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Downing Street has no evidence
that Russia successfully
meddled in the UK election,
but that doesn't stop
the Prime Minister from slamming
Moscow, accusing the Kremlin
of threatening Western democracies.
Theresa May makes her strongest
attack yet, saying Russia
is weaponising information
with the aim of sowing
discord in the West.
On the question of Russian
interference, the US
Attorney General suggests the Trump
campaign was so chaotic
that he just doesn't remember
what contacts there may have been
with Russian operatives.
House Speaker Paul Ryan
is the latest Republican to say
Roy Moore should step down
as a senate candidate
in Alabama after multiple
allegations of sexual abuse.
Also on the programme:
From EU rules on health
and safety to finance -
MPs debate a bill that aims to turn
them into British law.
This is the scene now
in the House of Commons.
For every winner there
has to be a loser.
As Sweden celebrates making
next year's World Cup,
there is disbelief in Italy,
who won't be going for
the first time in 60 years.
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I'm Katty Kay in Washington.
Christian Fraser's in London.
On both sides of the Atlantic
they are talking about Russian
meddling in Western democracies,
but listen to the tone from 10
Downing Street and the White House,
it could not be more different.
Donald Trump says he believes
Vladimir Putin is sincere
in his denials of Russian
interference and suggests
Moscow should be given
the benefit of the doubt.
Here in London, Theresa May
is much more suspicious.
At a speech last night,
she accused Moscow of using social
media to undermine the international
order, promising to do
whatever it takes to protect
future British elections.
In a significant escalation
of the rhetoric, the Prime Minister
listed a string of other Russian
aggressions, including Crimea
and the Middle East.
It is seeking to weaponise
information and plant fake stories
and photosshop images in an attempt
to show discord in the West
and undermine institutions.
I have a very simple
message for Russia.
We know what you are doing
and you will not succeed.
For the first time, today Facebook
conceded that Russian operatives may
have used its site to influence
the Brexit referendum.
Damian Collins is the Chair
of the Digital, Culture,
Media and Sport Committee.
He has written to Facebook
and Twitter and is investigating how
far Russian interference
in the UK goes.
What is it you are seeking to get
from Facebook and Twitter?
to know what activity took place in
the UK around the Brexit referendum
in particular that was linked to
Russian backed organisations. We
have seen evidence of this in
America and a growing amount of
evidence that in the UK, but we want
to know facts.
BuzzFeed is reporting
tonight that they have obtained the
statement from Facebook in which
they admit for the first time that
there were some Russian linked
accounts that may have used its
platform to interfere in the
That's right. I
have written to Mark Zuckerberg
asking him to release to the
community all the evidence they have
of Russia backed activity promoting
messaging around the time of the
referendum and general election on
their site. This is information that
is held within the company and they
should provide it to Parliament.
big three have been hauled before
Congress to account for what
happened in the US election. Their
message seems to be, listen, we can
handle this ourselves.
satisfied that they can? No, I'm
not. Unless there is evidence of
Russian activity had been requested
from them we would not know about it
now. We are having to request the
same information about the UK, too.
This is information they could find
themselves presented a voluntarily,
but they haven't done it. They are
cooperating with the hearings we are
holding and they will be giving
evidence to our committee aurally I
hope as they have done in America,
but I feel they could be doing more
to voluntarily look for and release
What happened here
in the United States is that they
played into existing political and
social divisions, the Russians,
through social media platforms. Are
they the same kind of divisions have
played into in the UK, as far as you
I think that is exactly
right. They are looking to divide
institutions. From a Russian backed
account we saw a fake image link to
the Westminster Bridge attack which
tried to suggest a Muslim woman was
indifferent to the suffering of
people on the bridge. That was
designed to divide communities and
Is there any
information exchange between the
House of Commons and Congress and
doesn't undermine the investigation
when the American president is
saying he believes what the Russian
President is telling him?
no formal link between the
parliaments but as part of our
select committee enquiry into fake
news we will visit Washington in the
early New Year, seeking to gain
inside information from people
involved in these investigations and
I think that is an important part of
our work. We are interesting in
learning from other parliaments
around the world as we look to deal
with this issue. This is one of the
biggest threats that democracy faces
and we need to get it right.
Collins, thank you for being with
There seems to be a pattern
emerging, doesn't bear? The Russians
are trying to prove that they have a
sense of humour because they just
sent out this tweet from the
Ministry of foreign affairs.
