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the irish border still a block on the road to brexit, as the eu and the uk call on each other to change position. theresa may and michel barnier put the ball in each other‘s court to try to reach a deal. it is now for the eu to respond, not simply to fall back on to previous positions which have already proven unworkable. even if you want to reach a deal, it is also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including no deal. with both sides preparing for the worst case secnario of no deal, what hope of a breakthrough? also tonight: the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury, charlie rowley, leaves hospital. say that again? the reaction of the us head of intelligence when he's told president trump has invited president putin to washington. dawn sturgess, that's going to be special! the mother reunited
with her month old baby after it was stolen in a carjacking. the whole secret of survival was never to stay still for more than 20 seconds. the youngest pilot in the battle of britain has died aged 96. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: we'll have the latest from the 147th open at carnoustie, where tommy fleetwood managed to put himself into contention despite periods of heavy rain on the east coast of scotland. good evening and welcome to the bbc six o'clock news. it may only be 310 miles long but the border between northern ireland and ireland is still proving a major block on the road to brexit. speaking in belfast, the prime minister called on the eu
to evolve its position on the issue. the eu's chief negotiator responded that he's open to any solution that is legally workable. michel barnier also welcomed mrs may's brexit white paper — the one that triggered a slew of resignations in westminster, but questioned whether some of it could work in practice. our deputy political editor john pienaar has the latest. the protesters often turn out for theresa may, but the problems of brexit follow her every where. today she was in belfast with a plea and a promise. a promise there would be no ha rd promise. a promise there would be no hard irish border when the uk leaves. the white paper represents a significant development of our position. it is a coherent package. it is now for the eu to respond. not simply to fall back on to previous positions which have already proven
unworkable. as for the border, her plan sees goods moving freely between the uk and the eu, including ireland w no customs or other checks. so no special status for northern ireland. no undermining the union. the solution we have put forward is a workable solution which respects the vote of the british people, protects job, respects the vote of the british people, protectsjob, but also ensures that we don't see a hard border. in brussels the stage was set for an important moment. how would the british compromises go down? eu foreign ministers had met and set the tone. not convinced. at least not yet. i will remain an optimist. . but it is hard. we will work on the basis of our principles and see to what extent our british partner fully gets it, including the british poorment. then -- parliament. then it was the
negotiator terms. he was willing to talk. translation: there are several elements that open the way to a constructive discussion. but his doubt and questions piled up. how could britain trade with the single market without following the same rules. what about protecting consumers and the eu was ready to contemplate no agreement. even if you want to reach a deal, it is also oui’ you want to reach a deal, it is also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, our responsibility to be prepared forall scenarios, including no deal. the european council said we have to step up preparation at all levels, for all scenarios. this was no moment of break through. there will be some relief in government that the british plan was not dismissed. but now the going gets tough, brussels will want more concessions and there are some mps who are already plotting mutiny when
and if they are made. as things stand, seniorfigures and if they are made. as things stand, senior figures on all sides are telling me it is hard to see theresa may's blue print getting through parliament, as mps prepare for the summer break, brexit looks like a problem. if only all talks we re like a problem. if only all talks were so like a problem. if only all talks were so friendly. but nothing is easy now. not her party, not parliament, not brussels, not brexit. certainly not brexit. let's get more from our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, in brussels. what sense do you get there of how much of the talk is brinkmanship and how much realfear that there will be no deal? i think some of it is, this brinkmanship in any negotiations. but more is real concern that the negotiations could founder on the
issue of northern ireland and the border. michel barnier, his demeanour, he was looking determined, but very stressed. because he said that there has to be a solution on this issue to have a withdrawal agreement, or there is a chaotic brexit. he said he is prepared to address any plan that is put on the table. but i think crucially the eu also signalled that they are not changing their position and michel barnier in his response to that white paper, he welcomed it asa to that white paper, he welcomed it as a basis for talks, but he said how can the eu trust the uk to collect taxes and there not be fraud and many problems he sees with it. ministers from the eu 27 remaining countries here, they said talks are entering a critical moment and they're concerned at the risks of no—deal arising. they're concerned at the risks of no-deal arising. thank you. hot on the heels of his controversial talks in moscow
