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tonight at six, british law and british courts for british citizens. theresa may's promise for life after brexit. under new proposals the european court ofjustice will not have a direct say over our affairs. when we leave the european union we will be leaving the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice. but what happens if there's a dispute with the eu after brexit? who decides what's right or wrong? also tonight: cleared of manslaughter, the cyclist who knocked down a mother of two who died of her injuries. a nation had lost its princess. they'd lost a mother, harry and william speak about diana's death. it will either make or break you and i wouldn't let it break me and i wanted it to make me, and i wanted her to be proud. and rooney retires — wayne calls time on his international career with england after 14 years. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news: liverpool will be hoping to book their place in the champions league main draw. they lead hoffenheim
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2—1 ahead of tonight's second leg play—off at anfield. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. in the latest of its proposals for life after brexit the government has published its plans on how it wants to end the legal authority of the european court ofjustice in uk affairs. at the moment the court can influence everything from workers‘ rights to trade rules. but theresa may says it will no longer have what she calls a direct say in these matters. but, in what critics see as a climbdown, the new plan appears to allow the european court to have some role in future disputes between the eu and britain. here's our political correspondent ben wright. it is about bringing
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power back to britain. we will take back control of our laws and bring an end to the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice in britain. and for many leave campaigners that is what brexit was all about. take back democracy, take back control for our country. can we do it? yes! as it reveals its ideas for how disputes between the eu and the uk might be hammered out in the future, the prime minister denied the government was ditching its big red line. we are very clear we will not have the jurisdiction of the european court ofjustice. we will put in place arrangements to ensure that businesses have the confidence of knowing they can continue to trade across the european union. so what is the european court ofjustice and why does it matter? it is because this luxembourg court is the eu's ultimate legal authority, refereeing disputes between eu institutions and member states. its judgments have shaped everything from our food standards to workers‘ rights.
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for many people it has become a totemic representation of our lack of control of our own laws because basically ministers can find themselves being forced to change uk law because the ec] says what we are trying to do here, rules that parliament has passed, are incompatible with european law and we have to change things. but going forward we will have some sort of relationship with the eu and and that means we will not be able to divorce ourselves from the influence of the ec] completely. and that is the dilemma for the government. so what does today's paper tell us about its aims? ministers today accepted they would have to keep half an eye on rulings by eu judges after brexit. new arbitration bodies will have to be created to ensure the eu and the uk are playing by the same rules when a trade deal is done. although the ec] would not have direct jurisdiction over the uk, its judges may have a role interpreting eu law. and opposition parties here see
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the government's position shifting. the government is clearly backtracking on its earlier red lines and saying there has to be some form of dispute resolution and some form ofjudicial process and that obviously is the case and we have indeed said that all along. what the prime minister is now recognising is there will be a role for the european court, whether it is in relation to the withdrawal agreement, the transition period, or even post brexit in terms of the ec] law, european court law, that we have incorporated into uk law. and the snp urged the government to rub out its red line on the ec] completely. it is revealing too that most pro—brexit tory mps seem pretty comfortable with the direction the government is going on this. and it is the fact once britain leaves the european union, judgments about the european court ofjustice will no longer be binding on uk courts.
