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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 onto previous positions, which have already been proven unworkable. even if you want to reach a deal, it is also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a no deal. with both sides preparing for the possibility of no deal, what hope of a breakthrough? also tonight... say that again! laughter the reaction of the us head of intelligence when he's told president trump has invited president putin to washington. that is going to be special! the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury, charlie rowley, is discharged form hospital. as pakistan prepares to go to the polls, claims the military
is trying to rig the election. the whole secret of survival was never to stay still for more than 20 seconds. and wise words froms the youngest pilot in the battle of britain, who has died, aged 96. later, we will have sportsday, with the latest reports, results, interviews and features from the bbc sports centre. good evening. 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 key sections of it. our deputy political editor, john pienaar, has the latest. the protesters often turn out for theresa may, but the problems of brexit follow her everywhere. today, she was in belfast, with a plea and a promise. a promise there'd be no hard irish border when the uk leaves, and a plea to the eu — she'd compromised on her brexit plan, now it was brussels‘s turn. 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 onto previous positions, which have already been proven unworkable. as for the border, her plan sees goods moving freely
between the uk and the eu, including ireland, with no customs or other checks. so, no special status for northern ireland, no undermining the union. the solution that we have put forward is a practical, workable solution to do that, which respects the vote of the british people, protects jobs, but also ensures that we don't see a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. 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 — wary, not convinced. at least, not yet. i will remain an optimist, but it's hard to be an optimist in these challenging times. we will work on the basis of our principles and see to what extent our british partner fully gets it, including the british parliament. then it was the negotiator‘s turn. he wasn't ready to buy britain's offer as it stood, but he was willing to talk. "there are several elements that
open the way to a constructive discussion," he said, but his doubts and questions piled up. how could britain trade with europe's single market without following the same rules? what about protecting eu consumers? and, in plain english, the eu was ready to contemplate the outcome many fear most — talks ending in no agreement. even if you want to reach a deal, it is also our responsibility to be prepared for all scenarios, including a no deal. as the european council said, we have to step up preparation at all levels, for all scenarios. this was no moment of breakthrough and it was never likely to be. there'll be some relief in government that the british plan wasn't dismissed out of hand, but now the going gets really tough. brussels will want more concessions, and there are some mps who are already plotting mutiny when — and if — those concessions are made. as things stand, senior figures
on all sides are telling me it's hard to see mrs may's blueprint getting through in the autumn. as mps prepare for their summer break, brexit looks like a crisis waiting to happen. it also ensures that there isn't a border effectively down the irish sea... if only all talks were as friendly as this, but nothing's easyjust now. not her party, not parliament, not brussels, not brexit. certainly not brexit. john pienaar, bbc news. let's get more from our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, in brussels. that was pretty gloomy. 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, fiona, ithink, fiona, there i think, fiona, there is an element of brinkmanship on both sides, but much more important than that, a real fear absolutely that this could lead to no deal and both sides seemingly getting more entrenched.