with the russian president, president trump has invited president putin for a summit at the whitehouse. the news has taken many by surprise in washington, not least the us head of intelligence who was told while he was being interviewed on stage at a security conference. from washington, gary o'donoghue reports. one week on and still we don't know what these two agreed to behind closed doors in their two—hour meeting. after that public appearance and donald trump seeming to side with russia over his own intelligence services, he has faced criticism. being forced to clear up and clay if i his support for his —— clarify his support for his own side. getting along with russia is a positive, not a negative. with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i'll be the worst enemy he has ever had. the worst he has ever had. we have some breaking news, the
white house has announced that vladimir putin is coming to the white house. now this. even catching the man who runs the entirety of us intelligence off balance. say that again. vladimir putin coming here did i hear you? again. vladimir putin coming here did i hearyou? nigh yeah. again. vladimir putin coming here did i hear you? nigh yeah. yeah. 0k! yeah. that's going to be special. on the face of it the invite to vladimir putin is baffling, why risk another potential humiliation on home soil weeks before key elections? the answer is that around seven out of ten republican voters believe the summit was a success and getting them out to vote in november will be crucial. but the president has faced scepticism on both sides over his strategy towards russia and some opponents have called it a betrayal. i found it shocking, to be
one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader that anyone has ever witnessed. it wasn'tjust foreign leader that anyone has ever witnessed. it wasn't just that it was a kind of surrender. it is that it is dangerous. the president stood there and did not defend our country. while the politicians get stuck in, the comedians can't resist it second meeting, because the first one went so well. it is like the exciting sequel — titanic two, here we two again. all coming to a screen near you soon. in the last half hour, the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury in wiltshire, charlie rowley, has been discharged from hospital. his partner dawn sturgess, who was also contaminated, died over a fortnight ago. duncan kennedy is outside salisbury district hospital where both were being treated. well this is yet another
extraordinary development in this story. it is only 20 days ago that charlie rowley was poisoned with a novichok nerve agent. but he has now been released and the hospital said tonight that he had been through an appalling experience. just a few hours ago, dawn sturgess‘s friends gathered in a park in salisbury to pay tribute to her. she too a victim of this novichok poisoning. pay tribute to her. she too a victim of this novichok poisoningm pay tribute to her. she too a victim of this novichok poisoning. it has been a life—changing three weeks for charlie rowley. contaminated by a nerve agent, but now well enough to leave hospital. early charlie rowley was discharged from hospital. he has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine. todayis most of us could never imagine. today is a welcome milestone in his recovery and we all wish him well as he continues to get better. the news of his release comes nearly two weeks after the death of his
partner, dawn sturgess, from novichok poisoning. today in a park in salisbury, a few of dawn's friends gathered in a tribute to the mother of three. she was a very nice friendly person. she looked out for people. she lent people money and helped them in any way she could. it isa helped them in any way she could. it is a shame to see her go. she was a caring person and liked being a mother of everyone. dawn and charlie came into contact with the novichok in amesbury. police released pictures of a park in salisbury where it is possible charlie or dawn picked up that bottle. the operation came as some reports suggested the police may have been close to identifying suspects in the case. four months after the skripals were contaminated, today charlie rowley
was able to leave hospital. one of four victims of a nerve agent now at the heart of a major police investigation. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at their school in northallerton in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences. thomas wyllie, on the left, was handed a 12—year custodial sentence while his co—defendant, alex bolland, was given ten years. the teenagers were inspired by the killings of 13 people at the columbine high school in america almost twenty years ago. let's talk to our correspondent phil connell who is outside leeds crown court. why did the judge decide to name? it is unusual when they're this young. during the course of the trial we have not been able to identify either of these two boys, but today after being challenged by the press, those reporting restrictions were lifted and they we re restrictions were lifted and they were named as thomas wyllie and alex bolland, thejudge were named as thomas wyllie and alex bolland, the judge telling the court
she believed it was in the public‘s interest. today we have heard how both became obsessed with the columbine shooting and planned a similar one columbine shooting and planned a similarone in columbine shooting and planned a similar one in north yorkshire. they gathered bomb—making equipment. as she sentenced them, the judge told the boys that their conspiracy to murder was not wishful thinking or fa ntasy. murder was not wishful thinking or fantasy. she said it was a real plot to massacre many people. she said that the attack intended to cause terror and her decision to name the boys would hopefully act as a deterrent to other young people. thank you. the new health and social care secretary matt hancock has said he will look again at the current key a&e target of seeing patients within 4 hours in hospital in england and whether it is realistic. matt hancock also said he wants to address how undervalued many nhs staff feel and boost morale. our health editor hugh pym has been to meet him. very nice to meet you.
