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the government in crisis as theresa may's brexit secretary resigns. david davis has quit, saying the prime minister's new brexit strategy is dangerous. i was the person who had to present it to parliament, to the european union, to everybody else. and, you know, if i don't believe in it, then i won't do as good a job as someone who does believe in it. the new brexit secretary is dominic raab — the former housing minister and leave campaigner we'll have reaction from brussels and the latest from westminster. also this lunchtime... another boy is reported to have been rescued from the cave in thailand where 12 children and their football coach have been trapped for a fortnight. a murder investigation is launched in wiltshire after the death of a woman exposed to novichok nerve agent. plans to put a charging point for electric cars in every new home in england. and the crowds pour into wimbledon for manic monday —
with all the men's and women's last 16 singles ties taking place. and coming up on bbc news, england still look relaxed as the expectation mounts ahead of their first world cup semifinal in 28 years against croatia in moscow on wednesday. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the prime minister has appointed former housing minister and leave supporter dominic raab as her new brexit secretary — after last night's dramatic resignation of david davis. mr davis said he couldn't support theresa may's latest brexit plan, agreed with her cabinet last week. he called the proposals "dangerous" and said they give away too much
to the eu too easily. tonight the prime minister will face her backbench mps, with some of them openly calling for a leadership contest to oust her. labour say the government is in chaos. ourfirst report is from our political correspondent jonathan blake. are you confident, mr davies? for two years, he has been the man in brussels, leading the negotiations with the european union that would shape the uk's future outside it. at the prime minister's country residence on friday, where theresa may's top team gathered to hear her final plan, he was, in his words, the odd man out. it would put the uk ona the odd man out. it would put the uk on a path to close to the eu for his liking. the driving was primarily from number 10, rather than my
department. that is fair enough, it is not the first time there has been a debate by a goal margin. as you say, i lost the argument. it's not just that i lose the argument in something which is in somebody else's department, the point is that i was the person who had two presented to parliament, to the european union, to everybody else. ifi european union, to everybody else. if i don't believe in it, i won't do as good a job at somebody that does. in his resignation letter, he said the current trade policy and tactics was making it less and less likely that the uk would leave the customs union and single market. those are both things the guggenberger has committed to doing. theresa may wrote in her reply that he did not agree with his characterisation of the policy, but said she was saddened that he was leaving. the policy, but said she was saddened that he was leavingm means making the trade—offs that business can live with, trade—offs that will protect jobs business can live with, trade—offs that will protectjobs in the country. but most importantly
preserve what the british people actually voted for, a brexit that gives us back control of our laws. this man, dominic raab, will be the new brexit secretary. a promotion for the former housing minister. too many, it is clear the prime minister is the one calling the shots. after reading his resignation letter, you have to wonder if she needs a brexit secretary. said she still be the leader of the party? she is the leader of the party? she is the leader of the party? she is the leader of the party and i don't see any reason to replace her. the issue is about policy. david davis has a simple message for those thinking of using his resignation to challenge her leadership. don't. but there are many conservative mps who dislike theresa may's brexit strategy as much as he does, and what they do in the coming hours and days will be crucial for her. the coming hours and days will be crucialfor her. in the coming hours and days will be crucial for her. in the the coming hours and days will be crucialfor her. in the meantime, david davis's departure allows the government's critics to pile in. that has been a division between those in the cabinet who want to
stay economic close to the eu and those that want to rip up the economic model. that tension has been there all the way through. now it has really broken out into the open. david davis was an obvious choice for brexit secretary in 2016. a keen brexiteer and experienced minister. now stepping back from front line politics with a warning. that the government has given away too much, too easily. 0ur assistant political editor norman smith is in westminster. the prime minister thought she had sold this new plan to her cabinet last week. where does this resignation leave that strategy?” think it is a genuine bombshell moment. we are always in for the smoke and dust to clear to see exactly how much damage it has caused, whether it is just a 48—hour hiatus, and then life returns to normal, or whether it has caused so
