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theresa may comes out fighting and tells eu leaders, "if you don't like my brexit plan, where's yours? " in a defiant speech, she attacks eu leaders for being high handed towards the uk. i have treated the eu with nothing but respect. the uk expects the same. we'll get the latest from our correspondents in downing street and from the eu with our europe editor katya adler. with the prime minister saying we have now reached an impasse with the eu, we'll be looking at where the uk can go from here. also tonight: two drugs companies lose their legal bid to stop the nhs using a cheaper medicine for an eye condition. the messaging app used for grooming chldren which the police are struggling to stop. the confusion over which plastic you can recycle — the bbc finds there are 39 different sets of rules across the uk. and anthony joshua prepares for the fight which could cost him all his three world titles in one go. and coming up on bbc news,
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golf‘s magic number — 59, oliver fisher records the first sub—60 on the european tour. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the prime minister has come out of her corner fighting after eu leaders comprehensively rejected her brexit plan yesterday. in a defiant speech, she has told them it's time to start treating the uk with some respect and that it's "not acceptable" at this "late stage of negotiations" for eu leaders to reject her plan with no alternative. the two main stumbling blocks remain trade and the border with northern ireland. with northern ireland. in response, an eu official has
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insisted to the bbc that the the eu has provided "complete clarity" throughout the negotiation process about why it cannot accept the key part of theresa may's plan. our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. theresa may is in a hurry, some say getting nowhere fast, landing a brexit deal. so, how to come back from had the dramatic battering? the chorus of eu leaders telling her her brexit plan wouldn't fly. her answer in downing street? defiance. it's their turn to compromise. britain had rejected the eu's basic demands. uncontrolled immigration from the eu would continue. and we couldn't do trade deals we want with other countries. that would make a mockery of the referendum we had two years ago. she was prime minister of great britain and northern ireland. on no customs border with ireland or on the mainland, there would be no backing
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down. it is something i will never agree to. indeed, in myjudgment, it is something no british prime minister would ever agree to. if the eu believe i will, they are making a fundamental mistake. mrs may was prepared to walk away from negotiations, though eu citizens settled here would have rights guaranteed. but after the headlines reporting the prime minister's rejection and humiliation, she came back with her own final demand. throughout this process, i have treated the eu with nothing but respect. the uk expects the same will. a good relationship at the end of this process depends on it. european leaders lined up against her, this week. now she was keen to show she'd face them down. but there are potential dangers behind her, at home. brexiteer tories demanding no
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compromise. they are campaigning to adopt the so—called chequers plan, which leaves the uk tied to some eu rules and standards. it was making it apparent that no deal remains better than a bad deal and that she is not going to give in to the bullying by the european union. and that's very important. however, it's a mistake to persevere with chequers, that's not really brexit. the eu doesn't like it because it leads us to tied in to their roles but without respecting their institutions. from my point of view and from the point of your brexiteers, it isn't properly leaving the european union. in parliament, they say your enemies are behind you but here, mrs may's labour opponents are also preparing to defeat any deal she comes up with. their wish list, an early election, maybe another referendum. every bad day for mrs may is an opportunity to make it worse if they can. the prime minister's negotiating strategy is collapsing around her. and now the country is staring down the barrel of no deal. the prime minister's chequers proposal was never going to be
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accepted, either in the eu or by her owi'i accepted, either in the eu or by her own party. so, she is in denial. and simply repeating the mantra that nothing has changed isn't going to convince anyone. the prime minister's back in her berkshire constituency. it won't count as an escape, she couldn't get away from her troubles over brexit if she tried. in a moment, we'll speak to john, but first our europe editor, katya adler, is on her way back from yesterday's eu summit in salzburg. strong words from mrs may. what's the reaction been from the eu? well, basically, eu politicians and diplomats don't recognise, they say, the depiction in the uk media and political circles of the salzburg summit. they say that their objections to key points of the prime minister's brexit chequers proposal was well known before the summit. so they don't see why there we re summit. so they don't see why there were such surprise. the prime minister, in her statement today, singled out donald tusk. he is the
