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this is bbc news — the headlines at 7pm: charlie gard, the 11—month—old boy at the centre of a long legal battle, has died. a family spokesperson tells the bbc, "our beautiful little boy has gone. we are so proud of you, charlie." the government orders an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, after 82 tower blocks are found to have failed a new fire test, in the wake of the grenfell tower tragedy. the chancellor says brexit in 2019 won't bring immediate changes — and it's likely to be 2022 before the full process takes place. in the next hour: another setback for president trump amid a new white house row. us senate rejects another attempt to repeal 0bama,. and the stamp of approval — seats for the royal mail train, hidden below ground for 75 years,
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are sold out till october. good evening, and welcome to bbc news. the parents of terminally ill baby charlie gard have confirmed he has died. he was moved to a hospice today from great ormond street hospital. his life support was then withdrawn. the family confirmed the news in a short statement, which said, "our beautiful little boy has gone. we are so proud of you, charlie". wyre davies has this report. by his side as they have been throughout charlie's short life, chris garde and connie yates fought to keep their son alive but today that fight came to an end. charlie was born last august.
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he seemed to be a healthy baby boy, but after a few weeks it was clear that something was seriously wrong. he was diagnosed with a very rare genetic condition causing muscle wastage and brain damage. in march of this year, specialists at great ormond street hospital decided that charlie's treatment should be withdrawn. his parents rejected it — they said there were doctors in america offering experimental treatment that could help charlie. for weeks they hung on to the possibility that they'd be allowed to take charlie to america. but after further scans and tests they admitted defeat and said it was time to let charlie go. our son is an absolute warrior, and we could not be prouder of him, and we will miss him terribly. his body, heart and soul may soon be gone, but his spirit will live on for eternity, and he will make a difference to people's lives for years to come. we will make sure of that.
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their campaign had been relentless. a petition was handed in to great ormond street with 350,000 signatures. an online appeal raised more than £1 million to pay for experimental treatment. and to support the charlie was global. a statement from pope francis said he was praying for charlie's parents and he hoped their wish to accompany and treat their child until the end wasn't neglected. and from the american president, donald trump, a tweet offering his support. "if we can help little charlie gard as per ourfriends in the uk and the pope, we would be delighted to do so." but doctors at great ormond street hospital and the legal system saw things differently. judges at every level up to the european court of human rights determined that further treatment would not be in charlie's interests, and that he should be allowed to die with dignity. throughout the long legal process, charlie ‘s parents‘ relationship with the hospital deteriorated.
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i can't still to this day get my head around. we took them into the hospital, they don't want to do the treatment but there is somewhere out there that does, and they basically kept him a prisoner there. and our pa rental kept him a prisoner there. and our parental rights have been completely stripped the minute we took him in there. in hindsight, we lost him. chris garde and connie yates thank nurses angry dormancy to whose care they said had been second to none. but they said the hospital and the courts had denied them theirfinal wish by determining that chimed charlie's life—support should enter shortly after he was moved to space rather than allowing them to say goodbye and spend more time with him away from the hospital environment. the money raised high up charlie gard will now be used to set up a foundation in his name to help other desperately ill children. his
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pa rents desperately ill children. his parents thanked everyone who supported their son and said that by the time his short life came to an end charlie was loved by thousands of people. with me is wyre davies. it was protracted, it was public and it was incredibly acrimonious, this case. you can only imagine the toll on the parents, notjust the fact they have now lost their baby son, a child born into this world a p pa re ntly child born into this world apparently normal, and it was only after a couple of months his condition came to light, and then it was dragged out through the courts, on television, on social media, intervention from overseas, it was very difficult for the parents. they felt let down by the hospital management right up until the end. but you also have to look at the doctors and nurses at great 0rmond. they went to extraordinary lengths to try to find some sort of solution to try to find some sort of solution to this case. they contacted experts around the world. and this was a
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hospital where there are dozens of other desperately ill children and only the last few weeks the hospital management had to issue up plea, a warning fraud are people protesting on charlie's behalf outside, not to harass staff and other parents of other patients as well. it was an impossible situation all round. other patients as well. it was an impossible situation all roundm brought into sharp relief the difference between medical opinion and parental wishes. and difference between medical opinion and parentalwishes. and neither is wrong. the doctors were adamant this revolutionary treatment the parents wa nted revolutionary treatment the parents wanted for charlie in the us could not only benefit him but could actually be to his detriment, it could cause him further pain. and thatis could cause him further pain. and that is why the doctors were adamant he had to stay in the uk, in the specialist centre, and they would have the right at some point to turn off his life—support. but the pa rents off his life—support. but the parents argued they as parents had the best interests of their child at heart. they knew him better than anyone else, they spent 2a hours a day with him and having raised the money they were not asking for money
