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Another big step towards Brexit as the government publishes


its plans to convert EU law into British law.


Ministers call for all parties to work with them, but already


the opposition is calling for changes to be made


The Prime Minister faces a difficult path ahead without a Parliamentary


majority, she says that she was devastated by the election result.


Devastated another to shed a tear? Yes, a little tear. At that moment?


Yes, at that moment. We'll be looking at the challenges ahead for


the government. Also tonight. The parents of baby Charlie Gard


return to court as an American doctor says a trial therapy


could give a chance Major changes to the way ambulances


in England are dispatched to help ensure the sickest patients get


treated the fastest. The French president welcomes


Donald Trump to Paris And the end of a dream


for Britain's Johanna Konta, as she crashes out of the Wimbledon


semi finals. Coming up: as well as the reaction


to the exit of the Anaconda Vice we will be rounding up all of the day


's other stories. -- the exit of Johanna Konta.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at 6.


It's another major step on Britain's path to leaving the European Union.


The government has finally published its long awaited plans


to pave the way for EU law to be transferred into British law.


The European Union Withdrawal Bill is being described as one


of the largest legal projects ever undertaken in the UK.


The government's called for all parties to work together


But already Labour is calling for significant changes,


and the Liberal Democrats are warning they will make life


The bill will take an estimated 12,000 EU laws


and copy them into UK law on the day that the UK


The government will then have powers to amend laws as it sees fit.


Our political Editor Laura Kuenssberg has this report,


a warning that it contains some flashing images.


VOICEOVER: Has nothing changed? Still doing the handshakes, rolling


out the red carpet for royalty, Spanish, this time. Still embarking


on the task of taking us out of the European Union. No, everything has


changed, for the first time today, the Prime Minister explaining her


shock at the election. I felt, I suppose, devastated, because, as I


say, I knew the campaign was not going perfectly, but still, the


messages I was getting from people I was speaking to, but also, the


comments we were getting back from a lot of people, that were being


passed on to me, were that we were going to get a better result than we


did. Devastated another to shed a tear? Well... Yes, a little tear.


Yes. At that moment? Yes, at that moment, yes. And then you have two


brush yourself down. You have a responsibility, you are a human


being, you have been through the experience. I was there as leader of


the party and Prime Minister. I had a responsibility then as we went


through the night to determine what we were going to do the next


morning. Presentation of Bill. It will not get any easier... Today,


the bill that will legally take us out of the European Union arrived in


Parliament. Broadly, the withdrawal bill cuts and pastes thousands of EU


laws that govern so much right now into British law. As we leave, they


will not apply. With Theresa May's shaky grip, MPs will inevitably try


to make big changes. I think there is a big understanding out among


ministers, across-the-board, that there will need to be a bit of


compromise, there will need to be inevitable changes. Many ministers


the withdrawal bill is such a huge undertaking, it gives ministers the


power to change or strike out swathes of regulation without


guaranteeing MPs a say. This bill as it stands would give ministers like


you sweeping powers to change, get rid of bits and pieces of regulation


that you do not like, without MPs having a guaranteed vote and full


debate. These are hardly massive changes, they are technical changes


to make the law work. It is up to the House of Commons, if a statutory


instrument is placed in the House of Commons, then they have to decide.


But they are not guaranteed vote unless today you want to give them a


guarantee...? That is in the Hall of the House of Commons, what it


chooses to vote on. It is not just a ministerial signature, it is a


statutory instrument, which can be debated and voted upon. Labour is


making its own way. Asking for its own meetings in Brussels, trying to


get the EU's negotiator onside. A football shirt! Playing for Arsenal!


Although it may take more than an Arsenal shirt to do that, but there


is no way, as it stands, that Labour will back the bill. We will make


sure there is full Parliamentary scrutiny, that has to be key to it,


we have a Parliament where the government does not have a majority


and the country has voted in two ways, on leave and remain, the


majority voted to leave, we respect that but they did not vote to lose


jobs, they did not vote to have Parliament ridden roughshod over.


Nor will the Scottish Government, Nicola Sturgeon with their own Kodak


moment in Brussels today, the Scottish Parliament cannot


technically veto the plan, but it can refuse consent. As the bill


stands now, in good conscience I could not recommend to the Scottish


Parliament that against legislative consent... It takes hours away and


undermines the very foundations of the devolution settlement that the


parliament is built on. As Whitehall begins this enormous process,


ministers are all too well aware that there will be conflict ahead.


