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final weeks before the country leaves the european union and empty westminster before and that is how prime minister boris johnson wants it to be his decision today to suspend parliament for 5 weeks is completely legal and it has the queen's blessing it also has many lawmakers outraged accusing the prime minister of acting like a dictator and trying to shut down democracy is he. this is the day. we're going to wait until october the 1st before you get your with the promise is doing is a sort of smash and grab on our democracy notice of course through the no deal exit from the european union this is really just heard by the prime minister he is unelected in terms of the people of this country when you get someone a prime minister acting more like the type to than someone who's supposed to be the
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sense of the mother of all parliaments i think you've got to be very very concerned if m.p.'s don't come together next week boris johnson and his truck stay and i think history is the key you keep democracy diet. also coming up a 16 year old climate activist just sailed across the atlantic and docked in new york harbor on a mission to stop climate change and she didn't leave a single carbon footprint but it is saying that 60 you will have to trust take ocean to make a stand and 2 and. this of course is not something that i want everyone to do. viewers on p.b.s. in the united states and all around the world well we begin the day with the u.k.'s new prime minister boris johnson closer than he's ever been to 2 things britain crashing out. the european union and boris johnson out of
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a job as prime minister today johnson announced that he will suspend parliament for 5 weeks beginning in mid september ending just 2 weeks before breaks it begins on october 31st his request today was approved by the queen and wets westminster there was more anger than approval opposition lawmakers and even conservatives accusing johnson of acting like a dictator showing disregard for parliament especially a parliament that wants to stop a new deal writes it time is running out for parliament and it could also run out for boris johnson's new hold on power as i said on the steps of st we're not going to wait until october the 31st before getting on with all plans to take this country forward and this is a new government with a very exciting agenda we need a new that just that we've got to be bringing forward new and important bills that's why be a going to have
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a queen's speech and we're going to do it on the 14th he is trying to prevent parliament holding him to account and we will do absolutely everything we can next tuesday to legislate to prevent him doing that and oppose this government for what it's doing take us out of the e.u. without a deal this is an abuse of process it's whatever orders johnson saves and however he tries to dress up this is a bit trying to stop a majority in parliament coming together to avoid a new directs it well is this a constitutional crisis in the united kingdom will brights it survive this will prime minister boris johnson's government survive this we've got complete coverage tonight with me here at the big table is my colleague alex forrest widing our resident westminster insider with years of very 40 experience on u.k. politics and joining us tonight from italy is roger consolidate former labor m.p. he is now with the new. europeans that's an engineer that lobbies to protect civil
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rights for all europeans to both of you welcome ellen so we start with you the timing of this. it could not be worse for westminster can we believe johnson when he says this has nothing to do with breasts. absolutely not there is no doubt that boris johnson and all those surrounding him know that this has everything to do with bricks it this is these are guerrilla tactics this is go into warfare and it has all the finger marks of boris johnson's un special advisor dominic cummings he is the man who successfully led the live campaign in the brics that referendum back in 2016 the aim here is to confuse the opposition to take them off guard and that is exactly what's happened look there are m.p.'s from around 6 political parties who want to thwart a new deal brecht's it even some from boris johnson's own conservative party but so
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far they have spoken without a unified voice yesterday however they managed to agree that yes they would try to hold some will put down some kind of legislation to force boris johnson to go to brussels to say let's delay brought in that that however now looks much less likely to be able to happen as far as boris johnson you know he can this can be called an undemocratic move a threat to parliamentary suffering too but has he actually a broken the rules the answer probably is no and that is because the government is the executive they still have a lot of power over parliament because they control the parliamentary timetable this those set a president and many people are saying it's a very dangerous precedent although all the everything that is done so for is legal as you say read spoken several times on this program about. you know people such as yourself by labor to get
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a 2nd bridget referendum to you put that dream to bed now haven't you. and i still say no that is the way forward to do exactly as in europeans composed is to. get the withdrawal of the mint if it is through the house of commons went to the statute book but with a sunset cruel that would allow for a referendum on the actual reality of the withdrawal agreement and if britain voted to stay then the will it will be needed and it voted to leave a 2nd time then britain would leave on the basis of which will be cool ready to be law if allowed to happen we need a new government to be not going to see that happen under the forest. for sure and that's when the people be m.p.'s must it is his have additional confidence in the jumpseat of the of the nasty what do you think do you think we're going to get that
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vote of no confidence being led by jeremy corbyn because a lot of people could argue that jeremy corbin is partly responsible while why the u.k. is in the position it's in right now. well if i was in the house comes now talking to moderate conservatives and are trying to build a consensus. which is what is what is needed. a strong and stable consensus in the center of british politics to try and wrestling the situation. i think a lot of people who city brant we feel are starting to run our place we want to know do breaks it we don't want to see their record been down in history so i. you know i think that one has been open to the possibility of somebody else being the prime minister short term prime minister while this bracks it issue gets sorted out
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that could be for example and proper form an incentive for sectarian chants and i'm fonder of bow serious than a male member of the house. or it could be harriet harman the mother of the house the most senior labor m.p. . you leader of the labor party but certainly in my view the well dressed state crimes require dressy action and i see that the. iraq had been a very confident johnson down and putting a government in that is to make sure that britain avoids do no brecht it as well. and and stuart to bring to the issue out what we're doing is a real names for a possible war just that the biggest problem head of time and that is a bar is johnson and his team have done here they've made it much harder for the
