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opposition parties at westminster move to block boris johnson's plan for a mid—october general election. labour, the lib dems, the snp and plaid cymru agree not to back a snap poll — in case it leads to a no—deal brexit. we are not going to help boris johnson shut down parliament and trying to drag us out of the european union over an election period. that's not going to happen. boris johnson had wanted an election on october 15th — he called the opposition‘s stance an "extraordinary political mistake". they don't trust the people. they don't want an election. 0k. perhaps it is that they don't think they will win. fine. i'll go to brussels get a deal. with the house of lords voting today in favour of a law
preventing a no—deal brexit, we'll be asking if borisjohnson‘s tactics have misfired. also tonight. an independence icon and a tyrant — zimbabwe's robert mugabe, who led the country for 37 years, has died. the devastating effect of hurricane dorian in the bahamas. the islands government once the final death toll will be staggering. and after england wowed crowds at the world cup — the new women's super league season is about to get under way. and coming up on bbc news. rafa nadal is surely the favourite for the us open mens the favourite for the us open men's title as he prepares for his semi—final, while serena williams is through to another final. good evening.
the prime minister's demand for an early general election looks set to be rejected by mps — after opposition parties agreed it shouldn't take place until after the eu summit in mid—october. labour, the lib dems, the snp and plaid cymru all agreed not to support the government — declaring they wanted an extension to the leave date of october 31st to guarantee no brexit without a deal. mrjohnson — on a visit to scotland — accused them of making an "extraordinary political mistake". it came as the house of lords passed a bill to prevent a no—deal brexit. it will get royal assent and become law on monday. here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. much easier, this, than leading the country. borisjohnson‘s trying to call an election before brexit to stick to his plan, leave on time deal or no deal. but he's lost control and he wants it back. we must get brexit done and that's my message to my colleagues. let's come together,
get this thing over the line and unite our country, then get on with defeating the labour opposition. on with defeating the labour you know, when they finally have the guts to have an election. you can almost smell the election coming but he is having to wait. a spectator, as his opponents try to force him to give up on a no—deal brexit, break his promise, maybe his premiership. you keep mentioning october 31st, you've made it abundantly clear that's your line in the sand. if you can't deliver that, you're going to have to resign. that is not a hypothesis i'm willing to contemplate. i want us to get this thing done. today in the lords, the legislation banning no deal was sent to become law, decreeing there would be no election until brexit is delayed. as many of that opinion
will say "content". content! to the contrary, "not content". the contents have it. opponents had coordinated their plans. we've agreed that we're not going to give the prime minister the general election he is so desperate for until an extension is secured and the risk of no deal is completely eliminated. the prime minister is on the run. boris is broken. we have an opportunity to bring down boris, to break boris, to bring down brexit. and we must take that. i want an election, the snp wants an election, but we will do that when we have made sure that the security of our citizens is determined. and you want to weaken borisjohnson ahead of that election by making him break his word. well, he has gone out with ridiculous promises of leaving the european union on 31st october. borisjohnson, that's not going to happen. no sight ofjeremy corbyn, though, he gathered opposition leaders by phone. labour's brexit policy is still a work in progress. but the party's joined the alliance that's cornered borisjohnson. and in downing street they're searching for a plan, any plan that will somehow help the pm regain
some kind of control. he's sworn he will never seek an extension to brexit but now a new law could force him to do just that. he won't break his word, he can't break the law. mrjohnson needs to find a way to force an election, or salvage his to deliver brexit, maybe without reaching an eu dealfirst, and in there there is no sign they have found one. are you asking for an extension, mr frost? what chance of a last—minute deal? britain's brexit negotiator david frost has been in brussels today but the finnish pm, who is chairing the eu, suggested a no—deal brexit could be close. it seems very obvious that we are not yet in brexit agreement. on with the whites and off to peterhead market, campaigning keeps you busy. haggling is part of the job. £50 per fish. good god,
£50 perfish. good god, expensive fish! boris johnson is famously upbeat but his premiership could still end badly. john is in downing street for us this evening. have boris johnson's tactics street for us this evening. have borisjohnson‘s tactics this week misfired? as good weeks ago, for borisjohnson, this misfired? as good weeks ago, for boris johnson, this hasn't misfired? as good weeks ago, for borisjohnson, this hasn't been one. defeated in the commons and then defeated again, today beaten in the house of lords. he is under pressure now from some colleagues to approve at least some of those rebels he had thrown out as conservative mps. today he was talking about building bridges, trying to sound conciliatory. but today, more and more tories are saying they will stand down at the next election and they look like joining and reinforcing borisjohnson‘s critics. as for brexit and the election. we will see on monday another attempt by borisjohnson to get approval for an early election and that will surely fail. then the options on the table, in downing street, they range from quitting office in the hope of getting back in again on boris