The question, how they balance compromise and hang onto their


credibility. And what ends up on the statute books does not just sit on


the shelf, but shapes how ministers govern, how we live our lives.


STUDIO: Laura is in Westminster. Challenging path ahead. Yes,


Minister is all too well aware that the chances of getting this through


without making concessions are slim to none. The political decision is


when they start compromising. And what areas are they prepared to


budge. -- ministers. On some parts of this huge undertaking, there is


an air of flexibility around, David Davis suggested that the government


might pursue a social membership of Euratom, which is the membership


safety union is part of being part of the European Union, bundling is


about eight rebellion in the air and we may look at an association way of


staying in. -- about a rebellion in the air. He also talked about


arbitration mechanism, jargon about panels of judges from around Europe


and Britain, a way of getting around a difficult problem where Britain


wants its judges to be in charge of everything and Brussels wants


European judges to be in charge of everything. There are some areas


where we start to see the government bend a little bit, why is that?


Because they know they have two, they are up against the clock,


ticking louder and louder, and of course, since the election, their


authority has taken a knock. -- because they know they have to.


An American doctor has told the High Court that a trial therapy


in the States could give a chance of meaningful improvement


to the condition of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard.


His parents returned to court today for the latest stage of their legal


Now the judge is considering whether to ask the American


specialist to come to the UK to assess the baby's condition.


Our Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh reports.


VOICEOVER: They call themselves Charlie 's Army, some of the half a


million people who have signed a petition calling for him to be


allowed abroad for spamming treatment. Chris Carter and Connie


Yates reject evidence from Charlie's doctors that their son has


irreversible brain damage. -- Chris Gard. We love him more than life


itself, if he is still fighting, we are still fighting. Charlie is


terminally, cannot move or breathe unaided, four courts have already


ruled that he should be allowed to die. The evidence came from video


link from the American doctor offering to treat Charlie, he says


he now has a better understanding of the benefits of the therapy, of nine


patients treated so far, none of whom have the same genetic mutation


as Charlie, five now spend less time each day on a ventilator and one of


them could breathe completely unaided. This led him to conclude


that there was at least a 10% chance of meaningful improvement for


Charlie. Six-year-old as a muscle wasting condition and is one of


those treated in the US with this therapy, a powder which is added to


food. We are able to give in the medication. Little by little he


started to get stronger. They gave us hope. I did not care if he was


the first human to try these medications, because they told us he


was going to die. At one point, Charlie's parents walked out of


court after the judge said they agreed their son has no quality of


life. Connie Yates said, he is not suffering or in pain. In a


statement, great Ormond Street said, Charlie is a beautiful tiny baby,


afflicted by one of the crew list of diseases. Is depleted genetic


disorder leaves in with no muscle function at all and deprived of his


senses, unable to breathe, and so far as can be discerned, without any


awareness. A final decision of the court is aimed to be in the best


interests of Charlie, that would be a balance of the many risks and


benefits. It is not black and white but it will be a summation of all


the possible benefits and all the possible risks and what that could


do for Charlie, not what it does for anybody else. Charlie remains in


intensive care at Great Ormond Street Hospital, his future


unresolved, as the legal arguments drag on.


STUDIO: It's being hailed as the biggest shake up


of ambulance response times in England in 40 years.


At the moment, when an urgent 999 call is received,


the call handlers have to decide within 60 seconds whether or not


The upshot is that a quarter of ambulances end up being stood


down when it turns out they're not needed.


Now call handlers are going to be given more time to assess


to try to make the system more efficient.


Just breathe normally for me. Paramedics in the West Midlands with


a 92-year-old patient, after a checkup, they decided it was safe to


leave him at home. The Ambulance Service is under great pressure, the


current system allows too many vehicles to go to urgent cases,


leaving other patients waiting far too long, major changes are now


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


the sickest patients faster, that all patients will get the best


response, rather than just the nearest. Under the current system of


control room like this, call handlers have just 60 seconds to


decide whether to dispatch an ambulance and whether it should be


on a blue light for the most critically ill patients. The problem


is, that sometimes is not long enough to decide the most


appropriate response, and ambulances can be dispatched unnecessarily.


