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Tonight at Ten - a Parliamentary bill is expected within days,

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leading to the formal start of the Brexit process.

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It follows a ruling by the Supreme Court that Parliament

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must be consulted before Brexit can start, it's not

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Any change to the law, to give effect to the referendum, must be

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made in the only way permitted, by the UK constitution, namely by an

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Within minutes of the ruling by the court, ministers

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were insisting that the Brexit plan would go ahead on the

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This judgment does not change the fact that the UK will be leaving the

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European Union, and it's our job to deliver on the instruction the

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But Labour has warned it would try to amend the bill,

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We're going to hold them to account to protect jobs.

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We're going to hold them to account to ensure British

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And we're not going to allow ourselves to become some kind of

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And in Edinburgh, a warning that the decision not

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to require the approval of the Scottish Parliament

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is proof that the devolution settlement is worthless.

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With every day that passes right now, it is becoming clear that

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Scotland's voice cannot and is not able to be heard within the UK on

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We'll have the latest on this landmark ruling

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by the Supreme Court and what it could mean

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A record fall in BT's share price, after news that its Italian

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subsidiary tried to cover up huge losses.

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More executive orders signed by President Trump -

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this time he revives plans to build two oil pipelines,

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# Stars are you shining just for me...#

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And leading the Oscars race is La La Land -

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with a record-equalling 14 nominations, including

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And coming up in Sportsday later on BBC News, Sir Alex Ferguson

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gives us his progress report on Jose Mourinho.

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He says the Portugese is learning to control his emotions.

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By the end of this week, a bill is to be laid before

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Parliament to start the process of leaving the European Union.

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It follows a ruling by the Supreme Court,

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confirming that ministers are not allowed to trigger the process

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Despite losing the case, ministers insist their Brexit

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timetable is in tact and they expect both Houses of Parliament

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to give their approval before the end of March.

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We'll have details of the ruling and the day's reaction,

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and we start with our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.

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Is it the Prime Minister, or Parliament that's in charge?

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Theresa May wanted to avoid asking MPs for permission

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But businesswoman Gina Miller fought and fought and fought again.

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Arguing the Government simply does not have the power to do it alone.

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There's no precedent, so can our departure start?

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So-called Article 50, without Parliament saying yes?

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Today, by a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court rules

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that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of

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The referendum is of great political significance.

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But the Act of Parliament which established it

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did not say what should happen as a result.

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So, any change in the law, to give effect to the referendum,

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must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution,

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To proceed otherwise, would be a breach of settled

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constitutional principles stretching back many centuries.

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And there are consequences from that clear instruction.

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Ministers have no choice, MPs must have a say.

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Of course the Government is disappointed with the outcome

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but we have the good fortune to live in a country where everyone,

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every individual, every organisation, even Government,

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So, the Government will comply with the judgment of the court.

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The challenger, well-financed, but outsiders won the day.

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No Prime Minister, no Government can expect to be

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The judges crucially did not say exactly what Parliament should do.

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Nor did they give the Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh

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The judges have ruled that the Scottish Parliament does

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not need to be consulted, are you disappointed?

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We were told we have the most powerful devolved

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It appear that that is not now the case.

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Should the Prime Minister have listened to people

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Well, she could have listened to people like me.

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I've been saying this for six months.

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This melee, this court case was never about whether or not

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we leave the European Union but the verdict is not

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They must now seek authority from just across this square,

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before they can start the process of leaving the European Union.

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REPORTER: Mr Johnson, is Brexit still on track?

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Despite the courtroom drama, the Government's been

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The majority of MPs have already said they will back them.

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The Government's priority, following the European Union

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referendum, has been to respect the outcome and to ensure it's

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delivered in the interests of the whole country.

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This House voted by 6-1 to put the decision in the hands of voters

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and that Bill passed the other place unopposed.

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The point of no return was passed on June 23rd last year.

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Labour won't allow its MPs to stop the Bill but will

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We're very clear, we're going to hold them to account.

