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tonight at ten. theresa may says there's a degree of confidence that trade talks with the eu can start by the end of the year. reporting back on last week's summit, the prime ministerfaced labour claims that her approach to brexit was chaotic and damaging. i believe that by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way, in a spirit of co—operation, we will deliver the best possible outcome that works for all our people. well, here we are again after another round of talks and we're still no clearer as to when negotiations on britain's future with our largest trading partner will actually begin. also today, the president of the european commission denies saying that mrs may had been despondent and begging for help last week. she didn't plead with you for help? no, that's not the style of british
prime ministers. we'll have the latest. as business leaders warn thatjobs and investment will be damaged unless a brexit transition is agreed urgently. also tonight. rbs could face further action over the way it mistreated some of its small business customers. the widow of an american soldier says president trump struggled to remember his name when he called to offer sympathy. it made me cry because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. he couldn't remember my husband's name. the un says the global community must pledge more money to help hundreds of thousands of rohingya refugees who've fled myanmar. and, the only painting by leonardo da vinci still in private hands will be sold next month. we take a closer look. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: everton are on the lookout for a new manager. ronald koeman has been sacked after two premier league wins from nine this season. good evening.
the prime minister has insisted there's a new momentum in the brexit negotiations, following last week's eu summit in brussels. theresa may was reporting back to mps and rejected labour's claim that the government's approach was chaotic and lacking clarity. mrs may's also been warned — by major business groups — thatjobs and investment in the uk will suffer, unless the government secures a brexit transition deal by the end of the year. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. remember this? smiles and kisses in brussels last week. theresa may, europe's top official, eu leaders, all keen to navigate brexit. but how to help mrs may get a deal she can sell at home, notjust a story
of a leader leaving europe's top table empty—handed? getting a deal done is an uphill climb but today, the man who runs things in brussels did his bit to help, even defending theresa may's dignity, and stamped on a german news report that she pleaded with european leaders to help her with brexit and see off her enemies at home. she was in good shape, she wasn't tired, she was fighting, as is her duty, so everything for me was ok. so she didn't plead with you for help? no, that isn't the style of british prime ministers. are you pleading for help from europe, prime minister? no, not pleading, apparently, holding out for talks on trade and the future without writing a big cheque up front. statement, the prime minister. she told mps the breakthrough could come soon if there is goodwill on both sides. if we are going to take a step forward together, it must be on the basis ofjoint effort and endeavour between the uk and the eu. but i believe that by approaching these negotiations
in a constructive way, in a spirit of friendship and cooperation, we can and will deliver the best possible outcome that works for all our people. the biggest battle the prime minister faces isn't so much with the 27 european states the chancellor so deftly described as "the enemy". it is her battle to bring together the warring factions of her own cabinet and party. and conservative differences were plain to see. will the prime minister agree to listen to british businesses, and would she even go so far today as finally to rule out no deal? will she stick to her guns, follow through and have confidence that, unfortunately, the only people undermining her from this side are people that are threatening to go into the lobbies with the labour party? today, the foreign secretary insisted he was toeing the line set by mrs may recently in florence, not setting down a harder line of his own.
have you been helping brexit or helping to weaken theresa may? the entire british cabinet is united around every dot, comma, syllable of the florence speech. we think it is an excellent text, an excellent basis on which to proceed and we hope our european friends and partners agree. next time theresa may reports back here on a big european summit, she clearly hopes and believes she will have a positive tale to tell. if she wants to ease the pressure, she will need one. missing last week's deadline for starting to talk about britain's future relationship with the eu you could call that excusable. missing the next deadline in december, that might start to look like a crisis. the team around theresa may, they believe european leaders want a deal and they hope they appreciate the prime minister's problems, managing parliament, managing her own party, to the extent of wanting to get on and talk about bread and butter issues like trade. but if and when
that happens, it will open up a whole new set of problems, the government is having to move step by short step along the long winding difficult path towards brexit. john, thank you. the financial conduct authority says that royal bank of scotland could face further action over the way it's treated some of its business customers. rbs has been accused of systematic, widespread mistreatment of small business customers who were placed within its global restructuring group as an apparent way of supporting them. rbs says its culture and structure have changed fundamentally, as our economics correspondent andy verity reports. andy gibbs is an entrepreneur who built a thriving creative hub in what used to be norfolk‘s red light district. like thousands of business owners, he was told by rbs natwest that its turnaround division, grg, was there to help him. this is what that help felt like. what i've always held onto is that i'm a good... i know what i'm doing.
