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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. the big freeze continues. sub zero temperatures are predicted overnight and more disruption on the way. as commuters battled the roads, others beard that most of the day of school. the international trade secretary rejects labour's call to remain within a customs union as a ‘sell out‘ of britain's interests. ifa if a bbc survey finds... almost every criminal lawyer in england and wales has experienced failings in the disclosure of evidence in the past year alone — according to a bbc survey. borisjohnson says the government won't fund agencies that allow the exploitation of women in southern syria, after the bbc uncovers abuses in the region. in the next hour, the first five—hour ceasefire in syria ends in failure. russia ordered a pause in fighting in eastern ghouta but the un said continued airstrikes and shelling
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had stopped it from delivering aid to the area. and scientists warn king penguins are under threat as global warming impacts their habitats. good evening and welcome to bbc news. snow and freezing temperatures have caused major disruption across many parts of the uk today with forecasters warning that there is much worse to come this week. parts of south—east and north—east england, scotland and north wales are badly affected. police say driving conditions are ‘treacherous‘ in places. there has been disruption on many major roads with 20 accidents in a space ofjust three hours
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on lincolnshire's roads including a fatal crash which left three people dead. rail journeys have also been badly affected with southeastern cancelling more than 100 services between kent and london. services in east anglia and north of london have also been affected. more than 560 schools schools were shut across england, wales and scotland and forecasters say some rural communities may be cut off. the met office has issued amber warnings for tomorrow with the heaviest impact expected in north east england and eastern scotland, although yellow warnings are in place across much of the rest of the uk. in a moment we'll hear from danny savage in north yorkshire, but first here's robert hall in ashford in kent. the east coast had time to prepare, but the snowfall sweeping in from
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europe gave travellers a taste of what this week has in store. lincolnshire police dealt with 20 accidents in a three hour period, three people died in a collision on the a 15 year basten and a school bus veered off the road as well. in essex, a car bus veered off the road as well. in essex, a car passenger bus veered off the road as well. in essex, a car passengerfilmed bus veered off the road as well. in essex, a car passenger filmed i7 damaged or abandoned vehicles alongside the road near colchester. in cannes, where the county council had declared a snow emergency, they work flat out to cover as many rows as possible, but like traffic overnight meant salt could not do its work done by the time the morning commute began, accidents and ice had closed a series of routes. drivers posted video images of the m 20 were all traffic was brought to a halt north of maidstone. up to ten centimetres of snow fell across
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kent, surrey and east sussex where farmers help to keep minor roads open. more than 300 schools were closed. across the eastern counties, traffic crawled and travellers waited for news on cancelled rail services. 0perators had run empty trains to keep the tracks open but for a while the snow defeated them. temperatures are falling again, travelling will remain unpredictable and hazardous in the coming days. in the parts of northern england were heavy snow was forecast, some of the most difficult conditions were in teesside. traffic came toa conditions were in teesside. traffic came to a standstill on many roads through the morning rush hour and several schools were closed. there isa several schools were closed. there is a band stuck here, i have to go around them. 20 miles further south on one of the steep roads over the molars, negotiating sutton bank was like an uphill slalom. as the snow
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came down again, things got worse. what this illustrates is how little snow is needed to cause a problem, there is hardly any on the surface here but it is frozen and it is slippery and it has caused chaos on this road this morning. in the towns and cities on lower ground, snow was not such a problem but the freezing temperatures were. these homeless men in leeds have not got shelter, even in this weather. i should not be doing this but i have nowhere to go, nowhere to live nowhere to go.|j am out in the cold and no one tends to help you. people are skint. the last 2a hours of snowfall in northern england has been patchy, well rehearsed plans have been implemented to keep roads open as this late blast of winter continues. network rail has apologised to passengers tonight after it closed
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rail line in areas were heavy snow was forecast but did not arrived. 0ur transport correspondent reports. there has been widespread anger but from passengers who have the services cancelled only to see no snow. here in london bridge, trains we re snow. here in london bridge, trains were cancelled, more than 100 between london and kent. southern and gatwick express, they are operating a reduced service earlier and they have largely gone back to normal but it has been the east bank and that has borne the brunt of the disruption on the train network. great northern for example, greater anglia trains and sea to sea. but it comes to greater anglia trains they have lifted all restrictions on that line after the snow actually fell about 20 miles further south than was originally predicted. when it comes to tomorrow, scotland is likely to see the heaviest snowfall and that means that scotrail is
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advising passengers that they could be last—minute changes to their schedules. why are there all these cancellations? the track and signals operator network rail tries to operate on the basis that it wants to provide the safest and most reliable network for the trains that do run to run and that means that compacted snow can turn into a ice which can affect the points and stop them working. we can see freezing temperatures, we do not need any snow at all, that can make the rails freeze and it means that the signals do not change and there are all these problems despite efforts to try and counteract this. we are talking about your‘s busiest railway network so do expect more disruption tomorrow. lots more severe weather on the way. lets take a look at the forecast in more detail with bbc weather presenter nick miller. it is worth remembering this is a
