tv BBC News at One BBC News December 17, 2019 1:00pm-1:31pm GMT
the government promises to rule out any extension to the brexit transition period beyond the end of next year. you ain't seen nothing yet, folks. as borisjohnson meets his cabinet for the first time since the election — he says he's determined to lead a people's government. the voters of this country have changed this government and our party for the better. and we must repay their trust now by working flat out to change our country for the better. labour warns ruling out an extention to the transition period could result in leaving the eu without a trade agreement. we'll have the latest. also on the programme... half a million hotpoint and indesit washing machines are to be recalled, because their door—locking system
could be a fire risk. a warning that children in refugee camps on the greek island of lesbos increasingly feel life isn't worth living — we have a special report. firefighters in australia are battling to prevent raging bushfires from threatening a major power station in new south wales. and how a pop star came to the aid of a driver being shunted sideways by a lorry. and coming up on bbc news, several top clubs in italy condemn a serie a anti—racism campaign which features monkeys with painted faces. anti—discrimination group fare have called it a sickjoke.
good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. borisjohnson has held his first cabinet meeting since his election victory — and promised to pass a law ruling out any extension to the brexit process beyond the end of next year. the uk is scheduled to leave the eu onjanuary 31st, and enter a transition period which is due to conclude next december, but that can be extended for up to two years if talks aren't complete. critics say that ruling out an extention increases the chance of leaving the eu without a trade deal. and a warning that this report from our political correspondent helen catt contains flashing images. what will you be announcing mike announcements will be made. what will you be announcing mike announcements will be madam announcements will be madam announcements will be made on the brexit builders predict it will include a significant change. and seen nothing yet, folks. we will
have to work even harder because people have a high level of expectation and we must deliver for them. johnson will include a clause in his withdrawal agreement bill to try to try to limit trade negotiations with the eu to less than a year. we will have conversations with the european union about our new relationship which will be based on free trade and friendly cooperation and the political declaration that the eu have signed up to commits to finishing those conversations by the end of 2020. under the existing agreement the uk formally leaves the eu on the 31st of january 2020. until the end of december that year it will be in a transition period where uk rules match eu once. but currently both sides could agree to extend that for another two years if they thought they were unlikely to reach a new trade deal in time. it is that option that borisjohnson intends to rule out in law. critics say that could lead to a no—deal brexit. i understand that the government of course once to put a
deadline on this, they want to put pressured to get a deal done, this is pressured that would be hugely damaging on our own manufacturing capacity in this country and ultimately would cost us jobs. last night boris johnson met ultimately would cost us jobs. last night borisjohnson met his new mps ata night borisjohnson met his new mps at a reception in parliament. their numbers mean his withdrawal agreement bill will almost certainly pass but his majority could also offer a way back. johnson is introducing this bill to give himself the permit deadline and he has a big deadline to introduce and later built should be extended, but it is largely domestic, domestic virtue signalling, signalling that he will commit to what he put on the manifesto to get this deal done by the end of the. brexit has so far been a tale of missed deadlines. the date for actually leaving the eu delayed twice already this year. that is now pretty set for next month. borisjohnson‘s that is now pretty set for next month. boris johnson's move that is now pretty set for next month. borisjohnson‘s move is symbolically important designed to demonstrate to voters and negotiators that he is determined not to see that sort of drip again
when it comes to reaching new trade arrangements with the eu. helen catt, bbc news, westminster. in a moment we'll talk to our europe correspondent damian grammaticas in brussels, but first let's talk to our assistant political editor norman smith in westminster. borisjohnson very much trying to give the impression of hitting the ground running really, norman. surely one thing we have all learned about life under boris johnson surely one thing we have all learned about life under borisjohnson is many things, but it is not dull and that was pretty much mrjohnson‘s message to his cabinet this morning, telling them the last few months under me may have been a little bit bumpy with that showdown with the supreme bumpy with that showdown with the supreme court, the bust up with parliament, winter election, but to quote him, you ain't seen nothing yet. in other words he is prepared to smash a few plates, see the plaster come up doubles because he believes he has to move quickly. if he is to convince those voters in the north and the midlands who never
