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i'm christian fraser live in brussels where eu leaders have been meeting for a special brexit summit. theresa may urges parliament and the public to back her brexit deal after its endorsement at today's eu summit. the british people don't want to spend any more time arguing about brexit. they want a good deal done that fulfils the vote and allows us to come together again as a country. jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission, issues a warning to those mps who think the eu can be persuaded to make further changes. this is the best deal possible for britain, this is the best deal possible for europe, this is the only deal possible. donald tusk, who chaired the summit, says the european union wants to remain as close as possible to the uk after brexit. regardless of how it will all end, one thing is certain. we will remain friends until the end of days.
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throughout the hour, we'll be turning to our reality check correspondent for clarity on what exactly has been agreed, and where we go from here. hello and welcome to brussels. eu leaders have given theirformal backing to the uk leaving the european union. prime minister theresa may says the deal offers a brighter future for the uk and urged parliament and the public back home to support it. at a special summit in brussels, the 27 european leaders signed off on two key documents agreed by negotiators. the main withdrawal agreement, which outlines the terms for the uk leaving, provides for a transition
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period which would last until at least the end of 2020 to allow the uk to make trade deals. the deal also covers a short political declaration, which is not legally binding, but sets out hopes for an "ambitious pa rtnership" with the eu for the future. but while a brexit deal has been signed off in brussels, it now needs the approval of westminister politicians which could prove less straightforward. adam fleming reports. time to shake on it. as eu leaders arrived in brussels this morning, the message was, this is the deal. the only deal. this is the deal, it's the best deal possible, and the eu will not change its fundamental position when it comes to these issues. it's the best possible one, and i really want to say that there is nothing other possible because there have been concessions also from our side. this is the deal on the table, i don't think there's anything more. this is all designed to show that the divorce talks have
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definitively come to an end, and to provide a springboard for theresa may to sell her deal back at home. the withdrawal agreement fixes the divorce terms. it guarantees the rights of eu nationals in the uk and brits in europe. it settles the uk's financial obligations, estimated at £39 billion, with an insurance policy to avoid checks on the irish border. there's also a road map to the future relationship. it is based on free trade, not necessarily the frictionless trade promised by the prime minister. there will be continued co—operation on security and unlimited immigration from the eu — free movement — will come to an end. after nearly two years of talks, it took the 27 prime ministers, presidents and chancellors about a0 minutes to apply the rubber stamp to their side of the bargain. then, the prime minister arrived to speak to her fellow leaders.
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she really wanted to talk directly to you. in any negotiation, you do not get everything you want. you need to identify what your vital interests are and stick to them, but be prepared to compromise in other areas in order to achieve a result. i think the british people understand that. when they look at this deal they will see it is a good one for our country and that it is in the national interest for everyone to get behind it. with the divorce agreed, the other side is now preparing for talks about the future relationship that could last for four years. ahead of us is the difficult process of ratification as well as further negotiations. but, regardless of how it will all end, one thing is certain. we will remain friends until the end of days. and one day longer. outside the summit, anti—brexit
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protesters showed exactly what they think of the deal. lots of brexit supporters don't like it much either, but brussels isn't the battlefield anymore. it's britain now. adam fleming, bbc news, brussels. so, with a deal agreed by brussels, focus turns now to westminster and prime minister theresa may's chances of getting it agreed by parliament. she's appealed directly to the british public in an open letter to get behind the deal in the national interest, knowing that its chances of success in westminster are far from assured. here's our political correspondent leila nathoo. for now, the hard work is over in brussels. they have found enough common ground. but back home, the hard sell of the brexit deal continues. ministers adamant what's on offer is the best possible outcome. it gets us a lot of what we wanted, not everything,
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but the question is — can this be that staging post that gets us to the point where we could get everything? and i think, with a lot of hard work, it can be. the prime minister has written an open letter, calling on the country to get behind the agreement. she insists the deal works for all of our people, whether you voted leave or remain. and she says after brexit day next march, we will begin a new chapter in our national life. but the real battle now begins here in westminster, where parliament must approve the deal in the coming weeks. the numbers don't look good for the government, with opposition parties and dozens of conservative mps already vowing to vote it down. theresa may is trying to push through parliament an ill—fated, half—baked deal that's the worst of all worlds. we need to work as hard as we can to ensure she thinks again. i don't believe that so far this deal delivers on what the british people really voted for, you know, take back control of your borders, your laws, your money. i think it has ceded
