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the prime minister warns conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk by arguing over her proposals for how the uk will leave the eu. the us president, donald trump, will leave scotland later today and fly to helsinki for a summit with the russian president. the minister for small business, andrew griffiths, has resigned from the government after sending texts of a sexual nature to two female constituents. it's the world cup final this afternoon, with france the favourites to win against croatia in moscow later. england are coming home after finishing fourth. it's the wimbledon men's final this afternoon. novak djokavic faces kevin anderson on centre court later good morning. welcome to bbc news.
theresa may has warned conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk if they fail to support her proposals in the commons this week. in an article for the mail on sunday, she called for mps to take a practical and pragmatic approach rather than face a damaging and disorderly brexit. she cautions, "we need to keep our eyes on the prize. if we don't, we risk ending up with no brexit at all." let's get the latest from our political correspondent nick eardley. the very strongly worded article, is it in desperation? some will take it that way. the prime minister has quite a difficult balancing act over the next few days, another crucial week on brexit. they are all crucial! there was pressure from firstly the people who want a closer relationship with the eu than she is
proposing, lord mandelson this morning cautioning that the deal does not deliver what his side want, and on the other side, people in her own party who think she has given too much to the eu, but the relationship will be too close. it is the latter she is focusing on in this article. she is essentially saying to them, keep your eyes on the main prize, being of course leaving the eu. as you say, she is warning if they do not vote for her legislation on monday and tuesday, the big votes on customs and trade, if they do not get behind her, they risk making the whole process disorderly and damaging and ultimately... she talks about, now is the time to be pragmatic and practical in the approach to brexit, also saying, you are putting the whole process at risk, even if you
wa nt whole process at risk, even if you want a hard brexit, by dropping the bill. the stakes have been raised significantly, is that the combination of the disappointment with the chequers compromise, if you wa nt to with the chequers compromise, if you want to call it that, and the ministerial resignations, that seem to have put her in this position? when she went into chequers to hammer out the deal with her cabinet, she was being urged by the more remain inclined allies to face down brexiteers, that is essentially what she did, at chequers, there was a massive fallout from that, david davis and borisjohnson both resigned, a number of junior ministers resigned as well. a lot of speculation they could be more resignations to come over the next few days although it is just speculation for now. yes, the rhetoric and the pressure has been ramped up, but theresa may has nailed her colours to the mast, she has picked a side, she needs to
fight for it. or simply her hope is in the end she has the numbers and the rebels do not. the hard rebels are sufficiently small in number, though they may be noisy, that they will not defeat her. it is striking there is an interview with stephen baker, junior minister who quit along with david davis, probably little noticed by most people, but he effectively in an interview with the telegraph accuses the prime minister of dealing dishonestly with him and other colleagues and conducting a separate negotiation of her own. such is the anger in the brexit wing of the party, you get interviews like that in the sunday newspapers. it is worth mentioning the number of brexiteers into rita mae's party will not be enough to outweigh the rest of the party —— theresa may's party. the danger is all of the people who are unhappy in
different ways of this come together and end up in a position where they have a majority in parliament. the prime minister insists this is the best compromise option, it delivers on the referendum result, she says, by giving the power to negotiate trade deals to end freedom of movement and to strike many other new deals with the eu and the rest of the world, but at the same time protecting jobs and the economy, which is a big fear. this time, another problem for the government. andrew griffiths, small—business minister, junior minister, until friday. contents of a number of sexual friday. contents of a number of sexual messages friday. contents of a number of sexual messages he shared with constituents published in the sunday mirror this morning, too explicit for us to discuss this morning. he stood down from his ministerial position, said he is deeply ashamed of his actions and they have caused
u ntold of his actions and they have caused untold distress to his family. grateful to you for that. i know we will be talking more because the prime minister is appearing as we speak on the andrew marr show on bbc one. for now, thank you. moving onto president trump's visit to the uk coming to an end later today. president trump heads to helsinki later today where he's due to meet the russian president vladimir putin on monday. a very important meeting. the last couple of days, second night spent at the turnberry golf resort in ayrshire, combining golf with looking at the protesters. catriona renton reports. he has described it as magical, incredible. this is the first time donald trump has played his own course at turnberry since he became president of the united states of america. but not everyone was pleased to see him. some protesters came to the beach at turnberry, telling mr trump he was not welcome at his own resort.
