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today at 5: snow, ice, strong winds and now the threat of floods — widespread disruption continues across the uk. police say some 3,500 vehicles were stranded on the m62 motorway overnight — hundreds of people had to be rescued and some passengers were stuck on trains which were unable to move for hours. waterloo railway station in london will close at 8 o'clock. the army is out helping people stranded in the sub—zero conditions — as major incidents are declared in several counties. i'm ben brown reporting from alnwick in northumberland where locals say these are the worst winter weather conditions they have experienced for bmb conditions they have experienced for lamb decade. —— for almost a decade. we will have the latest from across the uk. the other main stories: difficult choices need to be made — theresa may makes a major speech outlining the sort of deal she wants to have with the eu after brexit.
we both need to face the fact that this is a negotiations and neither of us can have exactly what we want. a man is convicted of attempting to murder a muslim woman because she was wearing a hijab. a royal invitation — more than 1,000 members of the public have been invited to the grounds of windsor castle for the wedding of prince harry and meghan markle. weapons in a global struggle for power. jennifer lawrence stars as the most dangerous spy in russia, in the gripping new film, red sparrow. we'll hear what mark kermode thought about it, and the rest of this week's releases, in the film review. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at 5.
snow, ice and powerful winds are continuing to cause major disruption over large parts of the uk. motorways and major roads across the country have been blocked. 0n the m62 police say 3,500 vehicles were stranded on a trans—pennine section of the motorway — with hundreds of people needing rescue. cars were also stranded overnight on the a31 in hampshire. elsewhere, passengers were trapped on trains, without heating or lighting in some cases. all but one of the uk's rail operators are running a reduced service, southeastern railway have told customers not to travel until further notice, and they'll be no trains from waterloo station after 8pm this evening. there has also been major disruption at airports across the country. the bad weather is expected
to continue, with more snow showers and windy conditions. there are also 15 flood warnings in place in the south west and north east of england. this is the latest picture — there are now no red or amber alerts in place, but yellow warnings remain across much of the country and the cold weather could last well into next week. let's go to ben brown who is in alnwick in northumberland. alnwick is snow—bound, like so many towns, people say these are the worst conditions they have had here in alnwick for eight years. and they have been taking in drivers who got stranded on the a1, which is closed between alnwick and berwick. about 70 lorry drivers and motorists from ca i’s
70 lorry drivers and motorists from cars who were stranded were brought toa cars who were stranded were brought to a sports hall here and looked after. 0n the m62 we are hearing 3,500 vehicles were stranded over night between rochdale and huddersfield. the army had to try and rescue people. most of those vehicles have now been freed. but we are still hearing that they're going to keep that stretch of motorway closed, because there have been winds of up to 80mph. there was carnage on the m62 motorway near rochdale — vehicles colliding with each other in heavy snow and blizzard conditions and drivers trapped in cars and lorries for as long as 11 hours overnight. in worcestershire, teams have been trying to clear roads and shovelling snow off pavements, laying down as much salt and grit as fast as they can. but few people are daring to venture out — streets here are empty.
in shropshire, there are huge snowdrifts, as there are in many parts of country, with snowploughs doing their best to clear a way through. in the west midlands alone, 1,500 schools are still closed and thousands more across the uk. here in alnwick, in northumberland, they have been pulling cars out of the snow. northumberland county council says these are the worst conditions here for eight years, but the community is pulling together. farmers and local rural communities, they're able to get out and help with snowploughs have have played their vital part in clearing some of those rural roads, ensuring the communities that would otherwise be stranded are able to get on to the main roads, which the council are focussing on. the authorities here in northumberland say they're especially worried about vulnerable people in these snowy conditions and in particular the elderly as the brutal winter
weather continues to bite. we have seen people stranded in their vehicles and people have been stranded on trains, one that was heading to weymouth last night and the passengers were stranded in their frozen carriages for many hours over night. duncan kennedy reports. how to sleep on a train when your train is not a sleeper. this was one passenger who spent last night without heat or food. this pair ended up camping on the same train. stationary for a total of 15 hours. it was so cold on board, some people ended up in space blankets and winter hats. philip brown from bournemouth was among them. he left waterloo just after five o'clock yesterday afternoon and did not get off until seven o'clock this morning.
