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good afternoon. welcome to the bbc news at one. the liberal democrats say they want to cancel brexit altogether if they form the next government. they're debating a change of policy this lunchtime at the party's annual conference in bournemouth — it would see them revoking article 50 without having a referendum first. party leaderjo swinson says voters must be give the chance to stop what she called the brexit chaos. our political correspondent jonathan blake's report from bournemouth contains flash photography. pro—europe and proud, the liberal democrats are clear they want to stop brexit. the question for members here this weekend is how. so far, it's been all about another referendum. but the party leader wants to go further and campaign to pull the plug on leaving the eu if it wins a general election. the policy that we are debating at conference today is very clear.
if the liberal democrats at the next election win a majority, if people put into government as a majority government the stop brexit party, then, stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. yes, we will revoke article 50. it's an easy sell to most members here who see stopping brexit as their mission. we will put an end there and then to the brexit nightmare that is dragging the whole country down, and tearing us apart. but there is some uneasiness at overturning the result of a referendum without putting the question to the public again. if we end up in a coalition, it could happen, we aren't going to be going to be pushing through revoking article 50. i mean, i hope we'll get a people's vote, but i don't want to be in a position again where the liberal democrats have promised something and done something else. i think there's a real danger of that with revoking article 50.
life is not bad liberal democrats right now. record membership, signs from opinion polls and the european elections that their anti—brexit message is winning them support. and yet another mp from elsewhere coming on board. the former conservative sam gyimah, who briefly ran for the tory leadership, is the latest to jump ship, but he represents a safe conservative seat in surrey. winning there as a liberal democrat will be tough. he wasn't the only star turn here last night. the european parliament's brexit coordinator guy verhofstadt flew in from brussels to give the liberal democrats some love. and then what do you... although the liberal democrats are at odds with the referendum result to leave the eu, they seem determined to turn back to their advantage and go further than ever their stop brexit stance. there is no doubt the liberal democrats have momentum right now and you get the sense in bournemouth
the party is gearing up for the looming fight of a general election campaign. if that boat passes in the next few minutes the party message will be simple, vote for us to stop brexit at right. given the liberal democrats are more likely to find themselves on opposition benches in themselves on opposition benches in the house of commons than forming a government, it could be very difficult questions to answer after an election, do they still favour a second referendum, and how will they align themselves after the next election? jonathan blake in bournemouth, thank you. david cameron has accused prime minister borisjohnson of not believing in brexit when hejoined the leave campaign in the run—up to the referendum. an an extract from the former prime minister's memoir, published in the sunday times, says mrjohnson backed leave "because it would help his political career". here's our political correspondent peter saull. they once stood side by side. two
men with similar backgrounds, both in high office, playing for the same team. that was until the eu referendum. as his men was serialised in the sunday times testified, the then prime minister tried to persuade his old chum to back remain. david cameron writes this, the condition i am left with is he wrist an outcome he did not believe in because it would help his political career. you could not accuse us of being anti—european. you could not accuse us of being anti-european. they have long been questions about what motivated the poster boy of brexit. but is he a real believer in the cause? his cabinet colleagues suddenly believe so. remain would have been the easier career choice, boris jansen led the campaign because he believes in brexit and is committed to delivering it. david cameron is disappointed with borisjohnson but david cameron is disappointed with boris johnson but with other brexiteers, he is not pulling any
punches. on michael gove, he writes this. michael gove, the liberal minded, carefully considered conservative intellectual, had become a foam—flecked faragist warning that the entire turkish population was about to come to britain. but today michael gove was keeping his feelings to himself. he has accused you of being a faragist, a populist, how do you feel about that? others, too, are in the firing line. david cameron says he was most shocked by claims from the then employment minister now home secretary priti patel. i was secretary priti patel. iwasa secretary priti patel. i was a mistake in david cameron's government, it was a privilege, and i enjoyed working with him. obviously, the referendum has happened, we have all moved on and the fact is we are now working to deliver that referendum mandate. there is no point going over the past. more than three years after he resigned, david cameron has broken his silence at a crucial time for