normally vote tory that he can be trusted, that he will deliver on those promises he made in the election. the number one promise was, yes, to get brexit done. and thatis was, yes, to get brexit done. and that is why he has decided to legislate to tie his hands in effect, to take no—deal off the table at the end of the transition period next year because he doesn't have to do that, but he has decided to do that to sort of underscore his absolute commitment, no ifs, no buts, we are leaving by the end of next year. it does mean though it is going to be a little bit rocky because there will be many in the business community could be that decision plonks no—dealfirmly back on the table, it provides ammunition to his political opponents to site, borisjohnson has thrown in his lamp with the hard brexiteers, and for the eu it will ring alarm bells because they question whether it is remotely possible to get a new trade deal in that sort of timetable. so,
buckle up, it's going to be bumpy and mrjohnson seems to be driving at high speed. norman cannot thank you. let's go to brussels. how does all of that approach, language go down where you are, damian grammaticas? we have already heard in the last half hour that the president of the commission, the new resident who has taken over as spoken today to borisjohnson on the film to congratulate him and to say that she says we will work asap, once negotiations asap on a future partnership. but, and there is a big but, she has already also said it would be very challenging to get everything done in the next year, i wouldn't put it as hard as norman did, it is not impossible, it is possible, but the way it is possible is really if the uk signs up to what the eu conditions will be. if the uk once for that future relationship to have free trade for all goods, no
quotas, no limitations, then the eu has conditions and those conditions will be on the table as a level playing field, fair competition. the uk can't undercut the eu. if the uk signs up to that a deal could be done fairly fast but if the uk wants to argue over anything in bass balancing the interests of scottish fishermen and uk banks and german exporters, that could take months and months. so it depends how people approach this. damian grammaticas and norman smith, thank you very much. and you can see more about brexit and the election in a documentary which follows our political editor over the past few months. that's the brexit storm continues: laura kuenssberg's inside story, tonight at 9pm on bbc two. half a million washing machines in the uk made by whirlpool are to be recalled — plunging the manufacturer into a fresh saga about dangerous appliances. the machines — which are branded as hotpoint or indesit —
were sold for more than five years, but their door locking system can overheat, creating the risk of fire. our business correspondent simon gompertz is here. what exactly has gone wrong, what is happening here? it is with the door locking mechanism of 519,000 watchers, which are built between 2014 and 2018 but they might have been sold after that so even if you bought one recently it might be affected and what happens is, if a large amount of electrical current comes into the machine because it is used for heating the water with the heating element, that can also affect the electronic door mechanism and it can overheat and there is a risk of fire. so, this is a major worry for people in the run—up to christmas when you really need to be able to use a washing machine and you might have to wait until months potentially before they come and sort it out, they are offering to either replace it if the machine
isn't defective, or to repair it but they are only going to start offering that from january. let's hear from whirlpool because we asked them to explain the danger of fires. we are aware of 79 incidents that have taken place in which there has been minimal property damage and no serious injuries. but that's not good enough for us, and that's one of the reasons that i'm here today and that we are announcing a full project recall with a like—for—like replacement or repair, because we need to make sure that our customers are safe. so, what you should do as they say contact whirlpool immediately. it is not branded whirlpool, it is branded hotpoint or indesit, look at the model number and the serial number which are inside the door and on the back of the machine and tell whirlpool about them and they will say whether you have one of the affected machines and you will have to choose a repair or replacement
and then sit back and wait for them to come and do that. but it needs to be done, it is annoying but that is product safety. simon gompertz, thank you very much. boeing is to halt production of the 737 max airliner — which has been grounded for several months. the plane was still being built, despite the model having been banned from flying following two crashes, in indonesia and ethiopia, which killed more than 300 people. companies supplying boeing across the world are expected to be affected by the decision. the london fire brigade has been "wasteful" and slow to implement the changes needed after the grenfell tower fire, according to a report by inspectors. they found incident commanders didn't receive enough training, and the service was not particularly well run. london fire brigade acknowledged aspects of its performance were not good enough. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. it's a tough, physicaljob, even when there are no flames