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from the government, the point was they should have been allowed to go to america and at least try out this revolutionary treatment they said was available. treatment which had not been tried on anyone else with charlie's condition. it was com pletely charlie's condition. it was completely experimental. but the courts and the doctors both agreed it would not have been in his best interests. thank you. 82 buildings have beenjudged unsafe by the government's new fire safety test — in which insulation and cladding, of the type fitted to grenfell tower, were considered together for the first time. the test is more thorough than previous checks, which only tested the cladding. 47 of the buildings are owned or managed by local authorities or housing associations. at least 80 people died in the grenfell towerfire injune — and the government today announced an independent review into building regulations and fire safety. here's our home affairs correspondent tom symonds. inside the burn hole, this is where the tests have been taking place upon which the fate of dozens of tower blocks hang. so by the government has refused to release
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video of the tests, but it involves setting light to cladding and installation fitted to a nine metre wall. —— cladding and insulation. this afternoon the first results showed the same design as grenfell tower failed to meat safety standards. the test was stopped after eight minutes and 45 seconds because it had reached the top of the test rig. the landlord of a buildings, 47 of them social housing, will now have to take urgent action. —— landlords of 82 buildings. in salford, anticipating a test failure, the cladding is being taken down. you are sleeping in bed at night time thinking that is not safe. it is bad, isn't it? they should take the lot off, i do not care how much it costs. it is not money — it is people's lives, at the end of the day. the new tests are designed to replicate the way grenfell tower was refurbished with a cladding system to improve insulation and the look of the building. it is the bits that make up the system that are being tested
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together. the cladding itself is basically a sandwich, thin sheet of aluminium with plastic in the filling. then there is an air gap designed to improve ventilation, but did it fuel the fire? behind that, thick blocks of foam insulation. how well did they withstand the flames? the tests involve using various plans of cladding and insulation to assess how they perform in a fire. —— various brands. when sections of the cladding were tested on their own they failed spectacularly. the government has not allowed us to fill any of those tests, so we obtain a piste of the same cladding used as grenfell tower and asked a company specialising in plastics to show us how it reacts to fire. when the flame was applied to the aluminium sides there was no problem. but when the sample is turned
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so the flame hits the plastic filling in the aluminium sandwich, this is what happens. several tests showed in similar temperatures to the grenfell fire it drips burning plastic. if you clad building in it, you have got a fuel source for a flame to propagate on. if you do a small—scale fire test, it is not necessarily representative of what will happen on a full—scale building. which is why the government is now doing full—scale tests. but three separate sources with direct knowledge of the type of cladding used as grenfell tower has told the bbc it has never been subjected to the full—scale test. yet it was used on this building after a refurbishment certified as safe by kensington and chelsea's building control. was the cladding installed without the test data inspectors rely on? 0fficial advice says if flammable materials are planned for a tall building,
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the design should be fired tested or study provided on test results. we have arrived at a situation where we have a series of different pieces of legislation, we have a series of different tests that can be applied to that legislation. we have created a system of cracks and shadows that people can either fall into either vertically or hide in the shadows. —— fall into inadvertently. today a new independent review of fire safety was announced to look into those cracks and shadows. we can speak to martin conlon, the chair of the building control professional group at the royal institute of chartered surveyors. thank you forjoining us. first, this new fire safety test which has been set up. what are your thoughts
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on the results now that we have seen them? it isn't a new test, it is the full—scale british standard test which is what we were asking to be carried out in the first place rather than the small individual sample ones. we have been insisting all the way down the line that the only way you can tell how anything like this is going to behave is a full—scale british standard test as installed. if that is the case, how have these buildings been signed off as safe when they can't pass this test? it just as safe when they can't pass this test? itjust shows the complexity of the regulations and guidance that supports the regulations at the moment. because there are a number of complex issues around it and just how confusing it can be. how important them is this independent review of building regulations on fire safety that the government has announced 7 fire safety that the government has announced? the review takes place quite regularly and the government will now be taking guidance and
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advice from a number of sources and they will be consulting across the whole industry about what the issues are and what the facts are resulting from this particular situation, and how going forward they can be remedied. so what does the scope need to be of this review, if as you say regulations are routinely looked at? yes, certainly what grenfell has highlighted is a particular problem oi’ highlighted is a particular problem or issue with this type of material, this type of system. i am certain there will be re—search carried out looking at what is going on and if there is anything we can learn from it. and i think also in addition to that they will be looking at how the regulations are formed and written under the legislation that supports them, to give industry the best method of producing safe buildings in the future. what then are building companies and inspectors,
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surveyors mea nt building companies and inspectors, surveyors meant to do in the meantime while all of this review and potentially remedial work is done? there has been a guidance note produced and put on the website, aimed at professionals, say what should happen in every situation is a full holistic fire risk assessment should be carried out of the whole building, whatever the building and the issues. each building should have its own particular unique features which will make it up and professional needs to carry out a full fire risk assessment of all factors to see what the issues are and then produce recommendations to remedy. thank you very much for talking to us. we will find out how this story is covered on the front pages at 1040 this evening in the papers. we are joined by the editor and chief of
