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Tonight at Ten - a Parliamentary bill is expected within days,
leading to the formal start of the Brexit process.
It follows a ruling by the Supreme Court that Parliament
must be consulted before Brexit can start, it's not
Any change to the law, to give effect to the referendum, must be
made in the only way permitted, by the UK constitution, namely by an
Within minutes of the ruling by the court, ministers
were insisting that the Brexit plan would go ahead on the
This judgment does not change the fact that the UK will be leaving the
European Union, and it's our job to deliver on the instruction the
But Labour has warned it would try to amend the bill,
We're going to hold them to account to protect jobs.
We're going to hold them to account to ensure British
And we're not going to allow ourselves to become some kind of
And in Edinburgh, a warning that the decision not
to require the approval of the Scottish Parliament
is proof that the devolution settlement is worthless.
With every day that passes right now, it is becoming clear that
Scotland's voice cannot and is not able to be heard within the UK on
We'll have the latest on this landmark ruling
by the Supreme Court and what it could mean
A record fall in BT's share price, after news that its Italian
subsidiary tried to cover up huge losses.
More executive orders signed by President Trump -
this time he revives plans to build two oil pipelines,
# Stars are you shining just for me...#
And leading the Oscars race is La La Land -
with a record-equalling 14 nominations, including
And coming up in Sportsday later on BBC News, Sir Alex Ferguson
gives us his progress report on Jose Mourinho.
He says the Portugese is learning to control his emotions.
By the end of this week, a bill is to be laid before
Parliament to start the process of leaving the European Union.
It follows a ruling by the Supreme Court,
confirming that ministers are not allowed to trigger the process
Despite losing the case, ministers insist their Brexit
timetable is in tact and they expect both Houses of Parliament
to give their approval before the end of March.
We'll have details of the ruling and the day's reaction,
and we start with our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.
Is it the Prime Minister, or Parliament that's in charge?
Theresa May wanted to avoid asking MPs for permission
But businesswoman Gina Miller fought and fought and fought again.
Arguing the Government simply does not have the power to do it alone.
There's no precedent, so can our departure start?
So-called Article 50, without Parliament saying yes?
Today, by a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court rules
that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of
The referendum is of great political significance.
But the Act of Parliament which established it
did not say what should happen as a result.
So, any change in the law, to give effect to the referendum,
must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution,
To proceed otherwise, would be a breach of settled
constitutional principles stretching back many centuries.
And there are consequences from that clear instruction.
Ministers have no choice, MPs must have a say.
Of course the Government is disappointed with the outcome
but we have the good fortune to live in a country where everyone,
every individual, every organisation, even Government,
So, the Government will comply with the judgment of the court.
The challenger, well-financed, but outsiders won the day.
No Prime Minister, no Government can expect to be
The judges crucially did not say exactly what Parliament should do.
Nor did they give the Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh
The judges have ruled that the Scottish Parliament does
not need to be consulted, are you disappointed?
We were told we have the most powerful devolved
It appear that that is not now the case.
Should the Prime Minister have listened to people
Well, she could have listened to people like me.
I've been saying this for six months.
This melee, this court case was never about whether or not
we leave the European Union but the verdict is not
They must now seek authority from just across this square,
before they can start the process of leaving the European Union.
REPORTER: Mr Johnson, is Brexit still on track?
Despite the courtroom drama, the Government's been
The majority of MPs have already said they will back them.
The Government's priority, following the European Union
referendum, has been to respect the outcome and to ensure it's
delivered in the interests of the whole country.
This House voted by 6-1 to put the decision in the hands of voters
and that Bill passed the other place unopposed.
The point of no return was passed on June 23rd last year.
Labour won't allow its MPs to stop the Bill but will
We're very clear, we're going to hold them to account.
We're going to hold them to account to protect jobs.
We're going to hold them to account to make sure that British industry
And we're not going to allow ourselves to become some sort
But while MPs will have more power, the judges' decision not to insist
could strain further the union between Scotland and the rest
The decision is looming for Scotland.
Are we prepared to allow our futures to be dictated
going down a path that I think the majority of people in Scotland
do not want to go down, or are we going to take our future
And convinced Europeans, Lib Dems and a handful of Labour MPs,
might vote against Article 50, to express their fears.