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We're going to hold them to account to protect jobs.

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We're going to hold them to account to make sure that British industry

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And we're not going to allow ourselves to become some sort

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But while MPs will have more power, the judges' decision not to insist

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could strain further the union between Scotland and the rest

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The decision is looming for Scotland.

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Are we prepared to allow our futures to be dictated

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going down a path that I think the majority of people in Scotland

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do not want to go down, or are we going to take our future

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And convinced Europeans, Lib Dems and a handful of Labour MPs,

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might vote against Article 50, to express their fears.

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Unless the Government concedes a new deal for the British people,

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so that the British people have a say over the final

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arrangements between the UK and the EU, I will vote

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But for the woman who started all of this, success, yes,

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Good people didn't seem able to stand up and put their point.

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So I thought, if I stood up, others would join, others would come

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together and we'd have a coalescing of one voice talking about this -

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talking about the fact that Parliament is sovereign.

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In the seven-month process I've been through, I've been very surprised.

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What this whole fight has been about, is about right and wrong.

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It's right that an individual citizen could bring this case.

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It is wrong that the Government think they are above the law.

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And it is wrong for the Government or politicians to carry

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The Prime Minister never wanted an ugly fight in the courts.

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She doesn't now want weeks of angry argument as it moves

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to the House of Commons, but for all its potential,

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this legal tangle has not strangled the Government in knots.

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Ministers were ruled to be wrong on fundamental matters of law.

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But while they lost the case, the Government has not lost

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Just as Theresa May's motorcade swept past the court,

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she's been able to brush aside some of the arguments.

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One senior Tory told me - we are on our way.

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Laura Kuenssberg BBC News, Westminster.

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As we heard, Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland,

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has again raised the prospect of a second independence referendum,

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following the ruling that ministers are not required to consult

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the Scottish Parliament, or indeed the Assemblies

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in Northern Ireland and Wales, before launching the Brexit process.

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The SNP is proposing dozens of amendments to the forthcoming

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Labour is also warning that it will try to amend the bill,

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as our deputy political editor, John Pienaar, reports.

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The judgment's in, now it's up to the politicians.

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The news went around the world in seconds,

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a story ministers hoped never to hear told, not in any language.

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But the Government's had time to get ready,

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so could Parliament get in Theresa May's way?

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The Government says legislation, paving the way for Brexit,

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That will be voted on by both Houses, Commons and Lords.

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Theresa May intends Article 50 will be triggered by the end

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of March and once triggered, Britain will have two

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One Shadow Minister's ready to defy Labour orders

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and vote against Brexit, though it might end her career.

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My constituents voted to remain in the European Union,

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I am leaning towards voting against Article 50 because I'm

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here to represent their views and if I have to resign my

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Shadow Ministerial position because of the stance I take,

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Many Labour MPs accept stopping Brexit is not an option

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and worry their party could concede too much.

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We cannot be a party that rubber stamps a hard Brexit.

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Look, I accept we're leaving the European Union and I'm minded

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to vote for Article 50 Bill to be triggered, but I am not

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going to give this Government a blank cheque on the contents

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I am not going to give Theresa May the ability to go and run a coach

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and horses through the living standards of middle and lower income

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Around Westminster, they're asking who'll work with him.

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The SNP has proposed around 50 amendments or suggested changes

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to the Bill starting Brexit, and wants help.

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What we really need is to be working together with as many people

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as possible to hold this Government to account and I think

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we really need Labour to get their act together a bit.

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Opposition parties are split and Labour, out of step with so many

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of its Brexit-supporting voters, can't agree on tactics

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or policy and that's good news for Theresa May.

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The Bill to start Britain's EU divorce proceedings

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In the Commons, MPs will try to force more votes before

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the divorce deal is settled and in the Lords, there'll be more

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But many peers are nervous about defying the verdict

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Would it not be foolish in the extreme if this

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House placed itself, as an unelected body,

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in confrontation with the bulk of the British people?

