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you're watching bbc news at 9, with me, annita mcveigh. the headlines: borisjohnson cuts short his un trip in new york and flies back into a political storm at westminster. now mps return this morning amid calls for the prime minister's resignation — after the supreme court ruled he acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament i would not criticise the supreme court, even though i disagree with their position, i'm simply pointing out both in england and scotland, very seniorjudges took the view this was lawful. we will once again be able to question the government and what it's doing over taking us out of the eu with no deal with all the damage that will do to peoples jobs and livelihoods. and coming up at 9:15,
we'll be speaking to a professor of european politics and foreign affairs to ask what happens next. in other news, reports that thomas cook holidaymakers are being pressured to pay hotel bills after the company went bust. a formal impeachment inquiry into president trump over allegations he pressured ukraine to set up a corruption inquiry into democratjoe biden. look, it'sjust a continuation of the witchhunt. it's the worst witchhunt in political history. we have the strongest economy we've ever had, we have the best unemployment numbers we've ever had. premier league side tottenham are beaten on peanalities by the league two side colchester united — putting them out of the league cup. good morning, and welcome to the bbc news at 9.
mps are returning to the house of commons this morning, after that dramatic and historic ruling by the supreme court — that borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was unlawful. the prime minister said he profoundly disagreed with the judges, but would respect their decision. a senior government official said borisjohnson spoke to the queen after the ruling, but wouldn't reveal any details of their conversation. our political correspondent jessica parker is following events. parliament is opening up again. the media tents are making a return, westminster coming back to life. it wasn't his plan... i have the highest respect, of course, for ourjudiciary and for the independence of our courts but i must say, i strongly disagree with thisjudgment. and, in the end, it wasn't his call. the decision to advise her majesty to prorogue parliament was unlawful.
after the supreme court ruled that suspending parliament was unlawful. so, mps are coming back to this place. now what? well, things are pretty changeable but you can expect, as the commons chamber reopens for business, that there will be efforts to lob some difficult questions of at this government and put boris johnson under intense pressure. however, it appears the opposition may refrain from trying to bring down the government and trigger an election right away but mps who felt silenced are ready to make some noise. parliament has to exert, now, its authority, it has to be brave and bold and the prime minister has to reach out because there isn't any other way, across the aisle to seek a compromise. borisjohnson, have you embarrassed the queen? borisjohnson is resisting calls to resign but returning to westminster today, he will have to face the music. jessica parker, bbc news.
so, what might happen next? well, as we've just heard, parliament will resume this morning, in just a few hours' time. the queen is then due to set out the government's future plans, at the state opening of parliament on october 14th. three days after that, the prime minister is due to go to brussels for an eu summit, on october 17th. in that time, he says he's hoping to negotiate a new brexit deal with the eu. borisjohnson is still insisting the uk will leave the eu — two weeks later — on october 31st, come what may. but at the moment, if he doesn't get a brexit deal approved by parliament, then by law, the government has to ask the eu for another brexit delay. but it's probably fair to say that a lot could change between now and then. let's get more on this with our assistant political editor, norman smith, who's in westminsterfor us. yes, a lot could happen i guess between now and october 14. what do
you speculate are the next moves for borisjohnson you speculate are the next moves for boris johnson and opposition parties? i think it's pretty clear borisjohnson parties? i think it's pretty clear boris johnson and his parties? i think it's pretty clear borisjohnson and his team have decided to tough this out. there won't be any change of strategy, no sign ofany won't be any change of strategy, no sign of any contrition, no hint of an apology and absolutely no question of any resignation. in fa ct, question of any resignation. in fact, from some quarters, there's been a good deal of a criticism of the judiciary with been a good deal of a criticism of thejudiciary with jacob been a good deal of a criticism of the judiciary with jacob rees—mogg ina the judiciary with jacob rees—mogg in a conference call amongst cabinet ministers last night talking about a constitutional coup by the supreme court. it seems to me borisjohnson and his team will carry on doubling down on their existing strategy which is to present brexit as a tussle between the people, led by borisjohnson, against tussle between the people, led by boris johnson, against parliament and the remain elite. they are quite happy to present it as such and to present thejudges as happy to present it as such and to present the judges as part of that elite, which is why when michael gove, but no deal cabinet minister
was on the radio this morning, it was on the radio this morning, it was a pretty defiant message and there was no suggestion at all of anyone saying sorry. have a listen to him answering this question. did you do something wrong when you prorogued parliament?” you do something wrong when you prorogued parliament? i don't think so prorogued parliament? i don't think so but we will respect the decision of the supreme court in time to comply with that. it's only fair to point out, there is a very respectable set of illegal opinions that have pointed out that according to an understanding of the law, until now, what the government did was entirely lawful. so, what happens now? boris johnson was entirely lawful. so, what happens now? borisjohnson is flying back to london. he was due back around 10:15am, some delay there. they might not be back in time for parliament, when it resumes sitting at 11:30am. if you look at the official order paper, which lists the business for the day, you will see it is pretty much a blank sheet
