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britain will leave the eu single market — theresa may sets out her core demands for brexit negotiations. she wants british laws to be judged in british courts, and new ways of dealing with immigration. brexit must mean control over the number of people who come to britain from europe, and that is what we will deliver. the prime minister also had a message for other eu leaders — don't try to punish us for brexit. while i am sure a positive agreement can be reached, i am equally clear that no deal for britain is better than a bad dealfor britain. parliament will have a vote on the final deal, but already the criticism has started. if all her optimism of a deal with the european union didn't work, we would move into a low tax, corporate taxation, bargain basement economy. i'm not prepared for scotland to be taken down a path that i firmly believe is going to be damaging. we'll be hearing the first reactions from across the eu.
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also tonight: the supreme court gives this libyan the right to sue a former foreign secretary over torture claims. ajump in the cost of living — inflation hits a two—and—a—half—year high, with warnings of more to come. vinniejones will vinnie jones will captain the vinniejones will captain the six nations squad with sam warburton told to fight for his place in the side. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. britain will be leaving the eu single market. that was the clear—cut message from theresa may as she set out her red lines for the brexit
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negotiations that are now just weeks away. her core demands are that: britain must be able to control the number of people who come here from the eu. british courts must have the final say in interpreting british laws. and parliament will get the chance to vote on whatever deal is negotiated. the prime minister is aiming for what she called "a global britain" that has the best possible trade deal with the eu while opening up to the rest of the world. there was a warning too for her eu counterparts — she will walk away if eu negotiators try to punish britain. here's our political editor, laura kuennsberg. on a day when theresa may set out her vision for briain‘s future. good morning. what's the plan? on her way. have you got a plan? on our way out, not just out of the
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have you got a plan? on our way out, notjust out of the european union... are we going to get a detailed plan? theresa may gathered ministers and ambassadors too. to confirm finally, we will leave behind the way the country has made its living for decades. applause asa applause as a priority, we will pursue a bold and ambitious free trade agreement with the european union. this agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and services between britain and the eu's member states. it will give british companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate within european markets, and let european businesses do the same in britain. but i want to be clear — what i am proposing cannot mean membership of the single market. privately, ministers had talked of preserving some parts of the special club, the market of hundreds of millions where our businesses can
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buy and sell without barriers. remain as had pushed her, but she believes it can't be done, because the rules of the single market come with unlimited eu immigration. the message from the public, before and during the referendum campaign, was clear — brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to britain from europe, and that is what we will deliver. our customs arrangements, how we trade over borders, will change too, but no final decision on how. her clear hope, though, is that the uk will not pay billions to the eu every year. there may be some specific programmes in which we might want to participate. if so, and this will be for us to decide, it is appropriate that we will make a contribution, but the principle is clear: the days of britain making vast contributions to the eu every year will end. 27 other countries will decide if her
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plans are an ambitious wish list or a fantasy, yet most dramatically, if after two years of talks negotiations stall, she and her team are willing to walk away. written wa nts to are willing to walk away. written wants to remain a good friend and neighbour to europe, yet i know there are some voices calling for a punitive deal that punishes britain and discourages other countries from taking the same path. britain would not, indeed, we could not, accept such an approach. while i am confident that this scenario need never rise, while i am sure a positive agreement can be reached, i am equally clear that no deal for britain is better than a bad deal for britain. thank you. but remember, the prime minister never wa nted remember, the prime minister never wanted to leave. during the referendum campaign, you said plainly that you believed if we left the eu and single market, the country, its families and citizens, would be worse off. now, i doubt you
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have changed your mind, or, as prime minister, you have made a decision that you believe will leave the country and its citizens poorer — which is a? all the economic indicators have been more positive than people predicted. it is only earlier this week that the imf confirmed we were the fastest growing economy last year. and what iam growing economy last year. and what i am talking about today is the country is coming together and looking for that brighter future as a global britain. did the brexit backers in the cabinet get the upper hand? it was an excellent speech, optimistic, confident, and it set out our responsibilities in a global context. this wasn't an inward looking, purely european speech. context. this wasn't an inward looking, purely european speechm is negotiate bulk —— negotiable, good for the uk and for the rest of the eu as well. why should they allow us to have our cake and eat
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it? as the prime minister said, it will be good for both sides. do you think what she set out is achievable? we shall have to see. not achievable? we shall have to see. n ot exa ctly achievable? we shall have to see. not exactly nodding along, either, the other parties across the uk. the political consequences of theresa may's choices are unclear.|j political consequences of theresa may's choices are unclear. i think we have to have a deal that ensures we have to have a deal that ensures we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the market, that we have access to the market, that we have access to the market, that we have british jobs we have access to the market, that we have britishjobs depended on that market, that is what we will be pushing for. if it is specifically this form of single market, i don't know. she seems to want to have her ca ke know. she seems to want to have her cake and eat it. choices emerging here. do we want to be taken down a path that we didn't vote for and which is against our interests, audibly want to take control of our owi'i audibly want to take control of our own future? and i think that is a choice scotland has the right to make. to wave the white flag across the straits of dover, as theresa may has done, is damaging to britain's future and is a theft of democracy.
