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today at 5: the brexit deadlock. mps hear their february recess could be cancelled. and the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, says brexit could be delayed if enough progress isn't made in the coming weeks to break the impasse. if we ended up approving a deal in the days before 29th march, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation. we'll have the latest from westminster and a special look at how a no—deal brexit might impact food. the other main stories on bbc news at 5: there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention helpline following publicity surrounding the case of molly russell, a 14—year—old who took her own life a year ago. freezing temperatures and snow bring an amber weather warning to parts of wales and southern england this evening. at least eight people have died in the us after the coldest spell there in decades sees temperatures fall as low as —53 celsius. two male students at
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warwick university are to be allowed back to study next year despite threatening to rape fellow students. and police could soon be able to impose curfews and limit the social media use of individuals to crack down on knife crime. the foreign secretary says that the uk may need to delay its exit from the european union if an agreement is only reached in the final days. jeremy hunt said extra time might be needed, meaning an extension to the deadline of 29th march, depending on how much progress is made in the coming weeks. number 10 has insisted
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that the government is committed to brexit in two months‘ time. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. the uk is due to leave the european union two months from now and, time again, the prime minister has said the departure date is march the 29th. today, one other cabinet minister suggested there could be some flexibility. it is true that, if we ended up approving a deal in the days before the 29th of march, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation, but if we are able to make progress sooner, that might not been necessary. reports from the independent institute for government, a think tank linked to the civil service, suggested the uk isn't ready to leave the eu at the end of march
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unless there is a deal. you heard from jeremy hunt this morning that getting a deal signed in brussels is one part of the challenge, and the next part will be getting mps to back it, but after that you still have to pass legislation. that's why they could be the need for an extension even if things go to plan in two weeks' time for the government. but mps will be working hard to try to meet the agreed eu exit date and were told today their february half term break could be cancelled. it is only right i give the house notice that there are currently no plans to put forward a motion to agree dates for the february recess. the uk could bring the arrangement toa the uk could bring the arrangement to a close. a sunset clause, an agreed date when the backstop would expire, or technological solutions. the slight flaw in all of this is that brussels has already rejected time limits
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to the backstop, or a unilateral uk exit, and the prime minister herself has previously given short shrift to yet to be invented technological solutions. today, senior mps have been in downing street to discuss exactly what to say to brussels on the backstop, but the leader of the opposition believes all of this is rather late. i asked the prime minister about this yesterday and she was incredibly vague, both in the commons and the meeting i had with her later on, and it's possible there would have to be an extension in order to get an agreement because we cannot leave the eu on march 29th without an agreement. frosty relations between the government and opposition and between britain and brussels may have to thaw if the uk is to get a sustainable deal. also today, it's being reported that the prime minister is preparing to try and entice labour mps to support her brexit deal by offering them a cash injection for their constituencies. joining me now from westminster is our political
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correspondent, nick eardley. this smacks of desperation with the foreign secretary admitting brexit might have to be delayed.” foreign secretary admitting brexit might have to be delayed. i think there is a feeling with many in westminster that even if the prime minister delivers a deal, there is a lot of work still to do. because of all the legislation that has to go through before brexit data make sure that the uk's legal system is ready, there may have to be a few extra weeks possibly after the 29th of march to get that all in place. jeremy hunt is not talking about some sort of long extension that sees us some sort of long extension that sees us in the european union for a number of months, but there are some that think, why not wait an extra few weeks if it means it is smooth?
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number 10 says it is not there yet. it is still committed to delivering brexit on the 29th of march. in fa ct, brexit on the 29th of march. in fact, they say the fact that the february holiday has been cancelled is because they want to create as much time as possible to get it done. but as we know, getting that deal that would lead to that legislation going through is still elusive, so the pm and other senior ministers are talking to mps today on things like the backstop, trying to figure out some sort of plan that might keep tory brexiteers onside but also win over the eu. it is not just the conservatives the pm is meeting with, there have been labour mps in the cabin office and downing street today, talking about what might get them onside. that prime minister is in a place where she is trying to look for as many people as possible who might be willing to come over and support something
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close to the deal that she has on the table. labour mps likejohn mann are brexiteers, they want to deliver brexit, and they insisted extra cash is not a bribe or a transactional winning them over, but let's listen to what he had to say on what that money could be used for. what is going on is some good dialogue, i can tell you that. i'm hoping the prime minister will come back with something that is significant. if she does, the chances of labour mp5 from those leave areas who don't want a referendum voting for her deal, i would say undoubtedly goes up. so i think it's inevitable that the political arithmetic says she will come back with something significant. but it's also what she said when she became prime minister. so we're simply saying to her, "that's what you said, show us the money". some of the labour party suggest as
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many as 20 plus mps could be won over if that money does end up on the table. downing street says this is not cash for votes, the prime minister is not getting the wallet out when these labour mps come in for a chat and saying, how much do you want? instead they are saying she has always been committed to some sort of distribution of cash around the country, but whether that is enough to win enough labour mps over, we will wait and see. new figures suggest investment in the uk car industry has fallen nearly 80% in the past three years. the society of motor manufacturers and traders said uncertainty over brexit had put the industry on red alert. car production last year dropped to its lowest level since 2013. there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention charity helpline since the bbc highlighted the case of molly russell, a 14—year—old who took her own life a year ago. herfather blames her death partly on images of self—harm and suicide
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that she saw on instagram. facebook, the owner of instagram, has said it's deeply sorry about her death. mps have called for social media companies to take more control over their content. molly's story prompted a huge response from you, with many families getting in touch to share their experiences. 0ur reporter, angus crawford, spoke to many of them, and i must warn you, some viewers may find the content of his report upsetting. she had so much to offer. molly russell's story... and that's gone. ..has sparked a debate... these are companies that count their profits in the billions, and they turn round and say to us that they can't protect our children? ..that may change social media for good. do you actually have the power to compel them to do what you think needs to be done? yes, absolutely. and it's also struck a chord with families across the country, like ian and his daughter, libby, so horrified by what happened to molly, they've decided to speak out. libby once had 8,000 followers on instagram.