i would much prefer to be doing a hill walk on arran, but i think when something like this happens, you have to turn up and be counted. yesterday, there were protests around the country. police estimate 9000 came to the carnival of resistance in edinburgh, while on his other golf course in aberdeenshire, a number gathered. hello, glasgow! cheering. the first minister, nicola sturgeon, did not meet president trump. she led the pride march in glasgow. the trump estate provides jobs in the village and has poured millions of pounds into the local economy. john furlong livesjust along the road from trump turnberry. he says his neighbour should be made to feel welcome. i thinkjust normal, scottish, british good manners, we should welcome him. he was invited here. he didn'tjust decide to come. a visit from the president of the united states was never going to be low key. the security, roadblocks and checkpoints will all soon be cleared as donald trump heads off to helsinki later today.
catriona renton, bbc news, turnberry. our correspondent catriona renton is at turnberry for us now. you have been now for the second day, he was there for the second night, interesting yesterday afternoon, little bit of interaction with the protesters, but he seemed to enjoy himself. well, absolutely. we did not know how much we would see of the president yesterday, but he was out and about, playing the round of golf all afternoon, and protesters got quite close to him on the beach at turnberry, but he was waving, certainly treating them like they were friends, not protesters. he seemed relaxed and enjoying himself. he has had a protester getting even closer to him when he arrived on friday night, he had only been here for 20 minutes when
greenpeace had the paraglider that came right in front of the hotel, getting within yards of the president who was on the terrace at the time. the question we are asking today, private visit, no official engagements, will we catch another glimpse of him before he goes to the important meeting in helsinki. with the president of russia, vladimir putin. the splits and spots of rain, ido putin. the splits and spots of rain, i do not know how that affects people's views on whether they would squeeze in a round of golf before they go or do you think the president is in the hoteljust now with his senior advisers swotting up on what he is going to do when he goes to helsinki later today? when he meets the president tomorrow. what has been the wider response in scotland, particularly in the part of scotla nd scotland, particularly in the part of scotland you are in, in ayrshire, to the trump visit? they have been used to seeing him every so often in
his pre—president days when he would come and have a row with alex salmond about his investments, but they have not seen anything like this, full—scale presidential dissent on this part of scotland? absolutely. we have been talking to people living here who are literally neighbours of the trump turnberry hotel and some have told us they feel that what donald trump has brought to this area is a lot of money, investment. the hotel had been quite rundown before he turned into this luxury resort. there is certainly a lot of goodwill where we are towards him for what he has done in terms of bringing money and tourism to the area. we saw the protesters on the beach yesterday. the demonstration in edinburgh yesterday, 9000 people involved in that. there was a smaller protest also at his other golf course. what
is interesting and talking to some of the younger children around here today, they have been saying, they have never seen anything like this, the police, quite a spectacle. it could never have been low key, but what we expect to see now is when he goes away this afternoon, the security will clear out with him. and i suspect it will not have done any harm for bookings among fellow americans for turnberry. a little bit dollar this morning. you are hoping there might be another glimpse before he heads to the airport —— a little bit more dull this morning. we are hoping we might catch a further glimpse of the president at some point today. we do not know whether he is going to squeeze in another round of golf. we are expecting him to leave here this afternoon. he still has time at the
moment if he did want to nip out and play a few holes. he was saying about the impact he has had on this community, he is a regular visitor here, in the past. we have seen him here, in the past. we have seen him here when he opened the clubhouse, opened the championship course, but this is the first time he has been here since he became the president of the us, are very different feel to when he would pop in in the helicopter before when he was not the president, to know when it is this massive security operation that we have seen over the last few days, something this little village maybe needs to get used to. intriguing thought. another one for you to take away, i suppose when he retires, he has to find a location for the trump presidential library, who knows, maybury turnberry would be a good place for. thank you. passengers on
