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[applause] >> and now, "bbc world news." jane: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am jane o'brien. >> the parliamentary party had does have confidence -- jane theresa may survives a vote of no confidence from her own party, but the challenges over brexit remain. oure min. may: here is renewed mission -- delivering the brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together, and building a country that truly works for everyone. babita: i am babita sharma le in westminster, where it has
been a day of high drama. may's ownresa mp's h voted against. can she put that behind her or will she find her credibility undermined? jane:s donald trump'rmer lawyer gets three years in jail. how could michael cohen's sentence affected the white use? jane: welcome to our viewers on public television in the u.s. and around the globe. we begin with a momentous evening in the u.k., where the british prime minister has survived a no-confidence ve from her o conservative party. the result still leaves her ownend- one third of her members vothd against her. task of pulling the u.k. out of the european union remains as large as ever.
let's cross live to babita sharma was outside the houses of parliament. thank yyane, v much. welcome to a chilly evening in westminster. 10:00 here and it has been an incredibly high-drama-fueled the day. etit may not be over theresa may has won the vote of confidence called by her own mp' and cannot face under the leadership challenge for o r a 200 mp's memory for this evening with 117 eveningrdinary with 117 of her own party she had to spell that she will in 2022 forto fight the conservative party and as a consequence fo per may be draining away. let's catch up with the latest reportm f political editor laura kuenssberg. time. decision survival time. imfor a minister and a party
twisted together in a years old only the conservatives would do it le this behind those walls. a challenge in the morning. the rebels seen time for bed.t is >> the result of the ballot held this evening is that the parliameary party does have confidence laura: 200 of her m's wanted her to stay, 117 wanted heto go. a clear result of the party in obvious conflict. >> no further confidence vote can ta place -- applause,pite the what do the tories really have to celebrate beyond tonight? s there another lonely journey to the microphone in the last half-hour. the prime minister had to
promise she would go in order to stay for now. prime min. may: this has been a long and challenging day, but at it, i'm pleaseto have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight's ballot. whilst i am grateful for that support a significant number of colleagues did cast a votei against me, ansten to what they said. following this ballot, we need to get on with the job of delivering brexit for the british people and delivering a better future for this country. a brexit that delivers on the votes people gave, that brings back contr of our money, our borders, and our laws, that protects jobs, surity, and the union, that brings t country hank together rather entrenching division. that must start here in westminster, with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest. --e is our renewed mission --delivering the brexit the people voted for, bringing the
country back together, and building a country that truly works for everyone. laura: resilnce, but not inscrutable. this is not t end of his argument or a triumph over hearts and minds. >> the prime minister must realize that under constitutional norms, she ought to go and see the queen urgently d resign. >> hardly an ideal day for the conservative party. the party wants her to stay and wants her to stay through brexit. laura: not ideal? it's been a dreadful day for downing street. a bigdium on the move sign something was up. early this morning it was clear she would fight to stay. prime min. may: i will contest that vote with everything i have got. spent tearing ourselves apart will creattmore division as we should be standing together to serve our
country. none of that would be in the nationalnterest, and i stand ready to finish the job. onea: dozens brexiteers of her out because of her compromid with the eu. they just like it, haiti -- they just don't like it. >> she is effectively a prime minister who is drowning and angela merkel has been throwing bucks of water at her. >> the prime minister is unwilling to walk away from a deal that i cannot support, so i out it was time for a new leader. >> s srted going in a different direction. deal has fini up with a that commenced so little support in the house of commons. laura: the divisions inpa the ty y turned british politics into a tourist attraction, puzzling many looking out. >> what is going to hapn? >> sorry to see them arguing
with each other all the time. laura: the prime minister sweeping down to parliament for one of the most important days of h career. she has nine hours from hw to persuadeer colleagues that she is the person to lead the country and has earned the right to keep her job. men today of all days, the primeister took her place with parliament thriving on the chaos as sd argr the right to stay. prime min. may: we all know one eogroup ofe who do not want to find a constructive solution is the labor party. and that is what we see on the other side and that is what we ofsee on the other sidhe chamber. no plan, no clue, norexit. >> whatever happens with her conservative ldership vote today, it is utterly irrelevant to the lives of peopleuncross our cotry. dealshe now put this before parliament and halt this
calating crisis which is so damaging to the lives of so many people in this cntry? >> this government is a farce. the tory party is in chaos, the pre minister is in disgrace with her actions. people across the u.k. are seeing this today. primeinister, take responsibility, do the right thing, resigned. laura: apparently none of those whgowon her gonto their feet. rebuke a for theearly sign they wouldn't get their way. >>r the prime miniss done a terrific job in trying circumstances forba the the headngers on all sides and the supine attitude of the labour the impossible job she does so well. >> i have an appointment just over there. >> all the alternatives risk derailing brexit or uncertainty and chaos. i think that by voting for the prime minister we can ensure that we have a united government