after months of trying to meet bank demands for large fees and later a stake in his business, he was ruined. andy had lost not only his life's work but his marriage, his family home and his health. i'd had a breakdown. at one point, i'd lost 4.5“) in hospital. and i didn't actually know when i was going to get out of hospital. the report finds the bank for years engaged in widespread inappropriate treatment of its business customers, including failure to handle conflicts of interest, failure to ensure fair treatment of customers, failure to support small businesses in a manner consistent with good practice. while some failures were systematic, it found rbs didn't set out to force businesses into its restructuring group, and businesses transferred to the restructuring group already had signs of financial difficulty. it's taken them a long time,
and they still won't give us theirfull report, which i think we ought to, as parliament and the treasury committee, be able to see. because, of course, some damning conclusions, nine separate areas where they found major problems, and of course it's people's livelihoods, their businesses, the people they employ who've suffered from this. what's interesting about this summary of the report into mistreatment of business customers by rbs and natwest, which it owns, is not so much what's in the summary as what's left out. we've seen a copy of the full report, which says that management knew or should have known that this was an intentional and coordinated strategy, and that the mistreatment of business customers was a result of that. let's be very clear, we didn't handle customers in the way that we should have as an organisation. if it was intentional and coordinated and the management knew or should have known, aren't the customers and the general public entitled to know? the full report, actually, the summary is a fair reflection
of the full report and the fca... it doesn't say anything about intention. well, maybe that just shouldn't have shown up in the actual summary report. the report found, in dealing with small business customers going through a stressful situation, grg officials were often insensitive, dismissive and sometimes unduly aggressive. more than four years after the time in question, many customers are still waiting forjustice. andy verity, bbc news. the widow of an american soldier who was killed in action earlier this month in the african country of niger says president trump upset her during a phone call. myeshia johnson said the president couldn't remember her husband's name — something mr trump has forcefully denied. our north america editor jon sopel has the story. sergeant la david johnson was laid
to rest at the weekend but there's no resting in peace. instead, there is sound and fury. his widow has spoken for the first time about the now infamous call from president trump. the president said he knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways. and i was, it made me cry because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. he couldn't remember my husband's name. she also revealed the us military refused to let her see her husband's body. i don't know nothing. they won't show me a finger, a hand. i know my husband's body from head to toe and they won't let me see anything. i don't know what's in that box. it could be empty for all i know but i need, i need to see my husband. the phone call from donald trump came last week as the johnson family waited at miami airport to receive his body but after myeshia johnson's interview today, the president
tweeted within an hour to challenge her account. "i had a very respectful conversation with the widow of sergeant la david johnson and spoke his name from beginning without hesitation". but from a former defence secretary, a warning. the president diminishes the office of the presidency if he now goes into an attack on the congresswoman or on the widow and vice versa. it isjust, this is not good, particularly at a time when there are so many other issues. the white house had been hoping the focus relentlessly this week would be on tax reform and no other distractions. but the president felt he had to respond to the fallen soldier's widow. it seems this is a president who prefers a eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth than he does turning the other cheek. the president this evening has been presiding over a ceremony giving a vietnam war veteran his medal of honour, even though donald trump, like many other wealthy young men, managed to avoid the draft
himself. america's wars and how it treats its military families, a source of conflict then, a source of conflict today. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the united nations says the world community must pledge more money to help hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who've fled violence in myanmar and sought sanctuary in neighbouring bangladesh. there were around 300,000 refugees inside camps along the border before august. since then, another 600,000 have arrived. the number of refugees could soon reach one million, putting aid agencies and the bangladeshi authorities under immense strain. myanmar, formerly known as burma, has been accused of ethnic cleansing, amid fears that the refugees could spend decades in a state of uncertainty. from one of the camps in bangladesh,
clive myrie reports. for rohingya muslims who have escaped myanmar, neighbouring bangladesh is a land of second chances. these refugees, part of a huge influx we saw cross the border, are queueing for their first food supplies. with their pink ration cards, they are now dependent on the kindness of strangers. it can be a long, tiring wait in the clammy, humid air. best to do what you can to make things a little bearable. these rohingyas are the latest in a long line of victims of a sectarian and religious conflict that stretches back many decades. this is a crisis that's been going on a long, long time. you guys must be feeding people who have probably sort of been through this, crossed the border, many years ago. that's true. we've been feeding for 25 years. you can see it in the camps. at the bottom of the camp, there's refugees from 25 years ago. you move upwards, ten years ago.
