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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 8:00pm. brexit borders — the government wants business as usual between northern ireland and the republic — ruling out new customs posts. but critics say the lack of a hard irish border after brexit could offer a back door into the uk for people into the uk for people from the european union. president trump scraps two of his own advisory panels after more business leaders on it quit over his handling of violent clashes in virginia. at a memorial service in virginia, the mother of heather heyer — an anti racist protester who was killed in the clashes — called on people to pay attention following her daughter's death. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her! applause the labour mp sarah champion resigns from the shadow cabinet and apologises for her "poor choice of words" in a newspaper article about child abuse. she's given a statement saying she
felt her continued presence there would be a distraction from the issues that would have to be faced. so she has tendered her resignation andi so she has tendered her resignation and i have accepted that resignation. unemployment falls to the lowest level since 1975 — but average earnings are still lagging behind inflation//. also, officials in sierra leone say more than a hundred children have died in mudslides in the capital, freetown. homes are buried under a mountain of rock and mud. 600 people are still missing. and hms queen elizabeth — the royal navy's biggest ever warship — sails into her new berth in portsmouth. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the government says that it wants people and goods to be able to move seamlessly across the border between the irish republic
and northern ireland after brexit — much as they do today. in their latest proposal for life outside the eu, ministers say there will be no return to check points and border posts. but critics argue the plan raises as many questions as answers — not least, what's to stop eu migrants coming into the uk from ireland through an unsupervised crossing? 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler is in narrow water on the irish border. for more than 300 miles, crossing fields and bridges, roads and rivers, there is a political dividing line on the island of ireland. but it is a border that cannot be seen, and many want it to stay that way. soft toys and cushions are the latest protest against a hard brexit. where some kind of barriers could divide towns like belcoo in northern ireland and blacklion in the republic, they are either side of this
bridge and people in areas like this havejobs, businesses and friends that require them to cross this border regularly. i cross this border quite easily 15, 20 times a day, moving goods sometimes, sometimes just to manage staff, meet people, whatever is involved in daily work. if there is any sort of checks that slow that down or anything else, it is going to create a lot of logistical difficulties. the government wants to return to the days when border huts the government wants no return to the days when border huts and customs posts marked where northern island meets the republic. this paper seems to dismiss the idea of a return to infrastructure or cameras at the border. and ministers say they are determined to protect the common travel area. allowing the free movement of people across ireland and britain. ideas and aspirations that will be welcomed beyond these islands and brussels, but ones which raise political and practical difficulties, with claims that it could allow a back door for people to get into the uk. we do want to ensure that we don't see a return to the borders of the past,
we don't see a return to a hard border and that we are able to ensure that the crucial flow of goods and people between northern ireland and the republic of ireland is able to continue in the future. some have raised doubts about the uk's ability to forge trade deals with other countries if it agrees to meet the eu's standards for food and agriculture. and if a customs deal cannot be agreed with the eu, there are questions about what will happen to the billions of pounds of trade carried along these busy border roads. the british government believes technology and online declarations could be used to monitor goods carried by biggerfirms. but there are concerns about smuggling and the irish government has other doubts. i don't believe the island of ireland issues will be resolved through technology and i believe this paper also accepts that, which is a step forward and i welcome that. it does leave you wondering
what the border is going to look like and if you are outside of the customs union how you police that. we are no clearer as to knowing what that is going to be, are we? that is because a negotiation now needs to take place. and there is a will to find solutions in this negotiation because tied up with the politics and practicalities are concerns about the potential impact of peace and prosperity at this, what is currently the softest of borders. chris buckler, bbc news. a short time ago, i spoke to our political correspondent alex forsyth. i began by asking her whether we were getting any clarification over what is the government's preferred option over the border question. we're hearing an attempt to counter the criticism that they faced about a confused approach and lack of clarity. but they're are clear that the document that published today is not meant to be a full technical blueprint but meant to address some broad principles. they are trying to show their priorities and that is the idea of frictionless trade
and the so—called invisible borders between northern ireland and the republic. they are specific about some ways in which that might work, the idea of exempting small and medium—size businesses from customs check, suggesting things like the uk allying with the eu policies on food standards to negate checks on food and agricultural produce. but of course that all raises questions, if there was an alignment on food standards would that prevent the uk's striking deals with other countries like the us which could have different food regulations. and the question of immigration, a central plank of the referendum campaign about controlling immigration and the government suggesting perhaps it could be done through a work permit system. it is clear there would be no extra border checks on people moving between the ireland and the uk but already concerns that that could be in essence a back door to eu immigration. so this is an attempt to offer clarity, the detail is welcome but there are plenty saying every idea that you put forward raises
more questions about how this will all work in practice. the question of freedom of movement was a pretty important question and played large at least in the campaign in the referendum last year. how will they in theory avoid the situation where perhaps someone flies in from vilnius, might try to look for a job in the republic of ireland and do not find one and drive across to belfast and then get the ferry and before you know it they are in scotland, england or wales, effectively they have got free movement. that is the point being made by the critics, that this is not offering the control of borders promised during the referendum campaign and that was an argument on which many people were thought to have made the decision in the election, about the ability of the uk government to control immigration. but the government has pointed out it is notjust about border controls when it comes to immigration, other factors are at play controlling the movement of people, access to jobs, to the labour
market, to social security. so the implication is that they would use some of those methods to try to control immigration from the eu. they say that they have to respect the obligations that ireland has when it comes to free movement from the eu and there would be no extra checks on people from ireland to the uk. that is why there is concern about back door immigration from some. but at the moment there are already checks on work permits that happen for example in northern ireland. so the sense would be that those kind of checks could be extended. all this will come forward in more detail in the autumn when we expect a bit more flesh on the bones of the proposed post—brexit immigration system for the uk. and all that is then subject to negotiation so we are still way off the endgame and much of this will depend on what the eu is prepared to accept. but we are starting to see in detail some of the sheer complexities of what the government is going to have to try to unpick with the eu as we leave the european union.
thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are lord digbyjones, former trade minister and henry bonsu, broadcaster and campaigner. they are always lively, but if they are as lively as laura and tracy from early, that's a challenge to try and match. the us president donald trump has scrapped two business advisory councils — after a number of top company heads resigned from them in protest at his comments about the white nationalist rally in virginia over the weekend. a woman was killed in violence surrounding the rally in the city of charlottesville. yesterday, the president repeated his controversial claims that some anti—fascist protesters were as much to blame as the extreme were as much to blame as the neo—nazis. his remarks were today repudiated by two former republican presidents.
0ur north america editor jon sopel reports. # amazing grace... the memorial service for hetaher heyer — an antiracism protestor mown down by a white supremacist in charlottesville on saturday, but far from this being an occasion when a nation comes together, america seems more divided than ever. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her. this was charlottesville on friday night, racist groups chanting "jews will not replace us," carrying ku klux klan style torches and marching to the slogan white lives matter. yesterday, the president blamed both sides for the violence that ensued. you had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. but there is another side. there was a group on this side,
you can call them the left, you have just called them the left, that came viole ntly attacking the other group, so you can say what you want, but that is the way it is. it is true there was violence on both sides. but the race hate protesters had come tooled up for trouble. many carried guns. this is not the army, but a right—wing militia that turned up bristling with weaponry. most had clubs, helmets and shields with white supremacist insignia. the antiracism demonstrators were not organisers, they were mostly local people among whom a small group had come to fight. but donald trump seeming to draw a moral equivalence between swastika carrying neo nazis and antiracism protesters has brought near universal condemnation. the senior republican paul ryan tweeting... the only significant voice
of support last night came from the former leader of the ku klux klan david duke, who said... there is reported to be deep unhappiness among some senior white house staff over the president's comments. he had not been due to say anything and significantly, a new intervention, this time from two former republican living presidents george hw bush and george w bush, saying there is no room for bigotry and anti—semitism in today's america. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. after that report was filed, mr trump announced he was suspending hugged up the first one
to go from the manufacturing council, ken fraser, african—american who was objecting to the comments after saturday, after the initial riots. the president immediately responded by talking about his company as having ripped drug prices. there has been a haemorrhage of support from those councils. they have left one by one. another one, the strategic policy form, people started resigning from that. now the president has suspended them. in a sense, who ca res. suspended them. in a sense, who cares. a couple of advisory councils, it's pretty tedious and who cares? but many of them are the great and good of american business and manufacturing. when donald trump got elected he promised to bring manufacturing back to the us. these we re manufacturing back to the us. these were the people who were going to help him do all that, supposedly, recreate those jobs and start manufacturing their stuff within the
continental us. now he has had to ditch them all and it puts absolutely in jeopardy his central promise to the american people. meanwhile feeling the heat, one presumes, from having to two former republican presidents actually step in and basically say he has got it wrong. an amazing intervention. two former republicans, the only two living former republican presidents, a joint statement, it's unprecedented. talking about there being no place for anti—semitism and hatred of any kind, quoting thomas jefferson, the third president of the united states, who wrote the declaration of independence, people being created equal, the unalienable rights, throwing the founding documents of the united states straight into the face of donald trump, along with a bunch of other republicans, more so on social media than in person, to be fair. but you
have got a momentum gathering within his own party thatjust have got a momentum gathering within his own party that just thinks have got a momentum gathering within his own party thatjust thinks he's on the wrong side of history on this one. and despite what he did on monday when he came out and try to say all the right stuff, keep to the script, everybody saying, what happens when there is the adam lyth moment, what happens where is the opportunity to go off piste. —— the ad lib moment. we saw it yesterday at the press conference, it was a car crash, a slanging match between the president of the united states and the media. in the white house they will be wondering what the way out from this is now because there is little support. the support he has had, the most vocal support he has had, the most vocal support he has had, the most vocal support he has had has come from a tweet from the former leader of the ku klux klan who said, thank you, president trump. north america correspondent gary 0'donoghue.
