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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm: nissan says brexit is causing uncertainty as it confirms that its new suv won't be made in sunderland, but in japan. theresa may says she has new ideas on brexit ahead of her return to brussels for talks on the irish backstop. a new underwater search is taking place off guernsey to find missing cardiff city footballer emiliano sala and his pilot. hundreds of students join police to search for libby squire, who disappeared in hull on thursday night. police say they're extremely concerned for her welfare. victims of crime will be given new powers to challenge the release of violent offenders from prison, after a review in england and wales. essex county fire and rescue service say they are dealing with a serious incident involving a light aircraft. and in half an hour in click, we'll take a look at how technology could play a role in donald trump's controversial border wall plans. nissan has confirmed
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that its next—generation x—trail people—carrier, originally planned for its sunderland plant, will instead be made in injapan. three years ago, the company said it would build a new version of its vehicle at the site, after getting government assurances about the impact of brexit. but, in a letter to its workers in sunderland today, the firm says the planned investment has now been withdrawn. the business secretary greg clark says the news is a blow to the car industry but insisted nissan had reitterated its commitment to the uk, and sunderland in partricular. one of sunderland's mps, labour's julie elliott, has been giving her reaction to the news, to our reporter stuart whincup. it's devastating news for our city and the region. any loss of future production at the plant makes it less stable but i can't say i'm not surprised.
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the uncertainty around brexit is always a factor now in any decisions made in manufacturing. it has been said there are other reasons about diesel. you feel that brexit is a big thing? well, diesel, there's no denying the downturn in diesel production, but they are consolidating in one plant and i genuinely feel they would have consolidated in sunderland if we hadn't had the uncertainty around brexit. and if you read the letter they put out to staff in the last hour that seems to be what they are saying, it played a role in their decision—making. and to be fair to nissan, can you blame them? we are ready to leave the eu in a matter of weeks and there is no certainty around on what terms trade will be done. businesses can't sustain that kind of uncertainty. what do you feel aboutjobs here? because there was talk when this was first announced the model was going to be made 200 jobs as well as safeguarding otherjobs. well, those jobs won't come. i mean, there weren't anyjob losses thank goodness with this announcement but what it does is it
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means the certainty of the plant going forward is less stable. and something else has to come in to replace the jobs that they would have kept people working on the extra model. so there may not be immediate job losses with this announcement but certainly down the line something has to fill the gap. earlier, our business correspondent rob young explained more about the state of the car manufacturing industry in the uk. when this announcement was made in 2016 it was thought that 200 jobs would be created and those related to the new model and will not be created anymore.
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we do not think any jobs at the plant at the moment will be lost. the uk car industry last week said it was on red alert over brexit. a lot of factories, particularly the one in sunderland that nissan own, are european factories based in the uk. they make cars in the uk which are exported to other parts of the world, the european union in particular, because of the free—flowing trade there is across the english channel. nissan have said in their statement today that they have taken this action for business reasons but they go out of their way to mention brexit. companies do not like to talk about divisive issues such as brexit if it is not a factor so clearly it is a factor. what they are saying about the other options at nissan, some of the things they promised before will still happen. that's right. this announcement in 2016 was after reassu ra nces from the government about what brexit may or may not look like and the bulk of that new investment that was announced, a new model for 2020, is still going ahead, which is reassuring for the workers.
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as we heard from one local mp there is concern about the longer term future of the plant but there is no suggestion today that that will mean anyjob losses, but the unite union has said this is very disappointing news and it says it reflects the serious challenges facing uk car—makers. notjust brexit, car sales fell, diesel sales have fallen particularly sharply. sales of this particular vehicle also fell. and the european economy has hit a bit of a rough patch as well which means that consumers may be tightening their belts. late last year car—makers were saying the same thing, diesel is dead, we are going to have to go to electric, carbon emission requirements are going to make it much harder to retail cars to individuals, working on new opportunities. is it part of that, that there is a big shift?
