12/03/2017 BBC Weekend News


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The Brexit Secretary David Davis has called on MPs to reject Lords

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amendments on the Brexit Bill passing through parliament

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and to give Theresa May a free hand in negotiations

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Speaking this morning, he said that it would not be acceptable

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for Parliament to try to reverse the will of the British people.

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Labour says it will fight for the amendments in

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Our political correspondent Susana Mendonca has more details.

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The latest instalment in the battle to trigger Brexit take centre stage

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tomorrow and the government is warning MPs including potential

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rebels on its own side not to stand on its way. What we cannot have is

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the either house of Parliament reversing the decision of the

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British people. They have not got a veto. What does it mean otherwise?

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This is how the timetable has unfolded. Last week the Lords passed

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the second of two amendments to the government's Article 50 bill and

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tomorrow the bill goes to the Commons, where MPs could reject the

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amendments had passed the bill back to the Lords and if the upper house

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backed down a bill will proceed to Royal assent, allowing Theresa May

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to trigger Article 50. If the Lords does not back down it could go back

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to the Commons in a process known as ping-pong and labour insists it will

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fight for the amendments Distin. What we say to the Prime Minister

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and I wrote to her on Friday, reflect on what the House of Lords

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has said by majorities of nearly 100 they have sent back to important

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issues, the EU nationals and the vote, reflect on that, don't have

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this obsession with getting Article 50 triggered this week. The Prime

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Minister has done the legwork with EU partners ahead of triggering

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Brexit but some are worried there is not enough planning going on for the

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prospect of no deal at the end of it. If there is going to be no deal

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it will have serious implications for businesses and individuals and

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the government needs to ensure we have planned for it. But the Brexit

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Secretary says he has a plan. The simple truth is we have been

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planning for all the possible outcomes of the negotiations.

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Including a proper plan for no deal? Yes. Whatever the plan may be the

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government has to get permission from this place first before it can

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get negotiations going. There has been scathing criticism

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from a senior Tory. Michael Heseltine, the former Deputy Prime

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Minister and people might remember he got sacked from his government

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adviser job because he rebelled and supported one of the Lords

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amendments on the triggering of article 15. What he said is there

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are a number of Tories who feel appalled and betrayed by the way

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Theresa May has dealt with the issue and he points to the loss of the

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seat in Richmond, the by-election where Zac Goldsmith lost to the

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Liberal Democrats and he says it is a bigger issue for a lot of Tories

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than the conservative wing in coats and when they beat Labour. What he

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says is that the Conservatives are not just following the ringmaster,

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they have their own views on Europe and concerns and they want the Prime

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Minister to listen. Thanks. Dutch riot police have broken up

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a rally in Rotterdam in support of the Turkish president,

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as the diplomatic row between The Turkish family affairs

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minister, who had tried has been escorted by police

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to the German border and expelled. Turkey is threatening

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to retaliate in what it From Rotterdam Anna Holligan

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sent this report. The Netherlands, a traditionally

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tolerant nation, erupted overnight. Riot police struggled to disperse

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hundreds of angry Turkish expats, outraged by the Netherlands' refusal

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to allow their politicians to attend a rally in support

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of President Erdogan. This was a demonstration

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of the support he commands abroad. He is depending on the backing

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of one million-plus Turkish citizens who live in Europe

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to expand his powers back home But his Family Minister didn't get

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the chance to address them. Amateur footage shows her arguing

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with police, before being escorted

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back to the border. TRANSLATION: In Holland,

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Holland as a country that speaks of freedom and democracy,

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we were faced with very hard It's very ugly of Europeans who talk

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about women's rights to tell us how All this after President Erdogan

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branded the Dutch Nazi remnants and fascists,

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after they refused to allow his Foreign Minister

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to campaign on Dutch territory. The timing is especially

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sensitive for both countries. TRANSLATION: We are in the wrong

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situation with Turkey at the moment. We have asked the Minister not

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to come because of the tensions In a few days, the Dutch will vote

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for a new government. The campaign has been dominated

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by the anti-immigration He blames the Prime Minister for

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allowing immigrants in and is set The protests outside this consulate

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building have fired up the debate about the presence of Dutch

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residents still connected Approximately one in seven

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people here in Rotterdam Those images are likely to be

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at the front of people's minds Anna Holligan, BBC

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news, in Rotterdam. The Iraqi military has made further

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advances against so-called Refugees fleeing the fighting

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are streaming into new camps that have been opened

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around the city. 200,000 people are now housed

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in a total of 21 facilities. Our correspondent Rami

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Ruhayem has been talking to families in Chamakor -

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the UN's latest camp opened last week, but is

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already filling up fast. Yet another stream of refugees

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from Mosul and surrounding villages arriving at the Chamakor camp

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on the outskirts This is a new camp for

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the internally displaced, opened just a few days ago,

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as authorities simply ran out And it looks like it's

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filling up quite quickly. The latest arrivals have come

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from a village north-west of Mosul, where Iraqi forces have been

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advancing over the last few days. They describe a harrowing journey

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from their homes to the camp. TRANSLATION: We called

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officers in the Iraqi army, at night and that they would secure

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the road for us. We walked towards the mountain,

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and IS fighters followed Finally, the army spotted them

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and fired at them, and they fled. We ran away and walked the entire

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night with our men and children. And when we arrived,

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we were received by the Army, To my brother and mother in Syria

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and all the rest of my family, don't worry about us,

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thank God, we have all The new camp can take

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in about 12,000 people. Authorities here say it is receiving

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more than 200 every day and estimate it will reach full capacity

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within a few more days. The creator of the world wide web,

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has waded into the debate

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about so-called fake news. In an open letter to mark

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the web's 28th anniversary, Sir Tim unveiled a plan to tackle

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data abuse and fake news, and expressed concerns about how

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the web is being used. Sir Tim said he wanted to start

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to combat the misuse of personal data, which he said created

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a "chilling effect on free speech". The government is being urged

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to create a central database for taxi drivers

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in England and Wales. A BBC investigation has found that

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some drivers who have had their licence revoked

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are continuing to work after getting Tributes have been paid

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to the singer Joni Sledge - of the group Sister Sledge -

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who's died in at her home The band - four sisters -

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achieved fame in 1979 with their signature

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tune We Are Family. Other hits included disco classic

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The Greatest Dancer. A statement from the family said

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Joni Sledge had loved You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. Hello, it is Sunday lunch time and

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time to look of the weather for the week ahead and it is not looking bad

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for most. Very cheerful picture behind me. Dry weather most days. It

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will not be that cold, either. We have relatively

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