let's get a little more now on the resignation of labour's shadow equalities minister sarah champion over an article she wrote in the sun newspaper. in the article — which was published on friday — she wrote that "britain has a problem with british pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls." she's apologised for what she said was an "extremely poor choice of words". this is what labour leaderjeremy corbyn has had to say: she has written me a very nice letter, giving a statement saying she felt her continued presence there would be a distraction from there would be a distraction from theissues there would be a distraction from the issues that have to be faced. and so she has tendered her resignation and i have accepted that resignation, thanked her for resignation and i have accepted that resignation, thanked herfor her work, and we will work with her in a future because she is committed to protecting vulnerable women in our society. we will not blame any particular group or demonise any particular group or demonise any particular group. the issue is one of the safety of individuals. was it her choice to resign? it was her choice. jeremy corbyn speaking this evening about the resignation of the shadow equalities minister sarah champion. with me now is our political
correspondent emma va rdy. this one has been bubbling along for several days. have you got a clear sense of why sarah champion chose this moment to resign? she made those comments in the sun newspaper article because she was responding to the conviction in newcastle of a group of mostly asian men who were convicted of exploiting young girls. that's the context of her writing the article. she then became the subject of criticism for a number of days and that pressure was ramping up days and that pressure was ramping up because her comments caused deep offence and there were calls from within her own party for her to be sacked. she did try, in you like, an attempt to distance herself from the article, defending her comments, and saying that the comments had been reedited by the paper. she said the nuance had been stripped out. but it
did not seem to have done the job and the pressure has ramped up on her. therefore she has tendered her resignation this evening. the territory she got into which was difficult, were the questions over whether this succession of grooming cases we have seen whether this succession of grooming cases we have seen coming through the courts where the perpetrators have been mostly asian men, have raised many questions over whether there are cultural issues, whether there are cultural issues, whether there are cultural issues, whether there are ethnic issues that have prevented police and social services from getting to the truth quick enough. this is the territory many people have raised questions about. this is where she got into trouble. her words caused such deep offence, and they seemed to be such a sweeping generalisation, and for the shadow equalities minister in that role, it became untenable. therefore she tendered her resignation. we have also seen other politicians tried to address this difficult question because of these grooming cases. home secretary amber rudd, after the newcastle case, she
commented publicly as well, saying we shouldn't let political correctness get in a way of seeking justice and finding the truth. but it seems sarah champion's comments went too far, caused too much offence and were particularly badly chosen words, leading to her resignation this evening. jeremy corbyn, in other remarks he made in response, said we will not deal with these problems by demonising groups. presumably there was concern that this was tarring all british pakistani men with the same brush. sarah champion herself experienced first—hand one of the biggest cases, the first big one to become public knowledge, the case of abuse in her constituency of rotherham. she's not the only politician to raise this. the former mp for keighley and cry of the labour party used to talk about these issues regularly. why is it talked about something not
compatible on the front bench, or is this ajeremy compatible on the front bench, or is this a jeremy corbyn thing, that for him it's not acceptable, and that's why, although he says it was her decision, that's why she had to go. i think it was sarah champion's language that tarred many men with the same brush, and it would be deeply offensive to many british pakistani men who would find the kind of behaviour of these perpetrators absolutely abhorrent. but the way the sun newspaper headline was written was something that caused deep offence. sarah champion argued to some degree that she was a politician saying the things other people were afraid of. and there will be some people who might agree with her. but in this situation, that offence was so deeply felt that this position for her became untenable. jeremy corbyn has accepted her resignation forced up has accepted her resignation forced up sarah champion herself apologised saying that it was an extremely poor choice of words. when people resign
they do make these apologies in hindsight, but we do know that at the time, the sun newspaper said that the article written by sarah champion had been approved by her team. clearly a poor error of judgment. she has had time to think of those words, it was an article written by her, albeit she said it had been sub edited by the sun newspaper, but it appears to have gone down extremely badly, causing extreme offence, albeit on an important subject which many politicians and figures of authority are trying to tackle, because these grooming cases have been particularly controversial. there has been a real pattern, a succession of cases in cities around the uk where gangs of men who have been convicted of grooming girls have been of asian origin. there are legitimate questions to be asked, but sarah champion went about this ina way but sarah champion went about this in a way that cause great offence and it has led to her resignation. no word on her successor yet? not
yet. justjeremy corbyn's reaction, as you heard, but we will bring it to you as we get it. sport now and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, celtic are playing the first leg of their champions league qualifier against the kazakhstan champions. celtic had the best early chance, leigh griffiths just off target. then tomas rogic went on an amazing run. thanks to a deflection off the shot by one of the defenders it's 1-0 to shot by one of the defenders it's 1—0 to the scottish champions. that's the score in glasgow with ten minutes to go till half—time. arsenal manager arsene wenger says the club haven't made any progress yet on a new contract for alexis sanchez. the chile international, who has less than a year to go on his contract, has been linked with a move away from the club. however, wenger insists sanchez isn't for sale and wants him to see out his current deal —
