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theresa may is on a whistlestop tour of the uk exactly a year before britain leaves the eu and she's promised a deal that works for everyone. she says brexit will mean more money for the nhs and education — and vows to keep the uk united. i think there's a bright future out there. and yes, i think brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different, but i think there are real opportunities for us as an independent nation for the future. we will have the latest from our correspondents around the country. also this lunchtime... police investigating the salisbury poisoning say the highest concentration of nerve agent was found on the front door of sergai skripal‘s home. the labour party embroiled in another row about anti—semitism, as the head of its disputes panel steps down. and australia's sacked cricket captain breaks down in tears as he apologises for the ball tampering scandal. if any good can come of this, if
there can be a lesson to others, then i hope i can be a force for change. and coming up on bbc news, more on cricket's ball—tampering scandal. meanwhile in new zealand, england drop moeen ali and chris woa kes for the second and final test in christchurch. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. with exactly one year before the uk is due to leave the european union, theresa may is touring the uk, pledging to make brexit a "success for everybody". the prime minister has told the bbc that leaving the eu will mean there's extra money available to spend on the nhs and schools. she said she's confident of securing
a deal that is good for all parts of the uk and that there's a bright future ahead. our political correspondent chris mason reports. on days like today, heavy with symbolism, politicians like to indulge in their own grand gestures. so the prime minister's hurtling around the country, championing one you knew, the uk, a year before we leave another, the eu. at breakfast time, ata leave another, the eu. at breakfast time, at a weaver‘s imer, by monday morning, a toddler group in newcastle, and an appointment with oui’ newcastle, and an appointment with our political editor laura kuenssberg. of course when we leave the european union, we are no longer going to be spending vast sums of money year in and year out, sending up money year in and year out, sending up money to the european union, so there will be money available in the uk forced to spend on our priorities like the nhs and schools. 50 uk forced to spend on our priorities like the nhs and schools. so do you believe there will be a brexit dividend? would you call it that? well, there is going to be
money that we would otherwise be sending to the european union that we will be able to spend on priorities in the uk. and would you rule out a tax rise for the nhs? we are going to look at a multi—year funding settlement. as we do that, we will make sure we continue to ta ke we will make sure we continue to take a balanced approach to our economy. that is what has enabled us to already put money into the nhs. so you are not ruling out a tax rise, potentially? as part of our normal processes, we will look at the funding, but we have to look at the funding, but we have to look at the long term plan. do you think brexit will be worth it?” the long term plan. do you think brexit will be worth it? i think there are real opportunities for the united kingdom. ithink there are real opportunities for the united kingdom. i think there was a bright future out there. and yes i think brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different, but i think there are real opportunities for us as an independent nation in the future. politics has been, is and will be dominated by this moment, leave's victory, for years. and labour say the government has no time to waste. we want a brexit for
jobs, a brexit for economy. one year on and without a year to go, we will have a vote in parliament by which time we have to know what the government is doing. and yes, the political debate still rages, from those saying we need another referendum... to those the opposite. the big picture is that a yearfrom today, we will leave the treaty of rome and the subsequent treaties and we will be an independent country. and that, perhaps today of all days, is the thing to focus on. we are going to leave the european union. i personally can't stand some of the concessions that have been made. there is a demand from the public for that vote on the deal, and that is in our view, the liberal democrat view, the democratic group to provide people with the option to stay in the european union. delivering brexit is a colossal challenge. absolutely worth it, say
some. self—defeating, say others. what few dispute is that it amounts toa what few dispute is that it amounts to a wholesale rewiring of our politics. samantha potentially, our country as well. and it's a job that is only just country as well. and it's a job that is onlyjust beginning. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. our correspondents have been gauging opinion around the country about what lies ahead. danny savage has been travelling through lincolnshire, east yorkshire, county durham and greater manchester, to hear what people think about brexit now. our first port of call on our northern brexit road trip was immingham, a gateway to europe for trade. at the moment, around 60% of our trade on the humber is with the european union. 40% is with the rest of the world. they don't envisage post—brexit chaos here or at other ports, but last week's agreement on a transition period is very welcome. it does take time to increase the capacity of these systems to make sure trade with the eu can continue to flow smoothly
and efficiently, and that of course is why the transition period is so important and so welcome. so a transition period is really important to your business, at least, going forward as brexit happens? absolutely right. from lincolnshire, it was on to guy poskitt‘s farm in east yorkshire. he has lots of foreign workers. no fan of brexit, he accepts it will happen, but is frustrated by a long transition. ultimately, i want to grow my business, and the transition period is stifling it because we don't know if we can grow, if we'll have the staff to run the business. how can we expand or borrow money from the bank or grow the business if we haven't got the staff? while we're in this transition, we're in a delay, so it's putting a cap on the growth of the business. from east yorkshire, we headed north to county durham. we supply the usa now... and we supply france as well. ebac has just started making washing machines for the uk market and beyond.
