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part one of the brexit deal is done, at last clearing the way for crucial next stage, including intial talks about trade. a handshake seals the agreement on the divorce bill, the northern ireland border and eu citizens‘ rights. getting to this point has required give and take on both sides. and i believe that the joint report being published is in the best interests of the whole of the uk. it's a real continental breakfast, after talks that went through the night. i believe we have now made the breakthrough we needed. today's result is, of course, a compromise. we'll be looking at the detail of the agreement, as the eu warns the hardest part is yet to come. protests in the west bank and around the arab world at donald trump's recognition of jerusalem as the capital of israel. snow across parts of the uk causes chaos on the roads and there's colder weather on the way.
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and if you want a museum masterpiece, now you can print your own sd version. coming up in sport on bbc news, what could be the premier league's most watched and most expensive game in history, sunday's manchester derby. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. trade talks here we come, or at least the very beginning of talks, along with discussion about all other aspects of our future relationship with the eu. after through—the—night negotiations, a deal was struck first thing this morning between the uk and the eu on key areas, including the irish border and the divorce bill,
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which downing street has confirmed will amount to between £35 billion and £39 billion. now the crucial talks can begin on how the uk will trade with the eu post—brexit, assuming they‘ re signed off by all eu leaders at a summit next week. and the head of the european commission sounded a warning. "so much time has been devoted to the easier part of the negotiations", he said. "now comes the hard part". our political editor, laura kuenssberg, has more. while most of us slept, when hardly a soul was stirring, the residents of downing street were up. late—night calls. then, at seven minutes past four macro, onto the plane. theresa may, travelling, whilejean—claude plane. theresa may, travelling, while jean—claude juncker was pacing, waiting, in so many ways, for the uk. and then, touchdown. ready? ready if you are. taking their places for the moment, after
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three days of cajoling. compromise and criticism. it was a good morning for theresa may. a deal to pave the way for brexit, round two, the jargon she had launched —— longed to hear. sufficient progress has now been made on the terms of the divorce. this was a difficult negotiation for the european union, as well as for the united kingdom. after breakdown on monday, blocked by allies at home, a huge weight off the government's stressed shoulders. i very much welcome the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase, to talk about trade and security, and to discuss the positive and ambitious future relationship. are you going to be celebrating, cracking open the champagne? still working. no celebrations for either side. no champagne? water. many
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compromises, and more to come. the agreement implies it will cost up to £39 billion to settle our account as we leave. there is no finalfigure, and it could be more, but paid over many years. both sides say that brits who live elsewhere in the eu, and european citizens who live here will have their rights protected. and, crucially for tory backbenchers, the role of the european court will be limited. there is a promise there will be no ha rd there is a promise there will be no hard border in ireland between north and south, a vow that rules and regulations will be aligned if there is no big trade deal. and a time—limited transition period as we leave. but what about the dup, who had so embarrassed the prime minister on monday? she needs their votes in parliament, and this week they squeezed some concessions. but in the early hours, theresa may made the decision to crack on, even though they weren't quite sure.
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there are still matters we would have liked to have seen clarified. we ran out of time, essentially. we think that we needed to go back again and talk about those matters, but the prime minister has decided to go to brussels in relation to this text, and she says she has done that in the national interest. the leader of the opposition, speaking at the un today, was even less impressed. this could have been done some time ago. the referendum took place in 2016 and now, right at the end of 2017, this is the first time there has been any sign of any movement to go on to phase two. but tory relief washed over social media, the cabinet falling over themselves to praise their boss, and notable by their absence, most tory brexiteers. the ultimate arbiter, put that in your pipe and smoke it. the real criticism from this man.
