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of the highlights for visitors, something donald trump is keen to do if he ever comes. and in this relaxed atmosphere, business can be done and difficult issues touched upon. in the case of britain and spain, that means gibraltar. last year, king felipe called it a colonial anachronism. today, in a speech at westminster, he was more tactful. but he did call for a negotiated settlement. i am confident that, through the necessary dialogue and effort, our two governments will be able to work out towards arrangements that are acceptable to all involved. to that, the british government said the sovereignty of gibraltar was not up for discussion. a firm response, among the warm words of a state visit. nicholas witchell, bbc news, buckingham palace. that's a summary of the news. now on bbc news, it's time for newsnight. tonight: four weeks after grenfell burned, newsnight has established the first evidence of cyanide poisoning amongst survivors
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of the disaster. we hear new testimony of a family's escape from the 21st floor of the tower. and the agony of losing their unborn child. that poison, it went in. as it settled on my body, obviously everything goes to the baby. the amount that he received, it was obviously enough to stop his heart. nazreen aklani lost her mother and her aunt in the fire, both are missing and presumed to have died. four weeks on — has anyone helped her get the answers that she seeks? and why are survivors so unwilling to believe what the authorities tell them — especially about the number who have died? i was speaking to a friend of mine last week and they said that he's been told it's about 400. we go in search of evidence that the official death count is wrong and ask why so many doubt it.
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we've got social media. i said, we've got social media out here. we don't need the mainstream media. your lies are dormant. we'll ask two london politicians if it's possible to end the hatred and distrust. four weeks after the inferno, the charred carcass of grenfell tower looms over north kensington like a malevolent machine, casting still darkening shadows over a profoundly traumatised community. but as the political debates continue and the parameters of the official enquiry are slowly established, there is perhaps a danger of losing sight of the myriad human tragedies still unfolding. for example, the youngest victim of the fire, who was yet to be born. andreia gomes was seven months pregnant and had already named her unborn son—to—be logan when, with her husband and their two
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daughters, she escaped from the 21st floor of the tower block. the baby growing inside her did not survive. and tonight, we learn that andreia and her husband marcio‘s eldest child, the 12 year old luana, received a diagnosis of cyanide poisoning — the first to be recorded among the survivors. they have been telling their story for the first time to newsnight‘s katie razzall. a warning — some people may find it upsetting. we didn't use soft words, we didn't say that her baby brother was sleeping with the angels, sleeping as everybody does every night. we said logan died and these are the reasons logan died. the gomes family lived on the 21st floor of grenfell tower. next month they should have been celebrating the birth of their son, anticipated with much excitement by his older sisters. we were making plans, he can sleep with me, he's going to be on the floor and i'm going to play with him, they were very excited and we'd just
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finished the nursery. instead, their home is gone and their son, who they had already named logan, was delivered stillborn by caesarean section as his mother and sisters lay in induced comas in hospital. i knew something was wrong straightaway when they took the mother as a priority, so i broke down. because i knew. i knew what they were saying. and then later on they said that the baby had passed away. they can't say 100%, but they said that the heart couldn't cope with the lack of oxygen, the baby didn't get, so they have done a full autopsy including toxins to see exactly what caused the baby's death.
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they said that they believed the poison went in and settled on my body, and everything goes to the baby. especially, seven months is when the lungs of the baby starts to develop. the amount that he received, it was obviously enough to stop his heart. there has been speculation in the four weeks since the fire about what toxins may have been released as the building burned. the family allowed newsnight to film their discharge papers from kings college hospital. their 12—year—old daughter's diagnosis includes cyanide poisoning. her mother and sister were also treated for the risk of cyanide. this is the first confirmation
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of a cyanide poisoning diagnosis as a result of the grenfell fire. it is believed to be from the insulation. i don't know where it has come from. i imagine it would be from the plastics that were melted and burning, but the smoke was certainly, you know, so intense, as soon as you got a mouthful, you were gagging, you were constantly gagging on the way down. i can't imagine what my daughters were going through at the time and i'm sure you were gagging as well. you were always having the gag reflex, it was that intense. this was the family's flat where they sheltered, unable to leave because of the thick smoke. they had been advised that firefighters would rescue them but two hours and up to five emergency calls later, just before liam, they knew it was over.