of paper with not much on it at all. that doesn't mean nothing will happen. i think there will be plenty of atte m pts happen. i think there will be plenty of attempts by mps to try and glean more information from the government about their no deal planning, about the actual legal advice they received about prorogation. they may be an attempt to begin contempt of parliament proceedings against mr johnson, to secure documents which some mps believe will prove he lied to parliament and the queen. in terms of the big one, of pressing for a motion of no confidence, all the signs are the opposition parties have drawn breath and are holding back from that because they want first to make absolutely ioo% back from that because they want first to make absolutely 100% sure that no deal is off the table, that borisjohnson that no deal is off the table, that boris johnson cannot buy that no deal is off the table, that borisjohnson cannot buy some parliamentary weeds or legal sleight of hand get round that legislation they passed to outlaw no deal. so jeremy corbyn this morning sounding
cautious about when they might actually trigger that motion of no confidence. until it is very, very clear that the application will be made, as per the legislation, to the european union, to extend our membership until at least january, to give time for discussions on a deal with them, then we will continue pushing for that and that is our priority and that is why i'm working with the other opposition parties to achieve that. now, my understanding is the opposition party leaders are meeting as we speak, to try and finesse tactics, because clearly they are trying to coordinate their approach because they have different priorities, different instincts and it is trying to make sure that when they do table a motion of no confidence, they are all signed up to it and signed up to the next steps. greg norman, thank you very much. norman smith at westminster. so, away from the drama in westminster, what do the voters
make of what's happened? jon kay has been getting reaction from swindon, where just over half of people opted to leave in the referendum. we are given the opportunity to vote for what we want and whatever we vote for, appears to not happen. you think brexit‘s being blocked? yes, i do. they seem to have all forgotten that they act for us, and they're acting for themselves. i have to say, i strongly disagree with what the justices have found... he's doing what we wanted him to do and, you know, apparently, if you've got a lot of money, you just go to the courts and you can stop it. i think he should resign. absolutely, with no question of a doubt, he should resign. he's a dictator. boris is boris, so boris will carry on — that's boris. it leaves him as the prime minister and he will stay as a prime minister and i think people feel, at the moment, he's the best of a bad bunch. i don't really want to vote any more. i feel lost, i don't know who i should go
for, who i can trust. it's kind of all a bit of a mess, really. there's not really any solid parties, they've all fallen out with each other within their parties. it's like, who can we go with, who's going to be suitable? we just don't know. joining me now from westminster — sirjohn curtice, professor of politics at the university of strathclyde and senior research fellow at natcen social research. professor, good to have you with us as ever. do you professor, good to have you with us as ever. do you agree professor, good to have you with us as ever. do you agree with norman smith's assessment of what boris johnson is going to be able to do next, that he is simply going to tough it out, with six losses in votes in the commons and a supreme court ruling against him? sure, borisjohnson will court ruling against him? sure, boris johnson will tough it court ruling against him? sure, borisjohnson will tough it out for the time being. no prospect of him being overturned by his own mps and norman is also correct he will attempt to turn this to say, look, i'm going to stand up against the wiles and strategies of the liberal
establishment. the potential problem, however, it presents him with is whether or not the events of the last 2a hours will undermine voters' confidence in his ability to stand up effectively to the liberal establishment. it's perfectly clear from the instant polling we have so far, with around three fifths of leave voters thinking the judges decision was wrong, but there is also a hint, and i should say it is no more than a hint, in one of those snap polls that maybe there has been a slight movement back to the brexit party in the wake of this. we will have to see whether that is confirmed or not. the crucial bit norman said is borisjohnson is going to claim he is leading against the liberal establishment. the question is — do leave voters still regard him as an adequate leader of that cause? we talked a lot about his claim of duane di, the uk will be leaving the eu on the 31st of
october. let's move away from thoughts of no deal, what the possibilities of him getting a deal? well, the answer is no greater than zero but perhaps they are well short of 100% at the moment. we know that the uk government... the crucial thing the uk government have achieved, they are willing to reopen the withdrawal treaty, not least because the idea the backstop would because the idea the backstop would be something that involve the whole of the united kingdom rather than just northern ireland was something that was done originally at the request of mrs may's government. the current government doesn't want that and the eu will have no problem agreeing with that change. the question is, what should replace the northern ireland backstop? which itself is unacceptable to the current government? there has been some discussion about agriculture and food and whether or not there could be an all ireland agreement on that, although there is a report in the times this morning that may be
