tv BBC News at One BBC News September 19, 2018 1:00pm-1:31pm BST
theresa may prepares for a european summit where she'll be selling her plans for brexit directly to other eu leaders. but the prime minister has issued a warning — do not demand the unacceptable over the future of the northern ireland border. so what are the chances of eu leaders accepting her brexit plans? also on the programme: a woman dies after being blown off a cliff in her caravan, as parts of britain are battered by storm ali. there's an unexpected rise in the rate of inflation, reaching its highest level in six months. £2 billion to build social housing in england, but government critics, say it's not enough. and the comedy writer and television presenter, denis norden, has died, at the age of 96. and coming up on bbc news, we look ahead to tonight's champions league action — after liverpool left it late to seal a dramatic victory over paris st germain at anfield. good afternoon, and welcome
to the bbc news at one. theresa may has warned the eu not to push what she calls "unacceptable" proposals to settle the border question over northern ireland after brexit. the prime minister is travelling to austria for a summit tonight, where she'll urge fellow leaders to give ground. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, says he's willing to offer new plans to end the deadlock, but warns that the negotiations are facing a "moment of truth". our correspondent, damian grammaticas, is in salzburg where tonight's summit will take place.
. yes, mrs may will be heading here for that dinner this evening at this sulzberger summit, which is channel 4 divot—mac informal summit so it will have no new conclusions, nor do —— no new direction from eu leaders. but it marks the start of a series of summits in the coming weeks which could potentially nail down a brexit deal, so we are entering a really decisive phase, but the important thing for mrs may, she has a chance to talk today but not to negotiate with other leaders. they won't do that yet. this sulzberger summit on the edge of the alps marks the start of the final arduous ascent to a brexit deal. —— this sulzberger summit. the decisive phase of the talks start here. behind closed doors is your queen is a reptile, working at the best strategy for the coming weeks. michel barnier, eu chief negotiator, last night, said he is prepared to soften the eu proposalfor he is prepared to soften the eu
proposal for how to achieve a new border in ireland. we can also clarify that most checks can take place on way from the border, at the company premises, or at the markets. we need to be dramatised —— de—dramatise projects, these checks are caused by the uk decision to leave the single market and the customs union. not a major shift but just a way to make it more palatable. the move at the last possible minute, after they have tested metal and to the cliff edge, to use that phrase, and that's what will happen. it is here at northern ireland's ports, not at the land border with our ireland, that some other checks may still be needed. the uk still isn't buying it. we have been very clear that we will not accept something that separates out our united kingdom, creating some sort of customs border between great britain and northern ireland.
that would be unacceptable, constitutionally, economically and indeed i would question its consistency with the belfast good friday agreement. the problem is the eu won't accept the uk alternative. it closed doors, theresa may will tonight try to persuade eu leaders her idea of a customs deal followed by the chequers plan is a workable way to lock down a brexit deal. it seems the best mrs may can hope forfrom her it seems the best mrs may can hope for from her triple it seems the best mrs may can hope forfrom her triple for to it seems the best mrs may can hope for from her triple for to the edge of the alps is some warm words. eu leaders will not negotiate with her, they will not change their position towards the talks, and they will not instruct mr barnier to compromise at this stage. instead they will do the opposite, and see the uk has to agree a solution to the irish border if it wants an exit treaty. and that means the coming weeks will see fraught and difficult discussions if a deal is to be settled. and so it
is that issue of the irish border that remains to be solved. without that, as david davis was saying, that, as david davis was saying, that cliff edge is approaching. bacteria. studio: thank you, damian grammaticas live in salzburg. our assistant political editor, norman smith, is in westminster. no firm declaration is expected after tonight's summit, but what do you think the reception could well be for theresa may and her brexit plans? the of team may, bluntly, is that eu leaders will cut her some slack, otherwise they will see these discussions are going into a tailspin —— the hope of team may. and they will favour, bluntly, they must be kidding, if they think this idea will ever be acceptable, the customs border between the uk and ireland, and mrs may will say it would be unacceptable to you guys if we said we were going to put a big customs border down the middle of your country, you would see "not on
