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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at 11. -- 12. the brexit secretary urges mps not to change the bill for exiting the eu, in order to pave the way for the triggering of article 50. what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. meanwhile senior mps tell government it would be a serious "dereliction of duty" if it fails to prepare for a breakdown in negotiations with the eu. it is notjust for the government to prepare itself logo and of all businesses need to understand what the consequences are. —— prepare itself for no deal. dutch riot police clash with protestors outside the turkish consulate in rotterdam, amid a deepening diplomatic row. south korea's impeached president returns home after being escorted from the presidential complex — she may now face criminal charges. also in the next hour, a shock defeat for andy murray at indian wells. a sluggish performance saw him
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soundly beaten in straight sets by world number 129 vasek pospisil. and in half an hour... tackling air pollution — click hit the streets of london to test a new thermal—imaging camera that can identify gases invisible to the human eye. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. brexit secretary david davis has urged mps is
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the brexit secretary david davis has insisted that the government is working on contingency plans in case britain crashes out of the european union without a deal. speaking this morning he said the country would be ready if the negotiations go wrong. his comments come after a government committee warned that the failure to reach an agreement would be very destructive for both britain and the eu. we have had this report from the foreign affairs select committee. its saying that if the government doesn't have a deal in place for the end of the negotiations that would bea end of the negotiations that would be a dereliction of duty. we have heard time and again from the government
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that no deal is better than a bad deal. crispin blunt, the chair of the committee, is basically saying there needs to be clear planning to prevent a bad impact on the rest of us. the most important... the treaties of the european union no longer apply. then we will go to world trade organisation trading terms with the uk and there will be lots of practical implications from that. that is probably the most important single economic impact. there is of course also the role of all of the new regulatory agencies which work ina numberof new regulatory agencies which work in a number of different ways. then of course you have the position of eu citizens in the uk and uk citizens in the eu in which has been fairly well rehearsed, and other
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issues like whether health insurance would continue to apply when you travel, what visa requirements might there be. so you can see this is a complex area but it needs to be prepared for. david davis, the brexit secretary, says contingency plans are being put in place as we speak but the reason the government is not talking about it to any great extent is not talking about it to any great exte nt — — is not talking about it to any great extent —— extent because they are focusing on getting a good deal with the eu, but if things didn't go the way the government planned they are thinking about alternatives. what david davis's focus is today ahead of the bill to trigger article 50 going back to the commons tomorrow is trying to get mps to back the bill without the lords amendments. the lords past two amendments, one of which would force the government to consider the rights of eu citizens to remain in the uk and the other was to give parliament assay
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on the final bill but have that enshrined in law. —— parliament a say. the government doesn't want to have them included in the bill because david davis said it ties the hands of theresa may when she goes into negotiations and makes her position much more difficult, and he also says it goes against the will of the people who voted for brexit to happen. he is urging conservative mps who might be tempted to rebel not to do so and instead to pass the bill without amendments. iunderstand... who better to understand, bluntly, on the importance of parliamentary accountability? i have spent a decade of my life doing nothing but. and i have said since the beginning of this exercise, look, it is inconceivable to me that there wouldn't be a vote on the outcome. but... but the simple truth is, what i don't want to do is take a simple bill, which is designed to do nothing
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more than put the result of the referendum into law, as the supreme court told us to do, we waited for the supreme court to give us the detailed guidance on that, and we are going to do that. please don't tie the prime minister's hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway. what reaction has there been? labour have basically said that they think theresa may should look at these amendments from the lords and allow them to be included in the bill. when it goes to the commons tomorrow we know that labour have said they support the idea of these amendments going forward. the shadow brexit secretary, keir starmer, has said that the use citizens in the uk have been left in limbo and the government needs to put this obsession with the bill going through without any amendments aside. the amendments are simple but
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really important. the first one is to guarantee the rights of eu citizens in this country. these are people who have notjust citizens in this country. these are people who have not just contributed to but are part of our society and they have been left in limbo. we are asking the government to sort that out quickly. the second one, make sure parliament has voted on the deal in two years. a lot of the stories this weekend or about the prospects of crashing out without a deal. that would be a disaster and you have to have a vote in parliament before that could possibly happen. we will be fighting for those tomorrow. tomorrow the bill goes back to the commons. if it gets through the commons without the amendments, things go as the government planned. if the lords decides to step in again and put forward more amendments, potentially that could delay things, but if things go as the government hopes tomorrow potentially it could be in a position to trigger article 50 by tuesday or wednesday. we have had assurances on other
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things, other things have not been written into the bill, such as an assurance from the government that it would intend to bring forward a vote even if there was no deal. it is important to us and a lot of members. parliament started this process by starting the referendum process. we ought to be there at the end. if at any —— for any reason the government has to come to parliament and say we have not been able to reach a deal going forward, it is so important that i am sure the government would want an endorsement in parliament before the next stage of the process of leaving the eu is
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completed. that is the agenda for us, not to keep us in the eu, not make life difficult for the government, but have a say as parliamentary is on a matter of immense importance. the consequences of the vote are so serious, and that is not a reason not to let parliament have a vote in the first place. with me is caroline fairbairn, director general of the cbi. what do businesses want? businesses are ready for the triggering of article 50 now that they want a comprehensive free trade deed —— free trade deal with the eu. they think no deal is a recipe for chaos and a strong message we get from businesses is that it can't only be plan b, it needs to be plan z. they wa nt plan b, it needs to be plan z. they want negotiations to get off in a collaborative way that starts showing progress so they can
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continue with their business planning for a positive outcome. how important is that good relationship? very important, the good relationship with european partners. i have been very encouraged, i spent a lot of time in paris and hurling recently with businesses, politicians and officials and the sense of a shared outcome is braced wrong. —— paris and berlin. —— is very strong. we think it is very important that there is a very early guarantee of the rights of residence for european citizens in this country and we think that if the uk government gave that very early on it would be a strong signal that thatis it would be a strong signal that that is the kind of way that we want the gauche asians to continue. there isa the gauche asians to continue. there is a strong moral and business case.