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my room is on fire, just like that. the curtains were on fire, the moses basket was on fire, that side of the window was on fire. i looked at the window and thought it must have cracked. it was shut. everything was fine so i knew that the fire came in between the walls. there were a lot of gaps because of the insulation they used. the only thing i could do was literally grab the door, and then i looked and said we have to go now, there's no turning back, we have to try. it's now or never. i was holding the rail and i kept shouting, keep going, keep going downstairs, try and give them as much encouragement as i could. at one point my daughter replied to me and said, i can't. and... it was coming from behind.
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i realised she must have let go of the rail. she was with her friend. i turned round, stopped, i turned around and said i'm waiting for you, follow my voice, i kept shouting to them. i kept climbing the stairs and she said, i can't, i can't, and she didn't talk any more. the smoke was so heavy, you couldn't see anything that was there, so i was shouting to them, waiting. thankfully at that moment i looked down and there was a light coming up and it was a fireman. they were rescued but the delay on the staircase meant that he had lost andreia and their younger daughter. i said i needed to go back and see where my wife is and the policeman
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said, i'm not promising anything but there is a pregnant woman over there. i relaxed a bit at that point and then the other one said, is your daughter's name, megan? ijust went, i'm good because they had got out. an ambulance took the family to hospital where the girls were put the girls into comas. when you woke up, did you know immediately you had lost your son? or did you have to tell andreia? i knew. she knew. i knew. before she got brought out of the coma, moving a little bit, very slowly. i was talking to her and the first thing she did was to try and put her hand on her stomach and said, i'm sorry. you don't have to be sorry. the family have nothing but praise
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for the support they've received from the nhs, firefighters and friends. as for those who decided to cut costs on the renovation of grenfell? i'm very angry with them because it could have all been avoided. that's where the anger really stems from. yes, it was an accident, i'm sure, but it could have been avoided. it shouldn't have happened like this. the residents never wanted the cladding in the first place. when you go ahead knowing that something could happen and they ignored that, this is me, personally, i feel that you don't care, so... you just... i don't know if is the right word, but you just killed so many people and you just killed my son. in a normal situation i could have gone out, he was seven months, he could have survived. babies have survived less.
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but because of their conditions, he... he passed away. andreia and marcio gomes talking to katie razzall and producer sara moriagloo. it is worth stressing that we do not know where the cyanide came from, whether it was plastics from inside the building or the insulation. sadly, neither the government nor council were able to join us tonight. but i am joined by nazreen aklani. her mother sakineh lived on the 18th floor of grenfell tower. on the night of the tragedy she was being visited by her sister, nazreen‘s aunt fatimeh, and both women described the unfolding horror on the telephone to family members until the line went down. presumed but not yet confirmed dead, the uncertainty surrounding their situation is also
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being endured by many other grieving families and their continuing pain is exacerbated by a lingering suspicion that the authorities are still being less than fully truthful. i am so sorry for your loss and thank you forjoining us. one would presume that four weeks after the tragedy, you had found out rather more than what you have about what happened to her mother and your aunt, is that the case? we know more in terms of meeting other victims and we have approached them, we have found things out for ourselves and... no, it has taken so long for the numbers to reach 80. the next day the numbers of dead were nine. we always knew it was more and we still know it is more, that is no information for us. it is things that we assumed.
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you mentioned dealing chiefly with other survivors and grieving families, what lines of communication do you have with what you describe as the authorities? we have very little communication, we have been given a key worker and we have had to run around so much. what do you mean? we were given a family liaison officer by the police quite quickly. and through them we were promised to have a key worker which puts us in touch with the council and they are supposed to help us, introduce us to things that are available and everything. and it took so long to have one of those in place. we literally had to chase the officers to be able to find out who that actually is and once in place, a number of phone calls we have had to make chasing her up, i would rather have called
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the places myself and have everything done. we find out through other means and had to put it to her, there has not been much communication. what is it you are mostly trying to establish that you have been unable to? one of the main things we have been trying to do and i know my brother sorted out the housing for my disabled brother and we have been trying to sort that out provisionally ourselves because there was no key worker and when she came in she took over and did nothing with it and we had to ring her and remind her, you know, the mp assured us this would get done. she called us one week later to say the council has refused everything and when we asked for her to put us in touch with the manager that took that decision, she spoke to my brother, i believe today or yesterday, to say the manager is going on annual leave and she left it as that
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without telling us who else would be in charge. which i find quite shocking, so many people traumatised and going through this tragedy, notjust myself but everybody, and the managers and the council say that it is ok to continue with annual leave. you say not yourself but you still do not know for sure what happened to your mother? no. my brother was on the phone to them, we know they went to the 23rd floor and we know they died there because... because he heard them. do you understand by the authorities have been unable to definitively confirm that to you? yes, they let them burn for too long. you know... what is more horrendous than getting burned alive? you ask yourself, is there anything worse? i'm afraid there is... having no remains and yes, it's taken so long
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because they failed to put out the fire when they should have. when i went to that site in the morning, we were there all day, there was still fire inside the building, the next day, 2a hours later. and because of that, yes, it's hard for them to tell us what has happened to my mother and my auntie because they have been so burned that the coroner defines them as calcified, there was no organic matter in the bones for them to be dna tested. and i do not know who took the decision to decide that they did not need to fight the fire any more. i do not know why somebody who was responsible for that far decided it was ok to stop fighting it and let everything else burn. because... that decision has cost us the remains of our family. and i see that as a criminal offence.
