this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: the eu's chief negotiator says he wants to offer the uk an ambitious partnership, but warns member governments to prepare for no deal, as uk ministers meet to discuss how much britain is prepared to pay to leave the eu. meanwhile, eu medicine and banking agencies announce they are to relocate out of london to amsterdam and paris. and the german chancellor, angela merkel, says she'd rather face new elections than lead a minority government, after coalition talks break down. in zimbabwe, president mugabe faces impeachment proceedings as early as tomorrow. the world of tennis has been paying tribute to jana novotna, the former wimbledon singles champion, who's died of cancer at the age of 49. also this hour — celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary. bells ring out for the queen and prince philip, who are celebrating
70 years of marriage. and women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy, to avoid having a stillborn baby. —— to cut the risks of stillbirth. good evening and welcome to bbc news. theresa may has met senior cabinet ministers in downing street in an effort to make progress on the stalled brexit talks. discussions were expected to focus on a decision on raising the amount the uk will pay to leave the european union. today, the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, said brussels was ready to offer the uk the "most ambitious" trade deal, but only if its terms were met.
also today, it's been announced that amsterdam has been chosen as the location for the european medicines agency when britain leaves the bloc in 2019. another london—based organisation, the european banking agency, is to be relocated to paris. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. number ten is always a special place to visit. but today it was the scene of vital conversations for the core of the cabinet. crucial conversations to decide if theresa may can hold out promise of billions more to brussels. she has already promised nearly 20 billion to clean up our accounts as we leave. we have made it very clear that we will honour our commitments. but what i want to see is developing that deep and special partnership with the european union for the future, and i want to see us moving together. as i have always said, a deal which is good for the uk will be one which is good for the rest of the european union. but what else should we pay for?
the prime minister wants to concentrate on how to grow industry. there will be cash promises for research and development two days before the budget. and yet she can't ignore tension in government over the handling of the financial deal with brussels. where it is also a red—carpet day. and there's no doubt about what the other european nations think british ministers must decide. reporter: do you want more money from the uk...? if you missed it: yes to more cash from the germans. and the dutch say, get on with it. i've seen a lot of signals, but this has been happening for a few months now. so it has to be concrete and on the table. but with the germans without a government and potentially holding new elections, there could be plenty of hold—ups on the eu side too. the chief negotiator, michel barnier, said the uk can't have the benefits of the single market when we leave, but if we pay up and come up with a dealfor the northern irish
border... 7 if we manage to negotiate an orderly withdrawal, there is every reason for our future partnership to be ambitious. this is our preferred option. but even hinting at paying billions for that could cause trouble at home. the chancellor of the exchequer has got very limited scope for manoeuvre. he cannot afford to play santa claus to mr tusk and mrjuncker. he needs to make sure that we are only paying exactly for our obligations, for what we are absolutely contracted for. did you talk about money today? but who will be the most persuasive? the foreign secretary, who promised we would get money back from brexit? or his colleagues like the home secretary, farfrom in step on how and when to dangle the money? this is so politically sensitive. cabinet ministers say they are not even talking actual numbers yet. tonight's decision is whether theresa may is allowed to go
to brussels on friday with a clear signal that britain is willing to pay more. the tories' top table is so divided, the party so fractured on this issue that it is a choice theresa may cannot make on her own new. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. in a moment, we'll speak to our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, who is in brussels. but first to iain watson at westminster. one of the key issues they were discussing at that lengthy meeting this afternoon was the brexit bill. what are you hearing is the outcome of those discussions? interestingly, we have got a very full report from downing street, all of two lines, which says, it remains our position that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed in negotiations with the eu and, as the prime minister said this morning, the uk
and eu should step forward together. not much enlightenment from the position officially at all. i think the phrase nothing is agreed until everything is agreed is interesting, because it would allow theresa may go and see donald tusk, the president of the european council, at the end of this week and say that we are prepared to pay more without actually putting a figure on it, but again that phrase is so important, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, but unless the trade talks were to begin ought to be fruitful, any extra cash might not be forthcoming. we then go back to going through line by line our legal obligations, our commitments. that would allow her to do so. whether that has been agreed today is a different matter. i have tried to talk to some of the participants, some of the advisers, and they have been told to be tight—lipped but they have not been rushing to return calls in some cases. they know how