I think that is called geopolitical
trawling of the first order, since
Crimea under international law does
not belong to Russia. That wine was
made by the Ukrainians before Russia
took over the Crimea. The timing is
interesting because Boris Johnson
goes to Russia before the end of the
year and the rhetoric has been
stepped up. Downing Street is saying
they are not reacting in relation to
any specific piece of news, there
has been a revelation, but there is
a growing body of evidence and
perhaps she putting down a marker.
In Downing Street they are saying
look, when it always -- as we have
always said when it comes to Russia,
be aware but engage. Downing Street
today said that they had no evidence
that they have successfully
interfered, but that doesn't mean
that they did not.
For some reason, the US
Attorney General has
a problem with his memory.
He just can't seem to remember key
events concerning Russia's contacts
For some reason, the US
Attorney General has
with the Trump campaign.
I lost count of the number of times
Jeff Sessions used the words
"I don't recall" in a hearing
in Congress today, but it was a lot.
Mr Sessions couldn't really deny
he had met George Popadolous,
the Trump campaign staffer who's
cooperating with the Mueller
investigation, because there
is a photograph of him sitting
in his company.
The President at one
end of the table, Jeff
Sessions at the other.
He was asked about his memory
of that meeting today by Democratic
congressman Jerry Nadler.
Let's try and correct the earlier
testimony for the record. Yes no,
Digi chair the March 31 meeting of
the National Security advisory
meeting? Yes I did. Yes or no. Was
George Popadolous at that meeting? I
asked for yes or no. There are
reports that you shut George dying
when he proposed that meeting with
Vladimir Putin, is this correct?
Yes, I pushed back.
Your answer is
yes. So you are obviously concerned
by George Popadolous's connections
and his possibly arranging a meeting
with Vladimir Putin.
So he did
remember pushing back and suggesting
to George Popadolous that meeting
with Vladimir Putin was not a great
idea for Donald Trump. After that,
he basically couldn't remember very
much at all.
much at all.
For more on Mr Sessions' testimony,
we are joined now from Capitol Hill
by Democrat Karen Bass,
who serves on the House Judiciary
Committee and was in that hearing.
How do you account for the fact that
temp one doesn't remember very much
about contacts that they have been
made by the Trump campaign with
I absolutely think it is
very disingenuous. I could
understand that many months ago the
first time he was asked this, but
you would think somebody of his
stature would really have taken time
to re-examine everything in his
calendar, the meeting, talking to
other people, so I don't accept his
notion that he does not recollect
what went on. That was far too
significant for him not to remember.
His only excuse today seem to have
been that the campaign was very
Well, there is nothing new
about that, but like I said he was
asked these questions many months
ago so he has had plenty of time to
examine what happened in the past. I
think saying that he doesn't
recollect, the campaign is very
strenuous, they are excuse -- excuse
is that I think are very tenuous.
How much pressure are you under from
your Republican colleagues to wrap
up the committee's investigation and
I don't necessarily
feel any pressure specifically on my
committee. We need to do far more
investigating. I am glad that we had
Jeff Sessions today, but this is one
of the first hearings we have had. I
don't think there is pressure from
my committee, but the republicans
clearly can go so much further in
their investigation. It is nowhere
The Republican chair of
your committee will be pleased to
hear that the Attorney General has
directed prosecutors to look into
the Clinton Foundation and their
links to uranium.
I think it is a
complete their version. The Attorney
General will be under pressure to
please the president he has clearly
expressed on many occasions his
displeasure with him, so everyone
knows that if you want to please
president Trump just focus on the
Clintons, Barack Obama. It is absurd
to have an investigation like that
but I can't see him doing it so he
can keep his job.
I am digging out a
coat that he gave to a committee on
the 13th of June. He said I have
never met with any Russians were
foreign officials. I have no
knowledge of any such conversations
with anybody connected to the tramp
campaign, but he did admit today
that George Popadolous did discuss
it with him. Isn't the sailing tours
That is why I said it
was disingenuous. He was sworn in to
tell the truth to the Congressional
Committee. And he didn't.
you going to do about it?
have to see how it proceeds. I'm
sure my Republican colleagues will
not want to press the situation, but
on our side we will.
the Facebook hearings, to what
extent does it make it difficult to
have these investigation when the
President of the United States seems
to be saying when he is abroad that
he accepts Russia's defence of
itself that it never interfered in
the American elections.
consider it an embarrassment. I also
serve on the Foreign Affairs
Committee and they know people
around the world must be looking at
us and laughing. It is clear to any
head of state around the world that
if you want to have the president
changes mind, just invite into your
country, have a lot of pomp and
circumstance, have all the bells and
whistles and he was essentially
agree with anybody. I think it is
Barras and for him to be overseas
and say that he had a five-minute
conversation with Vladimir Putin and
that has more credibility than the
17 separate intelligence agencies as
a part of his United States
government, and he takes a
five-minute conversation with the
enemy above that. It makes us look
Thank you very much for
The Iranian president has promised
government help to all those left
homeless by Sunday's powerful
earthquake which struck
the mountainous border region
between Iran and Iraq.
