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some progress on brexit, as eu leaders agree to begin preparations for talks about future trade. despite the smiles in brussels, the prime minister is told not enough progress has been made on other matters to allow formal talks on trade to begin. i am ambitious and positive for britain's future, and about these negotiations but i know we still have some way to go. while progress is not sufficient, it doesn't mean that there's no progress at all. a major sticking point remains money — how many billions the uk is prepared to pay for the so—called divorce bill. also tonight: a police inquiry has been launched into the way rbs treated its small business customers. president trump's accused of ignorance as he links a rise in recorded crime in england and wales with the "spread of radical islamic terror". it isn'tjust about gambling, it's
how it's infected your whole life. more than 400,000problem gamblers in the uk butjust one residential rehab centre. we have a special report on the work it's doing. and after catalonia's disputed independence referendum, the spanish government prepares to impose direct rule. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: the fa sends home england's women's goal—keeping coach, after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards chelsea's eni aluko. good evening. eu leaders, meeting in brussels, have agreed to start preparing for trade talks with the uk. but — as expected — they've said they cannot begin formal discussions on post—brexit trade relations because not enough progress has been made on other issues. theresa may says she remains "ambitious and positive"
about securing a partnership with the eu. the so—called divorce bill remains a major sticking point. the prime minister did not name any figures but indicated that in order to reach a deal with eu leaders, the uk will have to pay more than the £20 billion already promised. from brussels, here's our political editor laura kuenssberg. just to warn you, her report contains flashing images. final press conference. tick tock, tick tock. european leaders took 90 seconds today to decide that brexit talks haven't gone far enough to move on. time is pressing. they will start talks about talks. yet until the uk says it is prepared to pay, no bigger deal. i am ambitious and positive for britain's future and for these negotiations but i know we still have some way to go. both sides have approached these talks with professionalism and a constructive spirit, and we should recognise what has
been achieved to date. do you deny that you've made clear to your eu counterparts that you are willing to pay many more billions than you've already indicated to settle our accounts as we leave? what i've made clear to my eu counterparts in relation to financial contribution is what i set out in my florence speech, which is that i have said that nobody need be concerned for the current budget plan that they would have to either pay in more, or receive less, as a result of the uk leaving, and that we will honour the commitments that we have made during our membership. now, there has to be detailed work on those commitments, as david davis has said. we are going through them line by line and we will continue to go through them line by line, and the british taxpayer wouldn't expect its government to do anything else. among the schmoozing, there are whispers she has said privately she is prepared to stump up billions more. number ten says there hasn't yet been the final word on the cash. and while things seem friendlier, eu leaders are clear theresa may has to spell out how much she's prepared
to pay before moving onto the main talks on trade and transition. and that means there's no deal yet on citizens‘ rights or northern ireland. there is an expectation they could shake on phase one by christmas, but until she budges, it's 27 against one. lonely arguments to make. the reports of the deadlock between the eu and the uk have been exaggerated. and while progress is not sufficient, it doesn't mean there is no progress at all. "there's nothing to say about brexit", says mrjuncker. cue a sigh of relief from the uk. but here's the man who has to try to make it work here. i'm sorry but i don't want to answer a question. from the look on michel barnier‘s face, he knows it's
not going to be easy. angela merkel said, "we hope we can move on in december, but it depends "on the uk paying more". the french verdict, even more gloomy. "today, we are not even halfway there". did he mean we'd have to pay at least double the 20 billion? that's not yet clear. this was far from a brussels bust up, though. number ten's encouraged that negotiations are at least moving. theresa may does not go home empty—handed. she can claim progress of a sort, but this fraught process has gone a couple of inches, and it's a journey of many, many miles. those 27 will decide their next moves without britain even in the room, while at home the prime minister must calculate how much she can compromise to conclude the whole deal against the clock before we are out for good. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, brussels. our europe editor, katya adler, is in brussels tonight.
