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the brexit divorce agreement. cabinet ministers are heading to downing street as the prime minister seeks to get their backing for the proposals and says she will deliver on brexit. we will take back control of our money, laws and borders. we will deliver brexit and the united kingdom is leaving the european union on the 29th of march 2019. does the prime minister still intend to put a false choice to parliament between her botched deal or no deal? i will be reporting live from downing street. with less than an hour to go until the most crucial cabinet meeting theresa may's premiership. all the latest from westminster and brussels this lunchtime. also: dozens of people are still unaccounted after california's worst wildfires in history as the death toll rises to 48 and prince charles celebrates his 70th birthday today — he'll have tea with fellow 70 year—olds and dinner with the queen.
on public display for the first time in more than 200 years — jewels once belonging to queen marie antoinette of france go under the hammer. and coming up on bbc news, the first premier league sacking of the season. slavisa jokanovic loses his job at fulham. he'll be replaced by claudio ranieri. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. theresa may is preparing to meet her cabinet in an hour's time — as she tries to secure support for her draft brexit agreement with the eu. in the commons this lunchtime, she told mps that her draft brexit deal delivered on the outcome of the 2016 referendum to leave the eu and that the government would not hold another referendum or renege on the result. senior conservative mps across the party have called on ministers to reject the deal, saying it would leave britain locked
into the eu's rules, while the democratic unionists have warned it could lead to the break—up of the uk. the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says the draft agreement is a half baked failure. let's go to ben brown in downing street. less as you say, until what will be the most crucial cabinet meeting of theresa may's premiership. the cabinet will finally gather this afternoon in downing street to decide whether they can support the d raft decide whether they can support the draft withdrawal agreement. —— yes, as you say. ministers have been arriving here last night and this morning individually for one—on—one meetings with the prime minister and his study, in detail, the draft agreement. here is our political
correspondent ben wright. early morning and number ten made a final push to convince the sceptics. the international development secretary penny mordaunt was stony faced and tight—lipped after she left after talks with the prime minister. i'm looking at the details today... other cabinet brexiteers we re today... other cabinet brexiteers were noncommittal, too, including the bricks —— the bricks secretary himself. the former tory leader, iain duncan smith, also slipped in, a lead of the tory brexiteers in parliament who are furious about the proposed agreement. if it means we would be potentially locked in a customs union forever, and only leave from the eu, that is not acceptable, that is an brexit. but also fears from another former tory leader. what you must worry about here is if you don't take this opportunity to leave the eu and get brexit over the line, if you like,
you might never leave at all. downing street might say it is disagreement or nothing. but supporters of another referendum says parliament should throw it out. we will be paying this huge sum of money for no agreement in return. that, to anybody, to my mind, doesn't make any sense at all. the la st two doesn't make any sense at all. the last two years the prime minister has told us no deal is better than a bad deal, now she is arguing that we have to accept a bad deal for fear of no deal. a stumbling block has been the irish border. the uk has set a temporary agreement should go in place, in exchange for no hard border after brexit. the party propping up the conservatives in the commons is very concerned. news about goods, agriculture etc, in northern ireland, would be determined in brussels without any say from the uk or northern ireland.
