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today at 5pm, theresa may calls on eu leaders to set out "ambitious pla ns" for the brexit negotiations. the pm is in brussels, where eu leaders are assessing whether enough progress has been made to begin trade talks. that speech that i set out in florence said out that ambitious vision, and i look forward to us being able to progress that in the weeks ahead. we'll have the latest from brussels, and i'll also speaking to the actor sam west about the impact of brexit on the creative industries. the other main stories on bbc news at 5pm... a big jump in recorded crime in england and wales. violent crime is up by nearly a fifth. the desperate plight of rohingya children fleeing myanmar, and facing appalling conditions when they arrive in neighbouring bangladesh. harvey weinstein is stripped of his british film institute fellowship, as tom hanks describes the scandal as a "watershed moment" for hollywood. since when has this brand of common
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decency and professionalism been put on hold, just because of sexual dynamics in the workplace? it is inexcusable. and, by ‘eck — we preview the opera that's been written for a yorkshire accent. our main story at 5pm — theresa may has called on eu leaders to set out "ambitious plans" for the brexit negotiations. the prime minister is in brussels for a key summit, where the other 27 eu states will consider whether enough progress has been made
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to begin trade negotiations. the german chancellor, angela merkel, has suggested that trade talks could begin as early as december. mrs may will have a chance to influence the debate when she addresses leaders later this evening. but here she's being urged by some in her party to issue an ultimatum — to say that if trade talks don't begin soon, britain will settle for "no deal". this report from our europe correspondent damian grammaticas, who's in brussels. are you confident of progress today, prime minister? deal or no deal? but at this stage, it's no deal. the pm's jaguar, and the talks, both making slow progress. gathering in brussels, the leaders from the eu's 27 other countries have made plain they're not satisfied with what the uk's proposing in the brexit negotiations. their conditions have not been met. you said the conditions are clear, what conditions?
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we had the conditions. ireland. we had the conditions about the rights of the citizens, we have preconditions also of open bills. so this is a clear line. bye bye! hasta la vista. the problem for theresa may is that whatever she tells these leaders over dinner, it is highly unlikely to block the talks, and the reason for that, from the very outset the eu have said the condition. the leaders said the uk must clear up the uncertainties caused by brexit before they will move onto trade talks. and what is on the table so forcibly not good enough. she has arrived at the summit hoping her speech in florence might be enough to get the talks moving but eu leaders need concrete movement. i set out a few weeks ago in florence the very bold and ambitious agenda and vision for our future partnership between the eu and the uk. at the heart of that remains cooperation on the key
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issues and dealing with the shared challenges that we face. that speech that i set out in florence set out that ambitious vision and i look forward to us being able to progress that in the weeks ahead. mrs may will have just a few minutes over dinner tonight to persuade the leaders otherwise. but after five rounds, the negotiations have stalled. it's the eu that controls the pace and the sequence here. the prime minister's speech in florence did lift the tone, but the eu says the uk hasn't provided solutions to the problems caused by brexit. so this summit is likely to say on the issue of citizens' rights the uk must provide legal certainty, including a role for the european court ofjustice. on ireland, the uk needs to present and commit to flexible and imaginative solutions. on a financial settlement, the uk must make a firm and concrete commitment to settle all its obligations. mrs may has already had one dinner in brussels, on monday. she is under pressure from some at home to walk away from the talks. also in brussels today,
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saying no deal would be a disasterfor the uk, isjeremy corbyn. the prime minister seems to have managed to upsetjust about everybody and have a warring cabinet around her. it's up to her to get the negotiations back on track. we cannot countenance the idea that we just rush headlong into no deal with europe. it all means that, this summit, eu leaders won't approve a move to trade talks, and it won't happen until the issues on the table are resolved. damian grammaticas, bbc news, brussels. in a moment we'll talk to our political correspondent eleanor garnier in westminster. but first to damian grammaticas who is in brussels. what is your sense of the mood music, quite interesting hearing that very slight hint from angela merkel there. how do you read all of
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that? i would be careful, i wouldn't read too much into what angela merkel said. i think that the eu leaders are trying to do is on the one hand send positive messages, they have said they welcomed the change in tone in the tour, that has come from theresa may's shift which she demonstrated in her speech in florence, talking about being willing to pay financial commitments, that sort of thing, and angela merkel was speaking in that vein when she said she welcomes progress and she wants preparations to be made so that talks could move ahead in december. but she wasn't, i don't think, signalling that they will do that, because on the other hand what we have also heard very clearly from the leaders here are riding is that they do not see sufficient progress, and that is very simply because on those key issues that have to be sorted out first according to the eu side, the uk has not tabled another. just give you an example a few minutes ago, i
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was talking with ireland's europe minister, and she said, well, the uk has said it doesn't want a border between north and south, a hard between north and south, a hard between northern ireland, but it has also said it wants to leave the customs union and single market. how does it reconcile those two positions? we don't know. the uk needs to explain that at this stage in the talks so that we can then move forward. and that is the sort of detail they need. they say that warm words are not enough, the uk has two now start delving down into the details, and then progress could be seen perhaps in the coming months. but the mood music is very clear, they are not going to agree that there should be progress today to move forward the trade talks. interesting, you are following that all evening for us, let's join eleanor garnier at westminster and talk a bit about the real pressure that faces theresa may back at home as well. remind us about this letter, eleanor. that's right, some leading conservative brexiteers,