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certainly this is a moment of big change in the car industry. it is a sector in flux because there is this mobility where you have autonomous driven cars and you can sit back and watch the tv or whatever and in that situation maybe several people can share cars, maybe you will not own a car, you mightjust buy an hour or whatever. does diesel have a future? european governments were pushing hard a few years ago but it has fallen out of favour with governments and consumers. the industry is being a little cautious about where it puts money, where it puts investment, but nissan has said in a statement that its sunderland plant, the biggest in the country, the facility that makes one in three cars in the uk, is very successful and very safe.
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theresa may says she'll return to brussels with new ideas on brexit and renewed determination to make sure britain leaves the eu on march the 29th as planned. the future of the irish backstop arrangements will be central to any talks. but ireland's foreign minister has already said there are no credible alternatives. mps voted last week to seek alternative arrangements to keep the border between northern ireland and the irish republic open and without any customs checks. here's our political correspondent jonathan blake. this week, theresa may heard parliament have its say, voting to back her brexit deal, if one key part could be changed. the prime minister says it won't be easy, but she's ready to try. she writes in the sunday telegraph... the prime minister says she's determined to deliver
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brexit on time, on march 29th, this year. so, what are those new ideas the prime minister mentions? so far, the eu has ruled out everything the government suggested, but the answer can be found, said this cabinet minister, if only both sides look hard enough. i asked border force, months ago, to advise me to look at what alternative arrangements are possible and they've shown me, quite clearly, you can have no hard border on the island of ireland and you can use existing technology. it is perfectly possible. the only thing that's missing is a bit of goodwill on the eu side. the sticking point is still how to keep an open border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland if a trade deal in the uk can't be done, something both sides agree is crucial. well, are they really saying that they would rather not negotiate and end up in a no—deal position? i think that's not a responsible approach to take. it would have an impact on the european economy,
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on jobs and prosperity. labour argued theresa may needs to shift her position and keep closer ties with the eu, to achieve a deal parliament can approve. we are saying to theresa may now, look, you must get a deal through parliament that is acceptable, that means you must change your red lines about a customs union. it means you must look, again, at the way in which the future political framework is so vacuous. for now, more tough talk from the prime minister and high hopes she'll get her way. but no sign yet of a break in the brexit deadlock. jonathan blake, bbc news. i spoke to jonathan blake and asked him if there was any sign of movement on the european side. no. it is very difficult to see even with this renewed mandate that theresa may believes she has and new ideas which she says she has, we are not sure what they are because so far everything the government has
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suggested has been rejected by brussels out of hand. you have to listen to what has come from the irish side this morning with the deputy prime minister writing in the sunday times that the backstop, there to stop a hard border between northern ireland and the republic of ireland, is a fundamental part of the withdrawal agreement and anything the uk has suggested, a time limit or exit mechanism, would render it redundant. he says it is something the european union will not renegotiate on. that is one of 27 member states. there may be others who are more inclined to help theresa may but there are a lot of minds that she has to change. we keep coming back to the point if there is no deal on the 29th of march, if we leave the agreement, we will leave on that date but without an agreement, then the so—called hard border is supposed to be instituted
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so in a sense there is a sense of the irish and the rest of the european union cutting their nose to spite their face. yes, in one way it is talking at cross purposes because no deal means potentially a hard border because there would be different regimes in place on either side. northern ireland would be part of the uk, a third country outside the eu, and the republic of ireland would continue to be a member state of the eu. the uk and ireland would have to work together to have bilateral agreement to ensure the border would stay open and both sides have said in any case there will be an open border. why are we arguing about the backstop? why have it there? that is the argument that some brexiteers are making, that it is being used and has been used all along as a false hurdle
