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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at 2pm. theresa may urges parliament and the public to back her brexit deal after it's endorsement at today's eu summit. the british people don't want to spend any more time arguing about brexit. they want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country. (00v). jean claude juncker, president of the european commission, issues a warning to those mps who think the eu can be persuaded to make further changes. this is the best deal possible for britain, this is the best deal possible for europe, this is the only deal possible. donald tusk, who chaired the summit, says the european union wants to remain as close as possible to the uk after brexit. regardless of how it will all end, one thing is certain. we will remain friends until the end of days. also this hour: for the first time in decades,
parliament seizes documents. they were taken as part of an ongoing dispute between facebook and a committee of mps investigating the technology giant's use of private data. it's thought the documents have been seized as mps on the culture, media and sport select committee don't think facebook has been responding adequately to their questions. and in cricket, england have set sri lanka a target of 327 to win the final test and avoid a series whitewash. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. eu leaders have given their formal backing to britain leaving the european union. their formal backing to britain theresa may says the deal offers a brighter future for britain eu leaders have given their formal backing to britain and urged parliament
and the public to support it. at a special summit in brussels, the 27 european leaders signed off on two key documents agreed by british and eu negotiators. the main withdrawal agreement, which outlines the terms for us leaving, provides for a transition period which would last until at least the end of 2020 to allow britain to make trade deals. the deal also covers a short political declaration which is not legally binding but sets out hopes for an "ambitious pa rtnership" with the eu for the future. but while a brexit deal has been signed off in brussels this morning, it now needs the approval of westminister politicians which could prove less straightforward. adam fleming is in brussels for us this lunchtime. time to shake on it, as eu leaders arrived in brussels this morning the message was this is the deal. the only deal. this is the deal, it's the best deal possible, and the eu will not change its fundamental position when it comes to these issues. it's the best possible one, and i really want to say
that there is nothing other possible because there have been concessions also from our side. this is the deal on the table, i don't think there's anything more. this is all designed to show that the divorce talks have definitively come to an end, and to provide a springboard for theresa may to sell her deal back at home. the withdrawal agreement fixes the divorce terms. it guarantees the rights of eu nationals in the uk and brits in europe. it settles 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. it is based on free trade, not necessarily the frictionless trade promised by the prime minister. they will be continued co—operation on security and unlimited immigration from the eu, free movement, will come to an end. after nearly two years of talks, it took
the 27 prime ministers, presidents and chancellors about a0 minutes to apply the rubber stamp to their side of the bargain. then, the prime minister arrived to speak to her fellow leaders. she really wanted to talk directly to you. in any negotiation, you do not get everything you want. you need to identify what your vital interests are and stick to them, but be prepared to compromise in other areas in order to achieve a result. i think the british people understand that. when they look at this deal they will see it is a good one for our country and that it is in the national interest for everyone to get behind it. with the divorce agreed, the other side is now preparing for talks about the future relationship that could last for four years. ahead of us is the difficult process of ratification as well as further negotiations. but, regardless of how it will all end, one thing is certain.
we will remain friends until the end of days. and one day longer. outside the summit, anti—brexit protesters showed exactly what they think of the deal. lots of brexit supporters don't like it much either, but brussels isn't the battlefield anymore. it's britain now. adam fleming, bbc news, brussels. so, with a deal agreed by brussels, focus turns now to westminster and theresa may's chances of getting it agreed by parliament. this morning she appealed directly to the british public in an open letter to get behind the deal in the national interest — knowing that its chances of success in westminster are far from assured. here's our political correspondent leila nathoo. for now, the hard work is over in brussels. they have found enough common ground. but back home, the hard sell of the brexit deal continues.
ministers adamant what's on offer is the best possible outcome. it gets us a lot of what we wanted, not everything, but the question is — can this be that staging post that gets us to the point where we could get everything? and i think, with a lot of hard work, it can be. the prime minister has written an open letter, calling on the country to get behind the agreement. she insists the deal works for all of our people, whether you voted leave or remain. and she says after brexit day next march, we will begin a new chapter in our national life. but the real battle now begins here in westminster, where parliament must approve the deal in the coming weeks. the numbers don't look good for the government, with opposition parties and dozens of conservative mps already vowing to vote it down. theresa may is trying to push through parliament an ill—fated, half—baked deal that's the worst of all worlds. we need to work as hard as we can to ensure she thinks again.