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along with some labour politicians too and some business leaders as well, are really putting the pressure on theresa may to accept that no deal when it comes to future trade with the eu isn'tjust inevitable, they say, but it should be seen as an attractive option. so ahead of herdinner be seen as an attractive option. so ahead of her dinner with eu leaders tonight in brussels, they have written a letter to the prime minister, urging herto callthe eu's bluff, to give them an alternate and say a few words start talking trade now, we will walk away from the negotiations and when it comes to march 2019 we will revert to world trade organisation rules. they said eu isjust dragging out the negotiations because it wants to deliver some of punishment brexit. of course, that is something denied by brussels, but they say if theresa may at this, it would give business the certainty they are craving. it would allow the uk to start negotiating trade deals with countries outside the eu. now of course theresa may has said that she
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does want to get a trade deal, that she is confident of getting one, but she is confident of getting one, but she has always left the option of no deal on the table. and itjust shows once again that theresa may is fighting on all fronts. she is in brussels trying to urge eu leaders to move on to talking about trade, but she only needs to look over her shoulder and see the pressure coming from westminster too. yes, and interestingly perhaps a little more from the financial sector as well because in the last few hours we have had this tweet from the chief executive of goldman sachs, and hence, suggestions, references to possibly moving staff to frankfurt. that's right, i think a pretty mischievous tweet from the chief exec of goldman sachs, very direct though, too, a another example of the pressure theresa may is under. she —— he tweeted just let frankfurt, great meetings, great weather, really enjoyed it, because i will be spending a lot more time there, hashtag—macro brexit. boardman
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there, hashtag—macro brexit. boa rdman sacks probably there, hashtag—macro brexit. boardman sacks probably one of the world's most famous investment banks, employing 6000 people in —— goldman sachs. there have been estimates about how minister might be moved from london to european cities after brexit. i think what this shows is that the financial services sector had lots of contingency plans in place but what we are hearing is that they are now saying actually we need to put those plans into action. we are running out of time. and whilst some people might be pretty pleased to see the back of some of those bankers, some in the financial sector, what the chancellor will be thinking about is their contribution to the uk's gdp, to our export rates, so it is an interesting intervention from the leader of one of the world but that biggest investment banks. as for a response from the government, the prime minister's official spokesman simply said this afternoon that london is and will remain a leading financial centre. eleanor, the now, thank you very much at westminster, and
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coming up at at 5:35: our reality check correspondent chris morris and correspondent chris morris will look at what it will take to break the deadlock on the brexit to talk about the impact he believes brexit will have on the arts and creative industries. until then, some of the day's other stories. there's been a big rise in the number of crimes recorded annually in england and wales. figures from the office for national statistics show an increase of 13% in the past year — pushing the total past the 5 million mark for the first time in a decade. crimes categorised as "violent" went up by a fifth. anisa kadri reports. police on the streets, a reassuring sight for many, but these latest figures for england and wales show crime has passed the 5 million mark for the first time in ten years. there has been i9% more violent
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crime reported, including knife crime reported, including knife crime and firearms offences. 8% more people have been murdered and killed, once major events such as this year's terror attacks are taken into account, and robberies are up bya into account, and robberies are up by a quarter, with these mopeds gang isa by a quarter, with these mopeds gang is a growing problem. some of these increases are down to improvements by police who have under recorded crimes in the past, but the police federation blames police cuts. the government says it is working with forces to protect people. of course it's important that the police have the resources they need but also the tools they need, and we have a very constructive relationship with the police. the policing minister is visiting all the chief constables and police and crime commissioners to see what more we can do to support them. norfolk police may become the first force in england and wales to axe all of its police community support officers, if plans are passed. the chief constable simon bailey says it is part of a plan to save money and address an
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increase in sexual offences and cybercrime. you look at the radically changing face of crime around serious violence, child abuse, adult abuse, serious sexual offences, and newark of the demands that we are facing moving forward. we have come to the conclusion i think quite rightly on an evidence base that we need to change the profile of the organisation to meet the challenges moving forward. nothing is simple when it comes to recording crime, though. crime survey for england and wales, which includes crimes that haven't been reported, shows a fall. so why the office for national statistics figures showing an increase? the crime survey is based on a very large sample survey of the general public and is very good at charting long—term general trends in crime for the high—volume crimes that the public experience in stock on the other hand, the police recorded crime figures are much better at picking up short—term movements in crime but are restricted to those crimes that come to the attention of the police and tend to be skewed towards the more serious end of the
