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today at five: the prime minister warns mps not to reject her draft brexit plan — or britain will be back to square one. she was speaking during a live phone—in on the bbc news channel and five live. i believe you when to go back to the european union and say how we have another one, i don't think they will come to us and say we will give you a better deal. i'm not thinking about me, i'm thinking about getting a deal that delivers for the people of this country. that's what drives me and that's what is at the forefront of my mind. we'll have the latest from westminster and brussels. the other main stories on bbc news at five... the united arab emirates considers a pardon for the british academic, jailed for life for spying. police say knocking offenders off their mopeds is leading to a dramatic decrease in robberies.
your friend samantha has yourfriend samantha has perpetrated a cyber attack on the most important security agency in america. claire foy stars in the girl in the spider's web — we'll hear what mark kermode thought of that and the rest of this week's releases in the film review. theresa may has warned mps not to reject her her brexit deal, saying it would take britain back to square one. in a phone—in here on the bbc news channel and radio 5live, mrs may said there would be "more division and uncertainty" if parliament voted against the deal next month. and the eu, she said, would not be prepared to re—open negotiations. the prime minister was asked by one caller if britain would be better off outside the eu, but she declined to answer.
our political correspondent, nick eardley reports. it is not looking easy for theresa may around here. with so much opposition to her brexit plan, what happens next is far from certain. she is taking her argument away from westminster and trying to persuade you. the prime minister theresa may is here with me in the studio... now is the point where actually i want the country to come together. i think for most people out there, actually, theyjust want us to get on with it. and the pm had this warning. if this deal does not go through, we end up back at square one. i believe if we were to go back to the european union, and say, "people did not like the deal, can we have another one," we won't get... they're not going to say, "we will give you a better deal." so it's this or no deal? this is the deal that i think works for the uk. but what would that deal mean for the economy? here's michael. i would still like to know what you think, whether we would be better off if we had stayed in the eu or if we would be
better off with your deal? no, i think we'll be... i think we will be better off in a situation which we'll have outside the european union where we have control of all those things and are able to trade around the rest of the world. you say, "it will be better off, better off," actually it's a different sort of environment and a different approach we will be taking to things. even if theresa may can finalise the agreement with other eu leaders in the coming days, her troubles are far from over. in parliament she faces attack from all sides. mps convinced a better deal as possible and determined to vote hers down. the man who was brexit secretary until last week wants the pm to negotiate a better deal and thinks the current offer is worse than staying in. this deal may be worse than staying in the eu in your mind? i am not going to advocate staying in the eu but if you presented me terms, this deal or eu membership, because we would be bound by the same rules without a voice, this would be worse than that.
others are not happy. costs are going to rise big time for the people of britain. arguing what was promised the head of the referendum is not being delivered. they want mps to send the decision back. reject this deal, it is bad for businesses and the nhs and the future of our children and grandchildren. i would like ideally to have a general election so we can vote this shower out, speaking as a labour politician. the british public for the first time should have a say whether they accept these negotiations with the option of staying in the eu. there are political obstacles aplenty in the next few weeks, the road to brexit will see plenty of twists and turns. chris mason is in westminster. what
stood out for you? firstly the very fa ct stood out for you? firstly the very fact that she was throwing herself into that kind of conversation and programme. the primer mr is not someone programme. the primer mr is not someone who naturally enthusiastically normally throws herself out to media platforms here there and everywhere but we have seen there and everywhere but we have seen the last or so doing exactly that. that was second radio phone in and she did a long television interview other weekend and has been p°ppin9 interview other weekend and has been p°pping up interview other weekend and has been popping up regularly in the house of commons. the big selling job is on and to an extent it involves reaching over the heads of mps. we know high sceptical so many of them are. she will try to persuade the country at large and hope trickles down to mps in the coming weeks that our deal is better than the alternative. in essence the central thrust of her argument was it is my deal are else. and when i say are else she's about missing we do not know what might happen if this is