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week of this and we are only a couple of days into this. the bitterly cold weather across the uk, not everybody has seen snow yet, big variety across the uk but where we have added it is causing disruption and make no mistake, there is more in the forecast. more to come and even to areas that have not seen much. i want to show you the main areas we are concerned about over the next 48 hours. the met office has an amber warning and force. parts of north—east england and into the east of scotland. between five and ten centimetres, thatis between five and ten centimetres, that is in the amber area. there will be considerably more than that in some sports, particularly in the hills. it is windy and there is drifting. there is concern about the central belt in scotland. some of the busier routes, with the prolonged nature of the snow, 48 hours, frequent and heavy snow
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showers coming in. that is the concern for wednesday thursday but we are also watching from the south, this cold weather coming from the east. this low pressure is quite some distance away, it has been named by the portuguese weather service as storm emma. there may be more talk about emma but look at the time thursday and into friday, it sta rts time thursday and into friday, it starts to push across the south and thursday we are concerned about southwest england and wales, with another amber warning, not just the snow, but also the strong winds and blizzards as well. going into friday, the south of england and wales and northern ireland as well. this is not the snow showers that some places have seen, this is more widespread and perhaps at times heavy snow that captures a lot of people rather than perhaps a few and then down the road you are clear. people rather than perhaps a few and then down the road you are cleanm is feeling cold pretty much everywhere a cross is feeling cold pretty much
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everywhere across the country, but until now some areas seem to have escaped the snow. that was part of the setup. we have been talking about it. the bitterly cold air from siberia, no one can escape the fact thatis siberia, no one can escape the fact that is right across the uk and tomorrow will be even colder. it will feel like in the wind chill into minus double figures, quite widely at various times in the day. it will feel bitterly cold. alongside that, there was the possibility of seeing snow. we have had snow showers and that is why it has been hit and miss. we have seen pictures where it has been hit and other areas will be wondering if they will get anything. there are more opportunities to get snow shifting across different parts of the uk as the week goes on. there is still a lot to come and the bitterly cold air hanging on for several more days. we will all need lots of layers. thank you for that.
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and you can keep up to date with the weather and travel situation in your area, by visiting the bbc news live page. that's at bbc dot c0 dot uk slash news. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are the former pensions minister, baroness ros altmann and laura hughes, political correspondent of financial times. the international trade secretary liam fox says any form of customs union with the eu after brexit would be a "complete sellout" for the uk. he said the uk should not let its future be determined by its past. but his former top official says leaving the customs union in the hope of getting better trade deals with other countries would be like "giving up a three—course mealfor the promise of a packet of crisps". here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. they are the cabinet's true believers. foreign secretary, does the uk need a very godmother? wishful thinking, say the critics,
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but senior ministers agree that all of britain, and northern ireland too, will stick together and win, despite all the obstacles and all the doubts. so today the international trade secretary said critics were wrong to say that britain should stay in a european customs union and give up the freedom to strike independent trade deals, notjust wrong... we would be in a worse position than we are today. it would be a complete sell—out of britain's national interest and a betrayal of the voters in the referendum. but even before that warning, the critics were joined by the former head of doc cox's own department, and free to speak out, he is not holding back. we have a very deep trade relationship in goods and services with europe, massively our most important market. we turn away from that, try and do more limited trade deals with much smaller markets, further away, with no service access, that is like giving up a three course meal for a packet of crisps.
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if we go to brussels and say, we want access to the single market, but we wanted on our terms, all of the benefits, and we will decide which obligations, no negotiator in the world can bring you that, you would need a fairy godmother. how would the trade secretary deal with that? is the greatest danger that brexit could lead to national self harm, or that there aren't enough true believers like you? we cannot afford to be bound by the practices of the past, we have to take opportunities available unfettered by those who would make the rules on our behalf. what we need is a hard—headed leader, not a fairy godmother. there is a barrier to brexit transition on the north — south border in ireland. dublin wants a british pledge, no border checks, even if it means a customs union. was borisjohnson a help today? no problem, he said, look at london's congestion charge. there is no border between camden and westminster, but when i was
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mayor of london, we and aesthetically and invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds on the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need for border checks whatever. .. you can't compare two boroughs of london with the kind of difference in the arrangements that would be in place between the uk and the eu. i think it is a relevant comparison. one thing brexiteer is our pledge of his belief, but today more doubts about whether brexit can work and hopes of a transition period. ministers, including theresa may, still setting out the path to brexit, but the journey is looking no easier, and so far a final route not much clearer. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the headlines on bbc news: forecasters warned that more sub—zero temperatures are on the way after snow causes widespread
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disruption across the uk. the international trade secretary liam fox rules out an eu customs union pose brexit. a bbc survey finds almost every criminal lawyer in england and wales has experienced failings in the disclosure of evidence in the past year. sport now...and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, wyn jones will wynjones will miss the rest of the 6 nations because of a hamstring injury. he came off the bench and was injured during the defeat to ireland. wales have chosen not to bring ina ireland. wales have chosen not to bring in a replacement. there he is. 0ut bring in a replacement. there he is. out of the 6 nations. his tournament is over. fa cup fifth round replays are likely to be done away with under plans being discussed for a winter break in football but we do have one tonight. premier league strugglers swansea are hoping to avoid an upset at home to sheffield wednesday of the championship.
