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president trump has threatened, in a tweet, to impose additional tariffs on cars imported from europe. it follows the eu's promise to retaliate if the us imposes tariffs on steel. mr trump wants to tackle the american trade deficit, but some of his advisers are understood to be urging caution. football's rule—making body has approved the use of video technology for all national and international competitions. it's now up to individual football leagues to decide if and when to introduce what's called var. the system is expected to be used in this summer's world cup in russia. a human rights group says pro—government forces in syria have recaptured about 10% of the rebel—held enclave of eastern ghouta outside damascus. more than 100 civilians have been killed in eastern ghouta since the united nations security council called for a ceasefire one week ago. now on bbc news — the week in parliament. theresa may takes more steps
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on "the road to brexit". will bring back control of our laws, oui’ will bring back control of our laws, our borders, and our money. labour says the government is in chaos. when is she going to put the country's interests before the outsized egos of her own cabinet? also on this programme: we talk to welsh mps as scotland and wales
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turn up the pressure on ministers to make sure they get control of some of the powers coming back to the uk after brexit. there's a call for a ban on live animal exports. and is facial recognition technology a security boost or a big brother threat? the chinese site has introduced a system whereby you can smile to pay. but first. . .. the acceptance that the uk cannot have its cake and eat it, was just one of the messages from theresa may as she set out details of what the uk wants from brexit. in a speech on friday she laid down five tests for a future agreement with the european union, including whether any deal respects the result of the 2016 referendum, protects jobs and security, and strengthen the ties between the four nations of the uk. the prime minister will update the commons on her ideas in a statement on monday afternoon. it will be another chance for mps to question her overjust where she sees brexit going. at prime minister's questions on wednesday, the labour leader jeremy corbyn had taunted theresa may over a recent
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ministerial get together at her country retreat, which aimed to thrash out the government's strategy and come up with a united way forward. mr speaker, the prime minister emerged to promise a brexit of ambitious diversions. what on earth ambitious divergence will mean and practise? we will bring back control our borders and our money. that is in direct contrast with the labour party is positioned, want to be in a, and do whatever it takes that would mean giving away control of our laws, our borders, and our money. and that would be a betrayal of the british people! the government to so divided that the prime minister is incapable of delivering a coherent and decisive plan for brexit! so when is she going to put
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the country's interests before the outsized egos of her own cabinet? jeremy corbyn. well, one problem that's proving particularly tricky in the brexit talks is how to take the uk out of the eu's customs union while still avoiding checks on the irish border. in the week the eu put forward a plan for a common regulatory area for the whole island of ireland, which would avoid what's known as a hard border with checkpoints between the north and south. but at prime minister's questions, theresa may made it clear that proposal wasn't acceptable to her. the draft legal text would if implemented undermined, the integrity of uk, down the, and no uk prime minister could ever... the snp's westminster leader picked
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up on the irish border issue, and a leaked letter from the foreign secretary borisjohnson to theresa may. in it he said the government should prevent the borderfrom becoming "significa ntly" harder, a comment that came hot on the heels of a bbc interview where he'd compared the issue to crossing between london boroughs and the use of the congestion charge! the foreign secretary's letter, says he cannot get to grips with the most fundamental issues of brexit. the foreign secretary, compared crossing the irish border to going between camden and westminster! frankly, you could not make this stuff up! is a uk government, that is prepared to put in jeopardy
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a good five—year agreement! does the prime minister agree with the foreign secretary who is making the united kingdom a laughing stock? theresa may didn't mention boris johnson specifically in her reply but insisted the government was committed to the good friday agreement. but mps wanted the foreign secretary to explain himself directly to them. so, straight after pmqs, labour put down what's known as an urgent question asking him to come to the despatch box. but as you might be able to see mrjohnson left the chamber, provoking much shouting from the opposition side. the dup's westminster leader used the opportunity to speak up and back theresa may in rejecting the deal proposed by the eu. it is ironic is it not, that those who complain hardest about a hard border between the irish republic, have today welcomed proposals from the eu which would create a hard border between them. to use the belfast agreement or most specifically, to thwart exit in shape it in the way, it is outrageous and disgraceful!
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we have got to wake up now as a country and realise. we are not going to rip our nation further apart. we not only to have a pragmatic approach, but in honest approach. and the only solution to a hard border is, membership of the custom union, mr speaker they will get there in the end. anna soubry. of course the irish border isn't the only big unresolved issue. the governments in wales and scotland have real concerns too. for example, what might brexit mean for regulating welsh farming or the scottish fishing industry? control over agriculture and fisheries is technically devolved. but these powers are currently exercised from brussels. once the uk leaves the eu these powers will be heading to the uk. but where will they go? the welsh and scottish governments claim that westminster might try to grab them. the cabinet office minister
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david lidington tried to reassure the doubters. the vast majority of power is returning, will start off in edinburgh, cardiff and belfast, and led there be no doubt this will be a very big change to the eu withdrawal bill that is before parliament and a significant step forward in these negotiations. but both the welsh and scottish governments think that's not good enough and responded by introducing continuity bills, in effect making sure those responsibilities go directly to them, not westminster. bad weather cancelled the st david's day debate in the commons. but we thought we'd stage our own. first i asked plaid cymru's westminster leader, liz saville roberts, why she thought westminster would hold on to the powers and not pass them on. why would the government does not allow these powers to go straight to cardiff for edinburgh?