rejected. depending on the audience use docking to sometimes the deal week in wish she is talking, she will talk about the prospect of no brexit and the prospect of a no brexit and the prospect of a no brexit and the prospect of an ordeal brexit and the prospect of an ordeal brexit and the prospect of an ordeal brexit and many other potential of. —— no deal. she says the deals she should also happen by the end of the weekend in brussels fundss offers some certainty and any other option doesn't. adam flemings in brussels. the deal she hopes to get rubber—stamped in brussels at the weekend at that special summit on sunday by the spanish are saying they might not agree to this deal because of gibraltar. it is a slightly confused picture at the moment because a lot of this is happening behind closed doors and the spanish by minister is on a foreign trip to cuba clear what is
going on. the spanish government believes if you take a bit of the withdrawal agreement and added another bed it adds up to a permanent status for gibraltar which they contest. they think they should have a say on how the future relationship after breads applies to gibraltar and they are looking for some kind of guarantee of that. there are all sorts of ideas floating around. is it done in a separate statement attached to the minutes of the meeting that the 27 leaders have on sunday morning on a separate joint statement issued by the uk and spain? a statement issued just by the uk? rumours to that spain also wants the emotional withdrawal agreement and the political declaration document reopened to the fine it applies to gibraltar. those are all the options floating around. the eu says that the 27 as a whole meeting of prime ministerial advisers ahead of sunday said that the withdrawal agreement
and the political text are closed and the political text are closed and there was no opportunity to reopen or tweak them. the still a discussion going on about an additional document that the leaders will issue on sunday. what that actually says. has not set out his invitation letter yet. == donald tusk has not set out his invitation letter yet. we will be taking a closer look at what the premise had to say but are a reality check correspondent. —— with our reality check correspondent. throughout the brexit negotiations, the question of how to avoid a border in northern ireland, and future trade arrangements,
have been key sticking points. many businesses in northern ireland say they support the prime minister's deal — but it's opposed by the democratic unionist party, who prop up the government in the commons. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. theresa may wants the brexit deal wrapped up and signed off with the eu on sunday. but there's still deep division over whether it resolves the unique set of problems with the border in northern ireland. i think it's a pity in a way that we are the central issue, but i think that the deal mrs may was offered was a very good deal for northern ireland. i think we'll get the best of both worlds. i prefer northern ireland with britain — better market. the only good thing that's come out of it is that it really has kind of opened up the issue of the place of northern ireland, both in ireland and the uk, and its relationship with europe. the draft deal is an unwanted early present for northern ireland's democratic unionist party, who are urging people to reject it. theresa may depends on northern ireland's dup to get things done in westminster. this week, they have been abstaining from key votes to remind
the government that when it comes to the brexit deal, they can't count on their support in parliament. the prime minister should reflect on the fact that she doesn't have enough support in parliament and she should use that opportunity to go back and get a better deal for the people of the united kingdom. we want to see a better deal. we don't want to see no deal. this has all been presented as a binary choice between the prime minister's deal and no deal. we believe there is a third way, we believe there's a better deal and we should look for that better deal. but the dup is at odds with many northern ireland businesses, who last night visited downing street to give the prime minister their backing. it is an agreement. it's a compromise between all the parties. i think business people recognise that you do need to compromise to reach a deal, and i think this is a deal that most businesses feel is better than the alternative, which is no deal. this afternoon, the chancellor philip hammond will visit northern ireland to address the dup's party conference. but bringing the dup onside with the deal in its current form appears to be a near—impossible act.
emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. the united arab emirates says it's considering an appeal for clemency from the family of a jailed british academic. matthew hedges was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of spying. he denies the charge. the uae‘s ambassador to london says he hopes an ‘amicable solution' can be found. this was also an unusual case. many researchers visit the uae freely every year without breaking our laws. under uae law everyone has the right to appeal after conviction and everyone can request a pardon from our president. mr hedges' family have made a request for clemency and the government is studying that request. our diplomatic correspondent, paul adams, has been following developments.
