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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at ten... theresa may is set to head to brussels for talks today with top eu officials ahead of sunday's crucial summit to formally sign off the brexit deal. the dup leader arlene foster is expected to re—affirm her opposition to the eu withdrawal deal at her party's annual conference. the dup's chief whip has insisted the withdrawal agreement is only the first phase of negotiations. if anyone believes this is the end of the road, that we're in the last chance saloon, i don't think they understand the process at all. a man has been arrested after a police officer was stabbed outside a railway station in east london. the white house has dismissed a government report that warns that unchecked climate change will seriously damage the economy and effect human health and quality of life. the national crime agency issues a warning to organised gangs involved in people smuggling across the english channel. # polly, put the kettle on! the royal institution hopes to find
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people with recordings of their christmas lectures from the ‘60s and ‘70s which were found to be missing, including some by sir david attenborough. and at 10.30, christa larwood is in paris for the travel show to mark the 70th birthday of a car the french like to call "the tin snail". theresa may is heading to brussels this afternoon to attempt to finalise her brexit deal with eu leaders. the prime minister is hoping the plans will be approved at a summit on sunday. but spain's prime minister has threatened to derail the timetable, if he doesn't get further reassurances over the
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status of gibraltar. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. roll up, roll up, the prime minister doesn't quite say, but you get the picture. the government's setting its stall out wherever you might hear, see, or read it. but for this weekend at least, the focus turns away from here at westminster, away from flogging the deal domestically, and the prime minister hops over the channel instead, to ensure that the eu is fully signed up to it. mrs may heads for brussels later to meet two of the biggies of that city — the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, and the european council president, donald tusk. and then tomorrow, it is showtime, as european leaders gather for the big brexit summit. but spain wants more reassurance about gibraltar. translation: regarding gibraltar, let me tell you, i insist
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that the guarantees are not enough, and therefore spain maintains its veto on the brexit deal. and northern ireland's democratic unionists, who prop up theresa may in downing street, sound like they're threatening to pull the plug on that if the prime minister's plan is approved by mps. that plan was about giving national stability and delivering on brexit. if this is not going to deliver on brexit, then of course that brings us back to the situation of looking at the confidence and supply agreement, but we're not there yet. you might feel you've heard quite enough about brexit, but it's about to get even louder still. chris mason, bbc news. the chancellor philip hammond has warned that the uk faces "economic chaos" if mps reject theresa may's brexit deal. 0ur political correspondent leila nathoo is here. what is the context of these
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remarks? this is the continuing hard sell of the brexit deal by government ministers today, philip hammond on the airwaves warning of the negative economic impact, should mps decide to vote against the deal in parliament when it comes back. after this summit, it should just be a formality in brussels. the main battle will be in westminster, where dozens battle will be in westminster, where d oze ns of battle will be in westminster, where dozens of mps from all political parties have indicated that they will vote against this deal. some mightfind will vote against this deal. some might find echoes of project fear, what was dubbed project fear during the referendum campaign, with warnings of economic disaster if the uk parliament votes against this deal. here is what philip hammond had to say on the today programme this morning. i think this deal is a way of britain leaving the european union. we have made that decision, so that is no longer in contention. it is a way of leaving the european union
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with minimum negative impact on our economy. so the best of a bad deal, is what you are saying? am the chancellor, but economics is not the only consideration. we also have to look at the political healing process, bringing our country back together. as i said before, countries that are disunited and divided are not successful countries. if we want this country to be successful in the future, we have to bring it back together after this process. and this deal that is oi'i this process. and this deal that is on the table will protect our economy, protect britain's jobs and british businesses and british prosperity in the future, while taking us out of the european union. it is the best compromise possible. that was also a dismissal to some of the critics like the brexiteers, who say there is still a chance of negotiation. to philip hammond, it is clear that this is the best we are going to get and you had better
