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The Prime Minister tells the BBC she became tearful when she learned


on election night that she'd lost her majority.


In a frank and personal interview, Theresa May described her shock


But Mrs May said she didn't regret calling the election,


as it was "the right thing to do at the time".


The Government publishes the Repeal Bill, a key part


The parents of terminally-ill baby Charlie Gard walk out


of a High Court hearing that's been asked to review his treatment.


Donald Trump arrives in France for talks with President Macron,


and to attend Bastille Day celebrations.


And Konta's big test - she faces Venus Williams this


afternoon in her attempt to be the first British woman


And coming up in the sport on BBC News: Aside from Johanna Konta,


plenty of British interest today at Wimbledon - including


Gordon Reid, who starts the defence of his wheelchair singles title.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


In a candid interview with the BBC, Theresa May has said she "shed


a little tear" on hearing of the exit poll on election night,


predicting that she'd lost the Conservative majority she'd


She said she'd known the campaign hadn't been going


in her words "perfectly", and said she felt devastated


The Prime Minister declined to say how long she will stay in power,


and reissued her call for opposition parties to work with


She's been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett.


It started so well. All of that talk was about how much you are going to


win by, how big the extra majority would be. When did you first have an


inkling it might not be going according to plan? I think the


campaign was going on I realised everything wasn't going perfectly


but, throughout the campaign, the expectation still was that the


result would be a different one, a better one for us than it was. We


didn't see the results that came coming. When was the moment of


realisation? It was when I heard the exits poll. To be honest, I didn't


watch the Exeter poll myself. I'm supers -- I'm superstitious about


things like that. My husband came and told me. And I was shocked at


the result in the exits pole. It took a few minutes for it to sink


in, what that was telling me. My husband gave me a hug. And then I


got on the phone to the headquarters, the Conservative


Party. When you had a hug, did you have a cry? How did you feel? I


suppose I felt devastated. Enough to shed a tear? Yes, a little tear. At


that moment? Yes. You had no idea this was going to go like this.


You've explained how the campaign worked. Why should people feel


confident you are any good at reading the mood music, especially


when you go to Brussels on the deal on the basis that you have an idea


that your campaign wasn't going well? I've said that I knew the


campaign wasn't going perfectly, so I'm not sitting here... It's rather


more dramatic than that. I'm not sitting here saying it was going


swimmingly. I knew it wasn't a perfect campaign. But what I also


knew was that I was doing the job that I thought was important at the


time. That was talking to people about the challenges the country


faces. You have to get Brexit through the Commons. Can you


guarantee you'll get the numbers that you personally are able,


political mouse, to do the necessary deals to get Brexit through the


Commons? -- with political mouse. The first thing is to get a good


deal from the European Union. But you can't do it without the Commons,


so can you guarantee you'll get it through? I want to get a good deal


from the European Union, and I'd hope that people from across the


House of Commons, regardless of party, will see the importance of


that deal for the future of Britain. I have said before that I'm a


feminist. And I believe it's important that women genuinely have


equal opportunities. So why do you think that it's important that -- I


do think that so many women voted for a 68-year-old man, in the form


of generally common? -- in the form of Jeremy Corbyn? Why do they not


see you as their leader? One thing that I have been involved in my


career is trying to get more women into Parliament, but on the basis


that I don't want people to think, I'm going to vote for a woman or a


man. If you don't see somebody doing well, -- doing the role, you don't


believe it's possible. It can be inspirational. It can be. When I


became Prime Minister, I heard a lovely story of a friend whose


six-year-old daughter said, money, I didn't realise a girl could do that


job. -- mummy. If she'd got 18, the stats show she would have voted for


Jeremy Corbyn. For some young people, there were issues. There


were issues the students around their fees and university education.


Just say to me now, sitting in this office, you have been on a long


journey to get to this point. What would you say to your younger self?


Oh, gosh, this is one of those, what would I write to a 16-year-old


Theresa May? I think what I would write to my


younger self is, believe in yourself. Always do the right thing.


And, you know, work hard to tackle injustice when you see it.


We'll be talking about that interview any moment with our


assistant political editor. The Government has published a key


part of its Brexit strategy. The Repeal Bill will convert EU


legislation into British law after Brexit, giving UK parliaments


the power to change them. The Brexit Secretary, David Davis,


says the legislation will ensure we have a "fully functioning legal


system" on leaving the EU. But opposition parties are warning


they will vote against it, Our political correspondent, Ben


Wright, reports from Westminster. Power is shifting. Brexit will end


the supremacy of EU law in the UK. But in tangling 40 years of rules


and regulations will be context and contentious. The bill published


today will eventually repeal this, the 1972 European Communities Act.


