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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at three. after her resignation from the cabinet and the conservative whip — amber rudd attacks borisjohnson‘s handling of brexit. there's not enough work going into actually getting a deal, which is, i think, is not what the prime minister signed up to try to do, and secondly, the expulsion of 21 of my colleagues who are good moderate conservatives. british airways pilots prepare to go on strike — for the first time in the airline's history. another day of anger in hong kong as radical pro—democracy protesters attack a metro station. peace talks between the taliban and the us are called off — president trump blames a deadly attack in the afghan capital, kabul. ships and aircraft evacuate thousands of people from islands in the bahamas worst hit by hurricane dorian — aid agencies
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say the situation is "desperate". and coming up at half three — some highlights of the last week from the victoria derbyshire programme. good afternoon, welcome to bbc new us. good afternoon, welcome to bbc new us. senior ministers have rejected claims by their former cabinet colleague, amber rudd, that securing a new brexit deal is no longer the government's main objective. amber rudd, who resigned last night as work and pensions secretary, said up to 90% of the government's time is now spent preparing for a no deal departure at the end of october. she described the expulsion of 21 conservative mps who oppose no deal as "an assault on decency and democracy". our political correspondent helen catt reports.
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reporter: morning amber. amber rudd says that when she accepted a post in borisjohnson‘s cabinet she did so in good faith, believing he wanted a brexit deal, but since then she had seen little evidence that the government was putting in enough preparation to get one. there is this huge machine preparing for no—deal, which is fine. you might expect in the balance between getting a deal and no deal, 50/50 in terms of work, but it's not that, it's like 80%, 90% of government time going into preparing for no—deal and the absence of trying to work to get a deal. she says she will now sit as an independent mp instead of a conservative in response to the decision to expel 21 colleagues who voted against the government last week. i know i couldn't carry on in the conservative party at such a high level and see 21 of my colleagues, who are good, moderate people, who also want a deal, excluded from it, and ijust needed to move and stand by them. tomorrow, the bill the 21 mps gave up their party careers for becomes law.
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it says that if borisjohnson can't reach an agreement by the end of an eu summit on the 19th of october, then he must ask the eu for a further delay to brexit, to january next year. opposition parties are sceptical, though, that mrjohnson will try to get a deal. we don't believe that we can pin him down and i don't trust him an inch, and i don't think anyone does. i think we've got a prime minister now who says he won't even abide by the law. by the law. i've never heard that before. we're in a situation now where no—one can trust, while he's in place, what will happen. the chancellor, sajid javid, said the government is in brexit talks and would obey the law, but the uk would still leave the eu on the 31st of october. of course we will obey the law but we'll look at our options... so on october 19th, after that council, the prime minister
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would ask for an extension because that is the law of this country. we will not change our policy. how does this work? it is completely baffling. we will have to wait and see. if the law says one thing, and you're saying the government is going to obey the law, but we're not going to do that one thing, it's very hard to see how you get out of that. the government will not change its policy. the foreign secretary, dominic raab, has said the government would test what the law required. as for boris johnson, he enters yet another crucial week one more mp down, but still insisting that brexit will happen next month. this afternoon the lord chancellor, robert buckland, has dismissed rumours that he might resign. in a tweet he said:
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as he says he is the man in charge of the legal system in england, sending a very clear signal that he could not possibly countenance the situation. the jack laugher tomorrow, will say, it completed the statements last week. the prime minister doesn't like it, the question has been how he would deal with it. one suggestion coming from the former cabinet minister lord young it might not get to that stage because we could be in a situation where the government might try and change the withdrawal agreement, make some amendments to the one negotiated with brussels last november. is it ten months ago, yes it is since
