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The battles over Brexit laws begin
as MPs prepare to scrutinise the key
piece of legislation that
will the way for the UK's departure.
They will begin pouring over
the detail of the EU withdrawal
bill this afternoon -
nearly 500 amendments
have been put forward.
With the potential for a rebellion
against the Government.
Deeply loyal backbenchers,
many ex-ministers, people of real
standing and credibility,
are so cross about this
that they may well vote
against their party's whip.
We'll be live in Westminster.
Also this lunchtime:
Theresa May makes her strongest
attack to date on Russia -
accusing it of using technology
and fake news to sow
discord in the West.
The earthquake in Iran -
the death toll rises to 530 -
more than 8,000 are injured.
Rescuers have given up hope
of finding more survivors.
Another rise in food
prices last month,
but inflation remains at 3% -
a five-year high.
What a moment for Sir Mo.
Britain's most decorated
athlete receives his
knighthood from the Queen.
Where does this rank in terms
of your achievements?
It's definitely way up there, close
to my Olympic medals, for sure.
And heatbreak and disbelief in Italy
- for the first time in 60 years,
the former champions won't be
going to the World Cup.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News...
A blow for Wales.
Centre Jonathan Davies
will miss the autumn
internationals and the Six Nations
with a foot injury.
Good afternoon and welcome
to the BBC News at One.
MPs will begin their line by line
scrutiny of the central piece
of Brexit legislation
in the next few hours.
Hundreds of amendments have
been tabled by Labour
and Conservative rebels.
The EU Withdrawal Bill aims to bring
all existing EU law into UK law.
Yesterday, the Government announced
that Parliament would be given
a vote on the final deal
agreed with Brussels,
although MPs were told
that if they voted against the deal
the UK would still leave the Union.
Here's our Political
Correspondent Alex Forsyth.
Pages and pages long. This is the
bill that will bring all EU law into
UK law, ready for the day of
departure, so there is no legal
black hole when we leave. But
several MPs are worried about some
of the detail in this bill.
Secretary David Davis. Yesterday,
the Government gave in and try to
offer an olive branch to those
concerned, promising a new act of
Parliament on the Brexit a deal.
Parliament will be given time to
debate, scrutinise and vote on the
final agreement we strike with the
This future act
would put the withdrawal agreement
between the UK and the EU into law
once it was negotiated, including
things like Citizen's rights, the
financial settlement, and details of
any transition period. The
Government says MPs will be able to
examine and vote on the deal when
both sides to reach agreement.
have said they want to achieve a
withdrawal agreement deal by October
next year. That would give plenty of
time for Parliament to vote on and
discuss this legislation and make
sure that Parliament has the final
say on both the withdrawal agreement
itself and of the implementation
So, according to ministers,
MPs will have a crucial say.
think this is a meaningless vote
Not all agree with
the Government. Their critics say
take the deal or a week without one
isn't a choice at all.
Not only does
it not give MPs the final say
because they are being offered a
false choice, but it could come very
late on the 23rd hour, which
wouldn't give us time to do anything
to stop it or ask the Government to
think again so it is completely
The Government had
helped by putting the
final Brexiteers into law, promising
a vote, it would appease MPs with
It doesn't seem to have
worked. In fact, now there is
opposition to Theresa May's plan to
set the final Brexit date into law,
with some of her own MPs threatening
to vote against her. A lot of
people, more than I would have
imagined, who are deeply loyal
backbenchers, many ex-ministers and
people of real credibility, are so
cross about this that they may well
vote against their party's whip.
Parliament is set to become
something of a Brexit battle ground.
This is just the start of complex
laws that must be passed. Each one a
test of the Government's authority.
Let's speak to our Assistant
Political Editor Norman Smith.
Who is in Westminster. This will be
a long and drawn-out process.
Theresa May has promised a final
vote on any deal, but it doesn't
look as if there will be enough to
win over her critics. Just before we
came on air, a Brexit supporting MP
came up to me and said, "Let the
hand to hand fighting begin." And it
seems to be like that. We seem to be
heading for a parliamentary extra
mashed because if Theresa May offers
another vote to confirm the deal,
her critics view it has a gun to the
head because if they do not accept
the deal we will leave anyway, but
without any deal, which is their
nightmare scenario. But huge
pressure is now coming on Mrs May's
Tory critics, who are being told, if
you help to defeat Mrs May over this
bill, you will be doing Jeremy
Corbyn's work. You may even pave the
way for a Jeremy Corbyn Government
because they defeat over Brexit
would be tantamount almost to a vote
of no-confidence in the Government.