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president of the european council and he mentioned parts of her proposal as unworkable. but he said, today, that the prime minister was surprisingly tough and uncompromising, those are his words, before the summit and during the summit. in fact, before the summit and during the summit. infact, leaders before the summit and during the summit. in fact, leaders have pointed very much to her tone of "my deal or no deal" to all 27 leaders tonight. mr donald tusk said to me yesterday brexit negotiations are very tough and there's no point pretending otherwise, he said. but i think now the dust is settling, it's clear that both sides really miss read the mood and political sensitivities of each other. there has been no official eu reaction to theresa may's statement today but it is viewed in brussels as an attempt to bolster her political position at home. eu leaders say they are still trying to find a compromise position between the uk and the eu in ongoing negotiations. they say they want to offer the uk negotiations. they say they want to offerthe uk an negotiations. they say they want to offer the uk an unprecedented relationship after brexit. but they said they absolutely will not sign
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up said they absolutely will not sign up to anything that could harm the european union. and, john, what was theresa may trying to achieve, today? well, today's tough and to fight taliban repeating that she was prepared to walk away from talks with no deal —— tough and defiant talk today. it was an assertion of authority after a painfully difficult eu summit and even worse headlined afterwards. i am sure she will learn some respect from colleagues for her stubborn determination to soldier on against the odds. i doubt it will cut much ice with all of those hardline brexiteers who want her to drop the compromise plan for brexit, which has already cost had two senior cabinet ministers and could conceivably cost her more in future. the prime minister is now promising to come forward with more proposals oi'i to come forward with more proposals on northern ireland. it will take something entirely unforeseen to succeed in breaking the deadlock without upsetting the democratic unionist party. that she relies on
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in parliament. this leaves her in a very tight space, with no real political wriggle room, with no clear route to a deal. and it's hard to get it through parliament, maybe impossible, if she gets that deal. the mood is unlikely, to be improved by the time that we have heard today. certainly, the tough eurosceptic tone we can expect from mrs may when she addresses her own members and mp5 at what will be a very difficult part of little comfort injust over a week's time. thanks. -- very difficult party political conference. two major drugs companies have failed in an attempt to prevent nhs doctors prescribing a cheaper treatment called avastin for a serious eye condition in a ruling that could save the nhs "hundreds of millions" a year. avastin is just as effective as the two more expensive treatments for wet age—related macular degeneration, but it isn't licensed to be used for it here in the uk. dominic hughes reports. come and have a seat on the chair here stanley... for more than three years, stan nelson has been treated at sunderland's specialist eye
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hospital for what's known as wet age—related macular degeneration. it's a condition that can lead to rapid sight loss. just checking that it's the right eye that we're doing... a drug is injected into stan's eye. a little bit of pressure... helping to save his vision and preserve the independence of this 87—year—old. at the moment, patients like stan offered one of two possible are offered one of two possible treatments to help with this debilitating eye condition, wet amd, that affects around 26,000 people in the uk. but at the heart of today's legal case is the right for doctors to offer a third option, avastin, a cancer drug that is just as effective, but is much cheaper. after receiving his treatment, stan told me he'd be happy to have the cheaper avastin. i don't have any objection to it at all, really, as long as it works, as long as it does the same job or better, that's fair enough. these are the two drugs currently licensed for treating the eye condition in the uk. lucentis costs £561 per injection. eylea costs even more at £816.
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avastin, currently only licensed to treat cancer, is far cheaper at £28. switching to avastin could save the nhs up to £500 million a year. when pharmaceutical companies are prepared to put their shareholders' profits above absolutely anything else, then that does put us in a position of conflict that we didn't really want, but we've had to take on that challenge on behalf of our patience. 0k, look straight ahead...and blink. doctors are now likely to be looking at other treatments that could take the place of more expensive drugs. the two pharmaceutical companies involved in today's case say this judgment marks a bad day for the nhs, undermining the regulations set up to protect patients, and they're considering an appeal. dominic hughes, bbc news, sunderland. the coroner overseeing the inquests into the grenfell disaster has said those who were exposed to smoke and dust should be seen by nhs specialists.