It will also copy and paste existing EU law into UK legislation. We


believe that, to deliver a smooth and orderly exit, we need to ensure


people know they face the same laws and rules and regulations on the day


after we leave as the day before, so there is no step change and people


can be confident the law will continue to operate, but parliament


will have control. So the new bill is crucial and, without it, there


would be legal chaos on the day that Britain left the EU. But the task is


huge. Thousands of existing rules and regulations will be copied


across into domestic UK law. Parliament needs to pass this bill


by the time the UK leave the EU in March 2019 and, because time is


short, ministers plan to change some laws without a vote by MPs, which is


controversial. Is the government sticking to what it said it would


do, using the powers to make technical changes, or is it changing


the law importantly? That will be one flash point. Presentation of


Bill, Mr secretary Davis... The government's job will be made harder


because it doesn't have a majority in the House of Commons, and


opposition parties are clear they plan to battle the government we


want to bring EU law into British law and we would do it properly. At


the moment, this bill doesn't do that. So we find that the government


intends to make changes behind closed doors, they may put sunset


clauses or deadlines in, they are not being reasonable with this is --


with the devolved administrations, we don't know how they intend to


deal with disputes. They need to answer those questions. This


morning, Jeremy Corbyn and his team headed for Brussels for talks with


the EU's negotiators, clear the party would derail the government's


new bill unless changes are made. And the Liberal Democrats have


warned ministers the government faces hell trying to get the Repeal


Bill through. In the months to come, some Tory MPs may be tempted to vote


with opposition parties to significantly shape the way that


Brexit happens, through this bill and others. Its parliament where


Theresa May's weakened position will be tested.


Our assistant political editor, Norman Smith, is in Westminster.