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in brussels, the message will had been received and at last clear. parliament was told today they will get a vote on the final deal, but his is plain that the prime minister believes the country has delivered a clear verdict, and she has made her mind up, drawn her big conclusions. her dilemma is now are persuading a continent that what she wants is possible, and those who voted to stay in the eu that it's even desirable, but this is really only the start of a long process. much will change. concern and criticism won't fade away. the scale of what we decided, how it will change our country and all our lives is still fully to emerge. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. for decades now, britain has traded within the eu's single market. as we've been hearing, those days are numbered. so what is the european single market and what could
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britain get in its place? here's our diplomatic correspondent, james landale. the single market is the beating heart of the european union, it binds the european community together. the members believe that if they get rid of barriers to trade and have goods, services and workers move freely across their borders, then their economies will grow. to make this happen, they agreed, trading rules. a widget made in greece same as one made in spain. they set up the european court of justice to make sure everybody follows the rules. supporters say the single market helped british companies flourish, like this engineering firm in bristol. it makes it easier for them to export their goods and employ people from across the eu. i think there's an obvious risk morass outside of the single market. we trade increasingly
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with europe. i think any change in the customs regime is probably going to make us uncompetitive. but opponents say the single market imposes unnecessary red tape on british firms, like this nappy manufacturer in northampton. it gives too much power to eu judges, and allows into many migrant workers. the owner of this firm says the opportunities outside are greater. i think morally we can't remain part of the single market because we want to go out and do our trade deals with countries outside the eu, and that's very exciting for countries such as ours. so, to help make that happen, theresa may wants britain to have instead the greatest possible access to the single market. particularly the british cars, lorries and financial services, and to get that by negotiating a new free trade deal with the eu. if she can, and if they
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are willing. and what about the so—called customs union, the deal under which eu countries impose the same tariffs on goods and services imported from outside the eu? theresa may said she didn't want that uk to be bound by this any more and instead wanted britain to be able to set its own tariffs and negotiate its own trade deals with the rest of the world. but, she said she would accept some kind of new customs arrangement with the eu but didn't spell out what that might be. so, this is what the prime minister wa nts. so, this is what the prime minister wants. now, all she has to do is get the eu members to agree, and that's farfrom certain. i have skated over the surface of what are some important issues, so you can read more detail on the bbc website, that will take you through all the options and what that might be. george. it didn't take long for eu leaders to react. the president of the eu council called the speech realistic, but the european parliament's negotiator called theresa may's goals an illusion.