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vote for it. the dup are holding their annual conference in belfast today and the chancellor philip hammond has been trying to reassure them over their concerns over the deal. they are of course very angry about this insurance policy for the irish border, talking about potentially reopening their agreement to support the government in westminster, should this deal go through. here is theirjeffrey donaldson this morning, making his objections clear. the democratic unionist party is not put off by the notion that we would fight an election based on what is the best deal for the union, the best deal for the uk deal for the union, the best deal forthe uk and deal for the union, the best deal for the uk and the better for the economy. this does not represent what we believe is the best deal. the focus this weekend is on the summit in brussels, theresa may travelling out there for preliminary discussions ahead of sunday's big event. but the real political battle has to be the westminster one, and it doesn't seem to be getting any
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better for her it doesn't seem to be getting any betterfor her in it doesn't seem to be getting any better for her in terms of the numbers. oddly, what we have this weekend is almost a sideshow. there is some doubt about whether spain will throw their toys out of the pram in terms of gibraltar, but really, the expectation is that that is all going to be fine and eu leaders are going to sign this off tomorrow. but theresa may is acutely aware of what is going to happen in westminster. we expect the parliamentary vote to be in the second week of december. so there area second week of december. so there are a few weeks to go, and in those intervening weeks, every government minister is going to be trying to persuade a significant chunk of their own mps that this is the best deal. they will be singing the merits of this deal. and as we heard from philip hammond, they were one of the consequences. but on the face of the consequences. but on the face of it, we have dozens of mps already in public, confirming that they will vote against the deal. with the opposition parties combined, it is looking dicey for theresa may when it comes back to westminster. thank you very much.
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live to brussels — and our correspondent gavin lee. is this dispute with spain seriously able to derail the summit? in brief, it is. if the spanish prime minister doesn't arrive tomorrow, there will be no summit, it's as simple as that. the european council said that while spain doesn't have a legal veto to block the deal, it's about agreeing consensus tomorrow. they will not vote until after it has been ratified by the british parliament, and if and when it is ratified by the european parliament. but this is the issue, how you hold a european council special summit when one of the key members is not there. right now, british, spanish and eu officials are negotiating in the building behind me, trying to work out a solution between the civil servants on making spain
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happy. they want a legal text as pa rt happy. they want a legal text as part of the divorce bill, either the withdrawal agreement, the political declaration for the future or an extra document saying that any decision on gibraltar has to go through spain directly, notjust through spain directly, notjust through the eu. that is what they are working on ahead of theresa may's arrival this evening. and in terms of tomorrow's summit, if it does go ahead and if pedro sanchez can be bothered to get on a plane to brussels, what is the kind of format we can expect? is it going to be a glorified photo call, or is there more substance to it? no photocall at all. that family photo moment, where all leaders stand together, is not happening. that handshake moment is not happening. the eu and the uk both say it will be sombre tomorrow. after 17 months of discussions and coming to the brink of conscious
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uncoupling or whatever you want to call it, they have to get the balance right. talking to some officials on the government side, they want the moment to be seen as positive about the future, but there will be no champagne corks. the speigel magazine have that on their headline today, no champagne corks p°ppin9 headline today, no champagne corks popping if the summit happens tomorrow. thanks very much. a police officer has been stabbed in east london. british transport police said the male officer was attacked with a knife outside ilford train station. his injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. a report from the us government says climate change is likely to cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century — shrinking the size of the american economy by 10% if no action is taken. the report clashes with president trump's own policies on the issue. he's repeatedly cast doubt on the fact that man—made climate change is real. 0ur correspondent, james cook, has more. this, say many scientists, is what climate change looks like.