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16 and now firmly in recovery, libby used to self—harm, an obsession learned on and fed by the platform. i don't think it made me do it, but i think it definitely accelerated the severity of it because i see people, and then you'd go, that's ok, then. it doesn't matter how bad it gets because they are not dead, it hasn't killed them, doing that, so it made it feel more safe to go to do it worse. her dad tried to get the worst content taken down but says it was a waste of time. you go, right, i'll try and get rid of this account, there must be a way to stop it. and there's nothing, and they are not interested. and until one of their close family members falls down that rabbit hole, they won't do anything about it. until it affects them or their wallet, they are not interested. meet chloe, who's i2, and her mum, emma.
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shocked by molly's story, they rang the bbc. chloe had stumbled across just this kind of content. platforms on social media could stop or report or take down bad things on the internet that are scaring people because i know it's not just me who is getting scared by it, i know there must be other people. users should be at least 13 to be allowed on instagram, but emma says age restrictions aren't the point. the reality is that people are using them at that age, whether there's the age limit, and when she's 13, what difference is it going to be? molly was 14. does that mean it's acceptable for her to see those images? i don't think there's any age that is acceptable. a hard—hitting video with a simple message, encouraging young people to talk about suicide. molly's death has
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certainly done that. there's been a 40% rise in calls to this charity's helpline. this is james murray. his son, ben, took his own life last year, aged 19. a technology consultant, james knows social media can change. do you think the penny is dropping? the penny is dropping. i think molly's case can be a turning point. what they should be doing, when somebody's looking at self— harm or suicide, is promoting the positive content over and above the negative content. so the algorithm could be used for good? yes, absolutely, and i think it's high time that the social media companies delivered on the promise of social value and became a force for good in the community. instagram says... molly's story has touched a raw nerve and demands action.
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the social media companies now have to decide if they'll embrace reform or have it forced upon them. if you're affected by any of the issues raised in this report and would like details of organisations which offer advice and support, go online to, or you can call for free at any time to hear recorded information on 0800 066 066. heavy snow is expected to fall across wales and southern england this evening, bringing travel disruption to the rush hour. temperatures plummeted to —i4.4 celsius in braemar in aberdeenshire overnight — that's the lowerst temperature recorded in the uk for seven years. we are hearing that transport for
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london is advising travellers to get home by 9pm. that is breaking news coming to us in the last few minutes. urging all travellers to try and get home by 9pm. i am joined in the studio by our weather forecaster, chris fawkes. tell us first of all, what is the picture at the moment? the areas worst hit so far is in cornwall. newquay has been hit by heavy snow, and the 8392 has been shut due to snow, and the airport has its runway closed, and over some of the higher structures of western cornwall on the 830, the roads have been covered in snow so travelling conditions have become very difficult indeed, very slow going. a cross crumble, it
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is really quite bad. and that snow is really quite bad. and that snow is moving across the country. we are hearing about those warnings, telling people to complete their journeys early this evening. what is the picture looking like overnight and then into the rush hour tomorrow? we can take a look at where the weather warnings are. the met office amber warnings focus on south—west england, stretching all the way to hampshire and northwards into southern wales, but these are some of the roads that could well be affected over the next few hours. roads like the a38 near exeter, the a303 could have problems, and we are seeing heavy snow across the brecon beacons in southern wales, so that
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area is already seeing snow on those roads will most likely to get hit by heavy snow, but it is not limited to this area. the snow is on the move and were working across south—east england as well. the problem with this weather front is the snow has been coming down very heavily, and that's not a lot you can do as far as gritting is concerned because critters get stuck in traffic and you have to have traffic flowing over the grit to mix it into melt the snow. what will happen with this weather front, as it the snow. what will happen with this weatherfront, as it moves into south—east england in the south midlands, it will weaken, so the amount of snow we see further east will vary significantly. some areas could get sent to me others could see seven centimetres which would cause significant disruption, but there will be variability from place to place. you heard the advice from transport for london. that has been issued because that is the kinda time we are expecting the snow to work in. it is still open to uncertainty but if you can finish your journey by uncertainty but if you can finish yourjourney by 9pm, go for it because you should be there before snow arrives. at least 12 people have died in the united states
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after the country recorded some of the coldest temperatures for a generation. in chicago, record lows are expected as bitter air blows in from the north pole. several states have declared a state of emergency, with many schools, colleges and businesses closed. chris buckler sent this report. it is —27, —28 celsius as i speak to you at the moment. it has been dropping. we are expecting it to get to about —30 celsius. but here in the windy city, there are warnings about wind—chill that is making it feel even colder and, in some parts of the midwest, it has already felt below —50 celsius. now, there is snow and there is ice and, as you just mentioned there, if you take a look behind me, you will see that the river is completely frozen over. here in chicago, it is so incredibly cold. the only way to describe it really is it is painfully cold. my face, my ears, my fingers are very, very cold, despite the fact that we are taking precautions.
