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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8 pm. international trade secretary liam fox says the future of the irish border can't be resolved until the uk and eu reach a trade agreement. brothers ellis and elliot thornton are among the five people who died when a stolen car hit a tree in leeds. dangerous drones, owners will have to register and sit safety tests under new plans. a red alert to airlines over the plume of ash from a volcano on the island of bali. also in the next hour, they‘ re changing guard at buckingham palace. sailors perform the famous ceremony for the first time in history as part of a year—long celebration of the royal navy. and coming up, as dubai turns 20, an in—depth look at one
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of the world's youngest and most lavish cities, in the travel show at 8.30 pm. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the international trade secretary liam fox has said there can be no final decision on irish border arrangements after brexit until the uk and the eu have reached an agreement on future trade. the comments come as the eu demands enough progress on issues including the border within the next few weeks, in order for talks to move on to the next phase. irish officials have suggested that they might veto that, unless they have guarantees on how the border will work in future. our political correspondent chris mason reports. could this be the 310—mile sticking point that stops the brexit talks moving on? the border between northern ireland and the republic, what will soon be the frontier between the uk and the eu. ireland insists it must remain open, and almost invisible after brexit, or it could block the negotiations progressing to discuss trade. but the government says until there
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is a discussion about the future, the border issue can't be resolved. we can't get a final answer to the irish question until we get an idea of the end state, and until we get into discussions with the eu on the end state, that will be very difficult. so the quicker we can do that, the better, and we're still in the position where the eu doesn't want to do that. and we're getting close now to 2018, when we will be talking about next year when we leave the european union. there's long been irritation in government here that the eu won't let talks progress until sufficient progress has been made on money, citizens‘ rights and the irish border. both london and dublin agree that they don't want to see the return of a hard border, but neither side has yet publicly suggested a solution which both would be happy with. the government wants the uk to leave what's known as the single market and the customs union after brexit. meaning, in broad terms, our economy and the eu
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economy would be governed by different rules. some say that means it'll be impossible not to have a more obvious border, and so... the way to stay the same on the island of ireland, as it is today, post—brexit is for at least the uk to take their red line off the table. but to stay in the customs union and single market gives us what we have today, an invisible border, seamless trade, and it also will build and help us keep those relationships. ministers here though insist that will not happen. labour says the government needs to be willing to be more flexible. what this government has done is it has ruled out remaining a member of the single market or a member of the customs union. that is what they have said very clearly, that they are going to leave both of those institutions. we have not ruled those off the table. we've said they are still options.
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christmas is getting closer, but next month's crunch eu summit is closer still. this is a delicate operation. all sides agree a unique solution is needed for the irish border. but they agree too that pulling that off is an incredibly tricky manoeuvre. chris mason, bbc news, at westminster. 0ur ireland correspondent chris buckler described the frustrations growing on both sides of the border. the british and irish governments have always talked about the shared interests they have along with the shared border but the language is hardening, even today, eu commissionerfrom hardening, even today, eu commissioner from ireland saying that the country will use its veto to prevent talks moving on to trade u nless to prevent talks moving on to trade unless they get guarantees about the border. the republic of ireland has been dangling this idea that even if
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the rest of the uk was to leave the customs union and the single market, northern ireland could potentially stay in it. that is a solution that is completely unacceptable to the democratic unionists party, they say that in simple terms it would create a border between one part of the uk and another, a border down the irish sea, with new checks at ports. a very difficult situation, then, the dup voice matters on this. the minority government in ireland, they have their own problems at the moment, a political row is threatening to force a snap election but there is consensus across parties in dublin about this issue and they feel they will do all that they can to ensure there is no hard or physical border on this island. let's get some insight into how trade might be affected by a change to the current arrangement. i'm joined the trade lawyer anthony woolwich, a partner at the law firm hfw.