johnson and the government's terms, hoping the eu denies the extension to brexit boris johnson hoping the eu denies the extension to brexit borisjohnson wants so badly to avoid. if this is a cunning plan, and a lot of people, including in the government and tory party, don't believe it is, it seems to need more work and soon. john pienaar, thank you. are deputy political editor. the high court has rejected a legal challenge to borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. the case was brought by the businesswoman gina miller, who argued the move was "an unlawful abuse of power". she has been allowed to appeal and that case is expected to be heard at the supreme court on september 17. a similar legal challenge was rejected at edinburgh's court of session earlier this week, which is also being appealed. the chief constable of west yorkshire police says he's "disappointed" that his officers were used as a "backdrop" to a political speech by borisjohnson on brexit yesterday. john robins said it was the understanding of the force that any involvement of their officers
was "solely" about the government's police recruitment drive — and that they'd had "no prior knowledge" the speech would be broadened to other issues. the former president of zimbabwe robert mugabe has died at the age of 95. mr mugabe dominated his country for decades — leading the independence war against white minority rule — and then himself ruling zimbabwe for 37 years — in a regime marked by violence, corruption and economic collapse. he was ousted in a military coup in 2017. our correspondent shingai nyoka is in the capital harare for us this evening. the report contains some flashing images. he was once zimbabwe's liberator, leading the fight against white minority rule but the support he once enjoyed was eventually gone. he cemented his power winning overwhelmingly at elections in 1980. asa overwhelmingly at elections in 1980. as a leader of a new nation he set
about creating a better country than the one he inherited. there can never be any return to the state of armed conflict which existed before oui’ armed conflict which existed before our commitment to peace and the democratic process of election under the lancaster house agreement. surely, this is now time to beat our swords ploughshares. he spent massively in education and infrastructure development, building a thriving black middle class and one of the most illiterate populations on the continent. but there was a vicious, ruthless side to the statesman. between 1983 and 1987, mugabe deployed a military unit to trained by the north koreans. thousands in the south were murdered and the world seemed happy to turn a blind eye. but as the 19905 ended the economy was in trouble. facing new political opposition, mcgarvey made a fateful
step. he made the go—ahead for the seizure of white owned farms. he knew this was a fertile ground. this was the land that the country's wealth was built on. white farmers fled, the western world took note, breaking diplomatic ties and imposing economic sanctions. the opposition, its leaders, human rights workers bore the brunt of his angen rights workers bore the brunt of his anger. in 2008 in the midst of 1,000,000,000% inflation and widespread unemployment, mr mugabe suffered his first electoral defeat. it only led to more violence in the second round of voting. britain stripped him of his knighthood. former allies condemned him. nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow africans in oui’ violence against fellow africans in our own country, and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring zimbabwe. tonight,
president emerson mana gogo paid this tribute. a pan- africanist fighter, comrade mugabe bequeathed his indelible legacy of tenacious adherence to principle on the collective rights of africa and africans in general, and in particular, the rights of the people of zimbabwe. in harare many people chose to remember the liberator. he was my first president. so, to me, he deserves a great honour. this is sad news. we have lost a good leader. mcgarvey was all right. the truth is in his final years the
country was collapsing around him and he could no longer his frailty and he could no longer his frailty and lent increasingly on his younger wife grace who had ambitions of her own but with rising discontent in the party demented for over a0 yea rs, the party demented for over a0 years, led to them both being outmanoeuvred by his right—hand man ms in my mnangagwa in what was effectively a military coup. mcga rvey effectively a military coup. mcgarvey was ousted and the country celebrated. there are reminders of robert mugabe everywhere but on the streets there are no visible signs of mourning because he lived out his last years cut off from public and political life in an opulent mansion far removed from the struggles of many zimbabweans. many will remember him asa many zimbabweans. many will remember him as a gifted orator and visionary who liberated zimbabwe. but who turned his back on the high ideals he'd originally believed in. robert mugabe, who's died at the age of 95. our world affairs editor john simpson is with me. how will historyjudge him?
