tv Outside Source BBC News September 16, 2019 9:00pm-10:00pm BST
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. on a trip to luxembourg, borisjohnson is told ‘brexit is a nightmare‘. he met eu leaders. all smiles — but afterwards the eu said he hadn't delivered any concrete proposals for a new brexit deal. meanwhile, outside, this was going on. booing. those protestors were close to a planned press conference. borisjohnson declined to take part, the prime minister of luxembourg carried on and made his feelings clear. its not under my responsibility if they're not able to find a united kingdom back in london and in the house of commons in a majority. these are home made problems.
and borisjohnson drew this conclusion. i think they have had a bulliful of all this —— bellyful of this stuff. they're fed up with these endless delays. america releases evidence it says proves iran was behind the attacks that wiped out nearly half of saudi arabia's oil production. iran says the allegations are baseless. we'll talk to bbc persian. and the uk's former chief scientist admits he's frightened at how fast the world's climate is changing — we'll hear about eco anxiety. another chaotic day in the brexit story. and perhaps for the first time, eu anger at the current state of play was in full view. let me take you through borisjohnson‘s day in luxembourg. first, a small but noisy
crowd of anti—brexit protestors were nearby — so when mrjohnson stepped out with the prime minister of luxembourg xavier bettel this is what happened. booing. we soon learned that because of the protestors uk officials asked if a planned press conference could be moved indoors. luxeumbourg officials declined. and so borisjohnson opted out and prime minister bettel pushed on. and he didn't hold back. i repeat this brexit, it's not my choice. it has been a decision from a party, it was a decision from david cameron to do it. they decide. i deeply regret, but don't put the blame on us, because they now they don't know how to get out of this situation. they put themselves in.
he did something very unusual, very unusualfor one person he did something very unusual, very unusual for one person to he did something very unusual, very unusualfor one person to be empty chaired. the correspondent of sun said: here is more of what xavier bettel said. people need to know what is going to happen to them in six weeks, they need clarity, certainty and you can't hold hostage for party political gains. so, now it's... it's on... mrjohnson. he holds the future of all uk citizens and every eu citizens living in the uk in his hands. it is his responsibility. your people, our people, count on
you. but the clock is ticking. use your time wisely. a very strange press c0 nfe re nce . your time wisely. a very strange press conference. protesters could hear everything he said and were responding. adam fleming was there. here's what he's found out about what happened. as we turned up to this sleepy prime minister's office, it was clear because of the protester, who had mega phones and banners and chanting, it meant that planned outdoor press conference was never going to happen. so they grappled with the dilemma, do you move it inside and exclude loads of journalists? do you ask the protesters to give us five minutes? ordo you protesters to give us five minutes? or do you cancel the whole thing,
silencing the host of the event to spare the blushes of the guest? and he ended up with xavier bettel standing by himself and having quite agoat standing by himself and having quite a go at the brits. it probably looked much more dramatic on tv where you were than it looked here on the ground. itjust looked a bit chaotic and messy here. borisjohnson also met with european commission president jean—claude juncker. remember, the number one sticking point on brexit is the irish border backstop. it's in the withdrawal deal that the uk parliament rejected. and it's there to ensure there are never check points on the border between the republic of ireland and northern ireland — if the uk and the eu don't agree a future trade deal. borisjohnson and many brexiteeers want it gone because it restricts how the uk can do trade deals among other things. now borisjohnson has repeatedly
said he doesn't want those border checks either but that the backstop must go. but from the 2016 referendum campaign right up til today he has failed to provide detailed plans either in public or to the eu of how to do that. would today be different? well after meeting with jean—claude juncker, the eu released a statement saying, "such proposals have not yet been made". here's the prime minister with the bbc‘s political editor, laura kuenssberg. we think that there are, we can satisfy the european commission and oui’ satisfy the european commission and our friends satisfy the european commission and ourfriends on the satisfy the european commission and our friends on the key points, can we protect the integrity of the single market, can we ensure there is no checks on the boarder in northern ireland, can we protect the achievements of good friday agreement and peace in northern
ireland? agreement and peace in northern ireland ? yes, agreement and peace in northern ireland? yes, ithink agreement and peace in northern ireland? yes, i think we can, while simultaneously allowing the whole of the uk to withdraw. it will now take an accelerated time table of work to get that done. and it may be, ijust have to say that, it may be that we have to say that, it may be that we have to say that, it may be that we have to come out without an agreement if necessary. the commission has immediately after your lunch said they still haven't seen workable proposals, do you think they're listening? they have their own constraints, they have got their own constraints, they have got the european parliament they have got to deal with. i think a deal is there to be done. if we can't get movement from them on that crucial issue of whether the eu can continue to control the uk, and our trade policy and our regulation, which is how it would work under the current agreement, we won't be able to get that through the house of commons, no way and we will have an exit with no way and we will have an exit with no deal on october 31st. that is not what i want. it is not what they
wa nt what i want. it is not what they want and we are going to work to avoid it. but that is the reality. what the broad shape of the deal that you think is there. you have said there is a landing zone. what is the nature of the deal?” said there is a landing zone. what is the nature of the deal? i think the shape of it, it is all about who decides, fundamentally the problem with the backstop, as you remember, is that it is device by which the eu can continue after we have left to control our trade laws, control our tariffs, control huge chunks of our regulation and we have to keep accepting laws from brussels long after we have left with no say on those laws. that just after we have left with no say on those laws. thatjust doesn't work.