sensitive this subject is, because they know that even a willingness to pay more to unlock the trade talks isa pay more to unlock the trade talks is a great prize, even for some people who want to devote leave, but for others who wanted to vote leave, they will see this as a potential betrayal, as we heard nigel evans saying that effectively the government would be playing santa claus to the brussels bureaucrats. it is very sensitive, but i think we are ina it is very sensitive, but i think we are in a position where tweezer may could signal a willingness to play more, but that would be conditional in getting something back from the eu. -- in getting something back from the eu. —— where theresa may could signal a willingness to pay more. a strong signalfrom signal a willingness to pay more. a strong signal from them that trade talks could start. it's difficult, because michel barnier and others are insisting that britain must be clear about what it once and about a readiness to pay more. if you pay up at this stage, it is your negotiating card, your strongest ca rd negotiating card, your strongest card already played. negotiating card, your strongest card already playedlj negotiating card, your strongest card already played. i don't think we will be doing a bank transfer
stricter brussels. i think this would be entirely conditional on what follows thereafter in terms of trade talks. but certainly it has been a worry among some of the negotiating team, and i know this from speaking to them in the past few weeks and months, that there are people around the commission, people who are formally in the commission, they talk about a figure of around 35-40 they talk about a figure of around 35—40 billion euros, more than 20 billion that was hinted at in the france speech by the prime minister. but there is a worry by some negotiators that if you effectively say, here you are, whether it is written down on paper, whether it is a nod and a wink, here is a0 billion, potentially the eu banks that and comes back and says, why don't you give us 60 billion? this is what we can you actually owe us. there is a fear that, if you are going to move forward, as downing street was suggesting, you have to move forward together. if the eu isn't willing to do so, then it will
be even more difficult politically for theresa may to sell to her backbenchers, and perhaps to many people who voted to leave, that we should be paying any more at all, whether that is a0 billion or 60 billion. thank you. let's go to damian grammaticas in brussels. that issue of the money is one of the important ones for the other eu 27, and their negotiator, michel barnier. yes, and this evening ministers from both countries have beenin ministers from both countries have been in brussels. theyjust said this evening that what they need is a more precise indication of what the uk is prepared to pay, and they say, we need it very soon. i think one thing that is worth pointing out is that there is a very different view of how this works and what this is for. the eu side here see the uk as getting tied up in knots about this, because the eu view is that this, because the eu view is that this is very simply payment for
finances that the uk has committed to already. their view here is that it isa to already. their view here is that it is a status of contractual obligations, and this is simply about organising, settling the finances on withdrawal. the eu side view this as nothing at all to do with a future deal, because you don't buy access to the market, this single market, this way. that's important for two reasons. one is that i don't think the eu side would wa nt to that i don't think the eu side would want to see the two things combined, but also, the way the talks are structured, they are not in mind that way. the eu wants these financial commitment on the table, clearly made, and then we'll move on, but only moved on to discussing the broad shape of the future deal, so the uk will not get that nailed down trade deal until several years in the future, that is the eu's view, and they are clear about that
timetable. michel barnier was talking about that prospect of a good trade deal, which i'm sure would be welcomed by the uk side, but he was making the point that, if we wa nt but he was making the point that, if we want to get a good trade deal with the rest of the eu, we've got to stick to those common standards on things like state aid and other additional rules and food standards and social regulations and so on. that is something which a lot of the most ardent brexiteers have been keen to break away from. yes, and this was interesting for them today, the speech michel barnier gave, he held prospect and set that the eu wa nts held prospect and set that the eu wants an ambitious trade deal with the uk, but the conditions for that, first of all, sorting out an orderly withdrawal, which means the money and issues there, but he skated over that, because there are many other big issues to solve, and he pointed to the fact that the uk, in his view, needs to resolve these questions, just as we see ministers
in the uk debating among themselves whether they want to pay more and how much more, there are other big questions to resolve. one of those that he pointed to was ireland, how much is the uk don't commit to having that open border? secondly, is the uk going to divert away from the eu in its regulations, because he said that would make it very difficult to have a very close trade deal in future. thank you for the latest from brussels, and thank you to iain watson at westminster. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:a0 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight arejim waterson, political editor at buzzfeed, and larisa brown, defence editor at the daily mail. the electoral commission has reopened an investigation into vote leave's eu referendum spending. the campaign paid £625,000 to clear bills allegedly run up by university student darren grimes with a digital agency before lastjune's vote. a separate group, veterans for britain, received
£100,000 from vote leave. the campaign has denied attempting to get round spending limits, which the electoral commission initially accepted, but it now says it has new information. the progress of brexit talks may also be affected by events in germany, where angela merkel is facing a deepening political crisis following the collapse of talks to form a coalition government. the failure of the negotiations since the country went to the polls in september may trigger a fresh general election. our berlin correspondent, jenny hill, reports. she promised germany a government for christmas. instead, angela merkel has delivered an unprecedented political crisis. not much to applaud. in the early hours of this morning, mrs merkel admitted she couldn't form a government. translation: i, as the acting chancellor, will do everything
