this is bbc news. our top stories: a brexit breakthrough. the british prime minster says cabinet ministers are backing her plan for leaving the european union. this is a proposal that i believe will be good for the uk and the european union, and i look forward to it being received positively. divers in thailand succeed in getting an air line to the cave where 12 boys and their football coach are trapped. but conditions still aren't right for a rescue attempt. the us and north korea agree to set up a joint working group on denuclearisation after mike pompeo‘s latest trip to pyongyang. china retaliates after the us imposes tariffs worth $34 billion, accusing washington of starting the "largest trade war in economic history." the british prime minister,
theresa may, says her cabinet has reached a collective agreement on the basis of the uk's future relationship with the eu post—brexit. it has set out plans for a "free trade area" between the uk and the eu, which it believes will prevent a hard border in ireland. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, said he would assess whether the ideas were workable and realistic. here's our political editor, laura kuennsburg. look close. then closer. look through the haze. there's the cabinet, deciding theirfuture. and, more importantly, all of ours. the prime minister, in purple, gesturing to boris johnson. what do you think his body language is saying back? theresa may's allies desperate
to get him and the other brexiteers on board. inside there were, and likely still are, profound disagreements about life outside the eu. theresa may argued for a model where we're snugly tied to the eu in many ways, but it seems, at least in her mind, a deal was done. well, in detailed discussions today, the cabinet has agreed our collective position on the future of our negotiations with the eu and our proposal will create a uk—eu free trade area, which establishes a common rule book on industrial goods and agricultural products. this will maintain high standards but we will ensure no changes can take place without the approval of our parliament. as a result, we will avoid friction in trade.
that will protect jobs and livelihoods and also meet our commitment to northern ireland. we've also agreed a new business—friendly customs model with freedom to strike trade deals around the world. but if it was easy, theresa may wouldn't have had to call her ministers to her retreat. suggestions brexiteers might quit after plotting last night, so alarmed atjust how close a relationship number 10 has design. be clear, what theresa may says has been agreed is a tighter rather than a looser relationship with the rest of the eu after we leave. yes, immigration as we know it will come to an end, but she wants to sign the uk up to following many eu rules. so was today the day she faced down her reluctant brexiteers? right now we just don't know if they rolled over or are guarding their angerfor another day. in recent times, the animals here have been better behaved than the political creatures in the tory party. the prime minister's been struggling between eurosceptics and former remainers almost impossible to tame.
after the cabinet, she'll have to sell her plan to those grumpy mps and then, on the opposite side of the table, to the rest of the eu. they're likely to suggest everything wholesale but listen, perhaps a tiny chink of light. the uk has started to engage with us on all these topics. this is welcome and i look forward to further clarity from the uk. a long day's talks in the country have produced something, something that's acceptable to a majority of the cabinet? yes. something the tory party can live with? perhaps not everyone. something that talks with the eu can build on? maybe so. a leap forward for theresa may? certainly, yes, but we can't know where that leap will land. emergency workers in northern
thailand have set up an air supply line in the cave where 12 boys and their coach have been trapped by rising water for two weeks. as rescuers try to work out how to bring the boys to safety, attempts are being made to dig down to them. jonathan head is at the entrance to the caves in northern thailand. well, the 25—year—old coach who's been trapped in the cave with the boys has offered his "apologies" to their parents in a scrawled note released by the thai navy. thailand is holding its breath for the safe return of the group. we can speak to our correspondent sophie long, who's at the mouth of the cave. well, thai navy seals who have been in and out of the cave overnight, they brought out some messages from they brought out some messages from the boys and the coach. the coach says he sincerely apologises to the boys‘ parents, he had promised to ta ke boys‘ parents, he had promised to take care of them. the notes from the boys say things like, don't worry about us, we are strong and we are fine, but they are also asking
for certain things to eat when they come out. so, messages coming out from the boys showed that they seemed to be in high enough spirits. meanwhile, as you said, and air line was established into the cave last night which is improving the quality, oxygen levels had been dropping but they are now being brought back up. that is good news. eating at the moment is that time is critical. it has always been a race against time, a race against the weather. heavy rain is forecast for later today and that could under do all the progress they have made over the past few days, pumping out millions of gallons of water, trying to bring those water levels down in an attempt to get the boys out of the cave the way they came in. it means that this stage, the only way out could be made more safely. killing has been ongoing, they have been drilling many holes up in the mountains, 18 of those, we are told, is promising. —— drilling. they have