not even the uk government's that are appropriate. it still leaves the question of nonagricultural goods and non—food goods, which according to them the room as we are getting out of brussels, the uk government and european union don't currently meet eye to eye on. it is not clear at the moment at least that the united kingdom and european union are sufficiently close. they clearly have agreed what to talk about but it's not clear they can reach a conclusion. so with time squeezed for borisjohnson to actually get a deal, despite those defeats in the commons and the supreme court ruling, the thing that might ultimately be his undoing in a way is his claim from his own words that he would be leaving, the uk would be leaving on the 31st of october come what may because it might not be possible? if he fails to do that, it is very clear many voters out there who currently say they will vote conservative would go back to nigel farage's brexit party and that is
the nightmare scenario for him. there is still a question out there to be fully answered, which is even if the prime minister can get to deal with the european union, can get a vote in favour of it in the house of commons by the 19th of october and that may have got a bit more difficult in the wake of yesterday's development, is how does he get the legislation that we require 3d has a commons and the house of lords by the 31st of october? shall we simply say the timetable looks very, very tight indeed by the time it is normally taken for legislation to go through the commons and lords and having once already been told that not giving the commons adequate time to delay brexit is not acceptable, you may find the house of commons is less willing to accept being bullied into a timetable of the prime minister's own making. we will talk about labour and other opposition parties in a moment but let's look at this bbc poll of polls, up to date as of the start of this week. talk us through this and what this
tells us about the state of play, what voters are thinking? the position at the moment broadly speaking as the conservatives have a lead in the opinion polls. a fairly substantial lead. but given that the liberal democrats are now in a much stronger position than they were in 2017 and given that in scotland it looks as if the snp will at least hold their own or do better and could well end up with 50 seats, we have to remember that the conservatives will need, likely to need a bigger lead than the two and a half lead they had two years ago, just simply to stand still. if you ta ke just simply to stand still. if you take the current polls and you assume, and this is a big assumption, that the actual geography will end up still being roughly as it was two years ago, you end up discovering that on the current pole position, the government could find itself with roughly the 317 or 318 seats theresa may had in 2018 and then there is no
guarantee that the general election will resolve the impasse. that said, what is clear from polling evidence, if the general election, which will 110w if the general election, which will now happen after the european council, if boris johnson now happen after the european council, if borisjohnson does get to deal through or indeed somehow is standing ona to deal through or indeed somehow is standing on a platform of no deal, then he may be able to squeeze the brexit party vote. on the other hand, if he fails to get a deal through and article 50 is on the course to being revoked and we have another referendum, then the conservative party is in deep trouble. i think we should remember, we could note to the polls at the moment but the crucial thing will be, where has the brexit process got to by the time an election is called and held ? to by the time an election is called and held? and that will be after the crucial developments in the third week of october when the european union meet with the uk. let's talk about labour and the opposition parties more broadly. labour putting off coming down on one side or the
other on the leave or remain question. where is that going to leave it as we head towards a general election at some point in the not—too—distant future, we suppose? it's not immediately obvious how labour's latest compromised position, and it has had many nuances and varieties in the last four years, as to how that is going to help it. the problem the labour party faces is at the end of the day, the electorate are deeply polarised on brexit. the two most popular options are to leave without a deal if necessary on the 31st of october, where boris johnson a deal if necessary on the 31st of october, where borisjohnson is standing, or reverse brexit, which is wherejo swinson is standing. the idea of having a referendum, of having a soft brexit perhaps as an outcome, in a situation where we don't know whether or not the labour party is in favour of remain or leave, it is not clear how that compromised position is going to be
more effective than its predecessors at holding up the labour vote. basically, the labour vote fell heavily during the brexit impasse in may, down to 25% overall, losing ground amongst remainers and leavers, neither of whom seem happy with labour's position and there has been no recovery at all in labour‘s position since then. they are finding themselves in serious competition with the liberal democrats for being the largest party amongst remainers and meanwhile, labour leave voters have moved to the brexit party or conservatives. so the question is, how is it going to be the case that this new compromise, and compromise is, will be more attractive to voters tha n is, will be more attractive to voters than the polarising positions of get out come what may and simply revoking article 50? professor, sir john curtice, thank you for your time today. the headlines on bbc news...
boris johnson heads back to westminster to face mps after the supreme court ruled he acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament. reports that thomas cook holidaymakers are being pressured to pay hotel bills after the company went bust. a formal impeachment inquiry into president trump — over allegations he pressured ukraine to set up a corruption inquiry into democratjoe biden. in sport this morning, it was an embarrassing night for tottenham, knocked out of the carabao cup by league 2 side colchester united. they won it on penalties. the biggest shot of mauricio pochettino's career. a shock at the rugby world cup this morning to stop uruguay beating fiji. that result means uruguay beating fiji. that result m ea ns wales uruguay beating fiji. that result means wales and australia are now in control of their group. and, have a look at the simply awful conditions during the men's under 23 time trials at the road world championships in harrogate yesterday for stop there has been significant criticism of the organisers for
