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the prime minister prepares to deliver her keynote speech about britain's departure from the eu, in florence. theresa may is expected to propose a two—year transition deal, costing £18 billion, which it's hoped will break the deadlock in negotiations. we want things to move on to the next stage. we want to see a proper basis established for trade and security. so we know we want to things to move forward and well. i'm here in florence, where the prime minister is hoping her long—awaited speech will be well received in europe and at home. we'll have the latest live from italy. also this lunchtime. the taxi app uber won't have its licence renewed in the capital. transport for london says the firm isn't fit and proper to operate. uber says it will appeal. i'm disappointed about the decision,
but i think uber will do something to fight back. the north korean leader describes president trump as "deranged", as the regime says it's considering a nuclear test over the pacific ocean. counter—terrorism operations are placing unsustainable pressure on everyday policing, warns one of the country's most senior officers. a poll finds women haven't received new warnings about the dangers of taking the epilepsy drug valproate when pregnant. and coming up in the sport on bbc news, james haskell is the most experienced of four offers some‘s british and irish lions to be left out of england's‘s autumn training camp. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one.
theresa may is preparing to deliver her long—awaited speech in florence about the government's plans for brexit. the prime minister will say the uk and the european union have a responsibility to make brexit work and she's expected to offer continued payments to the eu during a two—year transition period after britain leaves. ministers hope this will break the deadlock let's cross live now to christian fraser in florence. hello and welcome to florence birthplace of the renaissance. are we about to the in these brexit talks? after six months of very limited progress, this is a critical moment. some say perhaps the most important speech on brexit that the prime minister has delivered thus far. some of it was still being written last night, minor adjustments to take in the considerations of key cabinet
ministers, and the charm offensive has already started. i'm told that yesterday the prime minister called john cordoba, the european commission president, to inform him about what what will be a net, as well as the irish taoiseach a very important that this land is well with key british allies —— jean—claude juncker. will there be enoughin jean—claude juncker. will there be enough in this speech to move the european negotiators to that crucial next phrase, the future trading relationship? ben wright has been taking a look. the time to negotiate britain's exit from the eu is disappearing fast. we will be out by march 2019, and talks seem stuck. that's why theresa may is here in florence, to set out in more detail her view of how britain and the eu will work together and trade together after brexit. the government is impatient for the talks to move on. what we think is necessary is for the talks do not only encompassed the things that have been discussed so far, like the
rights of citizens, the irish border, but if we're going to address all of the detailed issues around even those things we've 0re been talking about, we've actually got to resolve what the future trading relationship is going to be, what our future trading relationship is going to be and what theresa may is going to be and what theresa may is doing today is setting out her ambition for that relationship. theresa may is expected to save the uk is keen to have a new trade relationship with the eu after 2021, but for the first time she is expected to say the uk once the transition deal, keeping as far as possible the trade relationship we already have with the eu for two yea rs. already have with the eu for two years. that means costs and conditions and it's thought the government is ready to pay up to £18 billion of eu during this transition period. there's been a long—running argument within the cabinet this speech. shelling out 20 billion to the eu? leave supporting tory mps seem the eu? leave supporting tory mps seem on the eu? leave supporting tory mps seem on board with the uk making payments to the eu for a limited time but not everyone is happy about
a transition deal. it's been a good day for goldman sachs, a good day for the giant multinationals, but it's a giant two fingers up to the 17.4 million people who listen to those arguments and said we are leaving. no ifs, no buts. caches key to the negotiations going on in brussels and the eu is adamant it won't talk about its future relationship with the uk until progress has been made on this issue of westminster settling its accounts, and if the uk does want a transition deal that pretty much keep the status quo in place they are going to have to be trade—offs. the divisions of the referendum have followed theresa may to florence and one question today is how candid the prime minister will be about how she thinks the transition arrangement will work. if the government wants a two your transition, they are going to have to accept the rules of the european union and that means freedom of movement continuing to pay contributions. if they are not willing to get that then there is an going to be a transition and we will crash out and that brutal choice is