even if that means he walks away for free at the end of the season. we had to make a choice between efficiency on the field and financial interest. most of the time if you can find a good compromise its better. but in this case i think i prioritise the fact that he will be useful on the sporting side. everton has finally annouced they've completed a club record signing of gylfi 0f gylfi sigurdsson. he's signed a five year contract with the club for a fee of around 45 million pounds. the iceland international, who passed a medical earlier today, scored nine goals to help swansea avoid relegation. his transfer breaks the previous everton record when they paid almost £32 million for romelu lu ka ku in 2014. he was one of the key players to
bring in, and that was all about that, of course. we knew we would lose lu ka ku for this that, of course. we knew we would lose lukaku for this season. and we need productivity in the team. he's that type of player. he knows the premier league and he had a really good season at swansea. in my opinion, in his position, he's one of the best the premier league. scotland's catriona matthew has been called up to replace the injured suzann pettersen in europe's solheim cup team. 47 year old matthew has played in nine cups between 1998 and 2015. norwegian pettersen has been receiving treatment for a recurrent back injury but pulled out this morning. the event takes place in iowa from friday to sunday. england women head coach simon middleton has made 10 changes to the starting 15 to face the usa in their pool b rugby world cup decider tomorrow. sarah bern recovers from a sprained ankle to start at tight head, hooker vicky fleetwood will start
from the bench afterjoining up late with the squad as she continued to recover from a knee ligament injury. the winner of the match will automatically qualify for next week's semi—finals in belfast. kei nishikori has become the latest leading tennis player to announce he will miss the rest of the season because of injury. the world number nine withdrew from this week's masters event in cincinnati with a wrist problem and scans have revealed a ten in one of his tendons. hejoins revealed a ten in one of his tendons. he joins novak revealed a ten in one of his tendons. hejoins novak djokovic and sta n tendons. hejoins novak djokovic and stan wawrinka in sitting out the rest of the year. jo pavey says she's looking to defend her 10,000 metre title at the european championships in germany next year, just a month before her 45th birthday. she became the oldest woman to claim european gold when she won in zurich three years ago aged a0. the british five—time 0lympian missed the world athletics
championship in london with a heel injury and has ruled out competing at the commonwealth games in australia next year, butjo pavey insists she has no plans to retire. that's all the sport for now. the number of people out of work in the uk is now at its lowest level in more than a0 years. there's also been a slight rise in average earnings — but the rise is lower than inflation. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity has details. the rate of unemployment in the uk is at its lowest since 1975. the number of unemployed people is 1.a8 million. part of the reason it's such a low rate — a.a% — is because it's a smaller and smaller percentage of a workforce that keeps growing. there's now a record 32.1 million people in work. with the unemployment rate so low, in theory, wages should take off — because employers need to pay more to attract staff and workers have greater bargaining power. that hasn't been happening. pay rises did improve slightly — the average was 2.1%.
but in the past, as you can see here, we used to take it for granted that pay would rise faster than inflation. after the crisis, pay rises started falling behind price rises, so we could all buy less than before — the big squeeze on living standards was on. in 201a, that was supposed to have gone away, when pay rises started beating price rises. but this year, they've flopped back again, so even though the labour market's tight, pay is still shrinking in real terms. they call it ‘the wages puzzle'. the paradox is, we've got super—low unemployment right down to the level that would normally cause an acceleration of wages, but it's not happening. it's not happening here and it's not happening in any country in the developed world, even with low unemployment. for companies like this upmarket motorbike maker, the tight labour market won't be solved by offering higher pay. it simply can't find enough skilled staff to meet demand for the bikes. at the moment, i can't drive
the growth as fast as we're able — bizarrely, not because of models or orders or finance, but people. and it's super frustrating that we can't get the skilled staff to come in and take advantage of the orders that we have. companies used to be able to afford inflation—beating pay rises because every year, each worker produced a little bit more per hour, helped by investment in new technology, training and skills. but that growth in productivity has been absent in 2017. today's figures also show something interesting about the flow of workers into the ukjobs market. 3.56 million people working in the uk are non—uk nationals. that number is still rising, but not as quickly as it has been. in the first three months of the year, it grew by 207,000 compared with a year before. but in the second quarter, it went up byjust 109,000. officials in sierra leone's capital
freetown, say 105 children are among the a00 people who are known to have died when flooding caused a massive mudslide on the outskirts of the city. at least 600 people are still missing. martin patience reports from freetown. in freetown the ambulances are rushing not to the hospital but to the main mortuary. they are ferrying the dead, victims buried alive by a landslide. the relatives wait outside to collect their bodies. the stench of death is overpowering. emotions are raw. bishi lost her sister. daniel wasn't home when disaster struck. but he tells me six members of his family are dead, including his wife. they died, they died.