At the same time, ministers know
there are about half a dozen, maybe
more, Labour MPs, who are willing to
support the Prime Minister over this
bill. So difficult days ahead. Knife
edge votes, late night debates. But
privately, quietly, the Brexiteers
believe Mrs May can get through this
without significant defeat. Norman
Smith in Westminster. Thank you.
Theresa May has made her strongest
attack yet on Russia,
accusing it of using technology
to undermine the
Speaking at the Lord Mayor's banquet
in London last night,
the prime minister said state-run
were planting stories,
meddling in elections and using fake
news to undermine societies.
It is seeking to weaponise
information, deploying its state-run
media organisations to plant fake
stories and Photoshopped
images in an attempt
to sow discord in the West
and undermine our institutions.
So I have a very simple
message for Russia.
We know what you are doing
and you will not succeed.
The Prime Minister speaking last
Our correspondent Steve
Rosenberg is in Moscow.
And the response from Moscow? Well,
they heard what she was saying, but
they didn't like it. One Russian
senator dismissed these today as
groundless allegations. Another said
that Theresa May had made a fool of
herself, so the message from Moscow
is clear. We don't care what you
think, we are doing it. Part of the
reason the Russians do not care
about being criticised by the
British Government is that Moscow
views Theresa May as a weak leader.
This is a country which invented the
phrase I related to describe
Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s, but
Putin's Russia does not see Theresa
May as a iron lady. It views as a
weak Prime Minister and it is that
weakness which dilutes the strong
message was trying to get across in
that speech. But there's another
reason the Russians don't care about
being criticised. As bizarre as it
may sound, I think they see a
benefit in being criticised by
countries psych Chas -- such as
Britain because there will be an
image created of Russia as a
besieged fortress to rally the
people around the current President
Vladimir Putin, which would get him
re-elected in the coming vote.
The death toll from Sunday's
powerful earthquake in Iran has
risen to 530, with more
than 8,000 injured.
Officials have called off
the rescue operation,
saying it's unlikely that more
survivors will be found.
The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
has visited the affected area.
Richard Lister reports.
The earthquake shook
much of the Middle East,
but this is where it
did most damage.
Hundreds of people in Sarpol-e Zahab
lost their lives, tens
of thousands lost their homes.
Many of these buildings
were built by the
Government as cheap
housing after the war
with Iraq in the 1980s.
The question some
here are asking is why
did so many collapse in an area long
prone to earthquakes?
Visiting the town today,
pledged that anyone who'd failed
to follow proper building standards
would be held accountable but, for
now, he's focusing on the survivors.
We'll provide tents
for those who need them,
and give loans and grants
to all those whose houses
were damaged and are unsafe.
We will give money
to everyone who needs
An estimated 70,000 people
need emergency shelter.
Helicopters are bringing them
supplies, while many
roads are still blocked
The challenge is to keep these
survivors healthy as the
continue to fall.
This is another challenge for
the authorities - the town's only
hospital was so badly
damaged it's unusable.
More than 1,000 of the injured
are being treated at
hospitals around the region.
They are far from
home and many won't
have houses to return to.
Across the border in Iraq,
hundreds were injured,
but only a handful were killed.
Aid agencies there
say they are ready to
assist Iran if needed.
In case of any need
from our Iranian...
Brothers, we will definitely
provide, across the border, the
support they ask for.
Sarpol-e Zahab had to be
rebuilt after the war with
Now it will have to be
rebuilt all over again.
Richard Lister, BBC News.
Inflation remained unchanged
last month at 3% -
a five-year high -
despite a rise in food prices.
Earlier this month, the Bank
of England raised interest rates
for the first time in a decade
to try to deal with the threat
of higher inflation.
Our Economics Correspondent
Andy Verity reports.
Upward pressure on prices. This
Bristol-based manufacturer makes
high-pressure safety valves used in
everything from refrigeration to
transport. The raw materials it uses
that once passed through Bristol's
nearby docks have to be bought in
foreign currencies, from the Euro to
the dollar. Because of the weaker
pound, you need more to buy the same
amount of copper to make the valves.
We have seen a 37% increase in raw
material prices since January of
last year. That is a really
substantial issue for us. That is
about, two thirds of that, is
weakness of the pound and one third
of that is caused by commodity price
can't risk passing on those higher
costs to its customers, saw its
profits being squeezed.
Meanwhile the workers face higher
prices on the supermarket shelves.