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it's a second chance for swans boss carlos carvalhal to knock out his former club — this the best chance of the opening few minutes at the liberty. it is currently goalless. in the early stages. and these are live pictures from the liberty stadium . he is facing his former club. they drew the first game back in sheffield, swansea have not reached the quarterfinals of the fa cup in 54 years, will tonight be their night? you can watch the mtch now live over on bbc1 or on the bbc sport website. there are two matches in the scottish premiership, rangers can narrow the gap on celtic with a win at stjohnstone. rangers are two up at stjohnstone. rangers are two up at stjohnstone. rangers are two up at stjohnstone, the other game is
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1-1 at stjohnstone, the other game is 1—1 between hearts and, like. —— and kilmarnock. new england women's manager phil neville says some people would like to see him lose all three of his first matches in charge of the side. england begin their campaign in the ‘she believes‘ cup against france in ohio on thursday. they then face germany on sunday, and hosts unitede states next wednesday. neville's appointment was criticized by some who felt he had no experience of the women's game... i don't think they should be judged solely on this tournament. there are probably people out there who want me to lose all three games. ultimately, i have got a four—year contract and have the backing of sue campbell, and dan ashworth. they have invested a lot it in me and i see this as a long—term project. the next three games is where i see us against the best teams in the world plus france. wales mark williams has beaten england's mark king by four frames to two to move into the second round of the welsh 0pen. williams opened up a 3—nil lead and although king managed to rally, the two time world champion held
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on to reach the next round. williams is going for a third welsh open title but a lot of attention today concerned earlier comments made by williams criticizing fellow welsh player darren morgan. here's what williams said on twitter: williams thought morgan hit back calling william za baleta and a morgan hit back calling william zabaleta and a keyboard warrior. that another welshman — 16 year old jackson page — should have been given a wild card ahead of morgan. in the end page did compete due to another players withdrawal.. well earlier today the bbc wales ian hunt interviewed williams and morgan .. earlier today... clearly you feel that jackson page as a youngster should have been here in the first place. he was here in the end and we saw him through to the second round
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but you feel he should have gone in straightaway. he got in as a top up. joe swail had to pull out for personal reasons. he got in and it is what it is. darren has beaten jackson five times this season. the rules were there. we knew what they had to do from the outset. are you going to ask me any questions about the match today? 0r going to ask me any questions about the match today? or the tournament with the next match? the latest core between swansea and sheffield wednesday is still goalless. i will have more at 10:30 p:m.. thank you. meanwhile the first five hour ceasefire in the syrian enclave of eastern ghouta has ended in failure. the brief pause was ordered by syria's ally russia, which said it would be repeated daily to allow civilians to leave. an estimated 400—thousand people are trapped in eastern ghouta which is held by syrian rebels, and in the last week more than 560 people have been killed.
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sebastian usher is the middle east editor for bbc world service. he's here with me in the studio. yet another attempt at a ceasefire which seems to have made absolutely no difference on the ground. the only difference is that it gave a breather to people hiding in basements from the bombardment. they we re basements from the bombardment. they were able to get out, get to the shops, get some fresh air and look at the damage. as far as the ceasefire is concerned, its aim is supposedly to get some of the wounded civilians out, that did not happen. to get some aid in, that did not happen, but it was never going to happen, as the aid agencies said. it is impossible to have the security guarantees necessary that
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russia says it has opened. very soon after it started, both sides accused each other violations. people in eastern guta said that there were air strikes and we have seen those documented, several people were killed the syrian government said that the rebels had fired shells at the humanitarian corridor in order to stop people leaving. in those terms, it was a failure but it was never expected to be more than that. the russian said they would continue with this on a daily basis and i think we will see the same pattern hope and —— happen again tomorrow. there has been blamed and can't blame, a senior american general has accused the russians of acting as arsonist and firefighter in the jan —— in the country. it looks as though the bombardment is being carried out with the syrians presumably with the backing of their russian allies. very much so, as far as the rebels and the residents are
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concerned, it is russian planes in the sky. we cannot be entirely sure, thatis the sky. we cannot be entirely sure, that is what happened before in a lab willjust over one year ago when the syrian government with russian air strikes were able to drive them out. that was accomplished in this way. the basic thing is that a ceasefire as such, rabble prospective is a surrender. they do not see it as being something that will accomplish anything for them as things are at the moment. this is —— but they say they will agree to the terms of the ceasefire and allow people to come in and out, but essentially, the russians and the syrian government do not see any outside influence to stop them from ensuring that they have complete victory, finally, over this area that has been a huge thorn in the side of president assad on the outskirts of damascus. it is big, lots of towns and villages. the east
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of aleppo was massive, it was essentially the end of the rabble is really in syria, this is the end of the threat to president assad —— the end of the rebels. what we hear, to give another angle, is that the shelling from the rebels has continued and that people have been killed as we have been concentrating on those killed in eastern guta, there have been people killed there and who would accept this, these are terrorists. the real story is that only submission and surrender will satisfy the russians. a ceasefire of some kind will commence, but it will bea some kind will commence, but it will be a long and difficult process. thank you. —— solve some kind will come in. borisjohnson says the government will not fund any aid agency that allows the exploitation of women. it follows evidence given to the bbc that some women in the
