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the prime minister extends the hand of friendship the prime minister extends the hand of friendship to the eu try to unblock the brexit talks. she strikes a noticeably warmer tone as she positions the uk as a close and lasting ally of the eu. it is up to leaders to set the tone and the tone i want to set is one of partnership and friendship. she calls for a brand new dealfor the uk — unlike that of any other country — with a two year transition period. eu heads give the speech a cautious welcome, but call again for more detail before trade talks can start. also tonight: the online minicab service, uber, used by millions around the world, is banned in london. an 18—year—old man is charged with attempted murder for the tube attack in london last week. donald trump and kim jong—un trade insults while the north korean leader threatens to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the pacific. the mexico earthquake, a report from near the epicentre where” members of one family were killed during a christening.
and prince harry helps in the final preparations for the invictus games for wounded service personnel, starting tomorrow. coming up in sportsday on bbc news: british boxer, hughie fury, says he'll deliver the "performance of his life" to claim joseph parker's world heavyweight title in manchester tomorrow night. good evening. the prime minister has set out to inject fresh momentum into the brexit talks with a distinctly warmer tone in a key speech in florence. theresa may said she wants the uk to be the eu's strongest friend and partner and called for a new style of agreement with the eu unlike that with any other country, and a two—year transition deal after we officially leave in 2019. there was little
detail in the speech. for example, mrs may insisted the uk will honour its financial commitments to the eu, but declined to say how much. eu leaders have given her words a cautious welcome. our first report tonight is from our political editor, laura kuennsberg, in florence. waiting, waiting and waiting. it's months since the prime minister gave anything away on brexit. and if you're in a hurry to disentangle completely, you might just have to wait some more. she came to florence to confirm that for as long as two years after we're technically out, not that much might change. a period of implementation would be in our mutual interest and that is why i'm proposing that there should be such a period after the uk leaves the eu. clearly people, businesses and public services should only have to plan for one set of changes in the relationship between the uk and the eu.
so during the implementation period, access to one another‘s markets should continue on current terms. and during that time we'll keep paying billions into the eu budget, but the transition won't be longer than two years under a so—called double—lock. and at the heart of these arrangements there should be a clear double—lock. a guarantee that there will be a period of implementation, giving businesses and people alike the certainty that they would be able to prepare for the change and a guarantee that this implementation period will be time limited, giving everyone the certainty that this will not go on forever. still i do not want our partners to fear that they will need to pay more or receive less over the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave. the uk will honour commitments we have made during the period of our membership. for the three million or so europeans who live
in the uk, there's a promise of extra legal protections. we want you to stay, we value you and we thank you for your contribution to our national life. and it has been and remains one of my first goals in this negotiation to ensure that you can carry on living your lives as before. but on the vital relationship between the eu and the uk after we leave, optimism but few more clues beyond ruling out copying someone else‘s deal. we can do so much better than this. let us not seek merely to adopt a model already enjoyed by other countries, instead let us be creative as well as practical in designing an ambitious economic partnership which respects the freedoms and principles of the eu and the wishes of the british people. what do you say to voters at home who chose to leave who might be
rather angry to hear that the immigration rules will be roughly the same for another few years, markets will be roughly the same for another few years. aren't they justified in being a bit cross about that? people voted to leave the eu and at the end of march 2019 we will leave the european union, but i think people also voted to ensure that that process of leaving could be orderly and smooth so that people had confidence in their future and businesses had confidence in theirfuture, too. but even though they trotted out to back this speech with full force today, getting her cabinet to agree this much has been a hefty task. good afternoon. foreign secretary, during the referendum you told voters they wouldn't have to pay any more money, immigration would be controlled immediately. everything's going to be the same for five years, you've been defeated, haven't you? no, no. as the prime minister rightly said, we are going to have a transition period and after that of course we're going to be taking back control of our borders, of our laws and of our destiny. and another, not exactly a subtle display, but the two sides at the same cabinet table have
