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>> this is "dw news." britain's prime e minister under pressure overbreadth it. -- over brexit. ministers desert theresa may in protest leaving her chances of getting through parliament hanging by a thread. also on the program, tw frightened-- too frightened to return home. the refugees in bangladeshi camps protests against a plan to
send them back to myanmar. repatriation was due to start today. they will not be silenced. on the day of the imprisoned writer we look at different writers around the world to paid heavy price of upholding freedom of expression. a crucial week for germany's national football team. their goal? to score more goals. who will step up to help the team avoid relegation in europe? ♪ >> welcome to the program. the british prime minister is fighting to save her draft brexit deal and her job she told a hostile parliament that the only alternative to her plan is no deal or no exit. support is crumbling. five ministers resign from
her government saying they could not support the agreement and one of the five who quit was the minister responsible for brexit, who said the deal was a threat to the integrity of the u.k. now jacob rees mogg has moved to force theresa may from office through a no-confidence vote. first, here is the prime minister's defending that deal in parliament. prime minister may: delivering brexit involves difficult choices for all of us. we do not agree at all of those choices by respect their views and i would like to thank them sincerely for all they have done. we had a binary choice between the model of norway or the model of canada, that we could not have a bespoke deal. the outline political declaration set out an arrangement that is better for a country that both of these,a more ambitious, free trade agreement than the e.u. has with any other country.
>> let's give the latest from barber in london and max hofmann in brussels. barbara, let's start with you. does it look like mrs. may is going to get this deal to parliament? barbara: it seems that theresa may has really set off civil war in her own party. that is the first thing that is happening and that is what we are seeing today here in london, because the brexiteers are in full battle mode against theresa may. as you just mentioned, jacob free smoke who mentioned let's run down the gauntlet against her leadership. we'll have a leadership contest. it is not clear when that is going to happen. it bodes ill for theresa may. she really is surrounded by enemies and as you said, there are cannons being fired from all sides. >> a tough day for th prime minister. enow they are coming after her.
let's hear from jacob rees mogg. >> the conservative party recommended -- referendum set specifically that we would leave the customs union. they did not have any small print saying unless we decide to have a permanent custom union that is harder to leave than leaving the european union under article 50. >> it is important to remember this is a man from her own side, her own conservatives. who is jacob rees mogg? barbara: he's one of the leading figures of the hard-line brexiteers. he early on recognize that this was a cause that he could galvanize, the entire europeans and the tory party with. he as has been a figure on the k benches and never put himself out into the limelight, never said i want to be leader i want
to do anything but always sniping from the back. but his popularity within the tory party has been consistently high, and all of us have said he could be our next leader. then, of course there are others who said heaven help us. let that not happen. he is somebody who is very divisive but he's smart, good strategist and he has now seen the point in time where he can finally pounds and -- pounce and move against theresa may, something that has been months in the making. >> e.u. leaders have been aware of the bitterness of this fight in the u.k. parliament. if may goes, is this deal likely to stand? >> it really depends who comes afterwards. if you talk to the social democrats, for example, in the city there is reborn hope here that there might even be a second referendum, and that that referendum would be in favor of the remainders, so there is no
brexit at all. of course, it will be hard to save somebody like jacob rees mogg becomes the next prime minister, that is probably not going to be the case. so, the overall strategy at the moment is to stay the course, keep calm, carry on. meaning there is a withdrawal agreement and the e.u. is taking all the necessary steps to prepare that e.u.-brexit summit scheduled for the 25th of november, meaning they are getting feedback, the analysis from the different capitals of the member states on the withdrawal agreement. also, at the same time preparing the political agreement that is supposed to hint at what the future relationship between the u.k. and the e.u. will look like. is it going to be free trade or custom union? a lot of work to be done, a lot of questions to be solved until that summit in the next step is in the u.k. thatey can't do anything else bt wait what will happen in london. >> the e.u. has stood foursquare behind their lead
investigator. when the summit happens, does it mean this document will just get nodded through by heads of government and by the european parliament? >> surprising unity. absolutely right, something that not many would've expected because other troubles of the e.u., you have a lot more problems. but it's the first time maybe we are hearing about some criticism. of that document of 585 pages. we're hearing that the french led some criticism of it. it most likely was about the fact that fishery is not included. that is an industry that is very poor into the french. but will it lead to that document being radically changed or big changes made to it? not very likely. what we are hearing or might be some changes here and there but we expect that unity to hold up also at the e.u.-brexit summit if it really happens depending on what the developments are in london. phil: if this no-confidence move
against british prime minister does happen, what are the timescales? when would she go? barbara: that is the big question everybody is asking here because i had thought earlier and might happen fairly quickly. now rees mugg says it could be a matter of weeks not of months, of course, because he knows all of this is moving forward very quickly. on the other stage in brussels and internationally. it could be a matter of weeks. so, we have to wait for when the hard-line tories are staging this revolt against theresa may. we have to wait for the results. rees mogg has put out some names, very well-known names, mostly as future possible leaders. boris johnson, of course, david davis, and of course, dominik robb who just stepped down as brexit minister.