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spectrum. what is clear is that there have been real rises in the most serious crimes, with killings and murders at the numbers they were nine years ago, and that is puzzling the experts. as we've just heard — norfolk police, which has a funding gap of £10 million, has announced that it's proposing to cut all police and community support officers. the force says it plans to hire more police constables. andy symonds is the chairman of the police federations norfolk branch — and hejoins me now. a very good evening. good evening. first, explain for our viewers if you can why all pcsos will go if these proposals go ahead. you can why all pcsos will go if these proposals go aheadm you can why all pcsos will go if these proposals go ahead. it is at these proposals go ahead. it is at the moment a proposal in a consultation, so hopefully the cuts would be as drastic as what has been proposed. however, we have to be prepared that actually what the chief has said in the press today is that we are looking to remove all of the pcsos in the whole of norfolk
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constabulary, which is the first co nsta bula ry constabulary, which is the first constabulary in the whole country to do so. for reason though, because people watching will say why getting rid of pcsos and yet aiming to employ more police constables? explain why that would help the force. i think it is a mixed picture from us, i think because the force had said the changing nature of crime, the complexion nature that police officers now are having to deal with, more serious sexual assaults, more online child abuse, and all of the rafts of the difficult crimes that officers investigate that take a longer time to investigate. so the chief comes to investigate. so the chief comes to has decided with regards to the budget cuts and austerity that he has needed to change the face of the co nsta bula ry has needed to change the face of the constabulary and remove all of the police community support officers and replace them. so his vision is that 150 pcsos will go, replaced by around 81 police officers. so we're not saying it is like for like, also in norfolk we have had a cut of
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around 300 police officers, so that will not replace those losses, and u nfortu nately, will not replace those losses, and unfortunately, since 2012, we have been telling the government that cuts have consequences, and today u nfortu nately cuts have consequences, and today unfortunately the residents of norfolk coupe a lot of money in their council tax are seeing a reduction in community support officers, of the constabulary day m, officers, of the constabulary day in, day out. and all of this on the day as you are alluding to that crime figures are up quite considerably for some categories in england and wales. however, where is the link, can a link be shown between cuts, financial cuts, and that increase in crime? the police federation here locally we see that, and nationally as well. the cuts to have consequences. we have seen nationally over 20,000 police officers cut, in norfolk it is 300, asi officers cut, in norfolk it is 300, as i have said, and officers now are reactive, not proactive. officers are going from job to job, not being able to take the time to stop crime happening. part of our remit when we
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we re happening. part of our remit when we were set up many hundreds of years ago was to prevent crime, notjust investigated and deal with the offenders. so when you are cutting us offenders. so when you are cutting us to the bone, and unfortunately the government have forced this upon the government have forced this upon the chief comes to come them in an invidious decision di position to make this decision, he would not wa nt to make this decision, he would not want to make this decision if he had the money and the support from the government, he would rather keep 150 pcsos and increase the amount of detectives to investigate all that complex crime, and all the increases as you have just heard from your previous article around the increase in violent crime, gun crime, 27% rise in gun crime, 26% in knife crime. but you would know that the government would say any reduction in budgets is through processes like streamlining, cutting bureaucracy, cutting paperwork, that sort of thing. the government would argue thatis thing. the government would argue that is where savings are meant to be made. and we are not adverse, the police federation are not adverse to
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saying that there needs to be some cuts in the police, but to a degree. we all accept that there is need for the government to bring down the debt and the deficit, and we have seen unfortunately since 2010—12, a reduction in all of those police officers in that grant to the police forces, which basically means we are cut to the bone. there is only so much you can cut before it will start impacting on the services the community received. we have seen the news articles around the country as well around police force is not wanting to investigate low—level crime, thefts under £50, criminal damage, burglaries, not going to all jobs and this is another symptom u nfortu nately. jobs and this is another symptom unfortunately. 150 pcsos have had to go to service the amount of cuts placed upon the constabulary. this u nfortu nately placed upon the constabulary. this unfortunately will have an impact on the community in norfolk, because you are not going to see those police officers out and about and replacing those pcsos, you will see
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a lesser service unfortunately. andy simon ‘s, thank you very much for now, chair of the norfolk police federation. it is 19 minutes past five. this is bbc news at 5 — the headlines: the prime minister is in brussels foran eu summit, the prime minister is in brussels for an eu summit, hoping for progress in the brexit negotiations. as we have been discussing, there has been a big increase in the number of crimes, particularly violent offences recorded in england and wales. and the actor tom hanks has described the sexual misconduct allegations against harvey weinstein asa allegations against harvey weinstein as a watershed moment that will lead toa as a watershed moment that will lead to a sea change in hollywood. in sport, sports minister tracey crouch says she hopes the fa learns lessons from what she has called a sorry saga, involving the former england coach, mark samsung. following fans calls for their festive wishes to be heard, the premier league confirms there will be no fixtures played on christmas eve. and arsenal ring the changes for their europa league match against red star belgrade.