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—— we want the negotiations to continue. we know that we have many businesses in this country that depend on workers of all skill ranges, oui’ depend on workers of all skill ranges, our food industries, hospitality but also advanced manufacturing, and we have to get this debate right. it has to be twin track, we have to invest in skills and young people, fantastic to see and young people, fantastic to see an announcement from the chancellor about technical education, but we also need to recognise how important for the productivity and prosperity of our country the ability to attract skill from around the world is. what other dangers we crashed out? there are many. it has a number of implications. first of all 90% of oui’ of implications. first of all 90% of our exports to the eu which have ta riffs
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our exports to the eu which have tariffs on them, for example 10% on cars, we have as many as 3a regulators that cease to have jurisdiction over uk exports. some people talk about british products being illegal to be sold to the eu. the third is the raft of rules and regulations that would come in. some firms talk about as much as 5% to 10% added to costs. there would be chaos and uncertainty. we would adapt over time of course but the shock to the economy is one that is really worth avoiding so we say that should be a last resort. you talk about businesses themselves being prepared, that they have been working towards this. what have they been doing actively? it is a mixed picture. some businesses, particularly those very strongly affected like the car industry or financial services, have been working out contingency plans. they are looking for reassurance early in the negotiations that we are heading towards a collaborative outcome.
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smaller firms towards a collaborative outcome. smallerfirms are only towards a collaborative outcome. smaller firms are onlyjust beginning to make the kind of plans that are needed, which again is why the crash out scenario is so damaging. thank you very much. dutch riot police have clashed with protesters in rotterdam, amid a diplomatic row that saw a turkish minister escorted out of the country. water cannon were used to disperse hundreds of protesters who'd gathered to demonstrate against the decision. turkey's family minister was trying to win support among expatriates for a referendum on expanding turkish presidential power — but the dutch government says such rallies would stoke tensions days before the netherlands‘ general election. turkey's prime minister says a protest has been lodged with the dutch government, and promised that "there will be retaliation in the harshest ways". in the last hour protesters have gathered at the netherlands consulate in istanbul. earlier this morning, a demonstrator climbed onto the roof of the building and replaced the dutch flag with a turkish one. let's get this report
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now from sarah corker. in the centre of rotterdam, dutch riot police were brought in to disperse hundreds of pro—turkish demonstrators. they are angry because the dutch government banned a rally in the city about next month's referendum to expand the powers of the turkish president. these extraordinary scenes came just hours after the turkish family minister was stopped from entering her consulate in the city. she was later detained and escorted out of the country. the netherlands had blocked president erdogan's supporters from holding referendum rallies because of security concerns, but deporting an official takes this row to a new level. in ankara, protesters threw eggs at the dutch embassy. there were demonstrations, too, in istanbul. it all started on saturday, when another minister was blocked from landing in the netherlands.
