tv Westminster in review BBC News March 31, 2018 2:30am-3:01am BST
apologised and said he takes "full responsibility" for his role in the ball—tampering scandal. david warner said he let his country down and made a "bad decision" in the recent test match against south africa. and he admitted he might never play for the team again. the palestinian president has blamed israel for the deaths of 16 demonstrators, after violence flared along gaza's border. mahmoud abbas called on the un to take immediate action to protect palestinians against what he called ‘escalating daily aggression‘ by israel. russia has announced that it's expelling diplomats from twenty—three more countries — sharply escalating a row over the poisoning of a former spy living in britain. an unofficial tally put the number of expelled diplomats at fifty—nine. now on bbc news, westminster in review. hello and welcome to westminster
in review, our look back at all the big events in parliament since christmas. coming up, as the uk inches ever closer to leading the european union there is agreement between the two sides on the next phase of brexit. but there are still some vague sticking points not least the fishing rights. the tories are treating this industry as expendable. i understand how fishing communities feel at the moment, i share their disappointment. tough questions for the bosses of collapse construction firm carillion after it went under leaving job losses across the uk and a pensions black hole. you say you are disappointed you are. but what actions do you take to show how you feel? because it is just words.
after the poisoning of a spy and his daughter with a rare nerve agent, the pm expels 23 russian diplomats. the government has concluded that it is highly likely that russia was responsible for the act against sergei and yulia skripal. but first, the uk is set to leave the eu in less than a year, theresa may's big achievement in last few months has meant in last few months has been to secure a interim deal, meaning there will be a transitional period from our leaving till the end of 2020. during that time the uk will be able to negotiate its own trading while you citizens moving to the uk will enjoy the same rights as those who arrived before brexit. but — and it's a big but — there is still no agreement on how to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and the irish republic. and anger that the deal will see the uk effectively remain in the eu's controversial fishing
policy until the end of 2020. a concession which led to the former leader of the uk independence party, nigel farage, staging a unusual protest, throwing dead fish into the thames. the mood in fishing communities is one of palpable anger, this is not what they were promised. if they can let us down like this over the deal for a transitional period, how do we know that they will not do it again when it comes to the final deal? i know, as someone whose father was a fish merchant and his grandparents went to sea to finish, i understand how the communities feel about the situation at the moment. i share their disappointment. no way i can sell this deal in the transitional period as a success to fishing committees. they will never ever be trusted ever again by the scottish fishermen. can he save us the time and say
what they can expect from his government? the tories are taking this industry as expendable, the secretary of state talked about revival but industry cannot revive based on the status code that the government has delivered revive based on the status quo that the government has delivered on the cfp. what did we get in return? the big prize that we have secured is an implementation period that allows us as a country to prepare for all the benefits of brexit will bring. michael gove in hot water over the interim fishing deal. down the court or the laureates were also getting their teeth into brexit. the eu withdrawal bill which puts all you law into uk law to stop a legislative black hole opening up pass through the comments before pass through the commons before christmas, and so it was up to the upper house for peers to begin their detailed
green of the plans. scrutiny of the plans. at end of january they held a two—day debate on the principles of the bill. the duty of the house is very clear. the duty i submit is to assert our rights to scrutinise, to amend, and if need be, to reject unacceptable parts of this bill. the more we argue here the weaker we make the government's negotiating position. should we not be implementing the people's vote, pulling together and present in a united front. let us not frustrate the bill before us. the government can expect no letter in our efforts to make this bill somehow against all odds work in the interest of the british people. as we leave europe, an act of extraordinary political self harm that our grandchildren and their children will not forgive us for.
this sovereign parliament, once the terms of any british exit are known and the reality of it becomes clear, is entitled to choose if it wants to to seek the opinion of the british people as to whether this is what they want. we could have made a success of the united kingdom in the european union, and we can make a success with some costs and upheaval of being outside the european union, but we cannot possibly make a success of being in a national state of the mould or rant about what they're going to have another referendum and which direction we are going in. ——bewilderment. william hague at the start of the lords' marathon scrutiny of the eu withdrawal bill. so far its peers have not voted on the detail of the bill but all that is set to change after easter when they move on to theirfinal stage of highly detailed scrutiny.
