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this is bbc news. i'm maxine mawhinney. the headlines at one. 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 failed to prepare for a breakdown in negotiations with the eu. it is notjust for the government to prepare itself for no deal, individuals and businesses need to understand what the consequences are. 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,
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the creator of the world wide web targets fake news. sir tim berners—lee has set out a five—year plan to address his concerns about how the internet is used. and in half an hour.. the travel show goes on an arctic adventure in finland when it visits lapland. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the brexit secretary, david davis, has urged mps not to support the house of lords' amendments to the bill which will allow the government to begin the process of exiting the european union. he said the proposals, to protect the rights of eu citizens and give parliament a vote on the final brexit deal, would undermine the government's negotiating position. but the shadow brexit secretary, keir starmer, said labour would argue for the changes
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to go ahead. meanwhile, the house of commons committee on foreign affairs has warned about the prospect of britain leaving the eu without a deal in place, and said it would be a "dereliction of duty" if the government didn't have a contingency plan in place. earlier, i spoke to our political correspondent, susana mendonca. what has everybody been saying? we have had this report from the foreign affairs select committee basically saying that if the government doesn't have a plan in place for an outcome where we don't have a deal at the end of the brexit negotiations, that would be a dereliction of its duty, and it is saying there is a realistic prospect of there being no deal if the talks we re of there being no deal if the talks were to derail or britain weren't able to get the deal it was after, hitting two comments we have heard time and again from the government that no deal is better than a bad deal. kristyn blunt, the chair of
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that committee, is basically saying there needs to be clear planning to prevent a bad impact on the rest of us. prevent a bad impact on the rest of us. the most important economic impact will come on tariffs and nontariff barriers that would arise and the event of there being no deal and the event of there being no deal and us leaving the european union. then the treaties of the european union would not apply. then we will go to world trade organisation trading terms with the eu 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 eu regulatory agencies, many of them, 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, which has been fairly well rehearsed, and other issues like whether health insurance would continue to apply when you travel, what visa
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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 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 passed 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 a say on the final bill but have that enshrined in law.
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the government doesn't want to have them included in the bill because david davis says 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 certainly 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, 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... wait a minute — but the simple truth is, what i don't want to do is take a simple bill, which is designed to do nothing more than put the result of the referendum into law, as the supreme court told us to do,
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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 eu 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. we are arguing this tomorrow. the amendments are simple but really important. the first one is to
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guarantee the rights of eu citizens in this country. these are people who have notjust 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 a vote on the deal in two years. a lot of the stories this weekend are 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 plans. 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. turkey's president erdogan has warned the netherlands it will "pay
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the price" for barring one of his government ministers from addressing a rally there, and forcing another to leave the country. and he's again accused the dutch government of "nazism and fascism". he was speaking on turkish tv after a further escalation in the diplomatic row between the two countries. earlier, protesters gathered outside the dutch consulate in istanbul, while in rotterdam, dutch police broke up a pro—erdogan demonstration with water cannon. the dispute centres on the turkish government's attempt to campaign abroad in a bid to win the support of turkish expatriates for sweeping constitutional changes that would give the president more power. our correspondent anna holligan is outside the turkish consulate building in rotterdam where clashes took place last night. earlier she gave me this update. we are just outside the consulate now, you can see the turkish flag flying behind me. a pile of bikes collapsed in the corner. the street sweepers and police are still patrolling the streets
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and we have debris that has been left behind. we have heard from numerous eyewitnesses reported that protesters were throwing rocks and police were responding with batons. there is no doubt about who those protesters were supporting. these leaflets with president erdogan‘s face were scattered on the ground this morning. many people we spoke to were very opted by what they have seen. they think the rallies supporting mr erdogan should take place in turkey rather than here. the dutch prime minister supported that. 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 harshest ways after the flight of the foreign minister was prevented from landing here and the families minister
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was expelled from the country, escorted back to the german border. how is all of this playing into the upcoming elections and the campaign for those elections? the anti-islam, anti—immigration leader of the freedom party, geert wilders, expects to be galvanised by people waving turkish flags on the streets. last night on twitter he said, this is evidence, this is what i predicted. he said this morning that the borders must be closed, and if you can't respect peaceful dutch culture then go away. 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
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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 in seoul. he began by giving me more detail on park's return to her private home. her supporters were there, cheering her like she was the conquering hero come home. people were wondering about her demeanour after her time in the blue house, was she down, up, defiant? her demeanour was very defiant, a smile on her face as she 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. if people were wondering how she will play this one,
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will there be regret, will she be down, she seemed upbeat and defiant. another line from the statement says she denies any wrongdoing. what happens now? she will likely be charged with corruption and may well find herself in jail. the head of samsung is injail pending his trial. the prosecutor says 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 then did favours for samsung. she denies that. the prosecutor says he thinks she is complicit so you assume there will be a charge. a lot will depend now on the 30 people who were also charged. a lot of them are people
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around her, subordinates. if they say, "what can you do if the boss tells you to do something? she is the president," and samsung and the companies accused 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. coming up in a moment we'rejoined by viewers on bbc one for a round—up of all the day's news. the holders manchester united travel to... good afternoon.
