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1 news news as i news as well. is hello and welcome to 100 days, i'm katty key in washington. christian fraser's in london where parliament is about to vote to start britain's departure from the eu. the bill is just 133 words long, katty, but of huge importance. it will formally hand power to the prime minister to begin the brexit process. we're watching the uk parliament. anjust in all an just in all the vote. —— for the vote. we're expecting three votes shortly. we'll explain why they‘ re so important. when it comes to brexit the uk has a big supporter in donald trump. but not all the politicians are content to roll out the red carpet. just what more does the president, trump, have to do before the prime minister will listen. he can lead a protest. i'm leading a country. here in washington the president's battle with democrats begins over
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the appointment ofjudge gorsuch. his battle with democrats against right now over the appointment of george gorsuch. that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web. congress gets a warning — the international order is under unprecedented threat. we speak to a former us defense secretary about how to face it. it didn't seem real to me, it didn't seem real. and the moment a us veteran gave away his purple heart award to an iraqi stranger at an airport. we'll find out why. today we are keeping an eye on the supreme court in washington and parliament in london. here, mr trump's made his pick for for a new supreme courtjustice. for a new supreme courtjustice.
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here he is. neil gorsuch. you'll get to know him because he could be on the bench for life. and he's only 49. we'll look at how he could change american life in a moment. here in britain, katty, we are turning our attention to the house of commons, the lower house in parliament. it's a historic vote because it's the first one a brexit bill. we expect this moment, this amendment to be defeated, it was put forward by the snp. the formal powers to begin the negotiation, it's the second vote that we are going to be looking at after this. it's difficult to amend and unpick
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and they want to send it on as quickly as they can. the process might be long, but the bill could be short. let's look at that other vote coming up here in the us. we've talked about partisan fights in the senate over donald trump's cabinet picks — but they could be child's play compared to the battle looming over his supreme court pick. yes, as katty mentioned he is neil gorsuch from denver. the youngest supreme court nominee in 25 years. he studied at harvard and oxford. and the president this morning warned democrats against opposing gorsuch‘s nomination. i think there's a certain dishonesty if they go against the vote from not very long ago, and he did get a unanimous endorsement, and he can't be bettered from an educational, from a constituent shall point of view. i think it would be dishonest to go back on that, and if we end up
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in the same gridlock, it could last longer than eight years. if you can, then each, though nuclear, because that would be an absolute shame if a man of this quality was caught up in the web, so i would say it's up to mitch but i would say go for it. mitch go nuclear," president trump is referring there to mitch mcconnell, republican senate majority leader, and by "go nuclear" we assume he is advising mcconnell to force a simple majority confirmation vote if necessary. so a tough fight over the confirmation looms, but what about the merits of the man himself and how much impact could this new justice have on american life? i've been taking a look. nine analytic people but they
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arguably have more power than anyone in america. the supreme court can fundamentally altered the country's political life for generations. lie today, i'm keeping another promise the american people by nominating judge neil gorsuch of the united states to the united states' supreme court. this is what drove many voters to trump, the court had a slim conservative majority of 5—4, now if this appointment is confirmed it will tilt right for potentially decades to come. gorsuch is an interesting choice, he is regulated —— recognised for his abilities. he
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is recognise somebody who thinks deeply about questions thinks in a very profound way. in 1857 in scott versus sanford, the court denied citizenship to african—american slaves. the compromise are kept peace between the north and south but paved the way for the civil war. the court found that separating black—and—white students in public schools was unconstitutional, this led to the civil rights movement. and perhaps one of the most controversial decisions, road versus wade found that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. every year since that ruling, a
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march for life has been hailed by anti—abortion activists. even with this pro—life justice, anti—abortion activists. even with this pro—lifejustice, the trump court is very unlikely to make abortion illegal. many americans say they don't want roe v wade overturned, but voting rights and environmental protection could be changed in a more conservative direction. we'll gorsuch be confirmed? also —— almost certainly, it's difficult to stop a nomination, although democrats say they will fight it. | although democrats say they will fight it. i have very serious doubts that gorsuch is up to the job. the supreme that gorsuch is up to the job. the supreme court that gorsuch is up to the job. the supreme court 110w that gorsuch is up to the job. the supreme court now rests in delicate balance. the stand-off will set the scene for a highly partisan battle.