we saw michel barnier today, he seemed to me more angry, we saw michel barnier today, he seemed to me more angry, more frustrated, more determined than he has appeared before. why? well, he said there is 13 weeks to sort all this out. the key issue remaining is that border in northern ireland and it is that backstop, the insurance policy in case they cannot agree in the future trade deal how to avoid those border checks. both sides agreed back in december they would have won. today, mrs may stood in belfast and said, unacceptable, the eu's proposal. mr barnier said there has to be one and it has to be legally workable or there is no agreement and the uk crashes out. he is concerned about that, the eu 27 ministers are concerned, those here today. we heard from them, they said they are increasingly worried that there could be this know deal chaotic brexit and mr barnier turned to that white paper and he did poke holes in it. he said that he simply could not see, he had questions about how that was compatible with
the eu's single market. some real questions and real difficulties, i think, for the negotiations. from brussels, thank you. hot on the heels of his controversial talks in helsinki 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 men agreed to behind closed doors — in their two—hour meeting, with only translators present. but after that joint public appearance — and donald trump seeming to side with russia over his own intelligence services — he's faced a whirlwind of criticism, being forced to clear up and clarify his support for his own side. getting along with president putin, getting along with russia
is a positive, not a negative. now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, i'll be the worst enemy he's ever had. the worst he's ever had. we have some breaking news. the white house has announced on twitter that vladimir putin is coming to the white house in the fall. and now this, even catching the man who runs the entirety of us intelligence off—balance. 0k. yeah! laughter. that's gonna be special. laughter on the face of it, the invite to president putin is baffling. why risk another potential humiliation, on home soil, just weeks before key congressional 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 the november polls will be crucial. at the un today, the secretary of state was backing his president. i'm happy that the two leaders of two very important countries are continuing to meet. and if that meeting takes place in washington, i think it's all to the good. but not all republicans are happy. and as for the president's
opponents, they see his whole approach as a betrayal. i found it shocking. i found it to be one of the most disgraceful, remarkable moments of kowtowing to a foreign leader by an american president that anyone's ever witnessed. and it wasn't just that it was a kind of surrender, it's that it is dangerous. a president stood there and did not defend our country. and while the politicians get stuck in, comedians can't resist it either. second meeting?! second meeting, ‘cause the first one went so well! laughter. it's just like the exciting sequel coming out this summer — ‘titanic 2! here we go again'. laughter. after yet another turbulent week, it's off to his golf club for the president. in his wake, a political and diplomatic establishment reeling from uncertainty. gary o'donoghue, bbc news, washington. two 15—year—old boys who plotted to murder pupils and teachers at a school
in northallerton in north yorkshire have been given custodial sentences. thomas wyllie and alex bolland were inspired by the killings of 13 people at the columbine high school in america almost 20 years ago. fiona trott reports. thomas wyllie, described as being controlling and devious. his friend, alex bolland, said students needed killing. two children who wanted to carry out mass murder. they never gave evidence in court, so we will never fully understand why. for months, the teenagers collected items and they hit them away. the prosecution called them instruments foran prosecution called them instruments for an explosive device. among them, screws and petrol found in rucksack. police also recovered a series of social media messages between the teenagers. they talked about shooting up the school. most chilling of all was this. a know in the journal of wyllie. if this is found, it says, i have committed one
of the worst in british history pop. it was in this hideout where police found the evidence they needed. they soon realised what the children were potting. i wanted to re—enact the columbine school massacre in the united states. 13 people died. brush they wanted. it happened in 1999, before wyllie and bolland were born. wyllie will serve 12 years in detention, bolland will serve ten. a man arrested in westminster last year armed with several knives has been jailed for life. pictures from the time show khalid ali being detained by officers moments before attempting to launch a knife attack near downing street. he was convicted last month of terror offences, and will spend at least a0 years behind bars. the surviving victim of the novichok poisoning in amesbury, in wiltshire — charlie rowley — has been discharged from hospital. he's thought to have found the substance in a perfume bottle. his partner, dawn sturgess, who was also contaminated, died earlier this month.
our correspondent, duncan kennedy, is outside salisbury hospital, where they were treated. it's been a terrible ordeal for mr rowley. absolutely extraordinary all—round. charlie rowley spent 20 days in hospital here but he has now been released after what the hospital said was an appalling experience for him. he will now recover at an undisclosed location. meanwhile, earlier today, friends of dawn stu rg ess, earlier today, friends of dawn sturgess, charlie's partner who died asa sturgess, charlie's partner who died as a result of coming into contact with that novichok, gathered to remember her. it's been a life—changing three weeks for charlie rowley, poisoned by a nerve agent but now well enough to leave hospital. the hospital said he'd been decontaminated to ensure that the novichok could no longer affect him or anyone else. i'm pleased to confirm that, earlier today, charlie rowley
was discharged from hospital. charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine. today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery, and all of us at salisbury hospital wish him well as he continues to get better. nearly two weeks ago, dawn sturgess, charlie's partner, died after she received a high dose of the novichok. today, in a park in salisbury, a few of those who knew dawn gathered to remember her as a mother and a friend. she was a really nice, friendly person. she always looked out for people. she lent people money if they needed, she helped them out any way she could. it's a shame to see her go, really. she was a really caring person. she liked to be the mother of everyone, really. dawn and charlie came into contact with the novichok here at charlie's home in amesbury. the source of the poisonous liquid was a small, glass bottle found here. police have now released these pictures of the park in salisbury where it's possible charlie or dawn picked up that bottle.
