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theresa may urges the eu to evolve, not fall back on unworkable proposals for the irish border. speaking in belfast, the prime minister said the border issue has been a major stumbling block in the brexit negotiations. early in this process, both sides agreed a clear desire to find solutions to the unique circumstances in northern ireland through a close future relationship. we have now developed our proposals and put an approach on the table which does precisely that. it is now for the eu to respond. we'll have the latest from belfast and brussels. also on the programme: donald trump has invited vladimir putin to visit the us later this year — to the surprise of many in washington, including the director of national intelligence. the new health secretary matt hancock says he's heartbroken by low morale and horrified at the level of bullying reported among nhs staff.
the number of stalking offences trebles in four years in england and wales — while the rate of prosecutions falls. rory mcilroy climbs the leaderboard, as rather more british weather conditions move in at carnoustie. the whole secret of survival was never to stay still for more than 20 seconds. geoffrey wellum, the youngest spitifire pilot to fly in the battle of britain, has died at the age of 96. and coming up on bbc news, lewis hamilton, fresh with his new contract, is beaten into second place at first practice for the german grand prix. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
theresa may has said the european union must "evolve" its position on brexit rather than falling back on what she called the "unworkable" proposals of the past. making a speech in belfast, the prime minister said the government's white paper offered a "principled and practical" brexit, which would comprehensively address the uk's commitments to northern ireland. our political correspondent chris mason reports. selling her brexit vision over brea kfast. selling her brexit vision over breakfast. the prime minister, meeting young people at the crescent a rts meeting young people at the crescent arts centre in belfast this morning. from there to her next stop at the waterfront hall in the city, and a message for the eu. i have compromised, now it's your turn. the white paper represents a significant development of our position. it is a
coherent package. early in this process , coherent package. early in this process, both sides agreed a clear desire to find solutions to the unique circumstances in northern ireland. we have developed our proposals and put an approach on the table which does precisely that. it is now for the eu to respond, not simply to fall back on two previous positions which have already been proven unworkable. strong words, then, from theresa may, but what about reflections from others in northern ireland 7 about reflections from others in northern ireland? there is no good news in brexit. i am sure she will hear from businesses of the catastrophic inflation —— implications in terms of trade and business. i thought it was a very wide—ranging speech and the commitment of the union is to be welcomed, which she reiterated on a numberof welcomed, which she reiterated on a number of occasions that that was not to be a hard order in the island of ireland and also not within the uk. that was the strong message that
she kept repeating. and yes, visiting northern ireland matters because of that crucial sticking point of the border with the republic — how to keep it open in the long term after brexit. the uk and the eu cannot agree, and they need to if they are to sign a withdrawal agreement in the coming months. gathering in brussels today, europe ministers, meeting to talk about brexit, and they know how turbulent things have been at westminster. we are extremely aware of the current situation. nobody wa nts to of the current situation. nobody wants to punish the british government or the british people, not at all. but in the end, we are negotiating on the basis of the guidelines. now we know that there have been amendments to different provisions in britain, it makes it even harder for us to discuss with out
even harder for us to discuss with our british partner. but we really wa nt our british partner. but we really want to have an ambitious partnership with britain, provided out partnership with britain, provided our opinions are respected. and shortly, once the polishing is finished, we will hear from the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier. chris mason, bbc news. in a moment we'll hear from gavin lee in brussels, but first, chris page is in belfast. this has been such a difficult issue. has theresa may done enough today, do you think? well, she got a warm reception certainly from the invited guests who were listening to their speech here at the waterfront hall in belfast. the bigger question is how the speech will be received in brussels, mrs may putting the focus on the latest proposals in the government's white paper for a common rule book for goods and agricultural products, which she says would break the deadlock cos it would mean you would not need to check anything across that land
frontier. but the bigger diplomatic riddle is this issue of the backstop, an insurance policy, if you like, which would only kick in if the border issue can't be resolved through trade talks and would ensure that under any circumstances, there wouldn't be any need for new border controls on the land border on the island of ireland. the eu think that the backstop should mean that northern ireland would in effect mean in the customs union and large parts of the single market. theresa may has stated strongly once again that to her, that would be unacceptable because it would create a trade barrier between northern ireland and the rest of the uk. the eu have said that without an agreement on the backstop, there can't be a withdrawal agreement at all and therefore, there will be no transition period. in saying that the eu should not fall back on their previous positions and instead evolve their position, theresa may is, i think, in essence saying, we have adjusted our ideas. now it's up to you to do the same. thank you.