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to the currentjudges are in their 80s and could choose to retire during donald trump's presidency, giving him the chance to tilt the court tv right. does he go home and high by his wife 01’ does he go home and high by his wife or go home worrying he'll be demonised by half the country? that a lwa ys demonised by half the country? that always happens under these nominations. there probably isn't a top lawyer in the country who hasn't imagined himself in no supreme court justice robes. they make sure they've gone through all of the hoops to get themselves on the bench. it's what every lawyer dreams of doing that i expect he wasn't totally surprised when he got that call from the president.
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neil gorsuch isn't yet well known here — but former general david petraeus is. he was on capitol hill today — warning president trump not to abandon global alliances. here's where it gets intriguing — petraeus was interviewed by trump as a potential secretary of state. mr trump tweeted out that he was "very impressed" by him. but i'm not sure the president will love what he heard just now. there are americans shouldn't take the international order for granted. it didn't will itself into existence. we created it. it's not sustaining, we've sustained it. when we stop doing so it will fray and eventually collapse. with me now is the former us secretary of defense, chuck hagel. do you agree with that veiled
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warning where we are in history where america had pulled back from alliances and a system that has kept us alliances and a system that has kept us from peace could unravel. alliances and a system that has kept us from peace could unravellj alliances and a system that has kept us from peace could unravel. i do. and i think it's a serious reality that that exists. especially when we've seen what the new president, at least the direction the new president has decided to go by his actions and words. the post world war ii era was built around coalitions of common interest, which validated the clear, common interest of nations through alliances. these are not new, but the wait was done after world war ii was new, and that has really sustained a world order that has benefited most of the world, not all of the world, but also, world orders change and shift
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and they must be relevant to the new challenges. you don't dismantle your institution or alliance in order to be more relevant. you adjust, adapt, deal with it. that's what we need to do, not unwind and undo the alliances. trade was very much an anchor to those alliances. we have heard about iraq, general flynn coming up with a very tough comment on iran. we have heard about iran, general flynn coming up with a very tough comment on iran. what is going to be different about this relationship with iran.|j what is going to be different about this relationship with iran. i can't speak for the trump administration, but other than general flynn, you
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have a senior white house staff who has never really had any responsibility for national security, or foreign policy, who's never really been involved in any way, so that's a concern. now, there are others who do understand it and have had a lifetime of it. but the iran piece is serious because of all the things that we know, and it's a matter of handling the challenges. i'm sure you hear concerns about where america is going from diplomats you speak to. i think a lot of america's as allies, john kelly, rex tillotson, are they hoping this will be a steady hand on
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the administration. where do you think the balance of power lies in this white house? the reality is in every white house, the power resides in the white house. make no mistake. it's not new. no secretary of defence makes policy. you are an agent, an instrument of the president's policy, and the national security adviser is in a very powerful position because that is the fountain of most national security and foreign policy issues come through. i don't know about the balance of power. we have to see how it plays out, and it'll whiz depends on how much balance does that president want? i have scribbled down what you
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said is at the beginning. you don't dismantle an alliance to appear more releva nt. dismantle an alliance to appear more relevant. some people would say we are doing that in the european union. we can see the first result of three boats has gone the way of the government. 336 against 144. that was the scottish nationalists been defeated as we expected. i want to know what you think about this process. i'm guessing you would bow to leave the european union? —— would not have voted.|j to leave the european union? —— would not have voted. i made sure i never told another country what their best interests are. however you've given me license to give my opinion, in my opinion, the british
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have to sort this out. i don't think overall in any way you come at it that it's good for the british people, for their stature, for their government, for all the things that are vital to the prosperity of the uk. obviously, there was a different outcome in the vote last year, but i think the longer this plays out, and the more reality sets in as to what the more reality sets in as to what the consequences of that vote were, i think it's clear that this could be rather devastating to the uk and its people. whether its trade, financial institutions. every aspect of their future is wrapped into the reality that we all live, 7 billion, seem reality that we all live, 7 billion, seem to be 9 billion, inadvisable reality underpinned by a global