the draft agreement was a failure, according to some... even the conservatives agree that the prime minister is offering a choice between the worst of all worlds and a catastrophic series of consequences. when will the prime minister recognise that neither of these options is acceptable? we will not rerun the referendum. we will not rerun the referendum. we will not reneged on the decision of the british people. we will leave the common fisheries policy, we will leave the customs union, we will leave the customs union, we will leave the customs union, we will leave the agricultural policy, and we will take back control of our orders and laws. the united kingdom is leaving the european union on the 29th of march 2019. but the prime minister's task of getting a brexit deal through parliament will be tough as this question from one of her own mps proved. you are not delivering the brexit people voted
for. today you will lose the support of many conservative mps, and millions of voters across the country. cabinet agreement later today would be a big boost for the prime minister, but her tory critics are circling and parliament could yet torpedo her plan. enright, news, westminster. —— ben wright. the irish border has been nick easter can point in the negotiations between london and brussels. emma fardy now looks at what this draft eu withdrawal agreement could mean for northern ireland. —— emma vardy. the road to brexit has again and again led us back to the question of the irish border. today is the day we may finally get to see what the government believes is the final destination. from gb, we import a lot of stuff. we import all of our malt, which is one of our main ingredients. we import a lot of our hops. when the uk leaves the eu, it may result in the need for new checks on some goods coming from britain into northern ireland. that has been the subject
of intense political argument. at this company in east belfast, they're waiting to see how the politics may affect their pints. it would definitely slow things down. it would be more paperwork. the paperwork already is a bit cumbersome. it probably would become more expensive. the main thing is we just don't know so it is hard to prepare when you don't know what is going to happen. at northern ireland's larne harbour, every day trucks of trade arrive over the irish sea from britain. if goods are destined to travel on into ireland, at the moment there is no need for checks because northern ireland and the irish republic are both part of the same eu rules. once the uk leaves, that will change. both the uk and the eu have committed to avoiding the need for checks at the irish border itself. brussels has always insisted that until an overarching agreement between the uk and eu can guarantee no hard border, the uk must abide by a backstop. this would keep the whole of the uk
aligned by eu rules, but it is believed the backstop also includes measures which would result in the need for new checks on some goods coming from britain into northern ireland. this, the democratic unionist party says, would undermine the integrity of the uk by creating a border down the irish sea. businesses in northern ireland dealing with food or livestock could be particularly affected. like dan carlin, who supplies the hotel industry. everybody is guessing, i suppose. all supposition at the minute, no one really knows what this is going to bring. but, as i say, there is enough red tape and enough hassle on small businesses nowadays without this and ijust hope it goes smoothly and, at the end of it, it would be great if it was "as you were" but i'm scared about some of the extra costs that are going to come.
the details that dan and thousands of other businesses have been waiting for are expected to be published later today. the brexit deal is packed up and ready for delivery. the question is whether parliament will send it back. we can get the thoughts of norman smith who is in the palace of westminster this afternoon for us. the prime minister now has this d raft the prime minister now has this draft agreement, question is, can she get the seal of approval from the cabinet this afternoon without any resignations? it is curious. there was almost a calm before the storm feeling here at westminster, where despite the enormity of the moment, the intensity of anger among tory mps, at prime ministers questions only one back city mp got up and challenged theresa may to her face, but delivering an ominous warning to her that she hadn't delivered the
brexit people had voted for. —— only one brexiteer tory mp. if the cabinet decided to abandon mrs may and her proposed brexit deal, then they will plunge the brexit process into potential chaos, they could well provoke a political crisis, they could accelerate britain's departure from the eu without any sort of deal. and all that might entail. the argument mrs may will make to them, this is it, there isn't going to be a better deal, so we may not get a massive resignation, there may be a couple lower down the cabinet chain, which is why one leading tory brexiteer said to me this morning, if the opposite class aren't going to stop this, then the poor bloody infantry will. many, if the cabinet don't
rebel the deal, tory mps are determined to do that. —— meaning, if the cabinet don't. thanks very much. earlier a reaction from northern ireland, let's now get reaction from scotland. lorna gordon is in glasgow. we don't have the details of this draft but we do have the gist. what is the reaction there? there are growing concerns in scotla nd there are growing concerns in scotland about what happened in northern ireland. a little over ten miles of water separate the two places. but it's fair to say, as far as the scottish government is concerned that might as well be an ocean in terms of what it —— what is suggested with regards to what is on offer to northern ireland compared with what is on offer to scotland. it comes down to this, whether the deal has some form of words which means, implicitly or explicitly,
northern ireland stays in the single market. nicola sturgeon says if that is the case that would be a very bad dealfor is the case that would be a very bad deal for scotland. remember, scotla nd deal for scotland. remember, scotland is a place where the majority of people voted to stay in the eu. nicola sturgeon says coming out of the single market is bad enough, but if northern ireland gets to stay in then that would put scotla nd to stay in then that would put scotland at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to jobs and investment. she says if a special deal is on the table for northern ireland, then why not scotland, too? thanks very much. we can now go to —— we can now go to cardiff. what do you think the impact this draft will have on wales? it is important to remember that wales has one of the highest levels of exposure to the brexit uncertainties of any part of the uk.
