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tonight at ten: a brexit delay in prospect as mp5 vote to extend the process just 15 days before the uk is due to leave. the eyes to the right, 412, the noes to the right 202. the eyes to the right, 412, the noes to the right 202. the house of commons backed a motion which calls for a delay with a warning that unless mps back a deal next week the delay could be a long one. it's prompted anger among brexit—supporters and hope among those who want to remain, as government and opposition still argue about the way forward. all of us now have the opportunity and the responsibility to work together to find a solution to the crisis facing this country, where the government has so dramatically failed to do so. we will double our resolve to get this through and to deliver in what i very strongly believe
is in the national interest. as for the prime minister back in downing street there'll be another attempt to present her rejected deal to parliament next week for a third time. we'll have the story of today's votes and we'll be considering where they leave the brexit process ahead of next week's european summit. also on the programme tonight... a former british soldier is charged with murder almost 50 years after bloody sunday when 13 civilians were killed in londonderry. the knife crime surge — the number of people cautioned or convicted for carrying a knife in england and wales has reached its highest level in ten years. a terrific horse — what a terrific moment! and making her mark in horse racing — how 23—year—old bryony frost made history at the cheltenham festival today. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news... arsenal stage a fightback over rennes in the europa league, but was it enough to join chelsea in the quarter finals?
good evening from westminster where the house of commons has voted in favour of delaying brexit with just 15 days to go to the set date of the uk's departure from the european union. the prime minister will now have to ask her fellow eu leaders to approve the delay. the parliamentary motion says that if a brexit plan is agreed by mps by next wednesday then the extension to the process would be relatively brief. if there's no deal agreed, the extension would be longer and the uk might then have to take part in the european elections. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports on the series of votes taken in parliament today and why they're likely to lead to a brexit delay.
speeding back to number ten with brexit going slow. the prime minister's voice that we could leave this month isolated for weeks, now drowned out. the eyes to the right, 412, the noes to the left, 202. mps voting clearly to say brexit should be delayed. the ayes to the right 412, the nose to the left, 202. the ayes have it. unlock. theresa may was not there to hear it read out loud, to face reality. her government accepting we might not leave the eu before the end ofjune. after the last few days of government chaos and some defeats, all of us now have the opportunity and responsibility to work together to find a solution to the crisis
facing this country. labour has its own noisy struggles. the party says it wants another referendum but would not vote for one today. the whole purpose ought to be to protect communities that are stressed and worried, those people who i worried about the future and their jobs worried, those people who i worried about the future and theirjobs and their industries. ourjob is to try to meet the concerns of the people who sent us here in the first place. nor is the government ready to give up nor is the government ready to give up on the hope brexit might happen beforejune. up on the hope brexit might happen before june. we double our resolve to get this through and to deliver in what i very strongly believe is international interest. people have strong views and you want your politicians to have strong views, i have got a very strong view. my strong view is that the prime minister's deal is the best way to deliver on the referendum result. an extension is the right direction
because the government have not brought this together and we still have to find a way through this. but again numberten, have to find a way through this. but again number ten, contain tory divisions. anything cabinet remainers could do yesterday brexiteers seem to want to do better tonight. yesterday four of them voted against government policy, but to make seven cabinet ministers split from theresa may and voted against the delay. in this strange world even the brexit secretary went against the argument he had publicly made. collective responsibility is very much alive and that is what the public expect. they expect us to work together as a team to deliver the will of the people and we have to get on and do that. there was a rare if may be short lived a sigh of relief for number ten. the noes to the right 312, the noes to the left 314. this seen off by only two