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remember him? amazing. the british prime ministerflies remember him? amazing. the british prime minister flies through the middle of the night to meet unelected bureaucrats who pat her on the head, they say you have met our demands, made sufficient progress and can move to the next stage. the whole thing is a humiliation. as one of the brussels brokers was keen to point out, reaching the next deal to shake on will be harder still. remember, the most difficult challenges still ahead. we all know that breaking up is hard. but breaking up and building a new relation is much harder. but round here, there is nojubilation, more like thank goodness, because these negotiations are intertwined with the prime minister's fate. the talks stumble, so does she. the talks muddle through, and so does she. had there not been this deal at dawn, there not been this deal at dawn, there would have been serious rumblings about theresa may's future. with progress comes
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breathing space, but there is compromise, plenty of it. and with that comes winners and losers, and no real guarantees. getting this far and keeping the peace has strained this street already. tory divisions have not disappeared. but agreeing anything has been an achievement. for tonight at least, a little goodwill. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so what exactly was agreed in the small hours this morning between the uk and the eu, and what does it mean? chris morris from the bbc‘s reality check team takes a closer look. a breakthrough in the brexit negotiations for sure, but it's worth emphasising that this is only an agreement that sufficient progress has been made on issues relating to the uk's withdrawal. it locks in the progress made so far, but at the same time emphasises that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. and the toughest talks are still to come. this is not the end, but it is the end of the beginning. and we will remain fully engaged and vigilant throughout phase two, the drafting and ratification of the new treaties that will be
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required between the eu and the uk, and their implementation. so how has the benchmark of sufficient progress been reached? well, on the irish border, the hope is that a future free trade agreement will mean many of the concerns about a hard border simply melt away. but as a backstop, if all else fails, the uk has promised to maintain full alignment with eu single market and customs rules that govern trade across the border. exactly how that will be done isn't entirely clear, but you certainly can't have partial membership of the single market and the customs union. on citizens' rights, it's been agreed that the cut—off date for an agreement on the rights of eu citizens in the uk, and uk citizens elsewhere in the eu, will be the day brexit actually happens. in other words, some people yet to arrive could still qualify. there will also be a potential role for the european court ofjustice, directly for eight years and indirectly thereafter. the number of legal cases it's likely to cover is very small,
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but some brexiteers won't be entirely happy. noi’ are some campaigners for citizens' rights, because many details have yet to be resolved. and then there's the financial settlement, the divorce bill. a method for calculating it has been agreed. it will be paid in euros. but technical negotiations will continue on various aspects, including when and how the money gets paid. how much is the final amount likely to be? we'll probably never know for sure, but uk sources say the equivalent of up to £40 billion. while some eu sources still think it will be higher. and this is only phase one. formal talks about the outlines of a future relationship on trade, security and so on haven't yet started. the next priority will be to agree upon the terms of a transition period for about two years after brexit. the eu says it means the uk staying in the single market
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and the customs union. the government says that's not how it understands it at all. it is very clear that more challenging negotiation lies ahead. chris morris, bbc news. in a moment, we'll get the thoughts of our political editor laura kuenssberg, but first, adam fleming is in brussels. ad, what can you tell us about the reaction in brussels and among european leaders? what a difference has been made by mrs may's predawn dash to brussels this morning. the atmosphere here feels quite different tonight, as it starts snowing. just listen to jean—claude juncker saying that today marks a personal triumph for theresa may. officials say that means now that the bad—tempered divorce talks are out of the way, talks about the future partnership between the eu and the uk might happen in a much more constructive, more friendly, affa ble more constructive, more friendly, affable atmosphere. the first order of business will be discussions about a transition and
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implementation phase, where things will broadly stay the same. those discussions will start in the new year, although discussions about the shape of a future partnership on trade, security, defence, climate change, you name it, will not begin until the spring at the earliest. and the eu is really desperate for the british cabinet to sit round the table and make some big decisions about the definition of that future relationship. what does britain really wa nt, relationship. what does britain really want, is the refrain you hear a lot. and some officials have been slightly worried by what they have seen this week. they think the debate about the issues about northern ireland and by virgin, convergence 01’ northern ireland and by virgin, convergence or alignment spell the fa ct convergence or alignment spell the fact that the big discussion about britain's future might be quite difficult and bad—tempered in the uk. laura, theresa may looked significantly happier than she did at the start of the week. this must bea at the start of the week. this must be a huge relief. i think it is, no question. for me, there are three
