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this is bbc news — i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11pm: dramatic scenes at westminster as mps — for the first time — approve a brexit deal, but then reject the proposed timetable, halting its progress through the commons. one way or another, we will leave the eu with this deal, to which this house has just given its assent. in a packed house, labour'sjeremy corbyn underlined the opposition of so many mps to the time allocated for debate. tonight, the house has refused to be bounced into debating a hugely significant piece of legislation in just two days. a senior us diplomat tells donald trump's impeachment inquiry,
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he'd been told the president did want to give aid to ukraine in return fordirt on a democratic party rival. we report from north eastern syria, on the victims of the fighting between turkish forces, and the kurds. and a new drug that could slow down alzheimer's disease — early tests by a us company are promising. and at 11:30, we'll be taking another look at the papers withjohn stevens, deputy political editor of the daily mail and political writer and academic maya goodfellow. good evening. the house of commons has voted
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in favour of a brexit agreement but, crucially, it's rejected the prime minister's timetable for passing the necessary legislation. the first of two votes tonight, was on the withdrawal agreement bill — the main brexit legislation — which runs to 110 pages and turns the prime minister's brexit deal into law. the goverment won that by 329 votes to 299 — that's a majority of 30. but it lost the second vote on the parliamentary timetable by m votes because a majority of mps did not think that three days was long enough to scrutinise such an important bill. the prime minister said that the bill would now be paused and the eu has signalled tonight that it will accept the uk's request for an extension. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports on tonight's brexit votes. a rare moment of silence...
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and then a result. the ayes to the right 308, the noes to the left 322. mps kicked out the prime minister's timetable for speeding his brexit deal through parliament. plenty of mps don't want to leave but even for those who do, the majority in here tonight thought it was happening too fast. tonight, the house has refused to be bounced into debating a hugely significant piece of legislation in just two days, with barely any notice and an analysis of the economic impact of this bill. the prime minister is the author of his own misfortune. so, i make this offer to him tonight... work with us, work with us, all of us, to agree a reasonable timetable and i suspect this house will vote to debate, scrutinise and i hope amend the detail of this bill.
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i must express my disappointment that the house has again voted for delay, rather than a timetable that would have guaranteed that the uk would be in a position to leave the eu on october 315t with a deal. and we now face further uncertainty and the eu must now make up their minds over how to answer parliament's request for a delay. the opposition parties all said no to the prime minister's pace. this is yet another humiliating defeat for the prime minister this evening. who has sought to railroad through this house legislation that requires proper scrutiny. the house has made a very wise decision to allow further time for detailed examination of some of the most important legislation that we will ever have to consider. there is now more opportunity to release the economic impact assessments, which we should
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all have sight of before we make such material decisions. but minutes before, mps did give their permission for the prime minister's deal to move to the next stage. miles from agreeing it overall, but a milestone nonetheless. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes to the left, 299. parliament has approved tonight for the first time a version of brexit. the ayes to the right, 329. the noes to the left, 299. how welcome it is, evenjoyful, that for the first time in this long saga, this house has actually accepted its responsibilities, come together and embraced a deal. we should not overlook the significance of this moment. and i pay particular tribute to those members of the house who were sceptical and who had difficulties and doubts
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and who decided to place the national interest ahead of any other consideration. but what on earth happens next? one way or another, we will leave the eu with this deal, to which this house has just given its assent. we were meant to be leaving the eu in nine days‘ time but tonight instead mps are at odds with each other and scratching their heads. this is a bad deal, it's a hard brexit, it's not what people voted for. it bears no resemblance to the promises that were made in 2016, so at the very least, it should go back to the public. the house of commons is entitled to amend it. this is where the prime minister seems to me to be behaving so badly, and now i don't know what he's doing. really, what we want is a general election because what is clear is the conservative party is in government but with a —44 majority we are not in power. the chief negotiator didn't really want to be drawn tonight.
