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increases on thursday, the wind increases on friday with some rain arriving, a wet and windy end to the working week. this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm. the uk's ambassador to the eu, sir ivan rogers, resigns — just months before official brexit talks begin. he thought it might take up to ten yea rs he thought it might take up to ten years to negotiate the deal. clearly the wrong man for the job, the only regret i've got is that he didn't go the day after the referendum. it is a spectacular own goal, cos the only way we're going to deliver a successful, workable brexit is precisely with the expertise of people like ivan rogers. a gun has been found in the car of the man shot dead by police during a ‘pre—planned' operation near the m62 in huddersfield. there are more arrests in turkey after the new year's eve nightclub shooting, but the suspected gunman is still on the run. four chelsea fans convicted of racist violence against black frenchman in paris in 2015 have been
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given suspended sentences. also coming up. plans to reduce the powers of an independent watchdog have been dropped. the congress withdraw a controversial initiative to strip the committee of its powers. a 48—hour strike among cabin crew at british airways, has been called by the union unite, starting a week today. and going full—circle. how vinyl is making a comeback, with the sales of records hitting a 25 year high. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the uk's most senior diplomat
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to the european union has quit — just weeks after warning it could take a decade to reach a trade deal with the european union following brexit. sir ivan rogers's resignation comes less than three months before the government expects to start formal talks on leaving the eu. his comments put him at the centre of a political row — leave campaigners accused him of being unduly pessimistic, while others argued that he was simply reporting the mood in brussels. this report from our political correspondent carole walker. behind the darkened windows, at the prime minister's side, as she arrived at last month's eu summit, sir ivan rogers tried to keep a low profile. but his warning that it could take the uk ten years to get a new eu trade deal overshadowed what was already a difficult occasion for theresa may. sir ivan was one of britain's most experienced negotiators, he was a key member of david cameron's team when the former prime minister tried to get agreement on a new relationship with the eu
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before the referendum. and some who've worked with sir ivan believe his departure is a real loss to the government. the only way we're going to deliver a successful, workable brexit is precisely with the expertise of people like ivan rogers, who's now been forced to the margins, forced to the side lines, because of the angry zeal of brexiteers who just won't accept anyone who says anything different to what they so happen to believe in. but leading brexit campaigners are delighted he's gone. sir ivan is part of the establishment that, frankly, haven't accepted the referendum result and are hoping that, frankly, it will never happen. i'm sorry to say, but the foreign office is stuffed full of these people, from top to bottom. for decades, they've been taking britain in completely the wrong direction, and i hope sir ivan's departure is followed by many, many more. in her new year's message, the prime minister stressed her commitment to getting a brexit deal that works for everyone. for we have made a momentous decision
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and set ourselves on a new direction. whoever takes over as the uk representative to the eu will play a critical role. it's important that we have someone in thejob, as sir ivan was doing, and no doubt his successor will do as well, who will report back to the british government and, through the government to parliament, about what the other member states are saying and thinking. because in a negotiation it really pays to know where the other side is coming from. theresa may has said she'll trigger article 50 by the end of march, and the official line is that sir ivan rogers has decided to leave now so a new appointment can be made before the start of those formal negotiations for britain's departure from the eu. we can speak to conservative mp alistair burt, who sits on the brexit committee. a good evening. there were some who
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actually thought that mr rogers might actually stay on beyond his four year term because of his experience and knowing the ropes. at the european union. do you believe his resignation now is a huge blow? i think his resignation now is a huge blow? ithink in his resignation now is a huge blow? i think in all honesty, we have to wait and see what he says about it. if he felt that he had done all he could in preparation for negotiations, it hasn't ended up where he wanted it, he wanted the united kingdom to remain under different negotiation base. if he feels he's done all he could and said he would be undermined in carrying on because people didn't believe —— and that he would be undermined, he has probably chosen the right time to go. it allows something else to come into play before the negotiations restart. if however he says that the reason he has gone is because of a fear of a toxic atmosphere between brexiteer
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and remain as, that'll be more worrying. we losing someone obvious experience, that is a disappointment. but we ought to wait and hear what he has to say about his reasons for going. but his comments, which were private and we re comments, which were private and were leaked, about it possibly taking ten years to conclude a new trade deal with european union after brexit, that did cause a fire storm and a lot of criticism. do you believe his successor might have to believe his successor might have to be seen as someone believe his successor might have to be seen as someone who is, i don't know, perhaps a bit more positive about the briton's chances following brexit? -- about briton's chances. i wouldn't expect any new ambassador to the eu other than completely honest with the british government about what it's going to reveal. the british government itself, as downing street said after his comments, that he was entitled to make his comments. he was reflecting what he had heard, and of course the circumstances are going to be extremely difficult. i wouldn't