ready to deliver. >> this is chaos? >> no. >> it isn't chaos? >> no. >> we are stepping oversleeping bodies in westminster tube ation. there are so many issues for this government to tackle and all of our energybe ig sucked up not just with brexit but the internal row. laura: the prime minister might have won. d divisions antterness are out there. listen to how the tesla talks about colleagues. do ist this vote will ush out the extra miss you are trying to advance a particular agenda. not the samen is as a true victory. survival not the same as succeeding. another tory prime minister's leadership fctured if not broken by a decade-old dispute of the party's own. babita: laura kuenssberg with that report. it was utterly divisive at
times, and as we heard in that report, the chancellor saying that those ving against the prime minister could be accused of being extremists within the party. now theresa may will turn her attention to thursday morning when she reports of light to ad to brussels to sit down at the negotiating boards of like you had to brussels to sit down at the negotiating table. she is going to have to rally them once again, seeking political and legal assurances to change -- the one sticking point for many mp's in must ministers saying they are unhappy about, the issue to do with northern ireland and the so-called backstop deal. we are bringing you a line of information coming to us from our brussels reportehas just tweeted that eu leaders are considering a commitment to ntinuing negotiating a trade deal with the u.k. even if the irish backstop comes into force, to prove that they want it to be
ytempor. that is good news for theresa may as she prepares to them and they are still committed to negotiating. whatever that negotiation looks like remains to be seen, but now the focus will be on how much to really pull through to get her brexit deal in ptoce for britain eave the european union in march. it is not over by any means. more from coming up in westminster, but back to you in the studio in washington. jane: thanks very much, babita. not over by any stretch of the imagination. here with reaction is former state department official heather conley, who worked on european affairs and is now at the center for strategic and international studies. heather, what a day. she survived, she is off to brussels, but what has changed? heather: she must feel like "groundh day," the movie, waking up ni every m and starting over again.
this leadership challenge was thfact that she cannot get her current withdrawal agreementus through the of commons. there is not a majority. when she goes to brussels, i think eu officials will tinker th the political declaration, being as forward-leaning as that one tweet suggested, but they are not budging on making sure that there is a legally binding commitment that there is no hard order between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. that is where the problem lies. jane: how relevant are these talks in brussels while the u.k. itself has not sorted out where it wants to go, what brexit will look like? heather: this is why the eu has had to do very little. they waited to see what the position the u.k. would bring forward and what we have seen da it has been a constant dialogue, particularly within butconservative party, really a dialogue that there is not clarity of what the k. wants and what is it willing to
sacrifice, because this is not going to be having take and eating it too -- havingngake and eati it too. there will be sacrifices and that has never been spelled out. they will wait and see when theresa may comes to brussels. again i think she will be disappointed as she was on tuesday. the eu will not give the u.k. much more other an kinder, gentler statements, but they are going to insist on the note hard border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. cannot get the deal through parliament, does that matter to europe as it might matter to the.? u heather:t i thinktters to both. for the european union, this is a border with than non-eu member after march 29, depending on when the transition period comes into effect. rereporters today and sonty are more important than ever -- not only controlling them -- and
that is why the referendum was positive. it is th control of its borders. the eu has a similar view. let's be very clear is not just border.non-eu this is a border that has an incredible bloodshed, conflict. we cannot forget that, although our members seem to fadeft 20 years. that is why this border is so important. we have to get this right. jane: will they see her weakened by this vote? i cannot imagine any other vi . and again, the facts have not changed. there is no majority in a house of commons for her deal. what happens next? whor majority can be created the next path? jane: heath conley, thanks ry much for joining me. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to com on tonight's program, a three-year jail term for donald trumps former lawyer.
michael cohen says out of blind loyalty, he tried to cover his boss's dirty deeds. french and german security forces are still h the gunman who carried out a deadly atnck at a christmas market strasbourg on tuesday. they have released this photo of their main suspect, named by local media as chérif chekatt. three people were killed and 13 others injured in the shooting. investigatorsay it is an act of terror. a city onthis is alert. hundreds of police and soldiers on a manhunt f a killer. where did he go? watch tonearby border stop him slipping away. he had opened fire near the christmas market. th is the old heart of
strasbourg. people barricaded themselves dein touristsms victi are from h thailane on holiday with his wife. the attacker has been identified as a 29-year-old already on france's terror watchlist. the shooting went on for 30 or 40 minutes. he filmed police scrambling for cover. heays he knew the gunman, a local who had two dozen convictions for petty crime. in risen in here and in germany, too," the says. he told us that the gunman was chérif chekatt. he spent time in prison with him for that andaw him on with a kalashnikov shooting outside. now strasbourg'sams christmas market has been shattered, all business stopped. the christmas market is one of the bigger catches that draws
visitors to strasbourg. we don't know when this one will be open. france has been on theve highest of alert. the government says security will be stepped up in christmas markets across the country. jane: let's have a look at some of the day's other ne. two francis has removed cardinals facing allegations linked to sex from the key advisory body. andustralian cardinal another will no longer sit on the council of cardinals. they were absent in the last meeting in september. vatican palvo remains treasure. at a climate change conference in poland, the united nations secretary-general made a