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too much control. it's the plans for how to keep the irish borderfree from checks that have raised hackles across the political spectrum. northern ireland's democratic unionists are reconsidering their support for the government, which theresa may relies on for her majority. we are seeing us staying in the european union in terms of the single market, the customs union rules will apply to northern ireland, we are in the same vat regime as europe, we are in the same state aid as europe, and there is very much a border down the irish sea as a result of this, and that's why we can't support this deal. theresa may will hope she can convince as many mps as possible here to back her, to avoid a leap into the unknown if parliament rejects the deal. both the eu and the government say there can be no renegotiation, hoping that will focus minds. leila nathoo, bbc news. you detect from the tone of the
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letter of the prime minister that we are at the start of two weeks of pr from her team. she will give it the ha rd from her team. she will give it the hard sell in the next couple of weeks. and you would have seen in the report, there is an appetite to renegotiate some parts of the withdrawal agreement. the chorus we have heard today from european leaders and also the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, is that that is not going to happen. he was adamant that the deal on the table is the one that will stay and there is no reopening of it. it becomes more difficult because it is a legal text and they don't want to get into a reopening it with all of the national interest that might flow. katya adler spoke exclusively to the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, shortly after the summit finished. he made it clear that this deal is the only one on offer to the uk. this is the deal. i'm never changing my
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mind, day after day. this is the best deal possible for for britain and this is the only deal possible. so, if the house would say no, we would have no deal. you said to me right at the beginning of this process that you felt it would be a sad process. you also said that, somehow, it felt like a failure. everyone is losing in this... but is it a failure on the eu's behalf, do you think, that it has got this far? is it a failure on the british behalf? if you are telling people, year after year, month after month, day after day, that the membership of britain in the european union is a bad thing for the british citizens, so i don't think the european union is guilty for the result. it is the responsibility of britain, only of britain, of nobody else. the german chancellor angela merkel acknowledged there is still work
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to be done on the future relationship outlined in the political declaration. this is what she had to say. translation: we strive for close cooperation and close also very cooperation in the field of internal security. these are important aspects. as theresa may said herself, we continue to live in a european area, even once, orafter, great britain has left the european union. plus, there is still a lot that needs to be done, a lot of work for us. the house of commons will now be seized of the draft agreement, but i think we have, this has been really a very successful endeavour, in a difficult situation, without precedent. never before have we been in a situation where a member wanted to leave the european union. we have been successful enough in this attempt of reaching an agreement that balances the interests of both sides,
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paying respect, or paying heed, to the interests of both sides, allowing at the same time for a close partnership and all that took place in a spirit that implied tough negotiations, while never losing sight of the fact that we could only work for a win—win situation for both sides. as i say, sad — my feelings are divided. i feel very sad but also i feel a certain sense of relief that we have been able to achieve what we have achieved. and some notes from adam fleming, who has been talking to people who we re who has been talking to people who were at the meeting. they are saying around seven leaders spoke in the session, mostly to say it was a sad day as angela merkel said, and they wa nted day as angela merkel said, and they wanted this future relationship with the uk to be as close as possible. they are saying know what ifs were discussed but they acknowledged that the prime ministerfaces discussed but they acknowledged that the prime minister faces an discussed but they acknowledged that the prime ministerfaces an uphill battle in the house of commons and
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a p pa re ntly battle in the house of commons and apparently one or two wished her good luck with the vote. our reality check correspondent chris morris is here. going back to the interview that catcher adler did with jean—claude juncker and stepping back to february 2016 when the camera until went awry and what glowed from that, does the eu bear some responsibility for where we are at? you are going back into ancient brexit history! they are saying it is a british problem and they had no role in what happened. the uk voted to leave. if you look back at what the renegotiation that david cameron tried to do, there was a big build—up get to the point where that was announced and then it played almost no role whatsoever in the referendum campaign. we have always had this problem, the maximum the eu was prepared to offer, has been less than the minimum that tory brexiteers have been prepared to accept. it has been like that ever
