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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8. theresa may arrives in brussels as the eu says it's ready to sign the brexit withdrawal agreement. 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. this uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i am proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. in belfast, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, attacks the deal, saying the dup will vote against it unless changes are made. theresa may has met eu leaders this evening. we'll bring you the latest reaction. the other news this evening... french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris, who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. 130 protesters were detained across the country. a nd nicolas roeg, the director of the man who fell to earth and don't look now, has died at the age of 90. theresa may has met eu leaders ahead
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of tomorrow's crucial summit where her brexit withdrawal agreement will be formally signed off. she and the other 27 eu leaders are due to approve the draft agreement for britain's departure from the european union. it follows spain's decision not to boycott the summit after getting reassurances over gibralter. this evening, theresa may insisted that the uk's position on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed following claims she caved in to spanish demands for concessions over the future of the territory. let me just say a word about gibraltar.
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we have worked through the issues regarding gibraltar in a constructive and sensitive way and i would like to pay tribute the statesmanship of fabian picardo with which the negotiations have been led on behalf of gibraltar. we have ensured gibraltar is covered by the whole withdrawal agreement and by the implementation 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 change. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. you have the spanish foreign ministerclaiming the greatest diplomatic victory since the treaty of utrecht. you still have action regarding fishing and basing quotas on existing plans.
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is the danger in trying to please some remain voters 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 withdrawal agreement and by the implementation= period and in the future we will continue to negotiate on behalf of the whole uk family and that includes gibraltar. i'm proud that gibraltar is british. i will always stand by gibraltar. thank you. earlier, the spanish prime minister, pedro sanchez, called off his threat to boycott the summit, saying britain had given him the guarantees over the future of gibraltar that he wanted. translation: i have just 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.
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let's speak now to gibraltar‘s chief minister, fabian picardo. thank you very much forjoining us this evening. why do you believe that spain brought this issue up at the last minute, the night before the last minute, the night before the summit? i think it is an issue which has been brewing forfive or six days. we have worked hard to ensure we could deliver a solution which worked for everyone. that has now been implemented in a way which is supported by the gibraltar government. the clarification is on the table which sets out not a change to the treaty but a position which does not prejudice gibraltar oi’ which does not prejudice gibraltar or the united kingdom which it appears spain is able to live with. what has spain really gained? many people say it is restating a previous position. i think they have
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gained nothing new. i don't think we saw a real change in the treaty which spain required further clarification on but they seem to have got into a bit of a tizzy for a while. people can see exactly what has been said and it is a great word for word by the prime minister and buy me so she has stood with us on this issue and therefore it is something which makes the withdrawal agreement which will be voted on tomorrow by the 27 member states, a positive agreement for gibraltar, a better way out of the eu than a disorderly withdrawal. but spain will have a say on how a future eu — uk trade deal applies to gibraltar. how concerned uk trade deal applies to gibraltar. how concerned are uk trade deal applies to gibraltar. how concerned are you that spain might want to raise the issue of shared sovereignty?”
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might want to raise the issue of shared sovereignty? i am not concerned about the issue of shared sovereignty because i have told people tonight what the answer will be. we all knew that if we left the european union, any new deals done with the european union were subject to unanimity of all the european states and spain would try to leave its advantage to gain a foothold on gibraltar but together we will make sure that doesn't happen. we look forward to corporation. we want to have our positive relationship and talk about the future but not in a way that puts a sovereignty price on any part of the negotiation, and neither does spain need that veto to get us to the table to talk. we think it is important to talk as neighbours but not about any of theseissues neighbours but not about any of these issues you are raising now. but surely, britain, whoever is in
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charge when britain finally leaves the eu, it will find itself under increasing pressure potentially to accept some changes to its relationship of the status of gibraltar if it means that is how they get a trade deal with the eu 27 which britain will really need. they get a trade deal with the eu 27 which britain will really needlj which britain will really need.” don't think any british prime minister would do a deal to compromise the sovereignty of gibraltar. in any event there is a double lock in that respect, the constitution says the sovereignty cannot change without the consent of the people of gibraltar and the uk government has been repeatedly clear about a political commitment that they will not even start discussing they will not even start discussing the sovereignty unless the people consent to it. and the third lock is the people of gibraltar who will never consent to it. we expect britain and spain to continue bilateral talks, another of the assurances which has been given. what will gibraltar wants to hear from. ? there is absolutely nothing
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to suggest that there will be bilateral talks because the most important player in the context of anything to do with gibraltar are of gibraltar. the government of the uk and gibraltar work very closely together. all that can be expected from us is a reasonable approach to the future in a way that makes sense for people who need to cross our frontier or otherwise depend on the ability to have good deals between gibraltar and spain. we are up for that but if there is a sovereignty price we ain't buying. who is the prime minister of spain talking to when he is making these claims or demands on britain the night before the summit? i figured is quite fantastical what he has said. one must put this into the context of the fact there is a regional
