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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 11pm: theresa may sets out her vision for what she calls a creative, ambitious partnership between britain and the eu after brexit. an 18—year—old man is charged with attempted murder after the bomb attack on a london underground train last week. the taxi app uber is to lose its licence to operate in london, putting thousands of drivers‘ jobs at risk. coming up on newsnight, we will hear from jacob rees—mogg on the prime minister's speech and we will be in berlin to look ahead to the german elections. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the prime minister has set out
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to inject fresh momentum into the brexit talks in a key speech in florence. theresa may said she wants the uk to be the eu's strongest friend and partner and called for a new style of agreement with the eu unlike that with any other country and a two—year transition deal after we officially leave in 2019. our first report tonight is from our political editor laura kuennsberg in florence. waiting, waiting and waiting. it's months since the prime minister gave anything away on brexit. and if you're in a hurry to disentangle completely, you might just have to wait some more. she came to florence to confirm that for as long as two years after we're technically out, not that much might change. a period of implementation would be in our mutual interest
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and that is why i'm proposing that there should be such a period after the uk leaves the eu. clearly people, businesses and public services should only have to plan for one set of changes in the relationship between the uk and the eu. so during the implementation period, access to one another‘s markets should continue on current terms. and during that time we'll keep paying billions into the eu budget, more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave. the uk will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership. for the three million or so europeans who live in the uk, there's a promise of extra legal protections. we want you to stay, we value you and we thank you for your contribution to our national life. and it has been and remains one of my first goals in this negotiation to ensure that you can carry on living your lives as before. but on the vital relationship between the eu and the uk after we leave, optimism but few
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more clues beyond ruling out copying someone else‘s deal. we can do so much better than this. let us not seek merely to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries, instead let us be creative as well as practical in designing an ambitious economic partnership which respects the freedoms and principles of the eu and the wishes of the british people. what do you say to voters at home who chose to leave who might be rather angry to hear that the immigration rules will be roughly the same for another few years, markets will be roughly the same for another few years? aren't they justified in being a bit cross about that? people voted to leave the eu and at the end of march 2019 we will leave the european union, but i think people also voted to ensure that that process of leaving could be orderly and smooth so that people had confidence in their future and businesses had confidence in theirfuture, too. but even though they trotted
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out to back this speech with full force today, getting her cabinet to agree this much has been a hefty task. good afternoon. foreign secretary, during the referendum you told voters they wouldn't have to pay any more money, immigration would be controlled immediately. everything's going to be the same for five years, you've been defeated, haven't you? no, no. as the prime minister rightly said, we are going to have a transition period and after that of course we're going to be taking back control of our borders, of our laws and of our destiny. and another, not exactly a subtle display, but the two sides at the same cabinet table have managed to find at least some common ground. i think this was an excellent speech by the prime minister. it's a decisive intervention that has given i think great clarity to business and to our eu partners. the crucial voices from the cabinet were with theresa may in florence to sketch out the plans, but different sympathies mean bigger decisions are not taken, but yet deferred.
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in this renaissance city, theresa may has made no new blinding discoveries, instead she's admitted for some years much will stay the same. she's inching towards some of the compromises that brexit could require. but can the speech make any difference, unstick the eu talks? the eu chief negotiator used 140 characters to say — thanks for the speech, but we shall see. protect our rights, theresa. number ten believes they're much closer to a deal that protects these protesting brits abroad and eu citizens at home, but theresa may's political opponents claim it's still tory accounts that are really being settled here. this whole speech seemed to me the product of the internal negotiations of the tory party rather than negotiations with the eu. she, after all, seemed to slap down both boris and david davis during the speech. nor has her offer pleased those who cheered for
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brexit loudest of all. i would say it's been a good day for the political classes, a good day for westminster and two fingers up to 17.4 million people who voted brexit. no ifs, no buts. and on the biggest question — how our histories will intertwine in the years and decades to come, relative silence, more doubts than clear answers. in a process so complex, so important, the prime minister seems to cast shadows wherever she stands. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, florence. eu leaders have welcomed the friendlier tone of theresa may's speech but have called for more detail. 0ur europe correspondent damian grammaticas reports from brussels. tonight a reminder — on brexit, the eu too has a position, and it's not shifting. not yet. translation: before negotiations can move forward, we need more clarity for eu citizens, the financial terms of exit and the issue of ireland. if these are not clarified,
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we can't move forward. theresa may's words mattered to millions today. mark cunningham was one hoping for clarity from the speech. british, he's lived in belgium for 20 years, had a family here, built a recruitment consultancy business. he's even considering taking irish or belgian citizenship, if that's the only way he can stay. will you take one of those options, irish or belgian? i think i would like to keep my british citizenship as long as i can, but things may change. it all depends on what the outcome is. the other audience listening intently, the eu's negotiators in the european commission. in a statement, michel barnier, the chief negotiator, welcomed what he called a more "constructive spirit from the uk", but said to overcome the blockages, he needs more detail, in particular on money. he's asking whether the uk will honour notjust some but all the financial commitments it's made.
