good afternoon. the home secretary amber rudd has insisted that differences —— says the uk will continue to seek a bespoke deal on leaving the european union. and she has insisted that differences over brexit policy between cabinet ministers have been exaggerated. a cabinet committee will meet this week to discuss the government's approach to negotiations. here's our political correspondent, susana mendonca. watching the dragons in action on a trade trip to china last week, the prime minister was all too aware that her backbenchers at home were fanning the flames of division over brexit. centauri brexiteers have painted a picture of disunity on the government's front bench over the direction britain's negotiations with the eu should take, but now one leading cabinet member has pushed back. i have a surprise that the brexiteers, the committee that beats in order to make these decisions, meeting twice this week, as you rightly say, is more united than you
think. we beat in the committee and also privately for discussions, i think we will arrive at something that suits us all. assessments this week which had suggested the options for a post—brexit trade deal with the eu would leave britain where staff have been at the heart of an argument in the conservative party. brexiteers have direct criticism at chancellor philip hammond on the treasury, with one accusing civil servants of fiddling the figures. the home secretary said all departments use forecasts to defend decision —— to make their decision making and she defended civil servants. they are important to us, we respect them and they are internationally admired. we need to continue to attract the best into the civil service. amber rudd said the government wa nted amber rudd said the government wanted a bespoke trade deal with the eu and said it would probably involve some form of customs arrangements oi’ involve some form of customs arrangements or partnership. this leading brexiteers says it does not mean the customs union. since the
lancaster house and the florence speech, the premise has been clear we are leaving the customs union. there is a good reason for that. we would not have been able to negotiate free—trade deals with the likes of china or south america. the eu chief negotiator will come here tomorrow to start the next phase of brexit negotiations. and susana is with me now. an important week ahead for the prime minister on brexit? the goal very much so. the chief negotiator for the eu, michel barnier, is coming to the eu to speak to theresa may david davies, who is negotiating on the part of britain. it will be the first and they have met this yearfor the first and they have met this year for those key negotiations. they will be talking about britain's future relationship with the eu. very important meetings. in addition there will be technical discussions during the week as well. brexiteers will want some answers, whether or
not they will get them this week is unclear. in addition, there will be a cabinet committee meeting this week to discuss the government's approach. there have been lots of questions about whether or not the cabinet is singing from the same hymn sheet, whether they have the same direction on what they want brexit negotiations to look like, so people would be keen to see them speaking with one voice. amber rudd speaking with one voice. amber rudd speaking about a united cabinet, people will want to see whether that is really the case. thank you. mps have warned against cutting the number of royal marines to save money. reports have suggested that the government has been considering axing up to 2000 marines, as well as the royal navy's two amphibious assault ships, as part of a review. daniela relph has this report. it is a warning to government over the future of the royal marines. they are amongst britain's elite fighting forces. 6,500 of them, versatile and quick to respond. they also provide up to half the personnel for the uk's special forces. the defence select committee report says that further cuts to the marines would damage their ability to be a high—readiness
unit and warns plans to end the use of hms albion and hms bulwark, ships from which beach assaults are made, would be military illiterate at this time. since 2010, our military has been cut by a third in its capability. if this new round of cuts come, it will have been cut by a half. can you imagine if we had half the number of hospitals? can you imagine the outcry? spending on defence has fluctuated over decades, rising when british forces are involved in a live conflict. but since 2010, the figures show a consistent decrease. defence is now more complex and sophisticated than ever before. a report by the international institute for strategic studies suggests britain spends more on defence than any other country in the european union. but as well as traditional battles, there is now a technological fight that also needs money and resources. we need to define what our security needs to look like. do we want to be global?