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south of the country have been exploited by men delivering aid on the half of the united nations and international charities. 0ur correspondent reports. the international agencies do not have a presence on the ground. they get vitally needed aid in by using third parties. the problem with that is that the chain of command is looser. what has been happening is that the so—called local councils, some of the men there have been saying to women, if you want to move higher in the queue, come and see me tonight. if you want a second bag of grain, come and see me tonight or if you wa nt come and see me tonight or if you want a lift home, i will give you a lift home if you come and see me tonight. the extent of this is very ha rd to tonight. the extent of this is very hard tojudge but tonight. the extent of this is very hard to judge but some of the agencies say it has been widespread. it has been widespread enough for women to say that they are reluctant
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to go to these distribution centres, because if they do, there appears and family think that they probably had to offer their bodies to get aid. people who may have donated to these charities will be appalled. what are the charities doing and is there any way in which those responsible for carrying out these abuses will actually be brought to book? this is a conflict zone, it is ha rd to book? this is a conflict zone, it is hard to nail down the specifics and all the agencies and charities that we have spoken to, they say we deplore this, we have zero tolerance of exploitation and they say, none of exploitation and they say, none of the partners that we had been working with have presented any evidence of this and they are not aware of it. i have to say, from the united nations high commissionerfor refugees, there has been a robust push back, saying it is unrealistic and simplistic to assume that you
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can control what goes on in these films and they say the initial evidence was fragmented and unsubstantiated. that is not the view of other charities who say that this is substantiated. the bottom line is this, they are all saying we are going to improve our reporting procedures and training and improve the way this is checked. the problem is all the evidence is that it is still going on. james landale speaking to me earlier. police say a mother and her two teenage sons were among the victims of an explosion in leicester on sunday night that completely destroyed a supermarket and the flat above it. the remains of 5 people have been discovered in the rubble. the other two victims were believed to be working in the polish supermarket at the time of the blast. from there sima kotecha reports. mary ragoobar and her two teenage sons, sean and shane. on sunday night, they're believed to have been inside their home when the explosion happened. their flat and the polish shop below it were completely destroyed.
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police say they're missing, along with shane's girlfriend, 18—year—old leah beth reek, and 22—year—old viktorija ijevleva, who was working in the supermarket downstairs. today, the emergency services came to this conclusion. sadly, we've now come to a point where we acknowledge that we will not be finding anybody that's still alive. we've had search dogs here from the outset that would identify live casualties. we've got specialist listening equipment, we've got specialist cameras that we been using, and we've come to a point now where finding any survivors just won't happen. up close, the devastation is immense. some have compared it to looking like a war zone. the building collapsed from top to bottom in a matter of minutes. we've been told today that most of the rubble has been removed and examined. officers say that the investigation now is very much focused around what caused the fire and why.
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family members have told the bbc there exhausted with grief and still can't quite believe what happened. sima kotecha, bbc news, leicester. police investigating the deaths of at least three people in a fire at a house in county fermanagh have arrested a man on suspicion of murder. the 27—year—old was taken to hospital for treatment, after being detained at the scene of the blaze in derrylin. a local councillor says the victims were members of one family. apart from the disruption which we have been reporting on, the weather has offered the perfect opportunity for are weather watchers to capture the stormy conditions. apart from the disruption, the weather has offered the perfect opportunity for our bbc weather watchers to capture the snowy conditions. 0ne viewer snapped these incredible icicles at brae hill in cornwall. snow—topped roofs greeted
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terry in maidstone. and as temperatures plummeted, paul thomas captured this image of icicles in swansea. let us catch up with where it is going, where the severe weather will hit next. nothing more on the immediate horizon. as the wind picks up, the wind chill will become more significant over the next few days and further snow showers and disruption. the showers are filtering in from the east, it is so cold, all of this falling out of the sky is snow and capable of producing a few centimetres, particularly in parts of yorkshire and the east of scotland. sunspots will get as low as —7 and minus eight. that amber warning for the snow piling up, parts of north—east england, the east of scotland and the central belt, some nasty travelling conditions over the next couple of days as these warnings continue into
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thursday. scattered snow showers elsewhere, some in north—west england and into northern ireland, bitterly cold on wednesday, particularly when you factor in the wind, it is stronger, some spots particularly when you factor in the wind, i.!.ilz&tronger, some spots particularly when you factor in the wind, illigsitrongeiisdjé‘ga spots this is bbc news, our latest headlines. sub—zero temperatures are expected to hit much of the country tonight, bringing more disruption. today saw rail cancellations, treacherous roads and school closures across the uk. the international trade secretary has rejected labour's plan for a customs union — in a speech, liam fox said it would be a sell—out of britain's interests. a bbc survey finds almost every criminal lawyer in england and wales has experienced failings in the disclosure of evidence in the past year. the foreign secretary says the government won't fund agencies who allow women in syria to be abused by those delivering aid. the future of the irish border after
