‘ has security reasons. theresa may has been asked about that. she has been asked about industrial strategy as well by eleanor garnier, but she does talk about trident after that. let's hear from her. i think we are ina bit let's hear from her. i think we are in a bit of let's hear from her. i think we are ina bit ofa let's hear from her. i think we are in a bit of a vault. prime minister, this is a very active, very interventionist industrial strategy. is it right that the government is so is it right that the government is so involved in business? aren't you going to end up backing winners? no, this isn't about backing winners. this is about creating the right conditions for the future economy for the uk. as we leave the european union, i for the uk. as we leave the european union, lam for the uk. as we leave the european union, i am ambitious for the opportunities that are available to us, building the truly global britain. but we need to ensure that out britain. but we need to ensure that our economy britain. but we need to ensure that our economy is working for everyone and in every part of the country. this is about saying, how can we create that environment? how can we build on the strengths we already have in different parts of the uk and in different sectors, and how
can we encourage the growth of businesses for the future to bring jobs into the uk, to bring higher wages to the uk and higher skills? ifi wages to the uk and higher skills? if i may, prime minister, did you or did you not know something had gone wrong with our nuclear missiles when you asked mps to renew trident?” wrong with our nuclear missiles when you asked mps to renew trident? i am regularly briefed on national security issues. i was briefed on the successful certification of hms vengeance and her crew. we don't comment on the operational details for national security reasons, but the key issue about the debate that we had in the house of commons on future trident was whether we should renew trident for the future. should we continue to have an independent nuclear deterrent? i have faith in out nuclear deterrent? i have faith in our independent nuclear deterrent. i believe we should continue to have that for the future. the house commons voted for that. sadly, the leader of the opposition jeremy corbyn doesn't want to defend our country in that way. i believe defending our country is crucial. you were asked about this four times
yesterday. you didn't mention national security wants. why not admit whether you knew or yacht —— oi’ admit whether you knew or yacht —— or not? i havejust admit whether you knew or yacht —— or not? i have just that i was briefed on hms vengeance. we don't speak about operational details for national security reasons. what i said yesterday is what i have just said yesterday is what i have just said to you, which is that the debate that took place in the house of commons was on a very important principle. should the united kingdom retain an independent nuclear deterrent? should we renew our independent nuclear deterrent for the future? i believe that is an important but not just the future? i believe that is an important but notjust of our defence of the uk, but our defence of our allies as well. we are part of our allies as well. we are part of nato. i believe in that. the house of commons voted for it. the leader of the labour party doesn't agree with defending our country in that way. now mps are saying they feel deceived. why don't you just say what you knew? the debate that took place was on whether we should have
a deterrent for the future. i believe we should, jeremy corbyn doesn't believe that. i believe the defence of our country is crucial. thank you very much, prime minister. that was theresa may talking to eleanor garnier. talking about the industrial policy and the meeting they've had, but obviously the questions that have been raised in the house are about when she was told about the recent trident test, whether it was when she became prime minister amid reports that a missile went off course. let's analyse what went off course. let's analyse what we have just said with our political correspondent vicki young in westminster. we are really none wiser as to the detail of this? no, we have had michael fallon on his feet for 45 minutes and he hasn't really told us anything because he says he can't discuss the operational background to all of this. this is the line downing street have been sticking to since yesterday and throughout this morning as well. what they are saying, is that in the end, this test was passed. they won't give us
any details about what happened during that. they keep saying, doechts believe everything you read in the newspapers, but they are also not denying a missile somehow went astray, went off course. but the bottom line for them, they say, is that the submarine went back on duty, the crew and the submarine we re duty, the crew and the submarine were cleared for action, if you like, and so that is the main thing behind all of this. they say there was no cover—up. the question about what theresa may knew and when did she know it, we were told this morning by her official spokeswoman that she was briefed on nuclear matters when she became prime minister, she was briefed about this particular test and exercise, but again, we don't know whether she was told the details about whether or not a missile went off course. we are not a missile went off course. we a re really not a missile went off course. we are really none the wiser. there is of course some concern in the house of course some concern in the house of commons as you could hear there from the labour frontbench and also particularly from the snp. this is a slightly tricky issue for labour in some ways because the party is
divided about the future of trident with jeremy corbyn voting divided about the future of trident withjeremy corbyn voting against its renull. the government and ministers saying today if the government had any doubt about how effective the nuclear deterrent system was, she wouldn't have come to the house of commons last year and put that motion there and asked mps to renew it. i'm just looking at uncorroborated cnn saying, the missile test ended infailure cnn saying, the missile test ended in failure according to us offence official with direct knowledge of the incident. we don't know facts of that, but it does illustrate the point that it's an important story to keep a lid on, which is clearly what the government intends to do? —— tends to do? what the government intends to do? -- tends to do? we heard from michael fallon and downing street that, under the treaty obligation, before you launch the missile tests, you inform a numb orpeople, including other of countries and
