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this is bbc news. the headlines at five: talks continue in brussels with both sides warning they're unlikely to reach a post—brexit agreement by tomorrow's deadline. four royal navy patrol ships are being put on standby, to help protect britain's fishing waters, in the event of a no—deal brexit. world leaders are holding a virtual climate summit — addressing the summit, borisjohnson laid out his priorities in renewable energy. we are putting our foot to the accelerator, in a carbon friendly way of course, with a ten—point plan for a green industrial revolution. the us regulator authorises the pfizer biontech coronavirus vaccine — donald trump says it'll be rolled out immediately. in boxing, anthonyjoshua defends his ibf, wba,
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and wbo world heavyweight titles against kubrat pulev at wembley arena tonight. and coming up at 5.30 — with the promise of a covid—19 vaccine, global questions examines if it could really be the silver bullet to end the pandemic? good afternoon. with one day to go until the brexit talks deadline set by the uk and the european union, both sides are warning a deal is unlikely. it comes as the ministry of defence said that, as part of no—deal contingency planning, four royal navy boats are on standby to protect british fishing waters. our political correspondent helen catt reports.
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in brussels, negotiators are now back round the table once again, but not for much longer. tomorrow night remains the deadline for deciding if a trade deal can be agreed or not. overnight in kent, a test run. this concrete barrier was being laid along the motorway to deal with this, the potential for lorries to be delayed at the ports. there will be some checks at the border injanuary whether there is a trade deal or not, but other plans specifically for no—deal are more controversial. four royal navy ships are on standby to protect british fishing waters. the ministry of defence say it's part of extensive preparation for a range of scenarios, but it sends a not—so—subtle message that the uk is ready to go it alone. the scottish government has called the move gunboat diplomacy which will not be welcome in scottish waters, and others have also raised concerns. we need to be building alliances, not breaking them apart. the advent us administration is wanting to rekindle western resolve, reenergise an international
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alliance and take on our adversaries, like russia and china, and here we are actually arguing with a close military european ally. the eu has sent its own message in the final hours of the talks, with leaders rejecting boris johnson's attempts to meet them individually, a public show that they are sticking together as one. the uk has already left the eu. the next few hours will decide exactly what happens next. helen catt, bbc news. let's talk to lord bilimoria, president of the confederation of british industry, an independent life peer in the house of lords. good to speak to you again. thank you for being with us. in the light of the different announcements that we re of the different announcements that were made last week about trade involving northern ireland, will much change for british companies on the ist of january, even much change for british companies on the ist ofjanuary, even if much change for british companies on the ist of january, even if there much change for british companies on the ist ofjanuary, even if there is no deal? we are at a such a crucial
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point at the moment, in fact, just today the business europe, which is the organisation of all the equivalent of the cvi and confederation in each of the countries in europe come all of them have put out a message today, along with the cbi, saying this is an important weekend for european economies, many businesses and jobs depend on an eu uk agreement and we ask of both sides to collaborate in in the interest of many in tough negotiations, walking the way it might seem the only path but it is the wrong one. so this is a unified message from businesses across all 27 european countries in the eu and the united kingdom saying to both sides please do not walk away, please try and come to an agreement and an arrangement. there is no
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question about it, that on the ist of january come if question about it, that on the ist ofjanuary come if we do not question about it, that on the ist of january come if we do not have question about it, that on the ist ofjanuary come if we do not have a deal, the disruption caused will be far greater. there will be change regardless even if we do have a deal and businesses are doing their best in the government, michael gove himself chairs the brexit business task force every week and helping businesses to get ready for the 31st of december. that is all very well but if there is a deal, it will be so but if there is a deal, it will be so much easier and for the uk side, it will give a six—month period that much more flexibility for goods and stuff coming in and we hope that you will do the same thing. it is that sort of spirit of where there is a will there is a way of wanting a deal and we believe both sides when a deal. i was talking to tobias ellwood last night and he made his point about 90% we have an agreement, in light of what you said
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in the different concessions both sides made already this week, it is fairto sides made already this week, it is fair to say that they could both pack up shop tomorrow in brussels with all of those contingency plans in place and they could manage what will be a difficult process for a few weeks, and that will create the space which would allow them to carry on talking? the point you made is very important. look at the progress we have made. the internal market bill, the northern ireland protocol. which was such a big issue that was worried notjust protocol. which was such a big issue that was worried not just the protocol. which was such a big issue that was worried notjust the uk in the eu but the welcome even america looking on, and we have resolved that now. we have now come to the clauses that were controversial have now been removed. over 90% of goods now been removed. over 90% of goods now going from great britain into northern ireland there will be no checks come it will be absolutely easy. we have done that, that was such a difficult thing. why can't we did this last three things? the fishing? more than half of our fish are exported to the eu. we need us. i understand the importance of what
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you're saying. i am saying is there not an argument that we could both sides can walk away tomorrow? —— they need us and we need them. and because there will be disruption anyway, the disruption won't be that much worse. what will be the worst option is i they completely walk away and say we're not talking to each or they do a deal that in haste is not the best possible deal. each or they do a deal that in haste is not the best possible deallj don't think walking away saying we can talk, of course there is no deal we must continue to talk. we must get back to the table. no question about that. but imagine if we have to go to the beauty all roles. all this talk about australia. wto rules. —— go to wto rules what will have tariffs and duties in our exports from the european union having up to 40% duties. exports from the european union having up to 4096 duties. but nobody enforcing them. the former director general said because the judges enforcing them. the former director general said because thejudges have remained great there is no mechanism to enforce that. the wto roles are
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adhered to around the rules. we are adhered to around the rules. we are a country that is respected for obeying those sort of rules, and if we fall back to them we will have to adhere. jon allen has predicted our biggest supermarkets that the prices will go up. thank you so much for your time. we will talk again in the next few days. thank you very much. inafew next few days. thank you very much. in a few moments we are joining clive and viewers on the busy one for the latest news and latest international news. you're watching bbc news. —— on bbc one.