i don't believe that so far this deal delivers on what the british people really voted for, you know, take back control of your borders, your laws, your money. i think it has ceded too much control. it's the plans for how to keep the irish borderfree from checks that have raised hackles across the political spectrum. northern ireland's democratic unionists are reconsidering their support for the government, which theresa may relies on for her majority. we are seeing us staying in the european union in terms of the single market, the customs union rules will apply to northern ireland, we are in the same vat regime as europe, we are in the same state aid as europe, and there is very much a border down the irish sea as a result of this, and that's why we can't support this deal. theresa may will hope she can convince as many mps as possible here to back her, to avoid a leap into the unknown if parliament rejects the deal. both the eu and the government say there can be no renegotiation, hoping that will focus minds.
leila nathoo, bbc news. let's talk to our political correspondent leila nathoo. on paper, the parliamentary arithmetic looks like this is doomed before she starts but why does the government think it is possible to turn that round 7 government think it is possible to turn that round? i think because of the sheer gravity of the situation and that is something that is going to play on a number of mps. if you think about significant parliamentary moments, mps having to examine their consciences to decide what to do, there will be a sense of history weighing heavily on their shoulders to decide what to do. also because it is a leap into the unknown if they decide en masse to vote down this deal. i think that will concentrate the thoughts of some of the mps. they will be a strategy definitely whips, the people responsible for discipline in
the political parties, trying to assess whether they can rely on the support of certain groups and there will be a lot of wrangling because there will be different groupings among different parties so the prime minister might be appealing to some labour mps who she thinks might support, even if as a party they won't as a block. there is room for manoeuvre but in terms of the scale of opposition we have seen so far, declared scale, it is a tall order. and an irony because when we went into the eu a0 plus years ago, it was the same sort of arithmetic and the conservative government had to rely on a big rebellion of labour mps to get it through. absolutely and lisa nandy, a labour mp, she said earlier and she was a potential candidate for the kind of labour mp who theresa may might have been thinking, i might be able to get her on sight but she said she was voting it down will stop a lot of other mps who could have been wavering might feel the same and there is a strong chance it'll get voted down. we
heard junk orjunker —— john coyle junker saying after —— . they said they would not change it so . they said they would not change it so they should just vote it through but the government has hedged its bets and it looks like the vote will come the day before the next eu summit so if it was defeated, theresa may could be back on the eu rostar theresa may could be back on the eurostar pleading for changes. is the government already thinking beyond what might happen if? they clearly are but in public they are deliberately being very vague because they cannot say, this is our game plan for what to do if the plan does not go as it should. clearly they are thinking through the different scenarios but it is unclear, not clear whether there could be a subsequent vote in parliament, what the eu would make a bit. of course the eu will say this will not be renegotiated. politically, if you think about that
rather than the practicalities, both sides feel they cannot move any further and that is when the deal becomes stuck but if you listen to the critics, the opposition parties, tory backbenchers, they are still, even after the summit, pushing for the deal to be reopened for a renegotiation. they think they have this window of opportunity between now and the parliamentary vote to try to persuade the government that they will not win this so their only chanceis they will not win this so their only chance is to go back to the eu. it is all to play for on all sides at the moment and it is impossible to tell day by day how those dynamics and parliamentary numbers will shift. you would not put any money on it? absolutely not! thank you. let's have a brief look at some of the day's other news. a man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer after a knife attack in east london. the incident happened at ilford railway station on friday night. daniel adeyemi — who's 2a — will appear before magistrates tomorrow.