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theresa may completed negotiations in brussels and bringing that back to the commons and mps, there might be enough votes if the opposition can be brought onboard to get that threw before the, that date kicks m, threw before the, that date kicks in, so before the law and therefore the law would never be immediate needed. you might call it a british backstop, that is how the opposition see it. on the question of the irish backstop, we have lines coming out of dublin this afternoon, in the last few minutes reuters is reporting that leo varadkar, he is due to meet borisjohnson tomorrow, that he says two things, interestingly, he is in discussions as he puts it, with the european commission on the, on this question of checks, some distance away from the irish border, that is the first thing he says, he then adds, that in the context of all of that, so let me find that line of copy for you first of all so i can quote it
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accurately. the irish prime minister is saying that these, these discussions are taking place, these are not negotiations or anything like that, they are discussions, which he is reporting on. he then adds two further interesting things, he says that within weeks or months ofa he says that within weeks or months of a no—deal, let us say the uk did leave without a deal, the uk and eu would have to sit down and negotiate on would have to sit down and negotiate o n exa ctly would have to sit down and negotiate on exactly the same issues, that of course, his point there, is that these are the things which the british government is saying no to, but they would come up again because brussels would probably insist on them before they would countenance making a free trade deal. sooner or later we are going to have to get a deal with the uk before or after brexit. that is an interesting line coming outs of dublin he said i don't think tomorrow's meeting is
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high stake, —— stakes. the key date of october, the opposition parties the put the 19th into the new law, they were fearful if there was no deal that summit the prime minister might give up and walk away and they want to prevent that happening. to prevent that happening. helen catt has been explaining more about the government's options once the bill to force another brexit extension becomes law. this law, the benn bill as it is known, is due to get royal assent tomorrow. that means by law borisjohnson will be forced to ask for an extension and delay to brexit if he hasn't got a brexit deal by 19th october. you heard sajid javid there saying we won't be doing that, but also saying "we will obey the law". how you square that circle isn't clear at the moment. we also heard dominic raab this morning, the foreign secretary, suggesting they would test to the limits what this law requires, so there is some sort of, lack of clarity i think about quite how the government intends
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to address that and to deal with the requirements that law would place on them. this has been a torrid seven days, it doesn't look like it is going to get easier for the prime minister tomorrow. lord young, who resigned from the government, was on the radio this lunchtime. he said he could only see one way out, which was the withdrawal agreement gets amended by brussels consent, some kind of deal gets cooked up. that goes through the commons, because the opposition parties support the government on it, even if some tories and the dup won't back it, and that is the only way out, otherwise you are heading for a kind of, a situation that can't be resolved any other way. parliament has narrowed the options for the prime minister. are the opposition that confident? i think they are in a tricky place. they won't be giving borisjohnson the election he wants on october 15th, they feel they should make him go to the summit and try to get the deal. they say they want to make it impossible for a no—deal brexit to happen, before they will agree
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to go to the polls, so it puts him in a slightly odd position to have opposition parties voting against an election, but they seem to be sticking to that, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. what do we expect tomorrow, because this is the last day parliament is sitting for several weeks? yes, because of that order to prorogue parliament. we don't know when that is going to happen but the queen's order states it could be as soon as tomorrow, but no later than thursday, so some point in the next four days it is expected parliament will be suspended. tomorrow we have a packed old day in the commons, there is no such thing as a quiet monday any more. first off we will see, we expect to see royal assent, the queen's sign off on that bill, trying to block a no—deal brexit. we will also see that attempt by boris johnson, we are expecting to try and get another early general election, it is expected he will
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try and do that again through the fixed—term parliaments act. it is expected to fail again, because the opposition parties are saying we won't vote for that. borisjohnson has been writing in the papers saying this is labour's last chance and if it doesn't happen, the government will carry on regardless. he is adamant we will leave the eu at the end of the month. thank you. meanwhile, the business secretary, andrea leadsom, has said the conservatives will break convention by fielding a candidate against the commons speaker, john bercow, at the next general election. traditionally, the major parties do not contest the speaker's seat — but mr bercow‘s handling of recent brexit debates has angered ministers. simonjones reports. order! order. in the seat for the crucial vote...