senior officials in parliament —— number of people. the leader of the opposition would have been informed about this ahead of it happening. because of that, it becomes clear, and i'm no expert on this, but it's clear that there are other people who're tracking all of this and who will have seen what happened. it's in some ways a slightly futile exercise for the government to not say anything to its own parliament when clearly stuff is leaking out from the other side of the world. talk us through the claim which was that jacob rees—mogg tried to stop this urgent question being public? what they are saying is that this is about a national security, it's not the kind of thing that should be talked about. michael fallon said look, i'm very sorry about this, we like to be as open and transparent about things as we can and parliament is the place where mps can keep a tab on what is going on, make sure they ask difficult questions of ministers, but michael fallon saying there are just some things that he cannot talk about in public. now, he was also asked by the chairman of the defence select
committee whether he'd be willing to go in front of them, to take questions about all of this, he hasn't taken up that invitation. thank you. gordon kaye fromallo allo has died at the age of 75. sue pollard is on the line for us now. when this news broke, everyone had their memories of him, but tell us your thoughts?” think obviously it comes to us all and, you know what, darling, he'll probably be very sort of pleased that he didn't have a terrible end, you know what i'm saying, he was starting to get tired i think, to be honest and, you know, he's probably
very happy writing something in the sky as we speak because he always used to be a good writer. the co—writer, when rene the character used to do his monologues at the top of the show, david used to say "you are so of the show, david used to say "you are so good, gordon, you may as well write your own," are so good, gordon, you may as well write your own," you know, he was very, very clever and witty and really amusing. what was he like as a person outside of the acting? well, he was quite a family man, although he didn't have much family, but he liked to sort of entertain, he liked people around him, he was quite a social person. he loved his work. he was quite private. because i also did a bbc radio series with him called for better or for worse. i was iris and he was bernard, we
did four series. he was very amiable, people would ask for his autograph and he was more than happy to chat to his fans. he was very, very pleased that he was able to turn his passion into his working life as well, he did a fabulous job. of course, i saw him quite a lot before he moved up to yorkshire. he was from yorkshire, so he went back there. of course, he was a water rat, you know, he did a lot of stuff there for charity, so i couldn't see him as much as i used to. we always had fun and he was really, really passionate. you saw him recently didn't you, tell us about what he was like, was he still writing, for instance? i said to him, look, dahl, i'm doing this mermaid in peter pan because he was a very good writer for pa nto because he was a very good writer for panto and i said, can you just give us a few pointers, darling, and
he said ok, let me have a few days to think about this and then he e—mailed me lots of things that i felt, you know, would be great to two into the script and he was still on the ball and everything, but obviously i think getting a little bit weary would be fair to say. when did you last see him, sue? it was lovely. another one who'll be missed again. are we finished? no, i was just asking when did you last see him? sorry, yes, oh, it would be about six months ago now, yes. it's just that, you know, what with him and me, we had a lot in common because he did allo in new zealand. i used to say, look babe when you get to new zealand going this fabulous restaurant in wellington, you'll fabulous restaurant in wellington, you ' ll love fabulous restaurant in wellington, you'll love it, you know, he was
nice to be around, he was great. sue pollard, thank you. absolute pleasure, thank you very much. sinn fein has named its health minister, michelle o'neill as the party's new leader in northern ireland. she will take over from martin mcguinness who is standing down because of ill health. they will have just five weeks to prepare for an election, after the northern ireland executive collapsed over the handling of a botched green energy scheme. the incoming leader said she felt the expectations of sinn fein upon her. for me to be selected as leader of the party in the north the truly the biggest honour of my life. i feel a huge responsibility on my shoulders and while i don't underestimate my task given the change in the political world locally nationally and internationally, iwill political world locally nationally and internationally, i will not let you down. i won't let you down because i've learnt from the best. my because i've learnt from the best. my late father former sinn fein councillor brendan doris, our mp, francine molloy and of course martin
mcguinness. i've worked with martin throughout all of my adult life as an activist, councillor, mla and minister. i have no doubt that i am following in the foot steps of a political giant. chris buckler is at stormont. the image, gerry adams, martin mcguinness and michelle o'neill and they stressed, this is about the next generation? yes. they all talked about generational change and gerry adams has already indicated that he is going to stand down as the over all: —ireland the over all:—ireland president of sinn fein, probably in a matter of months. but of course, martin mcguinness has stepped down early because of ill health. there are big differences and that generational change is important to note. although michelle o'neill comes from a staunchly republican family in county tyrone, she does haven't the ira past, the baggage of martin mcguinness. even she made reference to the fact that
he's a hard act to follow, part of thatis he's a hard act to follow, part of that is because of his key role, his central position in filling that bridge betweendown—onists and republicans. you remember his friendship with ian paisley that allowed the power—sharing partnership to flourish. martin mcguinness was accepted by many unionists, and although we are into a different period, we are also into an election period after the colla pse an election period after the collapse of the power—sharing... problem with sound. sorry about that, we have lost chris, we'll return to that a little later on. robert hanagan has been in post of gchq and resigns because of personal reasons. frank gardner is in our