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big things about today. first, as you suggest, this is the first eight piece of good news that theresa may has had for quite some time. —— the first big piece of good news. it has been a rocky few months. brexit is the biggest thing they have to deal with and it was looking extremely fraught. she had personal embarrassment when the talks were blocked by her small party of allies in the uk. so this is a good day and the government is very relieved. the second thing is that there is probably inevitably an awful lot of fudge in this agreement. there are probably more compromises in their van there are the number of pages, 15. and these big clashes between the eu and the uk, and the big clashes inside the tory party, have been delayed rather than resolved. yes, there are some things that have been agreed, promises that have been made. but they are more of the nature of, we agree this is a
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problem and we will find a solution together when it gets to the thorny questions. so nothing about the next phase will be easy. the third thing to bear in mind is that while this isa to bear in mind is that while this is a big moment, no question about it, in the holbrooke sick process, it, in the holbrooke sick process, it is true, to use the cliche, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. —— in the whole brexit process. while they have made this complicated set of promises, it is still possible that if the next phase of the deal goes sour, none of this might come to pass. so the government and the eu have come a long way. they have started to rebuild some of the trust that has gone awry in recent weeks, but this is absolutely not the end. it is like we have climbed the first hill in arrange of pretty scary mountains. thank you. a teenager who "starved to death" weeks after leaving home for university was failed by every nhs organisation that should have cared for her, according to the health service ombudsman.
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he said the death of 18—year—old averil hart, who had a history of anorexia, could and should have been prevented. four separate nhs hospitals and trusts in norfolk and cambridgeshire have apologised. at least 1a united nations peacekeepers have been killed and more than 50 injured after being attacked by armed militia in eastern congo. the un has been hearing details of the attack in which six congolese soldiers were also killed. the un has had a peacekeeping role there for more than a decade. there have been clashes between israeli forces and palestinians protesting at donald trump's decision to recognise jerusalem as israel's capital. one person has died, over 200 have been injured. there have also been demonstrations across the arab world. our middle east editor, jeremy bowen, reports from jerusalem. the biggest protests were in gaza. plenty of people had warned that us
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recognition of jerusalem plenty of people had warned that us recognition ofjerusalem as israel's capital would lead to bloodshed. the first person to die was a 30—year—old palestinian. he was shot by the israeli army during clashes on gaza's border. others were wounded. there were clashes around towns on the west bank, too. the palestinians want gaza and the west bank to be their future state, with a capital in eastjerusalem. bank to be their future state, with a capital in east jerusalem. this is oui’ a capital in east jerusalem. this is ourland. a capital in east jerusalem. this is our land. all palestine is our land. mrtrump, you are our land. all palestine is our land. mr trump, you are wrong. israel is, wa nt mr trump, you are wrong. israel is, want all ofjerusalem, are delighted by president trump's recognition of their capital. he said, we asked ed fast here, internally, since ancient times. this city was given tojews thousands of years ago and the us has recognised that. but the golden
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dome behind him is part of the third holiest place in the world for muslims, and a few hundred yards away, several thousand palestinians we re away, several thousand palestinians were going home after the noon prayer. the reality of this city is that many palestinians live here. life for them can be hard. this home has been demolished twice this year by order of the israeli authorities. like many palestinians, he built without a permit. israel gives palestinians very few construction permits, while building thousands of homes forjews. i born in this land, and my father and my grandfather. i will die and my father and my grandfather. i willdie in and my father and my grandfather. i will die in this place. palestinian areas ofjerusalem will die in this place. palestinian areas of jerusalem were will die in this place. palestinian areas ofjerusalem were quieter after friday prayers than many expected. whenever a crowd formed, mostly of onlookers, the police broke it up. mr trump's declaration isa broke it up. mr trump's declaration is a big challenge for the
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palestinian national movement and will turn into a big defeat for it as well if the palestinians are not able to organise a coherent challenge to what has happened, and to build on all the international criticism there has been. israel feels on the up. it has been given american presidential recognition in this city, without mention of occupation, and without, so far, a single concession in return. our top story this evening. a breakthrough in brexit talks — as the uk and eu reach agreement on the divorce bill, the northern ireland border and eu citizens' rights. and still to come... bringing art to life — the pioneering project that means you'll be able to print your own museum masterpieces. coming—up on sportsday on bbc news... mooen rests his finger from the ashes pulse, as the england all—rounder says he won't bowl in tomorrow's tour match ahead of the third test.
