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britain has a new ambassador to the eu, after more acrimonious fallout from the resignation of his predecessor. labour's demanding answers from the government. come to the house on monday, make a statement, reassure the house that there is a plan reassure the house, there is a plan reassure the house, the commons about the team and let us the commons about the team and let us know what attitude you have to the civil service. a man's been charged with causing the deaths of two young girls by dangerous driving, as they crossed a road on new year's eve in oldham. belgian prosecutors have released a cctv image, which they say shows the main suspect in the berlin truck attack, passing through brussels two days later. the retailer next warns of a challenging year ahead, after its shares tumbled due to disappointing sales in the run—up to christmas. what now offer millions of americans entitled to obamaca re?
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what now offer millions of americans entitled to obamacare? the republican vice president mike pence says that the process of repealing legislation begins on donald trump's first day in office. and the daughter of donald campbell pays tribute at the spot he died, trying to break the water speed record half a century ago. britain's next ambassador to the eu, replacing sir ivan rogers following his resignation from the post yesterday, will be sir tim barrow, who's currently the political director at the foreign office. sir ivan‘s surprise move has led to a political row over the role of the civil service in the brexit negotiations ahead. in a leaked resignation e—mail to colleagues, sir ivan accused the government of muddled thinking over its brexit plans. here's our diplomatic correspondent james landale. sir ivan rogers, here on the right, was our man in brussels.
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the seasoned diplomat with the ear of prime ministers past and present. but now he's gone, attacking theresa may's government for its "muddled thinking" about brexit. and former colleagues say his loss will be great, only months before negotiations begin. his resignation at this particular point, just before the triggering of article 50, is a shame because he's a man of great experience and expertise and knowledge. he would be very useful for the government. i think it's a blow because he was a hugely experienced, professional, dedicated public servant. he was a really good diplomat but also had that real insight into how the eu works. sir ivan‘s job was to be theresa may's eyes and ears at the negotiations in brussels. but in an outspoken resignation e—mail, he revealed that even he was being kept out of the loop, saying, "we do not yet know what the government will set as negotiating objectives for the uk's relationship with the eu after exit." that plan is being kept hidden, or at least it's
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still being prepared, behind closed doors in downing street. foreign secretary, was he pushed to resign? who is going to replace him? ministers today refused to give yes, a running commentary, or at least take any questions off their script. in terms of our preparations for brexit, we absolutely have the right resources. for months sir ivan had helped david cameron try to reform the eu ahead of the referendum, traipsing fruitlessly between london and brussels. but he said in his letter that his new political masters were not prepared for the even bigger talks ahead. the government, he added, should listen more to british officials in brussels and make a stronger case for the importance of a trade deal with the eu. brexit mps said this all confirmed
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that sir ivan was too pessimistic about leaving the eu, and he was right to go. the e—mail was verging on the pompous, really, in the sense that it was an awful lot about him and a lot about, you know, truth, as though everything he said to the government was almost chiselled into tablets of stone. as we go into what is an incredibly important negotiation, we should have somebody leading for the uk who clearly believes that the outcome can be beneficial to the uk. but there were warnings against any attempt to politicise the civil service. we are creating an atmosphere where anyone who does not simply parrot the view of a certain political group is seen to be getting in the way of brexit, and that is not what civil servants are there to do. the charge from sir ivan rogers is a serious one. that the government is not ready for the discussions about brexit that are due within months. that it doesn't have a strategy or negotiating team in place. mps are looking for answers
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about what the government's objectives are. and they're hoping theresa may will provide some in a speech on brexit expected soon. one she will have to write without sir ivan rogers at her shoulder in brussels. james landale, bbc news. with me now is lord ricketts, former permanent under secretary at the foreign and commonwealth office. good to see you. sir tim barrow, is he up to thejob? good to see you. sir tim barrow, is he up to the job? yes, he's a very good guy, i've known him for years, he's a tough, experienced, professional negotiator, serving twice at our mission to the eu, he has been ambassador to moscow, a pretty tough number, so he can be trusted to give honest and professional advice which is what we need. and as such, then, in packable credentials that brexiteers may like, as they didn't like in sir