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in recent years, california has seen bigger, deadlier and more destructive wildfires than ever before. during a cold snap in washington this week, president trump tweeted, "whatever happened to global warming?" now, his own government experts have answered the question. it is here, they say. its effects are serious, and without dramatic change, they will be catastrophic. already, says the report, more frequent and intense storms like hurricane harvey, which ravaged houston and texas, are destroying property and may damage critical infrastructure such as bridges, power plants and oil refineries. crop yields and labour productivity will decline. there will be a rise in the spread of tropical disease. the poorest americans will be hardest hit. one of the things that's quite striking about the report, for example, is that we could see a future where the south—eastern
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parts of the united states experience forest fire seasons that look like what happens in the west right now. the real harm is not the congregation, but whether people know how to respond. we have been through the seasons again and again as is something people in the south—east haven't experienced before. it could potentially have even greater impact. the scientists say substantial and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are essential, and they do report some progress. but president trump has taken a sharply different approach to his predecessor barack sharply different approach to his predecessor ba rack 0bama, championing coal, oil and gas and rolling back environmental regulations. without. without major, urgent action, says the report, the impacts of climate change will soon cascade into every corner of american life. the national crime agency has issued a warning to organised gangs, which it says are behind a recent spike in illegal attempts to cross
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the english channel. on friday, eight iranian people were brought ashore after their dinghy was spotted off the coast of kent. it brings the total number of suspected migrants to have reached the uk this month to 101. 0ur reporter keith doyle has more. these men were found in a dinghy by a border force patrol boat in the channel yesterday. the eight men, who say they are iranian, were taken into custody and interviewed by immigration officers. the day before, 1a people were found in two dinghies in the channel. french authorities found another 11 suspected migrants on the same day. there has been a huge rise in the number of people trying to cross the channel in small boats. in the past month, 101 suspected migrants have been found, including nine people found on rocks at folkestone. three boats with 2a suspected migrants, including a toddler, were picked up off ramsgate. and seven men were rescued from a dinghy after making a distress call.
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we need to see the home office and french authorities work together to put a stop to this trafficking network. nearly 100 refugees have been coming across the channel in recent weeks. it's only a matter of time before there's a tragedy, and that's why the home office in particular needs to get a grip and have a plan. the national crime agency says organised crime groups are using these small craft to traffic people, but they're working with the french authorities to stop them. this week, two men were jailed for eight years for smuggling people across the channel. this is one of the inflatable boats they used. most people smuggling takes place at ports, but increased security there, and the calm weather, may be making more people risk their lives by trying to cross the channel in small, unsuitable craft. joining me now is tony smith, the former head of the uk border force. the numbers sound significant, but
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it's also the way they are coming across which is new, isn't it? yes, it is unprecedented to see this number of small vessels arriving off the kent coast. the standard route for illegal entrants to the uk is concealed in vehicles. but we have done a lot of work in calais to stop the smugglers getting in through that route, so they are now resorting to increasingly dangerous methods. the french maritime police are quoted as saying that criminal and mafia networks have been organising the trafficking, so this is presumably different from the gangs who operate out of north africa, for example, and other parts of the region? these are people operating inside europe. why are they able to do it with apparent impunity? well, the national crime agency will be working cross—border and with europe and international agencies, but there is a concern that gangs are operating on mainland
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europe. there is still a huge push towards uk. and because we have tightened up our border in other areas, they are clearly going to try something different. the new nature of this is that it is a maritime threat. we always had a maritime threats, but it has not been a high risk for us. now it is manifesting itself in these arrivals and it is dangerous. it is dangerous because these odd doing is trying to operate these odd doing is trying to operate the —— cross the channel, operated by people who don't have experience selling across these waters. we saw what happened in 2015 and we had some awful scenes of drownings and so on. some awful scenes of drownings and so on. these are busy waterways and the experts will tell you that these are busy shipping lanes, with very rough weather. potentially hypothermia and drowning. these vessels are not equipped for cross—channel activity and although we have search vehicles out there, there was a danger that people will perish. so the risk is high that somebody dies or suffer serious injuries as a result of this. the