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election in and all the a daze, and the context of the fact that spain's current government is a minority government which may have to go to the polls at any time and it was very much under attack by the opposition for having been soft on gibraltar, as they put it. i think this is a statement for a domestic audience, theatrical brinkmanship. u nfortu nately you audience, theatrical brinkmanship. unfortunately you can't really do that in the modern world. fabian picardo, thank you very much. we can speak now to our correspondent in madrid, james reynolds. how is the spanish government spending this? —— spinning this? they see it as a victory. it is worth saying that the statements we have seen appear simply to restate the position that spain and everything else were under the impression they had earlier this
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month which was that any deal between anyone and gibraltar would have to have their input of spain as well but really in the long—term spain feels potentially that it has an important card to play. not about the withdrawal deal but about a potential free trade deal britain will have to make with the eu. that would have to be approved by all 27 countries including spain. therefore spain could in theory say they would have vetoed the deal unless there is sufficient progress on a different status for gibraltar. in other words, and last gibraltar changes the uk may not get an entire trade deal. that is the potential card spain could play. it may not but having that card i think makes any spanish government feel that it has a reasonably important position. what might that status be for gibraltar? pedro sanchez, the prime
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minister, in his statement earlier today said that as talks progress towards a free trade deal with the uk, inevitably they would have to be talks about shared sovereignty. you just heard from the gibraltar government that that is not on the table from them or of the uk but it is an indication injust table from them or of the uk but it is an indication in just this table from them or of the uk but it is an indication injust this one area of how difficult those trade talks would be for the uk when it looks to forming a new relationship with the eu. not the withdrawal agreement but a new relationship afterwards. thank you. the summit on sunday will be hosted by the president of the european council, donald tusk, who theresa may has been meeting this evening. earlier he tweeted his thoughts about tomorrow, revealing his taste in music. he wrote, "as a motto for tomorrow, the words of freddie mercury, who passed away exactly 27 years ago — ‘friends will be friends, right till the end' let's take a quick look
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at what is expected to take place at tomorrow's crucial eu summit. at 8.30 brussels time, that's 7.30 in the uk, members of the eu council will arrive for the summit. an hour later, there will be a meeting, described as an exchange of views, with antonio tajani, president of the european parliament. at 9am ourtime, the members of the european council, the 27 representatives who have to sign off the deal, will meet. at 10am, theresa may willjoin the eu 27 for a maximum of an hour, before a planned press conference at 11am uk time, led by donald tusk and jean—claude juncker. arlene foster, leader of the democratic unionist party, has tonight stressed again that her party's ten mps will vote against the prime minister's brexit deal. speaking at its annual conference in belfast mrs foster said therea may should try to get a deal that's better for northern ireland. our ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. it's the most closely watched conference in the party's history.
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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 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 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
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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, 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.
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they have been fired up by borisjohnson and know they have the backing of the brexiteers in westminster. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guestsjoining me tonight are john rentoul, who's chief political commentator at the independent, and benedicte paviot, who's uk correspondent for france 2a, and president of the foreign press association. the headlines on bbc news... theresa may has arrived in brussels, 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. french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris, who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. 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. sport now, and a full round up from the bbc sport centre.
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good evening. wales have beaten south africa this evening in cardiff to complete their first clean sweep in the november internationals. the welsh made a great start with tomas francis opening the scoring inside ten minutes. and they didn't have to wait long for a second after liam williams weaved his way to the try line. 14—3 the score at the interval. the sprinboks responded in the second half through jesse kreel‘s try after a brilliant pass by wille le roux. but dan biggar is not a bad substitute to bring on and he kicked two penalties to secure a 20—11victory. the effort put into it is great. we are very pleased. there are patches we have to work on but i think the character we have shown in a couple of these games i think is the most
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pleasing thing. i think if we are honest we cannot deny the fact there isa honest we cannot deny the fact there is a bit of depth developing and credit to the squad, notjust the 20 odd today but the whole squad who have supported each other through the four tests. england signed off with a win against australia at twickenham. they couldn't have started much better, jonny may going over for a try in the opening couple of minutes. they stretched their lead through owen farrell's boot but a brilliant israel folau try helped the wallabies draw level at half—time —13—all. but england dominated the second period, three tries, including this from joe vhokanasinga saw them race clear. that's two tries in two matches for the wing, after scoring on his debut last weekend. folau scored his second late on on but england won 37—18. scotland finished their autumn series with a hard—fought victory against argentina at murrayfield. sean maitland scored the only try of the game with 15 minutes remaining. 111—9 the final score.
