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This is BBC World News Today with me, Geeta Guru-Murthy.
The man who some say led the UK out of the EU is now out
Boris Johnson shocks the country, pulling out of the race to be
the next British Prime Minister - its thought he didn't enough
-- it is thought he did not have enough backing for the top job.
Having consulted colleagues, I have concluded that
Five people have put their names forward.
Among them are Mr Johnson's former colleague in the Leave
Another contender - UK Home Secretary Theresa May warns that
Also coming up...The Governor of the Bank of England hints that
interest rates in the UK are likely to be cut,
caused by Brexit could weigh on economic prospects for some
All this uncertainty, the three components together,
has contributed to a form of economic post-traumatic
stress disorder amongst households and businesses.
of the Battle of the Somme, the centenary of the start
In which more than 1 million people were wounded or killed.
It's been another breathtaking day of drama for British politics.
Who will lead the Conservative party - and the country?
The most surprising in a day of astonishing twists and turns,
the decision by the leading voice in the Leave campaign,
Boris Johnson, to rule himself out of the race.
He stunned a press conference by declaring the best person
Having consulted colleagues and in view of the circumstances in
Parliament, I have concluded that person cannot be me. My role Will
Beatty give every possible support to the next Conservative
administration, to make sure that we properly fulfil the mandate of the
people and champion the agenda that I believe them. -- believe in.
Boris Johnson had seemed one of the most likely successors
to David Cameron, until a surprise move earlier today by his fellow
Leave campaigner Michael Gove who said Mr Johnson
wasn't up to the job and he himself would stand.
The UK's Home Secretary Theresa May who campaigned
to stay in the European Union also announced she would be
I know I am not a showy politician, I don't gossip about people over
lunch or go drinking in Parliament 's bars, I don't often wear my heart
on my sleeve, I just get on with the job in front of me.
Stephen Crabb, current Work and Pensions Secretary and a Remain
campaigner, former defence secretary Liam Fox and Energy
Minister Andrea Leadsom, both of whom campaigned
Well as we said, one of the big surprises to come out
of today was Justice Secretary and Leave campaigner, Michael Gove,
throwing his hat in the ring for the conservative leadership.
Many thought he would give his support to Boris Johnson.
He sat down with the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg,
First of all, days ago, you were backing Boris Johnson, running his
campaign. What changed your mind? I thought it was right, following the
decision of the British people last week, we should have someone needing
the Conservative Party and country who believed in the heart and soul
that Britain was better off outside the EU. I thought Boris Johnson was
someone who could ensure the government and follow the
instructions of the British people, and build and ignite a team around
him in order to lead the country forward. Boris is an amazing and
impressive person but I have realised in the last few days that
he is not capable of building that team and providing that unity. I
came reluctantly but firmly to the conclusion that as someone who argue
from the start that we should leave the EU and as someone who wanted to
ensure a bold and positive vision for our future was implemented, that
I had to stand for the leadership of the Conservative Party. What changed
your mind? You've known Boris Johnson for a very long time. It
can't be the case that you've only just realised his attributes and
faults, or a lack of ability in certain areas? Here's a big
character with great abilities, I enjoyed working with him during the
referendum campaign. He brings great energy and enthusiasm but there is
something special about leading a party and country, I had the
opportunity in the last few days to assess whether or not Boris could
lead that team and build that unity. I came reluctantly but firmly to the
conclusion that while he has many talents and attributes, he was not
capable of building that team. There were a number of people who said to
me during the course of the week that it should be me. I reflected on
those comments and on the individuals who made that case, and
last night I came, as I say, with a degree of hesitation but ultimately
believing this was absolutely the right thing to do, I came to the
conclusion it was necessary to put myself forward. We need someone with
experience at the highest reaches of government, and someone who believes
in the British people's verdict that they delivered last week. We need
someone who can appeal to and unite individuals who argued we should
leave, and who also believed that we should remain in the EU. Already
today, I've had support from colleagues across the spectrum, and
indeed from outside of politics, confirming my belief that I was
right to stand and offer myself up for election, and I leave it to my
colleagues in the Conservative Party to make a judgment as to whether or
not it is right I should lead. What kind of primaries to which you make,
what are your priorities gritter mocha would be captain of a strong
team, the first thing to recognise is that we have all of these talents
-- priorities? . I want to lead a government in which people with wise
heads and generous hearts work together in order to ensure the
decision of the British people made on the EU is honoured. We had to
take this country out of the EU and into the world, and restore
Parliamentary control of our orders, taxes and laws. We had to build a