allowing the event to go ahead, despite the heavy rain which went on all day. more on all of those stories in about 15 minutes. see you then. some breaking news from cheshire police who say a 43—year—old woman has died after being attacked by two dogs at a house in widnes. no more details at the moment, no word on what sort of dogs they were all the circumstances. but they say a 43—year—old woman has died after being attacked by two dogs at a house in widnes. the civil aviation authority says more than 70 flights are scheduled for today to bring home stranded thomas cook customers. around 16,500 passengers will be
on the latest wave of aircraft. over the last few days we've been hearing from thomsas cook holidaymakers who say they're being prevented from leaving their hotels until they pay extra for their stay. travellers in cuba say they've been forced to hand over credit card details to staff — and that security guards have been brought in. the civil aviation authority has said people should not make extra payments — and that they've issued guarantees to 3,000 hotels around the world with atol—protected british tourists. and in cuba, the british ambasador, anthony stokes, has said "hotels in cuba now have the instruction to allow customers, and air crew, to depart without paying on basis of an atol guarantee." our europe reporter gavin lee is in palma in mallorca, where passengers have been trying to get home all week. first of all, i know you have been talking to holiday—makers who have had requests from the hotels where they are staying to pay extra. is that continuing? well, there are a number of hotels on this island that have asked for money in the past two days from
holiday—makers. here is the picture. the association for tourism in spain say they are losing or have lost 200 million euros, an estimate of all those hotels waiting for money for the summer period and the hotels are ina panic the summer period and the hotels are in a panic situation, contacting tourist federations, working out from business associations, what can we do? we are starting to see the drip feed of the panic being pushed onto the customers. what the civil aviation authority are saying is you shouldn't be paying, you won't get your money back, they have no right to make you pay twice for this. let me give you a sense of the backdrop. this is a tiny pocket of majorca on the eastern side, a big part of the lifeblood of the economy. the hotels, excursions, coach tours, everything about this place. let me get to up to date in the headlines here locally. this gives you a sense of how many brits are here. keep calm and carry on, talking about the financial impact of the collapse, the economy and hundreds ofjobs
potentially lost. the fall of thomas cook eventually others. and talk here, workers who won't be paid in september. one more, talking about the closure of hotels in majorca, potentially there is a risk of thomas cook, hundreds of risks of closing. let me bring in two people who know what it's like getting a note through your door demanding payment again and what the experience is like, graham and claire. good morning. graham, give mea claire. good morning. graham, give me a sense of what you have been through? on monday evening, after the news of thomas cook's collapse, there was a bit of commotion in the hotel when we went back about the leaving time, 6pm. people had received invoices through their doors, demanding money forthe received invoices through their doors, demanding money for the rest of their stay. we got an invoice threw for 340 euros for the rest of our stay. obviously, we have already paid for the holiday is a package deal. what did you do? there was a
bit of panic, nobody really knew what to do. it was kind of word—of—mouth. some people thought they should pay it. a couple of people i think did. but there was also mention of if we did pay it, we wouldn't get the money back at all. then saying we shouldn't pay anything at all because we are protected. their situation this morning? things have improved us that yesterday was quite subdued, yesterday evening things were a lot better. people were chatting. it felt more like a holiday. again, this morning, people are in a lot better form, back to enjoying their holiday a bit more, i suppose. thank you both for talking to me. you did say put stress on your holiday, i hope you don't have to pay now. the hotel won't speak on camera. they said they panicked, they're going to lose about 300,000 euros for the summer period they haven't been paid from thomas cook and they asked people to pay, some people have paid and they have since paid them back.
they are aware of reputational damage of a company that does and also they have sought more advice and realised they shouldn't be charging people and putting people in this situation. that is a snapshot. we are hearing stories like this from other islands and it's a moving scenario here. thank you, gavin. let's return now to the resumption of parliament today following yesterday's ruling in the supreme court that suspending — or prorouging parliament was unlawful. mps will return to the house of commons this morning and borisjohnson is flying back to the uk from the un in new york. let's get the thoughts now from anand menon — director of the uk in a changing europe, and professor of european politics and foreign affairs at king's college london. good morning. boris johnson good morning. borisjohnson says he profoundly disagrees with the judges that will respect their decision. between those two phrases, how much wriggle room is there for him to do something more to achieve his aim of leaving the eu on the 31st of
october? in terms of the judgment itself, no wiggle room. parliament is back, it was never prorogued, he has no say over that. the irony is things are much as they were when it comes to brexit. jeremy corbyn said despite calling for the prime minister to resign he won't put forward a vote of no confidence. why question but the opposition parties have decided that has to wait until after the prime minister has asked the european union for a delay. it remains to be seen what if anything parliament can actually achieve in these extra days the court have given them. there has been a lot of discussion this morning about opposition parties trying to lock down the legislation to prevent no deal. do they need to do anything more on that front in your opinion or is there some way around that, that people that want the uk to leave might be able to apply? i think those who are opposed to a no—deal brexit have been a bit spooked by hearing people like dominic raab saying we will consider this legislation and see if there are any loopholes we can jump