expect plenty of late nights, type two votes expect plenty of late nights, tight votes and potential government deceits. and if brexit weren't not tricky enough just before easter, remainers used the parliamentary debate to air allegations that the vote leave campaign had exceeded spending limits in the referendum. the leave campaign has strongly denied accusations that it used a different pro—brexit group to get around strict spending controls. but remainers and happiness of the referendum campaign and result looks set to rumble on. but theresa may will be relieved that she has a deal on a transitional period with its provisions on citizens‘ rights and trade and as he heard earlier, that controversial section on fishing. on the last monday before the easter break she updated mps on her latest summit meeting with eu leaders. whilst i recognise that not everyone will welcome continuation of current trading terms for another 21 months, such implantation period has been widely welcomed by british business because it is necessary if there are two minimise
uncertainty and deliver a smooth and successful brexit. we are pleased at some progress being made on the transition period, especially given the agreement is identical to what labour was calling for last summer. the only real question is why it took the government so long to realise that a transition on the same terms is vital to protectjobs and our economy? given that her government and unfortunately the official opposition have had more positions on brexit denis, than the kama sutra, isn't it time that this idea of nonsense stop and that our constituents will be protected from the disastrous economic impacts of brexit? can i say to the honourable lady that the picture she paints is not one that i recognise.
theresa may on that interim brexit deal. i‘m delighted to say i‘m joined by the bbc‘s political correspondent chris mason. what can we glean from this interim deal that it might tell us about the final deal? it tells us that in the short term there is going to be a difference between the legal moment of brexit happening at the end of march next year and the point at which there is a fundamental change which will come at the end of 2020. the government will fulfil its obligations at the end of march of next year but pretty much very little actually changes. the government‘s argument is that it allows business more time to adjust and also gives them more negotiating time in terms of securing the longer term deal. their hope is that those who have agitated for brexit for a generation can live with effectively the status quote for a period of the best part of two years because it allows them to secure their prize in the end. but one of those things that does not change as the common fisheries policy.
the government must have seen that coming? i think they did. there is the curiosity around the fishing because it is symbolically hugely important to the context of brexit. it is a small sliver of the overall uk economy though i‘ll be it concentrates in particular areas. in fishing communities their industry has decimated and many of them hugely critical of the fishing policy. they had hoped that there might be some transition but they would only have to stay within the confines of eu fishing regulations for perhaps nine months or one year after the pointer brexit. they now know it is going to be nearly two years and are deeply angry. they are certainly using this point to flex their local muscle, to try and ensure that any long term after the transition and implementation period they got an arrangement around fishing rights that is from their perspective a notable improvement on what happens.
we are talked about the transition deal means in the uk but what about in the eu? are they very united still? they are certainly proud that up until now the 27 of the you have have been united, i think there‘s the prospect that that might change as again to the nitty—gritty of how a trade deal might work and how his security cooperation might work but at the the eu is very proud publicly and privately that up until now there managed to keep themselves together. thank you, we will be hearing from you a little bit later in the programme. now let‘s take a look at some other news. nine months on from the grenfell tower fire, just 62 out of 204 households had been found permanent homes. 71 people died from the fire. the housing secretary said some of those made homeless were still living in hotels.
an memorial service was held on march 22, marking one year since the westminster terror attack that left five dead and dozens injured. an islamist extremist drove into pedestrians on westminster bridge before heading to the houses of parliament. a police officer, keith palmer who was on guard outside was stabbed and killed before the attacker was shot dead. a few days later mps said lessons must be learned following airport on the response to the suicide bombing at manchester arena. two months after the westminster attack. salman abedi detonated a homemade device at an ariana grande concert killing 22 people. it was revealed that it took nearly two hours for firefighters to be deployed, that there were communication problems between the emergency services and a complete failure for help for relatives. mps praised the emergency services and the residents perish
and the residents but urged the government to learn from what had happened. just before easter and the high court overturned a decision to free the serial sex offenderjohn warboys known as the black cab rapist. the head of the parole board nick hardwick resigned. we cannot have a system whereby we rely upon victims, victims of a serial predatory sex offender to keep us safe. the primary role of government is to keep the people safe. will the minister to this opportunity to apologise to the victims for the many failures that have left them having to pursue justice because nobody will do it for them? i share the anger that he does that victims had to go through this process and i am sorry that that happened. the president‘s club later announced it was too closed following claims
that women were grouped at the men only event. organisers chose to make a men only event. they chose to treat the hostesses to make them parade across the stage in front of men to make them wear black skimpy outfits and specify the colour of their underwear. women have the right to feel safe wherever they work. and allegations of this type of behaviour are completely unacceptable. there was a celebrations across parliament to mark 100 years of women getting the right to vote. it didn‘t apply to all, it was a historic step forward. the house of lords held a special debate to mark the anniversary. one peer recalled her conversations with a former suffragette. i loved to hear more than once about how she would have to carry one of those big laundry bins when she got to attend the meetings during the cast and mouse acts. and the police on the floor would say what is in that basket? and they would carry it as if it contained what they said
it contained, bunting. it actually contained mrs pankhurst. there was a prolonged standing ovation in the lords when the former cabinet minister called for greater global cooperation to help beat cancer. she was speaking following her diagnosis of a severe brain tumour in may last year. i hope that this debate will give hope to other cancer patients like me. so that we can live well together with cancer. notjust dying of it. all of us. for longer. thank you. applause. there were tough questions for senior executives
from the collapsed construction company carillion. when they appeared in front of mps. it was involved in building programmes for schools, hospitals and prisons. it went into liquidation leaving suppliers unpaid and a £1 billion hole in the company buys a pension scheme. an array of senior executives gave his side of the story. but the joint committees were not impressed saying afterwards that the directors were delusional characters. do you feel that you were asleep at the wheel, that you were surprised? no, i don't believe i was asleep at the wheel. the key focus of my time in the role was to bring net debt down. words can't describe the depth of my despair. i am devastated by the impact that the collapse has had. on the pensioners, on customers, on the suppliers, on staff.
