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theresa may prepares to make a live statement, about the future of brexit talks, after the eu summit in salzburg. the other leaders said her proposals wouldn't work. but the brexit secretary argues a deal is still possible. i think we'll all keep our cool, there will be more twists and turns in the brexit story, and we'll keep resolute, keep resolved and keep negotiating. we'll have the latest from westminster and salzburg. also on the programme... for the first time, police admit they did know an undercover officer was having a sexual relationship with an environmental activist. in a ruling that could save the nhs hundreds of millions of pounds doctors can use a cheaper treatment for a debilitating eye condition, after two drug companies lose their case in court. why are there 39 different sets of rules across the uk on what we can and cannot recycle? wolf alice... cheering ..for their album, visions of a life. and indie band wolf alice
are surprise winners of the mercury prize, for their album "visions of a life." and coming up in the sport later in the hour on bbc news... we'll have the latest from the heavyweight weigh—in. anthony joshua is putting his belts on the line against alexander povetkin. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. in the next hour, the prime minister will make a live statement about the progress of brexit negotiations, following the negative reception from other eu leaders to her plans for leaving the european union. earlier, the brexit secretary dominic raab,
said the behaviour of some in the eu hadn't been "statesmanlike", and that they had to meet the uk halfway in negotiations. here's our political correspondent jonathan blake. the journey home at least may have been a smooth ride, but theresa may returns to downing street this morning facing up to a big setback on the road to brexit. at the summit in salzburg eu leaders told her that her plan sibley will not work. so, what now? she and her ministers are sticking to their guns. we are not going to get into all the drama. i agree with michel barnier that we should take the drama out of negotiations. we should stay calm and keep negotiating in good faith. but if you like, we have revved up the motor of the negotiations. i have been out there a lot more frequently to keep motoring and make progress and the eu have pulled up the handbrake. and for negotiations to go forward, they will have to ta ke to go forward, they will have to take their hand off the handbrake, and that is very clear. some
european leaders are more sympathetic to tv louisa may's position and others, but yesterday they spoke with one voice. the prime minister talked yesterday about talks with donald tusk is being frank, and eu leaders had their concerns. his cherry picking joked on instagram is supposed, we are told, to show a soft touch, but it was disrespectful according to want uribe and another reflecting the concerns that many have on theresa may's strategy overall. we were told it was all right, it would all be shown to the eu, and they would agree it. clearly they were not finite, so somebody has really screwed up in terms of the advice thatis screwed up in terms of the advice that is coming to her. part of the strategy is to be prepared to walk away. one cabinet minister said yesterday that if the eu didn't budge the uk would leave without a deal, with plans in place to cope. others say that is unthinkable. no deal would be catastrophic for our economy. plunging it into real crisis, and for many other areas. so we cannot accept no deal, and
really, the next four weeks should be all about, how does the prime minister void that. she can only avoid that by being more realistic. she needs to accept we need a customs union and strong single market deal. both for the northern ireland border, but also for our economy. theresa may left the salzburg summit isolated, alone and in no doubt that eu leaders are united against her plan. nobody expected a breakthrough. for now, though, it looks like deadlock. but for her position, and the chance of a exit deal at stake, she seems determined to hold her nerve. jonathan blake, bbc news, westminster. in a moment we'll hear from our europe editor katya adler in salzburg, but first our deputy political editorjohn pienaar is in westminster. what are we expecting from the prime minister in her statement shortly?” think we can expect the prime minister to argue strongly and reassert that it is up to brussels and european leaders now, and not britain, to make more significant
compromises for the sake of getting a brexit deal and avoiding the outcome of no deal that neither side wa nts. outcome of no deal that neither side wants. now, why is this? the fact is, the prime minister, first of all she needs to keep her significantly substantial brexiteer party on board. that means she has very little, if any, board. that means she has very little, ifany, politicalwriggle room. as it stands, it would be difficult for theresa may to get any deal through parliament. but if she we re deal through parliament. but if she were to make more compromises to brussels in the talks, she can expect to see the number of brexiteer rebels in her party grow. had the chequers plan, her own colonised by, got a lot of traction at the summit, which it did not, then there might have been another resignation of a brexit mr from the government. so the plan continues as much as it has been, but amplified as well. whatever the reason for the summit problem that emerged yesterday, and plenty of critics are saying mrs may was badly advised. others are saying she miss read the