and fire fighters are just demonstrating typical procedures. today's report makes no criticism of those on the front line but it says the london fire brigade is not well—run, it's slow to learn lessons and has a long way to go in improving its efficiency. there's one particular concern — not enough training, especially for incident commanders, and training which is not pass orfail. so what happens if officers don't perform well? nothing. nothing? no, they arejust back on the system. what do you think of that? we've said it is one of the most worrying causes of concern. it's why we've said... we've graded the training that london fire brigade delivers as inadequate, it's got to be sorted out. but it's more than two years since the fire and a year since the then london fire commissioner downplayed concerns about training at the grenfell inquiry. i wouldn't expect us to be developing training or response to something that simply
shouldn't happen. meaning a fire fuelled by cladding like at grenfell. but that sort of comment and today's report are the reasons she has resigned. the new commissioner says that additional training is being introduced. some affected by the fire aren't keen to criticise front line firefighters, but nabeel lost six members of his family. he's furious at what the inspectors have found. it's very upsetting and disgraceful because the fact of people's lives are at stake and it's very important that we get it right and still two years on, and a half, and they still haven't got it right. it's unacceptable. what happened here will be a turning point for the london brigade, but the inspectors have also released reports today on 14 other english fire services. their conclusions? half are doing well and the other half really could do better. tom symonds, bbc news. uk unemployment fell to its lowest
level since january 1975, in the three months to october. figures released by the office for national statistics show the number of people out of work fell by 13,000 to 1.28 million. the employment rate — the total number of people in work — rose to an all—time high of 76%, with more than 32 million people in employment. the figures, however, also show slowing wage growth over that period. a review of the record low rate of rape convictions has found a justice system "close to breaking point" because of cuts. the crown prosecution service inspectorate says a damning number of cases are lost during what it describes as under—resourced police investigations. our correspondent june kelly is here. what is this report saying? just a bit of background, massive concern amongst people who help rape compliments about when it comes to
conviction rates they are very low. while there are 58,000 allegations of rape in england and wales fewer than 2000 ended in conviction. the campaign group say this is because the crown prosecution service is adopting what it calls bookmakers approach when it comes to mounting prosecutions and also going for cases where they are more certain of getting conviction. the cps has a lwa ys getting conviction. the cps has always denied this and the report vindicates the cps and says there is no indication of this. what is found is there are fewer cases being referred to the cps by the police and also police are taking longer to carry out investigations. it also describes both the police and cps creaking when it comes to resources, the justice system it says almost at breaking point. the women's campaign group say they are hugely disappointed that this report found no evidence of problems with charging decisions by the cps and they have been supported by the
victims commissioner, who has also weighed in and she thinks there should be an independent inquiry into what is going on here. june, thank you very much. june kelly, thank you. the time is 13:16. our top story this lunchtime: the government promises to rule out any extension to the brexit transition period beyond the end of next year. and still to come — why tv presenter caroline flack is stepping down from presenting love island. coming up on bbc news, arsenal and everton are getting close to appointing new managers. arsenal are in talks with their former captain mikel arteta, whilst everton hope to bring carlo ancelotti to goodison park. as politicians gather for a summit to discuss how help the world's 25 million refugees, the bbc has been told of an increasing number of children self—harming and attempting suicide in the greek refugee camp on lesbos.
there's been a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving there in recent months and almost 18,000 people are living in one camp which is designed for 2,000. psychologists say they're overwhelmed with the number of young people needing urgent help. our global health correspondent tulip mazumdar has been to the camp. just to warn you, you may find her report upsetting. this is no place for a child, and yet moria camp is home to more than 7,000 of them. the vast majority of these children have fled war—torn countries and arrived here in europe — a place supposedly of humanity, safety and security. ok, let's go together. at the nearby children's clinic, a mental health emergency is unfolding. a 17—year—old boy slashed himself across his chest and arms overnight. his friend has brought him in.