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ivan? i think we should get away from the idea that people should go to brussels if they are one of us, brexit enthusiasts. what you need is an objective professional civil servant who will tell people the truth, his best opinion about what they are confronting. sir ivan did that and i'm upset about the denigration i've heard of him, he's a fine civil servant. the government have moved quickly, it is a record to make an appointment like this within 2a hours and they've chosen a seasoned man who will do a professionaljob. we should get away from the idea that we need a brexiteer over there. you're saying that you do not want to see, and no one should want to see the politicisation of the civil service, but hasn't sir ivan done that in making this e—mail, writing this e—mail with comments like,
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"experienced multilateral negotiators are in short supply in whitehall and that isn't the case at the commission and council" where he says that free trade does notjust happen when it isn't thwarted by authorities, saying that he hopes that we will continue challenging ill founded our demons and muddled thinking. this is a political statement he's making about the way the government is conducting, or not conducting negotiations on brexit. no, it was a message to his staff. he knew that was going to get out.|j don't know. what he's saying is that this is going to be tough, we need oui’ this is going to be tough, we need our best professional expertise, he's talking to the people in the civil service who are the best professionals, the staff who work in brussels and he's telling them to be honest with ministers and tell it like it is and that's what we want in civil servants. civil servants
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should not be reflecting back to london some of the opinion is that it is going to be straightforward to get a trade deal with the eu. not reflecting back to london what they wa nt to reflecting back to london what they want to hear, but someone who is clearly committed to getting the best dealfor britain clearly committed to getting the best deal for britain on leaving the european union. the suggestion from some brexiteer today, and you've heard what iain duncan smith said, and peter lilley and so on, is that this man was not committed and that the foreign office is full of people whose opinion means that they haven't wised up to this idea. whose opinion means that they haven't wised up to this ideam whose opinion means that they haven't wised up to this idea. it is a misunderstanding of civil servants, i was the head of the foreign office, civil servants like clear direction for ministers. when they have made up their mind on what they have made up their mind on what the project, the policy is, civil serva nts the project, the policy is, civil servants can be relied on to deliver it but right now we don't have a plan so it's up to civil servants to become to beating the best advice as
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ministers make up their minds. when they've made up their minds, i'm certain that civil servants and the foreign office and elsewhere will carry out instructions to the best of their ability. he makes that point, it seems to come through in his e—mail but he is going further, suggesting that what he's telling ministers is something they don't wa nt to ministers is something they don't want to hear. they are his words, not mine, but there is a suggestion that it has been difficult to get tough advice through to some people. i don't think that's true of the prime minister, i worked with her as ambassador to paris, she is careful to listen to officials and take account of the advice but that name not be true of everyone around her. the lessons we should take is that somebody in a very political position, like our man in brussels, needs the support of ministers and they need to stand up to him and —— stand up for him and listen to his advice. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered
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in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the journalist james rampton and aisha gani, a reporter from buzzfeed. four men have been remanded in custody following an alledged hit—and—run on new year's eve which killed two young girls. the two cousins, helina kotlarova who was 12 and zaneta krokova, who was 11, were hit by a car close to their homes in oldham. dominic hughes has the latest. viewers may remember the tragic events of that evening, 715 that evening, when zenit and helina were crossing the road here and it. one died here and one died in hospital later. four have been charged, gabor hegedus, 38 from oldham has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, conspiracy to convert the course of justice, driving without a licence,
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failing to stop after a collision and failing to report a collision. three other men, david orsos, janos kala nyos, and zoltan three other men, david orsos, janos kalanyos, and zoltan peto, charged with conspiracy to promote the cause of justice. after with conspiracy to promote the cause ofjustice. after an with conspiracy to promote the cause of justice. after an appearance with conspiracy to promote the cause ofjustice. after an appearance this afternoon, all four and have been remanded in custody until february the 1st. both parties in america signalling priorities for the next turn. donald trump's campaign promise to ‘repeal and replace' barack obama's health care reforms was the focus of tense meetings. the outgoing president is fighting to preserve his healthcare legacy. the controversial affordable care act, or obamacare, was passed in 2010. the law aims to bring health insurance coverage to some of the 15% of the us population who lack it, around 22 million people. under the law all americans must have health insurance,