mood and overplayed her hand. that cautious, faint tone of shared purpose at the start of the week has given no way to a tone of grievance and defiance on both sides. it is unlikely to improve very quickly, i think. there is no obvious reason, frankly, for optimism on reaching the deal, certainly not on the basis of the chequers plan, mrs may's compromise. that doesn't mean there can be no agreed outcome of any kind, but it will be hard. it looks like becoming a cliffhanger and it will not be improved by the tone of defiance we can expect from theresa may, not just later defiance we can expect from theresa may, notjust later today, in defiance we can expect from theresa may, notjust latertoday, in an hour's time, but in her party conference in a couple of weeks' time. anthony to katya adler, what actually happened in salzburg and what is likely to be the future strategy? —— and turning to. it left a bitter taste in everyone's mouth. high—level sources say to me
that theresa may came to the summit with a hard line. she may have meant it for her domestic audience but it was received by eu leaders, so her ha rd was received by eu leaders, so her hard line was met by their hard line. otherwise they say it would have been given the impression also to the european public, that the eu was about to compromise all its brexitbrexit principles, which they didn't want to do, so they sent a message to the prime minister and the people of the uk. the message is, brexit has no easy solution. eithera is, brexit has no easy solution. either a deal that is found that is a cce pta ble either a deal that is found that is acceptable to both sides, or there will be no deal, or the united kingdom may have to change its mind about brexit. what they do say is that in negotiations there are always troughs and difficult periods. we are now in the endgame, so periods. we are now in the endgame, so expect more difficult periods, but they say a deal is still possible. they want to see progress on the toughest of issues by the next eu leaders' summit in october. if they see that then they will hold a special brexit two days summit in
november when they hope to seal the deal. first they say that the dust has to settle. katya adler, live in salzburg. and john pienaar at westminster, thank you. that statement by the prime minister is due to happen at 1:45pm, and will be shown live on the bbc news channel. the metropolitan police has admitted for the first time, that an undercover officer had a sexual relationship with an environmental activist, with the knowledge of his bosses. legal documents seen by the bbc, show that mark kennedy's line manager and several other officers, knew about his relationship with kate wilson and allowed it to continue. up to now the police have maintained such relationships would not have been sanctioned, by senior officers. here's our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. he posed as mark stone, an environmental activist and a single man. in reality, he was mark kennedy, an undercover police officer, married with children. one of a number of officers who had relationships with women campaigners
they were spying on. 15 years ago, mark kennedy began a two—year relationship with kate wilson. as a result, she is currently involved in legal action against the metropolitan police. in her case, the police have now admitted for the first time that mark kennedy's cover officers and his line manager knew about this relationship and allowed it to continue. so, we have been told... kate wilson is currently abroad. via skype she spoke about how this new information from the police contradicts what they told her when they paid her compensation. they gave me an apology in our civil claim where they say these relationships should never have happened, they would never have been authorised, and they were a case of failures of supervision and management, and that is just not the case. management were absolutely complicit in what was going on. mark kennedy, here with the newspaper, during his years undercover.
kate wilson thought he was her political soulmate. kate was involved in socialjustice and environmental campaigning. she does not expect that the state could actually order or allow or acquiesce in an undercover officer having a sexual relationship in order to facilitate his gathering of intelligence. it's a very, very shocking revelation in a so—called democratic society. in a statement, scotland yard said that as a result of the ongoing legal action it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage. adding again that those relationships were wrong and should not have happened. kate wilson was just one of the women who was duped into a relationship with mark kennedy. the question now being asked is whether police bosses knew about all his undercover relationships, and those of the other police spies. june kelly, bbc news. two major drugs companies have
failed in a legal bid to prevent nhs doctors prescribing a cheaper treatment for a debilitating eye condition. the drug avastin is just as effective as the two existing treatments for wet, age—related macular degeneration. but the drug isn't licensed to be used for the condition here in the uk. well, our health correspondent dominic hughes is in salford. this is a huge win for the nhs and one with potentially far—reaching ramifications. it is, especially when you consider that there are around 26,000 people in the uk that suffer from wet amd, age—related macular degeneration. there are two existing treatments that are used to help people with this condition, which is very debilitating and can lead to rapid eye loss and inhibit people in their day to day lives.
