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this is bbc news. i'm christian fraser. the eu summit on brexit will go ahead tomorrow. the spanish prime minister drops his threat to derail the summit saying britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar. we will always negotiate on behalf of the whole uk family including gibraltar and of the whole uk family including gibraltarand in the of the whole uk family including gibraltar and in the future relationship we will stand up for their interests. the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. but in belfast, the dup renews its attack on the deal, saying it could separate northern ireland from britain theresa may has just completed a meeting with jean—claude juncker and is now with donald tusk in a meeting. i'm lukwesa burak in london, the other news this evening:
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french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. a us government report warns that unchecked climate change will cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health and quality of life. and nicolas roeg, the director of the man who fell to earth and don't look now, has died at the age of 90. good evening from brussels. the eu summit will go ahead
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tomorrow. assurances regarding gibraltar came this afternoon in a letter to the eu who made it clear if it wasn't already clear that the issue of gibraltar would be dealt with separately to the deal the eu straight with the uk and will be an issue for bilateral negotiation. there is concern in some british newspapers denied that theresa may has given ground on gibraltar. in reality, all she has done is specified what is already there in the terms of the political declaration, a point she made clear after her meeting here with jean—claude juncker. we have worked through the issues regarding gibraltar in a constructive and sensitive way and i would like to be attributed the statesmanship with which the negotiations have been led on behalf of gibraltar. we have ensured gibraltar is covered by the whole
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withdrawal agreement and by the limitation period and we will always negotiate on behalf of the whole uk family including gibraltar and in the future relationship we will stand up for their interests. the uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not changed. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will a lwa ys gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. you have the spanish foreign minister claiming the greatest diplomatic victory since the treaty of utrecht. you still have action regarding fishing and existing plans. is the danger in trying to please some remain borders and some leave voters disappearing down the middle? the uk's position on gibraltar has not changed and will not change. we have negotiated on behalf of gibraltar, we have ensured they are covered by the whole agreement and by the limitation period and in the future we will continue to negotiate on
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behalf of the whole uk family and that includes gibraltar. i'm proud that includes gibraltar. i'm proud that gibraltar is british. i will a lwa ys that gibraltar is british. i will always stand by gibraltar. thank you. the spanish prime minister has claimed this as a victory. we should been made we had a week from elections in spain, southern spain, and in the area bordering gibraltar, and in the area bordering gibraltar, and so the spanish prime minister has a political motive here to make gibraltaran has a political motive here to make gibraltar an issue but he did keep them sweating until the last few hours. he was on his way back from havana this afternoon and this is what he said in madrid when he got back. translation: i havejust told the king that spain has reached agreement on gibraltar. the first thing i want to say is that, consequently, the european council will take place tomorrow. and the second is that europe and the uk have accepted the conditions set down by spain. because of this, spain will lift its veto and will vote tomorrow in favour of brexit. you will get argument on both sides
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about what he has achieved here. it highlights a vulnerability that was created by brexit when it comes to gibraltar. theresa may goes from here where she has been meeting the european commission president receiving to a meeting with donald tusk, the european council president. he tweeted this afternoon once he got this agreement from the spanish prime minister that he is going to recommend they approve on sunday the outcome of the brexit negotiations. no one has reasons to be happy, he says, but at least at this critical time, the eu 27 has passed the test of unity and solidarity. he also went on to say in the letter that as far as he was concerned, no side had won in the negotiation. our brussels reporter adam fleming told me that the commitments spain has secured on gibraltar are not new, but a restatement of the existing position.