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one of the big questions for negotiations is the extent britain chooses to follow eu law and judgments in return for close cooperation on trade, security and more. so what happens next? the chief negotiators from britain and the eu will resume the talks in brussels next week and there have already been disagreements between the two sides on the role the ec] should have in the future. today's paperfrom the uk may smooth things over a bit. it shows they are accepting there are painful trade—offs to be made and the fact they are now saying that they will not accept the direct effects of the european court ofjustice, they will just accept it indirectly affecting the uk post brexit, is quite constructive from an eu point of view. centuries of law is piled high in westminster and restoring pa rliament‘s sovereignty is fundamental to brexit, but the uk is not about to leap into legal isolation and eu law, as shaped by the ec], will still be relevant here long after we have left. clive coleman is here. is this the
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end of the influence of the ec]? the courtjudgment will end of the influence of the ec]? the court judgment will no end of the influence of the ec]? the courtjudgment will no longer be binding on ourcourts, courtjudgment will no longer be binding on our courts, and in that senseit binding on our courts, and in that sense it will be gone, however the government's paper centres around the trade and that will involve a lot of eu law and if you want to sell cars into germany, it will involve those standards and its influence will remain. how does this affect people like you and me? the ec] has developed law across many areas like disability rights, consumers‘ writes and workers‘ writes. for example, over time consumers‘ writes and workers‘ writes. for example, overtime is calculated as part of holiday pay. if there is another ruling extending those rights, we will not get the benefits of that. also, for example,
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zero rate vat on female sanitary products. what about trading? that is when it becomes more complicated and the government is throwing at the series of different options. this is resolving disputes, a joint committee, a panel of arbitration. if there is a dispute, there could be for the ec], for it says to have a post brexit reference, and that could resolve the dispute. thank you very much. adam fleming is at the european court of justice very much. adam fleming is at the european court of]ustice in luxembourg. we know what britain was out of all of this, but let‘s not forget this is a negotiation. yes, and we can split this into the short—term, medium term and long term. in the short term the first test will come next week when david
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davies and his opposite number, michel barnier, will sit down for a further round of talks. at the top of the agenda are the rights of eu citizens living in the uk after brexit, which europe wants to be guaranteed by the ec]. in the medium—term michel barnier has proposed the issues that come out of the brexit agreement could be sold bya the brexit agreement could be sold by a joint committee of officials from each side and if they cannot reach agreement, that would go to the ec] for the final say. you can imagine the uk signing up to the first part of that, but not the second. as for the long term, the final, permanent deal between the eu and the uk, that is an issue for phase two of the talks which will not start until the end of this year at the very earliest. a long way to go. adam, thank you very much. adam, thank you very much. the home office has apologised after around a hundred letters were wrongly sent to eu nationals warning them they face detention and removalfrom the uk.
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the error emerged after a finnish academic tweeted about correspondence she received from the department. eva johanna holmberg, who is married to a briton, was told she had a month to leave. a cyclist who knocked down a mother of two who later died of her injuries has been cleared of manslaughter. charlie alliston was, however, found guilty of the charge of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving. kim briggs suffered catastrophic head injuries and died a week later. alliston was riding a bike without front brakes, designed for the cycling track and not the high street. dan johnson reports. it was a split second encounter with a bike that ended kim briggs‘ life. she was crossing a busy london street in her lunch break when she was hit. charlie alston in the middle was the cyclist, eating at the time and a former courier who said he tried to swerve. but the bike he was riding should never have been on the road, it was designed
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for the velodrome without gears and with no front brake. alliston claimed he did not know he needed one to ride on the road and said he still would not have been able to stop in time. outside the court kim brix‘ family welcome to the verdict. i would like to ask you to remember came not through the lens of this trial, but for being the beautiful, fun loving women who adored her children and who lived her life to the full and by the mantra make every day count. charlie alistair was doing about 80 miles an hour as he approached this junction. the lights are green. he said he saw kim brix stepping out into the road just beyond the crossing looking at her phone. he called out and slowed down to less than a0 miles an hour, called again and swerved to avoid her. he told the court she stepped back into his path. on the evening
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of the crash charlie alston wrote online, yes, it is herfault, but no, she did not deserve it. hopefully it is a lesson load on her behalf. he later deleted those words and other comments and told the court it was stupid and not thought through. this has been a complex case with difficult questions about safety a nd case with difficult questions about safety and responsibility and how cyclists and pedestrians shared the road. kim brix‘ family now wants tougher as cycling laws. thejudge remarked charlie alston has shown no remorse. he will be sentenced next month and has been warned to expect to go to prison. prince william has been describing how he didn‘t want the death of his mother to "break him" for fear of damaging her legacy. he and prince harry have been speaking for a bbc documentary marking 20 years since diana, princess of wales, was killed. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. it does contain some flash photography. it does contain some flash photography. 20 years ago they were children,
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doing their best to cope with their own grief amid the close attention of a grieving nation. it had been their father who had had to break the news to william and harry that their mother was dead. they had been at balmoral and in the documentary they say how relieved they were that the queen had kept them there for a few days. they were grateful too to their father. he did his best for us, says harry. william... god bless you. god bless you, william. but the solitude of balmoral had given way to the intensity of london. they had come out to meet people outside kensington palace. and it is clear that they found the whole experience bewildering. i couldn‘t understand then, says william, why people were so upset over someone they didn‘t know. the public grieving reached its height on the day of diana‘s funeral. and they start walking down the road... william and harry were determined not to show their emotions. the decision for them to walk behind their mother‘s often was a collective, family decision, says william. more than anything else they wanted to honour their mother‘s memory.