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they kick off in serbia in around 45 minutes. more on those stories in about 15 minutes time. play it is the world's fastest—growing humanitarian crisis. thousands of rohingya muslims are continuing to flee violence in myanmar, and they're now stranded on the border with bangladesh. they fled after facing a military offensive, after claims that muslim militants were guilty of attacking police checkpoints in myanmar. so far, nearly 600,000 rohingyas have crossed the border. about 15,000 have been stranded there, with limited food and water. the large refugee camps on the border are overcrowded. clive myrie is in bangladesh, annd visited the kutupalong refugee camp. and a warning — his report contains some distressing images... iam i am surrounded by babies, children
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under the age of two months, and they are all fighting for their lives, they are all severely, acutely malnourished. and many of them have travelled with their families from across the border in me and mark, escaping the military there and the militias who have burned them out of their homes, and they have ended up here, and as you can imagine, it has been an arduous journey for them and they have picked up ailments, the lack of food and water on that long trip has meant they have ended up being cared for in here. and, sadly, the doctors who have been telling me that several simply don't make it. only yesterday, four actually died. with me is ian cross, one of the senior doctors here, a former gp from leicester. good to see you, thank you for allowing us in here. just tell us about some of the ailments a lot of the children are suffering from here. the main ailments we see our acute respiratory infections, and curran pneumonia, bronchiolitis, pneumonia. we see a lot of children
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who are very malnourished and when they get chest infections like this, they get chest infections like this, they find it very difficult fight off the infection. you have covered a lot of emergencies in your time, this must be one of the worst. a lot of emergencies in your time, this must be one of the worstm has one of the worst i have been involved with, completely. it is shocking. i must admit, iwas involved with, completely. it is shocking. i must admit, i was very moved by this when i first came. my first day, four people and that's like very shocking to be, even though i am a hardened old. it was difficult for me. and this is a crisis that has been going on in such a long time. just a couple of days ago we sought 10,000, 15,004 over the border. you will get more and more people here with their children. and we are trying our best to upgrade our facilities and our health posts to provide services to these people. we have gone from a tea m these people. we have gone from a team of seven to a team of 40 in a matter of a couple of weeks. this must be heartbreaking for you to see. absolutely, terrible. you look
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around, and tears come to my eyes sometimes. it is dreadful. you just do what you can come you know. in a way i am lucky i am a doctor, i have my hands and my tools, can help to make people better. if i wasn't able to do that i would feel so frustrated and even worse. but when you are hard at work you can cope with it. i must say the dedication of people like ian cross there, and the hundreds of local staff in trying to deal with the severity of this crisis, it really is quite incredible, the amount of work they are putting in. one of the important people trying to help the hundreds of thousands of people who have crossed the border in recent months here is michael dunford, whojoins me now. he is the emergency coordinator for this region me now. he is the emergency coordinatorfor this region for me now. he is the emergency coordinator for this region for the world food programme. thank you for joining us. we saw a little bit there in my report, the problems of young children. and malnutrition.
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and as a result of that, getting access to food and water and so on. for this whole crisis, how difficult is it for you getting the resources that all these people need? the world food programme has been on the ground since day one, trying to feed hungry people as they come across from myanmar. the situation isjust about as bad as you can imagine, and, ona about as bad as you can imagine, and, on a daily basis, we are trying to reach people, children, women, and feed them the basic requirements. wfp hasjust and feed them the basic requirements. wfp has just launched an emergency operation, we need $77 million between now and february. we have already reached 580,000, and we are providing basic life—saving food, we are providing rice, or oil and lentils, we provide high—energy biscuits as the refugees, across—the—board, biscuits as the refugees, across—the—boa rd, and we biscuits as the refugees, across—the—board, and we are really targeting the most bombed rubble, the pregnant breast—feeding women, and of course the children under five with nutritious programmes to try to improve their overall
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conditions. we have just been caught in the last few minutes in a massive thunderstorm here. behind us, a lot of the little sort of shacks and the tented areas around as here, they are on mudflats, and it is com pletely are on mudflats, and it is completely slippery and horrible. the water dripping down here. the logistics of dealing with this crisis, that must be horrific? logistics of dealing with this crisis, that must be horrific7m logistics of dealing with this crisis, that must be horrific? it is ha rd crisis, that must be horrific? it is hard work, definitely. we have taken the lead in the logistics area, wfp is one of the humanitarian organisations that really excels in logistics, we are providing humanitarian support not only for our own needs but for the entire humanitarian response. you mention the weather, we havejust humanitarian response. you mention the weather, we have just had a report that the raise a low depression in the bay of bengal, it could turn into a cyclone. the obligations of that hitting this site are almost too difficult, brand. thank you very much indeed for joining brand. thank you very much indeed forjoining us. the conditions are pretty —— too difficult to
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comprehend. if you have spent weeks fleeing myanmar to gain safety, here is something that is very important, despite the dreadful conditions people are having to enjoy. clive myrie in bangladesh. the time is 26 minutes past five. the actor, tom hanks, has described the sexual misconduct allegations against harvey weinstein as a "watershed moment", that will lead to a sea change in hollywood. the oscar winner said the name weinstein would become synonymous with a complete reversal in fortunes. the british film institute has this afternoon stripped harvey weinstein of his fellowship, the bfi's highest honour. the film producer has denied having anything other than consensual sex. our entertainment correspondent, lizo mzimba, is here. tom hanks, one of hollywood's biggest stars speaking out about
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this. a uematsu is actually one of the board of governors on impasse, the board of governors on impasse, the people behind the oscars. he was speaking at again today, it sent another strong message about what of the —— what much of the phone industry feels should happen. he has been speaking to will gompertz in new york, and says as you say, the should mark a turning point in the industry. i think we are at a watershed moment. this is a sea change. i think his last name will become a noun and a verb. it will become an identifying moniker for a state of being, for which there is a before and after. we have to hear from everybody so we understand how vast