gavin lee, we are expecting to hear from michel barnier any minute? we are, which is the first full response we will get from the european union given that more than a week ago, theresa may set out in the white paper her government's is not brexit, saying, this is our position and saying that the eu needs to evolve. this is what they have been doing today. 27 european ministers in brussels have been analysing the brexit white paper, and it has been an extraordinary and pretty much unified silenced up until today, all saying that they will have a collective response to this white paper. i spoke to a few ministers as they came to examine the brexit papers. one of them, the french europe minister, said they are concerned about all the amendments that have been added to the white paper. there are so many more questions, including the german europe minister. i asked him what he thought of the white paper and he said he is nervous now. he said
there is little time between now and there is little time between now and the key october summit where both sides want some kind of agreement on the withdrawal paper. remember, 20% of the brexit withdrawal agreement is still to be complete. michel barnier is about to speak to give a sense of where the eu stands in the next few minutes. gavin lee, thank you. and chris page in belfast. donald trump has invited vladimir putin to visit the us this autumn — in a move which has taken many in washington by suprise. it follows the meeting between the two men in helsinki earlier in the week for which the us president has been heavily criticised. in a us television interview, president trump has rejected suggestions that he'd failed to stand up to russia. our correspondent chris buckler sent this report from washington. america's intelligence agencies have never wavered in their belief that the kremlin interfered in the 2016 presidential election and that, through cyber attacks and campaigns of disinformation, russia remains a threat to democracy in the us.
but donald trump's own view has been a little harder to pin down. he said he misspoke when he appeared to back vladimir putin's denials over the word of his own intelligence chiefs. but it is clear that he still wants a relationship with russia. getting along with president putin, getting along with russia, is a positive, not a negative. that being said, if that doesn't work out, i will be the worst enemy he's ever had. but his recent actions have unnerved donald trump's political friends and foes in washington. the resolution is agreed to. the senate unanimously passed a motion opposing president putin's proposal for russia to question us officials, after mr trump seemed to briefly consider it. yet, despite all the fallout from that controversial summit in helsinki, the white house press secretary revealed on twitter that president trump has already asked his national security adviser to invite president putin to washington, and those
discussions are ongoing. however, that came as something of a surprise to america's own director of national intelligence. we have some breaking news. the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. say that again? laughter. you... vladimir putin... did i hearyou...? yeah, yeah. 0k... that's gonna be special. laughter. questions remain about what donald trump and vladimir putin talked about in helsinki, particularly during their closed—door private meeting. and democrats say until they get clarity on that, there should be no further one—on—one sessions between the presidents, in washington or anywhere else. chris buckler, bbc news, washington.
steve rosenberg is in moscow. what is being said about very positive reaction to news of an invitation to the white house. in its news bulletin today, russian television said that in america, donald trump has been called all the names under the sun after the helsinki summit, from a wet noodle to putin's poodle, but by inviting the kremlin leader to washington, president trump was showing what he is made of. also today, a senior russian senator said the invitation was the result of the monstrous hysteria against donald trump in america. of course, moscow is delighted by this, because an invitation to the white house, a summit in washington, if it happens, would be a huge public relations victory for vladimir putin. remember, us intelligence agencies
have concluded that it was the russian state under putin which interfered in the 2016 elections. america's top intelligence official says that attempts to undermine american democracy are continuing, and yet vladimir putin could soon be on his way to america. donald trump likes to remind the american people that under his leadership, america is winning. but it seems that it is vladimir putin who of late is scoring victories. a successful world cup, a helsinki summit and potentially a washington summit, which would put the kremlin leader exactly where he wants to be, at the top table of geopolitics. steve rosenberg in moscow, thank you. the new health and social care secretary has said he's horrified at the level of bullying reported by nhs staff. matt hancock said it was heartbreaking to hear how undervalued many staff feel. he made the comments in his first speech since being appointed, and also announced the latest tranche of funding to try to transform technology in the nhs.
