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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.