both brexit and number 10's current incumbent. the us secretary of state mike pompeo has accused iran of carrying out the drone strikes on two major oil facilities in saudi arabia. houthi rebels in neighbouring yemen had said they carried them out in revenge for saudi arabia's bombing campaign against them. the attacks have badly hit the saudi's oil production capacity and led to the a selling off of shares in oil companies on the stock exchange there this morning. our business correspondent katie prescott is here. katie, we're now starting to get more of a sense of the impact these drone strikes have had. as you say the saudi arabian stock market opened down 2% this morning, their working week runs sunday to thursday. a foretaste of what we might hearfrom thursday. a foretaste of what we might hear from asian markets when they open midnight and we start to see how this will affect the oil price. some analysts say it could rise by as much as $10 a barrel, the
current price is $60. while this is significant, what is more important is what is going on in the long term. it is startling this company, the world's biggest oil producer and one of the richest companies, could be hit in this way. it will raise awareness of how vulnerable the global energy infrastructure in the region is. we have started to hear comments from tehran pushing back against that american line they were responsible for the attacks, saying they can't see american airfields in their sites. comments like that, just as much as what is happening to the infrastructure, will stoke oil prices over the coming weeks. katie prescott, thank you. the former welsh rugby international gareth thomas has revealed that he's hiv positive. thomas — who once captained the british and irish lions — came out as gay at the end of his playing career. daniel davies reports. i've got hiv, and it's ok, like. that is what i want to learn more than anything.
it's a secret he tried to keep to himself and those closest to him. but now, gareth thomas is telling the world. this is how he came to fame, breaking records on the rugby pitch. today, he is racing in the ultra endurance ironman wales triathlon, he says, to help break the stigma of hiv. a bbc documentary shows his preparation, and he's worried that his medical status would be disclosed against his will. a huge hero in our family. one of my fears is that...that will kind of go and all of a sudden who i was prior to people knowing i have hiv might be forgotten and that will potentially deter people from wanting to be associated or be around me.
in fact, since early this morning, there's been huge support for the 45—year—old who compared making this announcement to coming out as gay ten years ago. it is hugely significant for somebody with such a high profile to talk about living with hiv. medical advances means now someone on effective treatment can have a normal life span, and really importantly, they can't transmit the virus to their partners. but the stigma associated with hiv hasn't shifted at all. thomas is one of an estimated 100,000 people in the uk living with hiv. he hopes his gruelling day will show those people should not be limited by their condition. cricket, and australia have been set a target of 399 if they want to win the fifth ashes test at the oval. australia have lost three wickets in the morning session. marnus labuschagne was the latest stumped for 1h. by lunch, australia had made 68.
that's it. the next news on bbc one is at 6.35 — bye for now. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's get more now on the accusations made by david cameron about borisjohnson and other former cabinet colleagues about their conduct in the brexit referendum. earlier i spoke to the former director of the britain stronger in campaign will straw. i started by asking him for his take on the lib dem leadership‘s decision to back revoke in a possible general election. the country is deeply divided. on the one hand you have a government that is pursuing a form of brexit that was never really discussed during the referendum, and on the other you have a party
now saying they want to cancel the whole thing. i think that is on both sides, quite dangerous. having been through a referendum, i am no great fan of them, but i think we have to now resolve this through another referendum that would take whatever leave option comes back from brussels against remain and seek to resolve it that way rather than try to ram through an outcome that doesn't have the consent of the british people. it is very timely, the publication of david cameron's memoirs because it brings us back to where the debate started in terms of the campaign for the referendum and his criticism of the operation is pretty deep. it's not confined to his own party. he is also scathing about jeremy corbyn, saying he made some unconvincing speeches on remain and then went off on holiday, and suggesting he wasn't committed to the cause as a long—standing sceptic in the labour party. but the tories are having
the biggest issue with this right now, not least because they are in government. what do you think of what david cameron has to say? because the tone of it is actually pretty critical of his former colleagues. absolutely, and he is right to be. michael gove and boris johnson, particularly michael gove, are seen as serious politicians, and during the campaign they wrapped themselves up in lies and mistruths and haven't really stopped. david cameron is talking about the lies related to 350 million on the bus or about turkeyjoining the eu. recently boris johnson has carried this on, lying to the queen about reasons for proroguing parliament... these are allegations. the scottish court thinks he did, didn't say it in those terms, but said it wasn't convinced by the reasons he had presented to the court, we are not sure of what exactly he said privately to the queen. the supreme court will rule on that this week so we should probably leave that aside for now.