simply being avoided and it's going to have to be faced. if theresa may's speech is going to help them move negotiations on the eu will wa nt move negotiations on the eu will want clarity and candour about the uk's plans, not just want clarity and candour about the uk's plans, notjust warm words. ben wright, bbc news, westminster. if this is a moment in history than the prime minister could hardly have chosen a more fitting backdrop than the city of florence and in this speech today, we're told she's going to remark about the long—standing links between florence and the united kingdom, the city she said is known for its historical trading power, a city that is taught is what it is to be european. let's get the thoughts of our assistant political editor, norman smith, who's in the clo iste rs, norman smith, who's in the cloisters, i think, norman smith, who's in the cloisters, ithink, somewhere norman smith, who's in the cloisters, i think, somewhere near where the prime minister is going to be speaking. what are you hoping to hear? well, today really is mrs may's d—day. detail day, when her challenge, her task, is
may's d—day. detail day, when her challenge, hertask, is to may's d—day. detail day, when her challenge, her task, is to put on the table sufficiently specific proposals, a concrete enough offer to punch through the deadlock in this negotiation, to address the key pinch points around money, eu nationals, and our final pinch points around money, eu nationals, and ourfinal brexit destination. now, on money, we know mrs may is not going to give a final figure. she will intimate that we are prepared to pay potentially up to £18 billion over a two year transitional phase, but will she be explicit enough and is that some big enough? 0n eu nationals, we are told there will be further reassurances. 0ne there will be further reassurances. one suggestion, their rights could be enshrined in an eu treaty. but the brexit secretary david davis has already mooted that idea and on our final destination, mrs may will again say we want a bespoke british steel will stop but that in many ways, is a huge range of options —— a bespoke british deal. while it's
lovely to come to florence, beautiful weather, lovely architecture, there will be lots of warm words about our shared european heritage, in many ways it's too late 110w heritage, in many ways it's too late now for warm words. we've moved beyond that. there is now only a year to secure a brexit deal and the key to breaking the deadlock is detail, detail, detail. absolutely, oui’ detail, detail, detail. absolutely, our assistant political editor norman smith, who will be winners throughout the afternoon. a big audience in the uk but also around the european area as well. how will they react? chris morris from our reality check team has been taking a look to see whether there may be an opportunity here to break the stalemate over the financial settlement. this speech comes just a few days before the fourth round of the brexit negotiations. the biggest problem is money. so, even though they say you should
never reveal your cards too early, there's been a lot of talk about what the prime minister might offer to try to break the impasse. and the key issue is probably this, transition. what might a transition period look like immediately after the uk leaves the eu at the end of march 2019? if the uk suggests a two—year transition that replicates a lot of its current eu membership, that would give it more time to set up, among other things, new customs and immigration systems. then it could continue making roughly the same net payments into the eu budget as it does now, a bit more than 10 billion euros, so about £9 billion per year, after you've ta ken account of the british rebate and money the eu spends in the uk. now that would buy some goodwill because the eu's long term budget runs in seven year cycles, and the current one lasts until the end of 2020. so a two—year transition could take care of the net amount of around £18 billion that the uk has already promised to pay. there'd be no immediate hole in the budget for others to fill.
it makes money one of the better cards in the uk's hand, because the eu is relying on british cash at least for a couple of years after brexit. but don't be fooled into thinking that that would be that. the rest of the eu wouldn't accept it as a final settlement, because they don't see paying to maintain our current role in the single market during a transition as the same thing as settling past debts. and there are plenty of bills that the eu says the uk has to deal with. there's the uk share of money that's been formally committed but not yet paid, a bit like a credit card. at current exchange rates, the total outstanding bill is currently more than £210 billion, which makes the uk share more than 25 billion. then there's the uk share of the eu pension pot, british civil servants have been working for eu institutions for more than 40 years. that's roughly another £8 billion which the rest of europe expects the uk to cover. so even if mrs may does make
what might be seen in london as a generous offer, to get talks moving, it won't be the end of the story. and it really is touch and go whether enough progress will have been made before an eu summit in october, to allow the negotiations to move on to consider the outlines of a future trade deal. at the moment, it looks unlikely. christian, back to you. thank you very much for that detail. michel barnier beat the prime minister to it. he was in rome yesterday, speaking to the italian senate, talking about the future trading relationship. britain, he said, can't have the benefits of the norwegian model and the weak constraints of the canadian model. so let's get a view on that from brussels. damian grammaticas is there for us. we will get something today on the financial settlement. we'll get something on the
transition. what we won't get is very much detail on the final destination. know, and that is important, but those first two points are even more important will stop what theresa may is going to say on that financial settlement and on the transition, and as you were hearing, both chris and norman, what matters, norman was saying, detail, detail, detail, that's what michel barnier, waiting here on monday next week for the next round of negotiations, wants to see. he's been very clear that what the uk has put on the table so far is not good enough. there's not enough detail, not enough commitment, not enough for the negotiators to work on and to settle around. so they need something there. the problem is, as chris was explaining, what we are hearing so far, the eu may well view that as just enough to meet the sort of minimum obligations, but there are many more outstanding questions, and what the negotiators have found so and what the negotiators have found so faron and what the negotiators have found so far on money is that the uk have
