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theresa may fights to save her brexit deal — but eu leaders here in brussels say it can't be changed. tense diplomacy in the chamber — but no assurances for mrs may to help sell her deal in westminster. i'm very satisfied with the conclusions that we reached last night, which are that we as the european union stand by the withdrawal agreement that was negotiated. we don't believe it's up for renegotiation. i'll have all the latest from brussels, where we're expecting to hear from mrs may any minute now. and the other main stories this lunchtime... more trouble for chelsea, this time over anti—semitic songs — just days after four fans were suspended for racist chanting. this is notjust tottenham. you might think you're just chanting against tottenham, but actually what you're doing is hugely, horrendously anti—semitic. the british yachtswoman whose boat capsized in a solo round the world race has made land in chile. how do you work?
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and sunshine, laughter and love found in sierra leone — with two previously lost episodes of morecambe and wise. and coming up on bbc news, anthony joshua says wembley is booked for a world title fight in april and that he wants his opponent to be deontay wilder. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one from here in brussels. theresa may is under increasing political pressure after being rebuffed by fellow eu leaders at a summit in brussels. mrs may is trying to find a way to get the withdrawal agreement through a heavily divided house of commons. last night the european commission
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presidentjean—claude juncker said the withdrawal agreement was not open for renegotiation and accused the prime minister of being vague. from the summit venue, our europe correspondent, adam fleming reports. you win some, you lose some. theresa may hasn't got the brexit treaty rewritten. that was never going to happen. but she did get reassurance on the irish backstop, at least a bit of reassurance. the backstop is an idea for a short period of time, and not for the next decades. i think it was necessary to say this clearly from the european union, so that the uk can trust us on this. always willing to offer clarifications, explanations and we can discuss what form that takes. but nothing legal?
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but what we won't be doing as a european union is renegotiating the withdrawal agreement. last night, leaders like the irish taoiseach made changes to the draft statement that had been circulating in the days before the summit, which means it looks like theresa may got less than she wanted. the draft of the document said... in other words, they didn't want it either. but that part has disappeared. also gone, a paragraph that said... a diplomatic note summarising last night's meeting between mrs may and her counterparts said it wasn't clear what the prime minister actually wanted. and watch her talking to the president of the european commission. it looks like she's saying
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"you said nebulous," the word he used to describe the lack of detail in the british position. it's all making eu leaders increasingly worried about the deal getting through the british parliament. it's now up to the british to come together and create a kind of national consensus, as we did in denmark when the danes rejected the maastricht treaty, in order to tell us exactly what to do to get this through the british parliament. officially, that's it. there are no more tweaks on offer. but there is a suspicion that leaders will be back here in the new year to go through this all over again. adam fleming is here now. she came with low expectations, she said she didn't expect an immediate breakthrough and she hasn't got that, has she? the british are
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putting on a brave face. they say they have got some reassurance from they have got some reassurance from the eu that they were looking for. they have got a restatement of the eu position on the backstop, which is that it is an insurance policy and not intended to be permanent. and the eu would continue negotiations to get to a final trade deal even if the backstop had been implement it. that is some of what the uk wanted, but there is one thing they did not get. it was quite nerdy, it was paragraph five of the european summit conclusions, which said the eu would be prepared to look at what further reassurance it could give. that was supposed to kick start the second phase of this operation to reassure mps. it would have culminated in the new year with some newer clarifications, maybe even some new, legally binding documents that would allow mps to no longer be concerned about the backstop. that is not happening. there will not be an extra summit or an extra meeting injanuary where that reassurance will be delivered by the eu. but some countries think this isn't the end of it. they think as the clock ticks down to the vote
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in parliament in the new year, people will be back here. there will have to be some kind of reassurance, because they are worried about getting this deal through parliament. the bit that will stick and everyone's mines are those pictures of theresa may with jean—claude juncker, with her saying, did you call me nebulous? another example of both sides not speaking each other‘s language in any language. thank you. of course, the vote, whenever it does come in the vote, whenever it does come in the house of commons, is what will be crucial. let's talk to our political correspondent alex forsyth — she's in westminster. what is the reaction that what has been going on in brussels? you can imagine. theresa may had been trying to get reassurances to convince those mps who had concerns about this brexit agreement, and the tone from the eu so far is that they are not going to go far enough to cut it with all of those worried voices. we heard arlene foster from with all of those worried voices. we heard arlene fosterfrom dup suggesting that theresa may now needs to stand up to the eu. some of the brexiteers say theresa may has been boxed in. she has nowhere to go
