guilty of murdering another 56 women in addition to the 22 killings he had already been jailed for. six years ago after a dnach mat
fiidentied them. rnseveral so u.s. states have been hit by strong storms that left sleet, snow, and freezing rain in its wake. parts of virginia and the carolinas and teesseece received 60 ntimeters of snow on sunday. than 300,000 people a without power. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, emmanuel macron goesn tv promising a rise in the minimum wage, but is it enough to end weeks of violent protests in france? we want the latest from paris. -- we will have the latest from paris. the prime minister of new zealand a hlogized to the family of a murdered british backpacker. ela bodyved to be hers was found in auckland.
a man has been charged with her murder, as hywel griffith reports. hywel: her body was found here on the outskirts of auckland 8 days after she disappearedwh. a discoverh some found hard to be. >> on behalf of new zealand, i want to apologize to grace' family. your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn't, and i'm sorry for it. e's father was in court to see the man accused of killing his daughter charged with murder. he cannotid btified after requesting his right under new zealand law not to be named. police allege she was with grace on the night out that ended with her death. she was staying at this backpacker'hospital. in just a few days, she made an impression on other travelers. i'm feeling very sadded.
she just had a really nice energy about her. just sit likpea really nice on. hywel: every month, thousands of backpackers arrive in new zealand for the it has a global reputation of being a safe and easy place to travel. that is why the murder has shocked andngered people here. vigilssponse, candlelit have been planund across the y later this week. tonight, auckland's sky tower grace,n lit in memory of a small gesture to mark the grief so many here feel. news,griffith, bbc auckland. rajini: french president manuel macron promised t raise the minimum wage after
an offered a series of tax concessions after weeks of violent protests swept the country. in a pritime televised e dress, mr. macron acknowledged that the anger of otest and warned against continued violence. resilience in -- lucy williamson cespedes from paris. itlucys not easy to spot what divides people here, politics kept under the neon protest uniforms. from the far left and far right brought together by a president who promised to unite france. after weeks of demanding a response to their protest, mr. macron addressed the nation today. me said they were not even bother to watch. "why should i listen to him? he doesn't listen to us." mr. macron spent the day lineening to proposals -- a humbler image, or just a smart political move? the test for emmanuel macron
today is to show humility and concern. economic ccessions alone may not work. what protesters want, many say, is a sense that the president values them. what he offered today were four concessionsri -- in the minimum wage,er tax-free ime andfr bonuses, and ze in pension taxes. what he didn't say was sorry. pres. macron: i know i have heard some of you -- hurt some of you with my remarks. i want to be clear with you --ou if i st to shake up the system, it is because i want to serve my country which i love. lucy: his concessions were more than anyone uld have imagined just a few weeks ago, but for some protesters, it wasn't usough. >> he tried to makelieve he regrets his behavior, but he didn't respond to our demands, 'nd tonight we have lost trust. it feels like were talking to a brick wall. frankly, we are frustrated. lucy: protesters here are already booking a bus back to paris on saturday for act five
of the weekly demonstrations there. president macron told them today that france would find a solution together, but for many, this is what solidarity looks like, not macron and his economic refms. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. rajini: a new film chronicles a 16-century power struggle between two strong female leaders in a male-dominated world, which for some resonates today. "mary queen of scots" explores ipthe relation between queen mary of scotland and elizabeth i. will gompertz went to meet the stars in london. will: saoirse ronan is mary queen of scots. margot robbie plays elizabeth, her english cousin it is thought that the two never actually met. but they do in an emotionally charged scene in the film, which
they talked to me about at the national portrait gallery in london, where the two queens now hang together. how do you feel about taking on elizabeth, a role which has been played so many times? margot: the short answer is i am -- was terrified but i'm glad i did it and i stayed away from watching anyone else's portrayals. to begin with i thought i am not the right actress for this, i dn't go to university, i didn't do theater, i am not classically trained, i'm theon kind of actress to play a queen. she said i don't want you to play a queen, i want you to play a young woman. that unlocked t character for in a big way. >> what do you produce in all of your troubles between our wangdom? discord? death? saoirse: we have nola sturgeon and theresa may, mirroring the same sort of dynamic between north and south right now, and these women in particular.
two>> did not play into their hands. >> you would do well to watch urords. >> i will not be scolded by my inferior. >> your inferior? oie: the more i started to learn about her, the more outraged i was that so many accounts in history painted her to be this young, way in over her head. to see the tenacity that this woman has and how she just had it for so long, it wasn't the in -- really, in order to restraini her they hto come up with lies about her and put her under house arrest for 18 years because she was unstoppable. >> reckless child! willon the face of it, this film is a classic costume drama to sit back and enjoy. but the way in which the story is being told, with nd elizabeth constantly undermined by meddling men in a divided country at odds with itself, makes it resonate today in a way a lot of moderdramas do not. will gompertz, bbc news. raji: the story of two strong
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the "newshour" tonight, pulist upheaval in europ the brexit vote facesn uncertain future as violent protests continue to roil fran. then another staff shakeup at e white house. the search is underway for a new chief of staff following the oksignation of john kelly. and we take a lo at how factory shutdowns will aect thousands of general motors employees. >> we found out after thfact and that's not fair. you have to explain to us what's going on as much as you can and that's all that anyone can er ask for is respect. >> woodruff: all that and more on tonight's "pbs newshour."