First, about the Repeal Bill. Then write suggested the government could


be facing hell over this. Is that fair? We have learned is that


Theresa May is facing a titanic battle to get wrecks it through


Parliament, because this bill is the legislative linchpin of exit,


because it transfers from EU law all those bits of legislation into


British law. Without it, frankly we are in legislative limbo land. It is


a meltdown moment. And yet, all morning, opposition MPs have been


lining up to say that they are now prepared to vote against this bill


and, significantly, the Labour Party, which until now has backed


the government on key Brexit votes, saying that it is ready to vote


against this bill. If Labour and other opposition parties, plus Tory


rebels, vote against it, it could be defeated, which could potentially


derail Brexit itself. Norman, going back to the interview Theresa May


gave to the BBC, we don't normally see this site to her. She is a


private politician, she doesn't go in for the personal stuff. This


morning, we got a glimpse of the more personal Mrs May, with some of


her reflections on the election campaign, particularly the moment


that the exit poll came out on election night and her husband had


to break the bad news and, in her words, she shed a tear. Some


Conservatives will think, if Mrs May had shown more of that personal side


during the campaign, the result might have been different. And I


suppose others may hope that maybe Mrs May can present a new face, she


can be more open, a less private sort of politician. The difficulty,


I suspect, is probably many people have already made up their mind


about Mrs May. The parents of the terminally ill


baby Charlie Gard have walked out of the High Court on the second day


of a hearing centred Their lawyers have been presenting


what they claim is new evidence showing that an experimental


treatment could help him. Doctors at Great Ormond Street


Hospital, where the little boy is in intensive care,


say the therapy won't work. Our correspondent Sophie


Hutchinson reports. Arriving at court this morning,


parents Connie Yates and Chris Gard determined to continue their fight


to keep their son alive. Charlie Gard has been in intensive


care at Great Ormond Street Hospital He has an extremely


rare genetic condition. It's left him severely brain-damaged


and unable to breathe Ever since his birth 11


months ago there have been numerous legal battles,


escalated to the highest level All the courts have agreed


that the baby is so ill But his parents have persuaded


the original judge they should be permitted to present what they say


is new scientific evidence today, suggesting an experimental treatment


could help their son. My understanding is they've got


letters from up to seven doctors and scientists,


and it demonstrates that there's up to a 10% chance of this


ground-breaking treatment working, and they would know within a period


of two to eight weeks whether or not And the treatment is noninvasive -


it's not an operation. It's actually a food


additive into his food. Charlie's parents have received


offers of help from the Vatican and the United States,


but the judge, Mr Justice Francis, has made it clear any new evidence


must be presented swiftly, due to concerns about prolonging


the little boy's suffering. Our Medical Correspondent,


Fergus Walsh, is at the High Court Tell us more about what happened in


court. I think two key exchanges, Rita, one about the size of


Charlie's skull. If, as the hospital maintains, Charlie had irreversible


brain damage, then it would show that his brain isn't growing, and


they claim that his skull size, is head circumference hasn't altered in


the last three months. Lawyers for the parents this morning said that


Connie Yates, his mother, admitted Charlie's head this morning and the


reading was two centimetres greater than that of the hospital. But the


judge said to their lawyer, if you are telling me that the records of a


world-famous hospital are inaccurate, I need more than you


just telling me. He said it was absurd that this critical case, the


science behind it was being infected by the inability to measure a


child's skull. He said he wanted this matter resolved by tomorrow


morning, so that just shows that both sides really are not agreeing


on anything. And what caused the parents to walk out of court was


when the judge said, you accept that Charlie's quality of life at the


moment isn't worth sustaining, and Connie Yates said, he isn't


suffering, he isn't in pain, and then they walked out.


The system for deciding how quickly ambulances in England should reach


Currently a quarter of blue-light vehicles are stood down


after setting off, because several are sent to the same 999 call.


Under the new rules, 90% of the most serious calls


will need to be reached within 15 minutes.


NHS England says it will lead to quicker responses


Our Health Correspondent, Jane Dreaper, has the details.


A vital emergency service working under a broken system.


Some patients with less serious problems are having to wait many


And too many crews are being sent to the same 999 call,


The new way of working will mean that we can identify and get


All patients will get the best response, rather


And importantly those unacceptable long delays will be reduced.


Now the most serious calls, when people aren't breathing,


for example, will need to be reached within 15 minutes.


But it's expected these patients will actually be reached


Patients with less serious problems, like chest pain, will wait longer -


an average of 18 minutes, and possibly up to 40.


This is the biggest shake-up of England's Ambulance Service


in decades, and it's being introduced before


what is bound to be another busy winter.


It's happening because the old targets weren't being met,


and patients were having to wait too long.


The new system has been tested, and there were no safety


problems found across 14 million ambulance calls.


Leading charities agree that the current targets have


Some stroke patients were sent a motorbike,


And then another vehicle needed to come out to take them to hospital.


And actually some were classified as non-urgent, in which case there


And we know with stroke, it is a medical emergency.


Wales has led the way by classing fewer 999 calls


Scotland updated its system last year.


Ambulance services remain stretched, but these changes are designed


to help their most important task - saving lives.


The Prime Minister tells the BBC she became tearful when she learned


on election night that she'd lost her majority.


All change at the Natural History Museum, as a new exhibit


of the skeleton of a giant blue whale takes centre stage.


Coming up on Sport: Rory McIlroy says he needs to find form


at the Scottish Open to give him any chance at the Open


He hasn't had a top ten finish since April.


Donald Trump is on a two-day trip to Paris, where he'll hold talks


with President Macron and attend Bastille Day celebrations.


They're expected to discuss joint action in Syria and Iraq


against the so-called Islamic State group.


Despite differences between the two leaders, Mr Macron has indicated


he will work to reaffirm longstanding ties between the two


They're the two most talked about leaders on the world stage.


The only thing missing in the first awkward meeting was an arm wrestle,


as Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron gripped each other's hands


so firmly their knuckles almost turned white.


A very complicated relationship, with disagreement over trade


and climate change, seemed to have gained grudging respect


by the time they met again at the recent G20 summit.


Hillary Clinton said during the campaign in 2016 that


Trump was a big bully, and he needed to be treated as such.


It sounds to me like somebody at the Elysee listened to that,


to that sentence of hers, and advised Macron to act


So while Britain dithered over whether or not to invite


Donald Trump this year or next, President Macron jumped in and has


made the American leader and the First Lady guests of honour


at this week's Bastille Day celebrations.


But as the President arrived in Paris, more potentially damaging


video emerged at home, showing then-businessman Trump


in 2013 meeting some of the same Russians accused of colluding


with his election campaign last year.


Anxious to set the agenda, Donald Trump and his French host


are expected to focus on international terror


and defeating so-called Islamic State, a year


after the devastating Nice attack in which 86 people were killed


But this is, above all, a feel-good visit, with Melania Trump already


And with American soldiers marching down the Champs-Elysees as part


of a Bastille Day parade, the hope in Paris is that


Donald Trump will be charmed by the occasion,


the pomp and the honour - returning home with a warm and fuzzy


Let's go live now to Paris and Hugh Schofield.