demonstrating his bedside manner. the new health and social care secretary was out on the wards at the west suffolk hospital ahead of making his first big speech in the job. it makes it more human. he certainly has a lot to think about, and a lot of problems to face up to. first, nhs targets. they have been missed for some time in england. the main ones are for patients' waiting times in a&e and waits for routine surgery. nhs leaders have called for them to be changed, and matt hancock told me he would consider it. the nhs themselves have come forward and said, can we have a set of targets that are more clinically appropriate? i want to listen very carefully to the proposals they put forward. but the use of targets to measure performance is important, we've just got to make sure they're the right ones clinically. workforce is an area mr hancock says is a priority.
he says it is heartbreaking to see how undervalued nhs staff feel. you identify low morale has a problem, isn't that partly down to the government and nhs leaders? we need to be crystal clear about the value that we attach to people who give up their working lives to improve the lives and the health of others. health unions welcomed that pledge, while noting workforce shortages had to be tackled. it's about having the right number, the right level of skills and training and the tools to do the job, as well as a culture which is less topped down and less bullying, enabling people to work to the best of their ability. better use of technology is another of the secretary of state's aims. take the pa racetamols. he is a fan of gp at hand, an online video consultation service in london. he says he would like to see it rolled out around the country, but some doctors are concerned.
there is a risk with some of the new technology you can end up with certain groups, the worried well, those who are easily able to access smartphones and computers and so on, being given a better service at the expense of others. on the front line, patient numbers are rising, the workload is growing, but the new money promised by the prime minister won't kick in until next year. before then, matt hancock will have to face the familiar intense pressures which winter will bring to the nhs. hugh pym, bbc news, suffolk. our top story this evening. northern ireland remains a block on the road to brexit, as theresa may and michel barnier call on each other to change position in order to reach a deal. and coming up some of big names make their move in the rain here at carnoustie but the blue skies are back as we head into the weekend after the open. coming up on sportsday on bbc news.
red bull's max verstappen sets the surprise fastest time in second practise, ahead of this weekend's german grand prix. lewis hamilton was second quickest, with sebastian vettel in fourth. the youngest pilot in the battle of britain has died at the age of 96. geoffrey wellum joined the royal air force in the second world war when he was only 17. just over a year later he was engaged in a ferocious dogfight, in which he brought down at least three enemy aircraft, sustained damage to his own, and yet managed to escape. robert hall looks back at his life. newsreeel: the british led the challenge by throwing in everything they had. i can remember walking out with a parachute over my shoulder, helmet on, and looking at this elegant, relaxed fighter. the chap said to me, he said "go and fly it, but don't you dare break it." it was the start of a true partnership. afterjust a few months training, geoffrey wellum was in the cockpit of his first spitfire.