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expect a new eu ambassador to be telling the government what it wants to hear. i would expect an ambassador to be honest and straightforward and work with the government. this is now the opportunity for the prime minister and sir david davis —— and for david davis to put someone in place who will not have the background of ivan rogers and his comments, and hopefully that will set us on a path that everybody can agree with and support. we have now got a government policy. we will wait to see what the negotiation base is going to be, what i would like to see is someone who understands the basis of the united kingdom's approach to negotiations, but has the capacity to shape and influence it as well. do you believe he was closer to them in his assessment was ten years, as opposed what some brexiteer bro believe, that it should be a two—yearjob? brexiteer bro believe, that it should be a two-yearjob? i've never believed that everything is rosy and people queue up to make a deal with us people queue up to make a deal with us and it's going to be a deal on
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the uk's turns, i now believe that for a minute. if the negotiation in which the uk has interests as well, andi which the uk has interests as well, and i would expect a someone representing the united kingdom interests abroad to know what it wa nts to interests abroad to know what it wants to achieve in the negotiations, but be clear eyed about what other people want to achieve as well. this is negotiation with 27 other countries in which they have a strong interest. brexiteers have to understand that what they want and what they will insist upon will at the end of the day be part of the deal as well. it's not all about us. i think that has to be clearly understood. i'm sure that downing street understands that full well, that is why the prime minister in her new year's statement spoke about talking to everyone, both those who had voted to remain and those who had voted to leave. the sooner we can get to a situation where we leave brexit and leave and remain behind, the better. this is an opportunity for that. i regret the loss of their so experienced who has been a great servant to the united kingdom. 0k.
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thank you forjoining us this evening. we can speak to our political correspondent tom bateman. what is the government saying about this resignation? the government is saying very little. number ten in fa ct saying very little. number ten in fact is saying nothing. they have handed the responsibility to the foreign office, who released a pretty short statement earlier this afternoon, saying that in effect this was really sir ivan bringing his decision to stand down a few months earlier, and he was doing it now to allow them to get someone in place before the end of march. that is the critical date, because that is the critical date, because that is when theresa may wants to trickle article 50 bye, bye process of starting the negotiations. they are saying —— trigger article 50. i rethink trying to brush aside what has happened today. the reason this really matters is that sir ivan rogers not a politicalfigure. he supposedly a completely impartial civil servant, and yet his decision
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to resign has created another row about brexit. he has in effect allowed that political intensity again to grow. we have seen two versions of sir ivan rogers tonight. one is what people are like nick clegg are saying, someone who's not afraid to speak truth to power, showed theresa may what they're against the other 27 member space. those who haven't drunk the brexit grinned as he put it being pushed to the margins by those who campaign for brexit. on the other hand, they're saying he was in charge of they're saying he was in charge of the negotiation from a diplomatic that david cameron put in place before the referendum. which many brexiteers believe achieved absolutely nothing and only helped their case. they say here was someone their case. they say here was someone who is too gloomy, too pessimistic, two in favour of the european project and simply wasn't the right man for the job. that is the right man for the job. that is the argument on both sides. the suggestion is that number ten wasn't happy with the assessment from mr
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rogers, and as a result they were moving further apart. does that explain number ten's reticence in not saying anything about this huge resignation today? you might remember about a month ago or so, that advice was leaked, that sir ivan had given to ministers sometime actually last year, in which he had reported that other eu member states we re reported that other eu member states were thinking, as you heard in the package, could take up to a decade to carry out that negotiation, to get it completed. this is something downing street would not be happy about, because it doesn't fit with their narrative. they have said repeatedly that they think this can be done and dusted in the two year time frame. i think we can assume from that that there were some tensions perhaps between some in number ten and negotiation teams in brussels. it is hard to know what prompted that leak, at what level it had taken place in terms of whether there were any interest in getting
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that information out there. i think asi that information out there. i think as i say, this is really about what is becoming a growing political intensity, even within the government, within members of the cabinet around which type of brexit they want to pursue, and whether if some people have said you simply need somebody who is a creative thinker in place, who is prepared to go outside the normal means of thinking about eu negotiations. that is why i think some are saying, among those who campaigned for brexit, ucb need a fresh pair of eyes —— you simply need, and a fresh pairof eyes —— you simply need, and a fresh pair of thinking eyes —— you simply need, and a fresh pairof thinking in eyes —— you simply need, and a fresh pair of thinking in thatjob. eyes —— you simply need, and a fresh pair of thinking in that job. tom in westminster, thank you. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me is pippa crerar, political correspondent from the london evening standard and charlie wells, reporter from the wall streetjournal stay with us for that. the independent police complaints commission has said a firearm was discovered in a car being driven by a man shot dead by police last night.