Hassan Rouhani was visiting the area
today hit by earthquake.
More than 460 people were killed.
Thousands more have been injured.
The ruling party in Zimbabwe has
accused the country's army chief
of treason after he challenged
President Robert Mugabe over
the sacking of the vice president.
Armed vehicles have been seen
on the streets of Harare,
though their presence is low key.
The ZANU-PF party said
in a statement that
General Constantino Chiwenga's
criticism was calculated
to disturb national peace.
The Lebanese politician Saad
al-Hariri, who resigned
as Prime Minister while in
Saudi Arabia, says he will return
to Beirut in the next two days.
Mr Hariri stunned Lebanon
when he stepped down in Riyadh.
Many believed the Saudis might be
manipulating and detaining him
as they try to re-shape
Here in London, the House of Commons
has begun eight marathon days
of debate on the EU Withdrawal Bill
- a crucial piece of legislation
that will end the supremacy of EU
law in the UK after Brexit.
Nearly 500 amendments have been put
forward to the delayed bill,
just a handful of those will be
selected for votes.
If 20 Tory MP's were to rebel,
the Prime Minister would be
defeated, which some say
is a possibility.
One contentious amendment put
forward by the government
would enshrine the Brexit date
and time in law, at 23:00 GMT
on 29th March, 2019.
Labour and a number
of Tory MP's are demanding
the government withdraws it.
Vicki Young is in
Westminster for us now.
Vicki, any chance of that amendment
I think there is a
possibility of the government being
defeated on this, but confusingly,
although it is being debated today,
the vote will come until dates and
this is only day one. The tone of
the debate today, listening to
several Conservatives, they are not
happy about this idea of putting up
Brexit date in law in legislation.
They feel that it boxes in the
negotiators, the British government,
and you need to have a bit of
wriggle room. What do we get up to
that date and no deal has been done
but it is looking like it could be
on the cards. That would require all
27 of the other EU countries to
agree to it, but nevertheless they
feel it will let that -- it will
limit the government too much. There
is some anger here on all of that.
Tonight, I think it is unlikely to
be any difficulty for the
government. Eight days of this
detailed debate. At this moment they
are voting on whether to repeal the
1972 European Communities Act. That
is that tipped the UK into what was
the European Community. Still a
pretty significant moment.
strip it down to the bare
essentials, this is about the
mandate of Parliament. What is the
timetable, the difficulties, the
practicalities? That is what they
are concerned about.
And it is a
very contentious thing. The British
people have voted to leave, but the
point being made by someone like
Kenneth Clarke, who all his life has
been very pro-European, his point is
that the referendum said the leaving
the EU. OK, he will accept that
reluctantly. His point is the
practicalities, even when we do it,
all of that detail, he said that is
up to this place, up to MPs and
peers to decide. They need to go
through that kind of detail because
frankly it wasn't discussed during
the referendum. Some of these issues
were touched upon by promises were
made by people not in government
now. The details of how we leave
still has to be thrashed out and
Parliament really want to have a say
on all about, particularly on any
final deal that Theresa May comes
back with from Brussels.
the Potters character was going back
and forwards behind you and Bobby
running after her.
Someone in fancy
dress? There are all sorts of people
who come to speak to their MPs. It
is democracy in action, Christian!
had no idea that the Houses of
Parliament to be so much fun!
This is the scene now in the House
of Commons where the debate
is underway and we'll be back
at Westminster later
in the programme to our Brexit duo,
the MPs Nigel Evans
and Seema Malhotra,
on today's events.
So, try figuring this out.
Five women accuse a US politician
of sexual harassment,
one of whom says she was just 14
at the time, and the politician is
still ten points ahead in the polls.
50 pastors have signed a letter
supporting him and an official
from his local Republican party says
that even if the allegations
are true he'd vote for him anyway.
Welcome to the extraordinary
story of Judge Roy Moore,
who could well be the next US
Senator for the state of Alabama.
A woman went on TV yesterday
with a detailed account of how
Mr Moore locked her in a car
and molested her.
The accusations have appalled many
Republicans in Washington
who want him to step down,
but he does still have the support
of his famous backer Steve Bannon.
Temp three reached over and began
groping me. I'm putting his hand on
my breasts. I tried fighting him off
while I yelled at him to stop. But
instead of stopping he began
squeezing my neck, attempting to
force my head onto his crotch. I
thought that he was going to rip me.