got down 400 metres but we know they have to get down 600 metres to get anywhere near an attempt to reach the boys. we had a late—night press conference with the governor of china and ray province, and he made that point again, saying that the time is absolutely critical. —— chiang rai robbins. if the rain causes the water to —— into the cave, they have made efforts to stop that from happening by building dams, but he said that if that were to happen, they have an emergency plan to get the boys out. only yesterday, of course, we had a tragic news that a former navy seal who had been volunteering as part of the operation, he was taking air ta nks the operation, he was taking air tanks into decay than on his way backin tanks into decay than on his way back in lost consciousness. tragic news at the camp yesterday which only underlines just how fraught with danger any attempt to bring out the boys, many of whom cannot swim, and none of whom have any diving experience, would be. staying in thailand, rescue teams say the chances of finding more survivors from a capsized boat are slim. at least 33 people are confirmed
to have died in the accident off the resort island of phuket, but the bodies of more than 10 people are feared to be in the sunken hull. the boat, the phoenix, was carrying 105 people when it ran into trouble during a violent storm on thursday. lebo diseko has more, and just to warn you, there some distressing images from the start. searching for more survivors, but hope is fading. 49 people were found alive on thursday, but the fear is the time for rescue may fast be running out. now many of those polled from the water have lost their battle for life. for loved ones anxiously waiting, it's the worst kind of news. those who did make it and were treated in hospital spoke of traumatic scenes. translation: the ship started swaying very badly. it must have been shaking for about 30 minutes. 0n the second floor there were a lot of mothers carrying babies. they were very scared. everyone was shouting for help
but the boat was shaking too much, it was impossible. an investigation has been ordered to find out why a severe weather warnings was ignored. there were waves of up to five metres high, making the phoenix overturn and sink. it was one of two tourist boats that capsized off the coast of peru kept on thursday evening. —— coast of phuket on thursday evening. authorities say the search will resume on saturday morning to try and find the 23 people still missing. but the longer that takes, the more hopes fade that they will be found alive. lebo diseko, bbc news. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has wrapped up his "make—or—break" meeting with the north korean leader's right hand man, kim yong—chol. this is his third trip to pyongyang, and the first since the historic summit between president trump and kimjong—un. mr pompeo is expected to meet the north korean leader on saturday before he leaves for tokyo. here's the bbc‘s mariko 0i in seoul.
as you mentioned, mike pompeo arrived on friday afternoon and he met with kim jong—un‘s right—hand man. that was the only meeting as far as we know that took place late yesterday. it wrapped up around 7:30pm local time and they spoke about three hours before breaking for dinner. apparently the mood appeared relaxed. mike pompeo joked that this was his third time and that if he came another time he would have to start to pay taxes. to which the right—hand man suggested that the more he came the more trust could be built. this morning his first meeting was scheduled at 9am local time, about one hour ago. we still do not know who he is meeting with. as you can imagine, the information is only trickling in. i'm basically following some journalists who are accompanying mike pompeo to pyongyang — as far as i could tell they are not updating regularly. yesterday, all of a sudden, just as the meeting wrapped up we started to get a lot of tweets from mike pompeo and the journalists
but as far as we know they have now set up a working group to nail down some of the details of the denuclearisation of the korean peninsula which was agreed between president trump and kimjong—un in singapore last month. china has imposed retaliatory ta riffs china has imposed retaliatory tariffs on us goods after accusing the us government of igniting the biggest trade war in economic history. the chinese commerce ministry said the measures would match $34 billion worth of us tariffs, which came into force on friday. it's a bitter pill to swallow forfarmers in the us — especially those who grow soybeans and have seen their fortunes fall. the bbc‘s nick bryant has travelled to alabama for this report. these have become the golden
battlefields of a trade war that's fast engulfing the world. farmers in the american heartlands sown with soya bean crops are now hit with 25% import duties by beijing in revenge for us tariffs on chinese goods. china is the biggest export market for american soya beans and josh 0gle has seen the price plunge to a nine—year low. but he voted for donald trump and backs the president's protectionist fight. he's a businessman and he knows how to negotiate and do things. i've got faith in what he's doing's going to work. now, is it going to work in the end? time will tell. but this trade war is going to hurt your business? it could, it's very possible it could hurt our business. it's according to how long it lasts and how long it takes to negotiate it out. nearby huntsville, alabama is the fastest—growing tech hub in america, a silicon valley of the south. and the home to high technology campuses now caught in the no man's land of this tit—for—tat conflict. this company manufactures