the appeal was lodged yesterday morning. the question is how long it will take. it could be a few days. it is mentioned could be sunday, the 2nd of december which is the uae national day. the ambassador went to some lengths to defend the country's judicial racket and says the uae is a country with an independent judiciary and was not a kangaroo court of five—minute healings. this was the end of a process which had gone on for some months and he described this as an unusual case. they still seem to believe, the uae that matthew hedges was somehow
involved in espionage but it seems the value their relationship with the value their relationship with the uk rather more and that is why i think it is highly likely now that we will see matthew hedges released within a number of days. a convicted paedophile has told a jury that he did not murder two schoolgirls in brighton 32 years ago. russell bishop is on trial — for the second time — for the murders of nine—year—olds nicola fellows and karen hadaway near brighton in 1986. helena lee is at the old bailey. bishop, the man accused of murdering karen hadaway and nicola fellows who went out to play in 1986. their
bodies were found in woods near their homes. bishop took the jury through his account of what happened 32 years ago. he spoke quietly and at times his barrister had to ask them to raise his voice and stop mattering because the jury were not able to hear of what he had to say and his barrister then asked them did you kill karen hadaway? bishop replied no, i didn't. did you kill nicola fellows? he replied no again. do you know who did? no, he replied. he spoke about the moment the girls we re he spoke about the moment the girls were found in the woods and said he went with police and helped with the search for the missing schoolgirls. two young boys then called up and said the girls had been found. he told the jury he went straight over and went to feel for a pulse and his barrister then said in court, did you realise they were dead? bishop
replied i did, indeed. how did you feel? he was asked. ifelt replied i did, indeed. how did you feel? he was asked. i felt shocked and totally sickened and numb. bishop went on to talk about hey he felt he was badly treated by police officers in the weeks after and also spoke about the moment he was charged with the murders of the girls. he was asked how he felt and at that moment on the witness box he began to cry. he said he felt devastated and also told the jury today he felt deeply ashamed about trying to kill a seven—year—old schoolgirl in brighton in 1990 four of which he received our life sentence. —— in 1990, for which he received a life sentence. caught this goes for the day and bishop will be back on monday. —— court is close. the headlines on bbc news... theresa may has taken part
in a phone—in here on the bbc news channel and radio five live — and says the draft brexit agreement is the right deal for britain. the united arab emirates is considering a pardon for the british academic matthew hedges — jailed for life for alleged spying. police introduce a new tactic to cut the number of moped robberies — knocking the offenders off their bikes. joanna briscoe says he is very proud of becoming what are called big challenges. england's women have buried india by eight wickets in the t20. formula 1 is an abu dhabi and mercedes have talked practice. iwill
is an abu dhabi and mercedes have talked practice. i will be back with more and all those stories that have passed five stop —— jonny bairstow. let's get more now on brexit —and ahead of a crucial summit of eu leaders on sunday — the spanish prime minister has demanded a written promise from the british government on the future of gibraltar. pedro sanchez wants last minute changes to the draft brexit agreement — and has even threatened to reject the deal — although no one country can veto let's discuss this further with marcus killick, non—executive chairman of the gibraltar stock exchange. hejoins me now via webcam. the spanish are making a few last—minute demands. the spanish are making a few last-minute demands. it is not the first and the spanish have made changes from a very productive and
positive regime previously. it is not surprising down here that they have made this request. from my understanding all the really asking for is that there are changes to the withdrawal treaty to make clear that any decisions about gibraltar would only be taken jointly with madrid. what is your objection to that? the fa ct what is your objection to that? the fact is that the negotiations have gone on for a considerable period of time which finally have a document that the british prime minister has worked extremely hard to achieve. to put something in this last minute is not helpful toa to a very fraught and difficult situation. from the point of view of gibraltar we voted 95% to remain in the eu and were probably the most eu jurisdiction in europe and define that as a threat from the spanish government to possibly scooters from
