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trapped in a flooded cave system in thailand for nine days. they're now trying to work out how best to bring them to safety. they'll need to dive through flood—water to get out of the caves. the president—elect of mexico says he's already spoken to president trump about his new plan to boost the mexican economy, and cut down on migration. andres manuel lopez obrador made the suggestions during a phone—call between the two leaders following his decisive victory in sunday's presidential election. germany's interior minister horst seehofer has withdrawn a threat to resign, after talks with chancellor angela merkel. he said they'd reached an agreement on tougher border controls. mrs merkel made a deal with other eu leaders to deal with the high number of migrants arriving from north africa. now on bbc news — monday in parliament. hello and welcome to monday
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in parliament, our look at the best of the day in the commons and the lords. on this programme. as the government's contortions over brexit continue, opposition mps gloat over cabinet divisions and splits. it's not clear that the prime minister can even get a deal with her own cabinet. what are the red lines which ministers cannot now cross? the effort to contain moorland fires in the north west of england. mps praise the work of those at the scene. our message has been very simple — have you got what you need, and if you haven't got what you need, ask and we will provide. and. as wimbledon fortnight starts, the commons speaker displays a deft return of service. i'm even more pleased that roger federer won his opening match in straight sets, in less
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than an hour and a half, and conveniently finished just before question time began. but first. it's another vital week for brexit. there's certainly been plenty of those, with cabinet members gathering at chequers at the end of the week to thrash out what britain's future relationship with the eu should be. at the end of last week, theresa may was at the latest eu summit meeting, where the migration crisis in europe was a more pressing issue for eu leaders than brexit. after that came familiar weekend reports of bitter in—fighting over brexit among conservative cabinet members and the news that the prime minister is set to propose a new third option on the vexed subject of a future uk customs arrangement with the eu. theresa may is said to be hoping it'll prove more popular than two earlier options. she reported back to the commons on what was discussed at the eu summit. mr speaker, the consequences of mass uncontrolled immigration are one of the most serious challenges confronting europe today. the problem is felt, especially acutely by countries
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on the mediterranean, often where migrants first arrive. but this is a shared challenge which affects us all. turning to brexit, mr speaker, turning to brexit, mr speaker.... i updated my fellow leaders on the negotiations, and the 27 other member states welcomed the further progress that had been made on the withdrawal agreement. with the exception of the protocol relations in northern ireland, we now have agreement and are close to doing so. there remains a real differences between us and the european commission on northern ireland. we all agreed that we must now urgently intensify and accelerate the pace of negotiations on our future relationship. i warned eu leaders that i do not think this parliament will approve the withdrawal agreement in the autumn, and as we have clarity about our future relationship alongside it. the prime minister said the government's brexit blueprint, or white paper, will be published next week. the eu and its member states
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will want to consider our proposals seriously. we both need to show flexibility to build the deep relationship after we have left, that is in the interests of both our peoples. our white paper will set out detailed proposals for a sustainable and close future relationship between the uk and the eu. a partnership that means that the uk will leave the single market and customs union, but a partnership which supports our shared prosperity and security. is the prime minister still confident she can get a deal? at this stage, it is not clear that the prime minister can even get a deal with her own cabinet. laughter. which is why, after two years, the white paper is still nowhere to be seen. the divisions in open warfare at the highest levels of her government are holding the country back. the prime minister must choose — will she reign in the egos of her cabinet, or negotiate a deal that works for the people of this
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country and of those worried about theirjobs, their future and their communities? hear, hear! goodness knows where she will be with brexit this time week. mr speaker, more than two years on from the brexit vote, we are no clearer, no clearer on where the government wants. two years wasted — no vision, no plan. the result is thatjobs and investment are at risk from a lack of a coherent plan. where is the leadership? one arch brexit—eer said the eu withdrawal act, finalised last week, repeals the european communities act 1972. this repeal, as my right honourable friend knows, means no freedom of movement, no customs union, no single market, nor the european court ofjustice. nojobs! it is a sovereign act... laughter. it is a sovereign act returning to this country, self—government and is
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the law of the land. hear, hear! will the prime minister table urgently a full free trade agreement governing both goods and services and ask the eu — do they want it, or do they want no—deal? either way, we must take back control of our laws, our money and our borders. will my right honourable friend confirm that, at the end of the implementation period, the united kingdom will leave the customs union and will no longer be subject to the common external tariff? can i say to you, my honourable friend, that we are going to be leaving the customs union. can i say you, prime minister, that rather than listening to arbitrary redlines just heard by members such as those from north east somerset and wokingham, that she does what conservative prime ministers over the ages have done — which is defined a pragmatic, sensible and flexible brexit which delivers on the referendum result of two years ago — which we've done though eu withdrawal act — but protects businesses and jobs and the economy and entrepreneurs, otherwise we will not be thanked for the mess that we end up in.