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economy. that's not going to change, in fact it's going to get even more global. but we feel emboldened, the government feel emboldened because of donald trump's favouring towards brexit. what might it mean for european security? i think it would be complete nonsense and i hope that that doesn't become a predominant piece of thinking regarding the uk's national security. the us can only do so much. great powers have limitations, and the strength of nato for example, and the eu, with all its fragility is and flaws, is clearly in the interest of each member state, clearly in the interest of each memberstate, and clearly in the interest of each member state, and they are clearly stronger together, as they engage
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and negotiate the big challenges that are ahead. i don't buy that at all. individual trait relationships and negotiating individual trade deals, the logistics of what that would mean for the united states, are you kidding me? we are going to negotiate separate trade deals with each nation in asia—pacific and in europe? it's impossible to do. that world passed us by after world war ii. that's not the world we live in today. i think you've made your opinions fairly clear to us! interesting to hear those thoughts. let's go back to the house of
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commons. our international viewers will be watching to see what's going on. they are going through the lobbies at the back of the chair at the end of the hall. they get six or seven minutes to go through and they had to physically walk three. it's a very public vote. when you get into the room, unite with your mates from the room, unite with your mates from the neighbouring constituency is whether against you. then the whips will count the votes and present them ina will count the votes and present them in a short while to the speaker. they are on the second vote, the critical one which will send the bill through the parliamentary process. ben, it's extraordinary that although many mps voted to remain, they are following the wishes of their stitcher and then going against their own feelings on this. that's right. although those who
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have been voting to go against the bill had constituencies that voted to remain. let's remind viewers what this is all about. parliament are getting this say because the supreme court, the highest court in the land, last month, rolled in its judgment that parliament had to be the one to trigger article 50 to begin the formal process of britain leaving the eu. they thought they could do this themselves, but the supreme court says they have to do so. supreme court says they have to do so. a couple of days of debate, lots of speeches from mps voted in favour and against will stop and against. parliament is essentially tonight
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endorsing that referendum result. it's expected the government will get this bill through tonight which means it will then go to the house lords. that's only the really the start of the brexit process. theresa may wants to trigger that by the end of march. then there's two years of negotiation. it's going to be a long road. they are retaking their seats. we will go straight back to that when we get a result. there will be high drama with brexit ministers weeping with i°y with brexit ministers weeping with joy and remain one slumped in their chair. president obama called the german chancellor angela merkel his ‘closest international partner'. donald trump hasn't been nearly as complimentary.
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in fact on tuesday, his trade adviser accused germany of using — in his words — an "undervalued euro" to exploit both its eu partners and the us. but berlin and washington have long enjoyed strong ties. ich bin ein berliner. mr gorbachev, open this gate. berlin ist frei. berlin is free. before the burlington wall brought
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new hope of that very closeness —— fifa biba and wall i've been speaking tojens spahn — the deputy finance minister — i've been speaking tojens spahn the deputy finance minister — a rising star in angela merkel‘s ruling cdu party. potentially a future rival. i asked him if he agreed with european council president donald tusk that the european project is now in real danger. the united states has a specific change of order. after world war ii,
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the united states were like parents, some kind of, for europe and the european, but that might change. i think it shows we have to grow up. we have to defend ourselves. get more independent. talk about a defence union regarding foreign security policy. it might be a chance to unite europe. donald trump talks about fairness. he doesn't like one—sided relationships, and germany has a huge surplus with the united states. are you worried he's going to come after you? we have to talk about it. be very frank. when it comes to our surplus, we need to
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be frank. i want to be clear to our american partners, it is different if you have a deficit with china, state interventions in the market, low wages, but with the european union, very high wages, very high—tech, and in europe it's the market that decides, the consumer decides. the head of the trade counsel in the us accused germany of currency manipulation. he believes that germany is profiting from a grossly undervalued euro. we fought foran grossly undervalued euro. we fought for an independent central bank and we are still fighting for it. we would have have faced lightly
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different approach for interest rate. —— slightly. different approach for interest rate. -- slightly. trade is an integral part of these alliances we have been talking about, but clearly, there's lot of concern amongst america's allies about the role that currency plays. who would have thought the united states with ta ke have thought the united states with take on germany in a currency— war type language and it certainly unsettling. donald trump was talking about trade tariffs that would really affect eight bmw factory in mexico. they will have to do a lot of work in the days and weeks ahead. you are watching 100 days on bbc