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and, of course, that's one of the big concerns for people. there are people who are homeless, they have been taken to warming centres in some cases, just to try and keep them warm tonight. but this is dangerously cold, and already there have been some people killed. in traffic accidents because of the ice and snow, but also from just being exposed to this cold. it is so cold at the moment that meteorologists will tell you thatjust ten minutes standing in this kind of temperature can give you frostbite, and already apparently people have gone to the hospital because of that problem. and i will say that we have shelter just beside us here, we are at a hotel where we can get heat and we can get warmth, we are not too far away, and we are also wearing plenty of equipment. but that is the worry, that people are going to go out into this, and i have to say, here in chicago, people in my opinion have been sticking to that. as we were driving into chicago this evening, the roads extremely quiet. as i talk to you now, around me, very, very quiet streets,
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people are staying off the roads. and it is, very simply, a once—in—a—generation kind of cold, this. there are chances that this could become a record for chicago tonight. they think it's probably going to be a couple of degrees off the record for all—time cold. but there are also people who are frankly enjoying it. you've probably already seen that there are people who have been using water pistols, putting hot water into water pistols and then firing it, and it immediately freezes as you hit the cold air. i have got myself a thermos mug here, and this will give you an idea of how cold it is. if ijust unscrew this and i throw this in towards the water, you will see it immediately goes into steam and ice, and thatjust gives you an idea of how painfully cold it is at the moment, but, very simply, people have been advised whenever they can to stay in and to stay out of this kind of cold. joining me now from minnesota
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is the meterologist megan mulford. we were hearing from chris there are some of the chaos being caused. tell us some of the chaos being caused. tell us about conditions for you now. some of the chaos being caused. tell us about conditions for you nowm is quite cold, possibly the coldest i have ever experienced here in my life in minnesota. we are looking at -27 life in minnesota. we are looking at —27 celsius right now. we are looking up for— five inches of snow right now but we have had record—breaking temperatures, and especially in northern minnesota, it reached —47 celsius, the actual temperature this morning. we also had —40 celsius. we have seen very
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cold deadly wind chills, anywhere from —40 celsius up to even —50 celsius. we are expecting snow to spread across the country here in the uk, but it sounds like it is mild in comparison to what you are experiencing their! i have seen pictures of people taking a pan of hot boiling water and actually, when they take it outside, thrust into they take it outside, thrust into the air, instantly freezing. tell us the air, instantly freezing. tell us the sorts of problems caused when temperature are that low. trying to drive around, mechanics, my car right now is having problems, so engines are not built for wind chill values this cold. especially with that snow, during the winter months, when it really cold, the atmosphere does not hold as much water as the
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summertime. so if you throw water up into the air, it instantly condenses into the air, it instantly condenses into snowflakes. it is really cold today. you can also blow bubbles and they freeze instantly and you can then break the bubbles. many thanks, and stay well wrapped up! the snp has struck a deal with the greens to back the scottish government budget ahead of a key vote at holyrood. finance secretary derek mackay said he was pleased to have reached an agreement. the deal includes more funding for councils and extra powers for them to levy parking and tourist taxes. lorna gordon is at the scottish parliament in edinburgh. this is quite a serious crisis that has been averted here. this isjust stage one of the scottish budget but within the last 20 minutes or so it
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passed by 67—58 votes with one abstention, but ten minutes before the budget, that vote was never in doubt. that was when scotland's finance secretary tweeted to say that a deal had been reached with the scottish greens. three key areas of interest in terms of what was said in the debating chamber earlier, he said the measures today with the most significant empowerment of local authorities since devolution. he talked about devolving down power to implement a transient visitor level, tourist tax to local authorities, something keenly watched in edinburgh, they are keen to pursue such a measure because the city has an awful lot of tourists all year round but especially in the summer, that would be one way to raise local revenue. he talked of devolving down power to introduce parking levies for
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workplace parking and there would be exclusions for areas like the nhs. and he said the present council tax system and he said the present council tax syste m m ust and he said the present council tax system must end and there would be cross— party system must end and there would be cross—party talks to replace it. no change though during the life of this current parliament. the scottish conservatives called it a triple tax bombshell that will do nothing for the scottish economy, labour said the party would never sign up to a budget that had cuts to local services while the liberal democrats said the greens had been bought cheaply. the greens would disagree. they will be pleased with what they have achieved and their co—convener said perhaps in a dig at westminster this is what constructive politics looks like. it's emerged that two male warwick university students, who were involved in a facebook chat group which threatened to rape fellow female students, will be allowed back into the university next year. two of the five students were banned from the university for 10 years, but they've had that reduced on appeal to one year.
