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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at thousands of protesters who defied a ban and marched through the streets. michael gove, the minister who has to prepare the uk for a no—deal brexit, says it's a "very real prospect". the labour leaderjeremy corbyn
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says his party will do everything it can to block a no—deal brexit. a last—ditch effort to save the nuclear deal with iran — senior international diplomats are holding an emergency meeting in austria today. a 15—year—old boy from essex wins nearly £1 million in the world cup finals of the online game fortnite — and he's only the runner up. now on bbc news — it's time for a look back at the week in parliament. hello and welcome to the week in parliament, as theresa may bows out at her final pmqs and prepares to return to the backbenches. that duty to serve my constituents
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will remain my greatest motivation. boris johnson takes over at number ten — with a vow to quit the eu on october the 31st even if that means leaving without a deal. we must turbo—charge our preparations to make sure that there is as little disruption as possible to our national life, and i believe that is possible. butjeremy corbyn says it won't be the reckless backers of no deal who lose out. he says he has pluck, nerve and ambition. our country does not need arm—waving bluster. it was all change for the government, the cabinet and maybe the country, too. on tuesday, a little before midday, borisjohnson was announced as the new leader of the conservative party and prime minister elect. in the ballot of conservative party members, mrjohnson won more than 92,000 votes, jeremy hunt a little over 16,500. in his victory speech, mrjohnson
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promised he would deliver brexit, unite the country and defeatjeremy corbyn. and he repeated his pledge to get the uk out of the eu on october the 31st. the next day, theresa may carried out her last prime ministerial duty — a final, farewell appearance at prime minister's questions. given that her successor has no mandate from the people, no mandate in which to move into office, doesn't she agree the best thing the right honourable memberfor uxbridge could do later on today, when he takes office, is to call a general election and let the people decide theirfuture? theresa may reflected that she and mr corbyn were very different politicians. i have spent all but one of my years in this house on the front bench trying to implement the policies i believe in. he has spent most of his time on the backbenches campaigning for what he believes in,
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often against his own party. but what i think we both have in common is a commitment to our constituencies. but perhaps i could finish my exchange with him by saying this — as a party leader who has accepted when her time was up, perhaps the time is now for him to do the same. a former labour backbencher agreed with those comments onjeremy corbyn. about his need to consider his future. and can i tell her this as well? hold on, hold on. can i tell her this as well? it is absolutely clear to me that the vast majority of labour mps agree with her too. mr speaker, the prime minister elect has no mandate in scotland, he has no mandate from the people, the government he is busy forming has no mandate in scotland. mr speaker, scotland deserves better. i think the prime minister is a thoroughly good egg and has been an absolute privilege to serve
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on the backbenches with her. mr speaker, this prime minister's commitment to mental health has been simply fantastic. can ijoin with others in thanking the prime minister for her years of public service as home secretary and as prime minister, and that thoroughly decent and dedicated honourable way she has carried out all of her duties, and the very courteous and proper way that she has had in her dealings with us as a party. 0utgoing american presidents get to pardon anybody they want. if she could, would she pardon her successor for sabotaging her premiership purely for his own personal ambition? mrs may said her successor would continue to deliver conservative policies that had improved people's lives. the newly elected liberal democrat leader wondered what advice she had. for women across the country, on how to deal with those men who think they could do a betterjob but are not prepared to do the actual work?
