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today at five. the chancellor refuses to spend money to prepare for a ‘no—deal‘ brexit — until the very last moment. he tells mps that he doesn't want to take money away from essential areas unless it's absolutely necessary. every pound we spend on contingent preparations for a hard customs border is a pound that we can't spend on the nhs or social care or education or deficit reduction. we'll have the latest. as the bbc is being told there was a i’ow as the bbc is being told there was a row on this issue of funding at the cabinet meeting yesterday. the other main stories on bbc news at five. the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is suspended by bafta following allegations of sexual misconduct over three decades. spain's prime minister demands clarification from catalonia on whether or not it has formally declared independence. the energy regulator ofgem says it will extend its pre—payment price—cap to one million vulnerable households this winter.
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and britain's gold medal winning swimmer adam peaty is honoured with an mbe at buckingham palace. it's 5 o'clock. our main story is that the chancellor philip hammond has rejected calls for him to spend money now on preparing for the possibility of britain leaving the european union — without a formal brexit deal. mr hammond, who'll unveil his budget next month, told a parliamentary committee that he'd make money available in a ‘timely‘ manner when needed — but he was not prepared to take funding from other areas such as health or education. the bbc has been told that yesterday
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at the cabinet meeting at downing street there was a row between some ministers on this issue of contingency funding in the event of ano contingency funding in the event of a no deal brexit. our political correspondent leila nathoo has more details. still smiles for now but brexit talks are faltering, and so, the no deal scenario has begun to loom. this morning, in the times, the chancellor philip hammond, a key remain voice in the cabinet, wrote that he was preparing for that and all outcomes, but would only spend money when it was responsible to do so. speaking to the commons treasury committee this morning, he clarified his comments. every pound we spend on contingent preparations for a hard customs border is a pound that we can't spend on the nhs, social care, or education or deficit reduction. so we will be ready, we will spend the money, in a timely fashion, to ensure that we are ready, but we will not spend it earlier than necessary, just to make some demonstration point.
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at prime minister's questions, theresa may said £250 million of new money had already been given to departments to prepare for brexit but she denied gearing up to sever ties. we are not ramping up a no deal scenario, we are actively working, actively working with the negotiations with the european union to ensure that we set out and get a good deal, the right dealfor britain, for a brighter future for this country. but brexiteers in parliament are frustrated at the progress of negotiations and the insistence by brussels that divorce matters must be resolved first before talks can turn to trade. they want the chancellor to show the eu that he is serious about leaving without an agreement. he needs to do the sums, he needs to set aside precisely the sort of sums we need, which i imagine will run into billions of pounds. what we cannot have is a state of affairs where if we do terminate negotiations or the eu indicates it is not prepared to do a deal with us,
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we are left scrambling to find the infrastructure we need to operate the new systems. business is banking on a transition period to adjust to a new relationship with the eu but there is anxiety about the two sides not striking a deal in time and how any new arrangements on customs and the rest would be brought in. i think it is right for the contingency plan to be drawn up, the concern is the length of time left to put those contingency plans into operation. in their white paper they talk about setting up an inland customs port, so, clearly, things like land would have to be bought, systems introduced, people recruited and trained. and there is not long to go. more than a quarter of the way through brexit negotiations, there is not yet any sign of a deal, within government preparing for that eventuality is for some a premature admission of defeat. for others it is a show of strength that britain will not be pushed around.
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all camps want the talks to move on but it is for brussels to decide when. leila nathoo, bbc news, westminster. in a moment we will speak to the former conservative leader iain duncan smith. but vicki young is here. what can you tell us. another fault line but vicki young is here. what can you tell us. anotherfault line in the conservative party of the brexit. the cabinet meeting yesterday, we were not told officially but we understand from different cabinet sources that there was what was called a robust exchange was dubbed that is obviously a diplomatic wording for a pretty big row about this issue of contingency planning. the row was really all about how much preparation we do for a no deal scenario. and how much money you put
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behind that and crucially when you do it. philip hammond the chance are very much seen do it. philip hammond the chance are very much seen as do it. philip hammond the chance are very much seen as the standard—bearer for the remaining side of the argument when it comes to eu, to in an article in the times newspaper he said it's not willing to ta ke newspaper he said it's not willing to take money away from things like education and the nhs to put it into something at this point, he said that would not be the best use of public funds. he does not have the money to do that. but there are are many others that think the british government has got to show it is serious about walking away from the table with no deal and that in turn could lead to a much better deal in the end. so the row has continued, philip hammond today as we heard in front of the select committee, his critics say he's just not positive enough about the possibility for brexit, that he and the treasury have a jaundiced view of brexit and when he and gives this evidence in public he is always much too negative and just emphasises all the risks. of horses friends say he is
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not being pessimistic but realistic about the challenges ahead and the criticism of the other side is that they're just being too blase about all the things that need to be done in orderfor the all the things that need to be done in order for the uk all the things that need to be done in orderfor the uk to all the things that need to be done in order for the uk to whether what could be a storm when we leave the eu. you mentioned that letter in the times newspaper but in that parliamentary session today when the chancellor was asking —— was answering questions, he did not back away from that and just underlined other issues including the possibility of flights being quoted between the uk and the eu if there was to be no deal. some have accused of scaremongering, the fuller quote to be fairto of scaremongering, the fuller quote to be fair to he said it was highly unlikely and he said it was theoretically conceivable. but he said no sensible really thought it would come to that. but i think it just shows the differences there are within the party. what was interesting was him saying i will not put the money in and then within a couple of hours theresa may