when we left sway, we lost power as well. they managed to restore power so we had lights, but we had no heating, and things like the buffet car had run out of food and drink earlier on in the evening, so it was a pretty cold night. how long were you on that train for? 1a, 15 hours, it was something in that region. the train spent most of the night in the new forest. passengers said the guard tried to help but did not have enough information. they all had to wait until another train pulled up alongside and then had to walk across a gangplank to get off. south west trains issued a statement apologising to all those involved in this incident, saying it battled throughout the night to try to keep trains moving in what it called very challenging conditions. what should have been a three—hour journey turned into more than half a very uncomfortable day. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in the new forest. we have got an update on the travel
situation in the midlands. at birmingham new street station, all services through birmingham new street have been suspended, because of loss of power on overhead cables. we talked about the travel disruption across england. let's look at the situation in scotland with catriona renton. this terrifying footage shot on a van driver's dash cam shows the quick reaction of edinburgh bus driver, charmaine laurie as she managed to avoid hitting a car on the wrong side of the road. there were 20 people on her bus. to me, it looks worse on the video that i felt at the time. i did get a fright, but i managed to avoid it luckily and then ijust really got on with myjob after that and i totally forgot about it until i got home and my husband asked if i had seen this video.
he didn't know it was me that was driving. when i looked at the video, i said, "that's me," and he went, "you'rejoking," and i went, "no, that was me!" this morning soldiers continued to help drive doctors and nurses to and from the edinburgh royal infirmary so they can carry on their crucial work. i know for the vital key members of staff it will be vital, because they really needed it in such a busy hospital to keep it going. 0ur soldiers are part of the community here, we live in this local area, in fact my eldest son was born in the edinburgh infirmary, so it is right for us and our local soldiers to support the local community. there is still disruption with flights, but edinburgh and glasgow airports are now open again and these pictures from glasgow airport show what staff were up against on the runway. conditions are still treacherous in many parts of country, like here in fife, and in the cut off village of balgeddie near kinross farmers cleared the
road so medics could get to new mum, ashley, who has gone into labour. her baby boy was born safe and well and taken to hospital. this is one of busiest parts of glasgow city centre and over the last couple of days it's been virtually shut down. but now, with the weather warnings downgraded, you can see things are starting to slowly to get back to normal. and there is no doubt it's taken the efforts of many to get through this difficult week. just to say the problems we were telling you about at birmingham new street station have been resolved. so services running 0k there. now the situation in wales and thomas morgan is in cardiff, so much disruption in wales. much of wales coming toa
disruption in wales. much of wales coming to a stand—still with these winter weather cons? —— conditions? yes, wales has come to a stand—still. after this snow storm that hit here. the met office say it is about minus two degrees in cardiff with the wind chill it feels like minus 10. the snow continues to fall here. this road to be honest is probably one of better looking roads that i have seen today across the city. the majority of roads are covered with snow and much more like these footpaths here. now, the snow has affected a number of services across the country. 0ver has affected a number of services across the country. over a thousand schools have been shut. thousands of homes have been without power. the emergency services have been affected by the snow. the welsh ambulance service has issued a
request asking staff to help get staff in to work so they can help deal with emergency situations. police have said to the public to only call 999 if it is a real emergency. the red alert ended this morning in wales. but there is a yellow warning for snow and ice that will continue until midnight tonight. and that yellow warning will continue for ice up until around lunchtime tomorrow. as the snow finishes. but as freezing temperatures persist, there is a danger this stuff will turn to slush and then harden again. wales has come to a stand—still and cardiff airport is closed and that yellow warning in place until midday tomorrow. thank you. let's get the latest on the rail ways. 0ur
transport correspondent is at waterloo station in london, which is normally britain's busiest railway station. it is not very busy at the moment? well it is getting more busy as we are approaching peak. peak is normally 4 o'clock, but look what happens when you get a lot of snow, a lot of people trying to get home. there are three trains running, ten are delayed and three are not showing any information whatsoever. there had been reports that all trains had been cancelled out of waterloo. i want to put that right, thatis waterloo. i want to put that right, that is not true. what happens sometimes is they reboot the server and it means they all go offline for and it means they all go offline for a couple of minutes, it does not mean there are no trains running. they have decided to keep the station open until 9.115 after the last south western train has gone.