to lead the country through these difficult weeks. later, crisis talks with the german president. this country may yet have to go back to the ballot box. what's uncertain is whether mrs merkel‘s party would want her to lead them into a fresh election. translation: this is the moment for all involved to reflect and reconsider. all parties elected to parliament are there to serve the common good. i expect them to be open to discussion, to create a government in the very near future. but german politics, german voters, have changed. the far right now sits in parliament — a weakened mrs merkel doesn't have many options. translation: it's time for a change. someone else should be in charge. she's out of new ideas. translation: she's close to the people. she tries to represent the interests of different parts of society. she doesn't always succeed but she tries. political uncertainty,
economic disquiet. mrs merkel cancelled a meeting with the dutch leader today. little time for foreign policy now. dwindling influence perhaps in the future. it's rare, unprecedented even, for there to be such confusion at the heart of the german government. but this is a leadership crisis, too. they call it the merkel dammerung — the twilight of merkel. her demise is often wrongly predicted. this time, though, there is a sense that the lights are starting to go out on the merkel era. from a country which stands for stability, a sudden hesitation in the heart of europe. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. in zimbabwe, the ruling party is to start the process of removing robert mugabe from office, charging him with letting his wife grace "usurp constitutional power". it comes after the 93—year—old
president refused to step down after mass protests calling for him to leave. and tonight, zimbabwe's top general has said president mugabe is in contact with the former vice—president, whose sacking prompted the current political crisis, describing the development as "encouraging". the military said mr mnangagwa would be back in the country soon, and announced it was working with mr mugabe to agree on a way out of the crisis. our africa correspondent, fergal keane, has been following the day's events. at party headquarters, the shreds of better days. piece by piece, robert mugabe is going. his mps gathered to begin legal process of impeachment, removing him from office by parliamentary vote, and telling us it could happen in days. we expect the motion to be moved tomorrow, a committee to be set up tomorrow, and hopefully by wednesday we expect that we should be able to vote in parliament. in the audience a first lady
in waiting, auxilia, the wife of emmerson mnangagwa, whom the party wants as president. how are you? will your husband be coming soon? i am not commenting on that. everybody is waiting to see him. i am also waiting to see him! thank you very much. you can hear the emotions are building here, and this is a parliamentary party set on getting rid of robert mugabe. they share that ambition with the people of zimbabwe and with the military. listen, when the people have spoken, that is it. the people are speaking. zanu—pf are speaking. we are good to go. the country is still absorbing last night's extraordinary presidential speech, with its soothing musical introduction and absence of any talk of resignation. he appeared detached from reality, talking about presiding over a party congress.
the question is whether the generals allowed this to happen. partly this is to do with a changed africa. the old days of shooting leaders are gone. this human rights lawyer was once persecuted by robert mugabe and imprisoned. she says those opposed to him want to be seen to be acting within the law. it has always been, you make the law, you justify it on the basis that this is the law. and this is in line with the zimbabwean way of doing things. give it respectability by making it law, however bad it is. impeachment is notjust about removing robert mugabe quickly. it's about the quest for legitimacy of those who will rule this country next. fergal keane, bbc news, harare. i can now speak to sara rich dorman, who is a senior lecturer on african politics at the university of edinburgh, and author of understanding zimbabwe: from liberation to authoritarianism.
thank you very much forjoining us. as we were hearing from fergal, this impeachment process could start as early as tomorrow. tell us how that's going to work.|j early as tomorrow. tell us how that's going to work. i think it certainly will start tomorrow. that seems quite guaranteed. i very much doubt it is likely to go as quickly as was being suggested. the constitution is a new one, it is u ntested, constitution is a new one, it is untested, but there are procedures written in for that, and i understand that there is a need to, first, have the motion approved with a simple majority in parliament, but then there will be a committee of at least nine mps set up, with representation from all of the parties in parliament, so there's going to need to have input at this stage from the opposition parties. this is really quite striking. until
now, this process has really been about his leadership within zanu—pf. it has been about restoring zanu—pf and carrying over that mantle of legitimacy, as fergal keane was saying. now, other people are going to get into it, and this is why i think they were anxious not to impeach. they were hoping that there would simply be a resignation and, although that process would have been complicated, it would have presented the lee prevented or at least not needed as accessible to all these other players. is it clear that there is a majority to see this impeachment process through and to remove robert mugabe? it's hard to know, because we don't know how many mps from the rival factions to emmerson mnangagwa's have been fired, have left the country and are in detention. there are lot of them who we don't know where they are. if they turn up to parliament and vote for mnangagwa, it may be straightforward. if they have left
the country or are in detention, we really won't know. what hope there isa really won't know. what hope there is a huge amount of uncertainty. —— there is a huge amount of uncertainty. is there a risk still that this whole process could break out into trouble on the streets, or does it look like it will be contained within legal and parliamentary processes? hard to know. there is a lot of commitment trying to do it constitutionally. that's very much fits with zimbabwe's that's very much fits with zimba bwe's way of that's very much fits with zimbabwe's way of doing things. i think it would be difficult for a future president to win an election if things broke down very much. it is important to have that mantle of legitimacy, that they are perceived to be protecting the positive aspects of matt barbet‘s legacy, but there is a lot of pressure on the streets, especially from youth and other groups, who just want him gone. —— the positive aspects of mugabe's legacy. they worry that elites are trying to get a deal that