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thank you very much for giving up your sunday night to be with us, how avoidable is a hard border of some sort between northern ireland and ireland, when the uk leads the single market and customs union. ireland, when the uk leads the single market and customs unionm would be hard to avoid a border of some sort, the government has suggested that there could be solutions such as streamlining procedures, using technology, to facilitate movement. but, if there is going to be a border, if when leaving the customs union, and the republic of ireland, as part of the remain within it, there needs to be some way of controlling the flow of goods. how would a border, on literally the boundary between northern ireland and ireland, affect trade? it doesn't necessarily have
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to be on the border, there is talk of controls being inside northern ireland. because of the sleeve the political ramifications of having a physical border security post on the border it self could be significant. but, inevitably, if you are going to have some sort of check ‘s, there is the possibility of some friction a nyway the possibility of some friction anyway being introduced in trade between the republic of ireland and northern ireland and that could be difficult because there is a lot of trade which passes in both directions everyday. how different then would it be if the border were outside northern ireland, and you used the whole of the island of ireland north and south as a separate entity for trade. you would be talking about introducing a border between northern ireland and
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great britain, which, i think, border between northern ireland and great britain, which, ithink, the government has ruled that out already, and of course, politically, that would be very difficult for the dup to accept. what examples are there for lawyers to draw upon, to possibly use this as a template, to get around this? there is not a direct precedent, in cyprus, between northern cyprus and the republic of cyprus, there are special arrangements based on eu law but there are border checks between the two. and there are security posts. and similarly, between bosnia and croatia, another example, which the uk government has cited, there are border posts between the two. from a professional point of view, this must be a fascinating problem to have to come to terms with. it is very interesting, from a technical
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legal point of view but obviously, commercially, it is hugely important and politically it is hugely important. thank you very much for joining us. thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers,our guestsjoining me tonight political commentator, jane merrick and deputy head of sport at the sun, martin lipton. five people, including three children, have been killed after a stolen car crashed into a tree in leeds. officers were called to the meanwood area of the city just before 10pm last night. two 15—year—old boys are being held in custody on suspicion of dangerous driving.
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0ur correspondent alison freeman is at the scene and a little earlier sent us this update. the cordon has been taken down in the last few minutes, we have seen young people coming here and wanting to lay flowers and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, and we have seen the police trying to investigate. 0fficers said that they were faced with a scene of the carnage when they arrived here last night, a stolen renault clio, crashed into this tree, just before 10pm. five people lost their lives including two brothers, named on social media as elliott and ellis, aged just 1a and 12. their family as elliott and ellis, aged just 1a and 12. theirfamily have paid tribute to the boys, along with three others aged 15, 2a and 28. people living in this quiet area are understandably shocked. people living in this quiet area are understandably shockedlj people living in this quiet area are understandably shocked. i looked out of my bedroom window, i saw the blue lights. it is horrible, scary thought, just at the end of the street. debris from the crash is strewn across the road here, the crash investigators are sifting
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through it, trying to establish exactly what happened here last night in what police are describing asa night in what police are describing as a tragic accident. it is not yet known if all those who died had been travelling in the car when it crashed, or if some had been walking along the road at the time. police say two died at the scene, three others died later in hospital. 215—year—old boys have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and are being questioned while investigations continue. owners of drones could have to register and take safety awareness tests, as part of proposed new legislation. police will also be given new powers to crack down on criminal use of the devices. but asjoe lynham reports the government is also keen to develop the technology. they could be one of the most coveted presents this christmas. prices have come down and you can do a lot more with them. this potential customer says he would use one for aerial surveys and research.