do we want to be outward looking? post—brexit, can we just shrink back to a little homeland and try to protect ourselves? or do we walk on the front foot and try to deter people from taking a more offensive stance against us? the committee's report praises the defence secretary, gavin williamson, for taking control of the defence review, but again says he will not be able to prevent harsh cuts without extra funding from the treasury. the ministry of defence says protecting the uk is its priority and stress the royal marines play a vital role in defending the country. daniela relph, bbc news. sinn fein has confirmed that one of its stormont members removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car in belfast. video footage of gerry kelly taking the clamp off and driving away has been posted on social media. live now to our correspondent, john campbell in belfast. john, what more can you tell us? gerry kelly is a former senior ira
man who has been a leading sinn fein politician for many years. he came out of his gym on friday morning to find his car had been clamped. he was parked in a clearly marked restricted area. what happened next unfolded on these videos posted on social media. they show mr kerry on his knees next to the car, putting up his knees next to the car, putting up the chain is attaching the clamp. next to him on the ground were a pairof next to him on the ground were a pair of bolt cutters which he a p pa re ntly pair of bolt cutters which he apparently used to cut through the chains. he removed the clamp and the issueis chains. he removed the clamp and the issue is in the hands of his solicitors. they criminal damage complaint has been made to the police and he faces criticism from political opponents, who say nobody should be above the law in these matters. 0ne unionist leader has said he should now consider his position as a public representative.
thank you, john campbell. at least two people have been killed and 70 injured in a rail crash in the us state of south carolina. a passenger train travelling between new york and miami collided with a freight train and derailed. an elderly resident has died after an explosion and a fire at a care home at stevenage in hertfordshire. six other people were taken to hospital — one is said to be in a critical condition. the incident occurred at woodlands view car home. an investigation is under way into the cause of the explosion. the german chancellor angela merkel is holding a final day of talks in an attempt to form a governing coalition with the opposition social democrats. four months after the general election, germany has a caretaker government at the country remains in political limbo. 0ur correspondent damien mcguiness is in berlin. and, damien, there's a great deal at stake for angela merkel in these talks?
absolutely. as you say, it has been four months since the election. she has already tried wants to form a government with the liberals and the green party. those talks collapsed in november. talks with the social democrats are their only chance. if they failed, it would seriously undermine her credibility, the most likely outcome then would be another election. that would lead to a long period of instability in germany and the potential of no new government until the autumn. and also we might find ourselves in this position we are in now, with a potential chancellor finding it hard to cobble together a coalition. there is a ca reta ker together a coalition. there is a caretaker government here, no sense of crisis, the economy is going well. things are ticking along nicely in the short term with the ca reta ker nicely in the short term with the caretaker government, but it means there is no ability for the temporary government to take long—term decisions like reform,
particularly when it comes to europe. this is a problem for the whole eu. president macron has waited for a long time to push through an ambitious period of reform. if a government is not in place, france cannot do that, germany cannot support france, it could impact brexit because it means a disunited and insert any ruud brood be less inclined or able to strike a good deal with britain on brexit. —— a disunited europe may be less inclined to label. ajoint north and south korean women's ice hockey team has played in an international practise match ahead of the winter olympics which start on friday. despite being beaten 3—1 by sweden, the crowd appeared delighted — although there was a small protest outside the arena against the fielding of a joint team. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6:05pm. bye for now. this is when we look at the weather
for the week ahead. no dressing it up, it is staying cold this week and some of us will see some snow. worth watching, this one. before mps are warning that cutting the number of royal marines and the ships they use to carry out beach landings would significantly undermine uk security. a little earlier, the former head of the navy and former security minister, lord west, told me what he thought the cuts would mean. quite clearly there is insufficient money within the defence budget and each service will have been told to go away and look at measures that can be taken and the bracket within the navy that's being looked at to make those sort of savings will involve the paying off of the landing ship docks, these are for the albion and bulwark, which are crucial to amphibious landing and a reduction in the marines. capability, there's no point really in having a large marine force. but that amphibious capability has taken many years to build up and you can'tjust suddenly create it again.