welsh exports to the eu market are 1196 welsh exports to the eu market are 11% higher than the uk average stock then there is welsh ports, lots of freight goes between wales and the irish republic. that means the hard—boiled is very important —— the ha rd hard—boiled is very important —— the hard border is very important to wales. the number of hgvs which go from the republic of ireland —— a high number of hgvs goes from the republic of ireland to other parts of europe through wales. that gives you an idea of the importance. ca rwyn you an idea of the importance. carwyn jones has you an idea of the importance. carwynjones has called on the prime minister to stare down the brexit extremist and keep the uk in the single market and the customs union. thank you very much indeed. we can get the latest on all of this from brussels. 0ur correspondent is there. we know the eu ambassadors
are meeting today. there has to be political sign off on this proposed agreement here in london, but also in brussels and among the other eu 27. that's right. everyone here is taking a big intake of breath. and they are also holding their breath now to see how this plays out that cabinet meeting in london today. really, everybody being silent. the official spokesman here wouldn't have any comment at all. he said a process is under way. it has gone to the cabinet in the uk. it'll come back here. we will wait and see. he made no comment. that is the reflection of that sort of nervousness that the text has been put out there. a sign of that was a comment reported in the times this morning. michel barnier‘s deputy, who was the one who sat down and did the negotiations, a diplomatic note saying she might have said that this leaves the eu in the best position
for the future. the uk must align their rules but the eu will retain all controls. nervousness about that sort of thing influencing debate in the uk. the feeling is that if the —— the feeling is the eu has conceded a lot, but is also asking a lot of the uk to stay aligned with eu rules on the future. nervous people watching what is happening in london. then we will hear from the ambassadors here later —— where you are later. thanks. the cabinet meeting begins at two o'clock. it is expected to last for three hours. by five o'clock we should know if the prime minister has overcome the latest obstacle inheritance to secure a brexit dealfor britain. obstacle inheritance to secure a brexit deal for britain. back to you. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may prepares to meet her cabinet in downing street — amid criticism from across her party over the draft brexit deal with the eu. and still to come...
jewellery from the last queen of france — marie antoinette — goes to auction, 200 years after her death. coming up on bbc news. a half century for sam curran boosts england's chances in the second test against sri lanka — they finished their first innings on 285. dozens of people are still unaccounted for in the town of paradise in northern california, which was destroyed by a wildfire last week. 48 people are now known to have died. firefighters say they've now contained the worst of the fires in the north of the state, but they don't expect to get it fully under control until the end of the month. 0ur correspondent dave lee sent this report from california. this devastating fire has now scorched indiscriminately through approximately 200 square miles of northern california. 0n the ground in the worst—hit town, called paradise, search teams
are using advanced forensic techniques to find and eventually identify the dead. some trapped in their homes, some not able to escape quickly enough. in the south of the state, a separate blaze has destroyed more than 400 structures, but firefighters there at least feel they're beginning to see some progress. this is how it looked to those trying to escape the inferno in paradise, in what is now the deadliest blaze in california's history. this footage was filmed by a 16—year—old who was fleeing with his mother. that was six days ago. now the community is trying to start the rebuilding process, including where its children will now go to school. students from paradise high were welcomed into a school in the nearby town of chico. it was the first time many had seen their classmates since the fire. it's tough. all of us have lost our homes, and our community's been wiped out. i was driving home to try
and evacuate, get things and i got about a quarter mile from my house and there was just fires erupting everywhere, so my husband called me and just said, "wherever you are, turn around and get out of there." students from paradise high school may not have any more school buildings to call their own but they're meeting here in order to make sure their school community stays very much intact. teachers have promised the class of 2019 that they will graduate together. dave lee, bbc news, in northern california. the town of barrow—in—furness, in cumbria, made the news earlier this year, after it emerged that 12 people had died from suspected drug overdoses over a period ofjust four months. one man struggling with a 20—year addiction is bobby—joe strike. 0ur social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan, met bobby at the start of this year — and has been back to see him, to find out whether he's managed to turn his life around. that's the proper stuff.
