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MPs have overwhelmingly backed the Government to begin the formal
process of the UK's departure from the EU.
But the SNP's leader at Westminster says after Holyrood
rejected the legislation, Theresa May doesn't have UK-wide
Here's our Westminster correspondent, Nick Eardley.
The Brexit debate can be relentless. Twist and turns as the Government
prepares the ground work. But it is picking up pace. Tonight it reached
another milestone. Some MPs signed the EU anthem as they voted, a last
act of defiance as the House of Commons gave its blessing to start
the Brexit process. A move endorsed by an overwhelming majority of MPs
from across the UK but just one representing a Scottish seat. There
was never any doubt that the Government would win the ball but it
was a symbolic moment. MPs have agreed with Theresa May that Brexit
means Brexit but there are divisions. What happens now? Without
Amendment, without debating time sufficient, and there is outrage at
the Government showing no sign of acceptance of the Scottish
dimension. Yesterday the Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to
maintain our position within the single market. Labour's Scottish MP
was one of dozens who defied his leadership to oppose the Government.
This is not Scotland against the rest, I just felt we could not
trigger Article 50 with the menu pigment was offering. I will
continue with such arguments until there is a deal on the table but we
can be proud of another gives us the softest of soft Brexits.
The UK Government is... It has carried out the will of the
people. That is what Parliament has done today. The Bill now goes to the
House of Lords where it is also expected to pass but at the debate
on Article 50 approaches its conclusion, the one over the future,
Scotland's and the UK's, is far from over.
The clashes over Brexit have led to more talk of a second
independence referendum - and reports that Downing Street
Earlier I spoke to our Political Editor Brian Taylor.
Reports that the UK Government is preparing for a possible
Of course they are preparing for a possible referendum on independence.
It is what governments do when it comes to process.
They were not all that sharp in preparing for the aftermath
I think it is decidedly likely that there would be a referendum
It is about moving to demands by the Scottish Parliament
and government and suggesting the UK Government is not meeting
If it comes to the point where the SNP, the Scottish Government,
says it comes to an end and the UK Government is adamantly
and definitely not producing a deal, I think there will be a referendum.
It could be announced by Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP
Do I think she will set out the details and the date?
Will she mention Brexit and independence?
It was once one of the North Sea's most valuable assets.
But after 40 years of production, Shell has formally submitted
its plans for dismantling its oil and gas platforms in the Brent field
The company says it wants to leave in place many of the supporting legs
but it insists its decommissioning proposals are environmentally sound.
Here's our environment correspondent, Kevin Keane.
They have produced 3 billion barrels of oil but now these platforms
Today, the operator, Shell, submitted plans
The top portions will go but controversially Shell wants
Between them they hold 42 oil storage cells,
still containing sediment, made up of sand, water and oil,
and they will be left behind to the mercies of the North Sea.
At some point in the future they will collapse.
If we do not remove the contents of the cells, they could leak
It is not the first time Shell has proposed leaving
The occupation of Brent Spar in the mid-1990s eventually forced
the company to change plans to drop it in the deep ocean.
Today's decommission means the legs will not be moved at all.
Shell insists this time it has got it right.
The environmental impact associated with removing,
and disposal of the sediment, one of the key issues we have looked
at, is far greater than just leaving the sediment in place.
In an offshore simulator, the First Minister
announced a fund to give a lift to decommissioning infrastructure.
And she says the Brent plan needs to be properly scrutinised.
That has to be part of this process, making sure not only that
decommissioning is done in a safe, efficient and cost-effective way
in everyone's interests but in a way that respects the marine
In the next few months, Shell will use this ship
to remove the top portion of the Brent Delta platform.
Today's submission is for the rest of this field.
The consultation is due to last 60 days.
The CEO of the world's biggest technology company has described
as a "crisis" Donald Trump's ban on people entering the United States
Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, was speaking after being made
an honorary Doctor of Science at Glasgow University.
He said Apple would not exist without immigration -
and that to stand and say nothing was to become part of the problem.