much damage that it leads to the colla pse much damage that it leads to the collapse of theresa may's whole brexit strategy. certainly, reading david davis's resignation statement, it is clear notjust that he is deeply unhappy with the chequers plan, but also deeply unhappy with theresa may's whole approach, accusing him of progressively diluting key brexit objectives, saying taking back power will only bea saying taking back power will only be a illusionary, questioning whether we will really be able to leave the single market and the customs union. downing street, for their part, say this plan is as good as it gets, it is the final plan. there is not going to be any changes. to that end, theresa may has invited opposition mps, labour and smp mps, to a briefing with her chief of staff on the chequers plan. that has opened up the fear among some tory mps that she may seek to push the plan through on the back of opposition mps, with their support. that has infuriated many already
very angry brexiteers, who now question whether it is notjust a plan that needs to change, but maybe the prime minister who needs to be changed. i was go to ask you about that, there is talk of a leadership challenge. how much danger is she in this afternoon? on the plus side, it is not clear there is an obvious challenger beyond boris johnson. is not clear there is an obvious challenger beyond borisjohnson. so far he has not resigned, has not said anything, he has blinked previously at chequers and over heathrow. he may not enter the fray, depriving the brexiteers of a clear big—name candidate. also, it is not clear they have the numbers. frankly, so febrile is the atmosphere in westminster that it is quite possible that the tory party could stumble into a contest by accident if enough brexiteers put in letters demanding a contest. so, the ramifications of david davis's resignation threat notjust theresa
may's brexit plan, but potentially her survival. david davis was the public face of negotiating britain's withdrawal from the eu, regularly appearing alongside the eu's brexit negotiator michel barnier. so, how will these latest developments at westminster be viewed in brussels? christian fraser reports. the contrast between david davis and michel barnier could hardly have been starker. davis, with the breezy air of self—confidence, optimistic it would turn out well, in spite of the growing evidence to the contrary, versus barnier, a sticklerfor detail, methodical, irritated at the lack of british progress. it is clear that the uk does not feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after departure. how can we build trust and start discussing our future relationship? there were criticisms of the brexit secretary's apparent lack of preparedness.
last year, he appeared for a meeting with mr barnier with no notes or documents at all. but last month, it emerged that davis had spentjust four hours with michel barnier this year. to those paying close attention, the nitty—gritty of the job was being passed to a man in the background, senior civil servant 0lly robbins. 0nce part of david davis' team, he now reports directly to the prime minister. what david davis did was he kept the conservative party together in the sense that, as long as he was in the cabinet, conservative brexiters could think, "well, he's a principled eurosceptic, he has been for decades, and if he think this is going to work out 0k, then we can be relatively happy". now, i think his resignation means that there will be a lot of soul—searching amongst that wing of the parliamentary party, that's a problem for the prime minister. so, with robbins still in place, the davis resignation might not have a material impact on the negotiations at all. in fact, judging by today's responses, it might even help the prime minister. there is good will towards mrs may
in brussels, recognition that were she replaced, the negotiation, as fraud as it is, that were she replaced, the negotiation, as fraught as it is, would be in even greater peril. so you trust that she will be able to get her party together? i was always trusting the british prime minister. but will they trust in the pick and choose model she has put down on the table, or press for more concessions, potentially risking a leadership challenge and no deal? for now, the powers in europe say they are prepared to look at it. we are working for a deal, and we are available 24—7 to contribute to one. theresa may has been touring europe looking for compromise. at some point, the 27 leaders could weigh in, perhaps at the october summit, late in the process, and right now, amid this domestic politics, 0ctober seems an awful long way away. gavin lee is in brussels — what are they making there of the david davis resignation?
