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this is bbc news. i'm tim willcox with the latest headlines at 2pm. the uk's chief negotiator is back in brussels to resume brexit talks , with time running out to do a deal we're going to see what happens in negotiations today and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon. hospitals across the uk get ready to take delivery of the coronavirus vaccine — with the first jabs set to be given on tuesday. peter alliss, the voice of golf, who's died aged 89. the bbc‘s director general says, "no—one told the story of golf" quite like him. he's played it boldly up there. that could be, that could be magical.
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thank you. and — coronavirus stops play — as positive tests in england's hotel mean the one—day series in south africa will face further delays. also coming up at 2.30... a look back at political stories from the last seven days, in the week in parliament. good afternoon. the uk's chief brexit negotiator is in brussels for talks with his eu counterpart to find a last—minute breakthrough on a trade deal. significant differences remain on fishing rights, competition rules and how a deal would be enforced.
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this morning the environment secretary, george eustice, said there was still a deal to be done, but admitted that the talks were in a "very difficult position". our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. back in brussels, the uk's chief negotiator, lord frost, arriving for what's being described as the last roll of the dice in trade talks with the eu. we've worked very hard to try and get a deal, we're going to see what happens in negotiations today, and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon, thank you very much. the government says there is still a deal to be done in what a cabinet minister said this morning were the final days of negotiations, but only if the eu accepts the uk has to make its own decisions. we want to be doing a free trade agreement as a sovereign equal with the european union and, so, anything that undermines our ability to control our own waters, for instance, or undermines our ability to make our own laws isn't something we can accept. after an hour on the phone together last night,
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borisjohnson and the president of the european commission, ursula von der leyen, said there were still serious differences. but agreed their teams should keep talking. those differences are over fishing rights for eu boats in uk waters, competition rules or the so—called level playing field, and the governance and enforcement of any deal. ireland's foreign minister, simon coveney, is among those talking up the prospect of an agreement. he said, "we are more likely to get a deal than not because i think it's in everybody‘s interest." "it was" he said "97% or 98% done". any deal would need approval from parliament. with borisjohnson‘s majority that won't be a problem. but will labour give it their backing? we will have to look of course at the content of a deal but also any legislation that comes to parliament. we're not going to give them a blank cheque but i think
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i have been very clear both today and on previous programmes with you, andrew, that the most important thing is that the government get a deal. we want that deal to be delivered, we will look at any legislation that comes to parliament. eu countries would need to ratify the agreement, too. one french politician said it needs to be in all their interests. this is the framing of the relationship between the uk and the eu for years, decades to come. and, so, we have to be absolutely convinced on both sides of the channel that it is the right framing for this relationship. and if it is not we shouldn't sign it. behind these walls in brussels, talks now to determine at last the uk's future relationship with the eu. jonathan blake, bbc news. so talks are starting this afternoon — and we know there a number of sticking points in the negotiations which are proving to be hard to reconcile. the first is fishing. it's just a small part of the uk's economic activity , but a symbolic one,
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with disagreement over the level of access the eu will get to fish in uk waters. perhaps the biggest issue is fair competition, also known as the "level playing field". the eu says the uk must stick to agreed rules on government aid to british firms, so that there's no unfair advantage. and then there's what's known as the governance of the deal — if an agreement is reached, who will police it? tony connelly is europe editor for the irish broacaster rte. and hejoins us now. which is proving the biggest obstacle, in your view, tony? i think that the so—called level playing field is clearly the most fundamental issue even though fisheries is a very emotive question for both sides it has become a totemic issue in these negotiations but, of course,
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fisheries is ultimately about numbers and you can see a more classic last—minute negotiation happening there but the level playing field and whether the uk can have a no strings attached relationship with the single market in the future or whether the eu will wa nt in the future or whether the eu will want the uk to keep in step in terms of standards, in terms of competition rules over time so that there isn't any unfair nature to the competition, i think that's a much more fundamental demand on the eu side and of course on the uk side it has a fundamental connection to the notions of sovereignty and independence which go to the heart of brexit so that's why i think that's going to be the hardest particular issue to resolve in the coming hours. and what movement is being made on both sides there? because as you explain, i mean, the issue of sovereignty a sort of cut and dry such as the prime minister is concerned, i hear. yet, when you