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in a statement, the ipcc said the weapon did not appear to be a police—issue firearm. yaser yacub was driving off the m62 slip road at huddersfield when a number of unmarked police cars surrounded his vehicle — in what west yorkshire say was a pre—planned operation. danny savage reports. the day after the shooting, and the cars involved remain exactly where they stopped last night. the two dark—coloured vehicles and the silver mercedes are unmarked police cars. the two white cars are understood to be the target of the operation. as they boxed in the cars and stopped, armed officers were quickly out of their vehicles, and shots were fired. bullet holes can be seen in the windscreen of a white audi. the keys of the vehicles have today been left on the bonnet of that car. forensics officers have been examining the scene in detail. what was the exact sequence of events which led to a man being shot dead here? he was yassar yaqub, a 27—year—old fatherfrom huddersfield.
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eight years go, he was cleared of trying to shoot dead two people. one friend on facebook wrote, "you were no angel but did not deserve this." the incident happened just outside huddersfield as the cars came off the m62 junction 24. at around six o'clock, they drove on to this slip road and were hemmed in by police and broadway stop. —— brought to a stop. shortly after that, shots were fired and yassar yaqub or shot. at the same time in bradford another vehicle was shot and two people arrested. —— was stopped. as the busy motorwayjunction was closed down last night, many people were caught up in the chaos. there were these rapid—response vehicles that kept pulling up, big, large vehicles, then a couple of ambulances turned up. as soon as the ambulance pulled up, some of the policemen ran up and told the ambulance they had to get down
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as quickly as possible to where the incident took place. it looked like somebody needed urgent medical help. at yassar yaqub's family home, armed police arrived this afternoon making inquiries. friends and relatives who were visiting soon left. the operation related to information received about a criminal possession of a firearm, and i've been fully updated by the chief constable. the incident is not terrorism related. the independent police complaints commission is now overseeing the investigation. among the questions they'll be asking are, did mr yaqub pose an imminent threat to life, what was he doing when he was shot, and has any weapon been recovered? the headlines, it is 7:15pm. britain's top diplomat to the eu, sir ivan rogers, has resigned. he
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had been expected to play a key role in brexit talks. a gun has been found in the car of the man shot dead by police during a plea deal —— preplanned operation on the mata six d2 in huddersfield. more arrests in turkey after the new year's eve shooting, but the suspected gunmen is still on the run. kurdish militants say a british man has been killed fighting with them against so—called islamic state in syria. they've told the bbc that ryan lock, who was 20 and from west sussex, died during an assault on the is stronghold of raqqa. at least two other british men are known to have died while fighting against is in syria. our correspondent duncan kennedy reports. ryan lock went to join kurdish forces fighting so—called islamic state in syria last summer. but a kurdish military group, the ypg, now say he was killed four days before christmas during a battle with is. there's been no official confirmation of the death, but in a statement from the family home here in chichester, ryan lock‘s otherjohn said that
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ryan was a very caring and loving boy, who would do anything to help anyone. he had a heart of gold, he said. ryan's family were given the news by kurdish activists, who say the family want the ypg want to press for the return of ryan's body. the ypg will be doing absolutely everything they can to facilitate the return of the body to the uk. and would urge other parties such as the british government and the kurdistan regional government to please support the family in every sort of way they can. in facilitating the return of ryan locke's body to the uk. —— ryan lock. in a statement, ryan lock‘s former school near portsmouth said... ryan lock is one of several british nationals to fight
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and die for the kurds. most had no military training, but wanted to go after seeing pictures of the violence caused by islamic state. this man was a former royal marine from south yorkshire. in 2015, he became the first briton to die fighting for the kurds. his parents say they're proud british fighters are helping the kurdish people. my son asked me in a phone call, "when the british coming?" and i said, "they aren't". but as i've seen with volunteers, they going over. and britain is being represented. even if it's not being admitted by the government. we are trying to help the kurds and fight isis in the best way a lot of young people can. so i'm very proud of them. ryan lock told friends he believed in the kurdish cause,
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but that commitment, it seems, has now brought tragedy to another british family. a british soldier who died in iraq yesterday has been named. lance corporal scott hetherington, who was 22 and serving with the 2nd battalion, duke of lancaster's regiment had only recently become a father to a baby girl. its believed he was killed in an accidental shooting. an investigation is under way. the main suspect in the new year terror attack which left 39 people dead in an istanbul nightclub is still on the run. turkish police have detained more than a dozen people so far. our turkey correspondent mark lowen has been into the club where the massacre took place. three days ago, this place was full of joy, of life, of celebration.