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when you have something so traumatic as the death of your mother when you are 15, as very sadly many people have experienced, and no one wants to experience, it leaves you... you know, it will either make or break you. and i wouldn‘t let it break me. i wanted it to make me. i wanted her to be proud of the person i would become. i didn‘t want her worried or her legacy to be that you know, william and or harry were completely and utterly devastated by it. and that all the hard work and all the love and all the energy that she put into us when we were younger would go to waste. in the years since diana‘s death her sons have taken up many of the causes that she championed. the pain may have softened, but in harry‘s case there is still anger towards the french photographers who pursued diana‘s speeding car into the alma tunnel in paris. i think one of the hardest things to come to terms with is the fact that the people that
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chased her through, into the tunnel, were the same people that were taking photographs of her while she was still dying on the back seat of the car. and those people that caused the accident, instead of helping, were taking photographs of her dying on the back seat. and then those photographs made their way back to news desks in this country. 20 years have passed, there is a generation now with no direct memory of these events. but for many it remains a week in britain‘s recent history which retains its emotional resonance. nicholas witchell, bbc news. and you can see that documentary "diana: 7 days", on bbc one on sunday at 7.30. president donald trump has launched a ferocious attack on the media, calling journalists "dishonest" and "sick" people. speaking at a rally of supporters in phoenix, arizona, mr trump said the media had failed to report accurately his comments
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about the violent behaviour of far right nationalists in charlottesville two weeks ago. from phoenix, james cook reports. donald trump loves to wind it up. it is how he won the presidency, railing against elites in government, on wall street and in the media. but the campaign ended nine months ago. not that you would know it. the red lights, they are turning them off fast. for half an hourin turning them off fast. for half an hour in phoenix, the president lambasted the news media. he was animated, even angry, as he blamed the intense criticism of his erratic response to white supremacist violence on treacherous reporters. these are really, really dishonest people and they are bad people. i really think they don‘t like our
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country. i really believe that. president trump took his war with the media to a new level tonight, attacking journalists again and again. he clearly regards his best defence from criticism as a full throated attack on the messenger. but the audience were delighted, and they also loved his promise to secure the border with mexico. the obstructionists democrats would like as not to do it. believe me, if we have to close down our government, we are building that wall. designs for the wall are slowly taking shape. one idea, favoured in the interval by the president, is for it to be covered in solar panels. but it would only stretch for about a quarter of the frontier. the initial outlay would be huge and he would need congress to approve the spending. it seems like the initial outlay will be quite high? we are using a number, it has gone up, but it is 7.5 billion. that is within their budget. to cover how much of a
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distance? 7.5 million per mile. back in the border state of arizona, the anger is frothing. after the rally, it bubbled over on the streets. police, using tear gas to disperse a hard—core of police, using tear gas to disperse a ha rd—core of protesters. police, using tear gas to disperse a hard—core of protesters. the trouble didn‘t last long. the controversy surrounding the president, by contrast, goes on and on. our top story this evening... the government sets out its plans to leave the european court ofjustice and put british law first when we leave the eu. and still to come... birmingham‘s gang culture — police ban more than a dozen men from the city in a crackdown on guns and violence. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, it‘s the end of an era for england as record goal scorer wayne rooney retires from international football, despite being set for a recall. rooney says it‘s the right time to bow out. we reported recently that learner
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drivers are to have lessons on the motorway from next year. now a road safety charity wants driving on rural roads to be made compulsory for learners. figures, calculated per billion miles of each type of road show, that on rural roads, there were 9a3 deaths in 2015. that‘s compared to 577 on urban routes, and down to 96 deaths on motorways — that‘s about a tenth of the rate for rural roads. a word of warning, claire marshall‘s report starts with pictures of an accident which you might find upsetting. no—one in the incident, nor the animals, were badly hurt. watch what can happen on a quiet rural road. incredibly, the horses and riders have now fully recovered. good boy.