those, an attempt by mps to take charge of brexit altogether. those, an attempt by mps to take charge of brexit altogetherlj those, an attempt by mps to take charge of brexit altogether. i am disappointed may amend lost by two, but we have gained some think evening. the deal has been defeated bya evening. the deal has been defeated by a large margin and no deal has been defeated by parliament and the prime minister will have to apply foran prime minister will have to apply for an extension. without labour's support, the independent group's push for another referendum was smashed. and although the prime minister's deal has been chucked out twice, that does not mean she is giving up on getting it through parliament. might that be the sound of one of her allies who says no right now tiptoeing two years. when you come to the end of a negotiation is when you really start to see the whites of people's eyes and you get to the point where you make a deal. we wa nt to the point where you make a deal. we want to see a deal because we wa nt we want to see a deal because we want a deal that is good for the whole of the uk and that is what we are focusing on. not yet, dozens of
brexiteers still believe the prime minister's deal is too close to the eu, but tempers are fraying. they are engaging in political idiocy and i doing more to damage the prospect of us ever leaving the eu than many people campaigning for a second vote. they are dangerously close to destroying the very thing it is that we all fought so long and hope to achieve. that is what it has come down to, tory mp calling each other idiots? i said they are engaging in political idiocy which is what it is. if you do not fight for what you believe him, which is brexit, you have given up the fight far too early and you should not be in politics. just in case the prime minister did not have enough well at home, the specialfriend could not help but pitch in as well.|j home, the specialfriend could not help but pitch in as well. i am surprised how badly it has all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation. but i gave the prime
minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and you would have been successful. she did not listen to that and that is fine, she has got to do what she has to do. to do what she has to do, if only it were so simple. number ten has to try to govern this and survive. number ten has to try to govern this and survive. in a moment we'll be asking our europe editor katya adler for her thoughts on the brexit process after today's events. first let's speak to laura kuenssberg, our political editor. brexit is not happening on the 29th of march? politically it seems impossible and theresa may has been forced to confront something that has become more likely because of the delays and government on deciding how to handle brexit and secondly the difficulties i'm getting a deal with the eu, and that, she has failed on two occasions to get her deal through. that said, a very large number of tory mps, ministers and cabinet ministers, voted against any delay
tonight. this was not a unanimous decision. a very clear one, but certainly not absolutely a slam dunk. the second point is that as the law stands it is still the case we leave on the 29th of march whatever happens. the politics appear to have made it completely impossible, but there is still a chance that if this process somehow went pop, we could find ourselves in that situation, unlikely though it is. we will talk about the prime minister's challenge a little later. i would like to go to brussels and bring in katya adler. looking ahead to the summit taking place in a week's time. any response from the eu today to the events at westminster? it is interesting because compared to all of the sound and fury in westminster tonight, the silence on eu leaders' twitter accou nts silence on eu leaders' twitter accounts was deafening and their voices count. when it comes to
extending the brexit process they have the final say. early in the week we heard from a number of eu leaders who were sounding pretty ha rd leaders who were sounding pretty hard line, like france and spain, saying they would not grant any extension to the brexit process u nless extension to the brexit process unless the prime minister could come up unless the prime minister could come up with a very good reason. it is true that eu leaders are frustrated, irritated and fatigued with brexit, but it is also true that if they can they want to avoid no—deal brexit for their own political and economic interests. perhaps they are silent tonight because they know whatever their personal opinions on an extension, under eu law they have to come to a unanimous decision about whether to grant it, for how long and on what conditions they want to attach and they cannot come to the unanimous decision until all 27 out together in one room. they will be in one week's time in brussels at that eu summit you mentioned. when it comes to the realpolitik will
ta ke it comes to the realpolitik will take over on whether it is a longer extension or a shorter one, if the prime minister could persuade the eu that she has her deal coming over the line. eu leaders will probably say yes even if it is through gritted teeth. katya adler in brussels. so after today's votes there's a katya adler in sharp focus on next week when mps will be asked to change their minds and back theresa may's deal and then there'll be that crucial summit of european leaders that could determine the length of an extension to the brexit process. our deputy political editor john pienaar has been looking at how the next stages might unfold. another concession, another retreat by theresa may. mps have delayed brexit past march the 29th. they don't know for how long and nor do we. mrs may never wanted this, but she has been weakened by defeat after defeat in the commons. now, with less than a week to go before the next eu summit, her mission somehow to win around 75 or more tory brexiteers, democratic unionists,