but a lot of things said in the campaign were true and they were criticisms of the way the eu operated at the time, and on issues where, for example, immigration, that was a policy of free movement, that exists as a policy that we had signed up to, and that was a reason why some people who voted leave apparently wanted to get out. but free movement did mean brits could work, travel and study abroad. people from the eu living in this country were told their rights would be defended but many are now having the claims to citizenship turned down. free movement is part of the package of being in the eu meaning we also have free trade with the eu, which is now under threat from no deal. you can return to those debates. i think the important thing now, moving forward, what borisjohnson is setting out is a very, very dangerous path for the uk and his government have been very misleading and what the risks
about what the risks of no deal were. when the sunday times got the leak a few weeks ago they said it was an old document and now they have been forced to publish it and we can see what the awful impact would be on medical supplies, delays at the border, the impact in supermarkets. this is a very serious path we are heading towards and i think that's why it is important we return back to the british people and ask, is this what you wanted when you voted to leave, or having now learnt about what leave means and having seen how difficult it is, and having had the mistruths and lies uncovered over the last three years, would you actually prefer to remain in the eu. i hope very much that will happen and we will have an outcome to stay in the eu and put this crisis behind us. will straw, formerly of the britain better in campaign. the headlines on bbc news... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the liberal democrat leader jo swinson reiterates her belief
that "there is no good brexit deal" as party members consider a conference motion to revoke article 50 if the lib dems win a general election. iran dismisses accusations made by the us that it was responsible for two drone attacks that have crippled saudi oil production. more now on one of our main stories. the us secretary of state mike pompeo has blamed iran for saturday's drone attacks on saudi oilfacilities. he dismissed a claim by yemen's iran—backed houthi rebels that they had attacked the two facilities, run by state—owned company aramco. iran's foreign minister accused mr pompeo of "deceit". nina nanji reports. an increasingly bitter war of words between iran and the united states over who is to blame for the attacks on the heart of saudi arabia's
economy. the saudis say half their oil production has been knocked out after drone strikes on two oil facilities. houthi rebels in yemen say they were behind the attacks. but the us secretary of state dismissed this, saying there was no evidence the drones came from yemen. ina evidence the drones came from yemen. in a tweet, he said that iran is behind nearly 100 attacks on saudi arabia, while iran's president rouhani and foreign minister as arif pretends to engage in diplomacy. iran immediately hit back, scathing of mr trump's methods will stop foreign reports say the attacks could have significant impacts on world oil prices. the strikes hit the abqaiq and khurais oil processing plants, run by state owned aramco, one of the world's biggest oil companies. the smoke visible from space, caught by a nasa satellite. khurais produces around
196 satellite. khurais produces around 1% of the world's oil and abqaiq is capable of processing around 7% of global supply. even a brief or partial disruption could affect the company and the oil supply given their size. nina nenshi, company and the oil supply given theirsize. nina nenshi, bbc news. some breaking news coming from the liberal democrat party conference in bournemouth. the party has voted to change its policy on brexit. it is now committed to revoke article 50, the cause under the lisbon treaty that allows member nations to leave the european union. there never used to bea the european union. there never used to be a system for doing that. it would revoke article 50, effectively cancelling the application to leave the european union, but that is dependent on there being a liberal democrat government at the next general election. a motion calling on the party to campaign to stop brexit as an unequivocal mandate in
the general election is out is being described. we can speak to political correspond jonathan in bournemouth. you predicted this was likely to go through but it didn't go through without some reservations being expressed by some party members. lively debate in the conference hall here in bournemouth this morning. most speakers were overwhelmingly in favour of this motion, which looks to change the liberal democrat party policy to campaign in a general election to revoke article 50 and cancel brexit if the party were to wina cancel brexit if the party were to win a majority. a couple of speakers disagreeing with it. one saying it allows the party to be seen as extreme and leaves it open to criticism from some that it is anti—democratic, looking to overturn the result of one referendum without putting the question directly to the public in another public vote. another speaker in the debate here in the last hour or so described this as an undeliverable promise,