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business times uk and the comment and features editor at city am. 0ur political correspondence joins us 0ur political correspondence joins us from westminster. we are gradually getting a clearer picture of how we are going to tackle this hugejob of of how we are going to tackle this huge job of disentangling ourselves from the eu. going from britain on the inside to britain on the outside. and it is becoming clearer 110w outside. and it is becoming clearer now that there will be this transitional arrangement that we won't just wake up transitional arrangement that we won'tjust wake up with a bump the morning after. the chancellor has been arguing for this transitional arrangements saying, as you say, that things will look very similar
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the morning after, that we're getting used to an idea that it will bea getting used to an idea that it will be a stage by stage process, that britain will gradually develop a new relationship with the eu. and he been saying and this is crucial to minimise discussion. the overriding concern is to make sure that we go through this process ina way sure that we go through this process in a way that avoids disruptive cliff edges for business and for individual citizens. so so how agreed as the cabinet on this? there seems to be broad consensus that this arrangement is needed but still plenty of stumbling blocks to come. for example over freedom of movement. how might it continue? how long might grace period be? and how much power might the european court
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ofjustice continue to have in the future? also from some prominent leave campaigners, they have argued this arrangement must not look to the public, that we are in anyway backsliding on brexit, one foot in and one foot out, and the government will need to be clear to the public about how long these transitional arrangements will last. so some more agreement on this transitional period but still, i think, agreement on this transitional period but still, ithink, plenty agreement on this transitional period but still, i think, plenty of political obstacles to come. thank you thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news: charlie gard — the 11—month—old boy, whose parents fought a strenuous legal battle to take him to the us for treatment for a rare genetic condition, has died. the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years
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after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge". pakistan's prime minister nawaz sharif has resigned, after the country's supreme court disqualified him from public office, after corruption allegations. revelations about his family's lavish lifestyle stem from documents known as the panama papers which were leaked last year. the papers focus on his children's links to luxury apartments in london's mayfair. 0ur pakistan correspondent secunder kermani reports on pakistan's, now, political uncertainty. for opponents of the pakistani prime minister, today's court decision is a huge and unprecedented victory for accountability in a country where politicians often have a reputation for corruption. today, nawar sharif resigned after the highest court disqualified him from office. a panel of five judges unanimously decided he had not been honest when explaining his and his family's financial dealings to
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a corruption inquiry. the supreme court has led from the front. and insha'allah, democracy will strengthen. democracy will evolve in pakistan and insha'allah, we will be able to establish a new pakistan. the allegations against sharif revolve around four luxury central london flats. the documents from the panama paper leaks revealed were linked to a number of his children. the pakistani supreme court has been trying to establish where the money came from to buy them. the prime minister's daughter, widely seen as his political successor, as well as her father, will now face further inquiries by the national anticorruption body. no prime minister in pakistan has ever completed a full term in office. sharif served twice in the ‘90s, but was overthrown in a military coup. some of his supporters have claimed the allegations against him now are an attempt by the country's powerful army to oust him again. his family have always
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denied any wrongdoing and outside the court some of his ministers remained defiant. translation: no matter who becomes the prime minister, the prime minister in the hearts of the pakistani people will always be nawaz sharif. the ruling party will now have to nominate a new leader, but with elections due to take place by the middle of next year, the country is facing real uncertainty. with me is former high commissioner of pakistan to the united kingdom wajid shamsul hasan. thank you forjoining us. what do you think this decision in pakistan tells us about the state of the rule of law there? this is overdue. the court had taken almost a year to
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handle it and they gave a long time to mr nawar sharif to justify whatever his claims were and he couldn't do it. there were forged documents were presented. it was long overdue, so people were expecting it and if it had not come they would have been disappointed. that is why there is a wider scale of distribution of sweets. that is how things are. what is the atmosphere in the country? because countries that want to be democratic a lwa ys countries that want to be democratic always pride themselves on a peaceful exchange of power during an election, and at the moment we are in this sort of period of abeyance. you are right. in 2013 we had peaceful tra nsfer of you are right. in 2013 we had peaceful transfer of power after elections and we were expecting this government would be allowed to
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com plete government would be allowed to complete its term. but unfortunately the case was delayed by mr sharif. had he initially taken it seriously and fought it well and taken it to the parliament instead of the supreme court, things would have been different. but he didn't. his party doesn't. that is how they have gotten party doesn't. that is how they have gotte n into party doesn't. that is how they have gotten into this mess now. and democracy is going to stay in pakistan, no one will challenge it, because we had this struggle long for democracy. what we wanted was for democracy. what we wanted was for the government to complete their term but they did not know it do it properly. and what happened was that the court had to come in between and thatis the court had to come in between and that is where the fault lies. had they allowed the parliament to act, had mr sharif allowed parliament to act things would have been different for him, but he did not. he