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good evening. a former conservative defence minister says the government's decision to put the royal navy on standby to protect british fishing waters in the event of a no—deal brexit is "undignified" and "irresponsible". tobias ellwood, who's now chair of the commons defence committee, was speaking ahead of tomorrow's deadline set by the uk and the european union to reach an agreement. both sides have warned a deal seems unlikely. our political correspondent iain watson has more. is this what no deal with the eu would look like?
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the ministry of defence has confirmed that four armed vessels will be ready to patrol uk waters if there's no agreement with brussels on fishing rights. the scottish government has denounced this as gunboat diplomacy, and they don't want the ships off their shores. some of boris johnson's own mps are also concerned about the signal this sends. we need to be building alliances, not breaking them apart. the advent us administration is wanting to rekindle western resolve, re—energise an international alliance to take on our adversaries such as russia and china, and here we are actually arguing with a close military european ally. the drumbeat to no deal continues to resound with, overnight, a practice run in kent in how to deal with traffic disruption. though even if a deal is reached, new customs checks at ports will still provide a challenge. and on the other side of the channel, to convey a sense of unity, eu leaders such as angela merkel have rebuffed borisjohnson‘s attempts to speak
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to them individually about how a deal could be unlocked. so, the mood around the talks, like the weather, is rather gloomy. in fact, the only thing that might be agreed this weekend between downing street and the eu is to halt the negotiations and move towards no deal. yet the fact that both sides have been very publicly highlighting the potential negative consequences of failing to reach a deal suggest that they could yet at the last minute pull back from the brink. but a former adviser to the brexit department thinks it will take a dramatic move to avoid no deal. we've got one day left. there are talks ongoing, but really we need a breakthrough at the political level, and i'm not hearing the messaging at the moment that would indicate that's going to happen. the uk's chief negotiator knows well enough that brexit deadlines come and go, but this weekend's talks in brussels could finally answer the question, deal or no deal. iain watson, bbc news. our europe correspondent
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kevin connelly is in brussels. the mood here certainly seems sombre over the possibility of a deal. how is it looking at there? generally speaking, in brussels they treat negotiating time as infinitely elastic, but of course it must ultimately come to an end. you get down to the wire, you can't keep stretching the wire. this does seem to be it, and the mood music is not great, talk of the royal navy and the channel, the eu talking about getting talks going again next year. the problem is that that's the sort of thing you do if you honestly think the talks are going to collapse. but it's also the sort of thing you do if you think there's a chance of success if you just keep pushing until the very last minute, and we don't really honestly know which of those two scenarios is playing out behind closed doors at the negotiations. at this stage, in any talks process, you're always waiting for the other side to blink, but the point is of course that we are running out of blinking time.