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from here. we are expecting the prime minister to give press conference in brussels any minute now. and it will be eyes on that to see what she chooses to do. we heard from the defector deputy david leading ten this morning, who said this is the start of a process they had not expected to get any legal reassu ra nces had not expected to get any legal reassurances from the eu at this point, —— we had from the de facto leader. so will the prime minister continue to plough on with that course, or will she choose to change tack in light of what we have heard from brussels? the bottom line is this. unless something significant changes between now and when this deal goes back before parliament in the new year, it looks like theresa may will not get enough support to get it through. and what happens after that is anybody‘s guess. get it through. and what happens after that is anybody's guess. alex, thank you. let's talk to our reality check correspondent chris morris. theresa may has not got anything
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like a theresa may has not got anything likea game theresa may has not got anything like a game changer she needs to get this through the house of commons. she has not got any kind of guarantee and it was probably ambitious to think she would get one today. but the discussion on that will go on. what i don't think she will go on. what i don't think she will ever get is any kind of legally binding document which goes against the legal language and the withdrawal agreement about the backstop. so yes, some sort of reassurance could be put in legally binding language, but nothing which a lot of brexiteers want, which is getting rid of the backstop in the first place. the other thing we saw in that little spat between the prime minister and jean—claude juncker, the rest of the eu still doesn't know what the uk once. that is notaim doesn't know what the uk once. that is not aim so much at her in particular, but there is growing frustration at the gridlock in westminster. the clock is ticking. no commons vote untiljanuary. what happens next? the government says as soon as possible injanuary, there
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will be about in the commons. that has to happen before january the zist. at the has to happen before january the 21st. at the moment, the signs are not good that that will be enough to persuade sufficient mps to reverse what we think would be the result at moment. that is one of the reasons why the other thing we had from the eu in the last couple of days is that they are stepping up more preparations for no deal. on december the 19th, they are going to release a raft of new documents explaining how they are getting ready for the possibility, which they certainly wouldn't welcome, of they certainly wouldn't welcome, of the uk leaving next march with no deal at all. chris morris there. the prime minister is about to speak. when we hear from prime minister is about to speak. when we hearfrom her, we will bring that to you later in the programme. yesterday one conservative mp said she needed a christmas miracle at this brussels summit. i think eve ryo ne this brussels summit. i think everyone here agrees she hasn't got that. ben, many thanks. chelsea have condemned fans who were heard singing anti—semitic songs during their europa league match against vidi in hungary last night —
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saying they have "shamed the club". it comes just days after four fans were suspended for the alleged racial abuse of the manchester city and england player raheem sterling in chelsea's previous match. our sports correspondent joe wilson reports. at their home ground, chelsea present a global welcome. but this is a football club being shamed by a section of its supporters, and chelsea made that clear today. last night's match was a routine european fixture, but some of chelsea's fans took the opportunity, in hungary, to chant anti—semitic words about a rival club in london — totte n ha m. today came a reaction from a man who has previously filmed football supporters making anti—semitic chants. ivor baddiel directed an educational film for chelsea. he is a chelsea supporter. you might think you are making anti—tottenham chants, but actually, when you sing, they are on their way to auschwitz, this is what you are really chanting about. clearly,
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there are people who think it's ok. maybe they don't really understand what it is they are chanting and why jewish people and everyone is so offended by it. all but the most hardened fascists would hopefully realise that that was wrong. chelsea today reiterated their abhorrence of race hatred, saying any individual that can't summon the brainpower to comprehend this simple message and are found having shamed the club by using anti—semitic or racist words or actions will face the strongest possible action from the club. instances of anti—semitism are especially poignant and hard to comprehend at this club. after all, roman abramovich, who's bankrolled chelsea for so many years, is himself jewish. but last night's events come hard on the heels of chelsea's game against manchester city and what happened there to raheem sterling. allegations that he was racially abused by a chelsea supporter have provoked an enquiry and a whole debate about football and race. remember the banana