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parliament parliament the member state on the sunnah on it celebrates its coming back next day at the moment it looks like a labor going to try to call in and that it's a debate that they can try to put down the legislation we talked about. and as we've heard that from roger there is the possibility of a no confidence vote however the problem for jeremy corbyn in the labor party is at the moment it doesn't look like they have the votes so if they call it and they don't win war then time is running out they are very very very difficult for those m.p.'s who do not want there to be a no deal break said as to what they do maybe they will decide to go for a no confidence vote if they win it just remember that if they win it there is still the possibility for boris johnson to say i am not resigning i will call an election but it will be off to put it off to the 13 i know you say maybe on november 1st i mean there's been a lot of reaction here in europe to what happened today in london politicians
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they've been reacting to the prime minister's decision here in germany norbert rootkit a member of the government's foreign policy commission tweeted this today in english he wrote johnson argues that respect for democracy dictates implementing bragg's do or die on october 31st i wonder how does respect for democracy go together with suspending parliament and the european parliament chief breaks that official give hope stuff says taking back control has never looked sinister myself but there it he is with those fighting for their voices to be heard suppressing debate on profound choices is unlikely to help deliver a stable future e.u. u.k. relationship roger what are you hearing in in the you're in italy right now me they've got their own political problems to deal with but reg's it is dominating everything across europe what do you expect the e.u. to do moving forward now. in italy they just agreed
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a pact between the ip to democratic and the 5 star movement keep at least room right wing party absolute and said they have done well in the ukraine each day which is come together when you come home and i'd surprised you from whole shit mother. saying what they're saying and that's very very helpful i think we need to hear the voices from europe back to back into you guessed it just what this looks like is how contradictory it is to say you want to write to order to gain back on she saw in them to undermine parliament be talking to each in this very crass and outrageous way but what is needed now used to be cool heads and courage in the hearts of about 40 and said to then you know in their hearts of hearts print that the look origins and is doing is wrong it has to be struck that
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they have the power to stop it but it will be absolutely critical to their support of it if no confidence in the house of commons because i fear that if the company does not take over and is not successful then it will indeed prove very difficult to stop for a chance and taking britain out of the in the end without the yeah and of course that vote would have to come in next week and it's one of the chances. we had that boris johnson he is betting that it will get so bad that brussels will blink 1st and will say ok we will renegotiate on the brakes and withdraw all everyone what are the chances of that happening i think anything is possible but i think it's highly unlikely it's a 5 or 27 other members of the i have spoken with one voice they have offered that dale it was a grade 5 boys johnson's predecessor to raise in may now obviously there are many other back to taze who don't accept it and. it did not get through parliament but
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in a way is that the they say that they are ready for a new deal breaks it of course they don't want one but they are ready for it and that is because they have to protect their own project they have to protect the single market and they have to show the world that they stand out for the smaller states and by that i mean ireland my limping a big issue in this in this whole debate last week we saw boris johnson coming here to berlin then on to paris the british press took that as a great success for johnson at that possibly a new deal was on the agenda that the withdrawal agreement could be reopened i really do not see that happening roger let me i'm as big of a what. you were saying it's also about this new confidence vote that happening next week and what happens if it passes and you get a no confidence vote and boris johnson says he'll accept it but he's not going to hold for example new elections until after october 31st which he could do will what
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is what legal recourse then would anyone have to stop their. well that's a very good question will be in sunny uncharted territory but i think that the role of the queen will become important i mean you mentioned in your introduction you said the queen it approved work or expense and i think that's a little bit unfair on the queen she is advised by a pretty count so who are members of parliament and stevie and she doesn't want to interfere in politics and says she has to go along really well with this it but i think in a situation where. a an alternative government is available and can be and i don't tend to promise it could be presented to the queen that i think it was clear you know in a very difficult position i mean she she should actually invite the new group like a prime minister try to form a government and i think that boris johnson too i said wouldn't put it possible i'm
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sure you're quite right he would strengthen it but i think the idea of. the government being voted down in the house of commons one of a 2 no confidence because of concern about no deal breaks it and then used to leave office and to allow a new government if there is a support for that government and the new prime minister in the house who comes to take office and the last pursued a policy. of the government a vote of no confidence i think we would then be in uncharted territory i think we would ski. an outbreak of civil unrest i think it would possibly see a general strike i think we receive the bonds in the streets and i think the situation is going to become very tense and the has to be a way of calming things down there has to be a way has to be found to. to make a compromise to find a way for them to bring the country together again and that's to know they did it the way that have chris johnson and his team are trying to pursue it he had to
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start but a new government has to be brought in for them as a big. it is. it is ironic isn't it that at the end of the day it could be up to the queen what happens yeah well i mean already she's being brought into this not just from what she's had to agree to today when the likes of jacob very small. city who is now the leader of the house of commons flew to morrow yes there she is right now so that's already happened but the fact that leaders of the opposition parties are also demanding a meeting with the queen to talk this through so already she is involved in this whether she likes it or not and that is pretty much on precedented it's you know the gravity being pulled into politics is very strong at the moment that is for sure roger roger because all in italy tonight it's and alex force one here at the