westminster studio. tell us about the man? robert hanagan still is the director general of gchq, the government communications headquarters down in cheltenham, basically the eaves dropping station and, in this age of cyber espionage and, in this age of cyber espionage and terrorism and snooping, hacking, it's assumed a hugely important government infrastructure. they are not just trying to government infrastructure. they are notjust trying to stop government infrastructure. they are not just trying to stop foreign governments dealing secrets, they are trying to stop organised criminals and trying to track down isis operatives in syria. so it's quite a shock that he's suddenly resigned like this. we are told its for personal reasons, personal health reasons in his family and there is no reason to doubt that. but he'd only been in post for two yea rs but he'd only been in post for two years and i think this is going to leave quite a gap. i'm sure somebody very able will take over from him, but this is a time of quite a lot of uncertainty. he's overseen a lot of
changes at gchq. he's basically put in place that are trying to future proof it because they are effectively in a cyber arms race against organised criminals and terrorists. it's always a challenge for them to try to recruit the right kind of brains who've got to be of course vetted to make sure that they are not going to turn bad or that they're operating for somebody else, trying to recruit those people on government salaries and trying to compete with commercial salaries which are often much higher. is there any indication who might replace him at this point or is there a process now? there is a process. so it will be done internally. the gchq and robert hanagan report to borisjohnson and of course i think probably a lot of people will have thought, maybe there was a bit of personal friction there. there was no sign of that at all that i'm aware of. and the other line of suspicion i think that some in the media might possibly go down as, has this something to do with
the new presidency or administration in the white house. not as far as we know, it's purely for personal health reasons. robert hanagan's somebody who's led quite an illustrious career in whitehall, he was at number ten, the northern ireland office, he was the director of defence and intelligence in the foreign office. he's handled a lot of very sensitive things. i've met him a couple of times, a very nice personalable guy, early 50s, a kind of very normal person. some times to be honest some of the people at gchq in the past have had a reputation for being so incredibly introverted that there's a joke in those circles saying how do you tell a joke, and it's if somebody looks down at your shoes instead of theirs. he's not like that at all, he's really opened up like that at all, he's really opened up the place, made it very diverse, he was a champion of diversity and if you go to gchq to go to visit it
in the do you have ghnut, it's extraordinary, there is a concourse with costa coffee and half the people in the summer are in t—shirts and trainers, they are all incredibly young, very bright and dedicated and he's been overseeing that. thank you, frank. the headlines on bbc news. the defence secretary avoids questions in parliament over how much the prime minister knew about the trident missile test. the actor gordon kaye best—known for his role in the sitcom allo allo has died at the age of 75. the boss of gchq is to resign for personal reasons. nicola add dams will make her professional boxing day bewl in april. she now wants to become a world champion in the pro—ranks.
hull city's ryan mason is said to be conscious and able to talk after undergoing surgery on his skull. he clashed with gary cahill yesterday. johanna konta will face serena williams in the quarter—finals of the australian open. she beat her opponent in straight sets. more on those stories just after half past. gordon kaye has died. he was 75. lizo mzimba joins us now. talk about his character, rene? it was the
perfect character for him, making the best of a situation in war torn france. it was a part that felt like it could have been tailor made for him, you know. to be fair, most of the other people had the best one—liners, the recurring gags, people like the officer, good moaning or, listen carefully i shall say this only once, but people remember all the lines, the ridiculous plots and excuses he came up ridiculous plots and excuses he came up with and he was caught with the waitresses by his wife. his wife's awful singing. there are so many elements of that show that knitted so perfectly together but it was him rene, he held it together and made ates joyous tv watch. he had a few lines like, you citith stupid woman. not as good as good moaning. you've done that once! he did a lot of other stuff, appeared in other things. he had a versatile career? yes, he did. people might remember
him, he had a very brief run in coronation street in the late 60s, early 70s. elsie tanner's nephew. i was watching an old episode of citizen smith randomly the other day andi citizen smith randomly the other day and i thought, gosh, that's gorden aye. he was cast in, it ain't half hot mum. the same with, are you being served. so when david croft came to do it, he was perfect for this. indeed he was. an incredibly versatile career, lots of different parts and this one towering role at the centre, a piece of comedy gold. a very private man and many of us will remember during the great storm, he was very badly hurt? yes. burns day in the storms in 1990, very badly hurt in an accident, had
to have emergency brain surgery, took him many months, probably years took him many months, probably years to fully recover from that and i remember the great outpouring from the public at that point because he was, as he is now, a beloved figure to the british public because so many millions watched him in those roles, particularly his role in allo. it took him a long time to recover. but what a part, what a role, you know, that's how people will remember him. thank you. on his first working day as american president, donald trump met business leaders and promised to cut taxes and slash three quarters of regulations. 0ur correspondent gary 0'donoghue is in washington. any reaction to business leaders
from what was said this morning?‘ bit of carrot and stick, as you pointed out from the new president suggesting that he was going to cut 7596 suggesting that he was going to cut 75% of regulations whilst still making them as strong as they currently a re making them as strong as they currently are and also this whole idea of cutting business taxes from around 35%. he's talking 15—20%, some people argue about the effect of the business rate here being significantly lower. but also this threat to these businessmen that, if you start taking your manufacturing outside this country and try and bring the stuff back in, we are going to slap a huge great tariff on you. he'll also be speaking to unions later on today. in—between, we are expecting him to sign one of the first executive orders on the trans—pacific the first executive orders on the tra ns—pacific partnership the first executive orders on the trans—pacific partnership bringing an end to america's involvement in that trade will be something he promised to do during the campaign.