but there is a third figment that doctors in 12 commissioning groups in the north of england wanted to be able to offer their patients. that is the drug avastin which is usually used to treat cancerous tumours. but for more than a decade it has been known to be very effective in also treating wet amd. it is widely used in the united states. it is widely used in parts of the european union as well, but is not licensed for the treating of that particular condition in this country. but doctors in these 12 clinical commissioning groups in the north of england wanted to be able to offer that treatment. the crucial thing is, it is all so much, much cheaper than the two existing treatments. it would also, as well as being as effective and safe as existing treatments, it would also save the nhs an awful lot of money. the two drug companies, that produced the existing treatments wanted a review of the decision and that has failed in the high court today. we heard
from doctor david hambleton, the chief officer of the south tyneside ccg, one of the groups that was trying to introduce this new policy, and he has told us it is a great day for patience and a great day for the nhs. we've always said that we think it's important that patients have the choice of an effective treatment for amd. and it's actually a fraction of the cost of the other alternatives. so, i think what we plan to do now is offer patients that choice. we believe very strongly that they will support having a very cost—effective and very safe treatment and saving the nhs generally a lot of money. a lot of money indeed because the amount could total up to £500 million across the uk. the drug companies, the two drug companies took a different view, saying it's a bad day for patients and a bad day for the nhs and a bad day for doctors. they say it undermines the
legal and regulatory framework that protected patients for years and allows doctors to prescribe with confidence. they say they are considering an appeal against the decision, but in the meantime it's being seen by many practitioners and clinicians as a big win for the nhs. dominik use in salford, thank you. security concerns have been raised about the imminent release from prison of the radical preacher anjem choudary and other followers of a banned extremist group. a former member of al—muhajiroun has told the bbc that choudary‘s release coincides with the growing threat posed by far right extremism creating a potentially "disastrous cocktail" for the authoities to deal with. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. is anjem choudary, the leader of the band group al—muhajiroun, of the banned group al—muhajiroun, which has been linked to a quarter of all terrorist offences in britain since the ira era. he's in prison at the moment, but is about to come out. adam deen, who was once a follower,
but now campaigns against extremism, fears choudary will reactivate his group. put that in the mix with the growing threat and the growing noise from the far right about anti—muslim bigotry, and it's a really disastrous cocktail. choudary was jailed in 2016 for five and a half years, but comes out automatically next month after serving half his sentence. a dozen or so of his followers have also been released, or are about to be, and one of the uk's leading experts on extremism in prison thinks there's not much chance of any of them having been de—radicalised there. such is the state of lawlessness inside many of britain's prisons, where some of these people have served their sentences, it isn't really realistic to assume that they've had any meaningful experience of counter—radicalisation. the home office is in the process of changing the law to increase prison terms for terrorism and prevent the automatic release of prisoners halfway through their sentences. but that won't deal with the immediate concerns
about anjem choudary and some of his followers. when people convicted of terrorism are released, they can have strict conditions, like not being allowed to meet associates or go to specified places, and they are supervised using the mapper system first designed for sex offenders. terrorist offenders have a lot more supervision than normal offenders. and that is because we recognise the risk and we seek to reduce it to as low as possible. choudary was effectively taken out of action when he went to prison, but it's not clear how the government will silence him when he is released next month. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the home office. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may prepares to make a live statement about the future of brexit talks, after the eu summit in salzburg. coming up... why is trade with ireland
so important to the uk economy, and what would be the consequences of border checks on goods? our reality check team examine the issues. and coming up in sport in the next 15 minutes on bbc news... a blow for scotland — full—back stuart hogg is going to miss the autumn international series. he'll be out for up to three months after having ankle surgery. the bbc has found that there are no less than 39 different sets of rules for plastics recycling across the uk, and understandably households are mightily confused as to what can and cannot be put in recycling bins. now the government is considering changing the guidelines to make it all easierfor us, and crucially, boost domestic recycling rates. here's our science editor, david shukman. in swansea in south wales, pink bags are for plastic recycling. all over the country, different councils recycle
plastic in different ways. in north oxfordshire, plastic goes into blue bins, along with all the other recycling, to be sorted later. in waltham forest in east london, black boxes are for plastic, and each council has its own rules about which kinds of plastic it'll take. confused? well, sue raymond lives near bracknell in berkshire, and like many, she isn't clear what to do. i don't know if i can put that in the bin, and whether that will get discarded the other end or whether they will recycle that. you will you assume you can or will you assume you can't? i will put that in. because you think it will probably be ok? i'd rather try, and put it in my recycling bin, rather than put it in my rubbish. to help sue with her plastic, we take her to the local recycling centre in reading for a look behind the scenes. the centre's manager adrian clarke is her guide. that will be made into food trays again. here, bottles, yoghurt pots and food cartons are all accepted.
