tv The Briefing BBC News October 19, 2018 5:45am-6:00am BST
to move its headquarters from london to rotterdam after a shareholder rebellion. onto the front page of the ft and, as we've been discussing, brussels has come down hard on italy's populist government for breaking eu deficit rules in its very first budget. the japan times says that plastic waste is mounting up injapan after china banned the import of plastic waste last year, out of concern over environmental pollution. and finally, we go back to the telegraph and the story that's been discussed widely since it broke that actress keira knightley has refused to let her daughter watch the little mermaid and cinderella — popular disney fairytales — because they're sexist. we're asking what do you think? do you agree? or is it political correctness gone mad 7 so let's begin with...
with me is nina trentmann from the wall streetjournal. we will get back on to the little mermaid at the end of the paper review. let's start with whether this is fact or fiction, if difficult to know. a striking picture of theresa may leaving a news c0 nfe re nce picture of theresa may leaving a news conference at the eu summit in brussels. she has been savaged by both wings of the party. given the cold shoulder, as we have said, by eu leaders. it is difficult to say whether the battle in brussels is easier to win than the war coming to her in westminster. i have increasingly thought that in the end, it's going to be as hard or even harder here than brussels because in the end, well, it's not as if the conservative party would bea as if the conservative party would be a lined with what it wants in regards to brexit and what the dup
would want. to raise a is of course relying on them to have parliamentary majority. she is in a ha rd parliamentary majority. she is in a hard place at the moment. presumably not for the last time. no length of time will change the nature of the obstacles facing this deal. i.e. what happens at the irish border.m seems so far that this is one of the ha rd est seems so far that this is one of the hardest issues to solve in brexit negotiations and also one of the reasons why this summit this week which was supposed to bring a breakthrough didn't actually deliver one because the eu and the uk can't really agree on how the solution should look like for the irish border or whether there should be a border or whether there should be a border or whether there should be a border or not. also, if the uk should extend its transition period. the eu has offered to add an extra year which from a british perspective, especially with parts of the conservative party, is unpalatable, because people arejust saying you are kicking the can down the road and just because you
haven't found a solution now, it doesn't mean you find one in one or two or three years. difficult times ahead. let's talk about a story in the times in the business pages. we have been talking about unilever and this issue of corporate identity. at the heart of unilever‘s problems, they are an anglo dutch group and they are an anglo dutch group and they have been since the 1930s. investors have been pretty split over the future of the country. the best way forward. why does it feel it needs to choose one jurisdiction over the other? unilever has argued that the past couple of years and again in the last couple of months since it has decided to have just one share class instead of two. it has argued it would help streamline its operations, reduce overheads and be more present to the challengers.
they was a bit of a wake—up call when we saw the takeover offer that unilever was not expecting at the time. the problem was that the management that they had to do something in order to show that the company is good by itself but also taking steps to streamline and become more efficient. the dual listing with london and rotterdam has always been one of the issues that people have looked at because it is relatively rare. why were they so opposed to this? why would they say they don't want this and unilever was effectively forced to shelve their relocation plans. was ita shelve their relocation plans. was it a brexit problem? the timing was a need to brexit discussions but from an institutional investor's problem, they would have always been
questions for another plan. as you said, it unilever has been forced to shelve the plans are unexpectedly because up until a few weeks from now, we were hearing that shareholders were widely in agreement with this. the problem is now offer unilever, i had to come to some sort of solution to solving the problem of streamlining organisations in some way or form without relocating and also making sure that shareholders don't revolt again. that is something which will bea again. that is something which will be a challenge by the current management and could possibly lead to changes in the near future. italy looking like they are on course for an unprecedented clash and rejection, perhaps, of spending plan by the eurozone? it seems that relations between rome and brussels are also not great. maybe not as broad as between london and brussels that the european have voted that
there is discomfort with italy's plans to bring up the deficit in order to bring down retirement age in order to end, and she previously said, and austerity and spend more money on public services. which, especially northern european countries at specially northlands and germany —— netherlands, have rejected. italy has a few more weeks to potentially resolve the situation by submitting a revised plan otherwise the eu have forces, and excessive deficit procedure which the eu could impose fines on italy up the eu could impose fines on italy up to 0.5% of gross domestic problem dott product which is significant. let's talk about an issue that i think is affecting everyone around the world. the japan times is