ambitious and positive about future negotiations is how theresa may says she is feeling. any other eu leaders feeling that way? well, sophie, a glass half full kind of person would say — absolutely clearly eu leaders made a political decision at this summit to bolster the prime minister, not to let her go home empty handed over brexit. and they queued up to praise her over her florence speech and talked about brexit negotiations already made, not just concentrating brexit negotiations already made, notjust concentrating on what still had to be done. they said — look by the next eu summit in december maybe then we can talk about trade and transition as the prime minister so dearly wants. but a glass half empty person would reply — how on earth is the prime minister going to pull it off? there's in the that many weeks now until december and the eu expects theresa may to reach a decision at home nine brussels over money — how much we are going to pay
the eu to leave and the eu wants more than theresa may finds co mforta ble. more than theresa may finds comfortable. also that european court ofjustice comfortable. also that european court of justice and comfortable. also that european court ofjustice and what jurisdiction it has over sit eu citizens‘ rights. eu leaders put on some charm for theresa may. they wa nt some charm for theresa may. they want a brexit deal too and they think she needs all the help she can get. a police inquiry has been launched into rbs and the way one of its departments treated the bank‘s small business customers. police scotland are taking evidence which may lead to a formal investigation. the bbc has seen some of the methods used to extract revenues from customers, instead of helping them. here‘s our business correspondent, joe lynam. you can still see our company name up on the notice board and it‘s been there for the last six—and—a—half years since we were put into grg. andrew quoi ran a plumbing business for 25 years in bristol, with a turnover of £5 million. but in 2011, within the space of a month, and without any warning, his company was forced out of business with the loss of a0
jobs after it was placed into a part of rbs, known as grg. now, i didn‘t know what grg was. i didn‘t even know what those initials stood for but we were told at the time — they‘re going to help you. it was the complete opposite. it was a complete and total utter total abattoir. they destroy you and they slaughter businesses. walk us through what happened after you went into administration? it did make you feel like the best thing to do would be to end it all because there was the possibility you could make a claim, yourfamily could make a claim on your life insurance and your family would be safe. those thoughts went went through my mind. andrew brought rbs to court in bristol. he lost and he says he can not afford to appeal. the bank, which may yet seize his home, said thejudge dismissed the claim in 2016 and found mr quoi liable to meet the company‘s outstanding liabilities to the bank, up to the level of their personal guarantees.
but new documentation, leaked to the bbc, which was widely circulated to one division of grg, shows that staff would be rewarded for behaving a certain way. entitled "just hit budget", customers faced especially high interest rates or handing over part of their own company to the bank. it went on, under the heading, "rope", "sometimes you need to let customers hang themselves. no deal, no way. missed opportunities will mean missed bonuses." this is a scandal of incalculable proportions. it raises the question as to whether criminal offences have been committed and there needs to be an urgent inquiry into this. it‘s a sort of blueprint for abuse of business customers in the most shocking way. and things could be getting even trickierfor rbs. the bbc has learned an inquiry is under way by police in scotland into rbs and its grg division and how it treated its small business customers.
no charges are being brought yet but the bbc understands that the inquiry is nearing fruition. rbs says it‘s recently been made aware that police are reviewing a complaint. it says it is not privy to any details but that it will cooperate with any request for information. the banking regulator, the fca, has received a detailed report by investigators into the matter, which it refuses to publish in full. but it has told the bbc that it will publish a full summary, soon. andrew quoi says he will not rest until the truth is revealed about how he, and many others were treated. all your hope, all your aspirations, everything you built up over a lifetime, a lifetime‘s work, was gone. the government says it doesn‘t comment on leaked documents. joe lynam, bbc news. britain‘s budget deficit, the difference between the amount ition
in and spends was the smallest last monther than in any september for ten years. figures from the office of national statistics, showed the government‘s borrowing was down 11% ona government‘s borrowing was down 11% on a year ago. oxford and cambridge universities are still struggling to offer places to students from less privileged backgrounds. new figures show that the parents of most students given oxbridge places have professional or managerialjobs. the data was obtained by the labour mp david lammy who has accused oxford and cambridge of perpetuating a "social apartheid". the figures also show a huge geographical divide. almost half of the oxbridge offers went to students in london and the south east, while just 3% of offers from oxbridge went to students in wales. the universities both say they are trying to improve access. here‘s our education editor, bra nwen jeffreys. centuries of scholarship, one of the top universities in the world, but how easy is it to get into oxford from a comprehensive