one year ago, and now you can see who's arrived yesterday. these guys have arrived this week? it's incredible. for the refugees, this might be the land of second chances but it seemed one rohingya muslim's luck had run out. a few days ago we found abu in the arms of his big sister by the side of the road. limp and lifeless, acutely malnourished, we alerted unicef. after several days in the clinic, abu's back from the brink. salaam. you 0k? he was terribly sick, with fever and diarrhoea. it was a close call. so, the doctors say he was malnourished, still is malnourished but he is taking in food, which means that, hopefully, in a few days, maybe a couple of weeks, he should be eating normally. and, fingers crossed, gaining weight. but will abu and his big sister ever see the land of their birth again? just how long is this period
of exile for the hundreds of thousands here? the future of the refugees is being discussed at the highest levels between the bangladesh and myanmar governments. could the rohingyas one day return home and these camps close? well, no one's holding their breath. at the un general assembly, bangladesh's prime minister made it clear where she thinks the blame for the crisis lies. this forcibly displaced people of myanmar are fleeing an ethnic cleansing in their own country, where they have been living for centuries. it's a charge myanmar strongly denies, blaming rohingya insurgents for attacks on civilians. the funeral procession of rashida mohammed makes its way through a rohingya refugee camp. he was 75 and never saw muslim and buddhist
reconciled in his homeland. a younger generation may one day see this happen but, for now, many rohingya will live and die on foreign soil. clive myrie, bbc news, bangladesh. clean air campaigners have warned that new measures designed to improve air quality in london don't go far enough. from today, drivers of some older vehicles will have to pay an extra £10 to enter central areas of london. the toxicity charge, or t—charge, will apply mainly to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006. the mayor of london, sadiq khan, said the move would help tackle a "health crisis" in the city caused by poor quality air. 0ur transport correspondent richard westcott reports. london has some of the most polluted streets in europe. swimming in nitrogen dioxide and tiny particles, invisible, unless you use a special camera. it's a hidden killer.
pollution‘s linked to lung and heart disease with children the most vulnerable. what i am in favour of is encouraging people to change their behaviours so they stop driving in the most polluting vehicles for a start, moving to either public transport, walking or cycling or cleaner forms of cars and vans. from today, anyone crossing this line in an older vehicle is going to have to pay an extra £10 for the privilege. it looks like it's already affecting people's behaviour. so when they first talked about this scheme back in february they said around 10,000 vehicles a day would have to pay. a few months later, they're nowjust talking about 6,500 vehicles, so it suggests people are changing their cars and vans. it will affect many vehicles registered before 2006. if you include the congestion charge, midweek drivers could actually pay more than £21 a day. critics say it will put small businesses under pressure, like barry neil, who mends
computers, then couriers them around the city. more than 50% of our business goes in via small courier companies. t—charge means they're going to put their prices up, or effectively go out of business which means therefore we are going to have to use bigger companies, which raises our bottom line which means we have to pass it on to our clients, so we're going to be more expensive. 0thers worry the new charge penalises drivers with less money. it will be difficult for people with older vehicles that have to either get rid of them, buy a new one, or stump up and pay for it. it's going to put a lot of poor people, people that can't really afford it in the first place, what are they going to do? it's pretty difficult. it's notjust a london problem. many city leaders are looking at cutting pollution with plans announced next year. in glasgow, there's talk of a similar low emotion zone, of a similar low emission zone, although it's not clear if drivers there would pay. meanwhile, the london zone will be
extended in a few years with even tougher rules on who has to pay to come in. richard westcott, bbc news. a man from stirling accused of public indecency in dubai has had charges against him dropped after the ruler of the emirate city intervened in his case. 27—year—old jamie harron was sentenced to three months in jail for allegedly touching a man's hip in a bar. he was also accused of being drunk and making a rude gesture to the businessman who brought the complaint. mr harron is now free to return to the uk. police in warwickshire are continuing to question a man following an incident at a bowling alley in nuneaton yesterday in which two people were allegedly held hostage. armed officers stormed the building in bermuda park after the four—hour seige. no one was injured and police say the episode was not terror—related. a labour mp has resigned from a parliamentary committee on equality, following the re—emergence of offensive comments he posted about celebrities more than a decade ago, before he was elected. jared 0'mara, who defeated nick clegg to win sheffield hallam