been going through questioning line by line. here, these cds are obligations that have to be met and the same things will count for citizens and the island issues as well. much more is needed here, they say. yes, we'll look closely at the european reaction through the course of the day. travelling with the prime minister today, boris johnson, philip hammond and also david davis, so philip hammond and also david davis, so all the key ministers will be here. a show of unity at least for today. we'll bring you all the coverage of the speech. it starts at 2:15pm. we'll have it all here on bbc news. back to you. more on that to come. and there will be full coverage of theresa may's speech on the bbc news channel. the taxi app uber will not have its licence renewed by transport for london, which says the firm is not "fit and proper" to operate. it says buber‘s approach and conduct
has implications for public safety and security. about 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers use the service in the capital. uber says it will appeal against the decision. matthew thompson reports. it's five since buber launched its app in london and in that time it's made its fair share of both enemies and friends but today, transport for london announced it would not be renewing buber‘s licence to operate in the city at the end of this month. in a statement they said the company was not fit and proper to hold a licence and had demonstrated a lack of corporate responsibility. tfl's consonance relate to four main areas. uber‘s report —— approach to the reporting of serious offences such as sexual assaults by its drivers, for which it's been criticised by the police. the way the company forms background checks on its drivers and obtained medical certificates. finally, there are concerns about a controversial piece
of software which critics have argued has allowed uber to avoid law enforcement and sting operations on its drivers. this is a courageous decision by transport for london, because for some time now serious concerns have been raised about uber‘s business practices and i think the evidence has built up over a considerable period of time now to show that uber is an unfit and improper regulator. uber claims to have 3.5 million users in london but immediate concerns are for its thousands of drivers. it's a devastating decision. there's 120,000 private hire drivers in london, more than doubled that number in the last five years, all of those people are now facing unemployment, worse than that, debt associated with vehicle, commercial vehicle loans they've taken out to go and work for uber. for its part, uber denies all of the allegations made in tfl's announcement anderton says it was the —— says it will appeal the decision. crucially, the
company will retain the right to operate during the appeals process, which could take many months, so serial users of the app should not fret about the morning commute just yet. matthew thompson, bbc news. our technology correspondent rory cellan jones joins me now. this is so interesting, for the user, for the passenger, straightforward technology, that is what has made it so successful but tfl says there is safety issues. uber has gone around the world disrupting the way that transport works in cities and often running foul of regulators, quite often ignoring them and carrying on. this time it cannot ignore this decision. it will say that millions of londoners, particularly young londoners, particularly young londoners, the way they move around the city has been transformed by uberand the city has been transformed by uber and they will be very worried about the fact that may come to an end. 40,000 drivers will be very worried. efl has had to deal with a growing number of reports that uber
is slipshod in the way that it treats drivers themselves, and the way that it regulates drivers. —— tfl. making sure they do not have criminal records, making sure that they are behaving properly. and that attitude in the company, which has been shown to operate in the same way around the world, has finally caught up with it, its reputation, which has got worse and worse, is costing it very dear here in london. president trump has branded the north korean leader kimjong—un a "madman" and insisted he would be "tested like never before". his latest comments came in response to kim jong—un calling president trump "mentally deranged." north korea is now threatening to test a nuclear bomb over the pacific ocean. danny savage reports from seoul. v0|ceover: north korean reaction to donald trump's threat to destroy it has taken the rhetoric in this crisis up another notch. new pictures of kim jong—un have been released to coincide with his response. after being labelled "rocket man on a suicide mission",
he says the us president's words at the un did not help defuse the tension and were "unprecedented rude nonsense. " he accuses mr trump of being a mentally—deranged rogue gangster, and says he's considering the highest level of ha rdline countermeasure in history. in new york, the north korean foreign minister appeared to hint at what that could mean. translation: i think that it could be an h—bomb test of an unprecedented level, perhaps over the pacific. the government here in south korea, the russians and the chinese, are all calling for calm. if this country's next—door neighbour detonates a nuclear bomb beyond its borders, it will take this situation to a new, critical level, andjapan, the only country to have suffered
