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i'm babita sharma with bbc news. our top story: british mps have voted again on alternatives to theresa may's brexit plan and rejected them all. they had voted on four motions for leaving the european union. i'm babita sharma in london. one, to negotiate a customs union the headlines: with the eu, was defeated another chaotic day in westminster — by just three votes. china says it will crack down on all types of the synthetic opioid, fentanyl, following pressure from the us, where the drug is fuelling the eyes were 273, the noes were a huge rise in addiction. washington says the powerful 276, so the noes have it. painkiller is sent by post from china. yet again, mps vote on alternatives and this story is to theresa may's brexit plan. four proposals are put forward — trending on reports from the us say that the rolling stones star, mickjagger, is to undergo heart valve replacement surgery. all are rejected. the band postponed their tour of the us and canada because he needed medical treatment. stay with bbc world news. once again, the house has failed to find a clear majority for any of the options. can i remind the house that the prime minister's unacceptable deal has been overwhelmingly rejected three times? i'm rico hizon in singapore.
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also in the programme: china promises a crackdown on the synthetic opioid fentanyl following pressure from the us, where the drug is fuelling a huge rise in addiction. and, relief for a vietnamese woman accused of killing the half—brother of kim jong—un. she could now be free by may. welcome to the programme. it's 7:00am in singapore and midnight in london, where parliament has yet again failed to agree on alternative proposals to the british government's brexit strategy. a couple of hours ago mps voted on four motions for leaving the european union and all were rejected. so what does this mean for britain's timetable on leaving the eu and what next for theresa may? we'll be doing our best to answer those questions but first have a look at what exactly happened
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in parliament an hour ago. the first vote was for the uk to stay in a customs union, that was defeated by just three votes. another motion, the common market, which also included staying in the single market with the eu, was voted down by 21 votes. and then mps rejected a new referendum to confirm any deal and, more heavily, rejected the option to stop the uk automatically leaving with no deal if no solution is found by 12th april and the eu refuses another extension to brexit. lets have a look at the reactions in parliament. it was rowdy, to say the least. the brexit secretary, steve barclay, told mps that the default outcome was still britain leaving the european union without a deal on the 12th of april: this is now the second time the house has considered a wide variety of options for a way forward.
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this has once again failed to find a clear majority for any of the options. and yet, the result of the house's decision on friday not to endorse the withdrawal agreement means that the default legal position is that the uk will leave the eu injust11 days‘ time. to secure any further extension the government will have to put forward a credible proposition to the eu as to what we will do with that extra time. the opposition labour leader, jeremy corbyn, called for mps to be given another chance to vote on options for brexit this wednesday. the margin of defeat for one of the options for tonight was very narrow indeed, and the prime minister's deal has been rejected by a very large majority on three occasions. if it is good enough for the prime minister to have three chances at her deal, then i suggest that possibly the house should have a chance to consider again the options that we had before us today in a debate on wednesday, so that the house can succeed where the prime minister has failed
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after the voting, conservative mp nick boles resigned from the party after his attempt to seek an alternative route forward to break the deadlock in parliament over brexit was rejected. i have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise that can take this country out of the european union while maintaining our economic strength and political cohesion. i accept i have failed. i have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. i regret, therefore, to announce that i can no longer sit for this party. oh nick, don't go, come on! earlier, i spoke to our uk political correspondent rob watson and i asked him to give us an overview of where
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we are at now. i could do that in a sentence, i think, which is britain's brexit chaos continues, because for the second time in a row mps have failed to unite over any kind of deal struck by the prime minister, and we are now still wondering whether theresa may will try to bring back her dealfor theresa may will try to bring back her deal for a theresa may will try to bring back her dealfor a fourth theresa may will try to bring back her deal for a fourth time. how likely is that going to be in your estimation? what is going to change between — i mean, we have seen little change between the second and third, so between a third and fourth, how much changes they going to be? is there any indication people are changing their minds? there wouldn't be any change in the substance, but two things might have changed. mps won't have been able to