and the party wasn't offering to voters in the north of england, in the south—west and wales, with this unequivocal position. but they were in the minority, expressing uneasy some lib dems members feel at overturning the result of a referendum unilaterally, if you like, without holding another public vote, but overwhelmingly the motion was carried by liberal democrat members here, and no big surprise that a party that is staunchly opposed to brexit and has seen its anti brexit stance when it support at the european parliamentary elections recently and in the opinion polls as well, has voted to go one step further and paint itself very clearly, in the words of party leaderjoe swinson, as the party that would be cancelling article 50,
revoking it, if, and it's a big if, it were voted into a majority government. stop what it is a big win forjo swinson to get at her first conference in charge as leader. it's her first first conference in charge as leader. it's herfirst conference first conference in charge as leader. it's her first conference as party leader after taking over from vince cable. she is a different leader in style if not necessarily substance and this was very much her big message for this conference. she is clearly keen to use the fact that the liberal democrats are opposed to and at odds with the result of the referendum in 2016 in favour of leaving the eu to the party's advantage and she is looking to go as far as they possibly can in their anti—brexit policy. it will, in an election campaign, and i'm sure this is part ofjo swinson's thinking, to further set the lib dems apart from the labour with their policy. whereas labour has a policy of trying to appease both leave and
remain voters and negotiating a new deal with the eu and then putting that to a public vote, the liberal democrats perhaps can say, our message is much more simple and our vote for us is to cancel brexit altogether. what it doesn't do is allow them to appeal to voters who wa nt to allow them to appeal to voters who want to see the result of the referendum respected and may be those in favour of leave, but those are those in favour of leave, but those a re clearly not those in favour of leave, but those are clearly not the target audience of the lib dems who are very much pro—europe and proud. of the lib dems who are very much pro-europe and proud. jonathan blake in bournemouth, thank you. sport now, and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. and its getting tense in the cricket, isn't it? it is indeed. england need seven wickets to win the final ashes test and finish the series level with australia. it's lunch on the fourth day. we can join our sports correspondent joe wilson at the oval. england have started their task pretty well. absolutely. what we have seen throughout this summer is
a late career masterclass from stuart broad. he was at it again, bowling with such accuracy, almost not a surprise to see him get rid of the australian open batsman, harris and the david warner. in a way it was like getting rid of a couple of stones, but england have got rid of a rock before lunch, marnus labuschagne was out before lunch. a classic spin bowler dismissal. marnus labuschagne was brought forward. steve smith is not out, of course, 18 not out, but if england can get rid of the other australian batsmen then it increases the pressure on smith and increases the chances of smith making a mistake. jack leach has been a hero once before in this ashes series. how significant might his contribution be? he might be the key man because here we are in the fourth day of this test match. as the pitch gets
older in any test match, the more the spinner comes into it. the more the spinner comes into it. the more the surface deteriorates, the more the surface deteriorates, the more the chance of the ball spinning. we have seen signs of that already from jack leach. as we enter the final stages of the test match, we should think back to the first moment of the match when australia decided to bowl first, knowing they would bat last. so in a sense they have invited this situation upon themselves. thank you, a fatalistic end. thank you tojoe wilson at the oval. it's also going to be a tense afternoon at gleneagles where europe are hoping to win the solheim cup back from the usa. the two teams were level at 8—8 going into the final day's singles. sarah mulkerrins is there for us. and can bring us the latest. they were level heading into this sunday singles session. i can tell you right now, with eight matches out on the course, they are still level because europe are up in four