He said, you are just a child and he
said I have the district attorney
and if you tell anyone about this,
no one will ever believe you.
is absolutely false. I never did
what you said I did. I don't even
know the woman, know anything about.
This race just being 28 days off,
this is just political manoeuvre.
are looking at whether there is
someone who could run a writing
step aside. These allegations are
credible. If he cares about the
values and people he claims to care
about, then he should step aside.
I'm joined now by our political
analyst Ron Christie -
a former advisor to
President George W Bush.
You have a host of republicans in
Washington saying that Roy Moore has
to go. The Washington Post has its
allegations. It seems that a lot of
republicans in the state of Alabama
believe Roy Moore over the
Washington post and republicans in
I think that is all that
counts, the people of Alabama will
decide this case. What we should
have is Roy Moore for the better
part of his country, state and party
should step down, but he will do
that. Republicans are in a lose lose
situation. If the goes on to win
this, you have the senator in charge
of the campaign arm of the
Republican Party saying he should be
expelled. If he loses, the Democrats
have won more steep -- one more seat
in the Senate. In neither case, the
republicans are in a bad spot.
are not here to pass judgment on
whether these allegations are right,
but I'm sure how this looks around
the world. Why are people circling
the wagons and saying, we are going
to support our guide.
It is a very
conservative, religious state. When
he was expelled from being a Supreme
Court justice, he said I am standing
firm for the Ten Commandments, I
will not remove this memorial.
People loved him for that. The think
he is a folk hero dined there he is
standing for religion and
you would expect the president to
speak about this, because he has
compromised because they will say if
you believe that people who are
accusing him, why shouldn't we
believe the 13 women accusing you,
No question about that.
The White House doesn't want to wade
into this. He has focused all of his
time, attention and tweets to what
has gone on in his shirt. He has
deliberately avoided what is a
political landmine that we can
expect Mr Trump to see when he gets
back. The last thing he wants to
talk about his allegations of sexual
misconduct given some that were
lodged against him in the past. This
Roy Moore situation is a lose lose
for republicans and I don't see the
situation getting better whether he
stays in this race for drop side.
Thank you for joining us. And number
of the far right groups have gone
down to Alabama to dig around.
I am hearing this is going to get
more ugly. Breitbart, the far right
news organisation, headed by Steve
Bannon, has sent to reporters dined
there to try to dig up dirt on these
women who have accused him of sexual
harassment. There are other groups
that are also trying to dig up dirt
on these women, the marital history,
the boyfriends they have had, trying
to discredit the story. A story has
been running in the New Yorker
saying that Roy Moore was barred
from a shopping mall because he was
harassing teenagers. So, both sides
investigating this story and we will
see where it goes. And we will be
there for the boat when it happens.
Today is the 14th of November, an
important date because it is your
birthday! Have you still got Ron
Christie with you? Still here! He
did send me very kind birthday
wishes yesterday. Did you know it
He did send me very kind
birthday wishes yesterday. "But
Day-to-day? And look, she even has
the cards that they gave her.
is in the post! Ron Christie has
given me a birthday card...! Well,
yours might be in the post, we'll
see. Yours might be in the post
sounds like the kind of things that
Jeff Sessions might have said at the
Congressional hearing today. I'm so
sorry this isn't something I
recollected, I feel to remember.
Happy birthday to you.
happy birthday to you. Thank you, my
good friend. Team the Scorpio on
this programme. A sting in the tail.
A sting in the tail.
This is Beyond 100
Days from the BBC.
Coming up for viewers on the BBC
News Channel and BBC
World News: Donald Trump Junior
releases his Twitter
exchange with Wikileaks -
we'll look at just how
damaging they are.
Sweden's footballers celebrate
in style as they make
it to the World Cup,
but I've spent the morning
with devastated Italians.
That's still to come.
Well, it has turned a little bit
mile right there. We have had a lot
of moisture and cloud that has been
drifting off the Atlantic and with
that comes a lot of damp weather for
tonight and into tomorrow. Mist and
fog could be a problem as well
anywhere across England and Wales,
so if you're travelling early in the
morning in England and Wales could
be tricky in some areas. It will not
be so foggy in Scotland. Here the
skies will be clearer tonight. There
will be some patches of barbecue and
there but I think a chilly, clear
night overall in the north whereas
in England and Wales, milder air and
the butchers of 10 degrees. Let's
have a look at this gloomy mark
first thing in the morning. This is
what it looks like around seven
o'clock. You can see bits of drizzle
in the site, drizzle in Lincolnshire
as well. This is just generally grey
skies with a bit of mist and fog.