business is doing well, and brexit isn't going to change the outlook here. the way we sell products abroad or anywhere is to make good products for the people who want to buy. it's that simple. tariffs are inconvenient, not a deal—breaker. it's down to business people doing a good job. i focus on running the business well. that's being a good british citizen and a good european. run the business as well as we can. after hearing from big businesses, we went south, then west. our destination was bury market in greater manchester, a busy mix of people on a friday lunchtime. we found graham kendall having lunch and looking forward to brexit. it's the change that people are frightened of. people should embrace change, really. change isn't necessarily bad. there are a lot of emerging markets coming out in the world, and we need to take advantage of those. karen simpson sells furniture from italy, and isn't so sure. we were remainers. i think we just resigned ourselves to the fact that it's out of our control now,
and you've just got to go with the flow. so... not a big fan, but it's just one of them things. you've got to take it on the chin. and the owner of this greek deli is no fan of brexit either, with a weaker pound meaning higher prices. i've got quite an older population that shop in bury market. because of the uncertainty and they don't know what's going to happen, trade has gone down. people aren't spending what they used to. or it's because the prices have gone up and they can't afford it. as ever, views are divided about what brexit will mean. but what is clear is that it's touching every walk of life and nobody is certain about the future. danny savage, bbc news. in a moment, i'llspeak to our correspondent chris page in bangor in county down, but first, our political correspondent vicki young is in bolton. what is theresa may trying to achieve today? i think during and since that referendum campaign, there's been so much talk about
divisions within communities and also within parliament. so the symbolism today of visiting all four countries of the united kingdom, pointing out that we will be leaving as one, that is why she is doing that, with a message of unity and positivity. here in bolton, it was an area that voted to leave and those who felt that way still feel very strongly. the message from them is, why don't you just get on with it? during these often opaque and tortuous negotiations, i think people want something tangible. it's interesting that theresa may today is talking about the brexit dividend, the idea that we will not be handing over billions of pounds in cash for decades to come, and some of that money can come back and be used for hospitals and schools. of course, the message that was given by those on the leave side of the campaign. so she is trying to offer positivity, optimism and something tangible. but of course, there are people who still, within and without parliament, want to stop
brexit altogether, and a whistle—stop country of the —— tour of the country will not be enough to bring together the entire nation. and chris page, how are those sorts of m essa g es and chris page, how are those sorts of messages going to go down where you are? theresa may has arrived here in northern ireland, which is one way or another, probably the part of the uk where the impact of brexit will beef up the most. it is the only pa rt beef up the most. it is the only part of the uk that has a land border with another eu state. whether businesses will be able to continue trading freely across the border, whether people will be able to continue moving freely across that border, is of course a critical question that will affect many industries, but perhaps especially the agricultural industry, a huge pa rt the agricultural industry, a huge part of the economy of ireland, north and south. so theresa may is here at this farm on the outskirts of bangor in county down, where she is currently having lunch and chatting with a group of local farmers. we are about 15 miles from the border, but there was no doubt that the future of that frontier is continuing to dominate the debate
about brexit here. with a year to 90, about brexit here. with a year to go, there are three approaches on the table. the british and irish governments would prefer a comprehensive free trade agreement between the uk and the eu, which would mean no new checks on the land border are necessary. another approach might be some sort of technological solution, where goods could be electronically monitored. if those fail, the fallback option is that northern ireland would continue to follow some of the releva nt continue to follow some of the relevant rules of the european single market and customs union so that checks aren't needed, but there is no doubt that this is a highly complex and controversial issue. resolving it in the coming months will be very difficult. chris, thank you. chris page and vicki young. we'll talk more about britain's departure from the eu later in the programme, and you can read analysis online at bbc.co.uk/news. police say the former russian spy, sergei skripal, and his daughter were probably poisoned at home after high levels of a nerve agent were found on the front door handle of mr skripal‘s house. he and his daughter yulia remain in a critical condition in hospital. duncan kennedy reports.