in inner—city manchester? even from a good school, it can feel like an impossible leap. i see quite a few people in my year who could have very well applied. i think it‘s a confidence thing. most people don‘t feel it‘s for them. i can understand why someone might think it is posh, but as long as you are an able student who wants to work hard, i'm sure you will fit right in. almost one in five kids here gets free school meals, that is two or three times higher than the wealthy south—east. i think it is quite a deep—rooted issue. a lot of it comes down to confidence and perception of what these universities are like. we try to ensure that students visit them, access the various summer programmes. the universities say they are trying hard, spending millions on their efforts, and some schools just aren‘t delivering top grades. but still, better off kids
get most places here. these two universities exert a remarkable influence over national life. they‘ve produced most of our prime ministers, as well as many cabinet members, seniorjudges and influential voices in the media. so if you are asking yourself why you should care, it‘s because the people who study here end up running the country. when i got the offer, i was so happy. oxford demands a or a—star grades, but an experiment is under way. v got three b grades at her dudley sixth form. the university spent a year getting her up to scratch. the standard of teaching was completely different to what i had experienced in my previous education. as a young black woman from zimbabwe, living in dudley, i did not think i would fit into a space like this. i thought it would be people who are rich. but so far, it is just ten
students at one college. so does this mean dropping standards for some state pupils? it‘s definitely not about dumbing down oxford. it‘s about getting students who have the academic potential but have not reached it at school, and with a year of teaching on the foundation year, they will have reached the level where they can perform well at undergraduate. cambridge and oxford are part of an academic elite, but many argue that is still reserved for the privileged few. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. mps have publicly accused president trump of ignorance after tweeting about the latest crime figures published for england and wales. he claimed an increase in recorded crime was linked to the "spread of radical islamic terror" in the uk. yesterday‘s figures showed an overall rise in crime, down to an increase in violent crime, including murder and assault, as well as better crime recording. here‘s our north america editorjon sopel. it was just before dawn, when most
of america was still sleeping that the president suddenly tweeted about britain‘s crime figures. giving the impression that this was from an official report, the president used quotation marks. the figures he referred to were, in fact, just for england and wales, and nowhere in the crime survey is the phrase used "radical islamic terror". nevertheless, his tweet will have a resonance for many people in the united states. because the president‘s ban on people travelling from several muslim countries has failed again. it will have to come here to the supreme court to be resolved, after it was blocked by lower courts earlier this week. but in the last 2a hours, two former presidents, without mentioning donald trump‘s name, took aim and fired an unmistakable broadside.
bigotry seems in emboldened. our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication. we've got folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry. to demonise people who have different ideas. to get the base all riled up, because it provides a short—term tactical advantage. and there was friendly fire, too. this is the republican speaker of the house, paul ryan, at a charity dinner. i know last year that donald trump offended some people. i know his comments, according to critics, went too far. some said it was unbecoming for a public figure, and they said that his comments were offensive. well, thank god he‘s learned his lesson! the president wasn‘t there.
it would have been interesting to see if he‘d have laughed. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. there are now thought to be more than 400,000 people across the uk who have a serious problem with gambling. but there‘s only one residential rehabilitation centre dedicated to helping severe addicts. the gordon moody association is a charity based outside birmingham, which offers residents a 12—week programme. our midlands correspondent sima kotecha is the firstjournalist to be allowed inside. i‘ve had people say to me like, "why don‘t you just stop it?" you try and be in a gambler‘s mind just for a day and then you‘ll know what it‘s like. it‘s ain‘t as easy as that. from the outside, it looks like an ordinary row of houses. inside are some of the country‘s most severe gamblers, desperate for help and a cure. it is notjust about gambling, it is about how it has infected your whole life. based in the west midlands, it provides more than just advice and therapy fer men.