the officer involved has been discharged from hospital. a survey suggests a third of people who have bought newly—built homes aren't satisfied with the properties. the figures come from an independent report called the new homes review. nine out of ten of those surveyed reported defects or snags when they first moved in. the house builders federation says the industry is working on a new system for resolving disputes. cricket and england have set sri lanka a target of 327 to win the final test and avoid a series whitewash. sri lanka finished the day on 53—a. england came back from 39—a earlier in the day to reach 230 all out in their second innings. documents believed to contain information about facebook‘s data privacy policies have been seized in london, on the instruction of a parliamentary committee. it's thought the documents have been seized as mps on the culture, media and sport select committee, don't think facebook has been responding adequately to questions they want answering. our business correspndent joe miller is here. joe, what more can you tell us. what happened on the day? it sounds
pretty unusual if not unprecedented. quite extraordinary, a very rare use ofa quite extraordinary, a very rare use of a centuries old parliamentary power. essentially, the dcms select committee reportedly sent the sergeant at arms, who may be familiar to viewers from ceremonies like the speaker's procession in the house of commons, to a london hotel to seize documents from an american tech executive who was here on a business trip. this executive, the small of a datum ahead of a small app developing company, had the documents because a court case going on in california in which his company is suing facebook for a very small case to do with access to user data. the dcms 20 will not tell us how many documents they are and they will not confirm whether, as reported in the observer, they contain e—mails between mark
zuckerberg and other facebook executives but they say they will issue a statement soon. and according to how the story was reported, it looks like this tech boss initially said no and when he did that, he was physically exported to parliament. yes, these are details which the select committee will not confirm at the moment. i think theyjust will not confirm at the moment. i think they just want to be headline that the documents had been seized and particularly because it is a shot across the bow is for facebook. they wanted it to be seen in the new york times and washington post or whatever mark zuckerberg reads! and they very likely will be in the background of course is that this committee, this enquiry, originally set up to look into fake news, has been trying to get answers from facebook ever since the cambridge analytical scandal exploded and politically to try to get mark zuckerberg to testify in parliament and he has repeatedly refused —— cambridge analytica. this is the committee using what limited powers
they have, even if they are ancient, to of get the attention of silicon valley. thank you. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may urges parliament and the public to back her brexit deal after its endorsement at today's eu summit. jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission, warns mps that the agreement is the best and only deal on offer. parliament has seized documents as part of an ongoing dispute between facebook and a committee of mps investigating the technology giant's use of private data. let's get more now on our top story. now that the eu leaders have given their endorsement to theresa may's brexit deal, attention turns to the uk parliament which is expected to vote on it in early december. but its approval is far from guaranteed, and the prime minister has once again been urging people to get behind her and support the deal.
she was speaking at a press conference earlier today in brussels. here's some of what she said. there were those who said that reaching a brexit agreement that worked for both sides was an impossible task. from the start, i rejected that counsel of despair and set about negotiating a deal that worked for the uk and the eu, one that delivered on the result of the referendum and set us from the start, i rejected that counsel of despair and set on course for a prosperous future, while maintaining a close relationship with our friends and neighbours. thanks to the hard work of both sets of negotiators, that is what we have today agreed. i want to take a few moments to speak directly to the british people and explain what this deal means. first, control of our borders. not an emergency brake on free movement or a promise of greater transition controls in the future, but an end to the free movement of people in full once and for all.