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pointedly getting up in the house of commons are saying here is 250 million that we have already handed over to some departments for this kind of planning including a no deal scenario. so that is where we are because i think of this being brought about now and its argument is happening because there are fears in the government that these talks with brussels have somewhat stalled. but the eu are simply unwilling to move but the eu are simply unwilling to m ove o nto but the eu are simply unwilling to move onto the next stage to talk about our future relationship and so the words no deal are being heard much more around the corner was just opposite in the house of commons than a few weeks ago. many thanks. and we're going to straight to the palace of westminster and former conservative leader ian duncan smith. do you comment the approach of the chancellor to contingency funding? actually i do not agree with what i heard this morning but i do agree with the prime minister and her correction of that, i thought
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that she was very clear. i disagree with vicki young on one point, this is not just about showing the with vicki young on one point, this is notjust about showing the eu that we mean business. you need to plan for all this, quite a lot of this anyway would need to be in place even if we got a free trade arrangement. so we have to get on with it. and if we do not we will be going to the wto and we will need to make arrangements for that as well. so this money has got to be investment —— invested in terms of making our system is all right and everything for the time of our departure. so the position of the prime minister took, but we will spend money, and spend it as and when required. the chancellor clearly saying he does not see the case for taking money away from essential areas like health and education until the time is right or the last moment, that was the kind of phrase used for the usa that is not the reading that you can agree with. how can you leave these things to the last moment. the last moment
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would be too late. because we are leaving on the 19th of march 2019 so these arrangements have already started and they need to be accelerated through and they have to be done and set long before we leave. so that people know and businesses know that they have the confidence to understand how systems will work, how we will get over certain issues, and if we go down the wto ruled. but we have to know a lot about anyway for one will actually going to be going for a free—trade arrangements so the practical and sensible arrangement is to spend the money and invest that as you need to do so to get the civil servants, get all the arrangements in place well and truly in time. that is the right way to go and not leave it to the last minute and not leave it to the last minute and then be in a panic because you do not know how you're going to do it. is your conviction on this telling our viewers that you are increasingly expecting a no deal brexit? no i think the key element
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here is we want to have a decent free—trade arrangements with the eu we have been after all in an arrangement for a0 years, we are friends and allies, the reason why they should not. we don't want to end up in a can of trade war with them. they would be the losers in them. they would be the losers in the end if we did. and financial services are not tariff services anyway. so the reality is we want to say to them and have been saying you need to get on with this. we also need to get on with this. we also need to get on with this. we also need to say to them if you do not wa nt to need to say to them if you do not want to do it and do not get on with it we will be ready to take the other road which is world trade rules, where the rest of the world lies. so both those elements are bigger critical to negotiation and also to the sense that we know where we're going and how we're going to get there and exactly what we need to do when we get there. i think thatis to do when we get there. i think that is important. the lineage invest the money, the prime minister was right and show leadership by making that statement and the whole of the party pretty much goes along
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with that. are you surprised by reports and credible reports apparently, that there was a bust up yesterday on the issue of contingency funding. yesterday on the issue of contingency fundinglj yesterday on the issue of contingency funding. i do not know what to make of so—called cabinet bust ups. you have conflicting reports all the time. when i sat in cabinet we did not have any bust ups and we went out and found the media said that we did. so do not rake over the tea leaves too much, the prime minister was clear today, she said we will spend the money necessary and everyone is in line with that. and i think the chancellor has accepted that, i understand. would you mind staying with us for a moment, ijust want understand. would you mind staying with us for a moment, i just want to bring you back on another area. the prime minister has defended the extension of the government's flagship welfare reform — universal credit — which merges six working—age benefits into a single payment. it's being introduced in 50 job centres across the uk every month, but there are concerns about the impact it's having, and the long
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wait for some claimants. the conservative mp heidi allen expressed her concern that some claimants faced a delay of six weeks before getting their money. the in—built six—week waitjust does not work. my question is to the prime minister would she consider meeting with the so i can explain to her white if we reduced that waiting time we will do a betterjob of supporting bothjust time we will do a betterjob of supporting both just about time we will do a betterjob of supporting bothjust about manage and families who are struggling to make ends meet and have no savings to cover them over that period. while work and pensions secretary, iain duncan smith was one of the architects of universal credit. he is still with me. this is six weeks weight is causing a huge amount of pain and distress for some people. what you put that down to customer let me just explain something, the way they're rolling out universal credit, merging the six benefits, they were all paid differently and no one knew where