so losing it is strategically illiterate — as the defence committee said. although some people would say, if you look at what are arguably the biggest military threats to this country at the moment, maybe north korea, would the royal marines be much use well i think in the north fiahtiesgszisiiigz" " '* the falklands was a one—off and quite a
long time ago, wasn't it? well each war is always a one—off. we don't know what will happen tomorrow. there is no doubt the amphibious capability for an island nation is very important. some people would say, yes, nice to have a large royal marines fighting force, but at the same time you can't have everything — these are difficult times economically, there are a lot of demands on government expenditure — the nhs for example many people say in crisis. we just can't afford to do everything. i found from my time in government that governments can afford to do the things they believe are important. and government after government keeps saying the most important duty of any government is the defence and security of our nation and british people globally and i'm afraid successive governments have cut and cut and cut. this happened to other forces, and since 2010 already —— this hasn't happened to other forces, and since 2010 already
our military capability has been reduced by a third. if they take the measures like the amphibious shipping and the others they are talking about, our capability will have been cut by a half. can you imagine if since 2010 we had cut our hospitals, we had half the number of hospitals? it would be just mind—boggling. i don't think the british people realise what cuts the military have had and in the final analysis for the safety and security of our nation, you need military forces. the international olympic committee president thomas bach has described the decision to overturn the lifetime bans of 28 russian athletes found guilty of doping as "extremely disappointing". on thursday, the court of arbitration for sport upheld the athletes‘ appeals, saying there was insufficient evidence they had benefited from a system of state—sponsored doping at the 2014 winter games, which were held in russia. speaking at a press conference, mr bach said the ioc will look to overturn the decision. we unfortunately only know about the reasons from the very few sentences in a press release.
it has so far the panel was not able to deliver a reason for the decision. which we are eagerly awaiting. we have asked to speed this procedure up. we have been told that this could be the end of february. which is extremely unsatisfactory situation. let's go to athens now where thousands of greek nationalists are taking to the streets of the capital as part of a dispute with neighbouring macedonia over the former yugoslav republic‘s official name. greece argues the use of the name implies territorial claims on its own province of macedonia — while the macedonian government says its country has been known as such for a long time. greece is blocking macedonia's
ambition to join the european union greece argues the use of the name implies territorial claims on its own province of macedonia — while the macedonian government says its country has been known as such for a long time. greece is blocking macedonia's ambition to join the european union and nato until there's a solution. protests there in athens. thousands of people, as you can see, on the streets. the headlines on bbc news: a senior brexiteer accuses ministers of being vague and divided in their plans for leaving the eu. at least two people have been killed and dozens injured after a collision between two trains in south carolina. mps warn that cuts to the royal marines would leave britain's global interests ‘at serious risk‘. the hollywood actress, uma thurman, has claimed
that the disgraced film producer, harvey weinstein, tried to sexually assault her in a london hotel. the star has made detailed accusations in a newspaper interview. mr weinstein's lawyer said his client was stunned and saddened by what he considered false allegations. it comes as scotland yard confirms it's looking into two more allegations of sexual assault against the producer. our correspondent, simon jones, has more. she starred in several films produced by the disgraced movie mogul. it was after the success of pulp fiction that uma thurman says she was targeted by harvey weinstein. now she's the latest woman to speak out in an interview with the new york times. uma thurman claims harvey weinstein pushed her down when she met him in his suite here at the savoy hotel in london. she says he tried to expose himself, he did all kinds of unpleasant things. but she said she managed to wriggle away like a lizard. the next day, she says,
a bunch of flowers arrived. a spokeswoman for harvey weinstein said in a statement: it comes as scotland yard say they've received two further allegations of sexual assault, one from a woman who claims harvey weinstein assaulted her in westminster in 2011, and another from a woman who says she was targeted in the republic of ireland. that brings the total number of women who have reported the producer to british police to nine. officers in new york and los angeles have also begun investigations. he has denied all allegations of non—consensual sex. harvey weinstein was once one of the most powerful men in hollywood, credited with scores of oscar wins, but he has been thrown out of the organisation that runs the oscars and he's now in rehab, a huge fall from grace from which there is
likely to be no return. simon jones, bbc news. police in florida have arrested a man they say made threats to kidnap the singer lana del rey. the man was carrying a knife when he was arrested near the amway center in orlando where the singer was due to perform. michael hunt, who is 43, is facing charges of aggravated stalking and attempted kidnapping. research suggests regular churchgoers are more likely to support immigration, than people who regard themselves as christian but don't attend services. the study of data from the british social attitudes survey has been carried out by bristol university for bbc local radio. graham satchell reports. sausages, bacon and a warm welcome. this the anglican church of the martyrs in leicester. it's open to everyone — families students, homeless people, migrants. jane has been helping out here for more than a decade.