any future negotiations of any future treaty between the uk at the rest of europe is bizarre. what do you think assuming this draft deal does go through, what would it mean for gibraltar and what would leaving the eu generally mean for gibraltar? leaving the eu for gibraltar, as the people of gibraltar felt and voted two years ago and still feel today is bad for the whole of the european union. however democracy has its say and we accept that and really looking for a reasonable way to continue to do business with the european union. and for that to be both the united kingdom and gibraltar as it was when the uk was a member of the european union. do you support a theresa may strath deal? -- undrafted deal. -- draft
deal. we want to remain in the european union and what the prime minister has come up with is what we regard as the best deal. for us are ha rd regard as the best deal. for us are hard brexit would be an unmitigated disaster as it would be for everyone else. do you think relations over gibraltar with spain will be more tense as a result of leaving the eu than otherwise they would have been? we applied had zen floors with spain. they are our neighbours and our friends spain. they are our neighbours and ourfriends and spain. they are our neighbours and our friends and occasionally between neighbours that are disagreements. the day—to—day our relationship with our spanish friends is great. it will continue after we leave the european union but we do need to have agreement in order to create certainty for both sides of the border. the spanish by minister has threatened not to sign off the deal
on sunday. he does not have a veto, we have been reporting that, but even so that could make like pretty tricky for the european union if the other leaders agree to it and he doesn't. i think it will be a shame if he did so. the spanish by minister such as the prime minister are very sensible and wise people and that will prevail in the current hours and days ahead. no one wants that to be a hard brexit. it is in no one ‘s interest and gibraltar certainly should not be the stone over which people stumble. thank you for your time. the metropolitan police says it has cut the number of robberies using motocycles after introducing tactics including allowing officers to knock offenders off their mopeds. scotland yard said the number of offences has fallen by more than a third since specialists teams
were set up to tackle the problem. a warning viewers may find some footage in tom symonds report disturbing they can be lightning fast deeply intimidating. modern policing in a time of dwindling resources but modern policing in a time of dwindling resources is about careful targeting of criminals, and the new anti—scooter operation appears to be working. it's partly the kit, high—powered slimline motorbikes. this new stinger system punctures the tyres of scooter criminals and then retracts to allow police cars to pass. but it's also about this. yes, that's a police car driving into a scooter rider, deliberately. they are trained to do it at as low a speed as possible. so far there have been no serious injuries. it's a high—impact tactic, therefore our riders and drivers
will be considering the risk to the ride they are pursuing, the risk to the public and to themselves before deciding upon that course of action. but in more cases than not, it's safer to bring the pursuit to a close than it is to pick continue allowing the rider to drive dangerously through london. police constantly assess the risk of starting, continuing and ending a pursuit based on all sorts of criteria. contrary to what some criminals believe, whether or not they wear are a helmet is not necessarily one of them. it's a myth. if they take their crash helmet off they think we will not pursue. they need to know that we will. it is for their safety, and we will risk assess it. crime is always changing and police believe this one has been increasing because we are walking around with expensive things like phones, which are very valuable to thieves. but you can add to that the fact it is an efficient crime to carry out. one scooter can be used for a string of offences.
these tactics are not entirely new, but they are now being used regularly. the met says they have helped cut scooter crime by 44%. tom symonds, bbc news, at new scotland yard. a report today says only a third of people get the urgent mental health care they need when they go to accident and emergency departments in england. the healthcare safety investigation branch also says the care patients receive — varies depending on where they live. our social affairs correspondent alison holt reports. rapid assessment team? james cawley is a psychiatric nurse based in rapid assessment team? james cawley is a psychiatric nurse based in birmingham. rapid assessment team? sounds like he's having hallucinations. james cawley is a psychiatric nurse based in birmingham. the call is from accident and emergency, where a young man has been brought in because he appears to be having a
mental health crisis. james needs to see him quickly to work out how to help him. today's report says in too many places this sort of rapid response simply doesn't happen. is he under arrest? they don't have any records for the patient brought in by police in the packed emergency department. james has to now build up a picture of what is going on. i'm james from the rapid response team. how often is it you are coming down here to assess someone quickly per day, up to 12, 1a times a day. it varies, but it can be very busy. people come to a&e because they need help and support and they are not sure where to go so a&e is one of the first port of call. but the investigation branch says whether you get support like this depends on where you live. according to this report nearly two thirds of people writing at emergency departments within urgent mental