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they wear, that is being done very carefully stage by stage. so it is a relatively small number of people receiving universal credit and therefore the reason for that is you test to see how it works and if there is an issue as a merged earlier in the year with the delay, then they already have the facilities to make advance payments at two weeks and that image alleviate that problem. and i'm told reliably that since the early problems were fixed, they're now in a decision on whether paying a significant amount of those who have had difficulty immediately getting those payments, some within 2a hours. that has now been changed and all that is now set. 0ne hours. that has now been changed and all that is now set. one other point, everyone says universal credit is causing debt but it is not, 60% of those coming on to universal credit are carrying major debts from housing benefit and from failed tax credits. universal credit identifies those and clears those debts quickly. so they arrive with
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depth and universal credit is clearing them. those who say it is creating debts are simply not correct. and this whole point of test online is about making sure we do not make the same mistakes that tax credit had when it was launched. almost a million people did not get money for months on end because the system did not work. so this slow roll—out process was designed to deal with this and then move to the next level. my personal position has a lwa ys next level. my personal position has always been the last chancellor george osborne took money out of universal credit a year and a half ago before i resigned, resigned over that and some other issues and i would like the government to think about putting money back in. but the roll—out process is the correct one and they're roll—out process is the correct one and they‘ re dealing roll—out process is the correct one and they're dealing with those immediate problems and issues and resolving them. no system is perfect, and this system probably for many people is not perfect either. if you were to go back to the start of the process what would you change? well the whole system is structured around what our concerns
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we re structured around what our concerns were at the beginning. the only thing that i would want to change if i would like the mike trgovac in two universal credit that was taken out beer and a half ago. because i felt need to give those people that money to make sure work always pays. but the structure of this is designed so that people, the vast majority of people going onto universal credit will already have been on things like monthly payments, they will all ready have a month in arrears from previous benefits. the idea is to give flexibility to the job centre who will now deal with them through the time of their unemployment and as they going to work for them to be able to understand the problem of that group and to work with them to resolve it to get in debt counselling, make sure they get in the money early enough, that is now reset and beginning to work quite well and you will see over 50% are receiving the money immediately, 80% now been resolved. 0ne receiving the money immediately, 80% now been resolved. one problem is this still a stubborn group that will not identify themselves and
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that makes it difficult for them to be able to receive some of that support because they cannot complete their claims. and that refusal to identify themselves as a critical element, otherwise you pay out money to people who could be defrauding system. thank you forjoining us. buckingham palace has just system. thank you forjoining us. buckingham palace hasjust announced a short time ago that the queen, her duties on remembrance weekend are to change. they will be modified this year. nicholas witchel is here to tell us more. the cenotaph, remembrance sunday, for the first time the queen is going to watch the ceremony of remembrance at the cenotaph from the balcony of the foreign office normally accommodated by less senior members of the royal family. after a brief will be led by the prince of wales. buckingham palace says this is at her request. the issue, at the age of 91, standing on whitehall for something like 25 minutes is not easy. a few
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yea rs like 25 minutes is not easy. a few years ago there was an attempt to get some of the political leaders to lay their wreaths as a group to speed up the process. they resisted that, they wanted their moment of glory. so i think the queen has now concluded that considering her husband has retired as we know from many duties, that it is the moment for her and her husband to watch this very important moment, the national moment of remembrance when the wreaths were laid at the cenotaph to remember the war dead, she will still be there but for the first time she will watch rather than laying a wreath. she has been absent on some occasions when she has been abroad on foreign visits but this perhaps now the way it will be in future years. though that is not confirmed. it is a very traditionally busy weekend for the queen, the festival of remembrance at the royal albert hall, a long evening and then of course the events at the cenotaph the next day.
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a highly visible change. she will still attend the festival of remembrance at the royal albert hall although i think the duke of edinburgh will not attend that. that will be against a visible indication of his retirement from public duties. but they will both be at the cenotaph. it is a very important weekend for the most obvious reasons, a duty that certainly she and the duke of edinburgh taken extremely seriously. the prince of wales will just have extremely seriously. the prince of wales willjust have returned from a foreign visit and it is a sign of, the lightning of the load on the queen. purely for physical reasons. at the age of 91 it is one must imagine pretty burdensome to stand on what is often a very cold day for almost half an hour in the centre of whitehall. many thanks. the actress rose mcgowan has called for the board of the weinstein company to be dissolved following allegations of sexual harassment against its co—founder harvey weinstein. the film producer was dismissed
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from the firm after claims about his behaviour from numerous women. weinstein's wife georgina chapman has announced that she's leaving him, after ten years of marriage. and the former us president barack 0bama and his wife michelle have expressed their disgust about the allegations. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. as the accusations against harvey weinstein become an avalanche, his wife, british fashion designer georgina chapman, has announced leaving him, saying her heart breaks for all the women who have suffered pain because of him. high—profile former friends too are distancing themselves. former president 0bama said, "michelle and i have been disgusted by the recent reports about harvey weinstein. any man who demeans and degrades women in such fashion needs to be condemned and held accountable. regardless of wealth or status." earlier today model and actress zoe brock told the bbc that during the 1997 cannes film festival he brought her back to a hotel under false pretences.
