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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: labour accuses the chancellor of threatening a trade war with europe, if access to the single market is denied after brexit. doctors voice concern over the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled because of the pressures on the nhs. have cancer inside you, you want to get rid of it and that is devastating to get the news. as donald trump prepares for his inauguration ceremony, a leading figure in the civil rights movement says he will be boycotting the event. also in the next hour: more than 70 nations meet for a major international conference aimed at kick—starting peace talks between israel and the palestinians. delegates at the summit in paris restate their commitment to a two—state solution and warn against unilateral actions. and the travel show goes underground as it explores russia's hidden military history in vladivostok. good evening and
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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's told a german newspaper that the uk wouldn't "lie down," if access to the single market was "closed off." mr hammond hinted at steep cuts in business taxes, to regain competitiveness. this week, theresa may is expected to reveal details of her brexit strategy. here's our political correspondent vicki young. slowly, a picture is emerging of theresa may's brexit plans. if she gets her way, exit negotiations will be triggered injust over two months. today, one of her most senior ministers made it clear that britain is prepared to play hard ball.
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philip hammond was asked by a german newspaper about the merits of the uk lowering tax rates to entice businesses here. he said he favoured the current system with european style taxation and regulation, but he had a warning that britain might be forced to become something different. " if we have no access to european markets, if we are closed off," he said, "we could be forced to change our economic model to regain competitiveness. " "the british people are not going to lie down and say, too bad, we've been wounded." the prime minister has been very open that her priority in brexit negotiations will be to control immigration and make sure that the uk can do global trade deals. leading eu figures have been equally clear. they say, to do that, the uk will have to leave the single market. and now the chancellor is laying out what the consequences of that might be, notjust for britain, but for the eu as well. the labour leader accused mr hammond of pursuing an extremely risky strategy. he appears to be making a sort of
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threat to the european community — if you don't give us exactly what we want, we are going to become this sort of strange entity on the shores of europe where there will be very 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. but others believe eu leaders will recognise the benefits of an open trading relationship with the uk. we're leaving the single market, we do not intend to be in it, nor in the customs union. we want to make trading arrangements, but we want to be co—operating and have free trade arrangement with the eu and have full access to services. that is exactly where we should be. that is not damaging, it benefits both sides. on tuesday, theresa may will the country to unite and get behind brexit. but many mps are concerned that her approach will damage the economy. earlier i spoke to our chief political correspondent vicki young.
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she began by expanding on the comments made by the chancellor. we are really trying to piece together the picture of exactly what the government is going to be asking for in those negotiations. theresa may is going to make a significant speech on tuesday about all of this, but philip hammond has told us quite a bit i think really today about all of this. immigration is the priority for theresa may. she says that britain is going to leave the european union and the priority for her is to control our borders, to control immigration. now, eu leaders have made it very clear that in order to do that, britain would have to leave the single market. now, today philip hammond suggested several things, that we would leave the single market because we want to control immigration, but he did suggest we would be looking for a special arrangement for the car industry, for example, for the city of london, for the banking and financial sector. and also they have talked about doing trade deals, global trade deals is going to be a big part of all of this, which also suggests we would leave the customs union.
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so what philip hammond is saying is that if we can't have free trade and continue with that, if the eu decides to put up trade barriers, then he is saying that britain might have to change its complete economic model. and people are reading into that he means slashing corporation tax in order to encourage companies to come here, deregulating so that we really don't follow the same model we have which is the same as the eu for all these years. and of course there are questions about how feasible that would be, is it something that britain could do or not? but it is likely to be seen as a threat by eu leaders. the phrase that comes to mind with the word that comes to mind is playing hard ball. yeah, absolutely. of course on both sides at this point, when we are still a few weeks away from the triggering of article 50, the start of those negotiations, of course both sides are going to be talking tough in all of this. we have had some reaction from an ally of angela merkel‘s tonight, accusing philip hammond of grandstanding, saying that instead of issuing threats britain should seek compromise and find common interest with eu partners. now, i think the government would reject any idea
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that they are threatening the eu. they would say what they are trying to do is get them to think about the economic realities. that if you put up trade barriers, that is notjust going to be bad for the uk but bad for the eu as well. they would say that in the eurozone particularly they have not performed well, growth hasn't been as strong as it has been in britain. what is the point in cutting off there knows to spite theirface if you like. but of course there is very much a political angle to all of this. eu leaders don't want britain to have a better deal outside the eu than they did in, because they don't want to encourage others to leave and angela merkel has made it very clear that britain will not be allowed to cherry pick the bits that it likes. and you mentioned the immediate german reaction, butjeremy corbyn has been saying that he is very alarmed by what philip hammond has had to say as well. yeah, i mean, he says this will end up that we have trade wars in all of this. you know, labour and labour mps have said that they won't block the triggering of article 50 even though there may well, depending on the supreme court judgment sometime in the next couple of weeks, have to be a vote. but people and mps, many of them are very concerned about the type of brexit.