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And after fierce attacks on the courts in the past,

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an appeal from the Church for calm to help reunify the country

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The use of language, which may occasionally sound threatening,

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is very unhelpful if, at the end of the two year period,

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we are going to end up with a country that is able to go

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forward in a reconciled and prosperous and flourishing way.

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For keen Brexiteers today, so far so good.

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You're looking a little bit triumphant right now?

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Well, I'm happy that we didn't end up with a bogged down deal over

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Instead of which a simple process, a simple Bill,

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Theresa May will be on time triggering Article 50,

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Which means, basically, the effort to try and stop

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So another long day on the road to Brexit.

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The Bill, approving the exit talks, comes out on Thursday,

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The real political slog towards an EU deal has yet to begin.

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In a moment, we'll talk to our political editor,

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Laura Kuenssberg, at Westminster, but first, our Scotland edito,r

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In the light of today's ruling, Sarah, where do you think the

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options are now for Nicola Sturgeon? Well, despite the fact that the

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Supreme Court said there does not have to be... First Minister, Nicola

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Sturgeon, has decided to go ahead and have one anyway and it is likely

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that Holyrood SNPs will vote against Article 50, reflecting the fact that

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52% of the Scottish electorate voted to remain in the EU. That will have

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no legal standing. So why bother having the vote at all? Well, it'll

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be very politically symbolic when the UK Government is then seen to be

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acting against the express wishes of the Scottish Parliament. Nicola

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Sturgeon is not ready to call another referendum on Scottish

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independence, not yet but she will want to use every opportunity, every

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conflict with Westminster, like this one, to build the case for why she

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thinks Scotland should be an independent country. Thank you very

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much. Apologies for the little glitch on the sound but we heard

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most of what Sarah had to say. Let's go to Westminster and talk to Laura.

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Laura, ministers today are sounding very confident. How can they be so

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confident that, as they put it, their timetable for Brexit is still

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in tact? I think they believe and I think they are right in believing

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that the mood amongst the majority of MPs and also among much of the

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House of Lords is not of obstructing what the Government's plan is, is

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not of really messing with the timetable and so much so that I'm

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told, sources are suggesting they've sketched out a timetable of the Bill

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in the House of Commons on Thursday, the fist votes on this issue

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potentially next Wednesday, maybe even with MPs maybe sitting until

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midnight to debate the issues, the whole thing being wrapped up in the

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House of Commons, at least, actually in about a fortnight's time. But,

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but, but, reality may well bite. The mood right now is in that place but

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it could change very fast. There are still calls for a white paper with

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more detail of the Government plans. There are still calls, demand for a

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meaningful vote to take place. But, I think that Theresa May's team do

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feel that today, although technically a defeat, has been

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something of a win for them. Because the court stepped back from creating

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merry havoc. They stepped back from being very explicit about what the

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Government had to do next. They stepped back from really, really

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interfering and setting out the Government's very technical

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instructions about how they should behave. That said, this is the

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beginning, really, still, of what is a very long process and sources

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close to Theresa May told me today they feel they've got to base camp

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relatively unscathed but they are aware there is a very long climb

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ahead. Thank you very much Laura. Billions of pounds have been wiped

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off the value of BT today following a warning from the company

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that profits will be affected by an accounting scandal

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in its Italian division. It's set aside ?500 million

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to cover the losses. BT has also warned of "stagnating

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revenues" from its contracts Our business editor,

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Simon Jack, has more details. I don't even have time

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to open doors any more... Not every big company

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is a household name, Its services are used by millions

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and its shares are some of the most widely owned by the public,

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with nearly a million small investors still holding shares

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from the privatisation back in 1984. Here is what happened

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to those shares today - a 20% drop, its biggest fall

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in its history as a public company. That caught even big

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investors off guard. It was a real shock,

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BT's not the kind of company It's a very strong company

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with quite a reliable, dependable and forecastable

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business, so we just don't expect So why this sudden and

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very dramatic slump? Well, BT has problems

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on a number fronts. Today we learned the accounting