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news. let's take a quick look at the house of commons because we are expecting the result of that vote. let's talk to ben, and a thing were about to get a result? i think it's about to get a result? i think it's afair bet about to get a result? i think it's a fair bet to say that the government will win this pretty co mforta bly government will win this pretty comfortably and that's mps will vote to push through this bill, which will ultimately trigger article 50. this is just the first stage in parliament. it has to go to the committee stage next week, the upper chamber and then theresa may wants to trigger are to call 50, officially and informally. there are three votes tonight. you are watching the inside of the house of the commons. the snp had their bill
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defeated overwhelmingly by 236 votes. so that gives you an idea that the government is pretty co mforta ble that the government is pretty comfortable here in the house of commons. some labour mps are voting against triggering article 50. some liberal democrats and the scottish nationalists are voting against them. we reckon there will be a couple of dozen labour rebels who will vote against this bill, against the 3— line whip of their party leader, jeremy corbin. lots of ceremony involved in this. these go back hundreds of years. we will get that result in a minute
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or two. the government has a big majority in the house of commons but not in the house of lords. i think the house of lords have to be careful. they know that because they are an unelected second chamber, and if they try to thwart the elected chamber it could mean the end of the house of lords altogether. they may not like it, a lot of the lords. but i think theresa may
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is pretty confident. it looks calm and civilised, and am wondering how much tension and emotion there is below the surface, given how divisive this vote was back injune. or is that all being reconciled and damp and down? no, there's been a lot of passion on both sides of the debate. dozens and dozens of mps have been able to speak. there's been some wonderful speeches. a great example of the british parliament at its best. kenneth clarke, great pro—european, he will vote against this motion tonight. against triggering article 50. he says that leaving the european union to make trade deals with other
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countries around the world was like alice in wonderland. he gave his 20 minute speech without notes and was applauded at the end. he was very passionate. the divisions of the referendum, the remain camped and leave camp are still as extraordinary as they ever were. so, what happens now, ben, to all that emotion and elliptical feeling and genuine sentiment on both sides of this, whether you are a remain person who thinks britain is on the wrong track and a leaf person who wa nted wrong track and a leaf person who wanted this to happen. after this has been 3—d vote and the country gets on with the technicalities of the —— the vote and the country gets on the technicalities, will there still be problems in the country? the issue is that although people had their say in the referendum, some of those who want to stay in the eu are saying, well, we are
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leaving but on what terms? and is it right that just we let —— leaving but on what terms? and is it right thatjust we let —— because we leave that we leave the single market in the customs union? this debate is focusing on the terms. a lot of those mps who don't want us to leave are determined to have a say on that and try and influence that. this is why mps at the end of the hall to year negotiation then they will get a say in the final deal. theresa may has promised that. they will get a say on the deal she negotiates. and she says if they don't like that are we arejust are we are just waiting for the fourth teller, and he they are. that's just listen in. fourth teller, and he they are. that'sjust listen in. order! order!
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the eyes to the right, 498. the noes to the left, 114. cheering the ayes do the right, 498. the noes to the left, 114. so, the eyes have it. the ayes have it. i unlock! programme motion to be moved formerly... the question is as on the order paper. as many as are of the order paper. as many as are of the opinion, say "aye". to the contrary, "no". division! clearthe lobby. that is the division bell because they will go out for a third vote and that will be on the timetable for the bill, how quickly it goes through the parliamentary
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process and remember that theresa may has pledged to get it before the european union, article 50, by the end of march, so that was an overwhelming majority of the progression of the bill, 384 majority for the government, so all mps voting to support the result of the referendum as they file out for that third vote. let's bring in 50, who is in westminster. i don't know if it is too soon for you to get some numbers on that but do we know how many mps rebelled? we don't have a guess. i think that obviously the big picture here is that the house of commons overwhelmingly voted for the bill to progress and acid is more likely for theresa may to get her way to reserve the article 50 can negotiations as she wants to buy the end of march. there are many people who voted remain in the united kingdom, feeling that maybe parliament would block it and that has not been the case, but as i say