butjust ask him if we can talk to him. this is a sadly common scene here. he's not well. he does to... he talks about wanting to... to do this again. more than 150 children have been referred to msf psychologists in the last two months alone. that's double the number from the summer. two of those children attempted suicide — the youngest was just 13 years old. normally a child, when they experience something traumatic, has to have the time and the space to recover. moria does not allow the children to recover. in a child in the preschooler age, you can see children banging their head against a wall, for instance, pulling their hairs off, and in the age between 12 and 17, we see children start to cut themself.
strongly start to talk about the desire of dying. a father in desperate search of help for his family, his daughter zaynab has autism and epilepsy. it took them two months to get here from afghanistan. they met us at a makeshift community centre at the camp. he described how they all almost died when they were flung into the sea as they crossed from turkey. their bag with their money and zaynab's medication was lost. translation: the children were just screaming. they had so much fear. and the darkness, we always remember the darkness. both children, he tells me, are utterly traumatised. translation: at night zaynab screams. she does not sleep, she hardly eats.
we were refused permission to film inside the main, government—run part of the camp. but the overspill into the neighbouring olive grove now holds around half of the almost 18,000 population of moria. some families are getting stuck here for months awaiting news on their asylum claims. the greek government recently announced plans to move 20,000 people off this island and neighbouring island by early 2020, but movement on that has been extremely slow. and people, particularly women and children, keep arriving on these islands every week. children are resilient. my name is mustafa! here in a tented shack used as a community centre, staff are trying to help them remember simply how to be children... my name is nagis! ..but there is only so much these young minds can take. tulip mazumdar, bbc news, moria camp, lesbos.
iran's threat to british shipping in the gulf hasn't gone away, the head of the royal navy has told the bbc. in his first interview since becoming first sea lord, admiral tony radakin said the uk will continue to work as part of a us—led coalition providing maritime security in the gulf — rather than join a rival operation being set up by france. six months ago iran seized a british tanker — it's now been released but british warships continue to patrol the strait of hormuz near iran's coast. our defence correspondent jonathan beale reports. the royal navy has beefed up its presence in the gulf. the destroyer hms defender is the latest arrival to patrol near the narrow strait of hormuz. and it's packing a punch. notjust its own weapons but with a team of royal marines also on board. tensions with iran are still high.
it was just six months ago that iran's revolutionary guards seized the british—flagged tanker stena impero. it has now been released, along with its crew. it is a smiling team, the success... but the new head of the royal navy, here to gauge the situation for himself and giving his first interview, wants to make sure it doesn't happen again. the threat hasn't gone away. we have a destroyer here now as well as a frigate. we have to react to when a nation is as aggressive as iran was. so, to me, that was an outrageous act that happened on the high seas and therefore that is why we have responded in the way that we have. untiljust a few weeks ago, this destroyer was still escorting merchant ships through the narrow strait of hormuz. tensions with iran have now eased, but they could easily flare up again, which is why the royal navy has two warships out here in the gulf.
