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Westminster prepares for a battle over Brexit as ministers tell MPs -


don't stand in the way of the Government's Bill.


Labour says it will fight for changes to the Bill


in the Commons tomorrow, putting them on a collision


What we can't have is the, the either house of Parliament


reversing the decision of the British people.


On the front line in Iraq, as the Iraqi Army makes more gains


We've heard three car bombs going off in the distance,


we've also had a lot incoming mortar fire.


You can hear now the sounds of battle.


Violent clashes in the Netherlands between the police and Turkish


protesters, as the diplomatic row between the two


And Tottenham on their way to an FA Cup semifinal,


after demolishing London rivals Millwall.


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


amendments on the Brexit Bill passing through Parliament


and to give Theresa May a "free hand" in negotiations


Mr Davey say it would not be acceptable for par. To try to


reverse the will of British peep. If MPs pass it Theresa May could


trigger Article 50 this week. Our chief political correspondent


reports. Theresa May wants to get on with it.


For months she has vowed to kick-start Brexit talks by the end


of March. But some here in Parliament are fighting to get


safeguards written into law before the negotiations begin.


Today the Brexit secretary tried to reassure MPs and peers they would


get a vote on the Prime Minister's final deal with the EU. But... What


we can't have is the, the either House of Parliament reversing the


decision of the British people. They haven't got a veto on it. What does


it mean otherwise? People talk about meaningful votes. What does it mean.


Peers have defeated the Government twice, and Labour's standing firm.


What we say to the Prime Minister and I wrote to her on Friday,


reflect on what the House of Lords has said by majorities of nearly


100, they have sent back two important issue, this issue of the


EU national, reflect on it. Don't have this obsession with getting


Article 50 triggered this week. The two line Brexit bill is still making


its way through Parliament. Last week, the House of Lords made their


change, the Government will try to overturn these in the Commons


tomorrow. If they succeed, the bill returns to the Lords almost


immediately, and if they give away, the final stage of Royal Assent


could be completed tomorrow night. So the Government has Parliamentary


hurdles to get over this week but ministers seem confidence that


Theresa May will be able to stick to her original plan. Formally telling


the rest of the EU, that the UK is ready to started negotiating its


exit and attention is turning to exactly what kind of deal, if any,


the UK can get. The Prime Minister has said publicly


that no deal for the UK is better than a bad deal, but that would mean


tariffs on exports under World Trade Organisation rules.


My fear is that what this is really about, is us deliberately, not the


Prime Minister, but others deliberately ensuring that we have


no deal. And no deal pretty soon and in that event, we jump-off the cliff


on to WTO tariffs and nobody in this country, the people don't have a


say. Mr Davis admits the Government is preparing a


contingency plan in case there is no deal but he doesn't think it is


remotely likely. It will be tough. There will be tough points in this


Negredo, but it is in everybody's interest that we get a good outcome.


Parliament's debate about the bill isn't over but after Mondays of


talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be under way.


Iraqi forces have made more gains in west Mosul -


the largest city still under the control of the


Government troops, backed by a US-led coalition,


recaptured the east of the city in late January, after more


Now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely


Around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside.


Our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin is with Iraqi forces -


you may find parts of her report distressing.


Caught below, hundreds of thousand of civilians.


This is the place where IS proclaimed its Caliphate,


here it was born, and here Iraqi forces say it will die.


On the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold


Then frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead.


An IS drone maybe carrying explosives,


This is as far as we can go for now, as you can hear there is a lot


of gunfire in the area, there are snipers in


We have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position,


but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs


We have also had a lot of incoming mortar fire, you can hear now


The IS fighters that are in this area are putting


Troops using every weapon, even home-made rockets.


Then, the rush to retrieve a casualty.


We can't say how many have paid with their lives, Iraqi forces don't


But commanders say they have to defeat IS here, or fight them


And as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave


scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught


Few may have endured more than this man.


IS put an anti-aircraft gun near his house.


An air strike, targeting the extremists, brought


My daughters were under the concrete of the house.


They didn't let me see them before they were buried.


As well as losing his daughters and his


He prays God will destroy IS, as they have destroyed Iraq.


Orla Guerin, BBC News, Western Mosul.


Dutch riot police have broken up a rally in Rotterdam in support


of the Turkish President, as the diplomatic row between


The Turkish family affairs minister, who'd tried to join the protesters,


has been escorted by police to the German border and expelled.


Negotiation, but it is in everybody's interest that we get a


good outcome. Parliament's debate about the bill isn't over but after


Mondays of talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be


under way. Wanted to campaign ahead of a


referendum in Turkey, hoping to win over Turkish expatriates.


