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the prime minister's brexit divorce plan is rejected by parliament yet again, on the very day that the united kingdom was supposed to leave the european union. theresa may lost by 58 votes, the defeat was narrower than last time. it is yet another major setback for the prime minister and her brexit promise to britain. the implications of the house's decision are grave. the legal default now is that the united kingdom is due to leave the european union on the 12th of april. injust 1a days‘ time. that is not enough time to agree, legislate for and ratify a deal. there has to be an alternative found. and if the prime minister can't accept that, then she must go,
not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now, so that we can decide the future of this country through a general election. hear, hear. anger on the streets outside as thousands of pro brexit supporters descend on westminster shouting betrayal. no escape from brexit, instead confusion
and frustation, we'll have reaction from voters as everyone wonders, what now? as a person who voted to leave, i am very frustrated my decision has not gone forward. i really don't know where parliament is going to go. i don't know where the government is leading, i don't think there has been leadership from the government right from the start. so, what's the way out of this? we'll be getting the view from westminster, brussels, scotland and northern ireland. and coming—up on sportsday on bbc news... premier league players and managers say they're prepared to walk off if there's racist abuse during a football match.
good evening from westminster. if the prime minister had had her way, the united kingdom would be leaving the eu in one hour's time. today should have been brexit day. that's what theresa may promised. but
instead she had to watch on as mps rejected her plans for a divorce deal with the eu once again. she told parliament that this was their last chance to deliver the kind brexit people had voted for. but it wasn't enough. 286 mps voted yes, 344 voted no — the prime minister lost by 58 votes. so now april 12th — is our new brexit day. either we leave with no deal. or the prime minister asks brussels
for another extension — and it could be a long one. we may now have to take part in the european elections, too, electing meps. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports on today's vote. this really is such an iconic day, it is march the 29th. what do we want? brexit! when do we want it? now! it is a great failure that we are not leaving at 11pm this evening. crowds on the march to push parliament to get on with it... it is a thoroughly bad idea and it deserves to be defeated. ..on the day that we were due to leave... shame on you! ..mps were asked to back a deal they hate or a delay. protests brought frustration to parliament, the prime minister brought the deal that would divorce us from the eu to the commons forjudgment, again. the ayes to the right, 286,
the noes to the left, 344. a closer result than last time out but a third defeat of nearly 60 vote for theresa may's deal. still way off. i fear we are reaching the limits of the process in this house. this house has rejected no deal, it has rejected no brexit, on wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table. this government will continue to press the case for the orderly brexit that the result of the referendum demands. this deal now has to change. there has to be an alternative found and if the prime minister cannot accept that, then she must go, not at an indeterminate date in the future, but now. she should now go and we should be having a general election. open calls for her to quit growing in her party, as well. there is only one thing the prime minister can do, get us out on the 12th of april,
get our country back and deliver what we promised. because if we don't, god help us. do you think she should stay in her job? no. i think it was inevitable that whatjust happened was going to happen because theresa may once again singularly failed to reach out to people. the cabinet still trying to cling on... we will have to think very hard over the next few hours how to respond but this is a hugely disappointing result which is not in the national interest. the prime minister's pitch earlier was this is the last chance to make sure we could leave the eu sometime soon. it avoids a long extension which would at least delay and could destroy brexit. i have said that i am prepared to leave this job earlier than i intended to secure the right outcome for our country. and when the division bell rings in a few moments time,
everyone of us will have to look into our hearts and decide what is best for our constituents and our country. this deal, even the half of it we have before us today is bad for our democracy, bad for our economy and bad for this country and i urge the house not to be cajoled on this third time lucky strategy and vote it down today! for weeks exhausted ministers have only been able to stand back and watch on while brexiteers made this deal sound like the end of the world. but listen... if we say we stand up for 17.4 million people, then we have to get those people what they asked for and that is to leave the european union and this now is the only way. and then another... i will vote for the motion. the problem i have is that i cannot countenance an even longer extension. and i cannot countenance holding european elections in may. and then another...