of them and the usa are up in four of them and the usa are up in four of them. four other matches rolling through, ready to get under way. in terms of the opening match, carlota ciganda is the highest ranked european. she went one down after the first hole but has pulled it back to be leading in hers, as is caroline hedwall, who hasn't performed well this weekend. she is 3—up against nelly korda. the korda sisters did so well in the last couple of days but nelly korda getting treatment on her neck in the warm up getting treatment on her neck in the warm up so we wonder getting treatment on her neck in the warm up so we wonder if that will have an impact. also going well for the europeans is anne van dam and caroline masson. in terms of georgia hall, who had three points from three from her matches over the course of the weekend, she is up against world number three lexi thompson, and thompson is up in that match. but we do know lexi thompson injured herself in the warm up and is struggling with her back on the
course. she is having to get her caddie to tease things up but she is still up caddie to tease things up but she is stillup in caddie to tease things up but she is still up in that game. we will see how she continues. —— to tee things up. but still nothing separating europe and the usa. sarah at gleneagles, thank you. tyson fury‘s potential rematch with deontay wilder may be delayed after he suffered a serious cut in his win overnight in las vegas. he overcame the injury to beat swedish heavyweight otto wallin on points. fighting on for more than nine rounds without being able to see out of his right eye. the cut needed constant attention from both trainer and doctor throughout. with the vaseline applied being so considerable it kept dropping off. and failing to stem the tide of blood. had the fight been brought to an end because of the cut fury would have lost his unbeaten record. sensing he might need a knockout. he rallied in the later stages. with his white shorts turning more red by the round. eventually fury was awarded the victory by unanimous decision. but went straight to hospital to have microsurgery on two cuts. that's all the sport for now but there's more on the bbc
sport website, including live coverage of the women's super league match between reading and manchester city. city currently leading that match 1-0. city currently leading that match 1—0. staying with the subject of sport now. some of those young players who could be the next generation. a group of teenagers who fled the taliban in afghanistan and came to the uk as refugees have found a passion and togetherness through cricket. a year ago the luton blue tigers started with no facilities and no equipment but now they are winning games and gaining a belief in themselves. james burridge reports. james, come and meet my team. the most passionate cricketers you are ever going to come across. that's it, lads, well done! passionate cricketers with an incredible story. these teenagers are refugees from afghanistan who have been turned into a team by their inspirational coach, amran malik. this is shahid.
hi, shahid, how are you doing? he is a key member of our team. we didn't have nothing but now he is making teams and the matches for us to play cricket. cricket changed my life. amran works with 150 boys and girls from 25 different ethnicities across luton. he knows what it is like to feel like an outsider. his family originally came from pakistan. when i look into their eyes i see, you know, not only are they being isolated and vulnerable but i also see a lot of fear. it almost brought up my own background because being born and raised in luton, there was a lot of racism. these young kids are in the same position where i was once upon a time and if i can help them overcome and face these challenges, and give them a pathway, then i would have thought i've done a good job. training over, now it gets real.
they're off to play their first match against a local village side. they have called themselves the luton blue tigers. they have come to one of the most beautiful and picturesque grounds in the country, south hill park in bedfordshire but can they win? yes! yes, come on, lads! you can do this! they win the match in the last over. yes! a result that means everything. skipper's innings and a half! everyone did good, i am proud of everyone but, inshallah, next time. the cap fits for the skipper, a moment to savour. james burridge, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. good afternoon. we've got a cold
front sitting across the country bringing a bit of rain. elsewhere, skies like this. this photo sent in bya skies like this. this photo sent in by a weather watcher in cornwall through the morning. also some brighter skies feeding into northern parts of scotland. you can see the cloud and rain shifting slowly south as we have moved through the morning. the best of the brightness will southern and eastern parts of england. this cold front is with us tonight and into tomorrow with a fresh feel, quite warm ahead of it as we go through the afternoon. through the afternoon, further cloud with patchy outbreaks of rain for parts of northern england. slipping into northern parts of wales and the midlands with sunny spells coming through. one or two showers in the north—west of scotland. ahead of it dry with a bit cloud in the west. three tonight, the cold
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