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and how all—encompassing this was. that is a. the is it has all got to change will stop since when has this brand of common decency and professionalism been put on hold, just because of sexual dynamics in the workplace? some very strong words from tom hanks, and as we say the bfi taking a very clear stand on all of this as well? yes, notjust the oscars academy, the british film institute have stripped harvey weinstein of his honorary fellowship he was given in 2002, the highest accolade they can give, now taken away. in a statement, they said the serious and widespread allegation about harvey weinstein's appalling conduct are in direct opposition to the bfi's values. at the weekend, the bfi's values. at the weekend, the producers guild of america have started the process of removing him from their body. bafta here in the uk have suspended him, pending an
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investigation. there have been calls for him to lose his honorary cbe, and we should emphasise of course that harvey weinstein does unequivocally deny any allegations of nonconsensual sex. thank you. southern rail drivers are to be balloted on a proposed deal, which includes a five—year pay deal, worth nearly 30%. the train drivers' union, aslef, say the offer will be put to members with a recommendation from its executive committee to accept. the dispute over driver—only operated trains began in april last year. scotland is to become the first part of the uk to ban the smacking of children. the scottish government has confirmed it will back a bill put forward by a green msp. 50 other countries, including france, germany, and ireland, have already made the change. much more to come in the next half an hour. we will be talking about
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brexit among other things, and we will hoover sports news, but let's catch up with the weather prospects. storm brian is heading, and the week —— biggest impacts are likely to be over the irish sea. quite a bit of rain around today, it has to be said, and more to come overnight. the band of heavy rain is sweeping towards the east and more is moving into the south—west, with gales running through the english channel. a messy night, rain on and off, stronger winds in the south, light in the north where you're more likely to find mist and fog, so gloomy start. it will be clearing up a while in northern ireland with some sunshine in south wales and southern england and temperatures of 13 to 15 am aware they should be at
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this time of year. this band of rainy sweeping towards the north and east tomorrow evening and then we will start to see the wind pick—up as we head into saturday. this is bbc news — the headlines. the prime minister is in brussels, hoping for progress in brexit negotiations, as an eu summit gets underway. there's been a big increase in the number of crimes, particularly violent offences, in england and wales. the actor tom hanks has described the allegations against harvey weinstein as a watershed moment that will lead to a sea change in hollywood. thousands of rohingya muslims, who continue to flee violence in myanmar, are now stranded on the border with bangladesh. the constitutional crisis in spain has deepened, with madrid declaring it will impose direct rule on catalonia.
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sport now, here's hugh ferris. sports minister tracey crouch has urged the fa to improve after its handling of discrimination claims against ex—england women's boss mark sampson. she says the way they've dealt with eni aluko's dicrimination case a "sorry saga". yesterday fa chairman greg clarke and chief executive martin glenn apeared in front of a parliamentary enquiry. gary neville worked for the fa and has had strong words for the organisation. the fa, has, for far too long, moved from one management tea m too long, moved from one management team to the other. there's been no
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continuity and it always ends up in different i/o —— directions. i believe the fa needs to be com pletely believe the fa needs to be completely reformed. it is a shambles and it always has been. the bureaucracy and things happen in the fa, i know it has got better, but it's not modern organisation. the premier league have announced there won be any fixtures on christmas eve this year after calls from fans to bear theirfestive plans in mind. december 24th is a sunday and supporters had feared they'd be asked to travel for one or even two matches selected for broadcast. but even though four matches will be on the television that weekend, three will be on the saturday, while arsenal against liverpool, thought to be the most likely to be scheduled for christmas eve, will be on friday 22nd. arsenal have made nine changes for their europa league match in belgrade tonight. they're playing red star in a 6pm kick off and only petr cech and mohamed elneny keep their places from the premier league defeat at watford. there's also a rare start forjack wilshere who's been defending his team's
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performance at vicarage road after it was criticised for lacking fight and determination. you cannot question our character, you know. people try and put us down and they always have. i don't think the comments were justified. when we look back at the game and look at ourselves and what we did wrong, i don't think we can look back and question how a character. we did certain things wrong, but we certainly did not want to let the lead slip. we will move on. everton's match kicks off at 8 tonight against lyon and their manager has faced similar criticism after a poor start to both domestic and european campaigns. speaking yesterday, he says his situation is simple — only a victory will do against the french side. only one point out of two, and we need to win. a win at home and normally. we need three wins at home
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and then if we get something out of the away games, it is ok, but the situation is that we need to win tomorrow to have the good possibility to go through. two—time formula one champion fernando alonso will continue to race for mclaren in 2018 after signing a new deal. the move ends speculation over the spaniards immediate future and it's believed the one—year contract has an option to be extended. alonso believes mclaren's new engine supplier renault can return the team to competitiveness next year after three difficult seasons with honda. england's women cricketers have played an inter—squad game to prepare for the ashes after two of their warm up games were rained off. the series starts on sunday and head coach mark robinson admits they've not had the ideal preparation. to practice games were rained off and we were meant to play queensland and we were meant to play queensland and we were meant to play queensland and we had no opposition today for whatever reason. the ground was
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still only half fit, and then we had for the nets up in the morning and in the afternoon we manage to get the net down. we got some good, meaningful practice, but it's not as good as playing games, but we have got something in. that's all sport an hour. much more on the bbc sport website. you can keep an eye on things in the europa league, and arsenal will kick off at six p:m.. you can follow that on the bbc sport website. much more coming up at 6:30 p:m.. let's get more on our top story, the eu summit in brussels, where its expected the other 27 eu states will confirm they're not ready to begin trade negotiations. in a minute, we'll be speaking to the brexit supporting mp suella fernandes. but first our reality check correspondent chris morris as has been
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looking at what it might take to unblock these talks. after five round—up brexit negotiations, the eu have decided sufficient progress has not been made and eu leaders are set to confirm that tomorrow — friday. made and tomorrow — friday. there are several things to be resolved. but basically, at the moment, it all comes down to money. in her speech in florence, theresa may pledged to pay up to £18 billion into the eu budget in 2019 and 2020, to ensure that other countries aren't out of pocket. she also said the uk would "honour commitments" it has made as a member state. but eu negotiators, urged on by all the other member states, want to know what that means in practice. looming large in the background is something called the reste a liquider — eu money that has already been committed to projects in the long—term budget but has not yet been spent. it currently adds up to an eye—watering £213 billion billion which could mean a uk share of more than 26 billion.
