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this is bbc news. the headlines at two. the prime minister prepares to outline her aims in brexit negotiations. the labour leaderjeremy corbyn says the economy could suffer. she appears to be heading is in the direction of a bargain basement economy in europe. we will lose access to half of our export market. it seems to me an extremely risky strategy. a warning that cancer operations in some hospitals are being cancelled because of increased pressures on the nhs. also in the next hour, donald trump is urged not to press ahead with plans to move the us embassy in israel to jerusalem. it comes asjohn kerry attends a summit in france in an attempt to kick—start the middle east peace process, but without the two main parties in attendance. and a debate over whether to bring in birds of prey to reduce the number of seagulls on britain's beaches.
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and in half an hour a look back at the latest in the week in parliament. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has accused the government of threatening a "trade war" with europe if it doesn't get the deal it wants over brexit. he was responding to comments by the chancellor, phillip hammond, who told a german newspaper that britain wouldn't "lie down wounded" if it no longer had access to the single market and hinted that corporation tax could be cut in response. on tuesday, theresa may is due to reveal details of her brexit strategy. our political correspondent tom bateman reports.
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under pressure to reveal a plan for brexit, theresa may will hope to answer her critics this week, calling for unity and an end to insults or relieving the eu. —— over leaving the eu. injune, people voted for change, and a change is going to come. when she first detailed her thinking on brexit, the prime minister said it must mean control of immigration policy and ministers with the power to strike global trade deals. her speech on tuesday seems likely to reflect that, which many interpret as britain being outside the formal market, but seeking bespoke trade deals. i think the prime minister has always been clear that she wants the uk to be an open, outward looking trade nation. she has said that on a number of occasions. that is the positive view we have on the uk moving forward. and obviously ensuring that uk companies
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have the best access to the ability to trade with and operate within the european union. the chancellor said there would be a hardball approach to the talks. he was asked by a german newspaper about lowering tax rates to entice business. he said... he appears to be making a sort of threat to the european community, saying, if you don't give us what we want, we will become this sort of strange entity on the shores of europe, where there will be low levels of corporate taxation designed to undermine the effectiveness or otherwise of industry across europe. it seems to me a recipe for some kind of trade war with europe. mrs may will hope to shine more light on the heated debate over brexit.
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so far at least, her a call for unity shows little sign of being heard. cancer operations are being cancelled because of pressures on the nhs, according to the royal couege the nhs, according to the royal college of surgeons. he says they used to be protected but in the past few weeks that has not been so in the past few weeks. earlier ian eardley, a vice—president of the royal college of surgeons and a consultant at stjames' hospital in leeds told us cancellations were happening all over the uk. the nhs is under enormous pressure at the moment, increased admissions combined with difficulties in getting patients home because of lack of support in the social and community, means that hospitals are just too full and they can't do a elective surgery. while cancer
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operations are usually the cases that are most important, up and down the country patients with cancer are having their surgery cancelled or delayed. our correspondent, richard lister, joins me now with the latest. do we have a sense of how widespread these cancellations are? the royal couege these cancellations are? the royal college of surgeons says it is happening across the u k, notjust in nhs england. they say that they we re in nhs england. they say that they were hearing anecdotally that there we re were hearing anecdotally that there were more cancellations and postponements at the end of last year, so they have triggered a survey amongst hospitals in the country to find out the extent of the problem. —— amongst all hospitals. they haven't got the definitive statistics but they tell me that large numbers are having to postpone cancer surgeries and that so postpone cancer surgeries and that so far, in the past two weeks, it has affected dozens of cancer patients. and why are they saying that this is happening specifically
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now? because of the pressure on the nhs, half the hospitals in england required a major alert in the first week of the year because of the pressure on nhs resources. and they don't have the inpatient beds available to be able to ensure that every person who is due to have cancer surgery can have space every person who is due to have cancer surgery can have space in every person who is due to have cancer surgery can have space in a hospital cancer surgery can have space in a hospital and have it done and have cat when they come out of surgery. the pressure on the resources is the problem. -- have her. it is upsetting for the cancer patients to think they are having the procedure and then it is cancelled at the last minute. it is very difficult to be told you will have surgery next week, they prepare themselves for it mentally, and they get help in if it's needed, then to be told perhaps on the day that it is not going to happen and they don't even have a date when it will happen can be very traumatic. indeed. thank you very much indeed. the french foreign minister has urged the incoming us administration