leave supporting labour mps who want a brexit deal. it is a big ask, so theresa may will be calling another big debate, another big vote, before she faces eu leaders and asks for the delay in leaving. sojust days, time is running out to finally support this battered prime minister or start to thrash out a new brexit plan. in brussels next week eu leaders must decide whether to grant a brexit delay at all. the signs are they will, but there may be strings attached. will france impose conditions? will spain, where elections are on the way, reopen the sovereignty of gibraltar? and crucially will they insist on a long delay, a year or more, until the brits agree on brexit? mps decided against voting on brexit alternatives next week but they still remain. so aside from mrs may's plan, what are the other options? mps will try to drum up support from behind—the—scenes. some on both sides, including
cabinet ministers like amber rudd, would like a brexit closer to the eu, a bit like norway's, sticking with eu market rules and standards, maybe also the eu customs system. no new trade tariffs or border checks, no problem avoiding stops and checks on the irish border, but it also means no new trade deals around the world. jeremy corbyn and labour want the customs union. he says he can negotiate terms to his liking. then there is another referendum. mps were never likely to back a referendum this evening, but the so—called people's vote campaigners will be back. tonight the prime minister's last, best hope is that all her defeats, all her concessions, will pave the way to a deal, that the fear of a long delay, the possibility of being tied to eu rules, fear even of a referendum will persuade or scare mps into bucking her deal as the best available. into backing her deal as the best available. some legal guidance from the attorney general where the uk might, just might, be able to legally break with eu
rules if britain feels trapped, that might help rebels climb down too. if she wins, it will be a triumph. britain could begin the even tougher task of discussing the future after brexit, even if many tory mps and ministers are saying quietly that will be a job for a new prime minister. mrs may's time may have all but run out. john pienaar reporting. theresa may pledged that the uk would leave the european union on march 29th. but today's parliamentary vote calling for a delay makes that highly unlikely. so how do voters consider the prospect of a delay possibly a long delay in the brexit process? my colleague reeta chakrabarti has been to coventry to assess opinion among voters there. i've made a big mistake. it's only bowling, not brexit, but people here a bit older than him are also holding their heads in their hands after this week's chaos in westminster.
i think it's all a bit of a shambles. and i just think that they're acting quite childish, in parliament at the moment. when news of mps voting to delay brexit filtered through, adam — who studies physics — welcomed it. a part of me is hoping that eventually they'll realise it's not going to work out, and they'll call the whole thing off, to be perfectly honest. i think it was a bad idea at the start. i think to some extent the public was tricked or deceived into voting out, and i think it's been a terrible idea. but others, including nicola, want out of the eu now. ijust think it's a joke and they shouldn't keep prolonging it. and while the commons rejected a second referendum, the case was still being made by james, customer service manager. it's one of those things where opinions will have changed in the three years since we had the referendum. a lot of people didn't know what they were voting for first time around. there was a lot of scaremongering going on, on both sides of the campaign.
over at all seasons, a business supplying wholesale flowers, they are acutely aware it's only two weeks until the uk is meant to leave the eu. they don't want a second referendum, they want certainty. because the markets are uncertain, expecting air exchange rate, so it's pushed the prices up, and i think in general the public are a bit uneasy so they are not spending as much money, so therefore that pushes the price of flowers up, so it is tough at the moment because no one knows where they stand. problem solving at the university looks like a walk in the park compared to brexit, but ben, a politics student, says the commons is only reflecting the country. at least parliament does represent the people. the people don't know what they want generally. there are so many groups that want to go one way with no deal, or want to have a people's vote and remain.
but at least i think parliament is representing that division as well, well then i think there is some merit to that. but we need decisive leadership. we need somebody who actually knows what they want to do. the future is theirs, but no one quite knows where we're heading. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, coventry. a final word with laura on today's events. we have a week, then in the meantime the prime minister will try once again to get her deal through? that's right. on either monday or tuesday the deal that really means everything to this government will be back in front of mps for another judgment. will it be third time lucky or another unlucky outing for theresa may? it represents a deal put together, remember, at great political cost and pain by this government and 27 other countries. it isa government and 27 other countries. it is a deal that is heated by a great number of the conservative pa rty‘s own mps, great number of the conservative party's own mps, and all opposition parties at this stage in the game will certainly vote against it as well. there are some nibbling signs around the edges of some mps in the