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much of it is due to be spent on big infrastructure or development projects that have been delayed. there are also pensions and contingent liabilities such as loans to other countries to consider. now the eu isn't asking for a final figure to be publicly agreed — it understands the political sensitivities in the uk. but it does want some sort of guarantee, probably in writing , as part of the brexit negotiations led by these two, that "honouring commitments" means "all commitments." the uk position, on the other hand, is that the prime minister made a substantial gesture in her florence speech, and it is in no position to move further unless it gets something in return. this is what david davis told the house of commons this week: "they are using time pressure to get more money out of us." "bluntly," he said, "that is what's going on." so it sounds like a deadlock? well that's not necessarily the case. three more rounds of negotiation have been suggested between this week's summit and another one in december. the hope is that a way will be
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found to move forward, although it could well take a moment of crisis to get there. joining me now is the chair of the backbench conservative pro—brexit european research group, the mp suella fernandes. good evening. theresa may hasjust a few minutes, we hear, to address that dinner in brussels tonight. what do you think she ought to be saying now to unlock all of this?” am very encouraged by the progress made so far in what we have heard from the prime minister. and indeed from the prime minister. and indeed from david davis in parliament this week with an update. her open letter today, relating to the 3 million eu citizens in the uk and their rights and that unequivocal statement today that they are here to stay and we wa nt that they are here to stay and we want them to stay is very
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encouraging and i think it will lay the ground for positive progress. you say progress is being made, but isn't the point that it is not, because it looks likely we will hear out of brussels tomorrow that the other countries do not feel enough has been done and therefore trade talks will not be getting under way. i don't know how true that is. angela merkel said that progress had been encouraging and we have also seen that the german government has started to d raft seen that the german government has started to draft a framework for potential uk and eu trade accords covering agriculture, fisheries, to security and terrorism. and that is a encouraging sign that both parties wa nt a encouraging sign that both parties want a free—trade agreement, and thatis want a free—trade agreement, and that is what we feel will be agreed injune that is what we feel will be agreed in june course. we have been talking to people in brussels all day, and what we have heard is that most countries feel there isn't enough on
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the table, not enough detail. no detail, they are telling us and not enough has been prepared even around fundamental issues like the irish border. they just have fundamental issues like the irish border. theyjust have not been tabled. i disagree with that strongly. there's been a lot of work done by the uk government since the date of the referendum in preparing for the negotiations, which are complex. this is uncharted territory for both parties and we have seen considerable matches opposition papers prepared by the government on theseissues papers prepared by the government on these issues from data exchanges to these issues from data exchanges to the northern irish border and i do think they set out options and detail they show considerable preparation and thought is going on by this government to look at all scenarios with a view to entering and striking a deal. it is complex, but the clock is ticking and we are all trying to work towards march
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2000 and 19. the referendum was in june last year. what can you say has been achieved from lastjune until 12 month later? what has been achieved? we 12 month later? what has been achieved ? we have 12 month later? what has been achieved? we have trickled article 50, the legal mechanism. which means that clock is ticking. we now have an exit date we have started the process of legislation to transfer eu law into uk law so we avoid uncertainty and chaos on the date we leave. we are progressing with the negotiations and theresa may herself said that we are in touching distance of an agreement on eu citizens, not forgetting eu citizens in the uk. we have proposals, so i think that is progress. a final port for tonight, as i'm sure you saw the tweed from goldman sachs about moving staff to frankfurt. that is a sign ofa moving staff to frankfurt. that is a sign of a lack of confidence about
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what is going on, surely? firstly, we have heard all of this before. we we re we have heard all of this before. we were having debates about the euro and they were threatening to do the same thing and even though we did notjoin the euro, they were staying in london and they flourished. it is undeniable that the london and uk remains the financial centre of europe. we have so many appealing features of the financial services that it features of the financial services thatitis features of the financial services that it is so attractive that i am very confident that it is going to maintain its strength and place in the world in this sector. we're out of time, but thank you very for joining us. the constitutional crisis in spain is deepening with madrid saying it will impose direct rule on catalonia. ministers will meet on saturday to activate the article of the constitution that will allow them to take control of the province. earlier this month, cata la ns the province. earlier this month, catala ns voted the province. earlier this month, catalans voted overwhelmingly to leave spain in the disputed referendum. side—by—side, the flags