managed to find at least some common ground. i think this was an excellent speech by the prime minister. it's a decisive intervention that has given i think great clarity to business and our eu partners. the crucial voices from the cabinet were with theresa may in florence to sketch out the plans, but different sympathies mean bigger decisions are not taken, but yet deferred. in this renaissance city, theresa may has made no new blinding discoveries, instead she's admitted for some years much will stay the same. she's inching towards some of the compromises that brexit could require. but can the speech make any difference, unstick the eu talks? the eu chief negotiator used 140 characters to say — thanks for the speech, but we shall see. protect our rights, theresa. number ten believes they're much closer to a deal that protects these protesting brits abroad and eu citizens at home, but theresa may's political opponents claim it's
still tory accounts that are really being settled here. this whole speech seemed to me the product of the internal negotiations of the tory party rather than negotiations with the eu. she, after all, seemed to slap down both boris and david davis during the speech. nor has her offer pleased those who cheered for brexit loudest of all. i would say it's been a good day for the political classes, a good day for westminster and two fingers up to 17.4 million people who voted brexit. no ifs, no buts. and on the biggest question — how our histories will intertwine in the years and decades to come, relative silence, more doubts than clear answers. in a process so complex, so important, the prime minister seems to cast shadows wherever she stands. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, florence. eu leaders have welcomed the friendlier tone of theresa may's speech, but have called
for more detail. france's president macron says that without a solution regarding issues such as the rights of eu citizens, talks on the shape of the uk's new relationship with the eu and on trade can't start. our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, reports from brussels. tonight a reminder — on brexit, the eu too has a position, and it's not shifting. not yet. translation: before negotiations can move forward, we need more clarity for eu citizens, the financial terms of exit and the issue of ireland. if these are not clarified, we cannot move forward. theresa may's words mattered to millions today. mark cunningham was one hoping for clarity from the speech. british, he's lived in belgium for 20 years, had a family here, built a recruitment consultancy business. he's even considering taking irish or belgian citizenship, if that's the only way he can stay. will you take one of those
options, irish or belgian? i think i would like to keep my british citizenship as long as i can, but things may change. it all depends on what the outcome is. the other audience listening intently, the eu's negotiators in the european commission. in a statement, michel barnier, the chief negotiator, welcomed what he called a more "constructive spirit from the uk", but said to overcome the blockages, he needs more detail, in particular on money. he's asking whether the uk will honour notjust some but all the financial commitments it's made. theresa may's speech implied the uk would pay around £18 billion during a two—year transition period, but the eu says there are other bills. 25 billion for the uk's share of eu projects already committed to. 8 billion towards pensions of eu staff, and more liabilities on top. as for the talk of a better, brighter future when the uk has a new trading relationship, that rang hollow to some who observe the eu closely.
the words that were used were, we cannot be ambitious creative, imaginative. we are asked to be creative in order to get something worse than what we have today. this cannot be a good dealfor the eu. but can it work for ireland? the irish prime minister was addressing an audience close to the border today. here, too, people are yet to be reassured the uk is offering a workable solution. i would be concerned that the negotiations on brexit are being, if you like, managed or influenced, by the difficult relationships and different views within the tory party. and i think, from the point of view of the people i represent, and i think citizens across europe, we deserve better than that. so what matters now is what david davis and his team will put on the table when negotiations resume here next week. but even if that's enough to unblock things, it could be dwarfed by the difficulties to come in negotiating both a transition and a future trade deal.