bobby strike, moments after injecting heroin and crack cocaine. it seems one is too many and a thousand is never enough. his addiction meant he was injecting up to six times a day. i have been using since i was 17 years old. i'm now 39 years old, you know. when we met in april, there had been an unprecedented i2 drug—related deaths in bobby's hometown of barrow—in—furness in just four months. sometimes i will pick myself until i bleed. the former dj seemed resigned to his own fate. you know the chances of you reaching old age are very slim? oh, i know it is pretty limited, very limited, in fact. yeah. you're ok with that? well, yeah. some people think that they've got insects underneath their skin. it's sad, it's very sad. all i can wish you is genuinely, the very best of luck. thank you. cos you're going to need it. thanks very much. thank you. you're welcome. leaving bobby was hard.
by the time we'd filmed with him, i met him a number of times. i actually felt i knew him. he was funny, he was likeable, he was articulate. and most of all, he was intelligent. he knew that his addiction could kill him. and in a town like barrow, with so many people dying because of drugs, i actually feared he wouldn't make it. but bobby has made it. the man we once knew now unrecognisable. itjust makes me think i'm so glad, i'm so glad i'm not doing that any more. i am really, really happy not to be in that world. a different bobby? yes. yes, completely. he has been clean since july the 3rd. he has even stopped taking heroin substitutes like methadone. what made you stop? what made me stop? well, i look back at that video. i've actually got myself a screenshot on my phone of me then. itjust puts things back
into perspective for me, really. just shows me i don't really want to go back to that. ijustjoined a church, springmount church. i wouldn't say i believe in god and stuff like that, but the place is amazing. you know, there are people there who are struggling with all sorts of problems and addictions. and it's just nice to be able to sit and speak to other people. and sing a few songs with them, you know. it's really nice, really nice atmosphere. while more drug users have died in barrow in recent months, bobby's transformation should give hope to the many others still struggling with addiction. i don't want to become a statistic. i want to be able to live my life and enjoy what's left of it. because you only get one life. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reporting. prince charles is celebrating his 70th birthday today. the heir to the throne will mark the occasion by having tea with a group of inspirational fellow 70—year—olds, before attending a private party hosted by the queen
at buckingham palace. this report by our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, contains some flash photograpy. he's said to be more relaxed than perhaps at any stage in his adult life. that was certainly the impression at the london palladium last night at a special 70th birthday gala, where prince charles met sooty and sweep. the prince at 70 in these birthday portraits issued by clarence house, with his wife, his sons and their wives, and his three grandchildren — george, charlotte and louis. he displays the contentment of a prince who's waited virtually his entire life to achieve his hereditary destiny. he became heir to the throne at the age of four, but he's made it his business to fill his adult life purposefully. now, increasingly, he's taking on some of the duties of his mother. on sunday, once again, he placed the queen's wreath at the cenotaph while she watched from a balcony. and he is representing her on the foreign visits
which she no longer makes. most recently the prince was in commonwealth countries in west africa. a reminder that he will succeed his mother eventually, notjust as monarch but also as has been confirmed, as head of the commonwealth. this birthday has already seen him issue the important clarification that, as king, he will not attempt to campaign on issues as he has done as prince of wales. i'm not that stupid. i do realise that it is a separate exercise, being sovereign. that's the only clue he'll give as to what sort of king he will be. and while he waits, it's clear this 70—year—old will remain fully committed to speaking up for the causes which he regards as important. in the latest edition of country life magazine, which he has guest edited, he says the countryside should not be taken for granted and he calls for britain to become the world's most environmentally friendly food producer. today, though, will be one for celebration. this lunchtime there has been a gun salute to mark his birthday. later he and his wife will attend
a tea party with other 70—year—olds and tonight there'll be a birthday dinner hosted by his mother. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the formula one champion, lewis hamilton, may havejust won his fifth world title but he has his eye on more and says he's better prepared than ever. hamilton's been visiting his mercedes team at their base in northamptonshire where so much of the success is planned. joe wilson reports. one, two, three, four, five! five world titles takes hundreds of employees. lewis hamilton, what exactly do you do? take what they've built and bring more to it. bring more out of it than anyone else can do. and that's what i've been able to do since i was a kid. my first go—kart down at rye house when i was test practicing as a kid, was from the loot newspaper, the back of the loot newspaper. it was owned by like, five families
or something like that! recognise me now? i'm lewis hamilton. do you feel, i've done it all, i've achieved it all, i've got nothing left to prove? no. firstly, i neverfeel like i have anything to prove. that is not even a part of my psyche. but no, ifeel like i have still got more years, more days ahead of me if i'm lucky. i feel like the mind is just a tool. and so i'm just always trying to sharpen it. hamilton's interest in fashion and music make him stand out. other drivers don't do this. well, that's the point. there always has been a case where people put you in a box. and think that is all you do. but there is no reason you cannot indulge in other areas. but our sport is quite a niche sport, you know. so we do have a cool group of fans, but still nowhere near as big as soccer, for example. every time i am introducing new people into racing, they get hooked! if you could imagine your list of dreams, do you know what is at the top of it?