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today, reina nightclub is a crime scene, scarred by terror. we were the first british broadcasters allowed in, briefly. a rare glimpse of where 39 people were killed on new year's eve. imagine the horror as 180 bullets were sprayed here, people jumping into the freezing bosporus to escape. the owners of reina say they will reopen the nightclub. it's a sign of the defiant mood here. yes, people are sombre, yes, they're fearful, but turks have lived with the terror threat for decades, albeit on a smaller scale, and they're determined not to let it defeat them. watch the right—hand side of this footage from the attack. a manjumps over a low fence outside the nightclub to avoid the bullets. then the gunman runs up to the door, shooting his way into reina. that man on the right of the video was the nightclub manager, who had a miraculous escape. translation: i felt bullets
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explode next to me, i threw myself over the fence. the gunman shot from behind, the bullets went centimetres over my head. when i fell, he must have thought he had hit me, so he went inside, and i heard the terrible sounds. new pictures have been released of the suspect, who is still on the run. so—called islamic state called on their brave soldier. turkish authorities have given no information about him. overnight, an area of istanbul was raided. reports say the gunman travelled from there to the nightclub for the attack, but no arrests were made. there have, though, been others detained, including two foreigners at istanbul airport. it's not clear what link, if any, they're thoughts to have had with the attack. those tired of terror went to the scene of the massacre today, a quiet commemoration. tributes were laid and thoughts gathered about how their country can rebuild and how the next generation can regain a sense of safety.
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i don't want to cry any more while i am watching the news, you know? it makes me really sad. and i don't want my daughter to grow up in this kind of environment, you know? with this news in the background and everything. i want her to be happy. and so a nervous wait to see if those who protect this country are really closing in on the man who brought horror to new year's eve. mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. british airways cabin crew are to stage a 48 hour strike british airways say they are
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disappointed that unite are choosing to penalised customers. it added it will publish more details for customers on friday once it has finalised its contingency plans. commuters unhappy about the cost of rail travel have protested at railway stations in england and wales. ticket prices went up yesterday by an average of 2.3%. the protests were organised by the campaign group action for rail, which wants train services returned to public ownership. commuters in scotland will return to work tomorrow after the new year holiday. our correspondent, daniel boettcher, who's at king's cross where one of the demonstrations was held today, says there's a growing anger amongst commuters about what they're forced to pay for using the rail network. well, certainly many people that we've spoken to here today were not happy that they will be paying more.
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this was their first day back at work since these increases came in to force. 1.9% for regulated fares, that includes most commuter season tickets and overall an average increase of 2.3%. that doesn't apply to northern ireland. action for rail, which organised the protest here and at other stations, says that uk commuters now spend more of their salary on railfares than many other european countries, including germany, france and italy. in some cases, it says six times as much. the government however says that more money is needed for investment. it says that it's delivering the biggest rail modernisation programme for more than a century. train companies say that 97p of every £1 that passengers do spend goes into providing and improving the rail service. activity in the uk's manufacturing sector hit a 2.5 high, according
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to a survey of purchasing managers last month. it found that a weaker pound has helped to boost orders from overseas, but that cost pressures faced by firms remained high. two months after elections, the us congress is back in session today, and for the first time in a decade, the incoming republican president will be able to rely on a republican majority in both the house of representatives and the senate. let's speak to our correspondent in washington, jane o'brien. a lot of controversy to begin with. over a seeming u—turn by the republican congress on a powerful ethics watchdog. this is utterly bizarre. here you have a republican—led congress, as you said, for the first time in ten yea rs said, for the first time in ten years and an incoming republican president, publicly fighting on twitter. donald trump rebuked
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members of his own party for trying to wea ke n members of his own party for trying to weaken a watchdog office that judges the ethics of congress. when they met in secret last night to try and weaken the powers of this office, he tweeted saying, "don't do this, you have far more important things to worry about, like overhauling the tax code and repealing 0bama camp". i've never seen repealing 0bama camp". i've never seen anything like it, and it really begs the question, how is he going to work with republicans that didn't support him during the election, how are they going to work with him? one thing they do agree with him on is the repeal of brexiteers. they haven't already repealed it on paper, but what will they replace it with —— of 0bamacare. earlier, i did speak to a democratic representative
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from california, and asked him what democrats can do. donald trump can tweet about companies every day for the rest of his four year term, and it won't have the desired effect on the economy. what you need is systematic change. you need to have laws passed through congress. the republican congress has a very different position than the incoming president. they don't want to do what the incoming president wants to do in terms of infrastructure. they want to repeal social security and medicare, which trump says he wants to protect. so we could have a very interesting dynamic between the republican congress and donald trump. it is an interesting dynamic, and we will see president 0bama on the hill here tomorrow talking to democrats about what they can do to actually stop some of those pieces of repeal going through, what they can do to actually save 0bama care. the president—elect‘s tweets having an immediate effect. also, his tweets