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other aspect that will worry people is the relative ease with which people seem to be able to get across. have we got enough protection on that coast? not really. the border force covers the ports of entry as well as the areas between the ports of entry. the resulting has gone up cos of brexit, but it is only going up to where i left it when i retired. so we need to look at this threat. there have been recommendations that we have a border security force which coordinates about 15 different agencies with an interest in the coastline. we haven't got a separate, discrete command structure to deal with that. so in terms of being able to pull in other resources without having to co nsta ntly resources without having to constantly negotiate between agencies, somebody needs to have the final say, is that what you would like? yeah. there is a government structure and it is intelligence led, so it's not all doom and gloom. but we are now seeing a bigger
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threat than we have seen before in this area, which has always been a high risk and we have to respond accordingly. thanks very much. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's mike. good morning. england may have already won their test series in sri lanka, but the third and final test is providing plenty of drama, especially the lightning relflexes of england's keaton jennings. after england had been dismissed for 336, jennings showed incredible reflexes and reaction time to take an early catch to dent the sri lankan openers. the hosts, though, then foiught back with two half centuries, and were looking very comfortable at the crease until that manjennings again showed how sharp he's feeling to inspire england to take a flurry of wickets and suddenly sri lanka are 206—5. england's women, meanwhile, will face australia in the world t20
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final in antigua at midnight. they'll be looking to add to the 50 over world cup title they won last year and become double world champions. we have had a bit of a bumpy ride. but that has made us more resilient. it has made us really fight to get here. and we are obviously delighted to have made it. but there is pressure on both teams and it is all about what happens on the day and how you react on the big stage. it is one we are looking forward to. playing in another icc global final is going to be great for us. we had a great experience last year. we are taking forward the way we played them. i couldn't ask for more from them. i couldn't ask for more from the girls. that will put us in a good place. it is the final day of rugby union's autumn internationals. wales take on south africa as they aim to win their first ever they will be still without full back leigh halfpenny,
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who suffered from concussion against australia. they could also be without back row forward dan lydiate, who will have a late fitness test as he tries to come back from an elbow injury. if lydiate is ruled out, cardiff blues flanker ellis jenkins is in line to start. england take on australia in what is an important game a year out from the world cup injapan. ed jones' england have not lost to his native country since he took charge after the last world cup — and jones expects a australia side ready to go. we know we have to be at our best because australia will put on their best performance of the year. this is the game they have been waiting for, their last game. that's all we are worried about. meanwhile, scotland hope to pick up their second win of the autumn against argentina at murrayfield. and ireland, fresh off the back of beating the mighty new zealand last week, face slightly less challenging opposition in the usa. now, in football, claudio ranieri
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returns to the premier league at bottom club fulham, who take on southampton this afternoon. fulham fans will be hoping he can recreate similar results that he did when he won the premier league at leicester. we must be calm and continue to work, because it is not possible to change everything in one night. then it is important to get points. it's very important, but it's also important to maintain our mentality. never give up, not only in the match, but all the season. in scotland, celtic will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the scottish premiership when they travel to hamilton academical in today's early kick off. manager brendan rodgers wants to maintain their good form ahead of a hectic run of games.
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it isa it is a busy period of 11 games between now and the end of december. but it's what the players want. they are full of confidence. we have been playing well as a team in the last seven week block. so we will look to continue with that, come the weekend. it's the golf event that's divided opinion in the sport because of the money taken by two of the sport's biggest stars. in las vegas, tiger woods against his big rival phil mickelson for a winner takes all prize, of more than £7 million. no fans were allowed in. in the us it was pay
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per view tv only and to add the hollywood touch, movie star samuel ljackson introduced the players. that's all the sport for now. let's return to theresa may's visit to brussels, where she is attempiong to finalise the eu withdrawal agreement. we can now get the thoughts of dr simon usherwood, deputy director of uk in a changing europe, an academic body focused on brexit. simon, i suppose everyone quotes churchill. is this not the beginning of the end, just the end of the beginning? are very much so. you will hear talking about whether we can get to a signing ceremony, not even talking about ratification and approval. so yes, this is stilljust the start of the process. we are having difficulties even at this stage, and that points to a lot more