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this was an exercise in reassuring the spanish that their argument which was that the withdrawal agreement as it is now would somehow mean that the future relationship between the uk and the eu have to brexit would automatically apply to gibraltar and he has got a confirmation in black and white that the spanish government will have a say over how that final future relationship is applied in gibraltar, which is effectively what they had before but pedro sanchez has the piece of paper he can wave in the andalusian elections in the next few days' and if you are the spanish foreign minister, you can send a tweet saying this is the biggest thing to happen to gibraltar since the treaty of utrecht in 1713 which the british would say is a bit over the top. statement of their existing position. we havejust over the top. statement of their existing position. we have just seen pictures of theresa may going to the meeting with jean—claude juncker at this evening. what is she here to
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discuss? she is not due to negotiate because the two bits of the brexit package, the withdrawal agreement, 500 and 580 page divorce treaty and the outline of the future, those documents are sealed and zipped shut yesterday by eu officials so she is not negotiating. i think this is going to be talking about how tomorrow can be a springboard to the next pa rt tomorrow can be a springboard to the next part of the process which is the brexit package being ratified, first in the british parliament and then in the european parliament but this is a moment of history. it's a moment of political theatre because the leaders didn't have to do this, they didn't have to come here tomorrow and have this sombre ceremony to endorse the document legally. they are not obliged to do that but i'm glad that they are. we have been following this for 20 months. when they get these documents in front of them tomorrow, will be vote on them? no, there is no vote. they will all arrive, the 27, walked the red carpet as they a lwa ys 27, walked the red carpet as they always do for an eu summit, we will
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try and get them to say something historic for a sound bite for the news, then they will be a meeting with the european parliament president for half an hour. the european parliament has to give their consent to the final package. then a 27 will spend an hour together, i clear sacred sites document that i've had a look at and i think will spell out seven areas of vigilance they will keep an eye on as talks progress in the next phase. then theresa may will be ushered in for one hour then we're expecting a press conference at midday with jean—claude juncker and donald tusk, where the whole thing will be wrapped up and that will be it. add—in will be with me tomorrow when the event starts at 930 in the morning. —— adam. there is no vote, this is just the next stage of ratification before ratification in the house of commons, if it comes to that. there is concern here that
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theresa may will not get the votes passed the withdrawal agreement. meanwhile, arlene foster, leader of the democratic unionist party, has hosted its annual conference in belfast. she said she would rather have jeremy corbyn in power than ideal which separates northern ireland from the rest of great britain. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. it's the most closely watched conference in the party's history. northern ireland's dup are poised to vote down theresa may's draft brexit deal. the government's support depends on them. for this draft agreement fails her own key commitments. the prime minister has not eliminated the risk of a backstop arrangement. on one hand, we are told the backstop would be the best of both worlds and on the other
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hand, we are told we're not going to need the backstop. on this plan to avoid a hard irish border, they are not backing down. bin the backstop. look who's become an ally — borisjohnson in belfast to lend his support. it is the dup‘s confidence and supply agreement keeping keeping jeremy corbyn out of downing street, he said. it is vital that we keep this partnership going and we keep this confidence and supply arrangement going and that we're not so complacent as to abandon the government of this country to a man whose avowed policy is to break up this country. if the backstop is used, northern ireland would remain fixed to eu rules, even after the rest of the uk goes its own way. many northern ireland businesses are supporting the deal, putting them at odds with the dup,
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who insist it undermines the integrity of the uk. i think that's an adamant that no one in the business community in northern ireland accepts. it is seldom you see unanimity on anything in northern ireland and when you find every business and organisation is telling you something different, i think the dup should take cognizance of that. never before has this party been so centre stage. they have been fired up by borisjohnson and now they have the backing of the brexiteers in westminster. arlene foster's, comment undermined the problem for the dup, that there is within the conservative party as well, the desire for greater sovereignty mixed with the desire to keep together united kingdom. with me is valentina
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pop, reporterfor the wall streetjournal. they might pass these two documents through tomorrow but they know there's a much bigger hurdle ahead. this is just the there's a much bigger hurdle ahead. this isjust the beginning, it's not at all the end and they know what problems theresa may faces back home. they were trying to accommodate had as much as possible in the political declaration next to this withdrawal treaty, but they know that at the end of the day if the whole deal falls to parliament, all bets are off and nobody has any idea how to proceed forward. we've seen that king of support from michel barnier and the way he spoke about the deal last week and today from donald tusk is saying no one has won here, it's nothing to celebrate, but it's a good dealfor everybody. they are trying. looking at the calendar of events over the next few weeks, you've got the vote in the house of commons, then