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look at the actual issues obviously state aid is a big question, to what extent state aid is a big question, to what exte nt ca n state aid is a big question, to what extent can either side subsidise a company that would give it an advantage over its rival in europe of in britain. if there is a company that feels aggrieved that it is being unfairly competed against then what to read it have? now, obviously, the british aspiration would be that there's no role for the european court ofjustice and that seems to be the case, but what redress would accompany have? could ta ke redress would accompany have? could take action through the uk courts? with the uk have to get approval or would a independent regulator in the uk seek, you know, prior approval from the government before it spends money on a particular sector? you know, once you get down to that level of detail you can see how maybe can ship things here have on there but it doesn't look like they've made that kind of shifting yet, although it has to be said that a loss of these talks are really
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being conducted in secret and, you know, there could be a level of choreography here that both sides are colluding in to make it look like both sides will aim for a hard—fought like both sides will aim for a hard —fought victory, but, like both sides will aim for a hard—fought victory, but, again, even within the small details of what room for manoeuvre there is here you can see it will be a big task for both sides. fishing, a tiny industry, political dynamite i think was how the economist recently described it. what do we know about the truth of this idea that emmanuel macron has suddenly foisted many more conditions on to the negotiations and is playing hardball? is that correct? med at the same which has cropped up recently which refers to good cop, french cup, and emanuel mccrum seems to be put in that role. certainly for him he has been an election in
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20 six dean. —— there is a saying which has cropped up recently which refers to good cop french cop and emanuel mccrone seems to put in that role. because of the election he does not want to alienate any of those constituencies along the north—eastern seaboard. if there is a french or german or italian company that has to shut down and lose but a british company has to stay open because of some perceived advantage that the uk has there is a very big political price to pay for that and it is now highly political so, yes the french have been pushing ha rd yes the french have been pushing hard on the fisheries question but not only the french, the danes, the netherlands, the dutch and the belgians have also been pushing hard. it is a small industry as you say but real communities will suffer and they will suffer disproportionately if european boats are suddenly sucked out of british
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waters after decades, sometimes entries are fishing in them.“ waters after decades, sometimes entries are fishing in them. if it is good cop french cup, whether the irish stand? is it irish good cop?” think the irish would prefer to be a var on this one on the sidelines try to alienate either side. the irish have a huge amount to lose from a nodal brexit. they are already going to lose a lot from a deal because they're going to be trading formalities and fictions as a result ofa formalities and fictions as a result of a deal which will mean that i this is businesses exporting to the uk and imports from the uk, they will suffer, and, of course, the peace process has been central to both the withdrawal agreement and future relationship and the northern ireland protocol which tries to make sure there's not going to be had blood on the island of ireland, it can really be properly implemented and facilitated if there is a free trade agreement. if there is no free
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trade agreement. if there is no free trade agreement. if there is no free trade agreement and it makes the northern ireland protocol a lot harder. that's a parcel that is being passed to the irish government. just on the nature of the negotiation, what are you hearing? is it good—natured? bad tempered? as their exhaustion on both sides, and tempers fraying? what are you hearing? the negotiations went into a much more intense mode a couple of weeks ago and they, i guess, since late september both sides have been working extremely hard. i mean, they have managed to conclude 95% of the legal text that's jointly drafting the text. some of the areas are still technically open because the eu wants to make sure that there's a linkage between, say, access for the uk to the eu's energy market, linking that perhaps notionally to