that is what this deal delivers. it will allow us to put in place an immigration system not based on where people come from but on the skills and talents they have to offer. that is in our national interest. second, control of our money. not a reduction in our membership fee, not a bigger budget rebate but an end to vast annual payments being sent to the eu. that is what this deal delivers. instead, we will be able to spend taxpayers' money on our priorities, like the £39a million per week of extra investment we are putting into our nhs. that is in our national interest. third, control over our laws. notjust the return of some areas of control from brussels, but an end to the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice in the uk, with our laws being made in our country by democratically elected politicians, interpreted and enforced by british courts. that is what this deal delivers, and that is
in our national interest. in agriculture, it does notjust deliver a better deal under the common agricultural policy but it ta kes common agricultural policy but it takes us out of the sea ap com pletely takes us out of the sea ap completely meaning we can design a new systems of support for farmers that work for the uk. and in fishing, it does notjust deliver a bigger annual quota within the common fisheries policy but sets us free of the cfp for good and for ever. the uk will be an independent coastal state once again, in full sovereign control of our waters, able to decide for ourselves who we are allowed to fish in them, with that excess not tied to any other aspect about economic partnership. but is in our national interest as well. on borders, laws and money, this deal delivers for the british people. but i have beenjust as determined that, as well as taking back control, this should be a deal that protects the things we value in
oui’ that protects the things we value in our relationship with our european friends and sets us on course for a future of opportunity and prosperity and this deal does that too. if your families livelihood depends on a skilled job in our manufacturing sector, you need a deal that keeps goods flowing easily across borders and keeps supply chains intact. this deal does that. we will be outside the single market the customs union but have an economic partnership with the eu closer than any other country enjoys. good for business and in our national interest. if you are one of the over 3 million eu citizens who has come and build your life in the uk, come to be our collea g u es life in the uk, come to be our colleagues and neighbours and friends, you need a deal that guarantees your rights. if you are one of the almost i guarantees your rights. if you are one of the almost! million uk nationals living elsewhere in the you, you need the same and this deal delivers for you all —— in the eu. because each one of us is made safer by the close security cooperation between the uk and the eu, we all
need a deal that keeps that close partnership intact and this deal does that too. as prime minister of the united kingdom, i have felt very keenly my responsibility to deliver a deal that works for the whole uk and for all of its parts. what we have agreed protects the constitutional integrity of the united kingdom. we rejected proposals which would have compromised that integrity and insisted on keeping all parts of our uk in insisted on keeping all parts of our ukina insisted on keeping all parts of our uk in a single customs territory. this deal delivers that. it also honours the solemn commitment we made to the people of northern ireland that they should be no hard border between northern ireland and ireland. this deal will safeguard the hard—won ireland. this deal will safeguard the ha rd—won progress ireland. this deal will safeguard the hard—won progress of the last 20 yea rs the hard—won progress of the last 20 years and allow the people of that pa rt years and allow the people of that part of our united kingdom to carry on living their lives as they do today. this is a deal that works for the whole uk family, including our overseas territories and the crown
dependencies. on gibraltar, we have worked constructively with spain throughout this process and i want to thank fabienne picardo for the statesman—like role he has played. we have ensured that gibraltar is covered in a cupboard by the withdrawal agreement and implementation period. let no one be in any doubt, for the future partnership, the uk will be negotiating for the whole uk family, including gibraltar. i am proud that gibraltar is british and its constitutional status will not change. that was theresa may speaking at the end of the summit of the european council in brussels this lunchtime. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has also been speaking today. he said the eu was determined to have as close a relationship as possible with the uk in the future. today, the european council endorsed the agreement on the withdrawal of the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland from the european union and the european atomic energy community.
on this basis, the european council invited the commission, the european parliament, and the council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on the 30th of march 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal. the european council approved the political declaration, setting out the framework for the future relationship between the european union and the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. the european council restated the union's determination to have as close as possible a partnership with the united kingdom in the future. i quote this passage of today's conclusions. it contains the essence of our meeting. ahead of us is the difficult process of ratification
as well as further negotiations. but, regardless of how it will all end, one thing is certain. we will remain friends until the end of days, and one day longer. donald tusk. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, has said the best outcome for all concerned would be if the uk remained in the eu, but given that was not going to happen, the draft agreement was the next best thing. i've always thought that the best outcome for ireland and for europe and indeed the united kingdom would be for the uk to stay in the european union, the customs union and the single market. but we respect the decision of the british people and the uk parliament not to do that, and what we have agreed today is the next best outcome. it protects the peace, affirms the rights and freedoms of european, irish and british citizens, ensures there will be no hard border and also insulates our economy
from major disruptions in trade, thus protecting jobs and people's standard of living. south american football officials were forced to postpone one of the biggest matches in argentina's history last night, after a bus carrying one of the teams was attacked by rival fans. the game, equivalent to the final of the champions league, was between two teams from buenos aries — boca juniors and river plate. lebo diseko reports. running battles on the streets of buenos aires as river plate fans throw missiles at police. they should have been cheering on their team at the historic football final. instead, these supporters are part of what looks like a full—blown riot. earlier, river plate fans attacked the bus carrying the boca juniors to the stadium.
