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labour calls for the uk to remain in a customs union after brexit. the party says it would be best for trade and for the northern ireland border, and warns the government it may not have parliamentary support for its vision of brexit. with bothjeremy corbyn and theresa may giving major speeches this week, we'll be asking where labour's shift leaves the government. we'll be asking where labour's shift also tonight... we'll be asking where labour's shift more fighting between the syrian government and rebel groups in the damascus suburb of eastern ghouta. in leicester, emergency services deal with a major incident after an explosion and fire. deal with a major incident on the campaign trail in italy. deal with a major incident how far—right politicians are drawing big crowds ahead of next week's election. are drawing big crowds ahead song and celebration, as the winter olympics that mixed sport and politics come to an end. as the winter olympics that mixed and tributes to one of bollywood's leading ladies — sridevi — who's died at the age of 5a. leading ladies — sridevi —
good evening. labour wants the uk to remain in a customs union with the eu after brexit, according to the shadow brexit secretary. according to the shadow sir keir starmer said today that a new treaty, replicating the existing customs arrangement, would be best for the economy and respect the referendum result. the prime minister is committed to leaving both the single market and the customs union. to leaving both the single market she's expected to outline the government's position in more detail this week. the government's position our political correspondent, ben wright, reports. when it comes to trading with the eu after brexit, there is now clear water between the government and labour. in a speech tomorrow, jeremy corbyn will confirm his party would keep the uk in a customs
union with the eu. crunch time is coming for the prime minister because the majority in parliament does not back her approach to a customs union. labour's brexit spokesman said the uk would be better off teaming up with the eu to reach new trade deals with other countries. obviously, realistically it's the only way to get tariff free access. it's the only way to get it's really important for our manufacturing base and nobody can answer the question, how you keep your commitment to no hard border in northern ireland without a customs union. as an eu member we are currently in the european customs union. the idea behind it is pretty simple. in the european customs union. a single set of tariffs is imposed on goods imported from outside the eu. is imposed on goods imported goods can then move freely without tariffs around the bloc but members cannot do their own trade deals. the eu also has a single market which allows capital, services and people to move freely around member states. the government says we will leave the customs union and the single
market after brexit. the customs union and the single some labour mps want their party to commit to both. it's a massive hit on our economy if we leave the single market, if we leave the customs union. it's a massive hit to peace in northern ireland if we leave the customs union. in northern ireland if these are core labour values. in northern ireland if but brexit—supporting labour mps argue the party risks betraying their own voters. you've come out, stella, with all these things, we will stay in the customs union, we will stay in the single market. the decision was quite clear to leave. in the north, labour voters voted very, very clearly. are you going to rat on them or not? voted very, very clearly. the brexit negotiation is not only a haggle between the uk government and the eu. parliament is critical, too. government and the eu. theresa may did not have an overall majority in the commons and a number of tory mps also argue that the uk should have a customs union with the eu. argue that the uk should so, a vote, when it comes, could force the government to change its position. could force the government to the government insists the uk must be free to have an independent trade
policy after brexit outside the customs union. labour say they want tojoin a customs union, what does that mean? tojoin a customs union, is it like turkey, which has a customs union but only in goods, but not in agriculture, not in services, not in finance? is that what we want for britain? not in services, not in finance? will we take rules in certain sectors but not in others? liam fox also said the government would try to persuade all tory mps about the government's position before putting a trade deal before mps which, at the moment, looks like it could be defeated if labourjoins tory rebels in calling for a new customs union. tory rebels in calling which is why the impact of labour's is the shift could very significant. is the shift could be today, a couple of the very significant. today, a couple of the conservative mps who also want a customs union between the uk and european union after brexit... the
potential is there to allow the government's said plan out of the water. a lot could happen before then including what is billed as a very important speech by theresa may on brexit in which ears to set out in more detail on how the government wa nts to in more detail on how the government wants to get frictionless free trade with the eu outside the customs union that speech would be closely watched by the eu and sceptics within the prime minister's own party. thank you very much, then right. —— ben wright. right. fighting is continuing in the damascus suburb of eastern ghouta, a day after the un security council passed a resolution calling for a ceasefire to be implemented. the syrian government is trying to retake the area from rebels, some of whom are linked to extremist groups. our middle east editor, jeremy bowen, has this report. you may find some of it distressing. jeremy bowen, has this report. this was inside eastern ghouta. jeremy bowen, has this report. in almost seven years of war in syria, real ceasefires have been rare, ineffective and short. the un couldn't agree on a start time for the ceasefire.
