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on two new zealand mosques has been made public. it says security agencies focused almost exclusively on the threat from islamist terrorism, while ignoring other ideologies. white supremacist, brenton tarrant was sentenced to life in prison for killing 51 muslim worshippers. two of the biggest states in the us are warning of a worsening public health crisis, as america's leading diseases expert predicts another surge in covid cases. dr anthony fauci said the christmas period may be even more of a challenge than the spike in cases following thanksgiving. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, will travel to brussels this week, in a bid to salvage a post—brexit trade deal. he wll hold talks with the european commission president, ursula von der leyen. now on bbc news,
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monday in parliament. hello, and welcome to monday in parliament. coming up — as the brexit talks fail to reach a breakthrough, one minister says she understands the tension mps are feeling. it must be like what it would've been like for an expectant father outside the delivery room waiting for news. meanwhile, the government presses ahead with controversial parts of a bill that would allow it to break the brexit divorce deal. until such a time that these discussions have successfully concluded, we retain these clauses in their current form as a fallback option. this is not a safety net, this is not an insurance policy, this is a trapdoor. and peers back the 18 month suspension of lord maginnis
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over accusations of bullying and harrassment. we identified on lord maginnis' part both an absence of any remorse and a complete lack of insight into the impact of his behaviour on in particular, the victims of such behaviour. but first — boris johnson is expected to head to brussels in the next few days, in a last ditch effort to break the deadlock over a brexit trade deal. eu sources say there had been virtually no progress in talks in recent days. earlier, borisjohnson spoken to the european commission president, ursula von der leyen, for 90 minutes over the phone in an effort to salvage a post brexit agreement. a statement afterwards said there were still significant differences on three critical issues: a level playing field, governance and fisheries. earlier, the cabinet office minister, penny mordaunt, told mps that negotiations with the eu were at "a critical moment" answering an urgent question from labour, she said the government was resolved
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to get a deal but was prepared to leave without one if the eu refused to compromise. we are all working to get a deal, but the only deal that is possible is one that is compatible with our sovereignty and takes back control of our laws, trade and waters. hear, hear! while an agreement is preferable, we are prepared to leave on so—called "australian style terms" if we can't find compromises. last year, the prime minister said that to leave with no—deal would be a "failure of statecraft". so this government must take responsibility for their failure if we are to leave without a deal. mr speaker, we will hold the government to account, whatever they bring back, deal or no—deal. an "australian style deal or no deal" is also known as trading on world trade organisation or wto rules. trading on wto terms would mean tariffs on lamb exports of 40%,
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so what is the latest assessment for how many farms would go to the wall in the event of no—deal? tariffs on car exports would be 10%, so what is the viability of our great automotive industry if there is no—deal on rules of origin? i can understand that we have so much invested in getting a good result for all the reasons the honourable lady sets outs, and it must be like what it would've been like for an expectant father outside the delivery room waiting for news. she said all mps should unite and support the negotiating team, led by lord frost. sadly, the right honourable lady and her colleagues opposites have failed to do any of those things in order to help us secure a good deal for this country. fair enough if labour do not have a position on brexit, but they might like to get one in the next few days. the snp pointed out that scotland had voted to remain in the eu.