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harvey walked out of the room and he came back naked. he came back naked? naked. and he said he wanted a massage. isaid, no. harvey weinstein has said that all encounters with women have been consensual. i hope he's watching. say that to my face, harvey. i would happily stand in a court room and testify. happily. silver linings playbook. there have been rumours about his behaviour for many years, even being joked about at an oscar's announcement. congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. some of hollywood's biggest names say that they have repelled his advances, when paltrow, angelina jolie, ashleyjudd. three other women have
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accused him of rape, accusations that he says are totally untrue. his spokesperson said... there are reports that weinstein has left america to seek treatment, hollywood and the world is asking how many women have been caused unthinkable pain by his actions? the prime minister of spain — mariano rajoy — says he wants clarification from catalonia on whether or not it has formally declared independence. he accused the catalan leadership of dangerous and disloyal actions by holding the recent referendum on independence. yesterday the catalan leader, carles puigdemont, signed a declaration of independence from spain, but suspended it to allow further talks. the country has been in turmoil
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since the disputed referendum when catalans voted to secede from spain in a poll considered unlawful by the spanish government. 0ur correspondent james reynolds reports now from madrid. the spanish cabinet, meeting this morning in madrid, wants catalonia to stay inside spain. for now, the government has put off emergency measures against the region. instead, the prime minister has a simple question for the catalan leader. we need him to formally tell us whether or not he has declared independence, mariano rajoy said. this will give our citizens the certainty they need. this is the speech that confuses the spanish government. last night, carles puigdemont, the catalan president, said his region had won the right to independence but would suspend its declaration. possibly trying to have it both ways.
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this morning, catalans in barcelona were unsure of what may come next. translation: we are in the same position, or worse off, than we were yesterday. and there is more doubt now, because i think it would be difficult for a state to arrange dialogue. translation: how much longer will this go on? we will be like this for some weeks, then we will go back to the drama. i really don't understand. here in madrid, there is a mood among some for tough action. conservatives scorn and dismiss the authorities over in catalonia. they say that catalonia must obey the laws of spain. among people out this morning in madrid there was a feeling of uncertainty. translation: in my opinion eventually carles puigdemont realised that he was getting into big trouble. it's like a truce, but after the way he did it i'm not quite sure how he is going to solve the situation.
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it is very complicated for us but above all, for catalans. translation: i think the whole of spain should vote and decide if we want catalonia to remain in spain or not. this afternoon, spain's prime minister came to the country's parliament to try to win support for his catalonia policy. all in this capital now wait to hear back from the catalan leader. we can speak to james who is in madrid now. some suggestions, the spanish government giving some kind of deadline to the catalan leader, can you tell us more? this has been reported by the spanish media in madrid. the media suggests the authorities here will give the cata la n authorities here will give the catalan authorities five days in which to respond to this question, was independence declared or not. and then if the catalan authorities
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said yes it was, the spanish authorities would then give the cata la ns authorities would then give the catala ns until thursday next authorities would then give the catalans until thursday next week to ta ke catalans until thursday next week to take that decision back. that is being reported by the spanish media here, we need to confirm that the game with the government but that is the indication of the kind of timetable laid out by authorities here madrid, it could change. many thanks for the update. survivors of the grenfell tower fire whose immigration status was uncertain are to be given the chance to become permanent residents of the uk. the government announcement came as the inquest was opened into the 68th victim of the grenfell tower fire. the coroner said she expected to open only two more inquests. 0ur reporter simonjones is outside the inquest in central london. first of all just tell us what happened at the inquest today. today
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was the opening of the inquest into mrs moore, 78 years old, she lived on the 21st floor of grenfell tower. that was to 15 residents but only nine of them survived. her family said that she loved living in this country, she was originally from the philippines but she had been living here for more than a0 years. as part of the inquest we heard that her remains were found in her flat and the coroner also said at the end of the coroner also said at the end of the inquest that she hoped that this process of opening, adjourning and suspending the inquest to allow the police investigation to continue was now finally coming to an end. the other point on this issue of immigration status, what can you tell us about that? in the wake of the tragedy you will remember that the tragedy you will remember that the government issued an amnesty to people aware of immigration status, perhaps they were living in the
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tower illegally or perhaps did not have the right paperwork to prove that they had the right to be year. the government issued that amnesty because they wanted people to come forward and help the police investigation. today they have said that after a year those who are affected can now apply for an additional two years to remain in the country and then an additional two years after that. and after five yea rs two years after that. and after five years they could qualify for permanent residency here. the government says people who have been through so much need to have some degree of certainty. thank you. heavy rain and flooding is causing disruption in parts of cumbria. several schools and roads have been closed — and train services disrupted. the environment agency has issued 18 flood alerts and eight flood warnings. borrowdale is one of the worst affected areas — with two bridges closed. northern rail says lines are blocked due to floods between carlisle and maryport. time for a look at the weather. here's phil avery.