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but the government offers subsidies to make coverage more affordable. it also means that more businesses have to provide health insurance for their employees, and it's easier for customers to shop around and compare policies. but republicans have strongly criticised the law saying it's too expensive for business. many have called it a "job killer" they have said it is an unwarranted intrusion into the affairs of private businesses and individuals. earlier i spoke to the associate editorfor earlier i spoke to the associate editor for the political website, the hill who said it is politically risky for the trump administration to repeal the entirety of obamacare which has provided over 20 million americans with health cover. we will seat soon after president trump ta kes seat soon after president trump takes office to hollow out some major parts of the law. there are greater difficulties with this as it proceeds further down the line because as a political matter the
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republicans will be taking away benefits from people who currently enjoy them, about 20 million people have health insurance who didn't have health insurance who didn't have insurance before obamacare was passed. that's the interesting thing, wejust got passed. that's the interesting thing, we just got through here on the reuters news agency the vice president, mike pence, elect, saying that the architecture of obamacare will come together in the weeks, ahead of schedule. as you were indicating, the fact is, people now have this provision, they have access to health care, 20 million people who didn't. for them to lose it all of a sudden, that is potentially a political problem for the republicans. congressional elections two years down the track. yes, a huge problem and one of the tactics they are using to try and help is this idea that obamacare will be repealed almost immediately
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but it will be repealed only in law, by which i mean the actual repeal, the actual dropping of the conditions that you mentioned in your introduction won't happen for perhaps two, three, orfour years down the line. that is controversial by its own nature among some conservative republicans, but the attempt on the part of the republican party is to insulate itself from some of these political dangers by not just itself from some of these political dangers by notjust as it were flicking a switch and depriving people of the benefits they currently enjoy. a vigil‘s being held in memory of yasser yacub, the man shot dead by a police marksman as he drove off the m62 slip road in huddersfield on monday. friends and family gathered where he was shot, laying flowers and lighting candles. the parents of the dead man have told the bbc the shooting was the kind of thing they expected in america, and not in britain, as danny savage reports.
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police, don't shoot. in bradford last night, an angry demonstration blocked a main road in the city centre. "police, don't shoot," said one of the banners, as a small number of people protested about the shooting of yassar yaqub, 15 miles from where he died. you have killed an innocent brother! it was largely peaceful, although at least one object was thrown and some of those taking part wore balaclavas to hide their identities. a local mp has today appealed for the community to remain calm. we need to wait to see what comes out of the investigation and that's really important for the community. and in terms of the police, they have my confidence, they have regular conversations with me and updates. but if we need to have more conversations between the community and the police, you know, we must have those conversations. yassar yaqub was the man shot dead by police on monday night. a gun was found in the car that he was in. in 2010 he was cleared of attempted murder and a firearms offence,
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after it was alleged that he opened fire on a car in huddersfield. some local people have told us he was a renowned drugs dealer. but others did not think he was involved in any criminal activity. people living close to his home also say his house was targeted by gunmen more than a year ago. the house now has obvious security cameras on the outside. yassar yaqub's father has spoken to the bbc today, but he didn't want to go on camera. he said he didn't believe that his son would ever pull a gun and if there was a gun found in his car, he doesn't believe it would belong to his son. he and his wife also feel that events over the last few days are like something which would happen in america. and not here. it was on monday night that yassar yaqub was shot dead on a motorway slip road. unmarked police cars forced his audi to a stop. west yorkshire police say it was a preplanned operation. the independent police complaints commission is now overseeing the investigation. five men were arrested on suspicion
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of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear. today two of them have been bailed and three remain in custody. the headlines: sir tim barrow is to become britain's new ambassador to the eu following more acrimonious fallout from the resignation of his predecessor sir ivan rogers. a man has been charged with causing the deaths of two young girls by dangerous driving in oldham. the retailer next is warning of a difficult year ahead following disappointing sales in the run—up to christmas. there is a huge game going on in the premier league this evening as chelsea tried to make it 1a straight wins to equal the record set by
