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this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy live from westminster. these are the top stories at three. the bbc understands the queen's speech, in which the government sets out its plans, is to be put back by a few days. theresa may meets her newly reshuffled cabinet, ahead of a difficult meeting with conservative backbenchers the government says it is still confident of getting a good brexit deal and is sticking to the two year timetable. what happens if we walk away? you have to plan for that. i'm reeta chakrabarti, the other top stories this afternoon. a lucky escape for passengers on this china eastern airlines plane it makes an emergency landing with a large hole in one of its engines. the duchess of cambridge visits kings college hospital to meet staff and patients affected by the london bridge attacks a veteran yachtsman whose boat was severely damaged during a hurricane in the atlantic said it was the worst conditions he had everfaced.
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the queen's speech next monday is now expected to be delayed by a few days amid the turmoil caused by the election result. theresa may is insisting that it's back to business in westminster, despite losing her commons majority and this afternoon she's expected to face tough questions from her backbenchers about her leadership style. there's also some unease about the possible pact with northern ireland's democratic unionists. our political correspondent chris mason reports from westminster. one after another this morning, the question for cabinet ministers was this... is theresa may's time up? one after another, her senior ministers rallied to her side.
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theresa may will continue as an excellent prime minister. first the home secretary then the brexit secretary said leadership talk was... the height of self—indulgence. the british people have given us an instruction, a result we wouldn't have chosen ourselves but they have given us an instruction and it is ourjob to get on with the work of government, to organise arrangements so we can do business with the house of commons and run the country. she is very good at that. and the foreign secretary borisjohnson said it was time to get a grip. this afternoon, mrs may will meet conservative mps to explain herself. i think it is a very good sign of theresa may recognising the importance of cohesion in the party, the importance of us all working together, if we are going to make government work in these rather difficult circumstances. i don't think there's any appetite in the country for a new general election and i don't think there is any demand amongst my colleagues for a leadership election either. theresa may wanted to return here with a majority that proved she could be the dominating
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political figure of her age. instead, she is diminished, bruised and weakened. she called the election with the explicit intention of turbo—charging her authority. instead, it is acting as a wheel clamp on her future. and so, after a turbulent few years, labour are upbeat. we are just going to make sure we hold their feet to the fire. so where we can, for example, on the queen's speech, we will be trying to ensure we hold them to account, where there are things we profoundly disagree with them on, where we think we will be able to defeat them, we will put out amendments and do our best to keep harrying them. the queen's speech, where the government sets out its programme, was due to happen next monday but we understand will now be delayed by a few days. like never before, theresa may will be reliant on others to prop her up. the votes of northern ireland's democratic unionists in the commons and the support of ambitious
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colleagues, like boris johnson. politics, with its twists and turns, has yet again proven its capacity to leave us all out of breath. politics, with its twists and turns, has left us again our chief political correspondent vicki young is in downing street. that cabinet meeting still going on, is it? yes. they've been in there forjust is it? yes. they've been in there for just about an is it? yes. they've been in there forjust about an hour and i suppose there is rather a lot to talk about. this is not what they were expecting at all. they were expecting to have the strong mandate that theresa may talked about for her to go ahead next week into brexit negotiations, get the deal that she wanted, and things couldn't be more different really. they are now having to look at who they can do a deal with in the house of commons to get their programme of government through. those talks have been going on. we
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they'll be looking at what arrangements they have, if it's not arrangements they have, if it's not a formal coalition, what will the dup be wanting in return for the support they'll be giving theresa may. yesterday we had senior conservatives being open about the fa ct conservatives being open about the fact that their manifesto commitments, the programme that they we re commitments, the programme that they were helping to put forward will not be the same. there is no point pushing ahead with things they know they simply can't get through the house of commons. so that means compromise, it means things like social care potentially might bite the dust. you look at things like pensions. lots of things in the tory ma nifesto to pensions. lots of things in the tory manifesto to cut what pensioners might be getting, maybe that will be gone too. it's that sort of thing that's led to the delay of queen's speech for a few days. boris johnson sitting next to the prime minister,
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telling everybody to get a grip in his party? yes. there's been lots of speck layings, as ever, about —— speculation, as ever about boris johnson and his ambitions. last year he was about to launch his leadership bid then michael gove decided that he'd stand and pull his support from mrjohnson, and so it all went horribly wrong for both of them in the end. mrjohnson has said very clearly to mps that he's not interested , very clearly to mps that he's not interested, that east not launching any kind of leadership bid. given the circumstances that we are in, the circumstances that we are in, the uncertainty that there is, the idea really that tory mps would want three months of an internal battle when next week they want to start brexit talks, particularly for those on the brexit side of the argument. that's not what they want. the other thing they definitely don't want is another general election any time soon because they have been so shocked by what's happened to them, thatterly in the south where labour did well moving close to tory mps in many seats. they don't want to risk
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being out of power completely. that is quite something. it would suggest that the government's not wanting to put forward a legislative programme and immediately gets voted down because then there is the general election? yes. you have to get your queen's speech through. ultimately what would bring theresa may down would be a no—confidence vote of some kind so she needs in this case the dup to say with their ten mps, we'll back your queen's speech and back you in a no—confidence vote and we'll back your budget. that is what is going on. this is what happens when you don't have a majority in the house of commons. we have seen it before in 2010, you can see now why david cameron decided it was much better just why david cameron decided it was much betterjust to go faer this full coalition that he had with the lib dems which then did sustain and carry on for five years. but it does mean there's compromises that need