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have been influential, it seems, some are suggesting, sydney supporters have, on one company's decision not to locate jobs overseas. “— decision not to locate jobs overseas. —— some of his supporters. we are not entirely certain about why ford has decided to pull back in investing in a company, a plant overseas and instead invest in a plant in michigan. donald trump will clearly welcome that. he was tweeting about gm this morning, accusing them of manufacturing one of their models in mexico and then selling it in the us. gm says that's not the case, they do manufacture a small number of cars in mexico which they sell to foreign markets, not us markets. nevertheless, it is part of this broader campaign by donald trump to use twitter and his own influence as soon—to—be president to try and force companies, individual companies in a very personal way to adopt policies he prefers. one of
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thoseis adopt policies he prefers. one of those is making surejobs adopt policies he prefers. one of those is making sure jobs are adopt policies he prefers. one of those is making surejobs are kept in america, and that companies don't go abroad, acquire tax breaks and then sell their products back to americans. jane, thank you very much. jane on capitol hill in washington. much more coming up, stay with us. time to look at the weather. not as cold tonight because of a weather front moving its way out of scotland. a weak affair, but there will be a band of cloud gradually spinning south. across wales and the south—west, we could see clearer skies and temperatures hovering close to freezing. the same into scotland. accompanied by a strong to gale force winds on exposed coasts. our weather front will be sitting through northern ireland, across north wales, down into the midlands and the south—east corner first thing on wednesday morning. by now,
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a band of cloud, the odd spot or two of light drizzly rain continues to sink south—west will stop behind it, clear skies. windy with the risk of a few showers across the north sea coast. top temperatures of three to 9 degrees full stop clear skies by day will be to shop, hard frost first thing on thursday morning. taken. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. the uk's ambassador to the eu, sir ivan rogers, has abruptly resigned, with formal brexit negotiations due to begin in less than three months. the labour party says it's ‘deeply worrying,‘ but some have welcomed the news. a police operation has ended with the fatal shooting of a man on the m62 in huddersfield. yasser yaqub died yesterday. the independent policed complaints commission is investigating. there have been more arrests
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in turkey after the new year's eve nightclub shooting, but the gunman who killed 39 people, is still on the run. a 48—hour strike among cabin crew at british airways over pay, is to be held next week. let's return now to the news that britain's top diplomat to the european union has resigned. sir ivan rogers leaves hisjobjust months before the government is due to kick off formal brexit talks. earlier i spoke to george parker from the financial time, who explained the reasons why sir ivan left his position. i think he had grown increasingly frustrated over the last few months that some of the unwelcome information that he was passing back from brussels to downing street, he thought was being sidelined or ignored. for example he thought it could take up to a decade to agree and ratify a trade deal, theresa may wants it all wrapped up within two years.
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he has also been arguing that if theresa may has her way and limits free movement of people, then it will be hard to get what is regarded as a soft brexit, good terms of access to the single market. and the customs union. politicians who campaigned for leave and remain have been reacting to the news of sir ivan rogers resignation. the former leader of ukip nigel farage said the eu diplomat should have left sooner. after all, he's a committed europhile. he helped lead the renegotiations with david cameron that went so badly and then came out the other day with this incredibly negative comment. he thought it might take up to ten years to renegotiate a deal. clearly the wrong man for the job. the only regret i've got is that he didn't go the day after the referendum. surely he is someone who really knows how brussels works and knows
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many of the key people and was able to give the government proper analysis and advice from the european perspective. when you spend your entire career trying to give away british independent and sovereignty because you believe in the european project, does not matter how much expertise you have, you're heading in the wrong direction. in many ways to does the 16th did see a political revolution in this country and we need to see a lot more changes in places like the foreign office. meanwhile, the former liberal democrat leader, now eu spokesperson for the party, nick clegg, said sir ivan was a victim of attacks from leave voters. it is part of a well established pattern now. people who believe we should have remained in the eu were
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dismissed by theresa may as citizens of nowhere and now senior officials are also being attacked as they have been out for weeks for simply questioning brexit dogma. that is a dangerous trend because senior officials are there to provide objective advice and not to sign up to the ideology week of their political masters. it's nearly seven months since the uk voted for brexit. great yarmouth in norfolk was one of the places back injune. the town delivered the fifth highest leave vote, with more than 70% of residents voting out. our reporter michael cowan has been to great yarmouth to find out how people feel about the vote now. we first came here six months ago. our country had just voted to leave the eu and it was summer. but are people here still excited about brexit, and what's more important to them? is it access to the single market, which involves much the same as we've got now — we pay into the eu and, in exchange,
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we get to trade with them, but we have to accept freedom of movement. that means unlimited numbers of eu workers coming to britain to work. or is it this — complete control of our borders? because the only certainty we have here is that we can't have both. does it concern you when you hear things about the economy? so, for example, going on holiday already costs more money because the value of the pound is low. well, then, why not holiday in britain? there's some beautiful holiday destinations, this is one of them. if people were putting more money back into our own economy, rather than feeding everybody else's economy, this country would thrive. do you still feel excited about brexit? absolutely. i think it was the best thing we could have done. joining the eu was the worst decision britain ever made. do we want access to the single market, or do we want complete control of our borders? because it's one or the other, we can't have both. i think we've got enough here. our housing situation is atrocious.