dominic hughes reports. and then you have to wash your hands. isee, ok. it's a clean start for the new health and social care secretary. for matt hancock, this is set to become a familiar ritual, meeting staff and getting an insight into the front line of the nhs. it is all part of his newjob and today he set out what his priorities in the role will be. more than £1180 million will be spent on technology to improve patient care and reduce medication mistakes. there will be a renewed emphasis on preventing ill health in the first place and a strong statement of support for the workforce, with mr hancock expressing horror at the level of bullying reported by staff. it's heartbreaking to see how undervalued you often feel. the sense of duty and public service that motivates you to go into health care is one of the things that makes the nhs the institution it is, andi
am determined the commitment you show to your patients is matched by the commitment we show to you. matt hancock looks like he's trying to reset relations with the nhs workforce after some difficult periods under his predecessor, jeremy hunt. while his words have been welcomed, health unions will want to see action, too. it is good having a new secretary of state who is willing to engage with the workforce, as well as he can match his words with the appropriate funding to sort out things that are causing the low morale he talks about, the lack of beds in the nhs, the years of low the years of below inflation pay increases. all that kind of thing is contributing to the morale and it needs to be dealt with. his words are very welcome and i hope he follows up with funding to sort things out. so far, so good for mr hancock, but despite a change at the top, the nhs still faces some familiar and tricky problems. the new health secretary will know he has one of the toughest jobs in government. dominic hughes, bbc news. theresa may has insisted that the chief whip, julian smith, made an "honest mistake" when he broke parliamentary
convention earlier this week. mr smith has apologised for telling the conservative party chairman, brandon lewis, to take part in a key brexit vote, despite a "pairing" agreement with a liberal democrat mp who was on maternity leave. mps have criticised the director of public prosecutions, alison saunders, for failings around the disclosure of evidence in criminal trials. a number of rape trials collapsed last year, after it emerged vital evidence hadn't been given to defence lawyers. the report says at least 8111 cases were stopped because of disclosure failures in the past year. our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports. last december, the rape case against liam allan collapsed. the last two years i've just spent worrying and not concentrating on anything, so it has ripped apart my normal personal life. text messages disclosed by the prosecution proved his alleged victim had pestered him for casual sex. it was the first of a series
of recent high profile disclosure failures. concerning reviews by the police and crown prosecution service, and a national disclosure improvement plan has now been followed by a damning report from thejustice committee. it criticises the director of public prosecutions, alison saunders, for failing to recognise the extent and seriousness of long—term disclosure failings. there is no doubt in some cases miscarriages of justice have occurred. people have gone to prison when they shouldn't have done. we were very alarmed the evidence we had from the outgoing dpp that suggested to us that the extent of the problem was not being fully picked up. there's nothing new about disclosure failings in the criminal courts. over the last six years, there have been six different reports and reviews by seniorjudges and others, highlighting the problem. but dealing with it hasn't been helped by the way the crown prosecution service has been monitoring the issue. today's report finds that cps data
may have underestimated the number of cases stopped with disclosure errors by around 90%. the report welcomes a national improvement plan announced injanuary, but says disclosure must be seen as a core justice duty and not an administrative add—on. criminal lawyers welcome this report. it is a serious comprehensive, searching piece of work. but for it to have meaning, for the momentum that has developed to be built upon, the government has to act. it has to deal with falling police numbers, the reducing cps budget and the crisis in legal aid. for the public to have confidence, the government needs to address those issues. alison saunders, who stepped down in october, says there is an unprecedented focus on finding solutions, and the cps will carefully consider the report. our top story this lunchtime.