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preferred other options but regretfully for him and others, the supreme court carries the impression, perception, that the rule of law it has implemented, it has cemented the constitution and the disqualification was due to whatever he has done. so he is disqualified for life. but of course pakistan has known political dynasties before. who might step in to the gap? he has a long line of family heirs and let's see who he puts forward. but most of his members will be disqualified except probably his wife, she's a formidable candidate. but he has two point prime minister now he has resigned, otherwise they will have to have new elections. who is likely to have new elections. who is likely to get the job? there are so many people in line. it is very
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difficult. but again, as i said, he is confident, he will be confident and his wife. i hope so. one final question, how much appetite is there for something different, something other than family member of his? he could appoint somebody who trusts him. if he trusts somebody he could appoint him as an air. and he could get a vote of confidence from the assembly because he has quite a large number of parliamentarians supporting him. so that is how things are. he is going to do it and probably should do it tonight because tomorrow is too late. probably should do it tonight because tomorrow is too latem probably should do it tonight because tomorrow is too late. it is a lwa ys because tomorrow is too late. it is always a fascinating picture in pakistan. wajid shamsul hasan, thank you very much. the pentagon says it believes north korea has launched a ballistic missile. they believe it flew for about 1000 kilometres. japan's public broadcaster, nhk,
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said government officials suspected the missile may have landed injapanese waters — the country's prime minister, shinzo abe, has convened an emergency meeting. us military officials at the pentagon said they were working on creating a more detailed assessment. we will have more detail on that story after 7:30pm. one person has died and others have been injured in a knife attack in hamburg, according to german police. a man armed with a knife attacked shoppers in a hamburg supermarket this afternoon. an arrest has been made. police say the motive for the attack is not clear. a man has been arrested following an acid attack in bethnal green on tuesday. two men in their early 20s were attacked with a noxious substance on tuesday evening, and were treated in hospital for life changing injuries. a 23—year—old man has been arrested for grievous bodily harm with intent and the incident is now being investigated by detectives rather than local police. one person has died and several have been injured after a man drove a car in a major blow to president trump,
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the us senate has for a third time rejected his attempts to overturn his predecessor's health care reforms — known as 0bamaca re. in a dramatic move, three republicans defied their party to vote against the changes — with a decisive vote cast by the veteran senatorjohn mccain, who broke off from brain cancer treatment to attend the session. here's our north america editorjon sopel. the ayes are 49, the noes are 51. the motion is not agreed to. the history books will record that before 2am this morning, donald trump's promise to repeal and replace 0bamacare that he said would be so easy, crashed and burned on the floor of the senate. 0utside, opponents who had been waiting, celebrated. the coup de grace was delivered by senatorjohn mccain with a dramatic thumbs down. to gasps and sharp intakes of breath, the person the president
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had hailed as a hero earlier in the week from returning from treatment to vote, now the villain of the piece. it left the senate leader ruing a humiliating defeat. this is clearly a disappointing moment, from skyrocketing costs to the plummeting choices, and collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under 0bamacare. but that wasn't the only drama unfolding. here at the white house, the most extraordinary bare knuckle cage fight has broken out among the three most senior people in the west wing who aren't the president. the new communications director anthony scaramucci talking in abusive and obscene terms about the chief of staff, and the chief strategist steve bannon. anthony scaramucci has apologised for the language used, not the sentiments expressed. in his conversation with the new yorker magazine, anthony scaramucci said of the chief of staff: and early in the week,
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anthony scaramucci told the bbc that his style was going to be more direct. one of the things i cannot stand about this town is the backstabbing that goes on here, 0k? where i grew up, we arefront stabbers, we tell you where we are from and what we are doing. donald trump left washington a short while ago to fly to long island, new york, to look at efforts to curb into gang rivalry and violence. he could have stayed at home. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. and laura bickerjoins us now from washington. let's deal with 0bama care first. how can it be after a seven—year campaign controlling the white house, the senate and house of representatives, the republicans still have not repealed it? here's
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the problem for republicans dashed making that promise they cannot agree on how to do it. for moderates, the proposals have always gone too far, taking health care from tens of millions of americans. for conservatives, they feel the reforms have never gone far enough. they hate the idea that federal government might be involved in something so personal as health care. so here we are with the ultimate dilemma. last night they came up with a bill that should be able to find some consensus. just a few measures, just get that through, and yet it simply could not be enough for some. the three senators, one of whom wasjohn mccain, someone who has just been diagnosed with cancer, who has flown all the way back to give this decisive vote, in a dramatic moment he walks to the front, right in front of this
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majority leader, and turns his thumb down and that was the moment that killed this bill. where does it go from here? they are against a timeline because insurers will start putting out their prices for the coming year with regards to 0bamacare in september. so they are up 0bamacare in september. so they are up against that timeline and when it comes to get coming together, they have had an appeal from the house speaker at saying he is disappointed, frustrated, saying it is time to go forward. how they do that though, considering the disagreements of the past, can they work with democrats, it all seems rather unlikely, especially as now they are off for a recess. we must of course talk about the scathing attack launched by the new director of communications, anthony scaramucci, against steve bannon and mr breathers. what will make this come to a head so the white house can simmer down and do theirjob?