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find an alternative, although who knows, they may have another vote on wednesday, and the other thing that is happening is the clock continues to tick down to an ideal brexit on april the 12th. i don't have any doubt that if she can, theresa may will bring her deal back because eve ryo ne will bring her deal back because everyone watching needs to understand theresa may has certainly convinced herself, if not all the politicians, that her deal is the best and only way to deal with the results of the referendum in 2016. the questionnaires, could it really get to parliament on a fourth attempt? in some ways, what has happened in the last few hours is not helpful to theresa may, and if you bear with me a second i will explain what i mean. of course it is good for her, an alternative hasn't appeared yet, but it is bad in the sense that she can't threaten those on the pro brexit right wing of her party with our wow, look, mps are coalescing around a softer brexit, she can no longer hold that threat
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against them. in the short-term, tuesday and wednesday, what is going to be happening parliament? tuesday, the thing to look out for is a meeting of the cabinet, that is the focus of senior ministers in the government, and it should be extraordinary. they have planned five hours, and why does it matter? in many ways, absolutely nothing has changed in british politics in the last couple of years, and theresa may is facing a cabinet profoundly divided. the parliamentary conservative party is profoundly divided, some pro brexit, some pro—eu, mired in indecision and struggling to find a way forward. so what reaction from europe? the european parliament's brexit coordinator guy verhofstadt has tweeted about the results, saying:
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our europe correspondent damian grammaticas gave us his thoughts on the reaction from europe. what you have had is a brief comment from the european parliament chief brexit co—ordinator, guy verhofstadt, so he doesn't have a role directly in negotiations but he speaks for the european parliament, former belgian prime minister, and he has tweeted that he now thinks are hard brexit is nearly inevitable. he said on wednesday the uk hasa inevitable. he said on wednesday the uk has a last chance to break the deadlock orface the uk has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss, and what he means by that is that there is 110w he means by that is that there is now an expectation that on wednesday this week, the uk parliament will hold another series of votes to see if they can finally agree a preferred option. if not, the uk is on an automatic path, having
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triggered the brexit process, to quit the eu at the end of next week, friday the 12th of april, and without any deal in place the uk will leave with no deal. so, crashing out, as some people call it. the hardest of brexit ‘s, and that i think is what the eu side fear the most, that this process is not leading to any clarity on the uk site, and without any resolution to the process the uk will be out next week. the european union has said time is running out and their patience is running thin. yes, members of the eu and different institutions, i think what they wa nted institutions, i think what they wanted tonight was some kind of clear way forward. what they feared was what they got, which was no clarity at all. the key
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decision—making will come on the 10th of april, when the leaders of the other 27, the remaining 27 eu countries, they will gather here in brussels for a final emergency summit next week, two days before that deadline when the uk would be out, and they would consider that one of two things. either the uk needs to have come up with a plan by then and presented it to the eu for its preferred path forward, whether its preferred path forward, whether it is new negotiations on the future toa it is new negotiations on the future to a future relationship, or they will need to consider their policies, their response, for how to mitigate the impact of an ideal brexit at the end of next week. it isa brexit at the end of next week. it is a stark choice, but at the minute all the decision—making is on the uk side. the uk has to take some affirmative action, decide on a clear path forward, or the automatic process happens at the end of next week. there is full analysis, updates
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and all the brexit latest on the bbc news website. you'll also find blogs from our political team at wesminster. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. china says it will crack down on all types of the synthetic opioid fenta nyl, following a plea from the us. washington says the powerful painkiller is being sold on the internet and sent by post from china, driving a huge rise in drug addiction in the us. here's liu yuejin from china's narcotics control commission: translation: the chinese government is ready to work with the international community to share experiences in drug control, offering solutions to the global fight against drugs and contribute to building a community with a shared future for mankind. at least 30 people have been killed
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and hundreds more injured by a violent thunderstorm in southern nepal. the freak storm destroyed houses, and uprooted trees in bara and pa rsa districts. special forces have been sent to the area to help with rescue operations. taiwan's president has ordered a "forceful expulsion" of china's fighter jets if they cross the median line, which separates the self—ruled island from the chinese mainland. he made the statement via facebook after china sent two jets across the taiwan strait at the weekend. a vietnamese woman previously accused of murdering the half brother of the north korean leader kim jong—un has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and could be released from prison next month. the woman was one of two suspects who claimed the woman was one of two suspects who claimed they thought they were part of a tv prank when they smeared kim jong—nam, with a nerve agent, at kuala lumpur airport in 2017.