i think it will be pretty harsh on him. after all, he i think it will be pretty harsh on him. afterall, he came i think it will be pretty harsh on him. after all, he came to power having overthrown the white rule regime in what was rhodesia and he seemed to be wanting a real new kind of start, a start where nobody would be discriminated against or attacked on the basis of their skin colour and he said a lot of really good things. and yet within three years of coming to power he was using these north korean trained troops of his to commit appalling atrocities in matabeleland. i went there afterwards and my estimate from talking to everybody was that 20,000 people had been killed there. many of them women and children. many of them burned alive. it was an appalling atrocity which mugabe himself dismissed as a moment of madness. and almost as crazy,
britain in particular, but also the americans, the europeans, and so on, chose to ignore this completely. and i think theyjust chose to ignore this completely. and i think they just felt they didn't wa nt i think they just felt they didn't want any more of the problem, it had been solved and let's put our fingers in our ears and forget about it. mcgarvey came on a state visit to britain in 199a and was knighted by the queen and made a lot of very pro—british remarks at the time. but within a few years of that the pressure was on him politically. he used these mostly untrained kids who belonged to his movement to break into the farms of white owned farmers and carried out a lot of atrocities there again. also against black people. after that, the economy collapsed utterly. the extent of mcga rvey‘s
economy collapsed utterly. the extent of mcgarvey‘s and particularly his wife grace's was quite extraordinary —— mugabe's corruption. we have repression, corruption. we have repression, corruption and the collapse of economy. i cannot see the history will treat him nicely. the time is 6:15pm. our top story this evening. opposition parties at westminster move to block boris johnson's plan for a mid—october general election. and still to come — after the highs of the football world cup, we look ahead to the return of women's super league. coming up on sportsday on bbc news. we speak to michael owen about that social media spat with alan shearer, after his book reveals he couldn't wait with alan shearer, after his book reveals that he regretted going to newcastle. the prime minister of the bahamas
says hurricane dorian has caused "generational devastation" to the islands. dorian has now been downgraded to a catagory one storm as it moves up america's east coast. but it has left behind what officials say could be a staggering death toll, although there are only 30 confimed deaths so far, mainly on the abaco islands. the focus now is on the aid effort to help those who survived. richard galpin reports. it is hard to imagine how anyone can survive now here in this, the ruins of marsh harbour, one of the largest cities in the abaco islands. dorian, a category five hurricane, hit this island at full force and stayed over it for two days. hundreds or possibly thousands of people are missing here and on other neighbouring islands. i honestly believe abaco is finished. i think abaco will not recover until the next ten years. like, fully recover, because everything is gone, absolutely everything is gone. and that includes food.