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not to move the country's embassy in israel tojerusalem. he said this would have serious consequences. jean—marc ayrault‘s comment follows the opening of a conference in paris to re—start the middle east peace process. i'm joined by our correspondent hugh schofield, who is at the conference. hugh, what's been happening there? what hopes are there that this conference might make any difference to the middle east peace process? well, nothing substantial is going to happen here. to be fair to the french that was never the intention. the aim of the conference is to signalfrom the the aim of the conference is to signal from the international community that they are online and ready to back the two partners israel and the palestinians when it comes to, if it comes to books. but nothing concrete on the table, they are not talking about security or
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water. they are talking about the principle of the two state solution, which they save remains the only option on the table, still. but who's likely achievement is drifting into the future with dangerous consequences for the situation on the ground. this is really, simply to re—energise a peace process which is more or less dead. and to remind the world, and israel and the palestinians that a solution is still urgently required. we will have to see what happen. but, i will have to see what happen. but, i will have to see what happen. but, i will have to say, as you were implying, the talks have been dominated by this issue of america and the incoming administration with trump. what is the significance of the idea of the americans moving their embassy in israel to jerusalem of the americans moving their embassy in israel tojerusalem and
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tel aviv? right, it is embassy in israel tojerusalem and telaviv? right, it is hugely controversial if it does come. looking back historically, all the big powers have kept their embassies in tel aviv, for the very strong reason that in principle, in international law, the status of jerusalem remains undetermined. to move an embassy tojerusalem is to do what israel is one to rob the noses of the palestinians it. that is why countries have not done that. —— to to grab the noses of the palestinians. it is part of what would seem to be a shift in policy in america to a much more forthright pro — israeli direction. there is a new ambassador that is likely to be appointed who is quite clearly support a hardline israeli view on
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the west bank. and this idea of transferring the embassy is on his agenda and is a promise of donald trump. well it to happen, and this is what we are getting from the participants here who are opposed to it, the fear is that it would create the conditions for another upsurge in violence. it is deplored by the people here. one has to be careful, because one thing that can be said with certainty about the incoming trump administration is that we don't ruin what is good to happen at all. we will have to see if this promise is put into effect. or you can save the certain here is that there is a great deal of apprehension and alarm about the prospect of this change. one more word about the conference in paris, the israeli leader has dismissed it is put out which is encouraging, i suppose? no, the french are well
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aware and have been from the start that the israelis are not keen on the conference. the israelis and the palestinians are not attending but they were never expected to. the idea was that the international community would get together and reaffirmed its support for the two state solution. to make economic incentives for the two parties and they would be briefed. the palestinians are happy with that and fits in with their view of how things should be but the israelis are not at all happy. they are deeply concerned about this being a way of isolating them and the prospect is growing of a world in which you have the bulk of the international community were centred here and then israel very much joined closer to a new american administration and pulling up the
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drawbridge around the two of them. many thanks indeed. president obama has described his successor donald trump as "unconventional" and warned that he shouldn't be underestimated. mr obama made the comments in his last ever tv interview as president. on friday donald trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. jane—frances kelly reports. washington is busy preparing for a new president. us air force personnel practice perfection and ahead of donald trump's inauguration, which will take place on friday. in his last tv interview as president, barack obama has been speaking about his time in office, and also about his successor. he described him as an unconventional candidate that won an improvisational campaign. now he is in the process of building an organisation. and we will have to see how that works. it will be a test, i think, for him and the
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people that he has designated, to be able to execute on his vision. president obama admitted he had passed on some words of advice to mrtrump. one thing i said to him directly, and i would advise my republican friends in congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward, certain norms, certain institutional traditions don't get eroded, because there is a reason they are in place. activists led by the reverend al sharpton have been on the streets of washington, criticising donald trump for comments he has made on twitter regarding civil rights campaigner, congressmanjohn lewis, who said trump was not a legitimate president. we won't be trumped! many more protests are planned in the