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jonathan head reports. the face says it all, still in ha ndcuffs the face says it all, still in handcuffs and a bullet—proof vest, she leaves court, the weight of a murder charge lifted from her. we last saw her weeks ago in tears, then the sole remaining defendant. now, she could be going home in a month. herfather, a farmer and part—time security guard, was at court to hear her except a lesser charge. he is hoping she will be home soon, and grateful to her lawyers, he says, for the way the case has turned out. thejudge ruled last year that she had a case to a nswer last year that she had a case to answer because of this video where she is seen putting her hands over the face of the unsuspecting kim jong—nam at kuala lumpur international airport. but she had been involved in televised pranks in vietnam. she says she still dreams
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ofa tv vietnam. she says she still dreams of a tv career, and she said she thought the attack was just another tv gag. it was just over two years ago that the attack took place. today's verdict will seem fair to many people, but this will reveal more about this extraordinary situation, because neither defendant was able to testify in court about how they got involved. four north korean men are thought to have recruited the two women. they flew out of malaysia shortly after mr kim's death. no—one else has been charged. there were no signs today of the shocking crime committed here. it remains unsolved and largely unexplained.
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you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we'll have more on that brexit vote in the house of commons — is there any way to break the deadlock ? the accident that happened here was of the sort that can at worst produce a meltdown. in this case the precautions worked, but they didn't work quite well enough to prevent some old fears about the safety features of these stations from resurfacing. the republic of ireland has become the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. from today, anyone lighting up in offices, businesses, pubs and restaurants will face a heavy fine. the president was on his way out of the washington hilton hotel, where he had been addressing a trade union conference. the small crowd outside
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included his assailant. it has become a symbol of paris. 100 years ago, many parisians wished it had never been built. the eiffel tower's birthday is being marked by a re—enactment of the first ascent by gustave eiffel. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon, in singapore. i'm babita sharma, in london. our top stories: for a second time, british mp's vote on alternatives for a third time, british mp's vote on alternatives to theresa may's brexit plan. four proposals are put forward — all are rejected. china promises a crackdown on the synthetic opioid fentanyl, following pressure from the us, where the drug is fuelling a huge rise in addiction. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world:
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the south china morning post leads on china's ban on fentanyl, following demands from the us. as we mentioned earlier, the us blames imports of the drug for fuelling the country's deadly opioid crisis. the gulf times looks at the local elections in turkey. the paper reports on what a resurgent opposition could mean for president erdogan‘s leadership. and finally, the japan times looks at the dawn of a new era that will begin injapan when emperor akihito steps down. the era, whose name includes the character for "harmony," will formally begin once the new emperor is crowned on may 1. let's return to our main story, brexit.
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the moment the results were announced... in respect to mr clark's motion see, the ayes to the right were 273. the noes to the left the nose were... the noes have it — the nose were... the noes have it — the noes have it. in respect to mr nicholas boles's motion d, common market 2.0, the ayes were 261, the noes were 282, so the noes have it. in respect to mr peter kyle's motion e, confirmatory public vote, the ayes were 280, the noes were 292, so the noes have it. in respect tojoanna cherry‘s motion g, parliamentary supremacy, the ayes were 191, the noes were 292, so the noes habit. —— in respect of mr clark's motion c, customs union, the ayes were 273,
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the noes were 276, so the noes have it. earlier i spoke to sebastian payne, the whitehall correspondent for the financial times. he's been following the events at westminster very closely. we have had the second series of the so—called indicative votes and mps we re so—called indicative votes and mps were meant to say here is an alternative to the plan i like. maybe we might like a customs union 01’ maybe we might like a customs union or staying in a single market or another referendum or forgetting the whole thing. mps have said no to all of those so we are exactly back to square of those so we are exactly back to square one. of those so we are exactly back to square one. it is now a week and a half until we are set to leave the eu and unless something changes between now and a week friday, we are about to crush out of the eu without a deal and significant trading barriers and administrative complexities will follow. a week is
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a long time in politics... at the moment. on a serious note, what will happen? theresa may's cabinet will meet first thing tomorrow for a marathon five hour session. we do not know what they're to discuss but we know there will be a document they will have a privy access to an hour before. it could be a plan for no deal, and other plan. they will have to hand something out about what happens next because theresa may might have a fourth and final run at getting her deal through now that all the alternatives have been thrown out. she might also say the weight of result is a general election and that is something the conservative mps are fearful of because they think they will leave lose their seats and jeremy corbyn will become prime minister. thus we have a fourth run? does she try and call a general election, the last
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roll of the dice? does she back a second referendum ? roll of the dice? does she back a second referendum? and we cannot back a softer brexit because there is no support for those. we are showing you what those votes way. are any of them for you, especially those with a narrow margin, any that theresa may can work with? practically, you would be right, the amendment about customs union was very close and if a couple of people had not abstained that would have got not a clear majority but it would have come much closer. the problem is theresa may hates all of these alternatives. the conservative party has briefing endlessly to save we cannot have a customs union because we would not be able to strike trade deals and for many brexit supporters that was one of the reasons they backed leaving.