your country, you would see "not on your nelly," so don't expect me to acce pt your nelly," so don't expect me to accept that. so there has to be some sort of movement and there are the beginnings of a sign that their main man, michel barnier, is beginning to ta ke man, michel barnier, is beginning to take off the handbrake and beginning to creep forward, talking about possibly coming forward with an improved offer, trying to de—dramatise the issue of ireland border, take out the political heat and make it more of a technical problem, look at what sort of checks they would need to be. the problem is away from the cowbells and edelweiss of salzburg, back at dreary old westminster, the dup on whom it mrs may depends for her majority have already torpedoed the plan on seeing a border is the border, whatever clever language you wrap around it. -- saying that "a border is a border. studio: thank you, norman. a woman has died after her caravan was blown into the sea, as storm ali batters ireland and parts of the uk. the vehicle ended up on a beach in county galway while the woman was asleep, as winds of up to 95 miles an hour
tore down trees and power lines, destroying vehicles, and causing widespread travel disruption. the forecast is for powerful winds across northern parts of the uk until tonight. our correspondent emma vardy is in belfast. emma, apparently these winds that have been hitting northern ireland are some of the worst ever? yes, they are. northern ireland feeling some of the strongest winds ever recorded here. it has been causing widespread disruption. as you say, a number of roads closed because of voluntary is. a number of fallen branches along the road i am standing on now which have com pletely standing on now which have completely blocked the way and that is why italy scored and is in place here in belfast. there have been warnings to people travelling —— thatis warnings to people travelling —— that is why a warning is in place here in belfast. irish police received that report, as you said, the caravan blown off the cleft
divot—mac cleft in galway and on the coastline below the body of a woman in her 50s was recovered and the irish broadcaster it report she was a woman from switzerland who was a tourist who had been asleep in her ca rava n tourist who had been asleep in her caravan at the time —— blown off the cliff. there are some 50,000 homes and businesses across northern ireland and the republic without power. a number of planes, trains and ferries cancelled. so widespread disruption caused by storm ali, which is the first... the uk's first named storm of the season. there is an amberwarning, named storm of the season. there is an amber warning, whether warning, in place until five o'clock this evening, across northern ireland, scotla nd evening, across northern ireland, scotland and parts of northern england which means lives could be at risk and more damage to buildings and power cuts should be expected. thank you, emma vardy, live in belfast. the rate of inflation has risen to its highest level in six months. the jump in august, to 2.7%, surprised many economists, who'd expected a slight fall. rising prices for recreational goods, transport and clothing are to blame, as our economics
correspondent andy verity reports. this leicester—based food supplier makes its spring rolls, samosas and otherfrozen indian snacks by hand, but that means big labour costs, and it's also being squeezed by the surge in energy prices. with the raw material, that's going up, so potatoes — that's going up in price. the raw material like peas, carrots, that's less of a big pressure. the electricity, just in the last year the price has gone up by 20%. because we use electricity quite a lot because it's a frozen food business, that's something that's impacting us a lot as well, and wages as well — that's increasing over time. but wages aren't rising fast enough for many workers to feel obviously better. obviously better off. yeah, things are going up, prices are going up. so it's a bit difficult. sometimes i feel very bad. everybody can't afford to buy all the things. earlier this year we had some good economic news. the squeeze on living
standards had lifted. pay was finally rising faster than prices, meaning you could buy more with what you were paid. that's still happening, but with inflation at 2.7%, onlyjust. among the items driving up the cost of living were clothing and shoes. in the year to august, gas bills rose by 4.3%, electricity was up 7.4% and petrol jumped by ii.7%. there is still a lingering effect from the fall in the pound after the brexit referendum, and we see that in terms of very high imported prices, so import price inflation is still around 10% per annum. that means that energy costs are rising, at a pretty hefty pace. if you leave out volatile items such as energy and food, the rise in the cost of living looks a lot more manageable, just 2.1%. nevertheless, on the markets today the betting was that the bank
of england would have to raise interest rates again by may next year. andy verity, bbc news. theresa may has announced plans to make an extra £2 billion available to build more affordable and social housing in england. councils, housing associations and other bodies can bid for the money for new projects from 2022. the prime minister says she wants to remove the "stigma" surrounding social housing. here's richard lister. at this site in south london, they're building a mix of private and social housing, homes that are badly needed — notjust in the capital, but across the country, where demand for affordable housing far outstrips supply. today the prime minister announced an additional £2 billion for housing associations to build more homes. under the scheme, associations will be able to apply for funding stretching as far ahead as 2028—29, the first time any government has offered housing associations such long—term certainty. mrs may said it was time to end the stigma that many people still attached to social housing.