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brexit has been a key sticking point. borisjohnson has likened the challenge of avoiding a hard border in northern ireland to the boundaries between different boroughs of london. something which mishal husain put to the foreign secretary on bbc radio 4 this morning. we think we can have very efficient facilitations systems to make sure there's no need for a hard border and excessive checks between ireland and northern ireland. there's no border between islington. .. camden and westminster, but when i was mayor of london, we invisibly took hundreds of millions of pounds from the accounts of people travelling between those two boroughs without any need
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for border checks whatever. you can't compare to borrowers are blunders with the kind of differences in the arrangements that would be in place after brexit but in the uk and the eu. no, i think thatis in the uk and the eu. no, i think that is a very relevant comparison. mrjohnson's remarks have been widely ridiculed from all sides of the debate. bbc northern ireland's political editor has reaction from belfast. there has been predictably mixed response to borisjohnson ‘s comments. sinn fein has labelled his analogy frankly ridiculous and the nationalist sdlp, which was also strongly in favour of remaining in the eu, says he should visit the border to see for himself what things are like. he does have his supporters here, though, the dup have pointed out there are already different taxes and excise duties on other side of the border and
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pathology is used to monitor payments in that regard. downing street has said that the foreign secretary was not actually proposing a new technological fix secretary was not actually proposing a new technologicalfix but secretary was not actually proposing a new technological fix but instead was simply trying to illustrate how easy the movement of people would be over the border in comparison to the movement of people around the city of london. and maybe the reason they have said that is because the government actually released a position paper last august in which it appeared to rule out any new installation of cameras on the border, saying there would be no physical infrastructure and at the time officials said that would include the kind of cctv and numberplate recognition cameras which are so important for the congestion charge to be collected in london. joining me is the political editor of the irish times, pat leahy. thank you very much forjoining us. we had a little bit from maghadeven for the, tell us more about the reaction. —— from mark devonport.”
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suppose there have been two reactions to various comments emanating from the foreign secretary today. i think people didn't take his comments about the camden westminster border to seriously. 0ne mp in the irish parliament today described him as a complete buffoon. but the extent that anyone paid attention to it, i think that they said they view it as further evidence that this is not a terribly serious person, who is dating a very serious person, who is dating a very seriousjob at the serious person, who is dating a very serious job at the moment. and that is of concern to be put in ireland and to the government in dublin because the decisions that mr johnson makes, that he part that mikey pa rta kes johnson makes, that he part that mikey partakes in, will have a direct effect on both parts of ireland. i suppose people were a little bit more concerned about the fa ct little bit more concerned about the fact he is in such irresponsible and powerful position and was driven
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home by an mp later this evening, which seemed to suggest he was very much downplayed the priority that the british government should afford to the maintenance of an open border oran to the maintenance of an open border or an invisible border in the brexit talks. and i think people worry that someone like mrjohnson should be in such a powerful position. tell us a little bit more about what you're hearing about those leaks. what we hearing about those leaks. what we hear over here, i was just off the phone to someone in government buildings here, there is considerable concern about the views attributed to borisjohnson in a letter to theresa may and i suppose this comes against a background of the imminent publication of the eu's d raft the imminent publication of the eu's draft treaty, the withdrawal treaty
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between the uk and the eu which is likely to be published in brussels tomorrow morning and which has been widely leaked here. and that seems to express a pretty hardline in brussels, which also expresses the irish business and on the maintenance of an open border between the eu and the uk across the island of ireland, if and when there island of ireland, if and when there is no agreement on an exit deal between the eu and the uk. so i think there is some considerable trepidation that there will be difficulties in the british government at the publication of this and already we see some members of the dup coming out and saying this is nonsense. thank you for joining us. let's talk a bit more about these reports coming out that the foreign secretary tonight has
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been speaking in leaked letters about that order —— border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. iain watson is in westminster for us tonight. just fill us in first of all on what we know about what this letter is what says. as far as we are aware is leached dullard says. as far as we are aware is leached dulla rd leaked says. as far as we are aware is leached dullard leaked was from borisjohnson to dennis tueart ahead of the brexit subcommittee to discuss options for managing the border in ireland between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. as far as the spokesman for boris johnson is concerned, all he was doing was setting out technologically, for example, feasibly how the border might work after brexit. they say he was not suggesting they should be any kind of ha rd suggesting they should be any kind of hard border. the problem was, there was a phrase in the letter which said even if there is a hard border, 85% loss of goods still