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to be done. as we have heard from some conservatives, as well as others, there is some unease and unhappiness about any kind of arrangement with the dup because of their socially conservative views on lesbian and gay rights for example. ruth davidson who is in that political cabinet today the leader of the scottish conservatives, has made it clear to theresa may that she thinks it's incredibly important that those kind of equality laws are not in any way watered down and the signs from cabinet ministers has been that that is not on the table. the idea of any arrangement according to sir michael fallon would be about brexit and the economy, it would not be about things about social policy and the like. with me is the conservative mp for stratford on avon nadhim zahawi. a grim few days for you? humbling that the people of stratford decided
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to wa nt that the people of stratford decided to want me as their member of parliament, but also with a resounding endorsement for the work that myself and my team have done for the past seven years, so i'm humbled and grateful and shall never forget who brought me to this place yet again. are you angry? no. i'm not angry. let's not forget, we are the largest party and with an agreement with the dup, we will have agreement with the dup, we will have a working majority. last time we we re a working majority. last time we were in this position, it took a lot longer to get to a place where we could have a queen's speech and so i think the prime minister has acted very firmly. she's already named her cabinet. inspired appointments with michael gove being brought back in. but hang on, she's had to delay the queen's speech so actually you don't have the time, to you, that you would wish to have? well, my point being, we only have a few days. last
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time in 2010 it took a lot longer for us to get to a place where we could form a government. this time around, ithink could form a government. this time around, i think she's acted very decisively and has got her cabinet in place. she'll come to the 1922 at 5pm today and i think you will find that the parliamentary party will row behind the prime minister because this is a very important time for the country. we are about to embark on our negotiations with the eu 27, but as well as that, we have got lots of ambitious commitments that we've made in our ma nifesto. commitments that we've made in our manifesto. those are important to deliver. for example, increasing the threshold to 12,500 so they pay zero tax. that's important. that ma nifesto tax. that's important. that manifesto is not being ripped up you think? there's so much in there that's really, really good. look at the national living wage, increasing that to 60% of medium average and continuing to take that forward at inflation level. that's really important. bridging the gap between
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dealing with mental illness and people, there's about a million people, there's about a million people who've got a variety of disabilities who want to get back into work, that was in the ma nifesto. into work, that was in the manifesto. the gender pay gap in the ma nifesto to manifesto. the gender pay gap in the manifesto to force companies that that employ 250 people or more to actually publish what they paid women and men. looking at racial inequality. we won't relive the ma nifesto inequality. we won't relive the manifesto but there's a huge but. that but is, you need the dup on side which is proving much more complicated than originally thought? any negotiation is going to have complications, but clearly the dup have the intention to deliver a supply and confidence agreement that basically means they'll vote for any money bills in parliament so the budget, and of course they'll vote down any no—confidence vote in the government. that will i think give
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us government. that will i think give usa government. that will i think give us a workable majority to go forward and deliverfor us a workable majority to go forward and deliver for the next five years. and what are you going to ask of theresa may at 5pm this afternoon, a change of style? it's more about listening to theresa may and listening to theresa may and listening to theresa may and listening to how she wants to go forward. i think it's absolutely right that we row behind her. she achieved 318 parliamentarians in the place behind us, yes we lost some very talented colleagues and i'm heartbroken that they are not here. nicola blackwood, edward timpson, lots of close friends that have gone, but nevertheless we are the largest party and can with the dup form a government to be able to deliver for this country. i think what the country desperately needs now is for us to get a good negotiation started with the el, get a good brexit outcome and i think labour needs to decide on their position, ie, are they for access into the single market, are they for controlling the borders, and if they do, as they said in the manifesto,
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we'll get to a good place because in the national interest, they should support the position of the government. this is a national issue. a hard brexit for want of a better term. there's no such term. there are parameters for that established already. the prime minister in the lancaster house speech talks of her 12 priorities. it's about making sure we get to a good place with our european partners. we inject £60 billion a year into the eu 27 economy, deliver a quarter of their defence and security budget. so this isn't a zero sum gain where we win they lose, they win we lose. it's about a good brexit. that's what the prime minister's always been determined to deliver. clearly the message is keep calm and carry on, but doesn't that sort of not understand how the country feels, which is, we are in a mess? it's all very well to say, we will keep going on and go in with the original intentions, but the public has said something last week. presumably it's going to take a while to work out what the public
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has said to you? and you're right in the sense that the public have delivered a majority, not quite a majority but a workable largest party in parliament for the conservative party. theresa may is a democrat. she believes in the will of the people and she believes in getting a good outcome for the brexit negotiations. she's determined to do that. i think that is right. i thinkjeremy corbyn has to decide today, is he going to work... and keir starmer, his shadow brexit secretary, has to whether they are going to deliver what they said in their manifesto which is, we come out of the single market membership but we get the best access to the single market and that we control our borders. in the campaign they were saying one thing to the audiences but then saying something different to others who, they thought, you know, may be softer on wanting to leave the eu
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and deliver on the referendum outcome of last year. if they make that decision in the national interest, we could end up in a good place for this country, good for business and for citizens of the uk, as well as for the europeans who work and pay taxes in the uk. thank you very much. the brexit secretary, david davis, has insisted that talks on leaving the european union will begin next week despite the uncertainty surrounding theresa may's government. it comes as meps and european commissioners head for meetings at the eu parliament in strasbourg to discuss the way forward. a warning that this report from our political correspondent eleanor garnier contains some flash photography. brexit! the vote to leave the eu almost a year ago, but the debate on exactly how we exit the terms and the priorities, has been reopened, just days before brexit negotiations begin. some tory mps are demanding theresa may has a rethink. and in scotland, where the conservatives there had their best election result for more than 30 years, are