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theresa may's speech implied the uk would pay around £18 billion during a two—year transition period, but the eu says there are other bills. 25 billion for the uk's share of eu projects already committed to. 8 billion towards pensions of eu staff, and more liabilities on top. as for the talk of a better, brighter future when the uk has a new trading relationship, that rang hollow to some who observe the eu closely. the words that were used were, we can't be ambitious creative, imaginative. we are asked to be creative in order to get something worse than what we have today. this can't be a good dealfor the eu. but can it work for ireland? the irish prime minister was addressing an audience close to the border today. here, too, people are yet to be reassured the uk is offering a workable solution. i would be concerned that the negotiations on brexit are being, if you like, managed or influenced, by the difficult relationships and different views within the tory party.
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and i think, from the point of view of the people i represent, and i think citizens across europe, we deserve better than that. so what matters now is what david davis and his team will put on the table when negotiations resume here again next week. but even if that's enough to unblock things, it could be dwarfed by the difficulties to come in negotiating both a transition and a future trade deal. the uber minicab service, which allows people to book and pay online, has lost its license to operate in london. transport for london questioned uber‘s approach to reporting criminal offences by its drivers and conducting background checks. our business editor simon jack has more. uber has revolutionised the taxi industry. you can hail a ride, track the car on its way to you and automatically pay, all from an app on your phone. thomas? yes. ok, thanks very much. 3.5 million passengers,
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and 40,000 drivers, use it to get around in london alone, but its future, and that of its drivers, was thrown into doubt today. iam worry... a lot of worry in me because it's my livelihood. i'm doing driving work for 15 years now. if uber, if they close uber down, i have no idea where i can go. london's transport chiefs said concerns over driver background checks and failures to report sexual harassment allegations meant it would be stripped of its licence, and city hall backed the move. tfl doesn't reach these decisions lightly, but they've got to act like a judge and look at the evidence and they've looked at the evidence and concluded that uber aren't playing by the rules. if users of uber and drivers are angry, they should be angry at uber. the company refutes these charges and says it will appeal. we're absolutely astounded and we're going to fight this to support those
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drivers that will be be put out of work by this decision and we believe that consumer choice is a fundamental positive thing that londoners should have. some passengers say the reason they use uber is cost, yes, but also safety. i use uberfor when i need to get home safely, on time, that kind of thing. it's quite nice to be able to know, that i know that i can track literally where they were. it's going to be a pain in the backside, then i would be taking these black taxis, and they're super expensive. thank you. thank you very much, cheers. now that process is really baked into the lives of millions of people and tens of thousands of drivers, but its staggering popularity has made it unpopular in other quarters. black cab drivers have been campaigning for this for years, and welcomed today's decision. what did you make of it? in my opinion, it's five years too late. they should never have been licenced in the first place. why not? we've got the finest taxi
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service in the world, they‘ re undercutting people and they can't compete with us on a level playing field. other cities are not affected by this ruling, but it will be closely watched by transport chiefs facing similar issues. uber is the poster child for using technology to disrupt traditional industries. it won't give up without a fight and the appeal could take many months. so don't delete the app just yet. an 18—year—old man has been charged with attempted murder, in connection with the london tube terror attack a week ago in which thirty people were injured. ahmed hassan appeared at westminster magistrates‘ court this afternoon. daniel sandford reports. the moments after a fireball swept through a london underground train at parsons green last friday, injuring 30 people. that bags on fire. the cause, a home—made bomb that failed to detonate properly, made from hundreds of grams of the unstable explosive tatp, it was packed with what was intended to be shrapnel, knives and screws. today, an 18—year—old, ahmed hassan,
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appeared in court charged with attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life. he's an orphaned asylum seeker from iraq, who arrived in britain in 2015. he was arrested in the departure area of dover port last saturday and there's been an extensive week—long police search at the house in sunbury—on—thames, on the outskirts of london, where he had lived with elderly foster pa rents. just before ahmed hassan was taken away to prison, the prosecutor, lee ingham, told the court that it was the crown's case that he intended to kill innocent people because of his warped political view. he will now remain in custody until he appears at the old bailey in three weeks‘ time. a man and a woman have appeared in court charged with murder after the discovery of a badly
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burned body in a garden in south west london. police have been so far unable to tell the age and sex of the dead person, although reports have named a french nanny who worked for the family. the bbc has learned the man in charge of the two g4s run immigration removal centres at gatwick airport has resigned with "immediate effect." ben saunders was director of brook house and tinsley house when an undercover bbc panorama investigation exposed brook house as a place where drug use and self harm were common and there was bullying and abuse by some staff. that‘s a summary of the news. now it‘s newsnight, with evan davis. for passengers waiting to leave the eu, we apologise that the planned 2019 brexit service has been delayed. britain will now depart europe in 2021. that‘s not a bad summary of theresa may‘s speech today. we are heading for a two—year
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transition on european terms. as for the long term big picture, it was a little short on detail. the uk and the eu, side by side, delivering prosperity and opportunity for all our people. we‘ll ask an irish mep and a british brexiteer over who should be more cheerful at the prime minister‘s words.


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