but there are plenty of delays to south western trains across that pa rt south western trains across that part of country. and we have waterloo east, and they have issued ado waterloo east, and they have issued a do not travel warning, if you can help it. southern, a different part of country, people trying to get so sussex, they have said try and finish yourjourney by 3pm. plenty more disruption but at least we have someone belting out some opera to keep us company! good new! . phil mackie is in worcesterfor us. keep us company! good new! . phil mackie is in worcester for us. no opera singing here. quite still and peaceful. although we are only a mile from the 5m. but look what you get when you leave the main towns. this road we think has been cleared, a plough has come across, but the d rifts a plough has come across, but the drifts on the side are taller than
me in places. in parts of her fordshire and gloucestershire and here in worcestershire is this a picture that is widely seen in rural areas. the police have warned people in herefordshire not to travel u nless in herefordshire not to travel u nless necessary. in herefordshire not to travel unless necessary. the snow has been falling since around one o'clock. we are heading up to four hours of snow. where the roads were cleared and the pavements were cleared, they're becoming covered again with more snow. most people have heeded the warnings and stayed at home. those that did go to work and have been out, have been heading home to try and to get home before any further problems tonight. the picture is hopefully going to improve over the weekend. we are told that it won't be quite so cold. temperatures will lift above freezing. we are not expecting much snow tomorrow so we may see a thaw,
that will make it easier to get around and people can start getting back to normal. thank you. here in alnwick in northumberland, like so many towns around the north—east, snow—bound at the moment. the villages close to here also cut off by the snow and northumberland cou nty by the snow and northumberland county council say they‘ re by the snow and northumberland county council say they're worried about vulnerable people, especially the elderly. but they say the community are pulling together, helping those who need help, including drivers who have been stranded on the a1. that is the latest from northumberland. now back to the studio in london. thank you. let's get the latest on what's happening weatherwise — we can speak to philip avery from bbc weather. how is it look. it does vary quite a
bit. we have got plenty of wintry showers in the north of britain. but further south we have developments as we speak. we have seen a lot of this thing, but now there is this new belt of weather which is affecting the southern counties of england and wales. it is driving further north as we get on through drive time. the very far south, one or two of our correspondents picked up or two of our correspondents picked up on milderairand or two of our correspondents picked up on milder air and it is rain rather than snow, so that means ice will be a problem. into the small hours, it makes progress further north. some mild air getting into the south. but that brings with it as which get into the new day on saturday a combination of circumstances which will give me cause for concern through this weekend. milder in the south, yes,
but we have got that issue with frozen surfaces and a lot of ice and with some fog problems. the northern half of britain still cold and think wintry showers and you won't go wrong. yes and ice is always a terrifying prospect. i know you will be back soon. thank you. the full forecast is just before half past and a full look ahead just before 6. you can keep up—to—date with weather developments and the travel on the bbc web—site. more weather coming up just before half past. theresa may has been setting out
what kind of relationship she wants britain to have with the eu after brexit. in a speech in the city of london, the prime minister said she wanted the freedom to negotiate trade deals, control its laws and have "as frictionless a border as possible". and she accepted there was an argument to continue following some eu rules, although that could change in the future — asjonathan blake explains. a low profile departure for a speech by the prime minister billed as a big brexit moment. theresa may arrived at the grand setting of mansion house after the weather ruined plans to deliver the speech in the north—east of england. first her five tests for any deal with the eu. implementing the decision of the british people, reaching an enduring solution, protecting our security
and prosperity, delivering an outcome consistent with the kind of country we want to be and bringing our country together. ministers promises honesty and a real step forward. and this reality check. promises honesty and a real step forward. and this reality checklj wa nt to forward. and this reality checklj want to be straight with me, the reality is that we all need to face up reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts. we are leaving the single market. life is going to be different. in certain ways our access to each other‘s markets will be less than it is now. how could the eu structure of rights and obligations be sustained if the uk orany and obligations be sustained if the uk or any country were allowed to enjoy all the benefits without all the obligations. as well as sounding reasonable, she was resolute. after months of talk from brussels of having cake and eating it she hit it. every free trade agreement has