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run—up to friday. security will be tight for a president that has made a virtue of being different, and has gained support because he is not part of the political establishment. the headlines on bbc news... theresa may has urged an end to division as she prepares to set up the government's plant the brexit. there is a warning that cancer operation and in some hospitals are being cancelled because of increased pressures on the nhs. and john cerrie is among delegates from 70 countries attending a conference in paris to try and revive the middle east peace process. the northern ireland secretaryjames brokenshire has said that he's not yet considering the possibility of direct rule by uk ministers after the resignation of northern ireland's deputy first minister martin mcguinness. mr brokenshire is obliged to call a fresh election if there is no
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resolution to the political deadlock at stormont by 5 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr show mr brokenshire also dismissed the idea that britain would consider a joint government with the republic of ireland. i am not contemplating alternatives to devolved government in northern ireland. that is my resolute view. don't you have to, really? it might be on your plate very soon? what is my responsibility is to see that we are working with each of the parties to ensure we are not looking at greater division. my concern is that an election campaign will be divisive, will lead to greater distance between the parties at the end of that. exactly. it is that work therefore that i am doing and will continue to do. i would encourage the parties themselves to think about these big issues on how they conduct that campaign, and how we are able to build things back together again once that has concluded. there's a warning that air passengers arriving in britain
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will face "severe disru ption" after brexit, unless there's an increase in border force staff. the airport operators association says passport checks for eu nationals are likely to become more stringent, leading to longer queues and processing times. here's our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw. there are record numbers of travellers at britain's airports. in 2015, there were 251 million passenger journeys. it's thought last year's figure was even higher. but there is concern that growth in air traffic hasn't been matched by an increase in resources for border force, which is responsible for immigration and customs checks. the airport operators' association says that has led to longer queues at passport desks and it's concerned delays will worsen. at present, eu travellers use separate channels or automatic e—passport gates. they tend to be quicker than for passengers from outside of europe.
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but after brexit, if people are all screened in the same way, the association says overall waiting times will increase. in evidence to a parliamentary enquiry, the association said introducing tighter controls on eu passport holders would be... it says airports would have to spend millions of pounds on extra facilities for immigration checks, so it is asking the government to keep the current system in place for eu passengers travelling to uk airports. the home office says it would be wrong to set out details of how future immigration controls might work in advance of negotiations with the eu. but the department says border force has the capacity to meet passenger demand and maintain security. danny shaw, bbc news. serbia has defended its response to the extreme cold weather that has claimed dozens of migrants' lives. the minister responsible,
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ivan miskovic, told bbc news, that many have refused shelters, fearing they would be deported. 15,000 people are living in tents as far south as greece, including the islands of lesbos and samos. aid agencies warn they are at risk of freezing to death. tim neilson reports. for the balkans there was no letup in the icy grip of winter, so far. fresh no—fault and freezing temperatures cause further misery. for the thousands of migrants stuck in serbia, the situation is dire. some have already died and now there is warning that more lives will be claimed by the temperatures. many are living in disused warehouses with no heating or electricity, waddling around fires and eating hot food to trying keep the cold at bay.
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officials here say they are doing everything they can to help the migrants but some are refusing any assistance. somehow they are distrustful towards is because they are afraid of deportation, in reality there is not a single real reason for them to be outside of the official asylum centres, provided by the state of serbia. serbian officials have set up areas where migrants can read charge batteries and the mobile phones as they wait to move further north. but that move is farfrom to move further north. but that move is far from easy with the free is affecting countries they either want to pass through or move to. this is austria, which again has seen large no—fault this weekend. the forecast say the big freeze across this whole region of europe will continue. meanwhile tensions between serbia
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and kosovo have flared over a train. the train set off from belgrade and its inauguraljourney on saturday. the train is painted on the outside," kosovo is serbia." in 20 languages. an inside orthodox religious. kosovo calls it a provocation. which declared independence in 2008 from serbia. it set up packed with passengers and journalists, attendance dressed in serbia's natural colours. ——
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national colours. the train was never reached the border, it was halted at the border after concerns of attack. translation: they have sent special... we realised they wanted to provoke the bigger conflict. the prime minister defended moves to block the train, saying it is serbian nationalists who violated its country's sovereignty. the two nations signed an agreement to try and normalise relations. their relationship has deteriorated in recent months, however, and could now be further derailed. the buildings of parliament are not