is good for them but will not be good for everyone else. currently, the police are not present on the street, because they are not seen as necessarily being loyal to the generals, and it is not clear what would happen if the army was deployed to try and bring, if there was a destabilisation, and they brought the army back onto the streets to try and suppress that, it's also hard to know howjunior officers would react. that would be very unusual from zimbabwe, to have that sort of mass uprising, but we are in unusual days, and suddenly the last week has seen a lot of firsts for zimbabwe. thank you for talking to us from edinburgh. the headlines on bbc news: the eu's chief negotiator says he wants to offer the uk an ambitious partnership, but warns member governments to prepare for no deal, as uk ministers meet to discuss how much britain is prepared to pay to leave the eu. meanwhile, eu medicine and banking agencies announce they are to relocate out of london to amsterdam and paris. and the german chancellor,
angela merkel, says she'd rather face new elections than lead a minority government, after coalition talks break down. a bit later, we will hearfrom a bit later, we will hear from the family of gaia pope, whose body was found at the weekend. they are questioning why police took 11 days to find her. sport now. for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here'sjohn watson. a financial firm headed by british businesswoman amanda staveley has tabled a formal takeover bid in the region of £300 million for newcastle united. pcp capital partners has been in talks with the premier league club's owner mike ashley for about a month, and a source close to the deal said an offer had now been made. ashley said in october he wanted to sell newcastle after ten years in charge. brighton can move up to eighth
in the premier league this evening, with a win at home against stoke. stoke need points too. they're just three points above the relegation zone. both sides have gone close in the opening minutes, first from dale stephens, and then ryan shawcross had a header well saved. it is still goalless after the opening 20 minutes or so. so often a manager trusted with steering clubs to safety, tony pulis won't get the chance at west brom after his sacking today, with the club one point above the relegation zone. they've failed to register a win in ten premier league games. former manager gary megson, who had been pulis' assistant, is taking over until further notice. it should have happened last year. it's the worst i've ever seen up here. i'm not surprised after he's had this performance. it's been coming for sometimes. i must admit, the football has been very poor.
ronald koeman would be my number one choice. secondly, you know, if big sam comes to the end of the season, i know he is a similar coach tony pulis, but hopefully... wejust i know he is a similar coach tony pulis, but hopefully... we just need to stay up. manchester city central defender john stones has been ruled out for six weeks. he suffered a hamstring injury in city's 2—0 win at leciester on saturday which means he will miss tomorrow's champions league tie against feyenoord at the etihad. respects have been paid to jana novotna, the former wimbledon champion, who's died at the age of a9 from cancer. she lifted the ladies' title back in 1998, but will always be remembered for the defeat she suffered in the final in 1993, that moved her to tears. david ornstein looks back on her career. 1993, and on the verge of winning wimbledon, jana novotna crumbled on centre court. she lost the final but won the hearts of the british public. and in the duchess of kent,
she found a shoulder to cry on. shejust told me, jana, you will do it. i believe one day you will do it. ijust became very emotional and it was very nice, i appreciated very much what she said. runnerup again in1997, novotna's perseverance finally paid off the following year. she's done it! a popular victory a popular champion. she was such a warm person, always very, very friendly off the court. the first person to come up and smile and give you a couple of kisses, and really, really loved by everyone. despite her many achievements, novotna will always be remembered for wimbledon, the tears, the triumph and eventually, the smile. commentator: that smile will remain on her face for the rest of the afternoon. david haye's heavyweight rematch
with fellow britain tony bellew in london next month has been postponed. he sufffered an arm injury in training, and has undergone a procedure to repair it. the wbc cruiserweight world champion bellew stopped haye back in march. the rematch is now likley to go ahead at o2 arena in march or may next year. and england's cricketers have found time to cool off ahead of the start of the ashes series in brisbane on thursday. having arrived in the city, they headed to the gabba, which has a pool deck in place, for some fans to watch the opening test. england will be desperate to get off to a good start — it's something of a fortress for australia, having not lost a test there in 27 years. stoke a re
stoke are beating brighton 1—0 in the only game in the premier league tonight. the family of 19—year—old gaia pope — whose body was found at the weekend — have questioned why police officers took 11 days to locate her. the teenager's body was found on land south of swanage in dorset. gaia suffered from severe epilepsy, and her disappearance sparked a huge campaign from family and friends to find her. duncan kennedy reports. at the place gaia was found, the police were today continuing their investigations. they say it seems no one else was involved in her disappearance. gaia had been missing for 11 days. her body was found on saturday, leaving her family devastated. today her father richard read this note written by gaia's mother, natasha. the lights will radiate for all eternity. meet me at the gate, my darling. so here we are longing for you for the rest of our lives, together forever, united as one.