all of you are sitting here multimillions of pounds with payment from the company over a period of years and you say how sad and disappointed you are. but what actions do you take to show that? because it‘s just words, isn‘t it? it‘s just words, i‘m saddened, i‘m disappointed, i wish i could have done things differently. pensioners are taking cuts, large numbers people will not get paid for their contracts. other people have lost theirjobs. and you are still all right. all of you. aren't you? do you want to say anything before i thank you and close the meeting? so you walk away and we will be doing a report. thank you very much for coming today. executives at carillion loss for words. the uk positive relationship with russia had a new low
after the poisoning of a former russian double agent and his daughter. sergei and yulia skripal were found slumped on a bench in the cathedral city of salisbury. it was later revealed they had been poisoned using a military grade nerve agent. the uk believe russia was to blame. coming to the commons after the attack, theresa may set up the evidence. —— set out the evidence. based on the positive identification of this chemical agent by world leading experts at the defence science and technology laboratory, given in the past that russia has reproduced this agent and still would be capable of doing so, russia positive record of conducting state—sponsored assassinations and our assessment that russia views some defectors as legitimate targets for assassinations. the government has concluded that it is highly likely that russia was responsible for the act against sergei and yulia skripal. jeremy corbyn began by condemning the attack and calling for continued dialogue not for the cutting
off of all content. but his later comments on party funding provoked heckling from conservatives and disagreement from his own side. we are all familiar with the way huge fortunes often acquired in the most dubious circumstances in russia sometimes connected with criminal elements have ended up sheltering in london and trying to buy political influence in british party politics. and there have been over £800,000 worth of donations to the conservative party... to the conservative party affirmed russian oligarchs and their associates. there were certain circumstances as she knows where we take part
differences of opinion. but when our countries potentially under attack, that isjust not appropriate. at the prime minister not agree that one of the most effective ways of punishing russia for these appalling activities will be to seize the private property assets of members of the putin regime and their associates? theresa may came back to the commons 48 hours later after the russian government failed to respond to a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent came to be used in the poison attack. and she said she would be expelling 23 russian diplomats. there was a final update just before the easter break. 18 countries have announced their intention to expel more than 100 russian intelligence officers from their countries. this includes 15 eu member states as well as the united states, canada and the ukraine. this is the largest collective expulsion of russian intelligence officers in history. the risk is clear evidence that the russian state has a case to answer and that they failed to do so and we can therefore draw no other conclusion other than russia has a direct or indirect responsibility for this. russia with that state—sponsored act
of terrorism across the line. i think we should be gratified to see the response of our friends and allies across the world that recognise the seriousness and importance of the events that took place two weekends ago. i am delighted to say that our political correspondent chris mason is still with me to talk about all things russia. chris, does the government see this as a short term spat or something longer—term? i think they understand that they is this a longer—term problem. with the re—election of putin a couple of weeks ago, the challenge is not likely to go away. how did they go about facing a russia that appears is acting so brazenly on foreign soil? i think they would chalk up something of a diplomatic victory from the expulsions of diplomats that we have seen from western allies of the uk in the last couple of days. but the central challenge remains and there has been a lot
of discussion about this at westminster both privately and publicly. which is what can be done, ultimately what can be done that will touch the sides and be noticed in the kremlin? you touch there on the fact that other countries have expelled their russian diplomats. what does that tell us about the eu‘s reaction to this and also the uk positive relationship with the eu. there was a frustration that the uk went out of its way not to congratulate president putin his re—election. the european commission published a letter on twitter that he is sent to the kremlin saying congratulations, president putin and he defended that by saying that angela merkel of germany had done the same thing. and yet at the same time, via bilateral conversations going on one—on—one between the uk and members of the eu and others, the british government has managed to secure the arrangement with other
countries that they would see the expulsion of russian diplomats as well as those in the uk have expelled from london. they can point to how that can work after brexit regardless of our membership of the eu. we can‘t talk about russia without talking about jeremy corbyn‘s response to this. from the general election, the labour party seemed to be marching together in one step in moving forward. his response to the russian crisis seems to have completely reopened all the divisions in his party. it felt like the kind of prying open of the paint can of labour disagreement within the parliamentary party. for months on end we were reporting many mps were uncomfortable with him before the election. that was shut by the general election because he proves so many people wrong. and he was allowed to get on with the job. his repeated reaction to the government positive response to the salisbury attack irritated to a huge degree a lot of labour mps.