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so here we are at the 59th minute of the 11th hour, and of course, what was pitches as what was going to be the easiest in human history has become the biggest in concluded disaster of modern times. the oven ready deal was in fact a barely defrosted turkey, so will the minister concede that these negotiations have been nothing other than a shambles, that they simply don't care about the repercussions of a no—deal, that the views of scotland simply don't matter. penny mordaunt said the negotating team had changed their approach after talks with the snp government in scotland. the minister could count on the support of many conservative mps who asked the government to stand firm in the negotiations. can i say to her, i for one absolutely have confidence in lord frost and the prime minister who are basing their negotiations on a manifesto that one is a huge majority at the last election. with people across the country overwhelmingly boating to get brexit done, can my right honore—beaugrand assure the residents in my
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constituency and the house that any re—signed will not categorically undermine our sovereignty can our ability to set our own border policy, but also our ability to strike free trade deals with our global friends around the world. hear, hear! can i convey my full support to lord frost and the prime minister for their standing in these negotiations. i genuinely don't think they've put a foot wrong throughout this entire process. opposition mps were more sceptical. can she explain to the house, why in the middle of the worst economic crisis for 300 years, the prime minister still appears to believe that no—deal would be a good outcome, because british business certainly doesn't. hear, hear! he will have no argument from me to say that no—deal is going to be better than getting a deal, but everyone is working to get a deal. that is our objective. according to the cabinet office's leaked reasonable worst case scenario documents,
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in the event of a no—deal brexit, the supply of medicines and medical devices could be reduced by up to a0%. so in the spirit of doing all we can, can the minister advise which products might be affected and whether my constituency and indeed the constituents of every member in this place should start to stockpile these? well, as has been said at the dispatch box before, reasonable worst case scenario is not a prediction, it's the worst case that we need to prepare for and mitigate for, but i would also say to her, that whether it's on food supplies, or medicine or anything related to the covid pandemic, we have put in place mitigations for all sorts of things that could happen and could go wrong. penny mordaunt there. later mps returned to a controversial piece of brexit legislation — the uk internal market bill — which aims to prevent barriers to trade within the uk, including northern ireland after the end of the year.
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to ensure the free flow of goods in all circumstances, it contains clauses allowing ministers to ignore elements of the legally binding brexit divorce deal agreed with the eu. well, that caused a storm of protest, including from some conseravatives, and when the legislation went to the lords, peers took out those bits of the bill. so the legislation was back in the commons, and just before the debate began, the government signalled a possible compromise — saying it would remove the controversial clauses if a trade deal with the eu was reached in the coming days. we'll never accept additional burdens or barriers on goods moving from birmingham to london, and neither should we accept those from goods moving from belfast to liverpool. the majority of people from northern ireland, and indeed businesses, want to see the solutions he set out, work through the joint committee, not through any breach of international law. but one tory who'd criticised the bill welcomed the government, saying it would remove the controversial clauses if a deal was reached. would he accept that that is a significant gesture
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of good faith on the majesty's government's part, and that it would hopefully remove some of the real concerns that have been — for legitimate reasons — expressed in other places, and demonstrates that we want to find a constructive way forward. whilst we are hopeful of success, it's only prudent that until such a time that these discussions have successfully concluded, we retain these clauses in their current form as a fallback option. this bill has been absolutely savaged in the other place. it's been absolutely savaged not just on international law but on devolution as well. notjust by opposition parties, notjust by cross benchers, not simply by the former lord chiefjustice or the archbishop of canterbury, but it has been savaged by the heart of the conservative party. lord howard, lord hague, lord clark, lord cormac, lord lamont, lord barwell, the former chief of staff to the right honourable member for maidenhead. this is not a safety net, this is not an insurance
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policy, this is a trap door for us, and i will tell him why. let us just say that the worst happens, and we fail to get a deal and then we trigger these provisions. what then? we set off an escalating dispute with the eu, and we don't know where that dispute ends. we further alienate president—elect biden, and we scupper any chances of a us trade deal, and we destabilised the politics of northern ireland. the house of lords, as we have heard, have rightly carved up this disastrous, petty, grubby, lawbreaking, power grabbing tory bill. and of course, tonight, because of the announcement that came just an hour before we came in here tonight, we can add shambolic to that as well. hear, hear! i do seriously, i seriously urge them to reconsider their support for the lords amendments and stand up for this bill, because it's good for scotland, but i know