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single market means free movement of people. the weapon theresa may was hoping to use, to back her deal, that now does not work. governments in the asia pacific region are unveiling new laws aimed at tackling the spread of "fake news". australia says it will legislate tough new laws to prevent social—media platforms from being weaponized by terrorists and extremists. meanwhile, in singapore a bill that will allow the government to remove articles deemed to contain falsehoods has been introduced. it will require social media companies and news outlets to publish corrections alongside posts carrying false information. my colleague karishma vaswani has the details of the new legislation. the bill was tabled in parliament in singapore late last night and what
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it really is trying to address, according to the government is the issue of what they call on line falsehoods that are designed with malicious intent, particularly those in the areas of inciting religious and racial disharmony. this is a big problem for singapore because this isa problem for singapore because this is a country that has dependent on racial and religious harmony for decades. the government says it is trying to make sure that is not disrupted but they have taken a unique attempt at addressing this. instead of telling social media companies to take down these posts, but they are saying is that you should issue a correction which would show you the real news and that would link back to possibly a singapore government website. that would link back to possibly a singapore government websitem that would link back to possibly a singapore government website. it is a problem that we have to deal with
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and this is an attempt by us. i am not suggesting all the problems will vanish the moment this bill comes into place. i think the reality of false was and... hate speech and harmful contempt of the internet is a reality that is here to stay. we have to deal with it as best we can. what has been the reaction to this bill? facebook, google, twitter have their headquarters in singapore and as you can imagine they are very concerned about what this belt means for their business, their operations in practice. facebook has said its deposit the bill and wants the public to start thinking about this issue but in particular, in a statement to the bbc said. back...
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this is the same issue that right groups have. it says in hands over more control to the singapore government which in the past has been accused of trying to stifle public dissent in the country. the british parliament has failed to agree to the brexit strategy for a second time. they voted on formations for leaving the eu. stay with us because coming up we will have the latest from asia on how the global markets are reacting to tonight's brexit votes in london. all that to come. plenty more analysis and they had lights coming up analysis and they had lights coming up soon.
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good morning. the next few days are going to be significantly colder and to illustrate the point, this was hampshire where the temperature on monday was 17 degrees. lovely in the sunshine. same place on tuesday, nine degrees so quite a drop. any remaining warm air that we have had across southern parts of the uk is getting swept away by this developing north to north—westerly wind and that will push colder and across the whole of the country. colder outcomes behind this band of cloud and here, pushing its way south—east with showers, some wintry following behind. across the midlands, this rain could still be
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quite heavy. pushing through east anglia and the south—east. a couple of hours of dry weather behind it. then showers packing in. showers may be heavy. hail and thunder and wimpiness over the hills especially in the north. temperatures back down to eight — 10 degrees. colder air arriving across the uk. more north to north—westerly wind strengthening on wednesday. bring in wet weather from the north sea. a few icy patches early in the morning. a touch of frost. maybe a bit of snow over the york moors. on wednesday, in scotland, rain with sleet and snow. elsewhere it sunshine but also a few showers. the wind stronger for many of us on wednesday, especially across northern and western areas and although these the sort of temperatures — well below average — when you had on the strength of the wind, it will feel significantly
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colder, especially in scotland, combined with that wet weather it will be a pretty miserable day for this time of year. pushing down colder air, at the same time we have this area of high pressure sitting around until thursday as well. we're left with this of weather pattern with spirals of cloud and showers with spirals of cloud and showers with spells of rain and wintry weather over the hills. the position could change quite easily but at the moment it looks a driver eastern parts of england. temperatures struggling to hit 8— 10 degrees. that is the main story over the next few days. quite a bit colder, a lot of these april showers and over the high ground it will take on a wintry flavour. there may well be some frost as well.
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