That decision time will be axed ended for serious but not


life-threatening cases, under the current system, the target is for an


ambulance to arrive at 75% of the most urgent cases in eight minutes,


no target for those calls last as lower priority. Under the new


system, more people will be classed as the most urgent and the target


will be 90% seen within 15 minutes. New targets for lower priority


calls. Service leaders say some people needing urgent care will have


to wait longer. But they can be more certain of getting the right


response, an ambulance team, for example, rather than a paramedic on


a motorcycle. The system as it is failed the family of Willie Wynn,


his daughter had a heart condition, she had arbitration, he called 990


96 times and nothing came, it was too late to save her. Had people had


a broken arm or a broken leg, then it would have been different. -- he


called 999 six times. This was an emergency. The local ambulance


trust, South Central, said it extended condolences to the family,


at the time, many of its resources were tied up elsewhere. And what


time did this start today? Reforms have already been introduced in


Wales, a pilot scheme underway in Scotland. Trials in England suggest


more ambulances can be freed up to get to a wider range of patients.


The real test will come this winter when it is introduced nationally.


STUDIO: The parent company of Southern Rail has been fined more


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 caused by strike action


A former soldier who raped and killed a fifteen year


old schoolgirl has been found guilty of her manslaughter more


Stephen Hough killed Janet Commins in Flint in North Wales, in 1976.


Another man has already served six years for her killing.


Hough will be sentenced at a later date.


The next step in the Brexit journey - the government publishes its plans


We tell you how you can have a whale of a time


And coming up on Wimbledon Sportsday on BBC News:


As well as the reaction to Johanna Konta's exit, there's


losing the yellow jersey on stage 12 of the Tour de France.


Johanna Konta's dream of becoming the first British woman to reach


the Wimbledon finals in almost 40 years is over.


She's crashed out of the championships after being beaten


in straight sets by the five time champion Venus Williams.


Joe Wilson was watching the match on centre court.


Everyone knows your name, everyone wants your name. That's the


Wimbledon effect. Johanna Konta ushered towards the biggest match of


her career, for her the attention is all new. For Venus Williams it's


been her life. 20 years at Wimbledon, two decades competing for


the biggest titles. Venus has seen it all, returned it all, but


Konta... Not appear to be intimidated. Konta created an


opportunity in the first set, break point in the ninth game. Venus held.


And then the pressure. Konta's rock-solid serve was suddenly shaky.


These were the points she had to make. Out, break, set gone. Venus


taking care of business. For Konta the methodical, the reliable, the


match was disappearing. Double fault and broken in the second set. Now


said to court yearned for the Konta we had seen in previous rounds, this


kind of thing. Now come on, it's a lovely afternoon, we would like to


stay here for a bit longer please. This match lasted one hour 14


minutes, second set 6-2, Williams too good, to composed when it


mattered. Overwhelmed by Williams at Wimbledon, it has happened before


but we didn't expect it from Konta. Quite honestly I think I was in just


as much of a shot of winning the tournament. It came down to the day


and Venus played better than me. That's all I can say, I think I've


definitely got more to improve on and there's more exciting things I


can get better at. She's going to be disappointed but at the same time


when she can wake up in a few days and get perspective of what she has


accomplished, she's shown tremendous improvement and that is so positive


for her. Venus was in tears last week speaking about events at home,


the car accident. Now at 37, she has another final at a place she loves.


I thought the crowd was very nice to me. They could have been even more


boisterous, I thought the crowd was so fair and I know they love Jo.


It's a lot of pressure on she handled it well, I think my


experience helped a lot. So now Johanna Konta has a new experience


to deal with, to recover from defeat in the match of her life.


Johanna Konta is ranked as one of the world's best players but the


future offers no guarantees of another place like this one. To see


the power of self belief, just look at Venus Williams.


The French president, Emmanuel Macron, has welcomed


Donald Trump to Paris at the start of a two-day visit.


Tomorrow President Trump will attend Bastille Day celebrations.


Today Mr Trump said his son was a wonderful young man who met the


Russian lawyer, not a Russian government lawyer.


From Paris, Lucy Williamson reports.


If diplomacy is about power disguised as flattery,


there are few more potent greetings than a ten second handshake.


Emmanuel Macron welcomed Donald Trump today with a visit to the tomb


of France's grand military leader, Napoleon.


The impressive location designed to flatter both visitor and host.


Both these two men see themselves as modern-day


political revolutionaries, sweeping away the old rules


but Mr Macron also sees nothing wrong with using France's


imperial history and military might to put its current diplomatic


The two men have been battling for the role of alpha male ever


since their first handshake on the sidelines of a G7 summit.


Donald Trump later pulled out of a key climate change


deal brokered in Paris, prompting Mr Macron to issue


a video parodying the US President's campaign slogan.


But since then Emmanuel Macron has been trying to charm the US leader


to keep ties close and boost France's influence aboard.