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they won't because, frankly, the scottish national party, the scottish government doesn't care that this bill protects jobs, doesn't care that it's good for business, good for the country, because it binds the united kingdom closer together. that's why they don't like this bill, because it binds the united kingdom closer together. and that is the truth of it. they do not want the internal market to succeed. they do not want it protected, they do not want the united kingdom to succeed. if we — as a nation — break treaties, act in bad faith and undermine our international relationships, we should expect that there will be a price to pay. it's a recklessly foolish action at a time when we urgently need to build and strengthen our links with other countries, notjust because we need new trade deals, but because we urgently need coordinated global action to defeat coronavirus and fight against climate change. i've also been around enough very torturous protracted negotiations in northern ireland to know that when a u—turn is being executed, it's polite to let them do so. so i do welcome the aparent acknowledgement that the clauses relating to the breach of protocol will be removed, but it is fair to point outjust how
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damaging their inclusion was in the first place, and that proposal to breach international law has proven to be, as many of us said when we discuss this in september, compounded as a massive own goal. for a business in northern ireland to have customs checks for their products or to be treated differently is not something i've proposed, consider or support. we need a safety net, take, for example, the best cake makers in northern ireland, they must be able to source welsh ingredients, ship them across the irish sea from an english port and then return their delicious ware to the tables of glasgow and london without reams of paperwork, extra charges or big delays. and that bill now heads back to the lords, for peers to look at it again. the house of lords has agreed to suspend the former ulster unionist mp lord maginnis for at least 18 months over bullying and harassment claims. it follows allegations
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that he used "homophobic and offensive" language. lord maginnis denied bullying and harassment and called the report by the lords conduct committee "ridiculous", adding that he was the victim of a campaign against him. the chair of the lords conduct committee set out its findings. lord maginnis breached the code of conduct by bullying a parliamentary security officer and then by harassing three members of parliament on the basis of sexual orientation and homophobic comments on a number of different occasions spread over some two months. the conduct committee recommended a suspension of 18 months, double the minimum of nine months recommended by the lords commissioner for standards who'd investigated the claims. we identified on lord maginnis' part both an absence of any remorse and a complete lack of insight into the impact of his behaviour on in particular the victims of such behaviour. lord mcginnis portrayed himself before us as a victim of a conspiracy by people
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who disapproved of his views and insisted that all his conduct had been provoked. he continues to refer to the claimants in a dis—obliging and sometimes offensive manner, and he said that he was not in fact minded to accept any eithertraining course or suspension. it is aparent and important, and i hope all your lorships will agree, that members of the parlimentary community of all backgrounds, sexual orientation, and beliefs... ..should feel safe and respected when they come here to work. bullying and harassment such as that demonstrated by lord maginnis must be subject to significant sanction to safeguard all members of the parliamentary community. lord mance. you're watching monday in parliament with me, alicia mccarthy.
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the government has suffered a series of defeats in the lords on a key piece of brexit legislation. peers have voted to make a series of changes to the trade bill, which sets up a framework for trade deals after brexit. at the moment, parliament has limited powers because the government can sign treaties under what is called the royal prerogative, but the changes made by peers would allow parliament to approve negotiating objectives in advance, and give greater powers to reject new deals or call for changes. modern trade agreements affect huge swathes of worker's rights, environmental adulation, food standards, health, public services and international developments. mps who represent constituencies and work with a variety of stakeholders deserve the right to assess the consequences, as does your lordships. where the answer as to where that consensus a yes or no,
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the answer should be the same for complex trade agreements —— the answer should be different for complex trade agreements which affect day—to—day life in the uk. not playing a role until after an agreement has been signed it is problematic, since it means it has no ability to press its priorities to the uk with a negotiated matter. ijust don't understand why the government is choosing to fight this. i accept that having a huge majority in the commons means you can pretty much do what you like, but why would you? actually give power back to the people. if westminster is opposed to devolved governments having their say in these matters, that most certainly will only hasten the day when these parliaments seek the powers making international treaties for themselves to protect the interest of their people. is that what noble