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well that is the headline, because the weather front has been very slow moving working its way down and across the british isles. 211 millimetres following within the past 2a hours at harleston pass. not with the same intensity, that journey of the front will be completed overnight, the skies will clear for a completed overnight, the skies will clearfor a time behind that completed overnight, the skies will clear for a time behind that weather front and in them the north, temperatures down to single figures. so chilly start to the day. but if you're fed up with the rain, a lot of dry weather on thursday. except for perhaps the far north of scotland. but in the south west, feeling a bit fresher but still around 18 degrees. but friday, a new
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set of weather fronts bringing in war cloud and set of weather fronts bringing in warcloud and rain set of weather fronts bringing in war cloud and rain into scotland, the cumbrian fells, northern ireland, generally speaking further south drier and brighter day to come. this is bbc news — the headlines: the chancellor, philip hammond, says he's not yet ready to authorise the expenditure needed to prepare for britain leaving the european union without a deal. film producer harvey weinstein is suspended by bafta over allegations of sexual harassment. the academy says such behaviour has no place in the industry. spain's prime minister, mariano rajoy, has accused the catalan authorities of mounting a disloyal and very dangerous attack on the country's constitution. the energy regulator 0fgem has said it will extend its prepayment price cap to 1 million vulnerable households this winter. let's catch up with the sports news.
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there was celebration in argentina last night as the real message that is the world cup in a dramatic final day of world cup qualifiers which also saw cristiano ronaldo's portugal make it to russia. chilly in the world cup in a dramatic final day of world cup qualifiers which also saw cristiano ronaldo's portugal make it to russia. gillian evans will miss out. mrs scored a hat—trick and sealed their place at next summer's tournament. he said it wasn't easy playing in a high altitude but it would have been crazy had they not qualified. it has been. it's been described as the most "embarrasssing night in us soccer history" and "simply devastating" by american journalists — the usa failing to reach the world cup for the first time since 1986. a draw against trinidad and tobago would've been enough, but they lost 2—1.
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the united states' elimination was in part thanks to panama's win last night. they beat costa rica to reach the world cup finals for the very first time. the president of panama has declared today to be a national holiday. the football association of wales want chris coleman to stay on as manager of the national team, despite their failure to reach the world cup finals. his contract expires next summer and, after their defeat to the republic of ireland on monday, coleman said he would let the dust settle before thinking about his future. i think this team or this group of still got at least one tournament in them. the thing is now after all the success and all the big games, now they've got a year where really there is nothing competitive at all. it very much depends on any sort of offers he has got. i don't know, it
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is very difficult to decide what he should or shouldn't do. england women's interim manager mo marley has named her first squad for the team's friendly away to france next friday. there are three absentees from the squad that beat russia last month, in what was mark sampson's final match in charge, but there were no new call—ups. goalkeeper karen bardsley and striker ellen white miss out through injury, whilst defender laura bassett is unavailable after joining australia club canberra united. meanwhile, england have qualifed for the knock—out stages of the under—17s world cup in india. they beat mexico 3—2, making it two wins from two. rhian brewster opened the scoring six minutes before the break. further goals from phil foden and jadon sancho. ensuring victory, despite a late comeback from mexico. they take on iraq in the final group game on saturday. he may need surgery to repair the
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injury, he may be out that weeks. it comes as the bbc was told a player strike is feasible. he said the current level of injuries is not sustainable. players will have a big say over the next 12 or 18 months. to try to find that this holy grail which when i was involved in trying to search for that for a long time, and it is difficult. something will give and eventually if the players feel it is too much, if they decide not to turn out then there isn't much of a product if no one is on the pitch. scotland have named seven uncapped players they will be hoping to
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emulate similar performances as this one of new zealand's last year where they managed to draw against the former world champions. their campaign starts the end of this month against tonga. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on the bbc sport website. i will be back with more at 6:30pm. more on the main story — the chancellor phillip hammond has rejected calls for him to spend money right now on preparing for the possibility of britain leaving the eu without a formal brexit deal. mr hammond said he would only authorise such expenditure at the very last moment. in an appearance before the commons treasury committee, mr hammond also warned of the possibility of all flights between the uk and european union being grounded if there's no deal. let's explore some of those points. chris morris from the bbc‘s reality check is here. there's been a row about money — how much will this cost?