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the pound strengthened after the prime minister's speech. more on that from our business editor simonjack, who is at the world economic forum in switzerland. but first, let's talk to our europe correspondent damian grammaticas, who's in strasbourg. damian, isuppose damian, i suppose people are still die jesting damian, i suppose people are still diejesting the damian, i suppose people are still die jesting the speech, but any themes emerging? —— digesting. die jesting the speech, but any themes emerging? -- digesting. there isa themes emerging? -- digesting. there is a feeling that there is a little more clarity, but the european parliament's chief more clarity, but the european pa rliament‘s chief negotiator said that in his view theresa may was selling an illusion, because this idea that you could read the single market, leave the customs union and then still enjoy privileged access, he said that was an illusion. also, another senior mep said to me that theresa may was overselling the benefits of what could be achieved with trade deals with distant countries, and underestimating the difficulties that there will be for
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british companies, british businesses, giving trade with the eu. he said they may find it very difficult in the future if there are things like customs checks, mike ta riffs things like customs checks, mike tariffs coming in. also, the idea that the uk could walk away was dismissed, saying the uk would suffer most. one negotiator said he is not seeking to punish the uk in the negotiations. simon, let's come to you. i guess you couldn't be in a better place to gauge business sentiment. what is the reaction so far? businesses have been calling out for some clarity. we got some today — no ifs, no buts, no single market. pretty clear, but most leaders i've spoken to here had come to this conclusion themselves, thinking that continued membership of the single market was incompatible with the political imperative of bringing immigration down. what really got years twitching here was the tone of
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theresa may's speech here today. she didn't pull any punches, said she would fight for a good deal, was prepared to retaliate if necessary, and that she thought no deal was better than a bad deal. what that means, if she does walk away, walks into these general international trading standards, that means ta riffs trading standards, that means tariffs could come in. businesses here are very worried about that, and they hope it is a negotiating posture. it is a nuclear option that they don't want to press the button on. they beget clarity? sum. are we going to get a better idea of where we finally end up? i'm afraid not. thank you, both. so, is theresa may's vision of britain's future what voters had in mind when they went to the polls in the eu referendum? our midlands correspondent, sima kotecha, has been talking to people in birmingham, which voted narrowly to leave the eu. it's the 50—50 city, where half the population voted to leave the eu,
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and the other half voted to remain. today in her speech, the prime minister said people who had voted for brexit had done so with their eyes open. out, out, of course, absolutely. the country seems like it's slipping, slipping. we lost everything, everything to the european. everything was going up and itjust seemed to be slipping away. she confirmed the uk was heading for a hard brexit, but not everybody‘s clear about what that means. unless it's laid out in layman's terms, we don't understand the jargon. she may as welljust speak chinese to us. you've got 16 sausage rolls there for a pound. at the market, locals were digesting the headline announcement. she's just said that the uk will be leaving the single market — what do you think about that?
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i don't think the uk should leave. i think things are all right the way it is. personally, they are rocking the boat quite a lot. diversity is a good thing, because you bring all kinds of different ways of life, you know. and the jobs that some people in england don't want to do, other people are happy to come and do it to keep the country going. the leave campaign won by a whisker here, fewer than 4,000 votes made the difference, but no matter which way people voted, the question many want the answer to is, what brexit really means to them. we need still even more information, and i don't think we will fully understand until we have made that complete break away. then, we will understand what it means. you know, at the moment, it's just pie in the sky, isn't it? the prime minister says she wants a smooth and orderly brexit, but the process could take years. for those who voted
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out, patience is wearing thin. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. in her speech today, the prime minister made a point of saying she wanted the four nations of the uk to have their say as britain prepares to leave the eu. let's hear now from our correspondents in cardiff and belfast, but first our scotland editor, sarah smith. nicola sturgeon, the first minister of scotland, responded to theresa may's speech today by saying she think it is has increased the chances there will be a seconding referendum on scottish independence. she said it's clear that the uk is heading for a hard brexit, which they she thinks will be economically catastrophic and will not allow scotla nd catastrophic and will not allow scotland to be stem rollered down a pathit scotland to be stem rollered down a path it didn't vote for. at the end of last year, the first minister put together a paper outlining you how she thinks scotland could stay in the single market if the uk leaves. that could only happen if the prime minister and the uk government agrees with it. she says she doesn't think theresa may is giving the