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the ayes to the right, 327. noes to the left, 299. ..when mps backed the bill aimed at blocking a no—deal brexit at the end of october. butjohn bercow is now underfire from the business secretary. andrea leadsom says that by allowing mps to use a procedure to trigger emergency debate as a means of taking over the timetable, he has permitted a flagrant abuse of parliamentary process. in the mail on sunday, the business secretary writes... the speaker is an mp who stands in general elections but is usually unopposed by the major political parties. mrs leadsom is warning that the conservatives will defy convention and field a candidate in his constituency of buckingham in the next vote. there is no love lost
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between mrs leadsom and mr bercow. last year, he was alleged to have labelled her "stupid", although he said he muttered the word to describe how he felt about the way the government had scheduled commons business. he is yet to comment on the latest criticisms. simon jones, bbc news. the liberal democrats have picked up their third mp in a week. angela smith, who defected from the labour party earlier this year, has left the independent group for change to join up withjo swinson‘s party. she described the lib dems as the ‘strongest party to stop brexit.‘ years in parliament, and has launched a strong attack onjeremy corbyn. in an interview with the sunday times, he accused the labour leader of giving the "green light" to anti—semites in the party. he'll take up the full—time post as the government's anti—semitism tsar.
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delays are expected on british airways flights later today ahead of a pilots' strike which is due to begin at midnight. the dispute is over pay and conditions. most ba flights taking off from the uk on monday and tuesday have been cancelled. our business correspondent katie prescott has the details. for the first time in the company's history, british airways pilots are refusing to fly. the pilots' union says they accepted pay freezes when ba made losses, and they now want to share in its success. they want to see a greater size of the £2 billion profit that ba made last year. pilots have rejected their offer of an 11.5% pay rise over the next three years, and the strike is expected to cost the company £40 million a day. but british airways says it's a generous offer that's been accepted by the rest of staff on the airline. of course, in the middle of all of this are the passengers — 300,000 of them are being affected
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over the next few days. they were warned about these strikes weeks ago, and the company says that most have been rebooked. but, for many, thatjourney hasn't been smooth. got a text message out of the blue stating that my flight was cancelled, and it didn't give any explanation whatsoever — itjust gave a telephone number to call, which i did do, and couldn't get through on the phone. spent basically all evening... didn't sleep very well because ijust thought my holiday was in ruins. any passengers who are affected by the strikes are entitled to a refund or a rebooking — with british airways or another airline. the headlines on bbc news... after her resignation from the cabinet and the conservative whip — amber rudd attacks borisjohnson‘s handling of brexit.
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british airways pilots prepare to go on strike — for the first time in the airline's history. another day of anger in hong kong as radical pro—democracy protesters attack a metro station. in sport, england are still clinging on to the ashes but they have lost another four wickets at old trafford on the final day of the fourth test. they are 141—6, needing to bat out the rest of the day, to prevent australia retaining the famous trophy. lewis hamilton is battling with charles leclerc for top spot. there are ten laps to go. chelsea women get off to a winning start beating tottenham in front of 211,000 fa ns beating tottenham in front of 211,000 fans at stamford bridge and mo farah makes history at the great north run winning a record sixth successive title. more in an hour's time.