many people in society, including too many politicians, continue to look down on social housing and, by extension, the people who call it their home. mrand mrs parkerapplied to buy their house... it was this tory prime minister who really shook up the housing market with an emphasis on home ownership which still reverberates today. but those who couldn't afford to buy were left in sink estates run by housing associations. it's very good to hear that the government now wants to be able to invest in housing associations, notjust this year but in a much more strategic way into the future. but there's a long way to go. the government says it has built more than 357,000 affordable properties since 2010, but a survey this year found a shortfall of 30,000 affordable homes every year since 2011, which could create a shortage of 335,000 homes by 2022.
we have 180,000 families who are in temporary accommodation because we do not have enough social and affordable housing for them to live in. they are in that housing right now. we need funding right now. the grenfell disaster brought social housing issues into sharp focus. too little investment, too little attention. the government is now promising more of both. richard lister, bbc news. just shy of quarter past one. our top story this lunchtime... theresa may warns eu leaders not to demand the "unacceptable" as she travels to austria for a summit on brexit. and still to come: a british satellite goes litter picking — in space. coming up on bbc news, can the diamonds be outshone again, in a clash five months on from britain's
commonwealth glory. now, cornish pasties, parma ham and champagne you wouldn't think, could be possible threats to britain's smooth departure from the eu. but where a product is made, can be a very valuable part of the brand, but where a product is made can be a very valuable part of the brand, and the eu wants that protected after brexit. our europe reporter, adam fleming, is in parma in northern italy for us this afternoon. clive, parma is home to two absolutely blockbuster products we all know, parmesan cheese and parma ham, product protected from copycats by eu law, and it is notjust a big deal here in italy, but france as well, which as we all know is the home of champagne. if you have celebrated anything recently with a bottle of fizz and it was champagne, it was produced in this region of france which has become a battle ground in the brexit talks. it is over the eu's system of geographical indications — gis —
which protect products that have a link to a particular location. if your patch earns a gi, then no one else can use the name in the eu. the producers love it. people know that champagne only comes from champagne, that region, so it's very important and i think we have a good organisation fighting for that worldwide. it's notjust things made from grapes. there were more than 3000 other products on the list including parma ham, balsamic vinegar, and feta cheese, and there were some british gis, like scotch whiskey and cornish pasties. the eu wants the uk to guarantee all the existing gis under british law after brexit. the government hasn't agreed to that, with some voices in britain saying the whole thing is a barrier to free trade. it's quite impossible to understand, you know, at, i would say 300, 400 kilometres from here that not
respecting, you know, the tradition and the name, the very important name, you know, the french wine or the italian wine. it might sound a bit weird that wine and cheese have become this kind of roadblock but grumbles about gis have been a feature of global trade for decades. for example, america makes its own champagne. much to their annoyance! i'm very sad. it's american sparkling, it's californian sparkling, it's napa sparkling, but it's not american champagne. if there is no brexit deal on this, there's no brexit deal at all and no celebratory fizz for the brexit negotiators. make no mistake, this is a real priority for the eu side in the negotiations which means for the british side it is seen as a bit of a trump card they can play and i'm told they're a trump card they can play and i'm told they‘ re planning a trump card they can play and i'm told they're planning to play it at