Similar picture in Northern Ireland,
also a chance of fog patches. But in
Scotland it should be a clear start
of the day and we have a beautiful
sunrise on the way, as well. Not
much changes across the bulk of the
country tomorrow. There will be more
brightness developing in the
afternoon, but some of the grey
skies and missed to persist into the
afternoon. Temperatures getting up
to 13 degrees with a bit of
sunshine. In the north out of the
Calder starred in Scotland it will
get higher than 8 degrees in the
lowlands. For weapons in identifiers
to, change on the way. This low
pressure will send a weather front
racing across the UK and could be
heavy rain for a time. A brief burst
of heavy rain, then it clears up
across Scotland, northern England
and the cloud. Breaking up on the
site before that weather fronts
tweets southwards. Then this
clearer, fresher air mass out of the
north. So at crisp day. This Calder
error behind the front will not
stick around for very long because
them out there will move back in
again and low pressure will be
marching in, so the weekend will
eventually turn unsettled.
the country as a cold front sweeps
through the UK.
the country as a cold front sweeps
through the UK.
This is Beyond One Hundred Days,
with me Katty Kay in Washington -
Christian Fraser is in London.
Our top stories.
Theresa May accuses Moscow
of meddling in elections to sow
discord in the West.
Russian officials hit back saying
she is making of a fool of herself.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions
gets a grilling before lawmakers
and what contacts the Trump campaign
had with any Russian operatives.
Coming up in the next half hour.
Contacts are revealed between
Donald Trump Jr and Wikileaks.
We speak to the journalist
who brought the story to light.
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as they make next year's world cup -
but Italy is in mourning
as they miss out for
the first time in 60 years.
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New evidence has emerged that
Donald Trump Junior was in touch
with Wikileaks during the campaign -
an organisation US intelligence
material hacked by Moscow.
already knew of Don Jr.'s
correspondence with WikiLeaks.
But now he himself
has published them.
The tweeted communications add
insight into the web
of communications linking the Trump
campaign, Russia, and
intermediaries like WikiLeaks.
It's worth looking at the timeline
to see how this may have
affected the election.
On 3 October 2016, WikiLeaks writes
to Donald Trump Junior,
attaching a link of Hillary Clinton
founder Julian Assange.
"Hiya, it'd be great
if you guys could comment
on/push this story,",
Trump Junior responds
within an hour and a half.
"Already did that earlier today.
It's amazing what she
can get away with."
A week later, Wikileaks
gets in contact again.
"Hey Donald, great to see
you and your dad talking
about our publications.
Strongly suggest your dad tweets
this link if he mentions us" -
there was no response
to that message, but.
Just 15 minutes after the message
was sent, Donald Trump tweeted this
"Very little pick-up
by the dishonest media of incredible
information provided by WikiLeaks.
AND Two days on from that
on the 14th October -
Trump Junior tweets out the very
link he'd been sent.
Donald Jnr could maintain he didn't
know that Wikileaks was offering.
But this was two months
after the FBI alleged -
in July 2016 - that they believe
Russian had hacked
the DNC computers.
Here's CIA director Mike Pompeo
on that in April this year.
It is time to call-out WikiLeaks for
what it is, a non-state hostile
intelligence service often abetted
by actors like Russia.
A short while ago we spoke to Julia
Ioffe from the Atlantic magazine -
the journalist who first broke
the story on Donald Trump Junior's
correspondence with Wikileaks.
The big question is how much closer
to these revelations that Donald
Trump Junior was in contact with
WikiLeaks take us to any sense of
whether the Trump campaign colluded
with Russia during the campaign?
think that is a question for a
lawyer to answer, I do not want to
venture into that territory or
speculate as to whether collusion
occurred. But we see WikiLeaks
actively trying to solicit the help
of the Trump campaign and asking
them for increasingly bold favours.
At the time as we know it was
working closely with Russian
That is what is
interesting, not just that WikiLeaks
was suggesting to Donald Trump
Junior that he disseminate
information and giving him steers
but also that WikiLeaks was making
asks of the campaign.
That is right
and later the administration asking
him to press for this training
government to make Julian Assange
the Australian ambassador to
Washington, asking them to release
the Trump tax returns, release
e-mails about the meeting that
happened in June 2000 16. So just
increasingly, first they start with
little things, have you seen this
story, take a look into this and
then it is can give us the tax
returns, can you make are Gueye the
Australian ambassador, can you get
as these e-mails.