through. i think they will be looking at that. what they might also be doing is putting in humble addresses to get more information from government about what government own planning says about no deal, so we can get more information. but structurally, in terms of getting us towards the end of this brexit saga, i'm not sure much is going to happen in parliament until it was going to happen anyway, around the european council. what you are saying, just to be clear, are you saying the legislation to prevent a no deal should parliament not agree a deal, you think that is pretty firm and locked down? i'm nota locked down? i'm not a lawyer but reading it seemed pretty clear to me that if no deal is agreed before the 19th of october, the prime minister is required to ask for an extension. whether government lawyers can find a way to get round it, i don't know. iimagine a way to get round it, i don't know. i imagine parliamentarians will be reading that to make sure it is absolutely fireproof and the prime minister will have no choice but to write that letter. how do you think europe would respond in that scenario, despite rumblings of discontent from
emmanuel macron and others, would that extension come quite readily? my that extension come quite readily? my guess would be yes, they will try and impose some conditions and say there has to be a change in the politics attached to this. but i think europe doesn't want to know deal outcome if it can avoid one. also, europe doesn't want to be seen to be responsible for a no deal outcome if we should get one and turning down an extension request would be problematic for them. ok, thank you very much. coming up in the sport at 9:35am, premier league side totte n ha m sport at 9:35am, premier league side tottenham are beaten by colchester united from league 2 putting them out of the league cup. but right now, time for a look at the weather forecast. carol has that for us. another day for our wellies? yes, for some others are wet start to the day, some heavy rain across eastern and south—eastern parts of the uk. a lot of clout this morning, murky conditions for stock that will eventually move away, probably by around lunchtime. then something drier comes our way with a view showers, some of which could be
heavy and thundery but fairly hit and miss. then we have the next weather system coming in from the west, introducing some rain. quite murky at the moment across parts of the south—west of england and wales with a few showers. as we head through the evening and overnight, you can see how the weather front pushes from the west towards the east, taking brain with it. in doing so, clear skies, some showers and some patchy frog in south—east got on the strip tomorrow, we lose the rain from eastern england, so it is clear from the north—east of scotland. the east of scotland as well. behind it, a drier day with a few showers and quite blustery. hello. this is bbc news
with annita mcveigh. the headlines... borisjohnson cuts short his un trip in new york and flies back into a political storm at westminster. mps return this morning amid calls for the prime minister's resignation — after the supreme court ruled he acted unlawfully when he suspended parliament in other news — reports that thomas cook holidaymakers are being pressured to pay hotel bills after the company went bust. a formal impeachment inquiry into president trump — over allegations he pressured ukraine to set up a corruption inquiry into democratjoe biden. and coming up — as part of the bbc‘s we are stoke—on—trent project — we'll be finding out what life is like for students in the city, studying anything from rollercoasters to esports to comics. time now for the morning briefing, where we bring you up to speed on the stories people are watching, reading and sharing. one story still attracting a lot of attention online is the collapse of thomas cook, with holiday—makers and crew reporting they've been trapped in their hotels, unable to leave unless they pay extra for their stay. the civil aviation authority in britain says this shouldn't be happening.
they've tweeted saying they've given financial assurances to all atol protected hotels used by thomas cook customers so they can remain in their hotel until they fly home. but people are replying, claiming that's not happened(ani)one person here saying she's spoken twice with the caa and her hotel in thailand has received no such assurances. another saying a friend has been held in cuba by the hotel until she paid $1,000. that story about holidaymakers in cuba has been our most read story overnight, but there's now been intervention from the british ambassador to cuba, dr anthony stokes. late last night he tweeted that hotels in cuba now have authority and instruction to allow customers, and air crew, to depart without paying — on basis of the atol guarantee. hopefully, that means customers will be able to return home today on flights that have been organised by the government, thousands more due to fly home in what has been called the biggest peacetime repatriation in britain's history.
another of the big stories you're reading about is — of course — that supreme court ruling yesterday that borisjohnson's suspension of parliament was unlawful. more than 73,000 people tweeting about that yesterday — 15,000 people tweeting today about mps return to parliament. the prime minister comes back to westminster from new york, here's what brexit party leader nigel farage says he should do. if the highest court in the land says that you've acted unlawfully in your advice to the queen, i think, as a matter of honour, you have to at least offer your resignation to the house of commons and ask them to vote on it. i'm not against boris johnson at all. he is one of the few people in parliament who seems to want to get brexit delivered, but that's where we are. another take on that story, one of the surprise stars of the show yesterday was president of the supreme court lady hale's huge spider—shaped brooch.