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would not be checked. that is haps raising the possibility that he was contemplating a hard border against the state government policy. so downing street are making it clear the position of the government is unchanged, they will not contemplate a hard border on the island of ireland, nothing has changed because of boris johnson's ireland, nothing has changed because of borisjohnson's mate, nothing has changed in their position. his own spokesman has suggested that he was pointing at ways in which after brexit the border did not have to get in his words significantly harder. some of them were technological solutions, some of them goodbye to the comments he made this morning on the bbc when he suggested it might be as seamless as the congestion charge between london boroughs. some people saw that as perhaps trivialising the problem and certainly tonight, the shadow northern ireland secretary has said to the prime minister that she should consider boris johnson's
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position, and otherwise she should consider sacking him. position, and otherwise she should considersacking him. but position, and otherwise she should consider sacking him. but that —— but what he —— i'm hearing from downing street is that that is not what they intend to do. they do want to achieve an agreement, a final settle m e nt to achieve an agreement, a final settlement that does not impose infrastructure or anything that looks like a hard border between north and south. but isn't this a very sensitive issue indeed? it is a sensitive one but just very sensitive issue indeed? it is a sensitive one butjust because the dup are in coalition with the government, but because there is real concern on all sides of the border that they should not be a ha rd border that they should not be a hard border there. how serious could this be for borisjohnson? hard border there. how serious could this be for boris johnson? both he and downing street are talking the stone, but labour are trying to ratchet this up. —— talking this down. the prime minister has had to fight on two fronts. there is pressure from the irish government
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and from all parties in ireland that the border remains notjust frictionless but is no harder than it is now common goods can pass freely without customs checks, as would happen currently. in order to do that, there is a legal text which has been drawn up in brussels, which we will be seen tomorrow, there is a special cabinet to discuss that on thursday and they are suggesting that in the future as part of a future trade agreement, perhaps this issue could be solved but if not, in effect northern ireland aligns with the republic of ireland when it comes to rules and regulations on the singer market, which some in the dup, who are propping up theresa may's government, might see as in effect suggesting there role to be a border in the irish sea, something which they are completely against. so trying to keep both sides happy, both sides in ireland, never mind giving your own party happy, will be a major challenge for the prime minister. iain watson, many thanks. the scottish government has
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published its own version of the european union withdrawal bill, as part of a deepening row with westminster. the tensions are over who should take charge over powers in areas like agriculture and the environment, which return to the uk after brexit. the scottish and welsh governments have both introduced bills to prepare for the possibilty that they cannot reach agreement with the uk government. back to the big freeze. there has been major disruption to travel and schools today. more set to come. let's hear from our correspondents kim riley, who has spend the day at colchester rail station, and morag kinniburgh at a gritting station in edinburgh, where teams are preparing for tomorrow. about 1 about1 million about 1 million commuters about1 million commuters every year travel into london from this station, very much fewer today, i have to say, as network rail impose very tight restrictions on the number of trains that could run. it has made something of an apology
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this afternoon, saying it was expecting really large quantities of snow to fall, and much of that actually fell to the south, although we have had snow today quite a lot of flurries but nothing really serious. it says while conditions are expected to remain very cold, it's looking to run a full service tomorrow. that's network rail. the company has apologised to people who had difficult journeys company has apologised to people who had difficultjourneys this morning. 0bviously, they have thanked them for their patients. i've been here throughout the day. i think over two days, there have been about 300 services cancelled. a fair number this afternoon reinstated, including this afternoon reinstated, including this afternoon reinstated, including this afternoon many of the rural connections to places like norwich and ipswich. and talking about few places like felixstowe, lowestoft, great yarmouth, that sort of thing. the other predictions for tomorrow for this area are still pretty extreme, it is all really dependent on the weather. they are hoping to runa on the weather. they are hoping to run a much more normal service tomorrow, before getting back from
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london tonight quite smoothly, but it will depend on the weather and the big advice to everyone is, check before you travel. scotland's transport secretary has said this upgraded amber hill over many parts of scotland tomorrow and beyond could be extremely serious and pose a dangereven to could be extremely serious and pose a danger even to life and property. they have been shifting over 300 tonnes of great salt around this heiress of today and expect many more deliveries and snowploughs and greeters to keep the main roads open overnight and tomorrow. we are also expecting disruption across the trains and planes, possibly of the winds pick up, to the ferry services around scotland too. the message to people is to make sure if you're in an amberalert area people is to make sure if you're in an amber alert area you do not trouble tomorrow. so, how prepared are we when it comes to dealing with snow and how do we do compared to other countries? i'm joined by doctor barbara turnbull. she
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specialises in snow and avalanche is! thanks very much forjoining us. we have been hearing this evening about the extent of the disruption. is it just because about the extent of the disruption. is itjust because we are very bad are preparing for snow?|j is itjust because we are very bad are preparing for snow? i think that's a very negative way of looking at it. we are very hard on yourself. —— on ourselves. 0bviously we're going to have a different level of preparedness. we are having a little bit of difficulty with the line there. but essentially, as this is a rare occurrence, you—macro saying they're basically, it's quite understandable that we are all caught unawa res understandable that we are all caught unawares and things grind to a halt as soon as it snows? pretty much. the amount of investment it would take to ensure that everything