tory party and some of the prime minister because my allies in the northern ireland unionist party voting towards —— moving towards backing her deal, but there is nothing certain at all about that. and the prime minister may well be looking at another defeat next week, then off she will go to brussels looking for something, some kind of change, that might, guess what, give her a reason to have another go before our original intended departure debate. but this has all been so rocky and so difficult and personally, politically costly for the prime minister, there are now in small numbers some people openly speculating about whether or not she will have to sacrifice her leadership and quit in order to get this through. once again, thank you very much, laura kuenssberg, our political editor. and a reminder — there's always more from laura and indeed katya in their brexitcast
podcast that celebrates its 100th edition today available on the bbc sounds app. but that's all from westminster tonight, as mrs may prepares to make yet another attempt next week to get her brexit deal through the commons ahead of that european summit. let's catch up now with the day's other news with sophie. thank you. a former british soldier has been charged with murder almost half a century after bloody sunday, when 13 civilians were shot dead by british paratroopers on the streets of northern ireland. the man, identified only as soldier f, faces two counts of murder and four of attempted murder. in january 1972, soldiers of the parachute regiment opened fire on civil rights protesters in londonderry. the official report at the time claimed they'd acted in self—defence, after coming under fire from ira gunmen. the families of the victims dismissed that as a whitewash. a second inquiry by lord saville — more than 40 years later — confirmed that those who died were innocent civilians who had posed no serious threat. the inquiry said some soldiers had "knowingly put
forward false accounts". today's decision to prosecute one soldier has been met with mixed feelings from the victims' families. our ireland correspondent emma vardy is in derry tonight. that soul prosecution has been seen asa that soul prosecution has been seen as a disappointment by some of the families of those killed, and the words no justice no families of those killed, and the words nojustice no peace have been sprayed onto the freeness free derry corner signed below —— famous free derry sign. one soldier will face charges nearly five decades on from bloody sunday. etched into the fabric of this city, the events that unfolded on bloody sunday have cast a long shadow. # we shall overcome today...#. today, retreading the route, families of victims marched again. # we'll walk hand in hand,
we'll walk hand—in—hand...#. in 1972, this demonstration began peacefully. but rioting broke out in the area of derry known as the bogside. the british parachute regiment had come to make arrests, but when it was over, 13 people lay dead. this morning, the first indication of the long awaited news. the saville inquiry found none of those killed had been armed. some were shot in the back as they took cover. another killed as he lay on the ground. this morning, the first indication
of the long awaited news. a decision has been taken to prosecute one former soldier, soldier f, for the murder ofjames wray, and for the murder of william mckinney. these were the men soldier f is alleged to have killed. he was a lance corporal who has always been given anonymity. soldier f said he fired on nail—bombers. his account was rejected. the inquiry concluded he didn't care whether or not those he fired at posed a threat. we've walked a long journey since our fathers and brothers were brutally slaughtered on the streets of derry on bloody sunday... families of other victims were told there was not enough evidence to charge the remaining paratroopers involved. there cannot be one law for the military and political elite and one law for the others. thank you. for the brother of william mckinney, this is a day he'd thought may never come — but no celebration. there's no joy in a situation like this anyway — this is too serious. it's a feeling of the person who murdered my brother, the person responsible for that, will be brought to book. is one prosecution enough? absolutely not. relatives of some victims hoped for more.
and i just was absolutely gutted. i came down here today saying, "that's me, that's the end of the road for me now, no matter what happens. " i don't feel like that no — i'm fighting on. it's taken prosecutors two years considering thousands of pieces of information to reach this moment, and it is a decision steeped in controversy. today the defence secretary gavin williamson said the government would offer soldier f full legal support and would make urgent reforms, saying former military personnel cannot live in fear of prosecution. it i'm not sure this is justice, and i'm not sure it isjustice for the families either. i'm not sure how this guy is going to get a fair trial, i don't know how the evidence is going to stand up from 47 years ago when there is no new physical ballistic evidence or something like that. bloody sunday was a watershed in northern ireland's conflict. it added to a sense of injustice and galvanise the ira's campaign. the repercussions are still felt today. emma vardy, bbc news, derry.