Unless the Government concedes a new deal for the British people,
so that the British people have a say over the final
arrangements between the UK and the EU, I will vote
But for the woman who started all of this, success, yes,
Good people didn't seem able to stand up and put their point.
So I thought, if I stood up, others would join, others would come
together and we'd have a coalescing of one voice talking about this -
talking about the fact that Parliament is sovereign.
In the seven-month process I've been through, I've been very surprised.
What this whole fight has been about, is about right and wrong.
It's right that an individual citizen could bring this case.
It is wrong that the Government think they are above the law.
And it is wrong for the Government or politicians to carry
The Prime Minister never wanted an ugly fight in the courts.
She doesn't now want weeks of angry argument as it moves
to the House of Commons, but for all its potential,
this legal tangle has not strangled the Government in knots.
Ministers were ruled to be wrong on fundamental matters of law.
But while they lost the case, the Government has not lost
Just as Theresa May's motorcade swept past the court,
she's been able to brush aside some of the arguments.
One senior Tory told me - we are on our way.
Laura Kuenssberg BBC News, Westminster.
As we heard, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland,
has again raised the prospect of a second independence referendum,
following the ruling that ministers are not required to consult
the Scottish Parliament, or indeed the Assemblies
in Northern Ireland and Wales, before launching the Brexit process.
The SNP is proposing dozens of amendments to the forthcoming
Labour is also warning that it will try to amend the bill,
as our deputy political editor, John Pienaar, reports.
The judgment's in, now it's up to the politicians.
The news went around the world in seconds,
a story ministers hoped never to hear told, not in any language.
But the Government's had time to get ready,
so could Parliament get in Theresa May's way?
The Government says legislation, paving the way for Brexit,
That will be voted on by both Houses, Commons and Lords.
Theresa May intends Article 50 will be triggered by the end
of March and once triggered, Britain will have two
One Shadow Minister's ready to defy Labour orders
and vote against Brexit, though it might end her career.
My constituents voted to remain in the European Union,
I am leaning towards voting against Article 50 because I'm
here to represent their views and if I have to resign my
Shadow Ministerial position because of the stance I take,
Many Labour MPs accept stopping Brexit is not an option
and worry their party could concede too much.
We cannot be a party that rubber stamps a hard Brexit.
Look, I accept we're leaving the European Union and I'm minded
to vote for Article 50 Bill to be triggered, but I am not
going to give this Government a blank cheque on the contents
I am not going to give Theresa May the ability to go and run a coach
and horses through the living standards of middle and lower income
Around Westminster, they're asking who'll work with him.
The SNP has proposed around 50 amendments or suggested changes
to the Bill starting Brexit, and wants help.
What we really need is to be working together with as many people
as possible to hold this Government to account and I think
we really need Labour to get their act together a bit.
Opposition parties are split and Labour, out of step with so many
of its Brexit-supporting voters, can't agree on tactics
or policy and that's good news for Theresa May.
The Bill to start Britain's EU divorce proceedings
In the Commons, MPs will try to force more votes before
the divorce deal is settled and in the Lords, there'll be more
But many peers are nervous about defying the verdict
Would it not be foolish in the extreme if this
House placed itself, as an unelected body,
in confrontation with the bulk of the British people?
And after fierce attacks on the courts in the past,
an appeal from the Church for calm to help reunify the country
The use of language, which may occasionally sound threatening,
is very unhelpful if, at the end of the two year period,
we are going to end up with a country that is able to go
forward in a reconciled and prosperous and flourishing way.
For keen Brexiteers today, so far so good.
You're looking a little bit triumphant right now?
Well, I'm happy that we didn't end up with a bogged down deal over
Instead of which a simple process, a simple Bill,
Theresa May will be on time triggering Article 50,
Which means, basically, the effort to try and stop
So another long day on the road to Brexit.
The Bill, approving the exit talks, comes out on Thursday,
The real political slog towards an EU deal has yet to begin.