Cost of living goes up,
cost of things in shops, food etc.
We do seem to stay
at a certain level.
Your paying with the same
money than in the
3% inflation might
not seem too high,
but then you see what is driving
it, food and clothing.
And low income households
spend more of their money
on those items, so they are hit
harder in this new bout of
The overall rate of inflation
was 3.0%, slightly less
than expected, but food and soft
drinks rose by 4.1%, the fastest
rise for four years.
However, there are some
signs that inflationary
pressure is easing with the raw
materials at more than 8% in
September, but less
than 5% in October.
The reason why inflation rose
is principally down to the drop
in the value after the EU referendum
and we do not expect the pound to
further, not to the same
extent and what that
means is that what
probably close to the peak inflation
as a result of that fall
in the value of the pound.
Head teachers representing more
than 5,000 schools across England
have sent a joint letter
to the Chancellor,
Philip Hammond, warning
of inadequate funding.
They say they are increasingly
having to ask parents for donations.
The government has already promised
to move £1.3 billion
of education funding into schools.
But head teachers say they need
another £1.7 billion
of new money.
Evidence from a 'so-called' loyalist
supergrass will be used
against a man accused of murdering
two Catholic workmen 23 years ago.
Gary Convie and Eamon Fox were shot
dead as they sat eating lunch
in a car at a building site
in Belfast city centre in May 1994.
Chris Buckler reports.
Gary Haggerty was a leader within
the Ulster volunteer Force, a
notorious loyalist paramilitary
group, responsible for hundreds of
murders during years when conflict
and killings were only too common in
Northern Ireland. Haggerty was
responsible for some of them.
Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty
to more than 200 crimes, among them
shootings and kidnappings,
conspiracy to murder and directing
terrorism. He was given five life
sentences for the five murders he
admitted. But those jail terms will
be significantly reduced because
Haggerty has agreed to give evidence
against a former friend, James
The reported suspect will be
prosecuted for the following
offences. The murder of Gary Convie,
the murder of Eamon Fox.
and Eamon Fox were shot dead simply
because of their religion. They were
Catholic workmen, murdered in 1994
by the UVF, as they had lunch in
their car. The case will be what is
known as a supergrass trial a case
where the word of an offender is key
to the prosecution. There were a
series of them here in Belfast in
the 1980s. However, the system
collapsed because of concerns about
the credibility of the evidence
given by the so-called supergrasses.
The law was changed a decade ago to
begin safeguards for these kind of
offenders. The evidence is not
sufficient to prosecute killings by
more than a dozen other people.
Our top story this lunchtime...
Battles over Brexit wars begin as
MPs prepare to scrutinise the key
piece of legislation that will pave
the way for the UK's departure.
creator Michael Bond -
the author who delighted generations
Coming up in sport...
Not bothered by the
Aussies - Joe Root
says "bring it on" as he is singled
out by Australia ahead of the first
Arise, Sir Mo.
This morning the Olympic champion
went to Buckingham Palace
and received his knighthood
from the Queen.
He came to the UK from Somalia
as a young boy, and went
on to become Britain's
most decorated athlete.
This summer Sir Mo called time
on his track career to concentrate
on running marathons.
He's described the knighthood
as a dream come true.
Our sports correspondent
Richard Conway reports.
He is Britain's most
successful track athlete,
and after a career that has brought
four Olympic golds and six
World Championship medals,
today it was time to add
yet another title...
Sir Mohammed Farah,
for services to athletics.
With the Queen on hand to confer
Sir Mo's knighthood.
It is recognition for a career that
has scaled the heights.
Sir Mo is only the second athlete
in modern Olympic history to win
both the five and 10,000 metre
titles at successive Games.
This is definitely way up there.
Close to my Olympics
medals, for sure.
To, you know, to come
here to Britain at the age of eight,
not speaking a word of English,
and to achieve what I have
achieved over the years,
and to be knighted, it's just,
you know, there's no
word really to describe.
Well, a moment like this
in a sports star's career,
with a visit to the Palace
and a shiny medal normally indicates
the end of their career.
Not so in this case.
Sir Mo has plans for his future,
albeit with a slightly
She asked if I was retiring and I
said no, I am going into the roads.
She said that as far too long. I
said it is. She was like, you have
been going for too long as well.
Something like that. She asked what
I would like to do when I stopped
running and I said I would like to
help the next generation of kids get
A switch to the roads
and marathons now awaits,
with the prospect he may compete
for Britain at the Tokyo
Olympics in 2020.