because they bluntly felt that it conveyed a message that it conveyed a message to the fleeting viewer of lesson of whose side you are on? and that opened up to include that he is not on the uk‘s side. his perspective is much more subtle than that. but it really angered labour mps. some of them fear that while the domestic platform that jeremy corbyn set up might be ambitious, it shows him side of being popular, but his foreign affairs and things are perhaps less so. chris, thank you for coming onto the programme. oxfam lost thousands of regular donors since it emerged that some finally, there has been much controversy over the role of social media in our in recent months. and secretary of state traditional culture and media support has certainly embraced the digital part of his brief but watching his very own smartphone app. the matt hancock app features pictures and videos of hand and allows users to sign up as friends and talk to each other.
taking hisjob to heart. that is it for now. mps and peers adjourned for the easter recess on march the 29th exactly one year before the uk leads the eu. but there is plenty more politics between now and then. join us on bbc parliament when mps and peers return from their easter break on april the 16th. we will be with you every weeknight at 11pm with a full round up of the day in westminster. but for now, for me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. hello. some parts of england had a washout of a good friday, some areas in western scotland were bathed in sunshine. those weather differences will continue as we go
through the rest of this weekend. there will be some rain around at times, snow, particularly easter monday as we will see in a moment. it is disappointingly cool but there are drier, sunny areas too. they will come in the day ahead, the further you are away from this area of low pressure. this brought some very wet weather for some of us during good friday but you are further away still in northern and western scotland and northern ireland. so you will fare quite well, but for eastern scotland into england and wales, you will get plenty of cloud but there will still be some outbreaks of rain, some sleet and snow into the higher hills. but it is not as heavy, not as wet as it was during good friday, more of this will peter out later in the day. there will be some brightness developing in the south—west of england, western fringes of wales, to the west of the pennines, but especially into northern ireland, north and west scotland. nowhere is particularly warm and actually it is quite cold into north—east england, with a brisk breeze. a lot of that patchy wet weather
will fade away during the night, into sunday morning. clearing skies into northern and western parts of britain will allow temperatures to dip away into a touch of frost, there will be fog patches into sunday. but it is a better day on sunday, that is if you‘ve been wet, in between weather systems, it is the most widely dry day of this easter weekend. there will be a good deal of cloud around, one or two showers to be had here and there, and some drizzle. but many places will be dry, a few breaks in the cloud here and there, maybe some developing through eastern parts of england. but expect a good deal of cloud. and rain coming back to south—west england and southwest wales later in the day, we have seen a lot of rain here, so watch out for potential problems from that. and from the rain and snow pushing northwards into easter monday, because the moisture is feeding into cold air, so for parts of wales and the midlands northwards, some sleet and snow mainly on hills, but also possible and lower levels. the far north of scotland staying dry during daylight hours and in the south we brighten up a bit after some heavy showers. but it is that possibility of snow, and it‘s a busy travel day
i‘m nkem ifejika. the former vice—captain of the australian cricket team has appeared in front of the media and apologised — saying he takes full responsibility for his role in the ball—tampering scandal. david warner said he let his country down and made a bad decision in the last test match against south africa. and he admitted he might never play for the team again. i realise i am responsible for my own actions and the consequences that