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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. the prime minister spells out her strategic goals for taking the uk out of the european union, saying britain will leave the single market and seek new trade agreements. while i am sure a positive agreement can be reached i am equally clear that no dealfor 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 brexit deal but the speech has received criticism from labour and the scottish government. she has said leave the single market then at the same time says she wants to have access to the single market. i'm not quite sure how that is going to go down in europe. i'm not prepared for scotland to be taken down a path that i firmly believe is going to be damaging. the other main stories at eight, a jump in the cost of living. inflation hits a two
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and a half year peak largely due to higher prices for fuel and food and the fall in the pound. an inquest into the deaths of 30 britons who were shot dead at a hotel in tunisia in 2015 hears that security in the resort was criticised six months earlier. the libyan man who claims that british agents took part in his kidnap in 2004 is given permission to take legal action. and, alun wynjones becomes the new wales captain for the six nations, replacing sam warburton after six years in charge. good evening and welcome to bbc news. 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 negotiations that are now just weeks away.
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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. and 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 britain's future. good morning. what's the plan? on her way. 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
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behind the way the country has made its living for decades. 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 should 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 buy and sell without barriers. remainers had pushed her, but she believes it can't be done,
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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. 0ur 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 european 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 plans are an ambitious wish list or a fantasy, yet most dramatically, if after two years of talks negotiations stall,
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she and her team are willing to walk away. britain 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. and 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 dealfor britain. thank you. but remember, the prime minister never wanted to leave. during the referendum campaign, you said plainly that you believed if we left the eu and the single market, the country, its families and citizens, would be worse off. now, either you have changed your mind, or,
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as prime minister, you have made a decision that you believe will leave the country and its citizens poorer — which is it? all the economic indicators have been more positive than people had predicted. it is only earlier this week that the imf confirmed we were the fastest 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, it was optimistic, confident, and it set out our responsibilities in a global context. this wasn't an inward looking, purely european speech. it is 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 it? as the prime minister said, it will be good for both sides. do you think what she set out is achievable?
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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. i think we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the market, that we have british jobs dependant 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 cake and eat it. the choice is emerging here. do we want to be taken down a path that we didn't vote for and which is against our interests, or do we 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 cliffs of dover, as theresa may has done, is damaging to britain's future and is a theft of democracy. in brussels, the message will have been received and at last clear.
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but welcomed? parliament was told today they will get a vote on the final deal, but it 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 dilemmas 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 britain get in its place? 0ur diplomatic correspondent
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james landale explains how the current system works. every eu country is a full member of the club, norway, iceland, lichtenstein, partial members. they all believe if they get rid of barriers to trade and allow workers to move freely across their borders than the economies will grow. to make this happen they agree common trading rules. so a widget made in greece is the same as a widget made in spain. they set up a european court ofjustice to make sure everybody follows the rules. supporters say the single market helps british companies flourish, like this engineering firm in bristol, by making it easierfor them to export their goods and employ people from across the eu. i think there's an obvious risk for us outside of the single market, we increasingly trade with europe. i think any change in the customs
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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 in too many migrant workers. the owner of this firm says the opportunities outside are greater. i think, primarily, 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 companies 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 for 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're willing. and what about the so—called customs
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union? the deal under which eu countries impose the same tariffs on goods and services imported from outside of the eu? theresa may said she did not want britain to be bound by this common external tariff. instead she wants 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 customs arrangement with the eu, not spelling out what that would mean. this is what the prime minister wa nts, this is what the prime minister wants, now all she has to do is get the rest of the eu to agree and that is farfrom certain. i'vejust skated over the surface of what are some pretty important issues, you can read a lot more in detail on the bbc website that will take you through the options and what they might mean. james langdale, our diplomatic correspondent. we can get reaction now from davos. kamal ahmed is there for us. i'm sure they were all
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following the speech closely, what has been the reaction was yellow absolutely so. i think that for many of the leaders of businesses here, many those global businesses, investment banks, and also lots of british businesses are here also doing deals, looking to connect themselves with all the government leaders who are also here. i think there is a degree of relief, it might be said, because at least there is now a degree of clarity around what to reason may wants to do as britain enters the negotiating period. with the rest of the european union. but still those concerns are there. if you speak to many businesses privately, and these are mostly global businesses here at the world economic forum, in the majority they backed staying in the european union. so they are only a certain cohort of business. even so
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they are worried about investment, uncertainty, and exactly how britain's hard exit from the european union will really work. i am joined tonight by the president of the european investment bank. your investment bank has large interests in the united kingdom. you support us building new trains, building new smart meters, you have a lot of money invested, about 7 billion euros a year. what did you ta ke billion euros a year. what did you take from theresa may's speech in terms of britain's relationship with the rest of the european union was yellow of course i'm still devastated by the decision of the british people but i have to respect it. today i had hoped for a slightly more constructive approach. now we have to go through negotiation pi’ocess have to go through negotiation process that is probably going to be pretty for the bank. it's difficult
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because the united kingdom is a strong shareholder with 60% of shares and a very good strong and good client. so be exposure to the united kingdom is far beyond 50 billion euros. excellent projects in energy, efficiency, climate change projects, infrastructure, bioscience. so we are very sorry that this will end some day and i hope we will come to a procedure that will bring this very close and good cooperation to a civilised and. you have a lot of investments in the uk. with britain out, how does that change your relationship with britain? you do invest in other countries like china that are not mamas of the european union? of course that is possible, on the other hand one has to keep things in perspective. if you compare the united kingdom with the efta countries, one must say there is a factor of a0 between volumes.