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skin that was thrown towards pierre—emerick aubameyang during arsenal's game against tottenham. today's focus is firmly on chelsea, butjust part of big issues for football and society. joe wilson, bbc news, west london. the christmas market in strasbourg has reopened three days after an attack by an islamist gunman in which three people were killed and another 13 were injured — including one with severe brain injuries. heavily armed french police and soldiers are manning checkpoints. the attacker, cherif chekatt, was killed in a shootout with police in the city on thursday night. france's interior minister said the market was re—opening, as the country wouldn't give in to fear. a british yachtswoman whose boat capsized in a storm in the south pacific has finally arrived in chile, a week after being rescued by a chinese cargo ship. susie goodall, who's 29, had been competing in the solo golden globe round the world race. duncan kennedy is at her yacht club
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on the isle of wight. yes, the news has come through that susie has just reached yes, the news has come through that susie hasjust reached land in chile after spending a week on a freighter that brought her back from 2000 miles out in the southern ocean. in the two days before that, she was on a yacht that had been wrecked by a storm, lost the massed, nearly in fear of her life. she managed to get the distress signal out. a passing fighter came and picked her up and brought her back to shore. somebody who knows how well is ben willows. the fact that she has made land, your reaction to that? fantastic news for susie and her family and all her supporters. the experience she has been through, being wrecked on the boat in the middle of the southern ocean, one of the most remote places on the planet, such good fortune that there was a ship with the ability to get alongside her safely. in those conditions, a
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real test of seamanship to get her on board safely and back to land. you have trained with her hair. how resilient is susie to have survived this? hugely. when we first heard the podcast of her radio call, yes, you were shaken, but you could hear that she was calm, she had thought through it. the level of resilience she has shown is remarkable. she worked with us as an instructor and was always hugely positive and committed, a very proactive person. she was the third sailor who had to be rescued in this race. five masts we re be rescued in this race. five masts were smashed. any reason to call off these around the world race because of all the dangers? no, the opposite. they are one of the few things left which show a real test of human courage and fortitude and adventure. and the sellers are well prepared. thank you very much indeed. susie is about to give a press c0 nfe re nce . indeed. susie is about to give a press conference. after that, reeta, she will be heading back to the uk.
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in came kennedy, many thanks. —— mike duncan kennedy. the army has failed to meet its recruiting targets every year since it outsourced the contract to the private company, capita — that's the finding of a report by the watchdog that oversees public spending. the national audit office says it problems left recruits waiting almost 11 months to start basic training — and that nearly half of those applying dropped out during the process. our defence correspondent jonathan beale is here. where does this report say the blame lies? with the army or with the simple answer is both. the army took the decision to give a contract to capita to make its recruitment more efficient and to save money. this report makes it clear it's done neither. the army closed down recruiting offices in high street, had a centralised process. that system hasn't been working properly. it's four years late, three times
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over budget and has been taking would—be applicants 321 days to get through the application process. half of the people dropping out. it's called defence recruitment system, better known by some soldiers as doesn't recruit soldiers. the army and capita admit they underestimated the complexity of the system but they still insist it is now improving. that said, they don't think they will be hitting their recruitment targets for new soldiers until 2022 which is when the capita contract runs out. thank you. it's just after 1:15pm. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may fights to save her brexit deal — there's diplomacy in brussels but eu leaders say it can't be changed. and still to come — how green are your greens? the bbc launches a new app to help you calculate the environmental impact of your weekly shop. coming up on bbc news, where next
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for the atp world tour finals? manchesterjoins london on the shortlist to host the end of season tournament, where the current deal at the o2 ends in 2020. a syrian refugee hailed as a hero for helping to save 18 people from drowning during the crossing from turkey to greece, has told the bbc of her despair after being arrested and put in prison three years later. sara mardini was detained on the island of lesbos in august — and faces charges including people—smuggling and spying, all of which she denies. she was speaking to our correspondent richard galpin after being released on bail last week. after more than three months in prison in greece, sara mardini is back amongst college friends here in berlin, at least for now, this her adopted home where she was granted asylum. she told me the prospect