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since. what was offered in february 2016, a few months before the referendum, you talk to eu officials about that and they say they went to the maximum and perhaps beyond that eu law would allow on things like potentially putting in things which would slow down the free movement of people and so forth. in a british context, it was simply not enough. the eu view is certainly very much, your throat, your decision, and your problem, potentially, in the future, because we will stick to our guns —— your vote. i have said perhaps 75% the uk moving, but if you look back after the referendum and what these 27 leaders said then, they have not moved very much. it's interesting that one of the statement today said they would continue to be guided by they would continue to be guided by the basic statement they put out in the basic statement they put out in the last couple of years. when you look around europe and the problems
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with the rise of populism, whether they need to think again about some of their attitudes, particular to freedom of movement. tony blair, in his open letter he has written this morning, saying you have to be open—minded about this and take us back if it is an appetite in the british public to have a second referendum, but he is saying there are issues around freedom of movement that other member nations share. no question about it, freedom of movement is an issue in other countries but it is also true that other countries have done more to actually implement what they can do within the laws that exist. i used to live here in belgium covering the eu. if you come to belgium from another eu member state, after a period of a few months, if you do not have a job, you can eventually be asked to leave the country. because the belgians know exactly who is here because within a few weeks you have to go to your local time hall and basically registerfor an id card and in the uk we don't have that —— at your local town hall. it is harder to know how long
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people have been there. there is an argument to say the uk has never, if you like, applied the law that is there in theory as strongly as they could. and talking about what happened today, this has been coming through and we have the ratification process but we don't know what will happen with that but take us through some of the staging post as had a fight. where does it go after ratification if and when that takes place? what we had today was an endorsement, the technical term, from the other 27 leaders of the deal. eventually those 27 countries have to officially approve the deal that will only come right at the end of the process, possibly in the second half of march. the next big thing we will talking about an awful lot in the next few weeks is the vote in the house of commons, the meaningful vote and it has been called, whereby mps get to vote on whether they approve the deal or not. primarily, the withdrawal agreement, the legally binding big document, but the political declaration also plays into it. there is a variety of options we
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could discuss about whether that gets through or not. if it does and at the moment the numbers don't look good, the next stage would be ratification in the european parliament. that will take a bit of time, they have to appoint a rapporteur and have a debate and if the british parliament approves it, they are aiming to have a vote in mid—march. they have an official plenary session in strasbourg in mid marks, just a couple of weeks before brexit is due to happen and if those ratifications go through, we will leave the eu on the 29th of march next year. we moved into this 21 month at least transition period and the negotiations start again because don't forget, the formal negotiations on everything to do with the future relationship only begin, the eu has said it can only form a mandate for those negotiations after we have actually left and have become a third country. tight for time because they have elections in may. for the european parliament and also after we have left before the end of the
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transition period, that clock that we have talked about will start ticking again loudly. and a quick word, i know you have spoken to those people around michel barnier and there is a lot of talk of no plan band and there is a lot of talk of no plan b and not reopening the withdrawal agreement but what are they saying in reality? could there be wiggle room? i think there is very little if any at all on the withdrawal agreement, it is a legal treaty. and i'm picking it means you unpick all the threads and lawyers get involved and it could take months. it has been carefully constructed. the political declaration, an aspirational document, not binding on anyone, you could probably tweak it a bit but if you do that to try to persuade the house of commons, that might persuade the european parliament so it is this delicate balance and think there is not the appetite for a wholesale renegotiation. and it is worth saying that the big issues the dup and conservative eurosceptics have with that document is fact that it is legally written down in a
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legal text as chris said and if you put something in the political declaration which is non—politically binding, it might not answer the concerns. it is where the withdrawal text that many of the problem stand. if the vote was to go down, don't forget we could be back here two or three days later in brussels because there is an end of year summit here on the 13th of december for a couple of days but would they want to talk about brexit again? i don't think so but they might have to. christian fraser in brussels. the headlines on bbc news... theresa may urges parliament and the public to back her brexit deal after it's endorsement at today's eu summit. jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission, warns mps that the agreement is the best and only deal on offer. parliament has seized documents as part of an ongoing dispute between facebook and a committee of mps investigating the technology giant's use of private data.