communications equipment and its product lines use 1300 components imported from china that have now been hit by us tariffs. its costs have increased, its global supply chains have been disrupted and its ceo says they are being punished for manufacturing in america. if i buy the individual pieces, the individual chips and components and resistors and bring them into the us so i can manufacture here, we're slapped with a 25% tariff so i think that's going against what we want to have done. that policy is penalising american companies? those that actually manufacture here in the us, yes it's a problem. the us economy is thriving, many talk of a trump bump. and a recent poll suggested for the first time in his presidency, a majority of americans approve of his handling of the economy. a trade war could jeopardise all of that. this america first protectionism is already hitting american commerce. supporters likejosh believe
the trade war will be short and sharp and america will end up on top. but that faith in the president could easily turn into frustration, even fury, if this summer of tariffs turns into an autumn and winter of economic pain. nick bryant, bbc news, alabama. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: we'll have all the latest from another thrilling world cup game in russia, as pre—tournament favourites brazil, are knocked out by belgium. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the host of the 2006 football world cup. they pipped the favourites south africa by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated and celebration parties were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window
and made his way to the queen's private bedroom, then he asked her for a cigarette. and, on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. applause this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: following a day of intensive talks, the prime minster says cabinet ministers have reached agreement on uk relations with the eu after brexit. emergency workers in thailand have set up a supply of air to a group of boys trapped in a flooded cave as authorities publish an apology from the coach to the
childrens‘ parents. let's return to our top story now and the brexit plan unveiled by the british prime minister on friday. how has the media in the uk reacted? with me is vicky pryce who's chief economic adviser at the centre for economics and business research. thank you forjoining us. that was quite a day and night, wasn't it? absolutely and the newspapers have reacted... i would absolutely and the newspapers have reacted... iwould not absolutely and the newspapers have reacted... i would not say positively but they have not attacked the plan. it means that she is taking the country with corrupt waypoint. there are some tory mps who have been eurosceptic and are already voicing concerns. some headlines say it is a farcical fudge. 0verall, what she has managed to do is show some leadership once, 01’ to do is show some leadership once, or at least some visible leadership
for once. i am sure she was doing plenty behind—the—scenes. for once. i am sure she was doing plenty behind-the-scenes. starting with the daily telegraph. the headline says the cabinet signs up to the brexit deal. there you have it. there are are some interesting language in there. for example, the prime minister said that britain would establish a free trade area for goods with the eu allowing for frictionless trade and avoiding the need for a high border in ireland. that is a key issue. absolutely. that is a key issue. absolutely. that is a red line for europe and it is something that we needed to nail down. that is the minimum that they had to do to get to the plan, at least accepted, in terms of being able to continue talking with europe. the reality is that quite a lot of what has been agreed, in inverted comments, they will need to negotiate with the eu from here on and a lot will be done with the —— within the transition period. and
she is talking about a phased move towards some sort of new customs arrangement which is more or less what we have now. given the transition period would be what we have now for quite sometime, there is time to negotiate the detailed. pa rt is time to negotiate the detailed. part of the trouble with our language is that it keeps britain tied to eu rules and regulations and thatis tied to eu rules and regulations and that is exactly what the eurosceptics and hard brexiteers do not want. even a except we have to deal with europe. whatever you do in terms of deciding to go your own way your own thing, terms of deciding to go your own way yourown thing, in terms of deciding to go your own way your own thing, in reality europe was going to remain a substantial pa rt was going to remain a substantial part of business because 45% of our goods and services go that way. so we need those regulations for any goods that we have been exporting to them, they have to follow what they do. the question is will we influence any of that regulation as it develops? the answer, u nfortu nately, it develops? the answer, unfortunately, is no. but who knows what may be arranged over the next