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do you think there will be an extension? but they can't and won't just shrug it off. the president of the eu council donald tusk already written online tonight he will recommend the delay the prime minister has had to ask for. many mps who sit down there hope it won't be the case, but delay could soon mean a decision for all of us at the ballot box — an election. borisjohnson said parliament had been caught in a deadlock of its own making and he would in no way allow months more of this. but tonight, it's by no means clear what might happen in the coming weeks and what steps the prime minister might take to push for a general election. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar considers what might happen next. tonight, for a moment, for the first time, borisjohnson came out a winner on brexit. mps who are keen to leave and some who aren't backed his plan. but the commons demanded more time
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to debate it and that may have wrecked his chances of leaving on schedule on 31st october. what now — deliver brexit or hold a snap election? 0r both? the next move‘s up to the eu. eu leaders will consider the extension request. they are being pressed by the prime minister tonight to decide, offer a short delay, just enough to get the bill through parliament, or a long delay, maybe months, long enough for parliament to finally agree on brexit, or change it or choose or change the government. the brexit bill is on hold while the eu decides but big battles lie ahead. 0n whether or not to seek another referendum, on whether to keep the uk inside the eu's customs union, bound to the eu on border taxes and on striking future trade deals or free to make trade deals separately. a defeat on that alone could mean the prime minister pulls the brexit bill. then, on extending the brexit transition period, for as long as it takes to strike a trade deal with the eu. whatever happens, borisjohnson
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is keen to hold the election, with a deal if he can, without one if he must. the offer of a long extension could easily be enough to tip the balance in favour of a snap election. he is still ahead in the polls for now. he will tell voters he is the true champion of brexit, not nigel farage and his brexit party. jeremy corbyn is keen to get out campaigning too, though many of his mps would rather the election was delayed. people seemed keener on elections a century ago. this was the last time we had one in december — 1910. we mayjust be heading for another one now or a winter poll soon afterwards. just now, no—one is truly in charge of events and tonight at westminster all eyes are fixed on europe. john pienaar, bbc news. 0ur europe editor katya adler has been speaking to eu politicians, who say the ball isn't in their court, they're waiting to hear from boris johnson about his next steps... there is relief that a brexit deal
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has now been approved by parliament. there's also an understanding here that mps might want a bit more time to have a look at the detail and the legislation in detail, but there is a frustration too, that the legislative process has now been halted. there is a sense here that a new brexit extension is all but inevitable. don't expect eu leaders to rush to grant one tomorrow, though, for example. they will wait to hear from the prime ministerfirst, but don't forget also that even if it was through gritted teeth, the prime minister has asked for a brexit extension up until the 31st january. so, will the eu grant that time length? well, they're aware this is a very political decision. they're aware that people who might want to stay in the eu might want a longer extension in order to have a second referendum, perhaps. whereas those who leave might want no extension at all, orjust a very short one. the eu is keen to be neutral in this very domestic uk argument and they think the most neutral thing they can do is simply
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grant the time length, those three months, that were requested in the prime minister's letter. but there is a lot of frustration behind closed doors, frustration at the idea that eu leaders might have to come back here to brussels for another emergency brexit summit. there is talk that, in fact, they'll try and organise the extension in writing, rather than in person. there's frustration that all of this brexit process has already taken up so much eu time and a suspicion that often mentioned to me here in background talks, that politicians in the uk are using the brexit process to further their own political goals and one of the names mentioned there is the prime minister's. that was catty and slow there. —— katya adler there. there's increasing pressure tonight on donald trump, after america's most senior diplomat
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in ukraine said he was told the release of aid to kiev was contingent on the country launching an investigation, into the son of mr trump's democratic rival, the former vice presidentjoe biden. william b taylor was giving evidence to the impeachment inquiry, against the president. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant has been following developments. this first congressional testimony that read like the opening of a political thriller. apparently, there were audible gasps on capitol hill as it was delivered. william taylor, this highly respected diplomat accusing rudy giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, of running a shadow foreign policy that was contrary to us national interests. he said he'd been told of a quid pro quo, that military aid to ukraine was conditional on the government there launching an investigation that could potentially be damaging to donald trump's democratic rival joe biden. and also saying that president zelensky of ukraine was offered a white house meeting only if he went on television and announced that investigation. william taylor saying this
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was highly irregular, saying it was crazy. he said, "this is a rancorous story about whistle—blowers, mr giuliani, side channels, quid pro quos, corruption, interference in election." and in saying that on capitol hill this afternoon, he has delivered the most damning testimony yet in the impeachment inquiry into donald trump. in the last few hours, russia and turkey have agreed a deal to extend the current shaky ceasefire in north eastern syria for at least another six days. last week, under pressure from the us, turkey agreed to halt its offensive against kurdish forces in the region, until today. now, russian soldiers and syrian border guards will help turkey secure a 20 mile "safe zone" along the border, ensuring kurdish fighters withdraw. our correspondent, jiyar gol, reports from the syrian town
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of kamish—li, close to the turkish border, on the human toll, of the current fighting. as we crossed the tigris river from iran into syria, it's not long before we bump into dozens of military vehicles heading the opposite way. this is an american convoy. you can see american flags. they are pulling out of the region. it seems to me they are special forces. they have been here in the past three years aiding the kurds in the fight against isis. 11,000 kurdish men and women were killed in the war against the islamic state. now their long—term ally, the us, is leaving them to face an even bigger threat alone. in a hospital in the town of qamishli a few kilometres away from the turkish border we met kurdish fighters hit by turkish bombs.