health problems don't get the help they need. and even when there is a psychiatric liaison team, they are not always called. all too familiar for lisa sullivan. her brother nicky went to his local a&e feeling suicidal but the team who knew him well was not alerted. after 80 minutes he walked out. she said he later died after walking in front of a car. it must have been despairing for him in the end. he had been admitted 22 times and every time that he had been admitted he went to a&e because he wasn't well and he was seen and survived after it. on this occasion he wasn't seen and therefore he didn't survive. back at heartlands hospital, professor george tadros, who pioneered the idea of a&e—based psychiatric teams says it is vital someone in a crisis sees the right sort of specialist. someone comes with a heart attack or broken legs, you expect to be assessed by the people fully trained in this. in mental health, wejust need to have exactly the same. here it is decided
to move the young man having hallucinations to a mental health unit, a quick decision which should help his recovery. alison holt, bbc news, birmingham. it's black friday — with most british retailers offering discounts. but shoppers are being warned that some promotions may be misleading. the head of the advertising standards authority has raised particular concerns about online offers. our consumer affairs correspondent colletta smith reports retailers both on and off—line are geared up for a frenzied weekend. very excited for black friday. we booked the day off work. you can get possibly some better deals online, but you can still get good deals on the high street. online is good, but today you can actually buy and take it home with you. online, you've got to basically order it and wait for it to turn up. over the next four days, the online retail association, imrg, are predicting that uk shoppers will spend £8.5 billion. there's plenty of enthusiasm for finding a deal from these
shoppers in wrexham. i was walking past a shop and i saw the big sale sign. you can see something in there, you can go and have a look and see what they've got in there. even if you don't need it, you just... you buy it! yeah! but how easy it to spot a misleading offer? after about 12 minutes you just get mentally exhausted. we put people in the brain scanners and got them to shop online and we see they get mentally exhausted and their decision—making process drains and they suddenly start saying, oh, it's a yellow side, oh, it's a glossy one. it says best buy. i'll get one of those. and how do you know it's actually cheaper? so, like, how do you know that what they are saying is true? that's a question for the advertising standards authority. of course, the rapid pace of change online means it sometimes feels quite hard to keep up and the sheer volume of products on black friday means inevitably there is some stuff out there that isn't fair and is misleading but we're
here to make sure we deal with any problems we can. whether you love it or loathe it, the black friday— cyber monday weekend is one of the biggest moment of the uk's retail year. from huge online players to the smallest high street cafe, shoppers are expecting money off. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz shafernaker with the forecast i don fancy the crowds! whatever the deal is. let's even got a good deal on the weather front this weekend. the answer is, it is ok. we've got some dry weather on the way but not for everybody. we have had some wet weather today in south—western part
of the country, cornwall, bevan had some thunderstorms. it brought some unpleasant conditions for a time today. this is what it looks like right now. we've got the heavy showers still in the south—west, they come and go. the rest of the country is dry, at least most of the time. tonight, notan country is dry, at least most of the time. tonight, not an awful will happen. the showers continue in the south—west, the rest of the country remains dry. three or 5 degrees, the general temperature. as far as the weekend is concerned, we've got rain in the south tomorrow and drying out by the time we get into sunday. enjoy your weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines — theresa may has taken part in a phone—in here on the bbc news channel and radio 5 live and says the draft brexit agreement is the right deal for britain. i believe that if we were to go back to the european union and say people didn't like that deal, can we have another one, i don't think they are going to come to us and say
we will give you a better deal. the united arab emirates is considering a pardon for the british academic matthew hedges, jailed for life for alleged spying. police say knocking offenders off their mopeds is leading to a dramatic decrease in robberies. we've got all the weekend sport for you now. england's cricketers may have solved their problems at number three in their problems at number three in the batting order. jonny bairstow start with a controlled century on the first day of the third test against sri lanka. the won the toss and chose to bat. after a sluggish start, there still‘s warwick gelant