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promising to pile on the pressure. we will be looking to make sure that our influence is felt. we played a significant part in ensuring there is a conservative minority government after this general election, with the fantastic result in scotland, winning all those seats, getting the second in the popular vote and putting our vote up so significantly. a manifesto to see us through brexit and beyond. theresa may had wanted a much bigger mandate from voters for her vision of brexit, to take britain out of the single market, have control over eu migration to the uk and to get new free—trade deals with the eu and other countries. but, left without a majority, she is facing calls for compromise. this isn't new. just before christmas, the scottish government put together a pan—uk compromise document, to put independence to one side, to look at the document, remaining
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members of the single market. that is what we need to get behind. it is perfectly possible to stay within the single market, to keep all the benefits of that and it is possible to have a degree of management of migration, if that's a central issue, countries like switzerland do it, so that is the kind of compromise you should be looking at. buoyed by their relative success, labour stand in a rare moment of unity and are adding to mrs may's problems. for her to get through any legislation relating to brexit, never mind a vote on the deal, she will need a degree of cross—party support, simply getting the dup support is not going to be enough. but the government maintains its brexit strategy has not changed and is sticking to its tactics, insisting no deal is still better than a bad deal. you have got to plan for that, even if you don't intend it. it is not the central aim, it is simply what we will go for if it doesn't work out. that's it, and that doesn't change.
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what we will be doing, of course, as i have said through the last ten months, is listening to all the contributors and say if you have better ideas, tell me and we will consider them. for many britons, brexit was about taking back control but now it is mrs may who has been left without the control. nevertheless, those around her are holding their nerve, insisting it will go ahead as planned. theresa may might still be in power, but she is no longer pulling the strings. all the while, brussels is waiting to negotiate, and the two—year clock is ticking. eleanor garnier, bbc news, westminster. the queen's speech is delayed. how unusual is that? i'm nowjoined by historian kate williams. there have been times when we haven't had a queen's speech at all. there are occasions where legislation does not occur. to delay
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it when already this was a surprise queen's speech essentially it had to be planned at the last minute due to the snap election therefore the ceremony had too be cancelled and all kinds of problems due to the trooping of the colour at the weekend, those are things we did not expect. the queen's diary, let's be fair, is pretty full. next week is royal ascot. yes. fair, is pretty full. next week is royalascot. yes. tuesday fair, is pretty full. next week is royal ascot. yes. tuesday right through to the weekend, she likes to be there every day and it's very important to her. after that, it's a packed schedule of engagements with garden parties, visits and all sorts of engagements. this is really not at all what she expected to happen or the palace. so something is going to have to be cancelled and i'm afraid it has to be royal ascot probably at the rate it's going. she will not be amused? no. the palace likes to plan, they have to plan everything in advance. they didn't love the fact this was a last—minute
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snap election that they had to cancel the ceremony for monday and create this dress—down opening of parliament that was created because of the trooping of the colour a few days before. it had to be replanned and change. this does not send a goodcy national to the rest of the world. we may not know what the queen has to say about it. but we might know what the duke of edinburgh has to say? we expect charles will attend her as well because the duke will be retiring in the autumn. he won't be amused. it's the autumn. he won't be amused. it's the time in which the royal family expect to have their holiday. the royal palace work seems to be continuing. we don't know if there isa continuing. we don't know if there is a meeting with the dup. there is the fact that theresa may may have gone to the police before the strict agreement was in place. the palace will be surprised by the chaos, as eve ryo ne will be surprised by the chaos, as everyone else is, and will be demanding clarity for the months
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ahead. all that said, this is props the most important searle moan you for the queen so there has to be a bit of give around take —— ceremony for the queen. one of the reasons we have been given today is the fact it ta kes too have been given today is the fact it takes too long for the ink to dry on the parchment because it's made of goafs the parchment because it's made of goat's skin but it's not actually real goat in there. i learned something there! yes, it's a vegan kind of parchment you would say i guess. the queen likes to practise it and know what's in there and she likes to discuss it with the prime minister. it's going to be different. there'll be none of the social care policy in the manifesto because david davis said it was disastrous, but it's going to be mainly about brexit and terrorism, very complicated issues that need to be discussed at length. certainly the last thing her majesty wants is a last—minute speech sent out at the last minute. this takes careful
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planning and she takes it incredibly seriously so she wants something that's been thought about. at present, it doesn't seem as if things are being treated with that some emnity. thank you very much, kate. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has said she believes the idea of a hard brexit was now "dead in the water". ms sturgeon is in westminster where she is due to meet the prime minister, along with the scottish conservative leader ruth davidson. i'm calling for a process that's opened up to include more voices today, all parties and all four nations of the uk and an approach that has continued membership of the single market at its heart. the prime minister's got to recognise she asked for a strengthened mandate for a hard brexit and voters across the uk refused to give her that and she cannot simply carry on as if nothing has changed. plenty more to
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come from here but now back to you, reeta. more than 200 people have been arrested in russia, as protestors defy the authorities by holding demonstrations against corruption. they've been organised by the leading russian opposition figure, alexei navalny, who has called on protestors to gather at rallies across the country. he too was detained ahead of the moscow protest, latest reports from there say pepper spray is being used against protestors; here's daniela relph. in vladivostok, they came to protest against what they believe is government corruption. but soon, there were scuffles and clashes with the security services, and protesters fleeing, fearing arrest. the leading anti—corruption campaigner, alexei navalny, was detained by police at his home in moscow this morning. the authorities say his detention is due to breaking rules around the organisation of rallies, and for disobeying the instructions
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of a police officer. alexei navalny has become the face of the anti—corruption campaign in russia, harnessing the anger of young activists on social media, streaming protests online. he served a 15—dayjail term after being detained at a rally in march, but that has just energised the campaign of a man who says he will run for president next year. alexei navalny was due to be at a rally in moscow today. it is just one of a number of demonstrations across russia. instead of addressing the crowd with his accusations of corruption in the putin government, he is instead in a moscow police station, but hundreds of people supporting his call for change have continued to protest without him. daniela relph, bbc news. problem with sound.
