this is bbc news. i'm julian worricker. the headlines at 11pm: labour sets out its approach to brexit if it wins the general election, pledging to unilaterally guarantee the rights of eu citizens already in the uk. the prime minister urges voters to abandon what she calls tribal politics during a campaign visit to labour's heartland in south wales. a decade after the disappearance of madeleine mccann, police say there are still significant avenues of investigation. and coming up on newsnight, with the election campaign firmly focused on brexit, for understandable reasons, we'll look at social care and how to pay for it. you want more of it, but do you want more tax? good evening and welcome to bbc news. labour has taken steps today
to spell out its approach to the brexit process if it wins the election. the shadow brexit secretary, sir keir starmer, said a labour government would immediately guarantee the rights of eu citizens already in the uk. it would retain the option of remaining in the eu customs union subject to some reforms. and eu nationals would still be allowed to move to the uk if they had a guaranteed job offer. it's being presented as a significant clarification of labour's policy, as our deputy political editor john pienaar reports. this is where the election‘s being decided, not in political meetings, but on the streets, in the homes and in the heads of voters. we're choosing a path for britain after brexit, and on this nation—dividing issue, labour's taking a gamble that will win some voters and maybe lose a lot of others. here in barking, in a lot of places where people voted labour and then chose to leave the eu.
today labour's out to show it's more pro—europe, more open to compromise than theresa may's tories from the start. eu nationals here would keep their rights, no ifs, no buts. on day one of a labour government, we will immediately guarantee that all eu nationals, currently living in the uk, will see no change in their legal status as a result of brexit. day one, big commitment. after brexit, old rights of free movement across the uk border had to change, but then, more clarity on labour policy, get a job offer he told me and you're free to come in. freedom of movement has to go. therefore it will have to change. we must have immigration that works for our communities and for our economy. that means that there has to be movement of people to come and work how that's managed will have to be resolved. but the last thing we want is for our businesses to go bankrupt.
then he poured cold water on the leavers‘ dream of using new freedoms outside the customs union to conquer markets beyond europe. i think it's worth keeping the customs union option on the table and seeing where we are in two years. but we have to focus on the eu trade agreement. that's 44% of our trade and make sure that is our priority. and not hypothetical free trade deals elsewhere in the world? the idea of hypothetical free trade agreements in april 2019 compensating for losing the eu is something nobody‘s contemplating. that's why we have to concentrate on the eu trade agreement. until now, labour and the tories have been sounding more alike over brexit than either side has been prepared to admit. now labour is showing more of its pro—european colours. the party needs to motivate its activists and loyal supporters. around here and in places like this, it's a gamble. for many people, europe is a gut issue. there's enough in this small island that otherwise we're going... it's going to be like a ship,
we're going to sink. no need to let the europeans in to do those jobs? no, i don't think so. do you agree with that? iagree. why is that? no british can get a job. all the foreigners and other people coming in they're taking them. labour says if you're a european and you've got a job, you're welcome. are people welcome in that way? as long as they've got a job to come to. as long as that is documented and it's notjust a slip in, then yeah, i have no problem with that. but now it's about which side can convince the voters. what do the others make of labour policy? not much. this is the first time that we've heard this clarity on free movement. unfortunately for both jeremy corbyn and keir starmer, many on the labour frontbench don't agree with him. you've got to feel sorry for him in one sense. he's trying to put a united front on a party, which is absolutely split down the middle on this issue as on so many others. it amounts to something which is too little,
too late and too muddled. i'm still not clear whether labour believes we should be in or out of the single market. they say they now don't agree with the government's negotiating strategy, yet they fatefully voted for it in the house of commons. labour's struggle to sell a clear policy line. but now it's campaign time and the task is to get people to like what's on offer, assuming they can get the voters' attention. john piennar, bbc news, barking. theresa may has taken her conservative campaign to the heart of south wales, one of labour's traditional strongholds, and she's urged voters to drop what she calls the tribal politics of the past. the first minister of wales, carwynjones, admitted today that labour had a mountain to climb before polling day and he urged the party leader, jeremy corbyn, to produce a labour manifesto with the widest possible appeal. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. if the tories want headlines about a new iron lady... they're not very subtle about it.
theresa may came to inspect the steam and sparks in newport. iron laid theresa may came to inspect the steam must be doing something right shejoked. she needs to achieve a big if, turn wales into tory territory. it's audacious to pop up in rock solid labour land at the start. she was only with activists, with friends, but her appeal is to you. give me a mandate to lead britain. give me a mandate to speak for britain. give me a mandate to fight for britain and give me a mandate to deliverfor britain. she would not be drawn, again, on whether she'll raise or lower taxes. how far are you willing to go to grab seats in parts of the country that, until now, have been labour heartlands? so, i will be out and about around the country in all sorts of areas, all parts of the country, taking this message,
a vote for me and a vote for the local conservative candidate is a vote to strengthen our hand in the brexit negotiations. really? from coast to coast? taking places like porthcawl would mean taking lifelong labour voters, like brian and ira, who've almost decided to do it. first time ever, if i do. because the valleys are labour. wales, labour's strong hold. i'm on the border really. i voted for out in the referendum. so, i don't know whether to vote labour or conservative this time. my father would spin in his grave. i'm a typical labour voter, but whether i'll be voting labour this year, because i've got no confidence in corbyn. but there again, i don't think i'll be voting for conservative. i've put the same effort and thought in the way i voted as last time. will you tell me how you voted last time. i voted labour last time. what about father and son, the edwards? he's been labour all his life.