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president trump says he has called off peace negotiations with the taliban after they admitted they were behind a recent attack that killed an american soldier in afghanistan. the bombing on thursday killed 12 people. president trump has been seeking to negotiate a us exit from afghanistan after 18 years of war. our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet is in kabul, and gave us this update. well, what a diplomatic bombshell by president trump. it had been widely anticipated that any day now he would announce that there was an historic deal between the united states and the afghan taliban, which would begin to end america's longest war and put afghanistan on the road to peace. instead, in these extraordinary tweets that he posted, in what was the middle of the night here in afghanistan, he revealed he had invited taliban leaders and the afghan president to his presidential retreat
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camp david, but now it was all off, that and the nearly year of talks with the taliban. so it is an extraordinary turn of events. president trump cited one attack which killed an american soldier, but afghans are living with almost daily attacks by the taliban, and they had welcomed this move by president trump, saying until the taliban stop this violence, there can be no moves towards peace. conditions in the bahamas are said to be "rapidly deteriorating", six days after hurricane dorian ripped through the islands. tens of thousands of people are homeless — many are desperate to flee the destruction in the abaco islands and grand bahama. cruise liners, private planes and helicopters are being used to help those still trapped. officials believe hundreds of bodies are yet to be found in areas flattened by the storm. we are now going to speak to marva smith, a woman living
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in grand bahama with herfamily and their house is in ruins due to the hurricane. hello folks, i am going to, the picture isn't great here, so i will ask you to wave at me, who ever, when i call out your name, so tatya na, can you when i call out your name, so tatyana, can you wave at me? there you are. so tatyana is in the red. trevor, hi trevor. i think trevor, hi trevor. ithink we, trevor, hi trevor. i think we, let us see, if you can hear us folk, hiya trevor, listen, what happened to you last week, what happened to your home? we can barely hear you but our home was destroyed, with the passing of hurricane dorian. the winds and the rain, the flooding especiallyjust kind of wiped the whole house out, it's just a building standing, the inside has
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been totally destroyed. we lost everything. our clothes, pictures, memories, everything. furniture. my babyis memories, everything. furniture. my baby is saying toys of.|j memories, everything. furniture. my baby is saying toys of. i said our doors. you lost your toys, listen, the picture has come back, i hope you might be hearing me better. so, let me ask you, marva, where have you been, are you in somebody else's house, has somebody given you shelter? i can barely hear you. we are staying with grammy. thank goodness for that, it must have been upsetting for you guys. goodness for that, it must have been upsetting for you guyslj goodness for that, it must have been upsetting for you guys. i am sorry, didn't hear you. i was asking how difficult have the last few days been for you? oh, it has been extremely difficult, just trying to
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clea n extremely difficult, just trying to clean up the house, and everything. ican hear clean up the house, and everything. i can hear now. it has been com pletely i can hear now. it has been completely horrible, just having to go to the house daily, and clean, and, you know, we are burning generator, at my mum's house, like i say, thank god she was here, and open to us, but the whole island... what has happened about your neighbours, is it the same situation for everybody there? neighbours, is it the same situation for everybody there ?|j neighbours, is it the same situation for everybody there? i am sorry, can you say that again? what has happened with your neighbours, is everyone's house been destroyed? yes, yes, the whole neighbourhood. some were able top... problem with sound the neighbour was destroyed. one or two homes are still standing, fairly
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well, but most of them are in the same condition as my house, just totally gone. some of the roofs are off, and the whole, the whole island isa off, and the whole, the whole island is a mess. what help have you been getting, you have thank goodness got family support and people are doing their best, but is is there any help come from outside yet? well, my daughter's in school in georgia, the university, there is a group that is trying to get relief items to the island, we are hoping that they will get here before the week is out, we have had some us coastguards and stuff that bring in relief for the island, so it is coming in slowly, but surely, like i say, the island, the airport has been destroyed, and u nfortu nately, the airport has been destroyed, and unfortunately, that is where i work,
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so unfortunately, that is where i work, so you know, it is a domino—effect. everybody is trying their best to get things done, but the resources and the availability is a fight at this time. it is going to be a tough time for you guy, thank you for talking to us, i know it must be really ha rd to talking to us, i know it must be really hard to talk about it and what you have been through, thank goodness you have each other, you are all together, you are all safe, it is easy for me to say that sitting in comfort but people are thinking of you and i hope help will come to you soon. i will say a thank you to everybody, because i, hayley, iam you to everybody, because i, hayley, i am sorry about your toy, we hope maybe they get some new toys to you soon, that is hayley on mum's lap, we have peyton, hi peyton. we have trevor, and we have tatyana, thank you and mum, marva, thank you for speaking to us. i hope you guys keep safe and the rebuilding starts soon.