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snow and wintry weather have caused disruption across many parts of the uk — with power cuts, school closures and icy conditions on the roads. the met office says snow showers have been affecting parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england — and it's warning of more snow and ice to come this weekend. judith moritz reports. shropshire saw snow from early on. the roads were already treacherous before morning rush hour, and those sledges were an option for some. few commuters went anywhere quickly. the police warned of numerous crashes and gridlocked roads, and it was the same story on the isle of man, the whole island succumbed to the snow. all of its schools closed, a result of traffic difficulties and safety concerns. flights were delayed and medical appointments cancelled. in wales, there have
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been problems all day. this view of the a5 near wrexham was filmed by the passenger in one car. drivers were warned to be careful. other roads were closed after multiple accidents. this bus in denbighshire struggled to get up the hill and eventually gave up, even if its name had seemed apt for the freezing weather conditions. it has meant with their lessons cancelled, many children in wales are having a long weekend. this school in flintshire took an early decision to close this to close this morning, others sent pupils home during the course of the day. in total, nearly 200 schools across wales shut because of the snow. in scotland, all schools in orkney and shetland are closed and dozens shut as well in aberdeenshire and the highlands. hundreds of homes are without power. in northern ireland, this school stayed open, but there was travel disruption elsewhere, and there is more to come across the uk,
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with heavy skies promising more snow throughout the weekend. judith moritz, bbc news, flintshire. a state of emergency has been declared in california, in response to wildfires that have raged for five days and destroyed hundreds of buildings and homes. over 5,000 firefighters have been battling the blazes — which stretch from los angeles up to santa barbara county. almost 200,000 people have been forced to flee with homes. vaginal mesh implants are used to treat conditions such as prolapse and incontinence. but their use is controversial. at least 800 women across the uk are preparing to take legal action against the nhs and the manufacturers, saying they've suffered life changing complications and chronic pain. a ban on the implants is expected soon. but now the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists has told the bbc they're an essential tool and shouldn't be banned. tulip mazumdar has been speaking to some of the women affected by them.
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i was iwas ina i was in a lot of pain, ifound coming to work difficult. very upsetting. catherine was 35 when she suffered her first prolapse. upsetting. catherine was 35 when she suffered herfirst prolapse. it left her incontinent. but last day she had vaginal mesh fitted. since having the mesh, i have had a relatively normal life. i go swimming with my children, i carry on normally. things i would not feel confident doing if they had had to doa confident doing if they had had to do a colostomy on me. i wear bikinis on holiday, that kind of thing. this address —— professor is a leading surgeon address —— professor is a leading surgeon treating women like kathryn. she says vaginal mesh for prolapse to prevent organs slipping out of place is meant to be a last resort
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treatment, but some doctors have been over using them. but women should be able to choose what is right for them. banning is a retrograde step. we will be back to how we were a century ago when we did not have the facilities to offer women a range of options. there is another concern. the different types of mesh are being mixed up and are causing women unnecessary anxiety. we have had many women coming forward who have had surgery often many years ago, without any convocations at all. they appeared but they are panicking because they believe something terrible may be happening inside their body. this the type of vaginal mesh which has been used in thousands of women across the uk who have suffered a prolapse. it is inserted into the walls of the vagina and acts as a scaffolding to protect organs like the uterus, bowel and bladder. hundreds of women have reported problems. there is another device
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called a tape which stems the flow of urine from a leaking bladder. it is made from the same plastic material but this procedure is far more common with doctors say, far fewer convocations. campaigners like stephanie wanted the use of all mesh and tape to be suspended until more research is done. they say complication rates have not been properly researched and women have not been given the full facts about possible side effects. we went to meet stephanie at the pub she runs with her husband. she says she did not realise she was having a vaginal mesh implant. booked in to have a hysterectomy in june mesh implant. booked in to have a hysterectomy injune this year, and right up to the point of going down to the operating theatre, i believed i was having a hysterectomy. i would not even have known what mesh meant at the time, and if it was mentioned beforehand, i would have looked into