few years. looking at the express. it says brexit our clash. it claims it is farcical. and they call it an eu fudge. these are the sceptics we are talking about. absolutely. that you have two except these rules. and, more or less, you need to accept that it is the case. and because that services are not included, we are a long way from achieving what we had a fall in terms of free access. nontariff areas matter for the future and we worked strongly in the service sector and not allowing anyone to come into the uk to establish themselves here and then be able to sell services across europe unhindered because we will be a country outside the eu, they will find it hard and not want to be here
than, perhaps, summarising rather than, perhaps, summarising europe. and that is precisely what a large number of those in the financial sector are doing, setting up financial sector are doing, setting up different outlets depending on which sector they are from in order to be able to trade freely across europe. and it will become even more important in the future. looking now at the daily mail. where trees are male —— theresa may threatens to sack borisjohnson. male —— theresa may threatens to sack boris johnson. what male —— theresa may threatens to sack borisjohnson. what is interesting here is that there was a lwa ys interesting here is that there was always took she could lose members of the cabinet, cabs waiting outside for them to resign and leave. she seems to have held it together for 110w seems to have held it together for now at least. she has and i think thatis now at least. she has and i think that is good news. you never know what will happen in the future because, like we said, this is a negotiation that is going on with the eu and within her own government. there will be a number of people who are unhappy and the implications of some of what has been said are interesting. the idea
we can have a customs union with the eu and still be able to do our own trade dealjust is not hang together. and that is actually what is still going to be irritating a number of brexiteers. and boris johnson will be very much one of them. we will probably be getting back to that at some point. that is an interesting way for us to set way onto the guardian where michel barnier takes the view of what the eu was willing to compromise. so there are red lion, freedom of movement of people for examples. if uk softens their approach, a p pa re ntly uk softens their approach, apparently michel barnier is willing to talk. it has been softened to a point but it is again the fudge and will need to be clarified. britain is saying now that we - not have is saying now that we will not have movement that stops but an eu citizen will be overcome in and out as they wish in terms of travel and
study. that sounds like freedom of movement. it does. but what is at the essence here, is that they come to work and at the end of the day we will probably allow that as well. so all we are talking about at the moment is registration. i think we will have preferred status of the eu and it is important to see what will happen to people who are in the eu right now from the uk because their rights will need to be preserved and most people like to go work abroad and firms like to move people around depending on where skills are needed. i think we will gradually towards something that looks like freedom of movement that she is not allowed to say this at present. and michel barnier will assist. millions of eu citizens in the uk and fight verso. that brings us nicely to the financial times. the economics of this is that what theresa may has proposed appears to be what big business would like. proposed appears to be what big business would likelj proposed appears to be what big business would like. i think up to a
point. if there is no problem in terms of sending goods in and out of europe and having them come back again, the supply chain works in such a way. so integrated. things moved out all the time and you do try to be competitive by getting parts from the best suppliers. try to be competitive by getting parts from the best suppliersm would be a nightmare to have two arrange customs arrangements. that is fine. many companies are notjust manufacturing companies. they are also service providers. in some cases, some need manufacturing firms are more service firms than one who actually produces things with the maintenance and software used. what will happen to all of that? that needs to be clarified. are we moving in the right direction? so she has just taken everyone one step forward in terms of basically at the end of the day not changing things. thank you very much. time will tell, to
use an old cliche. let's get all the world cup action. and we now know the winner of the competition will be a european team, after belgium beat brazil 2—1 to go through to the semi—final. it's a huge blow to one of the tournament favourites. richard conway reports. the scars from brazil's 7—1 semifinal defeat to germany four years ago might never truly heal. this world cup was supposed to provide redemption. but belgium reopened that old wound, early pressure leading to a fernandinho own goal inside the opening quarter of an hour. soon, it was two. scored in russia, made in manchester. united's lu ka ku feeding city's de bruyne. with their place in the tournament on the line, brazil emerged in the second half like a swarm of angry bees. the belgian defence was eventually bridged, coutinho's unlikely chip to augusto making it 2—1. that set up a frantic final 15 minutes. belgium survives and will now meet france for a place in the final.