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for the uk tojump over. an underwater search is taking place for the missing plane that was carrying footballer emiliano sala and his pilot. the striker, who had just signed for cardiff city, disappeared with david ibbotson over the english channel 13 days ago. two search ships, one privately—funded and one from the air accident investigation branch, have begun searching the sea bed off guernsey. daniela relph reports. off the channel islands, the search for emiliano sala and pilot david ibbotson has resumed. this vessel was commissioned by the air accident investigation branch to carry out a survey of the sea bed. working close by is this boat, paid for by the sala family after a campaign raised more than £300,000 to fund it. preparing to leave the harbour yesterday with the latest sonar technology on board, the morven‘s crew were hopeful of finding some trace of the aircraft. we tow the sonar just off the sea bed and it gives us a very
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high resolution picture. we can pick out small objects, the size of a tyre from a car, so the resolution is really, you know, very, very tight. emiliano sala and pilot david ibbotson went missing after their aircraft disappeared onjanuary 21st, en route from nantes in france to cardiff. the official search was called off, but almost a week ago some seat cushions were recovered on a beach in northern france. with the sala family desperate for the search to resume. emiliano sala's club, cardiff city, played their first home game the latest search will cover four nautical square miles and is expected to last for three days. daniela relph, bbc news. the mother of missing 21—year—old libby squire has thanked her fellow
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hull university students for searching for her. libby went missing after a night out in the city on thursday. police say they are extremely concerned for her welfare. her family say her disappearance is completely out of character, as megan paterson reports. after anotherfreezing night in hull police searches have resumed for missing libby squire. her family says her disappearance has left them broken. she was last seen leaving the welly club at 11pm on thursday. she got into a taxi and travelled near to her home, but since then, hasn't been seen. cctv cameras last picked up images of libby squire here on the junction of beverley road and haworth street at quarter to midnight on thursday. but it's not clear which direction she then travelled. and this area remains a key interest to police. like, swarms of police coming here. yeah, they've been in our back garden, looking in houses and stuff. and just, like, yeah, they've looked through everything. more than 70 officers have been involved in searches so far. the taxi driver who picked her up and a man who spoke to her, as she sat on a bench, have both given help to police. 0fficers continue to appeal for witnesses. people have asked what they can do, to help.
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we continue to ask those living in that area to check their gardens and outbuildings, in case libby has taken shelter. and if anyone was driving around the area between 11pm on thursday evening and 3am on friday morning and has dash cam footage, we would urge them to come forward by contacting us on 101. on facebook, libby squire's mum, lisa, has thanked everyone who helped search for her daughter, saying it was a great comfort to know how much her daughter was thought of. megan paterson, bbc news. elsewhere, thames valley police say they're very worried about a missing student from the university of reading. daniel williams, who is 19, was last seen in a student union bar in the early hours of thursday. he was reported missing after failing to return to his student accommodation. at a news conference this afternoon, police say they've been searching around the university grounds and daniel's student house. his disappearance is said to be out of character, and they've urged the public to report any possible sightings of him. superintendentjim weems
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from thames valley police gave this update at the university of reading in the past hour. thames valley police continue to look for daniel williams, a 19—year—old student from reading university, who went missing in the early hours of thursday morning, 31st ofjanuary, at about 1:00am. this is very unusual activity for daniel and we are very concerned about his well—being and whereabouts. since then, thames valley police have been searching the grounds of reading university and the surrounding area and will continue to do so until daniel is found. there have been a lot of police officers on—site over the last few days looking for daniel. also many, many more officers that you can't see carrying out investigation tasks behind the scenes. i'd like to appeal to anybody who has any information at all about daniel's whereabouts. please call us on 101 and quote the incident number, 1307, 31st of january.