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to lose one unworkable customs variant may be regarded as misfortune, but to lose both looks like carelessness. wouldn't it be far simpler if she just admitted that it is impossible to avoid a hard border in ireland, unless we are in the single market and customs union? can i ask to the prime minister — what are the redlines which ministers cannot now cross, for fear of being dismissed for disloyalty? can i say to the right honourable gentleman, that is a very interesting contribution. i seem to remember — when we were in the coalition government — the one or two occasions when i woke up as home secretary to discover statements the right honourable gentleman had made from his position which certainly did not reflect collective responsibility! laughter. hear, hear! will brexit be recognisable as brexit?
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yes, can i say to my honourable friend, there has been much jocularity around the term "brexit means brexit", but it does mean brexit. people want to ensure... laughter. hear, hear! people want to ensure that we take back control of our borders, our laws and that we no longer continue to send vast sums of money to the european union each year, and we will be coming out of the common agricultural policy, the common fisheries policy. so, brexit in the commons. and peers got their chance to assess the latest european developments when the prime minister's statement was repeated in the house of lords. does the minister agree that the republic of ireland will suffer more from brexit than any other nation in the european union, and therefore it is right that people — even dressed in green — show a new interest in the border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland? and in that context,
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could my noble friend impress upon her colleagues at cabinet and also explain to the house the importance of dropping the threat of no—deal? because it is absolutely impossible to respect the northern ireland border commitments if there is no deal, and indeed the redlines that we have in terms of the customs union and single market are incompatible with the redlines for protecting northern ireland, if there is in any kind of no—deal scenario. given that the decision as to what the european union — which is 27 member states was the european parliament are prepared to accept — that we are now being told if they don't get what they want they're prepared to walk away, should we be making the same preparations, so that we are in a position when it comes to march of next year to walk away? the noble lady, the leader of this house, will have a seat
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at the table on friday. she has an important role. and i hope that she will urge cabinet colleagues to put their differences aside, to open their mind and agree a position that enables the uk to achieve the deal it needs, rather than the deal that brexiteers will let it have. hear, hear! now. forecasters have predicted that the country is set to swelter for anotherfortnight, with temperatures staying high across most of the uk. that will not be good news for the firefighters and others who've been battling to tackle fires that have ravaged the lancashire moors at winter hill near bolton and on saddleworth moor, on the edge of greater manchester. at saddleworth, seven square miles of land between tameside and oldham have been alight, blanketing parts of greater manchester and beyond in a cloud of smoke and ash. up to 100 firefighters from across england have been tackling the blaze on winter hill which broke out at the end of last week. the army has been brought
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to the scene to assist fire crews in tackling the flames. the dry, hot weather has created ideal conditions for the wildfires, causing them to spread over several days. can i began by expressing my gratitude to the greater manchester fire and rescue service, who have worked tirelessly in the most extreme of conditions, and to the police, the army and tameside council, for their exemplary work over the last week. in terms of that magnificent support from the army who are literally beating the fire back with paddles — will the minister confirm that we will have that support for as long as we need it? and if things get worse and more support is needed, that more support will be available. in addition, can he say there is any truth in the rumour that military helicopters can't be used to fight the fire because they no longer possess the correct firefighting equipment? i've spoken personally to both fire chiefs and the home secretary has spoken personally to the mayor,
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and our message has been very simple — have you got what you need, and if you haven't got what you need, ask and we will provide. and that has been the case so far, and that is exactly the approach that we will take going forward. i share his hope that normal service will be resumed in terms of weather over manchester. but in the meantime, we will be providing all the support, all the resources that this effort will require, because it looks like it will have to continue for some time longer. at this time, as he knows, there are a lot of summer festivals on and people use these lanterns where — with candles which then go up — and clearly those are a fire hazard in themselves. will you look to banning those activities? and secondly, the use of drones in the area — will he make absolutely an exquisitely clear that people who are flying drones over that area could well be jeopardising the operation of those fighting the fires?