the operation comes as some reports suggest officers are close to identifying suspects in the case. four months after yulia and sergei skripal were contaminated with novichok, along with a police officer, it's now charlie rowley who's able to leave hospital, to carry on his recovery alongside a huge, complicated police investigation. duncan kennedy, bbc news, in salisbury. the israeli military has launched a heavy bombardment against hamas targets in gaza in response to what it says was sniperfire aimed at israeli troops. an israeli soldier is reported to have died. health officials in gaza say four palestinians, including three members of hamas, have been killed. the new health and social care secretary says he will look again at the current key a&e target of seeing patients within four hours in hospital in england and at whether it is realistic. matt hancock also says he wants to address how undervalued many nhs
staff feel and boost their morale. 0ur health editor hugh pym has been with him to west suffolk hospital in bury st edmunds. very nice to meet you. i'm matt. demonstrating his bedside manner, the new health and social care secretary was out on the wards ahead of making his first big speech in the job. he's certainly got a lot to think about and a lot of problems to face up to. first, nhs targets — they've 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. he admits that many in the workforce are unhappy after recent disputes, and he's realised how undervalued they feel. you identify low morale as 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 health of others. health unions welcomed that pledge, whilst noting workforce shortages had to be tackled. it's about having the right numbers, the right level of skills and training and the tools to do the job, as well as a culture which is less top—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 paracetamol...
he's 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 that you could end up with certain groups, the worried well, these who are easily able to access smartphones, computers and so on, being given a better service at the expense of others. 0n the front line, patient numbers are rising and 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. more than 100 million pakistanis will head to the polls next week to choose their next leader. the former cricketer imran khan is running to become the country's next prime minister on an anti—corruption platform. but the build up to the election has been overshadowed by claims pakistan's powerful military is trying to propel him forward —— cracking down on his political rivals and on press freedom. mr khan's chief opponent, the former
prime minister nawaz sharif, was arrested last week — leaving his brother to run in his place. secunder kermani reports from lahore. they've come to see the man they hope will be the next prime minister. cricketer turned populist politician imran khan tells the crowd he'll create a new, corruption—free pakistan. cheering. but he's been forced to deny allegations elections are being fixed in favour of his pti party. what you are seeing is all these status—quo parties certainly saying that, you know, the election is not going to be free and fair. the reason is, all the opinion polls now show pti is going surging up, and so they already see the writing on the wall. the reason why they're going to lose is because of the track record. pakistan has been directly ruled by the military, rather than politicians,
for nearly half its existence. the country's now had ten years of civilian rule — one of the longest periods in its history — but there's growing concern that behind the scenes, the pakistani military is still pulling the strings and is trying to manipulate the results of this election. former prime minister nawaz sharif, imran khan's main rival, was sentenced to ten years in jail earlier this month by an anti—corruption court. he couldn't prove where the money came from to buy these central london flats. many believe he was once corrupt, but is only being punished now because he clashed with the army when in power. ijoined sharif as he flew back to pakistan last week. he was damning about the build—up to the elections. 0ur party workers are being arrested by the thousands. and, er... the loyalties of our party men
were forcibly changed. and they were asked to leave our party and join mr imran khan's party. this amounts to a massive pre—poll rigging. minutes later, he was arrested. both khan and the military dismiss his claims. but many pakistani journalists say the military isn't allowing them to air sharif‘s side of the story. if you have soundbites expressing people's anger and frustration, your soundbites often don't make it to the screen. i honestly have not seen anything like this in myjournalistic career. even under military dictatorship? even under military dictatorship, no. nawaz sharif‘s party is being led by his brother, in his absence. they still have sizeable support, but whoever wins this election, many fear more political instability awaits. secunder kermani, bbc news, lahore.