the very end game of the talks but as we heard earlier, that point is approaching fairly soon. adam hummer thank you, live in parma in italy. tesco has unveiled its new discount chain, called jack's, which it hopes will compete toe to toe with the likes of aldi and lidl. it's named after the founder of tesco, sirjack cohen, and will operate alongside the supermarket‘s existing stores. the launch comes at a time when tesco is being squeezed, notjust by budget rivals, but by a possible merger between giants sainsbury‘s and asda. here's more from emma simpson. it's tesco, but not as you know it. this new chain is called jack's, after tesco's founder, and we've got a first glimpse. with me is tesco ceo dave lewis to show us round the store. morning, emma. dave, talk us through it. well, we're 100 years old in 1919, and so as a team what we wanted to do in commemoration ofjack was do what he did best which was think about what customers want and bring it to them in the most cost—effective,
value—orientated way possible. so that's what you have here in chatteris. it's a discount store. it's a food—orientated store. the thing that's really unique about this store is that eight out of ten food and drink products that we provide for customers here are either grown, reared or made here in britain. quite unique. and it all comes together under one brand which is the jack's brand which, as you say, is the founder of tesco. the big question is, is jack's going to be cheaper than aldi or lidl? the objective forjack‘s is to be the lowest cost for customers in the marketplace. so you're going to be cheaper than aldi or lidl? that's the intention. so, will this work? several other retailers have tried a discount chain before and failed. catherine shuttleworth is a retail expert. catherine, what do you think? well, this store looks great but it's just one of two that are going to open tomorrow and we've learned that 15 are going to open. to see whether it's got scale, it
will have to open in more locations. but what it does offer is great value to the shopper and the shoppers will ultimately decide whether this will survive or whether it will fail because they are looking for value and if it's the best value in their town, then it could work. it'll be interesting to see how it out. let's see. i suppose it also shows just how shopping has changed. emma simpson reporting there. three people have been injured after being hit by a car outside an islamic centre in north—west london. police say they're investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. a man in his 50s is being treated in hospital. keith doyle is at the scene. phil is in on the latest. it was around half past midnight this morning when there were hundreds of people leaving commemorations here spilling out onto the street.
stewards and security guards from the centre approached the car with four people in it and police said they were subjected to a tirade of islamophobic and racist abuse from the people in the car. the car drove into members of the community and we have some cctv footage which shows some of the incident. the car mounted the pavement twice, according to police, and hit a number of people. there were a number of people. there were a number of people. there were a number of injuries, two people are seriously injured but police say they are not in a critical condition. they say they are treating it as an islamophobic and hate crime but at present not a terrorist incident. members from the association came out and appealed for the community to remain tolerant and patient. police say they are searching for the four people in the carand searching for the four people in the car and also that they have put in place measures to ensure the safety and security of everybody attending the rest of the commemorations.
thank you. the leaders of north and south korea say they've taken a dramatic step forward in achieving military peace on the peninsula after meeting in pyongyang, south korean president moonjae—in said he and his north korean counterpart, kim jong—un, had "agreed on a way to achieve denuclearisation", as the north says it'll shut one of its main missile testing sites. mr kim also said he hoped to visit seoul "in the near future" and if that happens, he'd be the first north korean leader to go to the south korean capital. a british satellite, nearly 200 miles above earth, has managed to clear up tonnes of space junk using a giant net. it's part of a series of trials looking at the best way to remove the old hardware left circling our planet. some 7,500 tonnes is said to be drifting aimlessly overhead, posing a collision hazard for space new missions. our science correspondent, jonathan amos has the story. it's getting crowded up there.