your mum, always. gaia's cousin marienna said there were questions over why it took 11 days to find her. this is not something that should have happened and it shouldn't have taken 11 days to find her so close, and we need to know why. hundreds of local people helped look for gaia. three people were arrested and released. today police said the three would face no further action but the father of one of those arrested, paul elsey, said the police went too far. they did take it seriously. what did they do, they decided my family were involved in it, when all they have tried to do is show kindness. dorset police said today their inquiries may have caused stress to some individuals,
but that it had an obligation to explore every possible line of inquiry. gaia's family say they now want to be left to grieve in private. duncan kennedy, bbc news. let's catch up with the latest weather. hello. nantwich in cheshire had the top temperature today. milder air across much of the uk, but low cloud and another spell of rain working through northern ireland this evening and then into scotland as the night goes on. the further north you are in scotland, there is some snow across the tops of the hills. some of us will be starting the day tomorrow in double figures. a wet
day across scotland, especially in the north. there is an area of rain moving through northern ireland gradually pushing south eastwards. largely dry and occasionally bright across many parts of central and eastern england. sunspots reaching into the mid—teens. some heavy and persistent rain heading into north—west england. drying bright for the south—east. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: the eu's chief brexit negotiator warns member governments to prepare for no deal, as uk ministers meet to discuss how much britain is prepared to pay as part of a so—called divorce bill. meanwhile eu medicine and banking agencies are relocated out of london to amsterdam and paris. after the breakdown of coalition talks,
germany's chancellor angela merkel says she'd rather have fresh elections, than lead a minority government. impeachment proceedings will begin against robert mugabe as early as tomorrow. the world of tennis has been paying tribute to one of the sport's most popular personalities — jana novotna, the former wimbledon singles champion, who's died of cancer at the age of a9. more now on the situation in zimbabwe. the governing zanu—pf party — which wants mr mnangagwa to replace mr mugabe — is expected to start impeachment proceedings against the president on tuesday. our correspondent ben brown sent us this update alongside our
southern africa correspondent andrew harding. i have got andrew harding with me here. this impeachment process, we know it will get underway tomorrow. some ina know it will get underway tomorrow. some in a zanu—pf sake can be wrapped up quickly. will it be that simple? there is this huge pressure to think this could be over tonight, tomorrow, within an hour. we are hearing a lot of that that zanu—pf will try and steam—roll this through parliament. if their objections, the rules can be changed, you get this sense from zanu—pf, they have built up sense from zanu—pf, they have built upa head sense from zanu—pf, they have built up a head of steam on this. and yet there are plenty of opportunities. this is fresh territory for everyone. the opposition, mdc is fractured and not in great shape at the moment. this may be the moment to try and gain some concessions about free and fair elections in the
future. they do not want to be the ones blocking mr mugabe's retirement, because the public mood seems to be overwhelmingly in favour of that. it could slow things down. zanu-pf, his of that. it could slow things down. zanu—pf, his own party, are pushing this so hard, his impeachment. you can understand why the opposition are but why are they so keen to kick him out, his party who have been so slavishly loyal to him over the yea rs, slavishly loyal to him over the years, why are they turning against him so vehemently? it is his wife. when the military saw a younger woman, not from the veteran iraq, the liberation struggle, was coming in and was being clearly lined up to succeed him, a woman who had made a lot of enemies in the party with her very aggressive style in criticising and targeting some of president mugabe's old allies, that seemed to be the moment when the army decided, and large chunks of zanu—pf decided
it was not going to work, and so they decided to move in. now they are kicking in the survival instincts of this party and their ruthless instincts. you can see they are determined to make sure in all this chaos, in all this extraordinary drama, they emerge stronger, they do not emerge weakened by that. when you talk to zimbabweans here, there are a lot of people who know this party has caused them terrible hardships and has rigged elections and destroyed the economy, there are a lot of people who are willing to give it a second chance now. one of those men who is probably going to take over, is emmerson mnangagwa. he is the favoured candidate of the military. will he be any different? there is a sense of anyone but mugabe. the fact that mugabe is out is enough to be getting on with. mnangagwa is
unpopular in many circles, seen as a chip off the old block. there is also a hard—headed rationalfeeling that this is a man who gets it, who is not inside that mugabe bubble, who has been talking to the chinese, who has been talking to the chinese, who has been talking to western countries, who once sanctions lifted and the economy to start improving, simply in order for zanu—pf and the economy to start improving, simply in orderfor zanu—pf to carry on politically. that does not mean democracy is here, that the fear that has kept so many people in check will be lifted overnight, but i think it will mean there is a window opportunity and there will be huge amount of goodwill from abroad and within zimbabwe to make a success of it. very briefly, is there is —— is there anyway that robert mugabe can survive this impeachment process? . .. people robert mugabe can survive this impeachment process?... people talk about this wily man, this survivor,
but he's 93. he was sleeping through cabinet meetings and he has disastrously handled his own succession. i think the magic has worn off and i don't think he has much time left in power. andrew harding talking to ben brown. more now on our main story — and theresa may has been meeting members of the cabinet to discuss the so called "divorce bill". meanwhile the eu's chief brexit negotiator michel barnier has warned that the uk cannot "cherry pick" parts of the single market they wants to remain in. speaking in brussels this morning, mr banier said that the eu were ready to offer the uk the "most ambitious" trade deal — but only if its terms were met. those who claim that the uk should cherry—pick parts of the single market must stop this contradiction. the single market is a package with four indivisible freedoms, common rules, institutions and enforcement structures. the uk knows these rules very well, like the back of its hand.