Our Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins reports


Not our usual image of the Netherlands.


This was the wound the dog left behind as riot police


used considerable force against Turkish demonstrators.


They were angered by the Dutch government's refusal


to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support


He is counting on the backing of more than a million Turkish


citizens living in Europe to expand his powers back home


But his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them.


The second Turkish minister turned back by the Dutch government.


TRANSLATION: In Holland - Holland as a country that speaks


of freedom and democracy - we were faced with very


we should treat women in Turkey. about women's rights and tell us how


All this followed President Erdogan's far stronger


language at a rally, denouncing the Dutch as "Nazi


Those words have infuriated several European governments,


including Germany's, mindful of the Nazi


occupation of Holland during the Second World War.


With are willing to deescalate, they do not help and are unacceptable.


But this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in Turkey


The Dutch go to the polls first on Wednesday.


It's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti-immigration


He blames the Prime Minister for allowing immigrants in,


It's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary


diplomatic crisis with Turkey will influence Dutch voters, making


big choices against a background of rising populism across Europe.


The intelligence services are to provide the political parties


with advice on protecting themselves against hackers.


It will come from experts at GCHQ's National Cyber Security centre.


Several politicians have been calling for more assistance,


saying they fear that hackers might try to influence future elections.


Rail workers in three parts of the country


go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months


of chaos for Southern Rail commuters spreads to the north of England.


Conductors working on the Merseyrail, Northern


and Southern services are walking out in a row over their future role.


Danni Hewson is at Liverpool Lime Street station.


Aren't 2,000 workers are expected to go on strike tomorrow, with the


north expected to bear the brunt of disruption, there are 19 main picket


lines at driver depots across the affected network which stretch from


here in Liverpool up to Newcastle and down to Sheffield. Of course it


is not just rail users who are being advised to allow extra time for


their Jonnies to and from work tomorrow. -- journeys, the road


network is expect to be congested and rail users consider alternative


transport. It may have been business as usual today but here in Liverpool


and right across the north, commuters are bracing themselves for


chaos. From midnight rail workers with the RMT union will begin a 24


hours strike affecting thousands of passengers.


I don't know how I am going to get home. We will just have to see what


desort out tomorrow. It will be packed. A lot of people will be


strand and won't know where to go. If you are not from the area. The


companies affected are Northern, the UK's second largest operator which


serves passengers across the north including Leeds, Manchester,


Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool. Only 40% of their services will run.


Mercy rail which serves mainly Merseyside will run trains every


half an hour rather than 15 minute, and Southern which will still round


90% of services. The row was triggered by proposed


changes to the role of the onboard guard, changes the union says risk


jobs and safety. We believe that services operated on a driver only,


driver controlled operation are fundamentally less safe, and every


train in the UK should retain a second safety critical person


onboard. Efforts to resolve the dispute in


recent weeks have broken down. Operators say they need to modernise


and safety won't be compromised. We put safety at the heart of


everything we do. The Rail Regulator has the indicated this is as safe as


conductor operation of the doors, this isn't about who opens and


closes the door, this is about giving customers what they want. For


now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect tomorrow's disruption


will be the last. In football, Leicester City have


confirmed the appointment of Craig Shakespeare


as their new manager. Shakespeare will be in charge


until the end of the season, having won both his games


as caretaker manager, following the sacking


of Claudio Ranieri last month. Tottenham Hotspur are through to


the semi-finals of the FA Cup, after thrashing League one Milwall


6-0 in the last Cup game to be Millwall had already knocked out


three Premier League teams on their run to the quarterfinals,


but as Katie Gornall reports it was the Premier League


side which progressed. Tottenham were already on their way


to Wembley, it is where they will play next season while their new


home is finished. But here was their chance to travel there early for an


FA Cup semifinal. First they had to get Bassong Millwall, a team on a 17


match unbeaten run, and when Harry Kane limped off after six minutes


they looked like it could be a frustrating afternoon. The England


striker was replaced by Eriksen who one swing of his boot turned the


momentum in Spurs's favour. Great finish from Christian Eriksen. In


their rush for a second goal Son fumbled his first touch but he made


up for it. He makes amend with a beauty. He has played in the shadow


of Cane for much of the season but his movement was too much for


Millwall and he scored again after half-time. Viewing wouldn't get much


easier for Millwall's manager after Spurs added a fourth. The fifth goal


of the game, the first for Janssen after open play, there was more for


more after Son completed a hat-trick. This was the last FA Cup


tie to be played at White Hart Lane, but to natural's tournament