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of spain and catalonia. but this now is an extraordinarily fraught moment between madrid and barcelona. in the black car, the man at the centre of this crisis. the catalan leader had given until this morning to clearly drop his bid for independence or face the imposition of direct rule from madrid. that had been seen as the nuclear option but, this morning, it's what the spanish prime minister announced, an unprecedented move not seen during spain's four decades of democracy. translation: with the absence of a response to the precise and clear terms, the government understands there has not been a reply to its requirements. as a result, the government will continue with procedures outlined in article 155 of the constitution with the objective of restoring legality to catalonia. the catalan president had responded with a letter in which he said the independence declaration he made last week remains suspended. but he said if central government refused dialogue,
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then the catalonian parliament could vote to ratify independence. catalans themselves remain deeply divided over independence. but those who support separating from spain only seem to have had their views strengthened by the central government's response. independence now, she says. the crisis began with an independence referendum that spain said was illegal and tried to stop. spanish police stepped in to prevent people voting. the question now for catalonia is what will happen next? spanish ministers are due to meet on saturday to approve plans to exert more control over the self—governing region, including over the regional police seen here arguing with spanish police. tensions are running high across catalonia with fears spain's biggest political crisis in 40 years could lead to further unrest. the prime minister is in brussels for an eu summit — hoping for progress in brexit negotiations. there's been a big increase in the number of crimes, particularly violent offences, in england and wales. the actor, tom hanks, has described the sexual misconduct allegations against harvey weinstein as a "watershed moment",
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that will lead to a sea change in hollywood. now more on brexit, and a number of high profile executives from the arts and fashion industries are supporting a report by the creative industries federation, warning that a post—brexit restriction on immigration rules could mean a ‘catastrophic loss of talent and skills.‘ the federation say that an end to freedom of movement within the eu could pose a huge threat to the creative industries, which are worth £84 billion to the uk economy. the actor and director sam west — who is an advocate for the arts and creative industries in the uk — is here with me now. why are you personally concerned
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about this? uk creative industries are world leaders. you might not like classical music or video games, but we are very good at making them and they are worth £84 billion per yearin and they are worth £84 billion per year in the country and it's the fastest—growing sector of the economy and employs 3 million people. it's a great driver of social and economic regeneration. it makes us laugh and think. we want to do more of that and play our part as creative as unpatriotic citizens in the future prosperity of britain, but after brexit, a lot —— loss of freedom of movement could be catastrophic. freedom of movement gives us access to pools of people and places that we cannot always find here and talent is global. think of a pixar credit roll where there are hundreds of people from around the world in hundreds of languages. if you want to make the best art you have do employ the best people. is this fundamentally about
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the immigration question? the point being, the government comes back and gets whatever deal ultimately emerges and says they have sorted it and we hear about the value of the arts, if you need to suddenly phoned up arts, if you need to suddenly phoned upa arts, if you need to suddenly phoned up a conductor in such a country, that person will be able to jump on a plane at a moments notice and we will make sure that immigration works for you. would that reassure you? absolutely. free movement of creatives must be far down on the government list but we are flagging it up early because they could help us. if you are talking about a last—minute conductor, there to three people who can do it in the world properly. if you have to apply for a work permit, you have to get one. those are specific problems the creative industries have and if the government are able to commit to as much flexibility as we had under freedom of movement that would be massively reassuring. in terms of employment, you say it employs 3
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million people and i be people watching who think, i rather like the idea that once britain is not pa rt the idea that once britain is not part of the eu that the sets for a play that you might be in ourjolly well built and designed by a british person. someone who lives and works in the uk. this person might say it was rather that, that the props were built by a british person in britain. funnily enough, set building is becoming more expensive because of the weak pound because plywood is more expensive than it was three years ago. we should of course be training those people. a lot of them have specific skill set we cannot see and conversely a lot of british people go and work in eu creative industries. the problem is the education system is not built for the pipeline. creative subjects are not part of the core curriculum and the take—up of arts gcses has fallen 20% in a decade. the third problem is we have a skill shortage now. there are not enough british nurses in the nhs and we should more train but it will take a generation.
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what can we do now? i want my children and everybody‘s children to work in profitable industries and former band and taught easily. why wouldn't you want it for your kids? is there an arts trained potentially if this does not happen? will people go and work in new york, paris? the hubs for something like visual effects which has something like 30% of eu citizens in this country are in los angeles, toronto, vancouver, this global talent is very mobile and we need to be able to move it quickly, at short notice, in large numbers for short periods. if we can't be flexible and easy it will go elsewhere. one company has gone on record saying that the sort of skill sets they need to keep up the demand of that sort of television would really be impacted hard by freedom of movement disappearing. they are massively profitable programmes. we want to do our bit.