sergei skripal‘s house lies about a mile from the centre of this cathedral city and today the property, now surrounded by a metal fence, has been identified as the main location of the nerve agent. detectives say the biggest concentrations of the poison found so far is on the front door of mr skripal‘s house. the police haven't given any more details about the door or what form the nerve agent took, whether it was a gel, a liquid, a powder or other substance. nor have they said who they think might have put it there. three weeks ago, police officers were filmed standing close to the front door, without any of the protective clothing we have since witnessed in the city. for a number of days, we watched the officers by the property. it may simply be that the testing of the door hadn't yet started or completed at that stage.
police now say the risk is low. people living here seem satisfied with that assurance. it doesn't make any difference to me, quite honestly, so ijust get on with my normal life. people aren't worried? no, not around here. i don't think anyone's any more worried than anyone else. what is still unclear is that if the skripals were contaminated at their home, why did it take three hours for them to become incapacitated by the poison, after they had been for a drink and a meal in the centre of salisbury? chemical weapons experts think the answer may lie with the design of the nerve agent. in this case, it seems to have taken a couple of hours to have an effect, so i suspect that is part of the design of this novichok as an assassination weapon has allowed the assailants, the foreign agents, to get away. they could have been well outside salisbury, in fact, well outside the country, a couple of hours from having done this. the centre of salisbury, where smaller traces of the nerve agent were found, has now been handed from counterterrorist police back
to wiltshire police, and a programme of decontamination will begin next week, with the focus of the main inquiry now on mr skripal‘s house in the suburbs, where police work could take many months. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in salisbury. thejustice secretary, david gauke, has ordered a review of cases where prisoners are released directly from high—security prisons. it follows the high court decision to overturn a parole board decision allowing the release of the serial rapist, john worboys. the board's chairmain, nick hardwick, was forced to resign yesterday but says the justice department should also take responsibility for failings in the case. june kelly reports. asjohn worboys remains inside waiting for a new parole hearing, outside in the political arena, the row over his case continues. the head of the parole board has been forced out of his job by the worboys shambles.
in the commons yesterday, the justice secretary, david gauke, admitted mistakes in his own department, but made clear he thought the blame for the mess lay at the doors of the parole board. and this morning, he raised more questions about its performance. john worboys has been in wakefield, a top security category a prison. the minister is now asking for a review of six cases where offenders were freed straight from category ajails. the now ex—head of the parole board made plain his anger at this. well, one of the concerns i have had about this matter is about the independence of the parole board, and thejustice secretary should back off. i think if people have got concerns about a decision that the parole board made, then there are proper ways of dealing with this. worboys, known as the black cab rapist, was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting i2 of his passengers. but it's believed he attacked more than 100 more.
the parole board has been criticised for failing to examine the scale of his offending. but that's not the only problem, says one of his victims who fought to keep him in prison. it's not one particular person that is at fault here, it's the whole system is failing and i do believe a lot of it is down to funding. we all know that there are going to be issues when he is released with policing and the licensing conditions, who has got time... we have not got the resources to watch him. the ministry ofjustice denies funding played a part in the failings of this case. but it is planning changes to the parole system after what happened withjohn worboys. june kelly, bbc news. our top story this lunchtime... theresa may is on a whistle—stop tour of the uk exactly a year before britain leaves the eu.