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arsenal in 2002. they must beat their london rivals tottenham at white hart lane, where they have only one that once in the league in ten years. still no nel, 15 minutes gone. hazard had the best chance so far. the everton winger yannick bolasie could be out for a year with a knee injury according to his manager ronald koeman. bolasie side we re manager ronald koeman. bolasie side were £25 million in august. he injured his right knee in the everton draw with manchester united last month. sunderland have turned down a £6 million bid from west ham forjermain defoe. defoe has scored 11 goals this season including two in his team's draw with liverpool on monday. it is understood west ham will raise their offerfor monday. it is understood west ham will raise their offer for the player. west ham have won their appeal against a sending—off on
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monday, their midfielder was shown a straight red card by mike dean after a collision with philjones. feghouli will be eligible to play in the fa cup match against manchester city on friday. lee's united owner massimo cellino has sold 50% of his sta ke massimo cellino has sold 50% of his stake in the club making acer group is the leading shareholder. the lead shareholder says he's impressed with thejob shareholder says he's impressed with the job that garry monk has done. massimo cellino remains in control. he made his money through a company called mpe silver, a big sports rights holding company, he sold a significant stake to chinese investors recently and he has money to spend and he has bought into leeds united, taking a 50% stake and we'll have to see if he increases his holding. massimo cellino will
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soon be banned if he was to hold onto his stake. sir andy murray is through to the quarterfinals of the cat are open after a 26 consecutive win —— sole andy murray. he was made to work hard against gerald melzer. amidst a whirlwind month of gongs and knighthoods, sir andy murray stayed flawless on the court. the britain is on the best winning strea k of britain is on the best winning streak of his career, in cattle he wa nts to streak of his career, in cattle he wants to keep up the momentum. the australian open is less than a fortnight today but in gerald melzer, andy murray faced a man who was seizing the spotlight, the austrian bringing his best to the world number one. they exchanged two brea ks world number one. they exchanged two breaks each in a set that was settled by dramatic tie—break. at one stage, melzer looked set to spring a surprise but andy murray, relentless, forcing the
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breakthrough. it is hard to get back to him. andy murray found a break in the second set. unlike many of the 25 before him, melzer soon found his effo rts 25 before him, melzer soon found his efforts were in vain and andy murray is continuing his hot streak atjust the right time. kadeena cox has had her uk sport funding suspended while she takes part in the channel 4 winter sport programme the dump. kadeena cox win two goals in rio and officials from both disciplines have advised her against participating. that is all the sport for now. still goalless between chelsea and spurs at white hart lane. let's go back to oui’ at white hart lane. let's go back to our top story, the fallout following the resignation of sir ivan rogers
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as the uk ambassador to the eu. his replacement will be sir tim barrow. let's talk to some alchemy in for his thoughts. —— sir malcolm rifkind. is sir tim barrow up to the job? yes, one of the most senior diplomats in the uk, former ambassador to russia, he is political director, one of the top london—based posts of the foreign office however his experience is not in detailed eu negotiations. he does not have the kind of experience that his predecessor had. he has the ability to carry out the same task but he will have to do a lot of reading between now and the end of march. but you're confident he can do that? yes, he is one of the top—notch diplomats, he has done eu work, on the political security side rather than the negotiations. one of
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the problems, and this is a correct point that ivan rogers made in the e—mail that has been published, how relatively few people we actually have in the united kingdom with experience of four example negotiations on trade matters. it's not a criticism, for a0 years, britain, france and germany have not done their national negotiations come it has been done by the eu on oui’ come it has been done by the eu on our behalf, so this is a big issue. if you were foreign secretary at this time and you had to deal with the huge task of getting britain outside of the eu, you would need to have 100% confidence in your ambassador representing the uk in brussels, wouldn't you ? ambassador representing the uk in brussels, wouldn't you? that wasn't the case with sir ivan. not in the final stage but it had been for a long time. the point that ministers should never forget is that what they should want from a top—class civil servant or diplomat, two
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things, firstly they must be willing, occasionally to hear and vice that they may not like but which reflects the ambassador‘s serious and professional judgment which reflects the ambassador‘s serious and professionaljudgment on the matter at hand. ministers are not required to accept the advice. when they have heard it and made up their mind, then they must be entitled to expect from their diplomat or ambassador for loyalty and commitment to carry out the policy that the government has decided. do you think sir ivan has had a rough ride? welll don't know enough about the internal detail of what may have happened in recent times but i think some of the controversy appears to have begun when a previous message, a private message he sent to ministers was lea ked message he sent to ministers was leaked and in that he reported what he was being told through europe, that it may take up to ten years to do the negotiations on a trade deal. now if that's all that happened, it