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scandal in BT's Italian business is much worse than expected,

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the black hole there has widen Perhaps even more worrying

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for investors, it also warned today that profits in its core business

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will be ?175 million Now, that's down to stagnating

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revenue from some of its biggest customers who are not renewing major

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contracts and today's news is set against an already uncertain

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backdrop for the company. The company is fighting

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calls from competitors and the regulator to split

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off its Openreach network division. It has one of the UK's biggest

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pension fund deficits and, meanwhile, it's been spending

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big on entertainment. I think there's a lot of nervousness

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around BT at the moment, particularly given the ongoing

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review of the Openreach division and also the review of pensions

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that's due to happen this year. I think if there's one thing

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that investors hate, it's uncertainty and given

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the amount of uncertainty there is at the moment,

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any knock to BT sees an amplified effect, which is what I think we've

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seen with the share price today. Heads have already started to roll

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and the BBC has learnt tonight that the head of BT Europe

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is expected to resign imminently. All this will put pressure

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on the ultimate boss, Brit Gavin Paterson,

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who's led an expensive expansion into sports coverage,

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including football. His position however is not thought

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to be in imminent danger. BT expressed disappointment

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at events in Italy and Shareholders will be disappointed

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at today's record slump, and when a company as big as BT

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says its biggest customers aren't spending money,

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it's a worry for the wider economy. President Trump has signed more

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executive orders today, including one to relaunch some

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controversial oil pipeline projects One of the projects had been

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blocked by President Obama But Mr Trump said he was in favour

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because they would create many jobs, including

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in America's steel industry. Our North America editor,

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Jon Sopel, has more details. I am, to a large extent, an

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environmentalist, I believe in it. But it's out of control.

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The key word there seems to be "but", as another day brings another

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set of executive actions that aren't exactly music to the ears

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From now on, we're going to start making pipeline in the United

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States. We build it in the United States. We build the pipelines. We

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want to build the pipe. We're going to put a lot of workers, a lot of

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steelworkers back to work. And from former Vice-Presidential

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candidate, Sarah Palin, this tweet, These two pipelines will each

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stretch over 1,000 miles, one going from Canada,

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in the north, down to The other would stretch across four

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states to Illinois and will create thousands of jobs along the way

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and be a major boom When Barack Obama was President

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there was a huge amount of prevarication and hand-wringing

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over what to do about the Keystone XL pipeline, the President then

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trying to balance his green credentials

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with his desire to provide jobs. For Donald Trump, in his second day

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in office, no such qualms. For him, everything is about putting

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Americans back to work. President Trump ace decision today

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to green light these dirty oil pipelines proves one, that over the

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next four years he will side with the oil and gas industry over public

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health, the environment and every day Americans.

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And the move is certain to upset native Americans whose opposition

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to the Dakota pipeline was strenuous and, ultimately,

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They object to it, saying it will contaminate water supplies

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And though this executive action has been signed,

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this is probably going to end up in the courts and so,

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in the short-term, this move is likely to create more jobs

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for lawyers than construction workers.

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The new head of Formula One says the man he's replaced ran the sport

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like a "one-man dictator" and his reign had to end

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if the sport was to get the fresh start it needed.

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Bernie Ecclestone, who transformed the sport into a billion-pound

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global business, was replaced as chief executive last

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night by Chase Carey, he's been talking to our sports

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COMMENTATOR: There's Bernie Ecclestone, the Tzar of Formula One.

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He's been a driving force like no other.

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Having ruled Formula One with an iron grip for decades,

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Bernie Ecclestone transformed it into a global,

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COMMENTATOR: Oh, my goodness, this is fantastic!

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At times it seemed as if he'd go on forever, but with a multi-billion

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pound American takeover came a sudden change in direction.

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And today, F1's new boss told me why it was the end of the road

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I would expect this is difficult for Bernie,

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He's run the sport as a one-man - he calls himself a dictator -

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he's run it as a one-man dictator for a long time.