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has not been the case, but as i say has been a rebellion on the labour side, on the tories i particularly just one mp, and he will have voted against article 50. on the labour side that's maybe a 45 labour rebels, deciding not to do what their leader told them. they couldn't go along with it, they were told they had to respect the referendum result and many got up today including some who served in the lead a team having to resign because of that. there are lots of numberof because of that. there are lots of number of abstentions, meaning the mp sits on their hands. they will not vote. as has been going on as well and there has been a lot of labour at pensions as well, so good news for the labour leader on all of this, the labour party has had a real problem with this, many of them, mostly be mps are pro—european and a lot of them have constituents who voted the other way in the referendum, and are being told they must respect the referendum. there has been a huge democratic process in this country, they must get on and respect that otherwise there
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will be a problem with the democratic system, that is how fundamental some of them saw it. but the big picture, overwhelmingly the government has managed to get this through incredibly easy will stop theresa may has got her way certainly on this one. a quick reminderof certainly on this one. a quick reminder of those numbers. 114 no, 498 yes. in the context of the brexit vote of course much much closer in the country than what we have just seen happen in parliament. that has been the discussion amongst mps to hear, what is the role of the mp? this place voted overwhelmingly to give the referendum to the people, to give them the say on all of this and this was made clear that this would be a advisory referendum, and if we vote that way we will be leaving. many people do not feel they could block that process at this stage and the line from labour mps have spoken tonight, they have gone through and i'm voted in that way and a lot of them with a heavy
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heart, but hope they will get another chance. they say this is just about the process, just the bill which gets negotiations started, but which could go on for at least two years if not longer. what lots here are pushing for is another vote in parliament when theresa may dry minister comes back with the final deal. they want to be able to say to her yes, we accept it or no, go back, try harder. that is what they will be pushing for in the next few days, it is not finished in this place, it will carry on through other places, and they will try still for those changes. lots here resting with what are they here to do, to use that that doesn't all what their resentments told them to do. many mps thought that brexit could not be anything but bad.|j do. many mps thought that brexit could not be anything but bad. i was saying that it was a historic night, earlier, historic in two ways. a
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first real step on the way to the exit door, and secondly it's an important night for parliament itself, isn't it pretty much it restores in a way parliamentary supremacy. yes, that has been the argument from the people who voted for brexit, all along, they said this was about this place making final decisions and of course over the last 43 years barwell, britain has been in the eu, many decisions have not been made in this place, and what those who are in favour of leaving say it is giving mps much more say over so many areas of leaving say it is giving mps much more say over so many areas of life, but of course before we get to that stage there is the small process of actually extricating ourselves from the european union, and we have been hearing expert advice today from the former chief ambassador to brussels, sir ivan rogers who has now resigned, saying had difficulty process will be, he says it would end up in a verbal fistfight, possibly dumb and big rows he says
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about money, and the other eu countries eisai will be preparing a brexit veil of 16 billion euros. that is still to come. this is the first important significant step to leaving but really lots of mps he know that there will be much trickier roads ahead. vicki, what is the chance, then, that second vote for the members of parliament to, who have voted ray main —— remain, but were voted with the government, do you think they will get the chance to vote on a new deal, when they know what it is in a few days' time? the government has said there will be a vote in parliament at the end but the row comes over when it will be. the european parliament may well get a say on the final deal, we know that, they will get that, according to them that would come maybe six months before that
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two—year cut off. mps here are worried about not getting a vote until the very end of the process when it is too late to do any more and theresa may has said that if we don't get a good deal we'll walk away with no deal and that is what many remain mps do not want to see happening. vicky, thank you very much. i can see kenneth clarke there, the one conservative rebel, in the middle of the house, there, talking to those perhaps on the opposite benches who supported his point of view. but there we go, the government winning quite easily this evening. as we have been reporting all week, president trump's immigration ban caused confusion at airports last week in. caught up in all that chaos atjfk, a man whose wife was flying in from iraq. at one point, a stranger appeared from the crowd and gave it to the man. let's find out why. to be honest with you i didn't believe it was a purple
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heart in the beginning. it didn't seem real to me. it didn't seem real. i did two combat deployments, i was injured multiple times including a brain injury, shrapnel wounds. i worked with americans in the embassy in baghdad. i came to the united states in 2008 on a special, immigrant visa. i was actually on my way back and i started working on the floor and i saw the coverage ofjfk. a scene of outrage at jfk airport in new york where two men from iraq were detained. dallas typically has a lot of international flights. i quickly did a search to see if there was something happening. i admit i was in denial, i didn't understand the situation from the beginning, because i was thinking that the system should be working.