inevitably, some people have been breaking into shops to find something to eat and drink. and supplies becoming increasingly scarce. help is at hand from this british naval vessel which has been in the area on hurricane watch for some time. it has been delivering essential supplies, including hygiene kits and clean drinking water to those most to on this island. other international and local organisations have also been bringing in small amounts of food. and the united nations is now promising to fly in 85 tons of ready to eat meals. but when this will arrive is unclear. in any disaster response, aid does not get to the affected areas as quickly as you want. but in this case it is particular challenging because so much of the structure has been destroyed. we are hearing that
the airspace is dangerously overcrowded so we are prioritising those things which are most needed. but for many of the survivors here, conditions are so bad that they are trying to get away from this island as quickly as possible. richard galpin, bbc news. less than half of eu citizens currently living in the uk have so far applied for the right to live and work here after brexit. there are just over three million eu citizens currently living in the uk. the home office says 1.a million have applied to the eu settlement scheme. but there are some concerns that individuals have encountered problems with the scheme, and others remain worried about their future. alex forsyth has been talking to some of those affected. less than half of eu citizens currently living in the uk have lily has lived and worked around bristol for more than 15 years. originally from france,
she married an englishman, and has two children born in the uk. with brexit on the horizon, she applied under a government scheme to make sure she could stay here after, but is still waiting to hear the outcome. i love my life here. i've got my working life here and i love myjob. and my children are growing up here. i believe they've got a future here. but i'm not sure about mine. the home office says lily's application wasn't fully submitted and they will help her resolve it, but even a technical glitch has had an impact. a feeling of being rejected to the country you call home. around 3 million eu citizens live in the uk, all are being urged to apply to guarantee their rights after brexit. if you are an eu citizen living in the uk... the home office has been promoting the scheme. anyone who has been here more than five years should get what's called settled status, meaning they can stay indefinitely. those who have been here less than five years should get pre—settled status, which protects their rights but means they have to apply again for full status in future.
so, all you need is your passport. it's very simple. this charity in leeds is helping people with the process. there are concerns that some people are getting the wrong status and others aren't applying at all. there are a lot of people from vulnerable communities with a low level of english or no english at all who do not know about this. ministers say more people are accessing the scheme and there is help for the most vulnerable. it works really well. it's not dissimilar to you and i renewing our passport or our driving licence, it's a very clear, simple system. people can apply, and we get that system processed and actually often in just a few days. some charities and migrant support groups have told us in most cases the scheme is working but when it doesn't, it causes real stress, and more broadly, many eu citizens say the continued uncertainty over brexit is creating huge anxiety. these three women are all eu
citizens who live in leeds. beatriz is spanish and is in the process of applying to stay in the uk. i don't think it is going to be an issue for me to stay because i am almost five years and i've been working all this time in the uk. but there is that little feeling that what happens if they say no? others want an id card or document to prove they have been accepted, like zara, who is italian. no proof to live here. but i am worried for that. eu citizens like these have been told time and again their rights will be protected, but it seems that doesn't stop the worry. alex forsyth, bbc news. the parents of a severely brain—damaged five—year—old girl are going to the high court on monday to try to persuade judges to allow them to take their daughter abroad. tafida raqeeb is on a life—support machine at the royal london hospital. doctors
there will argue that further treatment is futile. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. # here i am, here i am...# tafida was a bright and lively girl until february, when she suffered a ruptured blood vessel due to a rare condition. now, she is kept alive on a ventilator and fed through a tube. barts nhs trust says she has very serious, permanent and irreversible brain damage and there is no further treatment to help her. but tafida's mother believes video taken in intensive care shows that she is responsive and simply needs more time to recover. she and her husband want permission to transfer tafida to an italian hospital. it is my main argument, that she continues to improve. why would you want end a child's life when she shows signs that she wants to live? she wants to continue with life. at the high court, barts nhs trust will ask