the best they could do was to say "without delay". that is elastic enough to wreck this ceasefire‘s chances. today is the first day of the ceasefire resolution. still there's warplane, atmosphere, there is still shelling. it's less than before. there is still shelling. civilians are still being killed. there is still shelling. civil defence workers dug a badly injured baby out of this bomb site. already the russians say jaysh al—islam, the main armed group in the enclave, has broken the ceasefire. it says it's forced to fight back. has broken the ceasefire. translation: when the regime is not abiding by the un resolution i cannot stand still and watch and not defend myself
and ourfamilies in ghouta. and not defend myself this boy and the men with him are, we are told, victims of a chlorine attack. we are told, victims when it's weaponised, chlorine is banned under international law. the russians claim this is fake, part of a plan to discredit syrian army. is fake, part of a plan whether you believe these pictures, or the russians, it's another bad sign for the ceasefire. or the russians, it's another bad the syrian army is dug in around eastern ghouta, reported to be pushing forward. in around eastern ghouta, ceasefire or not, it can sense victory. ceasefi res ceasefires need both goodwill and self—interest if they are to have a chance. the ceasefires of syrian
regime like best are ones that lead to surrenders, which is what has happened and all the other rebel enclaves around damascus. let's hope it isa enclaves around damascus. let's hope it is a proper, humanitarian ceasefire. i am afraid to say, history is against it. thank you. a major incident has been declared in leicester after a large explosion destroyed a shop, and a home above it. four people have been taken to hospital, and members of the public have been told to avoid the area. our correspondent, jeremy ball, is on the scene now. jeremy, what more can you tell us? is on the scene now. it is on the scene now. is around three hours since tt explosion it is around three hours since the explosion happened. there is still thick, acrid smoke drifting across the scene. people who live here described hearing such a loud bang it sounded something like an earthquake. we heard that the shop, a polish convenience store, has been destroyed. people live above the shop. we have seen search and rescue
dogs at the scene. four people have been taken to hospital but the building will have to be searched to find out if anyone else is trapped in the wreckage was we can still see fla mes in the wreckage was we can still see flames coming out of the building, so flames coming out of the building, so it is still an ongoing incident. it will not be until the search is finished that the investigation can begin to find out what has happened here. thank you. after 16 days of competition, the winter olympics in south korea have drawn to a close, with a colourful ceremony featuring nearly 3,000 athletes. with a colourful ceremony featuring the politics, which underpinned much of the games, were at the fore again today as north korea signalled its willingness to hold talks with the united states. signalled its willingness to hold laura bicker reports from pyeongchang. this is the confident side of south korea. modern, dynamic, and edgy. side of south korea. the perfect stage for a record—breaking british team. five medals in these winter games.