So what do French voters think of Mr Trump's visit?


I don't like him much, but what do I have to say?


Thank God! Having some time with him and trying to understand what he


wants and where he's going is not a bad idea, even if he does not


appreciate him as a person or what he stands for so I think French


diplomacy at its best. Their meeting this afternoon will focus on shared


challenges like the conflict in Syria and counterterrorism but the


symbolism of this visit is properly what matters most. Two leaders


looking to showcase their transatlantic ties. Both men have


been compared to Napoleon themselves. Flattering to some,


perhaps, but a reminder too about the limits of democratic power. Lucy


Williamson, BBC News, Paris. An artistocrat has been sentenced


to 12 weeks in prison after being found guilty of making


menacing communications towards the businesswoman


and anti-Brexit campaigner Rhodri Philipps, the fourth


Viscount St Davids, wrote a post on Facebook offering


?5,000 to anyone who ran her over. The 4th Viscount St Davids,


Rhodri Philipps, forced to answer for his threatening


abuse on Facebook. Well, justice will be


served without pressure. I have belief in the British courts


and anything that I've done wrong... He targeted Gina Miller,


who took the Government to court over Brexit,


writing to accidentally run over this


troublesome first-generation If this is what we should


expect from immigrants," he wrote, "send them back


to their stinking jungles." At first I sort of read it


and re-read it because it seemed so barbaric, but that was the first


time I felt truly threatened. Lord St Davids was given the chance


to speak to the court in person and in a passionate speech


he said he'd realised that his comments were very unkind,


unnecessary, self-indulgent expletives of anger


which he could not contain. He'd claimed he was motivated by his


family motto - love of country. The district judge, Emma Arbuthnot,


said it was actually hatred of anyone who disagreed


with his views and of those who had Privileged, entitled,


and now heading to jail. An establishment man brought down


by the menacing racial abuse The number of people applying for UK


university places has fallen by more than 4% on last year -


it's the first decline since fees were increased


in England five years ago. The figures from the admissions


service UCAS show a sharp decline in those applying to study nursing


and a continued fall in the number of mature students,


notably in England An elephant in Sri Lanka has


had a miraculous escape It was spotted by the Sri Lankan


Navy as it struggled to stay afloat. It seemed to be using its trunk


as a snorkel to breathe. Divers and wildlife officials


launched a 12-hour rescue operation and managed to gently tow


the elephant back to For almost 40 years,


Dippy the Diplodocus stood in the entrance hall at London's


world famous Natural History Museum, And today the newcomer


was finally unveiled - it's the skeleton of a giant blue


whale, 25 metres long, The blue whale, the biggest creature


that's ever existed on Earth. Now one of them is the main display


at the Natural History Museum. 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. Just getting it through the narrow


doors of the building And lifting it into position


was an engineering feat, There was one heart-stopping moment


when a bolt sheared. The team succeeded in the end but it


wasn't easy for them. Going up when other people were kind


of in control of that process Sometimes we just couldn't watch


and had to walk away. The whale replaces the much-loved


Dippy the dinosaur, which after more than 100


years at the museum, The museum staff believe that Hope


will take the same place I will start with a weather watcher


picture from Wales. I can hear you groaning after that terrible pun!


Northern Ireland have had some soaking downpours this afternoon and


they are reaching into western Scotland now, spreading into the


rest of Scotland over the next couple of hours, and a few into East


Anglia. South of that it will remain dry with temperatures are little


higher than last night but still shave a few degrees of this if you


are in the countryside. Tomorrow a few showers to begin with, but a lot


of them will fade out. We will keep a good deal of plant during the day,


the afternoon looks dry and there will be sunny breaks at times. The


temperature is very close to average, that's high teens, low 20s.


As we look at the forecast for Wimbledon, yes a lot of cloud, a


little bit more breezy but comfortable conditions for players


and spectators alike. If you are going out and about tomorrow


morning, the rain will be pushing across Scotland so bear that in


mind. Here is the picture for the start of the weekend. Quite moist


air coming in from the Atlantic which means for Saturday a lot of


cloud around, and from that cloud some outbreaks of rain gradually


pushing eastwards. Not much rain in the far south of England and quite a


few midfield to things. For two of the weekend on Sunday, fresher and


brighter. A weak band of cloud on some -- and some spots of rain.


That's how the weekend is shaping up and of course you can get a forecast


for where you are and where you are going online and through the art. A


reminder of our main story this evening, the Government publishes


its plans to convert EU law into British law.