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the home secretary says there will be no cliff edge on migration after march, 2019. amber rudd says there will be an implementation phase after britain leaves the eu. we are leaving the eu, we will be having a new policy, but part of what i am announcing todayis but part of what i am announcing today is to show we will make sure it is evidence —based and we will make sure it works for the whole country. we will have the latest on that from westminster. 71 prisoners in england and wales were released by mistake last year — the highest numberfor a decade. wildfires continue to burn in southern france — 6,000 firefighters and troops are now battling the flames. experts cast doubt on the traditional advice that you should a lwa ys traditional advice that you should always finish your course of antibiotics. and prince william is working his final shift as an air ambulance pilot before he takes up royal duties full—time. and coming up in sport later
in the hour on bbc news... the third test is under way at the oval against south africa. england make a shaky start after winning the toss. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. the home secretary, amber rudd, has moved to reassure businesses that there will be no cliff edge on immigration after march, 2019, when the free movement of people between the eu and the uk ends. speaking on a visit to scotland this morning, she said there will be an implementation phase for the new immigration policy after brexit, when new eu workers who come here will need to register their details.
it comes as experts are asked to report on the costs and benefits of eu migrants. 0ur political correspondent, iain watson, reports. getting tough on immigration, the home secretaryjoined a coastal patrol in scotland today. but simultaneously, she signalled the government wanted to take a flexible approach to legal migration after brexit. she made it clear the new immigration policy would not be implemented immediately and the independent migration advisory committee would examine how many eu migrants might be needed. we want a new informed evidence —based eu migration policy. we have commissioned the mac to commission on that, they will be consulting business. in the meantime, there will be an implementation phase where new eu workers will need to register their details, but the full new eu immigration policy will be
after the mac has reported in the final phase of leaving the eu. the government says it wants the economy to flourish after brexit, so a new study from the migration advisory committee will examine what businesses are most reliant on eu labour, the costs and benefits of eu migration, and the potential impact ofa migration, and the potential impact of a reduction in the number of eu citizens working here. questions are being raised not just citizens working here. questions are being raised notjust about the substance of the new eu migration study, but about the timing. mps are not at westminster in the summer, they cannot examine the terms of reference. but there is another issue because the government's critics are saying, why on earth are they commissioning it now and not a year ago just after the referendum 7 now and not a year ago just after the referendum? we have been talking to different sectors across government since the referendum. this is just part of the process. the foreign secretary had not heard of the new immigration study. you bring me news of this report today.
lam bring me news of this report today. i am sorry, i do not... i cannot comment. it sounds like an interesting report. there is another issue of timing. the government will set out its broad approach to immigration after brexit later this year and ministers will introduce legislation for early next year. the new study on eu migration will not report until much later in 2018. six months before brexit, it will not be enough time for structure in new migration system, particularly if they want to completely alter the current system. if you voted leave in the referendum to get control of immigration, the government says it will deliver. but if businesses are to be reassured, government ministers might have to be flexible over how long it will take to reduce the numbers. 0ur assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. should we all be any clearer today
about immigration policy, norman?” suspect there has been a good deal of head scratching in the wake of this announcement. what is clear is amber rudd wants business to have a much bigger role in shaping our new immigration policy and we know business has serious concerns about restrictions on bringing in eu nationals. but the timing of all of this is frankly a little bit higgledy—piggledy. this commission will not report untiljust six months before we leave the eu. right up months before we leave the eu. right up against the buffers, after the government has published its new immigration bill and many people will say, this should have been done yonks ago. the language among ministers also a little bit higgledy—piggledy. amber rudd seeming to suggest it will be softly softly, slowly, slowly when it comes to new policy. the immigration minister, brandon lewis, come march, 2019, free movement of labour will