the bbc‘s peter taylor, who reported on bloody sunday at the time, joins me now almost half a century later. could this come anywhere close to drawing a line under it all? i'm afraid not. ithink drawing a line under it all? i'm afraid not. i think there are no winners in this and the outcome is u nsatisfa ctory winners in this and the outcome is unsatisfactory to both sides. on the pa rt unsatisfactory to both sides. on the part of the families, i think there is great disappointment and growing angen is great disappointment and growing anger, as emma vardy‘s report said, that only one soldier has been prosecuted. some of the families will say, understandably, what about the 11 murders committed? the 11 killings. why aren't those soldiers being prosecuted? killings. why aren't those soldiers being prosecuted ? and killings. why aren't those soldiers being prosecuted? and the problem is getting the evidence after nearly half a century is extremely difficult, and soldier f is the only case it would appear in which the evidence meets the test of beyond
reasonable doubt, that's the problem, and i think it is only a matter of time before this result is dismissed as a whitewash by the family. i think the families will fight on. what about the soldiers? they will fight on as well, but i think their reaction will be one of profound relief that only one soldier was prosecuted, but as far as their commander on the day was concerned, who i interviewed earlier this week, he will be anger that even one single soldier has been prosecuted. peter, thank you. the number of people cautioned or convicted for carrying a knife in england and wales has reached its highest level in ten years with more than 21,000 offences dealt with by the courts last year. and in just over a fifth of those cases the offender was aged between 10 and 17. tom symonds reports. this man was convicted but not jailed, until outrage led to his sentence being reviewed. it's notjust the police.
the courts are also under pressure to reduce knife crime. when i saw people around me, a couple of friends who had died from being stabbed, i straight away put my knife down. omar once carried a knife for his own protection. he reckons personal experience makes people stop — losing friends but also seeing them sent to prison. people need to see it affect them in their circle first, so unless they see one of their friends go down for five years for carrying a knife, only then will they say, "you know what? actually they are keeping to their word — i'm going to put my knife down now." nearly 50 people have been stabbed to death this year. the spot where one of the latest victims was attacked is here, covered by sheets. he's17. he's fighting for his life in hospital. and so another police investigation begins, but at the other end of the criminal justice system a growing proportion of knife—offenders are being sent to prison. a recent law means a second knife offence normally results in a prison sentence,
but the proportion of repeat offenders is now the highest it's been for ten years. the government yesterday earmarked £100 million to pay overtime for officers working on violent crime, but elsewhere there is a strong feeling that police and the courts can't solve the problem. this charity works in hospitals to divert from dangerous lives those who have been shot or stabbed. if we are part of the community in which we live, then we need to be taking a part in the solutions and this is where we know that youth services and police, community members and young people themselves all need to be working together to find solutions to tackle these problems. today in coventry, a sculpture formed from 100,000 knives taken off the streets. a memorial to lost lives, a reminder of the scale of the problem. tom symonds, bbc news.
a number of republicans have defied donald trump and voted with democrats to overturn the president's declaration of a national emergency order on the us—mexico border. the president was trying to divert funds for his border wall with mexico without having to get approvalfrom congress. mrtrump said he'd veto the resolution. almost a quarter of people who were diagnosed with cancer in england at the end of last year had to wait more than two months for their treatment to begin, according to the latest figures which show the worst performance on record. the health service target is for treatment to begin within 62 days of an urgent gp referral, but it has been repeatedly missed for three years now. here's our health editor, hugh pym. lisa's at home for a few days. next week she'll be back in hospitalfor another round of chemotherapy. she has advanced bowel cancer, which has spread. she experienced symptoms but it was more than a year before she was diagnosed, and then there were delays
before treatment started. it came as a massive shock. you feel that there's no support there. you're given this huge, horrible diagnosis and then you're almost left in limbo because you don't know what the next move is going to be. week lisa is one of the increasing number whose treatment didn't start within two months of a gp referral, which is the nhs target in england. scotland and wales have also missed targets. cancer charities say there aren't enough staff. although staff are working harder than ever before, there just simply aren't enough people to do the tasks we need so it's great we are trying to drive through early diagnosis, but unless we have the staff needed to keep up with that demand, we're not going to see the change we want. take a deep breath in. nhs england has funded schemes like this to try to catch lung cancer early. a spokesperson said more people than ever were coming forward for cancer checks, and there was new investment in treatment. i'm very angry. i would say anger is probably one
of my most common emotions. lisa has worked most of her career in the nhs. her mum had bowel cancer as well. she feels her cancer should have been picked up much earlier. i feel like the nhs has let me down in some ways, and that... i don't want to face death and i don't want to think about that but it may be a reality for me in the next few years. and sometimes that fires me on to help other people, to make sure that this is something that we can diagnose much earlier and treat much earlier. hugh pym, bbc news. she's one of a new generation of female jockeys and today 23—year—old bryony frost certainly made her mark in the sport by making history. she became the first woman to win a grade 1 jumps race at the cheltenham festival,