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theresa may in brussels tonight ahead of the historic eu summit tomorrow that will approve her brexit deal. she's been meeting senior eu officials but denies making concessions on gibraltar to prevent a spanish boycott of the summit. the uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. we'll have the latest from brussels and from belfast, where the democratic unionists today promised to vote down the deal. also tonight... riot police in paris fire tear gas and water cannon at demonstrators protesting overfuel prices. i sent your food back to get it warm. the man behind acclaimed films like don't look now — british director nicolas roeg dies at the age of 90. tom francis for the line! and wales beat south africa to make it four wins out of four in an autumn sweep. good evening.
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theresa may is in brussels ahead of tomorrow's historic eu summit to approve her brexit deal. spain had warned it might derail the summit at the last minute over the status of gibraltar, but it's now lifted that threat after assurances from britain. mrs may denied making concessions, saying the uk would always stand by gibraltar. well, tomorrow she and the other 27 eu leaders will formally approve the draft agreement for the uk's departure from the european union. but still ahead is the challenge of persuading enough mps to vote for the deal in the house of commons next month. if they do approve it — and that's a big if — the deal would then need to get
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through the european parliament and european council before britain formally leaves on the 29th march next year. from brussels, here's our europe correspondent, adam fleming. at last, the final steps in the talks to secure britain's departure from the eu. theresa may ushered into the european commission for the second time in a week. not to negotiate, that's over. but to shake the final deal. and was that a smile of relief it hadn't been derailed at the last minute? reporter: prime minister, did you compromise over gibraltar? hours earlier, her ambassador to the eu had written a letter reiterating how brexit would affect the rock. reassuring the spanish prime minister enough that he dropped his threat to boycott tomorrow's summit. translation: spain has reached an agreement on gibraltar. the first thing i want to tell you is that the european council is therefore going to be held tomorrow.
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arriving for her next courtesy call in brussels, the prime minister said it was a clarification, not a cave—in. the uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. this process has lasted for 18 months. the prime minister has had to shuttle backwards and forwards. it chewed up two brexit secretaries. it started with a blank sheet of paper and ends with a brexit deal more than 600 pages long. it has brought us a withdrawal agreement that fixes the divorce terms by guaranteeing the rights of eu nationals in the uk and brits in europe. settling the uk's financial obligations, estimated at £39 billion. with an insurance policy to avoid checks on the irish border. there's also a road map to the future relationship. 0ne based on free trade,
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not necessarily the frictionless trade promised by the prime minister. with continued cooperation on security and unlimited migration from the eu, free movement will come to an end. while theresa may has breakfast here tomorrow, her fellow leaders will rubber—stamp their side of the bargain. then she'll be shown into the room. history made before sunday lunch. adam fleming, bbc news, brussels. meanwhile, the leader of northern ireland's democratic unionist party — which props up the government in parliament — has urged mrs may to focus on a getting a better deal. arlene foster told the dup‘s annual conference the party should work for what she called an improved outcome. from belfast, our ireland correspondent, emma va rdy. this is the most closely—watched conference in the party's history. northern ireland's dup, whose support the government depends on,
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are poised to vote down the draft brexit deal. for this draft agreement fails her own key commitments. the prime minister has not been able to guarantee an outcome that eliminates the risk of the introduction of the so—called backstop arrangements. 0n the one hand, we are told the backstop would be the best of both worlds. and on the other hand we are told we are not going to need the backstop. the backstop is the eu's legal guarantee to prevent a hard irish border. bin the backstop! but within the dup it's bitterly opposed. and look who has become an ally. borisjohnson was in belfast to lend his support, saying it was the confidence—and—supply agreement with the dup keeping jeremy corbyn out of downing street. it is absolutely vital that we keep this partnership going. and we keep this confidence—and—supply arrangement going.