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european fishing boats accessing british waters, but, you know, a lot of this work is extremely intense and tough and any insights that i've had from the actual process itself is that they are good—natured and that both sides have been working very ha rd that both sides have been working very hard and in good faith but, you know, the acrimony in the division is ata know, the acrimony in the division is at a higher political level rather than at the level of the actual negotiations themselves. 0k, tony actual negotiations themselves. 0k, to ny cu lle n actual negotiations themselves. 0k, tony cullen i come in speaking to us on bbc news. —— toby connely. the medical director of nhs england says the mass vaccination programme for covid—i9 starting this week marks "the beginning of the end" of the pandemic. but professor stephen powis warned the roll—out will be a "marathon not a sprint". around 800,000 doses are expected to be available this coming week, with jabs being given across the uk from tuesday. 0ur health correspondent jim reed reports. it is an historic week
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in the 72—year history of the nhs. these first covid vaccines are made by the drugs companies pfizer and biontech. very soon, they will start arriving at hospitals like this one, in south london. in total, 50 sites have been chosen as the first vaccine hubs in england. 800,000 doses should be available to members of the public across the whole uk from tuesday. nhs staff are spending the weekend preparing sites to accept the first deliveries. nhs staff around the country at vaccination hubs such as this one we are here at today have been working tirelessly to make sure we are prepared to commence vaccination on tuesday. this feels like the beginning of the end, but of course it is a marathon, not a sprint, and it will take many months for us to vaccinate everybody who needs vaccination. elderly patients who are already in hospital or have an existing appointment will be among the first to receive the jab. 0thers over the age of 80 will be called up and asked to attend, and care homes will be able
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to book their staff into vaccination clinics. everyone will feed a booster shot 21 days after the first injection. everyone will need a booster shot 21 days after the first injection. speaking on the andrew marr programme this morning, the woman in charge of the regulator which approved the vaccine said it was safe to use. i would really like to emphasise that the highest standards of scrutiny, of safety and effectiveness and quality have been met, international standards, and so there should be real confidence in the rigour of our approval. but the first vaccine to be approved needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees celsius, and moved carefully. nhs england says as more doses of the vaccine arrive, more central hubs will be set up. thousands of gps are on standby to deliver vaccinations in weeks, followed by a plan for mass distribution in pharmacies, sporting venues and conference centres. jim reed, bbc news. south korea is raising
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its coronavirus alert level to the second highest tier as it battles a rise in infections. new restrictions will apply to the capital, seoul, and surrounding areas for the next three weeks. gatherings of more than 50 will be prohibited, while restaurants and many shops will have to close at nine in the evening. the new measures come after infection rose last week to more than 500 a day. the bbc commentator, peter alliss, who became known as the voice of golf, has died. he was 89. he won more than 20 tournaments during his career as a golfer and played on eight ryder cup teams before becoming a commentator. andy swiss looks back at his life. at his witty, whimsical best, there was no—one quite like peter alliss. 0h, ho, ho, ho. i think he enjoyed that one. for more than 50 years he painted golf in all its quirks in his own inimitable style. sort of built for comfort, not speed.
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a bit like myself. golf was in his blood. his father percy had been a professional, and under his watch, the young peter soon flourished, and became a ryder cup regular, but even when he was still playing, his poise in front of the microphone was becoming obvious. well, i think this course is in wonderful condition at this time of the year. his relaxed style made him a regular on talk shows, where he said the key to commentating was never to take the game too seriously. it has enormous rewards, great sadness, great joy, great stupidity. great nonsense, you know, and it's, it's really not all that serious. but behind that light—heartedness there was no doubting his expertise. he's played it boldly. that could be, that could be magical. when the world's greatest golfers conjured their greatest moments, alliss was the perfect guide. thank you.
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for all his supporters, though, he had his critics too. to some, he was the epitome of golf‘s often stuffy image. they look as if they might be a bit of a handful, those three. but alliss was never afraid to speak his mind. i try to be an observer. i get into trouble for that sometimes, if you don't say the right things for the right people, but i look at it and i say is that right, is it fair, is it ok, does it work? and i'm not afraid to say so. and to his fans, peter alliss was one of sport's most distinctive and endearing voices. and they say the meek shall inherit the earth. a man who captured the drama and the humour... i wonder if mum's put a bit of best butter in there before he left? no—one else. a couple of minutes' time there won't be a dry eye in the house, including mine. peter alliss has died at the age of 89. the former ryder cup captain sam torrance said peter was respected by players and viewers alike.