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if we are equals, with the nations of the uk, we should be owed to discuss that within the parliament so we can come into an agreement together. according to our needs. i am joined by steven doughty and joined by a webcam by david davis. let me start with you. these powers are going to affect people for years to come. shouldn't they have a say on them from day one? they will have a say from day one and they will have. a much greater say and they have ever had before. those powers are currently in brussels and they are going to come back to london where they will be decided upon by a british government made up of mps from england but also wales, scotland and northern ireland so those powers are already coming
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back to the united kingdom. it will already have a much greater say to how these laws are made. and in the short term, maybe not immediately but in the period of the next two years, many of the powers will be divulged straight down towards cardiff bay or scotland and northern ireland. everyone is going to have more powers as a result. but that's the majors ticking point, eventually those powers will go to scotland and wales, why can't they go straightaway? there is not one single thing that they can do at the moment that it won't be going to do after brexit. we are not taking any powers away from belfast, scotland, nowhere else. no powers have been taken away and more powers will be going to them. we need to ensure that we don't have, if you like, four different nations all doing their own thing and that would undermine the single market in the uk and it is such an irony that all of these people, i respect steven doughty and other mps who say we need to be a part
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of this equal market. if we have a situation where they have different agricultural policies we will lose the single market in the uk. it sounds unreasonable. you will get these powers in the end, what is the problem? it is not what is actually happening. the uk government had plenty of time during this process to resolve the issues with the welsh and scottish governments. and the discussions have come to a stalemate at this time. the welsh government has had to set out a continuity bill to try to keep things going because they haven't come to this agreement and that is not the situation we want to be in. we don't want to end up back in the supreme court arguing about these powers. the powers that have been given to scotland and wales have been in place since 1999 and it is established they have powers in those areas and that they would get stuck in westminster and grab back by some ministers is not an acceptable situation. you talked there about these continuity bills, wouldn't everyone be better off trying to sort out and negotiate with the government
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at westminster rather than going for this nuclear option of having a continuity bill and making more confusion and as you say, more potential to turn up in the courts? we have raised this problem since day one and i work closely with my colleagues in the national assembly and from snp and elsewhere. we agree that this is about respecting devolution and the different powers that the government and united kingdom have in keeping the constitutional stability here in the uk in the uk government has not responded adequately to that. even had conservative scottish mps agreeing that this is not an adequate situation. and they have not come forward. the chaos seeing or whether they are grabbing back the powers and hold them in westminster, neither of those are acceptable. isn't there a problem for the government that it is going to look like it is walking roughshod over devolution, if it hangs onto the powers
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it is in trouble. at the continuity bill goes through it is also in trouble. whatever the government does, and no matter how far is it traced to support the welsh assembly and scottish parliament, leaders of those institutions are not going to support brexit, we are not taking any powers away, we are taking powers from brussels. but that is a wonderful thing, we're taking this powers from brussels and back to the uk parliament were welsh mps will have a say over it in the welsh mps will bring it down to cardiff. that is respecting the result of the brexit referendum in wales. last ten seconds, would you make of that? he is incorrect. we voted for the wales act and this is an intent to claw back the powers and ukip in the welsh assembly are backing the welsh government on this and it is this silly route that we don't need to have. it is not about walking brexit and it is respecting the powers of the governments in the uk
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government should do that. david davies and stephen doughty there. thank you for coming in. now, i hear you ask, what's been happening in the wider world of politics this week? here's duncan smith with our countdown. # five, four, three, two, one. five. a wintry week at westminster and the heating failed at a late—night sitting in the house of lords, prompting peers to wrap up warm. four. welsh nationalist mps are backing manchester city boss pep guardiola for wearing a pro—catalan ribbon at the cup final. he was charged by the fa for promoting a political message. mps tabled an early motion praising his stance. three. back in the lords, a the quick thinking doorkeeper saved the day on wednesday. business can't end if the mace is in place. two.