she's promised a deal that works for everyone, saying brexit will mean more money for the nhs and education. i think there is a bright future out there and, yes, i think brexit is going to deliver a country that will be different, but i think there are real opportunities for us as an independent nation for the future. coming up on bbc news, andy murray will play his first event since january's hip surgery at the libema open in the netherlands. the grass court tournament injune will help him prepare for wimbledon. in the last few minutes, the australian cricket coach darren lehman has said he is resigning in the wake of the cheating allegations against his team. back in australia, steve smith, sacked as captain, has broken down in tears while making a public apology for his part in the ball—tampering scandal. smith said he took full responsibility for the team's actions, saying he'd regret the incident for
the rest of his life. hywel griffith's report contains some flash photography. back on australian soil after a huge fall from grace, steve smith landed in sydney to face the cameras and a nation he knows he's let down. with his father at his side, he struggled to find the words. i made a serious error ofjudgment and i now understand the consequences. it was a failure of leadership, of my leadership. i will do everything i can to make up for my mistake and the damage it's caused. if any good can come of this, if it can be a lesson to others, then i hope i can be a force for change. smith may not have been
the instigator of the sandpaper plot to change the flight of the ball in the test match in cape town, but as captain, he knew and tried to cover it up. he knows as a leader he failed completely. remorseful, at times in tears, one of the best batsmen in the world has clearly come to terms with the enormity of his actions. but it gets worse. he's returned here to australia to find big sponsorship deals, everything from breakfast cereals to banks, have ended. and he is not the only one counting the cost. a sponsor of the ashes test series, magellan, has announced it no longer wants to finance cricket australia, ending its three—year deal after just seven months. cameron bancroft, the man instructed to tamper with the ball, has also flown home to face the cameras, admitting he tried to mislead the match officials when
he was caught. yes, i lied. i lied about the sandpaperand ijust panicked, i panicked in that situation, i'm very sorry. but the player said to have come up with the plan has so far avoided the cameras. instead, david warner used social media to say... to see the way my old man has been... and my mum... for australia's captain, there is now a year on the sidelines before he can try to redeem himself in the eyes of the nation. hywel griffith, bbc news, sydney. in the last few minutes, the australian coach darren lehmann had this to say. i just want to let you know that this will be my last test as head coach of the australian cricket team, as i'm stepping down. after seeing events in the media
today with steve smith and cameron bancroft, the feeling is that australian cricket needs to move forward and this is the right thing to do. i really felt for steve as i saw him crying in front of the media, and all the players are really hurting. australia cricket‘s coach, darren lehmann. the fate of one of britain's biggest engineering groups, gkn, is being decided this lunchtime. investors are voting on whether the firm remains independent or comes under the control of turnaround specialist melrose industries. our business reporter, theo leggett, is here. why is this important? gkn is one of the crown jewels of british engineering, a history going back 260 years almost, it made spitfires, cannonballs, now it makes major parts for airliners, parts of
fighter aircraft, and it builds parts for cars, a major business. 6000 employees in the uk, said that is one concern. melrose is a short—term business, it buys up manufacturing companies, restru ctu res manufacturing companies, restructu res them manufacturing companies, restru ctu res them to manufacturing companies, restructures them to make them more profitable and sells them on. unions are concerned about what its plans would be for gkn and what it would mean for workers. customers of gkn area mean for workers. customers of gkn are a little bit worried also because they say melrose operates on a short—term basis and a lot of what they do requires a relationship for gkn lasting decades. it is politically sensitive, gkn has interests in the defence sector as well, and it is sensitive in terms ofjobs. thank you very much. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, has insisted that labour will not tolerate any form of racism in the party. the head of the party's disciplinary panel, christine shawcroft, has resigned, after it emerged she had opposed the suspension of a local election candidate accused of holocaust denial.