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you know, and i understand that they do need to go somewhere, and i agree with that, but when's it going to stop? d'you know what i mean, are we going to be in tents next? so you voted leave? i voted leave because i went with the flow. and if there was another referendum tomorrow, hypothetically? and i knew more about it... possibly, i could change my mind. definitely. hands up to that one. so that is more important to you, even if it comes at the cost of the economy — controlling the borders is the most important thing? that's the most important for me, yeah. do you think parliament should have a vote on brexit? yes, without a doubt, they should do. i think they should get back in, put all their heads together, arguing and listen to each other, and obviously, they might get somewhere. our brexit boards are clear —
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5a people went for this — complete conviction, like they had six months ago, to control our borders. 2a people went for single—market access. we're not pollsters and our brexit boards aren't scientific, but they clearly suggest for people here, immigration and control of our borders is still the major concern. there's your change. all the best... but amongst those we spoke to, there is a waning support for the way in which the government is handling brexit. namely, the lack of information. and it's telling that while the vast majority stand by that decision to leave, people here want more input, or even another vote on the exact terms of how we leave the european union. this could become a reality when the highest court in the land, the supreme court, returns its decision later this month on whether mps should have a vote on triggering article 50 or not. michael cowan, bbc news. one of the largest syrian rebel groups says it's suspended
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involvement in peace talks planned for later this month. the free syrian army said the regime and its allies had committed "many and large" violations of a ceasefire negotiated by russia and turkey. our correspondent sangita myska reports. this, claim rebel forces, is evidence that the syrian regime is continuing to shell parts of the north—west of the country, around wadi barada. it is, say the rebels, a direct contravention of the tentative truce brokered last week and the reason a number of anti—assad groups have now withdrawn from peace talks, due to be held in kazakhstan. the ceasefire that we've seen over the last few days has followed the pattern of previous ceasefires, where it is held in many areas, but has been violated in others. so we may be seeing a familiar story of a slow breakdown,
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but it still remains to be scene. the ceasefire received unanimous backing by the united nations on new year's eve. it was brokered by russia and turkey and is the third of its kind to be negotiated in less than a year, but even as voting took place, key players, including the united states, sounded a note of caution. our hope is that a ceasefire will truly hold and will not serve as a justification for further unacceptable offensives. in that regard, we are concerned at reports of a regime offensive, supported by hezbollah militia in wadi barada. the security council's adoption of this text should be seen as a strong signal that such activities must cease. members of what used to be the called the nusra front, who had connections with al-qaeda, are among the rebel groups that the syrian regime is accused of pursuing. they are not signatories to the ceasefire. nevertheless, rebel forces who have signed up to the deal claim daily bombardment by the regime has crushed the spirit of the agreement.
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if they carry out their threat to withdraw from talks, negotiations for a lasting peace appear, for the time being, improbable. the syrian army has denied the allegations made against it. sangita myska, bbc news. the government initiative on starter homes for first time buyers is due to get underway this year. but the housing backlog is so big that it could take decades to resolve. back in 1981 almost a third of english households were council homes. today, that number has dropped to less than one in ten. jeremy cooke asks whether it's possible to start building a new generation of council houses. brick by brick. new homes for housing crisis britain, and not just any new houses, these are council houses. they're a rare sight, but this is birmingham, where they've built more council houses in the past seven years than any other local authority —
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on a mission to tackle a housing waiting list that stands at 18,000 people. the osmonds have been in their flat for eight years, but the family has long outgrown the space available. if we want to play, we have to just like play there for 10 minutes because we don't have enough space. now, they've heard it's their time to move into one of birmingham's new council homes. we've been trying and trying and trying to get a house. we never expected to get a new house. cambridge is one of a handful of local authorities who've just qualified for government money to start building council houses, but there are warnings that it will take 20 years to fix a problem that's already been around for decades. the fundamental problem is that government stops us doing what we need to do. the total value of all of our housing is £1.5 billion, if they just gave us the freedom to borrow against that,
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we could build 10,000 homes over the next 20—30 years. the government insists that the number of council houses being built today is at its highest rate since 1996 and that there are billions of pounds available to fund them. but the numbers are creeping back from an all—time low in 2004, when the uk builtjust 130 council homes. hard to believe that in 1953, that number was a high of 245,000. homes for the baby—boomers and beyond. news reel archive: even by present standards, these houses are almost luxurious. the dinette has a serving hatch to the kitchen. today, it all looks very different. ageing tower blocks, once the future, are being torn down, clearing the way for a new approach to modern, social housing. these are completed ? they are completed.