the compa ny‘s lines, place for. thank you. passengers on the company's lines, govia thameslink, they have suffered severe disruption since an overhaul of the schedule in may. additional services will be introduced. hamas has agreed a truce with israel after the latest round of clashes in gaza. israel says it has it has declined to comment on the suggestion of a ceasefire. england's footballers are flying home today after finishing fourth in the world cup. the team will land at heathrow this afternoon around the same time as the final between france and croatia getting under way. this isn't how england hoped it would end, though as the dust settles, they will reflect on a remarkable journey that should help positively shape the future
of the national sport. in a game neither side really wanted to be playing but both hope to win, belgium were quick to showcase their devastating attacking ability. harry kane squandered a fine opportunity to equalise and after half—time, eric dier looked certain to score, until toby alderweireld intervened. jordan pickford kept england in contention, only for the mercurial eden hazard to expertly seal the win. a bronze medalfor the so—called golden generation, their best—ever world cup placing. the lads gave it everything. it's not the way we wanted to finish, but it shows that we've still got room for improvement, we've still got a lot to learn. but it's been a great tournament for us. ultimately, then, it is disappointment for england who depart russia wondering what might have been, yet their overall performance, their sense of joy and a reconnection with their long—suffering supporters suggests that success might not be too far away.
today the attention turns to moscow where football's biggest prize is to be decided. france are firm favourites, but at the culmination of a competition that has been full of surprises, croatia will try to cause one last upset. david ornstein, bbc news, st petersburg. the world cup will be decided this afternoon as favourites france take on croatia in moscow. our moscow correspondent, sarah rainsford, is in red square for us now. hello. good morning to you. still signs of plenty of football activity ahead of the big match. there is. you can see the fans here and pretty big numbers now. the england fans have mostly headed home but the french are here in big numbers, increasing all the time. i have been talking to people arriving overnight and this morning, like the england fa ns and this morning, like the england fans arriving for the semifinal, the french fans have taken flights
through multiple countries to be here. they are hoping it could be the day 20 years after france last won the world cup that they could bring the cup home. i have been speaking to croatian fans as well extremely confident, saying it is a tiny nation, a dream for them, just over 4 million people in croatia, but a massive footballing nation, they say they have a big heart. you looking forward to today? do you think you might win? manage to find that only croats who do not speak english! they have all been confident, saying they fancy their chances against france. are you going to win? i hope. this is a historic moment for us. i hope we are going to be the champions. this is our year, are going to be the champions. this is ouryear, i hope. are going to be the champions. this is our year, i hope. it means a lot to the croatia? for a small country like croatia, it is incredible, but
it isa like croatia, it is incredible, but it is a dream already to get to the final. the smallest country, if you do not think about uruguay... we are the smallest country to get to the final. it is wonderful. it is so beautiful for us. thank you. enjoy the match. we have been hearing that a lot from the croatians, a small country with a big dream. world cup victory. it is notjust the winner of the football match who will be triumphant. i would say it is also a political victory for vladimir putin, a country of course that has been very much in the headlines for a lot of negative reasons. they have not gone away of course, russia has still annexed crimea, accused of meddling in the us elections, stood accused of the nova —— the nerve agent attacks on salisbury, this focus has been on the friendly face of russia, the russian people who
have come out in huge numbers to welcome people from all over the world and this is the combination today of the month in which this country has been transformed, as someone who has lived here for quite someone who has lived here for quite some years. you someone who has lived here for quite some years. you are someone who has lived here for quite some years. you are in the best place to make thatjudgment, fascinating to hear about the impact it has had, we have heard it back here in terms of perceptions of russia in the uk and other parts of western europe, but a big day for president putin, notjust because of the world cup final, but prepping for the meeting in helsinki tomorrow with president trump. how important is that summit for mr putin? extremely important. the kremlin has been saying russia is open to meeting president trump, but it is just waiting for the white house to agree to where and when and eventually the date and the place, helsinki, came up. for eventually the date and the place, helsinki, came up. foeradimir putin, having this summit take place on the back of this world cup which