the brooch attracted plenty of attention as she read the ruling, and one company started selling t—shirts. well, already, 2,000 of the t—shirts have been sold in a project that's raised £5,000 for homeless charity shelter. the charity has thanked the company for raising so much money with their "topical t—shirts." next, we've got more on the war of words between president trump and climate activist greta thuberg who gave a powerful speech asking world leaders ‘how dare you' talk about money at the united nations summit this week — and of course that scornful look as the president walked in. the president — rather sarcastically — wrote: "she seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. so nice to see!" well, greta has since updated
her own twitter bio, she now describes herself as "a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future". i think expect more interaction between those two. on the news that the number one is the supreme court decision ruling that the shutting down a parliament was unlawful. also reports that a galatea in the mont blanc region might close. —— glacier. they say 50,000 cubic metres of ice are in danger of breaking away. the top story as part of the we are stoke—on—trent series, sent its case with proposals for a
youth club where people think it might divide the city's youth is at number one. at number two the clip by nigel farage than borisjohnson should offer his resignation. that's it for today's morning briefing. sport now. and, for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's sally nugent. brilliant night for colchester as they knocked tottenham out of the carabao cup in what was the upset of the night. 0—0 after 90 minutes, and it was the league two side who held their nerve on penalties. we don't have the rights to show the pictures, but we can hear from the spurs boss mauricio pochettino — who's tried to find the positives. disappointed, of course. in football, at times like this it is not so positive. we need to stick and be strong and try to be hard in
our analysis and try to find solutions. that analysis will surely look what has been a really bad recent run for spurs. since mid—february in all competitions they've played 26 matches, lost 12, drawn 6 and won just 8 games. remember they somehow managed to get to a champions league final in that time. plenty of reaction to that defeat for spurs in the papers, and some analysis of what it means for them moving forward. the sun calls it a "slap in the face," whilst the guardian point out that spurs haven't won a trophy since 2008, and this defeat has reduced the chance of that changing any time soon. and the telegraph says that colchester are in "dreamland." big wins elsewhere in the league cup last night for arsenal, manchester city and leicester. also for southampton in the south
coast derby at fratton park. they beat portsmouth who are now in league one by 4—0. danny ings and nathan redmond both on the scoresheet. all the results are on the bbc sport website and app. to the rugby world cup injapan next, and there's been a big shock this morning as uruguay have beaten fiji by 30—27. tulsen tollett reports this was more about the occasion rather than the match. you can see the flood defence barrier which is being reinforced and rebuilt, as is most of the coastline in the east of the island. for fiji against uruguay, you would expect fiji to come away with the wind meant it did not work out that way. the uruguayan is one. five tries for fiji but what let them down was their
goal—kicking. for uruguay, the man of the match, 15 points for him from the boot, which proved to be the difference in the end. the brother of the emperor was here watching the match. dignitaries from world rugby as well. it is more about the occasion banned the result. it has been blown wide open as uruguay take on georgia in four days' time. this, ina on georgia in four days' time. this, in a town where the crowd of over 14,000 really enjoyed it. staying injapan, and england have named their side for their second match of the tournament. they play the usa tomorrow, and head coach eddiejones has made 10 changes to the team that beat tonga. not that the players are bothered though. the way we train, we chop and change formations and personnel quite often we get used to playing with different combinations, operating their with a variety people from
week from week to week. really excited with the opportunity and their team tomorrow. i think it is a great stage for to play on sometimes for the first time in their world cup and that brings out some excitement as well. nigel benn is returning to boxing, and is the "fittest 55—year—old on planet earth" according to his promoter. the former world champion has not fought professionally since 1996 but will resume his career in november. the british boxing board of control is against the fight, which will be sanctioned by the british and irish boxing authority. benn is expected to fight the 40—year—old former world champion sakio bika. now, plenty of people on social media have been talking about the road world championships in harrogate, but not for the reasons you might expect. it was all about the weather — this is the men's under 23's time trial race — denmark's johan price—pejtersen coming off his bike because of the sheer amount of standing water. he was ok and able to continue.
but watch this! there were incidents all over the course. organisers have been criticised for allowing the race to go ahead in the first place. and live coverage of the road world championships continues from 1 o'clock today on bbc two with claire baldding and the team. it's the men's individual time trial today. and don't forget that you can get all the day's sports news in sportsday, on the bbc news channel at 6 o'clock tonight. that's all the sport for now. let's return now to the fall—out after yesterday's historic ruling from the supreme court, that the prime minister's decision to suspend parliament was unlawful. let's get the thoughts now of bronwen maddox, director of the institute for government. it feels that we are almost in a bid toa it feels that we are almost in a bid to a holding pattern, waiting for the european summit and beyond,
waiting for the 31st of october before there might be any real movement. i thought you were going to say waiting for borisjohnson's plane to land from the us. no, no, i think that will come quite soon. the significant date is october 19, when the legislation mps did get passed through parliament says, if the government has not got a deal by then bennett must ask for an extension. a lot of attention will go to european council summit that is just go to european council summit that isjust in the go to european council summit that is just in the two days before then and whether or not the uk get a deal. what i was joking about, there is going to be a lot of things that happened very quickly here that will have a bearing on how we look at the whole month of october. expand on that thought, if you would. mps will get back today, begin later this
morning and probing... first they're going to try and get legal advice from the government must get back published. they want to gold plate the legislation i referred to, saying they must ask for an extension if it does not get a deal or approvalfor no extension if it does not get a deal or approval for no deal. extension if it does not get a deal or approvalfor no deal. even extension if it does not get a deal or approval for no deal. even though it would be a brave move for the government now to say, that the law, let's see if we can find any loopholes, that would not be a good look at the moment. they want to be absolutely sure that the government could not evade that. i think there will be a lot of pressure and a lot of noise in the house of commons as people seek to put their own words to what really is a historic moment. borisjohnson is to what really is a historic moment. boris johnson is continuing to what really is a historic moment. borisjohnson is continuing to talk a lot about the queen's speech and the government's programme of domestic legislation. are we going to have that queen's speech? will he be able to get it past? they are two very good and separate questions. we
don't know. one first question is whether the conservative party can have its conference next week, whether it goes ahead with it with mps rushing up from london, even if parliament doesn't approve a recess for that. on the queen's speech, he would had to prorogue parliament, come back with a queen's speech and try and get it passed. he of course wa nts to try and get it passed. he of course wants to emphasise domestic legislation that would follow once brexit has been sorted out because it is really an electioneering platform for the programme that he wa nts to platform for the programme that he wants to set out in the election. would he even attempted that if he thought it would be defeated, if he thought it would be defeated, if he thought it would be defeated, if he thought it would be another defeat? he might not. but, at the same time, he wants to get people talking about
those things. i think what it is really going to turn on is whether, there is the footwork around whether or not there is some kind of no confidence vote or whether he manages to get support for calling an election. the labour opposition hasn't wanted to back a no—confidence vote until after they have really secured that extension to no deal and got borisjohnson to break his word, if you like, that he is going to be pushing. his first attempt on coming back is going to be trying to put on the table again that he wants an election. thank you. sources say the leader of the house, jacob rees—mogg, condemned yesterday's ruling from the supreme court calling it a "constitutional coup." the former supreme court judge, lord sumption, disagrees and says the court has reinstated parliament at the heart of the decision—making process. the suggestion it's a constitutional coup is nonsense. the position is that parliament is absolutely central to our system of government.