it has contributed to defining them over the last aa years with a certain degree of influence. we took note of the uk decision to end free movement of people and this means clearly that the uk will lose the benefits of the single market. this is a legal reality. the eu does not want to punish, once again, it simply draws the logical consequence of the uk decision to take back control. on financial services, uk voices suggest that brexit does not mean brexit. brexit means brexit.
michel barnier with his favourite phrase there. with me to discuss what a "most ambitious" trade deal could look like is michaeljohnson, who is a former trade negotiator for the uk government and an adviser on international trade policy. thank you forjoining us. first of all, on the question of the money that this key cabinet committee has been discussing, do you think britain should be at this stage signalling a readiness to pay more than theresa may has set out so far? i think it is very unfortunate that the financial settlement has turned into a rather unseemly haggle. it is a bit likea into a rather unseemly haggle. it is a bit like a russian oligarch and his estranged wife arguing over the
spoils in the london courts. we are talking about legal obligations, financial obligations that uk has incurred during its period as a member state, and contributions that uk has committed to in long—term ongoing projects. in the middle of all that, there are figures that can be calculated, and you may not be able to work out a precise figure for which you can write a single check, but there are clear liabilities that can be analysed. i'm absolutely sure that the european commission has done the sums, and i'm equally sure that the treasury will have done them too. that is the cabinets or the sub
cabinets will be discussing today. but in negotiating terms, it does seem as but in negotiating terms, it does seem as if the eu is really looking for a signal of a readiness to pay closer to theirfigure, if for a signal of a readiness to pay closer to their figure, if we are to move closer to their figure, if we are to m ove o nto closer to their figure, if we are to move onto the trade talks? of course we don't know exactly what the sums are that the two sides have calculated. i guess they are not inconsiderable. the problem is the whole debate has become unseemly. also we have to understand that mr barnier has a pretty strict mandate. he is not a free agent in this. he is not being fractious, he has a detailed mandate that was handed down by the 27th democratic governments, the other member states, which says in terms that he has got to make progress on dealing with the three big items, that is northern ireland, the financial settle m e nt northern ireland, the financial settlement and citizens rights, before we can move onto other items, under mandates that he has been given in future has not been given yet. part of the problem seems to do this structural one. as you say, the uk are saying how can we sort out
the northern ireland border unless we know what the future trade relationship will be? how can we sort out the money unless we know what the future arrangement will be? how would you negotiate your way through this impasse? northern ireland is exceedingly difficult. frankly, i don't know. on the money, asi frankly, i don't know. on the money, as i say, we need a grown—up discussion. they're all sorts of financial experts who can be drafted in to help the two sides with a calculation of what the liabilities are. theresa may, after all, has said repeatedly that the uk is a country which pays its bills. i think we need a sensible discussion of what the bills will eventually turn out to be. just very briefly, how do you rate the prospects of a successful deal at the end of all of this at the moment? every good international matt negotiation goes
right to the wire at the end. this is going to be no exception. it is so much more complicated than other types of negotiations, because it is a multi—issue negotiation. it covers a multi—issue negotiation. it covers a myriad of different topics. we have not got time to list them all. if it were just a trade negotiation then there are well tried methods and procedures for dealing with trade issues, but this goes so much wider than that. i think it is perfectly possible that a good trade deal can still be reached, but it needs a great deal of goodwill on both sides. i have to say, i think the british government is looking much more realistic than it has at various stages in the past. thank you for talking to us. women are being advised to sleep on their side in the last three months of pregnancy, to avoid having a stillborn baby. a study ofjust over a thousand women, found the risk doubled
if women slept on their backs, but researchers say women shouldn't worry if they're on their back when they wake up. the authors of the study estimate that around 130 babies' lives could be saved every year. ali fortescue reports. i knew something was wrong. i woke up in the morning and ijust knew something was wrong. and we went to the hospital and when they couldn't find the heartbeat, they nipped off to go and find a doctor, i knew that there was something not quite right. lots of cards. these are his footprints. grace lost baby louis at 35 weeks. she still doesn't know what caused her stillbirth. he was so tiny, he was just perfectly formed. he had a beautiful upper lip. and i think you always think about the what—ifs, what if i did this differently, why has this happened, what have i done wrong? a lot of guilt.