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that should be investigated. you have no remains to bury. we have no remains. since the first day, we told our family liaison officer that we want to have a video of the coroner's search. they said, we think this is part of their work anyway. the victims‘ meeting at olympia, we were told there was no video. we have taken pictures. commander cundy said yes, we will get these pictures out to the families because we are very keen on them, it is our right. just like everything else, it was a waste of time, time we could have spent grieving. we weren't given the pictures as they promised, they said they would get them to us immediately. we have been denied everything. i have no idea what's out there. for all my no, they
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could be in one piece. i should stress that there is an open invitation for the council or central government to address many of the questions that are continuing to be thrown up by this awful tragedy. thank you forjoining us. i spent several hours at the scene today and almost everyone i spoke to, from the local mp to the manager of the maxilla social club that sits in grenfell‘s shadow, told me that the official response to the tragedy remains inadequate and in many ways invisible. it is perhaps unsurprising that this perceived absence of accountability and authority has fostered an environment in which suspicion and mistrust have been allowed to fester. tonight — a vigil for those that died took place at the tower. from the death toll itself, which currently officially stands at 80, to the efforts
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to rehouse survivors, many report a deep distrust of the official line. and it is a distrust which could ultimately hamper any inquiry that requires the cooperation of a community profoundly sceptical about almost everything they are being told. newsnight‘s david grossman reports. so many questions about grenfell hang in the air. the definitive answers are many months away. the public inquiry hasn't even decided its terms of reference yet, which questions it will investigate. i was here covering the fire on the day and have followed the story ever since. and one thing that has made grenfell seem very different to me, feel different from a lot of other similar disasters is how widespread and how strong is the view that the authorities are lying to us about what happened here.
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at the heart of this view is the question of how many people died in the fire. that number is established by the police. their current figure is 80. but is it really more than that, and if so, are the police, the government, the fire service and the media all colluding in a cover—up to downplay this disaster‘s true death toll? what news media outlet are you from? bbc news. bbc, that's what i'm saying. if you're not going to report the right numbers, there's no point in you being here. there's no point you being here because all you're doing is angering the people. i and many of my colleagues have had encounters like this one. filmed the weekend after the fire. people throwing their children out of the windows. you can see first hand there's more than 58 missing posters on the walls around here. you're the voice of the government. the media, seen as in collusion with the powerful who want to suppress the truth. we've got social media, we've got social media out here, we don't need the mainstream media. you're lying anyway.