more dynamic economy and fairer society. When people voted to leave
the EU last week they were voting for change. There are far too many
people in this country who felt that recent economic growth and renewed
prosperity has not touched their lives. There are far too many people
in this country who felt left behind and overlooked as the world moves
forward at a faster pace. I want to govern for everyone in this country,
heal and unite, and above all I want to ensure that Britain is a country
that others look to with admiration because we are the home of
admiration and creativity, and a warm and compassionate place that
everyone is proud to call home. Michael Gove, thank you very much
indeed. Two reasons, the first is a question
of personality, some Conservative MPs perhaps thought that the former
was too colourful and the electorate had had too much excitement for this
year. The second reason is more ideological, some in the
Conservative Party were committed to Britain leaving the EU and do not
entirely trust Boris to go through with it. It throws up another point
where a lot of people had said Boris Johnson was not that much of a
Eurosceptic, he had thrown his lot in with Brexiteers to become
primaries to and it has all come to this. It was a personal ambition,
potentially at an end? Michael Gove, passionately Eurosceptic but liberal
in his outlook in other areas? Absolutely but I think the problem
Michael Gove will have is that yes, he is seen as a purist by those in
the Conservative Party, does not like the EU, but on the other hand
he was very much what you would call a love him or hate him politician,
is seen as ideological by opponents. That, of course, present problems.
Theresa May pointed out something many people have thought over the
last few days, that politics is not a game, that is how it has failed to
some of those who have been part of the Conservative Party over the last
few days? Her pitch is, the men have messed it up. Time for a proper
woman. She campaigned for remain but says that she is steady, no-frills,
we had a bit of it there, reliable and knows what she's doing, we have
two sort of a relationship with Europe and respond to those who
voted for exit. That is what it will come down to, are the backers right
in thinking the country has had enough excitement for the last year
or so? Let me add one quick thing, bearing in mind what has happened
over the last few weeks, it seems to be that as long as some winter is
not defy the laws of physics and thermodynamics, it could always
happen. -- something. It has been astonishing just today, never mind
the last week. The Conservative Party is not the
only one facing a leadership battle, Jeremy Corbyn is expecting to face a
leadership The leader of Britain's main
opposition Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is expected to face
a leadership challenge after rejecting calls
from many of his own MPs Our deputy political editor
John Peinaar reports. Jeremy Corbyn's home is normally
mobbed by the media. Today, as rival Cabinet Ministers
jostled and bumped each other off in the power struggle for Britain,
he set off in peace. No-one's even asking
what Labour thinks anymore. First launching a plan to stamp out
racism in the party, he upset critics by mentioning
Israel and the so-called Islamic Our Jewish friends are no more
responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu Government
than our Muslim friends are for those various self-styled
Islamic States or organisations. A pro-Corbyn activist who'd handed
out a statement saying rebel MPs should be sacked as candidates
turned on a Jewish MP for what he So you can see who's
working hand-in-hand. The MP, Ruth Smeeth
walked out in disgust. And under enormous pressure to stand
down, facing an imminent leadership I am the leader of the party
and I'm doing that. What do you say to those many
members and most of your MPs who will never follow your
leadership no matter what you say And is the break-up of the Labour
Party a price worth paying I'm sorry, John,
I am going to cut in. There will be plenty of time
in the months ahead Mr Corbyn made a message
to the Labour Party. He headed back to Westminster
where his MPs are competing to see Mr Corbyn, is the break-up
of your party a price worth paying? And where once loyal MPs are telling
me privately they think he should stand down too to prevent a
right-wing takeover. Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing
faith goes back decades. New members helped elect him
with far-left backing all hostile to most Labour MPs
and behind his loyal hard core support who are determined
he cut and won't give in. He absolutely has my support
and the support of the majority I think he's a man who's shown
immense courage and leadership this week as MPs have tried to take a
coup out against him. I believe he is the right man
to lead the Labour Party. Angela Eagle, a former
Shadow Cabinet Minister's ready But Owen Smith fancies
a challenge too. They are both holding back to decide
which one has the best chance And there's another reason
a challenge has been put on hold. Many MPs are becoming convinced
Jeremy Corbyn's determination to fight on may be
weakening under pressure. This morning, more than 500 Labour
councillors joined the chorus There's talk of his trade
union support softening. They say his base of support is
strong enough to see off all-comers. The Governor of the Bank
of England Mark Carney has signalled that interest rates
could be cut over the summer. He warned that economic growth
could be hit for some time Mr Carney said more cash might also
need to be pumped into the economy. Here's our Business
Editor Simon Jack. As the Vote Leave
campaign punched the air in victory last week,
?1.8 trillion was wiped off shares worldwide in a
single day, the city and the country seemed rudderless.