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she was a green card holder. welcome to the usa! and then i met this wonderful woman. ——man. this is what america is all about, this is what america is all about. i was asked, do you protest, i honestly didn't think of it as a protest. my thought was not give him the purple heart it was, what do i have that represents, that is important to me? he was in the airport with bad experiences but i wanted him to leave with the true american sentiment. it is probably the most precious gift i ever received in my life. it is going to be on display somewhere in this house, but also it is going to be a story, a story that i keep telling. the purple heart to me, it represents something that will always be a part of me, i don't need the medal i have the scars on my body to represent
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the experiences eyeing campuses. it was literallyjust me trying to give him something that was important. it did make me happy and my family happy. it forever changed our lives in a way. laughter i defy you, christine, not to be moved by that story. before we go i wa nt moved by that story. before we go i want to show you something coming out of the white house last night, he which are of a prayer circle led by the president, and you can see mike pence, donald trump, and the new supreme court nominee, neil gorsuch, there, holding hands with his wife. president trump tweeted at a moment of prayer last night after my nomination ofjudge neil gorsuch, a honour having them join us. a rare insight into the workings of the white house. we will be back in the
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same time tomorrow, goodbye. hello. this is bbc news. mps have voted in favour of giving theresa may the power to begin the formal process for leaving the european union. they backed the government european union bill, supported by the labour leadership, and mp5 voted by 498 votes to 100 114, an overwhelming votes to 100 114, an overwhelming vote in favour, opposed by the scottish national bard —— several resignations and rebellions, and we are hearing that the number of labour rebels was 47, 47 labour mps rebelling. ken clarke for the conservatives also voted against that. but all other conservative mps
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voted in favour and most labour mps, too, so it is very comfortable majority therefore the government. the bill now faces further clues to me “— the bill now faces further clues to me —— scrutiny at the committee stage in the commons and the lords, and then theresa may still on course to trigger article 50 officially by the end of next month. this was the moment we got the result of the vote. as many as are the ayes do the right, are 498. the noes to the left, 114. the ayes have it, the ayes have it. there we are, a comfortable majority as expected, really, for the government. following two days of very
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passionate powerful debate on both sides of the argument. let's go to our chief political correspondent vicki young inside the palace of westminster getting reactions to that vote. despite of course only happened because the supreme court ruled that parliament must have a say in all of this, not what the government wanted but the mp5 have had their say and overwhelmingly have backed the bill for it to go on to its next stage so easy victory really for theresa may, hair colour and it more difficult light for neighbour. many rebellions, many backing remain, but many having to respect the result of the referendum, and i enjoyed by kia starmer. it has gone through on the first step on the brexit. the decision to leave the eu was taken on the 23rd ofjune last year and this bill allows the prime minister to start the process. all that has
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happened tonight is that we have allowed the bill to go to committee stage so we are about to look at amendments and this is the real battle because the mandate was a mandate to leave the eu, and the terms on which we leave, the new relationship with the eu is the battle we have to have and that is why the labour party has demanded a white paper before starting, that has been conceded. you must report back within two years, so we can check how is going on, and we have made —— we must have a meaningful vote at the end, we must see the deal to make sure it is the right deal to make sure it is the right deal so the real battle is not whether we leave, that was determined last year but the real battle is what is the future relationship of the eu and that is the battle that will start next week in the committee stage. that is tricky, with the numbers there are. it is tricky for you to get concessions from the government on all of this. can we clarify that if you don't get those amendments you will so go back at third reading, article 50. you say it is tricky but
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in fairness we have said from the start we must have a plan, white paper, and that was conceded having to vote. the secretary of state has indicated that he will be amenable to that. we have argued for a vote at the end, the prime minister has said there will be a vote at the end, and we are trying to narrow that you make sure it is a meaningful vote so in terms of the scrutiny we need to make sure that parliament has a proper role, we are achieving what we set out to achieve and we've gone a long way already. but in terms of the negotiation itself, once that starts, will there be other votes throughout that process or will it be a matter of theresa may going off and doing the deal and then presenting it to parliament at the end. this should gz parliament at the end. this should 62 that parliament at the end. this should gz that we would leave without a deal. the reporting back is very important so we knows what is going on and we can question the prime minister at regular intervals. i