something that was very, very popular in those ross belt states, the pennsylvanias, michigans, the places where he surprised people and came through and won. that is one of the big issues they liked about it. he's getting off to a busy start to the day. he's still reiterating what we heard on the campaign trail isn't he? yes. he's fulfilling his promises which was to tackle the issue of trade and jobs. will he undo some things that president 0bama did in terms of the children, the undocumented, will their protections fall away, again something that he talked about during the campaign. what will he do about the iran deal? that was something he was very hawkish about, something he was very hawkish about, something that will be discussed when theresa may comes here later in
the week, he still very much in favour of that. and the wall of course, when will the wall start to be built, all big questions. 0ne course, when will the wall start to be built, all big questions. one big thing that's happened that will help him, the one republican who was holding out against the nomination of his secretary of state, rex tony martin tillerson, marco rubio, the man in the republican race, if you remember, he's said he'll not vote against, which means rex tillerson should go through easily as secretary of state. by the end of the day, donald trump may have a secretary of state. thank you. the prime minister has launched the government's new industrial strategy for a post—brexit britain during her first cabinet meeting in the north west of england. theresa may says the government will take a new, active role focusing on science, technology and infrastructure. 0ur industry correspondent john moylan reports.
how can the government drive the economy forward? for the business secretary, places like this are part of the answer. it's a new automotive innovation centre in warwick, designed to get the sector firing on all cylinders. one of the big themes of our industrial strategy is to build on our great successes, but also to make sure we drive growth in all parts of the country. the industrial strategy will be committed to driving very hard to spread the opportunities right across the country and to drive not justjobs, but really good, well paying jobs, in all parts of the country. the strategy was unveiled by the prime minister at a regional cabinet meeting this morning in daresbury in cheshire. a green paper sets out key areas, from research and development to skills and infrastructure, to boost productivity. but will it help all regions of the uk? we need an industrial strategy that combines hard and soft infrastructure.
we desperately need the transport spending the government has talked about and is yet to deliver. but we also need to is his skills strategy, we need to see education right back to early years if we are going to make sure the northern economy can flourish. the strategy will play to our strengths, backing areas like battery technology and life sciences. other sectors will also be able to strike deals for government support. over the years governments of all shades have blown hot and cold over whether we need an industrial strategy or not. the big test of this plan is whether it can get the economy firing on all cylinders as we prepare to leave the eu. this high—tech auto firm in berkshire makes gearboxes for racing cars. its boss wants any strategy to deliver certainty for the long—term. we invest millions of pounds a year into people, into training, into the expertise we need into technology, into machinery. we are looking for some degree of certainty that the environment we operate in, is going to be some
stability for it right through, so we know if we make the investment we kow we can get a return because things are not going to change around it. £4] billion of funding announced last autumn will back the plan, and there is new money to boost skills in science, technology and maths education. today, labour called it too little, too late, and the lib dems said any strategy while leaving the eu single market is laughable. john moylan, bbc news. with me is sir richard lambert, the former director—general of the cbi. you have probably seen proposals similarto you have probably seen proposals similar to this before, what do you make of this one? i think it's good stuff, eight out of ten, maybe seven and a half, its stuff, eight out of ten, maybe seven and a half, it's ok. there are some big things missing, but there is good stuff to be said about the regions, london the most prosperous regions, london the most prosperous region in northern europe. 12 of the
20 poorest regions in europe elsewhere in the uk, good stuff about technical education, good solid stuff. so what is missing? there's nothing in there about the question of state aid. after we leave the european union, the government will be free in a way that it's not now to throw money at industry. will it do that? we don't know. there's nothing... do we suspect it already has in terms of promises to companies like nissan because we don't know what that deal is all about? a good chunk of that todayis is all about? a good chunk of that today is about the battery technology, nissan is interested in that, the government is saying, we are going to throw stuff at that. i think that might have had a part in what was decided about nissan. everything is governed, overshadowed some would say about brexit. what needs to be done? i think there are about six different things, i'll give you two. one is that the productivity performance in this country is dreadful. the french make more in four days than we make in five and this document addresses