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one of the female complainants in the case published an open letter to the university in student newspaper the boar. in it, she described how the case has affected her mental health, saying, "over the past 18 months, i have relapsed twice "into my depression. "i have relapsed into my eating disorder. "i have developed anxiety. "you have failed to protect countless students, like myself, "and you don't even have an adequate system in place to look "after students who are suffering and hurting." the university has issued a statement in response, saying, "we are unable to comment further on individual student discipline "cases, but we can assure you that the university has a robust "student discipline procedure that includes a detailed investigation "and consideration of the case by a committee of senior academic "staff and students' union sabbatical officers." daniel reuben is the editor of the university's student newspaper the boar who broke the story.
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what do you make of this decision to reduce the bands of the students involved in this behaviour? just speaking to students around campus, it has gone down very negatively. speaking to female students who will be here next year, a lot of them are very scared, they don't know whether they will be in seminars with the stu d e nts they will be in seminars with the students or whether they will be safe, and i don't think that anybody is happy with the decision. why do you think that the university has taken this course of action, given the outcry that this case has provoked? of course, i cannot say because the university has been so quiet about what has gone on during this appeals process, and that's one of the major issues here, the lack of the major issues here, the lack of transparency. in june, of the major issues here, the lack of transparency. injune, when the original rulings were made, saying a
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student would be banned for life and tomb more than ten years, the university came up with a statement, saying, this is what would happen. this appeals process took place over the summer and concluded in late september. there's been no official word from the university that this happened, it is only because the student media finding out in these female students coming out about it the people now know, and people want to know why the university is keeping quiet and they need to say something to allay those fears. what more can you as a student union due to address this, perhaps to get the ban extended again?|j to address this, perhaps to get the ban extended again? i should make clear that i am a current student and we are financially and editorially independent of the student union, but people have said that they are unhappy with how the process has been carried out. there is also the issue that two student officers did sit on that process so people are looking for answers from
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the su as well as the university on why this has happened and how they will help protect students next year. thank you forjoining us from warwick. npower says it plans to cut 900 jobs. it says it would be lower because a natural turnover and blamed tough retail energy market for the decision and the government's new price cap which began at the start of this year. now, the all—important weather! we were talking about the south—west of england bearing the brunt of this snowy spell of weather, and indeed it is. they have been a number of problems across this part of the world. the 838 is looking snowy, the a30 has had problems, and roger and yuki have been shut as well. 5—10 centimetres of snow is expected
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across south wales and south—west england towards hampshire, but as this with the front works south—eastwards, it will weaken, so the amount of snow we see will be variable. 1—7 centimetres. some areas could have quite a bit and others not so much by the way, the combination of heavy snow and ice is likely to lead to further significant transport disruption in places. away from the snowy south, further north, clear spells of the night, a few wintry showers for northern scotland, and if you coming into north—east england as well. another cold and frosty night, and you can imagine we will see widespread ice to take us into friday morning, and that could cause a few more problems as well. and that latest forecast. the headlines: the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt says brexit could be delayed if enough progress isn't
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made in the coming weeks to break the impasse. if we ended up approving a deal in the days before the 29th of march then we might need some extra time to pass the critical legislation. freezing temperatures and snow bring an amber weather warning to parts of wales and southern england this evening... there's been a big increase in the number of young people contacting a suicide prevention helpline, following publicity surrounding the case of molly russell, a 14—year—old who took her own life a year ago. if now for a sports round up. not a very good start against the west indies for england. england's batsman have having a torrid time of it, again,
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against west indies — this time in antigua where the host won the toss and chose to bowl. that looks like a good decision with the windies pace attack dominating. 32 year old joe denly was hoping for a dream start on his debut but he went forjust 6, after his fellow opener rory burns was caught for just 4. jonny bairstow steady things, without the sort of support he might have expected from captainjoe root and joss buttler, but he too was eventually out for 52 just after lunch. ben stokes the last wicket to fall with england now 103 for 6. -- 106 —— 106 for six. you can follow the action with the cricket social on the bbc sport website and app... not a huge amount to get exciting about, so far, on the final day of the january transfer window. although a recognisable figure is departing from manchester united and the premier league. marouane fellaini's on his way to china. leaving old trafford after nearly six years. he'll join shandong luneng in the chinese super league after the two clubs agreed a deal. newcastle united have completed the signing of miguel almiron