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think that should be every two months. the reason we have got the amendment done on the final vote is to make sure it's it that the right time, andl to make sure it's it that the right time, and i don't want the parliaments to be the last parliaments to be the last parliament to vote on the deal and thatis parliament to vote on the deal and that is where the fight is now going so that is where the fight is now going so this is all about making sure that we have the right result at the end of the day, the decision was already ta ken last end of the day, the decision was already taken last year but this is the terms on which we leave. we have gained a lot of the last few weeks in terms of what we have asked for. when it comes to labour we have heard many labour mps having difficulty with this. we know that nearly 50 of them defied jeremy corbyn, and there will be more abstentions than that. a sizeable rebellion and at least three disappearfrom rebellion and at least three disappear from the shadow cabinet. this is not good for labour or corbin. as i said when i made my opening remarks yesterday, this is difficult for the labour party, we are a pro—european isn't a nationalist party and way believe in collaboration with other nations. but we had a real referendum, and we
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have two except the outcome but i am very respectful of colleagues who have wrestled with their position and this was always going to be difficult for our party. those on the front bench, will they be sacked for defying the three line whip? there will be many challenges and there are many tasks in the job i try to do which is to hold the government to account, and this is not my tasks to deal with those who vote against the whip. what do you say to 48% of people who voted remain, who are very concerned about the type of brexit there will now be? theresa may has said we will leave the single market, and they are concerned about where this might lead. many of them are in your own constituency and what do you say to them about what labour has done tonight? what i say to them is what really matters now is the nature of the relationship we have with the eu, and i'm sure what they want is what i want and i am one of the 48%,
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and my family is, to come and we wa nt and my family is, to come and we want a collaborative relationship with the eu not an arms length relationship and we will fight for that and we also want the fullest possible access to the single market and we will fight her that, too. we are simply saying that we don't except the referendum —— if we simply say that we don't accept the result of the referendum is is not a way to make a stable political future. this is the beginning of the process and the battle will go on to try and frame the kind of brexit that we will have. vicky, thank you very much indeed. we are getting a bit of a breakdown on those who voted against this bill, against triggering article 50. 47 labour rebels going againstjeremy corbyn's three line whip as we were saying. snp, 50 voted against the bill was up snp, 50 voted against the bill was up three independents voted against, one green, will sdlp, three, liberal
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democrats, seven. plaid cymru, two. one conservative vote against which a gale of art in —— against the triggering. kenneth clarke, who gave the passionate speech last night. we heard from david jones, the minister for exiting the european union, the call for unity from the house in the national interest. he also called for mp5 to cut the will of the people. all of us and this has mr speaker will work together in the national interest but let me repeat. tonight we are not voting on the outcome, nor on the wider issues, but simply to start the process. it is absolutely essential that parliament now move quickly with a timetable that this house has already voted for. in december, to trigger article 50 by the end of march. in short, mr speaker, this is a straightforward bill, that
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delivers on the promise made to the people of the united kingdom to honour the outcome of the referendum. we must trust the people andi referendum. we must trust the people and i commend this bill to the house. the brexit minister there with a prime minister listening behind him. as jenny with a prime minister listening behind him. asjenny chapman, the shadow ministerfor behind him. asjenny chapman, the shadow minister for exiting the european union, the shadow brexit minister, warned the government that any deal would be challenged by labour if the parties believe the deal is not right for the country. it is precisely because the process is so complex that all of us need to contribute to resolving the issues we now confront and pretending that these challenges do not exist is negligent. and the labour party will not neglect its duty to challenge the government where we think they are getting brexit wrong. and i say to the prime minister, the best brexit will never come via a cliff
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edge. however much some of her backbenchers might wish it. this must be a deal worthy of the consent of this house. and if she and her negotiators failed to achieve a deal worthy of our country, they will not achieve our consent. that is jenny chapman, the shadow brexit minister, there, before the vote. a bit more on the breakdown of the labour voting this evening. we told you 47 voted against the bill, rebelling againstjeremy corbyn. we are hearing 106 to seven labour mps voted for the bill, and with the party leadership. let's get more reaction from inside the palace of westminster from our chief political correspondent. mps stream out from the series of votes. we have been talking there about labour and the dilemma that many labour mps found themselves in. i am joined by one of them, tulip siddique, who resigned from her front bench