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i was sailing along happily. the wind was blowing a lot, it was occasionally nine. that is fine. that doesn't bother me. and then it freshened up a bit more. i took the sails down. i went to bed. about two o'clock in the morning, the boat inverted basically. the mast went right down into the water. she didn't roll, she came back up again, but by then, she was full of water. the window had broken, about a metre
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long window broken. fortunately, i'd had the hatch closed with a board in but still some water came in through there. all the floorboards came up, there. all the floorboards came up, the engine cover, all the food was out of the lockers and swimming around. soi out of the lockers and swimming around. so i set about pumping and it took me about three hours to pump it took me about three hours to pump it clean and then i went up into the cockpit and unfortunately noticed that the emergency position indicating radio beacon had started. it alerted the emergency services andi it alerted the emergency services and i even hully got it turned off and i even hully got it turned off and had a think about what was going on and a few other things had gone wrong. the self—steering packed up. eventually, the steering cable broke. then hercules sea 130 came
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overhead and i talked to him and he said a ship was coming along and the ship arrived at night and was still huge seas. i'd asked the pilot what the wind strength was. he said it was between 60 and 70 knots and that means storm force going into hurricane force 12. it certainly felt like that. you are an experienced sailor taking pa rt you are an experienced sailor taking part ina you are an experienced sailor taking part in a transatlantic race like that, were these the worst conditions you'd ever been in? yes. i've been in a force 11 before on a previous race, but it was... the wind was the same strength but we hadn't had time to build up the seas in that one. the it's sea that does the damage, rather than the wind. mervyn wheatley now safe and sound.
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the duchess of cambridge has made a visit to kings college hospital today. she met with staff and patients who were affected by terror attack in london bridge and borough market. as part of her visit, the duchess met two groups of staff who were working on the evening of the attack, and have continued to provide support to patients, and she also met patients in private. our royal correspondent peter hunt was outside kings college hospital earlier. she's here, as royals often are after these dreadful incidents, really to thank the hospital staff. she's gone inside to thank several of those who worked on the night, a range of people, doctors, nurses, porters, all the people who came in last saturday night. that will be in the presence of the media. then inry vat, she'll meet some of those still being cared for here again which is a reminder that even though we are a week on, there are still those in hospital, and she'll meet six of the seven patients affected, the other
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one is not well enough. she'll talk to the doctors about the care provided here for the staff in terms of how they process what they have experienced and how they deal with what they have had to respond to, the care they had to provide on that saturday. the phenomenon of pink lightning is not too common but the us state of missouri has had a startling display. these are flashing pictures coming up of a storm over the town of springfield during a spell of severe weather. the out—of—ground flashes are streaming upwards in response to multiple cloud bolts too fast to be seen by the naked eye. they're coloured by a combination of haze, dust and cold temperatures. spectacular pictures there. our own weather is relatively tame by comparison. here is ben rich. if you are getting out and about, the weather here is probably more quieter. there are some contrasts to be had. northern areas generally
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getting most of the cloud and outbreaks of rain. it's been cloudy in many parts of scotland. there have been some showers as well and it's been windy. the further south you are, the better chance of sunshine during today. into the evening, there will be some sunny spells to come, particularly across the south. further north more in the way of cloud and that thickens for northern ireland, scotland, northern england and north wales with outbreaks of rain splashing in through the night. tomorrow, the northern half of the country will have showers. further south, some sunshine. lovely sunshine close to the english channel coastline and temperatures up channel coastline and temperatures up to 23 celsius in the south east. and that split in our fortunes continues through the week ahead. rain at times, but not all the time in the north. it will be largely dry
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and feeling humid as well. hello. this is bbc news with reeta chakra barti. the headlines at 3.30pm: the queen s speech has been delayed for a few days the bbc understands. the ceremony, which sets out the governments legislative programme, will not take place on monday. the prime minister's re—shuffled cabinet has met for the first time since the general election. later today mrs may will face tough questions from a committee of her backbenchers. the government is insisting that there has been no change in its position on brexit. david davis says the government is prepared to walk away from talks, if the uk gets a bad deal, and that negotiations will start as planned next week. the russian opposition leader alexei navalny has been detained at home ahead of a planned but unauthorised protest in moscow, his wife says. the news comes as thousands of his supporters heeded to his call to protest against corruption.