And having recently split
from his controversial
coach Alberto Salazar,
who remains under investigation
by US authorities, Sir Mo is also
returning to live in London.
It is a city that in 2012 bore
witness to his ascent
to the peak of world athletics,
and that now celebrates
a momentous career.
Richard Conway, BBC News,
There's been a big rise
in the number of people who've had
bailiffs knocking at their door
in England and Wales,
according to a charity.
The Money Advice Trust says bailiffs
were brought in by local authorities
to collect debts more
than two million times in a year -
that's a rise of 14% over two years.
The charity says it's
Our personal finance correspondent
Simon Gompertz reports.
It is upsetting,
Bailiffs have the power to seize
certain possessions if you let
them into your home,
or if they find a way in.
You're on my property.
I'm not trespassing,
I was sent here by the courts.
Daniel Bostock in Nottinghamshire
filmed bailiffs trying
to enforce parking fines
he thought were unfair.
Have a nice day, chaps.
I thought, I'm not paying this.
I've got principles,
I've not caused a hazard,
I've not interrupted anybody's
rights of access, I've not
interrupted the flow of commerce,
I've not caused a hazard.
They usually make two visits,
face-to-face visits, the bailiffs.
And who are the top users?
Not banks or credit card companies,
but councils - up 10%.
Getting bailiffs to enforce council
tax debts, that's the biggest one.
Up 27% giving bailiffs
parking fines to deal with,
and bailiffs retrieving overpaid
housing benefit, that is up 20%.
You can imagine a knock
on the door from the bailiff,
especially if you have small
children, is distressing.
We hear about sleepless nights.
And it's adding to the cost
of debts, because the bailiffs' fees
are simply added on.
We think councils should be
trying more progressive
ways of collecting debt,
as other sectors are doing.
It's an easy option for councils
to send bailiffs to your door.
The fees are £75 for the initial
letter, that is added to your debt,
then £235 for the visit and £110
for selling your possessions.
But councils say elderly
care has to be paid for,
as well as services for vulnerable
children and things
like collecting rubbish.
They have a duty, they say,
to raise the money they can.
Simon Gompertz, BBC News.
Motorists should be forced
to have their eyes tested
every ten years, according
to the Association of Optometrists.
They say too many people who've
been told their eyesight
isn't good enough are still driving.
Their campaign is being 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.
What we're calling for is vision
screening to be carried out
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.
It's time to dig out any old £10
notes, because from March first next
year they will cease
to be legal tender.
The decision follows
the introduction of the plastic
replacement in September.
The paper notes can still be spent
ahead of the cut-off date,
but after that must be exchanged
at a bank.
Now have a look at this.
It's the largest diamond of its kind
ever to be sold publicly,
and it goes under the hammer
in Geneva tonight.
It was found in Angola last year.
It has taken ten months to cut it.
It's 163 carats, and has no flaws.
And, not surprisingly,
it's expected to fetch
an awful lot of money -
around £22 million.
Italy is in a state of shock.
For the first time in 60
years their national team will not
be at football's World Cup finals.
Last night they lost
a play-off to Sweden,
who beat them 1-0 over two legs.
Our sports correspondent Olly Foster
reports on joy for Sweden
but heartbreak for Italy.
Despair and disbelief -
generations of Italian players have
taken it for granted.
Every four years they
go to the World Cup.
Next summer will be strange.
Spaghetti without the bolognese.
The headlines in Italy today
described the team's demise as
an apocalypse, a disaster.
A national shame,
the fans last night
had already come to that conclusion.
What can I say?
We were pathetic, we were terrible.
Italy not qualifying
for the World Cup is
an embarrassment, an embarrassment.
They really played
so badly, I've come miles to
see this match and they
lost against Sweden.
Thanks a bunch!
They finished second behind Spain in
their qualifying group.
Italy had these two play-off matches
against Sweden to make it to
Russia, even after their one-nil
defeat in Stockholm last week in the
first week they were favourites
to progress in Milan.
It was a desperate call this
night for the Italians.
-- a desperate, goalless night.
Their manager, John Pierre
adventurer, has two years left on
his contract and is not expected to
see at the week.
I have to apologise
for this result, certainly
not because of the commitment,
the will of the players,
but because of the
result, that is the main
thing, I know it.
Only Brazil have won the World Cup
more times than Italy, the Azurri
lifted their fourth trophy in 2006,
a member of that team, Buffon,
won his 175th cap last night.
It was his last.