that and makes suggestions. why is that? partly because there is a lot more capital investment. this document explains how r & d, innovation spending lags behind other big countries, how our business investment lags behind and how our business infrastructure is not that good and it suggests our management isn't that hot either.“ that something you agree with? yes, it is. there is a long tail of poorly—run businesses which helped drag down some companies. there is a long tail of third—raters. drag down some companies. there is a long tail of third-raters. the perception is that if you chuck money at the problem, that solves it, is there an element of truth? no. the main things are hard, nitty—gritty stuff. there is some chucking money on a regional basis. if you look outside london, there are some really poor productively examples, there is some real poverty outside london, that can'tjust be
done by business. that's where you need industrial strategy. i welcome the fact that they're calling it that and getting on with it. the difference between a proposal and something happening, how big is that gap? quite big. but again, ithink you think i'm going soft in my old age but i think it's a good thing. governments say, we have fought it through, get on with it normally, this lot are saying it's a consultation, they have asked 38 questions for people to reply to. i32—pages long. they have set in train half a dozen different reviews, they are asking loads of sensible questions, rather than just saying here is the template get on with it, which is a good thing.” haven't spoken to you in a while. i wonder what you think about britain outside the single market. if you had your old hat on, what would you have said? i would have wept bitter tea rs have said? i would have wept bitter tears for several months, but now i say, here we are where we are and some of the ideas that are put forward in this document will help us forward in this document will help us get through all of this, which we
will. optimistic? always. great to see you. thank you very much for coming in sir richard lambert. let's pause for the weather. john hammond has the details. today, we have seen areas of fog which have persisted all day in some spots. that fog will return tonight. check out your local radio or go online for details. the fog is initially across parts of the west country and the midlands, drifting further north and eastwards. getting the detail will not be easy. there will be some areas of cloud which prevent temperatures from falling too low, but some places across the south eastern half of the uk locally will get very cold indeed. a com pletely will get very cold indeed. a completely different story across northern ireland and scotland. much milder here, with patchy rain to
start the day. but a lot of dry weather as well. sunshine south and east if the fog clears. and in a few places, it won't. otherwise, five or 6 degrees typically. much milder out west. then the file returns tomorrow night. —— the fog returns tomorrow night. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the defence secretary avoids questions in parliament over how much the prime minister knew about the reported misfiring of a trident missile during a test. the prime minister insisted she had faith in the nuclear deterrent. sir michael fallon said operational details would not be disclosed. we do not comment on the detail of submarine operations. i can,
however, assure the house that during any test—firing, the safety of the crew and public is paramount and is never compromised. actor gorden kaye, best known for his role in the long—running bbc sitcom ‘allo ‘allo!, has died at the age of 75. he played cafe owner rene artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in world war two in german—occupied france. the director of gchq, robert hannigan, has announced that he is stepping down. in a statement, he said he was resigning from the british electronic surveillance agency for what he said were "personal reasons". sinn fein announces its new leader at stormont will be michelle o'neill. she paid tribute to her predecessor martin mcguinness and said she will not "let down" voters in upcoming elections. the prime minister, theresa may, has unveiled a new industrial strategy aimed at boosting the post—brexit economy — and seeing the government stepping up to "a new, active role". time for a check on the sport.
double olympic champion nicola adams has announced her decision to turn professional. adams, who's 3a, will make her pro debut on 8th april at manchester arena, before a further bout in her home city of leeds on 13th may. adams was the first woman to become an olympic boxing champion at london 2012, and defended herflyweight title at the rio games last summer. now i have to create my own team, but i'm really excited about having my own team, knowing that we are all working together, all working to achieve the same goal, which is to make mea achieve the same goal, which is to make me a world champion and take women's boxing to the next level. arsene wenger has been charged by the fa with misconduct. it follows an incident during arsenal's win over burnley yesterday, when wenger pushed fourth official anthony taylor after being sent off.