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there have been over 100 arrests. the party of the french president, emmanuel macron, is heading for an overwhelming parliamentary majority after the first round of voting for the national assembly. projections suggest the group will win more than two—thirds of the seats in next sunday's second round. let's get a sports update now. good afternoon. england under—20s manager paul simpson says it's too soon to be talking about his side as the next "golden generation", despite their triumph in the world cup. they beat venezuela 1—0 in the final in south korea, to lift engand's first football world cup trophy since 1966. and senior manager gareth southgate says it's up to the clubs now to nurture young english talent. ultimately the aim is that those players come through to the seniors and a big part of that is for them
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to get opportunities with their clubs. i think they have shown if at under—20s were world champions then there is enough players there to fulfil careers in the game without clubs looking elsewhere. gareth southgate has announced that harry kane will keep the captain's armband for tomorrow night's match against france. kane was made skipper for the world cup qualifier against scotland on saturday, scoring a stoppage—time equaliser in their 2—2 draw. leyton orient have survived after a winding—up petition against them was dismissed. owner francesco becchetti had been given until today to settle with his creditors or sell the club and a lawyer told the court that the relevant debts had been paid. orient will be playing in the national league next season, after finishing bottom of divison two in may. the last of the champions trophy group matches is underway. pakistan will need to score 237 after bowling sri lanka out. currently they are. let's look at
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that, 57 without loss. whoever wins this match willjoin england, bash denning and india in the last four. well, after the champions trophy england will start a t20 series against south africa — they've announced the squad for those three matches and it includes a first senior call—up for the lancashire batsman liam livingstone. in 2015, he broke the world record for the highest individual score in a one—day match. he scored 350 off 138 balls for his local club side. rafael nadal is up to second in the world rankings after winning the french open for a record tenth time. he cruised past stan wawrinka in straight sets to take his 15th major title. he's now won grand slams in his teens, twenties and thirties — with just 12 days to go now
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until the first test against new zealand, lions captain sam warburton still believes that he may not play despite recovering from an ankle injury. warburton returns as skipper for tomorrow's match against highlanders in dunedin — but he feels he needs to string together some good performances before he's back to his best. the lions have three more matches before the opening test against the all blacks, and coach andy farrell believes they improving on a daily basis as the tour progresses. we are bearing the fruits of the last three weeks. we've gone hard with the lads fitness wise, contact wise, that would have had an impact on the first couple of games, but we're ready to battle hard. we're still ramping it up intensity wise and contact wise because we have got to get up to break neck speed for the next game. alastair brownlee says he's pretty relaxed about what events he'll enter this season, after winning the world triathlon series event in leeds. for the second year in a row, he beat his brotherjonny to victory in their home town.
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he's thinking about competing in the british triathlon mixed relay cup in nottingham later this year. one of the half distance world champs is after that. i'm working out how i can fit it in and looking at that. maybe the grand final. i might do that. it's nice to be in a position where i haven't got a fixed calendar. i spent the last ten years going from world series to olympics so it's nice i fancy doing this race and i'lljust do it. why not? it is time to go back to simon at westminster. welcome back to westminster. if you think the future of brexit here is confusing, what about the feeling elsewhere in europe? the brexit secretary, david davis, has said there may be a slight delay to the negotiations on leaving the eu which were also due to start a week today. the queen had to post qopeb the state opening. there are also concerns how the fallout from the election will affect the british economy and downgrade our credit in a moment we'll get the view from our correspondents in paris and berlin,
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but first to brussels, and speak to our europe correspondent kevin connelly. when you say there is going to be a delay in the start of the brexit negotiations a lot of people in brussels think there has been a long delay because it is a year since the referendum that determined that the uk was to leave the european union. there is a feeling here that nothing has been done very clearly on the british side and of course, all the time they contrast that with the image they like to present with the european union itself having prepared meticulously and made itself ready. it appointed a negotiator. it has agreed negotiating schedules and given that negotiating schedules and given that negotiating michelle barnier a clear mandate about the things that it wa nts to mandate about the things that it wants to talk about and the order in which it wants to talk about they will so the contrast as seen from
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brussels is between a european union that wants to get on with this, wa nts to that wants to get on with this, wants to get it over with, no one wa nted wants to get it over with, no one wanted brexit, but no one wants brexit to drag on forever either and on the other hand, a uk government which seems to go from one delay to another. this delay, if it's just a few days, frankly doesn't matter very much. but i think the real fear in brussels is they wanted clarity and certainty from the uk's election and certainty from the uk's election and they don't feel they have got either of those things. our correspondent jenny hill is in berlin. angela merkel will be saying yes, we're ready. yes, i think as far as berlin is concerned, the clock is certainly ticking. the real concern is that the negotiations will be delayed. germany does not like insecurity and it does not like instability. so there is a concern about the negotiations. there is a concern too that theresa may may well start that process, but will she remain in post to see that