a nuclear attack, and which has a pacific coastline, is calling the threat is totally u na cce pta ble. north korea has launched dozens of missiles and carried out numerous underground tests in its bid to develop a nuclear weapon capable of striking america. sanctions haven't stopped this happening so far, which doesn't bode well for the new measures just announced by america, targeting north korean bank accounts. and today, donald trump fired back in the war of words, tweeting, south koreans, and many millions of people beyond this peninsula, will not welcome yet another increase in tensions. what they want to see is a peaceful diplomatic solution. whether they get it is in the balance. danny savage, bbc news, seoul. in the last few minutes a man has
been charged in connection with the attack on the london underground last week. home affairs correspondentjune last week. home affairs correspondent june kelly last week. home affairs correspondentjune kelly is with me. this is the attack at parsons green tube station, explain what has happened. ahmed hussen, 18 years old, has been charged, according to scotla nd old, has been charged, according to scotland yard, in connection with the attack last friday. the first time we have had a name for a prime suspect in the parsons green attack, facing two charges, one of attempted murder and a second, of causing an explosion. this announcement came a few minutes ago. he is due before westminster magistrates. three other men in custody, 25, 30, and one is 17. two other men who were originally held have been leased without charge, and we now have a name for the prime suspect in this case. thank you very much. top story: the prime minister is
preparing to deliver her keynote speech about britain's departure from the eu, in florence. she is expected to offer continued payments to the eu after brexit. will it break the deadlock in the talks? come on up in sport, 0lympic relay silver medallist dan wallace has lost his elite podium funding, suspended for three months by british and scottish swimming after admitting drink—driving earlier this year. —— coming up. more than two thirds of women surveyed who take a powerful epilepsy drug haven't received new warnings about the dangers of taking it during pregnancy, according to charities. babies exposed in the womb to sodium valproate, known as epilim, have a significant risk of developing autism or learning disabilities. it's estimated that about 20,000 children have been harmed by the drug in the uk since the 19705. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. you've been in the house a lot.
have you been going out at all? no. jo was taking sodium valproate when she decided to have children. her 17—year—old son, thomas, is autistic of having been harmed by the drug. she said she wasn't warned of the dangers. i'm extremely angry that when i went for the diagnosis there was people in the health authority that knew about all of this and i wasn't told, i wasn't given that information. if i was given that information, then i would've acted on it. sodium valproate is an effective drug for epilepsy and bipolar disorders, but it carries a 10% risk of physical abnormalities for babies exposed to it in the womb, and a 30—40% risk of autism, learning disabilities and low iq. early last year, the uk medicines watchdog launched new safety information packs to be given to women in gps' surgeries, hospitals and pharmacies, but today's survey by the charities epilepsy society, epilepsy action and young epilepsy suggests, of almost 500 women recently polled
who were on the drug, almost 70% had not received these vital warnings. there are calls for the government to introduce additional safety measures and to make them mandatory. we are calling forjeremy hunt to show some leadership here, to insist that the nhs makes it mandatory for every woman who's prescribed sodium valproate at least once a year they have a face—to—face conversation with their doctor who will tell them the risks to an unborn baby. the department of health said today: they come too late for the thousands of young people, like thomas, harmed by sodium valproate. the uk medicines watchdog said the results of the survey were important in
helping it understand the effectiveness of the measures taken to date. it also said it was important women didn't stop taking valproate without first discussing it with their doctor. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. studio: counter—terrorism operations are placing unsustainable pressure on police forces, according to one of the country's most senior officers. sarah thornton, the head of the national police chiefs' council, said most of the officers who investigate terrorist attacks are drawn from mainstream policing. ministers say they will do whatever it takes to keep people safe. danny shaw reports. v0|ceover: five terror attacks in britain in six months. security experts say it's a sign of a shift in the threat of terrorism which could take 30 years to eliminate. it poses a big challenge for the police service, and now one of brtain's most senior officers has spoken out about the need for extra funding. writing on the national police chiefs council website, sara thornton says the counterterrorism policing budget is being cut by 7.2% in the next three years. ms thornton says that's a real
concern, given the alarming volume and nature of the threat. she says the pressure this creates is not sustainable because there are fewer resources overall, especially in neighbourhood policing. one of the things that we absolutely value as our part of our fight against terrorism is neighbourhood police officers, who are out there in neighbourhoods, building relationships, talking to the public and picking up bits of information and bits of intelligence. if we don't have that footprint, and we're very worried that that has reduced over the last few years, then we won't pick up the information, butjust as importantly we won't have that really important relationship with the public. the home office says it's sensitive to the pressures on police forces and is in discussion with them about the problems, but fresh concerns have emerged about the number of firearms officers able to deal with the terror threat. the police federation surveyed officers across england and wales.
