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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10pm: labour accuses the chancellor of threatening a trade war with europe, if access to the single market is denied after brexit. meanwhile, the us president—elect, donald trump, says the uk was "smart" to vote to leave the european union. i think brexit will end up being a great thing that i predicted the heat i took up was unbelievable and that's because people don't want others to come in destroying their country. doctors voice concern over the number of cancer patients having their operations cancelled because of the pressures on the nhs. you've got cancer inside you and you just want to get rid of it and it's just devastating to get that type of news. also in the next hour: more than 70 countries call on israel and the palestinians to restate their commitment to a peace settlement. a major summit in paris warns against any unilateral actions that could jeopardise future talks. and we'll be taking a look
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at tomorrow morning's front pages, including the financial times which says the prime minister is keen to calm eu fears when she unveils her brexit blueprint on tuesday. good evening 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 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.
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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. 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
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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 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.
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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. vicki young said attention is turning very much to the speech on tuesday. we are trying to piece together the jigsaw exactly what the government will ask for. philip hammond has told us quite a bit today about all of this. immigration is the priority. theresa may says britain will leave the eu and the priority is to control our borders, control immigration. eu leaders have made it clear that in order to do
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that, britain would have to leave the single market. philip hammond suggested we would leave the single market because we want to control immigration and that he was looking for a special arrangement for the car industry, the city of london, banking and doing global trade deals which suggests we would leave the customs union. what philip hammond is saying is if we cannot have free trade, if the eu decides to put up trade, if the eu decides to put up trade barriers, he is saying britain will have to change its complete economic model, slashing corporation tax, deregulating so we don't follow the same model as the eu. there are questions about how feasible that would be, is it something britain can do but it is likely to be seen asa can do but it is likely to be seen as a threat by eu leaders. the word that comes to mind is playing
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hardball. of course, from both sides. of course both saints are going to be talking tough. we have had reaction from an ally of angela merkel accusing philip hammond of grandstanding. written should seek on the eyes and find common interest with eu partners. the government would reject any argument they are threatening the eu. they would say they are trying to make them think about the economic realities. that it will be bad for the eu. of course, there is very much a political angle. eu leaders do not wa nt political angle. eu leaders do not want britain to have a better deal outside the eu. angela merkel has made it clear that britain will not
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be allowed to cherry pick. jeremy corbyn is saying he is very alarmed by what philip hammond has said. he says this will end up as a trade war. labour and labour says this will end up as a trade war. labourand labour mps says this will end up as a trade war. labour and labour mps have said they will not block the triggering of article 50, even though they may well have to be a vote but people and mps, many are concerned about the type of brexit. some say they wa nt to the type of brexit. some say they want to stay in the single market, they say that is the most important thing for the british economy and they are dismayed the prime minister is putting immigration before the prosperity of the economy. she says it is clear that it was immigration bail were hoping to control. doctors say cancer operations are being cancelled because of the growing pressures on the nhs. the royal college of surgeons said 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.
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here's our health editor hugh pym. he got the news by e—mail and at one day's notice. 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
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of trusts up and down the country, perhaps dozens of trusts, 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
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for emergency admissions, never mind patients who are 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. the president—elect says the uk's vote to leave the eu was a great thing. i think brexit will end up being a great thing. people don't wa nt to being a great thing. people don't want to have other people coming in and destroying their country. this country, we are going to build a very strong borders. from the day i get in, that is one of the first
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orders i will sign. i thought the uk was smart in getting out. you were there. you wrote, trump says brexit will happen. it happened. everybody thought i was crazy. i think you are doing great. i think it is going great. countries want their own identity and the uk wanted its own identity, but i do believe if they had not been forced to take in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems, i think you would not have a brexit. ii—macro the election because of strong borders and trade. you cannot allow companies to leave oui’ you cannot allow companies to leave our country, moved to mexico, make