most of us don't like the agreement, but it is a damn sight better than sticking two fingers up to the british public and saying we will ignore you. but a clutch of convinced eurosceptic were firm. we have capitulated, this is not compromise, this has been capitulation. and theresa may's allies from northern ireland would not budge... whatever means there are available to us, should this agreement go through, we will continue to oppose it. many more were furious... mr speaker, we cannot allow the future of this country to be held to ransom by the never ending internal tory psychodrama and people who want to put their own jobs and ambitions before the jobs and ambitions of the people in this country. the rainbow of other parties were never going to say yes... we've been ignored, silenced and sidelined,
the futures of citizens across scotland and the rest of the uk held to ransom by right—wing brexiteers and the dup. this is nothing more than deceit, duplicity and deception from a government in desperation. so, what happens next? tonight, even members of the cabinet are not sure. if we know anything about theresa may it's not impossible that somehow she will come up with another way of trying to get her deal through again. but, remember, mps are working together behind the scenes to try to come up with a solution, probably a softer brexit, that could find a majority in the house of commons sometime soon. but, in either case, it is likely the government will have to ask the eu for a longer extension, with conditions attached. but they could say no, in which case we might leave the european union without a deal in a couple of weeks. as they leave on the day we were all meant to leave, the question on the country's departure from the eu is far from journey‘s end.
we can talk to laura now. mps have voted against the deal three times now, is that it? actually, number ten will try to contract may be or find another way of trying to push the deal through the nooks and crannies of westminster, may be outside the boundaries of what is normal, it is possible when the parliament takes control of the process probably on wednesday that the prime minister might put forward her do as one of the options, one of those on a list of pick and mix which mps will vote for and go through ticking them off one by one, or giving a cross to them. if we know anything about theresa may, there's no chance she will throw her hands up and say, thatis will throw her hands up and say, that is it, unless and until the moment is absolutely forced upon her, and the reality, though, is that there are plenty of people in parliament who are determined to
find a different compromise, probably a closer relationship with the eu on the one she has tried to broker, and there are others in her own party who believe that that would just not be acceptable and for that reason and also because the eu 110w that reason and also because the eu now has the say over whether or not we can extend this process any further, theresa may is simply not in control of this process any more. she may well try again about the eventual outcome is not up to her, but in the end of there are still some people in government, in the heart of the machine, the number is getting smaller, but they are still some of their who believe in the end a version of her deal will become what happens, maybe not because it is the best way out, but because it is the best way out, but because it is the best way out, but because it is the least worst option on the table. laura, for now, thank you. so eu leaders will meet again for an emergency brexit summit on april 10th to discuss
what happens next. our europe editor katya adler is in brussels for us. what do they make of the prime minister's latest defeat? europe is on the defensive, and in theory or brexit options are still on the table in theory and hope has not died of a negotiated brexit —— all brexit options. but there is an increasing bit of a no—deal brexit because that is very little trust in the prime minister and parliament to pull off the negotiated deal and we had warnings of a no deal from
emmanuel macron and other eu leaders and this is no longer a negotiating tactic they are using to put pressure on mps, to encourage them to vote for the deal from theresa may, they see the ongoing divisions in parliament on display again today in technicolor glory and they wonder if the uk will ever unite around a brexit way forward. if the uk cannot do that emmanuel macron is wondering
out loud whether there's any in delaying brexit for much longer. this doesn't mean that if and when the prime minister comes to brussels on the 10th of april and asks eu leaders for a long extension that they will say no but right now there isa they will say no but right now there is a lively debate here between the idea of a long extension against a no—deal brexit very soon, and france thinks that would be painful but it would stop all of this costly uncertainty that costs european businesses money and weighs heavily on the workings of the eu. all of the talk of a no—deal brexit is making the eu look
very carefully at its own no deal planning and leaders are beginning to pile the pressure on dublin, they want ireland to finesse it is no deal planning for its border with northern ireland and so its border with northern ireland and so far it has kept it rather vague for political reasons but the eu wa nts to for political reasons but the eu wants to make sure that whatever happens with brexit its single market is protected. thanks for joining us. so where do we go from here?