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in relation to drones, no clearer message than that issue by lancashire fire crew — don't. if you're looking to go to the fire to take some photographs — don't. just get out of the way. let the fire services do theirjob. dont't get in there. don't get in their way. will the minister provide more financial support to local authorities in the area, to mitigate against the impact of the fire? i understand the exceptional circumstances of this fire, but the fire and emergency services must be staffed, resourced and paid adequately to ensure they are sufficiently prepared for any emergency. this actually is not a day to try and make political points, but i think the country wants to hear in this house across party support for the emergency services, it wants to hear from the government whether they are prepared to commit the resources to support this effort for as long as it lasts, which is what i have given. the countryside that we currently see a blaze is very special, but it is not unique. it is the sort of area that the length and breadth of the country support the communities involved in hill
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farming and crafting. so, can the minister tell us what work has been in government done to ensure — god forbid this become a pattern this summer — then support will be given to ensure the livelihoods are protected of those people of those areas? you're watching our round—up of the day in the commons and the lords. still to come. are enough resources being made available for the early detection of cancer? it's often said britain is a nation of animal lovers. dogs at play are a common enough sight in both urban and rural parts of the country. but perhaps because of the affection people have for their dogs, they're also a target for criminal activity. some 2,000 dogs were stolen in the uk last year; campaigners say the thefts of dogs are too often treated by the police in the same way as stolen bicycles, with the emotional impact ignored. 100,000 people have now signed a petition calling for tougher penalties, leading to a debate in westminster hall. i'm here on behalf of constituents
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of a dog who has been stolen. at the moment over two dozen dogs a year have been stolen and only 5% lead to convictions and it has to be worth £500 to be counted as property. for most families it's working and a patent. —— pet. we have got to correct the loss that people who steal dogs are punished properly. if you lose your dog, somebody steals your dog regardless may not agree with me it's like a death in the family. i've had animals over the years and when something happens to them or if they die and it's as though you have had eight death you have had a death and is a sadness about the house and more importantly it affects
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children that are very, very much attached. there was cross—party concern that the penalty for dog theft can be lower if an animal is worth less than £500. we need to make sure that education about this is widespread so that people are aware this is a potential threat and that the value of an animal is notjust seen as a piece of property, it's actually really like losing a member of your own family. is it the same type of organised crime setup that is causing pets be stolen that we see in relation to dog fighting and in relation to puppy smuggling? in relation to poppy farming? if there are links between these activities and those who are perpetrating them then that would be a key issue and i would think that we need to address it. the e—petition calls for pet theft to be classified as a crime in its own right. will the honourable member agree
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with me it's notjust pets, it's a life of. that actually the law needs to bear that in mind. it's not about monetary value. it's about a life being taken and if a child was taken they would not say they are only a couple of years old so you think actually it's not worth that much. it's a life and it matters to the family. i'm grateful to the member for intervention and i could not agree more. there is a real emotional connection to our petsjust in the same way that we have that emotional connection to our members of family, and when they pass away or we lose them we grieve and we lose our paths we grieve in the same way and they should be treated the same way. we do need to ensure the proper sentences are put out an increased. we need to make sure that we catch as many perpetrators as possible in order to do our best to stamp out this appalling crime that causes such terrible upset to families. a minister rejected calls to change the law but admitted more could be done to improve detection rates.
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i think one of the messages i have picked up from contributions from the most honourable members and may not be so much that the ability to sentence is not there, it may not even be that the maximum penalties are wrong to my but sibley the case that too few of these crimes are being detected and too few prosecutions being brought. george eustice. a parliamentary report last week revealed the uk's knowledge of the torture and rendition of american detainees following the terror attacks of september 11th, 2001. the intelligence and security committee, or isc, said it was "beyond doubt" that britain was aware how the us handled some detainees and british agencies supplied intelligence despite suspecting abuse in 200 cases. when the conservative veteran kenneth clarke wasjustice secretary he scrapped a judge—led inquiry because then allegations of criminality had ta ken legal priority. in the previous coalition government
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i was speaking with a full authority of the then prime minister and the entire government including the present prime minister who was home secretary, we were actually considering it's necessary to appoint a fresh judge led inquiry as the intelligence and security committee has been frustrated from going any further. the prime minister has stated the government will give further consideration to the conclusions and recommendations, and the government will also give careful consideration to the calls for another judge led inquiry and will update the house within 60 days of publication of the reports. i would like once again to reassure the house that the government does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture for any purpose. we can and should be proud of the work done by our intelligence and service personnel.
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often in the most difficult of circumstances. mr speaker, there is support lays bare the sheer scale of our involvement in torture and rendition. in doing so would vindicates those who for years sought to expose these facts. investigative journalist, civil liberties campaigners and members of this house who were all rights to claim the full truth was being hidden. as detailed as this report is it still does not give us the full truth and we will not have the full truth until we have a full, independent, judicial inquiry. i would be grateful if she would think again about the words she used when she accused officials of our agencies of being involved in torture. they were not. they were not involved in torture. so, i really think that the right honourable lady may want to come back to the house and say
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that actually isn't an accurate accusation. mr speaker, they were very unique times. the twin towers had been blown off, it was the biggest terrorist attacks we had seen. it went right to the heart of the united states psyche and there was inevitably going to be a very strong and strict response. but the fact remains that some terrible things were clearly done. the report says that the uk tolerated actions and took others which we regard as an excusable. mr speaker, this was an ugly, ugly moment in our country but make history. can i therefore reassure the minister that i think he is probably getting the message from across the house that when he is taken in 60 days and decide to come into this house and responded that there will be a huge should he stand up and say that he is going to introduce independent judge led inquiry which my right honourable friend
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the former home secretary forjustice, stop the time and if he doesn't and will not put this metal to rest until it does happen. over ten years ago the then foreign secretary kansas house , came to and apologise that his predecessor had misled select committees including mine when i was chairing the committee and that in fact the united states had rendered people to guant namo via diego garcia as british territory even though they had lied to or misled the government and force our governments to mislead this house. the damning report does confirm what many of us had suspected that the uk has been involved and effectively complicit in rendition. this is notjust a shameful, it could in fact be criminal if as lieutenant colonel nicholas mercer said these took place in the international conflict or war.
