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tv   The Briefing  BBC News  August 19, 2019 5:45am-6:01am BST

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of a sale absurd. so let's begin. with me is henry bonsu, who is a broadcaster and commentator. let's start with the times, and that story. the language is starting to get very emotive and very personal, and over the weekend the prime minister was accusing some members of his own party of being dishonest and trying to steal the result of the eu referendum away from the public. and using very cold, almost second world war language. collaborators. and this was a time when wiser heads, you would think, should prevail. it is a very big week for boris johnson because should prevail. it is a very big week for borisjohnson because he has to go to berlin to see angela
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merkel, and say that we are leaving, and the following day to paris, to say we are going to macron. and again in spanish. very good, brilliant. the big question is whether or not they will take him seriously, especially when you see the release of this dossier. he thinks it is by former remain ministers but it paints a pretty apocalyptic picture of what could happen. a three—month meltdown at ports of entry in this country, goblins at the irish border, problems getting medicines into this country, oil refineries closing down if we waive any tariffs on imports of oil. but he has to make them believe we really will leave on 31 october, and they may get the blame. the big question is whether they believe him, and pivot towards president trump, saying we will move away from the eu, at a summit in
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biarritz next week. and there is this ongoing tussle among mps, the talk of a government of national unity. it kind of underlines the scale of how serious the situation is, with the clock ticking as we get ever closer to 31 october deadline. prison is known for having stable governments. we haven't had a governments. we haven't had a government of national unity in living memory, 80 or so years. the big question is whether or not the remain supporters can rally around someone. remain supporters can rally around someone. the front runner isjeremy corbyn, the labour leader, he should normally have festive dibs forming a government. but one of the opposition leaders, the leader of the lib dems, does not want him and they can't rally around him. they don't appear to be able to agree on one figure who can command the confidence of the house, and that is music to the brexiteers, and they back borisjohnson music to the brexiteers, and they back boris johnson for music to the brexiteers, and they back borisjohnson for prime minister. it is interesting, because in the uk august is normally known as the silly season when things go quiet. parliament isn't even sitting, they are in recess, and yet
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there is all of this and there is even talk about bringing parliament back early to deal with it, because of the urgency. and a lot of people will be thinking to themselves what do we pay our parliamentarians for? the big problem is that even if they do come back there is no sense that they will be able to coalesce around a way forward. hence they will be concerned about possible brexit chaos. is it project fear or is it an assessment of what the government is really thinking and not telling us. is really thinking and not telling us. i want to move on to the arab news. this is a devastating story, a wedding ceremony in kabul, so—called islamic state claiming responsibility for a bombing which killed 63 people and wounded others. this is as peace talks are finally being seen between the taliban in the united states, and this happens. that's right, it is bad even by the appalling standards in afghanistan over the past 30 or a0 years, and it casts some doubt over the
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credibility of the negotiations between the united states, which desperately wants to withdraw, president trump wants out by the time the next election in november 2020, and the taliban. and the taliban refuses to speak to the afg ha n taliban refuses to speak to the afghan government, so who knows what will happen if the americans do leave. it says something if, here we have a quote on the arab news, the saudi government, the ministry of foreign affairs, said we renew the kingdom's position against targeting and terrorising innocent people and all manifestations of violence. tell that to the poor people of yemen who have been blown up and shot to smithereens by bombs funded by saudi money. but it is a terrible picture presented here. 63 dead, 200 injured, and it would appear they we re injured, and it would appear they were attacked because they were shia and enjoyed music and dancing. it was a wedding, supposedly the greatest day of the new husband and wife's lives. they survived, but so
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many others killed. let's cast a ride to the south china morning post 110w. ride to the south china morning post now. i mean, weekend after weekend 110w now. i mean, weekend after weekend now for 11 weeks we have seen protests in hong kong. what makes it different this time as there were no reports of any violence. no, no teargas. police not really there in great numbers. when you consider just how many people turned up, and it depends who you believe, because you have the organisers, the civil human rights front, the police say 128,000. i mean, they started out at victoria park, which is a huge place, about the size of six football fields. because it was initially banned, people didn't have anywhere to go. but because of the pressure of numbers, one in four of the population of the island turned up, it shows that this is a very strong, sustainable protest. the chief executive or the leader of hong kong, carrie lam, has to make a decision. she has to decide whether
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to withdraw the extradition bill com pletely to withdraw the extradition bill completely and displease china or come up with something new. these protesters are come up with something new. these protesters a re not come up with something new. these protesters are not going away. the biggest protest since onejuly, and it is only getting bigger and bigger. it is interesting because 110w bigger. it is interesting because now there has been this entirely peaceful weekend of demonstrations... and it was very important it was peaceful given what happened last week. in some ways it makes a mockery of the claim that beijing made, it described the demonstrations as being near to terrorism. how can a gathering of this many people without any reports of violence even be close to being described as terrorism? well, this is the problem for china, because they were just building up towards sending in some kind of paramilitary force, if not the people's army, but 110w force, if not the people's army, but now they are going to have to send the army back to their barracks, or keep them in shenzhen, because the chinese don't want to be embarrassed. but they are aware that the shadow of tiananmen square looms