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countries, one must say there is a factor of 40 between volumes. sobey free trade grouping outside the eu still with special relationships? indeed. i think we will find an arrangement with the united kingdom somehow but it's going to be pretty tough. and the united kingdom itself must define what it wants. because it has to be no longer a shareholder. the statute says only members of the european union can be shareholders. probably it will take a long time until we know what can happen. both with our staff members from the united kingdom, which are very valuable for us, and with our exposure in the uk and future projects. so there are risks to some of the funding that comes to britain at the moment, could be more expensive? i believe so, yes. the bank is lending at incredibly favourable conditions and the united kingdom has benefited from that very much over the last decade and in the last year in particular. and the
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united kingdom does not have a national promotional bank compared to the other big member states. so something you will have to be set up, i believe, and that will take time. we can just see they're one of the possible risks britain is now facing but broadly i think british businesses working here at the world economic forum at the same now there isa economic forum at the same now there is a degree of certainty and they can is a degree of certainty and they ca n start is a degree of certainty and they can start planning for the future. joining me now from berlin isjeremy cliffe, a columnist at the economist. thank you for being with us. what do you think will be germany's reaction to this speech from theresa may in which she bluntly said we are coming out of the single market? in some ways there is a bit of relief, i think there was a point shortly after the referendum itself when there was concern that britain would try to forge some sort of half in half out relationship with the
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european union that would challenge those famous for freedoms on which the european union rests, the idea that you have totally free membership of the single market you have to accept freedom of movement. there was a worried that britain would try to create some hybrid model of ownership which would be so attractive that it would tempt other countries to leave. so in many ways the fact that britain is now clearly leaving the customs union and the single market makes the upcoming negotiations simpler. simpler, but theresa may made it pretty clear that if it's a bad deal, it will be no deal, she'd rather have no deal than a bad dealfor britain. she did seem to think that there are people within the eu who would quite like to punish britain for its brexit strategy? that's true, i mean they are not so well represented in germany. germany tend to see britain asa germany. germany tend to see britain as a natural ally in europe. in fact there was a lot of distress here when britain voted to leave about the fact that germany had lost a
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counterweight to france, an ally germany would look to as a friend when it came to things like free trade and open markets. so there was a certain amount of distress. i don't think there is a great sense here that britain needs to be punished. the phrase you do here a lot is cherry picking, or as they say here raising picking, there is a concern that britain will try to negotiate a really good exit deal that could tempt other countries out. there are also has missed worries. businesses here that sell cars, machinery, concerns that britain's total withdrawal from the single market could hit sales. clearly, though, theresa may wants as good a deal as possible. she was talking about things like leaving the customs union but having a customs agreement. we are not quite sure what that would entail. ayew
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saying the german government aren't really open to anything that does benefit the uk in these trade negotiations? the language you hear coming out of the chancellery from angela merkel is that they want an ongoing good relationship with britain. there is much less of a desire here than four example in france to punish britain for leaving. it is with sorrow rather than any triumphalism that germany looks on britain's decision to leave the eu. that said, even for german businesses that export a lot to britain, companies like bmw and mercedes, there is a sense that the most important thing here is that the single market holds together. if britain leaves and they have to pay ta riffs britain leaves and they have to pay tariffs on exports that is one thing but if britain's departure triggers a domino effect across europe that isa a domino effect across europe that is a hold of an order of magnitude. so they are actually behind angela merkel when it comes to saying, yes we wa nt merkel when it comes to saying, yes we want a good relationship and a fair deal but we will not let
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britain cherry pick its future relationship with europe. good to talk to you. rising air fares and food prices have helped push up uk inflation to its highest rate in nearly two—and—a—half years. the consumer prices index rose 1.6% last month. the fall in the pound since the brexit vote is, in part, behind the price rises. and we'll find out how our top stories — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages: our guests joining me tonight are kate mccann, senior political correspondent at the telegraph, and joe watts, the political editor of the independent. the headlines on bbc news. theresa may has set out her objectives for withdrawing from the eu, saying the uk will leave the single market. inflation has gone up
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sharply last month, pushed by rising food prices and the fall of the pound. security at beach hotels in tunisia was criticised in a report for the british government months before 38 people died in busy day of sport. time for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. busy night of football with six fa cup third—round replay is underway. last of them to kick off, non—league lincoln against championship side ipswich. the first match at portman road was 2—2. these are live pictures, and that match is over on bbc one right now in the very early stages of the match, they only kicked off at 8:05pm. brighton are
