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two major blows for theresa may — as borisjohnson follows david davis and resigns from the government. the foreign secretary went this afternoon. he had disagreed with the prime minister's latest brexit plan. and earlier the brexit secretary said he was resigning, as he didn't "believe" in theresa may's exit strategy. i was supposed to present it to parliament, to the european union, to everybody else, and if i don't believe in it, then i won't do as good a job as somebody who does believe in it. the prime minister's commons statement on her brexit plan overshadowed by the resignations — mrs may did her best to explain them away. in the two years since the referendum, we have had a spirited national debate. with robust views echoing round the cabinet table as they have on breakfast tables up and down the country. two senior ministers abandon theresa
may, in one of her most difficult days since losing her managety. what next, now, for the brexit process and for the prime and the other main stories on tonight's programme. shielded from the cameras but out above ground — four more boys are rescued from the cave complex in thailand. police say dawn sturgess, who died from a nerve agent in wiltshire, was probably exposed to a "high dose" of it. and the
king of grass breezes through — roger federer makes it to the quarterfinals at wimbledon without dropping a set. coming up later in the sport. it's opening up for serena williams, as the seven—time wimbledon champion books her place in the quarterfinals. good evening.
in a day of extraordinary drama at westminster, the foreign secretary borisjohnson has become the second senior minister to resign from theresa may's government. his departure follows that of david davis as brexit secretary overnight. mrjohnson‘s resignation has fuelled serious speculation about the future of mrs may's leadership. today's events took place just three days after the prime minister secured a hard—won agreement in cabinet on the shape of the brexit process. borisjohnson has yet to make any public statement. david davis said he couldn't support
theresa may's brexit plan, saying it gave away too much to the eu too quickly. theresa may paid tribute to the two men, but said she didn't agree with them about the best way of honouring the referendum result. our political editor, laura kuenssberg, is at westminster for us. jority.
thank you. this is a very serious moment for the government, a very serious moment for theresa may, and for her brexit compromise which had taken her many moneys to try to broker with her cabinet. she thought he had got to a moment of unity on friday. but at midnight david davis smashed that apart and boris johnson's resignation round three o'clock made things worse. in the last couple of minutes i have received a copy of his letter which is very scathing. he writes that the dream of brexit is dying, suffocated by needless self—doubt. he goes on to suggest that the government's current strategy would leave the uk with a status of a colony, far from the dream of what he and others campaigned for, a new vision of brexit which, he and others in the government had pushed for, in the referendum, onlyjust over two years ago. tonight, theresa may is without a foreign secretary, and with much of her authority disappearing.
where was their man? the brexiteer in chief's drivers prepared to leave three times but stood down. it wasn't a removal van but it is one way to quit, simply don't come out of the house and go to work. then, around 3.00, the drivers left without him. boris johnson followed david davis out the door, the second senior minister in 2a hours to quit. the drivers may have gone but still no sign of borisjohnson, who has just become the second senior figure of the government to walk in less than a 2k hours period. theresa may's main brexit policy under attack, moments before she is due to stand up on herfeet in the commons and deliver it. but by losing the biggest voice, the biggest cheerleader for biggest voice, the biggest cheerleaderfor brexit, biggest voice, the biggest cheerleader for brexit, number ten will be wondering what on earth could happen next. 0nly moments later the prime minister made her back door exit on her way to the commons. 0nly commons.
only on friday, she trumpeted her brexit compromise, number ten designed and the cabinet approved. were they cheering orjeering? even in the turmoil, she can't admit that anything is really changing. mr speaker on friday the cabinet agreed a comprehensive and ambitious proposal that provides a responsible and credible basis for progressing negotiations with the eu towards a new relationship after we leave on 29th march next year. in the two yea rs 29th march next year. in the two years since the referendum, we have had a spirited national debate. with robust views echoing around the cabinet table as they have on brea kfast ta bles cabinet table as they have on breakfast tables up and down the country. a brief moment where she let the tension show, a wink of support for a brexiteer still in cabinet. for lain, a time to make the prime minister squirm. for the
good of this country and its people, the government needs to get its act together and do it quickly. and if it can't, make way for those who can. more pressing than intense pressure from the opposition, from the two sides of the brexit debate. from the opposition, from the two sides of the brexit debatelj from the opposition, from the two sides of the brexit debate. i don't ca re sides of the brexit debate. i don't care what you think, if it is outrageous it is outrageous. rearguard action from the tory benches. brexiteers furious with the prime minister's compromise. this week, the activists were so disappointed about had happened at chequers, they were betrayed. they said they were betrayed and they ask why they are do we go out, each and every saturday, to support the conservative party get mps elected and sir, for the first time, it in over ten yea rs and sir, for the first time, it in over ten years that group refused to go out and campaign.