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if the so—called irish backstop was to be used, northern ireland would remain fixed to eu rules. even after the rest of the uk goes its own way. many northern ireland businesses are supporting the deal. but they're at odds with the dup, who say it undermines the integrity of the uk. i think that is an argument that no one in the business community in northern ireland accepts and it is very seldom in northern ireland you see unanimity about anything, but when you find that every single business organisation is telling you something different, i think the dup should take cognisance of that. but the dup see this as their moment to stand firm and they aren't backing down. never before has this party been so centre—stage. they've been fired up by boris and know they have the backing of the brexiteers in westminster. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. adam fleming joins me
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now from brussels. adam, what's the mood there ahead of this hugely significant summit? the man who will chair that historic summit of eu leaders tomorrow, the president of the european council, donald tusk, said letter to all eu leaders inviting them and were he has tried to sit at the till he wa nts to has tried to sit at the till he wants to achieve, he writes during these negotiations no one wanted to defeat anyone, we were all looking for a good and fair agreement and he backed that up with that tweet quoting the lyrics of freddie mercury from queens saying, friends will be friends right till the end. and the reason he has done that is supposed to provide a massive springboard for theresa may to help sell this brexit deal to bury sceptical members of parliament back home at westminster. and i think this last—minute snag of gibraltar
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is very instructive because it is one of those issues of which there are many buried in the brexit deal but i think we'll come back again and again in negotiations in future, negotiations which could last for up to four years, remember. adam fleming in brussels. there've been violent clashes in paris after thousands of protestors took to the champs—elysee to demonstrate against a planned rise in fuel tax. riot police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protestors as they tried to get through a secruity cordon protecting key buildings. over the past year the price of diesel — which is used in most french cars — has risen by around 23%. here's our paris correspondent, lucy williamson. this, a reminderfor france's president. sparks can quickly ignite into flames. the champs—elysees not a tourist site today but an unofficial battleground. protesters armed with paving stones pushed back by tear gas, water cannon, riot police. this movement is about
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more than fuel prices. its supporters tired of taxes, tired of politicians. their slogans threatening revolution. the french authorities a joke to some. translation: we have to pay for rent, food, insurances and telephone. what's left at the end of the month? nothing. i don't want macron to just cut taxes, i want him to resign. translation: why is it always the little taxpayer who has to pay? we've been tightening our belts for 30 years. if it gets any tighter, we're going to explode. the government banned protesters from this street today, pointing them to the eiffel tower instead. the far—right leader, marine le pen, questioned why. the government says she's encouraging dissent. translation: the ultra—right is mobilised and has answered marine le pen's call. they want to attack institutions, they want to attack governing mps.
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the government said no protests on this street and look what happens... they say ultra—right elements are responsible for the violence here but many ordinary people say they also support this movement. this protest has brought together people from all political backgrounds, all parts of france. but it's a movement with no national leader, no formal structure. its membership and its identity hard to control. tonight, with protests dying down, the government has said it's listening but there's no sign yet it's changing course. security forces can clear the barricades but political resistance is far harder to quell. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. with all the day's sport now, here's olly foster at the bbc sport centre. good evening. all the home nations signed off with wins in rugby union's autumn series.
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scotland beat argentina, ireland were too strong for the usa. england had a convincing victory against australia and wales completed their first clean sweep of november internationals. they beat south africa in cardiff, as patrick gearey reports. wales have enjoyed their autumn at home by the fire in the company of cardiff they had won three from three and what a start against south africa. i just right three and what a start against south africa. ijust right moment, up p°pped africa. ijust right moment, up popped the prop, to mask france is over, wales away and they did not let up. overlapping and overwhelming, liam williams, 14 males 60 minutes in. wales do they would have to do with the springboks ina would have to do with the springboks in a wildebeest mode, the pressure created space forjesse creel to score. south africa got back to within three points but as a pressure group the welsh got bigger. dan biggar‘s two penalties carried them clear, all the way to an
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autumnal clean sweep and nine wins ina row autumnal clean sweep and nine wins in a row going into a world cup year. speaking of world cups... this is the one, it's coming back for jonny wilkinson! he drops for world cup glory! it is over! he has done it! ian robinson's was famous radio commentary and for his final match on the microphone after 48 years, england were soon beating australia once more. jonny may the finisher after his side was my perfect start. ‘is after his side was my perfect start. ' is ahead but israel folau spotted a hole in the plan, blink and you'll miss him. england did and they were lucky to be level at the break and afterwards elliot daly find the fast lane and after that the result becomes inevitable. if he is the express,, cigarette is the speed train with heavy carriages. after a memorable entering the's year and a legendary career. i have loved every minute of it and thank you very, very much. patrick gearey, bbc news. match of the day follows the news with highlights