tonight there are all kinds of possibilties from a no—deal brexit, to a closerfuture relationship with the eu, a long delay to a general election. our deputy political editorjohn pienaar looks at the options. by 58 votes, mps voted down the divorce deal she thrashed out with the eu. plenty of battles still to come before brexit is ever settled, but if mrs may even hoped to regain any control, that hope probably died today. how? tory brexiteer resistance mostly crumbled. they feared losing brexit altogether. big hitters like borisjohnson, dominic raab, evenjacob rees—mogg, who said until today he would oppose the deal so long as the democratic unionists did, but the hard—core stayed firm. the dup held out, fearing northern ireland could be treated differently to the rest of the uk for the sake of avoiding a hard eu border with ireland. jeremy corbyn‘s labour mps split.
five, reconciled to brexit, backed the deal. most helped sink it. so now who is in charge? mps and cross—party factions are working on their own plans for brexit. former cabinet minister oliver letwin is one of those organising a series of votes for next week, hoping most mps can agree on one. the options — a brexit closer to the eu than mrs may's deal, maybe under the same customs rules, maybe under eu single market rules, so free movement of people could continue, or maybe both. that has been compared to the old european common market. a new referendum is an option, maybe tied to whatever brexit deal is chosen in the end. and some mps who oppose leaving with no deal and believe parliament would never allow it prefer revoking brexit, calling it off for it now or for good. mps could still take control, ordering the government by law to adopt the plan mps choose. so mrs may's next move, assuming she's around long enough,
doing nothing is not an option. they will have to be a brexit plan made law by a withdrawal agreement bill. mps could try and force their own plans into that bill. a softer brexit may well have the most support. could any pm order tory mps and ministers how to vote or try? government discipline has all but collapsed. the next eu summit is set for a week on wednesday. the eu offered to delay brexit until may the 22nd, if the prime minister managed to get the terms of divorce through parliament. she's failed, so the deadline is set for april the 12th. that is to allow the uk to avoid the european elections. until there is a final agreement a no—deal brexit remains possible, the outcome many fear most, maybe by accident. but the eu may offer a much longer delay. what if mps demand a new referendum? you thought brexit was close to being settled? think again.
they say all political careers, all premierships, end in failure. most end in better shape than theresa may's. she is on the verge of leaving number 10 with her authority shattered, the future of brexit still in deep doubt, demands growing louder for a general election. it is fair to ask, could any leader have done much better? either way, there is a long list of contenders keen to move into downing street and try. that was our deputy political editor there, john pienaar. well, all along businesses have been clamouring for certainty, clarity, a decision. and they've got none of that today. our business editor simon jack is with me — this is exactly what businesses were fearing? i think demoralised, devastated, sick and tired are some of the comments i have heard, that their quest for certainty of some kind has foundered on the parliamentary rocks yet again. their biggest fear still is that we somehow end up with no deal, but the financial markets still don't believe that is going to
happen. we have seen the pound come back a little bit after having a bubble this afternoon. but there is going to be a delay, and although business doesn't like no deal, it doesn't like to lay much less, because what will they do in the meantime? and you heard the smmmt, the motor body, saying that britain had become un—investable, and business has fallen to its lowest level in a decade, before the financial crisis, so it is really showing up in the investment decisions companies are making. simonjack, decisions companies are making. simon jack, thank you. this, of course, was supposed to be brexit day. to mark it, large numbers of angry protestors descended on westminster today — including the "march to leave" procession, which left sunderland two weeks ago. our special correspondent lucy manning has spent the day with people at the protests. what do we want? brexit! when do we want it? now! let's get out! let's have brexit! very, very sad. very disappointed. democracy, democracy!
it's rubbish. it's not leaving. i think it's an outrage. that is why i am here. they wanted it, voted for it, won it, but didn't get it. today was supposed to be brexit day. how do you sum up this day for you? how would you describe it? it's a total and utter betrayal of democracy. whether or not you voted remain or leave, it is pathetic. we were supposed to be having a party tonight, instead we're having a wake. what our politicians are saying to us is, shut up and sit down. some on this leavers‘ march had walked from sunderland, determined to tell westminsterjust how let down they felt. march the 29th was not supposed to look like this, not so much a celebration but another demonstration. and, amongst the brexiteers, a real sense of anger. this should have been an amazing day for england. yeah? but you've ruined it. they've ruined it.