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prime minister. my advice... i think my advice to all women is to be true to yourself, persevere, keep going, and be true to the vision that you are working for. the last question went to the longest continuously serving female mp, known as the mother of the house, harriet harman. even her harshest critics must recognise her integrity, her commitment to public service, her dedication to this country, and those are qualities that none of us should ever take for granted. but can ijust offer her a word of sisterly advice? sometimes you just have to be a bit more careful when a man wants to hold your hand. laughter. i thank her for her service as our prime minister, and i sincerely wish all the very
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best the future. we are, as the right honourable lady has said, living through extraordinary political times. this house of commons is rightly at the centre of those events, and that is because of the vital link between every single member of this house and the communities, the commons that we represent. that is the bedrock of our parliamentary democracy and of our liberty. and each one of us, where ever we sit, whatever we stand for, can take pride in that. and that duty to serve my constituents will remain my greatest motivation. well, straight after that session we caught up with an mp who's seen a few prime ministers come and go — labour's stephen pound, and although he hadn't been appointed at the time, as it turned out, the new transport secretary grant shapps. theresa may left her last pmqs
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with applause ringing in her ears but while most of the commons stood up to clap, most labour mps stayed firmly in their seats, stephen pound one of the few to stand for the outgoing pm. a lot of people made mention of mrs may's public service, and that she has been in the house since 1997. and i think on that occasion, a wee bit of generosity might have been appropriate. i'm not criticising the front bench, they have a political statement to make, but ijust think a few of us, you know, further back from the leaders of power, we could actually have said, yes, you've not been the most successful prime minister, perhaps you are probably up there with bonar law, when it comes to the success gradient, but on the other hand, you are leaving, let's at least show a little bit of respect. tory grant shapps agrees. ijust thought, you know, the other way around, when it was blair going, the tory benches stood up, i thought it was a lopsided atmosphere from that point of view. in the end, you are saying thank you for somebody's public service, not for the policies. and i thought that was wrong. compare that to tony blair's
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final pmqs in 2007. and that is the end. so how did theresa may versusjeremy corbyn compare to the age of blair and hague? it was a class act. william hague spotted very early on that tony blair had an alphabetical list of subject headings and ring binders, and so he would ask the first question about azerbaijan, and then switch to zoroastrianism or something like that, and it was a masterclass, in many ways. so does this veteran mp have any advice for the new pm? boris johnson roams wild and free, he is an untamed beast on the serengeti plains, i mean, you cannot cage him. so, look out for some fireworks, look out for some fun, but ultimately, look out for a complete lack of dignity from the front bench from the dispatch box. boris johnson's default position is wing it and make them laugh, and he'll say, "ba—ba—ba—ba, i am completely and briefed, i'm totally unspun, boris, what you see is what you get. ba—ba—ba." and he will probably do that.
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it was back to downing street for a final appearance outside number 10. she said to serve as prime minister was the greatest honour. she thanked the british people and her husband, describing him as her greatest supporter and closest companion. and then it was off to buckingham palace to formally hand her resignation to the queen. and within the hour it the was the turn of borisjohnson — the incoming pm — to make the same journey. though his trip was disrupted by environmental protestors who stepped into the road demanding he take action on climate change. arriving in downing street, mrjohnson said the doubters and doomsters were gong to get it wrong — and pledged to restore trust in democracy — recommitting to come out of the eu on october the 31st. 0nce through the door mrjohnson got down to work with a huge cabinet reshuffle, that saw more than half of
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mrs may's cabinet quit or be sacked. the big surprises the departure of the defence secretary, penny mordaunt and the exit of the foreign secretary and mrjohnson‘s leadership rivaljeremy hunt. among their replacements committed brexiteers including priti patel as home secretary and dominic raab as foreign secretary and the reappearance of michael gove as the man charged with driving through—no deal preparation. thatjob done it was time for mrjohnson to make his first appearance in the commons as prime minister and set out his plan for government — unsurprisingly dominated by brexit. the uk is better prepared for that situation than many believe, but we are not as ready yet as we should be. in the 98 days that remain to us,
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we must turbo—charge our preparations to make sure there is as little disruption as possible to our national life. and i believe that is possible with the kind of national effort that the british people have made before and will make again. i have today instructed the chancellor of the duchy of lancaster to make these preparations his top priority. i have asked the cabinet secretary to mobilise the civil service to deliver this outcome, should it become necessary. and the chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. he repeated guarantees to eu nationals in the uk that they would continue to have the right to work here and he moved on to wider promises, cutting nhs waiting times, increase school funding, begin a points—based immigration system and recruit 20,000 more police officers. and he predicted a new
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golden age for the uk. too many people in this country feel they have been told repeatedly and relentlessly what we cannot do. since i was a child, i remember respectable authorities asserting that our time as a nation has passed, that we should be content with mediocrity and managed decline. and time and again, by time and again, these are the sceptics and doubters. time and again, time and again by their powers to innovate and adapt, the british people have shown the doubters wrong. no one underestimates this country but the country is... but the country is deeply worried that the new prime minister overestimates himself.