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sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre, here's 0lly foster. good afternoon. after a run of three draws in a row in the premier league, arsenal won 2—1 at bournemouth. pierre—emerick aubameyang scored the winner with 25 minutes to go. they took the lead through a first—half own goal but the cherries equalised with a brilliant strike from joshua king. after aubameyang's goal, bournemouth hit a post and wasted other chances but the gunners hung on and are now 17 matches unbeaten. they are still fifth but only three points behind spurs ahead of next sunday's north london derby. iam very i am very happy with every player, how they are working today and also with our supporters who are coming and helping us and pushing us. i
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think for the next week it is good. we are going to play another match with a top team like tottenham and also it is a good moment to enjoy together but the most important first is to win today. in the day's other game, bottom side huddersfield are at wolves. huddersfield are bottom but aaron mooy has given them the lead. should they win, there was a long time to 90, they win, there was a long time to go, but they would rocket up the table to 14th and out of the relegation zone. they are midway through the first half. mick mccarthy says that he is ‘honoured and excited to be back with the republic of ireland' his two year contract, 16 years after his first spell in charge has been confirmed by the fai today. he replaces martin 0'neill who was sacked last week. the republic were on a six match
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losing streak. he will hope to take the republic to euro 2020 with four matches scheduled to take place in dublin. dundalk manager stephen kenny has been appointment as under—21 coach and he will take over from mccarthy after the 2020 finals. whether or not the republic or ireland are actually in them. the formula one season has drawn to a close with lewis hamilton on top of the podium at the abu dhabi grand prix. his 11th win of the year saw the five—time champion become the first driver to pass 400 points for the season. after securing a fifth world title, it isa after securing a fifth world title, it is a seasoned lewis hamilton will wa nt to it is a seasoned lewis hamilton will want to remember. securing pole position here was one of many highlights and his fantastic start to set up a cruise to be finished. while he strolled, others stumbled. nico hulkenberg did not even managed to co m plete nico hulkenberg did not even managed to complete the first lap. a heart stopping moment for the renault driver. get me out of here, there was a fire. and everyone watching.
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to me why can's final race for ferrari did not last much longer. with racing suspended to move his car, hamilton took advantage to make his only pit stop early. he regained the lead after everyone else had stopped and went on to claim his 11th win of the year, matching his best season of 2014. while he hopes to add to his titles, they will not be any more for fernando alonso full—service final race produced a pointless 11th placed finish but there was a break with tradition, seeing him joining hamilton and second placed sebastian vettel on the grid to say goodbye to the fans in style. england were well beaten in the final of the women's world t20 in antigua this morning. they lost to australia by eight wickets. england, who are reigning one—day champions, were bowled out for 105, danni wyatt topscoring with 43. and australia chased that down for the loss ofjust two wickets with almost five overs to spare. it's their fourth t20 world title. 0bviously really disappointed. i
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think when you lose a game that convincingly, it is not as hard to take. we were completely outplayed today, we know we did not bring our best game. but we have to take the good things we have had from this tournament and i could not be more proud of how the girls have fought, the character we showed, but obviously we did not have enough on the pitch today to make it. we will let it sink in a bit and reflect and make a plan moving forward. england's men are closing in on a series whitewash against sri lanka. they need just six wickest to win the final test with two days left to play in colombo. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more for you in the next hour. thank you. other news now and a man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer after a knife attack in east london. the incident happened at ilford railway station on friday night. daniel adeyemi, who's 24, will appear before magistrates tomorrow. the officer involved has been discharged from hospital. documents believed to contain information about facebook‘s data privacy policies have been seized in london, on the instruction of a parliamentary committee.
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it's thought the documents have been seized as mps on the culture, media and sport select committee, don't think facebook has been responding adequately to questions they want answering. our business correspndentjoe miller has been giving me more details. it's a very rare use of a centuries old parliamentary power. essentially, the dcms select committee reportedly sent the sergeant at arms, who may be familiar to viewers from ceremonies like the speaker's procession in the house of commons, to a london hotel to seize documents from an american tech executive who was here on a business trip. this executive, the head of a small app developing company, had these documents because of a court case going on in california in which his company is suing facebook for a very small case to do with access to user data. the dcms committee will not tell us how many documents there are and they will not confirm whether, crucially, as reported in the observer, they contain e—mails between mark zuckerberg and other facebook executives but they say they will issue a statement soon.