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there are some who say that they want to stay in the single market and that that is the most important thing for the british economy, and they are dismayed that the prime minister is putting immigration, they say, before the prosperity of the country. now, she of course would deny that that is what she is doing. she says that it is very clear from the way people voted last year that it was immigration they were hoping to control. and we'll find out how this story is covered in tomorrow's front pages at10.15pm and 11.30pm in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are rowena mason from the guardian and jim waterson from buzzfeed. doctors say cancer operations are being cancelled, because of the growing pressures on the nhs. the royal college of surgeons says they used to be protected, because of their urgent nature, but for the past couple of weeks, that hasn't been the case in some uk hospitals here's our health editor hugh pym. he got the news by e—mail and at one day's notice.
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andrew's operation for prostate cancer had been cancelled owing to a lack of beds at his local hospital. he is a victim of the winter pressures gripping the nhs, with even cancer procedures postponed because of the big increase in demand for hospital care. the person suffering with the cancer can cope with it better than the loved ones around them. my partner, she was really just devastated. we didn't know what to do. it affects everybody, cancer in the family. it's not just me. routine operations are cancelled every winter if there is pressure on beds. but cancer treatment always continues, with very few exceptions. but since the new year, surgeons say that has changed, with a lot more cancer operations having to be put off. the current level of cancellations, if it's not unprecedented, it's certainly pretty close to being as bad as it's ever been. we are hearing from a number of trusts up and down the country, perhaps dozens of trusts,
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that it's not one or two cases being cancelled but several cases each day. hospitals are trying to avoid postponing cancer operations for longer than a few weeks. but there have been warnings that delays, however long, can be bad news for patients. we know that speedy treatment helps people's recovery and the survival rates. so we are really, really concerned this is happening, not only for the individual from a mental—health and well—being perspective, but more importantly, the impact it could have on survival rates. a department of health spokesperson said, "nhs england has assured us that trusts are prioritising urgent operations and treatments." longer delays discharging medically fit patients back to the community, often because of problems with social care, have really added to the pressures on hospitals this winter. that means fewer beds for emergency admissions, never mind patients who are
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expecting to come in for surgery. the latest revelations about cancer treatment postponements are further evidence of the strain across the service. the state of the nhs is dominating political debate, with winter far from over. hugh pym, bbc news. representatives of more than 70 countries have called on israel and the palestinians to confirm their commitment to 82—macro state solution. they issued a statement that neither side should take unilateral steps that could jeopardise negotiations. to be fair to the french, they never set this up as fully fledged peace talks. israel and the palestinians were never actually invited to it. the idea is that they would come separately, together at the end of the conference and then have a briefing with president hollande who would then
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tell them about what had happened and so on. in the end even that didn't happen, the israelis weren't playing ball at all. the aim was more limited. the aim was to get the world together, the international community together to recommit itself to the idea of a two state solution and to say to the two parties, you are the only people who can solve this problem but we are here to help, please start talking again. to the extent that that was the aim, it was achieved, but one has to recognise that it was a pretty limited aim and the prospect of it being translated into anything that would actually affect life on the ground fairly small. any sign at all of anybody saying anything new about it? anybody have any initiative in the back of their minds that they were able to bring to this thing? no, i think we can safely say it was just a plea really from the french organisers and from everyone else to bang heads together and recognise the dangerousness of the situation. i think what made this more than just the usual talking shop
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was what was happening in america. the timing of this is very interesting. it was set to take place just before the new administration would come in washington. of course at the time nobody knew that it would be a trump administration. the idea was simply to tell any new administration, israel palestine is an issue which needs to be addressed. the fact that it is a trump administration that is coming into power of course gives it a whole new resonance, because the trump administration is on this, as in so many matters of foreign policy, completely unpredictable and may well start taking measures that are pro israel in a really new kind of way that would frighten a lot of the delegates, the french not least here in paris. the man who will be donald trump's vice president, mike pence, says he hopes an influential and revered civil rights leader will change his mind about boycotting the inauguration ceremony on friday. the veteran democratic party congressman, john lewis,
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said he didn't believe mr trump was a legitimate president. from washington, here's laura bicker. the stage is set, and rehearsals are under way for the moment when donald trump will take the oath of office. after a week of swirling controversies, this will be the day that matters. but already notable figures have said they will not be there. it's going to be very difficult. i don't see that the president—elect is a legitimate president. john lewis is a respected and much loved civil—rights icon. his words matter. but donald trump attacked him on twitter and created a bitter row. the vice president—elect defended his boss. i have great respect forjohn lewis, and for his contributions, particularly to the civil—rights movement. i was deeply disappointed. to see someone of his stature questioning the legitimacy of donald trump's election
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as president and say he's not attending the inauguration. i hope he reconsiders both positions. security is being tightened as parts of the capital get ready to go on lockdown. around a million people are expected here on friday. but john lewis isn't the only one not coming. at least 20 democrats have said they will not be there. and donald trump doesn'tjust have racial or political divisions to heal. the president—elect accused his top spies of leaking an unverified dossier of claims that the trump campaign team had close links with russia. he even compared their action to nazi germany, setting up a confrontational relationship with the very agencies that keep america safe. what i do find outrageous is equating the intelligence community with nazi germany. i do take great umbrage at that. there is no basis for mr trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.