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the product and then sell it back in with no tax. there will be a substantial border tax. open borders is founds fine but the us has taken advantage of it. we have hundreds of billions of dollars of trade deficit with china. we have $805 billion in trade deficits with the world. who is making these deals? when you are losing that kind of money, almost 800 billion dollars in trade deficits, so you are saying, who is making these deals? i do believe in free trade but it has to be smart trade so i call it fair trade to stop i say to the people, do you wa nt stop i say to the people, do you want a conservative or someone to make great deals. who do you trust
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more if you talk to them? angela merkel or vladimir putin? i trust both but let's see how long it lasts. who is the most important leader in europe right now?|j lasts. who is the most important leader in europe right now? i would say angela merkel is the most important leader. if you look at the uk, look at the u, it is germany. among eastern european spare is a lot of fear of vladimir putin and russia. yes and i said a long time ago that nato had problems. it was obsolete because it was designed many years ago. the countries were not paying what they were supposed to pay. donald trump speaking to journalists from the times newspaper and the times videoing the whole
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thing. representatives of more than seventy countries and international organisations have called on israel and the palestinians to reaffirm their commitment to a two—state solution. at the end of a day—long conference in paris, they issued a statement warning that neither side should take unilateral steps that could jeopardise future negotiations. our paris correspondent, hugh schofield, followed the talks. to be fairto to be fair to the french, they never set this up as peace talks. israel and the pla nas set this up as peace talks. israel and the planas palestinians were not invited. they would have a briefing with president hollande. in the end, even that did not happen. the aim was more limited, the aim was to get the world together to commit itself to the idea of a two state solution and to say to the two parties, you
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are the only people who can solve this problem, but we are here to help. it was achieved, but one has to recognise it was a limited aim and the prospect of it being translated into something that would affect life on the ground was small. anybody have any initiative in the back of their minds that they were able to bring to this thing? no. it was just a plea able to bring to this thing? no. it wasjust a plea really able to bring to this thing? no. 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. what made this more than just the usual talking shop was what was happening in america. the timing of this is interesting. it was set up of this is interesting. it was set up to take place just before the new administration would come in in washington. no one knew it would be trump. the fact that it is a trump
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administration coming into power gives it a whole new residents because the trump administration com pletely because the trump administration completely unpredictable and may well start taking measures that are pro israel in a new kind of way that would frighten a lot of the delegates. the french not least him in paris. hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are rowena mason, deputy political editor for the guardian and jim waterson, political editor of buzzfeed. just before we hear from them, let's look at some of the front pages. the financial times has more the government's stance on brexit ahead of a the longly—anticipated
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speech by the prime minister on tuesday — in which she'll set out her brexit plans. the daily express says to use a's world free britain from brussels's rule. the metro says britain could become a tax haven if denied access to the single market. the mirror reports thatjeremy hunt will earn millions from the sale of an education website he co—owns. let's start with the metro. jim, brixham haven —— brexit haven. start with the metro. jim, brixham haven -- brexit haven. they are cutting tax rates. philip hammond has done an interview with german
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publication setting out a potential bargaining chip for britain and he is saying if you do not give us access to the single market, we might cut our taxes and undermine your economy, basically give us a nice skill or we will not play nice. talk of the other side saying the tories would do they vote to their tax dodging friends. it is something labour will be able to seize on and say not a lot of people will find this attractive. turning britain into a tax haven, a bit like singapore. philip hammond does not actually say he once this to become actually say he once this to become a tax haven. he says something like, we might have to consider our options. and look at a different economic model. this is hammond
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showing his steely side. let's go to the financial times, focusing on the prime minister's speech on tuesday. she is set to unveil brexit blueprint. we will be pulling apart her every word. hopefully she will say finally after all this time whether we will come out of the single market and the customs union. time is running out because she will trigger article 50 by the end of march, so there has to be something. we have had little hints here and there, there has some briefing saying there could be a market correction, that seems to be code for a fall in the pound. the pound has already started falling which will make uss harder for us to write headlines. one wonders if she can
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resist using the phrase brexit means brexit. she has to put flesh on bones. she has and the new phrase which is a strong new partnership, this is the new buzzword and that is another form of code for britain is going to be a clean brexiteer which will take us away from the old models of the single market and the customs union. they have some pictures of soldiers marching by. this is washington is set for the inauguration. it is actually happening. we had a two—year campaign, we then had a strange interim where the transition and deep president—elect gets his teeth