for me, i think it is part of my faith is to serve and to encourage people and to help people. some people leave their own country, not out of choice, but because they have to. as a christian, it is about being welcoming, welcoming to the stranger. ebony is just one migrant who has been warmly welcomed. she came to britain from zimbabwe 16 years ago. i found the same christian principles of loving your neighbour as yourself is what they hold here. so it was easy for them to welcome me, because of their christian faith. so surprising then that the vast majority of people who describe themselves as church of england are opposed to immigration. researchers at the university of bristol analysed a series of social attitude surveys. they found that 87% of anglicans think the number of immigrants coming to britain should be reduced. it compares with 77% of people who say the same thing with no religion. church leaders say they have work to do. we don't have a great history
in this country in the church of england of having welcomed immigrants, way back since the ‘50s and ‘60s. and we still have a long way to go in order to enable, to help to educate congregations to be able to express a more fuller welcome to those who both enter our churches and also come to our country. the study also found a difference between those who go to church every week and those who call themselves christian, but don't go to church. 66% who regularly go to church say migrant numbers should be reduced. whereas it is 86% for those who say they're christian but never attend. the church of england, you know, you go to some of them and it feels like a branch meeting of momentum. david curtain is a ukip member of the london assembly. he is still a committed christian, but stopped going to church after the eu referendum.
i was quite shocked at one point, because the vicar of the church actually was against brexit and he started using the pulpit to preach against brexit. for people like me, who think well it is not so much that i've left the church, but perhaps the church has left me. but aren't christians meant to love your neighbour as yours? absolutely, but that doesn't mean that you support rapid mass immigration. back in leicester, breakfast is still going strong. so is it possible to be a christian and to be opposed to immigration? richard worsfold is the vicar here. intellectually, i'm sure it's possible for people to make an argument for that, whether i would accept that argument is another matter. there are complex arguments here about cultural attitudes, christian teaching, politics, the difference between economic migrants and refugees, but if the surveys are right, there remains a huge disconnect between hierarchy in the church and the majority of its congregation. sport now and a full round up, from the bbc sport centre.
by, rugby, football, tennis, pretty much everything. i will start with the tennis. cameron norrie was great britain's here on the opening day of the davis cup tie against spain and he is doing everything he can to try and keep them in it. great britain are 2—1 down, so have to win both singles rubbers today and the world number 114 norrie has fought back against albert vinolas—ramos, who's 21st in the world. he lost the first set on a tie break, but then raced away with the second 6—2. and in the last few minutes he has lost the third set on another tie—break. so he has to win the next two sets to keepggreat —— keep great britain's davis cup hopes alive. there is the captain, leon smith,
trying to urge his man on to do great things and punch above his weight, really, when it comes to the rankings. this is live on bbc two. there is a possibility that kyle edmund, who has been struggling with a hip injury, could be called into action for the final rubber against roberto bautista agut is norrie could push it into a decider. but he is 2—1 down in this robber. —— if norrie could push. he's done that quite a lot. forced errors. thejust getting a second when there. lots of chuntering to the umpire. high drama. it could be about who has the greatest sta m i na. there were wins for ireland and wales yesterday in their opening six nations matches. the defending champions england should make a winning start this afternoon. they take on italy in rome at 3 o'clock. worcester‘s ben te'o has got the nod ahead ofjonathan joseph at outside centre. he hasn't played for england since last year's six nations. he scored against italy at twickenham when he made his first england start.