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a stern rebuke. but the president—elect says this inauguration week and this particular piece of historic political theatre will be about listening to the voice of the people — not the washington elite. laura bicker, bbc news, washington. and laura bicker has more on the latest developments. john lewis is one of these democrati congressman that even is loved by republicans. and that is why when he said his words and donald trump has reacted in the way he has done it has caused such outrage. but he is not the only one criticising the president elect. you heard it here from the outgoing cia head john brennan. he had some tough words about donald trump's habit of tweeting. in that interview, the rest of the interview with fox news, he told the conservative news channel that spontaneity is not something that protects
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national security interests. he went on to say, therefore when he speaks and reacts he has to understand the implications and impact on the united states could be profound. it is more than about mr trump, he says, it is about the united states of america. these are harsh words indeed from an outgoing cia director, so when i have said in my piece there is division to heal, it is not just about the racial divide, the political divide, there are real divisions to heal with the people who keep america safe. the eyes and ears of america. now, presidential inauguration, the words that are spoken at them, they ring down the years, don't they? so everybody will be extremely interested in what mr trump to say. there is no doubt this is an historic moment, and watching the preparations going on in the capital is pretty special. you can only get into certain parts of the mall. there are parts of the capital on lockdown while rehearsals are underway today.
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there are motorcades racing through the city to different parts as people are shuffled from tv studio to tv studio. there is no doubt washington is an exciting place to be, but all eyes and all ears will be on when mr trump takes the microphone after the oath of office. how does he go about perhaps putting to bed the several weeks of controversies that have swirled around him? and there are quite a number to go at. or does he just talk about healing the divisions that perhaps the elections have caused? there is a number of issues for him to deal with and i think certainly they are expecting around i million people. and having heard from some of his supporters, they are excited about this, because they are excited that this is someone who is not part of the washington elite, who is not the normal politician and they want to hear what he has to say about making their lives better. the headlines on bbc news:
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accuses the chancellor of risking a trade war with europe if access to the single market is restricted. surgeons say hospitals are being forced to cancel cancer operations because of the current pressures. and representatives of more than 70 nations urge israel and the palestinians to commit to a two state solution. sport now and for a full round—up, let's go to the bbc sport centre. manchester united and liverpool had to settle for a one or draw. that man, the latter ibrahimovic rescuing a.6
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man, the latter ibrahimovic rescuing a .6 minutes from time. james miller gave liverpool the lead for the penalty spot after paul pogba handled a cross in the united box. liverpool are now in third place. handled a cross in the united box. liverpool are now in third placem was very emotional. it was intense, it was aggressive but a good aggressive, not a bad one and we fought until the last second to try to win it but liverpool did the same, so in the end the result reflects that. everton handed pep guardiola his heaviest defeat as a manager. they beat manchester city 4-0. manager. they beat manchester city 4—0. city are ten points behind chelsea. a masterclass from virat kohli
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consigned england to defeat in the opening one—day international against india. eoin morgan's side made their highest losing score in a 0di — hitting 351 in pune, but india completed the joint—third best chase of all time in 48.1 overs. patrick gearey was watching the action. you would forgive one englishman for being a little jaded on parade. joe root became a father last saturday. he flew long haul on wednesday and was at the crease on sunday. no time to rest in one—day cricket, a game of constant bustle and muscle. afterjason roy's start, root took the wheel. he ran out of steam and 78, but diesel powered ben stokes wasted england up to 350. the highest one—day score against india. but even total is that big can evaporate out here. an early rattle of wickets reassured england. but none of the four who went with virat kohli. captain and icon, a man who soars under scrutiny, a signature sticks to complete his 27th one—day century. if that created a stir, wait for this.