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the moment it came out last night you could see news organisations grappling with exactly how to deal with it. it is a story because you have the white house chief of staff on one hand, a republican establishment figure who was put into the trumpet ministration because he has political experience, and then you have this brash scaramucci, no communications experience, no political experience, he isa experience, no political experience, he is a wall street financier, in he comes at the two are up appear to be at loggerheads. anthony scaramucci said he would never trust a reporter again. considering he is the head of communications he will have to do it. he also said during an interview yesterday discussing whether or not the two could get on, he said the president will decide whether or not this relationship is repairable. the two have been on the aeroplane on the way to newjersey for the press conference together. has anything managed to be resolved? all will be
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rev reels, i would imagine, managed to be resolved? all will be rev reels, iwould imagine, in managed to be resolved? all will be rev reels, i would imagine, in the next few hours. i admire your confidence. let us take a look at the weather forecast now. hello there, we have showers around in scotland and northern ireland. cloud is increasing n england and wales. heavy bursts of rain and strong winds, especially in the south coast. the rain sweeps through tonight, clear skies following. blustery showers continue in the north—west and a mixture of sunshine and showers were scotland and northern ireland tomorrow. the good pa rt northern ireland tomorrow. the good part of the day england will be clear. this rain never clears from the south coast, moving northwards through the day, spoiling the cricket in the afternoon. temperatures similar to past days. keep your eye on this rain, very
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quickly it becomes widespread across england and wales, heavy bursts of rain and gusty winds. sunshine and showers on sunday. hail and thunder is sweeping across much of the country. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. in the last few minutes, a family spokesman has told the bbc, charlie gard — the 11—month—old boy, whose parents fought a strenuous legal battle to take him to the us for treatment for a rare genetic condition, has died. the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge". president trump has received another significant setback in his bid to scrap the health care laws introduced under president 0bama. the us says north korea has fired a ballistic missile.