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from atlanta united. the paraguay international has joined on a five year deal thought to be worth around £20 million. another deal that has been finalised is denis suarez‘s loan move to arsenal — this is how they announced it on social media. hejoins from barcelona, and is a man that manager unai emery knows very well having worked with him at sevilla. and there's also a return to the premier league for 38—year—old peter crouch — the former england striker is on his way back to the top flight with burnley. sam vokes is going the other way to join stoke city. he knows what he is. you never really bother him with other people's opinions on himself, he just gets on with the game. i think thatis just gets on with the game. i think that is important. i never worry too much about people his age. we had michael duff, and also myself in the premier league at 37. i know about his fitness and his distance covered, and i think there is an
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intense and a desire to still make a mark on football. all the transfer deadline day news on the bbc sport website. wolves have signed jonny 0tto on a permanent contract. details too of a new contract signed by manchester united's anthony martial. the crystal palace winger wilfried zaha has been charged with improper conduct by the fa after his sending off against southampton last night. zaha had given palace a first half lead but was given a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding referee andre marriner after tangling with james ward prowse late on. zaha made his feelings known once more and now faces an extended ban. england's world number one justin rose is seven shots off the lead after day one of the european tour's first saudi international event. the belgian thomas pieters leads by two shots ahead of a group of six which includes two
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englishmen alfie plant and ross fisher who are five under par after their first round. the tournament has attracted a top—class field despite scrutiny over the country's human rights record. eddiejones has named his side to play ireland in their opening six nations match this weekend in dublin. and there's a first start in the competition in six years for manu tuilagi. he'll play at centre in the absence of ben te'o who's injured. elliot daly will start at fullback, with mike brown left out of the matchday squad entirely. he virus will be here with more in sports day at half past six. the government is under pressure over its readiness for brexit. today, the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, was forced to admit that if a deal with the eu is reached shortly before the deadline of march 29th, ministers might need to delay britain's departure, while it pushes the necessary legislation through the house of commons.
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and there's been a separate warning, that the uk would not be ready to leave the eu without a deal if talks with brussels fail — because the new laws needed won't be passed in time. here's our reality check correspondent, chris morris. leaving the eu with no deal is the default position on march 29, unless a deal can be approved in the next few weeks. the only other options are to extend article 50, by a bit more time, or to withdraw it or to together, meaning brexit would not happen. michy two months to go, how ready is the government? according to the institute, there is a significant risk that the laws that need to be in place would not be ready in time to cope the no—deal. so, they need to be in place. five
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big bills in parliament, on things like trade, agriculture and migration are given a red light, suggesting major challenges to get them past. the government's fragile majority makes things worse. another bill on health care is still flashing amber. 0nly bill on health care is still flashing amber. only about 100 of the 600 required for a no—deal brexit have been approved. an even bigger risk, the ift says, is that new processes, systems and staff have to be in place by the end of march to avoid disruption. in many cases they will not be ready. eight out of 11 broad policy areas, including borders, house and law and justice are given a red light, meaning that the government would be unable to avoid some major negative impact. all of this of course is the work of government, but the ift
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points out that business also needs to be ready. it would normally be given for years to prepare for huge changes like this. the government only started releasing technical notices in august 2018. businesses have also not been told what kind of tariff regime will operate after brexit. surveys suggest small businesses have not had the time or the wit to our resources to prepare properly for no—deal. the report also criticises the government for excessive secrecy, although there is a huge scale and complexity of the task. the government says it wants a deal and a transition period afterwards for at least 21 months. when all the rules and regulations would stay the same. if the withdrawal agreement is approved, the only regulation that would need to be passed before brexit day would bea to be passed before brexit day would be a deal turning that agreement
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into uk law. even time to do that is running short, but the department exiting the eu tells us that the government have conducted extensive planning for all brexit scenarios, and it will ensure that all the right laws are ready for the day that we leave. the eu believes the risk of the uk leaving without a brexit deal has increased in recent days. the european commission has published the last in its package of contingency measures. belgium is one of the countries that would be hardest their fishermen are especially worried, because more than half of their catch comes from british waters. adam fleming reports from the belgian coast. back to its home port in belgium after nine days at sea, sea currently shared among eu countries. the crew have been catching gurnard and cuttle fish off the coast of cornwall and east sussex, which means every single fish being unloaded now has been caught in british waters.