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that is part of the problem. nobody really knows. i think it is safe to say it would run into billions because it affects all areas of life. let's just take one, because it affects all areas of life. let'sjust take one, customs. 0n life. let'sjust take one, customs. on monday we had a white paper setting out plans for customs in the future including contingency plans for a no deal. things like companies being asked to deliver goods for inspection, way in land to avoid congestion ports. all sorts of possibilities. the trouble is even hmr see themselves as said we could be talking about 130,000 companies that don't use customs at the moment to export the eu which was that may have do. in no deal scenario they would have to do it very quickly. to get prepared for that you would have to set up infrastructure in land, ta ke to set up infrastructure in land, take on possibly thousands of people. there is an argument for saying is all very well say we won't spend until the last moment but you
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should probably be recruiting staff right now if you think will fail. 0ne right now if you think will fail. one of the most eye—catching things to date was the idea that flights could be grounded. the context is really important. if there is no deal went we know it? if we knew at a summit this descender it would not work, the arguments are too complicated, then we would at least have 15 months to prepare before we got to brexit day. the realfear have 15 months to prepare before we got to brexit day. the real fear i think and that is where the problem comes in with the aeroplanes, what if we thought we had a tentative deal and a couple of weeks before brexit our parliament or the european parliament or the european court ofjustice, someone said this won't work. that is when if you have not prepare properly and don't have an not prepare properly and don't have c not prepare properly and don't have an agency to control air safety, the moment we are part of the european
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air moment we are part of the european a i r safety moment we are part of the european air safety agency and the open skies agreement which allows planes to and land in eu airports, if we are not pa rt land in eu airports, if we are not part of that and we don't have our own regulatory bodies then the planes can't take off. it is very unlikely, as mr hammond said, but theoretically it is possible and thatis theoretically it is possible and that is what we have to prepare for. but the more it is discussed the more complexity is revealed and all the things they might have to tackle in the event of no formal deal. it isn't just a truffle, in the event of no formal deal. it isn'tjust a truffle, the registry framework is much bigger and there are other issues. his body much everything. if you think about the sort of things that could be affected by this. one of the things we have, drugs, at the moment we are pa rt we have, drugs, at the moment we are part of the european medicines agency, it decides on the safety of drugs. if we are suddenly no longer pa rt drugs. if we are suddenly no longer part of that and we haven't set up our own regulator, then again in theory it temporarily we probably couldn't export drugs manufactured here to the rest of the eu. there is
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the european chemicals agency, the community plant variety office, the maritime safety agency, i could go on. there are dozens of regulatory bodies which if we leave we need to set up arrow equivalent. if you have time to do that it can be done. it isa time to do that it can be done. it is a conjugated task. but if suddenly something goes wrong when you crash out without warning, it would be impossible. that is the cliff edge that people talk about. finally, so viewers are more familiar with the timetable, what is the next stage of negotiations? there is a press conference tomorrow, we've just had the fifth round of talks this week in brussels. i don't think we expect anything particularly exciting out of that, frankly. next week there is a european summit were all eu leaders will gather. it seems almost certain they won't declare sufficient prose aggressor has been made for us to move on to talk about trade. those negotiations have to get back to the nitty—gritty again,
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particularly on the issue of the divorce bill. the next eu summit will be in december. i think if by thenit will be in december. i think if by then it looks like no agreement is coming, that is when plans were in no deal scenario which very few people want, certainly not the prime minister or other eu leaders, if by the end of this year we are really getting nowhere we have to start taking that seriously. chris, thank you. more on the news that spain's prime minister mariano rajoy has put catalonia on notice that it could impose direct rule on the region. and the sense of a deadline unless they clarify whether or not they have formally declared independence, because we had yesterday's speech by the catalan president where he declared independence but that was followed quickly by suspension to
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make room for more talks. so there isa make room for more talks. so there is a lack of clarity. my colleague, tim willcox, is in barcelona. many thanks. by my reckoning, catalonia was an independent state for about 30 seconds last night. that was after the declaration by ca rles that was after the declaration by carles puigdemont when he said the referendum meant it was an independent state and it was retracted about 30 seconds later saying it would be suspended to keep the door open for talks. both sides seem the door open for talks. both sides seem to be a parallel universes. the deadline you were talking about, five days, presumably monday the 16th of october five days, presumably monday the 16th of 0ctoberfor five days, presumably monday the 16th of october for carles puigdemont to respond and he in turn has asked to members of the spanish government and to members to meet a mediator. all of this on a referendum spain says a legal and has broken the constitution. let's talk to albert arroyo, a secretary
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of and also a lawyer,. how is carles puigdemont going to respond? first i would like to say we were expecting a proposal, gesture. yesterday we decided to freeze the declaration of independence to open a dialogue. so another deadline, another notification we should reply before next monday. this is a referendum madrid says is illegal. yes. you are right. but the fact is we need a dialogue and instead of that madrid and the president have not moved an inch. they are imposing a new deadline. that is not the best way to create a nice atmosphere to have a dialogue. he is playing this by the book but potentially invoking an article which has never been used