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large over this. they know that hong kong is a jewel in the crown. shanghai is great, and all that, but hong kong is a jewel in the crowd. it isa hong kong is a jewel in the crowd. it is a driver of investment to the region and investment is dropping. big businesses are thinking should be moved to singapore instead? this is unthinkable given the position hong kong has held for so many years when it comes to global finance. let's have a look at this story from the sydney morning herald. this jack letts, with dual citizenship, the uk has stripped him of his citizenship, and canadian officials saying britain has offloaded its responsibilities. i wonder is canada thinking perhaps we wish we had got there first? i'm not sure. canada likes to be seen as a really good
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global citizen. canadians like to be liked, and they don't criticise britain very often. they are very close allies, of course. but britain i suppose wants to be consistent, because back in february it stripped a young woman called shemima begum of her citizenship because it claimed she had dual citizenship from bangladesh, and people were saying why haven't you done the same with this guy, jack letts, because his father was canadian. so from a kind of consistency point of view and so as not to be accused of racism, i think that is one of the reasons why they have done this. but what do they do now? i don't think he has ever lived there, jack letts, but if they want to present themselves as good global citizens, they will have to say we will let him in if he has ever released by the kurds. while we have enough time, we have to get to this story in the guardian, president trump confirming that he is considering an attempt to buy greenland, despite the danish government saying it is not for sale. and the greenland is themselves saying we are not for
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sale, we don't belong to denmark, we belong to greenland. it is the world ‘s biggest island, if you set aside australia, which is of course a continent. they feel it is insulting. trump knows the price of everything and the value of nothing, they would say. i think he said he was interested from a strategic point of view, and we support denmark. we spend a lot of money on denmark. we spend a lot of money on denmark. denmark is losing several hundred million dollars a year, so maybe they want to sell it to us. and significant environmentally. it has a permanent ice sheet that accou nts has a permanent ice sheet that accounts for 10% of the world's freshwater. though natural resources , freshwater. though natural resources, and is also the strategic element. there's more detailfor anyone who wants it on the website. you can see why there is such interest. we will have to leave it there, henry. but thank you very much for giving us your on these stories. stay with us here on bbc news. so much more to come. hello again. well, we've seen plenty of showers around over the course
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of the weekend, and showers again the name of the game as we look at the forecast for monday, too. clouds like these will be bringing those showers in. we've seen plenty of those recently as well. radar picture shows the most extensive showers across northern and western areas of the uk. could be a few, though, over the next few hours running through the english channel, and perhaps sneaking onto the coastline of southern england as well. but it's across eastern areas of england, parts of the midlands, that we'll have the longest of the clear spells over the next few hours. but, if you are heading out, it's worth taking an umbrella with you today for sure. it's going to be quite a breezy start to the day, but not cold, temperatures 10—13 degrees, something like that. and for monday, well, we've still got the same area of low pressure firmly in charge that we had with us through the weekend. the only difference is it's moving over towards norway, allowing the winds to switch to a more north—north—westerly direction across northern parts of the country. showers, though, from the word go, really. i think some of the heaviest are likely to move into northern ireland, across scotland and into the north—west of england. much greater chance of seeing downpours in the east, as well. now, for scotland and northern ireland, the winds are coming down
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from polar regions, whereas across england and wales, they're coming from the mid—atla ntic. so there is a north—south difference in temperatures. just 16 degrees in edinburgh, whereas we should see temperatures into the low 20s still across eastern counties of england. tuesday's weather, we've got a little ridge of high pressure moving in for a time ahead of this warm front that will spread ultimately thicker cloud and outbreaks of rain into western parts. so rain gets going into northern ireland. it will swing into parts of western parts of scotland, western parts of england and wales as the day goes by. we may well see some of the cloud become quite low for some of the hills. it's probably a better kind of day across those eastern parts of the country. changes again for wednesday — a cold front swings in this time across the north—west part of the country, high pressure, you'll note, building into the south—east of the country, so some real contrasts in the weather for wednesday.
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wet and windy weather for northern ireland, the rain getting into western scotland. could see a few spots running ahead of that into north—west england and north wales. but by and large eastern parts of the country dry, and it will turn cloudier, with those temperatures coming up a little. highs of 18 degrees in edinburgh on wednesday, up to 23 degrees in london. once we've got wednesday out of the way, the weather should become drier for a few days, and it should get warmer as well. in london, as we head into the weekend, temperatures could reach 27 by saturday.
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