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proof of belgium's reliance on the uk's rich fishing grounds. if there's no deal, the eu has said things can stay broadly the same until the end of this year, if the uk promises the same, but no—one knows for sure and the owner has nowhere else to go. the boat is too small to go to deeper water and also to go north. so i really do not know what i am going to do. if a no—deal brexit means karel and his crew cannot fish, brussels has said it will provide some compensation. at the daily auction in 0stend, fish is bought and sold at the click of a button. the uncertainty is clear. if you are worried about a no—deal brexit — no deal — put your hands up. yeah, no deal. oh, wow, nearly everyone. they are worried about the rules for their boats using british ports
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and if no deal means extra paperwork. there's also a big question for the belgian government. if a belgian fisherman catches a fish in uk waters, is it belgian or british? if it is british, then in future it could be subject to more checks because it would count as an import from a non—eu country. the industry here says things would be clearer with the 21—month transition period that's in the brexit deal. there is not much you can do within the eu and certainly with what fisheries representatives know about this. i understand that prime minister may is opening up negotiations again. the eu there was already a response that there is not a lot of room for manoeuvring. how this is going to end up, we don't know, i don't know. 0n the belgian coast, if you pardon the pun, they feel they're caught in the middle. adam fleming, bbc news, 0stend. there have been warnings of empty
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shelves in supermarkets if britain leaves without a deal. so how would food imports be affected ? anna holligan reports now from the netherlands, which exports fruit and vegetables worth 1.2 billion euros to the uk every year. sunny southern spain, a sea of green houses, salad city keeping us applied to our supply with fresh produce. meets first team, they have been sending tomatoes to british supermarkets are more than 50 years. you can already smell how the tomatoes will be in your store. this is the start of a long journey for these cherry tomatoes. it is quite a big amount of tomatoes. and a third
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of them end up on our dining tables. it isa of them end up on our dining tables. it is a well oiled machine, but how this trade flow after brexit? the truth is that with no—deal, we will have more cost to our chain. that could be at least another 10% from extra staff to process customs forms, to potential tariffs. we cannot absorb any more change, so it will not make a profitable business for us, and we will have to decide to do something. this perishable product is all picked and packed within 24 hours. so, it is now 5pm on monday, and 20,000 kilos of tomatoes are now going on to the slurry, and the clock is now ticking, because the supermarkets wa nt ticking, because the supermarkets want them on the shelves by friday.
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—— right on this lorry. a 2000 kilometre journey lies ahead, he —— right on this lorry. a 2000 kilometrejourney lies ahead, he is heading for calais. before too long, heading for calais. before too long, he has hit the real wintry weather. their spanish hauling company does hundreds of hauling is a week to the uk. side we have not been prepared enough to handle all the paperwork. it could be delays. it could have a huge impact. 0ur lorry is now at the eurotunnel border crossing. it is having to stay the night. the spaces seem to be the brexit front line. we are ready. hard brexit, south brexit, we have been preparing this for to and brexit, we have been preparing this forto and a brexit, we have been preparing this for to and a half years. can you guarantee anyone else will be ready? no. on ourjourney stops at the supermarket distribution centre.
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gray the nature of our very efficient food supply chain, is there is very little surplus cost. indeed, the retailers here in the uk to absorb that our very limited. they will be passed onto consumers, quite quickly. the story of this cherry tomato shows just how reliant we are on the eu the fresh produce. and just how slick and operation it is to get it here. anna simpson, bbc news. retailers have warned that a no—deal brexit could result in empty shelves in stores and the possibility of higher food costs. earlier this week sainsbury‘s, asda and mcdonalds were among those who signed a letter from the british retail consortium, warning that stockpiling fresh food would be impossible. our business correspondent colletta smith is in a warehouse in trafford park in stretford in greater manchester. just tell us what the picture is
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there? high, it is notjust the food and drink industry that we have been hearing about. that had been impacted by events and planning amount possible brexit scenarios. i amount possible brexit scenarios. i am here in trafford park, and the company here, just click on this particular warehouse in november, and it was perfect timing, because this is the moment is that lots of different companies are suddenly asking for space, space to put things, just in case there are delays, just in case there are hold—ups. lots of companies now planning. graham is the man in charge here. hi, graham. it will look a bit different and a couple of weeks? it will look very different. they are already pretty much taken. and you have just bought all that shouting yesterday. we have got a confirmed booking for the space, so,
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yes. so you had a massive increase in the last few weeks?” yes. so you had a massive increase in the last few weeks? i would say at least one a day. these are serious inquiries. a couple came in this afternoon. within two weeks of each other, i had two mac e—mails,... each other, i had two mac e-mails,... i get a lot of companies have been thinking through, thinking what they should do, but something has changed in the last couple of weeks. yes, we have definitely seen a change from the vote from tentative to confirming space. things are definitely getting busy in here. danny has been working hard on the forklift all afternoon. it is here with me. it is notjust warehouses, lots of different issues and brexit planning. we are starting to see that our clients are starting to see that our clients are starting to get to the practicalities of it.