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kevin, thank you! kevin connolly there in brussels. world leaders have been urged to declare a climate emergency, after dire predictions of ‘catastrophic‘ global warming. the secretary general of the united nations has told a climate change virtual summit that ambitious targets are necessary to cut emissions. the uk has now announced an end to support for overseas fossil fuel projects. with more, here's our chief environment correspondent, justin rowlatt. it is my great pleasure to introduce one of the co—hosts of today's climate... there was none of the pomp and circumstances you would expect of a meeting of dozens of world leaders. this was an entirely virtual summit. mrjohnson opened in characteristic style. we're doing this not because we're hairwearing style. we're doing this not because we're hair wearing tree style. we're doing this not because we're hairwearing tree hugging mung bean munching ego freaks, though i
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have nothing against any of those categories... he described climate change is a greater threat than covid—i9 and said going green made economic as well as ecological sense. climate change is the biggest threat to humanity right now. only those countries promising substantial commitments to cut carbon got to speak. there were more than 70 of them, including china, the eu, india and japan. join the dots. it's happening. short films highlighted the risks our planet faces. let's be very clear about this. it is going to get much worse. even the pope made an appearance. so, why is nothing happening?m
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even the pope made an appearance. so, why is nothing happening? it was an uplifting spectacle, but there we re an uplifting spectacle, but there were some notable absentees. brazil, russia, saudi arabia and australia we re russia, saudi arabia and australia were among the nations which were not invited to address the conference. some of the world's most vulnerable countries said fighting climate change was a moral imperative. i would like to believe that the major emitters are not capable of what would in essence be close to climate genocide. i would like to believe that we are visible and indispensable for them. today's conference marks the start of a crucial year for global climate action. the uk will be hosting a climate conference in glasgow in november 2021. the hope is the entire world will raise its carbon cutting game by then. justin rowlatt, bbc news. the government's latest coronavirus
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figures show there were 21,502 new infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. that means the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week, is now 17,855. there were 1,497 people admitted to hospital on average every day in the week to friday, and 519 deaths were recorded of those who'd died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that means on average in the past week, 433 deaths were announced every day. in other coronavirus news. community testing programmes are to be rolled out across 67 councils currently under tier 3 restrictions in england. more than 1.6 million rapid turnaround tests will be provided in an effort to cut infection rates. pu bs, restau ra nts a nd cafes across much of central western scotland are reopening after three weeks. but venues in 11 council areas still have to close by 6pm and cannot sell alcohol, under scottish level three restrictions.
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wales's health minister, vaughan gething, has warned the country faces an incredibly serious situation as infections continue to rise. he says the government may have to rescind the policy allowing families to mix over christmas, though he's acknowledged such a move could affect public trust in government. and us regulators have approved the pfizer—biontech coronavirus vaccine for emergency use. president trump said the delivery of a safe and effective vaccine in nine months was a medical miracle. the first vaccine will be administered in less than 24 hours. the governors decide where the vaccines will go, in their state, and who will get them first. we want our senior citizens, health care workers and first responders to be first in line. this will quickly and dramatically reduce deaths and hospitalisations. india's prime minister, narendra modi, has assured angry farmers that reforrms to the agricultural sector will safeguard livelihoods. tens of thousands of farmers have
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been holding protests on the outskirts of the capital, new delhi, for the past two weeks, blocking roads and other key infrastructure. they fear the reforms will erode guaranteed prices for wheat and rice crops. in sport, in the premier league, aston villa have beaten wolves in their west midlands derby, with a late injury time penalty. joe lynskey has more. this is wolves' tribute to an absent striker. their fans raised £7,500 for a banner of rauljimenez. he's at home recovering from fractured skull. this west midlands derby was also still missing supporters. were villa's fans in, they'd have asked here for a penalty. no handball given against romain saiss. withoutjimenez, wolves are missing their top scorer. instead, an 18—year—old leads their line. fabio silva came this close to a first premier league goal. this match was drifting to a draw when it brought an unlikely climax. villa lost a key player
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when douglas luiz was sent off, but away from home, and with one man less, they still went forward. that contact onjohn mcginn would change where the points went. a penalty at the end, anwar el ghazi scored it. where the fans in, perhaps he'd need less encouragement to celebrate. for villa, a victory at the neighbours' has them moving up the table. that's it. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel and i'll be back with the late news atjust after five past ten. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. bye for now.