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I think the sport needs a fresh perspective.

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From second hand car salesman, to team owner and then

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commercial rights holder, Ecclestone's rise was remarkable.

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The 86-year-old's deal-making skills brought him famous friends,

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powerful contacts and billions in the bank.

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Move out of the way before I get upset.

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Some comments caused offence and he was forced to settle

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a bribery case in 2014, but this diminutive figure will be

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You can't have another Bernie, it will never exist.

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The conditions will never exist, the circumstances will never exist

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and he'll go down in history for what he's achieved.

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COMMENTATOR: My goodness, this is fantastic!

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But recently, F1 has struggled to match the thrills of the past

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and amid dramatically declining TV audiences, one team boss told me

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I think the most important thing is getting back

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to the basics of outright racing, engaging with the fans,

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engaging with the public and, perhaps, decomplicating the cars

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a little and going back to man and machine being

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For a long time now, Formula One has been able to depend

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on its unique mix of speed, glamour and technology to guarantee

:23:24.:23:27.

true global appeal, but there's a sense from within the sport that

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in an ultra competitive and shifting sports market,

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We need to use all the platforms, the digital platforms available

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and the marketing capability to tell the stories, of the

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We've got to make our events larger than ever.

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Week long events, cities at the tracks.

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There are music and entertainmet with the sport at the centre of it.

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I've talked about 21 Super Bowls, and that's really

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This is a seismic moment for F1, Ecclestone's been offered

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an advisory role, but a man so used to being the puppet master is no

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The world of sport will surely never see his like again.

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A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.

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An inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons, killed by a gunman

:24:19.:24:22.

at a Tunisian beach resort in 2015, has heard how one holidaymaker

:24:23.:24:25.

pretended to be dead next to her husband's body.

:24:26.:24:27.

Alison Heathcote survived five gunshot wounds

:24:28.:24:29.

Another witness says he wasn't told in advance by his travel firm

:24:30.:24:36.

about any potential security risks in the area.

:24:37.:24:42.

Israel has announced plans to build another 2,500 homes in settlements

:24:43.:24:44.

The Israeli government says it's "in response to housing needs."

:24:45.:24:53.

Palestinian officials say the plans undermine peace hopes by building

:24:54.:24:57.

on land that they want for a future state.

:24:58.:25:00.

Peace talks on Syria have ended with Russia, Turkey and Iran

:25:01.:25:02.

reaching agreement on a way to consolidate the current ceasefire,

:25:03.:25:05.

but no details have emerged yet from the conference in Kazakhstan.

:25:06.:25:07.

The Syrian government said the outcome would allow

:25:08.:25:09.

The rebel delegation there says no progress has in fact been made.

:25:10.:25:25.

HSBC is to close a further 62 bank branches in the UK.

:25:26.:25:28.

The decision is being blamed on the growth of mobile

:25:29.:25:31.

The move is expected to lead to 180 redundancies.

:25:32.:25:35.

This week marks six years since the popular uprising in Egypt,

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which ousted President Mubarak after decades in power,

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a key moment in the political events known as the Arab Spring.

:25:43.:25:50.

Parliamentary elections followed that, but two

:25:51.:25:55.

al-Sisi, head of the Egyptian army, seized power in a military

:25:56.:25:59.

coup and was elected President 10 months later.

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He's now fighting against an Islamist insurgency but -

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as our Middle East correspondent, Orla Guerin, reports -

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he's been accused of crushing dissent and the hopes of many

:26:07.:26:09.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a Middle Eastern leader

:26:10.:26:13.

of the old school, who soared to power with the help

:26:14.:26:16.

President Trump already seems to view him as a brother in arms.

:26:17.:26:25.

He says he's waging war on terrorism here, critics say he's also

:26:26.:26:28.

We met one of the casualties of that conflict, Mahmood

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He says every step is a reminder of dark days behind bars.

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Here's what can happen to those who oppose the President,

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police firing on unarmed demonstrators with live rounds.

:26:57.:27:02.