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but he knows there needs to be more controls. it's all for safety, isn't it? we don't want drones crashing into planes and things like that. safety concerns surrounding drones were highlighted in july, when gatwick airport had to close when a drone was flown under a plane about to land. there have been near misses at leeds bradford, cork and manchester airports since 2015. and to prevent drones getting too close, the proposed drone bill could mean that owners of drones weighing more than 250g will need to register and do a test. they will be banned from flying near airports, or higher than 120 metres, or 400 feet. and police will get new powers to seize unmanned aerial vehicles. but drones have a growing list of useful applications. this prototype can fly into water and propel itself back out. these drones can be used on oil rigs to fix cables in treacherous conditions. and they are the types of uses that the aviation minister wants to encourage. we've looked at the drones
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today which can help in the construction industry, in the mining industry, an offshore oil rigs. and what's really exciting is that they can do the jobs that actually put people at risk, so hopefully it will help with safety as well. with the rising popularity of drones comes the issue of potential misuse by the public. this legislation could mean that new users won't be able to simply take it out of the box and start flying it straightaway. joe lynam, bbc news. the head of armed policing and his deputy are understood to have been suspended by police scotland amid allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct. assistant chief constable bernard higgins was suspended on friday by the scottish police authority. it's the latest in a series of suspensions of senior officers in the uk's second largest police force. 0ur correspondent in glasgow, catriona renton, has been following the story. we learned on friday
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that the assistant chief constable, bernard higgins, had been suspended, now we have learned more, two more names have come forward, superintendent kirk canell, head of armed policing at police scotland, and deputy chief inspector bob glass. bob glass was head of the former staff strathclyde police's armed response unit at the time of the 2007 terror attack at glasgow airport. -- former strathclyde police's armed response unit. another officer has been suspended. we do not know that name. two additional officers have been placed on restrictive duties. this came about after anonymous allegations were made to the police investigations and review commissioner. as there were allegations of criminality, they were referred to the crown 0ffice, criminality, they were referred to the crown office, who has asked the commission to investigate. this is the latest in a series
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of controversies to affect police scotland, a single force for the whole of scotland. police scotland became one force four—and—a—half years ago, before that, it was eight separate police forces in scotland, within that time it has already had two chief constables. chief constable phil gormley, the current chief constable of police scotland, is currently on special leave, that is because of some allegations of bullying against him. currently on special leave. the scottish police authority, the body that oversees police scotland, was established at the same time, it too has had its problems in recent months, and its current chair has resigned, amidst claims of his conduct. a new chair has been appointed that will take over that role next month. scotland's justice secretary michael matheson was talking to sunday politics on bbc scotland and says he is not convinced there is a problem with the culture within police scotland as a whole, but he is willing to investigate if there are lessons to be learned at the end of the ongoing investigation. we are concerned when senior police
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figures within police scotland are under investigation, for a range of different issues. do you think there is a cultural problem? i am not sure that is the case but having said that, what is important... wouldn't you like to find out? i'm not sure that is the case, look at the nature of complaints, they are different types of complaint, but having said that, what is important is making sure that the command team we have in place, through ian livingston, is given the support required. once we have at the outcome of these investigations into the complaints against the chief constable, and complaints we have rating to bernie higgins and other officers, we will then be in a better place to understand exactly what the circumstances were relating to the complaints. what are the political parties saying? opposition parties are expected to keep up the pressure on the scottish government, scottish conservatives have already called for a strong and positive reaction from the scottish government. the scottish liberal democrats have
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asked that a statement he made at holyrood, to set out how the leadership of police scotland will be secured while these investigations are under way into senior officers. headlines: international trade secretary liam fox says the future of the irish border cannot be resolved until the united kingdom and the eu have reached a trade agreement. two of the five people killed when a stolen car hit a tree in leeds have been named on social media as brothers ellis and elliot thornton. police are holding two teenage boys in custody. and drones could be banned from flying near airports, or above 400 feet, under new laws being proposed by the government. for a while it looked like manchester city would slip up for only the second time this season
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but a raheem stirling goal in the 84th minute meant they took all three points against huddersfield and are once again eight points clear at the top of the premier league. alex gulrajani reports. voiceover: v0|ceover: yorkshire against lancashire is always a battle worth watching especially in huddersfield this season, david wagner has already masterminded one victory over a manchester side, could city be next? the league leaders had no intention of falling here, from the start they flooded forward, as chances came and went, but the finishing touch wasjust chances came and went, but the finishing touch was just lacking, when they did find it, it came at the wrong end, with half—time looming, nicholas 0tamendi casually gifted the lead to huddersfield, pep guardiola's move would drastically improve after the break. raheem sterling bundled over in the box, penalty to manchester city and sergio aguero kept the casual goal—scoring theme, rolling the visitors level. from there they did
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not stop in their search for all three points, eventually finding their way through again, raheem sterling in the right place atjust about the right time. ceiling yet another win for manchester city. —— sealing. the day's other premier league results for you, everton suffered another heavy defeat under their caretaker manager david unsworth, they were beaten 4—1 by southampton. and arsenal are up to fourth after they beat burnely, thanks to a controversial injury—time penalty. celtic have won their fourth domestic trophy in a row, as they retained the scottish league cup this afternoon beating motherwell 2—0. motherwell held their own until james forrest curled an excellent shot into the far corner shortly after the break. hopes were over after cedric kipre was sent off for a controversial challenge on scott sinclair. and mousa dembele had no problem doubling the lead with the penalty kick. for celtic, that's 65 domestic games now without defeat. england are on the verge of defeat in the first ashes' test after australia dominated the fourth day in brisbane.