a record—breaking british team. this year will be remembered by russia as well, its athletes still not allowed to fly their flag after a doping ban. to fly their flag after a doping it will be lifted if no more cases arise. we were taken on a journey through time, a mix of old and new. vivaldi's four seasons, led by a 13—year—old shredding his guitar. led by a 13—year—old and backed by 80 traditional korean instruments. but much of the drama in pyeongchang was political. entering this arena is the us president's daughter, ivanka trump. hugs for the south korean first lady, but no warm reception for the north korean general sitting behind her. north korean general there was no contact between the two, but it does seem that pyeongyang is now ready
to talk to the us. a victory for the south korean leader, president moon. unlike the opening ceremony, athletes from the two koreas flew their own country's colours, highlighting the division despite the diplomacy. highlighting the division despite critics fear the north has been given too much of a platform at these games. been given too much of a the minister responsible for talks between the two koreas says pyeongyang is being pushed on its nuclear weapons. translation: we did convey the message to the north koreans multiple times. the message to the north koreans it is necessary that north korea and the united states talk to each other to solve this in a peaceful manner. but at the end of this olympic reverie there could be a dose of reality. reverie there could be this show of harmony has given south korea some breathing space, but tensions still lurk in the background. unfortunately, it's not going to last. north koreans are entirely separating, they've said it from the
first meeting, that the nuclear issue has nothing to do with the cooperation between the two koreas concering the olympic games. and so pyeongchang bids farewell to the olympic flame and many wonder what could be next for the two koreas. wonder what could be these games are ending just as they began, with a major diplomatic breakthrough. as they began, with a major north korea has said it's willing to talk to the united states. there's still a huge problem of its nuclear weapons programme, but this is the first progress made on this peninsula in years. laura bicker, bbc news, pyeongchang. on this peninsula in years. more than a thousand people have taken part in a march in the centre of belfast calling for action on the legacy of northern ireland's troubles. for action on the legacy the march was organised by a number for action on the legacy of groups representing people who lost their lives. they say promises to deal with the past, including a five—year plan to complete outstanding inquests,
have been broken. to complete outstanding inquests, china's ruling communist party is expected to abandon a rule limiting the time a president can serve in office — a move which could see the current leader xi jinping stay on indefinitely. he had been due to step down in 2023, after ten years in the job. the in 2023, after ten years in the job. change will be 5 evidence the change will be seen as further evidence of his growing hold on power. italians head to the polls in a week in a general election that has the rest of europe on the edge of its seat. populist politicians are leading the polls with italians angry about migration, frustrated with the eu and worried about their sluggish economy. frustrated with the eu and worried our europe editor, katya adler, reports from milan. in italy this election season, populism rather than policy is the undisputed vote winner. populism rather than policy italians flock to those who say they are listening to their frustrations with the status quo. matteo salvini leads the hard right
anti—immigration league party. it's almost more popstar than politician. all of matteo salvini's supporters hoping he can make it to prime minister with his slogan, "italy first. " "what do you say to those who call you a racist populist?", i asked. translation: i don't respond to insults, but i'm proud to be a populist if it means being amongst people, solving their problems. immigration is seen as a big problem here. around 700,000 mainly african migrants arrived here by boat over the past few years. migrants arrived here by boat many asylum claims are rejected. migrants arrived here by boat people go underground. migrants arrived here by boat the police said we needed an escort to visit these illegally occupied buildings in turin. to visit these illegally we clearly weren't welcome.
to visit these illegally recent attacks by migrants and against migrants in italy, plus widespread pre—election anti—immigration rhetoric, have stoked tensions here. anti—immigration rhetoric, the mayor of turin is from another populist, big—hitter party, the controversial five star movement — anti—migration, eurosceptic and very antiestablishment. — anti—migration, eurosceptic mayor appendino took me for a spin in her intentionally non—bling electric car. in her intentionally we have had a crisis, economic crisis. people don't like the establishment because there are no solutions and poverty is increasing, so what they see in us, when they were so young and they never did politics before, and they see in us a way to get out of the crisis, a way to find new solutions. to get out of the crisis, with populists so popular here, should europe brace itself
for turmoil in italy, the eurozone's third—largest economy, after these elections? the eurozone's third—largest well, not quite. the eurozone's third—largest remember him? the eurozone's third—largest yes, berlusconi is back, and the irony of the populist outbreak in italy is that a man who disappeared from politics surrounded by scandal has now returned and is able to present himself as a calm elder statesman. returned and is able to present silvio berlusconi can't run for office because of a conviction for tax fraud, but his party will likely have a key role in forming the next italian government. which is why, despite all the political rhetoric here, young voters fear little will actually change in italy after these elections. will actually change in italy in these elections, nobody is speaking about young people in the proper way. is speaking about young most of our schoolmates right now are unemployed.