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dr fiona wilcox warned that those who survived the fire, including residents and emergency responders, may have inhaled asbestos, which causes cancer. nhs england says it will respond in the next couple of months. the metropolitan police have admitted for the first time that senior officers knew about a sexual relationship, which an undercover officer was having with an environmental activist in a group he was spying on. legal documents seen by the bbc reveal that bosses allowed the relationship between mark kennedy and kate wilson to continue. until now, the police had maintained such relationships would never have been authorised. a bbc news investigation has found that police are struggling to combat child grooming taking place on kik, a smartphone messaging app popular with teenagers. kik has played a part in over 1,100 police investigations into child sex offences over the past five years. but officers say the company won't help identify predators, unless they overcome major bureaucratic hurdles. angus crawford reports.
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mark, you're wanted. not the wake—up call he was expecting. hello, mate, you all right? mark kirby is about to be arrested. police officers. under his duvet, two phones — from his bed, he's been sexually grooming children using kik, a messaging app, free to download and popular with teenagers. you're under arrest... he was sent to prison for more than three years, but kik‘s users are often anonymous, so police can't trace and help his victims without help from the company. there's a child that is probably going to be abused for another 12 months before we know who that is. and kirby's case is not the only one. look — these diagrams show other offenders northampton police need to track down. so each one of these could be a predator? yes. abusing children? yes. but kik won't help unless officers start a form international legal start a former international legal process, taking months and costing money the force doesn't have.
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it's a bureaucratic nightmare. yeah, it was abuse, yeah — the worst form of hurting a person, really, is hurting a child. vulnerable and lonely, taylor was first groomed on kik at the age of 13. it started with a lot of selfies, but then, yeah, it would escalate to, like, underwear photos, like, naked photos, and videos, yeah, they ask you to perform sexual acts. how many men do you think may have tried to groom you? over 100, possibly up to 200, yeah. that is shocking. yeah. and it's still rife. posing as a child, within seconds we get this message from a 42—year—old man. then this. and there's more. we also find sexualised images of children and users
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offering to share them. kik refused our request for an interview, but in a statement said, "we take online safety very seriously, and we're constantly assessing and improving our trust and safety measures. " it says it will continue to, "provide resources to parents and strengthening relationships with law enforcement and safety focused organisations." safety—focused organisations — what do you think of that? i think if that was the case, i probably wouldn't be sitting here talking to you now, because we're banging our heads against a brick wall. leaving offenders at large and victims unprotected. it's all going on behind closed doors, but there you can see it, that they're not doing anything about it, because at the end of the day, it makes them money. angus crawford, bbc news. the time is... quarter past six. our top story this evening. theresa may comes out fighting and tells eu leaders, "if you don't like my brexit
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plan, where's yours? " and still to come — anthonyjoshua puts all his boxing titles on the line — as he takes on alexander povetkin. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, two new openers for england, as burns replaces cook — england name their squad do you get confused by which types of plastic you can recycle and which you can't? if you do, it's understandable, as the bbc has found that there are no less than 39 different sets of rules for plastics recycling across the uk. now the government is considering changing the guidelines to make it easierfor us and, crucially, boost domestic recycling rates. here's our science editor, david shukman. to recycle or not to recycle. lucy milligan tries to get it right under the gaze of her mother carol.
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plastic comes in many different forms, and the labels about recycling aren't always clear — if there are any. this one hasn't got anything on it. this one which, to me, is exactly the same, something that i use week in, week out, it says on the back here that it's not recyclable. so am i supposed to guess, or do ijust put it in the green bin as rubbish, or do i put it in the blue bin and then risk it being not right and it being contaminated? one problem is that the arrangements for plastic recycling vary massively across the country. there are different coloured bins for collecting it and different rules for the types of plastic that'll be accepted. in this sorting centre in reading, they take almost all forms of plastic, except bags and black food trays, but head elsewhere and it's another story. a few councils don't recycle any plastic at all.