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there are people living in these already? new council houses and new houses for sale. now, in birmingham, it's back to the future — new homes by any means necessary. we're also bringing empty properties back into use in the city and we're also, where necessary, using compulsory purchase orders. so we're using all the tool kit, really. but when council homes are built, they do change lives. the osmonds get a first look at their house and, for the kids, theirfirst garden. yeah! but for most of the 1.4 million on england's council house waiting lists, this is still a distant dream. jeremy cooke, bbc news, birmingham. sales of vinyl records are at their highest for 25 years, boosted by a new generation of record collectors who buy the albums — but may not even play them. most people these days listen to music via streaming
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sites such as spotify. but increasingly they're also buying records in their physical format, as collectors' items. david sillito has more. music: whole lotta love by led zeppelin. led zep ii, classic album. for phil barton of sister are records, there is no debates — musicjust sounds better when it comes on a 12 inch disk. but as a business, it's been tough. however, things have begun to change. listen, ten years ago, i would have given you the keys the shop and said, look, i can't make any money out of this. i didn't realise this stuff was still going to be hanging around. last year bowie topped the chart, prince was also in the top ten — memories of those we've lost. of course, it's worth putting this
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into some sort of perspective. context, because just imagine that each of these records represents a million sales. the ppi says if you add in streaming, digital downloads, cds, about 123 million albums were sold last year. the number of vinyl albums sold last year — three million. and both are totally dwarfed by the real musicjuggernaut of today, streaming. it is not recorded music in the physical format as we know it. but it is felt streaming can help younger listeners to eventually try the hard stuff. quite a lot of people at university by vinyl records. they do. but for some this was an entirely new experience. records. they do. but for some this
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was an entirely new experiencem is massive, look at it. that is like a pizza. it goes in the thing that goes round! you really have never touched or handled this ever before? never. even the world's most streamed artist has now issued his back catalogue on final after discovering that they were being bootlegged. but for most fans of streaming this way of listening is ancient history. the headlines on bbc news: britain's top diplomat to the eu, sir ivan rogers, resigns — he had been expected to play a key role in brexit talks. a gun has been found in the car of the man shot dead by police during a ‘pre—planned' operation near the m62, in huddersfield. there are more arrests in turkey after the new year's eve nightclub shooting, but the suspected gunman
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is still on the run. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. it was one of the bloodiest battles of the first world war, with more than 325,000 allied troops and 260,000 german soldiers killed in the three months of fighting. now to honour those who fell at passchendaele, and to mark the 100th anniversary, two special events will be held in ypres in belgium injuly. robert hall's report starts with the words of those who were there. "my wound was slight and i was hobbling back and then a shell burst, slick upon the duckboards, so i fell into the bottomless mud and lost the light." "there was not a sign of life of any sort.
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not a bird, not even a rat or a blade of grass." the words of those who tried to sum up the hell of paschendaele. the designs to attack the village north of ypres. through the quagmire troops foundered towards machine guns and the deadly threat of gas. we had some 450,000 casualties and the second part is that passchendaele became important in the image—building of people because of the flooded landscape and the mud. by the time canadian units took
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passchendaele the final objective was mainly rubble. totally rebuilt after the war, it is at the heart of thejuly after the war, it is at the heart of the july commemorations. one after the war, it is at the heart of thejuly commemorations. one will be held here, a memorial to 54,000 of the missing where i met steve arnold who oversees cemeteries across belgium. as you walk through the cemeteries, you see the headstones and see the dates on the headstones. there are so many of them at times in one single day. or a month. sometimes it isjust in one single day. or a month. sometimes it is just unbelievable. today the government invited descendants of those who fought and died here to apply for tickets to the events. 4000 places are available at ceremonies which will combine remembrance, music and art ina combine remembrance, music and art in a city whose people have never forgotten. a couple in their 50s —
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who narrowly escaped death after a night in the cairngorm mountains — have been speaking of their ordeal. bob and cathy elmer, from leicestershire, were caught out after miscalculating the length of their walk — and had to shelter from blizzard conditions using a light survival bag. our scotland correspondent lorna gordon has the story. the brutal conditions of a scottish winter — out on the hills, 50 mile an hour winds, freezing temperatures and deep snow. i'm not cold, to be honest. experienced walkers, bob and cathy elmer, had become disorientated in the appalling weather and had realised their only option was to hunker down when their torch failed. the guy's in pretty good nick. this the moment mountain rescue teams found them and then guided them to safety. the snow was at times up to our waist. we eventually got out onto the plateau with the intention of trying to find the summit
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of cairngorm, then my head lamp gave up, so we decided that we couldn't go on any further because we didn't know really where we were going. you couldn't see a hand in front of your face, so we decided to get the survival bags out and get down for the night in them. it was a move rescuers believed saved their lives and that of their dog, meg, who had her own separate survival bag. conditions were arctic and in the area they were, you know, no matter which way they walked there was steep ground there and in the dark, with one head torch and disorientated, it would have been so easy to take a very, very serious tumble. this is one of scotland's highest mountains and conditions further up towards the summit can close in quickly, catching out even the most experienced of climbers. the couple's close call underlines just how dangerous winter walking can be. we survived. it's like they say, if we hadn't had the right equipment, we wouldn't be here.