end. borisjohnson was left open—mouthed not knowing about the policy when he was asked in australia. the truth is, yes, amber ruddis australia. the truth is, yes, amber rudd is clear she wants a bigger say for business, but in terms of what the new immigration rules might look like and when they will kick in, we do not know. the reason for that, i suspect, is ministers themselves do not know because that debate is still going on in government. thank you. let us talk about the business side of things as well. our business editor, simon jack, is here. business says it needs clarity, certainty, has it got that today? they accept, they are optimistic it isa they accept, they are optimistic it is a good, first step. you want an evidence —based system, you need that evidence. better late than never. privately, they are saying it is very late. this will report back in september, 2018, six months before, and businesses, particularly sectors like construction,
hospitality, agriculture, which rely heavily on migrant labour, they say they need more clarity before then. amber rudd seems to understand that, she is talking again about the transitional period, a couple of yea rs, transitional period, a couple of years, maybe longer. businesses are saying that and there is momentum holding behind the transition period businesses —— and businesses are pleased. in short, they are pleased their views are being heard after being frozen out of the conversation. but rather exasperated at the pace of it because they need clarity, as you say, that is what they want, and they say it will come late in the day. but transitional agreement, that gives them comfort. 0ptimistic but exasperated. agreement, that gives them comfort. optimistic but exasperated. thank you very much. wildfires are continuing to burn in southern france for the fourth day. at least 6,000 firefighters and troops are now battling the flames. thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and campsites around the town of bormes—les—mimosas, with many spending the night
on beaches, or in sports halls and other public buildings. wyre davies reports. battling for a third consecutive night, more than 6,000 firefighters appear to be slowly winning the fight against wildfires that have caused so much havoc and damage in the hills above the cote d'azur. thousands of tourists and local residents, who had been evacuated from their hillside homes and campsites, also spent another night camped out on the beaches below. uncomfortable and inconvenient, but glad to have escaped with their lives. translation: it's like wild camping. it's been two days and it's a bit strange, but we are getting used to it. all the same, we would like to get back to the campsite. the most important thing is not being in danger. i have heard, forthe moment, there are no victims and that has to be the most important thing. after destroying some 10,000 hectares of mediterranean scrub
and forest, the fire's progress has been halted thanks to the use of more than a dozen water bombers. the aftermath is described as a disaster for the local economy and the environment by regional officials who believe the blaze was deliberately started. among the hundreds of british tourists forced to flee but unsure what happens now, isabelle heppenstall from surrey. woken up at about half past 12 by the emergency services shouting, "fire, fire," in french. didn't really know what to do. some people were running to the beach and putting life jackets on the children, but we decided to try and drive out. we were directed by the police, eventually reached a safe point where we watched the fire unfold. horrific. really awfully scary. emergency officials are reluctant to stand firefighters down and allow people back to their homes and campsites because of the very real possibility that dry mistral winds will fan the flames once more and the threat will return. indeed, weather conditions
across the southern mediterranean are still precarious. hundreds of homes have been evacuated on the island of corsica, and from portugal to the italian riviera, firefighting teams have been trying to contain several smaller fires before they too get out of control. wyre davies, bbc news. let's go live now to bormes—les—mimosas and our correspondent, hugh schofield. what's the latest where you are? we are on the crest of the range above bormes—les—mimosas, the focus of this fire on the cote d'azur. we have a blackened landscape around us. have a blackened landscape around us. the situation is stabilised but not under control. what has happened is the march of flames which we saw yesterday has stopped. broadly they have extinguished most of the fires. but pockets keep springing up. in
the last ten minutes, as the wind picks up, we can feel it, smoke has appeared over that crest and two helicopters are in some way tackling that fire, not sure what they are doing, i would that fire, not sure what they are doing, iwould not that fire, not sure what they are doing, i would not be surprised if we see the water bombers coming in. the issue is their plumes of smoke in the hills caused by the very, very dry and still hot soil. it is hot. there is no fire, but it is hot, the embers of the tree root could very quickly take fire again, sending sparks over the countryside, and then more fires around. much better than yesterday. most tourists are going back to the campsites, but to be watched with extreme vigilance. many thanks. hugh schofield on the cote d'azur. the deadline for reaching an agreement over the end of life care for the terminally—ill baby, charlie gard, passed at midday today. charlie's parents had accepted that he would spend his final days