borisjohnson has said brexit will happen with or without a deal. but the bigger problem is that parliament passed a law that says if there isn't a deal between the uk and the eu by october 19th, britain could ask for an extension. here is laura keunssberg again. mps have changed the law to try to stop you taking the uk without without a deal. how do you propose to get around that? i won't, deal. how do you propose to get around that? iwon't, iwill uphold the constitution and obey the law, but we will come out on 31st. how. we are going to come out. it is vital that people understand that the uk will not extend, we won't go on remaining in the eu beyond
october 31st. what on earth is the point? to be clear about this, parliament has made the law to make it almost impossible to take us out of the eu without a deal, you say that you will not do it that. means you must be looking for a way around the law? you know, those are your words. what we are going to do is come out on october 31st, deal or no deal, and staying in beyond october sist deal, and staying in beyond october 31st is completely crackers and actually that is what our friends and partners in the eu would like too. and i think that have had a bellyful of this stuff. they want to develop a new relationship with the uk. they're fed up with these endless delays, they have delayed twice before to achieve what is unclear to me. it does seem since you have been in office that some of the things that you have done, you seem the things that you have done, you seem to believe the conventions and rules don't apply to you. oh really?
well i obviously humbly disagree. if you talk about having a queen's speech, i think that was the right thing to do. this parliament's gone on for longer than any time since the civil war. it is right to have a queen's speech. it is right to set out our ambitious agenda for the country, and all of this mumbojumbo about how parliament is being deprived of the opportunity to scrutinyise brexit. what a load of claptrap. scrutinyise brexit. what a load of cla ptrap. actually, parliament scrutinyise brexit. what a load of claptrap. actually, parliament has lost about four or five days. parliament will be able to scrutinise the deal that i hope we will do before and after the european council on october 17th. will do before and after the european council on october 17thm order to stick to that goal, this anything that you would not do? would you rule out suspending parliament again? we are going to uphold the constitution and we are going to obey the law and it is important to realise actually our friends and partners in the eu are
keen to work with us, to get a deal. has there been a total break through? i wouldn't say so. but i would say that a huge amount of work is now going to be done to sort it out. am i more optimistic than i was... when we took off this morn something i would say a little bit, but not much. so yes, i'm cautiously optimistic. but i'm not counting my chicken. thank you. liam says, what does the events in luxembourg mean to brexit. it is hard to say. what the prime minister of luxembourg was unusual. the eu say we still don't have detail on what a new brexit deal would look like and we have the central connumdrum, how does the
united kingdom leave the single market without some sort of border checks in ireland? if anyone can crack that, a deal may be possible. if they can't it may prove elusive. inafew if they can't it may prove elusive. in a few minutes we will turn from brexit, we are going to talk about online trolls and a new advice led by celebrities on how we should deal with them. they say in essence, ignore them. two former paratroopers have won their case for racial harassment against the british army. hani gue and his colleague nkululeko zulu said they'd been harassed for years. the tribunaljudge said that grafitti displayed in the barracks was ‘unquestionably related to race'.