what would the prime minister say to them? this is not a detrail. i believe that is what people voted for when they voted to leave and we will deliver in faith with the british people. it feels like weeks ago but after a late—night call where he quit too david davis explained the route of —— root of theresa may's problem. many brexiteers think her compromise doesn't mean brexit at all. the policies are that we are now proposing to use the same rule book oi’ proposing to use the same rule book or the same laws as the european union, not equivalent, not similar, but the same. i am worried that what the european union will do is simply ta ke the european union will do is simply take what we have offered and ask for more or wait for more. if we carry on and leave on those terms is that really leaving at all?|j carry on and leave on those terms is that really leaving at all? i don't think so. but as i said i hope she is right and i'm wrong. it will be down to the fine detail, that's the thing. many viewers might think the
tory party has been arguing about these for two years and hang on, the man who is meant to be in charge has walked away. doesn't it look self—indulgent? walked away. doesn't it look self-indulgent? i have been making compromises for two years, that is the point. which is fine, that is as it should be but there comes a point when the compromise is too far. for me. the prime minister's feature may be determined by the cabinet brexiteers who are left. gove loyal yesterday, unusually brisk this afternoon. 0ne afternoon. one source warned if the prime minister doesn't drop her plan, then another minister will go, then another, and another until she does. she has a new brexit secretary, but must find a foreign secretary. 0ne that can help her preserve her government, and what authority is left. borisjohnson has led his political career as a colourful maverick.
0ur deputy political editor john pienaar has been looking back at his time as foreign secretary. up up or down, in or out of government, there is no—one quite like boris johnson. it is going very well. it is going well he said, hanging in the air. like his future now. borisjohnson like his future now. boris johnson helped like his future now. borisjohnson helped front like his future now. boris johnson helped front the like his future now. borisjohnson helped front the leave campaign. this is a once in a lifetime xans. after he told friends he owned brexit. becoming foreign secretary was a surprise especially to him. butting into brexit negotiations wasn't. sometimes speaking to brussels. the sums i have seen they propose to demand from this country, seem to me to be extortionate and to go whistle is an appropriate expression. and lecturing theresa may. calling the prime minister's ideas crazy in her favourite paper was pushing it. many loyalists thought so.
favourite paper was pushing it. many loyalists thought solj favourite paper was pushing it. many loyalists thought so. i don't want him managing the brexit process. this is back seat driving. you could call it that. i hope my colleagues will get behinder in the way way. that wasn't the boris johnson way, crossing the globe as foreign secretary was, the ceremonyings, the salutes and the media stunts that somehow only he knew how to carry off. 200 million-year-old old light form. and it owed, as when he run rubbished the notion of a brexit compromise. he will end up in an anteroom of the eu. his political stock fell when he was quoted saying if business didn't like brexit, f business and he was somehow in afghanistan, when mps voted on heathrow expansion which he opposed. now, he has given up his post but
not his platform, hard line brexiteers will look to him to fight for the brexit they want, and against the prime minister the hard liners don't. that struggle is just chris mason is outside the foreign secretary's official residence in central london. chris, any sign of borisjohnson yet? yes, good evening from one carlton gardens where the foreign secretary has been holed up all day. suspicions began to build early this afternoon about what he might be up to when he failed to turn up at a summit, a balkan summit he was meant to be chairing, there were people who travelled from all over europe saying where is our host? then at 3.00, news from downing street that he was departing and immediately, the trappings of office started to desert him. his outriders leaving, but still no sign of him. three hours on. we know in that time he has been penning that withering letter that we have heard some of the contents of from laura a couple
of minutes ago. he will have to leave pretty soon won't he, because he is no longer foreign secretary so his time is up. while we don't know who will succeed him, whoever it is will want to move in relatively soon one assumes. more now from laura kuenssberg laura — how much danger is theresa may in? she is very vulnerable. as we speak he is with her mps with a meeting of the 1922, the backbench group of conservative, they thumped the desks as she walked in which is the tradition, it seems that tonight, there may probably not be the numbers to force an immediate leadership contest, they need to reach the magic number of a8, there are whispers they might get there, but nothing certain about that, but there is no question, this is a moment when her authority is very much in doubt. with two senior
figures, both of whom were up front and central in the brexit campaign, basically saying that theresa may's main policy, for how we leave the european union is not what people voted for, it is some kind of poor alternative and questioning whether it is really worth it at all, is going to be very difficult for her, to defend the decisions she has made, and it is going to be extremely difficult for her to preserve that compromise, that took her weeks, months and then hours on friday, with the rest of the cabinet to actually get through. so her credibility is in question, her c0 nxxxx credibility is in question, her conxxxx compromise is at risk, but things are so unpredictable it would be rash to say this is going to go one way 01’ be rash to say this is going to go one way or the other. the only thing we can be sure of is theresa may is in trouble, how deep that is, we just can't say. divers in thailand have rescued a further four boys from a flooded cave complex, bringing the total brought to safety so far to eight.