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some of them accept as many as 15 different types of plastic. around the country, we've worked out there are as many as 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. to clear up the confusion, a local resident, sue raymond, comes to the centre. the material runs through the conveyor belt here, probably about ten tonnes an hour... the manager, adrian clark, is her guide. that will be made into food trays again. sue finds out that if she gets things slightly wrong, the system can handle it. they seem quite tolerant with the amount of plastic that can go into the recycling bin, and they can do things with it,
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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 time. that is why, in greater manchester, officials are out telling householders only to recycle bottles, not to bother with other types of plastic. 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. and if you want to find out what plastic your council recycles, visit, where you can access more information. at least 151 people have drowned after a ferry capsized on lake victoria in tanzania. it was sailing between two islands when the accident happened. ferries on the lake are often overloaded.
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from nairobi in neighbouring kenya, anne soy reports. they stand and watch, helpless. just a few hundred meters away, the upturned hull of the mv nyerere. rescuers who arrived by boat recovered bodies from around the capsized vessel. back on shore, relatives waited anxiously for news. translation: i was told i lost my father, my aunt and my younger sibling, it is a terrible loss. translation: my nephew's on the island. he told me the news that his father, my brother, was on the ferry. it's unclear how many people were on board the mv nyerere. witnesses say it could be as many as 400, four times its official capacity. 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.
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so now the weight was too much on one side of the ferry. so it capsized and sank. although accidents aren't uncommon on africa's biggest lake, this latest sinking was particularly deadly. but ferries are central to the lives of people here. many were back on the water, even as rescue teams continued their search. anne soy, bbc news. the ukip leader, gerard batten, has said the party plans to contest every seat at the next general election and that they'd be targeting remain—supporting mps. speaking at ukip's annual conference in birmingham, he said he wanted the party to become more populist. britain's world heavyweight boxing champion, anthonyjoshua, admits he's facing a tough challenge from his latest opponent, russia's alexander povetkin. the two men weighed in today ahead of their fight at wembley stadium. for the first time, all three ofjoshua's world titles will be on the line.
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our sports correspondent david ornstein is at wembley, and there's a lot at stake. there is, fiona, welcome to the home of english football, which tomorrow will become the centre of the boxing world, it is where anthonyjoshua secured the greatest win of his unbeaten career to date, in april 2017, against wladimir klitschko. now he is back for what should be another memorable night. anthony. . .joshua. . .! he's a man mountain of british sport, the biggest draw in global boxing, about to pack a major stadium for the fourth time injust 17 months. with each anthonyjoshua fight, the anticipation grows, and so too a feeling that the best may yet be to come. i still feel like i've got everything to gain, you know. there are stages that you think, "well, you've come this far, and it's great, and you've enjoyed it," but at the same time you think, "hang on a minute, imagine another five years of this,
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staying on top of your game." so you still feel like you've got everything to gain, so pressure —100%. but then again, you get used to it as well, so it becomes the norm. well, this isjoshua's final public appearance before the bell rings tomorrow night, his three world titles on the line for the first time — even if this isn't the contest many wanted to see. his two main rivals are britain's tyson fury and deontay wilder of the usa, but for now the focus is on alexander povetkin, a fellow olympic champion, but with a chequered past having twice committed doping offences. myjob in this issue is to show the non—drug cheat is a stronger and better fighter. if they were so concerned about drug cheats, then he wouldn't have been in a position to fight me on saturday night. cleared to compete, povetkin has nothing to lose — the onus, the expectation is onjoshua. david ornstein, bbc news, wembley. back to our top story,
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and with the eu and the prime minister at stalemate over brexit, what are the different options now for the uk? there are just six months left until we leave the eu, and our deputy political editor, john pienaar, has been to paignton in devon to look at where we could go from here. how will trade work, after brexit? will we be richer or poorer? why haven't we left yet? will it definitely happen? where's the brexitjourney leading? the leavers' slogan was about taking back control, so the promise is a return trip to the way things used to be — a more british way. but from here, britain's post—brexitjourney could take any number of directions. there's the unique, bespoke trade deal that theresa may wants, or a free trade agreement, maybe like the deal the eu has with canada. or talks could end with no deal at all. whistle. and the truth is, the prime minister can't know where we'll end up. her plan for a common rule book for trade in goods and a free market in services goes against the eu system of a single market.