well, there is a notable, possibly deliberate silence among eu leaders. not one of the 27 other leaders have commented today, publicly or on social media. 0ne eu source inside the commission behind me said that they are watching the show play out. if they were to say something right now, any of those country leaders, it might destabilise things even more. actually, it won'tjust harm the british prime minister, but could upset the deal for them as well. they want something out of this that helps europe. interestingly, i spoke to the head of the european council, donald tusk, asking him for his reaction. no comment. the sense we are getting from inside the european commission, from inside the european commission, from the chief press officer today, is that they believe, for them, this is that they believe, for them, this is no problem. they will go ahead as planned. for the uk, the new appointment of dominic raab as brexit secretary could be an issue,
depending on how he deals with michel barnier. that is his counterpart. he is in the us this week, meeting officials. a very active, usually, on social media. his account is completely empty today. come the week after this, when brexit talks commence again, he will be expecting the new man in the job, dominic raab, will be there. thank you very much indeed. and there will be more throughout the afternoon on the bbc news channel including live coverage of the prime minister's statement to mps. a fifth boy is reported to have been rescued from the flooded cave in thailand this morning, after being trapped for the past fortnight. four were brought out alive yesterday. they're being kept in quarantine in hospital before they can be reunited with their parents. in total 12 boys and their football coach were trapped. heavy rains are forecast, which may cause more flooding in the cave system, as richard galpin reports. day two of the operation bringing the boys out of the cave, and ambulances move into place once again, ready to take any children
who emerge straight to hospital. already, one boy has been brought out. even before the latest good news, officials running the massive rescue operation were being upbeat. translation: we have sent the same team to the cave again. hopefully, we will hear good news. the weather conditions and other factors today are as good as yesterday. the route out is long and difficult, but water levels in the cave complex have dropped sufficiently to make it possible to wade through some passages, rather than having to dive. there are, though, places where diving underwater is the only option. an international team of 18 diving experts is getting the boys out after they have had medical checks. each boy is attached to an expert diver in front, and another behind checks for any problems.
there are some points which are extremely narrow, and none of the boys has ever dived before. so far, the operation appears to have gone smoothly, despite the dangers. this is one of the four boys brought out of the cave on sunday being carried on to a helicopter and flown to hospital. but at the hospital, the families of those that have been rescued have still not been able to meet their loved ones. today, there has been an explanation. translation: the children are well, this morning saying they are hungry and asking for minced pork and fried rice. but they still need to be kept away from their parents and others due to fear of infection. meanwhile come inside the cave, many of the boys and their coach are still trapped on this
ledge, waiting to be rescued. they have been here for more than two weeks. and they need to get out soon, because more monsoon rains forecast, threatening to flood the cave complex. richard galpin, bbc news. and our correspondent martin patience is outside the hospital in chiang rai where the rescued boys are being treated. it looks like more good news, martin? there does appear to be a flurry of activity. we are in the ninth hour of today's rescue operation. according to many reports, a fifth boy has been rescued. we have not been able to confirm that. a note of caution, there was misreporting yesterday. it does appear there is a huge amount of activity at the mouth of the cave, where these boys will be brought out. i was just speaking to one of my colleagues, and they we re to one of my colleagues, and they were suggesting at least two other
structures have come out in the last half—hour or so. here at the hospital, a short while ago, we saw an ambulance entering into the building. it is on the eighth floor, behind me, that four of the boys, in good spirits, will hopefully be reunited with their parents later in the day. they might not be able to have physical contact. the boys may not be able to hug their mothers, but they may perhaps be able to see their loved ones. rain is forecast in the coming days and that means that this rescue operation remains urgent. there is a sense of expectation that perhaps we could be on the brink of some very good news, that more boys have been rescued. let's not forget that late last week a thai navy diver died trying to rescue the boys. so this remains a difficult and dangerous operation, and nobody is breathing a sigh of relief until all 12 boys, along with their coach, a story that has