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most fashionable subject for a speech this week, brexit as seen on monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, and friday. 0ne. we return to the weather for our top story. and the snow at westminster inspired these images on social media. # five, four, three, two, one. duncan smith with our countdown. now let's take a look at some westminster news in brief: the international development secretary is considering stopping uk aid for a number of charities after they failed to provide assurances over safeguarding to her department. penny mordaunt had set a deadline for the information following the scandal surrounding sexual misconduct by aid agency workers. a number of organisations unbelievably, mr speaker, have not replied. we are following up. but without compelling justification, they will have lost our confidence and we will consider whether it is right
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to continue their funding. the government's announced it's abandoning the next stage of the leveson inquiry into press intrusion, set up in the wake of the phone—hacking scandal. the culture secretary argued the industry had changed and he reminded mps that the first phase had cost £48 million. i've informed sir brian that we are formally closing the inquiry. but we will take action to safeguard the lifeblood of our democratic discourse and tackle the challenges our media face today, not a decade ago. this announcement, conveniently timed to be buried under a flurry of snow, is a disappointment, a breach of trust and a bitter blow to the victims of press intrusion, but it is not, in any way, a surprise. uk millennials are on track to be the most overweight generation since records began, health experts say. based on population trends, more than seven in every ten people
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born between the early 1980s and the mid 1990s will be too fat by the time they reach middle age. 5—year—olds are now eating their own body weight in sugar every year. obesity is the second largest cause of cancer, and it reduces life expectancy up to ten years. what is needed are mandatory reformulation targets for reduction in added sugar, fat, and calories across all products, as well as common—sense policies directed at early years. we have seen action. what we will see in the spring is evidence of whether or not it has had the desired effect, and if it hasn't, we have left all options open to take further action if required. the electricals retailer maplin collapsed in the week, putting 2,500 jobs at risk. 0n the same day, a further 3,000 jobs were under threat when the uk's biggest toys retailer toys"r"us went into administration. in the lords, there was a dire warning that trading in britain's shops could decline by nearly
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a quarter in the next year. there is a crisis on the high street. can the minister tell us what the government is doing to recognise the pressure that the digital economy is putting on the physical shops of our high streets? in the autumn budget, we note it's worth some {2.3 billion in terms of cutting business rates and try and bring a degree of fairness to the system. there are limits to how far one can go and one has got to accept that a lot of what is happening is a result of what the consumers want. mps debated a call to ban live farm animal exports after more than 90,000 people signed an online petition. ministers are said to be considering the change. currently, live animal exports from britain are controlled by eu regulation. in 2012, a0 sheep had to be euthanised after being crammed into a truck. and just last august, it was reported that 500 sheep spent four days without any access to food or water while being transported to turkey. let us, mr wilson, make this be one
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of the first great steps as britain takes back control from the european union. because, as gandhi once said, the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. we should not be banning live exports because if we do that, we will lose control through the irish border and potentially, the animals that we are seeking to improve the welfare of will end up travelling from southern ireland to spain or france — journeys that are considerably longer than they need to be. mps have been increasingly concerned about the plight of the rohingya people fleeing myanmar, formerly known as burma. now, the chairman of the international development committee says it's been blocked from making a fact—finding trip to the country after publishing a report on the crisis. yesterday, our passports were returned to us without visas and clearly, the failure
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of the burmese government to grant these visas simply prevents us from doing ourjob as a select committee, which is to oversee how overseas development assistance is spent in country. i understand, mr speaker, that it was aung san suu kyi herself who blocked the approval of our visas. burmese officials have indicated three reasons for that refusal. first, that there is an extended public holiday in burma. secondly, that access to rakhine state remains restricted for security reasons. and finally — and i think this was something that was brought up in the press release by the honourable gentleman yesterday evening — finally, they were unhappy that individual members of the idc had signed a letter calling for the senior general of the burmese army to be held to account for the burmese military behaviour in rakhine. in the lords, there was a call for better regulation of facial recognition technology
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by the security services and police. biometric software can identify someone by comparing a photo or video to a stored faceprint. it's used for security, but also increasingly by private companies. 0ne peer, who said she'd been arrested but not charged while attending peaceful protests, raised concerns. this technology is being used with a database full of illegal images of innocent people, and i include myself in that number. it seems that the facial recognition technology is using the police national database, which contains tens of thousands of people who were never charged nor convicted of an offence. it's six years since the high court ruled that the policy of retaining the mugshots of innocent people was unlawful, but the police still do it and they still upload them onto the police national database. the government's solution in 2017 was to allow individuals to write to the police, asking to be deleted. thatjust isn't good enough.