In a moment, we'll talk to our political editor,
Laura Kuenssberg, at Westminster, but first, our Scotland edito,r
In the light of today's ruling, Sarah, where do you think the
options are now for Nicola Sturgeon? Well, despite the fact that the
Supreme Court said there does not have to be... First Minister, Nicola
Sturgeon, has decided to go ahead and have one anyway and it is likely
that Holyrood SNPs will vote against Article 50, reflecting the fact that
52% of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the EU. That will have
no legal standing. So why bother having the vote at all? Well, it'll
be very politically symbolic when the UK Government is then seen to be
acting against the express wishes of the Scottish Parliament. Nicola
Sturgeon is not ready to call another referendum on Scottish
independence, not yet but she will want to use every opportunity, every
conflict with Westminster, like this one, to build the case for why she
thinks Scotland should be an independent country. Thank you very
much. Apologies for the little glitch on the sound but we heard
most of what Sarah had to say. Let's go to Westminster and talk to Laura.
Laura, ministers today are sounding very confident. How can they be so
confident that, as they put it, their timetable for Brexit is still
in tact? I think they believe and I think they are right in believing
that the mood amongst the majority of MPs and also among much of the
House of Lords is not of obstructing what the Government's plan is, is
not of really messing with the timetable and so much so that I'm
told, sources are suggesting they've sketched out a timetable of the Bill
in the House of Commons on Thursday, the fist votes on this issue
potentially next Wednesday, maybe even with MPs maybe sitting until
midnight to debate the issues, the whole thing being wrapped up in the
House of Commons, at least, actually in about a fortnight's time. But,
but, but, reality may well bite. The mood right now is in that place but
it could change very fast. There are still calls for a white paper with
more detail of the Government plans. There are still calls, demand for a
meaningful vote to take place. But, I think that Theresa May's team do
feel that today, although technically a defeat, has been
something of a win for them. Because the court stepped back from creating
merry havoc. They stepped back from being very explicit about what the
Government had to do next. They stepped back from really, really
interfering and setting out the Government's very technical
instructions about how they should behave. That said, this is the
beginning, really, still, of what is a very long process and sources
close to Theresa May told me today they feel they've got to base camp
relatively unscathed but they are aware there is a very long climb
ahead. Thank you very much Laura. Billions of pounds have been wiped
off the value of BT today following a warning from the company
that profits will be affected by an accounting scandal
in its Italian division. It's set aside ?500 million
to cover the losses. BT has also warned of "stagnating
revenues" from its contracts Our business editor,
Simon Jack, has more details. I don't even have time
to open doors any more... Not every big company
is a household name, Its services are used by millions
and its shares are some of the most widely owned by the public,
with nearly a million small investors still holding shares
from the privatisation back in 1984. Here is what happened
to those shares today - a 20% drop, its biggest fall
in its history as a public company. That caught even big
investors off guard. It was a real shock,
BT's not the kind of company It's a very strong company
with quite a reliable, dependable and forecastable
business, so we just don't expect So why this sudden and
very dramatic slump? Well, BT has problems
on a number fronts. Today we learned the accounting
scandal in BT's Italian business is much worse than expected,
the black hole there has widen Perhaps even more worrying
for investors, it also warned today that profits in its core business
will be ?175 million Now, that's down to stagnating
revenue from some of its biggest customers who are not renewing major
contracts and today's news is set against an already uncertain
backdrop for the company. The company is fighting
calls from competitors and the regulator to split
off its Openreach network division. It has one of the UK's biggest
pension fund deficits and, meanwhile, it's been spending
big on entertainment. I think there's a lot of nervousness
around BT at the moment, particularly given the ongoing
review of the Openreach division and also the review of pensions
that's due to happen this year. I think if there's one thing
that investors hate, it's uncertainty and given
the amount of uncertainty there is at the moment,
any knock to BT sees an amplified effect, which is what I think we've
seen with the share price today. Heads have already started to roll
and the BBC has learnt tonight that the head of BT Europe
is expected to resign imminently. All this will put pressure
on the ultimate boss, Brit Gavin Paterson,
who's led an expensive expansion into sports coverage,
including football. His position however is not thought
to be in imminent danger. BT expressed disappointment
at events in Italy and Shareholders will be disappointed
at today's record slump, and when a company as big as BT
says its biggest customers aren't spending money,
it's a worry for the wider economy. President Trump has signed more
executive orders today, including one to relaunch some
controversial oil pipeline projects One of the projects had been
blocked by President Obama But Mr Trump said he was in favour
because they would create many jobs, including
in America's steel industry. Our North America editor,
Jon Sopel, has more details. I am, to a large extent, an
environmentalist, I believe in it. But it's out of control.