our defence correspondent jonathan beale has more. the tribunal found they were targeted with racist graffiti before they left the army and the tribunal said more should have been done by the army to prevent that. the response from the mod, they say they ta ke response from the mod, they say they take all allegations of racism very seriously. that said, an internal review inside the mod earlier this year found there were a disproportionate number of complaints from ethnic minorities in the armed forces and as a result the mod say they have improved the complaints procedure and diversity training. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is: borisjohnson claims the eu wants to move on from brexit, but the bloc says it's still not seen any concrete proposals from the british prime minister.
president erdogan of turkey says he wants to send three million syrian refugees back to their country — accommodating them in what he called a "safe zone" in the north. he set out his plans at a meeting on syria with president putin of russia and the iranian leader, hassan rouhani. us scientists say they've found a way to stop the common cold. before we get carried away, this isn't simple. we're told disabling a single protein inside our cells can stop viruses replicating. the approach has also worked to stop viruses associated with asthma and polio. the attack on saudi oil facilities at the weekend has had major repercussions far beyond the region. it's caused a huge and sudden jump in the price of oil hitting businesses and consumers — we'll discuss that in a moment. it's also escalated fast in terms of the international politics
with the us blaming — and threatening — iran. a group allied to iran, the houthis in yemen say they were responsible. about an hour ago the iranian president commented. i don't want war with anybody. i'm somebody who would not like to have war. we have the strong est military in the world. we have spent more than a trillion and a half dollars on the army. we have the patriot system. nothing comes close. i don't wa nt system. nothing comes close. i don't want war with anything, but we are prepared more than anything. but that was a very large attack and it could be met with an attack many, many times larger, very easily by oui’ many times larger, very easily by our country. but we are going to find out who did it first. houthi rebels are claiming responsibility.
the iranian president commented on this. translation: yemeni people are exercising their right to defence. the solution is also political. we believe in that. those commentses are in believe in that. those commentses a re in context believe in that. those commentses are in context of war in yemen that dates back to 2015. you have the houthi rebels and the yemeni government backed by a saudi coalition. the targets were abqaiq — the world's largest oil processing plant. and the khurais oilfield. washington has released satellite images it says indicate iranian involvement because of the positioning of the damage. but teheran says it wasn't responsible. if we zoom in, you can see apparent holes
in the infrastructure. here's the us energy secretary. the united states whole heartedly condemns iran's attack on the kingdom of saudi arabia. and we call on other nations to do the same. this behaviour is unacceptable. it is unacceptable and they must be held responsible. make no mistake about it. this was a deliberate attack on the global economy and the global energy market. houthis rebels in yemen are claiming responsibility — and said 10 drones were used in the attack. the houthis are aligned with iran. and are one side of the conflict in yemen — the other being the yemeni
government which is supported by a saudi—led military coalition which the americans support. we now know who the saudis blame for the weekend. translation: initial findings indicate the weapon used are iranian. we will continue our investigation. but our findings suggest this attack was not launched from yemen by houthi militias. one political scientist said it was impossible that the houthis launched the attack without iranian support. he said there is no way the houthis wouldn't have done that if they hadn't told the iranians before this. so what do we know about the relationship. there is a
relationship. there is a relationship. there is a relationship. the iranian leader said he is going to support his muslim brothers where ever they are. in terms of support iran has given the houthis, would that give them a position to carry out the attack on their own? well it is difficult to say, we know that over the last couple of years, iran has been providing drones and missiles to the mouthies, but i'm not —— houthis, but i'm not sure what kind of drones we re but i'm not sure what kind of drones were used. we know that previously the houthis have used iranian—made missiles. what have we heard from the iranians? there has been a strea m the iranians? there has been a stream of americaaccusation s. outright denial. the president said it was self—defence for the people of yemen and they had the right to do itand
of yemen and they had the right to do it and iran was not involved. they call it baseless and the foreign minister said now the united states has failed with its maximum pressure strategy, they're now going to maximum deceit. they're accusing the americans and others of lying that iran was involved. the fires causes by this attack were so big that the smoke could be seen from space. these pictures give you an idea of the scale of it too. the fires took several hours to put out and appear to have caused major damage — though we have incomplete information on this. the houthis have warned of further attacks like this. so will the us respond militarily? here's gary o'donoghue in washington. well i can tell you that the secretary of state and the defence secretary of state and the defence secretary have just been at the white house briefing the president on the current state of play. and