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the brexit secretary david davis has called on mps to reject lords amendments on the brexit bill passing through parliament — and to give theresa may a "free hand" in negotiations with the european union. speaking this morning he said that it would not be acceptable for parliament to try to reverse the will of the british people. labour says it will fight for the amendments in the commons tomorrow. our political correspondent susana mendonca has more details. the latest instalment in the battle to trigger brexit takes centre stage tomorrow and the government is warning mps including potential rebels on its own side not to stand in its way. what we can't have is either house of parliament reversing the decision of the british people. first. there has been some scathing criticism from a senior tory. michael heseltine, former deputy pm, is in the lords. he got sacked from his government adviserjob last week
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because he rebuild in support of one of the lords amendments on this bill and article 50. he says a number of tourist feel betrayed by the way theresa may has dealt with the issue. —— tories. he points to the loss of the seat in richmond where zac goldsmith lost to the lib dems. he says that is a bigger issue for a lot of tories than the conservative win in copland when they beat labour. he says the conservatives are not just fleas following the ringmaster, they have their own views on europe and concerns and they want the prime minister to listen. thank you. dutch riot police have broken up a rally in rotterdam in support of the turkish president, as the diplomatic row between the two countries has escalated. the turkish family affairs minister, who'd tried to join the protesters, has been escorted by police to the german border and expelled. turkey is threatening to retaliate in what it called the "harshest way".
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from rotterdam anna holligan sent this report. the netherlands, a traditionally tolera nt the netherlands, a traditionally tolerant nation, erupted overnight. riot police struggled to disperse hundreds of angry turkish expats outraged by the netherlands‘ refusal to allow their politicians to attend a rally in support of president erdogan. this was a demonstration of the support he commands abroad. he is depending on the backing ofi million plus turkish citizens who live in europe to expand his powers back home in next month‘s referendum. but his family minister
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didn‘t get the chance to address them. amateur footage shows didn‘t get the chance to address them. amateurfootage shows her arguing with police before being escorted back to the border. she returned to istanbul defined. translation: in holland, holland, a country which speaks of freedom and democracy, we were faced with very rough and harsh treatment. it is very ugly for europeans who tell us how we could treat women in turkey. all of this after president erdogan branded the dutch nazi recommends —— re m na nts branded the dutch nazi recommends —— remnants and fascists. the timing is important that both countries. we are in the wrong situation in turkey at the moment was the dutch election has
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been dominated by the anti—immigration party of geert wilders. he is expected to make significant gains. the protests have fired up the debate about the presence of the dutch residents still connected to their foreign roots. many residents in rotterdam are of inner —— immigrant roots and thoseissues are of inner —— immigrant roots and those issues are expected to play a pa rt those issues are expected to play a part in the coming election. the iraqi military has made further advances against so—called islamic state in the city of mosul. refugees fleeing the fighting are streaming into new camps which have been opened around the city. 200,000 people are now housed in a total of 21 facilities. yet another stream of refugees from mosul and surrounding villages,
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arriving at the chamakor camp on the outskirts of the city of erbil. this is a new camp for the internaly displaced, opened just a few days ago, as authorities simply ran out of space to take in more people. and it looks like it‘s filling up quite quickly. the latest arrivals have come from a village north—west of mosul, where iraqi forces have been advancing over the last few days. they describe a harrowing journey from their homes to the camp. we called officers in the iraqi army, and they told us to leave at night and that they would secure the road for us. we walked towards the mountain, and is fighters followed us on motorbikes. finally, the army spotted them and fired at them, and they fled. we ran away and walked the entire night with our men and children. and when we arrived, we were received by the army, and they helped us out. to my brother and mother in syria and all the rest of my family,
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don't worry about us, thank god, we have all arrived safe and sound. the new camp can take in about 12,000 people. authorities here say it is receiving more than 200 every day and estimate it will reach full capacity within a few more days. the creator of the world wide web, sir tim berners—lee, has waded into the debate about so called fake news. in an open letter to mark the web‘s 28th anniversary, sir tim unveiled a plan to tackle
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data abuse and fake news, and expressed concerns about how the web is being used. sir tim said he wanted to start to combat the misuse of personal data, which he said created a "chilling effect on free speech". the government is being urged to create a central database for taxi drivers in england and wales. a bbc investigation has found that some drivers who‘ve had their licence revoked are continuing to work after getting a licence from another council. and tributes have been paid to the singerjoni sledge — of the group sister sledge — who‘s died in at her home in phoenix, arizona. she was 60. as parliament gets ready to put the
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brexit bill before mps tomorrow, the house of commons affairs committee —— foreign affairs committee has said it would be a dereliction of duty if the government doesn‘t have a contingency plan in place. earlier the director—general of the cbi told us the director—general of the cbi told us that a possible no deal scenario would lead to significant chaos. they think no deal is a recipe for chaos
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and a strong message we get from businesses is that it can‘t only be 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 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 berlin recently with businesses, politicians and officials and the sense of a shared outcome 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 that is the kind of way that we want negotiations to continue.
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there is a strong moral and business case. what about the distinction between skilled and unskilled workers? we know that we have many businesses in this country that 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 an announcement from the chancellor about technical education last week, 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. we need to balance that with an honest debate going forward. what are the dangers
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if we crashed out? there are many. it has a number of implications. first of all 90% of 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 companies talk about their products being illegal as exports 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 very 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 up contingency plans.
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they are looking for reassurance early in the negotiations that we are heading 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. they may well not be ready. it isa they may well not be ready. it is a pretty messy weather story across the country today but one thing is for certain is that it will not be as warm as yesterday. the warmest day of the year so far in northern ireland, 16 degrees, but a high of 18 as well in the south—east corner. a lot of cloud in between the two and that has brought some rain. this is the story over the next few hours with some heavy persistent rain across the south. there are two weather fronts making their way across the country, which is why we have this messy picture.
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one weather front will tend to linger in the south—east corner, another will die off as it meanders in from the west bringing showery bits and pieces of rain. it will be a different story across the south—east stretching into east anglia and east yorkshire. behind it we should see a window of fine weather with some sunshine coming through so i suspect by the middle afternoon we will see showery outbreaks lingering across the south—east, nowhere near as warm as yesterday, 12 or 13, and then this weather front moving through. a few bits and pieces, showery rain across wales and north—west england. not a bad afternoon in prospect that much of scotland, not as warm as
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