damian grammaticas, bbc news, brussels. let's talk to laura kuenssberg, in florence. laura, reaction to mrs may's speech is coming in, do you think she has done enough to inject new energy and good will into the brexit negotiations and get this deal done? well, since theresa may moved into ten downing street she has been continually criticised for only showing a tiny fraction of her hand ata showing a tiny fraction of her hand at a time. today, sure, she only provided some small clues about the big future relationship that will define the eu and the uk's relationship for decades and decades to come, but she did give some details. she did give a little bit towards those talks. i think she may have managed to create a bit more goodwill around the table when the official negotiators sit down next week. i think there will be at least some acknowledgment she has gone a little bit further than she had done
so little bit further than she had done so far in terms what the european union really wants to hear from so far in terms what the european union really wants to hearfrom her. you know, ithink union really wants to hearfrom her. you know, i think the more profound thing about what has happened here in florence today is that, finally, the prime minister has acknowledged publicly what's kind of been known in whitehall and around westminster for quite some time, that she will, and now has, asked the eu for a transition deal that could last as long as two—years. remember the drama of the referendum vote. remember in the early hours of the 24th june 2016 remember in the early hours of the 24thjune 2016 how remember in the early hours of the 24th june 2016 how the remember in the early hours of the 24thjune 2016 how the country had made that he decision, the like of which hadn't been seen for decades. theresa may today told the public it may not be until 2021 when we are com pletely may not be until 2021 when we are completely disentangled from the european union. it may well be five yea rs european union. it may well be five years after the referendum itself that we are finally, actually, divorced and completely away from oui’ divorced and completely away from our relationship with the european union. now, that's something that
behind closed doors there have been whispers around for quite some time, but i think although there wasn't full details of the prime minister's vision for the future today, there was perhaps the beginning of the acknowledgment that she wants to compromise. she knows that there will have to be give—and—take on both sides and maybe this is the end of what's been described as months of what's been described as months of vagueness. laura, in florence, thank it's a minicab service that has transformed the way millions in cities around the world use taxis. allowing people to book and pay online, its popularity with its users has been matched only by the protests from existing taxi firms and unions. and today, uber has lost its licence to operate in london. transport for london has questioned uber‘s approach to conducting background checks on its drivers and reporting criminal offences by them. our business editor, simon jack, has more. uber has revolutionised the taxi industry. you can hail a ride, track the car on its way to you and automatically pay, all from an app on your phone. thomas?
yes. ok, thanks very much. 3.5 million passengers, and 40,000 drivers, use it to get around in london alone, but its future, and that of its drivers, was thrown into doubt today. iam worry... a lot of worry in me because it's my livelihood. i'm doing driving work for 15 years now. if uber, if they close uber down, i have no idea where i can go. london's transport chiefs said concerns over driver background checks and failures to report sexual harassment allegations meant it would be stripped of its licence, and city hall backed the move. tfl doesn't reach these decisions lightly, but they've got to act like a judge and look at the evidence and they've looked at the evidence and concluded that uber aren't playing by the rules. if users of uber and drivers are angry, they should be angry at uber. the company refutes these charges and says it will appeal.
we're absolutely astounded and we're going to fight this to support those drivers that will be be put out of work by this decision and we believe that consumer choice is a fundamental positive thing that londoners should have. some passengers say the reason they use uber is cost, yes, but also safety. i use uberfor when i need to get home safely, on time, that kind of thing. it's quite nice to be able to know, that i know that i can track literally where they were. it's going to be a pain in the backside, then i would be taking these black taxis, and they're super expensive. thank you. thank you very much, cheers. bye— bye. now that process is really baked into the lives of millions of people and tens of thousands of drivers, but its staggering popularity has made it unpopular in other quarters. black cab drivers have been campaigning for this for years, and welcomed today's decision. what did you make of it? in my opinion, it's five years too late.
they should never have been licenced in the first place. why not? we've got the finest taxi service in the world, they‘ re undercutting people and they can't compete with us on a level playing field. other cities are not affected by this ruling, but it will be closely watched by transport chiefs facing similar issues. uber is the poster child for using technology to disrupt traditional industries. it won't give up without a fight and the appeal could take many months. so don't delete the app just yet. simon jack, bbc news. the credit rating agency, moody's has downgraded the uk's credit rating. the impacts of brexit are blamed, and the impact of political and social pressures to raise spending after years of cuts. an 18—year—old man has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the london tube terror attack