if these are the people who are going to follow -- the sole deal needs to be -- binned, because they will not go through with it. all of this is still up in the air and the tory party, the hardliners, have not yet said we will do this or that on that day. we have to wait for that, but the, things are very dynamic here and they seem to move extremely quickly. phil: thank you both. let's take a look at some other stories making news around the world. a top prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five people charged in connection with the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. saudi arabia public prosecutor denied the crown prince was involved in the plot. turkey has attacked the findings of the saudi investigation. mr. jamal khashoggi was killed last month after entering the saudi consulate in an stumble. -- in isatanbul.
the death toll in california's wildfires stands at 56. firefighters are still battling blazes in the north and south of the state. they are slowly gaining the upper hand. africa's fastest train line has just been opened in morocco by king mohammed and french president emmanuel macron. it connects the countries two major hubs, tangier and casablanca. it'll slash journey times from five hours to just over two. lawmakers in sri lanka's parliament have exchange below's leaving one mp hospitalized. the latest escalation of the political turmoil that left the country without a prime minister or cabinet. the fighting started when the prime minister claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office. the european court of human rights has ruled against russia in a case brought by opposition
activists -- judges in strasburg agreed that his various jailing's by russian authorities between 2012 and 2014 were politically motivated. he is a fierce critic of president who and -- of president putin. and russia accuses him of organizing illegal demonstrations. today saw a chaotic start to bangladeshi's controversial repatriation program for refugees. 150 were meant to return to myanmar, but nobody turned up. instead, there were angry protests at the board. hundreds of thousands of muslims live in sprawling camps around a bangladeshi city. the exodus began following a military crackdown. bangladesh has already made several unsuccessful attempts to send them back to myanmar despite warnings that conditions are not safe. the u.n. high commissioner for
human rights has urged them to call off the program saying that returning these refugees to myanmar effectively means throwing them back into the cycle of human rights violations. this community has been suffering for decades. they now fear they will be sent back against their will. most of the 2200 people are on a bangladeshi repatriation list have gone into hiding. reporter: the shear scale of the refugee crisis in bangladesh. hundreds of thousands of muslims are living in squalid camps like this. they fled myanmar because of army led violence following a military crackdown. but with agreement from emr toda -- from myanmar language just begins the task of trying to repatriate them. it is deeply unpopular. >> the community leader told me
my number has been listed and i have to return but my son and daughter were killed there. no one talks about our rights there. we were sent away after being labeled bingali. we will not go back there. reporter: this family have fled the bangladeshi camp they and -- they called their home and are in hiding, so fearful are they of returning to myanmar. >> they have tortured us. there are no words to explain it. if we go back again to face the same, why should we go? it is better to die here by taking poison. we 're already in cans here. don't try to send us there. reporter: aid organizations and the u.n. refugee agency admit there are still concerns for the safety of those who do return. but, nevertheless, though work to repatriate 150 a day is.