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ireland are in the closing moments of their game with the usa in dublin. seven tries for ireland so far. the score currently 50—14 to ireland. andrew conway with a hat—trick of tries. tottenham ended chelsea's unbeaten start to the premier league season. they beat them 3—1 at wembley asjoe lynskey reports. it will take something impressive to win the premier league this season. right now being unbeaten is even enough. chelsea hadn't lost before today but came to wembley seven points from the top. facing a spurs side showing promise. with christian eriksen noes delivery they had the quality to sweep teams away. dele alli only needed a flick on. there is no sign of wear and tear on harry kane. his shot deceived the world's
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most expensive goalkeeper. the spaniard made some amends to deny heung—min son but something stunning was coming. as wembley watched this solo run, he saved some composure for the finish. the best way to end an eight—month goal drought. chelsea their unbeaten league run was up in smoke. a late olivier giroud header wouldn't be enough. in a season where there is little room for error, this was an impressive statement. leaders manchester city's unbeaten run continues. they beat west ham a—nil and remain 2 points clear and now have a goal difference of plus—35 after 13 games. and liverpool are also still unbeaten in the league. they were 3—0 winners away at watford. all the results are on the bbc sport website. you can also find news
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of england's cricketers on top in sri lanka and later there will be commenatry and in—play video highlights as the women's t20 team play australia in the world cup final. that's all for now. 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 security cordon protecting key buildings. there were 42 arrests in the capital and around 90 across the rest of france. 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. this, a reminderfor france's president — sparks can quickly ignite into flames. the champs elysees not a tourist site today, but an unofficial battleground. protesters armed with paving stones,
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pushed back by tear gas, water cannon, riot police. this movement is about more than fuel prices. its supporters, tired of taxes and tired of politicians. their slogans threatening revolution. the french authorities, a joke to some. translation: we have to pay rent, food, insurance and telephone. what's left at the end of the month? nothing. i don't want macron to just cut taxes, i want him to resign. translation: why is it always the little taxpayer who has to pay? we've been tightening our belts for 30 years. if it gets any tighter we're going to explode. the government banned protestors from this street today, pointing them to the eiffel tower instead. the far—right leader marine le pen questioned why. the government says she is encouraging dissent. translation: we are using water
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cannon and tear gas to push back the assailants. the ultra—right is mobilised and answered marine le pen's call. they want to attack institutions, they want to attack governing mps. the government said no protests on this street and look what happens. they say ultra—right elements are responsible for the violence here, but many ordinary people say they also support this movement. this protest 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 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. our correspondent, james cook, has more. this, say many scientists,
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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 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
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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 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 english director nicolas roeg has died aged 90. his best known films include don't look now and the man who fell to earth, which starred david bowie. nick higham looks back at his life. i sent your food
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back to get it warm. julie christie and donald sutherland in nic roeg's masterpiece, don't look now. it was sumptuous and eerie. as in all his films, the images by turns hooked you, hypnotised you and unsettled you. he was a cameraman before becoming a director. here he is on the set of fahrenheit 451, starring julie christie and from the french director francsois truffaud. he was the director of photography on doctor zhivago, but fell out with the director david lean, who sacked him. his replacement won an oscar for work that was partly roeg's. this adaptation of far
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from the madding crowd was also all his own work, and also won awards. why don't you go to a hotel? his first film as director was performance starring mickjagger as a rock star and james fox is a gangster. it included graphic scenes of violence, sex and drug—taking. we want to drink. i cannot make it any simpler. water. he followed it with walkabout, about two white children lost in the australian desert. it starred his own son, luke. water! glug, glug, glug! i don't understand how you can watch them all at the same time.
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you are really a freak. i don't mean that unkindly. the man who fell to earth featured another rock star, david bowie, in a sprawling and sometimes hallucinogenic work of science fiction. i really like you. the trouble is, people get too attached to each other. bad timing, a psychological thriller, featured multiple flashbacks, and starred art garfunkel and teresa russell. roeg later married her. his version of the witches by roald dahl brought his work to a new generation of children. he made films which were unpredictable and made producers and distributors uncomfortable.
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he could be driven. on one film the crew threatened to walk out when he filmed for 2h hours nonstop. but no other british director could match nic roeg's visual imagination or his skill at wrongfooting, bewildering and delighting audiences. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz schafernaker. it has not been a great day in the south of the uk. today we had cloudy, rainy weather. that will hang around for a while this evening, hugging their southern counties. also a few showers for the north and east. but it will be a dry night in most of the uk with some clear spells, a touch of frost here
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and there, but most major towns and cities will at temperatures above freezing, 3—6 celsius. tomorrow a better day. in the south, brighter weather but it will be quite cloudy. a few showers in the north—east. the best of the weather across western areas. the winds are blowing out of the east, easterly wind, so it means there is error coming out of the continent. it will be chilly, single figures. it will warm up in the next few days but turning wet and windy. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines:
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theresa may has arrived in brussels 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 on the sovereignty of gibraltar has not changed and will not change. i'm proud that gibraltar is british and i will always stand by gibraltar. in belfast, the leader of the dup, arlene foster, attacks the deal, saying the dup will vote against it unless changes are made. french police use water cannon and tear gas against demonstrators in paris who are demanding a cut in fuel prices. 130 protesters were detained across the country.

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