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we wa nt programmes. we want to do our bit. we want to pay for the nhs. for someone watching this saying, why should your industry be treated any differently to any other industry? because the working patterns are different. first of all, a large proportion of freelance and visas don't really work for freelancers working at late notice. it happened to me this week. if i get the job and can fly on saturday, i will fly. ifi and can fly on saturday, i will fly. if i can't lie because i have to get a visa, they will give it to another quy a visa, they will give it to another guy from a country i can. and the money i made in the tax i would have paid goes to another country. an orchestra, just imagine the hassle of them touring 75 work visas and 75 import licences for 75 instruments for one concept —— concert in germany. they don't have the time and expertise and money. the
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invitation will eventually be withdrawn and the reputation of that orchestra and the probability of the orchestra and the probability of the orchestra will suffer. samuel west, good to see you and thank you for coming in. and good luck for the audition. i meant to say break a leg. good to see you. we stay with music. from la boheme to the magic flute, some of the most beautiful operas ever written are traditionally performed in italian, french or german. but now there's a new work that's about to be premiered — and it's being sung in english with a yorkshire accent. it's called the arsonists and it's opening next month in salford. our arts corespondent david sillito has been listening in. # let us all increase our productivity # let ourfingers be worked to the bone. # the arsonists, chamber opera to be sung in a south yorkshire accent. you are witnessing history here. this is heritage opera and this is the first—ever performance
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of their new opera written specifically to capture the natural musical beauty of the vocal cadences of south yorkshire. applause oh, dear me! oh, so good! that's brilliant! have they got it? i think they have, they certainly have, yeah. is it south yorkshire, that? i think it is, i think the south yorkshire thing is the flatness of the vowels. that's what we're after, the real flat vowel, and that was the genesis of this idea — can you sing an opera with a flat vowel? # you must be stupid # you need to get away, you need to get away # get away # and there is a point to this. drama portrays the full range of accents. that doesn't happen at all in opera and i think it could be perceived as being one of the barriers, one of the problems that opera is having, communicating with a wider audience.
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and this experiment has also revealed something unexpected. the unique sound of god's own county is a bit more mediterranean than you might imagine. let us all increase our productivity. let ourfingers be worked to the bone. so all the "t" sounds and the "company" sounds, really short ends. yes, absolutely. is that difficult for singing then? no, it's better. there's not so much of a diphthong on the end there. in that way, it's a bit closer to the italian. yorkshire is closer to italian? in that way. fantastic. and, to end, i set them a little challenge. could you do this — verdi's la donna e mobile — in a barnsley style? # lassies are brussen things, shift like the seasons # i think we're onto a winner.
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we just need that top note now. he hits top note applause david sillito, bbc news, salford. time for a look at the weather. darren is back. good evening, we have a second named storm of the season on its way in time the weekend. this, of is storm brian, named by the irish metropolitan —— meteorological service that is where we will find the greatest impact today. we have had a lot of rain, not particular windy, apart from the far south—west. you can see the rain we have had to play working its way into northern england and scotland and this band of rain here, and we see stronger winds as well. a lot of water on the roads, and that was one
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of the weather watcher pictures sent in from shropshire and we still have gale force winds in the south running through the english channel for a while and then the winds will ease down later. further north, lighter winds, more mist and fog and low cloud forming. there will be some rain around from time to time. it won't be cold. a dull start for many of us, and rain around. it tends to peak around through the day, so some slow improvement, maybe brightening up with sunshine around northern ireland and perhaps southern parts of england and wales around the moray firth, but other parts of scotland and north of england hanging onto cloud. temperatures are between 13 and 15 degrees and maybe some rain in the far south—west moving across ireland and that in association with storm brian with the weather front coming in east during the overnight tomorrow night and then as the centre of the storm gets closer, the
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winds pick up, and that's as we pick up, and we could find gusts of 50 miles an hour across southern england, around the coast and in the south and into wales, and through the irish sea, gusts of 50 or 60 miles per hour. those wins will be combined with spring tides, potentially dangerous waves and there might be some coastal flooding around as well. very windy here in particular but windy elsewhere. probably likely drive for the east of england but the showers keep packing in one after the other and it will be very wet and windy, not a nice day at all. probably not as windy on sunday, and the main centre of the storm is out in northern parts of the north sea. still blustery winds, a bit cooler and some sunshine around but still showers again, particularly in the west, and as we head into next week it remains very unsettled. a strong jet stream is powering in more areas of low pressure with more wind and rain. the suffering of the rohingya
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children as thousands flee myanmar only to face new dangers. 12,000 have crossed in to bangladesh every week since august into an uncertain future. many are succumbing to disease and malnutrition despite the efforts of aid agencies. tears come to my eyes sometimes. it's dreadful. we've a special report from the border of myanmar and bangladesh as desperate children and theirfamilies keep on coming. also tonight... don't read my lips — eu leaders and theresa may in talks to try to break through the brexit deadlock. a big rise in crime in england and wales with violent crime up 19%. and fly—tipping is increasing too in our cities and countryside — we'll be looking at why.
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