ten help guide england three heads and 12 for seven at stumps in colombo. and the details. it was a day defined by one man and one of sports more unusual celebrations. how often do you see a test century greeted like this? for jonny bairstow this was some way to silence his doubters. he'd come to the crease in early trouble. keaton jennings court, sri lanka sensed they collapse. but in bairstow, they face the play with a point to prove. after being left out of the last march he set about sharing his team—mates what they had been missing and together with a blazing 50 from ben stokes, the pair were scattering sri lanka's hoax. england's only distraction was a four—legged one. dog stops play. but this was a pedigree performance. moments later, his century and that the raw emotion. frustration,
vindication, whatever the case, the england balcony didn't seem to mind. on england balcony didn't seem to mind. 0n110, england balcony didn't seem to mind. on110, he england balcony didn't seem to mind. on 110, he succumbed to a weary shot but he left the field knowing this had been some comeback. from there, england faltered, a clatter of late wickets including jos buttler took the gloss off things while moeen ali was left clinging on, successfully overturning an lbw decision just before the close. far from perfect, they'll be hoping to turn this intriguing start into another match—winning performance. they've already won the 50 overs world cup and now england's women are through to the final of the world the 20 my thanks to a dominant win over india in antigua. heather knight took three wickets for the loss ofjust nine runs the up they bulk that india for 112 before they produced and 92 run partnership to see england home with 17 balls to spare. they will play australia in tomorrow
night ‘s final after the seven stars thrashed west indies. our prep coming into this game has been clear and we knew. i was feeling confident. the total wasn't high so if we just batted through and gota high so if we just batted through and got a good partnership with being good place. formula 1 is in abu dhabi for the final grand prix of this season and it is mercedes who have topped second practice. but as ahead of max verstappen with danny riccardo back in third. lewis hamilton in fourth. england's aaron bray has had a spectacular round at the hong kong open. he shot a flawless second round of 61 with nine birdies and no drop shots. he's only a shot clear of the field with another englishman, matthew fitzpatrick, right behind him. a new course record.
tyrrell hatton and ian poulter have lost their share of the leader in the second round. they started 7a to shots behind the leaders. they are still eight under par. wales lauren price a have to cycle for bronze after losing her semifinal at the women's world boxing championships. she was up against the european champion. that is all the sport now. we will have a full round up for you at 6:30pm for top this afternoon, theresa may has been taking part in a phone—in, here on the bbc news channel and radio 5 live, to argue the case for her brexit agreement with the eu. well, we're going to play you some of the key exchanges in a moment and after each one, we'll get analysis of what the prime minister said from chris morris
of our reality check team. well, many of you sent your questions to us using the "ask this" hashtag and our reality check correspondent, chris morris was watching the answers. the first question came from caller sarah in billingham. do you think you'll get your brexit plan through parliament, and if it is voted down what is your plan b? first of all, thanks very much for asking that question. that is what a lot of people have been focusing on, the question of parliament. in a sense, i think there's two conversations going on at the moment. in parliament, there's a lot of focus on who's going to vote for the deal or not. i think outside, people are thinking, let's make sure we can get this through and get on and delivering. myjob is to persuade people, i believe this is the right deal for the uk. myjob is to persuade
people in parliament of that view. i think, the job of the mp, when they come to voting for this deal, to say to themselves, does it deliver on what people voted for? i believe it does. secondly, what do we need to focus on for our constituents? people up and down the country. i believe people'sjobs, peoples futures, the future of their children should be at the forefront of mps minds. sarah, is there anything you want to add to that? erm... thanks for the response. i do actually hope it goes through parliament is because i do want there to be a certainty in the country. i think every other option, like a no deal, willjust cause chaos in the country really. sarah, thanks very much for your call. let me just pick up on something that sarah was driving at. it's something a lot of other people have asked, if i just may for a moment prime minister, before we get back to the calls. what is the next step if you don't get it through? no deal or no brexit?
