this is bbc news. the headlines at midday: a shift of policy on europe by labour — shadow brexit secretary sir kier starmer, confirms the party would keep britain in a customs union. we have long championed being in a customs union with the eu and the benefits of that. obviously it is the only way realistically to get tariff—free access. it is really important for our manufacturing base. and nobody can answer the question of how to keep a commitment to no hard border in northern ireland without a customs union. this is the scene live in pyeongchang where the closing ceremony of the winter olympics is under way — team gb took their record tally of five medals at the games. syrian warplanes are reported to have attacked the besieged rebel area of eastern ghouta despite the un security council voting unanimously for a ceasefire. one of bollywood's most famous actresses, sridevi kapoor,
who starred in more than 200 films has died suddenly at the age of 5a. and in half an hour here on bbc news: is seeing really believing? click investigates deep fakes and software used to swap faces in video. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. the labour party would keep the uk in a customs union after brexit. its parties, brexit‘s spokesman has confirmed that shift of policy today, circular shouldst armagh was talking on the andrew marr show
saying the arrangement would be best for the economy. it is a policy shift marking a clear difference with theresa may, committed to leaving the eu customs arrangement and the single market. here is our political correspondent. this now marks labour moving decisively towards a much softer version of brexit than the harder version being pursued as we understand it by theresa may. why doesn't matter? it the parties. staying within a customs union, labour's new policy, this would mean britain would still need to impose tariffs in goods coming in to the country and abide by many of the rules and regulations we currently do within the eu. as opposed to theresa may's version which is leading the customs union and giving britain much more room to divert and go off and do its own
thing. but as keir starmer set out, this new labour policy will be announced tomorrow byjeremy corbyn. obviously it is the only way to get her free access, nobody can answer the question how do you keep your commitment to no hard border in northern ireland... hard crunch is coming now. he was saying crunch time is coming now due to the parliamentary arithmetic. that's right, parliament will vote on the terms of the final brexit deals so whatever theresa may negotiates with the eu, the commons will have a say. any tory remainers who may decide they want to side with labour's
vision of brexit and vote against theresa may, to stay within a customs union, potentially if those numbers add up, tory rebels siding with labour and greenspan snp and those remainers voters, they could potentially defeat the government. but would that mean? it would undermine theresa may's authority, leading possibly to another snap election. we also had from the trade secretary this morning. he was after this could put the government down. he said theresa may is yet to outline the government's vision for the future relationship of the uk within the eu. they have the numbers to blow her massive hole through this process. i would say to my colleagues that theresa may has kept a broad range of views on the european issues in her cabinet for a reason. we sat down, with those
differing views, we looked at the issues, options and we came to an agreement that we are all happy with. that was liam fox on andrew marr earlier. it will be an important week ahead, big speeches from jeremy corbyn and theresa may in the next few days. i think we're seeing labour setting out its position get in ahead of theresa may's big brexit speech. a coming for some time. there has been pressure with an labour backbenchers forjeremy corbyn to move on this. theresa may will be giving the final speech on what we have had a series of speeches dubbed the road to brexit from the conservative party. she will set out has been recently agreed amongst the brexit cabinet, britain's vision of its future relationship with the eu. this is called an's opportunity to get in their first and really set out that
stall in what is the separate position to the conservatives. he is also under pressure from some in the labour party, notjust stay in a customs union, but also to say that britain would stay in the single market. that's right. there are those who want him to go even farther. we have had on the front page of the observer today there is this letter from 37 mps saying it is all very well you will keep close ties, but we want that to go even farther, to stay within the single market. what they are saying is that is the only way for labour to honour its spending commitments. we know it is taken some months to getjeremy corbyn to shift this far, but there is still pressure for him to go even further. that is our political correspondent. we have also heard from the veteran labour mp, who told the politics programme that the shift in policy over customs union is not what people voted for in the referendum. it goes against what we
said at the election and all these scare tactics during the campaign, all the major figures were saying if you vote here, you are leaving the customs union, you are actually leaving the free market. there is no question about what the referendum was deciding. that is frank field, the labour mp with his views on that issue. now, the latest on the winter olympics. after more than two weeks of sporting drama and political controversy, the closing ceremony of the winter olympics is under way in south korea. that's the scene live in pyeongchang. norway won gold in the final event to top the medals table. russian athletes, competing as neutrals, haven't been allowed to march under their national flag after two failed drugs tests. but olympic officials will lift the ban on russia after the games,
as long as no more competitors are found to have committed doping violations. our correspondent stephen mcdonell is at the olympic park now. as well as a great sporting event, this has been an opportunity for all building a relationship between north and south korea during a time of huge tensions. what is the latest on that? absolutely. people will remember these games as a time of re—establishing communication between north and south korea. after so much hostility between the two, to the extent that we have just heard from the north koreans that they are prepared to talk to the us side. not a lot of details about when that might happen, butjust having the north koreans come out