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your lies are dormant. you're a bunch of liars. rumours become hardened into fact, despite there being no evidence for them. i've got a friend who works for the fire brigade here. yesterday on the phone he said they found about 42 bodies in one room hiding together. no—one knows that. it's only because we know him, he's a fireman, he told us this. this facebook video that alleges that 42 bodies were found in one flat has been seen by more people than the nightly audience for bbc and itv‘s main bulletins put together. a claim that then finds its way into the mouth of a respected mp. the 79 figure that has stood for a week does not accord with those who lived down there and say that the survivors, there is a gap, they know there is a gap. in one flat alone, people say there were up to 40 people gathered, because they had gathered there, it was ramadan. in the cold shadow of
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grenfell tower i met virginia sang. she lives in one of the three blocks of maisonettes that radiate out from the now blackened husk. she has lived there since she was a child. the official figure is 80 at the moment, dead or missing. does that figure ring true to you? no, it doesn't, to the residents, we although it is more than that. why do you know that? i was told sunday after the fire it was 200 and they are expecting it to be more. where did you get that information? a reliable source. right, and that rings true to you, it is more accurate? yeah, but i was speaking to a friend who said he has been told it is about 400. as many as 400? well, we don't know, i'm praying it's not. why would they cover it up? we don't think they new how many people lived in the tower, because the tower was very overcrowded, so they don't have the correct number for how many
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people was living there. do you think there were many people who weren't on the books? i think so. who are these people? we don't know. but despite investigating these claims, newsnight has so far found no evidence that such large numbers were in the tower. to calculate the total number in grenfell that night we need to know the number of people who escaped. the police say it was 255 and add the number of missing and dead. the police say the number is 80, implying a total of 335 people in the tower that night. here's the question i have. all the people you can see on these posters are accounted for in some way, they are either officially confirmed as dead or missing, presumed dead. so if there were many other people, dozens, even hundreds of other
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victims of the grenfell fire, where is the evidence, where are the people looking for them, where are the neighbours, the friends and family? unless they were so anonymous that nobody knew they were in the tower. as for the argument that 100 or more undocumented migrants were living in the tower unknown to the authorities, the police have detailed lists for who was living in 80% of the flats in the block, so where were these extra people supposedly living? official figures from the police are that 80 people died in the fire. 18 are from the 106 flats where the police have spoken to someone who lived there. the remaining 62 are from 23 higher flats where the police have been unable to identify anyone. the police have said they have not discovered a flat containing 42 corpses. identifying, even numbering victims is a huge and slow undertaking.
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30 years ago, 31 people were killed in a fire at king's cross station and it took months to identify some of the victims. it is a grisly truth that in a high temperature, long burning fire like grenfell, very little human evidence is left. the upper floors of grenfell became effectively a crematorium, the temperature must have been 2000 celsius. a crematorium is a roundabout 1600 celsius so what would be left is not an identifiable body but fragments of bone and ash and so on and teeth. to identify a body we need notjust the teeth and get dna from that body, we need to have something to compare it with and that is very difficult. independent groups and organisations try to put together lists of the dead and missing have not identified the scores or hundreds of missing victims that some believe died in the blaze. without having access
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to the police‘s data, the bbc has managed to identify 72 of the 80 people the police say died in the fire. an unchecked crowd sourced database has come up with 83 names. we have completely failed to find any evidence to support the idea that a real number of casualties from the grenfell fire is significantly different from the numbers that the police are talking about. that leads to a rather obvious question. why are so many so determined to believe that the authorities are lying to them? one factor is certainly the lack of trust in any of the institutions involved. we know, for example, that grenfell residents tried to raise fire safety concerns for years but felt ignored. many in social housing complained of unresponsive, uncaring authorities. especially in central london, where they suspect the councils would rather sell off valuable sites to developers. she said something like, i have put wet towels under the door and i am just really scared.
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and that was it. that was the last message. rizwan hussain lost a friend and fellow activist in the fire. he is sceptical of conspiracies but understands how they have gained such credence. in regards to the local authority, i think there was just a lack of answers coming from them, there was a lack of representation. there was no questions. everything on the ground was basically community—led. people were asking the question, where are the local authorities and what are they doing? where is the organised system in place of support? and that didn't happen until a few days after. does that lead to mistrust? questions about numbers and where people are, who people are, because they are not being answered, there is a sort of suspicion? absolutely. and that suspicion extends to the people that used to be trusted to report tragedies like grenfell. now, the media is seen by some as peddling its own agenda. in collusion with the powerful
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to mislead and manipulate. do you have have a lot more faith in the people you talk to around you ? oh yeah. more than the authorities or even the media, to explain? yes, because we understand what we're going through, we are the ones going through it. and we understand it because we're all very close. the media tends to twist things. or put on what they want to see or what they think people want to see. we have no trust in anybody. we have had no trust in the council for years. so that has made us even worse than what we were. do you simply not trust us to tell the truth? some media, i do. the bbc is a bit... we have seen some of the things... i have seen some things that they have shown and it is not what i know it is to be. we are a bit sceptical.
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a human tragedy of this scale touches so many lives in ways that can never be recorded in official statistics. what is clear is that no appeal to the facts as explained and interpreted by authority figures and established media will do much to reform the strongly held opinions that swirl around this disaster. david grossman reporting. sian berry is a chair of the housing committee on the london assembly. she's from the green party. and shaun bailey is a conservative party member of london's assembly. he grew up close to grenfell, in the borough of kensington and chelsea. it would seem there has been an epic breakdown of public trust or an epic escalation. do you think this dispute over the death toll is a symptom of that or a cause?