dramatic statement. antonio guterres warned that time is running out and it would be suicil, as he put it, to stop the best chance to stop runaway, change. death runaway climate change. a judge -- to stop runaway climate change. a judge has sentenced donald trump's former lawyer to three years in jail. michael cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance chargesn august. those were for hush money payments to women who claim affairs with theredent, which he denies the he also said he lied about a proposed trump tower project in russia. nick bryant has more. d to: michael cohen u rrast that he was donald trumps people, but he aed at this courthouse -- donald trump's itbull, but he arrived at this cou his teeth into the president. he del addres one that immediately
entered the history books of the trump era. at times of fighting back tears, michael cohen said he had been in a state of mental and personal incarceration since working for donald trump. he said the president was right becausehim week -- weak he covered up what he called the dirty deeds out of a sense of blind loyay. he said there was little to admire about donald trump. he apologized to the american people and he saul he give as much information to special counsel robert mueller as he could truthfully give. the anguish on his face as he admitted his own weakness led him to choose what he called a path of darkness over lit. the judge sentenced him to three years in prison. told the court, "today the day i'm getting my freedom back." ords the media should be using to describe mr. trump are generous, compassionate,
principled -- nick: these were the days before he unshackled himself from donald trump, when he revels in his rolee personal fixer who make problems go away. --t is what he'll pitch to that is what he wanted to do by making hush money payments to tw womeno, including porn star stormy daniels. the payments violated and the-finance laws, were allegedly directed by donald trump in order to avoid a potential sex scandal ahead of the 2016 election. cohen was also sentence for lying to congress aboutus his dions with finland and officials about a proposed trump sctower in the heart of . recently donald trump described his former right-hand man as wea and not respond, but tonight he was unusually reticent. >> did michael cohen cover up your dirty deeds?
what dirty deeds is he malking about, president? nick: with that, the door was shut on reporters, but those nettlesome questions won't go away. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. jane: for more on cohe's sentencing, let's bring in our north america reporter anthony zurcher. apwhatned to michael cohen between taking a bullet for the president and then accusing him of dirty deeds? anthony: maybe he has finally beenis liberated from personal and mental incarceration he talked about undergoing working for donald trop and his was his chance move into lightness and get away from the darkness and not be the bad guyn the story. jane: and cynics? anthony: or maybe it is because federal investigatorsound a trove of misdeeds when they raided his office and homes and he tried to find the best deal he could, and now standing in a courtroom acknowledging he did rock and that helped to get him -- did wrong healthy to get him at least a little off the hook. jane: how much jeopardy could
donald trump be in? anthony: it doesn't look good. mueller during his investigation and the possible business ties with russia and the trump tower talked abou cohen going on during the election season. i think what michael cohen'sea plea dand jail sentence indicates is that there was a the business dealings side of it i could get donald trump in trouble. there are a lot of eyes looking at it. they dug up on michael cohen a found a variety of criminal misdeeds. a lot of people in donald trump's business as law, particularly the campaign finance violation they pled guilty to. you saw the announcement from the same federal investigators saying that they reached a deal with "the natial enquirer", acknowledging making this $150,000 payment to karen mcdou gal, who said she had an affair with donald trum that looks like a real serious felony. now there are a lot of fingers being pointed at the trump mpaign.
jane: but if a sitting president cannot be prosecuted or indicted, why would this actually matter? anthony: we don't know that. that is justice departmentth guidelines tha cannot bring charges against a sitting ent, but it has never be litigated or decided by the supreme court. some say fight that battle and see what happens for the at the very least from a night it -- entifying donald trump a a co-conspirator has a serious political cost. there are other things i could wait until the gets out of the ency that could cause hi headaches for years to come. jane: critics, including mr. trump himself, say this has gone a long way it's the start of the mueller inquiry into russian meddling. however we got to this? -- how have we got to this? anthony: although robert mueller's mandate was to investigate russian electiri meddling ands along the way, and they handed off the cohen case
york and they are pursuing this -- there are multiple threads now. you haveve state level igation into the trump charitable foundation. that could also create headaides for the prt. yes, the robert mueller investigation was the first lile pull on the threat from but that is not mean that the otr friends that have emerged -- threads that of a ricedwill be abandy different prosecutors. jane: anthony, thank you for revisit the, let's breaking news out of the u.k. reeresa may has vowed to deliver the bxit people voted after surviving a vote of no confidence from her conservative party. just about one third of her own mp's said they did not have confidence in her leadership, which could make her stewardship ea the exit from the europn union that much more difficult. earlier this week she was found -- she postponed a vexe on her own plan, acknowledging
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captioning sponsored by newshour productions, llc >> woodruff: good evening. i'm judy woodruff. on the newshour tonight: the president's formeral persttorney is sentenced to three years in federal prison, saying in court he felt upit was his "duty to cove mr. trump's "dirty deeds." then, british prime minister theresa may survives a no-confidence te, but the future of a brexit deal remains uncertain. plus, a potential bipartisan breakthrough on criminal justice reform. we talk to senators from both sides of the aisle about t bill. and, how one historic maryland town is weighing takindrastic measures to protect itself from climate change. >> if you don't take this bold step, then what will be left of the town if another storm happens? >> woodruff: all that and more,
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