>> we are still talking to the refugees, people on the ground are working to encourage them to go back. our associated organizations are also working on the matter. reporter: life in camps like this is far from easy. but for many, staying here if far better than being forced to return back home. phil: our top stories. brexit moving to the repercussions in the world of business. >> not much so far, phil. only hours after theresa may presented her deal, businesses are still waiting for what they need most -- certainty. in the world so far, the pound plunged. and it it like britain's finance industry, the engine of the u.k., will suffer more than expected. the pound had just risen with the announcement of the deal when you development stopped in its tracks. the side and resignations of three cabinet members quickly put theresa may ina weaker
position and that sent the british currency south. at one point, the sterling pound was down 1.7%, a sudden slide for the general is stable currency. -- the generally stable currency. >> currency is essentially the stock price of a country. if the quotation for the british found -- pound falls, the u.k.s loses in substance. economically speaking in a global environment you cannot subsist as an individual state. those are the very basics that should be understood by every politician in the u.k. investors upup your to see it te same way. they are selling response. iboth seemingly unlikely at this point, the economic outlook would remain negative. the city of blind in one of the most important financial centers in the world hoped for more. while like it would retain access to the e.u. single market
it would only be able to offer financial products already regulated in e.u., the same deal offered to the u.s. and japan and singapore. banks have a larger european portfolio. one reason why shares and barclays and the royal bank of scotland have fallen. phil: and let's have a look at the repercussions of brexit turmoil in london is having on european stock markets. let's crossover to frankfurt. daniel, the pound took a beating but how are the stock markets taking the news? >> the trading day in europe has been clearly overshadowed today by this political chaos we are seeing right now happening in the u.k. this morning, there were still some hope and as soon as we heard the news that key members of theresa may's own cabinet would supporter, we saw shares tanking. the frankfurt made quite a roller coaster ride. off the trading in the last hour
we are down about 90 points. investors clearly, they want certainty. now no one knows what to expect by the end of the day. the sterling also tumbled right now down with 1.4%. and something very unusual happened --usually when the sterling is down, the ftse 100 is up. but. not today shares of banks such as royal bank of scotland right now down alomsmost 10%. a big construction company down with 8%. we are also seeing trade on wall street is being impacted by the situation. now, all the eyes of investors will be on the news conference of theresa may and less than 45 minutes from now. phil: which will be covered on "dw news." thank you very much. europe's trade commissioner says the e.u. is ready to fire back
at president trump proposes new tariffs on cars exported into united states. brussels has a list of her territory measures ready if trump follows through on his long-standing threat aimed at european carmakers. the steps could target agriculture and other goods. she expressed hope they could be avoided through talks. donald trump has a beauty return to impose an extra 25% levy on all cars and tracks coming in to the u.s. that's all your business. thank you so much. writers are the conscious keepers of society marking the day of the imprisoned writer. trying the attention to the cases of five individuals who it says embody the fates of many journalists and writers around the world. here's a look at three. reporter: arrested. jailed.
murdered. three cases thousands of miles apart. all persecuted for their work. first, alex sensov, known as russia's most famous prisoner. the ukrainian writer filmmaker and fierce critic of the kremlin is serving a 20 year jail term. he's accused of plotting acts of terrorism, charges he says are politically motivated. alam, an award-winning photographer, writer and activist. h'e s -- he's been accused of making provocative statement during student protests and says he was beaten. he's just been granted bail but activists say the is a growin crackdown on dissenin bangladesh. according toeporters without borders, 170 journalists are currently behind bars around the world. activists say this number is
growing at an alarming rate. >> authoritarian governments are becoming increasingly emboldened and are targeting writers and journalists in ever greater numbers. some are paying heavy price for merely carrying out their work. they will not be silenced. reporter: finally, -- the veteran crime and politics reporter was shot dead in her car in mexico last year. she'd been investigating mexican drug cartels. a note read, " because you talk too much." penn international say they want to draw attention to her case in recognition of the extreme violence taking place. violence that has claimed the lives of more than 60 journalists this year alone. phil: -- a writer and activist who was imprisoned in iran. he now lives in exile in germany. welcome to dw. >> thank you for having me.