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he was a great man in many respects for his commentary. he kind of took over from henry longhurst, who was regarded as a doyenne of commentary. peter took the mantle over, and to be honest, no one ever got near him. he was magnificent, funny, always articulate. he kept you amused. you know, he played in eight ryder cups, ten world cups, was inducted into the hall of fame. the accolades, there's many. very entertaining. a great man to be with, great company and very thoughtful. when i started in 1972, every tournament i won, he used to write me a letter. it was beautiful and well—received. he knew it all and he knew how to describe it and he knew the feelings. and, as he said himself, he wasn't afraid to say when someone was struggling. he was able to point it out and let people who give him stick for it, he didn't care, he was
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telling the truth. even the round with alliss, the programmes he did, the celebrity golf, wonderful entertainment and a household name forever in britain because of these shows. the masters, all those great years doing that with him, and the open. everything, really. england's first one—day—international against south africa has been called off for a second time after two members of the england team's hotel staff tested positive for coronavirus. the game in paarl was due to be played on friday, but was abandoned after a unnamed south african player tested positive. sunday's game was called off just 30 minutes before the game was due to start. president trump has again falsely insisted that he won the us presidential election. he was speaking at a rally in georgia — his first campaign event since last month's election, which was won byjoe biden.
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he was there to support the state's two republican senators, who need to win runoff elections injanuary if republicans are to hang on to control of the senate. peter bowes reports. it is my pleasure to welcome the president of the united states, donald j trump. a rare appearance by melania trump, marking her husband's return to the campaign trail. speaking for almost two hours, donald trump received a rousing reception from his supporters in georgia, a state he lost tojoe biden. thank you melania, and i want to say, hello, georgia. we did a greatjob. you know we won, georgia, just so you undrstand. "we love you" chanted the crowd as mr trump, without providing evidence, again claimed the election was stolen by the democrats. we love you, we love you! we've never lost an election. we're winning this election. the rally was staged to promote two republican senators standing
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for re—election injanuary. at stake is the balance of power in the senate and much of donald trump's legacy. the most important run—off election in american history according to the president. the voters of georgia will determine which party runs every committee, writes every piece of legislation, controls every single taxpayer dollar. very simply, you will decide whether your children will grow up in a socialist country or whether they will grow up in a free country. georgia, like many states, has seen a huge surge in coronavirus cases in recent days. yet few in the trump crowd were wearing masks. music plays. the democratic candidates for the senate in georgia have also been campaigning. we need to be thinking about the americans over the last several months who have perished, not only from the virus we call covid—19 but more especially from the virus we call indifference.
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thank you, georgia. get out and vote. the results of the georgia election will shape american politics asjoe biden enters the white house. for now, donald trump remains a polarising force and true to form he is not going quietly. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. large demonstrations are taking place outside the indian high commission in central london in support of a strike by farmers in india. thousands of people have congregated on foot and in their cars to block roads in the capital, holding placards and waving green and orange flags. the uk protests are part of an international show of support for a nationwide strike by indian farmers. they oppose the government's new agricultural reforms, which critics believe will reduce minimum pricing and market regulation. the metropolitan police has issued a reminder to those in attendance, that strict regulations introduced by the government remain
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in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. now, could we be we one step closer to discovering how life began? what looked like a shooting star landing in the australian desert was in fact a japanese space capsule carrying the first samples of rock from an asteroid — which could help explain the formation of the solar system as mark lobel reports. coming from right side and it is getting brighter and brighter. entering the earth's atmosphere. that fireball on your screen moving from right to left is a closely watched space capsule whose contents could help explain the creation of our solar system. applause there was joy and relief at the japanese aerospace exploration agency's mission control as the soil sample sent from the japanese space craft hayabusa ii, part of a six—year mission, parachuted down safely in the australian desert. scientists are expecting about 0.1