the grief and anger is tangible here. this is a nation mourning the loss of hundreds. and rescue workers say that authorities are hampering their rescue efforts. this gaping scar was once a neighbourhood, but now the scene of a recovery operation on the hoof. diggers have been drafted in but there are no sniffer dogs, not enough body bags. the fear is disease could spread unless hundreds of bodies are found. a trickle of aid is getting through but many like adama are now homeless. i've lost everything, she tells me. martin patience, bbc news, freetown. we have had the best of the subject
over south—eastern part of the cloud thickening in the western bringing with it some outbreaks of rain. the rain probably getting a bit more organised that any expenses as it works its way eastwards overnight. the wind is picking up, too. clear skies should follow to northern ireland and west wales, at the far north—west of thing. we will all get some rain for a while, temperatures reaching 13 or 1a degrees. we start cloudy with rain over england and wales, this pushes through during the morning with cloud breaking up eventually, needing to southern england and wales. fewer if any showers, more sunshine for northern england and sophie scholl, pleasant in the sunshine here but further showers arriving at a western
scotla nd showers arriving at a western scotland and northern ireland with a mixture of sunshine and showers as we head toward the end of the week. this is bbc news. the headlines: the government has published its blueprint for a "seamless" border between northern ireland and the republic after brexit, ruling out new customs posts. president trump has scrapped two advisory panels, he set up, after more business leaders on them resigned over his handling of violent clashes in cha rlottesville in virginia at the weekend. the mother of the protest heather heyer cold for people to pay attention. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. but theyjust magnified her. applause
the labour mp sarah champion quits from herfront bench role, and apologises for what she says was an extremely poor choice of words in a newspaper article about child abuse. new figures out today show that unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 1975 — but average earnings are still lagging behind inflation. at least 600 people are still missing after the sierra leone mudslide. the country's president says entire communities have been wiped out. ina in a moment, the long—running bin strike in birmingham is suspended after mounting rubbish caused misery for residents. the government has been outlining its hopes for a post—brexit frontier between northern ireland and the irish republic, through which people and goods can move freely. it wants no return to security checkpoints there. critics say the proposals lack credible details. today we've been hearing reaction from across the uk and the republic of ireland. jennifer mckeever, a business—owner
and vice—chair of the derry chamber of commerce, told the bbc about the concerns for businesses operating across the border. 0ur concerns oui’ concerns are very much 0ur concerns are very much around a ha rd 0ur concerns are very much around a hard order, there are obviously some of those, some of the content of the position paper that has come out today gives businesses some assurances, first of all that there will be or there should be a transitional period so that we are not looking at the cliff edge in march 2019, and then of course some of the narrative involved in these proposals are a very positive. but they are largely aspirational. 0ur concern is really that while both the british and irish and indeed european and northern ireland government all agree that there should be a frictionless border that is still very much aspirational at this stage. the irish nationalist party, sinn fein, has criticsed the plans. david cullinane, the party's brexit spokesman in the republic of ireland told the bbc any form of border
on the island is something to be avoided. what we will have is a border and the border between the north of ireland and the european union and britain and that is unacceptable that we have an eu frontier on the island of ireland. it is also compatible with many elements of the good friday agreement so this is very bad for ireland, that is no good brexit for ireland, there is no good brexit for ireland, there is no good eu frontierfor good brexit for ireland, there is no good eu frontier for ireland and to suggest that you can have a frictionless border and restrict the movement of goods and services are people on the island of ireland is a nonsense. meanwhile, the democratic unionist party, whose westminster mps support theresa may's government in a supply and confidence agreement, broadly welcomed today's proposals. we are pleased that the government has listened to the concerns which read northern ireland, concerns from unionists about e—border being drawn
across irish sea, concerns from nationalists a stiff border along the border between northern ireland and the irish republic. concerns of small businesses who do a lot of business across the border, concerns from people who move across the border on a regular basis and has brought forward a very well thought out paper with lots of ideas. mairead mcguinness, is a vice president of the european parliament and a mep for the ruling fine gael party in ireland. she told us today's developments should be seen as the start of a conversation. i think everyone must learn, including our government, that this is one about the politics rather thanjust technical is one about the politics rather than just technical and bureaucratic solutions. i think in northern ireland we didn't an assembly, and thatis ireland we didn't an assembly, and that is something i have concerns about. we're not hearing the voices of northern ireland strongly, we have the reality in northern ireland to stay in the european union and her concerns, this paper i hope will
start a conversation but it certainly is not going to be the final document. and i would imagine the uk site... in westminster, the conservative mp, theresa villiers who was northern ireland secretary between 2012 and 2016, welcomed the government's proposals. she told us there was the political will to find a workable solution. the government has set out some very constructive proposals which would enable a frictionless border to continue while the uk does withdraw from the customs union. i think it isa from the customs union. i think it is a very positive contribution to the debate, and i am encouraged by, as demonstrated by the reporting of shown, there is a real will on both sides of this negotiation to try and do everything we can to ensure that we do not return to the hard borders that might have existed in the past. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn has given his reaction to the government's proposals for northern ireland. he stressed the importance of the border remaining an open one. it seems to leave a lot of questions
unanswered, quite obviously leaving the eu there will be a problem. nobody wants a hard order. we certainly don't. and i hope that there can now be negotiations to make sure that there is a continuation of absolute freedom of movement between the republic and northern ireland. let's get more analysis on how the proposals set out today might work in practice. joining me is the trade expert anthony woolwich, who is a partner at the law firm hfw. we have the government's aspiration, what about like to achieve, what do you make of the practicalities of being able to achieve it? it will need the eq to try and achieve it. i am an optimistic about that and i was a year ago, because i think politically the eu one—year goal was facing potential collections of populist leaders, and eu in france, and the netherlands of course in