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them, tulip siddique, who resigned from herfront bench position them, tulip siddique, who resigned from her front bench position to vote against article 50. why did you do that? directors and hands that and you'll burn and in my constituency 75% of my constituents voted to remain in the eu and i am only here because they elected me on election day to represent their views which is why i felt i could not vote for the prime minister to trigger article 50 and to exit the european union. you of course defied jeremy corbyn, who said and ordered mps like you, saying you must respect the will of the people, the referendum. there was a referendum woman, the parliament agreed to it and would you say you are going against democracy? the labour party isa against democracy? the labour party is a broad church and people had different views. for me, brexit and the european union transcends party politics and this is not about the three line whip for me but about representing my constituents at national level and is because we have been so strong in my constituency about the vote, protecting environmental rights,
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workers' rights, the single market, i had no choice. this issue transcends party politics, it it is about the interest of people living in my area. what's now, for labour, this bill has not finished. the process , this bill has not finished. the process, the brexit talks will start and can go on for at least two yea rs. and can go on for at least two years. do you think that this parliament can have a say in the kind of negotiations that theresa may carries out? i certainly hope we do, we were elected because people wanted us to make decisions on their behalf and we must have proper scrutiny and clarity over the decision we are making and i do not know why the government are publishing a white paper tomorrow when we have had a vote today. we should have had more information about that than what i will do in the next few months and indeed the next few years is that make sure we have some access to the single market, that we can continue trade, to make sure that most importantly at the 17,000 eu nationals in my constituency have some security about the fact they can still live
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here, so what we still need to do is hold them to the account, challenge views going forward but also make sure we have the best deal for a local and national economy. thank you very much indeed. we must now wait and see whatjeremy corbyn does about those who have defied him. some have resigned from the shadow cabinet but they get a difficult night for labour. theresa may however has got her way so far. vicky, thank you very much. indeed, an overwhelming victory for the government and we will bring you much more reaction and analysis of that vote at the top of the hour. but now, let's get a look at the weather. good evening, and after such a dry january ‘s weather. good evening, and after such a dryjanuary ‘s debris has started on an active note. it looks like the weather systems will escalate in their ferocity later this week and you can see the swathes of lumps of cloud waiting out in the atlantic and heading our way. we have had rain already crossing through the day, some
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respite, some more rain following through the evening and overnight into thursday and this ominous looking cloud has a big question mark on it for friday. a nasty storm eventually. some brightness in between those storms during the day on wednesday. you can see the rainfall moved through, and another brand of rain around for the rush hour and then the main rain through the evening in the south—west and west during the night. during the rush hour we had some damp weather, hill fog, and this is certainly heavy rain coming through the night time period into the south—west and wales, with health two. winds will strike a notch up on wednesday, so a mild start to thursday, except in the north—east of scotland with clear skies darting a tad frosty and also brighter, brighter for a clear skies darting a tad frosty and also brighter, brighterfor a time with some sunshine but that won't last. winds notch up, possibly severe gales last. winds notch up, possibly severe gates in south—west england, up severe gates in south—west england, up through the rac and around the west coast, —— the welsh coast, so
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potentially into northern ireland. a cloudy start, but may be clearing up. it won't be cold but mild, but when feel that way with the wind. then there could be some stronger winds potentially on friday and the computer models are uncertain as to weather that low pressure will develop into a storm across northern france or the southern half of the uk so thejury is france or the southern half of the uk so the jury is out at the moment but either way it looks like we will have some ferocious winds, leaving northern france and potentially clearing into the south part of england, maybe even storm force winds. destructive and potentially damaging winds. and yet more rain, rain on top of what will be another couple of wet days running into it as well and a decent start to friday in the east, the northern half of the country not faring too badly but then that potential stormy weather in that south part. still quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding that area of low pressure so we will keep
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you updated and weather warnings on the website. this is bbc news. i'm ben brown live in westminster on a historic day. the ayes to the right, 498, the noes to the left, 414. the ayes have it, the ayes have it. mps have voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving theresa may the power to begin the formal process for leaving the european union. two labour mps have resigned from the shadow front bench to vote against the party whip and oppose the bill. we'll be here with the latest developments. also coming up... at the inquests into the deaths of 30 britons killed in the tunisia terror attack, one teenager described the scene, as his brother, uncle and grandfather were shot dead.
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