This was the anniversary of the revolution three years ago,

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He says he was on the streets to celebrate

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His crime was wearing this T-shirt with the slogan,

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TRANSLATION: I was abused at the checkpoint where I was arrested,

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then they transferred me to the police station.

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I was electrocuted on my private parts, they kicked me

:27:29.:27:30.

with their military boots and hit me with sticks.

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Every one of them knew I was there because of the T-shirt.

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They believed this was a personal insult to them, so they beat me.

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He says they made sure to beat his leg, which was already injured.

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And this, combined with medical neglect,

:27:45.:27:46.

Mahmoud was charged with attending a banned protest and joining

:27:47.:27:56.

He was held without trial for over two years.

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Since his release, he has received death threats,

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TRANSLATION: In Egypt, my rights and the right of thousands

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of others like me are violated just for dreaming or hoping for freedom.

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That's not going to stop me from speaking out or caring

:28:17.:28:20.

The authorities deny there is systematic torture

:28:21.:28:42.

here, but say there may be individual cases.

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He says he and others will keep trying to craft

:28:44.:28:43.

This year's Oscar nominations are the most racially diverse

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for several years with seven of the 20 candidates in the acting

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categories from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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The British stars, Dev Patel and Naomie Harris, are among them.

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Leading the way with 14 nominations - equalling

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the record for a single film - is the critically-acclaimed musical

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La La Land as our arts editor, Will Gompertz, reports.

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# Someone in the crowd could be the one you need to know #.

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There's nothing Hollywood likes more than a film that

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So no great surprise La La Land, the musical about two wannabes

:29:16.:29:25.

making their way in Tinseltown, has 14 nominations, including

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Damien Chazelle for Best Director and Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone

:29:29.:29:30.

in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories.

:29:31.:29:32.

It will get a run for its money from Moonlight, Barry Jenkins'

:29:33.:29:40.

coming-of-age drama, which gets eight nominations

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and sees Mahershala Ali getting a nod as Best Supporting Actor

:29:43.:29:46.

and a crack-addled Naomie Harris one for Best Supporting Actress.

:29:47.:29:51.

Some boys chased him and they cut, he's scared more than anything.

:29:52.:29:54.

I'm trying to explain it to you the best way I know how.

:29:55.:29:57.

She will be up against Viola Davis, who puts in a powerful

:29:58.:30:00.

performance in Fences, directed by and starring

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Denzel Washington, who's nominated in the Best Actor category.

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Along with American-British actor Andrew Garfield,

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as the heroic conscientious objector in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.

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Well, that's some of the runners and riders.

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Kate Muir, you're the Times film critic.

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Pick us some winners, starting with Best Picture?

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Has to be La La Land, it's completely in a league of its own.

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It's glorious, it's romantic, it's dancing on air, but there's

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Has to be, I think, Casey Affleck in Manchester By The Sea.

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No, Hacksaw Ridge is not our thing, I don't think.

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I would really like to see Natalie Portman win this for Jackie.

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I think it's a cool, elegant, clever performance.

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Meryl Streep's not going to get it, then?

:30:55.:30:59.

I would like to see Mahershala Ali win this for Moonlight.

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He's playing a drugs kingpin, but against all odds,

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I would like Naomie Harris to win this for Britain, for Moonlight.

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She's usually Miss Moneypenny, here she is playing

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Damien Chazelle really, really deserves this for pulling

:31:23.:31:42.

Last year's awards were dominated by the Oscars So White campaign.

:31:43.:31:45.

The 2017 shortlist is more diverse, but we can still expect politically

:31:46.:31:46.

charged speeches with the name Donald Trump likely to crop up.

:31:47.:31:46.

Tonight, the losers in the Supreme Court may end

:31:47.:32:05.

up being the winners because the Government says Brexit

:32:06.:32:07.

So can Labour or the SNP force any change of course?

:32:08.:32:12.

We'll be hearing from Alex Salmond and Emily Thornberry of Labour.

:32:13.:32:15.