permission to remove life support. ajudge will have to decide what is in tafida's best interests. some will question how the courts can ever rule that it is in a child's best interests to dive. best interests to die. surely that contradicts the sanctity of life. butjudges here must also consider potential pain and suffering, and whether simply prolonging a sick child's life will bring them any benefits. this case echoes those of charlie gard and alfie evans, which involved lengthy legal battles between parents and hospitals. in each of those cases, the courts backed doctors and life support was withdrawn. this is the fifth high profile case to come to court in as many years and they are desperately sad and difficult cases. the problem is that whilejudges have been recommending mediation, if there is no common ground between the parents and the doctors,
then it has to be up to the courts to decide. once again, the courts are having to intervene between parents and doctors and a judge decide whether a child should live or die. fergus walsh, bbc news. england's cricketers have shown some resista nce england's cricketers have shown some resistance against australia at old trafford. rory burns reached his half—ce ntu ry trafford. rory burns reached his half—century alongside joe root, trafford. rory burns reached his half—century alongsidejoe root, who also reached 50. in the last half an hour, burns was out for 81 and joe root for 71. england a short time ago where180—a, chasing a97. after a thrilling summer of world cup women's football and record viewing figures, the women's super league season returns tomorrow. and it begins with derbies at premier league grounds in manchester and london for the first time. the football association hopes the effects of the summer will now be felt in stadiums across england,
as jo currie reports. it was one of the sporting moments of the summer. it's1—1,she's done it again! almost 12 million people tuned in to watch england's world cup semifinal against the us. it ended in heartache but the lionesses' journey catapulted women's football into the mainstream. if somebody had said that at the beginning, people would probably have laughed, but that was what we tried to do, to capture the nation. it wasn't just about, we wanted to play football the right way, we wanted to show our personalities when we come across in these interviews and show how much it is to play for england. to open the new women's super league season, two of the fixtures are being played at premier league grounds. chelsea host spurs at stamford bridge whilst the manchester derby also takes centre stage. city's women normally play their matches here at the academy stadium. it holds 7,000 people. but this weekend, they're moving next door. to the men's premier league etihad stadium. this is a little bit bigger, it's got a capacity of 55,000,
a fitting venue, then, for such an historic occasion. the question is, will it pull in the fans? it's really important that you get a good crowd in now, otherwise it's empty and soulless and it's not great for the players. so, as long as there's a good crowd, it's a premier league ground, the pitch will be fantastic. watershed moments in the women's game have come and gone. at the london olympics, team gb attracted over 70,000 fans to wembley. and last year's fa cup final had a8,000 fans. but in the women's super league, the average attendance last year was less than 1,000. we know a lot more about who we go after, and that is 16— to 3a—year—olds, they're football followers, they‘ re fans of their club, and it's about working with the clubs to transfer those fans to be supporters of the men's and the women's team. although not sold out, record crowds are expected this weekend. the challenge is keeping them. jo currie, bbc news, manchester. time for a look at the weather.
and it is settling down just in time for the weekend, good news for these disgruntled cows in the reigning doctor today. still the shower around, the winds easing, it may feel a little bit warmer, when we get to see some sunshine, though the nights are looking chilly. this weather front has been moving southwards but now it is high pressure building on for the weekend, and that's why things are settling down. still a brisk breeze out of there at the moment pushing a few showers southwards across the uk this evening and during the first pa rt this evening and during the first part of the night, many of these will be fading away as it becomes mainly dry, and temperatures dipping down mainly dry, and temperatures dipping d own m ostly mainly dry, and temperatures dipping down mostly at around 6—10dc. ireland scotland down into low single figures. starting the weekend mainly dry but out of the cloud, still one or two showers knotted around, a lot of those fading into the afternoon. we will get
increasing sunshine. long sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland about this breeze coming in towards easter in scotland may push a few showers in even into the afternoon and keep temperatures down. anybody wanting rain at the cricket this weekend will be disappointed, a slight chance of a shower on saturday, otherwise we are set fair. i mentioned chilly nights, and saturday night into sunday morning, there may even be a touch of frost in parts of eastern scotla nd of frost in parts of eastern scotland and north—east england. it will feel chilly first thing on sunday but there will be plenty of sunshine around. some patchy cloud in england and wales but it will stay dry. for western scotland and northern ireland, more cloud, which may bring a little bit of rain or drizzle later in the day. it will feel a bit warmer in eastern scotla nd feel a bit warmer in eastern scotland and the north sea coast on sunday. for all of us on monday, it is cooler and wetter. that is all from the bbc news at six, it is