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he accused mrjohnson of throwing together a hard right cabinet and said he was deeply alarmed to see no plans for brexit. if the prime minister has confidence in its plan once he has decided what it is, he should go back to the people with that plan. labour will oppose any deal that fails to protectjobs... we will oppose any deal that fails to protectjobs, workers' rights, or environmental protections. and if he has the confidence to put that decision back to the people, we would, in those circumstances campaign to remain. he says he has pluck, nerve, and ambition. our country does not need arm waving bluster. he speaks about trust
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in our democracy, mr speaker, and i have to say the most extraordinary thing has just happened today. did anybody notice what happened today? the terrible metamorphosis that took place, like the final scene of invasion of the body snatchers? at last, this long—standing eurosceptic, the right honourable gentleman, has been captured, he has been jugulated, reprogrammed by his honourable friends, he has been turned now into a remainer. i should welcome the prime minister to his place, the last prime minister of the united kingdom. let me warn the prime minister now, try to take scotland, try to take the united kingdom out of the european union, on a no deal basis, we will stop the prime minister from doing so.
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this house will stop the prime minister. we will not let the prime minister do untold damage to the jobs and constituents of our country. the main party leaders were not the only ones who wanted to question the new prime minister. in all, borisjohnson answered 129 questions. many conservatives were clearly delighted by mrjohnson‘s self—declared "can—do" attitude — a verdict shared by the dup. i warmly welcome his positivity and optimism. that is what this country needs, and would he agree that the union comes first, and we need to deliver brexit with a deal? but we must be prepared for no deal if necessary? but others were not convinced. yesterday the taoiseach said that any suggestion that a whole new negotiation could happen in weeks or months was not in the real world. if leo varadkar is right and as a consequence the house of commons votes in the autumn
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against leaving the european union on 31 of october without an agreement, what will the prime minister's policy be then? i thank you, mr speaker. i think what the right honourable gentleman has said is redolent of the kind of defeatism and negativity that we have had over the last three years. if the prime minister fails to secure some magical, mythical new deal with the european union, will he promise now at the dispatch box that the matter will return to this sovereign parliament so that we can decide what happens next before 31 october? parliament has already voted several times to honour that mandate of the people, to come out of the eu, and that is what we should do. and i think that the right honourable lady herself voted
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to trigger article 50. the new prime minister, borisjohnson. and mrjohnson was not the only new party leader of the week. on mondayjo swinson won the liberal democrat leadership race, becoming the party's first female leader. she saw off a challenge from former cabinet minister, sir ed davey. jo swinson became the youngest member of the house of commons when she was elected in 2005 at the age of 25. she lost her seat in 2015, but returned just two years later. jo swinson focused her campaign on tackling climate change, backing a further brexit referendum, and ruling out a deal with jeremy corbyn. now let's take a look at what's been happening in the wider world of politics. here's maia bondeach with our countdown. at five, order, order. no phones in the committee room, mrjavid. sorry, it's probably border force. was it border force, or was the new boss
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calling with a job offer? at four, trump gives boris the thumbs up as prime minister. people are saying that's a good thing, they like me over there. his daughter ivanka jumped on the bandwagon and also congratulated johnson on becoming the next prime minister of the united kingston. while we couldn't pinpoint the place on the map, this kingston land sure does sound magical. at three, it was theresa may's last week as prime minister, and her final pmqs was when she decided to spell out a few secrets. i believe he was once the bodyguard to the legendary hollywood actress lauren bacall. at two, as boris stepped into number ten, he was greeted not only by larry the cat, but also by hundreds of protesters who had downing street on lockdown. welcome, prime minister.