iain watson reports. this is christine shawcroft, usually a close ally ofjeremy corbyn, a leading figure in momentum, the grassroots group set up to support his leadership. she has resigned from chairing labour's dispute panel, the party that looks at breaches of party rules. she sent this e—mail opposing the suspension of council candidate, saying, i am concerned hear about... he says he is a lifelong anti—racist and he posted an image privately which may not have been genuine for discussion and debate and after the e—mails to the times, christine shawcroft this statement. i sent this e—mail before being aware of the full information about the case. i had not been shown the image of
this abhorrent facebook post. i'm deeply sorry for done so. she has admitted her mistake, she did not look at all of the evidence, and as soon as look at all of the evidence, and as soon as she did, she resolved her position and stood down. she has learned her lesson. why is this potentially damaging forjeremy corbyn? his internal opponents are questioning hisjudgment. corbyn? his internal opponents are questioning his judgment. they corbyn? his internal opponents are questioning hisjudgment. they say christine shawcroft was given a key role of chairing the party's disputes panel last year with the full support of their leader's office, even though the incumbent voted for scene is tougher on party discipline. nowjeremy corbyn is coming under renewed pressure to remove christine shawcroft from labour's ruling national executive is entirely. former members of labour's nec have made their views known publicly. john baxter said stepping down from chairing the plan is not enough. some mps say this is about a much bigger issue. is not enough. some mps say this is about a much bigger issuem is not enough. some mps say this is about a much bigger issue. it is quite rightjeremy asked christine
shawcroft to stand down from chairing the disciplinary committee, no way she could continue to do that, but her position is not the main issue, the main issue isjeremy made a good statement this week finally promising action against anti—semitism. we now need to see that action. anyone guilty of anti—semitism in the labour party mightjust be anti—semitism in the labour party might just be expelled. anti—semitism in the labour party mightjust be expelled. supporters ofjeremy corbyn said the issue of anti—semitism is being used by opponents inside and outside his party to destabilise him, but there isa party to destabilise him, but there is a growing realisation more needs to be done to tackle the underlying problem. we will talk now what about the main story. chris morris from our reality check team considers how prepared the country is and what still needs to be done. so, just one year to go until the united kingdom is due to part company with the rest of the european union. it's also one year since theresa may triggered article 50 of the lisbon treaty, marking the formal start
of the brexit process. and in accordance with the wishes of the british people, the united kingdom is leaving the european union. this is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. well, after a stuttering start, negotiations on a withdrawal agreement have made progress. legal text has been agreed on a financial settlement, the divorce bill. the government says the uk will pay the eu up to £39 billion to cover things like outstanding bills and pensions. there is also broad agreement on the rights after brexit of eu citizens here in the uk and uk citizens elsewhere in europe. and crucially, on the terms of a 21—month transition period after brexit when the uk will continue to abide by all eu rules and regulations. the transition will give governments and businesses more time to get ready for a new relationship in the future. but there's still an awful lot to do in the next 12 months. both sides have promised no return
to a hard border in ireland. there are intensive talks on how to guarantee that once the uk leaves the single market and the customs union. there is also no full agreement yet on the role of the european court ofjustice after brexit. while elsewhere, spain, for example, is insisting that it must be consulted on the future status of gibraltar. as for a new trade deal between the uk and the eu, talks on that haven't yet begun. the eu says the uk's red lines limit what can be achieved. but the uk still wants the most ambitious free—trade agreement in history. customs is one obvious challenge. the future of fishing another. the aim is to reach a broad political agreement by october. but detailed trade negotiations will have to continue long after the uk has left. so, is brexit on track? well, there are two big warning signs. firstly, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. in other words, failure to reach agreement on one issue could bring the withdrawal deal crashing down.
and secondly, it is far from clear whether the government has a majority in the house of commons to win approval for the brexit it wants. there's just one year left, but there is still a long way to go. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. when you listen to that, quite a lot of challenges involvements. perhaps the most amazing thing is we have got this far! if you think back to the aftermath of the referendum, leading brexiteers were standing around like shell—shocked goldfish, not sure how to do it, question marks about whether theresa may could survive, whether banks and businesses would flee the country, none of that has happened. instead mrs may has ground her way forward remorselessly, getting mps to
trigger article 50, getting the divorce bill agreed, getting the withdrawal agreement agreed, getting the transitional deal agreed, and it reminds me a bit of walking up a scottish munro, people dance off into the horizon and one out of puff, those who slowly clawed onwards and upwards, and that is mrs may's approach. there are still huge problems ahead. what will happen about the northern ireland border? what happens if the eu will not give us what happens if the eu will not give usa what happens if the eu will not give us a decent trade deal? what happens if mps vote down the final brexit deal? all of which said, within downing street, i think there is now more confidence that they are going to be able to get the trade deal and to be able to get the trade deal and to deliver brexit perhaps than any time since the referendum. norman, for now, thank you. norman smith at westminster. the queen has marked maundy thursday by taking part in the ancient ceremony of distributing commemorative coins to pensioners.
the presentation of the money took place during the royal maundy service at st george's chapel, windsor castle. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. the signs are not too bad for the start of the easter getaway. thing is not looking too bad at the moment. in places, some sunshine. that was nottinghamshire early on. not like that everywhere. showers spreading in from the south. dorset looking pretty soggy. the afternoon, showers continuing to drift in from the south, some heavy with pale and thunder, still showers of rain, sleet and hill snow across scotland. in between, dry weather and sunshine. this evening and