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before. it is absolutely new. we have no reference. but again as my colleague said, we need to play the game inside the pitch. the regional government is currently outside the pitch so what dialogue can we have? they have to come back to the law and democracy. once they are inside the pitch we convey the game but we will not play outside. the prime minister is using for the first time this article and i think he hasjust started the process by notifying the regional precedent and requesting them to clarify aspects and abide by them to clarify aspects and abide by the law. i think madrid should start talking politics instead of sticking to the logistical arguments. heber here in spain the government always said we cannot discuss politics, we cannot offer political responses to what the basque are asking for because there is violence in the basque country. here there is no
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violence. so we should be able to discuss any political will as it has been expressed twice by the people of catalonia. mariano rajoy disputes that as well. just one point, if direct rule were imposed here it would be a massive change to the running of this region. surely it would be counter—productive? would not it feed the nationalist cause?|j not it feed the nationalist cause?” think there is no other solution. imagine a parish or a county in britain declaring they are above the law. we have to go back to the census and to the pitch which is the constitutional legal framework. i think the prime minister is basically going to use this article to order in regional elections. we are out of time. thank you both very much. both sides implacably opposed as you can see, even here with their
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supporters let alone with the cata la n supporters let alone with the catalan president and mariano rajoy. the energy regulator 0fgem has announced a price cap on energy bills for a million low—income households — saving them on average £120 a year. but a wider cap, proposed by the prime minister last week for millions of other customers, is unlikely to happen before the winter. our personal finance correspondent simon gompertz has the story. how to put a lid on gas and electricity prices for 12 million households on high, standard variable tariffs? the government has been pushing the regulator 0fgem to do it. 0fgem thinks it doesn't have the power to go that far. that is a matter for parliament and we will see how quickly that will go through. i cannot tell you how quickly that will or will not go through parliament. but what i can tell you is that we will be ready to implement it as soon as it does. the prime minister said she would move to impose a full cap. this government will publish
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a draft bill to put a price cap on energy bills. the government hoped the bill would not be needed in the end if 0fgem took action. but now a full cap for this winter looks unlikely. what will this mean for customers' energy bills? there will be a limited price cap from this february. that will come in for the 1 million households which qualify for the warm home discount. they are expected to save around £120 a year. and next year 0fgem has plans to extend that cap. that will mean savings for a further 2 million vulnerable households. so it is something to control gas and electricity bills but not as much as ministers wanted. i welcome their recognition that the market is not working for many consumers. but i do not think it goes far enough and fast enough. i think it is important that consumers who are overpaying should be given some relief from that. so that is why i will proceed
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and bring forward legislation later this week that will compel them to do that. meanwhile, suppliers say more people are switching energy deals to get their bills down. and several have signalled that they will soon start phasing out standard variable tariffs. as of the first quarter of next year we're going to be moving thousands customers every day off the svt. and we will move them onto one of our other tariffs. at its most basic that will be fixed price deal which will be priced lower than the standard variable tariff. which means just as a government cap on expensive energy comes in in time for winter a yearfrom now, suppliers could be well into a programme of moving customers away from those problems tariffs in any case. simon gompertz, bbc news. the trial of an army sergeant accused of sabotaging his wife's
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parachute has today heard from the man who packed the parachute. emile cilliers is accused of removing vital pieces of victoria cillier‘s chute in an attempt to kill her. but the man who checked her chute two months before the incident, said that in the hundreds of chutes he'd checked not one had the key parts missing or incorrectly fitted. from winchester crown court duncan kennedy reports. this is the man who checked and packed the reserve parachute and today gave evidence for the prosecution. first i would check any safety notifications or bulletins which i've already done. he made this video for the court showing how he checks a reserve chute. pointing out every key parts including the slinks all ties at the of this trial. these are slinks, this is a little connection device. the prosecution tuition claim these were removed to sabotage the parish wrote in an effort to kill her. mr westley
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later told the court he had packed around 500 reserve chutes. then he was asked three questions by the brusque ouschan. had he ever seen slinks that were not done properly, not properly fitted or were missing? to each question he replied, no. the court has heard that the accused tampered with his wife's parachute of the day before the incident. the jury of the day before the incident. the jury were taken to see where she landed after falling a000 feet. she lived but suffered serious injuries. the defendant listen to every detail in court today and has denied to charges of attempting to kill his wife. the jury asked whether it was possible to sabotage at parachute in these toilets at the airbase. the judge said all their questions will be answered as this trial progresses. a p pa re ntly
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apparently too much emphasis on passing exams is not giving children enough knowledge of subjects. it was called the "battle of the sexes" — a tennis match like no other. bobby riggs, a former wimbledon champion, took on the greatest female player of the time, to show that equality in sport could never happen. but he lost the match, and aa years on a film based on that encounter has been made. our correspondent, david sillito, met the great champion at the centre of it all — billie—jean king. billie jean king. the greatest female tennis player of her generation. i like pressure. i'm built for that kind of match. i always was built for that kind of match. this match is for all the guys around the world that feel as i do, the male is king, the male is supreme. bobby riggs, ageing tennis champion and self—confessed
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male chauvinist pig. the battle of the sexes, one of the most extraordinary matches in the history of tennis. 90 million people were watching. billie jean king, a pleasure to meet you. aa years later, i met the real billiejean see what she made of seeing her life turned into a movie. watching that film for the first time, it comes to an end, what's going through your mind? wow. that really happened! despite all the bravado, riggs has been working out every evening. this is the real bobby riggs. he was a hustler, he wanted to make some money. but for billiejean this was more than just a tennis match. it represents so much. it represents equality, it represents freedom. and the women who saw it have come up to me and it empowered them and gave them self—confidence. and the men come up to me and they go, they're the ones that are very emotional and sometimes have tears in their eyes and they'll say, i have a daughter now and that absolutely changed my whole outlook and how i'm going to