So kind of
escalating. And what is interesting
is the response of the president
around the time when these sweet
messages were hitting the account of
That is right, on
October 12 you have WikiLeaks
writing to Donald Trump Junior
saying if you're, if your followers
have any time here is a link for a
search in all the documents pilfered
from, through Russian government
hackers. If your followers have time
to take a look at this. And by the
way we've just released the fourth
part of the e-mails of John Podesta,
who was of course campaign editor.
This message was five days after the
American Department of Homeland
Security and office of the Director
of National intelligence said this
is all part of a criminal
orchestrated campaign to influence
the presidential election.
Nevertheless within 15 minutes of
receiving the message Donald Trump,
then the Republican candidate,
tweeted out something about the John
Podesta e-mails. And two days later
Donald Trump junior tweeted out the
search link, which is not a
straightforward link at all but it
seems pretty clear where we got
Thank you very much for your
Moving from coordination, there
appears to be some that all the way
to collusion, that for Robert
Mueller to decide. But looking at
this, and all the things that we
have been talking about, the
campaign was open for business.
and I think that is where the
goalposts have shifted. When the
Trump administration was first
inaugurated way back in January the
idea that someone might Donald Trump
junior may have had a meeting in
order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton
or better campaign operative may
have had a meeting and suggested
that he could get something on
Hillary Clinton or in this case
WikiLeaks wishing out directly to
Donald Trump junior and saying we
have got stuff on Hillary Clinton. I
think we all would have said that
kind of structure the realm of
fragility and that possibly we would
have said that definitely would be a
definition of collusion. But this is
the new normal, an indication of how
things have shifted since the Trump
administration has been inaugurated
and now we define things differently
and go getting more indications but
as you said it is up to lawyers to
decide whether this is any breach of
American Law and whether this
actually is a quid pro bowl which
would be collusion. Back to British
MPs today began their line-by-line
scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill,
the central piece of
Hundreds of amendments have been put
forward by MPs who want changes
to the bill before it becomes law.
Remember - the aim of the EU
Withdrawal Bill is to bring
all existing EU law into domestic UK
law, to try to ensure a smooth
transition on the day after Brexit.
Yesterday, Brexit Secretary David
Davis made a surprise concession,
promising MPs would be given
a take-it-or leave-it vote
on the final Brexit deal.
Some Tory rebels say that could mean
a chaotic exit from the EU -
if a deal was reached at the last
minute - or if there was no deal.
Here's a reminder of what
the Withdrawal bill intends to do.
To help us pick our way through that
- and to for a catch up -
because it's been a while -
we're joined now from Westminster
by two familiar faces -
Seema Malhotra and Nigel Evans.
Great to see you both. Let's talk
about the amendment which would set
the date and time of departure. Take
it from me, someone who has sat
through all these Brussels meetings
in the past, if you give the EU time
they will fill it. So why not just
give them a deadline?
It is not
about the EU actually, it is about
the UK and about how we make sure we
have the best chance of the best
deal and orderly Brexit. I think the
best quote today came from a senior
Conservative MP who said he was
voting against own side if it came
to vote and said it was mad
amendment and done without
collective authority. Pretty
staggering from a former Attorney
General. The reason being we want to
make sure when we have a deal, when
we finally leave the EU that we do
so with the security about what
comes next and not but would fall
off a cliff edge or that we
challenge the legal basis on which
we continue to transact. What he
said today was important, that
putting that date on the face of the
bill in this way would actually
challenge all the transition deal
arrangements that have also been
talked about by the prime Minster so
that we continue to trade when we
leave, but the key thing is if it
jeopardises that it could lead to a
hard Brexit which will be would be
devastating and semi-catastrophic as
one leading car manufacturer said
Nigel, Anna Soubry told us it
was a stormy meeting last night when
they got together with the party
whips. If 20 defect to the Labour
side doesn't mean the Prime Minister
might be brought down?
I have got
the scars of the Maastricht Treaty
still on my back in 1992 and
remember... I do not take my shirt
off any more! I remember being
dragooned at three o'clock in the
morning and five o'clock in the
morning to vote for aspects which I
did not think win the best interests
of the country. But overall I
supported John Major and that is
what I would hope that Anna Soubry
will do in supporting Theresa May as
well. Unless we set the date then
all of a sudden people in the
chamber still talk about if we leave
the EU but you know what we are
leaving because over 70 million
British people voted to leave.
the confusing thing is we are
already living on that date
according to Article 50 so the
question is why the government wants
to do this now, what game are
displaying and who it is doing it
It is not the British people.
The Brexit minister talked about us
becoming a third country on the day
we leave. So there's not going to be
an extension so Brussels can still
pad out the discussions and
negotiations that are happening.