staff check everything is being sorted correctly. sue learns that if she gets things slightly wrong, the system can handle it. they seem quite tolerant with the amount of plastics that can go into the recycling bin, and they can do things with it. so i think i'm doing the right thing by putting it in. if i'm in any doubt, put it in. but other councils aren't so relaxed. some of them only want the most valuable plastic — the bottles — which can fetch several hundred pounds a tonne. that's why in greater manchester, officials are out telling householders only to recycle bottles, not to bother with other types of plastic. we only want plastic bottles, so other types of plastic we want in the general waste bin. it's true a lot of residents think they're doing the right thing because it must be plastic and it's all the same, but it's not. it's very complicated, i understand that. a few councils don't recycle any plastic at all. some of them accept as many as 15 different types of plastic.
around the country, we've worked out there are as many 39 different plastic recycling schemes. so there's a lot of confusion, and perhaps it's not surprising that our opinion poll has found that as many as 47% of people admit to having a disagreement in the household about whether a particular plastic item can be recycled. amid all the confusion, the government wants to boost plastic recycling, maybe with better labels or having the same rules across the country. we'll find out later this year. david shukman, bbc news. more than 100 people are now known to have died after a ferry capsized on lake victoria in northern tanzania. it's thought around 400 passengers were on board the vessel, which was heavily overcrowded, and the fear is the number of dead could rise. anne soy reports from nairobi. a desperate attempt to save lives, but as the hours pass,
hopes of finding survivors fade. volunteers pull more and more bodies from lake victoria. back on the shore, relatives wait for news. they fear the worst. translation: we can't reach my brother. yesterday morning he spoke to our mum. we've not heard from him since. translation: my nephew is on the island. each hold me the news that his father, my brother, was on the ferry. he said he would be taking the ferry to head home, after the accident he tried calling him but he couldn't get through. translation: i was told i'd lost my aunt, my father and my younger sibling. it is a huge loss to us. lake victoria is the largest on the continent. it's shared by kenya, uganda and tanzania. the ferry was travelling between the islands of ukerewe and ukara.
it overturned close to shore. already theories are emerging as to how it happened. translation: when the captain was trying to slow down and about to dock, the passengers were already running to the other side, ready to get off, so now the weight was too much on one side of the ferry, so it capsized and sank. it turned completely, it tumbled upside down. nobody knows how many people were on board mv nyerere — witnesses say as many as 400. that would be four times its capacity. accidents like these aren't uncommon on africa's biggest lake. but ferries are central to the lives of people here. many are back on the water even as rescue teams continue their search. anne soy, bbc news. ukip's leader, gerard batten, has told his party's autumn conference that britain should be dictating to the eu how it
would leave the european union, rather than asking for a deal. he was speaking at the opening of ukip's conference in birmingham, which coincides with the party's 25th anniversary. it was his first speech as leader. he also told delegates that the party would target the constituencies of remain—supporting mps at the next general election. sir eltonjohn and his husband david furnish have accepted "significa nt" libel damages from the parent company of the sun on sunday newspaper. it follows an allegation that their dog attacked a young child at a play date, inflicting what the paper claimed were "freddy krueger—like" injuries. the couple were not at the high court in london for the judgement. the coroner overseeing the inquests into the grenfell tower fire has called for an nhs screening programme for people who may have been exposed to smoke and dust. in a letter, doctor fiona wilcox says there could be long—term health problems for survivors, emergency service teams and people working on the site. the main concern is that
the building contained asbestos. more now on the countdown to brexit — and as we've been reporting, the future of the irish border is one of the key sticking points in theresa may 5 negotiations with the eu. future changes, including more checks on goods, could have huge implications for trade between the uk and the irish republic. our bbc reality check correspondent chris morris has been to the port of holyhead in north wales, used by hundreds of thousands of lorries every year, travelling to and from dublin. holyhead in north wales — the uk's second busiest ferry port. and the main trade route between britain and ireland. this is roll—on roll—off logistics in action — no checks, no delays. when two ferries arrive here one after another, hundreds of lorries and trailers disembark. if you put them all back—to—back, the queue would stretch back for about three miles.