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divorce through? concerns about her negotiating position. will she have any room to compromise in her current politically weakened state? i think germany is taking some consolation from the rather widespread interpretation of the british election result which is seen british election result which is seen here really as a wholesale rejection on the part of the british electorate of theresa may's hard brexit and very fierce anti—eu rhetoric. so there are people here who are saying well, actually maybe now the british will take a more conciliatory approach to those negotiations and maybe we could look ata negotiations and maybe we could look at a closer relationship post brexit and maybe a softer brexit is possible, but that's the problem, isn't it? there is so much confusion, no one really knows and what people fear most all is the cliff edge brexit where britain goes crashing out of the eu with no deal in place. that's a concern. it is worth pointing out that germany perhaps of all the member states was the most shocked and saddened by britain's decision to leave. it
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didn't want that to happen. it was a close economic and political ally for germany within europe. but you know in berlin i think there is a sense now that britain has made the decision. there is a real sense of growing exasperation, if this is what britain has decided, it's time for britain to put up and to shut up and to start the negotiations and get on with it. jenny, thank you. our correspondent hugh schofield is in paris. theresa may is meeting emmanuel macron tomorrow. yes, i wish there was a clear i can give you from here, but what there is confusion and plenty of speculation informed by french journalists in london tuning into the news channel and other sources of punditry to work out whether it means a softer brexit. whether the rifling force of scottish tories tips it towards a softer version of what theresa may wanted and if that's the case, how should europe
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respond? it that's the case, how should europe respond ? it is that's the case, how should europe respond? it is all confusion and speculation, but one thing that does colour the view from france, of course, is this stark contrast in fortu nes course, is this stark contrast in fortunes between theresa may and emmanuel macron who has not only been elected as the youngest president but has this massive majority in parliament too and they do meet tomorrow and it will be very interesting to see how it goes because one thing that you have got to remember about emmanuel macron is that he is a convinced, really convinced european and for people like him, there is a view that is beginning to develop which is that the absence or the departure of britain from europe is not a disaster, but a huge opportunity because it means that europe can now move ahead without it and what emmanuel macron's view has been and he stated before he became elected andi he stated before he became elected and i see no he stated before he became elected and i see no reason he stated before he became elected and i see no reason that he doesn't still hold it is that britain should suffer for what it has dub, not for
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the sake of punishment, but are to the sake of punishment, but are to the the sake of the eu because it is too precious to be debilitated by the ability of countries to just drift away like this. that will be the tenor of his message to theresa may tomorrow delivered curd to sayily and firmly and with the conviction shall we say of a man who does have a mandate. hugh schofield in paris and kevin connko hugh schofield in paris and kevin connolly and jenny hill, thank you. we waiting for members of the cabinet to start leaving the cabinet meeting. it started at 2pm. i was going to say lots to discuss, but you know that! we are waiting the departures and we'll take you over there as soon as those departures begin. in case you're losing track of exactly what's happening with brexit — let's catch up with chris morris, our reality check correspondent. it was interesting hearing from hugh there, he said it isn't a
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punishment, but actually the french will be quite happy to see britain uncomfortable with all this? the french were always going to be one of the most difficult people on the other side of the table and that's partly because they're just france and it's the tradition! but yes, they're one of the countries that say look, let's not give very much up say look, let's not give very much up here. i think for the eu as a whole, probably the worst thing is they have been through the five stages of grief and they had come to terms, we are going to lose the uk, let's get on with it and suddenly the rules have changed again and they look at the conservative party and they see all sorts of different things being briefed and they wonder who they're going to negotiate with and what authority they're going to have. they know it will be dfs and theresa may, but the reason, i think, they wanted a stronger government here overall is because stronger governments have ability to ta ke stronger governments have ability to take decisions and stick with themks evenif take decisions and stick with themks even if they are difficult decisions. weaker governments find that more difficult. isn't it easier to negotiate with a weaker
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opposition which is what at the moment it looks like? one of the first rules of negotiation is you have got to write your opponent's victory speech and i don't think the eu know what a win looks like for the united kingdom. they're worried is it going to be private? is it going to be public? the eu put out detailed papers in public on the things it wants to start with. the divorce bill, what the money the uk should pay before it leaves. on the rights of eu citizens. and yet the mood from downing street, from theresa may, we want to keep it all private. we don't want it to have a public discussion. it will be a public discussion. it will be a public discussion. it will be a public discussion when the negotiations start. of course, there are 27 countries. it is the european parliament and the place leaks like a sieve. the idea that you could keep it secret was nonsense. this election just crystallised something that the eu felt was there already is that britain isn't really sure what kind of brexit it wants.