David Davis is going in there and
negotiating, preparing to concede on
the rights of EU nationals living in
the UK and even on the transit
period that we could have another
two years before we leave. And yet
Michel Barnier says it is not
Sick and tired of it is not
enough. I do not think that is the
reality of how things are going on.
I think in fact people are starting
to realise that it is this
government mishandling the
I think I understood
most of the process, or some of it,
but you voted remain, is there any
way you would vote to support the EU
withdrawal bill whatever it ends up
as, however the amendments go down,
you're going to say no?
I think it
depends on what was safeguards are
that are put in place. I'm not on my
own in that, you can see on the
government side... So you could vote
yes to it. I could if I thought
safeguards were there on the powers
that ministers are giving
themselves. Do not hold your breath!
If they changed the way they
sidelined Parliament all through the
process. The amendment again was
about making sure that the
government has the right to proceed
to no deal without having to come
back to Parliament. And Parliament
standing at the ground today, I was
proud to be in the chamber. But what
is important as well is that we have
a vote in parliament, say about how
to move forward and also the risks
of us leaving and the way we leave,
making sure we safeguard British
businesses, jobs. That is what this
is really all about.
I'm with James
Dyson on that. We have to leave it
there. I will leave it to you to
continue this because I think your
colleague has just accused you of
I do not think
so. And we have got a long night to
And another seven sessions!
This weekend the New York Times
reported the State Department
is offering twenty five thousand
dollars in redundancy money,
to any staff members
who want to move on.
All part of Secretary Tillerson's
plans to streamline the way
the State Department operates.
But is it root and branch reform -
or is it more something akin
to corporate vandalism?
There are plenty who are connected
with the State Department who say
its role is being sorely
undermined, and its expertise
ignored by the White House.
I am joined by David Rank
who spent 27 years
at the State Department
as a Foreign Service Officer.
You five American president is
Republican and Democrat but Roger
letter saying you would resign from
the State Department.
Why would you
not serve under Donald Trump? It was
not but I would not serve under
Donald Trump but the policies that
he was implementing I think were bad
for the US, bad for my kids and kind
of bad for myself.
Which policies in
particular pushed you out the door?
It was the decision to leave the
Paris minor change agreement. I
think if you look at what happened
this week in Germany, 200 countries
on one side and the United States on
the other. It used to be that people
would look to Washington for
guidance. -- climate change
agreement. And now we are the
subject of derision if you look at
You served 25 years
but you think this is quantified be
Absolutely, what we had
in leaving the Paris agreement, I
think the one agreement that unifies
the rest of the world and literally
unifies the rest of the world and
unifies the partners, the EU, Japan,
Australia, really the backbone of
American diplomacy for the last 70
I think just a terrible
decision. How is morale in the State
Department when you talk to your
Well it is pretty bad.
Just like anywhere else, you want to
work for you feel you're on the
asset side of the ledger, these are
people who have devoted their lives
in many cases, spent years and years
away from family and in really tough
situations. They have spent a lot of
time developing expertise in areas
and it is difficult not to not get
the final say but not even have a
voice as policies are being
developed, not being listened to.
is a tough environment. We spoke to
people on the first part of the Asia
trip this week and the feeling was
there were some big deals in the
pipeline but they had been side
ahead of time anyway. There was no
real strategy over what the
president wanted to achieve in
I will try to... I assume the
White House will put forward a
strategy but if you look at the
deals, we sell a lot of Boeing
aeroplanes most years, there was the
language of as much as, I'm
sceptical having use that language
myself in a previous career when you
set up to, there is the possibility
of not up to.
You served six times
when you are in the foreign service
in China and you write in your
letter that there is a risk that if
America withdraws its global
leadership other countries will step
in. If you look at what happened in
the Asia trip have already got
evidence that China is taking
America's place in the world?
some degree, China of course
delighted to have the chance without
really having to raise its game or
put more on the table, to step
forward as a global leader but on
the other hand I think there's not a
substitute for American leadership
out there. I think China does not
have the instincts to be a global
leader, I do not think they have the
experience to be a global leader.
And I think certainly countries in
the region, and many around the
world look at what Chinese
leadership might look like and I do
not think they are comfortable with
Do you think it is
generally a suspicion about civil
servants, conservative politicians
do not believe that civil servants
are acting in their interests and
they see them as part of the
Civil servants are
part of a political establishment in
the sense that they work from one
administration to the next. When I
left I was accused of being an Obama
administration holdover but you
could call me of George W Bush
holdover, I began my career more
than two decades prior. We are in
institution, that works for the
American people or the British
people or the people of the country,
the countries they represent.
you very much.
This is Beyond One Hundred Days.
Still to come.