for brazil, heartbreak once more. four years on from humiliation on home soil, there is disbelief over a team that promised so much and delivered so little. in the day's other quarterfinal, two teams with strong world cup pedigrees. only one of france and uruguay could advance, and it was les bleus who struck first. raphael verane with a glancing header. uruguay fought back, forcing this wondrous save from hugo lloris. second half, and from the sublime to the ridiculous. muslera attempting to parry antoine griezmann's shot, directing it into his own net. 2—0, and french hopes of winning a second world cup are still very much alive. richard conway, bbc news, moscow. thank you very much for watching. you can catch all the news bbc news .com. well, for many of us,
it's going to be another hot day. temperatures are going to exceed 30 degrees across the south. we had temperatures up to 31 on friday. we'll easily make that on saturday. having said that, there will be a little bit more cloud around during the course of the weekend. in fact, some areas may even be a little bit of overcast, at least from time to time. now, the atlantic weather systems away towards the north of us, they're still closer to iceland than they are to the uk. so that's why we're in this predominantly dry weather. there's no changes absolutely as far as the eye can see, at least through the weekend, into most of next week, in fact, the whole of next week. bad news for the gardens and parks. a lot of scorched grass albert at the moment. anyway, these are the temperatures first thing in the morning. 17 in london.
13 in newcastle. and then those temperatures are going to do one thing in the morning, theyjust shoot up and up and up very rapidly. so lots of sun around, but it will be cloudy from time to time, particularly around some north—western areas, may be eastern areas picking up a bit of cloud. cloud's also developing across the midlands. 30 at least in london. i suspect temperatures could get up to around 31 or so. northern parts of the country will be closer to the mid—teens. high pressure's with us pretty much all through the weekend, however, there is this one little cool front that nudges into scotland, and that means basically a little bit more cloud here for the north—west of scotland, the western isles in general, and maybe some spots of rain and these atlantic fresher winds win. so across the north—west here, it is going to be quite a bit cooler on sunday. temperatures perhaps only in the teens. whereas to the south of that, it's just going to be hot. very hot in fact. temperatures across the south could peak at around 32 celsius on sunday, hitting 90 fahrenheit. newcastle will be at a very pleasant 24 celsius. now, i already mentioned, not much change on the way next week. in fact, staying dry. but it won't be quite as hot. looks as though the heat is going to be pushed back into europe, and we'll see slightly cooler air riding around this high
pressure because the winds around the high pressure blow in a clockwise fashion like so. so any air here will be basically be pushed back into the uk. so that means that we'll see more and more northern parts of the country into the slightly fresher air. still most into the 20s. we're not talking about it necessarily cooling off a great deal. in fact, on monday, it's still in the high 20s across the south. it's only when we get to around tuesday or wednesday, maybe back down to the mid—twenties. and in the north you can see here, closer to the teens. that's it from me, bye—bye. this is bbc world news. the headlines: the british prime minister, theresa may, says a day of intensive talks with cabinet ministers has produced an agreement on future relations with the european union after brexit. the deal proposes continued free trade in goods, but it says the current free movement of people will end.
rescue teams in thailand say an air supply line has been installed in the cave where 12 boys and their football coach have been trapped for two weeks. authorities have published an apology from the coach to the childrens‘ parents and letters from the boys to theirfamilies. the us and north korea have agreed to set up a joint working group on denuclearisation after a meeting in pyongyang between seretary of state mike pompeo and the north korean leader's right hand man, kim yong—chol. mr pompeo is due to meet kim jong—un on saturday. 30,000 people are expected to march through the capital this weekend