that it not happen. so i think it is not the case that there is a queue of countries waiting to leave the eu. because they see that the uk gets a very good deal. i think the eu can be very relaxed about that. i think it will be a difficult negotiation to try and achieve what the uk is seeking to achieve very recently, to try and minimise the risk for business. but of course there is the have your cake and eat it response which the eu has been giving, so although i am an optimistic than i would have been one yea rs optimistic than i would have been one years ago that something like this is achievable i think it will not be straightforward. the government have said a few months ago that we can do this through technology, that there are ways of for example being screened, screening goods coming across the land border, since there clearly is one between the republic and modern ireland, there is a point at which
you cross from one to the other. it does not matter because they're both eu, and it will matter when one is in one is not. they do not seem to think that is the best approach now, they seem to be working of the basis that we can make it easier for small businesses and try and find a simple hobby as possible of allowing big businesses to carry on with the work. isn't that an acknowledgement that it can't be frictionless? it is just a degree of how much friction you have, how many delays, how many obstacles that a re you have, how many delays, how many obstacles that are between bringing goods and services in and out of northern ireland. what the uk has argued for in the customs paper is of course why with northern ireland and ireland, i think the ireland situation is a very special one, if very particular one, nobody wants to see a return to difficulties in that area. and the eu has identified that
has one of its priorities, which is of course what has enabled the uk to bring up these customs proposals. now it is linked to a solution for northern ireland and ireland. of the two solutions at the uk has brought forward , two solutions at the uk has brought forward, one did focus on technology, the other one is a more ambitious arrangement which would effectively continue a customs union or having a new customs union, which is unprecedented. the technology solution is less ambitious, it is still ambitious because of course the technology will have to cope with a lot more customs declarations thanis with a lot more customs declarations than is the case at the moment. so the software that is currently being used will have to achieve still more in order to meet that increased quantity of goods. i suppose the timing is in —— is in some way u nfortu nate timing is in —— is in some way unfortunate because this is coming at the same time as the government
was planning to roll out manually chronic system for customs duties anyway, at all ports and airports around the uk so this is another wrinkle to that. in practical terms, if you have two different countries occupying the same landmass, if for the reasons of the recent political history and the fears of a return to trouble you say we cannot have a physical border, how then can you ever stop for example people coming from other parts of the eu into the uk, which will no longer be part of the eu because there is this kind of porous border or which they will be able to move with it seems nobody checking passports are stopping cars, and it almost seems to be as if it will be an act of faith.|j think you can draw a distinction between transit of goods and transit of people. and i think it is still possible that you can allow for
movement of goods between northern ireland and ireland but still retain some possibility of checking passports and of course we're not talking about checking passports of irish people coming into uk because the common travel area is still... that goes back decades before the eq existed. we are talking about the checking of passports,... surely you can checking of passports,... surely you ca n always checking of passports,... surely you can always check the passports in dublin or belfast airport, you cannot check them if the —— cannot ta ke cannot check them if the —— cannot take them at the border because the government said it will be no hard border. you cannot say to the eu do not cooperate and not expect us to this border because they will presumably the eu is worried about smugglers and things which could seep across the eu into the uk, using it as a back door. in that senseit using it as a back door. in that sense it is hard to see whether it's... sense it is hard to see whether it's. .. clearly it will need to be
worked out, and i can see the possibility of a passport check being able to be targeted as non—irish citizens. well at the same time allowing for the free movement of goods between the republic of ireland and northern ireland. thank you. i hope we will be able to talk to you again at some point when we have more clarification from the eu over how they are responding. over how they are respondinglj would be over how they are responding.” would be delighted. the headlines on bbc news: the government says it does not want any border posts between northern ireland and the republic of ireland in its new position paper on brexit. president trump scraps two of his own advisory panels after more business leaders on it quit over his handling of violent clashes in virginia. the labour mp sarah champion resigns from herfront bench role, and apologises for what she says was an extremely poor choice of words in a newspaper article about child abuse. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's
and frankfurt ended the day. and in the the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. some recovery had been wiped out after that story that the business councils were being wound up. the long—running bin strike in birmingham has been suspended after a breakthrough in talks between the city council and the union, unite. according to the arbitration service, acas, the council has agreed to keep jobs at the current pay grade, while the union will consider changing working patterns. this afternoon refuse collections resumed across the city. as sarah bishop reports. back with a smile on their faces, the binmen have a deal is happy with. now downgraded jobs or loss of thousands of pounds of pay, and in return the council want them to work
a five—day week. return the council want them to work a five-day week. we had to make a stand and we believe we have made it, following all the processes, and we have achieved that —— achieved our objective and we're happy. we can move on now and pay mortgages and get back and do a job. can move on now and pay mortgages and get back and do a jobm can move on now and pay mortgages and get back and do a job. it has taken a8 days of picketing and protest in to get here, and unions claim it as a victory for the workers. common sense has prevailed, this ultimately was about working people being asked to pay for mismanagement and four per practices of the past. that is not happening and that is a victory for common sense. members can be very proud of the ruling. in neighbourhoods across the ruling. in neighbourhoods across the city where robert has been festering there is now relief. hallelujah thank god for that, it has been such a relief knowing they have gone back to work. no more stinking streets in birmingham, it is about time. i am delighted.