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it's thought to have landed in the sea between north korea and japan. more now on the news that the chancellor, phillip hammond, has said he hopes it will be "business as usual, life as normal" for british people immediately after the uk leaves the eu in 2019. he said the cabinet is in broad agreement that there should be a transitional period, lasting up to three years, enabling britain to move gradually towards a new relationship with the eu. mr hammond said the transition period would end by the next election in 2022. the chancellor and others have had to organise themselves to push forward this proposal. we may well
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find, this transitional period is kicking mccann down the road and not solving the problem. we have no idea what trade relationship will exist at the end of it. if it involves leaving the single market, all the problems associated with that will exert themselves, it will only be three years on. with me is robert 0ulds director of the bruges group — a pro—brexit think thank. and also professor anand menon, director of the uk in a changing europejoins us live from our 0xford studio. welcome to you both. in response to what we heard vince cable c, that the chancellor knows how damaging it will all be, how concerned are you about this potential three—year transition period? there needs to be a transition in terms of a temporary agreement in the clearing customs, perhaps in exchange for a regulatory convergence. transition would allow
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freedom of movement for three years beyond exit from the european union which does not seem to be what we voted for. the government's former position was that restrictions would come into place regarding removing people's acquired rights when they come here from another european state after article 50 had been delivered. it now seems this process will be continuing for a further three years which will mean 250,000 people coming per year because that is the current rate of immigration for the european union and it might accelerate as problems for the economy in the european union might continue which means we would be stuck. people are likely to feel duped, it looks like brexit is on hold or may not happen like they thought it which? yes and no. transition will come after we cease
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to bea transition will come after we cease to be a member state so for those leavers who are worried that transition means a subtle way of staying in the club, that should be reassuring. we would have to reapply tojoin everyone to reassuring. we would have to reapply to join everyone to to stay in. we are debating a debate amongst cabinet members at the moment, there are no firm proposals. there are hence the government will make new arrivals from the eu register so there will be a change in status. more importantly, 250,000 is not the number of eu immigrants who come here every year and that number has fallen post—referendum. the combination of the falling pound and the uncertainty those people feel about coming to britain means we will see the numbers dropped without taking any action. we will have to wait and see what the numbers tell us wait and see what the numbers tell us going forward. what about that? the number of people coming here is dropping because we are not as attractive as we were so really all
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those fears about freedom of movement continuing across the transitional period are unfounded? 0ne transitional period are unfounded? one of the main reasons people come here is because the british economy is performing better. manufacturing is performing better. manufacturing is up. the city of london is hiding people at record levels of employment. as economic problems persist in the eurozone, more people will come here. the government is saying after those three years new migrants will have to register, at the moment it is within the power of the moment it is within the power of the government to make migrants from the government to make migrants from the eu already registered. this is a p pa re ntly the eu already registered. this is apparently already have so it is strange are we not heeding it now. emigration was not the main reason for voting to leave the eu, it was about taking back control. —— immigration. absolutely. we should be seen from the government
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opposition from the government where we can keep trade opened through memorandums of understanding, the immigration issue does not mean we will be cutting off migration but making it work people would seek a work permit and permission to come here on a temporary basis, if we have the actual need but to be focused too much on european migration means we will have continual arbitrary measures to restrict immigration around the world such as computer engineers from developing nations which we might actually want rather than take anyone who will not contribute to the economy as we would hope. with all these fine minds working on the brexit plan, would it not be possible to come up with a more emphatic way it could be demonstrated to those who want to get out of the eu that things can be brought to faster? that depends on the trade—offs were willing to make. we often forget in this country and
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robert is forgetting, our transition arrangements with the eu are not just down to us. we depend on the eu as well. there is no reason why they would say to rise to what you like with free movement, we will then give you all the free benefits of the single market to make the transition smooth. they will want something in return. along with deciding what we want, we have to formulate a position which will be accepted by the other side as well or we will not get the transition deal. it is called a transition negotiation after all. thank you both very much forjoining us this evening. just a line following the news that the 11—month—old boy charlie gard has died after leaving hospital and going to a hospice. it was announced this evening he had died at great 0rmond was announced this evening he had died at great ormond street hospital which of course was involved in his
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ca re which of course was involved in his care for so many months says it sends his condolences to his parents following the announcement of his death. japan says north korea has fired another test missile which has landed in waters off its coast. it's the latest in a series of tests, by north korea — amid growing international tension over its nuclear ambitions. 0ur correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes in tokyo is following the story. actually this test is not unexpected, it's been on the cards, we thought it was going to happen on thursday which was the anniversary of the end of korean war. it is marked as victory day. north korea likes to do these things on significant anniversaries. we think it was delayed because of bad weather over north korea. tonight the launch has come. the missile flew for 45 minutes, longer than previous tests. it landed further north, close to the japanese island of hokkaido. the japanese government says it landed inside japan's exclusive economic zone.