the two big brexit issues coincide here on the welsh coast — trade at uk ports and trade across the irish border. a look at the map tells you why holyhead has become so important for trade between britain and ireland. sailing time from here to dublin — just over three hours. compare that to liverpool to belfast — more like eight hours. so about 30% of the freight that arrives here in holyhead starts out in northern ireland, crosses the invisible irish border, and then departs from the port of dublin. a lot of it is fresh produce, time sensitive, so the possible introduction of customs or other checks would pose a big problem. a lot of the goods are perishable goods so it's important they get to the market quickly. any delays when you add the travel time then, it has an impact on economies, on profit margins, etc. 80 miles or so from holyhead, this is platts, near wrexham,
a family—owned company making specialist animal bedding. business is good. they want to expand. their lorries pass through holyhead several times a week. ireland is their only export market — a country with a huge dairy industry. but new technology aimed at attracting more business in ireland has been put on hold because of the uncertainty caused by brexit. what about global britain, looking further afield, as the government suggests? platts has taken part in a trade mission to india, but it still wants trade with the neighbours to be first priority. on reflection, we looked at — ireland's a lot closer, and it made sense to supply ireland at the moment. they need our product and the uk needs their milk. hopefully they can broker a good deal for all parties concerned. if things change, we'll have to revisit our growth strategy and look at alternatives.
back in holyhead, the wheels are still in motion, but uncertainty is in the air. if checks are needed in future, could they be done on board ferries crossing the irish sea? could that avoid miles of queues? ferry companies are still investing in this route. they are also increasing capacity for freight to get sent directly from ireland to france, belgium, the netherlands or spain. to stay ahead of the competition, holyhead needs a brexit outcome that keeps borders as open as they are now. chris morris, bbc news, holyhead. the former owner of bhs, dominic chappell, has lost his appeal against his conviction forfailing to provide information about the retailer's pension scheme, when it collapsed with the loss of thousands of jobs. the judge said he gave "entirely unbelievable" evidence, as she dismissed his appeal, and ordered him to pay more than £87,000 in costs. the indie rock band wolf alice
is the winner of this year's prestigious mercury prize. their second album, visions of a life, beat more established acts like noel gallagher, the arctic monkeys and lily allen, who appears not to have been very happy about losing out. colin paterson has more. wolf alice. cheering. indie band wolf alice, winners of the mercury prize for their second album, visions of a life. the judges said it combined the epic and intimate in equal measure. they were visibly shocked by the result. thank you so much! cheering. # she's beautifully unconventional # she seems to be # from the best place in the world #. this was the second time they had made the mercury shortlist, but theirfirst win. in fact, no female—fronted act had triumphed since pj harvey seven years ago. immediately after they came off stage, they told me why it meant so much to them. i think i have always found
being a musician, being a performer, the whole music industry, extremely intimidating and i've been scared about it and not known what i was doing. but here we are, four best friends and we still don't know what we're doing. but we're here. you know... it means everything. i don't know. i don't know the answer to that question. i'm just so happy! that wasn't the case with everyone. lily allen was seen on camera in tears and later took to social media to say "someone call 999, i've been robbed". as for wolf alice, they can expect a big post—mercury sales boost, with visions of a life set to shoot back up the charts. colin paterson, bbc news. strong winds and heavy rain
have affected many parts of the uk, causing severe disruption. it's all down to storm bronagh moving across the country. parts of wales and northern england have been deluged with half a month's rainfall injust21i hours. in sheffield there was severe flash flooding, and speed restrictions were out in place for trains across the network, due to high winds. time for a look at the weather. louise lear is here. how is it looking? you are right, it was miserable, especially in sheffield, they had a month's especially in sheffield, they had a months worth of rain yesterday so pretty miserable, and there's more wet and windy weather to come this weekend as well. the good news is storm bronagh has moved off into the north sea but it's quite windy, plenty of isobars on the charts,