19/02/2017 BBC Wales Today


19/02/2017

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Good evening.

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The Former Labour Welsh Secretary Lord Murphy says it is not the role

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of the House of Lords to thwart or block Brexit, but it

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will play an important role in scrutinising its terms.

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He was speaking ahead of a two-day debate by peers about the bill

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giving the Prime Minister the power to begin the process

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of leaving the EU.

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Meanwhile, one of his cross-party counterparts in the Lords says

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they should not delay or alter the bill.

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Nick Palit reports.

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MPs have already voted by a majority of 4:1 to give

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Prime Minster Theresa May the power to invoke Article 50

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and begin the process of Britain leaving the EU.

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Now, peers in the House of Lords will debate the bill for two

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days, starting tomorrow.

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The Upper House normally gives an unopposed second reading

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to government legislation.

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So it would be a breach of tradition if they opposed it.

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Lord Lisvane, who is from Cardiff, and who, with Sir Robert Rogers,

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served as clerk to the House of Commons says peers may succeed

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in tweaking the terms of the bill.

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I think it is possible that the Lord Mayor asks the Commons

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to think again on the position of EU nationals resident in the UK.

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I don't think that there is any chance that the Lords

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will delay the bill.

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If the elected house has decided not to do so,

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then the unelected house, I think, could not, would not

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and should not do so.

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Former Welsh and Northern Ireland Secretary, Lord Murphy of Torfaen,

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agrees that it's not the role of the Lords to block Brexit,

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but he'll be tabling an amendment on the issue of a hard customers'

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border with Ireland, and feels peers have an important role to play.

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Parliament does have a very important role in scrutinising

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the terms of our exit and, in our case, of course,

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to make sure that we get the best possible deal for the Welsh people.

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Because we rely so heavily, for example, on our exports to Europe.

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We rely heavily on European money for agriculture and for all sorts

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of schemes up and down Wales.

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So we have to try and safeguard those and to ensure that we get

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the best deal possible.

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So there is a role, but it's not one to block or to thwart Brexit.

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Nearly 200 peers have put their name down to speak.

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Any amendments would then go back to the Commons.

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But political analysts say, barring anything unprecedented,

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the bill to leave the EU should become law.

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A police car chase which led to a BMW crashing and closing

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a major road in north Wales has been referred to the watchdog,

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the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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The crash closed the A55 between St Asaph and St George yesterday.

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The driver of the car is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

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North Wales Police are appealing for anyone who saw the BMW

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convertible travelling from Bodelwyddan to get in touch.

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The Labour party says it has suspended a campaigner who fought

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against the decision to change a Carmarthenshire primary school

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to Welsh-medium education.

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However, tonight, Michaela Beddows has told BBC Wales she is not

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a member of the Labour party, who have said they've launched

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an investigation into her conduct.

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Carmarthenshire council voted in January to drop the English stream

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at Ysgol Llangennch near Llanelli.

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A man's body has been found on a Pembrokeshire beach.

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Police were called to Manorbier beach in Tenby yesterday

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morning at around 7:30am.

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Officers say the man has been identified and his

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family has been informed.

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His death is being treated as unexplained.

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All lost pets found by councils should be checked for microchips

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so they can be returned to their owners.

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That's according to a petition which will be considered

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by the National Assembly.

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Currently, it is compulsory to get a dog microchipped,

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but it isn't mandatory to scan them.

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Six councils across Wales say they don't routinely

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scan found animals.

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The petition, signed by 160 people, says the microchip system can

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only be fully effective if all animals are checked.

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Football: And Gareth Bale said he absolutely loved being back

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playing after nearly three months out with an ankle injury.

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Within minutes of his return as a substitute for Real Madrid,

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he scored in their win against Espanyol.

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His return gives Wales a huge boost ahead of a vital World Cup qualifier

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in Ireland towards the end of March.

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Snooker: And Stuart Bingham is ahead in the final of the Wales Open

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after the first session.

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The former World Champion leads Judd Trump by five frames to three,

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with the first to nine taking home the ?70,000 prize.

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The match resumes from 7:00pm this evening with live coverage

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over on BBC Two Wales.

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The first Welshman to fight in the mixed martial arts

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Ultimate Fighting Championship says his bout tonight in Canada

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will be the biggest of his career.

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Jack Marshman will take on Brazil's Thiago Santos

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at UFC Halifax later.

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It's his 27th professional fight, but only his second in

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the Championship after his winning debut in Belfast last November.

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This is a momentum fight.

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I beat this guy and I've just beat a guy who's ranked 15th in the world

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a couple months ago.

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So it's really going to step me forward, I think.

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And it's exciting.

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Because I feel I've got the measure of it.

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I can't see how I'm going to lose.

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I'd like to be at the very top end of the top 15

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by the end of this year.

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And then you start reaching for the top 10 the year after.

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Because, like I said, I'm still only young.

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Time for a quick look at the weather:

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Tonight, cloudy and damp conditions

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will continue with further outbreaks of rain.

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Very murky with widespread mist and fog, but remaining mild.

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Lows of around nine Celsius.

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Tomorrow remains murky with more rain, but drier in the east.

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Strong winds will pick up, especially over higher ground.

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Staying mild, highs of around 14 Celsius.

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I'll be back with your late update at around 10:30pm this evening.

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Thanks for watching.

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Enjoy your evening.

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Bye for now.

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