i think there's a risk... first of all, as i've said, myjob is to persuade people to get this through. there's a process in parliamentary terms, that then takes place, government comes back with a statement. but i think that if this deal doesn't go through what happens is, we end up back in square one. as sarah'sjust said, what we end up with is more uncertainty and more division frankly. so i believe that if we were to go back to the european union and say, people didn't like that deal, can we have another one? we won't get, i don't think they're going to come to us and say, we'll give you a better deal. this is the deal that i think works for the uk. i understand that those people don't understand what is plan b. we have to get through... i'm working on making sure we get this vote through in parliament. if we don't get the vote through in parliament what we will see is more division and more uncertainty. there are people in parliament on the other side, some who will argue
for no deal, some who want to stop brexit, some who want to frustrate brexit. what i want to do is deliver brexit and delivered it with a good deal. if we don't, my focus at the moment, all my focus is going to be on... obviously, we've got a finalise the deal on sunday with the european council but beyond that it will be getting the votes through. battles on access to the prime minister talking earlier run. there's talk to chris morris on that. she was asked what will happen if she doesn't get it through parliament? is that chance of reopening the negotiations with the eu? the one thing that became clear is yours to talk about plan a, not plan b. you can hardly blame because that's the focus at the moment. she is relying on the feeling among many
people off, let's get on with it. there is the process. if the vote in parliament were to fail, the government has 21 days to come up with a plan, i don't know how cunning it will be but it'll be a plan. seven parliamentary days after that they will have to be a debate on the motion. i think she's right, there's been no sign that the european union is in the mood to renegotiate. they want to move on and talk about the others that they need to deal with. if you don't accept this, as she has been saying for the last week, no deal, no brexit. another question came from laura—beth from lancashire, who asked about the future for gibraltar. i'd just like a little bit more information about what's been done to protect gibraltar's british sovereignty. well, thanks very much for that question, laura beth. you've probably, you may have seen this has come up more of an issue in the last couple of days. we are very clear about, as the uk, when we negotiate on these matters in relation to our leaving the european
union and our future, we do so on behalf of the whole uk family including gibraltar. we're very clear that our position on gibraltar and its sovereignty has not changed and will not change. it is about the wish of the people of gibraltar. what we have done, actually, in looking at this phase of the negotiations, the withdrawal agreement and the political declaration, is, we've been working with the government of gibraltar and with the government of spain to put into place some measures that actually relate to gibraltar. we've worked very closely with gibraltar but our position here in the uk as the government on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed. the play minister on gibraltar. it isa the play minister on gibraltar. it is a thorny issue, won the spanish are kicking up a fuss about at the last minute. maybe even threatening
not to sign off the deal on sunday. there was always going to be one issue that will create a drama, it could've been fishing, it could've been ireland but it does seem to be gibraltar. spain are saying strongly come any agreements between the eu and britain in the future requires the prior approval of spain when it relates to gibraltar. what they've said is, they want something in writing. there have been discussions behind the scenes, assurances. but does it come from the uk of the other 26? the methodology of that isn't clear but spain is going to hold its line just as the uk will hold its line just as the uk will hold its line just as the uk will hold its line. the disagreement batted for 300 years now! we will see what happens on sunday. finally, michael from uttoxeter pressed the prime minister on whether her deal was better than the one the uk currently has with the eu. let's have a listen. we all know that you voted to remain
in the eu and you've now accepted the referendum result to leave. without any political waffle or any convoluted answer, just between the two of us, what in your honest opinion is better for the uk? your deal or the deal we had if we had stayed in the eu? well, i honestly believe that what i'm getting is a good deal for the uk. i recognise that there are aspects of being in the european union that cause people real concern, and free movement was one of those. when i came out, i gave a speech at the beginning of the referendum campaign when i explained why i was voting remain, i wasn't one of those who said, if we leave the european union it will be really bad for the uk. i actually said, the sky won't fall in and we will be able... it will be a different world for us outside the european union but it'll be a good one.
i believe we can build on what we are doing. one of those examples is, actually, the trade we can do, trade partnerships we can develop around the rest of the world. i genuinely believe there is a bright future for this country and our best days lie ahead of us. michael, has the prime minister answered your question? no. prime minister, you've not answered michael's question. i appreciate what you're saying, prime minister, but i would still like to know what you think whether we would be better off if we'd stayed in the eu or we will be better off with your deal? i think we will be better off in a situation which we'll have outside the european union where we have control of those things and are able to trade around