there's hope in the future. right now are unemployed. voter turnout in these elections is expected to be high. italians are engaged — and angry. katya adler, bbc news, milan. more on the last day at the winter olympics, and the rest of the sport, over to karthi gna nasegaram. good evening. over to karthi gna nasegaram. manchester city have won their first trophy under manager, pep guardiola. city beat arsenal 3—0 in the carabao cup final but guardiola didn't go up to collect the trophy, saying it was for the club and not for him. to collect the trophy, saying natalie pirks reports from wembley. to collect the trophy, saying winning trophies is nothing new for manchester city, but pep guardiola was probably surprised atjust how simple the first of his reign was. surprised atjust how simple the day started in crisp london sunshine. yellow ribbons caught the eye, guardiola again defying the fa by wearing his for imprisoned catalan politicians. arsene wenger has never
won the league cup. he had reason to look pensive. won the league cup. manchester city aren't known for route one football, but from a goal kick sergio aguero outmuscled arsenal's defence with ease. outmuscled arsenal's sergio aguero! outmuscled arsenal's that lob was rather cheeky, too. outmuscled arsenal's from woeful defenders to wonderful. outmuscled arsenal's vincent kompany, so often out injured, popped up with an important contribution. out injured, popped up and just look what it meant to him. out injured, popped up fans were celebrating, but city weren't quite done yet. on a night where city's old guard came up trumps, arsenal's fans were left wondering just how they got it so wrong. arsene wenger had said this was arsenal's chance to show they were on city's level. was arsenal's chance to show at times, they didn't appear to be on the same planet. this trophy remains elusive for wenger but, for guardiola, it could be the first of many. for wenger but, for guardiola, the treble is still very much on. for wenger but, for guardiola, natalie pirks, bbc news, wembley. for wenger but, for guardiola, great britain didn't win any
medals on the final day of the winter olympics but this has been their most successful winter games. been their most andy swiss reports from pyeongchang. been their most britain's olympic journey here hasn't always been the smoothest. 17th and 18th for the much touted bobsleighers, been matched by medals. but their misses have yarnold wins gold again! but their misses have laura deas has won bronze as well. but their misses have a record five in total... but their misses have billy morgan! but their misses have yes! but their misses have after some £30 million of funding, they haven't come cheap, but the team believe they are worth it. we are very happy. they are worth it. it's a historic games, our best ever winter olympics, three medals on that saturday, and back—to—back gold medals with lizzy yarnold. and back—to—back gold the and back—to—back gold greatest feat came in the si as the greatest feat came in the skiing as norway sealed their place at the
top of the medals table thanks to the most decorated winter olympian of all time, winning her 15th medal, a glorious finale to a glittering career. and so a spectacular end to a games that has seen some stunning performances and a record tally by great britain. andy swiss, bbc news. great britain. ben stokes' bowling has been described as "brilliant" by the england cricket captain, eoin morgan. stokes played for the international team for the first time since september but his two wickets couldn't save england who lost the first one day international against new zealand by three wickets. against new zealand the day's football results and the latest from the women's six nations are on the bbc website. and the latest from the women's six the indian actress, sridevi, who starred in nearly 300 bollywood films, has died of a heart attack at the age of 5a. has died of a heart a former child star, herfilms had huge box office success from the 1970s to the late 1990s. that
to the late 1990s. was whether or not she had a prominent that was whether or not she had a prominent male co—star. rajini vaidya nathan looks back at her life. for decades, she was bollywood's leading lady. sridevi captivated audiences with her charisma and comic timing. in a male—dominated film industry, she was one of the first woman to become a megastar in her own right. you know, the audience just wants a good film. that's what matters. just wants a good film. whether it is a heroine—oriented or hero—oriented film. sridevi was attending a family wedding with her husband and daughter in dubai when she suffered a heart attack late on saturday night. a heart attack late on saturday as news of her death broke, crowds gathered outside her house in mumbai. crowds gathered outside her house in across india, fans paid tribute. crowds gathered outside her house in it is a loss to our country, to the film industry. she was such a role model to all women across the country. now we've got a lot of famous leading ladies in bollywood. back then, in the 805 and early 905, there weren't too many of them. she was one of the first. there weren't too many of them. india is mourning the loss of one of its brightest stars. one film producer described