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lords really want? both amendments are predicated on a view that parliamentary accountability requires legislation to make it effective. that is plainly not in accordance with parliamentary history. it is also a dangerous route to go down. the strength of the uk's parliamentary system is its capacity to evolve constantly, and as we have seen just in relation to a free trade agreement with the way in which the government have been open to evolving parliament increasingly and in different ways, including engagement with committees. with all due respect to the draughters of this amendment, this amendment starts saying one thing and then goes on to do another. i'm grateful to my noble friend first bonding night and pointing that out to your lordship's house. giving parliament veto over negotiating objectives
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would curtail. whatever the preamble to the clause says. and would limit our flexibility to negotiate in the best interests of the uk. the changes were passed by 308 votes to 261. a defence minister has reassured mps that committing hundreds of servicemen and women to the fight against coronavirus will not threaten the uk's capacity for military operations. a total of 2,600 personnel are performing covid—related tasks, such as mass testing and supporting the vaccination programme. the offence is working closely with other government departments, particularly dhs see, to the on vaccine roll—out plans. 60 military panels are integrated within the task force and defence deployed personnel for vaccination
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centres. defensive stands ready to provide further support to the nhs in meeting the challenge of vaccinating the uk against covid—19. there are reports that armed forces are to support the nhs with as coronavirus vaccine, providing vital work into distribution hubs. however, personnel are already stretched and resourcing is a key concern after a decade of defence declined. will the minister update the house with real detail on how he is taking steps to make sure that resources are needed to perform their vital work safely? indeed, there are 2600 service personnel avoid right now. the package is 30 and a half thousand people ready. we have not in any way damaged the defences ability to prepare for operations that are currently required within the next six months. everything the defence is doing, we're very proud of the 13,000, what we're able to do without threatening defence out books and we are delighted to be playing the part we are to
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support the country. people have cause to be grateful to members of our armed forces. walt of course the armed forces will be better placed to support the effort, so can the minister tell us whether the armed forces stand ready to offer mass testing and all tier 3 areas show this health secretary request they do so? defence will generate as much as we possibly can. 13 a half thousand personnel are ready. we are looking at how we can generate more. no such signal has come from the health secretary,
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but we will see what we can do and we have the opportunity, given we placed mobilisation orders in the house to look at how we might generate reserves to participate in response to one. james heappey. the government has faced cross—party calls for better funding for research into treatments for a type of brain stem cancer. dipg particularly occurs in young children aged between five and seven and few survive more than two years. opening a debate in westminster hall, a labour mp read out a letterfrom a parent whose child josh was diagnosed in 2017. josh's mum michelle wrote "josh is still with us, but no longer able to communicate. he is complete we paralysed since the end of september, blind in october and no longer able to swallow. about ten days ago, his breathing changed this week, he was put on a syringe driver. no life, just waiting for the inevitable. it's horrendous."
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the debate was in response to an online petition signed by more than 100,000 people calling for ring fenced funding. this has been done in other countries. the australian government awarded around nine million and both 2019 and 2020 for childhood cancer research, and have seen some extraordinary advances in stem cancers. if we can get this funded, the uk can become a centre of excellence in this field. another mp also read a letterfrom a parent. these are paul's words. six years ago,... -- 60 —— 60 years ago, neil armstrong lost his daughter to cancer. when we received eva's diagnosis, her treatment plan was the same as it was all those years ago.
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the lack of progress is solely down to one thing, funding. in a week with a uk government approved the covid vaccine, having spent an excess of 6 billion on research and development, it's hard to feel anything other than anger. if some of that money had been spent on curing this horrific form of cancer, imagine how many parents would have been spared the conversation we had with doctors in january. i support fully the call for funds towards research. we need a specific fund for target childhood cancer and particularly those with the lowest survival rates. we need transparency and exceptionalism and experience. every life lost is one too many. the minister pledged to do all she could to make childhood cancer a thing of the past. the challenge is a difficult one. research has been a major part of covid, as many people have said.