in a hospice, but chris gard and connie yates wanted to spend more time with their son before his life support is taken away. scotland's most senior police officer has confirmed he is being investigated in connection with claims of gross professional misconduct. details of the allegation against phil gormley haven't been made public. 0ur correspondent, catriona renton, is in glasgow. how much more do we know? exactly what is being investigated and who made the allegations, it is unknown. we understand there has been a claim of bullying made against phil gormley by a senior officer. this is being investigated by the police investigation is under review commission and they cannot give us more detail but what they say is that if the allegations are proven, it would be gross misconduct. that could lead to phil gormley losing hisjob. phil gormley has been aptly
scotla nd hisjob. phil gormley has been aptly scotland since 2015, the second—largest force the uk, he is of course the most senior police officer in scotland. he. he says he will carry on his duties while he is being investigated and he is cooperating fully with the investigation. politicians are now stepping in saying it is an extremely serious situation. the liberal democrats want him to step aside. the scottish conservatives say police scotland is now ru d d e rless say police scotland is now rudderless and they say that with this latest in a line of crises to face the force in scotland, they wa nt face the force in scotland, they want the scottish government to step in. the scottish government say it would be inappropriate to comment at this time. how long will it take? the investigations commissioner says it will take as long as it needs to. thank you. police and child protection workers have been criticised for failing to protect two teenagers from brighton who were killed in syria in 2014. 18—year—old abdullah deghayes secretly travelled to the country with his 17—year—old brother, jaffar, to fight
alongside jihadists. but a serious case review found their radicalisation came as a total shock to the authorities, despite a number of warning signs. latest figures show that a record 71 prisoners were released from prisons in england and wales last year by mistake. 0ther statistics from the ministry ofjustice suggest violence in prisons is increasing and their overall performance has worsened. let's speak to our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw. let us talk about the releases. how many reasons are given? it is a small number of releases in error ta ke small number of releases in error take place every year are normally because of administrative mistakes. 71 at the end of march, up from 64 the year before, the highest total for at least a decade, just one example was the release of a prisoner who was given a nine—year
sentence after stabbing a man with a knife. it was recorded on the system as nine months. he was released by mistake, it was only spotted a p pa re ntly mistake, it was only spotted apparently when the victim saw him travelling in a car. he was recaptured. that kind of mistake can happen, clearly very serious. there has also been an the number of missed ally mccoist escapes and a number who failed to return after being let out on temporary licences —— the number of escapes. the figures confirm the warnings we were hearing last week from peter clarke, the chief inspector of prisons, about dire conditions in manyjails. there were record numbers of assaults, 26,600, up 20% on a year. many of them were carried out on staff, over 7000, 20 staff being attacked every day. self harm was at record levels, over 40,000 self harm incidents. there are signs that
level may be beginning to fall back. thank you. traditional medical advice says that we should finish a course of antibiotics for them to be effective — even if we feel better — but now a group of scientists has cast doubt on that recommendation. an article published in the british medicaljournal argues that taking antibiotics for longer than necessary can increase the risk of developing a resistance to the drugs. but england's chief medical officer says more research is needed before any change in policy. 0ur health correspondent dominic hughes has the details. # antibiotics, we're wonderful pills...#. all sorts of ways ways are being used to spread the word that antibiotics need to be used sparingly. that message is becoming ever more urgent, as fears grow over the dangers posed by microbes which are resistant to the drugs. traditionally, we've always been told to finish a course of antibiotics, but some believe that might actually be making the situation worse. what we worry about now is that many patients are already colonised with
resistant bacteria, and they might not be part of the infection, they might be sitting in your gut, your skin and up your nose, and if we use antibiotics for longer than required, what we're doing is enhancing the chances that those resistant bacteria will take over and colonise us all. the world—famous discovery of penicillin... following alexander fleming's discovery of penicillin in the late 19205, the belief was that not taking enough could lead to bacteria developing resistance. the modern day official advice is still to complete the course you have been prescribed. but now questions are being raised about whether that advice is correct, some doctors are concerned patients will be confused. i'm very fearful that people will hear the headlines today without hearing the truth of the story behind the headlines and will decide on their own accord to take antibiotics for a shorter amount of time than prescribed, and that is potentially unsafe. just because you are starting to feel better does not mean the infection is completely gone.