just sadness beyond anything that i have ever experienced. grace says she was never given any advice on sleep positions when she was pregnant. she's one of around 1,000 women to have taken part in the midlands and north of england stillbirth study, which is the largest of its kind. it found that one in 225 pregnancies in the uk ended in stillbirth. that's around 11 babies a day. it also found that the risk of stillbirth drops by nearly a% if women sleep on their side in the third trimester, which could save around 130 lives a year in the uk. # there were two in the bed, then the little one said, "roll over". the study comes alongside a charity campaign. the advice is simple, sleeping on your side could halve the risk of a stillbirth. you might end up in all sorts of positions when asleep, but the important thing to remember is to start on your side. it's hard to know for sure but it's thought when you lie on your back
you could be putting weight on important blood vessels and restricting the flow of oxygen to the baby. research has shown that the number of stillbirths in the uk has gone down, but the figures here are still high and above those in many other high—income countries. we want to be one of the best countries in the world and one of the safest places to have a baby. so there's lots of work to do. and, actually, this study will contribute to that, because it has given us some simple advice to give to women to cut the risk of having a stillbirth. grace has now started a new chapter. nine months ago, reuben joined the family. hearing the baby cry in the delivery room was just amazing. she'll never know what would have happened if she'd had this advice, but grace hopes her story and her part in the study can save lives. the headlines on bbc news: the eu's chief negotiator has said
he wants to offer the uk and ambitious partnership that warns member governments to prepare for no deal is uk ministers meet to discuss how much britain is prepared to pay to leave the eu. meanwhile, medicines and banking agencies have announced they are to relocate outside london to amsterdam and paris. the german chancellor angela merkel said she would rather face new elections than lead a minority government after new coalition talks break down. ina break down. in a moment we will bring you more on the queen and the duke of edinburgh who are marking 70 years of marriage today. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. the government today outlined plans to spend £a billion on research and development, and regional growth strategies to boost economic growth. it includes £1.7 billion to provide better transport links
between cities. the government hopes this will improve britain's weak economic productivity — that's the amount workers generate per hour. it's seen as one the key challenges for the chancellor ahead of wednesday's budget, as our business editor simonjack explains. the first industrial revolution saw the amount businesses could produce rocket, using machines that did the work of thousands. it was a leap in productivity that in recent years has slowed to a crawl, and that matters. if you can increase productivity, you can pay workers more, they feel better off, and crucially they pay more tax. otherwise none of those good things happen which is why the biggest challenge for the chancellor this week is to persuade businesses to invest in the machines and the skills of the future. in order to improve it, the government outlined plans today to spend £2.3 billion on research and development, with a further £1.7 billion to improve links between cities, hoping improved connectivity
will drive greater productivity. a new revolution is at hand, being driven by technology companies like google, who today opened a digital garage in manchester, a drop—in centre for those looking for digital skills. when you look at economies that are online, relative to those who are not, there is productivity boost to the businesses. there is a substantial untapped opportunity to go online. still the majority of commerce and advertising is not online and yet the reach you can have when you're online is quite profound. retraining workers costs government money, money they get from tax, tax that google has been accused of legitimately avoiding. the governments make the rules and we apply those rules, and that's what we are doing. we are very much of the view that being responsible citizens within everyjurisdiction is the way we conduct ourselves. not only is the uk less productive
than germany, france and italy, the north of england is less productive than the south, a gap that needs closing according to the mmyor of greater manchester. i think the single biggest thing holding the north of england back and giving us a productivity challenge is our transport infrastructure or the poor quality of it because we haven't had the investment over decades in road and rail and consequently we see more and more congestion, people arriving late for work. this is a real problem. these investments in new technology are welcome but won't spare the chancellor a productivity downgrade by the budget watchdog on wednesday that will tighten the squeeze on the public finances even further. simonjack, bbc news, manchester. some breaking news in the last few
minutes coming from laura kuenssberg. the bbc understands there was a broad agreement in the brexit cabinet committee that the government should increase the financial offer to the eu as the uk leads, but only in return for the uk moving in december two talks about future trade deal, and an implementation phase after the uk's departure in 2019. we are hearing there was no substantive discussion of possible amounts, and there were tensions about the future role of the european court ofjustice. we will bring you more on that as we get it. the queen and the duke of edinburgh are marking 70 years of marriage today. the bells of westminster — where elizabeth married prince philip — rang out in celebration of their platinum wedding anniversary. it's been a low—key affair, with the royals making private plans to mark the occasion. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. ringing out from westminster abbey, a peal of bells to mark a 70th
wedding anniversary. it was to the abbey on this day in 19a7, that the then princess elizabeth came for her wedding to lieutenant colonel mountbatten. now the solemn service begins. take thee philip to my wedded husband... it was the start of a marriage which has endured for 70 years and which, from the moment elizabeth came to the throne in 1952, has underpinned the success and stability of her reign as queen. those who know them have no doubt that the bride and groom who signed the marriage register that day at the abbey, were deeply committed to each other.