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and according to how the story was reported, it looks like this tech boss initially said no and when he did that, he was physically escorted to parliament! yes, these are details which the dcms select committee will not confirm at the moment. i think they just wanted the headline that the documents had been seized and particularly because it is a shot across the bows for facebook. they wanted it to be seen in the new york times and washington post or whatever mark zuckerberg reads! and they very likely will be in the background of course is that this committee, this enquiry, originally set up to look into fake news, has been trying to get answers from facebook ever since the cambridge analytica scandal exploded and politically to try to get mark zuckerberg to testify in parliament and he has repeatedly refused. i think this is the committee using what limited powers they have, even if they are ancient, to of get the attention
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of silicon valley. a survey suggests a third of people who have bought newly—built homes aren't satisfied with the properties. the figures come from an independent report called the new homes review. nine out of ten of those surveyed reported defects or snags when they first moved in. the house builders federation says the industry is working on a new system for resolving disputes. christmas shoppers are being warned about health and safety risks when buying electronic goods online. a new campaign by the city of london police says hair stylers and chargers for phones and laptops are popular among counterfeiters. it warns they could be dangerous because they haven't been through vital safety checks. graffiti has been scratched on buildings and stones pulled from walls at a rarely seen abandoned village. what's been described as "unprecedented" numbers of visitors have flocked to ladybower reservoir in derbyshire since low water levels revealed
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the ruins of derwent. but park rangers say they have had to stop people trying to remove material from the site. dave guest visited the site of the abandoned village just before it was vandalised. it was a picture postcard peak district village that was doomed to be wiped, or rather washed, from the map. derwent was standing on the way of progress. derwent valley waterboard decided that the need for water was so great that they needed a third reservoir, so, unfortunately, they needed to flood these two beautiful villages, derwent and ashopton. and so, in 1943, derwent was consumed by the ladybower reservoir. archive: only the top of the church spire remained visible as the village became a lake. three years later, derwent defiantly popped its head above the waves during a dry spell, but then when the rains came it was gone again. now the remains of derwent are on show once more, thanks to the scorching summer of 2018 — and they've become
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quite a tourist draw. we are staying in castleton, so we've just come over to have a look. was it worth it? yeah, it's quite eerie. we were just saying how eerie it is. i think it's the mix of history and engineering, where the two combine, that's interesting. malcolm thorpe was born in derwent, and strangely enough went on to work for the water company that had erased his birthplace from the map. as we look to the right, you see the gate post in the distance. that was out of the main road into the school house, where i was born. you were born just beyond those gateposts? i was bornjust beyond those gateposts. and what do you think about it reappearing? i think it's great for me to see it, it brings back quite a few memories, and it's wonderful for my children and grandchildren to come and see — and everyone else who's interested in history in the derwent valley. i think it's wonderful. now, the peak district national park authority say they can understand people want to come down here and look at the spectacle, but they are also saying don't get too close. because if you wander out there, that mud is extremely deep
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and thick, and a number of people have ended up getting stuck in it and having to be rescued. severn trent water reckon it will all disappear again as the reservoir is replenished over the winter. dave guest, bbc north west tonight, at the lost village of derwent. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller. we have been looking to the east for our weather for a while but we look to the west again this week. the atlantic comes back to life, deep areas of low pressure with that wetter, windier but milder. this is a few from north wales earlier, there will be bigger waves hitting the coast this week as the winds pick up and we will see that in a moment. right now, a gentle flow of air coming in from the east giving us a few showers here and there. this is the picture this evening. some of these showers in the english channel over water rather than land, maybe some in the far south—west
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and channel islands, but elsewhere a lot of dry weather this evening. we have seen a few showers in the far south—east and in north—east england as well and a few will continue, just clipping parts of the east of northern ireland and into eastern scotland. clear spells in the west of scotland will allow temperatures to dip away quite quickly overnight with a frost taking hold here and some of us down to —4 going into the morning. in fact, anywhere overnight when it is clear for any period of time, you can see temperatures in low single figures with a touch of frost, one or two mist and fog patches. we pick up the showers are still peppering eastern parts of scotland, across northern towards northern ireland and still feeding into the far south—east. these are overnight temperatures in towns and cities and of course in the countryside and suburbs it will be colder than this. into tomorrow morning and still on this flow of air


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