captivated the world, until they come out of that cave together. 20. our top story this lunchtime. the government in crisis as the brexit secretary resigns — david davis says the prime minister's new brexit strategy is dangerous. and still to come... a royal christening — prince louis is baptised today — he'll have six godparents. coming up on bbc news, it is manic monday at wimbledon. can serena williams take advantage? the home secretary is chairing a meeting of the government's emergency cobra committee to discuss the death of a woman who'd been exposed to the nerve agent novichok in wiltshire. a murder investigation has now been launched after dawn sturgess died in hospital last night, a week after falling ill. her partner, charlie rowley,
is still in a critical condition in hospital. duncan kennedy is in salisbury for us duncan kennedy is in salisbury for us this afternoon. yes, the death of dawn stu rgess us this afternoon. yes, the death of dawn sturgess has come as a terrible shock to many people here. i do not just mean her family shock to many people here. i do not just mean herfamily and shock to many people here. i do not just mean her family and friends, also the hospital staff and looked after her and the police who were involved in this. the police have formally launched a murder enquiry. crucially, they do not appear to have found the novichok nerve agent which was responsible for dawn's death. dawn sturgess was 44 and the mother of three children. her murder has taken this incident to a new level of disbelief and tragedy. the news came from salisbury district hospital, where dawn had been taken just over a week ago. the hospital said... this afternoon, the head of the uk's
counterterrorism policing says they have now launched a murder enquiry. it is both shocking and utterly appalling that a british citizen has died having been exposed to a novichok nerve agent. but make no mistake, we are determined to find out how dawn and her partner charlie came into contact with such a deadly substance, and we will do everything we possibly can to bring those responsible to justice. dawn and charlie were poisoned by novichok somewhere in salisbury or amesbury. local leaders say dawn's death is an unprecedented test for everyone involved. this is really testing that resilience now, and all we can do is ask people to be calm, to be patient, and let the professionals from the met and from our own police
force do what they have to do, and to keep us safe. police were back again today at the park in salisbury where dawn or charlie may have picked up a discarded container with the novichok in it. but the park alone is 25 acres in size. that container, which will potentially contain micro quantities of this material, it would appear it may well have been discarded. this is the principal theory that people are working on, so it may still be out there and it will be essential for the police investigation to try and find, not only for the safety of the public, but also to take forward the investigation, because if it as a container, then there might be other vital evidence on there that can take the police investigation forward. but with all the possibilities now involved, that evidence may also be here in the centre of salisbury. dawn had been staying in the hostel here behind me, and specialists in protective clothing have now been in there for several days looking for the source of this novichok. but police have already said that
that search could take months. with the police operations continuing at five sites, the russian government said today that accusations of its involvement are absurd. in the shadow of what became dawn's home, this shaken community has started to express what it feels about the loss of a woman caught up in events many find incomphrehensible. there are 100 detectives at least working on this case now although the police have warned the public not to expect any quick results in finding the novichok. what you get here is not a sense of panic among the local population, just a sense that they are extremely worried with the death of dawn and they want this resolved as quickly as possible. thank you, duncan kennedy reporting.
every new home in england would need to be fitted with electric car charging points — under government plans to cut emissions. there's also a proposal that new lamp—posts should be built with charging points wherever there's on—street parking. 0ur environment analyst roger harrabin has more. children at risk from filthy air. a world at risk from a filthy climb. emissions from motor vehicles are fuelling those problems. there are plans to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2014. ten years earlier ministers want half to three quarters of new cars to be almost zero emissions. hundreds of thousands of electric charging points will be fitted to calm drivers‘ fears that they will not be able to recharge. bigger grants are given to firms installing the points in the workplace. better but not
enough campaigners say. in the workplace. better but not enough campaigners saym in the workplace. better but not enough campaigners say. it is kind of two steps forward and one step back. we know our air quality is at least the levels but transport is pa rt least the levels but transport is part of the sector that is breaking our carbon budgets and both of those things the government is mandated to act as quickly as possible and this strategy is failing to do that. norway is showing the way. this woman drives her children to work in a heavily subsidised electric car. the uk government says it is leading the world by demanding clean cars by 2040. norway is doing it by 2025. ferries are going electric as well and eventually even short—haul flights in electric planes are on the way. the uk is far behind. across the uk emissions have been going down, except in transport where they have been going up. critics say today is a start but nowhere near enough.