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21—year—old bafrin is a member of a kurdish all—female unit who fought is in manbij and raqqa. turkey says clearing a safe zone is vital to protect its borders from kurdish militancy. but it's not only the fighters being hit. tens of thousands of civilians have been forced to leave their homes, and at least 120 people have lost their lives. one of them was sara's brother. her parents haven't told her the news. she's got too much to cope with. she cries with us troops leaving, syrian kurds like sara face an
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uncertain future. jiyar gol, bbc news, qamishli, in northern syria. the headlines on bbc news... mps have for the first time approved a brexit deal, but they rejected the government's proposed timetable, halting its progress through the commons. the prime minister says he'll now put the legislation on hold, and it's up tot he eu to decide if they'll grant the uk an extension. a senior us diplomat tells donald trump's impeachment inquiry he'd been told the president did want to give aid to ukraine in return for dirt, on a democratic party rival. let's return to tonight's top story,
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brexit. let's speak to our political correspondent jonathan blake. all eyes are on the eu now? yes, because the request borisjohnson was forced to ask for to the brexit process up to the 31st of january has not yet had an answer and the president of the european council tonight has tweeted saying he is beginning the process of speaking to the remaining 27 eu member states and their leaders and coming to a view on whether to grant that extension, which he is going to recommend they do, and how long that extension will be. that matters because tonight when parliament voted broadly speaking in favour of boris johnson's brexit voted broadly speaking in favour of borisjohnson‘s brexit deal but against a hurried timetable that he wa nted against a hurried timetable that he wanted it to pass through parliament within, he said that he would put it on hold and wait for that response from the eu to determine what
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happens next. all the indications are now that with very, very slim chances of getting a brexit deal agreed in the house of commons by the deadline of the 31st of october, a week on thursday, the government would much prefer to push ahead with a general election to come in its eyes, help win itself a majority in the house of commons to either get this deal through or renegotiate another one with a majority backing back here at westminster. 0f another one with a majority backing back here at westminster. of course, the government can't do that on its own, it needs a two thirds majority in the house of commons or for the opposition parties to put forward a vote of no confidence in the government, which if it loses word after a process trigger a general election. certainly, the eu don't wa nt to election. certainly, the eu don't want to see it this way but have said the ball is in the court now. jonathan blake, thank you. the american woman who fled the uk after a fatal road collision with the teenager harry dunn, has asked to be interviewed by british police in the us.