the defence secretary has tweeted saying, you know, iran will not be allowed to undermine the international rules order, order of rules, as he put it. he said they had been briefing the president and the president is about the leave the white house and walk to his helicopter, he is on a trip out west. we may hearfrom him. yesterday, he said that he was locked and loaded, while they looked at who was responsible for this. and bearin at who was responsible for this. and bear in mind that it is not a few week since he ordered strikes on iran when they shot down a us drone effectively. the iranians said it had strayed into iranian air space. if he is looking at trying to retaliate on behalf of his ally, the saudis, that is not an impossible situation we might see. in terms of american relationship with saudi arabia, what has been bumpy after the murder of the saudi journalists,
but on this i imagine they're very much aligned. absolutely. i don't think there is in doubt about that, there was a bump in the road with there was a bump in the road with the jamal khashoggi murder. but the americans wanted to move past that and they see saudi as their big strategic ally in that part of world and they are the bulwark against iran and their influence. they will be sharing i'm sure as much intelligence as they have got, you have seen the photographs that you pointed out of the actual hit on the refineries themselves. the americans will be sharing a lot more than that andi will be sharing a lot more than that and i suspect the president will wa nt to and i suspect the president will want to share what he knows at some point. we will return to that story and boris johnson's trip point. we will return to that story and borisjohnson‘s trip to luxembourg again in the latter half of outside source. a group of politicians and celebrities are calling on other
public figures to stop engaging with online trolls, in an attempt to stamp out cyber hate. they're backing this new report urging people to ignore and block trolls who want to outrage and spread misinformation by targeting stars with lots of followers. the football presenter gary lineker and comedian ashling bea are some of those on board. here's tv presenter rachel riley on why you shouldn't feed the trolls. ididn't i didn't realise when i accidentally stepped into the relevant p of political —— realm of political trolling with anti—semitism, that is what the trolls are exactly the same, that is what they're after, they're same, that is what they're after, they‘ re after same, that is what they're after, they're after publicity and they target public figures to get some of
oui’ target public figures to get some of our followers to read their doctrine. if a public figure has 500,000 followers and you retweet something and 95% of people say it is disgusting, that is the 25,000 people you are exposed to a racist andi people you are exposed to a racist and i don't want to do that. here's the co—author of the report, psychologist linda papadopoulos. there is a sub set of people that actually enjoy causing discord. they have this sense of what is called negative social potency. they get a high out of making someone feel bad and that is the type that enjoys sitting there and typing in and making people feel awful. we were walking down the street and some odd person started shouting abuse, the last thing we would do is walk over. we would walk over. we wouldn't engage. it is no different online.
this person doesn't know you. they have probably a million and one issues of their own if this is what they're doing. you are onlied y adding credence to the views. see you ina adding credence to the views. see you in a minute. this is where we look at some of the weather stories around the world. first we will head to the other side of the atlantic and look at this. this is hurricane umberto. umberto is gaining strength, but the good news for the united states is it is working away from the coast. the bad news for bermuda is it is going to get close this week as a powerful hurricane crossing close or over bermuda. this could be a significant storm for those in the area. as that storm for those in the area. as that storm works through, across the
eastern side of the united states we have warm and sunny weather with temperatures above normal for the time of year. the pacific north—west is unsettled with cloud and rain in british columbia and oregon. moving away from the united states and heading into india, where we have had record rain fall this monsoon season had record rain fall this monsoon season in mumbai. 3.4 metrings of rain so far. —— 3.4 metres of rain, beating the record. we have more rain in the forecast across the western side of india, but the heaviest falls will be to the north and east into parts of uttar pradesh and east into parts of uttar pradesh and the eastern states of india where we could see up to 100 millimetre of rain in the next 24
hours. heading east, and we have got some heavy rain on the cards. this is also due to the south—west monsoon, which is affecting the philippines at the moments and particular my this island. including in that is the capital manila, we could see some localised flash flooding over the next day or two. this is the picture in europe with some strong winds heading into denmark and germany. gusting up to 50mph. it will head to lithuania as well. the weather is cold enough in norway to see some snowfall above 1,000 metres. in southern europe quieter. a few showers in spain. the outlook, it is getting cooler in
hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. borisjohnson met boris johnson met eu borisjohnson met eu leaders earlier. all smiles — but afterwards the eu said he hadn't delivered any concrete proposals for a new brexit deal. meanwhile, outside, this was going on. booing. is not under my if they're not able to find i united they're not able to find a united in the