and by the summer of 1940, he was a veteran. day after day, he and his young friends scrambled to meet german attacks. the moment the telephone rang you were absolutely het up. that was a difficult time. once you were strapped in your aeroplane and airborne, then it was up to you. in later life, geoffrey's experiences were dramatised in the film first light. for much of the battle, british aircraft were heavily outnumbered. dog fights were chaotic and often short. a spitfire only carried enough ammunition for a few minutes of combat. i can remember the controller coming on and saying, "vector140, 150 plus, coming in over dungeness, 150 plus." my goodness, it looked it too. we went into it head on, like a lot of gnats on a summer evening.
the losses of pilots and aircraft were unrelenting. when i spoke to geoffrey earlier this year, he said survivors had to shut out their emotions. you just accepted it. it was a dangerous game, it was a dangerous war. if you lost a particularly close friend, yes, there was a little bit of, let's go out to the local pub, but you accepted it. you had to. geoffrey wellum eventually suffered an emotional and physical break down, and he left active service in 1943. but his memoirs ensure that we never forget that short period in our history. we were, after all, young fighter pilots doing a job. defending our country against the king's enemies. geoffrey wellum — who has died at the age of 96. a four week—old baby, who was taken during a carjacking
in birmingham, has been reunited with her mother in hospital. eliza o'neill was abandoned in her carseat by the carjackers at a health centre, three miles from where the incident took place. the baby's mother, who was forced out of the vehicle, was left with leg injuries. sima kotecha reports. it was yesterday claire o'neill pulled up outside her home in south birmingham, two men demanded her car keys, and then drove off in her vehicle, injuring her in the process. her four week old daughter eliza was still in the back. some of her neighbours saw it happen. you know we thought at the time, i thought a couple of kids were playing or fighting, but when the screaming continued i had to go out and find out. wish i didn't live in birmingham, it's disgusting what they've done. it's not the sort of thing you expect to happen. around 45 minutes later baby eliza was found
here at this health centre, just a few miles away. she was still in her car seat. police said she seemed blissfully unaware of the drama she had been involved. officers say they are looking for the men and the car, which is a grey audi. the intent and the greed around the people responsible for this was taken above a child's life, and ultimately, emotionally to anybody out there who has any information in relation to this crime, i want those people to come forward. today from hospital, claire o'neill said she was shaken, and that because the men ran over her as they made their escape, she's unable to hold her daughter properly. the child was missing for less than an hour. but for her, those 45 minutes are likely to have felt a lot longer. a motorcyclist who filmed himself
doing wheelies and travelling at 189 miles per hour has beenjailed for 21 months. when police raided adam campion's home they found hundreds of videos of motorcycles being ridden dangerously, including one where he's filming himself while driving one—handed. the 26—year—old pleaded guilty to five counts of dangerous driving. the slovakian cyclist peter sagan has won the latest stage in the 2018 tour de france. it's his third victory of the competition so far , after winning a sprint finish. meanwhile team sky rider geraint thomas has held on to the overall leader's yellowjersey. it's been a good day for british golfers on the second day of the the open at carnoustie. england's tommy fleetwood is currently fifth after shooting the best round of the championship so far. and northern ireland's rory mcilroy is just one shot behind him. ? both of them are very close to the joint tournament leaders — as our sports correspondent katherine downes reports. an early start and the rain arrive.