He described his 20 years of service
as a beautiful journey.
Sweden's journey continues
to their first World Cup
since the year Italy last won it.
An historic night for them
when they crashed what was
supposed to be an Italian party.
Olly Foster, BBC News.
A memorial service has been held
at St Paul's Cathedral this
morning for Michael Bond,
the man who created Paddington Bear.
Hugh Bonneville - who stars
in the Paddington films -
was among the hundreds of guests
at the service.
Michael Bond, who wrote more
than 200 books, died in June.
Our arts correspondent
David Sillito is at St Paul's.
Michael Bond first started writing
when he was in the Army in the
1940s. 13 years after that, one
evening, looking for inspiration, he
looked to a shelf and saw a forlorn
little bear he had bought one
Christmas Eve. 60 years after that
evening, St Paul's Cathedral has
celebrated the life of the creator
of Paddington Bear.
Dear friends, we are gathered here
in this Cathedral church to give
thanks to God for the life and work
of Michael Bond. So let us give
thanks for a bear called Paddington,
who fitted our world is perfectly,
because he was different.
Generations have grown up with
Michael Bond's characters, and today
some of his most devoted readers
were here for the memorial service.
Amongst the reading is one, of
course, from... A bear called
Paddington, read by his
removed his hat and laid it
carefully on the table.
Michael himself was a gentle, kind,
polite, friendly man. Not allowed,
not boisterous, not like most of us.
He was a really decent soul, a
lovable man in the way that
Paddington is a lovable, polite bear
and raises his hat.
It is more than a memorial, it is a
celebration of bodies. The values of
a friendly, polite young bear from
darkest Peru. -- it is a celebration
Would you excuse a moment?
Paddington's latest on-screen
adventures, a reading of tributes by
another admirer of the little bear,
I love Paddington Bear as much today
as I did as a child in the 70s.
We can all identify with him, we
have been a stranger in a strange
place trying to fit in, in a new
school, a new town, a new country.
Over and above that, his spirit of
adventure, his optimism, resetting
the doughty positive when things go
wrong, and they always do, I think
there is a great characteristic for
us to latch onto.
A memorial and a celebration of both
the writer and a polite and
thoroughly decent little bear from
Among the tributes today, one caught
my eye. It was from a woman who was
a student in France and when she
first arrived there, she said, not
knowing anyone, I found myself
sitting on the pavement with my
suitcase, feeling very sorry for
myself. But then thought, Paddington
managed it, so shall I.
Sophie. David, thank you.
Time for a look at the weather.
Here's Phil Avery.
Here's Phil Avery.
I know what it is like not to have
many fronts, as a weather forecaster
of many years standing.
Aaah, all together now! Generally
speaking there is a lot of cloud
across the British Isles, much of
its height, some other just about
thinking of two bridges the odd bit
abuse of rain. You get the odd sense
that there will be break this to the
eastern side of the Pennines, parts
of Scotland doing well. The only
other thing you need to note is the
afternoon is not cold, double-figure
temperatures rule the roost. Not a
great deal changes over the evening
and into the night. You might pick
up more rain than through the day
that it will not ever amount to very
much at all, not a cold night
either, eight to about 11, 12 of 13.
My real concern about the night is
there could be some holes in that
cloud, and as a consequence in dense
fog patches. The word patches is the
really relevant one. Just because
you step out first thing, if you are
travelling a distance you might move
into one of those areas that will
see them. My sense could be part of
East Anglia, Lincolnshire, Southern
Wales, some spots in the Midlands
and perhaps into Northern Ireland,
gaps appearing here overnight, parts
of central and southern Scotland. By
that in mind, because after much
rather dull start, I am hopeful that
the day, once it gets going, could
brighten up quite nicely in one or
two spots and with the breeze coming
somewhere out of the south-west for
the most part, it will not be a cold
Single figure temperatures across
the north, South, 12 or 13 degrees
or so is not too buyer for the time
of year. For that we have to thank
the fact that we are sandwiched in a
wedge of relatively mild as, with
the breeze coming in from the
south-west, such as it is. Not 1
million miles away towards the
north-west of us, cold air, becoming
a bit of a player as we move into
Wednesday into Thursday. The feature
that introduces that colder air to
many of us is this cold fronts. The
morning works to Scotland and the
morning, it will feel fresh and the
skies will brighten, but the
temperatures will dip away. Not
freezing by any means, but fresher,
which introduces us to Friday, where
all parts of the British Isles have
a much fresher regime. Windy across