60 years of space exploration have littered the skies above our heads. old rockets, defunct satellites, even accidentally dropped astronaut tools. the fear is this junk could start a series of runaway collisions, making space unusable. but perhaps this is the solution. this is the moment a net is thrown around some junk to capture it. it was thrown by a uk satellite that carries the first practical demonstrations to remove orbiting debris. what we are demonstrating is a possible technology to capture some of this debris, and we tried to look at cost effective technologies like a net, so the idea is you cast the net, capture your piece of debris, the satellite, then they orbit together so you burn into the atmosphere. coming next, a more
pointed demonstration. a harpoon that can pierce reluctant objects so they can be dragged out of orbit. projectiles like this may be the simplest way to deal with some debris. this is the harpoon that we've been developing, and on the remove debris mission they're going to be testing the kind of smaller brother of this one to show that we can successfully capture a piece of space debris in space using a harpoon. the british mission, launched injune, still has a few months left to run, but its work could lay the path to a safer future for the thousands of satellites that will follow. these systems risk being damaged or even destroyed if we don't find ways to clean up the existing mess. jonathan amos, bbc news. a new study suggests wasps are just
as useful as bees despite the image as useful as bees despite the image as pests. researchers at university college london say the insects get a bad press and are backing a campaign to promote the ecological benefits wasps bring. it comes amid concerns their neglect could prove costly to the environment. the grenfell tower disaster last year devastated the lives of many, and left a school situated close to the site without a home. kensington aldridge academy had to move to a neighbouring borough, but 15 months on, has now returned to its old site, with a focus on making sure pupils can look positively to the future. ashleyjohn—baptiste has more. as 13—year—old tyrshondre goes back to school, he has more to face than just another academic year. he lived on the first floor of g re nfell tower with his grandmother, rukayet. just after 1am on the night of the fire, they woke up to smoke and eventually escaped after scrambling down the stairwell. he attends kensington aldridge academy where, last week,
15 months after the fire, the school reopened at its old base, which sits directly below the tower. he has autism and as he settles back into school, rukayet‘s concerned about the impact that seeing the tower every day will have on him. my stomach is full of butterflies because i don't know the psychological effects it will have on him. i mean, look at the grenfell, look at the school. he comes out to play, he sees grenfell. he's a child, he's excited, he wants to come back to school, but yesterday when he came back from school, we were sitting in the park when he said to me, "oh, when i saw grenfell, i saw the heart and i remembered my friend who lived on the tower that died," so is that the thing we want him remembering every time he enters school? do you think you and him will ever be able to get used to the sight of seeing the tower?
never. ..when you bring him to school? never. the academy lost five children to the fire, and for the last academic year moved to a site in the neighbouring borough. despite challenges, it's been rated outstanding by ofsted. the school declined interview but gave us this statement: the school has been working with nhs psychologists to ensure the wellbeing of students and staff. it's not harmful to see the tower but what might legitimately be worrying people is the memories. however, lots of children and young people and community members have engaged in treatment with us so there have been some
structural changes made. so, for example, classroom windows that face the tower have been very sensitively adapted. they have window screens put in place with inspirational quotes or portraits. windows still let the light in but that distraction isn't there within the classroom. even with the available support and the willingness of others to return to the old site, rukayet still has concerns for tyshonder. i pray he will do well, he a very resilient child. he will do well, he will cope with anything, but my fear is what his subconscious mind is absorbing. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news. the tv presenter and comedy writer denis norden has died. he was 96. best known for hosting the itv blooper programme, ‘it‘ll be alright on the night,‘ he began in entertainment by writing shows to entertain the troops,
during his time in the raf in the second world war. david sillito looks back at his life. 1948 19118 and a new bbc comedy series, take it from here, written by frank muirand take it from here, written by frank muir and denis norden, take it from here, written by frank muirand denis norden, a take it from here, written by frank muir and denis norden, a young writer from london who muir and denis norden, a young writerfrom london who had muir and denis norden, a young writer from london who had started out entertaining troops in the second world war. it was the beginning of a 50 year comic partnership. there were 320 —— three and 28 episodes which brought us catchphrases such as trouble at mill and disgusted of tunbridge wells. balham, gateway to the south. he worked with peter sellers, jimmy edwards, david frost and then in 1977 he had an idea. the funniest material was often the stuff we did not see, the mistakes. some people
claim there are no mistakes... and so began nearly 30 years of it'll be all right on the night and laughter file. he finally retired in 2006. he and frank muir had seen the horrors of life in their wartime experiences, among them a concentration camp. four years after, their career only ever had one objective. seeing the funny side of life. denis norden, who's died at the age of 96. now time for the weather. here's darren bett. storm ali caused terrible disruption and one death in ireland. the first named storm of the autumn. absolutely, it has been battering northern ireland earlier. this was taken in county down and it
was here we have recorded the strongest gust ever in september in northern ireland, of 91 mph. there have also been gusts of 70 mph and the winds have been picking up in dumfries and galloway and argyll and we are getting pictures of some fallen trees and the damage the winds have been causing. we still have an amber warning from the met office is valid until 6pm. these are the areas where we expect to get gusts inland. and it is all down to storm ali. that is the scent of the storm which is moving away from northern ireland so the winds are easing a bit —— at the centre of the storm, and pushing into scotland.