theresa may says the eu must "evolve" its position on brexit rather than falling back on what she called "unworkable" proposals for the irish border. and coming up... now, that's what i call an anniversary! we listen back as the pop music compilation celebrates its 100th edition. coming up on bbc news, rory rolling to the top of the leaderboard. mcilroy is having a great second day at carnoustie at the open. a law outlawing stalking was introduced in 2012 after many years of campaigning. now, new figures show the number of recorded offences has trebled in the last four years in england and wales. last year, there were more than 10,000 offences. the home office says the increase
is due to the better recording of offences. but, as ali fortescue reports, the rate of prosecutions has plunged. it was just all—consuming, and it was, it was designed to destroy me. well done! you may not be able to see anna's scars, but being stalked has left a mark. the mum of fourfrom york left her ex—partner five years ago but soon after, the cycle of abuse began. it wasn'tjust, you know, texts and things like that. there was so many other aspects he was coming in on. you feel absolutely weak, torn, and... it mentally destroys you. you think, "i can't do this today". i remember the date vividly. it was the 10th of august... but of course, anna isn't alone. david runs a karaoke night in croydon and has been stalked for eight years by a customer he met once. he would do a lot of abuse on facebook, saying that i'm a paedophile, i'm a rapist. it's completely relentless.
it wears you down. it makes you upset. i mean, i've contemplated suicide in the past because of this guy. and these aren't isolated cases. the number of recorded stalking offences has trebled in england and wales in four years, from nearly 3,000 recorded offences to more than 10,000, the highest figure since a new stalking law was introduced in 2012. last summer, the police watchdog found that forces up and down the country weren't doing enough to tackle stalking, but police say the figures today show that they have upped their game and they are recording more crimes. i still think there's more to do. i think there is still under—reporting in relation to these crime types. that is why we are absolutely committed to making sure that the police service response in relation to what are difficult crimes to investigate is as good as it can be, working with other agencies such as the crown prosecution service. but whilst the recorded crimes are going up, the latest figures show that only one in four stalking offences where the victim wanted to press
charges resulted in the suspect actually being charged. that is the lowest rate of prosecution in four years. the cps says stalking is among the most challenging offences and they are determined to provide victims with the greatest possible protection. hearing for 20 years, you know, when murders are reviewed, the police would say, "we will learn these lessons and we will make the right changes". but i'm not seeing that with the leadership. it is a crime that has been called murder in slow motion. charities want the police to take stalking more seriously but for now, anna's life and so many others like hers remain on pause. ali fortescue, bbc news. at least 13 people have died after an amphibious "duck boat" carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in the us state of missouri. the vessel was carrying about 30 people when in capsized people when it capsized in table rock lake — a popular tourist attraction. divers have been searching for five people who are still missing. the prince of wales is giving an insight into his home life
this summer, in an exhibition to mark his 70th birthday. more than 100 items, including personal photographs, private paintings and soft furnishings, have been selected by prince charles to go on display at buckingham palace from tomorrow, as part of its summer opening to the public. now, those of us of a certain age remember buying the original now that's what i call music album — today, the 100th edition is released. 35 years ago, the opening track on that first compilation was phil collins, with you can't hurry love. since then, the albums have sold more than 120 million copies, and featured hits from bob marley to bob the builder. our entertainment correspondent colin paterson charts the history of the biggest—selling music compilation series in the world. now that's what i call music! 1983, and the compilation album changed for ever. no more dodgy cover versions of the latest hits.
on now, it was the real thing. 11 number ones from duran duran... nows came out at a rate of three a year, so 35 years later, here we are at now 100, and this is their london base. how many of you are there here? there's only eight of us. steve pritchard has been with now since now 20, and has a theory why it's survived. it's that strange mix of current music, because now was always about currency, and nostalgia, because mums and dads remember their first now and maybe want to buy it for the kids or for the family in the car. now 44, with number ones from steps... # tragedy! now 44 was the biggest selling now album ever. released in november 1999, people bought it for their millennium parties. robbie williams has made the most now appearances with 31, and now 48 even became a crucial plot point in peter kay's car share. # you can't hurry love... most music fans seem to remember their first now album.