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anne sacoolas is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when the accident happened in northamptonshire in august. she later left britain claiming diplomatic immunity, despite telling police she had no immediate plans to return to america. duncan kennedy reports. he was just 19—years—old. but harry dunn died in august, riding his beloved motorbike on a quiet, country road. since then, his parents charlotte and tim have been everywhere from the white house to whitehall in their efforts to bring the suspect in his case to justice. they say anne sacoolas, the driver of the car involved in harry's collision, should return to britain from the united states. today, the chief constable of northamptonshire said his officers will now go to the us to interview anne sacoolas under caution. she wants to meet officers face
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to face and put her side of the story across and also wants to emphasise just how devastated she is by all of this. it's nearly eight weeks since harry had his accident on a road in northamptonshire. it was on august 27th that he died. three days later, the us embassy told britain that anne sacoolas had diplomatic immunity. 0n the 15th september, they revealed she had left the uk. ten days later, police confirmed her departure to harry's family. today, tim and charlotte said they were amazed anne sacoolas had now offered to be interviewed. it's a huge step in the right direction. very much so. it feels like that we are finally getting somewhere. we were surprised, because obviously she left the country and it's a complete turnaround for us, really. we were not expecting that at all. police investigating the crash in northamptonshire say they will fly to the united states to interview anne sacoolas as soon as their visas are in place. they say they will then bring
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the information back, hand it to the crown prosecution service and it is they who will decide if she is to be charged. harry's family want the home office to then seek the extradition of anne sacoolas. they say it is britain where harry died and a britain where any consequences should be faced. duncan kennedy, bbc news. a court has heard that the government's decision to strip british citizenship from shamima begum, the teenager who went to syria to join the islamic state group, has left her at risk of being hanged. her lawyers claim she's in "an incredibly fragile and dangerous" position in a syrian refugee camp. they say stripping taking away her citizenship leaves her stateless. a public inquiry will be held into the manchester arena bomb attack which killed 22 people in may 2017. the home secretary priti patel says it's the best way for those who survived or lost loved ones, to get answers.
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the announcemernt comes as the younger brother of the bomber appeared at the old bailey and pleaded not guilty to murder. 0ur north of england correspondent judith moritz sent this from manchester arena for us. there were due to be inquests held, this inquiry will replace those inquests because last month the coroner agreed that some evidence from the police and m15 should be kept secret on the grounds of national security but then he warned as a result it would be very difficult to hold an inquest. it was the coroner who requested for a public inquiry instead because this may seem like a contradiction in terms, he will be able to hear that evidence himself in private behind closed doors, without those families and the public being present. the home secretary said today that in granting the inquiry that this is an important step for those affected to be able to move on.
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she knows they want answers as quickly as possible, i can tell you having spoken to some of the families and their lawyers, they say they are demanding complete candour from the authorities, warts and all and they are frustrated at how long this has taken. they want the inquiry to begin as quickly as possible. i understand better that it won't get under way until the completion of criminal proceedings against hashem abedi. his trial is due to start injanuary next year and the public inquiry will follow on after that. police in the norwegian capital, 0slo, have arrested a man for allegedly hijacking an ambulance and driving at pedestrians three people were injured, including baby twins, during the rampage as gunshots were apparently fired from inside the vehicle. a motive for the attack has yet to be established. police say they are searching for a second suspect. canada's prime minister, justin trudeau, has won a second
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term, after his liberal party narrowly won yesterday's general election. but he now leads a minority government. the result follows a difficult campaign for the prime minister, who was dogged by revelations over his past and questions about his ethics. an american pharmaceutical company says it may have developed the first drug to slow alzheimer's disease. the company, biogen, says it will soon seek regulatory approvalfor the drug in the us. our medical correspondent, fergus walsh, says it's an extraordinary turnaround for the drug. backin back in march they halted clinical trials involving more than 3000 patients worldwide, some in the uk saying this drug does not work. now it has analysed more data and it says for patients with early
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alzheimer's on the higher doses, it brings significant clinical benefits, slowing their cognitive decline and allowing them to preserve more of their memory, language skills and ability to do things like wash and dress themselves. we have to be cautious because scientists haven't seen all of the date yet, but if it does work, it would be the first drug to slow alzheimer's and it would be a massive medical breakthrough, it would be a blockbuster drug and it would be a blockbuster drug and it would be a blockbuster drug and it would be transformative for this field of research. alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and dementia affect 850,000 people just here in the uk. fergus walsh there. electric cars could be given green number plates under proposals being considered by the government. it could mean local authorities would allow zero—emission vehicles to benefit from incentives including cheaper parking — and the government hopes that would boost sales of electric cars. more details from our transport correspondent tom burridge.