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although it is still at a very early stage of development as far as its use in the criminaljustice system is concerned, i have no doubt that it will eventually be accepted by the police and the courts as a quick and reliable method of eliminating the innocent from suspicion, as much as for identifying and convicting the guilty. but, he added, there were no national or international standards for how to implement its use. these techniques are extremely powerful but they are out of the bag, the train has left the station, or whichever metaphor you want to use on this concern. the chinese alibaba site has introduced a system whereby you can smile to pay. now, as far as i know — it's china, different,
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of course — and i'm not aware that any other similar system is being adopted in the uk or in other western countries, but the point is that technique is there and it is actually only a matter of time before non—state actors start to use these techniques far more widely than is currently the case. 0ne peer and former m15 chief stressed the benefits in counter—terrorism, and was impressed with a system he'd experienced. i was going into a building the other day and there was a facial recognition system at the door, and it immediately and accurately identified me as myself and was able to do it on the basis of a 12—year—old photograph taken from the internet. so this is notjust about police custody records, you can do it without any of that stuff — and a lot of people are doing so in the private sector. so, for example, the durham police force are now using body—worn image cameras to create a troublemakers database, which is totally against the principles of data protection and against the spirit of not using this type of technology for intelligent gathering tools.
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but as there is no legal status, there are no proper regulations and no independent oversight, they are getting away with it. the home office minister said biometric data was critically important in law enforcement. my lords, maintaining public trust and confidence is absolutely key. achieving this involves a more open approach to development and the deployment of new technologies. we remain committed to ensuring that our use of biometrics, including those provided to law enforcement partners is legal, is ethical, is transparent and is robust. she also said the government was committed to creating a framework so that organisations could innovate with biometric data in an ethical and transparent way. finally, march the first is the meteorological start of spring — which might have been a little hard to believe over the last few days — but it's also st david's day,
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and a chance for a few non—welsh speakers to have a go at the traditional greeting. can i wish all members dydd gwyl dewi hapus! i'm told that's happy saint david's day for all the non—welsh speakers amongst us. dydd gwyl dewi hapus! a happy st david's day. and how about with a scottish accent? here's my go. dydd gwyl dewi hapus! and i'm hoping that impressed the honourable member. and this is how it should be done. diolch, mr speaker, dydd gwyl dewi hapus! happy st david's day. but there was some bad news for those wanting more talk of st david's day. well, i'm afraid to say that when the beast from the east meets stormageddon emma, it then takes further victims and, in fact, one of those victims
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is the business of this house. at the request of welsh members, the scheduled debate on saint david's day on welsh affairs for this afternoon has been cancelled so that they can travel home safely. the weather intruding on commons business once more — something pete wishart was keen to explore, sort of. i suppose there are only two real items of business this week, and that's the beast from the east and the foreign secretary. one is a white—out delivering havoc and chaos wherever it goes and whatever it touches, and the other is, of course, the beast from the east. pete wishart. and that's it from me for now. but do join lucy grey on bbc parliament on monday night at 11pm for a full round—up of the day at westminster. but for now from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. hello, thanks forjoining me.
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our latest look at how the weather will pan out in the british isles for the next few days or so. the good news is the forthcoming week looks as though it will be nowhere near as brutal as the weather we have just experienced. having said that, it will tend to stay really rather unsettled. nothing unusual for the time of year. the area of low pressure driving the weather at the moment is in fact going to be with us for the rest of the weekend and on into the start of the forthcoming week. at least while that area of low pressure is around we are looking towards the atlantic, rather than towards the continent, scandinavia and siberia, where all of that cold weather came from that has affected so many so very badly in recent days. and the first signs of something a little milder is already there to be had across parts of the far south. not that much further north though.
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many more of you are having to contend with scenes very much more like that. there will be a rather wintry flavour to the start of the day across the northern half of the british isles. temperatures in the major towns and cities will be below zero. as a consequence, there will be a widespread problem of untreated surfaces with ice. that does notjust extended in northern half of the british isles, some spots further south are covered by met office warnings. having said that, much of what falls from the skies during sunday will be watery rather than wintry. there will be plenty of it as well, eventually across east anglia and south—east. the north, the high ground, further wintry showers across northern and eastern parts of scotland. increasingly, just beginning to move away from sea level. no great problems with the fixture there. manchester city taking on chelsea at the top of the premier league. the forthcoming week, as i have tried to reassure you already, you need some, the snow will become increasingly confined to the hills
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northern britain. things will stay fairly unsettled. this is a snapshot for monday. we see further rain close to the centre of the low pressure down towards the south—western quarter. there is still some winteriness, particularly on the higher ground of northern scotland, elsewhere really not too bad at all as a start to the week. many more of you will be getting to work and notice the temperature is beginning to creep up, nine, ten, 11 degrees or so. here we are continuing a trend, certainly across other parts, double figure temperatures. they are on the way up across northern britain as well. hello, this is breakfast, with rogerjohnson and tina daheley.
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an end in sight for the big freeze — but icy weather is still causing problems. many rural communities remain cut off by snow drifts and, despite some services reopening, there are still widespread cancellations on rail lines across the uk. good morning. it's sunday the 11th of march. also this morning, a warning to councils — the government says build more houses or risk losing planning powers. and in sport, there are more british medals at the world track cycling championships and also the world indoor athletics. it is just it isjust a it is just a few hours until hollywood's most important night of the, but it will be the


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