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it is a grim place up there in the wintertime, especially when the conditions change. you know, you can — if you're not prepared for it — you can seriously run into some serious situations. willie's a very careful driver, he'll look after you. the elmers' say they will return to the mountains, although they added not to this one, where their new year's day walk ended with their dramatic rescue. lorna gordon, bbc news, cairngorm mountain. jasmine, beauty and the beast. cinderella, little mermaid. kayli shoff and her husband lead a busy life with twin two—year—old boys. they are crazy. and they are out of control. they keep an eye on them with this video camera in the boys' room. it was that camera that captured something both heart warming and terrifying. my heart sank. i didn't know what to do. i felt like the worst mom. last thursday morning, the boys were playing in their room on their dresser. as they both grabbed on to it, suddenly the dresser fell, trapping little brock underneath. their parents didn't hear what was going on but later,
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looking back at the video, they saw how their son, bowdy became a hero. he stops for like a good ten seconds, like assessing the situation, like — my brother's hurting, he is in pain, i need to help my brother. finally, somehow, bowdy was able to push the dresser and move it, helping brock wiggle free. in the end, both boys were just fine. no bumps or bruises. we were lucky. today the dresser is standing again but it's bolted to the wall and they've even taken off the knobs on the dresser, so the kids can't climb up. i can do this one thing to make my home a little bit more safe for my children. you want a fruit snack? the boys are now back to normal now and their mom says with a stronger bond. i really saw it come to play, just in this act of love for a brother, a twin brother. that report there from daniel woodruff of cbs news.
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he was reporting on that video that had been released on social media in america. showing the moment when a two year old boy saved his twin brother after a chest of drawers fell on him. the pair were playing in their bedroom when the accident happened. neither was hurt. the video was posted by the parents as a warning to others. now george smith had a dream of one play -- now george smith had a dream of one play —— one day playing the albert hall. that dream may have come a step closer.
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and george smith here at the royal albert hall. icame to albert hall. i came to the albert hall in 2015. i came on my own and i dressed up as well. and remember being here and it was amazing was the i was just like, i want to be on there one day. when i went to secondary school in year seven i got in on a music scholarship and so from year seven up scholarship and so from year seven up until when i was 17 i did up to grade five in classical singing. i would sing in italian, french and german, it helped a lot learning, being classically trained. you know how to breathe properly and it helps with the vocal range and it is just interesting, i have read a lot
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through the songs. i want to put that in my music. the original composition is called prince of glorious grace descended. my music teacher played it to me in your 13 andi teacher played it to me in your 13 and i took it home and kept listening to it. we made it a bit like tracking, the elements combining. the 19th of january like tracking, the elements combining. the 19th ofjanuary i put my first song out. it has been almost a year but to those in the 16 has been filled with a lot of amazing moments. idida amazing moments. i did a live lounge which i wanted to do since i was a little girl. it was really great. i got through my first festivals and i had a headline show which i worked so hard to get.
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it has been a very good year. very good. i can't wait for 2017. and much more coming up at now look at the weather. it was a double whammy today, we had a cold start but not the sunshine to go with it for very long. cloud came in from the north and continued to creep its way further south. the farce of the country seemed the best of the sunshine, a beautiful end to the day in cornwall. a different story further north in parts of aberdeenshire, the wind is strengthening and some outbreaks of light rain by the end of the day. g —force
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light rain by the end of the day. g—force gas is likely to continue for some time across the northern isles. —— g—force gasps. some icy stretches like the in the north—east and perhaps some frost in sheltered eastern areas. but the weather front slices the country into for the start of wednesday morning, a band of cloud by now and just some spots of rain and drizzle. but it is not going to be so cold, and behind the weather front samantha stosur sunshine coming through. a cold start but nevertheless a beautiful day. the wind still a feature in the far north east with the risk of some sharp showers. but also some sunshine for scotland, northern ireland and the north of england. and eventually across the midlands
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and the south east. in terms of temperatures, around 9 degrees is the high and moving out of wednesday we do it all again with temperatures plummeting quite widely and a hard frost likely on wednesday night into thursday morning. minus five degrees in some places. so it will be a cold start but plenty of sunshine on thursday. a bit more of a breeze out towards the west and the chance of some showers in the south—west feeling cold and hopefully the sunshine compensating. wetter weather arriving from friday on words when it turns breezy and some of that rain quite heavy. he thought it might take up to ten
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years to renegotiate the deal, clearly the wrong man the job, the only regret i have is that he did not go before the referendum. spectacular own goal, the only way that we will deliver a successful workable brexit is precisely with the expertise provided by people like ivan rogers. the uk's ambassador to the eu, sir ivan rogers has resigned, just three months before official brexit talks begin. a gun has been found in the car of the man shot dead by police during a "pre—planned" operation near the m62, in huddersfield. there are more arrests in turkey after the new year's eve nightclub shooting, but the suspected gunman is still on the run. a british man is said to have been


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