Apple would not exist without immigration. This is a huge issue
for us. What do we do? We voice our opinion. We stand up. We do not sit
in silence. are to be introduced to improve
forensic examinations It follows claims that rape victims
in the Northern Isles don't report it because they have to travel
to the mainland for forensic tests. Our Home Affairs Correspondent,
Reevel Alderson, reports. This is the forensic examination
area, where any client who has been raped or sexually assaulted will be
brought to be examined. This Glasgow clinic was the first
of its kind in Scotland. Rape victims receive
medical attention. Evidence is gathered
for a possible prosecution. On this side of the area
is the medical practitioners and on the other side of the screen
are the police officers. Rape victims elsewhere have
different experiences. One reason, a lack of female doctors
to carry out testing. A Government survey has been
launched to find out why. The Government survey aims to find
out why so few female doctors are prepared to offer this service
for victims of serious Whether it is because they don't
understand what is involved or whether there is a fear
about the length of time This Dr in Stornoway does carry out
examinations and she urges colleagues to join her. To be
supportive, to have the professional skills around treatment and care.
In the Northern Isles no doctor is carrying out forensic
It's claimed some victims are reluctant to travel
Campaigners have welcomed the review and a Government announcement
for a new national standard for forensic examinations.
There is far too much variation depending where you live in Scotland
We need to look at how to get more female doctors to do these
The Government hopes the changes will be looked at later this year.
Hundreds of people have been queuing for a rare glimpse of the last
letter Mary Queen of Scots wrote on the day she was executed.
As Morag Kinniburgh reports the National Library of Scotland
says it's so precious it can only go on show for the day.
Queueing up to see one of the most powerful
and precious papers in Scotland, on show for one day only.
It is 430 years today since Mary Queen of Scots was beheaded.
It shows the Queen probably at the most stressful time
She was to be executed at eight o'clock in the morning
and was only told of it the night before.
So with what little time she had left she tried to make the most
of that time and she prepared herself and wrote one last letter
to her brother-in-law the King of France.
If you listen to my doctor and other unfortunate servants you will learn
the truth and how, thanks to God, I scorn death and vow that I meet it
The Queen is angry at being branded a criminal,
Demand to see the letter has been so high that the library has
But why queue up for so long when you consider it is
Because it is the real thing and you imagine this lady,
Mary Queen of Scots, actually touched it and wrote it.
We're just honoured to have that here in Scotland and the fact
is that we can see it in the flesh and it is so rare to be able to do
I know you can do all kinds of things on a computer screen
but really it is not the same as actually seeing it.
This letter has special security status and returns
No one will say when it will be shown in public again.
Let's get the weather outlook now and Christopher's got
It is a call and frosty nights to come with clear skies across a good
part of the country. Dry for many that Eastern parts, still a number
of showers, sleet and snow in the mix. Icy patches. Tomorrow morning
it is a dry and cold frosty start. Spells of crisp sunshine. Not quite
as cold across the Hebrides. Stronger winds here. On Eastern
coasts perhaps just above freezing but more cloud. Further north some
spells of sunshine to start the day but for Orkney and Shetland this
will be a windy morning with frequent showers. Through the course
of the morning we hold onto those bright conditions at the cloud will
steadily increase for West Central Scotland and the south-west, in the
East despite being cloudier some brighter moments at times, but
showers never far away. Across the UK as a whole largely dry, fairly
cloudy, across north Sea coasts quite a number of showers coming in.
When three at times. For England and Wales cold than today, for as
similar than today. Those showers continuing as we head towards
Thursday night and into Friday. If anything it is turning heavier
particularly across parts of Shetland and the north-east. As we
head overnight into Friday morning, likely to have some accumulations of
snow across Eastern parts, but they are showers, so not a huge amount.
With easterly winds continuing Western parts once again seeing the
best of any drive, bright weather. But it will be cold. Looking ahead
towards the weekend, easterlies continue to blow, and largely dry
and settled, but any showers will be in the East.