today's report acknowledges more research is needed before the "finish the course" advice is changed to something like "stop when you feel better." serious concerns about drug resistant bugs means established practice is now being questioned. our top story this lunchtime. the government says a new immigration system will be in place when britain leaves the eu in 2019. and still to come... 50 years ago today homosexuality was partially decriminalised in england and wales — we'll look at how attitudes have changed. coming up in the sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news: chris froome is looking to complete a rare double, fresh from his tour de france victory, he'll race in the vuelta espana next month. the duke of cambridge will work his last shift
as an air ambulance pilot today, before taking up his royal duties full—time. for the past two years, prince william has been working for the east anglian air ambulance service, based in cambridge. its chief executive described him as a much loved and valued member of the crew. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. it's a job which has clearly meant a great deal to him — to work as member of the emergency services, valued for what he does, rather than for who he is, flying an air ambulance and helping to save lives. it was more than two years ago that william first reported for duty with the east anglian air ambulance. he had finished as an raf search and rescue pilot but chose to retrain and qualify for this new role. on his first morning, he explained how much it mattered to him. i am just fantastically excited to be here today, the first day. it has been a long time coming, many exams and training to get here, and i'm hugely excited to bejoining a very professional bunch of guys and girls doing a unique,
complex job with the air ambulance. in the months since, william has piloted the air ambulance to scores of emergencies. he has seen tragedy and extremes of emotion at close quarters. writing in the eastern daily press this morning, he says he is hugely grateful for having had the experience. he says it has instilled in him "a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services which i hope to continue to champion, even as i leave the profession." william has always known his opportunity to do a regular job would be limited. his grandmother fully supported his wish to postpone full—time royal duty for as long as possible. but now, as the generational shift within the royal family becomes more apparent, william has had to accept the inevitable. and so, after tonight's shift, william will finally embark on the role which has always been his destiny and with which he now seems comfortable — as a full—time working member of the british royalfamily,
taking on more responsibilities in support of the queen, but with what are clearly deeply held memories of his time as pilot william wales of the air ambulance emergency service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. lloyds banking group has set aside a further £1 billion, to pay compensation claims for the mis—selling of payment protection insurance, and the treatment of mortgage customers. it brings the bank's total bill for the ppi scandal to about £18 billion. 0ur personal finance correspondent simon gompertz is here. so, what will people get in terms of the mortgage issue? what happened was, over a period of several years up was, over a period of several years up to last year, with mortgage customers who got into trouble, who got into arrears, they were taking the opportunity to charge them for putting a repayment plan into place.
it was typically £140 a year. in many cases, that plan was costing too much. they could not afford it. that is why they are having to pay this compensation. it is 590,000 customers who are affected here. the total compensation to be paid is nearly £300 million, 283 million, and that is working at typically at £350 per customer. they do not have to claim it, they will be written to by lloyds and then they will have the opportunity to claim more if they filled a lost out to a greater degree. and ppi, what happened there? lloyds have set aside £18 billion. what is happening here, a deadline has been imposed for claims, of august 20 19. there will bea claims, of august 20 19. there will be a final rush of people realising,
often prompted by claims companies advertising, that they can put a claim in, said the banks are setting aside more to pay those claims when they come in. thank you. the police watchdog says figures gathered by the bbc, suggest there are major inconsistencies in the way police forces across england and wales are enforcing drug driving laws. her majesty's inspectorate of constabulary says data from a radio1 newsbeat investigation — looking at the number of arrests under drug driving laws brought in two years ago — suggests that some forces are more proactive than others. dan whitworth has the details. out on patrol with cheshire police. they are on the lookout for anyone who might have taken drugs and got behind the wheel. hello, driver. a suspicious car is pulled over. the driver is tested for drugs using a sample of his saliva, and it comes back positive for cannabis. he is arrested, which means a trip back to the station and a blood test. if found guilty, he faces a minimum actual month driving ban,
and could be sentenced to up to six months in prison. since the law changed on drug driving two years ago, it is now illegal to have a certain level of up to 17 drugs in your system and get behind the wheel. eight of them are illegal. 0nes like cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine. nine of them are prescription drugs, ones like morphine and codeine. we asked all 43 forces in england and wales how many drug driving arrests they have made since the change, to try and get some sense of comparison between forces. we divided that between the number of officers each one had. some forces made one arrest for every one or two officers, others made one arrest for every 19, 24 or 28 officers. these figures must be treated with caution, because they don't take into account if drug driving is more less common in different parts of england and wales, and the police watchdog says they can only offer a snapshot into how this law is policed,
but do provide an interesting insight into the much wider issue of drug driving. well, there is a real concern at we will see more tragic incidents occurring on our roads. and we as an inspectorate, would ask other police chief constables to check whether they are being as proactive as they should be. the national police chiefs' council says all forces have to make decisions about local priorities and sometimes share resources to meet the demands and keep the public safe. the prime minister says the conservatives have come a long way on the issue of gay rights, but that there's still more to do to achieve equality. theresa may was marking today's 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in england and wales. the introduction of the sexual offences act of 1967 meant it was no longer a crime for gay men aged 21 and over to be in a relationship in private. the law changed in northern ireland and scotland later.