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ali‘s experience was worse. it wasn‘t caught on camera, but her last horse was killed. she‘d been riding with her son and a friend in a village near melton mowbray. despite all wearing high visibility gear, a car slammed into the back of them. dylan‘s spine was broken. he had to be put down. the carjust missed her son. how are you, after that? the early days were very difficult for everybody. it was a lot of flashbacks, a lot of fear, a lot of grieving. but, also, not knowing if i would ride again. i live in the countryside and i know that the roads get to the busy because it‘s harvest time. just pull in here. now, a charity says all drivers should be made to learn this kind of thing. 80% of young driver fatalities occurred on rural roads. that‘s why brake‘s calling for a radical overhaul of the learn to drive system. rosie lives in bristol city centre.
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she‘s not used to country lanes. we took her out with a specialist instructor. what's going to happen if you see a tractor coming towards you? how much space is it going to take? she learns valuable lessons. i definitely get mainly nervous that i‘m not doing it right, because they all know the roads very well and they shoot round them. just reassuring me that going slower so you don‘t crash is a good thing. the department for transport says our roads are some of the safest in the world. but farmers feel the driving test does need to be modernised. agricultural machinery is getting bigger, roads aren‘t getting any wider and they‘re not building any more of them. so the issues that we‘re having every year, you‘re getting more issues on the roads. the message is that for everyone‘s safety, including passengers, the challenges of rural driving need to be understood. claire marshall, bbc news, leicestershire. our less than impressive summer has led to some significant flooding
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in parts of the uk today. derry airport in northern ireland was closed today and more than 100 people had to be rescued from their homes after a heavy overnight downpour. there‘s also been flooding in parts of england, with north yorkshire badly affected. sarah campbell reports. the emergency services in scarborough say they have struggled to cope with the flash floods. looking at these pictures, it‘s not ha rd to looking at these pictures, it‘s not hard to see why. this is the town centre, the main street is more of a river. this is still peak holiday season, but for these unlucky campers and a litre at home to dry off is probably now on the cards. in england there have been reports of flooding in leeds and york. this, the scene in londonderry. an overnight storm has also caused flooding across northern ireland and the north west of ireland. several people are reported to have had a lucky escape when a main road
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collapsed, as did the local bridge, leaving some areas and accessible. yesterday evening, there were 60 separate reports of flooding in northern ireland following heavy rain, with 120 people requiring rescue overnight. according to the met office, two thirds of august‘s total rainfall fell in just a few hours. the rain has now gone, but the clean—up will take time. sarah campbell, bbc news. two rival gangs in birmingham have been served with the largest ever injunction to stop them mixing with each other and banning them from certain areas of the city. the gangs are thought to be involved in gun and drugs offences. 18 men must register their phones and vehicles with police. but critics say it‘ll simply move problems elsewhere. sima kotecha reports. early morning and police in birmingham are getting ready to issue several men with gang injunctions. the judge granted the final order on the 15th ofjuly, i think it was, and we are just on our way to serve that order as we speak. for the next two years, the men won‘t be able to go to certain parts of the city, they won‘t be able to meet one another and they won‘t be allowed
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to post material online. well, we are driving in handsworth, one of the areas where the men will no longer be able to go to. and it‘s in what‘s called the exclusion zone. that stretches from the centre of the city to its outskirts. here are the 18 men, 12 of whom are already in prison. they are all suspected of having links with two prominent birmingham gangs, the burger bar boys and thejohnson crew. back in 2003, two teenage girls, letisha shakespeare and charlene ellis, were the innocent victims of a drive—by shooting. they were killed by members of the burger bar boys in a revenge attack on their rival gang. my name‘s pc evans. we‘re afterjerome. the injunctions come after a spate of gun and knife attacks in the city. it enables police officers to challenge them if they‘re in particular areas where they‘re not allowed to be, in exclusion zones. if they‘re in company with people they are not allowed to be, it enables them to be challenged and taken back to court.