There does seem to be a change in the atmosphere between these two


leaders? It's a very odd relationship, isn't it? On the face


of it, though that lewdly nothing that would bind the two men. One man


is almost twice the age of the other, they have no interests in


common, their politics are a world apart and yet somehow they do seem


to have built up some kind of if not chemistry, at least a relationship.


Part of but I think is the Macron ineffable charm. He could charm his


Pluto out of Hades, they say here. It also goes back to that handshake,


where he asserted himself, he thought or said I'm here to show


that France is back, and in some way that did, as Wyre Davies was saying,


inside -- it led to the grudging respect on the part of Donald Trump.


So though there are huge divergences between the two countries it does


seem there is a relationship and a desire to turn this visit into a


success, by concentrating on the areas where they do agree and above


all there for one security. Thank you, Hugh Schofield.


The parent company of Southern Rail has been fined ?13.4 million,


after widespread delays and cancellations to services.


The Department for Transport says the amount would have been much


higher, but most of the problems were down to strike action and high


Our transport correspondent Richard Westcott is at


How do you assess the level of this fine? Well, I think a lot of people


will say actually in the scheme of things that's not an awful lot of


money. ?30 million doesn't buy you a huge number of improvements, if you


bear in mind the government has just given Network Rail ?300 million to


improve the same lines, that's how much money it basically takes -- ?13


million doesn't buy you a huge number of improvements. Aslef, who


represent the drivers, they've balloted all the drivers on whether


they would be prepared to take strike action over pay and we've


just heard that 60% of them say they would. So that doesn't necessarily


mean there will be more strikes. It doesn't necessarily mean they will


name dates, but it gives the union mandate for yet more strikes on this


troubled line. Richard, thank you. Now if you've taken a trip


to the Natural History Museum recently, you'll have been greeted


by Dippy the Diplodocus, Now, another creature is taking


the central display - the skeleton of a giant blue whale,


suspended from the ceiling. But fans of Dippy need not fear -


the dinosaur will soon be heading on a tour of the UK,


as our science correspondent It's the biggest creature that's


known to have existed. Now if you've taken a trip


to the Natural History Museum It's the biggest creature that's


known to have existed. Once driven to the point


of extinction, but now saved The blue whale is the Natural


History Museum's new iconic display. Hope represents the ability of man


to use rational evidence and good science in making decisions that


will affect the future We think that's a message that's


really important at this time. Hence the reason to call her Hope -


hope for the future, hope we'll make the right decisions


based on good science, The whale was beached off


the coast of Wexford It's been on display in one


of the museum's galleries for more than 100 years and it's been a huge


engineering challenge to move it. The 25 metre skeleton of this young


female fills the entire length Its skull alone weighs more


than a tonne and its lower jawbone is the single longest bone of any


animal on the planet. As visitors arrive they're greeted


by it swooping down towards them, as if they're the tiny krill that


whales feed upon. The whale replaces the much loved


Dippy the dinosaur, which has Let's see if we can find


out how long it is. I think it's great that we're


going to take Dippy round on tour. We want to engage people


all around the UK. We're hoping for at least 5 million


new people to become engaged when they see Dippy and they learn


more about the history The museum staff believe that Hope


the whale takes the same place Pallab Ghosh, BBC News, at the


Natural History Museum in London. And you can see more


on the new exhibit at the Natural History Museum


on Horizon, tonight Johanna Konta is aiming to become


the first British woman in 40 years to reach a Wimbledon final,


when she takes on five-time champion Venus Williams


on Centre Court this afternoon. Ahead of the match, Konta,


who's the sixth seed and who's rated Let's go live now to


Wimbledon and our sports Two weeks ago today, Johanna Konta


suffered a nasty fall on court at Eastbourne and was doubtful to even


play Wimbledon. Well, not only did she play, but she's played


extraordinarily well, and now stands on the verge of greatness.


Defeat for Andy Murray at Wimbledon tends to mark the end


Hampered by injury, title defence over -


disappointment for Murray and the nation.


But this year hope lives on in the form of Johanna Konta.


If the weight of expectation is meant to be heavy,


The whole country's going to be watching this match,


and the whole country's going to be behind her.


And, you know, as a player playing in your home Grand Slam tournament,


that really just gives you so much extra strength,


It was sad and disappointing to see Andy go out with that hip injury,


He'll take some rest, he'll get better, and he'll


But now Jo is still here in the draw, and that's


It's something they can look forward to, and hope that she can


Yesterday, Centre Court was the scene of such home deflation.


