Japan's Hitachi is to halt work on a nuclear plant in Wales amid rising cost concerns. Tom Burke is chairman of the environmental research group E3G, and a former UK government advisor on energy policy, and tells us why the company is pulling out. Also in the programme, ahead of movie streaming service Netflix's latest financial results, Tom Harrington at the media research firm Enders tells us what's likely to emerge. Almost four weeks into the partial US government shutdown, our regular economic commentator Diane Brady discusses the growing economic impact. We have a report from China looking at how the government is managing an economic slowdown. Plus we meet the founders of Japanese firm Exit, which provides resignation letters and phone calls for people too afraid to resign in person.
(Picture: Artist's impression of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear plant. Picture credit: Horizon Nuclear.)
May Government Survives Confidence Vote
After a defeat over its Brexit deal, the UK government has won a confidence vote 325 to 30. Also in the programme, YouTube bans uploads of dangerous pranks and challenges. Julia Alexander of The Verge tells us why. And Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading in New Jersey on the day's trading on Wall Street,
May Government Faces Confidence Vote
After a defeat over its Brexit deal, the UK government now faces a vote of no confidence. We hear how British businesses are handling the uncertainty with Brian Palmer, boss of Tharsus, a robotics company based in the northeast of England. And we discuss the likely next steps for the UK with Roger Bootle, chairman of Capital Economics, and Jonathan Portes, professor of economics and public policy at King's College London. Also in the programme, amid widespread protests in Zimbabwe over fuel price rises, the government has restricted access to the internet. Our reporter in Harare explains the background to the move. We travel to Singapore to find out why business people there sign up to private members' clubs. Plus the musician Rihanna has taken her father to court over commercial use of her surname Fenty, under which she sells make up, skincare and clothing lines. Claudia Rosenbaum of Buzzfeed News in Los Angeles tells us more about the dispute.
Theresa May's Brexit Deal Heavily Defeated
Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes - the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.
MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the EU on 29 March. We get reaction from Allie Renison of the Institute of Directors. Justin Urquhart-Stewart of Seven Investment Management, Liam Murphy of the professional services firm Wachsman, which has its European headquarters in Dublin and the US perspective from Susan Schmidt of Aviva Investors in Chicago.
May Facing Crunch Vote on Brexit Deal
Theresa May is expected to be defeated when British MPs vote on her EU withdrawal deal. The BBC's Rob Young is at the Houses of Parliament and talks with Labour opposition MP Stephen Kinnock about the impact on the UK prime minister of her likely defeat. Also in the programme, France's President Macron is embarking on a tour of town halls to find a way out of the "yellow vest" crisis that has brought parts of the country to a standstill. Sophie Pedder is Paris correspondent for The Economist, and tells us whether Mr Macron is likely to succeed. We have a report from the Detroit Motor Show, as Ford and Volkswagen set up an alliance to try and cut the cost of the technological revolution that is rippling through the industry. Plus we find out about the prospects for modular housing.