differing markets interests. if this is cherry picking then every trade arrangement is cherry picking. there was new detail, the regulatory standards would stay at least as high as the eu. the european court of justice would not high as the eu. the european court ofjustice would not have jurisdiction, but its decision could still affect us and britain would pay to remain a member of some eu areas. parliament would remain sovereign. it could decide not to accept these rules, but with consequences for our membership of the relevant agency and linked market access. hints of compromise, but an ambitious aspiration to create the most comprehensive free trade agreement anywhere in the world and this final message to brussels. we know what we want. we understand your principles. we have a shared interest in getting this right. so let's get on with it. the
eu's chief negotiator has welcomed the prime minister's reach. labour accused may of stealing their ideas. there were some concession and they we re there were some concession and they were ones that we pushed from the opposition benches. for example, the question of the role of european exhort court ofjustice and she conceded that and conceded the necessity of membership and alignment with a number of the agencies. another test keeping leave and remain mps happy. upbeat and probably the best speech i have heard her give, she felt like she has a handle on it. this is brexit reality, the prime minister has been honest in the complexity, the
difficulties that we face and she has also said we are not going to be as well off as we are now even with her high aims for the negotiation. the divisions remain. but theresa may will hope she has done enough to bring the brexit she wants a step closer. 0ur chief political correspondent joins us what are you picking up on whether this is what people wanted to hear and this is constructive. some people were saying we still haven't had the great vision of brexit according to theresa may. but others say the time for that is long gone and this is much more about the practical reality. as we move towards talking about a future trade relationship with the eu and it has
to be something different and has to be more pragmatic. that is what downing street think that this speech showed, because she was saying we are not going to get everything we want. that is the first time we have heard her say that. if you contrast that with the general election campaign where we heard brexit means brexit, this is talking about specifics like associate membership of some agencies and accepting we will have to carry on taking some of the rules and maybe paying to have that. i think though still there are still no answers to the thorny questions about the border between northern ireland and ireland and all of that is still to be resolved. but telling that both sides within the conservative party at least at the moment feel pleased with what they have heard. thank you. our correspondent is in
brussels. what are you picking up on? we heard from michel barnier, who released one tweet, saying, i welcome theresa may's speech, clarity about the uk leaving the single market and the customs union and a recognition of trade offs which will inform our guidelines for the future negotiations. i think in there you see a hint of the two things that are coming out in the reaction here. one is this welcome for the sort of positive tone for the detail that is starting to come from the uk side for this confirmation about theresa may reiterating again, leaving the customs union and the single market. but when he says, a recognition of trade offs that will inform ah guidelines i think what that means is there will be some clear talking from the eu side. mr barnier said
that the uk needed to understand that the uk needed to understand that it couldn't have this idea of being, having access to the single market for specific sectors, which is what theresa may was talking about, without accepting the rules and enforcement structures of eu. i think we will see them focus on that point. how does she think this is going to work in practice? thank you. we have heard from one leading brexit supporting mp. leading brexit supporting conservative mpjacob rees—mogg has been giving his reaction to the prime minister's speech. i think the prime minister's speech today is in conformity with what the prime minister said, both at lancaster house and florence, and also the wording of the conservative party manifesto. so yes, i think it is a speech that eurosceptics can live with, but i think it is a unifying speech, because she's also made it clear there will be compromises, nobody will get everything they want, and that
that is a realistic position for all of us to take. let's head to westminster now, where we're joined by the conservative mp, sarah wollaston, who chairs the health select committee. was this a classic case of managing expectations here? i think she was quite right to set out that nobody will get everything they wanted, that this is a negotiation, i thought it was an upbeat speech, particularly welcome as the chairman of the health committee and the reck nighs recognition of having alignment on medicine and recognising there will be trade offs , recognising there will be trade offs, but the big question is how will the eu respond? 0ne offs, but the big question is how will the eu respond? one of their red lines has been no sector by sector deal. i hope they listen