here at the winter olympics and saying they are prepared to talk to the us is quite remarkable. and that is what the government here has tried to make happen. the meeting that was supposed to happen around the opening ceremony between the vice president and the sister of the north korean leader which fell over at the last minute when the north koreans pulled out was all being organised by the south. it seems they keep pushing the two to somehow come together and in this spirit of the peace of the olympics, if you like, it does seem there is some ground. we are yet to see that meeting take place. but it would be something if it happened. edward. and it would be real progress, wouldn't it? these games have kind ofa wouldn't it? these games have kind of a marked an improvement in relationship between north and south and this is further evidence. indeed. furthermore, we have now
seen indeed. furthermore, we have now seen that ivanka trump was placed very close to the general hair at the closing ceremony and it was a bit more friendly this time. there wasn't the tension around mike pence and the north korean sister. people seemed happier, i guess they tend to be at the closing ceremony. critics of this movement say north korea should be can continue to be isolated but in the south, the majority i think voted in the government to try and build some sort of links with the north and thatis sort of links with the north and that is what the south koreans have tried to do at these olympics. they have try to open up doors. who knows what it will come to in the long run. cynics might say that north koreans have tried this before and
they still have their nuclear lab weapons. many i reckon think having some sort of dialogue dialogue it would make peace more likely. the closing ceremony then, how is it then? the closing ceremony is traditionally more of a party type atmosphere. the opening ceremony is more about welcome to the games. at the closing, the pressure is off, the closing, the pressure is off, the athletes are able to let their hair down a lot more. south korea is showing off its music and culture. of course it is a big kapok nation, p0p of course it is a big kapok nation, pop music is pretty famous hair. and all the athletes, we have seen them coming into the stadium. north and south korean athletes coming in
waving flags, but they didn't come under the unified flag, they had each other‘s flags, but some had unity flags as well. but there they we re unity flags as well. but there they were all marching in together again. it has been a bit of a celebration, i guess, marking that these games have been very successful. i think thatis have been very successful. i think that is one thing the south koreans would think it has all gone pretty smoothly. we had the problem of the wind and the very cold weather at the beginning, but they were able to deal with that and get through it and it has been a very spectacular and it has been a very spectacular and successful winter olympics. i think everybody would agree with that. thank you very much. in the us: the national rifle association in the united states has accused u..-.l-. . . jll ll, school shooting in florida.
syrian government forces have continued air strikes in the rebel held area of eastern ghouta, despite a un security council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. it's hoped that an end to fighting would allow humanitarian aid to be brought in and injured civilians to be rescued. the syrian government has criticised that vote. andy moore reports. another air attack on the besieged enclave of eastern ghouta yesterday. shortly after the un decision, similar bombings were reported. even as they voted unanimously in support of the resolution, there was doubt on all sides about how much effect it would have. the text calling for an immediate ceasefire took place by one calling for a truce without delay. it would not apply to any jihadi militants. we are deeply sceptical that the regime will comply.
but we supported this resolution because we must demand nothing less. we owe this to the innocent people of syria, begging for help. the russians said it was naive to think difficult issues could be addressed overnight. the syrian ambassador said his country had the right to act in self—defence. translation: this will not succeed and it will backfire sooner or later. we have the right to defend ourselves according to the charter. the international aid agency stand ready to help but it is not safe enough yet for them to go in. we are ready to roll out assistance to be able to cover and reach people who have been besieged for a long time and bring them much needed life—saving assistance. the un secretary general has called eastern ghouta hell on earth. he has called on all sides to implement the agreement as soon the headlines on bbc news: a shift
of policy on europe by labour — shadow brexit secretary sir kier starmer confirms the party would keep britain in a customs union. the winter olympic games come to a conclusion with the closing ceremony at pyeongchang olympic stadium. team gb took their record tally of five medals at the games. syrian warplanes are reported to have attacked the besieged rebel area of eastern ghouta, despite the un security council voting unanimously for a ceasefire. one of bollywood's most famous actresses, sridevi kapoor, who starred in more than 200 films has died suddenly at the age of 5a. she was
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: impact, g impact, she was one of has a big impact, she was one of bollywood's brightest stars. sport now, and let's get a full round up from the bbc sport centre. thank you. news from pyeongchang on the way. ben stokes was "delighted to be back" according to captain owen morgan,as his first england match for five months ended in a three—wicket defeat by new zealand in hamilton. england made 284—8 in the first one day international with stokes making just 12 with the bat. he was more helpful with the ball though,
and tried to inspire an england fightback taking two wickets. new zealand won by three wickets in the end mitchell santner finishing it in style in the final over. the winter olympics are over for another four years. the closing ceremony is taking place right now in pyongchang, and billy morgan, the bronze medallist in the big air yesterday, has been selected to carry the team gb flag. there was plenty of excitement on the final day of action. the men's ice hockey final was a classic as the olympic athletes from russia came from behind to beat germany 11—3 in overtime in a thrilling climax. there were jubilant scenes as the oar won their second gold of the games and 17th medal overall. the winning team proudly sang the russian national anthem as the olympic flag was raised in honour of their win. if you're a football fan,
it's one of those days where you might never leave the sofa or the pub, or might not switch the radio off all day. two big games in the premier league, and the league cup final. the early premier league kick off is already under way. palace take on spurs, palace are just a point above the bottom three, while spurs are fourth. tottenham have already missed a good chance through harry kane,a nd had an appeal for a penalty waved away. it's 0-0. well, after place—tottenham there's another big game as manchester united look to reclaim second spot against chelsea at old trafford. there's no love lost between manager'sjose mourinho and antonio conte, but the pair were staying tight lipped when they were asked about each other in the build up.