a week ago in which 30 people were injured. ahmed hassan appeared at westminster magistrates‘ court this afternoon, where he also faced a second charge under the explosive substances act. daniel sandford reports. the moments after a fireball swept through a london underground train at parsons green last friday, injuring 30 people. that bags on fire. the cause — a home—made bomb that failed to detonate properly, made from hundreds of grams of the unstable explosive tatp, it was packed with what was intended to be shrapnel, knives and screws. today, an 18—year—old, ahmed hassan, appeared in court charged with attempted murder and causing an explosion likely to endanger life. he's an orphaned asylum seeker from iraq, who arrived in britain in 2015. he was arrested in the departure area of dover port last saturday and there's been an extensive week—long police search at the house in sunbury—on—thames, on the outskirts of london, where he had lived with elderly foster pa rents. just before ahmed hassan
was taken away to prison, the prosecutor, lee ingham, told the court that it was the crown's case that he intended to kill innocent people because of his warped political view. he will now remain in custody until he appears at the old bailey in three weeks' time. daniel sandford, bbc news, at westminster‘s magistrates‘ court. in a dramatic new raising of the stakes, north korea has threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb over the pacific. the country's leader, kimjong un, stepped up his war of words with the united states, calling president trump a "mentally deranged dotard". for those of you not familiar with the term, "dotard" means someone who is senile. the us leader, who has threatened to "totally destroy" north korea, responded by calling kimjong un a "madman" who would be "tested like never before". rupert wingfield hayes reports from the south korean capital, seoul. for the first time ever today, north korea's dictator, kimjong un,
stared into a camera and addressed the us president directly. he called donald trump mentally deranged and said the president would pay dearly for his threat to destroy north korea. it didn't take long for mr trump to tweet his response. he said: hours earlier in new york, north korea's foreign minister made another extraordinary threat, to drop a hydrogen bomb into the pacific. 0ur chairman of the state affairs commission has the decision to conduct strongest ever hydrogen bomb test in the pacific ocean. here in seoul this afternoon, there were no signs anyone is particularly worried by all this. this city has lived under the threat from north korea for so long that even when there's really terrifying
rhetoric coming from over the mountains up there, like there is today, people in seoul tend to shrug their shoulders and carry on, and today they are doing so again. but if you talk to people whose job it is to worry about north korea, then you hear a different story. david straub used to run the north korea desk at the state department. as far as i know, this is the first time ever that an american president and a north korean leader have engaged in a name—calling match directly at one another. i don't think he has any sense of how damaging that kind of rhetoric coming from an american president is, how counter—productive it is, when you are talking about the korea problem. retired general shin won—sik shows me the names of the 178,000 south korean and un soldiers who died the last time they went to war here. translation: i don't think america will attack now but if all options
to pressure north korea fail, if he refuses to give up his weapons, in the end, the us will consider military action. if that did happen, a second korean war could be just as deadly as the first. rupert wingfield hayes, bbc news, in seoul. three days after mexico's earthquake, and the death toll is now 286. nearly half of the deaths were in the capital, mexico city, but the epicentre was some 70 miles to the south, in a rural part of the country. 0ur correspondent aleem maqbool has travelled to the town of atzala, close to the epicentre, where 11 members of one family were killed during a christening. it is one of the most shocking stories of this national tragedy. a church less than four miles from the epicentre of the earthquake had been hosting the christening of a two—month—old baby girl. the ceremony was about to get under way, the family and intended godparents assembled,
when this house of god was violently shaken. lorenzo sanchez, assistant to the priest, had been beside the altar, paralysed when the ground was rocked. "the first movement happened, then it stopped", he says. "so we thought it was over, but then the rest came and i didn't "know what was falling from where. "i was totally surrounded by dust. "i didn't know what was happening". well, it is simply impossible to imagine the horrors of what happened in this church at the moment the earthquake struck and these massive chunks of the building came crashing to the ground. the family was congregated here, and the town came out to try and dig them out of the rubble, but all they recovered was bodies. this mobile phone footage was taken minutes after the earthquake, the church hall completely carpeted with a deep layer of rubble. it was filmed by a man who'd come to help, not realising that six members of his own family were buried.