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of being put on trial in greece in the coming months hangs over her heavily and how during the past few months in prison, she despaired of ever getting out. thinking about the outside, thinking about everybody. ithought, would i be able to see them again? with this situation, i'm just thinking about everything and i end up not having any sleep. the night was my worst friend. just two years ago, she and her sister yusra were hailed as heroes here in germany, receiving awards for helping save lives. like many syrians fleeing the civil war, they had made the perilous crossing from turkey to greece, but only just. when their overcrowded boat started taking on water, the two sisters, both elite swimmers, jumped in and helped pull it to lesbos, swimming for more than three hours through big waves and strong winds. i was looking to everybody and seeing that we might die,
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and i knew if i want to make it, i'm going to make it. all the people on the boat, we believed we were going to make it and we wanted to make it. but earlier this year, when sarah returned to lesbos as a volunteerfor an ngo helping refugees and migrants, she was arrested, the police accusing her and several others of being part of a criminal organisation and spying, amongst other charges, all of which they strongly deny. i wasn't scared, actually, because i know what i've done and what my team have done. and that was totally legal. we had a very strong legal procedure with the team, like rules that we have to follow as volunteers. activists believe what has happened to sarah and her colleagues is part of a crackdown by the greek authorities on ngos which help refugees and migrants. other european countries are doing the same. it's definitely a very
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worrying trend. i have seen three, four or five cases in greece where volunteers or members of ngos face completely absurd charges which can ruin their life. sarah's hoping the charges will be dropped. if not and she is convicted, she could face up to 25 years in a greek prison. richard galpin, bbc news, berlin. an international conference in poland will try to finalise a deal today on how to tackle climate change. but delegates from almost 200 countries are yet to agree how to implement the paris climate accord — reached three years ago. our environment correspondent matt mcgrath is at the conference in katowice and sent this update. it's looking much more likely that we will get an agreement here in katowice poland, but whether it's a strong or weak agreement remains very much in the balance. overnight, the polish presidency produced a new text that has many elements that negotiators here are happy with. it includes the fact
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that there will be one common rule book for all countries, with flexibility for poorer countries. there will be a compliance mechanism that makes people who don't what their plans in time, they will be hauled up in front of a committee. there will be a call for greater ambition from countries by 2020, and there will be a recognition of science in the document. you'll remember last week, the saudis, the us, kuwait and russia objected to a critical scientific report being included. that seems to have been resolved. but it's not all plain sailing. there are many big issues still to be resolved. the question of language, how strong the language is, is important. there's also the question of what's called loss and damage. this is a key issue for many developing countries who are looking for compensation for damage caused to them by climate emissions over decades. at the moment, it's only a footnote in the document. they are certain to be very upset about that and it's certain to be a red line for them. so lots more talking and discussion to be going on here. the meeting is supposed to finish this afternoon, but the likelihood is that it
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will continue into the night and maybe well into saturday before an agreement is reached. matt mcgrath reporting there from poland. food production is responsible for a quarter of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming, according to a recent study by oxford university. the environmental impact of different foods varies hugely — and there have been calls for better labelling to help people understand the carbon footprint of the food they eat. the bbc has designed a new calculator to help find out the climate impact of different foods. our correspondent helen briggs has more. choosing lunch can be confusing when it comes to thinking about the planet. what's better — chicken or beef? and how does your daily coffee habit contribute to climate change? when we asked shoppers to check the environmental impact of popular foods, they were surprised. that is really good, it makes people more aware of their consumption. i would be quite interested to look
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at the impact of meat. that is why i don't eat it... twice a week. equivalent to driving a regular petrol car 113 miles. that is incredible. and there is how it compares with other drinks. you would never have thought of that, would you? never. there is a clear commitment to the deal. is all we hearfrom the there is a clear commitment to the deal. is all we hear from the times. you say you have further reassu ra nces you say you have further reassurances the eu will look at a former document but why was that struck from conclusions last night? let's be clear. about the 27 conclusions. those take us forward. those are welcome. this is the clearest statement we have had yet from the european union that is