phil: what we are doingi in ira n? >> i was doing what i had always been doing before, but what happened was i was involved in the organization of a conference for writers and political activists from different political shades that was going to take place in berlin, germany in the year 2000. so, this was being organized by the -- and i did, you know, some of those friends that were going to take part in the conference, were my friends or they knew me well and i knew them well, because i had been involved in writing, translating for many years. so, after the conference, there was a lot of noise in the conference, and some people were
arrested when they got back to iran. i was in iran myself but i had been helping the organization of the conference. my contact, i'm going to them and talking to them. phil: you were arrested and jailed? >> i was jailed, yes. phil: what we you charged with? >> well, the charges are almost always connected with acting against national security or spreading propaganda against the state. and they cited an article of the law, the penal law, in my case, which meant that hi have been involved in fighting god. it didn't say that directly, but the article was concerned with this issue. so, i don't know how i fought god, but that was the
implication. phil: you were jailed for how long? >> i got a sentence of 8 years in prison. in exile. in internal exile. that meant i had to serve it in another prison somewhere in iran. no, i did not serve it. the german government got involved quite strongly because, at the time the green party was in part. in the year 2000 -- the green party was in power. the german government did a lot. phil: sorry to interrupt you but we are running out of time. here is the thing, when you are political activism in a country like iran, where you know this is quite a repressive government, why do you still do it, when you know they are going to come after you? >> well, why do you go to vote here? phil: it is your democratic duty
and no one is going to throw you in jail. >> that is my duty to express my mind and my believes. -- my beliefs. and also to fight for the rights of other people to say what they believe, peacefully , to say it peacefully and take action peacefully. if there is nothing more than violence, wife -- this is freedom of expression. and it is enshrined in the universal declaration on human rights and international covenant on political and cultural rights and ever. -- and everywhere. international law's human rights. phil: on this day of the imprisoned writer, what would be your message to journalist behind bars? who are currently in prison? >> they must have hope. they must have hope that they will come out soon, because lots
of people get engaged to work for them and to advocate for the rights. and to bring to international community's attention that these people are languishing in prison because they have been expressing their mind, they have been stating their opinions peacefully. they have not done anything by violent means. phil: we thank you for joining dw. >> thank you very much. ♪ phil: germany's national football team now faces russia tonight. the coach is likely to use the friendly to continue to test out new ideas on the pitch. his biggest concern is germany's lack of goalscoring. he's hoping to overcome that before monday. germany has a match that matters in europe's nation's league. reporter: take two of the revamp. germany go into their from the
against russia seeking to regain their fans confidence following a disastrous world cup. their recovery after the debacl% has not gone well. they have lost their last two matches. they are still 10,000 unsold tickets for wednesday's game. >> after the year, we have had we cannot expect the fans to be queuing around the block. we have to ask ourselves some hard questions. reporter: next week, germany faces the netherlands and the european nations lead but they could be already relegated from their group by then if the netherlands beat france onf thursday -- on thursday. >> it's out of our hands now whether we stay in the group. we have to wait and see the netherlands-france result. if we're in a lower group in 2020, so be it. that is not the end of the world.
we can always get promoted again. reporter: 2018 has brought only disaster and disarray for the german national side. there are coming pictures of the finer internationals of the year. two last chances to and -- to end on a high. phil: britain's prime minister is under intense pressure after her drafted deal to take britain out of the european union triggered a wave of government resignation. now hard-line brexiteer has begun moves to force theresa may from office. the pretty spry minister is due to make a statement at the top of the next hour -- the british prime minister is due to make a statement. we will bring that to you live. all the news and information around the clock on the website dw.com. have a good day.