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ran very smoothly would be enormous. and even so, when we got to the point at which we need it, we would not be well practised. so if you're living in switzerland or canada, you're used to walking on slippery pavements every year, or many days of the year, whereas we are not well practised at it. it's just a different set of circumstances for us. doctor barbara turnbull, thank you very much forjoining us. apologies for the quality of the line there. university lecturers' employers and union leaders will hold further talks in a bid to resolve a dispute over pensions. universities uk says both sides in the ongoing strike by lecturers have agreed to involve the mediation service, acas. 0ur correspondent richard lister joins me with the latest. is this a sign that there could at least be the prospect of settlement of this dispute which has disrupted
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lectures and sessions for quite a few students? i suppose at least it means the talking is going to continue so i suppose anyone involved could say it's a good thing. the background to this is that more than 60 of britain's universities, that's about half, have been affected by this month—long series of strikes that began last week. lecturers and other members of the university and couege members of the university and college union say they are striking because the pension scheme that they are members of is about to be reformed and they say the reforms that are being proposed will cost the average college lecturer about 10,000 fansa the average college lecturer about 10,000 fans a year in retirement. the employer is‘ group universities uk say there has to be reforms because the pension scheme is about £6 billion in the red, and the reforms have to be presented to the pensions regulator by the end of june. so the two sides are really deadlocked but the mood music today is pretty good. the universities uk spokesman described the talks as
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positive with both sides showing a willingness to work together. the union said it was pleased the umpires had agreed to more talks and have been oppressed by the ideas put forward by many university vice chancellors. but it has rejected calls to stop the strikes while the talks continue so why so that means that for some students, they are still going to be disruption to their studies? yes, they are caught in the middle and while there seems to be something of a split among stu d e nts to be something of a split among students about support for the lecturers, many thousands have applied for refunds for the education they are missing. many thanks for bringing us up—to—date with the latest. the latest headlines on bbc news. more subzero temperatures are on the way after snow causes widespread disruption across the uk. international trade secretary of the fox rules out an eu customs union post—brexit. meanwhile, downing street says there will be no hard border on the island of ireland in response to reports of
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a leaked letter from the of ireland in response to reports of a leaked letterfrom the foreign secretary. more than 1000 defence lawyers in england and wales have reported failures in the disclosure of evidence by police and prosecutors in cases they were involved in. 97% of the solicitors and barristers who responded to a bbc survey said they'd experienced problems in the last year. the former director of public prosecutions, lord macdonald, has described the situation as a crisis in the criminaljustice system. clive coleman reports. you know, who could be dreaming up some sort of monstrous thing against me? william, a teacher for 40 years, has never been in trouble with the police. last year, he was accused of sexually assaulting a 17—year—old girl in a supermarket. he couldn't remember the incident, but was convinced the store's cctv would exonerate him. but in interview, the police told him the cctv was poor quality and too far away to identify him. my lawyer wrote to the crown prosecution service six times,
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and thank goodness we got it before the trial, because our entire defence was based on that cctv. contrary to what the police had said, william was clearly visible on the cctv. for legal reasons, the complainant is not shown. i never saw these two girls. i brushed past one of them, and that's what the cctv shows. based on the video, the court threw the case against william out. thames valley police told us its officers carried out a full investigation and followed standard procedures. now, 1300 criminal lawyers have provided a picture of widespread disclosure problems to the bbc. 97% had encountered disclosure failings in the last year. half of these were in the magistrates‘ court. and nearly a third believed it had resulted in a possible wrongful conviction or miscarriage ofjustice. the snapshot provided by this survey
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blows away the idea that disclosure problems are limited to a few high—profile cases in the crown court. it paints a picture of daily difficulties in magistrates‘ courts like these, where the overwhelming majority of criminal cases are tried. we're facing a crisis around disclosure. if courts are not able to trust that the disclosure process has been completed fairly and accurately, they are not going to have faith in prosecutions, and i think we'll see that reflected in verdicts. the crown prosecution service said the bbc survey was likely to provide a skewed view, with lawyers applying their own interpretation of what a disclosure failing was. but it accepted some improvements were needed. for william, it‘sjust a relief he finally got the evidence that proved his innocence. if people were at all doubtful of me, it could have destroyed my reputation with family and friends, and i‘m just very lucky that i have the kind
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of friends who believe in me. clive coleman, bbc news. german cities will be allowed to ban older diesel vehicles from some areas, following a landmark court ruling. the court said the cities of stuttgart and duesseldorf could legally ban particularly dirty diesel cars from zones worst affected by pollution. both the government and the car industry have opposed the move. diesel emissions containing nitrogen oxide have been linked with respiratory disease. 0ur correspondentjenny hill sent this update from hamburg. in a country where the car is king, this ruling is extremely controversial. it means that cities like hamburg can now press ahead with plans, which have been in the pipeline for some time, to stop diesel vehicles using certain city roads at certain times. it could lead to some cities banning them altogether, and that‘s causing huge controversy. the city of frankfurt, for example, says it‘s unenforceable, it doesn‘t want to put a diesel