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at one, with all the chaos unfolding, what was the former prime minister doing? theresa may and a couple of freshly departed cabinet colleagues were enjoying the cricket at lord's. she is out — lbw. let boris worry. maia bondeach there with her look at the political week. now, let's go back to boris johnson's arrival at number ten. he's made clear he wants the uk to leave the eu on 31 october, and shaped a cabinet that's willing to back no deal. so what can we expect when mps return from their summer break? i asked professor meg russell from the constitution unit at ucl if borisjohnson‘s biggest challenge was his effective lack of a parliamentary majority. what he has done is construct a cabinet from the kind of most pro—brexit wing of the party, and alienate people who are more
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towards the centre ground. while it was quite hard and theresa may for the erg, for the pro—brexit group and her party, tojoin up with labour and gang up on theresa may, i think it's much easier for the centrist conservatives to gang up with labour against the pro—brexit wing of the conservative party. in some ways i think his position is much more difficult than theresa may's was. ok, so you don't think that he is going to be able to unite his party. is he going to be able to appeal to any labour mps in leave—voting seats? well, again, i think if anything that is more difficult, because theresa may was trying to govern from the political centre and trying to get people from the labour side on side. borisjohnson seems to be signalling with everything and his campaign ad with everything and his campaign and with the appointment of his cabinet
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that he is not trying to govern from the political centre. not on brexit, anyway. he is a very controversial figure in the labour party. there are not many labour politicians who are going to want to dig borisjohnson out of trouble, who are going to want to rescue him or his version of brexit, or his premiership. so i think theresa may struggled. there is no reason to think it is going to get any easier for borisjohnson. so you don't think he is going to be able to unite his party, you don't think is going to be able to pick up many labour mps. so where are we with no—deal? in your view, how likely is that looking now? i think in the autumn mps are going to be wanting to use whatever mechanisms they have at their disposal to signal their resistance to that, and to actually if necessary vote their resistance to that. that then leads to questions of what the precise mechanisms they have got. how can they get this stuff onto the agenda? there are various things being mooted.
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one is to use an emergency debate under standing order 2a to try to get a vote on no—deal. that's a bit controversial, because normally you don't have votes of substance on those kinds of motions, but the suggestion is that the speaker might allow it in these circumstances. that is one thing. then, ultimately, the ultimate threat, if all else fails as a vote of no confidence in the government. and we are getting the impression that there are mps even on the conservative side who would be willing to back that. indeed, there have been some pretty strong signals, including from people as a senior as the former chancellor philip hammond. quite a number of conservative mps, rory stewart, ken clarke, dominic grieve — there are actually quite a lot of people you could name. it may well be that we'll hear more of those names over the summer. the numbers may well be there for a no—confidence vote if it doesn't tread very carefully. parliament is only scheduled to sit for something likejust over 20 days between now and exit day, on 31 october.