when we were removing the rubble, you could see hands. when you found a hand, you tried to take everything off. if she was dead, you just move her aside and you keep trying to look for the people that were alive. and you could still hear people? you could still hear people, trying to move, trying to speak. some of these people were your cousins? my family died right away, in the big impact, but everybody else, there was still some hope. among the dead was the baby being christened, and her mother. this beautiful church can be rebuilt, but across this part of mexico are the struggles of those who have lost what is irreplaceable. aleem maqbool, bbc news, atzala. the united nations says it's likely to need around 200 million dollars over the next six months to fund its relief operation for rohingya refugees in bangladesh. more than 400,000 people have now crossed from myanmar to escape attacks on their villages by the country's military,
in rakhine state. as their numbers increase so does the strain on existing aid — exacerbated by bad weather and the remoteness of many camps. 0ur correspondent jonathan head reports from the bangladesh—myanmar border. chasing a fire truck along narrow country roads in bangladesh. we'd heard of an accident with a delivery of aid. what we found was a truck on its back, after the road had collapsed under it. nine volunteers were killed here. the bangladesh border guards offered to take us to where the aid was supposed to go. the road ends here. it's a tough one—hour walk in an area notorious for changeable weather. we knew that more than 7000 rohingya refugees, in need of almost everything, were camped up ahead, right on the border with myanmar. supplying them can only be done
on these treacherous paths. wow! just look at it. that's it. a village of bamboo and plastic. just stuck on the hill. nothing else. that's only been there for the last two to three weeks. it's amazing. right on the border. captain junayed hussain from the border guard is the only doctor they have. most of these people endured horrifying ordeals in myanmar, seeing neighbours and family members killed, then walking for days without food. they are all in poor health. mostly, they are suffering from fevers, as they are travelling such a long distance. and due to walking for a long duration, they are suffering from malnutrition, too. fatima begum has just been given vitamins for her malnourished son.
the rest of the family aren't looking too great either, and their living quarters offer no comfort. but they are relieved to be here. translation: by god's grace we are safe here, and those who are ill are being treated. we are happy here. if we had stayed in myanmar they would have killed us for sure. we watched them burning our houses so quickly, using petrol. these people are just a stone's throw from their own country, but in all likelihood they won't be going back there for years, whatever promises aung san suu kyi might make to the world. yet they cannot go on living like this. something will have to be done for them. jonathan head, bbc news, on the bangladesh—myanmar border. the bbc has learned the man in charge of the two g4s—run immigration removal centres at gatwick airport has resigned
with "immediate effect". ben saunders was director of brook house and tinsley house when an undercover bbc panorama investigation exposed brook house as a place where drug use and self harm were common and there was bullying and abuse by some staff. in germany, angela merkel and her political rivals are holding their final campaign rallies ahead of sunday's election. chancellor merkel is widely expected to win a fourth consecutive term in office. but growing support for the far—right afd or alternative for germany party, could see them become the largest opposition in parliament, as our correspondentjenny hill reports from munich. the voice of discontent defines this election. angela merkel knows she's likely to win, but it doesn't feel like much of a victory. she doesn't care about her own country, he says. we have enough problems of our own.
we don't want her any more, she says, she made the wrong decision in 2015 and sent all these refugees into our country. translation: i want to help all of those who help with this humanitarian emergency but i will also say what happened in 2015 must not, should not and will not happen again. mrs merkel barely survived the migrant crisis. her loss, afd‘s gain. it is likely to become the first far right party to sit in parliament since the second world war. their campaign, xenophobic, controversial, effective. new germans, this poster says, we make them ourselves. 0ld traditions, and a new debate about the kind of country germany wants to be. afd may yet emerge as the main opposition party. it's an unprecedented shift in the tone and substance of postwar german politics.
translation: they have too many policies that remind me of the past. they want to support the german nation but we need support for the whole of europe. we are all human beings and i think they sometimes forget that. angela merkel is competent. she knows what she is doing in crisis situations. she stays calm, matter—of—fact, and i like that in her. strength, stability, experience. mrs merkel will win because for many she is the safe choice. angela merkel is going to have to get used to this. anger, division. she's going to face it in the german parliament and she'll face it too, out here in the country. the german national anthem, almost drowned out tonight by those who want a very different future for this country. jenny hill, bbc news, munich.
this weekend sees the third invictus games, the sporting tournament founded by prince harry for wounded servicemen and women. the prince is in toronto, host city of the games, ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremony. 0ur royal correspondent sarah campbell is in toronto for us. a bit of last—minute training there, sarah. indeed. this is one of the venues and that is the uk's sitting volleyball tea m venues and that is the uk's sitting volleyball team getting in some final practice before tomorrow night's opening ceremony. 17 nations taking part altogether in a games which are about harnessing sports to aid recovery. this invictus games is set to be the biggest yet, and supporting from the sidelines throughout will be the prince, whose idea they were.