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the american, japanese and south korean specialists will now be scrambling to do the telemetry to see how far and how high it flew because that will give an indication of what its full range might be. back on july fourth, the previous test showed it could fly 7500 kilometres, enough to reach the west coast of the united states. this one might be able to fly further, that is what they will be looking at. we arejust we are just hearing from the us military statement that the american joint chiefs of staff head of the pacific command has been in contact with the south korean chiefs of staff to discuss this latest missile test as you would expect. no doubt there will be a further statement from them on the response very soon. plans for a second golf course
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at donald trump's resort in aberdeenshire have been objected to by scotland's environmental watchdog. the trump organisation has submitted plans for an eighteen hole course but the watchdog sepa says it wants the proposals substantially revised. our news correspondent rebecca curran gave us the latest from the golf course. plans for a second golf course here at the menie estate in aberdeenshire have been talked about for years. what you see around me is much scaled—down version of what was initially proposed by president trump, which was two golf courses, a luxury five star hotel and hundreds of homes. the initial plan was submitted for the second golf course and 2013, it was then resubmitted in 2015. if approved, it will be named after mary macleod, the mother of president trump who was born in scotland. these objections could derail the plans. sepa has raised serious concerns about sewage and waste and all salt water drainage. scottish natural heritage is unhappy
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with the location of the new course. the trump organisation has responded and said the normal part of the planning process and there was nothing out of the ordinary. aberdeenshire council has to look at submissions from agencies like sepa for planning permission like this. the trump organisation does now have the opportunity to amend its plans to comply with the demands before the go before a committee on the 22nd of august. this weekend europe will mark the centenary of the first world war battle of passchendaele. the campaign, fought north of ypres in belgium, lasted over three and half months and led to around half a million casualties. one of those killed was george baxter lowson. he was 30 and came from tottenham in london. his story has inspired two local teenagers — who have learning disabilities — to pay their own musical tribute, as robert hall reports. jhonattan and zach from
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the vale school in tottenham are about to record the tribute to a man they'll never meet, but a man who has become part of their lives. a man called george. # my mate george # i visit you today # my mate george...#. we looked up where the grave of george baxter lowson was, a local soldier near our school. when i saw his grave in tyne cot... it's like we know him. # i think of what you say
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# my mate george #. because we've got disabilities it's very hard, but i feel me doing this song has made me more confident because i'm not doing it for myself. this isn'tjust a tribute — it's an expression of anger and frustration. # all i see is death, death, death, death in those places # names, the names, the names with no faces # soldiers lost and gone without traces, # a thousand unidentified cases...#. as ypres prepared for this weekend's commemorations, vale school performed their tribute in a city rebuilt from the rubble. their words and music are a new connection to one man from that distant past. i think he would be proud of this
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music, proud and pleased. he's not with us but, with this song, it's like he's sitting next to us. so we just wanted to give him something. # my mate george #. robert hall, bbc news, belgium. the headlines on bbc news: charlie gard — the 11—month—old boy, whose parents fought a strenuous legal battle to take him to the us for treatment for a rare genetic condition, has died. the government has announced that an independent review will be carried out into building regulations and fire safety, in the wake of the grenfell tower fire. the chancellor, phillip hammond says there should be a transitional period of up to three years after brexit, to avoid a so—called "cliff edge".
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here, council refuse workers in birmingham are stepping up their industrial action in a dispute that's left rubbish piling up in the streets. members of the unite union have been refusing to do overtime, and have been carrying out 2 hour stoppages every day — which rose to 3 hours today. the dispute is about planned changes to working practices. 0ur correspondent sima kotecha reports. it looks bad, it smells even worse. piles and piles of rubbish strewn across some of birmingham's streets. on this road, it's been weeks since the rubbish was collected. we seen a rat over there yesterday. absolutely disgraceful. four weeks now it's been there. absolutely terrible. we pay all our money, council tax, and they won't come and get it. give give the bin men what they want. it's absolutely disgusting.
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we come out of our house and its stenches of rotten food. it's horrible. dirty nappies. obviously, there's no other way to dispose of them. try to get as much poo off them as possible, but there's always some left. and they're in the bins. you open the bin, all you get is a whiff. flies flying out, the big green ones. while the stench from this pile of rubbish here really is unbearable, i'm not sure if you can see or not, but there are flies everywhere. and with this strike due to carry on until september, for people living on this street, the smell is going to get a lot worse. since earlier this month, bin workers have been striking for two hours every day over conditions and pay cuts. from today, they'll be striking the three hours a day. jackie's fed up with how it's looking around where she lives. and then you have these bags piling up against the door... she walks around her estate received where the situation is the worst. this is possibly a public health hazard.
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and just as a resident, i've lived here for over 30 years, and i have never known it this bad. it is very worrying to the rest of us, especially those with young children. the local council says budgetary constraints mean they need to adopt a new way of working, and that won't involve, they say, anyjob or pay cuts. the two sides say they are now willing to sit down and talk. but if there is no resolution, these strikes will go on. sima kotecha, bbc news, birmingham. for 75 years, an underground network of railways was used by royal mail to move post around the capital — but in 2003 the system was abandoned. well now it's reopening, as a tourist attraction — members of the public will be able to take a unique ride through tunnels previously travelled by only parcels and letters. tim muffettjumped on board. throughout its 500—year history, the royal mail's mission has remained pretty much unchanged.