i love space. i would love to go to space. that's a dream that's kind of crazy. i would love to go in a fighterjet. the one i was aiming at this year, i reached. well, fi needs a recognisable face, and imagine without hamilton, who else is there? joe wilson, bbc news. jewels once belonging to queen marie antoinette — the last queen of france — are up for auction in geneva later today: among them a huge pearl and diamond pendant which havent been seen in public for more than 200 years. imogen foulkes reports from geneva. jewels fit for a queen. marie antoinette loved pomp and ceremony, and she loved her lug ‘i‘l'ﬂi‘wi‘f xtzli‘fin.‘ ‘i4:»!¥.~‘i' k? . . , . these jewels have not been seen in public for two centuries. hidden away after being smuggled out of france at the height of the revolution. now the pearls that once
graced marie antoinette's neck are up for auction. they are beautiful jewels that should do well because the design is perfect, the gems are good. the highest valued item is a very special pearl and diamond pendant which belonged to marie antoinette, at £1— $2 million estimate. some of the pieces are less costly, but have huge historic value. a ring with marie antoinette's initials and a lock of her hair. probably made for her daughter — one of the few members of french royalty to escape the guillotine. the jewels have stayed in the family ever since, but now over 200 years later, marie antoinette's prized diamonds and pearls will go under the hammer, sold to the highest bidder, whether blue blooded or commoner. hard to imagine what france's last queen would have thought of that. let's return to our main story —
the crucial cabinet meeting at 2 o'clock to discuss the draft brexit agreement with brussels. 0ur reality check correspondent, chris morris, is in westminster. so chris, not long to wait now — but how much do you know about what's in this draft agreement. a lot of that we have no for some time, the divorce bill, the financial settlement for leaving the eu, some £39 billion over a number of years on the rights of eu citizens citizens in the uk and british citizen in europe although many are deeply unhappy about somebody tell. there will be a stuff about the legal status of the uk and its relationship with the eu after brexit including during the transition period, from 2! months after next march for the on specific
issues, the future status of gibraltar for issues, the future status of gibraltarfor example issues, the future status of gibraltar for example and also the british military bases in cyprus. but the most difficult issue and most closely watched will be what is in there about the irish border and the guarantees or backstop that there will be no hard border emerging in the future. and we should also get a better idea about oui’ should also get a better idea about our future relationship with the eu after we leave? that will not appear in the withdrawal agreement but alongside that will be published a short outline political declaration and the important thing about that is that it will be non—binding, not pa rt is that it will be non—binding, not part of a legal treaty. it will try to set out the terms of the long—term future economic relationship, what our relationship will be with the single market and customs union many years hence. and also it will talk about security foreign policy and quite a lot of progress has been made on those issues. whatever it says in the
declaration nothing can be guaranteed because formal negotiations on all of those long—term future issues can only begin after brexit takes place. if you thought we were going to hear less about exit from march of next year it is probably time to think again. time for a look at the weather. here's mel coles. mild and warm the order of the day today with some spells of sunshine for much of the uk but there are some exceptions to the rule. north—west of england, the north of ireland and western parts of scotla nd ireland and western parts of scotland where we had some heavy rain to this morning and some blustery wind. that will gradually eased with the rest of the day. and we're