for the most dedicated spej afors 5°99y for the most dedicated spej afors soggy shoes and hours spent huddling under a brolly but brave the elms and the rewards were rich. at 7 pope 30 tommy fleetwood took to the course, and shot the best round of the open so far, he finished on five under. had some time on the range last night, and, came out today and hit it better put it in position all day, and holed a few putts, in tough conditions and 65, yeah, it is really good round of golf in the end. a round 20 minutes after he teed off rory mcilroy was under way and on the hunt. rory relirning the damp on the hunt. rory relirning the damp on the grass, while dodging the. dam in the grass, while dodging the. dam in the air. to go four under. —— the damp in the air. meanwhile... tiger was roaring though not necessarily
for the right reasons but he fought tough breaks to finish on level par. 2015 zachjohnson tough breaks to finish on level par. 2015 zach johnson sporting tough breaks to finish on level par. 2015 zachjohnson sporting shades in the rain had moved up to six under by the time he was home and dry in the clubhouse. kevin kisner, the overnight leader is the man they we re overnight leader is the man they were all chasing, but with the big names circling, was the pressure beginning to tell? the course may have softened slightly, the competition has not. that mistake cost kevin kisner his two shot lead. he finished on six under, tied for the clubhouse lead with zachjohnson to two americans with zachjohnson to two americans with their noses just out if front but there are 25 players all within five shots of the lead. it is very tight, at the top of the open leaderboard. time for a look at the weather. here's chris fawkes. this evening there will be more rain but the details quite difficult to
pin down. it is one of those tricky weather day, we have seen. so rain, not just weather day, we have seen. so rain, notjust in weather day, we have seen. so rain, not just in scotland weather day, we have seen. so rain, notjust in scotland and northern ireland but we have had rain to south—east england, two distinct weather systems on the radar, this one across kent and sussex is slowly losing its identity, we still have plenty of heavy rain working in across parts of the midlands, the rain will stop moving eastwards over the next hour or two and move southwards so we will get the main plume of rain working in somerset, dorset and hampshire, that is probably where we will see the wettest weather over the next few hours, the showers could be intense, bringing a risk of localised surface flooding. a lot of cloud overnight but the showers should tend to fizz out and we are left with dry conditions later in the night. a co mforta ble conditions later in the night. a comfortable night for sleeping but a warm one in the capital again with temperatures slowly drifting down 17. at the start of the weekend a
lot of cloud round, there will be showers left over across wales, england, maybe eastern england. the skies will be cloudy but some spells of sunshine. for scotland and northern ireland a lot of cloud here and that will probably thicken up to bring a bit of rain back into the hebrides and also eventually, the highlands. that is saturday done with, for sunday, we will see probably a bit more in the way of sunshine for england and wales but again it is across the north—west of the uk where we will see the breeziest condition, the cloudiest weather and the prospect of seeing more rain, mainly in the highlands, the western isles, maybe a bit also moving into northern ireland as times but for england and wales it turns war earthquake temperatures 29 or so through sunday, and that warming trend is set to continue, into the early part of the new week. temperatures in london, 32 degrees as we head into monday, the warmest areas early in the week are likely to hit around 33 degrees celsius. it
won't just be hot to hit around 33 degrees celsius. it won'tjust be hot it will be humid, so that is something to watch out for and he could see temperatures go higher than that, towards the end of the week, so we will keep you posted on that. for the time being we have rain o clearand on that. for the time being we have rain o clear and the weather gets drier as we head through the a reminder of our top story. the irish border remains a block on the road to brexit, as theresa may and michel barnier call on each other to change position in order to reach a deal. and the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury, charlie rowley, has left hospital. that's all from the bbc news at six. on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. the headlines. the eu's tuesday go sheer terror michel barnier says many questions remain about theresa may's vision for future links between the uk and brussels. 215—year—old boys who plotted to kill teachers and classmates at a school in north yorkshire, given custodial sentences of ten and 12 yea rs. custodial sentences of ten and 12 years. novel jock victor custodial sentences of ten and 12 years. noveljock victor met charlie rowley who was found in amesbury
earlier this month has been released from hospital. his partner died last week. donald trump has invited vladimir putin to visit the us later this year, to the surprise of many in washington. at least 17 people have died after an amphibious tourist duck boat sank in story whether in missouri. first a look at what is coming up this evening on bbc news. with the uk and the eu at odds over how to achieve not having a hard border in ireland, we will hear from the belfast chamber of commerce this evening. we will find out if compilation albums can survive digital streaming. and we would take a first look at tomorrow's papers with our reviewers. that's at half past ten