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we have shown that we can do more, we can speed up research, we can do things in parallel, but we can actually deliver speedily from the bench to the bed to the patient. we need to take every one of those lessons that we've learned from the pandemic and translate them particularly into cancer research. a foreign office minister says the hong kong authorities are seeking "retribution against political opposition" following the sentencing of three pro democracy activists. the following pictures contain flashing images. joshua wong, agnes chow and ivan lam were sentenced earlier this month for their involvement in mass protests last year. the trio, all in their twenties, were convicted of unauthorised assembly. responding to an urgent question, nigel adams said this was the most concerning period in hong kong's post handover history. the apparent focus of the hong kong authorities seems now to be retribution against political opposition
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and silencing of dissent. as a foreign secretary made clear in a statement in the 2nd of december, prosecution decisions must be fair and impartial and the rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people of hong kong under the joint declaration must be upheld. hong kong's prosperity and way of life rely on respect for fundamental freedoms and independent judiciary and the rule of law. the mp who'd asked the question thought ministers could go further. this is a direct breach of the hong kong basic law and a direct breach of the sino british agreement that guarantees one country, two systems. these is notjust breaches of human rights somewhere in the world of which we know nothing, these are direct reaches of the sino british agreement and direct infringement the personal right which the uk's guaranteed until 2047. we need far more action than we've seen. labour said the measures taken by the government so far
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onjudges, passports and business. will be seen by beijing not as a third stance, but as a retreat and send a message of the chinese government that they can continue on that path. that would be an utter failure of our obligations to the people of hong kong. the minister told her the government was raising its concerns directly with hong kong and the chinese authorities and urged them to uphold their international obligations. and that's it from me for now, but do join me at the same time tomorrow for another round up of the day here at westminster. but for now, from me, alicia mccarthy, goodbye. hello there. tuesday is set to bring a real mix of weather across the uk and for some, the day will start off with some pretty
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dense fog, particularly across parts of southern and eastern england and up into the midlands. but further north, it's a different story. this area of low pressure swinging its way in from the east making it too windy for fog. instead, we've got cloud, we've got outbreaks of rain, a little bit of snow over high ground. but that's where we'll have the mildest start to the day, certainly relative to the pretty chilly conditions down towards the south. some spots 2—3 degrees below freezing, so that means we could have some freezing fog patches across parts of the west country, into the midlands, east anglia, up into lincolnshire. a few showers grazing the far south—east, a bit of winteriness mixing in with those, and that could give some icy stretches. a bit of sunshine through the south—west of england, parts of south wales but for north wales, northern england, northern ireland, and scotland, well here, we've got a lot of cloud. we've got some outbreaks of rain. some snow over high ground in northern scotland and some brisk winds with gusts of 50 mph or more for coasts of western scotland. so, as we go on through the day, this area of cloud
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with outbreaks of rain willjust continue to pivot around across scotland, northern ireland, northern england, parts of wales. further south and east, some of the fog can be quite slow to clear particularly through east anglia and lincolnshire. most places should brighten up with a little bit of sunshine. chilly, though, in eastern parts, 2—3 celsius. further west, we could see highs of 8—9. and then as we go through tuesday night into the early hours of wednesday, we see this cloud with outbreaks of showery rain gradually working southeastwards. a little bit chilly for a time across parts of eastern england, and we could see a frost late in the night across northern ireland as the skies clear. but as we go on into wednesday, we see our cloud and showery rain tending to push eastwards. then, a slice of sunshine and then we see rain returning to northern ireland, wales, and the south west of england. but those temperatures just showing signs of creeping upwards a little bit, 5—9 celsius. now that area of rain in the west will tend to dive away southwards. so, a lot of dry weather around on thursday, but then there is another frontal system waiting in the wings. so, thursday, dry for many, but there's the increasing chance of rain for the end of the week, but it will be turning a little bit milder.
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welcome to bbc news, i'm aaron safir. our top stories. a report into last year's christchurch mosque massacre says new zealand's security agencies were too focused on the threat from islamist terrorism. the report significantly notes that the concentration of resources was not based on an informed assessment of the threat of terrorism associated with other ideologies. two of the biggest states in the us have warned of a worsening public health crisis, and dr fauci says christmas will be a greater challenge than thanksgiving. we don't listen to the public health measures that we need to follow, then we could start to
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