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proposals serious consideration and thatis proposals serious consideration and that is why she said she thinks the prospects spect of another vote for independence, she thinks a prospect which is being abouting more likely. —— becoming more likely. which is being abouting more likely. -- becoming more likely. most exposed to the fallout from brexit because it shares a land border with the irish republic. theresa may was quick today to say there would be no return to the borders of the past. she said the common travel area would be retained. but there were few details as to how this would happen. here's the question — if the uk wants to control immigration from the eu, how can it do that with an open border, with the irish republic? here's another question — say the uk steps outside the customs union, what will that do to the border? will that border become effectively a hard border? is wales voted to leave the eu despite that i
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think inevitable concerns today, economically, about what the impact could be, particularly in areas like manufacturing and farming, strong in wales. dependant on exports to the eu. at the national assembly the first minister has a problem, he campaigned to remain. since brexit he has called for full and unvettered access, as he calls it, to the single market. he said things appears to be going in the wrong direction for him. political leverage is also a problem. if he complains too much, ministers at westminster can turn round to him and say — they are delivering what the people of wales want, which was brexit. george. all right, nick, gavin, sarah, thank you all. let's speak to our political editor, laura kuenssberg, who's in westminster. laura, theresa may has been criticised an awful lot for not saying enough about her brexit plans, do you think she answered those critics today? well, being
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clear is a prize in any argument. the eurosceptics are cock—a—hoop tonight. one senior tory figure on the argumentjoked he could have written the speech himself. the remainers who have been pushing to hajj on to parts of the single market membership have been muted. theresa may killed off some of the charges of delay, of dither, of her not being able to make up her mind. this clarity from today does give us a sense she has taken the initiative. it gives her a bit of breathing space in political terms. let's be quite clear about it, one day this is one day, 24—hours in what will be a long, complicated fraught and dif process. there are people here, here inpm still, more importantly on the other side of the negotiating table, those 27 countries, who believe what she is asking for is a delusion. if, as time comes to pass, they are proven to be right and number ten is proven
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to be right and number ten is proven to be right and number ten is proven to be wrong, it will be very politically and maybe economically painful finding politically and maybe economically painfulfinding out politically and maybe economically painful finding out that they were right and theresa may called it wrong. lawyer thank you. now for the rest of the day's news. the former foreign secretary, jack straw, can now be sued by a libyan man who claims that british agents helped the united states to kidnap and secretly remove him and his wife to tripoli in 200a. today, the supreme court cleared the way for abdel hakim belhaj to take legal action over the alleged british involvement. jack straw, who was responsible for mi6 at the time, denies any wrongdoing. our home affairs correspondent, tom symonds, reports. libya, 2011, colonel gaddafi's been toppled, and it's chaos. among the files strewn across the offices of his security service, a document comes to light suggesting britain played a part in the abduction and torture of a libyan dissident. he's abdul hakim belhaj,
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once regarded as a terror suspect. now, he's been told by britain's highest court he can sue mi6 and the government, which tried to halt the case. the supreme court unanimously dismisses the government's appeals. normally, the english courts can't consider cases involving what foreign governments have done abroad, but in thisjudgment, the supreme court has concluded that that doesn't prevent the courts here from considering british involvement in what's happened. in this jail, mr belhaj says he was tortured after he and his pregnant wife were intercepted by us agents and flown to libya. there have been no criminal charges but, speaking in istanbul today, he insisted britain was involved. translation: they've got to admit that this act, committed by individuals in the british government, is a criminal act encroaching
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on ourfreedom and rights and rendering us to a regime they know is they know is a a dictator regime. my wife was pregnant then and she was kept for months in prison. if they apologise, we will drop our demands. the crucial evidence could be the document found in libya in which an mi6 officer appears to write to a gaddafi official, welcoming the safe arrival of mr belhaj, using his alternative name, but also describing him as, "air cargo." the letter says the intelligence that led to his capture was british. labour's jack straw, foreign secretary at the time is one of those accused, but said today he acted within the law and was never complicit with what might have happened abroad. britain's alleged connection with so—called rendition, official flights to secret prison torture destinations has never been fully examined by a court. now it may happen. tom symonds, bbc news, the supreme court. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories.