covering it today. the international issue of plastic waste. japan exports 1.5 million tons of waste per year and until last year, half of it went to china. lots of people don't realise this is what happens. it can disappear off to china, it can go all around the world. it's shifting the problem but not necessarily solving it. that has been the case for years and years. china has for years imported waste from all sorts of places in order to recycle it, also from the us. now with growing environmental concerns in china, the government has said we will no longer do it. that has been one of the reasons why we have been becoming aware of the problem because it is no longerjust vanishing into china. interestingly
enough, japan is producing a second round of a stick waste —— the second most amount of plastic waste other than the us. there are plans to increase recycling facilities within the country but in order to solve the country but in order to solve the problem of 1.5 million tons, as you pointed out, they might have to come up with additional solutions. the us also hasn't figured out the problem of what to do now that china has said thank you very much but no thank you. no more of your waste. let's move on to this story that has enraged people are cross the world and has twitter talking as well. these comments from keira knightly as she was promoting a movie in which she said ashley, she doesn't let her three—year—old watch certain disney movies because cinderella and the little mermaid our success. ——
actually. is this the snowflake generation? or has she had —— does she have a point? there are issues in fairytales but also in adaptations that were done by disney. you could say actually that is cruel or not conforming with the date of the views of society or how women should be presented. i wouldn't necessarily say that i wouldn't necessarily say that i would and my children from watching it, not that i have any yet but having a conversation with them about it could actually maybe help. i suppose it is raising awareness. if you want to talk to us about what is going on, it is the hash tag bbcthebriefing. hello again. most of us saw some decent sunshine on thursday, and after a sunny day, we've kept those clear skies
for the first part of the night as well. this is how things looked at the end of the day in east yorkshire. with those clear skies and light winds in place, temperatures have been falling pretty quickly. but we do have quite a bit of cloud now working into the north—west of the uk, along with strengthening winds. so the coldest part of the night is past us in northern ireland and across the north—west of scotland, with temperatures actually rising over the next few hours as this band of rain arrives. also some gale—force gusts of wind working into the western isles, becoming quite blowy as well for the northern isles of scotland. further south, well, we've got some frost around to start the day in the countryside. northern england cold, some cold spots in wales, again with temperatures just dipping down, and there could be one or two patches of frost elsewhere first thing. but generally for friday, across england and wales, it's high pressure that's firmly in charge, weather fronts staying across the north—west of the uk. heavy rain then to start the day across north—west scotland. but the rain eases off quite quickly, and as the front pushes southwards, it weakens just to a strip of cloud, really, across northern ireland, working into north—west england and the far north of wales — could be an odd spot of rain,
but not amounting to much. south of that, some sunshine, temperatures to 16 degrees also in london, so a pretty mild day coming up. now, through friday evening and overnight, we'll keep the clear skies, light winds combination across england and wales. this time, we may well see some mist and fog patches forming through the night as those temperatures fall. areas that could be foggy — well, maybe the somerset levels, through the welsh marches, the salisbury plain as well, could be a few patches elsewhere. so it does mean for some of us saturday morning could start something like this, and any mist and fog could take a few hours in the morning before it burns away to reveal some sunshine. further north and west, quite a lot of cloud to start off your weekend. outbreaks of rain for the north—west of scotland, where it'll continue to be quite windy. temperature—wise, the temperatures around about 15 or 16 degrees for scotland. a 17 for belfast, so mild here, and towards south—east england, highs reaching 18, possibly 19 degrees celsius. for the second half of the weekend, high pressure still with us across england and wales, but another cold front sliding into the north—west of the uk will bring some heavier rain with it to scotland, and this time northern ireland getting some
heavier rain for a time too. the best of the weather further south, but again there could be some mist and fog patches to start the day. some of that could be quite slow to clear. but it's in the south that we'll see the highest temperatures. things, though, cooling down across the whole of the country as we head into monday. that's your weather. good morning, welcome to breakfast, with naga munchetty and charlie stayt. our headlines today: a storm brewing back home. theresa may faces a conservative backlash over plans to delay britain's eu breakaway. get a shift on. the government's told to speed up its ban on new petrol and diesel cars. we'll be live in sydney, where in the past hour prince harry has scaled the sydney harbour bridge to officially launch the invictus games. in sport, we hear