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ina good the buildings of parliament are not in a good way. stonework is crumbling, roots are leaking and something needs to be done to bring the palace of westminster back to life. parliament is part of the world heritage site recognised as a building of outstanding value to humanity. but fixing it won't be cheap. estimates range from 5.5 to £4 billion and the work will take at least five years. during that time mps could have to move out of the commons chamber, where to hasn't yet been decided. the treasury committee usually conducts enquiries into big economic issues, like the work of the bank of england or the government's tax policy. but its next enquiry will take a look much closer to home. the committee says previous reports have failed to provide enough evidence to assess the proposals
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and claims ministers haven't answered their questions about the cost of the work. the palace of westminster may be crucial to public life in britain, but those who are elected to serve there say fixing it must be good value for the taxpayer. four months after one of its rockets blew up on take—off, spacex, has launched a falcon 9 rocket from a launchpad in california. there were cheers as the first stage touched down successfully on a barge moored in the pacific, nine minutes after launch. richard forrest reports. and a clear californian morning the rock company resumed flights with this rocket blasting into the blue sky. it was launched and carried ten
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space crafts. it now has 70 planned missions including for nasa. which will use it to fly cargo to the international space station. minutes after the launch the first stage of the rocket landed successfully on a platform in the pacific, prompting huge applause at mission control. founder and entrepreneur tweeted. .. an hourand 15 founder and entrepreneur tweeted. .. an hour and 15 minutes after the launch the mission was complete. it was different last september, when one of its rockets exploded on a launch pad in florida. a falcon nine was about to go through every team engine ignition test when fire ripped through it and destroyed the
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rocket and a $200 million satellite it was due to carry into orbit two days later. investigators believe it was caused by a design problem. after this latest successful launch, they have a busy 2017 ahead, with more launches planned. a sound of the seaside? or a blight on the beach? seagulls are synonymous with the coast, but they're also known for stealing food from passers—by. so at one british resort, they're debating whether or not to bring in birds of prey to reduce the seagull numbers. emma glasbey reports from scarborough. seagulls and scarborough just go together. but, in recent years, the relationship has been turning slightly sour. the number of birds in this town has grown to a few thousand and especially in the summer, it's claimed they are becoming more aggressive. i have seen them take food from people's hands. for children, it can be quite scary.
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people feed them. they feed them titbits and they should not encourage them to come to the area. i don't think it is a real issue. i think one or two people complain too much about it. the council has been discussing what to do about the gulls. councillors could decide to hire a firm to work on reducing the number of birds over the next few years. we would use egg and nest removal. that is not removing all eggs from nests, that is removing a percentage. we work with natural england on that to say, this is how many we're going to take, and report back the numbers. we also fly birds of prey. we are not going out to kill anything, that's for sure. the idea is to move them to nesting in the cliffs or further away from town. it may be winter but there are still sequels around. in january you
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it may be winter but there are still sequels around. injanuary you would expect them to be all out to sea, but they're so used to being fed here that they are staying on land. if action is going to be taken, it will need to happen soon. the seagull mating season is about to begin. time for the latest weather. things are warming up. there is mad at atlantic air pushing in bringing at atlantic air pushing in bringing a lot of mac as well. his recent scene a lot of mac as well. his recent scene showing mist over the tops of the cliffs. things are improving a little bit, but it is going to staying maniac loudly through this afternoon. overnight, another port of rain. —— is gained mainly cloudy. a lot of dry weather a lot of cloud.
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it should be frost free but still pretty chilly a and south east england. monday, a wet start, rain easing off in scotland, but further rain could come to the north west. a lot of cloud in the forecast, relatively mild cross western areas, temperatures reaching double figures again. julia crossed east anglia and south—east england. a lot of cloud. that is your weather. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: reports have suggested theresa may will signal pulling out of the eu single market in a speech on tuesday — labour'sjeremy corbyn warns the economy could suffer. the royal college of surgeons says hospitals around the uk are reporting sharp increases in the number of cancer operations being postponed, because of a shortage of beds. the combination of increased admissions through accident
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and emergency combined with difficulties in getting patients home because of lack of support and social care in the community means that hospitals are just too full. the french foreign minister has urged the incoming us administration not to move the country's embassy in israel to jerusalem — warning this would have serious consequences. president obama has described his successor donald trump as "unconventional" and warned that he shouldn't be underestimated — on friday mr trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the united states. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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