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imagine you could zip out of this congestion into the red lanejust like a taxi or a bus. well, under government plans, electric vehicle owners like rod... bristol particularly is a bit of a higgledy piggledy mess. ..might in future be allowed to do exactly that. i think that'd be a huge plus. that would probably half my commute time and would be a real incentive for me for driving a car like this. green number plates, which could look something like these, would, ministers believe, make it easierfor councils to introduce incentives like free parking or access to the bus lanes. driving in a bus lane won't change my mind. i'd be up forjust driving an electric car cos it's better for the planet. it seems a good idea if you can move a bit quickly through a city. there's too many cars on the road anyway, and i think a better incentive would be to make the buses cheaper. ultimately, councils decide which incentives to introduce and where. the government hopes by making electrics more visible, it can drive change.
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we're pumping out the fumes from diesel and petrol that literally kill people so we want to change that. one way to do that is to raise the awareness of what i think is a quiet revolution going on on our streets, which are more and more low and zero carbon cars. in norway's capital, 0slo, electric cars are everywhere. their number plates start with an e. incentives, such as free parking and open access to bus lanes, have helped convert consumers there. the rest of the world, including the uk, is playing catch up. electrics are still a fraction of all new vehicles bought in britain today. improving charging infrastructure is key, but the government hopes incentives like being able to drive in the bus lane can help us make the shift. but the upfront cost of an electric is a big barrier for many of us. a wider choice of more affordable models will be critical so they can become mainstream on our streets. tom burridge, bbc news, in bristol.
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and a reminder we'll be taking a look at the papers shortly with our reviewers deputy political editor of the daily mail, john stevens and political writer and academic and academic maya goodfellow. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with darren bett. hello. we are still expecting high pressure to be shaping our weather into the beginning of next week. how we get there, that bit of the story has changed a bit. wednesday much the same, we are seeing this weather front bringing rain from the north—west. weather front weaker bringing rain from the near continent. certainly more cloud for the south—east of england up into the south—east of england up into the midlands eventually, towards lincolnshire at maybe one or two shells. the rest of england and wales, dry, some sunshine. western scotla nd wales, dry, some sunshine. western scotland turning wetter later in the day. northern ireland will see rain in the afternoon, together with some
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fairly brisk winds. those two weather fronts are going to meet across england and wales on wednesday night. the rain could be turning a bit heavier for wednesday night. the rain could be turning a bit heavierfor a wednesday night. the rain could be turning a bit heavier for a while. then those fronts we can. we are left with cloud to start the day for england and wales, some outbreaks of rain here and there. tending to slide away towards lincolnshire, east lincolnshire and the south—east. some sunshine and a few showers. most of the shells for northern ireland and western scotland, where they could be heavy and thundery and accompanied by gusty winds. temperatures 12—15. this is where things have changed, though. we have the low pressure bringing windy weather across northern parts of the uk on friday. the weather front is approaching from the south—west, but whilst at one stage it looked like we were going to get into some of this warmer air, we will stay in the cooler air because the position of the rain has changed. we are developing an area of low pressure and the low pressure in northern scotla nd and the low pressure in northern scotland brings gales for a while but further south, the cloud thickens, we get rain in england and wales come up towards the borders
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into northern ireland, into the cold air. temperatures only 8 degrees in belfast and newcastle. my order in southern parts of england where it is not quite so wet but it will be windy later on in the day. 0vernight, the winds will probably ease as you can see, we're left with this weather front stuck across england and wales, this conveyor belt of thick cloud and outbreaks of rain which will continue into saturday. with the heaviest of rain over the hills of wales and north—west england, there could be some local flooding by the end of saturday. by then, as much as 100 millimetres of rain. south—eastern areas not seen much rain during the day was the mildest of all. elsewhere, turning coolerfrom the north. when we eventually see the back of that rain, from the south or east of england on saturday night, we will all get into that cooler air drawn down from the north and there will be some showers. it looks like most of the showers will get pushed down into northern ireland, swept down into northern ireland, swept down across scotland and northern england and north wales. to the south, probably dry in sunshine this
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