i told you before i am not going to speak about it, not at all. that is not the point, that is not the point. very good manager, fantastic tea m point. very good manager, fantastic team and that is what is important to me. i think ithink in i think in the past both said of the things. and 0k, i think in the past both said of the things. and ok, for me it is ok. i am not interested to speak about this topic. that game is at five past two and then at 430 there is the small matter of the league cup final at wembley between arsenal and manchester city. will it be a first cup manchester city. will it be a first cu p su ccess manchester city. will it be a first cup success vendor manchester city. will it be a first cup success vendor has won the premier league, but this one is a lwa ys premier league, but this one is always evaded him while wadia is still hoping for a treble of trophies this season. for us it is
an opportunity, we play with all the regular players and we want to go to wembley. i think wembley is special, because the stadium is divided into and it is a special day and no matter how many games you have played in your life, it is always a special day. in the beginning in august when we start we saved the same, we will be judged for how many titles you win. the same contenders, it is always the same. as they said before, these eight months together we live what we live and that belongs to us. you can follow all of that on the bbc website and on bbc radio five live. i will have more in the next hour. thank you. in egypt, archaeologists have revealed a recently—discovered tomb, which is thought to be more than 2,000 years old. it's about 120 miles south of cairo and contains
dozens of ancient burials. it's hoped it'll boost tourism. bill hayton reports. eight metres below ground, buried treasure, centuries old. stone coffins, card sarcophagi, and ancient stones and jewellery. this was a burial place for priests from a nearby city. it's only the beginning. i think we need at least five more missions to work. but we are going to add very soon a very new archaeological attraction in egypt. amongst the many fines were the remains of sacred animals, preserved as offerings to the afterlife. at about 1,000 small statues known as ushabti, intended to act as servants to be dead. and one very special piece of jewellery: an amulet with a message. translation: on the 31st of december, eight colleague
alerted me to a scarab which had the message happy new year on it. it was a wonderful coincidence. the government hopes discoveries like this will improve tourism in egypt. visitor numbers are rising, but they are only half on its own, this term is unlikely to unlikely to attract many foreigners. it is in middle egypt, a long way from the pyramids and the ancient city of luxor, and tourism facilities are poorly developed. but it is a reminder the pharaohs left plenty behind, and in places that easier to see. now the weather. the weather is
fairly quiet. not very warm. despite sunshine. that is the theme for the rest of the day. not overly warm, but many see an almost unbroken sunshine. the eastern side of scotla nd sunshine. the eastern side of scotland and eastern england. five, six, 7 degrees further west. even then, cloud from the north sea and there will be wintry showers. mainly light, but it will be a cold start to the new day on monday and feeling much colder right across the british isles compared to the weekend. those wintry showers always there to be had across the eastern side of the british isles. and the temperature is much lower than the weekend for many locations, especially through central and western parts. later in the week, snow will become disruptive and it will turn very cold. this is bbc news, our latest headlines:
a shift of policy on europe by labour — shadow brexit secretary sir kier starmer confirms the party would keep britain in a customs union. the winter olympic games come to a conclusion with the closing ceremony at pyeongchang olympic stadium. teamgb took their record tally of five medals at the games. syrian warplanes are reported to have attacked the besieged rebel area of eastern ghouta despite the un security council voting unanimously for a ceasefire. one of bollywood's most famous actresses, sridevi kapoor, who starred in almost 300 films, has died suddenly at the age of 5a. nigerian perin to put their
daughters may have been abducted by booker hara and have released a list of 105 names. it had not been clear up, how many girls had been missing after an attack on a boarding school. the president of nigeria has described it as a national disaster, and promised additional troops and aircraft to help define the girls. it's been a week of conflicting lines and confusing information from nigerian authorities on just how many students were taken from the girls' boarding school in dapchi town. but parents of the missing girls, who formed an advoacy group, have released a list of those still missing.