the uk's not alone. it's joined an american coalition to ensure the free flow of trade. for now, it's been run by this tent in the us navy headquarters in bahrain. britain had initially wanted a european response out of fear of being dragged into a more confrontational policy on iran. france is now setting up a european task force, but the uk has already tied its flag to this us—led mission. the crisis in the gulf has placed extra pressures on the navy, with finite resources in a volatile world. and with new threats emerging, there will only be more demands on britain's armed forces. we have to embrace some new capabilities, like space and cyber. that might mean that we have to adjust the current size and shape of uk armed forces to enable that new investment, or it might mean we need to invest more but we need to make sure that we continue to be
aligned with the national ambition. the clear signal from the head of the navy to the new government is for an honest debate about the future of defence. jonathan beale, bbc news, the gulf. pakistan's former military ruler, general pervez musharraf, has been sentenced to death by a special court in islamabad. the general seized power in a coup in 1999, but was forced to step down in 2008 after nationwide protests. he is currently in self—imposed exile in dubai but has previously denied any wrongdoing. the sentence is unlikely to be carried out, but is unprecedented. the next archbishop of york has spoken of his hopes that britain can move on from the divisions caused by brexit. the bishop of chelmsford, stephen cottrell, will take up the role when drjohn sentamu retires injune next year. the host of itv‘s love island, caroline flack, has announced
she will not be presenting the next series after she was charged with assault. police were called to her home in north london last week, where she lives with her boyfriend, the tennis player lewis burton. our correspondent chi chi izundu is with me. what has been said? for those who do not know who caroline flack is, she is the presenter of love island and she has also presented x factor and won strictly come dancing in 2014. she announced on her instagram stories this morning that she will be stepping back from the next series of love island. if you don't know, that is meant to start in january, the winter series, the first time it was supposed to be happening in south africa. as you said, police were called to her home in islington in north london on thursday where she was charged with assault by beating in an incident involving her boyfriend, she is due to appear at magistrates‘ court on
monday next week. in a statement, itv have effectively left the door open for her to return, saying it has a long—standing relationship with caroline and we understand and accept her decision. we will remain in contact with her over the coming months about the future series of love island. chi chi izundu, thank you. an extreme heatwave is forecast for australia this week, as firefighters continue to battle dozens of ferocious wildfires on both sides of the country. officials in new south wales said the situation is unprecedented, and that the fires could reach a major power station which generates about 10% of the state‘s electricity. phil mercer reports from sydney. blanketed in a bushfire haze is the mount piper power station. it came under a sustained attack by embers from an out—of—control mega fire near sydney. the facility generates 10% of the electricity in new south wales.
conservationists warn that, should stockpiles of coal ignite, toxic fumes would aggravate air pollution across the region. nearby in the blue mountains national park, crews battled other severe blazes. it‘s hand to hand combat that‘s repeated in many other places. there‘s more than 100 fires burning throughout the state. any one of them could cause us problems over the ensuing days, so whilst we are concerned about this, we also need to keep in mind that there‘s a lot of communities still very close to fire. as the fires rage, so does the political debate about the impact of global warming. a group of former senior emergency officials has accused the australian government of not taking the threat of climate change seriously. here in new south wales, the fires are totally unprecedented. more country has been burned, more homes lost, three times more homes lost than our worst previous fire season history, and the fires
are still burning. we have a heatwave coming, who knows what that will do? in western australia, a schoolboy reported missing any bushfire north of perth was able to escape the flames by driving a pick—up truck on his own to safety after his father and brother had gone to fight the blaze. lucas sturrock, who is 12, also managed to rescue the family‘s dog. this crisis is showing the best and worst of australia. the heroism and dedication of firefighters stand in stark contrast to the actions of arsonists, who are thought to be responsible for many of the nation‘s bushfires. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. singer ellie goulding was among a number of people who came to the rescue of a driver who‘s vehicle was being pushed sideways by a royal mail lorry down one of london‘s busiest roads.
—— whose vehicle. lizo mzimba reports. the astonishing footage has been viewed by millions on social media. the site of a car being pushed sideways down a busy west london road by a royal mail lorry. other drivers try to get the attention of the vehicle. eventually they succeed, its driver expressing astonishment, insisting he did not see it or know that the car was there. i didn't see! the incident was witnessed by pop star ellie goulding, who went over to check that the driver of the car being pushed was ok. reports have identified him as a man who works for a popular motoring youtube channel. ellie goulding spoke to radio1 channel. ellie goulding spoke to radio 1 this morning. we drove up next to it to be like, mate, you have a car on you, we stopped and we
did not know what state the guy was in. luckily he was completely fine but we had no idea, we could just see the side of the car and we got out and he was really shaken, he messaged me last night to say he is 0k. messaged me last night to say he is ok. but it wasjust mad. a spokesperson for royal mail said we are very concerned about this incident, we sincerely hope nobody was hurt and are investigating as a matter of urgency. police said they had attended the scene, spoken to those involved and no arrests had been made. lizo mzimba, bbc news. d—day veteran john jenkins has died at the age of 100. as a sergeant in the royal pioneer corp, he landed on sword beach 75 years ago. he starred in this year‘s d—day commemorations in portsmouth, where he received a standing ovation from world leaders. time for a look at the weather.