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that provoked these harsh words from president erdogan. they don't know anything about politics or international diplomacy. they are very nervous and cowards. they are nazi remnants. they are fascists. the dutch prime minister described that fascist comparison as crazy. this row is intensifying, and these scenes mark a new low in diplomatic relations between turkey and the netherlands. sarah corker, bbc news. our correspondent anna holligan is outside the turkish consulate building in rotterdam where clashes took place last night — and has this update. we just wejust outside we just outside the consulate now, you can see the turkish flag flying behind me. the street sweepers and police are still patrolling the streets and we have debris that has
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been left behind. we have heard from numerous eyewitnesses reported that protesters were throwing rocks and police were responding with atoms. there is no doubt about who those protesters were supporting. —— ato ns. protesters were supporting. —— atons. leaflets with resident erdogan's face were scattered earlier this morning. the dutch minister has repeated that protests should take place in turkey rather than the netherlands. this war of words has escalated and these actions are set to make things even worse. we have had a response from the turkish prime minister this morning, who said turkey will retaliate in the haka —— the harshest ways after the flight of the foreign minister was prevented
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from landing here and the families minister was expelled from the country, escorted back to the german border. president erdogan has been talking in the last few moments in istanbul and he said the netherlands would pay the price treatment of the turkish minister. he says, holland, if you are sacrificing turkish—dutch relations for the sake of the elections, you will pay a price. a p pa re ntly elections, you will pay a price. apparently he was talking in quite angry tone in front of a huge crowd. it is continuing to escalate diplomatic league between the netherlands and turkey. we are keeping an eye on it and if there are further develop as we will bring them to you. the brexit secretary once mps not to change the bill which will allow the government to start the formal brexit process. —— wants mp.
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dutch riot police clash with protesters outside the turkish embassy in rotterdam. south korea's impeached president returns home after being escorted from the presidential complex. she may now face criminal charges. sport now, and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. andy murray has been knocked out of the indian wells tournament in california at the second round — it's often seen as the fifth grand slam. the world number one lost to canadian qualifier vasek pospisil in straight sets. our tennis correspondent russell fuller was watching. last year, andy murray lost his second match here and this was another big surprise, murray falling at the first hurdle against vasek pospisil. he might be 129th in the world and a qualifier, but he is much better than that ranking
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suggests, as dan edwards and kyle edmund found out when he beat them in the davis cup at the start of last month. his serve—volley game very, very effective. he broke murray's serve four times in a row. murray also threw in seven double faults. he took victory 6—4, 7—6. andy murray's world number one ranking not remotely under threat, but real frustration for him having won his first title of the year in dubai only a week ago. there's an all—london clash in the fa cup quarterfinals at white hart lane this lunchtime. you can watch tottenham against millwall from half past one on bbc one. it's the last fa cup tie to be played at the stadium. spurs are having a new ground built right next door. they are unbeaten at home since may, but millwall, from league one, are the only team in the top four divisions who are yet to lose a game this year. we know we will find it a very tough game, because the fa cup is special,
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it is magic, and the beauty of it is the level is not important because all believe they can win. for us it is important because it is massive to be in wembley, semifinal, very important opportunity for us to play this semifinal. we know very well that first of all we need to play a very tough and difficult team. spurs have a talented bunch of players, world—class players, a terrific squad. i am really envious of what they have achieved and done at the top level. they also have an expectation. have 20,000 odd spurs fans turning up at the weekend expecting to beat millwall. that means pressure in itself. whee kim beat down the door, play that role, enjoy the occasion. —— we can. for me, we have nothing to lose, everybody expects spurs to win, we
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have nothing to lose but one hell of a lot to win on the day. the old firm derby kicked off a few minutes ago. celtic are closing in on the scottish premiership title and rangers have a new manager — pedro caixinha will be watching from the stands though today. brendan rodgers' celtic will re—establish a 27—point lead at the top with victory as they close in on yet another title. no goals in the game so far. marco fu will facejudd trump in the final of snooker‘s players championship later today, after beating ding junhui in a tense final—frame decider in llandudno. fu was trailing 5—3 but fought back to level at 5—5. he then produced a confident 98 to seal his third successive frame and a place in the final. that's all the sport for now. if you want to see action from the snowboard cross finals at the world championships in sierra nevada, spain, you can watch on the bbc sport website. six people racing each other down a mountain — if that's your cup of tea you can find it on the red button or at, and we'll
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have more through the afternoon. south korea's ousted president park geun—hye has left the country's presidential palace amid growing calls for her arrest. a short time ago she arrived at her private home in seoul. she was removed from office on friday after being linked to a corruption scandal. thousands turned out for rallies in seoul yesterday, a day after three people died in protests. earlier i spoke to our correspondent stephen evans is in seoul. he began by giving more details on her return to her private home. her supporters were there, cheering her like a conquering hero coming home. people were wondering about her demeanour after her time in the blue house, was she down, up, defiant? hurt demeanour was very defined, a smile on herface as she
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waved out of the car window, then she got out and shook hands with political allies. a statement was issued saying the truth will come out, it will take some time but it will come out. people wondering how she will play this one, will there be regret, will she be down? she seemed up pete and defined. another line from the statement says she denies any wrongdoing. what happens now? -- upbeat and defiant. she will be charged with corruption and may well find itself in jail. be charged with corruption and may well find itself injail. the prosecutor thinks that he thinks she is complicit in the corruption and there are lots of allegations of corruption but the main one is that it is alleged that samsung gave $38 million to her best friend and she
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then did favours for samsung. she denies that. the prosecution says he thinks she is complicit so you assume there will be a charge. a lot will the pendant now on the 30 people who were also charged. a lot of them are people around her, subordinates. —— a lot will depend. if they say, what can you do if the boss tells you to do something? she is the president. samsung might also say, of course we gave money, the president asked us to do it, we didn't think it was corrupt, it was the president. if they all turn on her she is in deep trouble. the metropolitan police have been given more money to continue their investigation into the disappearance of madeleine mccann in portugal ten years ago. operation grange, which was launched in 2011, will get an extra £85,000. scotland yard has refused to comment on newspaper reports that they have identified an individual they want to question.