The Bank of England had described Brexit is the
biggest risk to the economy and the governor had
the economy and the governor had not changed his tune today.
In my view, and I'm not prejudging the views of
other independent members of the MPC, the economic outlook has
deteriorated and some monetary policy easing will likely be
That could mean lower interest rates, more
money printing or both, to deal with a new economic reality.
The material slowing in growth that the MPC had
identified as a risk associated with the referendum now looks likely
Out in the real economy there is some early
One thing we have noticed is four potential
contracts in the pipeline have pulled back,
international client is
looking to invest in the UK and until we know if Britain
is in the single market or not they will be a
period of uncertainties and that is unsettling
for people looking to invest here, for jobs and
That the biggest losers this week have been banks.
HSBC and JP Morgan have warned jobs in the UK could go to Europe but to
date the Barclays chief told the BBC that UK jobs were not under threat.
We want to be involved in the capital markets globally.
Right now the best way to do that is to be
anchored in London and New York as we are.
You might have to increase your presence in another location
that does not necessarily mean you are decreasing your present here.
This is not an economic crisis, this is very
In the city, some financial markets have roared
back, helped in part by the
Governor's hint of an imminent interest rate cut.
It is still early days in the post Brexit journey but
today the Bank of England made it clear it thinks the sky has
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
The US has lifted its ban on transgender soldiers serving
Transgender individuals will be allowed to enlist,
and those already serving will no longer be forced to leave based
The American Defence Secretary Ash Carter said the change
was the "right right thing to do for our people and for the force".
Our mission is to defend this country. We do not want barriers
unrelated to a person-macro 's qualification to serve preventing
asked from recruiting or retaining a soldier, sailor, or Marine who can
best accomplish a mission -- person's. We want to be able to
recruit the most highly qualified and to retain them.
More now from Gary O'Donoghue who joins us from Washington.
Has this been a real problem for the military? Is this a problem they
have with a lot of individuals who are transgender coming up against
previous rules of the military? Not so much a question of numbers,
indeed numbers are actually quite small. These are estimates, that it
is possibly something between 2500-7000 people in a force of 1.3
million who will be transgender. Numbers are very small but there
have been significant social changes in the US. Elsewhere these issues
have come to the top of the agenda in many ways in civilian life, now
the military has to confront them as well. This is implementing a
decision made one year ago by the defence Department. They had been
looking at it ever since, conducting studies. Surface chiefs asked for
extra time for it to be implemented -- service. About one and a half
months. As of today, you will be able to declare yourself as
transgender in the military and it will not be a bar to promotion, and
you will not be sent out of the military, sacked from the military
for that any more. Over the next 12 months they will set out a bunch of
guidance for doctors etc and a year from today you will be able to apply
to join the US services, air force, army or navy, as a transgender
individual, providing, this is a big providing, that you have been stable
in your preferred gender for around 18 months and certified by a doctor.
They are significant changes and it is the US military catching up with
what is happening elsewhere in society. Gary O'Donoghue, thanks.
Now a look at some of the day's other news.