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it actually disrupts their lifestyle, and that‘s the one thing that they don‘t want to happen. but former gang members have told us injunctions don‘t work. i think it's very stupid, because if a gang person's from a certain area, you tell him now, you can't go to that area, what's stopping the person who he used to roll with, the friends he used to keep, from going to another area to meet the same group of people? so, in reality, all you're doing is making a problem there, and putting the same person in another area. but there is an argument that at least something is being done to stop gang activity. what would you say to that? i would just say engage a little bit more brain and just think about it. doing something? it's what you do, is it effective? if the injunctions are breached, the men could face time in jail. with very few of these orders issued, it is unclear how effective they really are. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. england‘s all—time top goal scorer
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wayne rooney is retiring from international football. rooney appeared 119 times for england, scoring 53 goals. the striker — who‘s returned to his boyhood club everton — is back to scoring form but he says the time is right to bow out. our sports editor dan roan reports. he will go down as one of england‘s‘s greats. he will go down as one of england's's greats. rooney's shot! fabulous! today, wayne rooney resisted the temptation to prolong an international career that earned him a place in footballing history. ina him a place in footballing history. in a statement that took the sport by surprise, he said... already england‘s‘s youngest ever player, he was the team‘s star performer at his first major tournament. rooney is the big
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discovery of euro 200a. tournament. rooney is the big discovery of euro 2004. in an international career that spanned ia yea rs international career that spanned ia years and six managers, he became captain and record goal—scorer. this is how much it meant to him. a huge honour to myself and all my family, and my career. hopefully for the tea m and my career. hopefully for the team and myself, a lot more to come. for a player that won everything for manchester united, injuries and ill discipline ensured that his england career was not without controversy and, at times, the frustration boiled over. nice to see the home fa ns boiled over. nice to see the home fans booing you! he said one of his few regrets in football was retiring having never been part of a successful england side at a major tournament, but he insists the time has come to put club before country and focus his energies on edison here at goodison. —— everton. a return to form, and a recall
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beckoned, but the offer was rejected bya beckoned, but the offer was rejected by a player that some believe deserves more credit. it's important to remember that the vast majority of his career, he has only really been the one england world—class player. it is a time when we have struggled, we have had bad sides in the last few competitions and haven‘t had enough world—class players alongside him. he was the last of england‘s feted but ultimately unfulfilled golden generation. but his records and commitment to the cause may never be matched. we saw that flooding earlier, let‘s get the latest on the weather. some dramatic and in places disruptive weather. that was a picture from scarborough. something a little bit calmer in their wake, some sunny a little bit calmer in their wake, some sunny spells and karma is the story over the next few days. some sunshine and showers, yes, but
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particularly in the south, not many showers. it will be largely dry. on the radar picture, this band of heavy downpours that pushed through early on. most places have seen the back of that weather now, although some rain will hold on in the northern isles of scotland as we go through this some showers beginning to feed in across northern ireland and western scotland, some into north—west england. further south, largely dry, the odd patch of mist, perhaps, and a cooler and fresher feel. that mixture of sunshine and showers, but depending on where you are you will see more showers in the north and not as many in the south. southern parts should stay largely dry with spells of sunshine. a greater chance of showers across northern england, greater still across northern ireland and western scotland, 18 in glasgow, 22 in london. fresherfeeling, but not bad in the sunshine. fresher conditions across northern ireland, some showers on the heavy side. further south and east you are, dry and
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sunny. although glasgow and belfast will only get to 17 degrees, it could be 21 in cardiff, in the sunshine in the south—east, 2a degrees is possible. through the weekend, any sunshine will feel pleasa ntly weekend, any sunshine will feel pleasantly warm. one or two showers in the south—east on saturday night. further north, some dry weather, some showers. that‘s it. now on bbc one we can join the bbc‘s news teams where you are. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines...
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