has been such a huge success politically speaking for vladimir putin, another notch in his belt. he will be at the world cup final here and he will go from the international stage to the meeting in helsinki and what they come up with in terms of concrete statements from the summit, that is another question. just the symbolism of the meeting taking place, taking place even as there are very big questions about specifically russia's role in the us elections and that of course is one donald trump came to power. you alluded to the future status of crimea, the dispute over ukraine which lead to sanctions being imposed, that presumably is an area where russia would really like to see some movement, but president trump might be hamstrung by the views of european countries. well, and the rest of the international community as well. i do not think there is any sense in which anyone, even donald trump, is about to
recognise the status of crimea. it is recognised of course by the eu and by the us as an illegal annexation and i do not think that will change. it may be something thatis will change. it may be something that is discussed but i imagine donald trump's advisers have been briefing him heavily. this is russian territory as far as russia is concerned. people here are adamant crimea will never be ukrainian again, it is they believe russian territory and they think it isa russian territory and they think it is a done deal. the question is closed. politically, that is the reason for all of the international sanctions but people here do not make the connection between the economic pressure from the international community and the annexation of crimea, or if they do, many say it is worth it. have the sanctions made much difference? in terms of daily life in russia? they have. but most people do not really make the connection. the economy has suffered but largely because of the oil price, the fluctuation. people
do not feel as rich as they did here a couple of years ago but i think some people are willing to pay the price for this historic reunification of crimea, as they see it. this world cup, feel—good factor, the annexation of crimea for the russian people was a massive boost in popularity for vladimir putin and it was a big move and the world cup is probably the next big thing. vladimir putin will exploit the maximum political capital from it that he can. it feels like another crimea moment for the russian people. they feel confident, pleased with themselves, their country is on the world stage very much, a player to be reckoned with, and that is also the symbolism of the meeting with trump, vladimir putin on the world stage at the highest level and that is very important for a lot of russian people. enjoy the build up and enjoy
the match, thank you. who would have thought it, in red square. the headlines... the prime minister warns conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk by arguing over her proposals for how the uk will leave the eu. the us president, donald trump, will leave scotland later today and fly to helsinki for a summit with the russian president. the minister for small business and theresa may's former chief of staff — andrew griffiths — resigns from the government after sending texts of a sexual nature to two female constituents. residents of a village in greenland have left their homes after an iceberg, weighing 11 million tonnes, drifted inland prompting fears of a tsunami. local officials warned the iceberg could split in two, forcing a huge wave onshore. 260 billion tonnes of greenland's ice is lost to the ocean each year. the 12 boys rescued from flooded
caves in the thailand have been told of the death of one of the divers who tried to save them. saman kunan died. the boys were assessed and deemed to be in good mental and physical health before their families told them about the diver‘s death. one of the biggest car—buying groups in britain says more than half of its vehicles will be electric by 2025. the british vehicle rental and leasing association wants to increase its fleet of electric cars to three—quarters of a million, as our business correspondentjoe lynam reports. noxious gases coming out of cars could soon be a thing of the past. one of the biggest fleet buyers in the uk says it is switching to low or zero emission vehicles in seven years. the british vehicle rental and leasing associations is responsible for one in every five vans as well as one in every eight cars on our roads. its members have pledged to turn most of their fleets into plug—in vehicles by 2025.