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from today's seven games in the premier league, but if you'd like the results now, then here they come... manchester city still lead liverpool by two points at the top of the table, both won today, but spurs have moved above chelsea into third after beating them 3—1 at wembley. there were goals for dele alli, harry kane and heung min son. it's chelsea's first defeat of the season. elsewhere, brighton and leicester drew i—i. there were wins for everton and fulham and jose mourinho said his manchester united players "lacked heart" as they were held to a goaless draw by crystal palace at old trafford. celtic are two points clear in the scottish premiership. they beat hamilton 3—0. substitute leigh griffiths scored a late free kick to make sure of the points. rangers are now second after beating livingstone and hearts have dropped to third with defeat at st mirren. at midnight, england play australia in the final of the women's world t20 in antigua. find commentary and also in—play video highlights on the bbc sport website. thank you very much. the british director nicolas roeg
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has died at the age of 90. in a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original and sometimes controversial style of film—making. jon donnison looks back at his life. i sent your food back to get it warm. julie christie and donald sutherland in nic roeg's masterpiece, don't look now. it was sumptuous and eerie. as in all his films, the images by turns hooked you, hypnotised you and unsettled you. he was a cameraman before becoming a director. here he is on the set of fahrenheit 451, filming julie christie he was the director of photography on doctor zhivago, but fell out with the director, david lean, who sacked him. his replacement won an oscar for work that was partly roeg's. why don't you go to a hotel? his first film as director
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was performance starring mickjagger as a rock star and james fox as a gangster. it included graphic scenes of violence, sex and drug—taking. i don't understand how you can watch them all at the same time. you are really a freak. i don't mean that unkindly. the man who fell to earth featured another rock star, david bowie, in a sprawling and sometimes hallucinogenic work of science fiction. he could be driven. on one film the crew threatened to walk out when he filmed for 24 hours non—stop. but no other british director could match nic roeg's visual imagination or his skill at wrongfooting, bewildering and delighting audiences. the director nicolas roeg, who's died at the age of 90. that's all for now. there's an extended andrew marr show tomorrow on bbc one from 10am. guests include the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt,
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and the leader of the dup, arlene foster. goodnight. hello. this is bbc news. more now on brexit. theresa may has held talks with top eu officials ahead of a summit in brussels tomorrow. spain have dropped their veto to the draft agreement after saying it received written guarantees from the uk that they will have a say in future trade arrangement with gibraltar. theresa may said the uk position hasn't changed and it will always stand by its citizens. earlier i spoke to the chief minister of gibraltar, fabian picardo, about his reaction to today's events. i think it is an issue which has been brewing for five or six days. we have worked hard to ensure we could deliver a solution which worked for everyone. that has now been implemented in a way which is supported by the gibraltar government. the clarification is on the table which sets out not a change to the treaty but a position which does not prejudice gibraltar
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or the united kingdom which it appears spain is able to live with. what has spain really gained? some commentators say it is restating a previous position. i think they are right. i think spain has gained nothing new. i don't think we saw a real change in the treaty which spain required further clarification on but they seem to have got into a bit of a tizzy for a while. they wanted a clarification. that has been published now on the relevant website. people can see exactly what has been said and it has been agreed word for word by the prime minister and by me. so she has stood with us on this issue and therefore it is something which makes the withdrawal agreement, which will be voted on tomorrow by the 27 member states, a positive agreement for gibraltar, a better way out of the eu than a disorderly withdrawal. but spain will have a say on how a future eu—uk trade deal applies to gibraltar.
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how concerned are you that spain might want to raise the issue of shared sovereignty? i am not concerned at all about the issue of shared sovereignty because i have told pedro sanchez tonight what the answer will be, however and whenever it is posed in whatever circumstances. we all knew that if we left the european union, any new deals done with the european union were subject to unanimity of all the member states and spain would try to lever its advantage to gain a foothold on gibraltar, but that is down to the uk and gibraltar, and together we will make sure that doesn't happen. although we are very much looking forward to a positive relationship of co—operation, of course gibraltar accesses the eu physically and geographically through spain and we want to have a positive relationship and talk about the future but not in a way that puts a sovereignty price on any part of the negotiation, and neither does spain need that veto to get us to the table to talk. we think it is important to talk
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as neighbours but not about any of these issues you are raising now. but surely, britain, whoever is in charge when britain finally leaves the eu, it will find itself under increasing pressure potentially to accept some changes to its relationship of the status of gibraltar if it means that is how they get a trade deal with the eu 27 which britain will really need. i don't think any british prime minister would do a deal to compromise the sovereignty of gibraltar. in any event, there is a double lock in that respect. the constitution says the sovereignty of gibraltar cannot change without the consent of the people of gibraltar and the uk government has been repeatedly clear in the last ten years in the political commitment that they will not even start discussing the sovereignty of gibraltar unless the people of gibraltar consent to it. that third lock is the people of gibraltar, who will never consent to it.