the arsenal manager had reacted angrily when burnley were given a penalty in added time. wenger apologised after the game and said he "regretted everything". hull city player ryan mason is said to be conscious and able to talk after undergoing surgery on a fractured skull. mason clashed heads with chelsea's gary cahill in hull's 2—0 loss to the blues yesterday. 0ur sports news correspondent richard conway is at st mary's hospital, where mason is being treated. ryan mason was admitted to st mary's hospital in central london on sunday following that clash of heads with gary cahill. he underwent surgery last evening and today, hull city confirmed that following that surgery, he has been talking of the incident and saying he will be assessed by medical staff over the coming days. so it seems there's positive news for ryan mason following that fractured skull that he sustained. two other bits of news on this. gary cahill, who was involved in the incident, we understand he visited the hospital last night
to see ryan mason in person, which he was unable to do, but he spent some time with his family. john terry and steve holland came with him. finally, headway, the brain injury charity, have praised both sets of medical staff for chelsea and hull city for what they say was an exemplary reaction to the incident which occurred. play stopped for nine minutes, and headway say it was dealt with in a timely and good manner. they say that should be seen by other levels of football as the way to deal with such a serious injury when it occurs on the field of play. britain'sjohanna konta has continued her dominant form in the australian open, reaching the quarter—finals. the world number nine beat russia's ekaterina makarova 6—1, 6—4, and hasn't dropped a set in the entire tournament. konta is the last remaining briton in the singles draw, and says she's relishing the challenge of playing 22—time grand slam champion serena williams next. it will be the first time i am on
court against her. i am just looking forward to competing against her. she is one of, if not the best player in the game. so to play against someone like that who you also grew up watching is another great opportunity for me to take a load of experience from. one of britain's longest serving swimmers and olympic silver medallist keri—anne payne has called time on her illustrious career. payne — seen here in the red cap — finished eighth in the 10k swimming marathon at rio 2016. in a 13—year international career, payne finished second at the bejing olympics in 2008, and won world marathon titles in 2011 and 2013. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. tomorrow, the 11 justices of the supreme court will decide
if ministers alone can trigger article 50 of the lisbon treaty, the mechanism by which the uk leaves the eu, or whether they need the authority of an act of parliament. our legal affairs correspondent clive coleman reports on what is being seen as a momentous case that will dictate the manner and could affect the timing of the uk's departure from the eu who has the legal power to switch on the process by which the uk leads the process by which the uk leads the eu? is it the government alone, or does it need an act of parliament? tomorrow, the 11 justices of the supreme court will give their ruling. the government was appealing a case brought by businesswoman gina miller. the result today is about all of us. she had won a judgment at the high court stubbing ministers bypassing parliament and triggering article 50 using what are known as prerogative powers. they are derived from times
when all—powerful kings and queens could do pretty much what they wanted. it's accepted that they can legitimately use the prerogative to enter into and leave international treaties, like the one that took the uk into what is now the eu. but that treaty led to an act of parliament, which brought rights into our domestic law, and is the removal of those rights that lies at the heart of the case. the government argued that we are dealing with an international treaty that our government has signed with the other eu governments, so even though that the eu treaty gives rights to british citizens, it is ultimately up british citizens, it is ultimately up to the government to decide whether it wants to pull britain out, and not up to parliament. and in court, the attorney general argued that if parliament had wanted to limit ministers‘ powers, it could have done so. when it comes to leaving the european union, parliament has had full capacity and
multiple opportunities to restrict the executive‘s ordinary ability to begin the article 50 process, and it has not chosen to do so. but gina miller‘s barrister dismissed that out of hand. it is inherently unlikely in that context that parliament, when it enacted the 1972 act, can possibly have intended that something so fundamental could be set aside by a minister. if the government wins, it‘s problems disappear and ministers can trigger article 50. but what are the consequences if the judges across the square here rule against it, and a bill has to be put through parliament? the consequences are that the government will start to lose control. it has to go to parliament and ask parliament to empower it to act. that means mps can put conditions on the government‘s power. so they might wa nt to government‘s power. so they might want to propose amendments to the
government‘s bill. they might want to have debate. they might put future conditions on discussions or more detail, and that starts to wrest control away from government towards parliament. be you ever so mighty, the law is above you. so said the latejudge lord denning. this case is about where power lies in the constitution, as between ministers and parliament, but it also shows the power ofjudges in applying a fundamental constitutional principle that no one, including the government, is above the law. if you regularly roast, fry or grill potatoes and bread at high temperatures for a long time, it could increase the risk of cancer — that‘s according to government scientists. the food standards agency says a potentially harmful compound, called acrylamide, is produced. but other experts say the focus should be on far more well established foods and habits with links to cancer like smoking and drinking. our health correspondent robert pigott reports. a new warning about food, and one that strikes at the heart of the nation‘s diet.
food scientists say bestselling products such as crisps, chips, cakes and biscuits contain a molecule called acrylamide that can damage the dna in cells. it‘s created when the sugars in these starchy foods react with the molecules that make up protein at temperatures above 120 degrees celsius. starchy foods, when you cook them at high temperatures, toast, roast, fry, they can create acrylamide. the longer and the hotter, the more acrylamide there will be. we know in animal studies that it can create cancer. so we are concerned if there is the same mechanism in people, the higher exposure could increase people‘s risk. the official advice is to bake, fry and grill food to a lighter colour, follow instruction on packaging carefully, avoid storing potatoes in the fridge, where the cold produces more sugar, and eat a balanced diet to minimise the risk of cancer. even our daily toast is under scrutiny. the food standards agency says we should go for gold, rather than brown, or still less black.
with toast on the menu at this glasgow cafe, the advice got a mixed reception. i would think twice, yes. think twice about it. because i eat quite a lot of burnt toast. i'd burn it even blacker and eat it. doesn't matter what you're eating, there's always something to say, they say something will kill you. the food standards agency says although manufacturers have significantly reduced the acrylamide content of processed food, over a lifetime, we are eating too much. an expert on risk is sceptical. i think it‘s over—precautionary. acrylamide has been around since someone stuck a piece of bread in front of the fire and toasted it. there is no strong evidence that it causes cancer in humans. if you give massive doses to mice, they have an increased risk in tumours, but the amount people consume is 100 times less than that. cancer research uk says acrylamide may pose a risk to people, but there are bigger proven dangers
such as being obese, drinking too much and especially smoking. robert piggott, bbc news. in a moment, a look at how the financial markets in europe closed the day, but first the headlines on bbc news: the prime minister has refused to give more detail about the reported misfiring of a test missile. actor gorden kaye, best known for his role in the long—running bbc sitcom ‘allo ‘allo!, has died at the age of 75. the director of the british electronic surveillance agency, gchq, has announced he is to resign for "personal reasons". now a look at how the markets in europe have ended the trading session... the us dollar has continued to weaken.