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of a gram will be returned for examination at their lab near tokyo from the asteroid ryugu which lies some 300 million kilometres away. they will measure the rock's age, what it is made of and how it is formed, potentially offering vital clues as to how the sun and planets came to be. this one is special because this one is going to an asteroid that we think is really rich in organic material and water so in the very earliest history of the earth we think it may have been pelted with asteroids like that and that is what gave us the water and the carbon to form our oceans and to enable life to flourish on earth. it's an exciting prospect, after a successful landing following what one member of the space agency here described as a perfect mission — with many more to come. translation: i had jotted down the dates when the probe
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adjusted its orbit. if there is a hayabusa 3 or 4 or even 5, i would like to be involved in the mission. that next mission on this mothership, having launched its first capsule, will boldly go examining near earth asteroids where no—one has gone before. mark lobel, bbc news. japan's mission is not the only space exploration taking place at the moment... china says it has now begun analysing data collected by its chang—e 5 probe on the moon. the samples were gathered in the past week, and haven't yet been returned to earth — that's likely to happen in the coming days. it's the first time lunar rock has been gathered since the 1970s. the changing face of the nhs over the last a0 years has been caputured in a series of photographs, taken by a former paramedic. chris porsz started his career
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as a hospital porter in 1974, before joining the ambulance service, and has spent decades snapping pictures of colleagues and patients. he's compiled them all into a book — as emma baugh reports. look this way. he's been capturing colleagues on camera for more than a0 years, charting the changes of the nhs. it's a thank you for decades of dedication, but most of all for this, most difficult of years. it's my tribute to the staff, the doctors, nurses, the cleaners, everybody. they've made an amazing contribution, they've got us through this at great sacrifice, at great personal sacrifice. i've got the greatest of respect for them. it's been an incredibly difficult year. i'll be honest, we're dreading going through it again, the nurses, doctors, they're exhausted. and ijust make this plea to the public really, you can really help them.
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it's not too hard wearing a mask. we have to wear one for 10—12 hours. kay preston has spent years caring for others and working through the pandemic. 12.5 hour shifts, it's a long day. but it goes really quickly and at the end of the day, you do feel that you've done something worthwhile. it's been hard work for everybody. the staff i know have done as much as they possibly can. they've felt tired but they've still been coming to work and hopefully this will soon be behind us. the tribute looks at how times have changed, but yet, how much has stayed the same. we've probably relied on one another to sort of help us through the difficult, you know, phases like they're going through presently. i'm sure they need time to discuss things and support one another through the difficult times. my heart goes out to them.
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i think it's very difficult for them. ican't imagine the pressure that they're under because it's so continuous and so long. it's my beloved nhs, it's an amazing institution, it's the best in the world and we've got to look after it and protect it and i've been proud to serve it and i'm going to miss it. most of all, the message is, if you can be anything, just be kind. emma baugh, bbc news. that's it for the moment. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello, there. it's been a cold day today with a very light winds and the reason for the winds as you can see in the charts is there is a very low isobars in the passage out. there she was fading away and becoming confined to coastal areas. most
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places will be dry tonight will start to see a return to some dense fog around and also viscous mice in places as temperatures for many of us places as temperatures for many of us hover around freezing and in a few places below freezing so it is a cold start on monday, rather grey with some dense fog around which stood car to linger. such to see some showers and longer, stronger winds moving into the north—east of scotla nd winds moving into the north—east of scotland and north—east england, heavy showers also affecting the channel area, unless it is a dry on a chilly day with limited brightness, temperatures three to 6 degrees. we start to see some u nsettled degrees. we start to see some unsettled weather across the north of the uk as we move into tuesday, but for most was that on hold. —— but for most was that on hold. —— but for most of us it is staying cold. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... the uk's chief negotiator is back in brussels to resume brexit talks , with time running out to do a deal we're going to see what happens in negotiations today and we will be looking forward
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to meeting our european colleagues later on this afternoon. hospitals across the uk get ready to take delivery of the coronavirus vaccine, with the first jabs set to be given on tuesday. he's played it boldly up there. that could be, that could be magical. thank you. the bbc‘s director general says ‘no—one told the story of golf' quite like him. now on bbc news, it's time for the week in parliament.


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