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ban in place. it may yet be forced to if an environmental group, and there are such groups out there, comes along, takes it to court and says, "you‘re not doing enough to protect people in this city from air pollution." there are concerns from industry and trade, who say that local economies could be severely impacted by a ban on, effectively, commuters being able to move in and out in their cars. and that‘s before you take into account germany‘s mighty car industry, which employs 800,000 people every year. there‘s a lot of concern there about any kind of diesel ban. sales have been slumping ever since the vw emissions scandal broke. there are concerns that this is simply going to generate more negative publicity. but it‘s worth making a couple of points there. first of all, this applies to older diesel vehicles, it doesn‘t affect sales of current models. secondly, there are voices, even within the industry there, who say that germany was slow off the mark, but it‘s very important now that it starts to focus on newer, cleaner technologies, and those
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voices would wholeheartedly say that perhaps diesel has had its day. scientists are warning that global warming could have a devastating impact on king penguins. researchers say climate change is shifting the ocean currents the penguins depend on forfood. 70% of them may be forced to move from their current nesting sites or die. here‘s our science correspondentjonathan amos. splashing ashore after another successful outing to find food these are king penguins, one of the biggest of the 17 penguin species. the animals are currently doing well, but their notoriously fussy habits could soon get them into trouble, say scientists. the birds will only nest on smooth, sandy or pebble beaches, away from sea ice. that restricts king penguin colonies. at the moment, their nesting sites are limited to a specific
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series of islands that surround the antarctic. that‘s fine, for the moment, because these islands are close to nutrient—rich upswelling waters that support lots of fish and squid. the problem is that as the climate warms, these foraging waters are moving southward and away from current nesting sites. in a few decades, the penguins could have to swim too far to feed themselves and their chicks. french scientists are warning that unless the birds can adapt and find new homes, their numbers will see a dramatic fall by the century‘s end. jonathan amos, bbc news. joining me now from our cambridge studio is dr norman ratcliffe, a sea bird ecologist at the british antarctic survey. thanks very much indeed forjoining us thanks very much indeed forjoining us this evening. how serious is the plight of these penguins? at the
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moment, king penguins are increasing, so they‘ve had a fall due to overexploitation during the ceiling keira but they are increasing the moment but it doesn‘t mean they will always be safe. as we have seen from this study, as the polar front moves south due to climate change, some of the more northern colonies may no longer be suitable habitat for them. but other colonies by the south may become more suitable because the sea ice around them will start to melt and the polar front. to around them will start to melt and the polarfront. to get around them will start to melt and the polar front. to get closer to those islands. so for a gin and breeding conditions may improve at other sites while others are lost. is it possible for the king penguins to simply move to areas where they can to simply move to areas where they ca n a ccess to simply move to areas where they can access the food they need? the scientists who ran this study did look at the genetics of penguins across their range and they found there was no real genetic differences between birds for example from the indian ocean and the atlantic ocean. so this shows that even at the moment, the birds
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are exchanging amongst these colonies. so we would imagine that if things start to get much worse for them at certain colonies, the pressures for them to move would increase and they would do so quite readily. clearly the underlying issue here is global warming will stop beyond addressing that, other other solutions that can be found to make sure these colonies of king penguins can survive? there are limits to what we can do because there are very few islands for them to move to. we can‘t create them, they may be created by volcanic activity but others may be eroded by sea conditions and become unsuitable. so it‘s reallyjust a matter of trying to sort out global emissions, and trying to make sure all these islands stay as pristine as possible, avoid introducing predators that may make them more unsuitable still. dr ratcliffe, thank you very much forjoining us. now, let‘s go back to those
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all—important now, let‘s go back to those all—importa nt weather forecasts, a lot of very severe weather on the way. nothing warmer on the immediate horizon indeed as the wind picks up, the wind—chill will become more significant over the next couple of days and further snow showers and more disruption too. the showers are filtering in from the east, some drifting west across the uk. all of this in snow and capable of producing a few centimetres here and there, particularly in parts of yorkshire and eastern scotland. some spots will be as low as —7 —8, as we‘ve seen a recent nights. the met 0ffice amber warning for the snow piling up in parts of north—east england, eastern scotland, northern scotla nd england, eastern scotland, northern scotland and the central belt with some very nasty travelling conditions over the next couple days. this will continue into thursday. scattered snow showers elsewhere, some brushing parts of south west england, some in northern
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ireland. bitterly cold wednesday, particularly when you factor in the wind. it is stronger, some spots feeling like minus double figures. halaholo. this is 0utside source. it could be the red light for a diesel ca rs could be the red light for a diesel cars in germany. a court rules that cities can ban them to protect people from harmful emissions. saudi arabia sacks its top military commanders including the chief of staff as its intervention in the war in yemen enters its third year. fighting in craigavon means there is no ceasefire in syria —— eastern guta.
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