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although and dfs made it clear that the first thing on the agenda is the fate of eu citizens here and uk citizens in the eu. we run up straightaway against one of theresa may's red lines because the european union is saying those eu citizens here should have the right, potentially decades down the line, to refer back to the european court ofjustice for their legal certainty to protect those rights. straightaway we hit really difficult hurdles. you would think guaranteeing people's rights, let's make a statement, but as soon as you dig into it, it gets more complicated. it doesn't mean it is insurmountable, but it is difficult. there is no way the talks can start on monday. i think they will probably start sometime next week evenif probably start sometime next week even if it is a symbolic start. at the end of next week theresa may is meant to go to brussels for an eu summitandi meant to go to brussels for an eu summit and i would think that all sides would like to be able to say we've started. some sort of face—to—face meeting. but it's not an ideal situation. it really isn't for either side, the government here
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wa nted for either side, the government here wanted and theresa may called the election saying she wanted to be in a stronger position for the negotiations. she is clearly in a wea ker negotiations. she is clearly in a weaker position. you're right that some people may say it is easier to negotiate with an easier opponent, but the european union needs a win out of this as well. if it's a bad, damaging deal, where things fall apartand damaging deal, where things fall apart and where perhaps there is no deal at all, that's going to hurt everybody. you're not intending to go to france for a holiday are you? not yet! none of us are going to go to france for a holiday for a while! michael gove has been appointed as environment secretary. mr gove has referred to himself as a shy green who believes in conservation. but campaigners say that's at odds with his record. roger harrabin explains. the highlands of scotland,
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michael gove has sunk their praises. he has called himself a shy green. conservatives, he said, tend instinctively towards conservation. that instinct was tested in his own constituency. he said the eu's strict laws protecting places like this had forced up the cost of housing, so those laws should be relaxed. environmentalists oppose his appointment. this is a really concerning appointment for young people. michael gove tried to take climate change out of the national curriculum for schools. young people are really concerned about the environment. if this is an attempt to engage with the youth vote, it is a bad start. it was over climate change mr gove most enraged environmentalists, notjust by 20 by trying to wipe it off the geography curriculum, but by trying to prevent a colleague from attending climate change talks. he has voted against amendments to reduce emissions. yet within weeks he will have
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to deliver a clean air strategy. i think it's a tremendous opportunity to do a job at the heart of government which will ensure we enhance one of our greatest assets, our countryside. i want to do everything i can to make sure we pass on the environment in a stronger condition to the next generation. mr gove will face formidable challenges over the countryside and farming as the uk withdraws from the eu. farmers are hopeful. he's a big hitter. i'm looking to michael to champion british food and british farming. we've got the brexit negotiations. we, the farming industry, have got the most to lose through a bad deal. michael gove faces the unenviable task of negotiating britain's countryside, wildlife and farming, through the thicket of brexit. he seems to be doing it facing two directions at the same time. on the one hand, in favour of conserving nature, on the other against laws which do exactly that. it will be an interesting path ahead. with me is the owen paterson —
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the former northern ireland secretary. how easy do you think it will be to get a deal with the dup?|j how easy do you think it will be to get a deal with the dup? i rang one of the dup members on saturday morning. he jumped on of the dup members on saturday morning. hejumped on brexit. he said 17.4 million people voted to leave the european union and that means establishing democratic control of our laws, our money and our borders and he wanted to make sure that happened. instantly insta ntly there sure that happened. instantly instantly there was something we had with the whole of the conservative party. the central issue of the good friday agreement is that the government is a neutral fa sill at that timer in the process and that the dup should remain neutral. this changes the whole dynamic and it is on the day that the stormont talks
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are supposed to be trying to get back on track? i don't hold of that. i was the shadow for three years and at the end of that, i organised with david cameron that we ran joint candidates with the ulster unionist party in the 2010 election because i thought having got the belfast agreement through, having got the solution settled down, having seen northern ireland massively improved, thanks to the difficult decisions made by the major and blair governments, it seemed right that talented people in northern ireland, who could get to the top of medicine and to the top of military were being held back from going to the top of politics. i think it is a good thing. we rang candidates. we tried have a get together with the dup at the time and that didn't come off. now, ithink, in the national interest, we have a lot of things in common with them and i think on the issue of brexit, it's an advantage having the dup involved because one of the more contentious issues which by the way is exrableg ated is the
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difficulties on the irish border. with modern technology can be overcome. it is helpful having the dup involved because like us, they wa nt to dup involved because like us, they want to see the common travel area carried on as does the irish government, two committees of the dail want to see that, but we want to see the easiest possible movement of goods and services. so i think it's very helpful having them involved in that detail. you know better than anyone that the sinn fein, sdlp reaction, they are very, very suspicious and that puts it lightly. there are still huge problems... ok, you mentioned sinn fein. it seems to be ok for sinn fein. it seems to be ok for sinn fein to go to the dail and gerry adams who thankfully these days is pursuing his completely legitimate ambition of establishing a united ireland by a peaceful means is a member of the dail and would like to bea member of the dail and would like to be a member of a future republic of ireland government. if it's ok for them, i really don't see why unionists, and don't forget the belfast agreement enshrines in law the consent principles so northern
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ireland remains a paid up member of the united kingdom so long as it has the united kingdom so long as it has the consent of the people of northern ireland. and there is no prospect of triggering a border poll at the moment. the last poll i saw in 2016, the autumn 2016 showed a massive majority for remaining in the united kingdom so why shouldn't democratically elected members of the uk parliament participate fully and support the government of the uk? talking about supporting the government you're off to the 1922 committee meeting. what do you sense in terms of what mps are going to say to theresa may? the whole mood of that meeting. well, i probably better report back once we've had the meeting! i only came down before lunch. i have been in the tearoom. i had meetings with a few colleagues. i think the general feeling is sort of frustration actually. we got 13.7 million votes, the highest number sincejohn major million votes, the highest number since john major and got million votes, the highest number sincejohn major and got the record
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in13.4 sincejohn major and got the record in 13.4 million, we have got the largest number of seats. corbyn going around the television studios yesterday claiming he had won, even if corbyn added the minor parties he couldn't get the magic number of 336. if 75 citizens had voted differently in five seats, we would have reached the 326 figure. it is right that the prime minister, with the prospect of negotiations beginning next week, does continue and tries to work out an agreement with the dup which apparently is progressing well from what i'm hearing and present a queen's speech when it is agreed and i think that's the right thing to do. owen paterson, thank you. that's the view in westminster. it's warming up here. the meeting at 5pm with the 1922 backbench committee. we will bring you the details later on.