here's sophie long. westminster lit up to mark 50 years since it enacted the law which partially decriminalised, sexuality. it may have been the beginning of legalisation but it did not stop the arrests. after 1967, pride celebrations became annual events, promoting equality and challenging prejudice. but over the decades, thousands of gay or bisexual men we re thousands of gay or bisexual men were convicted for behaviour which would not have been a crime if their partner had been a woman. terence stewart said he was wrongly found guilty of soliciting in 1981. 14 yea rs guilty of soliciting in 1981. 14 years after the act came into effect. the offence remains on his record today and has affected every aspect of his life. i was stopped
from choosing particular careers. it'll fleming to fire applied for a mortgage, i could not get a mortgage because that would come into play in an application for a mortgage. so it affected where you lived as well. it had a huge affect on my health and well—being as well. had a huge affect on my health and well-being as well. i am very happy to announce that you are now legally husbands. cheering it was not until three years ago, that people in britain were able to marry the person they loved, regardless of their sex. david and peter were one of the first gay couples to tie the knot. david told me today marks an important anniversary, and an opportunity to look back at a long hard fight that people can be proud of. 50 years ago marked the beginning of a very long journey that a lot of people devoted their lives too, but themselves at personal risk and all the rest. now
when we look back over the 50 years, we can see all these small but very important steps that people and the government and society have made leading up to date. it is a very momentous time to look back and see the progress they have made. but campaigners say there is still more to do to make sure young people can grow up confident that they can be whoever they want to be. england's cricketers have been looking to put their heavy defeat against south africa behind them. three england cricketers have been making their debuts this morning in the third test against south africa. 0ur sports correspondentjoe wilson has been following all the action from the oval. these are nostalgic days that one of the world's great cricket grounds, the world's great cricket grounds, the 100th test match at the oval. they have all played here. here is
the ground this morning. here it is in 1914. it remains a place where anyone who is anyone, and anyone who wa nts to anyone who is anyone, and anyone who wants to be someone has played and will play cricket. in this test match, england threw themselves into the future picking three debutantes and hoping for the best. keaton jennings made his test debut last december. his innings here of zero will not have increased his chances of staying in the team until this december. 0val and out. this ground is traditionally where england end the summer. sometimes they even lift the summer. sometimes they even lift the ashes urn here. those are the glory days for a captain. but they are rare. as joe glory days for a captain. but they are rare. asjoe root has discovered, when you are in charge, you just think about everything. england's captain decided his team would bat first. first runs in test cricket for tom westley, the first of the debutantes to take an active
pa rt of the debutantes to take an active part in this match, and essex player england hope may fit the mould of alistair cook. and there was cook. internally angling and guide link —— died in, went to ninth place to the all—time test scorers in the morning. some progress overhead, lights helped play today, but traditional values in the middle are what england seek. past the pigeons, only one wicket lost in the session. the 50 partnership was greeted in the modern way. time for a look at the weather. i think there was a little bit of rain at the oval. yes, it is latejuly, all we want to do is play cricket and the weather is getting in the way! there will be further showers in the vicinity.