boca captain pablo perez had an injured eye, apparently after shards of glass got into it. others players suffered cuts on faces, arms and legs. for the fans, there was disappointment and frustration as their evening was cut short. translation: it's a complete embarrassment. the sad thing is, the vast majority of people have come to enjoy this game peacefully with their families and children but because of 300 misfits, it is always the same people, soccer has been hurt. translation: this was supposed to project a good image of people celebrating. i am very bitter. i've always hoped that things could change but they are not changing. this had been the most anticipated game in the history of the two football giants, the first time they were facing each other in a big south american final.
as the boca team left the stadium, the match had been redscheduled to go ahead later today, but there are still concerns about more violence and ugly scenes to come. lebo diseko, bbc news. graffiti has been scratched on buildings and stones pulled from walls at a rarely seen abandoned village. what's been described as "unprecedented" numbers of visitors have flocked to ladybower reservoir in derbyshire since low water levels revealed the ruins of derwent. but park rangers say they have had to stop people trying to remove material from the site. dave guest visited the site of the abandoned village just before it was vandalised. it was a picture postcard peak district village that was doomed to be wiped, or rather washed, from the map. derwent was standing on the way of progress. derwent valley waterboard decided that the need for water was so great that they needed a third reservoir, so, unfortunately, they needed to flood these two beautiful
villages, derwent and ashopton. and so, in i9a3, derwent was consumed by the ladybower reservoir. archive: only the top of the church spire remained visible as the village became a lake. three years later, derwent defiantly popped its head above the waves during a dry spell, but then when the rains came it was gone again. now the remains of derwent are on show once more, thanks to the scorching summer of 2018 — and they've become quite a tourist draw. we are staying in castleton, so we've just come over to have a look. was it worth it? yeah, it's quite eerie. we were just saying how eerie it is. i think it's the mix of history and engineering, where the two combine, that's interesting. malcolm thorpe was born in derwent, and strangely enough went on to work for the water company that had erased his birthplace from the map. as we look to the right, you see the gate post in the distance. that was out of the main road into the school house, where i was born.
you were born just beyond those gateposts? i was bornjust beyond those gateposts. and what do you think about it reappearing? i think it's great for me to see it, it brings back quite a few memories, and it's wonderful for my children and grandchildren to come and see — and everyone else who's interested in history in the derwent valley. i think it's wonderful. now, the peak district national park authority say they can understand people want to come down here and look at the spectacle, but they are also saying don't get too close. because if you wander out there, that mud is extremely deep and thick, and a number of people have ended up getting stuck in it and having to be rescued. severn trent water reckon it will all disappear again as the reservoir is replenished over the winter. dave guest, bbc north west tonight, at the lost village of derwent. now it's time for a look at the weather. they might be filling in a few more
reservoirs this week! we will be replenishing some water supplies as the weather becomes more active and unsettled and that means wetter and windierfor a active and unsettled and that means wetter and windier for a time, particularly around mid week. a fairly quiet at the moment, the arrow is coming from an east on a chilly easterly breeze with showers in some eastern parts and eastern scotland, north—east england, the far south—east and some into the east of northern ireland but some sunny spells as well. showers overnight across northern england towards northern ireland, eastern scotland, into the far south—east and variable cloud and close belt elsewhere. a touch of frost when it is clear. west scotland could be down to —a. one or two mist and fog patches but nothing widespread. still be easterly tomorrow, showers in the east and into northern ireland but much of western scotland, wales and west and england will be dry and fairly sunny, but still single figure temperatures and thatis still single figure temperatures and that is about to change. we talk about replenishing the water
supplies, the outlook for tuesday and wednesday has wetter weather coming and windier as well but notice that the temperatures are on the up. hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines. theresa may urges parliament and the public to back her brexit deal after it's endorsement at today's eu summit. jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission, warns mps that the agreement is the best and only deal on offer. parliament has seized documents as part of an ongoing dispute between facebook and a committee of mps investigating the technology giant's use of private data. and in cricket, england have set sri lanka a target of 327 to win the final test and avoid a series whitewash. now on bbc news — the week in parliament.
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