a is—fold increase in only seven years, but it still needs government action. this is about government helping business investing. we need infrastructure for electric vehicles. we need tax support. the government said its road to zero strategy will help make sure the uk remained a world leader for investment in and uptake of zero emission technologies. at the moment, there are just under 200,000 plug—in vehicles on uk roads. but as the taxes and charges mount on diesel vehicles, the number of plug—in cars is going to multiply. joe lynam, bbc news. a group of six southern koalas are being brought from australia to live at longleat safari park in wiltshire, making them the only ones of their kind in europe.
the southern koalas are known for their thickerfur — handy for a british winter. laura foster reports. they are abandoning australia and moving to wiltshire. and when the five females and single male arrive, it will be the only place you can find southern koalas in the whole of europe and it's hoped, once this group settles into their new home in longleat, they will start to breed. it will be a very strict monitoring process of each individual koala and the koala as a group, so we can actually identify different behaviours and individualities and how it affects them. they are also being brought to the uk because wildlife experts want to raise awareness about the problems koalas are facing. although not classed as endangered, koalas are recognised as vulnerable. since the middle of the 19th century, millions have been killed for theirfur, and more recently, large portions of their habitat have been destroyed to build houses and roads. wombats have been chosen to keep them company on theirjourney and they will end up here, at a new indoor and outdoor australia—inspired enclosure
at longleat safari park. so, the koalas' new home isn't finished just yet. there are some eucalyptus trees here, perfect for the koalas to snack on between mealtimes, but they are still going to plant more trees. now, these have been picked especially from the longleat estate because they are perfect for koalas to really sink their claws into and scale all the way up. if but they can eat up to 500 kilograms of eucalyptus leaves in a single day. kilograms of eucalyptus that's one of the reasons the team here have been growing their own supply. we have faced some challenges. we had, obviously, the heavy snow back in march which has kind of set us back a little bit, but since this nice sunshine has happened, they have sprouted right up, so definitely become more positive. but when these six furry friends arrive in the autumn, it is hoped we will be able to learn more about how to help protect these iconic creatures.
laura foster, bbc news, at longleat. i hope they are in for an interesting adjustment with our weather, they might even need some shade. let us look at the prospects. a perfect afternoon before heading to the beach for many in england and wales, blue skies and sunshine. a weather front is bringing wales, blue skies and sunshine. a weatherfront is bringing rain wales, blue skies and sunshine. a weather front is bringing rain to northern ireland in north—west scotland, fairly light and patchy, and eastern scotland down to the borders will keep sun through the day. further south, borders will keep sun through the day. furthersouth, beautiful afternoon, if you like it hot, dry and funny. temperatures perhaps peaking at 28 to 30 degrees. pressure conditions behind the weather front marking a slow but su btle weather front marking a slow but subtle change in the weather story moving into the week. it will weaken as it pushes eastwards for the start of monday, a band of showers perhaps turning thundery, ahead of it, staying warm monday morning, behind
it, somewhat fresher. starting the week with perhaps sunny spells and scattering of showers, less hot, but towards the end of the week, the possibility of more significant rain right across the country. take care. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: the prime minister warns conservative mps they are putting brexit at risk by arguing over her proposals for how the uk will leave the eu. the us president, donald trump, will leave scotland later today and fly to helsinki for a summit with the russian president. the minister for small business, andrew griffiths, has resigned from the government after sending texts of a sexual nature to two female constituents. it's the world cup final this afternoon, with france the favourites to win against croatia in moscow. and in the wimbledon men's final, novak djokavic is set to face kevin anderson on centre court. here's the man who knows all about
those stories, it's ben crouch at the bbc sports centre. good morning to you, ben. good morning. angelique kerber said it was always her dream to lift the wimbledon trophy. well, this morning she can raise it to her heart's content after becoming the first german since steffi graf in 1996 to win the women's singles title. she ended the fairy tale comeback of serena williams with some impressive defensive tennis on centre court. it was a repeat of the 2016 final that kerber lost, but after taking the first set 6—3, she took the second by the same scoreline for her third grand slam title. she has only the french open to win to complete the set.
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