A Palestinian has stabbed to death a thirteen-year-old
Israeli girl at her home in a West Bank settlement.
The Israeli military says the Palestinian teenager
from a nearby village broke into the house and injured
a security guard before he was shot dead.
Turkey says three men who carried out a deadly suicide attack
on Istanbul's main airport were from Russia and
the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The Turkish government has blamed Islamic State militants
for the assault on Tuesday, which killed more
There has been a twin bomb attack on a convoy of buses transporting
police cadets on the outskirts of Afghan capital, Kabul.
At least 30 people have been killed and many more injured.
The newly graduated police cadets were returning from a training
centre when the suicide bombers struck. The first attacker was
reportedly on foot when he detonated the device. As the convoy reached
the outskirts of Kabul. People rushed to help the victims, but a
second bomber drove a car full of explosives at them. TRANSLATION:
When I got to be senile back you waited around 40-45 victims from the
bus with other people there -- I got to be seen, I evacuated.
My clothes were covered in blood so I went and changed. 2-mac civilians
from the area were also murdered. The Taliban claimed responsibility
for the attack which true criticism. -- two civilians. Firstly, let me
offer my condolences for the martyrdom of the police cadets. I
ask all people to stand against these rebels in one voice and one
policy. This is the latest in a series of strikes by the Taliban
this year. Up to 144 people have been killed in at least seven
attacks attribute it to the militants. The most recent was when
14 security guards from Nepal were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul.
The new President of the Philippines has been sworn into office.
Rodrigo Duterte is a controversial figure.
about rape and murder - and he's also insulted the Pope...
But it's his stance on crime, which includes saying that suspected
criminals should be killed, which helped win last
Friday marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme,
a day that became the bloodiest in British military history,
killing almost 20,000 allied soldiers.
Many more sustained injuries that had never been seen
before on such a scale, and returned home to a society that
Sophie Raworth has been talking to a former British army captain
who lost both legs in Afghanistan about how different life
is for injured servicemen 100 years later.
The 31-year-old, who stepped on an improvised explosive device
in Helmand five years ago is hoping to go to the Paralympics and win
His great grandfather served in World War I, rescuing injured
I think I would find it incredibly difficult to even picture
what it was that they went through back in 1916,
1917, sitting in a trench filled with mud and dead bodies, rats,
It is very hard for me to imagine just how
100 years ago, the horror of war was compounded by the new weapons
Tanks were deployed for the first time at the Somme, and machine guns
The result was the largest number of casualties ever seen
This was very high velocity weaponry, large blast injuries,
So at the very heart of it, the wounds had changed.
They were blowing great bits out of people.
Around 40,000 soldiers returned home with missing limbs.
For the first time, the medical world had to come up with ways
of getting large numbers of amputees back into society.
I can't imagine trying to go back and do the things I'm doing now
And I look at this leg, and the only thing I could imagine
The historical evidence is that people tried it
for five or six years, and then really they went back home,
or went into a Star and Garter home, and simply weren't able to function.
And suddenly doctors had to deal with reconstructing the faces
Many never overcame the psychological impact
They are called hospital blues for the most obvious reasons.
They are a suit that was issued to pretty much all the military
It came to be something that but the public recognised,
so that if out of the corner of your eye you caught blue,
you knew immediately that there was somebody over
there was a military casualties, and that really increases
A century later, as Dave Henson prepares to compete on the world
stage, that sense of isolation is far from his reality.
This is something that has happened to me.
I lost my legs, and there is an interesting story behind it.
I am very proud of what I have done, and I'm so happy to share that
with people and display that in the form of these war wounds
I keep on show more less 99% of the time.
That was former British army captain Dave Henson finishing that report.
Another incredible day in British politics.
The most prominent figure in Britain's campaign
to leave the European Union, Boris Johnson, has ruled himself out
of the race to succeed David Cameron as prime minister.
The former mayor of London had been widely tipped for the post.
He withdrew after his fellow Leave campaigner, Michael Gove,
announced his own surprise bid for the leadership.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has also entered the race.
It is looking pretty unsettled on the weather front,
quite a mixed bag on the way for the next few days.