markets are digesting the protectionist tone struck by donald trump during his inauguration speech. his speech led to a rise in the pound against the dollar — and that‘s led the ftse100 into negative territory. donald trump‘s surprise win in the us presidential election cost paddy power betfair nearly £5m. the bookmaker has also said that it also lost money on football bets in december. the bookies said it expected the total impact of "customer friendly" results in the final three months of 2016 to be about £40m. british oil giant shell became the world‘s biggest dividend payer last year, handing out £11.1bn to investors. the ftse 100‘s largest company gave more in payouts than the entire uk mid—cap index combined, according to financial outsourcing firm capita. the main reason for the rise? the slide in the value of sterling made shell‘s dividends, which are paid in dollars, more expensive. the prime minister theresa may set out her vision for britain‘s industrial future today.
her plans will help business via trade deals, extra skills and fresh funding. earlier, i asked technology david mcclella nd earlier, i asked technology david mcclelland for his thoughts on the announcement. he explained that investment in broadband is crucial if the country‘s technology sector is to flourish. this £1 billion that was promised to deliver a gold standard broadband infrastructure all around the country was only promised in november. that should mean there is this level playing field of network all around the country. and again, we have these incubators, technology hubs in different parts of the country. that is great to see, but there may be other hubs as well, particularly when the government is talking about investing in robotics, smart energy and fuel efficient vehicles and so forth. we need this level playing field of infrastructure and notjust in the south—east. let‘s get detailed analysis with james bevan, chief investment officer at ccla investment management. this industrial strategy, we have
heard lots of initiatives over the yea rs heard lots of initiatives over the years from george osborne, the former chancellor, on ways of boosting business. do you think this will compensate for brexit or the impact bvb single market will have on businesses? i think mrs may's sta nce on businesses? i think mrs may's stance is different to mr osborne‘s. mr osborne‘s was, let‘s leave it to the market and hope the market gets it right. we will not do much. mrs may is talking more substantially about real intervention by government, with the expectation that she doesn‘t think that business alone will be able to sort out our problems. let's move onto one show. they begin the biggest dividend pay—out of 2016 —— shell. what are your views on that? i think the oil price will remain in the trading range. it may go up, but it is likely to be noisy and bumpy rather
than unidirectional. the border issue for dividends within the uk is that we now have a relatively narrow base of very big company payments. so we have five companies paying 30% of dividends, and a lot of these dividends are due to the strength of the dollar and the euro relative to the dollar and the euro relative to the pound. so they might reverse this year. i think 2017 will be a much more tricky year than 2016. finally, let‘s talk about bet fair. they have not had a great few months. lots of outliers have come into play. we have leicester city bring the premier league and donald trump getting the presidency. do you think it is an exception for them on this bad period, but all will return to normal in 2017? interestingly, a bad period for the book is often turns out to be a good one thereafter, because having paid out ona thereafter, because having paid out on a very strong one from chelsea and some excellent goals from mr abramovich, many punters are saying, we might make some money, let‘s have
a go. this is the basis upon which betfair can a go. this is the basis upon which betfaircan do a go. this is the basis upon which betfair can do much better going forward. they have been good at controlling costs and therefore, although they have had this difficulty, they have not made a reduction in their full—year forecast, so i think 2017 may be a better year for them. thanks very much. that‘s all from me, there is a roundup of all the other top business stories on our website — bbc.co.uk/business. the welsh first minister, carwynjones, has called for britain to retain "full and unfettered access" to the european single market after brexit. his labour party has joined forces with plaid cymru and the welsh liberal democrats to publish proposals to restrict freedom of movement to those eu migrants who already have a job offer in the uk. theresa may has said that britain will leave the single market. earlier i asked our correspondent in cardiff, tomos morgan, how optimistic the welsh first minister feels about achieving this. very difficult.
i think carwynjones has always said from the word go on brexit that they wanted to stay in the single market, because it was so important in his view for the businesses in wales. so this morning when he laid out those plans, the blueprint with leanne wood, the plaid cymru leader, they wanted to see something similar to what norway have with the eu, a norway—type deal. norway have a trade agreement which is similar to being in the single market and on immigration, they have a deal where as you say, migrants are allowed to come to the uk if they have already secured a job. that is in stark contrast with what theresa may said last week in her speech, where she said we will be leaving the single market so that we could stay in control of immigration. scotland have already published their blueprint for how they feel brexit should be affecting scotland and the uk. today was the day that carwynjones and plaid cymru decided to release theirs.