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the creator of the world wide web, tim berners—lee, has expressed concern about fake news, data privacy and the misuse of political advertising online. in a message marking the anniversary of the internet‘s creation, sir tim warned against the loss of control of personal data and governments' scrutiny of their citizens online. i definitely agree. these are really serious issues and they have emerged over the last few years or heightened in prominence. this wasn't what the world wide web was really set up for, was it? in a way it was, it was about the diffusion of information and in many ways it was set up to be a very open system. nobody said information had to be like this or that. as the world gets
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so connected we are seeing that there are issues like this. it is not that the system is broken but there are issues with such open and easy a ccess there are issues with such open and easy access to information, including fake information. whose job is it to police this sort of thing? i am not sure it is something we need to police in the sense of locking people up. i mean keeping an eye on what is going on online and maybe guiding it in a particular way. i get it. we shouldn't think of it in the sense of something with an absolute arbiter, especially in regard to fake news, but we should be vigilant and speak with other people about what we think is or isn't credible or credible news. what do we think is the area of most concern? is it fake news, data privacy all the misuse of political
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advocacy? i think the last one is significant because we are not sure of the effects of it. it is easy to counter fake news if somebody is ready to receive the ultimate opinion but it is hard to counter political advertising that sends specific messages. what that does is make it harder for people to distil fa ke make it harder for people to distil fake news from real news because it sets up different kinds of people hearing different kinds of messages and pushes us away from each other. the government is being urged to create a central database for taxi drivers in england and wales. an investigation by bbc radio 5 live has found that some drivers who've had their licence revoked are continuing to work after getting a licence from another council, as danni hewson reports. for 25 years, steve mcnamara was the one behind the wheel of the taxi. for him, the safety of passengers has always been paramount, which is why he is supporting renewed calls for a national database of drivers.
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the most urgent thing that needs to be resolved is cross—border hiring, because at the moment, a licensing authority can set whatever standard they want, and somebodyjust goes elsewhere. if we prohibit cross—border hiring, limit cross—border hiring, that goes some way to resolving the problem. the second thing that needs to be done is we need a good standard of licensing that must apply to all authorities, a standard that everyone has to comply with. and obviously, if certain authorities want a higher standard, that's great. currently, individual councils are responsible, but across local authorities, the requirements that need to be met before a licence is handed out can be vastly different, and some drivers refused a licence in one area may be approved in another. though all drivers undergo a criminal—records check, it doesn't reveal if the driver has ever had a licence refused or revoked for behaviour that hasn't ended up in court. in the wake of the rotherham child sex abuse scandal, when it emerged hundreds of children had been sexually exploited by men
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including taxi drivers, there were calls for tighter controls. in scotland, they already have a national database. the association for police and crime commissioners has written again to the transport secretary, asking him to intervene. danni hewson, bbc news. two weather fronts meandering eastwards a cross two weather fronts meandering eastwards across the country slowly will bring outbreaks of rain, one through eastern england, behind it a try and allude, and one further out to the west, bringing showery outbreaks. it will not be a bad day for northern ireland and scotland. —— behind it a drier interlude. the rain will ease away and skies clear and we are heading for a chilly night to so a chilly start to monday morning. in rural parts to the
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north—west we could see light frost, temperatures close to freezing. a chilly but predominantly dry start to monday, decent spells of sunshine, and temperatures will respond again. just a scattering of showers to the far north and west. top temperatures likely to peak at ten to 16 celsius in the far south—east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the brexit secretary tells mps to ditch changes to the bill, which will allow the government to start the formal brexit process. the diplomatic row deepens between the netherlands and turkey, as dutch riot police use water cannon to break up a large protest outside the turkish consulate in rotterdam.


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