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the hosts need just 56 more runs to win with two days remaining. meanwhile, the ecb says it has spoken to england wicketkeeper jonny bairstow after claims of an alleged incident involving australia's cameron bancroft during a night out earlier in the tour. france have won their 10th davis cup by beating belgium. world number 18 lucas pouille beat belgium's steve darcis in a deciding final match in front of a electric crowd in lille. it is france's first title since 2001. reigning champions exeter chiefs are five points clear at the top of the premiership after beating second place saracens by just two points yesterday. the chiefs scored two tries in the second half to come from behind against sarries. both teams were missing a number of players to international duty. the autumn internationals, which finished this weekend as well.
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in the other premiership match today, wasps came from behind to beat london irish 17—13. and in the three games in the pro 14 today there were wins for scarlets, glasgow and munster. valtteri bottas held off team—mate lewis hamilton as mercedes cruised to a dominant one—two in the season—ending abu dhabi grand prix. the finn completed the hat—trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win as he claimed his third victory of the year. sebastian vettel finished third which was enough to secure the german the runners up spot in the drivers‘ championship, which hamilton had already won. in netball, england have won the second match of the vitality netball international series against malawi. the roses led 31—25 after half—time and continued that dominance to win 61—53 at the copper box arena in london. they go 2—0 up in the three—match series. so that is the series won for england. all of the sport, thank you
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for joining england. all of the sport, thank you forjoining us. we'll have more for you on bbc news throughout the evening. theresa may has promised the government willfully theresa may has promised the government will fully fund the costs of dealing with the manchester arena bombing. the prime minister was criticised after an initial offer fell at least five million pounds short of what the local authorities said was needed. speaking to the manchester evening news, theresa may said the city will get the financial support it needs. —— £5 million. at least 23 civilians are reported to have been killed in more syrian government attacks on a rebel—held enclave on the outskirts of damascus. activists monitoring the conflict say towns in the eastern ghouta district have been subjected to air strikes and artillery fire and conditions for the enclave's 400,000 people are dire. earlier we spoke with alanjohnston, our middle east analyst. after the bombs and shells have fallen, the medics do their best with what little they have. some seem almost resigned to the horror of it all. others are too young to understand anything of syria's war, all they know is the pain and the fear. there are those for whom nothing can be done.
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the scene of one of the attacks, it hardly seems worth cleaning up. some things can be patched and repaired and life will go on. but nobody here will forget what has just happened. translation: and there are martyrs, including two children, one who was 12 years old. there are no checkpoints here, no army post, it is a residential area. everyone knows it is a popular neighbourhood. these people have lived under siege for years. government forces surround the enclave, pressuring the rebels here who fire missiles into nearby damascus. the un says food in this place is so scarce that some people have been reduced to eating animal fodder and even garbage. there have been reports of death by starvation. some of the worst of syria's suffering is endured on these ruined streets. the first aid ship has
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arrived in northern yemen after the saudi—led coalition eased a blockade that has lasted for nearly three weeks. the vessel is carrying five and a half thousand tonnes of flour. millions of people in the country are at risk of starvation, while the coalition fights houthi rebels who are at war with yemen's government. abeer etefa is a spokesperson for the world food programme and a little earlier she gave me this update on the aid effort. it should be in the port tomorrow. the provision of flour should help a million people over the next kuwait. 0ther
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million people over the next kuwait. other than food, what support do you need? the country needs everything, food, supplies, another three weeks of delays like that cannot be allowed. the situation is very critical. we cannot afford to lose life. more details are emerging about the mosque attack in egypt on friday, the worst the country has suffered in recent memory. more than 300 worshippers, including dozens of children, were killed. officials believe up to 30 gunmen were involved. as our middle east correspondent 0rla guerin reports, local people are asking what more can be done in the fight against extremists in sinai. her report contains some distressing images. trying to bring comfort after an attack that has horrified egypt and caused shock around the world. among the survivors, the imam, mohammed abdul fatah. he was leading the prayers when terror came to the mosque. as soon as people heard firing they started to run, he said.