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we expect britain and spain to continue bilateral talks, another of the assurances which has been given. what will gibraltar want to hear from those talks? i don't think that is one of the guarantees that has been given. there is absolutely nothing to suggest that there will be bilateral talks, because the most important player in the context of anything to do with gibraltar are the people of gibraltar, and their political representatives are the government of gibraltar, and the governments of the uk and gibraltar work seamlessly together in the context of our discussions with third parties, the eu, and in particular spain. all that can be expected from us is a reasonable approach to the future in a way that makes sense for people who need to cross our frontier or otherwise depend on the ability to have good deals between gibraltar and spain. we are up for that but if there is any sovereignty price of any of it, we ain't buying. who is the prime minister of spain talking to when he is making these claims or demands on britain
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the night before the summit? i think it is quite fantastical what he has said. one must put this into the context of the fact there is a regional election in andalusia in eight days, and the context of the fact that spain's current government is a minority government which may have to go to the polls at any time and it was very much under attack by the opposition for having been soft on gibraltar, as they put it. i think this is more a statement for a domestic audience, theatrical brinkmanship. unfortunately you can't really do that in the modern world. what you say in any particular jurisdiction is seen everywhere else. the national crime agency has issued a warning to organised gangs, which it says are behind a recent spike in illegal attempts to cross the english channel. this morning, the french authorities picked up five migrants from a small boat just off the coast
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southwest of calais. on friday, eight iranians were brought ashore after their dinghy was spotted off the coast of kent. it brings the total number of suspected migrants to have reached the uk this month to 101. our reporter keith doyle has more. these men were found in a dinghy by a border force patrol boat in the channel yesterday. the eight men, who say they are iranian, were taken into custody and interviewed by immigration officers. the day before, 14 people were found in two dinghies in the channel. french authorities found another i! suspected migrants on the same day. there has been a huge rise in the number of people trying to cross the channel in small boats. in the past month, 10! suspected migrants have been found, including nine people found on rocks at folkestone. three boats with 24 suspected migrants, including a toddler, were picked up off ramsgate. and seven men were rescued from a dinghy after
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making a distress call. we need to see the home office and french authorities work together to put a stop to this trafficking network. nearly 100 refugees have been coming across the channel in recent weeks. it's only a matter of time before there's a tragedy, and that's why the home office in particular needs to get a grip and have a plan. the national crime agency says organised crime groups are using these small craft to traffic people, but they're working with the french authorities to stop them. this week, two men were jailed for eight years for smuggling people across the channel. this is one of the inflatable boats they used. most people smuggling takes place at ports, but increased security there, and the calm weather, may be making more people risk their lives by trying to cross the channel in small, unsuitable craft. the duke and duchess of sussex will be moving out of kensington palace and into their own cottage before the birth of their first child. harry and meghan will move
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to frogmore cottage in the grounds of windsor castle early next year. the couple got married at windsor castle in may and held their reception for around 200 guests at frogmore house, a 17th century royal residence on the same estate. kensington palace said windsor was a "very special place" for the couple. it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernacker. no major change on the way for sunday. that is for most of us. the south of the country is in for better weather. saturday was not great. we had cloud, outbreaks of rain. sunday looks a little brighter. the big picture, the airflow from the east this evening and tonight, a lot of colder air across europe. not desperately cold but cold enough so temperatures will struggle over the next day or so. tonight, a fair bit of cloud across
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the country, tending to dry out in the country, tending to dry out in the south. a few clear spells particularly across west and north—west in areas where we might get some frost. temperatures in towns and cities tween 3—6 celsius. tomorrow, across western areas, western scotland, northern ireland, wales, sunshine and a bright day. eastern areas could be cloudy with one or two showers. i expect a much better day for the south. more sunshine or at least drier weather around in the afternoon. temperatures, single figures with the wind blowing from the east. monday, the last stop the quiet days. a big low—pressure system in the atlantic and anotherjust off—screen, and this will be heading our way off—screen, and this will be heading ourway in off—screen, and this will be heading our way in the coming days. monday sta rts our way in the coming days. monday starts quiet, light winds in the morning, a frost first thing thomas mist and fog in places. you can
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start to see unsettled weather winding up in the atlantic and it will push towards western areas late monday into the early hours of tuesday. monday looks fine and dry for many of us. with this change to the weather comes much milder air, it will feel milder but the wins will be stronger and we have the rain as well. the low—pressure approaches our coast on tuesday night. —— tuesday morning. you will get the force winds and outbreaks of rain. hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first, the headlines. theresa may is in brussels tonight, ahead of tomorrow's summit to approve her brexit deal.
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the prime minister hasjust released a ‘letter to the nation' this evening asking for the public‘s support for the deal, which she says will lead to a brighter future and a new chapter in our national life. she also calls for a moment of reconciliation between remainers and leavers. the spanish prime minister says britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar, mrs may insists she'll always stand by the territory.
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