The key word there seems to be "but", as another day brings another
set of executive actions that aren't exactly music to the ears
From now on, we're going to start making pipeline in the United
States. We build it in the United States. We build the pipelines. We
want to build the pipe. We're going to put a lot of workers, a lot of
steelworkers back to work. And from former Vice-Presidential
candidate, Sarah Palin, this tweet, These two pipelines will each
stretch over 1,000 miles, one going from Canada,
in the north, down to The other would stretch across four
states to Illinois and will create thousands of jobs along the way
and be a major boom When Barack Obama was President
there was a huge amount of prevarication and hand-wringing
over what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline, the President then
trying to balance his green credentials
with his desire to provide jobs. For Donald Trump, in his second day
in office, no such qualms. For him, everything is about putting
Americans back to work. President Trump ace decision today
to green light these dirty oil pipelines proves one, that over the
next four years he will side with the oil and gas industry over public
health, the environment and every day Americans.
And the move is certain to upset native Americans whose opposition
to the Dakota pipeline was strenuous and, ultimately,
They object to it, saying it will contaminate water supplies
And though this executive action has been signed,
this is probably going to end up in the courts and so,
in the short-term, this move is likely to create more jobs
for lawyers than construction workers.
The new head of Formula One says the man he's replaced ran the sport
like a "one-man dictator" and his reign had to end
if the sport was to get the fresh start it needed.
Bernie Ecclestone, who transformed the sport into a billion-pound
global business, was replaced as chief executive last
night by Chase Carey, he's been talking to our sports
COMMENTATOR: There's Bernie Ecclestone, the Tzar of Formula One.
He's been a driving force like no other.
Having ruled Formula One with an iron grip for decades,
Bernie Ecclestone transformed it into a global,
COMMENTATOR: Oh, my goodness, this is fantastic!
At times it seemed as if he'd go on forever, but with a multi-billion
pound American takeover came a sudden change in direction.
And today, F1's new boss told me why it was the end of the road
I would expect this is difficult for Bernie,
He's run the sport as a one-man - he calls himself a dictator -
he's run it as a one-man dictator for a long time.
I think the sport needs a fresh perspective.
From second hand car salesman, to team owner and then
commercial rights holder, Ecclestone's rise was remarkable.
The 86-year-old's deal-making skills brought him famous friends,
powerful contacts and billions in the bank.
Move out of the way before I get upset.
Some comments caused offence and he was forced to settle
a bribery case in 2014, but this diminutive figure will be
You can't have another Bernie, it will never exist.
The conditions will never exist, the circumstances will never exist
and he'll go down in history for what he's achieved.
COMMENTATOR: My goodness, this is fantastic!
But recently, F1 has struggled to match the thrills of the past
and amid dramatically declining TV audiences, one team boss told me
I think the most important thing is getting back
to the basics of outright racing, engaging with the fans,
engaging with the public and, perhaps, decomplicating the cars
a little and going back to man and machine being
For a long time now, Formula One has been able to depend
on its unique mix of speed, glamour and technology to guarantee
true global appeal, but there's a sense from within the sport that
in an ultra competitive and shifting sports market,
We need to use all the platforms, the digital platforms available
and the marketing capability to tell the stories, of the
We've got to make our events larger than ever.
Week long events, cities at the tracks.
There are music and entertainmet with the sport at the centre of it.
I've talked about 21 Super Bowls, and that's really
This is a seismic moment for F1, Ecclestone's been offered
an advisory role, but a man so used to being the puppet master is no
The world of sport will surely never see his like again.
A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.
An inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons, killed by a gunman
at a Tunisian beach resort in 2015, has heard how one holidaymaker
pretended to be dead next to her husband's body.
Alison Heathcote survived five gunshot wounds
Another witness says he wasn't told in advance by his travel firm
about any potential security risks in the area.
Israel has announced plans to build another 2,500 homes in settlements
The Israeli government says it's "in response to housing needs."
Palestinian officials say the plans undermine peace hopes by building
on land that they want for a future state.
Peace talks on Syria have ended with Russia, Turkey and Iran
reaching agreement on a way to consolidate the current ceasefire,
but no details have emerged yet from the conference in Kazakhstan.