prince louis — the 11—week—old son of the duke and duchess of cambridge is being christened today. the service is at the chapel royal at st james‘s palace in london, and will be led by the archbishop of canterbury. the prince will have six godparents. daniela relph is at stjames s palace in central london — daniela, we gather that neither the queen and the duke of edinburgh will attend the ceremony? that is right. neither of them will be here. it is not because of any health reasons or concern, it is a case in terms of the queen in managing her timetable. she has a busy week ahead of her. tomorrow she will be taking part in celebrations to mark the centenary of the raf and later in the week she will meet a certain president trump. she will miss today and we understand the cambridges are very understanding of that. in attendance will be prince louis‘ grandparents, the duke and
duchess of cornwall and mr and mrs middleton. harry and meghan will be there. prince louis is 11 weeks old. today will be the first time we will see the cambridges altogether as a family of five because george and charlotte will be here prince louis will be christened in a replica of a traditional royal christening gown. he will be baptised with water from the riverjordan. there is one family member and five friends. the family member and five friends. the family is lucy middleton. she is the duchess of cambridge‘s cousin. the other godparents are long—term friends of the duke and duchess of cambridge. thank you. there are just two days to go before england‘s footballers play in the country‘s first world cup semifinal for almost 30 years. ahead of the clash with croatia in moscow — the squad have been training behind closed doors at their base in repino, and our sports correspondent david 0rnstein is there.
what is the mood in the england camp? it is relaxed, calm and remarkable considering england stand on the verge of their greatest football achievement in 52 years. yesterday we saw some of the players down at the local shops buying groceries. remarkable considering they had just booked a place in the semifinals for the first time since 1990. they have been all smiles. they have been receiving videos of the celebrations at home. rather than being burdened off the pressure of previous tournament failures and what they could achieve here, they seem to be relishing it. it seems to be inspiring them and that is symptomatic of a squad we have seen throughout this tournament, inspired by their manager gareth southgate. they seem to be behaving and playing in his image. he sets the tone. he has been conducting the crowd. he has been conducting the crowd. he has become a national icon with that
waistcoat and his team seem to be following. england trained today behind closed doors. all 23 players we re behind closed doors. all 23 players were involved. they are fit and available for a step up in quality since sweden. if they imagine it, i cannot imagine the scene is back home but they seem ready for it. we are ready, david, thank you. from football to tennis. they‘re calling it "manic monday" at wimbledon — with roger federer, rafael nadal and serena williams all in action today, and all the men‘s and women‘s last 16 singles ties taking place. katherine downes is there for us this lunchtime — katherine. yes, it is the second monday, widely regarded as the best day of the championships. all the players left in the single straw are in action today. some of the biggest names in tennis where the men‘s game is concerned. in the winning‘s drawer, one by one the staff have been snuffed out. the world number one gone. the
defending champion overthrown. 0ne of the game is great, venus, vanquished. 0f of the game is great, venus, vanquished. of the top ten players in the draw this year, nine have fallen already. it is notjust the winning‘s feeds who have been tumbling here at wimbledon. for the first time in a decade there are no british players through to the second week with top hopes kyle edmund and johanna konta also going out early. they both lost to fantastic players. it is so tough being british because we are judged solely on this one tournament of the year. grass is not everybody‘s favourite service. both jahan and kyle have their best results on hard courts. —— jehannedarc. kyle have their best results on hard courts. -- jehannedarc. after the shop ‘s and surprises of week one, week two started with an unexpected treat for the crowd spilling in. one of the greatest champions of all
time casually out practising. standing room only even for the most dedicated roger federer fans. standing room only even for the most dedicated roger federerfans. the men‘s singles final prepares to go head—to—head in the tv ratings with the world cup final. are not overly worried about viewing figures and ratings. we take a very long—term view on these sorts of things. we are familiar with football tournament is happening every other yea rs, tournament is happening every other years, european championships and the world cup and we are familiar with ratings going up and down depending on who is in the finals, semifinals and quarterfinals. that is business as usual. but never before has wimbledon come up against a world cup final featuring finalfeaturing england. final featuring england. if finalfeaturing england. if that happens they will be requiring their biggest stars to keep pulling in the
crowds. carolina pliskova has been beaten which means all of the top women are now out. that surely means serena williams is the overwhelming favourite to win an eighth title. no brits to cheer but jamie murray has gone through in the men‘s doubles while heather watson is in mixed doubles action later on. thank you. time for a look at the weather, here‘s stav da naos. is it staying dry for the rest of wimbledon? it looks like it. good afternoon. it is another sunny warm one across england and wales. look at this picture further north there are leaden skies. we have a weak cold front sinking its way southwards across central parts of