carefully to what the prime minister said and in particular that point that it said and in particular that point thatitis said and in particular that point that it is in all of our interests to come an arrangement for these important areas. i hear you say it is both sides' interest, but brussels has said that consistently that there is to be no, well, i suppose cherry—picking, why that is going to change, because theresa may has made this speech?” going to change, because theresa may has made this speech? i think the point she made was she differentiated being if you cherry pick you get all the advantages and don't have the rules. she said we won't have a race to the bottom on standards or britain trying to undercut the eu. she is talking of fairness and focussing on the areas in our mutual interest to have a deal. i thought the tone of the speech was positive and i hope the eu will respond in kind. because if they set out this very rigid red
line there is no sector by sector deals, people on the continent will be disadvantaged by that and it is in our interests to come to an arrangement. she set out our point on the customs union and we will need to see more detail around northern ireland and how that will work and what comes out of the final legal document. we have a long way to go, but it was a positive speech that has been welcomed by all sides. in in terms of those in your party who say the country voted for a hard brexit, is she trying to say that that camp, your language has to tone down, and neath erside will —— neither side will get what it wants. she said the consequence of that approach is in many sectors, she
referred to medicines and chemicals and aviation and talked of benefits of all sorts of areas where we can work together. but she has referred to areas where we do want too diverge and go our own way and have our own regulation, such as in digital. so there is something that we can all look at there to say this a realistic approach and given much more detail. but this still some way to go. thank you. thank you very much. the conservative mp of course, we must focus on the weather, because terrible conditions for so many people and we will have more on that in the next few minutes. we will try to ta ke in the next few minutes. we will try to take a look at a couple of other stories here tonight. the chief medical officer for england has warned that people
are being exposed to a "daily cocktail" of pollution that has a significant impact on health. in her annual report, professor dame sally davies called on the nhs to lead the way in cutting pollution. a man has been found guilty of attempting to murder a muslim woman by running her over. nottingham crown court heard that 21—year—old paul moore from leicester targeted zaynab hussein because she was wearing a hijab. scientists have stumbled across a huge previously undiscovered colony of penguins on the most northerly point of the antarctic peninsula. the group of more than 1.5 million adelie penguins were first spotted when their droppings showed up on satellite images. prince harry and meghan markle have invited more than 2,600 people, including 1,200 members of the public, into the grounds of windsor castle to watch their wedding. people will be able to watch theer
rival and departure of the bride and groom. it will include charity workers and local school—children. with the time pressing we will catch up with the time pressing we will catch up with a bit more of the weather story and the prospects from phil who is back with us. thank you. i thought you were going to say the penguins were outside cardiff! it is possible. they could have been anywhere in the british isles. many anywhere in the british isles. many a scene like this, more to come. here we are in the heart of the the rush hour, there is increased snow fall across the southern half of the british isles, it will be into the wee small hours before it has quit the southern parts of wales. further north the wintry showers keep on come. not a warm night by any means save for the far south. temperatures there in positive territory. that comes with its own problems because this rainfall will fall on the cold surfaces in the southern counties of england, maybe the far south of
wales so there will be fog problems and freezing rain, watch out for ice in the south, further north, not just as cold as it has been but it is still on the cold side. further snow showers, more snow there for the north of england, the borders of scotland. to to the south it is water but wintry and watch out, because there could be some frozen surfaces there, ice and fog a new problem. this is bbc news — the headlines. fresh warnings are issued for travellers to avoid unnecessary journeys as snow, ice and strong winds continue to make conditions treacherous across many parts of the uk. three—and—a—half drivers were strappeded on the m62 last night. some people had many people had to be rescued and some found shelter.