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shouldn't have been a personal mark against sir ivan rogers that he reported the fact as being the best evidence that was available as to the likely opinion of the other eu governments. if it was his own opinion as well, entitled to that, but when the united kingdom government had decided policy, as a professional diplomat, his requirement would have been to loyally carry it out to the best of his ability. good to see you. thank you forjoining us. german police have detained a tunisian man in connection with last month's truck attack on a christmas market in berlin, in which 12 people were killed. and tonight belgian prosecutors released a cctv image which they say shows the main suspect, anis amri, passing through brussels two days after the terrorist attack. amri was shot dead by police in milan a few days later. the retailer next, has warned
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of tougher conditions in the year ahead, amid uncertainty over brexit and a squeeze on consumer spending. shares in the company fell sharply today, after poor sales in the two months up to christmas, down 0.a%. our business correspondent emma simpson has more. the festive season — it's when the tills really should be ringing. it's been a difficult one for next, one of our biggest clothing chains. their christmas results are seen as a bellwether for the high street. the high street's struggling with the switch from actual selling in stores to selling online. struggling with coping with black friday, which is taking more trade than christmas. but at the same time, next itself is struggling, because the big growth area at next has been the directory. and that's slowed right down. but to have such a disappointment from one of the stronger retailers
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first thing is clearly not good news. but, as always, some will do better than others. the signs are that it's been decent forjohn lewis. its department stores saw a surge in sales in the final week. consumers haven't stopped spending, but we have been spending less on what we wear and more on what we do. record player for my parents. and just little bits and bobs, and that's it. usually i don't buy anything. gadgets and everything nowadays. so, yeah, it has become a lot more expensive. we will be reining it in, in the new year. 2016 was tough for next, but it's warning this year will be even tougher, with what it describes as exceptional levels of uncertainty. it says profits will be hit and that the devaluation of the pound after the eu referendum vote will push up its prices by 5%. and the industry's trade body also thinks the goings going to get tougher. 2017's going to be a really challenging year for retailers. on the one hand, you've
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got prices going up, which means consumers aren't going to be able to buy as much in shops, which is bad for both retail and the wider economy. as consumer spending is the biggest driver of economic growth in the uk. retailers are also going to experience a rise in costs of doing business from the national living wage and business rates too. and all this is going to happen at a time of massive political and economic uncertainty. for now, though, the question is, has next fared better or worse than its rivals, in a market more crowded and competitive than ever? the full christmas story will unfold in the coming days. flowers have been laid on coniston water in the lake district, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the land and water speed record holder, donald campbell. hisjet powered boat, bluebird, broke into pieces as he attempted to break his own record.
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his daughter said she was humbled his achievements are still recognised 50 years on. commemorative events are taking place over the next few days. time for the weather. as we approach the midnight hour a frost is forming, a cold nights to come across the country. a bit of a breeze may bring some showers on the north sea coasts and where we see that there may be some nice but further inland the talking point will be the feel of things, especially in the morning in the countryside, down to minus seven. not as cold in the south—west, re m na nts of not as cold in the south—west, remnants of the weather front producing cloud, some drizzle, but elsewhere a sparkling start, plenty of clear blue sky, cold and frosty. even into the afternoon, temperatures will struggle. a southerly breeze, temperatures will
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be seven, 8 degrees but in some places a few degrees above freezing. all change as we move towards friday, a southerly turns into a south—westerly, pulling in the front from the atlantic, bringing wet and windy weather. hello. this is bbc news with clive myrie. the headlines: the senior foreign office diplomat, sir tim barrow, has been announced as britain's new ambassador to the eu, as the fallout over the resignation of his predecessor, sir ivan rogers, continues. labour is demanding a government statement. come to the house on monday, make a statement, reassure the house that there is a plan.


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