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some climbed onto the pulpit. they were piled on top of each other. the attackers were shooting at anyone breathing. my friends lost their families, lost their cousins and brothers, some of them lost their sons. this sinai journalist is from bir al—abed, where the attack took place. he says it's a turning point for local tribes, who have resolved to hunt the militants themselves. they had a meeting of their chiefs. the tribe members yesterday, almost 400 people were in the meeting. and they decided to carry arms. and here, in a propaganda video, the main suspects, the egyptian branch of is, which has found fertile ground among the desert sands and neglect in sinai. now it has really money, resources,
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weapons and recruits. sadly and tragically, the egyptian government has basically used only military means against the isis branch in north sinai. what you need is to dislodge isis from the social, economical and political grievances that exist in sinai. experts say the egyptian army has been relying only on military might to try to defeat is in sinai. but now, more than ever, it needs a new battle plan. 0rla guerin, bbc news, cairo. the archbishop of york, john sentamu, has put his clerical dog collar back on, ten years after saying he wouldn't wear one until robert mugabe was no longer zimbabwe's president. as far as
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as faras i'm as far as i'm concerned, from now on, am not going to wear a dog collar until robert mugabe is gone. in 2007, the archbishop dramatically cut up his dog collar during a bbc interview. he's now put on a new one, saying mugabe should apologise for taking a prosperous country to the brink of ruin. a 39—year—old man has been charged with aggravated burglary and the attempted murder of a d—day veteran. ninety—six—year—oldjim booth was seriously injured in an attack at his home in taunton, somerset. joseph isaacs will appear in court on monday. two men questioned by police about an altercation at which led to mass panic on oxford street have been released without charge. the men, aged 21 and 40, attended a police station voluntarily after the incident at oxford circus tube station on friday evening. sailors from the royal navy have been performing the famous changing
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the guard ceremony outside buckingham palace in london for the first time in its 350 year history. the ceremony involves one set of guards, the old guard, handing over the responsibility of protecting buckingham palace and st james's palace to another set of guards, the new guard. the manoeuvres are usually carried out by a regiment from the army, as our correspondent jane—frances kelly explains. shortly before 11 this morning, sailors from the royal navy watched out of wellington barracks and into the history books. people from all over the world gathered to watch them enter the gates of buckingham palace. this temporary changeover from soldiers to sailors is part of a year—long celebration of the navy in the uk. leading them was lieutena nt—commander steve elliott, who's believed to be the first captain of the queen's guard from the royal navy since sir walter raleigh during the reign of elizabeth i. it's a great opportunity for the royal navy in what's been
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termed the year of the royal navy, to act as a capstone to everything we've had this year and also to coincide with the formal commissioning of hms queen elizabeth. my team have worked really, really hard to get themselves ready for it. it's not something we perhaps would be traditionally famous for in the navy, our marching. hms queen elizabeth is the royal navy‘ biggest warship. at the beginning of december the queen will travel to portsmouth to formally commission it into the royal fleet. another recruit to the service is alex stacey, who never dreamt she would be undertaking sentry duty at buckingham palace. i only joined in january and i finished all of my training injuly, so i'm still very new in the navy, so it's a great honour and privilege to be able to do something like this. sailors from the royal navy are also undertaking guard duty at st james‘s palace, the tower of london and tomorrow at windsor castle in what has been a very busy year for the service.

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