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now, bowel cancer has been assessed as the third most prevalent form of cancer among the uk population. so could there been a greater use of endoscopies to test for early signs of bowel cancer? public health england has said there's a shortage of clinical endoscopists to deal with a potentially increased workload, it was an issue taken up at question—time in the house of lords. around 16,000 people each year die from bowel cancer. my mother was one of them so early diagnosis is vital and i congratulate the government in introducing the new test which will save lives. endoscopy units are already struggling to cope with the increase of them for olds because of inadequate funding and a lack of highly trained nhs staff to carry out the procedures. the minister expressed sympathy. includes a commitment to include the earlier diagnosis.
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it has a bill to train 200 by 2018. it has already recruited 130 trainee endoscopist and to further plans this year. has done much to bring the benefits of the digital revolution to the nhs. are there digital to solutions that might help to prevent bowel cancer and other cancers and the fight against this dreadful disease in the coming months and years? my honourable friend is quite right to point to the potential and i think particularly been analytical capability to look at samples and was one of the reasons that the prime minister recently pledged to have 50,000 more
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cancer diagnosis and a long—term goal by 2033 because the nhs is such a good place to improve care. lord o'shaughnessy. finally, you mayjust possibly have noticed there's plenty of sport on television at the moment. as well as the world cup, wimbledon is now with us as well. and for a fortnight we all become keen followers of tennis. one of the biggest tennis fans in parliament is undoubtedly the commons speaker, john bercow, a fact that may have led to this question, served, by a conservative backbencher. i'm sure you'll be delighted, mr speaker, wimbledon is now under way and that means tonnes of british drivers would be consumed. strawberries would be consumed. i like to say how much i welcome more british workers to pick that fruit and will she update the house on her plans? i'm even more pleased roger federer won his first match and finished right before question time began. i can say everyone is a winner today in this chamber.
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probably not the last tennis reference of the fortnight. and that's it for this programme. alicia mccarthy will be here for the rest of the week. but for now, from me keith macdougall, goodbye. good morning. the summer of 2018 is shaping up to be quite memorable. june may be a distant memory, it looks as though the statistics will make it go down in history. this was glasgow last week, june 28 in motherwell, where we saw a high of 33 degrees. we thought that was the hottest june day on record, but it was the hottest day ever recorded in scotland. quite incredible.
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it looks as though there is little in the way of significant rain in the forecast not only throughout this week but perhaps into next as well. high pressure stays with us, subtle differences. more of an easterly breeze will bring changes and it does mean that first thing in the morning there will be a bit more cloud along the north sea coast and it will be a little bit fresher as we go through the day. further west, with a little more shelter we got that warmth and those temperatures yet again are set to respond. highest values likely of around 27 degrees, that's 80 fahrenheit, a little bit cooler along the east coast. perhaps a little more pleasant for many. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, the high pressure releases its grip a little. there's still unlikely to be any significant rain in the forecast, largely quiet, but perhaps a little more in the way of cloud around and the threat of a few sharper showers across southern england. very hit and miss but i'm sure they'll be welcome news for gardeners and growers out there. as a result of that cloud, temperatures are degree or so down. looking at a high of 20—26 degrees.
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still a dry story into thursday for most of us, but look at this, a weather front, something we've not seen for some time, introducing more in the way of cloud across the northern isles into the western scotland and maybe northern ireland but no significant rain i'm afraid in the forecast. maybe a few isolated showers and the risk of a few showers just threatening across the far south. the highest values still of 17—28 degrees, that's 82 fahrenheit. the wind direction looking likely to change again as we move towards the weekend and that will allow those temperatures to climb, with more of a southerly 29 or 30 degrees not out of the question again somewhere in the south. the high pressure establishes itself as we move out of the working week into next weekend. that means that things stay dry, settled and relatively sunny. if you haven't already got the message, it looks likely that the rest of the week will stay often quite sunny, very warm for many with little in the way of significant rain. take care. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley.
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