we landed in manchester airport about 2.00 yesterday and we have been, well, trying to get home since then, just going round in circles, round the m62. going round in circles, round the m62. theresa may outlines her hopes for a future economic partnership with the eu, while setting out what she calls the "hard facts" about brexit. some sports news now. hello. thank you. great britain's katrina johnson toms so is —— thompson is in the silver medal position. she finished sixth fastest in the 60 metre hurdles and performed well in the highjump, clearing 1.91. it is higher than any of her come pet torts and moved her into gold. she produced a personal best in the shot putt, her weakest
discipline, leaving her many silver with the long jump. 800 metres later this evening. claudia fragapane anyis out of the commonwealth games. she has snapped her achilles tendon. she says she is heartbroken and doesn't know when she will compete again. he did it practising her floor routine. she will compete again. he did it practising herfloor routine. alan pa rd ew practising herfloor routine. alan pardew has responded to rumours that diseasing room unrest but saying it's a good thing. —— cresting room. west brom have been going through a turbulent time. they are bottom of the table. their chairman and chief executive were dismissed. four players had to apologise for misbehaving in barcelona and the tea m misbehaving in barcelona and the team were booed off. we have made it difficult, because what happened in barcelona, we put the spotlight on ourselves in terms of professionalism, but the stuff that come out the dressing room on saturday was disappointing, because
it should stay in the dressing room. we did have drug tester, we had people not normally associated within the dressing room. having said that i don't know what our fans, iam said that i don't know what our fans, i am not if they would be disappointed, i think what would they expect us to do? not have words, no have conflict after a performance like that? one other story, the video assistant referee system is unlikely to be used in the premier league next season even though it could be seen at the world cup this summer. it has been trialled this here —— here this season, it caused lengthy delays in spurs fa cup win against rochdale, but football's law makers, the international football association board could approve var as a meeting tomorrow, it would mean it would be allowed to be used at that aline kuppenhei this summer in russia. iain burns has been beaten in the
snooker. barry hawkins is on his way to joining snooker. barry hawkins is on his way tojoining him. he racked up a break of 141 tojoining him. he racked up a break of 1a! on his way to victory, over china's player. they are in the finalframe at china's player. they are in the final frame at the moment. he china's player. they are in the finalframe at the moment. he is about to win the fifth frame which means he will go through, the world number 26 has posed few problems for the englishman who is on the verge of winning the match by 5—1. you can find out more on the bbc sport website. we will have more for you in sports day at 6.30. let's look closer at some of the detail from the prime minister's speech in the city of london — where she's been setting out what kind of relationship she wants britain to have with the eu after brexit. i'm joined by bbc reality check correspondent chris morris. you have been having to go through this in fine detail, the prime minister outlining the historical precedence on some of this? well, in the sense there isn't much of a his
for ram precedence, i guess, because as she said, there is no escaping the complexity of what we are trying to do. —— historical. that is different fran the tone we heard from other ministers, this is going to be the easiest negotiation in history, that has gone. there is a lot of sort of, you know, i am going to speak to you now about how difficult this is going to be, we are not going to sugar coat this, that was striking in the way she talked about the european court of justice for example. she said it will still have some sort of role in british life, if want to have the links with the european union, she doesn't want it to have direct juries dick should be, but the idea we cut ourselves off from it entirely isn't going to happen. she also spoke about the critical area of all this, the future economic relationship. let us listen to that. i want to be straight with people, because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts. we are leaving the single market.