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thank you very much. sorry about the technical problems but we were keen you should have the opportunity to hear from you should have the opportunity to hearfrom some of you should have the opportunity to hear from some of the survives of, we have heard a lot from the aid agencies but hope we will hear more from the people affected by the terrible devastation in the bahamas. thousands of pro—democracy activists have marched to the us consulate in hong kong to urge america to support their bid for political reform. some of them carried the us flag , the stars and stripes , and called for president trump to "liberate" the territory. china claims the united states is orchestrating the protests, which have been going on for three months. today's protest in hong kong threatens to drive something of a diplomatic wedge in between beijing and washington.
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that is because, in their tens and thousands, demonstrators have come out calling on washington to take a tougher stance on their city. they want congress to pass a bill which would mean that, in order for hong kong to enjoy this special trading status, the special trading privileges from the united states, they would have to pass an annual human rights test. now, this has bipartisan support, so there is some sense that such a bill is going to pass in washington. butjust to make sure, in their thousands, activists are marching to the united states consulate. it is somewhat of a risky strategy, because imagine if hong kong does not pass this annual human rights test, and loses it special trading status in north america, it would drive the economy down and that could lead to an even bigger crackdown from beijing. it is something of a risky strategy. however, in the minds of the pro—democracy movement,
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they believe it is worth leveraging some of this momentum that they have and some of the concern being generated in washington, as people have seen this political crisis and have wondered whether or not the government in hong kong really enjoys the political autonomy it is supposed to have. the other thing we are seeing here today — "five demands, not one less", they are calling out. itjust shows even though carrie lam's administration has now officially canned this much—hated extradition bill, which would have allowed people to be sent to mainland china's courts, controlled by the communist party, that is not enough. they say one is gone, four more to go. if the government in hong kong hoped that by taking the bill off the table there would be no more large protests here, as you can see,
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that is not the case. sir mo farah has become the first athlete to win the great north run for a sixth consecutive time. he beat off compeitition from tamarit tola of ethiopia to win the race in 59 minutes and seven seconds — his fastest ever time at the great north run and his fastest half marathon. i have really enjoyed obviously finishing off the great north run, but last couple of years it has been, you know, kind of middle of the marathon preparation. so i have five weeks to chicago, it was good to test myself, i am sure we will have a chat with gary and go through a few more things what i need to do for chicago, but i think things are looking good. so i am happy with a win today. congratulations to him and the other runners who took part today.
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it was glorious for much of the weather this morning, how is it looking this afternoon. it has been warm in the sunshine, we will find more cloud arriving overnight, from the north—west. that will bring rain as well. initially across scotland and northern ireland, then moving into western england and wales, heavy rain at times, with much more cloud around tonight, it is not as chilly as last night except in east anglia where we will have clearer skies, but tomorrow a is a messy day, cloudy, outbreaks of rain, rain into eastern england for northern areas the rain eases off through the afternoon, it may brighten up a touch. the wettest weather continues to be in wales and the south—west. heavy rain, possibly thundery and it will a chilly day under that cloud. temperatures only 14, 15 under that cloud. temperatures only 1a, 15 degrees in many areas, under that cloud. temperatures only 14,15 degrees in many areas, for tuesday, things look brighter, there isa tuesday, things look brighter, there is a bit of cloud here that might produce one or two showers but on the whole a drier day with sunshine.
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it will feel warmer as well, but there is wet and windy weather there new zealand the north—west later on. —— wet weather there in
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hello this is bbc news with the headlines. after her resignation from the cabinet and the conservative whip — amber rudd attacks borisjohnson‘s handling of brexit. there's not enough work going into actually getting a deal, which is, i think, is not what the prime minister signed up to try to do, and secondly, the expulsion of 21 of my colleagues who are good moderate conservatives. british airways pilots prepare to go on strike — for the first time in the airline's history. another day of anger in hong kong as radical pro—democracy protesters attack a metro station. peace talks between the taliban and the us are called off —

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