this was mine, the originalfrom 1983. so i thought i would go out and about and hear people's memories. oh, this was literally the first one we got, on cassette. # karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon... karma chameleon, can't argue with that. too shy, kajagoogoo. slightly dodge. # too shy, shy, hush hush, eye to eye... every christmas, i get one. every birthday. who would give you it? grandma, or my dad. had grandma ever heard of anyone on it? definitely not. but my grandad liked the sugababes. # cos i know how i feel about you now... it would always be the best side of it as well. usually, the first disc was the best disc. # ooh, ijust wanted to get your name... liam payne appears on now 100 and thinks the series was ahead of its time. that was almost the world's first playlist a little bit, which is now the theme
of the industry for all the different platforms that you listen to music on. it's all about playlists, so they kind of kicked that off. and now believe they will survive because, with so much choice out there, many consumers actually like the simplicity of it all being done for them. # one kiss is all it takes... the next goal — to make it to now 200 in the year 2053. now, that's what i call a long way in the future. colin paterson, bbc news. wonderful, but making me feel a bit old! umbrellas and waterproofs have been the order of the day at carnoustie as the second round of golf‘s open gets under way. the fairways were bone—hard yesterday, so this downpour isn't expected to soften the ground that much. last night's leaderboa rd was dominated by americans and south africans. could the more typically british weather improve life for the europeans? katherine downes is at carnoustie for us. it's raining!
yes, as you can see, the rain blew into anchors overnight and over the course of the morning, it's sadder and —— a transformative effect on carnoustie. the green is coming back, signs of life creeping back into the scorched fairways and it has rejuvenated the competition, too. the greenkeepers' prayers have finally been answered. the rain may not make for the best day out golf watching, or even golf playing... but it's salvation for the parched course. and for the players, finally, there's some grip on the greens. for rory mcilroy, a chance to attack a course that is a bit more forgiving. yesterday, that would have been in a bunker. he has worked his way into a tie for the lead. and so, too, former champion zach johnson. in the pouring rain, maybe the shades made the difference. three birdies in four holes. and watch out for francesco molinari. .. the italian making a quiet move too.
commentator: look at that one! england's tommy fleetwood has been on the verge of a major win before. could this be his year at the open? while woods has won it three times, back from injury and as always, drawing a huge crowd, but it's dangerous to get too close to a misfiring tiger. luckily in this weather, umbrellas make effective protective shields. there are some benefits to a few hours of drizzle in the middle of the scottish summer. in the last few minutes, we have a new leader, 2015 open champion zach johnson going to six under par, overtaking england's tommy fleetwood and overnight leader kevin kisner who is out on the course at the moment, they are both at five under, rory mcilroy just one moment, they are both at five under, rory mcilroyjust one shot back on four under and the weather is
expected to change again, the rain moving away with better conditions coming out for the later starters, hoping to make it through the cut and into the weekend. thank you, katherine downes at carnoustie. the youngest spitfire pilot to fight in the battle of britain, geoffrey wellum, has died at the age of 96. squadron leader wellum wasjust 18 when hejoined the raf in august 1939. he went on to win the distinguished flying cross, and in 2002 published a best—selling memoir, first light, which was made into a film by the bbc. jon donnison looks back at his life. newsreel: the british met the challenge by throwing in everything they had. geoffrey wellum was still a teenager when he took to the skies in the summer of 1940. an historic three—dimensional battle took place. the battle of britain's youngest spitfire pilot once joked his life had already peaked. it could so easily have been cut short. the whole secret of survival was never to stay still, straight and level, for more than 20 seconds.
part of the prestigious 92 squadron, geoffrey wellum battled in terrifying dogfights in the skies above southern britain against wave after wave of german attacks. i can see it now, 150 plus, with the 109s escorting them above, like a lot of gnats on a summer evening. winston churchill famously called the british fighter pilots "the few". never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. how old are you exactly? almost 19. i said exactly. 18 years, nine months. jesus... in 2010, the bbc made a film about his life based on his book, first light. how do you start it again? the real geoffrey wellum was a modest man who said he was just doing his duty.
we were, after all, fully armed fighter pilots doing a job, which was... defending our country against the king's enemies. and with geoffrey wellum's passing, of the few, only a handful remain. we don't want medals. we don't even want to be thanked but it's nice to be remembered because if we are remembered, it covers the whole lot of us, those that survived and those that paid the extreme sacrifice. squadron leader geoffrey wellum, who's died aged 96. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. well, many of us will see some rain at some point today