this government sought to marginalise it and the supreme court has reinstated it in its proper place. there couldn't be anything more conservative. it's perfectly true they have invented a new legal doctrine to achieve that result but the result itself is clearly admirable. what has happened is that our famously flexible and informal constitution has responded to an abuse by restoring the previous position. that is how constitutions do develop. governments have powers, they abuse them, people shift the goalposts. david leakey is a former black rod at the house of lords — a senior officer responsible for controlling access to and maintaining order within the house and its precincts. speaking earlier he explained some of the items that are likely to come up in the house of commons today.
there are some practical things. conferences are going on at the moment and likely that the parliament would have been in recess anyway. they will discuss various things, like the thomas cook disaster, what is going on in the middle east, plenty to do today. one thing that would be interesting is to see whether parliament breaks a recess for the conservative party conference this weekend. shadow home secretary diane abbotjoins me now from westminster. we just wejust had we just had that one possible strategy for boris johnson would we just had that one possible strategy for borisjohnson would be to push for a general election. labour is saying that won't be happening before the 31st of
october, at least. the strategy of borisjohnson now october, at least. the strategy of boris johnson now should october, at least. the strategy of borisjohnson now should be to apologise, at the very least. he has been found guilty by the supreme court the highest court in the land, of illegality. before he does anything as, i believe he should actually apologise, if not stand down. but we are looking at boris they're shameless. you make your point. on the point i asked you about him trying potentially to push for another general election, you won't be backing up before the 31st of october, willie, from the point of october, willie, from the point of view of labour strategy? -- will you? we are clear that we don't want to have a general election before we had completely eliminated the possibility of a no—deal brexit because that would be catastrophic for the economy, for the country, and for british people. quickly do you think you can lock that down?
this is what we are talking to other opposition parties and lawyers about. when i had finished with you i will be going into a meeting with the shadow cabinet to discuss this further. given that the way you are looking at boris johnson further. given that the way you are looking at borisjohnson at the moment, presumably it would be strategically useful for labour not to back a vote of no confidence because the prime minister has, after all, lost his last six, his first six, votes in the house of commons. we are not looking at strategy, we are looking at what is right for the country. what is right for the country would be for boris to resign. surely you should be looking at what is strategically useful if you want to get into power? we want what is right for the country. we would not be fit for government if we did not put the interests for the country at the front of our thinking at every point. we hope that boris is going
to come and speak to the house of commons. he is flying back to the us and we hope it will be possible but the opposition parties, including the opposition parties, including the leader of the opposition, is looking at how to take this forward and avoid a no deal crash out, and how we held boris to account. what other questions you want answers to? we have seen the order paper which talks about urgent questions and ministerial statements, if any. what other questions are you looking for a nswe rs other questions are you looking for a nswers to other questions are you looking for answers to as a priority? well, there has been taught that the attorney general, geoffrey cox, told the government that closing down parliament in the way it did was legal and the supreme court has found otherwise, so we would like to know more about that. although you
are saying the paper is sparse, we must debate what has happened to thomas cook, that is hundreds of thousands of people who have holidays and thousands of members of staff. there will be a lot to talk about but above all we need to talk about but above all we need to talk about the supreme court finding. thank you for your time today. president trump has condemned a decision by the us house of representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry against him, describing it as "presidential harassment". democrats in congress launched the proceedings in response to mr trump's admission that he spoke to a foreign leader about investigating his potential opponent in the 2020 presidential race, joe biden. nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house of representatives, accused the president of betraying his oath. the actions of the donald trump presidency revealed a dishonourable fa ct of presidency revealed a dishonourable fact of the betrayal of the presidents of his oath of office and
betrayal of national security and betrayal of national security and betrayal of national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. therefore, today, i'm announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official impeachment enquiry. mr trump has dismissed the move as ‘witch hunt garbage'. it is the continuation of their witchhunt. we have the strongest economy we have ever had. all this week, the bbc is in stoke on trent. as part of our we are stoke—on—trent project, we've been discovering stories about what makes the city tick, and the issues facing its people. we can speak to our correspondent beccy wood, who is live in stoke—on—trent for us this morning. stories from stoke—on—trent trending and doing really well on the bbc most red and most watched. yes, it isa most red and most watched. yes, it is a fantastic city, a city i grew up is a fantastic city, a city i grew up in and welcome to stoke—on—trent this morning. this is right in the city centre and it is a massive bbc
project aimed at putting the city in the spotlight. we are asking members of the community to tell us which stories they would like to see making the national news was that this is the day in the heart of the shopping centre. we are asking people to come along and tell us about stories that matter to them. yesterday we spoke to a young 16—year—old gentleman from the british asian community, he said he is the first person he believed he had been selected to play squash for his country, so we will be following up his country, so we will be following up on that. just down the road from here is alton towers. staffordshire university has set up an interesting course by working alongside alton towers and we have been along to sample the highs and lows. student life has its ups and downs... especially with degree courses like this one.