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into shape. donald trump leading one of the most powerful nations in the world. the point is what is he going to say and let's go straight out to the times. he says so much, what wonders what will be left to said on friday. i will do a deal with britain. this is extraordinary. we have a front page interview with donald trump conducted by michael gove, the former cabinet minister.‘ shot of the two looking across the table. the biggest one story is donald trump saying he wants to do a trade deal with the uk as soon as possible, right after he says. that
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will be music to the ears of brexiteers. whether others will be happy with it is another thing. it will alarm labour and produces under cut by american producers. lots of other things. lots of waving of the hants... other things. lots of waving of the hants. .. everything other things. lots of waving of the hants... everything that other things. lots of waving of the hants. .. everything that man says is provocative and will result in us making headlines. he says to reza may has been writing to him with gifts of winston churchill's speeches. he says he is willing to and sanctions on russia if russia will get rid of some of its nuclear weapons. he does say the intervention in syria is a bad thing. but he has views on everything. we can all imagine him saying bad things while
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pontificating on various different things. everything is a good thing oi’ things. everything is a good thing ora things. everything is a good thing or a bad thing, very little in between. orders will be signed next monday to strengthen america's borders, travel restrictions on europeans. also insulting angela merkel's political judgment saying it was a mistake when she let more thani million it was a mistake when she let more than 1 million migrants it was a mistake when she let more thani million migrants into germany. quite diplomatically sensitive. the next paragraph, very nasty about angela merkel but he goes on to say... he flip-flops. even in the space of a feud paragraphs he has changed sides several times. if you were a diplomat trying to understand what the negotiation position is, i would
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have no idea. you cannot follow him. he will start off by trusting angela merkel and vladimir putin but that might not last long. extraordinary business. this is quite an amazing interview, just the way it was done. the presentation is extraordinary. there is a video in mr tron's office and all his papers all over the desk, photographs. he seems to be letting his imagination run free and talking very freely. it's very... not the traditional former interview you might get. we have all done interviews that have lasted hours
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and you have nothing of interest at the end of it and here we have one hour with donald trump and he have said ten things that could move the world's's stock markets ten times over. it is astonishing. we looked down at his desk and that tells you a little bit about donald trump. there were pictures of donald trump all over his desk. imagine a uk politician doing that? thank you very much. that is the papers this hour. we will be back at 11:30pm for another look at the stories making the news tomorrow. now the latest weather. good evening, and i hope you have had a nice weekend.
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for some of us it has been disappointingly damp and there is still some dampness around overnight tonight, particularly a zone extending down through central parts of the uk. a lot of cloud within this zone here all the way from scotland down through the middle of england. here we are going to see further pulses of rain drifting down on the breeze. parts of east wales affected by that as well. on either side of that it will be somewhat dry. quite chilly across east anglia and the south—east, already just a touch of frost and a few fog patches. the further north and west we are, milder. just eight or nine celsius as we start the day here on monday morning. there is all that rain through southern england, the midlands, up into northern counties. clearer but colder across east anglia and the south east. the further north and west we go it will be milder. actually for northern ireland and scotland, although there will be a fair bit cloud to start the day, a lot of dry weather. i am hopeful that across some parts of scotland and northern ireland it will brighten up, for example across some eastern parts of scotland as we go through the day. for england and wales, again a lot of cloud in this damper zone.
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here i think some of that rain will tend to fade away. there will be some dry spells, but it is really to the east of that and to the west of that where we will see reliable dry weather and some sunshine developing across east anglia and the south—east, but ironically this is where the lowest temperatures will be. four, five, six celsius. much milder further north and west. fast forward to tuesday, more of the same. so after a frosty start across the far south—east, here is some of the best sunshine. further north and west, you know the drill. more cloud but higher temperatures, and some dampness again for parts of northern england through the day. that is really the pattern through the early part of this week. the further north and west we are, more cloud in the sky, but milder. and 10 celsius at this time of year is pretty good, i'm sure you will agree. whereas further south and east we go across the country, it will be that much chillier, but potentially brighter across the far south—east in particular. here are some of the best of the sunshine. temperatures though despite that struggling. five celsius typically. and where we have got the clear skies overnight, we could see some fairly sharp frost.
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with scenes like this across the south—east, there is some question mark about the extent of that frost through this week. that is nothing though compared with the cold across much of continental europe. the surge of chilly air extending all the way down towards spain and portugal with temperatures by day staying below freezing, and severe overnight frosts.
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