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and brussels is saying no. it's too close to the eu for tory brexiteers like borisjohnson, who quit the cabinet right after david davis. and others could go, too. for former tory remainers, they would like a closer relationship with the eu. the fact is, there is no majority in parliament for any outcome. just now, no—one's sure where the country will be, or where we'll be heading when the uk ends the eu journey that started when britain joined in 1975. it's maybe likely the prime minister's own future depends on reaching some destination, on the country stepping off the eu train on schedule, as she pledged on march 29th next year. could britain somehow walk away from the eu and put off the really big decisions about the future until after brexit day? kick the can down the road, again. some think that's possible. and britain's long brexitjourney
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faces another big obstacle. thank you. thank you very much. on the island of ireland, all sides are committed to avoiding a hard irish border when the uk leaves. there's no agreement on how to do that. and there's no clear way to fudge that question, just to keep brexit moving. in the end, there'll be more big decisions to take at westminster by our politicians. the pm needs to win a vote here on any deal, if there is one, in october or likely later. lose it and anything could happen. mrs may might have to go, so an immediate tory battle for number ten. supporters of an eu referendum are hoping deadlock could lead to what they're calling a people's vote and mrs may and brexiteers say would be a betrayal of democracy. the labour leader's not convinced. it could ignite fury among brexit supporters, and as for reversing brexit? the cries of betrayal would be deafening. but some mps on both sides are hoping for even that.
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this row has the capacity to split the tory party and labour, too. and who knows, deadlock and crisis could conceivably lead to an early general election. brexit‘s the biggest question facing britain since world war ii. if no clear way through is found, it mightjust end where it started, with the people. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. you can find all of our pieces from this week looking at the key questions about brexit online. go to the bbc iplayer and click on news then scroll down. time for a look at the weather, here's louise lear. plenty of pictures with rainbows today because it has been a case of sunny spells and scattered showers, and the most frequent showers have been further north and west, driven in by some cool north—westerly winds, so a real rash of showers today, although they are starting to ease a little in the last few hours, and that is going to be the story
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through the evening and overnight. also accompanied by some pretty blustery winds, they will start to ease down as well, and just keeping some stronger winds and a few scattered showers in the far north of scotla nd scattered showers in the far north of scotland overnight, but with clearer skies a chilly start, temperatures in low single figures in rural spots, lovely spells of sunshine to greet us first thing this weekend. not lasting very long in the south—west, a bale of cloud will push across england and wales with the arrival of this rain, fairly persistent into the south coast, across the south—west and into south wales as well. now, it is going to be a cool day, 11—15, and underneath the cloud and rain it will feel miserable, and not much respite for the second half of the weekend either. one area of low pressure m oves weekend either. one area of low pressure moves away to be replaced by another, and that could bring further spells of wet and windy weather with it for a time across england and wales, with the best of the weather for the second half of the weather for the second half of
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the weekend in scotland and northern ireland. the rain will gradually ease from the west, allowing conditions to brighten up, but at the same time the winds will strengthen, so gale is likely in the latter stages of sunday. interesting weather for england and wales, a disappointing feel if you are out and about, a shock to the system under the cloud and rain, below average for this time of year. so just to summarise for the weekend, if you haven't already got the message — sunshine and showers for the north, wet and windy further south, a pretty cool weekend for all. a reminder of our top story. theresa may has come out fighting over brexit and has told eu leaders to treat the with respect. 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. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. theresa may has called on the eu to treat britain with respect, after it rejected her brexit strategy as unworkable. no—one wants a good deal more than
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me. but the eu should be clear, i will not overturn the result of the referendum nor will i break up my country. we need serious engagement on resolving the two big problems in the negotiations. two major pharmaceutical companies lose a legal bid to prevent the nhs prescribing a cancer drug to treat a debilitating eye condition. the drug — avastin — could save the nhs a bbc news investigation has found that police are struggling to combat child grooming taking place on kik, a smartphone messaging app popular with teenagers.
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