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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: storm emma meets the beast from the east and wreaks chaos across the uk. it's revealed at least three and half thousand drivers were stranded on the m62 across the pennines last night — more roads have been closed today. trouble on the trains with services grinding to a halt — frustrated passengers take matters into their own hands. and after the snow, flooding hits parts of the south—west. many homes have been without power. theresa may sounds a pragmatic note in her plans for brexit saying neither side will get everything they want. and beating the odds to say "i do" — despite the atrocious weather and having to be rescued by farmers, sam and katie bullingham have the white wedding to remember. and newsnight, peace has broken out in the tory party after theresa
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may's brexit speech. how long will last and the europeans buy at? —— do the europeans buy it? good evening, and welcome to bbc news. snow and freezing temperatures have caused disruption once again over most of the uk as two storms — storm emma and the beast from the east — collided over britain. thousands of schools remained closed today, while icy roads led to accidents and long hold—ups crashes. train services and flights were also badly hit once more. one of the uk's major arteries, the m62 across the pennines is still shut tonight. the army has been called in around the uk to help. strong winds have added to problems causing large drifts in places. the sheer amount of snow remains a major concern,
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and even where it's been cleared the freezing temperatures mean ice is now an added danger. danny savage reports. for the last 2a hours, the m62 between west yorkshire and manchester has been a disaster zone. multiple pile—ups litter the carriageway. one driverfilmed this early today... dozens of vehicles written off. more than 3,500 motorists were stranded on this road overnight. most had been moved by this morning but hundreds were taken to emergency shelters. we landed in manchester airport about two o'clock yesterday and we've been trying to get home since then. the main route from the m3 to the south—west of england, the a303, also ground to a halt with drivers defeated by a combination of heavy snow and steep hills. i'm trying to get to an old people's home to get the heating on. i've been stuck out here since three o'clock this afternoon.
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there was some respite at this local petrol station that helped people through the night. we don't usually get snow here, not like this. do you think you're going to get out of here? yeah. of course we will. "there's worse trouble at sea," granny would say. snowploughs tried their best but made little progress because of the trapped vehicles. from yorkshire to the scottish border, nearly every route linking east and west was closed. somewhere under here is the a66 in cumbria. even the gritters aren't venturing out this far. this should normally be a busy dual carriageway over the pennines but it has been shut for days. it probably won't open for days yet and it's all because of these gale force winds just blowing the snow constantly across the carriageway. police are patrolling the roads to discourage people from ignoring the closures. these conditions are some of the worst i've seen
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for many years. the a66 is always one that's a problem area. as you can see today, this is particularly bad. trying to get this open is impossible at the moment. in hampshire, the 17:05 waterloo to weymouth train last night unintentionally turned into a sleeper service. passengers were stuck on board for 13 hours as the train lost power. the heating then failed in the freezing conditions. they managed to restore power so we had lights but we had no heating and things like the buffet car had run out of food and drink earlier on in the evening. so, it was a pretty cold night. in shropshire, huge snowdrifts blocked country roads as an army of farmers set out across britain to try and clear them. neighbouring worcestershire also saw several inches of snow. across the border into wales, three people were rescued after getting buried by drifts in their car near cowbridge. they had to sound their horn to guide searchers in. in ebbw vale, firefighters were called in to dig their way into this house.
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back in the high pennines, keeping livestock fed was a priority. keeping them watered though is a problem. the water's frozen, that's the main thing, in the house and out of the house. so, just watering animals is a big chore at the minute and just trying to feed up and getting to the sheep that are three miles away, just trying to get there is fun and games at the minute really. delivering supplies by any means possible will be normality in much of britain this weekend. there's no obvious sign of a thaw yet. large parts of wales have been badly hit by sub—zero temperatures and heavy snowfalls over the last 48 hours. cardiff and the valleys bore the brunt today. as kate morgan reports. after more than 15 hours trapped in the car and under several feet of snow, three people were rescued through the boot. the vale of glamorgan saw 51 centimetres of snow overnight,
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the deepest in the uk. this was the scene that greeted one homeowner opening the front door in barry. there were snow drifts as tall as houses in gwent. thousands of homes were without power at one stage. public transport was brought to a standstill and more than 1,100 schools closed for a second day. although most stayed at home, listening to advice not to travel until essential. here at the university hospital of wales, workers busy clearing snow. many routine operations had been cancelled across the country as nhs staff tried to keep services going. it is important to recognise that the public should use the many different sources of information they have on the internet and choosing well, to actually consider whether they need to come to hospital. that is not only now but over the next few days when we will undoubtedly see an increase in activity in demand for our health services
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and we want to deal with the sickest patients who need our attention. the welsh ambulance service has been calling on volunteers like dan peterson, who has a 4x4 and spent hours this morning driving staff to work. he starts again tonight. someone needed a lift this morning to get into itu at 6:30am for a 7am shift change, so we went to pick her up and we were going to pick her up on thornhill road, and by the time we went to pick the lady up, we had already picked up three other nurses on the way in, trudging through the snow. the snow kept falling outside this cardiff care home but a hot meal kept residents warm inside. hello, dh, how are you? staff have been sleeping here between shifts because of the difficulty of travelling to and from work. managerjan evans arrived for work this morning but does not know when it will end. i have come into work with my bag. we do not know what
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the weather will do. i am ensuring that i have got the staff in. my staff have been fantastic, they are working long hours, staying overnight. elsewhere, cardiff airport was closed after all flights were cancelled. tonight there is still major disruption and dangerous conditions on the roads, but for those with nowhere to go and time on their hands, for now, they are making the most of this extraordinary weather. a 21—year—old man who tried to kill a woman because she was wearing a hijab has been found guilty of attempted murder. paul moore, from leicester, chose zaynab hussein at random and ran her over in his car. he later told his half—brother he'd "done it for britain". moore was also convicted of using his car to seriously injure a 12—year—old muslim schoolgirl. he'll be sentenced later this month. theresa may has outlined her vision of britain's future relationship with the european union.