23% supported routine arming of all police over a decade ago. now the number has gone up to 34%, leading some to conclude it's inevitable that in the future all officers will carry guns. i would be very surprised if perhaps in 15 or 20 years' time, unless something drastic happens in terms of the threat level, but in fact inexorably we are going to move towards requiring more and more protection for our officers and for our ability to respond to the needs of the public. senior officers are reviewing the police's ability to respond to a gun attack, and they are likely to recommend that more officers are trained to use firearms, but they are against issuing the police with guns. they say it would alter the character of british policing. danny shaw, bbc news. studio: a man and a woman have appeared in court
charged with murder, after a badly—burned body was discovered in a garden in south west london. police say the remains were too charred to establish the person's age or gender. our correspondent helena lee is at wimbledon magistrates court. tell us what has been happening. it was a very brief hearing lasting only three minutes, the two defendants, a 40—year—old, and a 34—year—old, both appeared here in court, they spoke briefly to confirm names, dates of birth and address, they live at the same property in southfields, and both of them have been charged with murder of an unknown victim. police were called toa unknown victim. police were called to a flat in southfields to reports ofafire, to a flat in southfields to reports of a fire, when they got to the back garden, they found a burned body, so badly burned, that they were not yet able to identify who the victim is,
whether it is a man or a woman all their age. both defendants, whether it is a man or a woman all theirage. both defendants, ouissem medouni, 40, and sabrina kouider, are now in custody, and they have been told to return to the old bailey for another court appearance. the main story, in the next 30 minutes, theresa may will make the speech in florence about brexit. let's go back to christian fraser who's there. norman smith is with me again. we have talked a little bit in the programme about the financial settlement, we may hear about it today, also the transition, what if, at the end of all this, europeans say, we don't like what you are talking about. machiavelli, famous son of florence, famously said, where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be that great, and theresa may is going to paraphrase machiavelli by saying to these leaders, you have a responsibility as well, to try to
break the deadlock, get a brexit deal because it is in your interests to get a deal but you cannot help but feel they are more likely to be influenced by hard cash than philosophy. the danger is, if there is not enough money on the table, we move steadily towards the possibility there will not be a deal, we move remorselessly towards no deal country. that is why the speech is so critical if we are to avoid that outcome, because it will alarm many in the business community. that speech is only one hour and one quarter a way, glorious day, we will bring it you live. —— an hourand a day, we will bring it you live. —— an hour and a quarter. what about the weather forecast? full uk hmmﬁ about the weather forecast? full uk forecast in a moment but first, workers in on the latest from the hurricane, hurricane maria, thought to have killed more than 40 people
so to have killed more than 40 people so far, the majority of which have been in dominica and puerto rico. —— 30 people. there could be further localised damage in turks and caicos, and from there it will spin harmlessly into there it will spin harmlessly into the atlantic, that should be the last that we hear from maria. a weather front moving in from the western side of the uk, just like over the last few days. high pressure across scandinavia and europe, then it will weaken. a pattern we have seen repeating, northern ireland, western scotland, and a sense of the weather front fragmenting across wales and south—west england with the rain becoming increasingly light and patchy year as we go through the coming few hours. across much of the midlands and eastern england, largely dry, sunny spells, feeling