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in the web difficult conversations that we will have for many years to come. so people like pedro sanchez, the spanish prime minister, who as we heard earlier, is threatening that he might not get a plane from madrid for this summit tomorrow, it's more about putting a marker down for the next stage, which is the negotiations about what relationship we have with the eu after we have left? i think that is the consensus view. the spanish have some local elections coming up, so thatis some local elections coming up, so that is a factor. it is not that this isn't an important issue for spain. it clearly is because it has come up time and again in anglo spanish relations. but the spanish don't want to be responsible for derailing this process at this stage. so i think you will see that something will be worked out. you can write a side text all of the other documents that will be put on the table tomorrow and move on. but it's something we will come back to as an issue, despite this bit of
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grandstanding. alongside the text of the withdrawal agreement, we also have this political declaration, which is almost like a guide to the pre—positioning ahead of those talks. have you spotted anything in that that has made you think that this will be a bit of a fight when it comes to the trade talks? the text is really quite open over what might happen. largely, the eu's position remains "we are willing to adapt to the changing requirements of the uk". the eu sends that we haven't yet reached a settled consensus in this country, so they are trying not to pigeonhole themselves too tightly at this stage. pretty much any aspect will be subject to the vagaries of the negotiation, the challenge is that different eu countries are going to bring up. we have not only had the spanish issue, but also the french
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and the dutch and others bringing up access to fishing waters. that will be another issue and the eu are going to be less unified in their position in its future talks. that points to more complexity. with presumably also opportunities for the british to acquire allies at different stages of that process, potentially to get a slightly more attractive arrangements and they might otherwise get? potentially, but the trade—off will be that unlike this withdrawal agreement, which requires a qualified majority of member states, that future trade agreement will require unanimity. so yes, you will see some locating of allies, but you have to keep everybody on board in a very overt way. this will be a difficultjob, not least because the uk still hasn't reached that fully formed
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view about what it wants from this. simon, thanks. let's show you some pictures from paris, where thousands of protesters are taking part in a second weekend of demonstrations over fuel prices. these are scenes on the champs—elysees. we have another round of tear gas being fired in an attempt to disperse protesters. it is about the fuel tax that president macron has imposed. these protesters have been seen all over france in recent days. they wear those distinctive yellow high—vis jackets. french law requires you, if you are ina french law requires you, if you are in a vehicle, to carry one of those in case you break down or there is an accident. and people use them as an accident. and people use them as a symbol of their campaign against
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the fuel tax increase. president macron insists he will not back down. he has become less visible in this debate in the last few days, handing over to his prime minister to deal with. but it has become a very impassioned cause. as you can see, these protesters are in the heart of paris. the police are trying to control the numbers. there had been predictions that there would be thousands of people in paris today protesting. the police are paris today protesting. the police a re clearly paris today protesting. the police are clearly trying to ensure that no large groups form and disrupt the city centre on a saturday. but we have seen tear gas being thrown against them and that is unlikely to improve the prospects of a peaceful outcome to this dispute between the government and the drivers. we will bring you more on that as it develops. the search is on for missing footage of sir david attenborough, first aired on the bbc almost 50 years ago.
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staff at the royal institution are asking the public to look in their attics for any recordings of their christmas science lectures — including those by sir david — after realising 31 broadcasts are missing from their collection. 0ur correspondent david sillito reports. we will have a little protein dance. carl sagan, in1977, doing the protein dance. very good. can you get a different note on it? christopher zeeman and the science of music. heart rate 126 — you must be calming down, robert. how do you feel now, compared to before? great. these lectures have been a christmas tradition since 1825, and were first broadcast on the bbc in 1936. but not all of them have survived in the archive. some of david attenborough‘s lectures from 1973
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have gone missing. there are also gaps in ‘66, ‘67, ‘69, ‘70 and ‘71. the royal institution wants to put all of these televised lectures online, and is asking the public if they have copies of the missing programmes hidden in a loft or stored in a garage. they were television's first ever science programme, and they're hoping that some of their technologically inclined viewers might be able to help them complete the full collection. get in touch if you think you have one of those missing lectures. now it's time for a look at the weather with stav. it's going to be a chilly day for most of us. largely dry with the best of the sunshine across the west, but it will remain quite cloudy and wet across southern england.

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