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in a speech in london, she said she was confident a deal could be done because it was in both sides‘ interests. the prime minister confirmed that the uk will be leaving the single market, as well as addressing the situation regarding the irish border. i want to be straight with people, because the reality is that we all need to face up to some hard facts. we are leading the single market. life is going to be different. in certain ways, our access to each other‘s markets will be less than it is now. how could the eu structure of rights and obligations be sustained if the uk, or any country, well out to enjoy all the benefits without all of the obligations? 0ur departure from the eu causes very particular challenges the northern island and violent. —— northern ireland and ireland. wejoined the eu 45 years ago, is not surprising
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that a decision to leave has cause anxiety and desire for concrete solutions. we have been clear all along, that we don't want to go back toa along, that we don't want to go back to a hard border in ireland. we have ruled out any physical structure at the border and any related checks and controls. it is not good enough to say that we won't introduce a ha rd to say that we won't introduce a hard border if the eu forces ireland to do it, that is down to them. we chose to leave and we have a responsibility to help find a solution. but we can't do it on our own. 0ur europe correspondent katya adler says reaction to the speech in brussels has been rather muted and wary. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, took to twitter to thank the prime minister for her clarity and say that confirmation that the uk would be leaving the single market and the customs union meant that it was heading for a free—trade agreement with the eu. privately, eu diplomats have praised the prime minister's more realistic tone, they said, admitting that both sides can't have exactly what they want. but they said they couldn't find much new in her speech and they lamented the absence of a workable solution,
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they said, to the irish problem. manfred weber, he's very close to angela merkel and a leader here in the european parliament, he said that the uk was still burying its head in the sand. so tonight we've got working groups from all the 27 eu member states who are poring over detail of the prime minister's speech. 0ne diplomat said to me today he hoped that he would find coded messages to the eu in theresa may's speech that would then become much clearer once they sit down again at the negotiating table. he said something similar happened with her last brexit speech back in autumn. for one happy couple the snow and giving them an unforgettable white wedding. guests attending sam and katie bullingham's special day in cornwall found themselves caught up in the atrocious weather and struggling to get to the church. even the vicar got stuck on the way.
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but when all seemed lost, local farmers can to help. earlier i spoke to the newly—weds and asked if they began to fear the worse when they saw the weather. it did not come in until we got down there, it was two hours of heavy snow and it came upon at all of a sudden, the weather forecast was the snow but we did not anticipate it being quite as do magic as it was. so talk me through the actual ceremony itself, how did everybody get there in the end? soap we were all at the hotel, and made the decision to go over to the church, andi decision to go over to the church, and i set up with the best man, the photographer and a couple of my archers, in my 4x4, to try and get there before katy did, and it took us about an hour to do the six mile journey, push some cars out of the way, reroute to three times, because of various other stuck traffic and lorries on the roads, but we did finally get there, and kati said how
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she got there. we are showing some photographs of you walking into the church, kati, it is very cold, and there you are in a white wedding dress, that is not an ideal scenario, is at? no, it was very cold but i was quite nervous... we have some fantastic photographs of you outside afterwards, how call was it as you stood there having those pictures taken? —— how cold? it as you stood there having those pictures taken? -- how cold? the pictures taken? -- how cold? the pictures were taken very quickly. we jumped out of the car, stood there, kissed, had the photos taken and thenjump kissed, had the photos taken and then jump back kissed, had the photos taken and thenjump back in the car. we took them as quickly as we could. and the vicar, there were tractors and 4x4 is involved as well? the vicar got stranded in his car about four miles from the church, and he got out and walked about two miles and then one of our guests that was coming to the
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wedding, he picked him up and brought him the rest of the two miles. it then because of the weather he decided he wanted to get back to his farm to make sure the stock were all right, so he couldn't even stated the ceremony. and you we re even stated the ceremony. and you were going on honeymoon but i am told that is going to happen straightaway? we were supposed to already be in venice now, so that has been cancelled at the moment, we are hoping to reebok in a couple of days. —— rebook it. now on bbc news it's time for newsnight with emily maitlis. i want to be straight with people. life is going to be different. we all need to face up to some hard facts. we are leaving the single market. oh my god, oh my god, oh my god! no! some of these ideas depend on technology. robust systems to ensure trust and confidence as well
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as goodwill. as frictionless a border as possible. if this is cherry picking, then every trade arrangement is cherry picking. are we there yet? theresa may is seeking a new path through the brexit blizzard. we dedicate tonight's programme to asking if she is on the right track. good evening. a few hard facts. a bit of soft fudge. and a warning to everyone they would have to compromise. theresa may was speaking today to her own sceptics as much as she was speaking to the naysayers of europe. if everyone or no—one ends up happy, then perhaps herjob is done. the tone today was markedly different from a year ago. then, she promised us the same benefits in terms of free access to trade. today, she warned starkly that life after the single


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