unions paid tribute to this man, john clancy, for his part in brokering this deal. 0thers john clancy, for his part in brokering this deal. others have been critical of the time it has taken. this dispute has gone on for too long but it is important to welcome the fact that those involved came together and ultimately an agreement was concluded. not least because i cannot remember an event in birmingham when there has been quite as much expressions of public concern is to have been over this dispute. the only words from the council today, not words of the light and relief butjust council today, not words of the light and relief but just the reminder that no formal position on the dispute will be made until it has been a special cabinet meeting on thursday. he's back. after months of speculation, daniel craig has confirmed that he will playjames bond again — butjust one more time. so why the change of heart — here's chi chi izundu, this report contains flashing images. months of speculation, will daniel craig comeback
for a fifth time as 007? will you return as james bond? yes. daniel is the seventh actor to take on bond and is commercially the most successful of the franchise with skyfall being the first to break the $1 billion mark at the box office, it was only a matter of time before he was back home at mi6, regardless of how many times it's been destroyed in the films. despite the cars, the martinis on tap and of course the women, let's not forget that after the release of spectre daniel said he would rather slit his wrists than play the fictional mi6 spy again. and if you believe what you read in the press, he's going to be well—paid. and while daniel was mulling over that offer other names like idris elba were discussed. but for the fans, daniel is the man with the golden gun. after all of this regulation we finally have an answer and it's like in august. daniel craig has reinvented bond and his films are among the most
successful and critically acclaimed, so i think we are really glad we got the answer, we are looking forward to bond 25. he will be 51 by the time bond 25 hits the cinemas in 2019 and the stunts from spectre left him needing knee surgery. so it's understandable that he says this time is the last time. chi chi izundu, bbc news. joining me now isjohn rain, bond fan and host of the bond themed podcast smersh pod. you cant help without saying that with a slightly shone, a it is one of those names that evokes all of the kind of slightly comic book qualities of bond. and yet daniel craig seems to be casting out in a different direction, a harder, darker bond. has it been a success?
i suppose you could argue financially it has. from a fan point of view, it has always attracted new fans, but i don't know. it is kind of...a fans, but i don't know. it is kind of... a depressive bond if you like. it is evil bond and it is not really, it is difficult to say because it has been so successful, it is hard to gauge but i suppose yes you would conclude.” it is hard to gauge but i suppose yes you would conclude. i guess by your reaction there you are not, you do not feel quite like mace —— you do not feel quite like mace —— you do not feel quite like mace —— you do not feel like mr chaudhry in that report that it is christmas in august. not really, ithought report that it is christmas in august. not really, i thought he was brilliant in casino royale, i thought he was just what the franchise needed after about another day anyway. but i think gradually film by film it has been diminishing returns for me, personally. ifelt like a spectre it needed a shot in the arm, a refresh. in probably all areas. soda here that he's doing one more, itjust areas. soda here that he's doing one more, it just feels areas. soda here that he's doing one
more, itjust feels like going through the motions slightly.” more, itjust feels like going through the motions slightly. i am sure it will be ripped —— lucrative motions for him as an actor, and there will be lots of people seattle he deserves credit for having given ita he deserves credit for having given it a shot in the arm. is it one of those parts that you think increasingly the actors need to be changed frequently? the idea that in a sense james bond is not really a person so much as whoever happens to have the moniker 007 in front of the name for this particular period.” think so, i think it is dependent on age because that is a very fine line with bond, you have to start a new mid 30s and when you get to the point of your late a0s you run the risk of looking slightly ridiculous with roger running around the eiffel tower at 15 years older whatever he was in to a kill. and as your reporter said, daniel craig will be 50 or 51 by the time the next one comes out and you run the risk of
kissing 28 children and looking ridiculous. a bit ridiculous and sleazy in some ways. —— kissing 28—year—old women. the changes in the way they carried' there are things the more relaxed about like seeing a male and female actor in bed together, but in some ways we are more censorious about issues like for example the age difference. yes, i think bond as to tow the politically correct line these days, but there are a lot of people who like bond to cast it often be bond, and have fun. because this bond has certainly become stuck in porridge like a certainly become stuck in porridge likea quagmire certainly become stuck in porridge like a quagmire of misery and morals this which is hard to take sometimes. the last film was like having a road trip of the manic—depressive, the scenery is lovely but you're not having a great time. bond as hamlet, an intriguing thought. what about the future? he's
doing one more, the 25th film. that is no suggestion that the franchise will be wound up, certainly not at the point when it is so lucrative. who next? i don't know, i thought this would have been a great opportunity because spectre ends in a kind of i have quit, i am driving off my hat idea so this is a good opportunity to give someone else a chance. people have suggested idris elba, who i would be keen on. tom hardy michael fassbender. but these people are getting all is well so by the time the next one comes out... gazelle bubble surely be two overlap in. without a doubt. but by the time the next cycle comes along you are looking at a whole new group of, —— a whole new group and ijust don't know. could a woman be 007? why not? any names come to mind? not off the top of my head, no. i'm sure that if