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waiting for the winners. non league sutton united are playing a local derby against wimbledon of league one. plenty going on, there. the leaguei side took the lead after ten minutes, tom elliott, and he is six feet, four. but wimbledon are down to ten men. defender paul robinson was sent off for a professional foul after 15 minutes. the winners of this one are at home to leeds. these are the latest scores in the other matches. as we reported last week, alun wynjones will take over the wales captaincy from sam warburton. jones has led the team five times
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before and captained the lions in the final test against australia in 2013. the interim head coach rob howley named his 36 man squad for the six nations championship that starts next month with confirmation of the skipper. there are also seven uncapped players in the party. warburton is still in the squad but the decision to take the captaincy off him was made so that he can concentrate on his own game. he has skippered his country a record a9 times but has had some injury problems and has strugled for form. no one is guaranteed their position. and i think the one thing with alun wynjones, he and i think the one thing with alun wyn jones, he is and i think the one thing with alun wynjones, he is the first name on the team sheet. and with sam, as i spoke to send, the talent we've got in the back room, wejust spoke to send, the talent we've got in the back room, we just feel at this moment in time as a coaching tea m this moment in time as a coaching team that it's best for sam to concentrate on being the best that he can be to get his mojo back. there are five british players
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through to the second round of the australian open for the first time in 30 years. johanna konta, heather watson and kyle edmund all came through their opening matches in melbourne. iam very i am very happy to have come through that, whether it was going to take two or three sets, i was prepared to stay out as long as i needed to. but again it was a tough first set, there was not much in it and i was just happy that i was able to put my foot on the pedal. managed really well the difficulties that the match presented. marco fu came from 3—0 down to beat the world number a judd trump in a thriller at the masters snooker at the alexandra palace. trump had been only one frame away from victory, but after drawing level at 5—5, a fluke from fu put him in contention to steal the win. let's go live to alexandra palace now, where neil robertson
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is playing ali carter. you can follow this match on the red button, and the bbc sport website. robertson at the table. not for long, though. he does lead to— one. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. donald trump becomes the a5th president of the united states on friday, that's when it's the inauguration of him as president. but we've been hearing that a woman who accuses the president—elect of sexual assault has been filing a defamation lawsuit against him. she appeared as a contestant on donald trump's tv show and has previously
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accused him of kissing and groping her without consent in los angeles backin her without consent in los angeles back in 2007. she now alleges mr trump subsequently lied to the nation about his behaviour during the presidential election campaign. the inquests into the deaths of 30 british tourists at a tunisian beach resort 18 months ago is continuing today. the court has been hearing from a senior foreign office official. she's been defending the advice given to travellers heading to tunisia at the time. 0ur correspondent richard galpin is following the story for us at the royal courts ofjustice. what we've heard today is that the foreign office decided not to increase its travel advisory, ie ta ke increase its travel advisory, ie take it to the highest level, which would be advising british nationals against all travel to tunisia, despite their having been the horrific attack in tunisia in the
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capital in march 2015, at the museum where 22 mostly foreign tourists we re where 22 mostly foreign tourists were killed. and of course this came just three months before the attack which is the subject of this inquest. so there's been a lot of focus on that and whether the foreign office should indeed have changed its advice or not. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news today. an 18—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a teenage girl whose body was found on a pathway in rotherham. the girl has been named locally as 16—year—old leonne weeks. south yorkshire police say her body was found by members of the public yesterday morning. the search for a malaysian airliner that vanished three years ago with 239 people on board has been called off. an underwater trawl for debris from flight mh370 had failed to discover a significant amount of wreckage. the families of those on board say the decision to stop
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searching is "irresponsible". family and friends have paid their last respects at the funeral ofjill saward, the campaigner for the rights of victims of sexual violence, at lichfield cathedral in staffordshire. mrs saward, who died aged 51 earlier this month, was the first rape victim in the uk to waive her right to anonymity, after she was attacked at herfather‘s vicarage in ealing, west london, in 1986. a libyan man has won the right to sue the british government, including the former foreign secretary, jack straw, over claims of kidnap and torture. abdul hakim belhaj, a former opponent of colonel gaddafi, was arrested in bangkok, taken to libya and questioned by agents from m16 and the cia. mr straw has denied any involvement. 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
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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, once regarded as a terror suspect. now, he's been told by britain's highest court he can sue m16 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.
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translation: they've got to admit that this act, committed by individuals in the british government, is a criminal act encroaching 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 m16 officer appears to write to a gaddafi official, welcoming the safe arrival of mr belhaj, using his alternative name, but also describing him as " ' 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.


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