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i think it's a symptom. it has to be said there was a lack of information about the death toll, and one thing the police normally do in cases like this is put out an estimate of who they think was in the incident and how many people might have survived. and those key pieces of information were not given by the police for a very long time, they would only give that number, so it is understandable there would be scepticism. i challenge the mayor and the police this week, and for the first time they have put out those numbers and we can have a debate, the police think there were 350 people inside and locals might have different views and before there was nothing to talk about because the police had not given those two numbers. it is very important that is clear. in terms of general mistrust, though, i was called there, me and sean are london—wide assembly members, representing everybody who needs our help, and i was asked
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to come down five days after the fire in london required to help get some practical things done. largely for the wider community rather than people who had been evacuated, people still in the area, feeling besieged by the media, wondering where any support might be. an absolute lack of information about things like road closures, whether or not even the school would be open. there was nothing for people, and i think you saw that day when you went down there, there was no information. and it is still not much better and i am still getting messages from people every day, i have had to go back three orfour times, there is something very broken there and people are still fending for themselves. they are really burning out. this is a vacuum into which volunteers have moved and in many ways continue to bear the brunt of front—line service that the residents expected to be provided by the council. in the continuing absence of the council, it took the former head 80 days to effectively show his face in public before resigning.
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—— eight days. the continuing absence on the ground of the council, how can these people be expected to place faith in the council that they perceive as letting them down badly? they simply will not. it is no surprise to me. i lived there for a very long time, my friends and family out there, the reaction of the community does not surprise me, they have always been reactive, we look after our own, where the council failed is by not giving this a human face and saying we are responsible for putting this right. i understand they are scared of litigation. do you understand the scepticism about the numbers? you understand they're doubting the number they're being told? i do not buy into the conspiracies but i fully understand why and where that is coming from. if you look at social housing, many people across london are under different leadership, labour and conservative and whatever, they feel social housing is inflicted upon them, they have no say, it is not
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explained why it works the way it does and those things have built up over years. our community is told its muslim members are terrorists and the young black men are criminals, so they hold out to people who do not try to understand them. the council have built up quite a good reputation, they did a lot of work on the ground, that has been trashed by a very poor response to this. the new council leader has a very steep hill to climb. some of the residents would dispute your notion that there was much in place to trash. we are familiar with the action group's blog that warrant and predicted. again, the point is this. you had a community on the ground that the council would largely work with youth groups etc, but when it comes to social housing, which affects a much larger group of people in the area, the council were too distant, they have moved away. do you understand how that has happened? yes, because we are a country we do not punish those in high
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places and what happens, when i speak to young people, they say, i bet you nobody gets in trouble for this. and there is a very serious thing that can be done, the enquiry, the terms of that enquiry, how the local people are convened with. it is important someone explains to them what that enquiry means, you have to manage expectations right now because if not, you will never rebuild the trust. this is an important moment. the enquiry will fail without this trust? this is an important moment for the political establishment to start the process of rebuilding trust is how they frame the enquiry. yes, local people are organising, trying their best but they are not being given resources and we need a complete reconfiguration of democracy there. £300 million in chelsea's bank. why not give that to voluntary
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groups to get on with what needs doing? why have we seen three changes of leadership, of who is running the relief organisation, and we are waiting for things to get sorted out, if those organisations and charities had the funding... it is not just about funding. in the short term. it is about disaster response, hand on heart, could other council leaders across the country, can they say they would respond better? probably not. you need a group of people senior enough to make decisions on the ground, anybody directly affected should not find things out in the media, they should be contacted directly and first. and that is not happening. without that response, without that team and the seniority to deliver, you will always disappoint the local people. many thanks to both of you for your time. moving on now to, inevitably, brexit.