today would be the day. do you not think that actually the politicians who wanted to get out of europe just should have accepted the deal and then you could have been celebrating today? but the deal is not leaving. the deal is worse than remaining for leavers. different groups of leavers surrounded parliament. the ever—present demonstrators, a joint ukip and tommy robinson protest, and a larger leave means leave rally. we are in enemy territory. cheering. there are hundreds of people just over the street that have treated that referendum and those who voted for it with total and utter contempt. thousands filled parliament square. demands of brexit now rejected by mps. just a handful of remainers watched on. i'm very glad that it's not brexit day. but i also think that it is a pity that things have not progressed
a little quicker and you would have thought that maybe by now that politicians could have sorted something out. we personally voted remain, but we just want it finished with now, even if that means leaving. tonight the police stood protecting downing street as a small group protested outside. one tried to climb the gate. this wasn't supposed to be brexit day. who knows when it will come? lucy manning, bbc news, westminster. so mps return to parliament on monday to try to find a way forward out of this mess. but how can it be solved? in a moment we'll speak to our ireland correspondent emma vardy who's in belfast, but first to our scotland editor sarah smith who's in glasgow. what role could the snp play in trying to find a way out? the snp are now in a very interesting position, because of their votes could make all the difference when mps could make all the difference when m ps vote could make all the difference when mps vote on different brexit options on monday. scottish first minister
nicola sturgeon says her first priority now is to try and stop brexit entirely, something she says she believes is now a real possibility, but the snp are now also talking to other parties in westminster about possible brexit options. they have said all along, the snp, that they could support a compromise where the uk leaves the eu but stays in the single market and the customs union, and we know from the votes earlier this week that there is considerable support among mps for staying in the customs union. the single market is trickier, because that is the one that means we would have to see free movement of people from the eu continue in and out of the uk. but thatis continue in and out of the uk. but that is one of the very reasons why the snp supports single market membership. they say scotland does need more immigration to support the economy here, so they won't go for any brexit option that doesn't have both of those included, customs union and single market membership. but as they do keep talking to parties over the weekend and see if there is a so—called soft a brexit option that they could get behind, if they do, their 35 votes could
make all the difference to getting a commons majority. and emma in belfast, what about the dup? it is their support that the prime minister has needed all the way along. she hasn't got it. any sign there could be some movement at last? simply, the party is going to keep up the drumbeat of what it has been calling for ever since that deal first emerged. it is going to continue to urge in the uk government to go back to brussels to try to get changes on the backstop. the dup simply does not accept that the eu's position on this is unalterable. today we saw the leader of the dup in westminster, nigel dodds, actually saying that he would i'iow dodds, actually saying that he would now prefer to remain in the united kingdom rather than back theresa may's deal, and that from a party which voted and campaigned to leave in the referendum is a remark of just how uncomfortable the dup is with a deal that could potentially see northern ireland left in a different rules regime from the rest
of the uk, something that they believe tugs away at a northern ireland's position in the uk as a whole. elsewhere, there was growing despair at that third defeat for the deal in parliament for many people living around the irish border. many people here voted to remain and oppose brexit, but they do want to see that you go through to give them some certainty. there is so much at sta ke some certainty. there is so much at stake here for people's livelihoods oi'i stake here for people's livelihoods on the island of ireland, which is why we saw the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, saying today that he would give support to a long extension of brexit if the uk was to reconsider its whole approach. sarah smith and emma vardy, thank you both. let's go back to laura. we had been expecting to stand here and be counting down to 11 o'clock tonight, when the uk officially left
the european union. that hasn't happened. who knows when it will happen? it really is quite a moment. it is, and it was the promise that theresa may made to the public time and time again, we will leave the european union on the 29th of march. that process that she triggered was something then that parliament itself voted for, and of course at the general election not so long ago in the long history of britain's tangled relationships between the eu, both of the main parties committed to leaving and then in parliament, a huge majority of mps voted for this to happen. and at the very least, wherever blame lies, who made all of the different calculations, the fact is that parliament has not been able to deliver to the country something that itself promised would happen. and the question marks about where next are profound. it is simply not possible tonight to predict where this might go next. and the
divisions and the dilemma tonight, yea rs into divisions and the dilemma tonight, years into this process now, just as deep as they ever were. the different sides arejust deep as they ever were. the different sides are just as entrenched as they have been all along. the prime minister might claim, and she is right to say there was more support for her deal tonight than there has been for a long time, but we are so far from a resolution in any sense here, and so farfor resolution in any sense here, and so far for businesses, for families, for people watching us tonight, from being able to say with any confidence exactly what the ending of this will be. our political editor laura kuenssberg, thank you. that's all from westminster for now, i'll be back later in the programme. here's reeta with the rest of today's news. police have used tear gas and rubber bullets on protestors in the algerian capital, algiers. around a million protestors took to the streets in the sixth consecutive friday of protests against the goverment of president abdelaziz bouteflika.