they said it was a more comprehensive plan, a 150 page document looking to find the softest brexit possible to aid those living in wales. it‘s barely the time it takes to fill the kettle — but ten seconds is all it took for 19 buildings to be reduced to rubble in a controlled explosion in china yesterday. demolition experts waited until dark had fallen before detonating five tonnes of explosives which brought down 150,000 square metres of concrete, glass and steel to make way for a skyscraper. when it comes to finding a new relationship, we know millions of people in the uk now turn to the internet. but can you always be certain the person you‘re speaking to is real? figures seen exclusively by the victoria derbyshire programme show that in the last year a record number of people — almost 4,000 — have become victims of online dating scams. so what makes someone send vast sums of money to a person they‘ve never met?
nicola rees has been to meet the women who‘ve lost hundreds of thousands of pounds. millions of us use dating websites, but not everyone online is looking for love. every year, millions are conned by criminals using fake profiles. every year, thousands of single people in the uk are conned by criminals using fake profiles on dating sites. i woke up in the middle of the night and suddenly realised, not only was it a scam, but that this so—called john was part of his gang. judith lathlean is a university professor from winchester. in 2015, she decided to try online dating. john porterfrom london was her strongest match. likejudith, he was a christian, who emphasised honesty and trust. he sounded wonderful on the phone. so we started getting quite friendly quite quickly, really. john claimed to be working abroad. after weeks of messages and phone calls, the conversation turned to money. when he went to south africa,
he said, "i‘ve got to have a bond of good faith against me not delivering the goods". well, i have known people in business and they have to put up a bond of good faith, so, again, i didn‘t think it was strange. he lost his passport, this was the story, the e—mails started getting a bit frantic and i immediately, because i was so believing in him, i immediately said, "don‘t worry, john, i can lend you some money". you‘re a respected academic, you‘re clearly intelligent, successful, articulate. judith, why was your judgment so poor here? because i believed injohn. i believed i was helping him. and i was completely bowled over by him. with as many as one in three relationships in the uk now starting online, the internet is becoming an increasingly lucrative place
for cyber criminals. we have discovered that last year alone, almost 4,000 people were conned by online dating scammers, with losses amounting to a record £39 million. they are in foreign jurisdictions, west africa, eastern europe, places like that. and it's very difficult for british law enforcement to take action against them. it was five months before judith realised she had been scammed. john porter didn‘t exist. the photo was probably stolen. judith had sent £1a0,000 to an organised criminal gang. i won‘t get any of the money back. i have to tell myself that it was a complete fraud, so feeling sorry for myself is just not an issue. you're dealing with the best salesmen in the world. they don't have a product, theyjust will take your money and groom you over time and yes,
i totally can see why you would fall for that. that was nicola rees reporting. time for a look at the weather. some potentially disruptive weather to talk about again. we have seen areas of fog floating around today. 0ther areas of fog floating around today. other places have been quite delightful. for others, though, underneath the fog, temperatures have barely got above freezing. we will see a similar mix over the next 24 hours. some fog is forming across parts of norfolk and lincolnshire. that was disperse as the cloud pushes in, but following that fog across the west country, extending into parts of wales, it is quite a mixture. temperatures will be close
to or below freezing widely by eight o‘clock in the morning. some places are not seeing fog in the morning. cloudy outside skies, and not all of us cloudy outside skies, and not all of us will see temperatures as low as this. where you have cloud cover, you will be just above freezing. further north and west, it will be above freezing. scotland will have patchy rain first thing in the morning, quite a contrast with parts of the south and east. it will be fairly inconsequential. mostly cloudy skies, but the breeze will be mild. further south and east, sunshine for many. but some spots will stay for the all day. 0ut west, with the mild air, double figures in one or two places. and whether fog lingers, it will probably stay close to zero. the fog is back again overnight, restricted to the southern counties of england by
wednesday. some sunshine around. some rain threatening the far north—west, but probably staying at bay for the time being. still relatively mild here, but chilly further south and east, particularly where that fog lingers. you will notice the isobars tightening on thursday. that means more wind, and that wind is going to come in from a still freezing europe. so on thursday, temperatures will be notably thursday, temperatures will be nota bly lower thursday, temperatures will be notably lower and if you add on the effect of the breeze, it will feel quite bitterfor some of effect of the breeze, it will feel quite bitter for some of us across eastern parts of england in particular, barely above freezing all day long. a raw wind, despite the sunshine. today at five, theresa may declares her ‘absolute faith‘ in the trident nuclear deterrent, despite reports of a test that went wrong. the test happened lastjune, before mrs may became prime minister, and she‘s refusing to confirm or deny reports that an unarmed missile veered off course.
i‘m regularly briefed on national security issues. i was briefed on the successful certification of hms vengance and her crew. we don‘t comment on the operational details for national security reasons. in the commons, the defence secretary refuses to share any operation details of the weapons test, as opposition mps demand more transparency. the british public is the facts on the matter as