i think he's swung now to theresa may now. definitely. she's absolutely wonderful. mr corbyn, bye—bye. here, labour's in charge in cardiff. but even their leader admits jeremy corbyn has some way to go. to prove himself as a leader and as somebody who could be labour's candidate for prime minister. we have some weeks to go before the poll itself. but that is the challenge. even from the start of their campaign, plaid cymru won't hesitate to stir up old memories. if people are considering voting conservative, then i would ask them to remember the past, the tories have been no friends to wales. we're not rolling over for any tory to take our seat. so we are here. we're going to be out in force. it's early days, but any day on the campaign trail is precious. leaders only turn up to places where they think they're in the game.
with possible gains in wales and in scotland too, theresa may's not just contemplating a tory majority, but hoping to make true her claim there are no tory no—go areas. brexit might have redrawn the map, but she wants to colour it blue. yet as she swept away, reminders for theresa may, it won't be easy. here or anywhere else, the tories can't be sure they'll always be welcome. our political editor laura kuenssberg reporting there. and you can find out more about where the parties stand on the brexit process on our website. that's at bbc.co.uk/news. british detectives investigating the disappearance of madeleine mccann a decade ago say they are still pursuing at least one significant line of inquiry. a senior officer described it as a critical element with the potential to explain what happened to the three—year—old
when she disappeared in the algarve in early may 2007 while on a family holiday. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds has the story. ten years, no answers. a desperate search with the media following every step. what happened here, where is madeleine mccann? this is still a missing persons inquiry, despite 2014's extensive police searches in portugal, there is no definitive evidence she is dead. for six years, with government money, the metropolitan police have been reviewing everything... tonight, scotland yard said it still had critical leads to follow. i know we have a significant line of inquiry which is worth pursuing and, because it's worth pursuing, it could provide an answer. but until we've gone through it, i won't know whether we're going to get there or not. and that's all the
police are saying. this investigation was once pursued by up to 30 officers, now there are just four on the case and a handful of leads. but while there is still something to investigate, there is still hope. in the last decade suspects have been discounted, including a man seen carrying a child that night. madeleine's face has become known across the world, endless possible sightings have been followed up. the police say while there are leads, they will continue. i so wish i could say we could definitely solve it, but a small number of cases, sadly, don't get solved. what i've always said on this case, and i've said it to kate and gerry as well, we will do everything reasonably possible to try and find an answer. madeleine's parents have described the ten year anniversary as a "horrible marker of stolen time." they've released a statement, promising never to give up. this is how madeleine might have
looked as she's grown up, her 14th birthday is the week after next. tom symonds, bbc news. president trump has indicated he's willing to delay trying to secure federal funds to build his so—called great wall along part of the us border with mexico. the president has until the end of the week to agree federal spending plans with congress or risk marking his 100th day in office with a government shutdown. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more details. reporter: mr president, are you going to insist
on border funding? donald trump made his fortune as a builder, now the president is staking a huge amount of political capital on the most controversial construction project of his life — a 2,000 mile long wall to separate the us from its southern neighbour mexico. no—one can say it's come out of the blue. it was almost his campaign theme tune. we're going to do the wall and, by the way, who's going to pay for the wall? mexico! who is going to pay for the wall? mexico! who? mexico! but the mexicans have been blunt in their response. we're not paying a peso towards it, something the economy minister spelt out today to the bbc. if they decide to do it, it's in their own sovereign right. the only thing that is clear is that there is no way mexico is going to pay for it. so donald trump, initially at least, will have to rely on the us taxpayer. busy day. and though there's growing acceptance that's not going to happen right now, he's still talking tough. the wall gets built, 100%. thank you very much. reporter: wait, mr president. when will the wall be built?
soon. very soon. we're already preparing. we're doing plans, we're doing specifications. but the government runs out of money this friday and could face another shut down, like it did four years ago, when thousands of staff were laid off and federal buildings and monuments closed. democrats will agree to an emergency funding package, but only if the white house removes the proposed expenditure on the wall. and although republicans do have a majority in the senate, it's slim, and to get this measure passed, you need what's called a supermajority, 60 votes, and they only have 52. president trump, approaching his 100th day in office, has faced a stark choice, either a government shut down or a personal climb down. because in democratic senators, the president has come across a rock solid wall which there is no way round. it's been a harsh lesson in the differences between the ease of campaigning and the struggles of governing. it's left democrats savouring another victory. it's really good news that the president seems to be
taking the wall off the table in the negotiations we're having on an appropriations bill this week. the white house unveiled a new website today to celebrate the president's 100 days. it's been high energy and high—tempo. a raft of executive orders and growing economic confidence, but on his three signature policies, the travel ban, health reform and now the border wall, donald trump hasn't succeeded in the way that he'd promised. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. now on bbc news it is time for newsnight. they say this is a brexit election. so, with labour setting out their approach today, do we finally have clarity on the difference between the two main parties' versions of brexit?