the impact of sridevi's death — saying she was a pioneer, who put the early cracks of the glass ceiling of bollywood and paved the way for today's female film stars. and paved the way for today's female sridevi will be remembered for the way she lit up the screen. she left the world of bollywood way too soon but her legacy is enduring. sridevi kapoor, who has died aged 5a. that's all from us. who has died aged 5a. now for the news where you are. who has died aged 5a. goodnight. who has died aged 5a. hello. this is bbc news. let's return now to the developing story in leicester this evening. police have declared a major incident after reports of an explosion in the hinckley road area. four people have been take to hospital. tom burridge reports. the chaotic scene after locals heard
and felt a large explosion which destroyed a building near leicester city centre. john alexander is a bbc journalist who lives nearby. city centre. john alexander is a bbc journalist who lives nearbylj city centre. john alexander is a bbc journalist who lives nearby. i was sitting in my back room and ifelt journalist who lives nearby. i was sitting in my back room and i felt a huge shock to the head, which like either the roof was coming in all the boiler had exploded. my house was ok. i ran straight out of the front door, up the street and round the corner to the shop, and it's blown debris and rubble across four lanes of traffic. then a large fire in the area where the building stood. this, a main road in leicester, now the scene of what the police called a major incident. east midlands ambulance service say they have taken several people to hospital. it's unclear if there are more casualties. reports suggest the explosion happened in a polish shop which had a flat above it.
neighbours felt their homes shaking from the force of the explosion. here, people helped paramedics to treat the injured. fire crews have been searching the wreckage of the building. the cause of the explosion is still not known. leicestershire police have, in the last few minutes, given an update on the investigation into this blast in leicester. they say that, at this stage, there is no indication that this explosion was linked to terrorism. so they are obviously looking at other potential causes of that blast. the emergency services still dealing with the aftermath of that, after the building in which the explosion took place caught fire. a number of buildings in the hinckley road area damaged as a result of that explosion, which happened just after 7pm.
leicestershi re happened just after 7pm. leicestershire fire and rescue service and the ambulance service is also dealing with this incident, which has seen hinckley road closed between mostyn street and carlisle street, about a mile or so from the city centre of leicester, an area of businesses and homes. we'll bring you more details, in particular an update on the injuries sustained by the four people who have been taken to hospital. now the weather with sarah keith—lucas. this cold snap has been forecast for a while so some very wintry weather is on the cards. the week ahead, disruptive heavy snow, bitter easterly winds, a lot of frost on ice and wintry sunshine. easterly winds developing through this week, drawing in that cold air from siberia and northern russia. during monday, western part should largely be clear with some sunshine. in the
east, we've got more cloud, with snow showers for eastern england and scotland. first thing monday morning, so sellers —— showers, subzero temperatures, widespread frost and icy conditions. monday morning, most of the snow showers will be fairly well scattered across eastern england and scotland. many places staying dry, especially towards the west. during the day, that cloud filter is further west, so that cloud filter is further west, so it will be cold. temperature is perhaps a few degrees above freezing for many of us but, adding on the wind—chill, the wind making it feel like more like minus five. a cold day. we will continue to see snow showers towards the east and overnight into tuesday, heavier, more persistent snow across eastern scotla nd more persistent snow across eastern scotland and england. it will be a bitterly cold start to tuesday, well below freezing, and the met office had issued an amber warning. that is for the threat of disruptive snow,
especially for parts of eastern england. paulyorkshire, lincolnshire, essex, london and kent, we could see several centimetres of accumulating and disruptive snow likely to cause disruption to travel on tuesday, and there could be school closures. temperatures not getting above freezing for many of us. further snow showers filtering in on that risk easterly wind for tuesday night and wednesday, so further heavy, accumulating snow for many parts on wednesday. mainly eastern england and scotland, where it will be bitterly cold again, particularly with the wind—chill, but even further west we could see snow showers for wales in south—west england. some places could see up to 20 centimetres, even more over higher ground. snow likely to cause disruption in the coming days, and low pressure could bring blizzard conditions in the south later in the week. hello, this is bbc news, and martine croxall. we will be taking a look at the papers in a moment. first, the
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