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an inquest has heard how concerns over security at a tunisian holiday resort, where 30 britons were killed by an islamist gunman injune 2015, were raised six months before the attack took place. a report injanuary 2015, for the uk government, suggested there was a low standard of protection at some hotel entrances in the area of sousse. the killings were the deadliest on britons since the 2005 london bombings. the man suspected of carrying out the new year's eve attack on a nightclub in istanbul has been arrested. the uzbek national was trained in afghanistan, according to the city's governor, and is believed to have illegally entered turkey a year ago. 39 people died in the attack on the reina club, with dozens wounded. a public inquiry has heard that a police marksman, who shot and killed an unarmed man, was acting on "out of date" and "inaccurate" intelligence. anthony grainger was shot once in the chest during a greater manchester police operation in cheshire in 2012. the inquiry into his
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death heard that police believed he was preparing for an armed robbery. a teenager has been arrested after the body of a 16—year—old girl was found on a path in rotherham. the girl has been named locally as leonne weeks, who is from the town. an 18—year—old, from dinnington, is being questioned on suspicion of murder. rising air fares and food prices have helped push up uk inflation to its highest rate in nearly two—and—a—half years. the fall in the pound since the brexit vote is, in part, behind the price rises. our economics correspondent, andy verity, is here with the details. andy. you have been looking at the detail of this? that is right. part of the reason that prices are going up is because of higher oil prices. they bounced back on the ward markets. it's also, as you mentioned, because of the weaker pound. and the weaker pound of course means if you are going to buy imported goods you need more pounds to buy the same number of dollars or euros to buy those
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imported goods. you have seen that inflationary effect of the weaker pound up the chain. it strengthened today. it has weakened 16%. producer prices have risen by 16% over the past year. now, they are passing on some of that effect. those producer prices the prices for raw materials. it.7% is what they are charging at the factory gate. they are only putting some of that into the shops, retailers are shielding us from that. retail prices have gone up by i.6%. that. retail prices have gone up by 1.6%. competition may play a role there. the retailers are thinking — if we raise our prices to cover the cost, business might go elsewhere. competition is shielding us from the effect of the weaker pound for now. when you are being looking at petrol prices up by a tenth over the last year, they can only do that for so long. we should expect more incompetent inflation, perhaps up to 396, incompetent inflation, perhaps up to 3%, over the next year. incompetent inflation, perhaps up to 396, over the next year. all right, andy, thank you very much. ——
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inflation. time for a look at the weather, here's nick miller. the winter weather is being turned on it is heads. the highest temperatures have been in scotland. despite the sunshine in south—east england this is where the lowest temperatures have been. blue sky bob was living up to his name in kent. the sunshine in the south—east, the low trps. it felt cold under this area of cloud through wales and midland and into north—west england where they had outbreaks of rain on and off during the day. there will be hill fog to be found tonight, too. cloud in scotland and northern ireland, but mainly dry. where you have cloud, temperatures will hold up. where you are under clear skies, east anning lee why and south—east england the frost will set in. hard frost in rural spots. minus 6 possible going into tomorrow morning. scraping the ice off the car. after the frosty start more
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sunshine to come during the day tomorrow. elsewhere, most of us will stay cloudy. where you have the cloud in england and wales damp and drizzly in places. dry weather despite the cloud in scotland and northern ireland. rain into shetland later. sunshine in the channel islands. it won't feel particularly warm, nor will it despite the sunshine in the far south—east. a cold feeling day in the cloud across south—east wales into the midlands. temperatures a little bit higher the further north we come. could see brighter breaks in north—east england across eastern parts of scotland, patchy rain heading into shetland. yes, in scotland double figure temperatures again for some of us. looks like a bit more cloud tomorrow evening and night across southernmost parts of the uk. that frost not as hard or widespread. with high pressure in control, a lot of fine, settled but cloudy weather to come going into the ebbed would, too. it#
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theresa may's long—awaited speech on brexit. she confirmed britain would leave the single market and said she wanted a stronger britain, in charge of its own laws and in control of immigration. she also confirmed that the final deal would be put to hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the prime minister has made her first major speech outlining her strategy for leaving the eu, and announced that she wants britain to leave the single market after brexit. not partial membership, associate membership, or anything that leads
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