Mamma Mia - Italian football fans
are drowning their sorrows
after their team misses out
on the World Cup.
Christian goes to find out how.
Motorists should be forced
to have their eyes tested
every ten years according
to the Association of Optometrists.
They say too many people
with poor eyesight -
are still driving.
Their campaign is backed
by the family of Natalie Wade,
who was killed by a partially
Ali Fortescue reports.
If she walked into a room,
as the saying goes, she lit it up.
She enjoyed every moment
and was so looking forward
to getting married.
28-year-old Natalie Wade died
on her way to buy a wedding dress.
She was hit by a 78-year-old
driver with poor eyesight.
There's always an empty chair,
and Christmas, birthdays,
the day she would have been married,
they are still very painful.
The driver who killed Natalie
was blind in one eye and partially
sighted in the other,
but he died before being tried
for dangerous driving.
But Natalie is just one of 70 people
who are killed or seriously injured
in similar incidents involving bad
eyesight last year.
The legal standard for eyesight
involves being able to read a number
plate from 20 metres,
but that's something that's
only tested when you
first take your test.
At the moment, everyone needs
to fill out a form like this every
ten years to renew their driving
license and that involves answering
a question about their eyesight
and if you're over the age of 70,
you have to fill out
a slightly more comprehensive
form every three years,
but it's still a question of just
putting a tick in a box,
there's no requirement to take
an actual eye test.
The mechanism of self reporting
isn't always reliable.
We know that vision can change
gradually over time,
so drivers might not be aware
of a deterioration to their vision.
The Association of Optometrists
don't have a legal requirement to do
anything if they're concerned
about a patient's driving -
it's down to the driver.
More than one in three
of their optometrists surveyed have
seen a driver in the last month
who continues to drive
despite being told their vision
is below the legal standard.
Nine in ten of them
believe the current sight
tests are insufficient
and they want to see a change
in the law.
The Department for Transport say
that all drivers are required by law
to make sure their eyesight is good
enough to drive.
They also say that if a driver
experiences any changes
to their eyesight or has a condition
that could affect their driving
they must notify the DVLA
and speak to an optician.
Ali Fortescue, BBC News.
Beyond One Hundred Days.
Italy is in a state of shock.
For the first time in 60 years -
the national team will not be
at the World Cup finals.
Last night they lost a play off
to Sweden 1-0 over two legs.
And if you've ever sat
in an Italian restaurant
when the Azzuri are playing,
you will know this matters - a lot.
The country is in mourning.
Six times the finalists, four times
the champions. World Cup without
Italy is unthinkable, like a
cappuccino without the sprinkles or
an opera without the genie. The last
time this happened was 1958, Harold
McMillan was the Prime Minister in
the UK and Eisenhower was the
president in the US. So bad that it
was said this morning that it was an
apocalypse. If you want to talk to
Italians today you're going to need
one of these.
My husband cried.
wearing my black tie. Is this the
worst thing that has happened? It
is, yes. You are Italian. Half
Italian. But also Scottish.
Glasgow. So you watch Scotland get
knocked out and now Italy. You will
have to watch England. I will watch
and see how it goes, if they win I
will be English for the next couple
How are Italians consoling
Pizza? A good soup and
I have a quiz for you,
which is the only country in the
world ever to have been in every
single World Cup tournament?
Who is it? Brazil. They
won five times and been in every
I did not know
that. I feel bad not to send you a
card but I got in touch with the
Washington team and they said can
you go and give me some reaction.
You feel strongly about what you
bring to this programme and local
wanted to get involved.
star. Done an incredible job thus
far. Respected by everyone. Great,
great company. That is so nice. This
moment is your moment, it belongs to
It belongs to you and not only
does he feel that way but you know
what, I said listen it would be
great if you could give us a card so
he took some time out. And look at
this. Happy birthday. Now I had my
eye on something for your birthday
of the in fact I had a bid on this.
Take a look at this. Producers tell
me that this is going to a higher
bidder. I was going to put in a bid
for you today. We have the pictures.
Here it comes. Here it is. This is
what I was going to bid for. This is
the largest flawless diamond that
has ever come to market and it was
on auction tonight in Geneva. It is
a necklace hanging on 5949 emeralds,
160 odd carrots and expected to sell
tonight in Geneva for more than £23
million. $30 million.
So you know
they say it is the thought that
counts? Exactly, the thought that
counts. In the case of that
particular necklace, not just having
the thought would have counted for
Just one of those roles!
Or even the little clasp on the
back! Well it is very pretty and I'm
so happy you have chosen to give me
that for my birthday. Thank you.
Have a good evening in Washington
wherever you're going.
We have got
rid of all the birthdays for