the boys are said to be cold, but otherwise in good condition. all eight are in quarantine in hospital, and are yet to be reunited with their parents. the thai navy seals leading the rescue operation say they plan to bring the remaining four footballers and their coach out tomorrow. lucy williamson reports from the scene. police helicopters over—the—airia have come to signal hope. inside this one, a fifth boy, pulled today from deep inside the mountain and flown tojoin his from deep inside the mountain and flown to join his team—mates in hospital. his identity kept private, eve ryo ne hospital. his identity kept private, everyone if his arrival makes global news. a week ago this mission was seen as almost impossibly risky but with every su ccess almost impossibly risky but with every success confidence in the british led team here has grown as the monsoon rains have so far largely held off. ivan was one of the rescuers in the cave that day,
spaced near one of the route's most difficult parts to replace the divers' empty tanks help guide the boys through and deal with problems. i was very scared, because when i saw the diver and the kid in the horizon, we can't see that far but maybe about 50 metres i didn't know if it was a casualty or if it was a kid. soi if it was a casualty or if it was a kid. so i was, i was very scared then. it didn't feel good. when i saw that he was alive and breathing, and, seemed to be all right, it felt very good. it felt very good. what did you learn from that first day? 0ne did you learn from that first day? one of the very difficult things is communication, talking inside the cave is very difficult. you need to be very close, if you are more than five, ten metres away, the echo and the water and everything, it is incredibly hard to understand, and misunderstandings and high complexity that leads to very bad situation, so we need and we plan
for that, we need to keep the communication very simple. thai children are warned about this mountain by their grandparents, that it swallows people and doesn't let them out. so far, this operation has proved that adage wrong, eight children have been counted out of the cave, four more are waiting with their goefr the rescuers to return tomorrow. there is great relief here amongst rescu e rs there is great relief here amongst rescuers about how this operation is going, but ivan told me before it even began they have been through every little thing that might possibly go wrong. in the end, he said, it didn't, and at least after that first date there was great uk area among the rescue was “— that first date there was great uk area among the rescue was —— great euphoria, slapping of backs from ear to ear. the children must have been frightened, he said, but when they drifted past me they seemed absolutely fine. going into this final phase perhaps tomorrow when people going to try and bring out the remaining people trapped inside that cave, the problem, he says, is
complacency. because it is going so well, when we go in tomorrow, he said, we need to be as nervous as we we re said, we need to be as nervous as we were before. the rescue effort at the cave system have continued to capture the attention of thailand and the world. fergus walsh looks at why the operation to bring the boys to safety is so conflicts and challenging. the operation to rescue their remaining coach and that boys has been risky, complexity daring. they have been stranded about 2.5 miles from the entrance of the cave system. getting them out one by one involves them walking, wading, crawling and for long periods diving through murky, muddy water. there are narrow passages, sharp through murky, muddy water. there are narrow passages, sharp inclines and descents. two divers accompany each boy. the youngsters, aged 11 to 16, are given full facemasks and air ta nks 16, are given full facemasks and air tanks so they can breathe normally.