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raise my children. for the first time wimbledon met little miss chubby legs with the owl like glasses. it was a very different era. billiejean was at the time fighting for fair treatment for women players. but what did she really think of bobby riggs? what makes you think that i won't be able to psych you out of the match just like i did margaret? what makes you think that? i thought he was adorable and i thought he was crazy and he's a great promoter and... adorable?! but let him go, he needs the attention! he's outrageous! of course he's outrageous. myjob was to beat him, and stop all that. so ijust let him go. just let him go, he's not going to change. i'm not going to change bobby riggs. let him be. i got this beautiful lollipop for billie jean, i figure she's going to be a sucker for my love! i figure she's going to be a sucker for my lob! the film simply tells the story of the match. billiejean's victory and all the off—camera personal drama. but there was in real life a fascinating, final scene. i stayed in touch with him and the night before he died i had a great discussion with him
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and he finally understood it was about history because i kept saying, bobby, it's about history. he kept saying no, it's about money. that night he said, we did make a difference, didn't we? i said, yes. you did make a difference. and i really am so happy that we stayed in touch and you are my friend and i love you. he told me he loved me. and the next day he passed away. our arts correspondent david sillito tallking to billie—jean king. let's talk about some of the honours that have been awarded today at buckingham palace. golferjustin rose and swimmer adam peaty have been awarded mbes in recognition of their contribution to sport. both men won gold medals at the 2016 rio olympics. and there was more success this summer when adam peaty broke his own world record twice at the world championships in budapest. our royal correspondent, daniela relph, reports from buckingham palace. mr adam peaty for services to swimming...
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he's just 22 years old but dominating his sport. adam peaty, olympic, world, european and commonwealth champion, world record holder and now mbe. gold in rio he said was just the start. he described himself as being nowhere near his peak. then injuly at the world championship in budapest he broke his own world record, twice. the honour today a mark of his achievement and his potential. you can win the gold medal and all that but you have to actually beat people to it and to get recognition from the royal family and the people of britain is an amazing honour. ever since i was a kid i have been very patriotic so to come here today is amazing. it was an honours ceremony where further sporting success was recognised. golferjustin rose received an mbe from the duke of cambridge for services to his sport. a professional career stretching
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back almost 20 years but he said this was better than any tournament he had won. it is gold! there was much criticism of golf‘s inclusion in the olympic games butjustin rose showed even multi millionaire sportsmen could find something special in an olympic gold, and now an mbe. this is something that other people have recommended you for and decided you are fit and worthy for. so you appreciate it, it is much more humbling than some other victories. the ceremony today recognised a gentleman of golf who noew believes he is at the top of his game. alongside the fastest swimmer in history. full of ambition, with so much more to come. daniela relph, bbc news, at buckingham palace. bbc news at six coming up very soon. time for a look at the weather — here's phil avery.
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this may seem unduly pessimistic if you haven't seen a lot of rain today, but there have been some spots across the british are holes that are seen more than their share. that is not wholly representative of the whole of cumbria but in the last 2a hours hollister got 211 millimetres. it all came from a weather front which across cumbria gave 50 or 60 millimetres in the last 2a hours. it has taken time to get down to the south east and behind it there are decent spells of sunshine. not without the possibility of one or two passing showers. that system completes its journey to the continent after dark across the south—east. we will keep showers going across a good part of scotla nd showers going across a good part of scotland overnight, a bit of a breeze there. towns and cities some saying in double figures, the countryside is three to six or maybe
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seven. some decent sunshine for thursday. a fleeting movement of showers across scotland pushed along bya showers across scotland pushed along by a south—westerly breeze. not overly cold even there. further south fresher feel but still making it to 18. here is friday, again another frontal system bringing cloud and rain into scotland, the cumbrian fells, northern ireland. the further south you are, 18 or 19 possibly 20 degrees. that is the first of the warmth we may see as we get out of friday into saturday. whilst the cloud is around on friday quite a bit of rainfall to come. those temperatures with some brightness in the south pushing on quite nicely, 19 or 20. on into the weekend, there may well be quite a bit of chat about the temperature is putting into the 20s. it won't be
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like that everywhere. northern parts are on the cooler side of the weather front. that will still have afairamount of weather front. that will still have a fair amount of cloud and eventually some rain pushing back towards northern ireland, into the heart of scotland. further south it isa heart of scotland. further south it is a decent weekend because it is like that on saturday and now sunday. still some rain for scotland but elsewhere are widely across england and wales quite decent weather. some of those temperatures pushing to in excess of 20 celsius. is a new rift opening up at the top of government over brexit? this time over the possibility of leaving without a deal. theresa may vows to spend money now preparing for a no deal brexitjust after the chancellor says no cash till the last moment.
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every pound we spend on contingent preparations for a hard customs border is a pound that we can't spend on the nhs or social care or education or deficit reduction. we are preparing for every eventuality. we are committing money to prepare for brexit, including a no deal scenario. and there are reports of a row about it in cabinet. we'll bring you the latest. also tonight... the government is forced to defend its welfare reform amid accusations it's driving people into poverty. she's sold everything. she told her telly.
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