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his partner was local boy jadhav, 100 to the pride of pune. his heavy lifting had been done, time to show off. right now, there seems few heights india cannot reach. a last minute try from from chris ashton denied scarlets a famous win over saracens in the pick of the day's action in rugby union's european champions cup. scarlets still had hopes of overhauling toulon into a qualifying position at the start of the day's play. they went in front against the defending european champions through scott williams in the second half. and it looked like the welsh side might hold on for a crucial win, but with 80 minutes already on the clock, saracens scored underneath the posts with the final play of the match. the simple conversion meant it finished 22—22. saracens are guaranteed a place in the quarterfinal. scarlets‘ hopes of qualifying are now over. englishman graeme storm won his first european tour event
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since 2007, beating rory mcilroy in a play—off at the south africa 0pen. storm went into today's final round three shots clear of mcilroy but going up the 17th the world number two had turned it around to go one shot ahead. however on that penultimate hole, mcilroy did this, finding the bunker in consecutive shots. that meant both players finished the tournament i8—under—par. they would replay the 18th until there was a winner. 0n the third extra hole storm had this long putt to win, just missing, but he got it close enough to force the error from mcilroy on his par attempt, and storm, who nearly lost his european tour card last year, sealed just the second title of his career. it's five years since ronnie 0'sullivan last went out in the first round of snooker‘s masters but he came as close as you can get this afternoon. china's liang wenbo came from 4—2 down to lead 5—4 and had this black to win the match. having potted the black to force a decider, 0'sullivan, despite suffering with a heavy cold, cleared up
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with his biggest break of the day. he'll play neil robertson or ali carter next. it's been a close bdo world darts final so far, but number one seed glen durrant is two sets away from victory over danny noppert. the youngster from the netherlands, who's playing at the lakeside for the first time, levelled the match three times to go in 3—3 at the break. but durrant came out after the interval and won the next two sets to lead 5—3. he held his nerve to take out double i6 and the truth they will be going back home to teesside. that is all the sport for now. more in the next hour. there's a warning that air passengers arriving in britain will face "severe disru ption" after brexit, unless there's an increase in border force staff. the airport 0perators association says passport checks for eu nationals are likely to become more
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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 journeys. last year ‘s figure was higher but there is concern that growth in air traffic has not been matched in an increase in re—sources for borderforce. the matched in an increase in re—sources for border force. the airport operators association says that has lead to longer queues at passport desks and is concerned delays while worsen. at present, eu travellers use separate channels or automatic gates. they tend to be quicker if a passenger is from outside europe but after brexit, if people overseas are all screened in the same way,
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overall waiting times will increase. in evidence the association says introducing tighter controls on eu passport holders would be highly destructive. it says airports would have to spend millions 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 will be wrong to set out details of how future immigration controls will work but the department says border force has the capacity to meet passenger demand and maintain security. plans for four new "nature schools" in england would still see pupils learning traditional subjects, but also having the opportunity to spend more of their day outside. david gregory—kumar reports. brandon marsh nature reserve near coventry, home to some excited woodland creatures getting to grips with nature. brandon marsh is also headquarters
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for warwickshire wildlife trust, and it is the trust that his leading plans for nature schools across the uk. some of these children could be amongst the very first pupils. but what exactly is a nature school? children at our schools will still need to learn times tables and to read and write. but we are preparing an educational philosophy that will allow teachers to achieve that learning outside, using the natural setting of the school as much as in the classroom. so they will be outside more? they will. probably coming home a bit dirtier than they might otherwise. initially, four nature—based primary schools are planned with two in the midlands, one which has been identified as possibly going into camp hill in nuneaton. they have already got their eyes on a site and a building. it is the camp hill school that may be the very first nature school in the uk and it's a location that might surprise some people. it's definitely an urban area, but it is the area
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that was identified by local authorities as with the greatest need for a new school. we'll make the most of any outdoor space there is. we will create new outdoor spaces for learning, a garden and a lot more wildlife areas, possibly even beehives, really exciting. parents visiting the reserve today were very excited. some have already looked into applying for the new school. she loves being outdoors, and we would like that for her, for education, really. the outside is an amazing place to learn, and i think you can have so many experiences that are not traditional education that still give you the same knowledge that you would have in a classroom, so i think it's brilliant. if all goes well, the uk's first nature school could open in december 2018. a sound of the seaside? or a blight on the beach?
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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. 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.
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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 seagulls around. injanuary, you would expect them to be all out to sea, but they are so used to being fed here, 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. it looks very nice in scarborough but what about the prospects for the uk? not much sunshine, a lot of
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cloud but a lot of dry weather in the week ahead. 0ver cloud but a lot of dry weather in the week ahead. over the next 2a hours or so, more of the wet stuff. the rain extending down through the spine of england and wales. 0n either side of that, dryer, a touch of frost in the south—east but generally milder the further north and west we go. drab start to the working week and pretty wet in some places through the central spine of the uk. that rain will turn more patchy. best of the sunshine in the east anglia and the south—east. miles here, 10 degrees, and we keep that pattern going. many places mild away from the south—east and a lot of dry weather to come for the weekend.

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