on staffordshire's theme park management course, students split their time between lectures on campus and the alton towers theme park. the theme park industry worldwide is massive, so much so that, at alton towers, it's a closely—guarded secretjust how many they get through their gates every year. what we do know is, it's well in the millions. do you get people being sceptical perhaps? inevitably, you're going to get that from the study of visitor attractions and resorts but they are such a key part of the leisure industry that we need people on resort, in attractions, who understand how they work now to operate. from real thrills to the virtual world. esports, basically competitive gaming, is the newest course at the university. it prepares students for work in the world's largest and fastest—growing entertainment sector. the esports industry, when you look at the gaming
industry, is bigger than film and music combined. we a re consistently talking to industry and not just chit chat. we're looking at the next growth, the next sort of strategy that's been built in terms of esports, the new technology that's coming in. the course is hugely popular with more than 100 undergraduates a year. you can go into casting, into analysing, broadcast, for me, i'm going into the journalism side of it. there was nothing else i really wanted to do, so i probably wouldn't have ended up going to university. it's nothing to do with games, playing them. it's more learning how to bring them to an audience in a way that they'll enjoy and have fun watching. one course here might actually welcome being called a mickey mouse degree. the first lecture of cartoon and comic art is a get—together at the pub, and shows how students can gain much more than practical skills.
i was diagnosed with tourrette's and comics have improved my life in every conceivable way. i think they are very accessible, the amount of comics that help people identify who they are. i want to make work that people can relate to and that stuff. it seems like something so fun, i've never heard of it. i was like, "wow! it actually exists. " some graduates work full comics like 2000 ad, but the industry is notoriously hard to break into. luckily, there are other uses for their skills. when you open up your ikea set, there is a list of instructions there. when you build your lego, there is a list of instructions there. a map is a comic book to a certain extent. it's a lot broader and more in—depth than a lot of people would imagine and understand. three very different degrees but all with one thing in common, they are rooted in growing industries. so, for these students, the sky should be the limit.
so many interesting stories coming out of this city. we are expecting a busy day today. make sure you follow us. the duke and duchess of sussex and their four—month—old son archie are continuing their tour of southern africa — their first official tour as a family. the couple visited the country's oldest mosque as part of their ten—day tour. during the trip, prince harry will also visit malawi, botswana and angola, where he'll highlight his mother's work to tackle landmines. now it's time for a look at the weather. i think it is going to be another pretty wet day. yes, though not as wet as yesterday. many of us will agree it was pretty awful with the amount of rainfall. some parts needed the rain and we got almost a month's worth of rain falling in many parts of the uk. in boston down
the september average fell in just one day. the rain came from the re m na nts of one day. the rain came from the remnants of an ex hurricane. you can see the swell of cloud. more weather systems waiting in the wings. for some it has been a dry start with a bit of sunshine. that was ely this morning. some of us have also had some rain. in the south of england, the east midlands and into the north—east of england and southern scotland. the rain will tend to peter out and i will be a few showers in the afternoon. a few showers in the afternoon. a few showers in the north—east of england, elsewhere it will be drier and there will be some sunny spells developing. maximum temperature is 17 to 20 degrees will stop the next batch of rain will start to move its way in and that will turn heavy across wales, the north of england and ireland. temperatures overnight getting down to about 11 to 15. during thursday, quite a wet start
to the day for many of us. the weather system across the spine of the uk will move eastwards. all driven by the area of low pressure. fairly blustery as well. the winds in the west and the south—west. it does clear away and will be a mix of sunshine and showers. quite a blustery wind. maximum temperatures once again getting up into the mid—to high teens. at the end of the week it will be wet again during friday morning with heavy rain spreading from west to east. certainly a day to keep your umbrella handy. later, around wales and the north of england quite blustery conditions with temperatures coming down a touch on friday. into the weekend it will remain quite unsettled. we will see more showery rain on saturday. there will be sunny spells, especially in
hello, it's wednesday, it's 10am, i'm victoria derbyshire at westminster. good morning. the prime minister is touching down in the next few minutes, flying home to face an unprecedented political crisis. another one. behind me, mps are returning to parliament. two weeks ago they left after, the government shut it down. but the supreme court decided that suspension didn't actually ever happen in law. so, what next? borisjohnson doesn't have the air of a man on the brink of resignation... what was your reaction when you heard the uk supreme court decision? i had no reaction, ijust asked boris, it's another day in the office, he is a professional. just another day in the office. tomorrow