golf, and on the second day of the open at carnoustie england's tommy fleetwood shot the best round of the tournament so far. he finished third — just one shot off the lead. northern ireland's rory mcilroy is also in a good position to challenge for the title. 0ur sports corrspondent katherine downes reports. an early start this morning and the rain had arrived. for the most dedicated spectators, soggy shoes and hours spent huddling under a brolly. but brave the early elements, and the rewards were rich. at 7:30am, england's tommy fleetwood talk 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 just hit it a lot better, basically. put it in position all day, and holed a few putts in tough conditions. and 65, yeah, it's a really good round of golf in the end. around 20 minutes after fleetwood
teed off, rory mcilroy was under way and on the hunt. rory, relishing the damp on the grass, while dodging the damp in the air to go four under. meanwhile... damn it! tiger was roaring, though not necessarily for the right reasons. but he fought some tough breaks to finish on level par. he'll be here this weekend. the rain will not. just as forecast, the weather has improved this afternoon. the rain is gone, leaving a blush of green on the course. will these conditions favour the late starters? the overnight leader, kevin kisner, certainly seemed to enjoy the sunshine. but then this. his two shot lead, gone. he now has to share the top spot with fellow american zach johnson. there was one player for whom the score barely mattered today, a birdie on the 18th, after 43 open championships,
sandy lyle signing off in style at what is likely to be his last. katherine downes, bbc news, carnoustie. the youngest pilot in the battle of britain has died at the age of 96. when hejoined the royal air force in the second world war geoffrey wellum 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. archive: the british met the challenge by throwing in everything they had. a fortnight after leaving school, i walked through the gates of my elementary flying training school to learn to fly. 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. 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. flying an aeroplane is a knack. taming the beast, making it do what you wanted it to do, it was a great satisfaction. this is red 2, are you receiving me? in later life, geoffrey's experiences were dramatised in the film first light. for much of the battle, british aircraft were heavily outnumbered. dogfights were chaotic and often short, the spitfire only carried enough ammunition for a few minutes of combat. i can remember the controller coming on, "150 plus, coming in over dungeness, 150 plus." my goodness, it looked it, too. and 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 and 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." you accepted it, you had to. geoffrey wellum eventually suffered an emotional and physical breakdown 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. here on bbc one time for the news where you are. goodbye. hello and welcome to sportsday.
i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes. the headlines tonight: willa briton end the run of american dominance in golf‘s majors? england's tommy fleetwood shoots the round of the open on day two at carnoustie. max makes his mark at hockenheim. verstappen fastest after second practise ahead of this weekend's german grand prix. and as sagan sprints to win stage three of the tour de france, britain's geraint thomas keeps hold of the overall leader's yellow jersey. good evening. well, the weather on the east coast of scotland may be cooling, but the golf at this year's open championship is red hot.
americans dominated day two at carnoustie as zachjohnson and kevin kisner top the leaderboard on six under par, but tommy fleetwood had the right of the tournament so far. tim hague reports. day two of the oldest golf event going, and unlike the fine sunshine of the first round, carnoustie would offer some other challenges today. not that they affected tommy fleetwood. whatever the weather, the englishman is in fine form. his 65 puts him right in contention. and the 2014 winner may not be far off, either. rory mcilroy, two days, two rounds of 69 and two off the lead. and while there are few players as popular as mcilroy tiger woods is one of them. he had a mixed day but he will be back for more. zachjohnson will be as well. he shares the lead on —6 with fellow american kevin kisner. he was well clear at one point, only for this to happen at the last. and then, on the same bridge,
time for tears and celebration. the 1985 champion sandy lyle finishing in scotland in style and finishing with not a dry eye in the house. tim hague, bbc news. it was a strong run of golf. six under. when you are out there, you hit the shots, and you come in and think "that was really good," and if you went out, you would not fancy being at six under. that is a indication of how good it was. i am in a great position going into the third day. i was probably top ten going into the third day at birkdale last year. similar enough. lam happy.
i feel i played in the toughest of conditions, and our side of the draw, we had to tough it out a little bit. it was more difficult, so i am happy to be in with a shout, and hopefully i can go out and play well again tomorrow and then that would be a big chance going into sunday. it really was much tougher for those coffers that went on earlier today. so here's how the leaderboard looks — rory mcilroy is on a—under, two shots behind the leaders — zachjohnson and fellow american kevin kisner on 6—under. kevin kisner could have been on eight under. he was at one point. tommy fleetwood just a shot behind and defending championjordan spieth