there is a guide rope to help them through the tunnel and replacement airtanks at key through the tunnel and replacement air tanks at key points. where the tunnels are flooded, the escape method involves the boy being attached to a diver, hugged underneath their body, but there are pinch points. 0ne hole narrows to around 15 inches, so they have too squeezed through on their own with theirairtank being squeezed through on their own with their air tank being carried on ahead. 0ne died in front, the other behind. it is a perilous operation, just how dangerous was underlined last week when this former thai navy seal died from lack of air while travelling through the flooded chambers. but the thai authorities say the threat of monsoon rains causing further flooding made this rescue essential. the whole exhausting journey takes several hours. 0nce exhausting journey takes several hours. once the boys emerge, they are givena hours. once the boys emerge, they are given a rapid physical check, and there are fears, though, that some may have dangerous lung infections. longer term,
some may have dangerous lung infections. longerterm, it was some may have dangerous lung infections. longer term, it was like the psychological impact, which is a key concern. helping these children, some not yet teenagers, to come to terms with the trauma of their terrifying ordeal. fergus walsh. the time is 90 minutes past six. —— 19 minutes past six. our top story this evening. a double blow for the prime minister, as borisjohnson follows david davis and resigns from the government over theresa may's brexit plans. and coming up — all the latest from wimbledon, including djokovich junior being put through his paces. coming up later in the sport, the shocks keep coming here at wimbledon, as karolina pliskova, the number seven seed, crashes out, it means none of the top ten seeds in the women's straw have reached the quarterfinals. —— women's draw. police say it's "shocking and utterly appalling" that a woman has died after being exposed to a nerve agent in wiltshire. dawn sturgess was contaminated not far from where a former russian spy and his daughter were poisoned in march.
her partner, charlie rowley, remains critically ill. it's understood his home in amesbury is the "key location" in the hunt for the source of the novichok posioning. our home affairs correspondent, june kelly, reports. dawn stu rgess dawn sturgess was a mother of three. two grown—up sons and a daughter of 11. today they and her parents are morning her. she and her partner charlie rowley fell ill after being exposed to what is being described asa high exposed to what is being described as a high dose of novichok nerve agent. it is understood the couple each had it on one of their hands. this was dawn sturgess in a local shop the day before she collapsed. with her death, a murder investigation has been launched by scotla nd investigation has been launched by scotland yard. it is both shocking and utterly appalling that a british citizen has died having been exposed toa 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 rowley came into contact with such a deadly substance, and we will do everything we possibly can to bring those responsible to justice. the couple's last journey together was on a bus from salisbury together was on a bus from salisbury to amesbury. tonight, the police say there were no traces of novichok on there were no traces of novichok on the bus they took. it is understood charlie rowley‘s flat in amesbury is regarded as the key location, as police search for a container, which was the source of the nerve agent. the work of the teams and their specialist heavy suits is being made harder by the heat. it was not the chocolate which was used in the attempted murder of sergei skripal and yulia skripal four months ago. here in salisbury, the hospital that was dawn sturgess's last home has been —— the hostel that was dawn stu rg ess's been —— the hostel that was dawn stu rgess's last been —— the hostel that was dawn sturgess's last term has been closed, and people in this area believed the novichok crisis had passed. dawn sturgess no doubt
thought the same. at the cordoned by the hostel, flowers have been left with a message. dawn come you were the innocent one in this. ina tragic in a tragic twist, dawn sturgess has become the unintended victim of an international murder plot. the hunt is now on for her killers. june kelly, bbc news, salisbury. the major french company, danone, is looking into reports that its newly revised aptamil baby milk formula is making some infants ill. hundreds of parents in the uk have complained on social media that it is making their babies sick. the company said it had carried out extensive safety checks, but added it was "taking all feedback very seriously". the christening of prince louis, the youngest son of the duke and duchess of cambridge, has taken place this afternoon at st james' palace. the queen and the duke of edinburgh were not at the baptism because of the queen's schedule. six godparents — friends and members of the family — did attend the private ceremony. they're calling it ‘manic monday‘