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hello. this is bbc news. welcome back. the united nations secretary—general, antonio guterres, has called on every country in the world to declare a state of climate emergency until carbon neutrality is reached. during the virtual climate summit, prime minister borisjohnson laid out priorities in renewable energy, including powering all homes with wind—power by 2030. the idea was that this would be a showcase for countries and also businesses actually in cities and regions who had something new to pound the table that were going to put for some new ambition, particularly looking at the next decade which is widely considered to be absolutely crucial if climate change is to be kept within safe limits and you're right, a certain number of leaders, most famously scott morrison of australia with the night a speaking slot because he didn't have anything ambitious to say. but looking at what has been
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said so far, you have to say that there really isn't a great deal of new that has been put on the table. colombia has made a promise to affect carbon emissions between 2010 in 2030, that is pretty new for that country. a number of other countries putting forward similar things, the uk's big new thing is to do with uk government support for oil and gas, some of that came out overnight and that will be ended at some point. the uk is the first major economy to do that but you have to say that there is a lot more words so far and new commitments on the table. scott morrison might feel a bit miffed if that was the criteria by which he was excluded. looking ahead, the really big event is the glasgow conference which the uk government will host next year. am i right in saying that we have kind of agreements that we will meet this ambition and do our best to meet
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this ambitious and arguably unavoidably necessary restriction on the number of degrees climate temperature can rise, but we don't know how we are going to achieve that very important goal? yes. if we go back to the paris summit which ended five years ago, that is really why this summit is happening today, the so—called perry verse eight. if we look at back at them and the pledge the country split on table for cutting the carbon emissions, they were not enough to achieve the temperature goals that they sign into that agreement. keeping global warming well below the two celsius and making attempts to hold it beyond 125. there are only a handful of countries that have really put for the pledges with plans that are compatible with their fair share of that target. the uk is one of them. so clearly something has to happen. the last few months actually quite a lot has happened, sojoe biden has
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been elected and he says he will rejoin the paris agreement and he wa nts rejoin the paris agreement and he wants the us to get on track to near zero by 2050. the eu is looking like it will go for that zero by 2050 as well. china said they will go for carbon neutrality by 2060. that massive commitment place a bit other from japan and korea change what you might call the promised landscape but it to actually change the action landscape at all and so really that is the big task over the next year, for the uk to work with his partners and see if they can get for countries, big emitters committing to tougher reductions over the next decade or so. let'a return now to the coronavirus pandemic — and its economic effects. it should be a bumper time of year for taxi cabs in the uk — but industry bodies say the sector is on the verge of collapse after business shrank
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to about a fifth of normal levels. the gmb union is calling on the chancellor to provide more help for self—employed drivers. our business correspondent katy austin has more. this is selfridge's on the right. i've started to do christmas light tours. this london cab driver is trying to salvage something from what she sees as her worst fear. pubs, restaurants, nightclubs all closed. festivals. even people going to work, we don't even have that as people working from home so that was bad as well. we only had supermarkets and hospitals to hang around to try to get work. we only had supermarkets and hospitals to hang around to try to get work. she has had a self employment grant but still had to take a job at a supermarket. we have the brand—new electric taxi which is costing me a lot of money. we got it during lockdown time having to work several days a week,
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in the supermarket and my taxi were, just to make ends meet. it's notjust cabbies in london suffering from a huge block in business, it is a national problem. here in reading, they've also had a tough time. normally at this time, it would be very busy with commuters in this year we won't have that. we will not have christmas eve, new year's eve. it's thought only around a fifth will have taken delivery jobs instead. taxi drivers in reading, we are going to have to change our cabs at some point. the national private hire and taxi association says last year more than half a million people were working in the industry across england, scotland and wales. of those, 90% were self—employed.
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it estimates the sector lost 85 million pounds a week during the first national lockdown. one industry group worries many drivers will be forced out for good, leaving vulnerable customers with fewer options. it really is such an important and integral part of infrastructure. without it, you will have ghost towns around the uk. taxi businesses as well as individual drivers are also suffering. this private hire firm a few miles from reading station is struggling. right now should be the busiest time of year, you know, evenings, really booked out with the parties, they are not going anywhere, to be honest. he says he couldn't get a cash grant for the business. to keep up the rent and the licensing fee, we did have to sell quite a few cars to make up the difference. a government spokesperson said a generous and wide—ranging package of support had been provided,
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including for the taxi sector. as it said as well as grants for the self—employed, there were loans, tax deferrals, and mortgage holidays. drivers like dale are trying to stay optimistic, hoping theirfortunes will turn around. katie aston, bbc news. time for a look at the weather with nick miller. hello, it's looking drier, clearer for a time overnight, with a touch of frost and a few fog patches around but there is another weather system coming in that is going to give us some rain for part two of the weekend tomorrow. and still through this evening and into tonight, north—east scotland holding on to some showery rain, whereas elsewhere, you can see the clearer weather for a time, allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing, but temperatures heading up in the west as the night goes on, some rain arriving in northern ireland, wales, and south—west england, and with that, there will be a freshening wind as well. all of that pushes its way north and east across the uk tomorrow so we'll all see some rain at some stage of the day. there will be a few heavier bursts around as well.
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northern ireland brightening up a bit in the afternoon but there will be further heavy showers to come here, and it will be a windier day across the uk. these are average speeds, gusts of up to around 40 mph, nearer 50 on some exposed coasts. still feeling quite chilly in parts of scotland and north—east england, whereas elsewhere it will be turning milder. that's it, bye—bye. breaking news. this is from the official residence of the president official residence of the president of france, a manual micron. the message is keep calm and carry on —— emmanuel macron on. i think it was in relationship to keep on the carry on, not carry on as an... the french message, keep calm and carry


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