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their intention to the backstop never to be necessary that it is their intention to ensure if it were necessary , their intention to ensure if it were necessary, it was only temporary and it was their intention to work quickly with us, quickly once we have seen the deal being agreed, in parliamentary terms, they will work with us quickly to ensure they start those negotiations for the future partnership. the key to this. the crucial thing in this relationship is what our future partnership with the eu will be. that will be the sustainable enduring relationship we have with the eu in the future when we are no longer a member. that is clear from the eu today and the conclusions they gave, they want to get on with that, they want to get that partnership into placejust get on with that, they want to get that partnership into place just as we do. is lynn hearfrom the sun newspaper? prime minister, yes or no, would you be prepared to see
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britain trade wto rules from march next year when we leave the european union? we are making, government is making no deal preparations and we have stepped up. we will talk further about the no deal preparations. my position is clear. i believe it is better to leave with the deal and i believe the deal we haveis the deal and i believe the deal we have is a good deal. i will take a couple more. jason. jason groves from the daily mail. you look like you have had a trying week. what has been worse? has something happened, this week, jason? well, i have heard reports! you should not believe everything you read in newspapers. what is more difficult, the malcontents at home or the euro bullies here and have you ever felt like throwing the phone into a bin, moving to a remote island and
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letting someone else sort this out? throughout this i have been clear there is a job to be done and it is a job to be done because it is a job for delivering on the vote of the british people in the referendum. it is our duty as a government and parliament to do that. negotiations like this are always tough. there are always difficult times. as you get close to the very end, that can get close to the very end, that can get even more difficult, because you are absolutely sorting out the last details of something. this is what drives me to carry on doing this and making sure we deliver, this is what is right for the british people and this is what we will see out of this, not just us this is what we will see out of this, notjust us outside the eu but able to take the advantages that gives us an building that brighter future for britain. is isabelle hear
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from austria? future for britain. is isabelle hear from austria ? austria future for britain. is isabelle hear from austria? austria has the presidency currently so i thought it was appropriate to ask. what was your impression about the role of the austrian presidency and the chancellor during the talks about reaching an agreement? chancellor kurz has been helpful in the positive approach he has taken to the negotiations of this deal. band wa nted the negotiations of this deal. band wanted to make sure both sides come out of this with a good deal. the austrian president, he has done it extremely well, it has been a very good presidency and we have seen it the way he has moved forward on a number of dossiers. he has been positive in the support given to ensuring we get a good presidency. thank you. theresa may, a brief,
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delayed press conference. we can go back to our correspondent who has been listening to that. the deal has been listening to that. the deal has been done but it did not specify quite how far and where europe would move. it is such a difficult question when you have got, as laura kuenssberg in that press conference asked, when you have the eu not willing to budge, when you have parliamentarians back at home not being willing, not budging. who is going to budge. let's walk through what we had and i wanted to point out we saw theresa may being robust withjean—claude out we saw theresa may being robust with jean—claude juncker. we hurt her having a bit of a laugh with journalists, telling a journalist, don't believe everything you read. when it comes to the logistics and semantics of what we were talking about, there was questioning about the draft summit conclusion and what
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we actually got at the end of play last night. there was a question about the fact that in the draft conclusion we are expecting to have more reassurances. and in the final conclusion we got, that was removed. there was speculation about what that means. we heard theresa may say there would be more clarifications and possible further down the line, it was a work in progress, and she wa nted it was a work in progress, and she wanted to outline there would be more discussions later. this is not it. there is still work to be done. she was talking about the backstop and the fact discussions will still be ongoing. and there will be possibilities to have trade negotiations ongoing and formal conclusions. she was pleased with
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this because she wanted legally binding conclusions, something she could say was legally binding on all of this. she describes this as formal conclusions that have legal status so they should be welcomed, so arguably she was happy she is taking back something that is legally binding. when you have phrases like endeavour, which is what was written in the final conclusion, it is arguably technically a legal word. we had heard talking about that robust conversation that she had earlier with jean—claude juncker and there is a question over what you was talking about. was she referring to that press conference last night


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