The Syrian government said the outcome would allow
The rebel delegation there says no progress has in fact been made.
HSBC is to close a further 62 bank branches in the UK.
The decision is being blamed on the growth of mobile
The move is expected to lead to 180 redundancies.
This week marks six years since the popular uprising in Egypt,
which ousted President Mubarak after decades in power,
a key moment in the political events known as the Arab Spring.
Parliamentary elections followed that, but two
al-Sisi, head of the Egyptian army, seized power in a military
coup and was elected President 10 months later.
He's now fighting against an Islamist insurgency but -
as our Middle East correspondent, Orla Guerin, reports -
he's been accused of crushing dissent and the hopes of many
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Middle Eastern leader
of the old school, who soared to power with the help
President Trump already seems to view him as a brother in arms.
He says he's waging war on terrorism here, critics say he's also
We met one of the casualties of that conflict, Mahmood
He says every step is a reminder of dark days behind bars.
Here's what can happen to those who oppose the President,
police firing on unarmed demonstrators with live rounds.
This was the anniversary of the revolution three years ago,
He says he was on the streets to celebrate
His crime was wearing this T-shirt with the slogan,
TRANSLATION: I was abused at the checkpoint where I was arrested,
then they transferred me to the police station.
I was electrocuted on my private parts, they kicked me
with their military boots and hit me with sticks.
Every one of them knew I was there because of the T-shirt.
They believed this was a personal insult to them, so they beat me.
He says they made sure to beat his leg, which was already injured.
And this, combined with medical neglect,
Mahmoud was charged with attending a banned protest and joining
He was held without trial for over two years.
Since his release, he has received death threats,
TRANSLATION: In Egypt, my rights and the right of thousands
of others like me are violated just for dreaming or hoping for freedom.
That's not going to stop me from speaking out or caring
The authorities deny there is systematic torture
here, but say there may be individual cases.
He says he and others will keep trying to craft
This year's Oscar nominations are the most racially diverse
for several years with seven of the 20 candidates in the acting
categories from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The British stars, Dev Patel and Naomie Harris, are among them.
Leading the way with 14 nominations - equalling
the record for a single film - is the critically-acclaimed musical
La La Land as our arts editor, Will Gompertz, reports.
# Someone in the crowd could be the one you need to know #.
There's nothing Hollywood likes more than a film that
So no great surprise La La Land, the musical about two wannabes
making their way in Tinseltown, has 14 nominations, including
Damien Chazelle for Best Director and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories.
It will get a run for its money from Moonlight, Barry Jenkins'
coming-of-age drama, which gets eight nominations
and sees Mahershala Ali getting a nod as Best Supporting Actor
and a crack-addled Naomie Harris one for Best Supporting Actress.
Some boys chased him and they cut, he's scared more than anything.
I'm trying to explain it to you the best way I know how.
She will be up against Viola Davis, who puts in a powerful
performance in Fences, directed by and starring
Denzel Washington, who's nominated in the Best Actor category.
Along with American-British actor Andrew Garfield,
as the heroic conscientious objector in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.
Well, that's some of the runners and riders.
Kate Muir, you're the Times film critic.
Pick us some winners, starting with Best Picture?
Has to be La La Land, it's completely in a league of its own.
It's glorious, it's romantic, it's dancing on air, but there's
Has to be, I think, Casey Affleck in Manchester By The Sea.
No, Hacksaw Ridge is not our thing, I don't think.
I would really like to see Natalie Portman win this for Jackie.
I think it's a cool, elegant, clever performance.
Meryl Streep's not going to get it, then?
I would like to see Mahershala Ali win this for Moonlight.
He's playing a drugs kingpin, but against all odds,
I would like Naomie Harris to win this for Britain, for Moonlight.
She's usually Miss Moneypenny, here she is playing
Damien Chazelle really, really deserves this for pulling
Last year's awards were dominated by the Oscars So White campaign.
The 2017 shortlist is more diverse, but we can still expect politically
charged speeches with the name Donald Trump likely to crop up.
Tonight, the losers in the Supreme Court may end
up being the winners because the Government says Brexit
So can Labour or the SNP force any change of course?
We'll be hearing from Alex Salmond and Emily Thornberry of Labour.