we are very happy with the team. it's a great opportunity for them on sunday. the preparation they have had has been first class. the attitude and effort of the players has been outstanding. the leadership from the senior players has been good. we are ready to put on a pretty ruthless display on sunday. a number of incidents from france's defeat to ireland yesterday are being reviewed. on two occasions a french player left the field for a head injury assessment, when they both had knee injuries. referee nigel owens said the independant match—day doctor advised an hia was needed. you were telling me that it is an h i a question mark is that correct? clearly. —— i a question mark is that correct? clearly. — — you i a question mark is that correct?
clearly. —— you are telling me that it is hia which is needed, is that correct? that was the decision. this is being investigated. a couple of premier league matches this afternoon, spurs willjump above liverpool into third if they win at anfield. liverpool are the only side to have beaten runaway leaders manchester city this season — that was a classic. jurgen klopp thinks the spurs match could be as well. tottenham has been thinking a lot about our strength and we have to think a lot about their strength. it can be a game like it was against manchester city. after the manchester city game we said it's really rare. everybody expects so much for it to be a fantastic football match. from my point of view, don't hesitate, do it again. in the next hour, crystal palace,
two a bove in the next hour, crystal palace, two above the relegation zone, at home to newcastle united. they are only out of the bottom three on goal difference. the winner would climb to 11th. that is how tight it is at the bottom of the table. that's all the sport for now. more on bbc news throughout the afternoon. you can check out the website to keep up with the tennis. asa keep up with the tennis. as a spurs fan, you keep saying spurs will climb above liverpool if. it's a big if. isaid it it's a big if. i said it was a big if. it's a huge. i'm going to find a local hostelry. and i'm confident that our lot are going to give your lot a beating. i'm confident it will be the other way around. that is why sport is so beautiful. thanks very much. darkest hour, a film
depicting winston churchill during the war, has been nominated for 9 baftas and 6 oscars. the make up team that transformed gary 0ldman into the prime minister are among those hoping to win an academy award. brennan nicholls has been to meet them. you cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth! gary 0ldman's performance in darkest hour has already earned him many accolades and critical acclaim. turning him, though, into britain's wartime prime minister has been hailed as a masterpiece of make—up. gary would come into the bus. we'd shave his head, apply the make—up, it takes just over three hours to apply the make—up and wig, plus getting him into his fat suit and costume, it is close to four hours for the entire thing. he'd then go to set for ten or 12 hours a day filming and we'd need to be there the whole time to maintain his make—up throughout that. he would then have his make—up removed which takes one—hour and then once he goes lucy and i stay for another hour or two. gary 0ldman convinced kazuhiro tsuji to come out of retirement to design the churchill make—up. having just been working with david on another movie, it was 0ldman that asked him to be
on set applying it alongside colleague lucy sibbick. and it's the three of them that have been nominated for the oscar. i'm extremely proud. it's the bestjob i've done so far to date and i'm just so pleased it's getting the recognition that it deserves, because the amount of effort that myself, kazu and lucy have put into it. you know, there's such a big team involved. we're here now getting the credit and our names are on the award, but the amount of people in the workshops who have been involved is amazing. we are to receive our award. the 39—year—old make—up artist has a cv full of blockbusters to his name, but this is his first ever oscar nomination. look at all this texture around here. the texture on gary's nose and the colouration and broken vein work and stuff like that. that's whyjust spending that bit more time prepping, that's why our days were so long. ijust wanted to make sure i painted all of those pieces perfectly so that they match everyday.
david flies out to los angeles for the oscar nomination lunch this weekend and then it's back for the baftas, before heading back to la for the oscars themselves on march 11th for what could be his finest hour. good luck to them. let's see what the weather is doing. a drier, brighter picture. but it is cold. especially in this keen north—easterly wind into the south—east. some showers here. elsewhere showers are isolated. the temperatures are struggling when you factor in the wind, specially in the south—east. feeling close to freezing. the showers coming tonight turning to snow in the south—east. not everybody will see them. but