injune this year, issued a statement apologising for the remarks, which he said were offensive and unacceptable. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is at westminster. he has been addressing his own collea g u es he has been addressing his own colleagues tonight i understand? ye addressed a meeting of the parliament three labour party, the first to address them tonight, the first to address them tonight, the first time he had addressed them because he's only been an mp for a couple of months, it was an emotional and heartfelt address, i'm told, in which he acknowledged as a young man, he was 21 when he made the remarks online, he was sexist and homophobic. but he says his views have changed since. there had been widespread condemnation of what he said back then, people had said within the party and beyond that it was vile and horrendous. but he says he has learned and plenty of mps he was addressing board the argument that he should be given a second chance. he was given a round of applause by his colleagues when he
finished. he's not being suspended asa finished. he's not being suspended as a labour finished. he's not being suspended asa labourmp. finished. he's not being suspended as a labour mp. 0ne telling remark tonight, with streeting, the labour mp who is gay, said the battle for equality was a battle for hearts and minds and it had to extend to giving people a second chance and allowing people a second chance and allowing people to change their views. thank you forjoining us. chris maize and at westminster. —— chris mason. the chinese communist party is concluding its national congress, the vast gathering of senior party officials which takes place every five years. president xijinping, entering his second term in office, has promised a stronger, richer china, under even more robust party control. but his first term included the restriction of important freedoms, including for those campaigning for women's rights. so how do those chinese people who argue for greater equality see their future? 0ur china editor carrie gracie met one woman whose story sheds light on china's development. in xi jinping's new era, people who think differently learn to hide. hi!
leilei is careful who she opens the door to. police harassment is a constant fear and she has been forced to move many times. hejust pulls her out of the door and he says, "if you don't do what i said, i will arrest you". she and her partner are targets because they belong to a women's group, a threat in the eyes of the one—party state. whatever i do, they will come to me. they will harass me. they will harass my landlords, because they are afraid. so how does the party see you? does it see you as trouble? definitely, they saw me, they see me as a rebel, maybe someone who will cause a lot of trouble, who doesn't stop,
who doesn't behave. and here's the rebel at work, campaigning against sexual harassment on public transport. in xijinping's china, enough to get some women detained. his preferred politics on display at the party congress in beijing, a men's club where conformity is the code and power is top—down, not bottom—up. the party says it encourages women but there's only one who stands alongside him, a first lady who once had her own career but now embodies traditional wifely virtues. for leilei, the pink hair and protest days are over. elsewhere, the world's becoming more aware of the scale of sexual harassment but here in china, it has been dismissed by some as a western problem. the communist party's new era gives
them nothing to cheer. before xi jinping, guangzhou was a magnet notjust for feminists but lawyers, labour activists and brave reporters. like so many of them, leilei now plans to leave china. it's really often for me to feel frustrated, maybe devastated. maybe sometimes i just thought that i could take a break but feminism is the cause of my life. i have to do this. the only safe place to raise their voice in public. but not to sing their own tune. their stark choice, leave china, shut up or go to jail. carrie gracie, bbc news, guangzhou. there are an estimated 70,000 internships provided by companies in the uk every year. for some young people,
they're a valuable first step to a future career. but others see them as exploitative and a barrier to social mobility. later this week, parliament will propose a ban on those unpaid internships which last four weeks or more. 0ur education editor bra nwen jeffreys has been investigating. racha finally has the job she wants, training at a tv production company. she's got a good degree and lots of skills but before she landed this job, racha spent a year doing unpaid internships. i had to work to support myself. i worked in retail, worked in a shop. i think at one point i had fourjobs on the go because a lot of them were zero—hour contracts and, yeah, i was still in a lucky position because i was living at home. how angry is your generation about this issue? we are really angry about it. i think the people that are experiencing it are really angry about this.