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newsreel: now down the chute into the vans... to harness technology of the day to deliver letters and parcels as quickly and accurately as possible. this new postal museum shows how deliveries have evolved. but by the early 20th century, the mail system in london faced two big problems — heavy fog caused by smoke billowing from chimneys, and heavy traffic. the answer lay below ground. in 1927, this underground rail network opened. newsreel: on the post office tube railway, 25,000 mail bags a day travel through 6.5 miles of tunnels below crowded city pavements... for 75 years, unmanned trains shuttled mail between six sorting offices and two railway stations, liverpool street and paddington. i guess it was designed for letters, not people. exactly right. passengers will soon be able to ride specially—adapted trains
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through the tunnels. it was a really important part of moving the mail and speeding up the process. it was essential to allowing that communication to happen quickly. in 2003, the service stopped. its running costs were deemed too high. transporting mail above ground was considered more cost effective. this is one of the mail platforms, where the trains would have stopped and the mail would have been loaded into containers. it almost looks like it was abandoned. it pretty much was. the equipment was all left down here, newspapers and things like that still laying around, all the trolleys, the trains were still down here. soon to become a quirky visitor attraction, for some the mail rail has been underappreciated. the postal service is really the first social network, keeping people in touch, allowing people to stay in touch
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over distance and quickly, and it was important, the speed was important, and that's what mail rail was about, speeding the system up. tim muffett, bbc news, 70 feet below london. with me now is penny veck — visitor attraction manager and the train driver at the postal museum and mail rail. thank you for coming in. i imagine today was a busy day, the first aid day the postal museum has been open and mail rail opens in september, what has the response and mike?m has been amazing, such a busy day. —— been like? i have had so many people coming in. at the museum, we have been running ourfamily extravaganza. the rest of my day has been spent over there, interacting with families, painting and story telling, it is really exciting to see people in our galleries. telling, it is really exciting to
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see people in our galleriesm telling, it is really exciting to see people in our galleries. it is amazing that london has room for another museum, this one is so different. the tunnels only closed in 2003? absolutely, this museum celebrates our communication system which is an intrinsic part of our day—to—day lives. it closed in 2003 and he formed a huge part of our postal seven from 1927, transporting mail all over the country. —— postal system. this isjust mail all over the country. —— postal system. this is just a mail all over the country. —— postal system. this isjust a small portion of it which is being reopened? absolutely, the whole network runs from whitechapel to paddington in the west. that is 22 miles of track in total. we are opening under the main sorting office where they carried out a lot of their maintenance work. it was the central
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hub and we opening that up to the public. a colleague of mine who could be more romantic than heard said why would you want to go in a tunnel round london? how much can you see, what is the experience like? i am quite biased and i have done a few hundred times no mac but it is exhilarating. a lot of things that were last —— left brentwood —— 2003 are still there. you can see all the tunnels and it is quite well lit and we have special effects to enhance things. it is a part of london people have never seen before. the mail rail was one of the world's first driverless trains. it was operated by people on the platform by an electric rail so we have commissioned two new trains
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which are battery—powered. have commissioned two new trains which are battery-powered. you either visitor attraction manager, did you insist on driving the trains? we are in the final stages of our safety systems so we have not quite recruited the drivers yet so we got trained by their manufacturers who installed the trains so we have spent some time getting used to the system, ready for our visitors in september. certainly a perk of the job, thank you very much for coming in, we shall have to visit. let me bring you a line regarding that attack in hamburg. the attacker killed one person and injured four others. police have said in a statement that the attacker is a 26—year—old man, born in the united arab emirates. we have yet to determine the nationality of the perpetrator who stabbed a 50—year—old man who then
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died and six other people were wounded. a little more detail about the place of birth, united arab emirates about the attacker from the police in hamburg. time to look at the weather forecast. good evening, some heavy bursts of rain from the south coast. clear skies coming in from behind. blustery showers towards the north—west. a mixture of sunshine and showers for scotland and northern ireland tomorrow. england and east anglia may well be dry with sunshine, the best day of the weekends. this rain does not move from the south coast. moving north through the day, spoiling the cricket in the afternoon. temperatures similar to the past few days. this rain, through the late
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afternoon and evening, will become widespread through england and wales, heavy bursts of rain and gusting winds. sunshine and showers on sunday. hail and thunder sweeping through much of the country. this is bbc news. the headlines at eight. charlie gard, the baby at the centre of a high court battle over his care, has died. a family spokesperson tells the bbc "our beautiful "little boy has gone. "we are so proud of you, charlie." the government orders an independent review of building regulations and fire safety, after 82 tower blocks are found to have failed a new fire test in the wake of the grenfell tower tragedy. the chancellor says brexit in 2019 won't bring immediate changes — and it's likely to be 2022 before the full process takes place. and in the next hour:
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another setback for president trump amid a new white house row. the us senate rejects a fresh attempt to repeal 0bamacare — while the president's new media director has harsh words for his colleagues. and posting good returns — seats for the royal mail train,
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