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big table with me to both of you thank you for helping us trying to make sense of what is a complex and complicated story thank you. you're watching the day still to come he is 102 years old and still teaching children how to swim we'll meet this man named lisa who lives right here in berlin and find out why his life is still so. swimming. going since we're. well after 14 days it's the swedish climate change act of his gratitude she has arrived in new york city she made the journey in order to attend a u.n. environmental summit and she wanted to travel without leaving a carbon footprint that's hard to do when you're going from plymouth in britain to new york in the united states the 16 year old beginner transatlantic journey as i
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said in plymouth traveled across the atlantic in some fairly rough conditions she addressed cheering crowds right after arriving let's hear what she said. well all of this very overwhelming and the ground still shaking for me. so i want to think everyone so much everyone who who is here and. everyone who is involved in this climate fights because this is a fight transport this across continents. was. speaking just a few moments ago in new york city our correspondent. standing by there in battery park in new york just a shell away from. just. i mean let's just talk about the image that we just saw here we've got a 16 year old who just spent 15 days in
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a boat crossing the atlantic. no carbon footprint and she just told the cheering supporters that it was insane that a 16 year old had to do this. absolutely you know she is she does not mince her words stuff for sure she she said it like it is and. what i suppose many people really respect her for a lot of her supporters a lot of the young people young and old in fact who are joining her in in her fight against you know climate change this climate crisis she went up there to rapturous applause when she came in here and she's just still at behind me in the boat and a lot of people were cheering her on and giving her a lot of support and you can just see that at this is a 16 year old who has really left a huge impression across the world for what she has done let's not forget she has crossed the atlantic ocean just such
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a young age and all because she wants to highlight the climate crisis she has made a huge impact especially here in europe almost everyone knows the name but that's not the case in the united states is it. you know you're absolutely right one thing that has really shocked me here is that a lot of people didn't really know who. was and what she was doing they'd heard about it a lot of people came to him to me today and a lot of the other journalists down here who were waiting for her to arrive asking us why we were here when we mentioned her name some people had never even heard her name but then even just looking at television and reading in the press it wasn't as widely covered but it appears that younger people really did know that she was coming because of course they're you know more clued in will say on social media a lot of people get their news from you know instagram and twitter and facebook and and it was sort of very evident in the people who were down here waiting for. you
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know a lot of young people teenagers young adults who had come dine with their parents or come down with groups of friends but like i said the majority of the media who were here today were definitely from that site the united states and there there has been some criticism what. she's doing and how she's doing and talk to me a little bit about the blowback that she's got. yeah you're absolutely right i mean a lot of people were criticizing her for. coming over here on this boat that we're seeing behind me but then asking how is it going to go back to europe and how are the crew going to travel back and criticizing for the fact that you know they're going to be traveling back on a plane but you know she essentially just sort of a critic said not left off she just said she's going to focus on what her mission is and she even had words for president donald trump and it was quite interesting she said listen to the science and she said you know if no one has been able to
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convince him about the climate crisis on the urgency why would i be able to on her focus is essentially on getting people talking about this climate crisis and focused on what the real issue is here which for her it's not something needs to be done and her general. and the people i was speaking to to at today were saying the exact same thing that they are the ones who are going to suffer the consequences of climate change oh i didn't use very own publicly announced in new york city. i was always thank you. well since the turn of the century the number of people over the age of 100 has risen dramatically the united nations counts more than half a 1000000 and terry ends a why right now well we know more and more about how to live longer but what about growing old and staying young well here in berlin you could ask 102 year old leopold right there you could ask him if you catch him because usually he's giving
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swimming lessons. find it maybe they're both old dismaying teacher at the grand old age of 100 into his still given classes every week at the school in betty . swimming is space. that they are all to me doing sports is one of the biggest joys in life. trying to survive. keeping feed has certainly helped to keep leo young. the full metal worker month to to stay active when he retired 14 years ago. he qualified as a swimming instructor and has been teaching children ever since thank you. i just not being with the kids i do it only for free. cannot be.
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more than a 1000 children have taken to the war to me. it's age doesn't bother them. how old is the only. college into. he's really helpful and very patient. if you leave it to the teacher thank. you. thank. you t.j. back. to school to excel full of. their fullest all were very proud to have 50 so fit for his age he has a great sense of humor and is wonderful with children that keeps me young and does that new york. i'm not that young anymore. but.
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in this. one ton d.s. watch i can do pretty much anything if i want to get a little bit older i'm not enough so just yet and did children expect to see him diving in every thursday we felt failed. her now you come in ok pick up bank can do. good in the days i used to die from the 5 minutes of board. goodbye. good genes sorry the days almost on the conversation continues online to find this and good news you can follow me a friend got t.v. and remember whatever happens between now and then tomorrow is another day see you then about.
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