i think not a lot of people have realised how big an issue it has become. there's nothing new about unpaid work experience but what has changed is the sheer extent and scale of it. for some graduate professions, you are now expected to spend many months doing unpaid internships and, with most opportunities in big cities, that is locking some young people out of work. it is not hard to find ads online for internships. a tory peer is calling for a four—week limit on unpaid work. some we looked at offered only travel expenses. over a third of existing internships are unpaid. that is bad for the individual, bad for the business, bad for the economy and an incredible drag on social mobility in britain. it is estimated there are now around 70,000 internships each year. 82% require a degree.
creative, finance and charity sectors have a high concentration in london. so does the law need to change? he says not. matthew taylor lead a review of work for the government and argues it is about enforcement. if you have employers who are closing their eyes to the law, unpaid interns who are closing their eyes to the law, there is nobody then to alert the authorities and for them to intervene, so what we need here is employers to stop doing something that is not legal and we need individuals who are interns to claim their rights. university students study hard for their dream jobs. when they finally start work, they should be paid. ministers say they will come down hard on any abuse of the law. branwen jeffreys, bbc news. football, and everton have sacked their manager ronald koeman after yesterday's 5—2 home defeat by arsenal. koeman is the third premier league manager to be
sacked in as many months. everton a re currently third from the bottom of the premier league and have won just two of their nine league games this season. there are fewer than 20 surviving paintings by leonardo da vinci. most of them are held in some of the world's great museums. there isjust one, said to be by the renaissance master, which was discovered a few years ago and is in private hands. salvator mundi will be sold in new york next month. for three days, starting tomorrow, it will be on public display in london, before it crosses the atlantic. 0ur arts editor will gompertz has been to the christie's auction house to take a closer look. jesus as salvator mundi, or saviour of the world. right hand raised in benediction, the other holding an orb. it is said to have been painted by leonardo da vinci in the same period, around 1500, when he produced the mona lisa. an old master it might be, but it was only discovered
a few years ago, in 2005, lurking under layers of over—painting. some thought it was the find of the century. when it goes to auction in a couple of weeks' time, it might well end up being the sale of the century. so here it is, leonardo's salvator mundi, here at christie's in london to be seen by the public until thursday afternoon. it then goes to new york, where it will be sold on the 15th of november for goodness knows how much money, and then possibly, depending on who buys it, it will never be seen again. leonardo has global interest. everyone is fascinated with leonardo, and i think we could see it going almost anywhere. it could absolutely go to the middle east. it could go to asia, it could go to russia, it could go to european collectors, and certainly north america as well. let's talk about this particular painting and its authenticity. yes. because it's being sold in a contemporary art sale... yes. which begs thejoke, of course, that it was made in the last 30 years.
there are many copies of this painting, and i can assure you that we are doing a large catalogue. we are reproducing quite a few of them. believe me, you don't need to be the most subtle connoisseur to recognise immediately that they are not by leonardo. and this is. the technique he uses, which is really idiosyncratic, the complexity of the way the orb is painted, where every inclusion in this quartz crystal is individually painted, it's a crazy level of perfectionism that only a sort of obsessive scientist painter like leonardo would ever really do, and we find it in none of the copies. we'll see what kind of crazy level of money the painting goes for at next month's auction, where it is already guaranteed to be sold for at least $100 million — a record—breaking figure in the old master category. will gompertz, bbc news. newsnight is coming up on bbc two.