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is that they help are a hindrance to borisjohnson, and do you think is that they help or a hindrance to borisjohnson, and do you think that is even what we'll end up? i think he initially will be trying to use that to his advantage. i think it is a pretty extraordinary state of affairs where you have a new prime minister appointed one afternoon and parliament breaking up for its long summer recess the following day. that in itself might be extraordinary. but in the middle of a political crisis on this huge question of brexit, and with a clock ticking, mps have no way of getting him in front of them to answer difficult questions. and that may it more frustrating for them over the summer. there may be calls for a recall. which then raises the question — how do you get a recall? the short answer as it is in the hands of the prime minister. the slightly longer answer is there are things that mps can do to try and force that. they can demand it publicly, they can write to him, and at the extreme, which i think would be quite interesting,
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rory stewart, when he was a candidate for the conservative leadership, suggested that there could even be an alternative parliament called across the road. he was saying that in the context of possible prorogation, but i think that is a possibility if there is huge call to recall and borisjohnson refuses, mps could just get together and meet in an unofficial venue. that nearly happened when there were difficulties over iraq in 2002 under tony blair. and in the end, the calling of that unofficial parliament forced the hand of the prime minister to get an official recall. so there is all sorts of fun and games could happen over the summer. we shall wait and see. professor meg russell, thank you very much indeed. professor meg russell. finally, there are dozens of new ministers who can look forward to spending the summer getting to grips with their newjobs. but it was in at the deep end
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for the new leader of the commons, jacob rees—mogg, who made his debut just hours after being appointed. and faced business questions veteran pete wishart. he's the fifth leader of the house that i've had in my fourth year, but he is by far the most exotic so far. it would be as well to point out he is leader of the house of commons, not the house of plantagenet, or the house of tudor. i may be the fifth leader of the house since the honourable gentleman has taken his post, but from what i hear it seems that his question is the same regardless. so it does not make any difference who the leader of the house should be. i would point out that the house of commons predates the house of tudor, it started in 1265. the house of tudor obviously begins with henry vii. and there is a hint of the new government's policy on brexit. when will the house have a chance to vote on their lordships' amendment to the trade bill
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and the customs union? why on earth would anybody want to do that? jacob rees mogg. and that's it from us for now and for the summer — we'll be back with you when parliament returns at the start of september. but for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. good afternoon. some big contrasts in the weather across the uk this weekend. across the board it is a fresher field than the weekjust gone. it has been a glorious weekend in the south—west, devon and cornwall and into the west country, whereas for some, scenes have been rather more like this. this is just a couple of hours ago. relentless rain, particularly bad across the
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midlands and the north—west of england. throughout the weekend we are getting reports of flooding close to manchester and stockport. it is this where the front that is to blame, it has outstayed its welcome, only slowly pivoting at the moment, bringing more rain to northern ireland through the rest of the afternoon. showers across scotland. more rain for the north west of england and the midlands. perhaps another 25 millimetres in some spots. sunshine in the north of scotland, sunshine to the south—west. that weather front wea ke ns, south—west. that weather front weakens, but still reigned for the midlands, northern england and southern scotland. clearing skies for northern ireland. a muggy and humid night, clear skies for northern ireland. a muggy and humid night, clearskies to for northern ireland. a muggy and humid night, clear skies to the south, and here we start on monday with a good deal of sunshine. monday places with a good deal of sunshine. monday pla ces m ost with a good deal of sunshine. monday places most of us between two weather systems. that whether front is still bothering scotland. and then there is a deep low in the
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south—west. grey first thing across the north of england. some showers to come across scotland. a drier for northern ireland. sunny spells for much of england and wales, but later in the day as this starts to roll in there is quite a deep area of low pressure. and gusts up to 45 mph at the coast. and some showers arriving to. that will be with us through much of the week ahead, monday into tuesdayit much of the week ahead, monday into tuesday it moves a little further eastwards. still some keen wins for the south—west of england. a gusty day on tuesday, hefty showers for wales in the south—west. and they will break up further north as the day goes on. the driest and brightest will be the eastern counties of england. on to wednesday, still a lot of showers around, the focus in central and
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eastern areas. towards the end of the week things become temporarily a little calmer, but still wednesday a lot of showers around. this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 3pm: riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas at protesters who defied a ban and marched through the streets. it's the eighth weekend. many, many rounds of tear gas have been fired. rubber bullets. but still the preparedness of this protest movement to turn out no matter what is still quite strong. michael gove, the minister who has to prepare the uk for a no—deal brexit, says it's a "very real prospect". getting ready for it — is now the government's number one priority. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says his party will do everything it can to block a no—deal brexit.


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