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the government — in the shape of the deputy prime minister in all but name, damian green — said today that it was likely that we'll get a good deal with the eu and the chances of there being no deal at all is "probably overstated." but in tonight's viewsnight, david cameron's former advisor, julian glover, urges them to get on with it. dear theresa, do a deal. on the issue of that deal or no deal with the eu, there are two particular issues that may need urgent attention. first, the uk's scheduled withdrawal from membership of the european nuclear regulator, euratom, about which the medical and scientific communities have expressed grave concern. and, quite separately, we heard warnings today from ryanair that all fights to the continent could be grounded if we don't get an air transport agreement in place sharpish. our political editor nick watt and our business editor
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helen thomas have been looking into both of these matters. i will begin with nick watt. what do we know about the euratom situation? the government is facing the prospect of its first major brexit rebellion over its plans to pull out of that treaty. i have learned the government is planning to negotiate a form of associate membership of that treaty. it is not technically an eu treaty but it is overseen by the european court ofjustice. i understand this movement by the government will be enough to satisfy some of the tory rebels. they believe that associate membership could be happy halfway house that could set a precedent for a half—in, half—out future relationship with the eu, and they except the uk —— accept that the uk cannot go back into euratom as a full member because advice from uk and eu lawyers is clear — if you leave the eu, you have to leave euratom, even though it is not technically
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an eu treaty. we might have to wait for this to be announced, the government will set out its position paper on euratom but that will be general and the rebels will hold back for the moment. for the moment. and some news on that repeal bill? labour have announced this evening but unless that will is amended, they will vote against it at its second reading in early september. keir starmer, the shadow brexit secretary, says that bill allows the government to record too much power and mirrors what he described as their flawed approach on the european court ofjustice. but if labour votes against it, it will not necessarily stop the bill in its tracks, because potential tory rebels would not vote against it at the second reading, but it will embolden them to amend it with labour further down the line and ministers are not happy, they say, do not reverse the will of the people. many thanks. helen, what did michael o'leary have to say? classic michael 0'leary, he was in the european parliament,
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it was pretty colourful, time to do with reality, flights will stop after brexit. ryanair would shift their craft, we will have to holiday in scotland or ireland. you get the idea. the single market and aviation allows airlines to fly freely in europe. there is no fallback option so you need a new agreement. his view is this will not happen because of the red lines put around negotiations by the government and that is debatable. what is truth is airlines sell seats about one year in advance so you need to get a move on. what about other airlines? you say classic michael 0'leary, airlines sell seats about one you say classic michael 0'leary, busy flying solo? i have spoken to several industry types and they are overwhelmingly confident there will be a deal, willie walsh, the boss of the owner of british airways says he thought it would be relatively straightforward.
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the reasoning, governments on both sides and airlines on both sides want to deal, otherwise everybody loses, tourism, trade and business. now, of course, there are compensations, a basic bilateral deal preserves uk—to—europe flights and vice versa but not necessarily easyjet flying around europe. ownership is a problem for some airlines because current rules require you to be a majority—eu owned. ultimately, the industry thinks we will get a deal because it would be unimaginable chaos without that. thank you both very much indeed. that's it for tonight. we just had to leave you with this piece of surreal theatre from steven colbert's late show on cbs. perhaps by repeating it we're just proving the author's point, but here's the actor andy serkis, who plays gollum in the lord of the rings, reading out donald trump's twitter feed. goodnight. as gollum: the fake news media has never been so wrong... orso dirty! purposefully incorrect stories and funny sources. to meet their agenda...
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of hate! sad! good evening. it was a lovely day across much of the uk today and with a lovely day today we have clear skies overnight tonight and that is going to lead to some fairly low temperatures in some rural parts. here is compilation of the beautiful day. there was rain in the beautiful day. there was rain in the south—east, that cleared away in the south—east, that cleared away in the afternoon. a lot of sunshine out there. temperatures will be dropping away. temperatures dipping to about 4- away. temperatures dipping to about 4— five degrees overnight as we have light wind and clear skies underneath this area of high pressure, which is keeping it fine and dry. here are the temperatures in the morning. double figures in towns and cities. in rural spots,
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down to four, five or six degrees. chilly for some, but a bright start for many. increasing cloud for the afternoon. lots of dry weather and one 01’ afternoon. lots of dry weather and one or two afternoon. lots of dry weather and one 01’ two showers afternoon. lots of dry weather and one or two showers in line from the yorkshire down to the south—west of england and vain creeping into the far north and west as well. temperature—wise we are doing quite well, 19 in aberdeen, 22 in manchester and 23 in london. i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines: donald trump says investigations into russia's involvement in the us presidential election is a witch hunt, but the new head of the fbi disagrees... as the future fbi director, do you consider this endeavour as a witch hunt? i do not consider director mueller to be on a witch hunt. a 9.5—yearjail sentence for brazil's former president, lula da silva,
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but he says he will still run for office next year. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: we're in kazakhstan for our latest stop on the new silk road, but with chinese companies pouring
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