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it. stephany is now waiting to have her mesh removed. the health watchdog nice is due to make its final recommendation in the next few days. if you've ever wanted to own a rodin or a classical greek statue — but have only pennies to spare — now‘s your chance. a group of the world's leading museums havejust signed up to a new agreement to scan and share their works of art. which means that if you like a work in a museum, you'll be able to print off your own 3d version at home. our arts correspondent david sillito has been looking at how it's done. you must be john. you must bejohn. nice to meet you. i have got to ask you first come it you have brought the cameras? yes, i have. is this legal? it is, don't worry! his name is jonathan beck and he is from a group called scan the
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world. we are the v&a. this felt a bit like theft. he took a few photos from different angles, uploaded them and within seconds, a 3—d printer across town had set to work making a copy of the sculpture. these printers now can cost as little as £99, so the v&a, along with the louvre, the hermitage and the smithsonian have published a new convention, setting out plans to allow anyone to copy and share their artworks. they are even doing their own scans now. this scanning and sharing, what is in it for you? what is interesting is the more content we put online, on the web, the more people who come through our doors here at the v&a. they want the original? i think there's something about the human condition, that despite seeing it on the screen, they want to see the for themselves.
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i have a special gift for you. meanwhile, in the sculpture gallery, jonathan was back. how long did this take? it took about six hours to print. cost? about 30p. 30p, there is the future. remarkable! let's take a look at the weather, we know it will be snowy. here is louise lear. the showers have been fairly frequent although fairly isolated. they have been at across scotland, the isle of man and stretching down across wales. it looks like the snow showers will continue for the next few hours but as we go through the night, they will start to ease up a little. there could be some icy stretches on the roads first thing
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in the morning. it will be a cold and frosty start across the country, and frosty start across the country, and that is how we start of saturday morning. you will notice that the winds will start to fall light. not a bad day in some respects on saturday. it will be dry and cold with some sunshine around. showers fairly isolated through the cheshire gap and the far north of scotland. but look at the temperatures. then as we go into saturday night, sunday morning, this looks quite interesting. there is some mild moist air starting to push in from the south and is that hits the cold air across us, look at that, snow. northern ireland, across wales and northern ireland. the met office have issued an amber warning, be prepared for disruption. this snow will start to ease away as we go through the day on sunday. to the
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south of that, very windy. gales across the extreme south coast but milder across the north, cold, clear and dry. it will get interesting. keep watching the weather forecast. thank you. a reminder of our main story... a breakthrough in brexit talks as the uk and eu reach agreement. that's all from the bbc news at six — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. the time is 6:30pm here are the headlines. the brexit negotiations look set to move onto the next stage after both sides reached a deal on the terms of the uk's departure. getting to this point has required give and take on both sides, and i believe thejoint report that is being published is in the best interests of the whole of the uk. the prime minister says there'll be no hard border with ireland, and it's thought britain's divorce bill will be between £35 and £40 billion. violence has flared between israeli forces and palestinians protesting at president trump's recognition
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ofjerusalem as israel's capital. snow is continuing to fall in many parts of scotland, northern ireland and northern england, causing power cuts, school closures and travel disruption. ina in a moment, it will be time for sportsday. but first, a look at what else is coming up this evening on the bbc news channel. we will be speaking to people living and working across the uk and those following the brexit talks in the european union after both sides struck a deal on the divorce terms. as an rest holds in the middle east following president trump's
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