it‘s britain‘s only residential centre for gambling addicts and we‘ve been given exclusive access. our belief is that gambling is almost a symptom of what‘s going on underneath. sort of a maladaptive coping response, if you like. so, what we do is we find out where that came from and we help people to find new coping strategies that enable them to deal with their day—to—day life differently without the need to gamble. the programme costs around £10,000 per person. most of it‘s paid for by the responsible gambling trust, a charity which is tasked with funding treatment services. paul has lost hundreds of thousands of pounds because of his addiction. at his lowest point, he wanted to take his own life. ijust wanted to be run over, or... i didn‘t know it was going to happen. you just feel like useless. i was taking more of my prescription, antidepressants and sleeping tablets.
just felt like lowdown scum, you know what i mean? didn‘t think i was worth being around. the growth of mobile and online gambling, along with an increase in fixed odds betting terminals, such as slot machines and roulette tables, has made staking money easier than ever before. i got made redundant and i spent the redundancy money, in literally about three days. if you don‘t mind me asking, how much money did you get? that was about £110,000. and you spent in three days online. yeah. residents tell us being an addict is a lonely existence. there‘s no outward signs. you‘re not drunk. you‘ve not got needle marks up yourarm oranything. you‘re just gambling and externally people think you‘re perfectly normal. how do we know this place works? the centre argues the coping strategies they learn here facilitate long—term change.
not everyone leaves cured though. ian, a former resident, says advertising is one of the problems. you can put on the television and most adverts these days, after a certain amount of time, are based around gambling. it seems to be two mates together walking down the road. it seemed like a really cool thing to do. when you are actually addicted to it, when you are hooked on it, it is actually far from that. it‘s not like that at all. staff say support is always available. they‘ve made the biggest step by picking up the phone or completing an application form online. they‘ve done that and not us. so we will then take the next step and help them because they‘re asking us for that help. those who come here say they‘re simply grateful to have a space where they can be true to themselves and to their addiction. i don‘t completely blame anybody. i never said you‘ve got to come in here. i went in there willingly. it‘s just a mug‘s game.
sima kotecha, bbc news, in the west midlands. the labour mp clive lewis has apologised unreservedly after footage emerged of him using misogynistic language last month. this is what he said at the public event. on your knees, bitch. mr lewis has been criticised by female mps on both sides of the house. the labour party says the language "completely unacceptable". our political correspondent iain watson is in westminster. completely unacceptable but what will the labour party do about it? well, nothing, formally, sophie. clive lewis‘ friends are saying, look, that expression was said at a boozy event on the fringes of the labour conference, but he has been condemned by individual mps within his own party. harriet harman described the remarks as inexplicable and inexcusable.
tonight, the conservatives are trying to shift the focus onto labour‘s leader. justine greening has sent a letter to jeremy labour‘s leader. justine greening has sent a letter tojeremy corbyn, calling on him personally to denounce clive lewis and also to tackle what she calls misogyny in labour‘s ranks. but as i understand it, jeremy corbyn is gay to try to avoid being dragged into this row. ——jeremy avoid being dragged into this row. —— jeremy corbyn is going to avoid being dragged into this row. the leader of plaid cymru, leanne wood, has said her party could back a second referendum if no brexit deal is reached with the european union by march 2019. speaking to her party‘s conference in caernarfon, she said that the welsh national interest must be protected in the negotiations. the way the eu withdrawal is being carried out. there‘s a clear threat, not just to our economy but to our constitution. the conservative uk government risks driving the economy off the cliff through botched brexit negotiations. their internal fights and election gamble have led them to pursue the most reckless negotiating strategy imaginable. the king of spain has said tonight that catalonia will always be
an essential part of his country. tomorrow the government in madrid is expected to announce plans to dissolve catalonia‘s regional parliament and impose direct rule. the unprecedented move comes after catalonia‘s leaders refused to withdraw their threat to break away from spain, following the disputed referendum. tom burridge has sent this report. zaragoza in aragon. catalonia is the region next door, and plastered all over this city, among its old streets, a statement of spanish unity. luis‘ bar is a shrine to spain‘s national police force and its civil guard. "the spanish government should have intervened "long ago in catalonia", this former spanish soldier tells us. a group of tourists from andalusia in the south agree. "there‘s been too many concessions given to the catalan government", thinksjose—maria.