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straight after that summit back here in brussels. what might happen then? we will probably dominated again by brexit if the deal falls through the parliament and then the only thing leaders at this point can do is to accelerate the contingencies for an ordeal scenario and wait for the british government to make its position clear, well they want a reading of the gushy it —— will they wa nt to reading of the gushy it —— will they want to renegotiate? the issue with spain and wait nearly brought the summit down is really a marker of what's to come because the other side of brexit comedy going to have all manner of countries coming forward with national issues. absolutely, that's the risk of withdrawal treaty reopening. if by some miracle theresa may stays in
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power after the deal being voted down and she is forced to renegotiate a deal, of course all theseissues renegotiate a deal, of course all these issues will re—emerge, france will push for a level playing field then other nations will push for better fisheries. it's then other nations will push for betterfisheries. it's all then other nations will push for better fisheries. it's all a pandora's box if it falls through parliament. it is worth reiterating that the dup has those ten votes. it isa that the dup has those ten votes. it is a supply and confidence agreement with the conservatives at the moment but a they take those ten mps away and those conservatives that are sworn to vote against the withdrawal agreement, then you do see a very difficult path ahead for the prime minister and it will be acutely aware of that here in brussels this evening as the top two theresa may. back to the studio. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may arrives in brussels as the eu says it's ready to sign the brexit withdrawal agreement. in belfast, the dup renews its attack on the deal,
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saying it could separate northern ireland from britain. film director nicolas roeg, whose credits include don't look now and the man who fell to earth, has died at the age of 90. let's get more now on our main story. european council president, donald tusk has recommended that the eu approve the brexit deal at a summit on sunday. it comes after spanish pm, pedro sanchez received assurances from the uk government over gibraltar and dropped his threat to boycott the summit. meanwhile, arlene foster, leader of the democratic unionist party, has told its annual conference in belfast that the prime minister should try to get a deal that's better for northern ireland. let's speak to stephen kelly ceo of manufacturing ni, who was part of a delegation of nothern irish business leaders who met the pm
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to discuss the withdrawal agreement ealier this week. your analysis of what arlene foster had to same? we had an interesting week here in northern ireland where business stepped into the political arena a bit more than we perhaps would have liked. that resulted in some mudslinging but we very much welcome the words from others at the conference which means that they're trying to reach out and discuss issues that business have and the worry that we have is it this deal 01’ no worry that we have is it this deal or no deal. arlene foster said she wa nted or no deal. arlene foster said she wanted to assure the northern ireland border did not become divergent. what do you understand by that? the big concern, and it's a
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big if, northern ireland slipped into a backstop, then it is the potential for divergence between the rest of the uk and northern ireland and at that point, they will be awakening of a gap appearing between the uk economy and the northern ireland economy. when we met with the prime minister, she made it clear that the only thing that would damage the northern ireland economy, she didn't want that, and she did assure us she didn't want that, and she did assure us that the issue of divergence and northern ireland in the uk staying alongside eu rules wouldn't arise. what are your members saying about this deal? our members saying about this deal? our members are very supportive of the deal. we're sitting with an 82% of support for accepting the withdrawal agreement as opposed to the other option on the table which is no deal at all. what does your northern ireland business make of the idea of the extended transition period? we
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would accept that if that's where we ended up. what we need to do is avoid at all costs an ordeal brexit and some analysis that your collea g u es and some analysis that your colleagues in bbc northern ireland have uncovered shows that in the backstop, and ordeal brexit has ten times greater impact on another landed economy —— on the northern ireland economy. if you take £1.5 billion out of a small economy like northern ireland, then there has to be damage, there has to be damage to jobs and damage to those businesses. we need to avoid that as best as possible. what would your message be to the dup about the upcoming vote in parliament? it's to the other members of parliament too. i don't think anybody in the country wants to see a situation that the company has been economically damaged. 0ne way of doing that is to have an ordeal brexit. —— no—deal brexit.
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police in paris have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters demonstrating for a second weekend running against a planned rise in fuel tax. clashes broke out on the champs—elysees, as demonstrators tried to get through a secruity cordon protecting key buildings. over the past year the price of diesel which is used in most french cars has risen by around 23%. here's our paris correspondent, lucy williamson. a reminderfor a reminder for france's a reminderfor france's present, spots can quickly become flames. this was not a tourist sites today but an unofficial battle ground. protesters armed with paving stones pushed back by tear gas, water cannons and riot police. this movement is about more than fuel prices, its supporters are tired of taxes and tired of politicians. their slogans threatening revolution. the french authorities, a joke to some. we have to pay rent,
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food, insurance. there's nothing left at the end of the month. i don't want emmanuel macron to just cut taxes, i want him to resign. why is it always the little taxpayer who has to pay? we've been tightening our belts for 30 years our belts for 30 years and it can't get any tighter or we're going to explode. the government banned the protestors from this street today, pointing them to the eiffel tower. far right leader marine le pen questioned why. the government says she is encouraging dissent. we are pushing back the assailants. the ultra—right have mobilised and answered marine le pen's call, they want to attack institutions and government. the government said no protests on this street and look what happens.