obviously they were very much in love, it is early love as far as i can understand it so it is a love match essentially. it is a great love story. a deeply loyal sense of duty, which is bolstered in courage and uplifted by their faith. the early years of the queen's reign were difficult for the duke who felt he had no clear purpose, but he adapted to the role of consort to the monarch, and for decade after decade they toured the world and fulfilled official duties together. a couple so much of whose lives have been public, sustained by the private bond between them which remains strong and deep, as the latest photographs, issued to mark their platinum wedding anniversary, make clear. tonight their 70 years together will be celebrated with a private party at windsor castle. nicholas witchell, bbc news. joining me now is the editor of majesty magazine, ingrid seward, who has also written a book about the royal marriage —
called my husband and i. thank you for talking to us. thank you for talking to usm thank you for talking to us. it is a pleasure. how do you think they have managed to sustain such an extraordinary marriage for 70 years while being in the public eye? they had a joint venture which was to sustain the monarchy and bring it up to date and keep it in the way that it should be kept, forfuture generations, but all the while modernising. that is quite a tall order. the queen was only 25. she was a young girl in a hugely man's world in the 1950s. she managed very well but she did everything her father did. the hind toe was this young energetic naval officer, prince philip, and he wanted to
modernise everything. they were kind of union and yang and it worked really well. he had a hard time from the courtiers of the day, the establishment. we are thinking back toa establishment. we are thinking back to a very different world. but prince philip dealt with it and he moved forward and he modernised. and we think of prince philip as a very traditional figure, we think of prince philip as a very traditionalfigure, but in we think of prince philip as a very traditional figure, but in fact, we think of prince philip as a very traditionalfigure, but in fact, he had to pay what was in those days and unusually supportive role to the queen and indeed in terms of bringing up their children? he was amazingly supportive to the queen. he isa amazingly supportive to the queen. he is a very match a man and he had to learn to walk two steps behind all the time. inside, he was not two steps behind. inside he was her supporter, her helper. he helped with their speeches, with everything. and he also helped with two young children, charles and
anne. he was looking after them. he was the one who discovered anne had a talent for riding and he said come on, we have got to get this little girl some great tuition, she will be really good. he recognised things. and he pushed people to do their best. and they have always done what they can to spend as much time together, and i believe you are right in your book about the fact they do still share the bedroom. we think in palaces that they had grand separate bedrooms at the opposite end of the palace. they do have, as very grand aristocratic families still do have, there is the main bedroom and there is another bedroom, where the gentlemen of the family can go if he is late in, if he has had a night out with the boys. this is the setup they have, there is nothing unusual about it. ingrid seward, we will have to leave
it there but thank you for talking to us this evening. we have some breaking news coming into us from our diplomatic editorjames landale, saying britain will lose its seat on the international court ofjustice in the hague. this is for the first time since it was founded in 19a6. the ukjudge time since it was founded in 19a6. the uk judge said time since it was founded in 19a6. the ukjudge said christopher green was hoping to be elected for a second time, but after six rounds of votes, there was deadlock and the uk withdrew said christopher's candidacy. james landale said this will be seen as a diplomatic setback, not only for the security council, but also for britain and its standing in the world. more of that coming up after nine o'clock. let's catch up with the latest weather prospects and joe miller. —— nick miller. hello. we will bring some milder air
in two northern scotland. there is a fairamount of rain in two northern scotland. there is a fair amount of rain to come as we go one through tuesday. here it is spreading northwards overnight. the central belt will be pretty wet in the morning. it will clear away from northern ireland. maybe some drizzle into england and wales. a windy day tomorrow. it is more blustery. there will be a lot of cloud again for england and wales. a spell of rain working in the western areas into the afternoon. not much rain at all for northern ireland. a different story for scotland. temperatures higher than they have been. they are around 10 degrees in edinburgh. it looks like much of eastern england will stay dry tomorrow. it looks wet going into north—west england on wednesday, particularly the hills of cumbria and lancashire. we will keep you updated. hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source.
angela merkel‘s feeling the political pressure. she's been chancellor for 13 years, but her two routes to a new coalition government are now blocked. now europe's most powerful politician admits another election may be necessary. remember, the last one, in september, was a disasterfor her. robert mugabe is also feeling the heat. he's ignored a deadline to resign, and now the president faces impeachment. we expect the motion to be moved tomorrow, a committee to be set up tomorrow, a committee to be set up tomorrow and hopefully by wednesday, because the charges are so clear, we expect we should be able to put it into action.