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their staff members need to know that where they are for technology, that where they are for technology, that the terminology of the eu is bad. there are a whole series of things. and it is a bit of the dam ata things. and it is a bit of the dam at a luxury, because actually, some mightjust struggle at a luxury, because actually, some might just struggle with at a luxury, because actually, some mightjust struggle with cash at a luxury, because actually, some might just struggle with cash flow, just having enough money to be able to buy an extra stop? absolutely. it isa to buy an extra stop? absolutely. it is a short—term answer for some, but it cost, and if you stockpile, therefore you have tied up a lot of costs, and for a lot of companies, they can't afford that cash flow. they need to find other alternatives to find their way around it. does it feel like companies are going to have to make a financial gamble? because actually losing a contract by not supplying could cost them more? yes, i think they are. they are trying to hedge a bit. maybe
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seeing a bit of stockpiling, but also doing some other things, as well. smaller things that mean they are not overcommitted in one area, but overall, they are hedging it, and managing as best they can. thanks forjoining as here in trafford park, where things will be getting fuller. there is warehouses going to look very different in a couple of weeks' time. many thanks for that from trafford park. the government is planning to introduce new powers to monitor young people suspected of carrying knives in england and wales. the proposed knife crime prevention 0rders would allow police to impose curfews, send those caught with knives to educational courses and in some cases restrict their social media use. our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani has this report. police rushing to a young man's aid. this was the scene in an ordinary north london street on tuesday. neither they nor paramedics could save 17—year—old nedim bilgin, stabbed to death in the street. his father said his wonderful son had gone out on his bike
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and never came home. the eighth killing so far this year in london. detectives are interviewing teenaged suspects. and now, ministers are asking parliament to create a new power to take more knives off the streets. the proposed knife crime prevention orders would target suspects bases solely on detectives' suspicions that they're involved in knife crime. courts will be able to ban suspects from social media, used to whip up gang tensions. they'll be able to impose curfews and bar meetings with other suspects. and the suspect could be forced to sit anti—knife—crime courses to change their behaviour. the home secretary, sajid javid, meeting police in south london last night, said he has listened to their concerns. i want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to stop some of this senseless violence that is taking place on our streets, traumatising so many communities, and ending too many young lives. and that means making sure, first of all, police have resources, and we're increasing that, making sure also they have the powers
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that they need, and this is a new power. this confrontation with a so—called zombie knife led to the attacker being jailed yesterday for 3.5 years, just one of the 40,000 knife crimes that led to a rise in violent crime last year. critics say that, if ministers really want to stop crimes like this, they need to go back to basics, and find the cash for more police on patrol. dominic casciani, bbc news. lorrainejones is a pastor and a director of dwaynamics, a scheme to help young people develop life skills through boxing, mentoring and employability workshops. lorraine's son dwayne simpson was fatally stabbed in brixton in 2014, at the age of 20. he had started a boxing club, and lorraine re—launched it to honour her son's memory, and to try to inspire youngsters who might otherwise become involved in gang culture. thank you for coming in and talking
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to us. just tell us first of all what you make of this new initiative from the home secretary. it is very disheartening. we have had so many meetings, with our mayor, with the council, and i know the government have been involved, and we have come up have been involved, and we have come up with a brilliant plan, they are now saying the public health approach, but yet, the resources to facilitate such a programme to help deal with the harsh situation we are in has not been on in terms of centres where we can work with our children, and support to the centres, like myself, that are working tirelessly. it seems to be a lot of concentrating on the police. the police are doing the best they
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can. they are overworked, and i readily report that the extension of their responsibility in monitoring social media, in terms of violent a cts social media, in terms of violent acts or things that may portray for them to carry out gang warfare. how we re them to carry out gang warfare. how were these police be able to monitor such, when they are just about managing the 999 calls. you mentioned that i am a community pastor, i am. mentioned that i am a community pastor, iam. i mentioned that i am a community pastor, i am. i am mentioned that i am a community pastor, iam. iam notjust mentioned that i am a community pastor, i am. i am notjust working with young people, i am working with pa rents with young people, i am working with parents and families. it is notjust youth violence, but it's violent crime altogether. it is absolutely terrible. and watch the government is saying is that the idea of these cu rfew is saying is that the idea of these curfew pier double bill to try and catch young people before they get into a path of violence? it is not about catching them before they get