"it hurts me", she says, "because it‘s creating an atmosphere of hate in spain". caught in the middle are officers patrolling barcelona‘s streets. they are part of catalonia‘s own regional police force, and tomorrow madrid will set out its plan to exert more control, probably on them and other strands of catalan autonomy. translation: we are caught up in a political hurricane, but we are not politicians. we are policemen. after spanish national police disrupted catalonia‘s disputed referendum, emotions have been running high. we met bet comforting her mother the following day, now horrified that madrid might take control. i don‘t want violence, i don‘t want a war, but if i have to go to have a strike, i will do it.
if i have to be days on a strike, i will do it. idon‘t mind. it‘s my future, my parents‘ future, my son‘s future, you know. and we‘ve been fighting for a lot of time for this. but the argument popular in places like zaragoza is simple. catalonia is part of spain, says this university professor. madrid has to act. translation: catalan nationalists do not have the power to decide on the half of all spaniards that it is a foreign territory. i will never accept being a foreigner in catalonia. but a country whose regions have been glued together over the centuries is nervous. the spanish government has a strategy, but it risks further fractures within catalan society, and deeper divisions between many in that region and the rest of spain. tom burridge, bbc news, in spain. and finally, a letter written on the titanic, the day before it struck an iceberg
and sank, is expected to fetch up to £80,000 when it goes up for auction tomorrow. it was penned by an american passenger to his mother, as he headed home with his wife. oscar holverson‘s letter is one of a number of items being auctioned. recent artefacts that have gone for huge prices include a deck chair that sold for £100,000, and a violin for £1 million. that‘s it. now on bbc one, it‘s time for the news where you are. have a very good night. hello and welcome to sportsday i‘m lizzie greenwood hughes, the headlines tonight. more contraversy for the fa as the england women‘s goal keeper is sent home after allegations of inapproriate behaviour. —— goalkeeping coach. and bath win in the shower in llanelli, beating the scarlets to go top of their pool the european champions cup. vettel finds it tough in texas, more than half a second slower
in practice than title rival lewis hamilton who could wrap up the championship this weekend. so lots to tell you about this evening... starting with the night‘s premier league football where brighton won their first away game of the season and in some style, beating west ham 3—0 at the london stadium, to increase the pressure on west ham‘s manager slaven bilic. —— thanks the visitors were ahead after only ten minutes thanks to glenn murray‘s first goal of the season. west ham were punished again in spect moments before the break whenjose izquierdo curled pastjoe hart from distance, despite the england goalkeeper getting a strong hand to the ball. murray added his second from the penalty spot in the 75th minute after he was fouled by pa blo za baleta. west ham dropped to 17 in the table,
increasing the pressure on the manager. i have to say sorry to them. it‘s not the first time. they definitely deserve better than this. and you mentioned this week, that a hurricane of pressure is never far away, especially after a bad result. duke that want to come your way now? yellow might guess. we just lost yes. especially against a team that you are looking to the game as a chance to get a point. when this happens, of course the situation... are you worried about abolition. yellow mac not worried. but —— are you worried about abolition. yellow mac not worried. but -- i'm not worried. situation were here before. i‘m here as a manager of the team, asi before. i‘m here as a manager of the team, as i said, i don‘t want to hide behind anything, this is my
respondent will do, and now it‘s up to the board of course. from one manager under pressure to another everton boss ronald koeman admits events surrounding the club at the moment aren‘t helping his postion. the club has been charged by uefa after their players and some fans were involved in a brawl with lyon players during last night‘s europa league defeat. captain ashley williams‘ shove on the lyon goal keeper sparked a brawl between the players and fans. one of those fans was holding a small child, he‘s since been banned by the club. lyon went on to win two one leaving everton with only one point from three games in europe so far. and with his team lying fifth from bottom in the league, manager ronald koeman accepts there will be question marks over his future. i‘m still the man, and we fight for everything, to turn around it, and of course, the pressure is on, the pressure is on the manager, but ok, i watch television, i am sometimes on social media, and i know what‘s going around, and that‘s normal,