But 24 hours on, that deflation could turn into celebration


with an opportunity which, until fairly recently, would have


Only last June, Konta was ranked 146th in the world.


She lost in the second round of Wimbledon,


and it was the first time she'd even got that far


Her rise has impressed the man who spotted her as a junior.


I'm not surprised based on her character, and her


But I am surprised if you were to look at the previous years' results,


Next comes the biggest challenge so far - Venus Williams.


At 37, the oldest Grand Slam semifinalist since 1994.


Yet in the form of her life, and hunting a sixth Wimbledon title.


I think Venus, this year, is playing incredibly.


And she's able to start strong, which is something


So I think she's the best player of the four left in the draw,


And second, because I think Johanna has a lot of tough fight.


She's left a lot of energy, and mental energy, also.


And at some point, it's going to come back to her


and she's not going to play the match expected at some point.


Konta was born in Australia, but the UK is home.


And victory over Williams would cement her place among


A quick score check on the other semifinal in action. Garbine


Muguruza is two breaks to the good upon Magdalena Rybarikova in the


first set. From the current British number one to a former British and


one, Annabel Croft joins me. How big day is this for British tennis? I


think it's monumental, actually. -- back in 1997 -- in 1978, there was


Virginia Wade. There's a buzz about the championships this year. Tennis


she's played has been mesmerising. She's got the weight of the nation


on her shoulders but it doesn't seem to bother her. She just needs to


keep on applying her formula and doing what she does best. Venus


Williams started at Wimbledon in 1997. She is now seeking an eighth


grand slam title. What challenge does she posted Johanna Konta today?


Beers is very at home on Centre Court. It's where she's had her


greatest successes -- Venus Williams is very at home on Centre Court. Its


the 20th Wimbledon. Even though she's the oldest player in the draw


at 37 years of age, she is playing some of our best tennis. She brings


enormous strength and aggression to the court, and huge serve, but both


of them will be looking to attack each other's second serve. It will


be won or lost, I feel, in that department. Annabel Croft, thank


you. Konta and Williams will be on court at around 3pm or 4pm. We look


forward to it, thank you. What does the weather holds for Centre Court?


Here's Nick Miller to tell us. Marvellous weather. There's a fair


bit of cloud around but when the sun makes an appearance it will feel


quite warm. The temperatures just creeping into the low 20s. That's


very much in the comfort zone for the players at Wimbledon today. It


is looking fine all the way through the weekend as well, getting warmer.


This is the picture across the rest of the UK. Over the past few hours,


climate wise, many have seen some sunshine in Northern Ireland and he


is evidence of that from one of our Weather Watchers. The cloud has been


increasing and looking more threatening, we are going to see


some heavier showers moving through. Also finishing later this afternoon


into this evening across western parts of Scotland as well.


Elsewhere, it's just the odd shower. Some of the heavier downpours moving


into Northern Ireland, western Scotland, going into the late


afternoon and evening. If you pick up a shower in eastern Scotland and


the most others won't, you could find a heavy one. The showers are


well scattered across England and way, most of us will avoid them and


stay dry. There is more cloud building but also some sunny spells,


unlike breeze and temperatures, if you don't like heat, very nice high


teens to low 20s. This is through this evening, we will take the


showers away from Northern Ireland, run them across western Scotland and


northern England overnight. Wales, Midlands, East Anglia, staying


mainly dry. Pictures are higher than last night, there will be some spots


away from city centres, in Scotland, heading down into single figures.


This is Friday's picture. There will be a few showers during the morning


but from late morning onwards, for the rest of the day, most others


will be dry. There's quite a lot of cloud around, occasionally the sun


will make an appearance. The temperatures are very similar, high


teens, a few into the low 20s. There is a weather system approaching


Northern Ireland and Scotland towards the end of the day. As I run


through Friday evening you can see some rain moving in here and the


breeze will start to pick up as well. That's Friday evening. I want


to show you the big picture for the weekend. Set the scene for the


weekend. Quite a flow of moist committee midair for Saturday from


the Atlantic. That means a lot of cloud, particularly towards the west


of the UK. Some light rain or drizzle particularly coast


sandhills. Southern and eastern areas are looking mainly dry. It's


breezy over the weekend and for part two of the weekend will feel weak


band of cloud, a few spots of rain thinking south England and Wales.


Northern England, Scotland and Ireland will be fried -- bright and


fresh on Sunday. Next week looks warmer. That's it for now.


A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.


The Prime Minister tells the BBC she became tearful when she learned


on election night that she'd lost her majority.


On BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.