at wimbledon — with roger federer, rafael nadal and serena williams all in action in the last 16. eight—time winner federer coasted through to the quarter—finals in straight sets. serena williams, seeded 25th following the birth of her child, also won, and is now favourite to win the tournament. our sports correspondentjoe wilson has the latest. in pursuit of greatness is wimbledon's slogan. 0n centre today, three players with 60 grand slam singles title between them. is that great enough? as a further incentive, the trophy itself was watching, with its shopping. take your eyes off roger federer and you could miss a set. the first one took him 16 minutes to win today. adrian mannarino improved, but at times federer does seem to toy with his opponents. commentator: just
naughty. through in straight sets, again, and so the next great, please. after all her years at wimbledon, for serena williams today there was a novelty. she faced a new opponent in her fourth—round match. evgeniya rodina was playing in the second week of a grand slam for a first time, a fine run, but she was serena'd. with the top ten women seeds all out, serena williams may be unstoppable. both these players combined tennis with parenthood. it is empowering to be a working mum on court, serena says. meanwhile, here's novak djokovic playing ball boy to his three—year—old son. what's! well, it is a grass court, no damage done. clay is the surface which never rebel —— which rafa nadal rules. his two wimbledon titles were a fair while ago but he
is world number one and looked strong against uri vesely here. once you've tasted greatness, you keep pursuing more. joe wilson, bbc news, wimbledon. let's return to our main story and the resignations of the foreign secretary borisjohnson and the brexit secretary david davis — just three days after the prime minister secured a hard—won agreement in cabinet on the shape of the brexit process. laura joins us from westminister now. it's been a day of turmoil — a lot of people will be thinking, what happens now? yes, they absolutely will, not least what will boris johnson yes, they absolutely will, not least what will borisjohnson do next? we just don't know, even though he has released an unbelievably scathing letter about the prime minister's policy, whether he plans to do any more than that. does he intend to announce a candidacy to run for the leader? does he intend to try to blow the whole thing up, or is he just planning to return to the backbenches and be a pacific ‘s
critic of the prime minister? that decision—making well not be made yet, but that decision will make a huge difference to what happens next to theresa may, and you know, in the last few weeks, it has been sometimes a bit like watching the tory party have a nervous break down right in front of our eyes. the irony that rings around this place every now and again is that david cameron called the referendum to try to put this issue to bed. the conservative party has been fighting about european union for about a0 yea rs, about european union for about a0 years, but the result of the referendum and the handling of it since then have affected another government, and it is kind of contaminating a whole new generation of conservatives with the conflict playing out in front of our eyes. so what, you might think, let the tory party have their own argument is about europe, they are always going to do it. the difference is of course the decisions they eventually reach will affect all of us. laura
kuenssberg, many thanks. time for a look at the weather, here's stav da naos. it has been another very warm day across southern parts of britain. this is a satellite picture from a few hours ago, a bit of glad bubbling up the south—east but it didn't stop temperatures reaching 30 celsius at heathrow airport. the thick cloud in the north associated with a very weak cold front, introducing much colder air across the top of the country. that fresh airwill the top of the country. that fresh air will have reached most places away from the extreme south and south—west, so a fresher night i think for many of us, a more co mforta ble think for many of us, a more comfortable night sleeping. as we head on into tomorrow, a couple of weather fronts around, that is the wea k cold weather fronts around, that is the weak cold front across the south continuing southwards, and we have a wea k continuing southwards, and we have a weak warm front across parts of scotland, which will bring thicker cloud, a decent spots of light rain or drizzle across northern scotland. the odd shower developing across south wales, the south—west of england, but largely speaking, dry,
variable cloud, some sunny spells, but feeling a bit cooler. 23 to 25 degrees, that will be noticeably cooler, across the south, but further north and east, 17 to 20 celsius. a fresher day. wednesday, the weather front across northern ireland and western scotland will produce a bit of rain, high pressure begins to building until the end of the week, so if anything it will be hotting up again, particularly across the south. more cloud around on wednesday in northern ireland and western scotland, nothing too significant, but across much of england and wales, good spells of sunshine, temperatures aa gent 25 degrees. those temperatures are on the rise across southern areas, so cooler for the next few days, mostly dry, some sunny spells around and then those temperatures rising again, particularly across england and wales, to end the week. that's all from the bbc news at six — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one, we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are.