someone out there. thank you. i hope one way or another for all the depressive moments that you still enjoy bond 25. in its home port of portsmouth. we know the queen elizabeth is big — she weighs 65,000 tonnes — but what else is there to know about the latest edition to britain's naval fleet. large crowds gathered to watch her right. the royal navy has never had a ship of this size before. hms queen elizabeth overshadowed everything around her. including portsmouth harbour, now her new home. a day to remember for the crowds who woke up early to see her in. and even a touch of nostalgia
for when britain ruled the waves. it is absolutely thrilling. i was so proud with it going by. it is absolutely amazing. i think it makes the country feel a lot safer. it puts you, you know, above everybody else really, doesn't it? for the past seven weeks the 700 crew have been testing her systems. it is the most complex warship ever built in the uk. a symbol of power and pride for the navy. but they believe, for the whole nation too. it puts us, the royal navy and the british armed forces, right back in the premier league. i think for a global, outward facing country like the united kingdom, as an island nation, completely dependent on sea trade, why wouldn't you want a strong royal navy? this is a big moment for the royal navy. its largest warship entering portsmouth for the very first time. it is also its most expensive warship. and it still needs jets, and other warships to protect her.
at a time when the ministry of defence is having to save billions of pounds. this former naval officer says the navy is already struggling to crewjust 19 frigates and destroyers. certainly right now there are not enough ships to protect it, there are not enough submarines to run in advance of it. and this is the worry, if we are not even in a situation right now, having delivered the platform itself, to protect the ship, how are we going to actually use it? on her first visit on board, the prime minister said the ship sent a signal that britain remains a global power. it will be another year before the first jets fly off this £3 billion ship. the new f 35 will also cost around £100 million each. it is a significant investment and a signal of ambition. but it will stretch already limited resources. jonathan beale, bbc news, portsmouth. it all that little bit tumbled that
portsmouth, let's to portsmouth to join darren for the forecast. i getting ahead of myself? it is all the middle of august! it is 2a degrees today, but that was more in the south—east of england. it has been a decent if many eastern areas and added rain coming in from the west right now. it will turn up at what expense of, and a bit heavier overnight as it pushes its way eastwards. cleaning away from scotla nd way eastwards. cleaning away from scotland and northern ireland are perhaps wales in the north—west of england by the end of the night so it is here we will see the lowest temperatures are around 30 degrees or so. we will get a spread of rain overnight for awhile. across southern and eastern england reign peters out, the cloud takes longer to break up and when it does we get some sunshine will trigger some showers, across southern england in
the midlands and into wales, and sophie scholl and probably dry with quite a bit of sunshine. but as we're back into showers across the north west of scotland and also northern ireland. there may be one or two showers and what looks like an interesting night match, the first in the uk, england versus the west indies at edgbaston. showers are not far away. they continue into the evening and we see wetter weather coming to northern ireland and scotland later in the night. that moves away quickly on friday morning and then we see another dose of heavy rain coming in to northern ireland, back over the irish sea. 0therwise sunshine and showers, southern and eastern parts of england largely dry with temperatures is a bit lower, 15 in glasgow, 21 in london. everything is rotating at the moment and in this area of low pressure. that will slowly move away over the weekend but as we head into saturday we will find a yes there will be sunshine around but we also find some
blustery wind and showers, too. then over the second half of the weekend we find the cloud thickening to rain on the way and a bit of tropical air, too. this is saturday, some strong blustery winds for many others. certainly in the sky to the south that it may be dry with a few more showers have not especially across northern part of scotland. then the rain later, and we were cold —— all the way back across the atlantic. this area of cloud of the hurricane, not a particularly strong one and it will not be allocated heads our way but what it will do is combine and jostle with an area of low pressure that we have across eastern canada, the two race the way across the atlantic heading towards the uk, drawing in some warmer air but also the threat of heavy rain. that should arrive across northern ireland in addition to many other areas later on but a bit of uncertainty about that. in philippa thomas, and this is
outside source. a memorialfor the woman who was killed when a car drove into her in the us town of charlottesville. heather heyer‘s mother had this message stop whale. they tried to kill my daughter to shut her up. guess what? you just magnified her. president trump's apparent defence of the white supremacists who organised the rally heather heyer was protesting has led many senior business leaders to distance themselves from the white house. the uk government has published plans for the borderfor the northern ireland and republic of ireland after brexit. we will get into the details. grief and anger in freetown as
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