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the conservatives are negotiating with the democratic unionist party. joining me now from our westminster studio is doctor andrew blick, constitutional expert and lecturer in politics at king's college london. thank you very much forjoining us from our central london studio. what sort of talks will be happening between the two sides a the moment? well, i presume what the government are aiming for is support from the dup particularly on the key principle that they will provide them with confidence. they will enable them to be a government. they'll vote their budget through. those are the core things that theresa may needs to be able to establish in order to continue as prime minister and in orderfor the conservatives to continue in power. beyond that, we don't know yet what the terms of the agreement will be. it's entirely possible for a government to lose individual votes as long as it doesn't lose the actual confidence vote, the core
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votes that under pin its existence ofa votes that under pin its existence of a government. so how extensive that agreement will be, assuming an agreement is reached remains to be seen, but i presume it will be about both parties looking at what their red lines and the dup looking at what they think they can get. what do we think they want? well, i mean there was a lot of talk about the kind of social policy agenda of the dup over the weekend and people getting worried about various attitudes they got. i don't think that's going to be on the agenda. my guess is some of this will come down to money as these things often do and however it is dressed up there will be a desire for that kind of achievement that the dup after all have got their own voter base. they need to be able to show to their own voters that they are delivering something out of this. there is a certain pressure and there will be political issues and there maybe things around brexit that we will see come out of it. we're familiar with the idea of coalition government. we had in one in 2010, but a minority government, we have
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to look a little bit further back, don't we? yes, in some ways the last minority government we had was, we heard just then aboutjohn major's election victory of 1992, but it's a small majority and it was whittled down and by late 1996 he was into a minority situation and he was actually in the end working with the ulster unionist party, the uup at that point. so in some ways it is a similar situation. that point. so in some ways it is a similarsituation. before that point. so in some ways it is a similar situation. before that we had the famous minority governments of the 19 # 0s where james callaghan lost a small majority he inherited from harold wilson and during # 7, 78, the lib—lab pact was in force. we have seen these minority governments before. how stable they have been and how long they have lasted is a different question. ok, we'll have to leave it there. andrew blick, thank you very much for your time. time for a look at the weather. southern areas seeing sunshine and
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humidity. further north, cloud and rain at times and it will be breezy. yes, some big contrasts as we head through the week. there have been contrasts out there today. northern areas have seen the lion's share of the cloud. that was stirling. there we re the cloud. that was stirling. there were showers in scotland. in cornwall, beautiful scenes there in st ives. where we have the sunny spells by day, tonight across southern and eastern areas, there will be clear spells and it will turn chilly. northern ireland, wales, clouding over with splashes of rain and some of that rain could be on the heavy side, but in many places it will be light and patchy. so tomorrow morning, the channel islands and the south coast of england having some lovely blue skies and sunshine and it will be the extreme southern areas that see the extreme southern areas that see the best of the sunshine throughout tomorrow. we drift further north and we get into more cloud across north wales and northern ireland and scotland. the cloud producing
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outbreaks of rain. a lot of the rain fairly light and patchy, but we are expecting the odd heavier burst here and there. those areas of rain will break apartand and there. those areas of rain will break apart and turn into showers. we will see more in the way of dry weather and bright weather at times. further south, it will stay dry. the best of the sunshine still close to those english channel coasts and for the channel islands as well. temperatures beginning to creep up. 23 celsius in london and that's the theme that takes us into the middle of the week because low pressure will be trying to squeeze its way in from the west, but it runs into the high and what that does is forces this warm airto high and what that does is forces this warm air to waft its way up from the south particularly into southern areas of the country. quite humid conditions as well. and sunny conditions across much of england and wales. strong sunshine, high uv levels and high pollen levels as well. more cloud and outbreaks of rainfor well. more cloud and outbreaks of rain for northern ireland and particularly western scotland. and those temperatures 26 celsius, maybe 27 celsius in the south—east. always cooler and fresher further north. 18 celsius in glasgow. during wednesday
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night, where we have the humid air in the south east, there is the chance, just the chance at this stage that some thunderstorms will clip across the far south—east, out west a change. some fresher air pushing in behind a weatherfront. so most of us seeing things turning fresher as we head into thursday and friday. still some warmth and huiedity hanging on in the south. here the best of the sunshine and outbreaks of rain at times further north. more weather to come throughout the rest of the afternoon. this is bbc news. i'm simon mccoy live from westminster. these are the top stories at four. the bbc understands the queen's
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speech, in which the government sets out its plans, is to be delayed by a few days. theresa may meets her newly reshuffled cabinet, ahead of a difficult meeting with conservative backbenchers the brexit secretary, david davis, has admitted there may be a slight delay to the negotiations on leaving the eu which were due to start next monday. what happens if we don't get a deal? we have to be willing to walk away, you've got to plan for that even if you've got to plan for that even if you don't intend it. i'm reeta chakrabarti the other top stories this afternoon. hundreds of protestors are arrested across russia as they defy the authorities by taking to the streets — opposition leader, alexei navalny is among them.


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