life is going to be different. in certain ways our access to each other's markets will be less than it is now, how could the eu structure of rights and obligations be sub stained if the uk or any country we re allowed stained if the uk or any country were allowed to enjoy all the benefits without all of the obligations? so we need to strike a new balance. but we will not accept the rights of canada, and the obligations of norway. a reference there to some of the models which have been suggested. the canada model. a free trade agreement, or norway, not being part of the customs union but it is in the single market. she says we we wa nt to the single market. she says we we want to have a bespoke deal. there are those out there. i think the uk argument is, we are such an important trading bah aer in and you are such an important trading partner for us we can be are such an important trading partnerfor us we can be more ambitious, the problem is, it will
have sounded to other people she was wanting to cherry pick the best bits. and trade is really, of course it is the, if we can say the most vital thing to all of this. it. it s she went into far more detail than she went into far more detail than she has done before about what she wa nted she has done before about what she wanted for various sectors of the economy. she talked about trading goods, doesn't want any tariff, we kind of know that any way. but she talked about regulation, and how that could change, she talked about services and said i want the boldest and most creative agreement on services there has ever been. she talked about sectors like financial service, like broadcasting, where there has never been meaningful deal ina there has never been meaningful deal in a free trade agreement before. let us have a listen to what she said about that. sol said about that. so i wand want the broadest and deepest partnership, covering sectors and covering more fully than any free trade agreement in the world today, as i will go on to describe, we will also need agreements ina
describe, we will also need agreements in a range of areas covering the breadth of our relationship. now i guess there will be those who say hang on, if you wand the broadest deepest partnership that is in enshrined in the eu single market and customs union. why with you leaving? we have heard that in some of the reaction from remainor, but that will become a theme. if you wa nt to that will become a theme. if you want to hug so many parts of that relationship closely you need to explain why you are leaving in the first place. there are things she has, obviously, the fact we will be able to do our own trade deals round the world, but i do think that there isa the world, but i do think that there is a difficult balance that the government has got, saying we want to stay close but we still want to move away. that will be the tension through this negotiation. do you wa nt to through this negotiation. do you want to talk a bit more about reaction? we have touched on that with damian in brussels. but that is crucial. it is, yes. we have had some reaction from round europe
already, we have had tweets, that is the way people react these days, so one leading member of the european parliamentment has said i don't see how we could reach an agreement if the uk government continues to bury its head in the sand like this. i think that is, a reaction to what we would see as still wanting to cherry pick the best bits. not wanting to have, even though theresa may addressed this directly, not wanting to have some of the obligations along with some of the rights. 0n the other hand, a man who matters a bit more, michel barnier said she welcomes the —— he welcomes the speech. there is a garden warning in what he said. he if this is what you are saying, that you want to achieve, that sets out the parameters of our forthcoming offer.
chris, we will talk about this much more. thank you. thank you. let's return to the snow, ice and powerful winds that are continuing to cause major disruption over large parts of the uk. motorways and major roads across the country have been blocked. 0n the m62, police say 3,500 vehicles were stranded on a trans—pennine section of the motorway, with hundreds of people needing rescue. cars were also stranded overnight on the a31 in hampshire. elsewhere, passengers were trapped on trains, without heating or lighting in some cases. all but one of the uk's rail operators are running a reduced service and southeastern railway have told customers not to travel until further notice. south—east railway is telling people don't travel unless you have to. there are, please, they are urging people not to travel. in terms of waterloo station, worth trying to explain what has happened there, because we have been saying for many
hours that waterloo was shutting at 8pm tonight. there has been an update. it is 9.115. so waterloo, no trains after 9.115 this evening. also there has opinion major disruption at airports round the country as well. the bad weather expected to continue. more snow showers and windy conditions and 15 flood warnings in place in the south—west and north east of england. this is the latest picture — there are now no red or amber alerts in place, but yellow warnings remain across much of the country and the cold weather could last well into next week. 0ur correspondentjon kay has been spending the day in the south west, which was under a red weather warning last night. he sent us this from one of the major hospitals in the regions. snow outside the royal devon and exeter hospital, but inside, you can almost feel the heat, because they're so busy. em here is the chief nurse. you are working flat out, your teams have gone to extraordinary lengths to come in and work. we have, we've had the most incredible contribution from staff.
i mean, i couldn't begin to say thank you enough. we've had people walk ten miles to get here, we've had people sleeping in camp beds overnight, and it is just that sense of team and that sense of duty, to be here to provide the best care for patients. you have declared a critical internal incident, so that means you are basically running your own internal emergency here. that's right. that is really when the snow came down yesterday, the public transport stopped, we were pretty much, whoever was here, we had to care for both staff and patients and visitors, so that was the best way to then plan how we got through the next 2a, its—hours. you've had to accommodate nearly 100 staff overnight last night, but also you had relatives and patients who couldn't leave here, and you have had to have some of them staying on site as well. almost running a hotel type of accommodation for people who aren't sick, as well as running a hospital. yes, we have been creative in looking at all of our
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