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locked into a pattern of violence, it is about engaging with these children. we have got to remember that they are children. we have the education system that has been set up education system that has been set up to work with children from as young as five years old, so we have these establishments, but what is lacking, is the workers, the support workers, the workers that can intervene in dealing with the various challenges our children now have, as a result of poor social management, like i said, carol, there are hardly any community centres. 0ur parents, children are fairly safe in school, but when they come out, where are they going to? they are vulnerable, and it is not the police's job to catch them, it is ourjob to be able to engage with them ina is ourjob to be able to engage with them in a civilised and humane manner. you have obviously been through the dreadful experience of losing your own son. you are now
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working very closely with young people who are in danger of getting caught up in some of the violence that we have seen. do you think that the government needs to do more to tap into sorts of experiences, the sort of understanding which charities like yours have? do i think? i know. it is heartbreaking. sajid javid needs to really take some time out of parliament, out of these meetings. take a life to our leaf out of david coen's but, come and live with us in our estates. experience what we are experiencing! take some time to stay in the referral unit where the children are having to cope with the challenges there. have some time at king's couege there. have some time at king's college hospital, watch what they have to deal with at the trauma unit! i had to go through that, carol. dwayne was stabbed. he was on
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life support machine for a two match days. all i could do was kiss his four hard down my forehead and his feet. he was swollen beyond recognition, because he was stabbed through the heart. the government are through the heart. the government a re lost through the heart. the government are lost with the scale of urgency that we are living. lorraine, thank you so much forjoining us. and talking about this issue. thank you. highways england said that around 100 cars got stuck on a main route in and out of the county, the people start and abandoning their cars. this is the 839 in weybridge, and you can see the cars sliding in hazardous conditions. later services say they are dealing with multiple cores a cross say they are dealing with multiple cores across the county, and police say the snow is heading eastwards
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and is likely to cause significant disruption tonight. drivers are being urged to avoid all but absolutely essential travel. well, let's catch up with the prospects for the rest of the country, because we are seeing some pretty dreadful already down in cornwall. tell us how it is looking for the rest the evening. these were some of the words that we were looking at, with a 30 having a lot of problems. heavy snow shut other raids. the worst impacts so far today has actually been across cornwall, and as you can see, we have actually got this band of snow thatis have actually got this band of snow that is hedging in now, across not just south west england, but wales, but it is starting to make inroads across central and southern england. there is some rain mixed in, but as the amber weather warning stretching
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from hampshire to wales, and that is where we are expecting the worst of the conditions, with around 5—10 centimetres. it is coming down heavily, making it difficult to do anything about it, even gators can get stuck behind traffic. as the weather front moves eastwards, it will weaken, and that means the amount of snow that we see across south—east england becomes more variable. we might see something between 1—7 centimetres. seven centimetres could cause big trouble, but one wouldn't cause too much. elsewhere, we will see some further problems. transport as we go through this evening as we go... away from the snowy south, further northwards, we have got clear skies, and if you showers will start to come in to north—east england and across northern scotland. as you can imagine, temperatures dropping like a snow, and other widespread and sharp frost. there showers will add toa sharp frost. there showers will add to a ice of race, and for much of
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the uk, we are starting friday cold and frosty with a significant ice risk nationwide. through the rest of friday, the snow in the south will peter out, and it will tend to be bright, anyway. michael north—east england, greater chance of seeing some snow showers, could see some centimetres over the hills. another cold one, temperatures around three orfour mac degrees cold one, temperatures around three or four mac degrees than any of us. we continue to see wind is blowing. it is northern and eastern areas. inland, away from that, we are seeing some dry weather with sunshine. for the second half of the weekend, this is another weather system that we are keeping a close eye on. could yet see some snow, again. this time, northern ireland, scotla nd again. this time, northern ireland, scotland and northern england. in the short term, it is wales, and southern england, but we will see
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some further localised transport disruption due to heavy snow. growing pressure on social media companies to do more to protect young people from harmful images online. it comes after we told the story of 14—year—old molly russell, who took her own life after viewing posts on suicide and self—harm. and many teenagers and parents have been in touch with their own concerns — including libby. i don't think it made me do it. but i think it definitely accelerated the severity of it. we'll be asking whether molly russell's tragic story could prove to be a turning point. also tonight: dozens of vehicles trapped on a main road in cornwall as heavy snow begins sweeping into wales and southern england amid warnings
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of significant disruption overnight. around 4,500 people slept rough in england last year says the government — there's been a big rise in the capital. imported from the continent — we look at the impact on fresh fruit and vegetables if there's a no—deal brexit.


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