the army joined calls for the removal of the 82—year—old leader earlier this week. the independent group of mps who defected from labour and the conservatives has applied to register as a political party. calling themselves change uk — the independent group, they say the move is to allow them to stand in european parliamentary elections in may if necessary. shares in the department store chain debenhams have risen significantly after it secured a multi—million pound financial lifeline. the company, which is embroiled in a battle with its biggest shareholder, mike ashley, said it would now push ahead with restructuring plans. the vote leave campaign has withdrawn its appeal against the electoral commission, over fines for breaking rules during the eu referendum. the main leave campaign was found to have breached spending limits by funnelling money through another organisation. it has now reportedly paid its £61,000 fine in full. the detective who led the inquiry into the murder ofjill dando has
said he doesn't think the case will ever be solved. hamish campbell was speaking in a bbc documentary to mark 20 years since the television presenter was shot. barry george was convicted ofjill dando's murder and served eight years before being cleared and released after a retrial. they were on the verge of a musical breakthrough, but the lives of the members of the indie band her‘s have ended in tragedy. the two young men were killed alongside their tour manager by a pick—up truck driving on the wrong side of the road in arizona, according to authorities in the us. ashley john—ba ptiste reports. 24—year—old stephen from cumbria and 25—year—old audun from audun from norway were in liverpool as students. as music duo her‘s, they were living most bands‘ dream, touring the us, playing live music forfans. the duo, along with their tour
manager, trevor engelbrektson, were killed in a car crash in the early hours of wednesday morning. officials in arizona said a nissan pick—up was driving on the wrong side of the freeway before hitting the musicians' ford van. since news of the crash, tributes have been flooding in. you could just see they were being themselves when they were on stage. they came... they came alive. they were sweet, they were warm, they were infectious to be around. they were just the loveliest people, they really were. truly talented. having released their debut album, they were recently interviewed by bbc music during a festival in texas. we've been selling out shows on, like, the east coast which is, it has been really good. a good run so far. we are excited. # oh, boy #. midway through a tour in north america, the band stood out as a promising talent whose potential was brutally cut short. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news.
let's return now to our main story and go back to sophie in westminster. sophie. well, there were angry scenes both inside and outside parliament today. but what do people away from westminster think about the uncertainty surrounding brexit? results in the country, with just over 50% voting to remain and just under 50% voting to leave. our correspondent sarah campbell has been getting reaction from voters and businesses in the city. the opportunity now is for us to embrace the certain legal right for an extension. we will be taking a huge leap into the unknown. parliament's green benches are 200 miles away from these greens in leeds, but golfers here are well aware that what is said and done there matters here. march 29th. was that in your calendar as the day
that we were going to leave the eu, and now we're not? absolutely, yeah. so how are you feeling today? frustrated. as a person who voted to leave, very frustrated that my decision hasn't gone forward. it's questionable now. how are you feeling? you voted remain. the vote has gone exactly how i expected. the government is having major issues here and is in turmoil. and i really don't know where this is going, but my gut feeling is that the government will collapse. opinions on today's vote are split among members. enjoying a well—earned drink after their round, two remainers and two leavers wondering what happens next. i don't know where parliament's going to go. the government's leading. i don't think there has been leadership from the government from the start. i think our mps have made a real bad job of this whole thing. the vote was to leave, and i think we should leave. i've changed my mind, yes. i now want to remain, because we've made a complete mess