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they say ultra—right elements are responsible for the violence for the violence here, but many ordinary people say they also support this movement. this has brought together people from all political backgrounds, all parts of france, but it is a movement with no national leader, no formal structure, its membership and its identity hard to control. a man has died after being stabbed in east london. police have launched a murder investigation following the attack in hackney early this morning. detectives are also questioning a man after an officer was stabbed outside ilford train station in east london last night. the officer's injuries are not thought to be life—threatening. finally, the british film director nicolas rogue has died at the age of 90. in a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original style of film—making. his 1973 psychological thriller don't look now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes. roeg also directed mickjagger
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and james fox in the crime drama performance and david bowie in the science fiction movie the man who fell to earth. let's speak now to nickjames, editor of the british film institute's magazine, sight and sound. how are you feeling having received this news? is incredibly sad, this man was the greatest living british film director around. he had a visual style that none of his compatriots really had. all of those films you just mentioned have the most vivid scenes you could possibly conceive. we never saw the australian outback the way we do in his film walkabout. the performance was such a wonderful melding of the
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p0p was such a wonderful melding of the pop world and the gangster world. don't look now has the most astonishing beginning with a child is drowned and this incredible ending, which is a fantastic montage of all kinds of different imaginative images. he was easily the most imaginative british film—maker and the most imaginative british film—makerand in the most imaginative british film—maker and in the ‘70s and 80s he had a run of seven or eight films which was just astonishing because each one was very difficult to make different from each other and all of them were brilliant. have you ever met him? yes, i met him a few times and he was a very genial, great storyteller. i sat drinking with him once, telling stories into the night and he was a great raconteur and a very genial, very gentle person, much loved by everybody in the film
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industry. what was he like to work with? how did you work with those actors to get what he wanted coming through the lens? i think he was one of those people who was a great collaborator. 0ne of those people who was a great collaborator. one of the things people forget is that he had already been working in the film industry for 20 years before he became a director so he knew the whole thing from the ground up, all the technical stuff, so as far as actors we re technical stuff, so as far as actors were concerned, he would have seen them from all sides and known how best to treat them, how best to get the performances out of them. it's really quite something because in all of his films, the acting is astonishing. i'd like to know what you think his impact on the industry was and also which piece of work was he most proud of? i'm not sure which he most proud of? i'm not sure which he was most proud of. i know that he was someone he was most proud of. i know that he was someone who always tries to look to the future so his track record was brilliant and he was always
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saying, what is the next film i care about? that is characteristic of somebody who always wanted to be creative to the last and he was. we'll leave it there, nickjames, thank you very much. my pleasure. a us government report has warned that climate change will cost america hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health if no action is taken. president trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the reality of climate change. 0ur correspondent, james cook, has more. this, say many scientists, is what climate change looks like. 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's here, they say. its effects are serious, and without dramatic change, they will be catastrophic. already, says the report, more frequent and intense storms
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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 parts of the united states experience forest fire seasons that look like what happens in the west, right now. the scientists say substantial and sustained reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions are essential, and they do report some progress. without major, urgent action, says the report, the impacts of climate change will soon cascade into every corner of american life. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. hundreds of environmental activists have taken part in a demonstration
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in parliament square in westminster. as part of the event organised by the group extinction rebellion, protesters were urged to wear funeral clothing and bring wreaths to symbolise what campaigners see as the threat to the planet's future. demonstrations were also held at the scottish parliament in edinburgh, as well as in manchester, north wales and sheffield. the destruction of the amazon rainforest in brazil has reached its highest level in a decade, driven by illegal logging and the planting of crops. satellite images show that 3,000 square miles of forest was cleared in the year tojuly, up nearly 14% on the previous year. environmentalists say deforestation is one of the main causes of global warming. hundreds of people have attended the funeral of the well—known syrian radio host and activist, ryed farez, who was killed by gunmen in the rebel—held province of idlib. mr fares founded an independent radio
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station broadcasting from opposition—held areas. despite several assasination attempts, he refused to leave idlib and continued to defy both the government and militants. when fresh radio was ordered to remove its female presenters, he used software to disguise their voices. tributes to fares have been paid from across the world. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. we had rainy, dreary weather in the south of the uk today. that will hang around, mainly the southern counties, also the north and east by generally speaking the night going to be dry across most of the uk with some clear spells and a touch of frost here and there but i think most major towns and cities will see temperatures well above freezing, around three to six celsius. tomorrow, better day in the south,
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brighter weather around although at times it will still be quite cloudy. a few showers across the northeast once again and the best of the weather once again across these western areas. you can see the wind is blowing out of the east and an easterly wind, which means the continent and it is going to be chilly once again, temperatures around single figures. it will be turning wetter and windy as well. la nka hello, this is bbc news. the headlines: theresa may has arrived in brussels,
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ahead of tomorrow's summit to approve her brexit deal. the spanish prime minister says britain has given him assurances over the future of gibraltar, mrs may insists she'll always stand by the territory. the uk's position of the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i am proud that gibraltar is british and i will a lwa ys gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. in belfast, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, attacks the deal, saying it would create differences between northern ireland and britain. french police fire tear gas and a water cannon to disperse protesters in paris who are demonstrating for a second weekend against rising fuel prices. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday.

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