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similarly, i'd like to appeal directly to daniel. daniel, if you are seeing this, please contact us immediately. you are in no trouble whatsoever. our only concern is for your welfare and your well—being. we want to locate you and return you to your family. naturally, daniel's family are very concerned about this, but it's remarkable, the support we've had during the last few days in helping us to find daniel. emergency services are at the scene of what they're describing as a "serious incident" after reports of a light aircraft coming down near a landing strip in north essex. essex police has confirmed officers were called to belchamp walter, near the border with suffolk, at around midday. the headlines on bbc news: nissan says brexit is causing uncertainty as it confirms that its new suv won't be made in sunderland, but in japan. the business secretary greg clark called the decision "a blow to the sector and the region". theresa may says she has new ideas
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on brexit ahead of her return to brussels for talks on the irish backstop. a new underwater search is taking place off guernsey to find missing cardiff city footballer emiliano sala and his pilot. manchester united are leading leicester city 1—0. there are 35 man is left to play. celtic got a 2—1 win over saintsjohnston to go six points clear at the top of the scottish premiership. is the atkin has won the bronze medal at the world championship. britain's second medal of those championships. i will be back in an hour. victims of crime will be given
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new rights to challenge the release of violent offenders, under a review of the parole system. the change follows an outcry last year over the planned release of the so—called black cab rapist john worboys. it will mean that victims will not have to go to court to contest parole board decisions. instead they'll be able to apply to the department ofjustice and present their objections. earlier i spoke to david greenwood, a lawyer working with survivors of sexual abuse. the small print is that the same criteria as are required forjudicial review which is an extremely high bar to overturn a decision would be required before this mechanism is invoked. it seems to add more layers of bureaucracy. there seems to be a filter whereby an individual who is unhappy with the decision has to write to the secretary of state within 21 days, he or she then has to decide
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whether or not that should be passed onto the parole board. the parole board then sends it to the judge, another filter, who can then send it through to the parole board for a review. it seems like there is more bureaucracy being brought into the system. i appreciate a judicial review by an individual victim or group of victims is a challenging way to do things but to add more layers of bureaucracy to the system doesn't seem to be a solution. the solution would be to lower the bar ofjudicial review in these cases because the victims that i speak to are unhappy that the parole board allow offenders out early from their sentences. when they attend court and achieve convictions a sentence is given
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and they expect that that sentence has to be served by the offender. for parole boards to allow a person out early many people find to be an affront. so a change in the criteria to allow perhaps the secretary of state to intervene where it is not in the public interest to release early would have been a better solution. what thejohn worboys case did was cause a shift in thinking. politicians seem at least to have engaged with that and we have had changes to the parole board itself and the way it operates. injohn worboys‘ case the decision was revoked and he will continue to serve time in prison. in terms of sentences that is down to government policy, not something you can blame on the parole board. they are given parameters. yes.
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what i am talking about on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse is that their understanding, and it is borne out by the evidence, is that sex offenders do not tend to offend in isolation and tend to offend multiple times and so decisions on early release they see as an affront. they see it as counter—productive and exposing individuals in society to the risk of more harm. looking at the way in which the parole board looks at sex offenders is probably a better way of looking at things. pressure is growing on venezuela's president nicolas maduro,
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with britain and other european countries calling for him to declare fresh elections by midnight or see his rival declared interim president. yesterday tens of thousands of people took to the streets of caracas in rival rallies, with opposition leaderjuan guaido vowing his supporters would remain on the streets until the president is removed. mr maduro has said he will not stand down. workers in their 30s have been hit hardest by the effects of the 2008 banking crisis, according to new research. the analysis was carried out by the resolution foundation, a think tank which focuses on people on lower incomes. it found the average salary for this group of workers was 7% lower than before the crash. pope francis will become the first pontiff to visit the arabian peninsula, when he arrives in the united arab emirates later. the pope boarded his plane at rome's fiumicino airport this afternoon. he's expected to arrive in the emirates this evening. abu dhabi's crown prince has invited him to take part in an inter—faith conference. during his two—day visit, he will meet officials and celebrate mass in a stadium, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of people.
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some council—run nurseries are at risk of having to close because of threats to funding, according to a group of mps. maintained nurseries are often in deprived areas and are given "top up" money to help meet their needs. but that money's under threat, and campaigners say that could devastate the life chances of thousands of vulnerable children. nina warhurst reports. no! billy isn't having his best day. mum! any three—year—old can feel overwhelmed, but billy's social and communication problems mean he needs extra support, which is what he gets at hindley. how do you think the staff here handle children like billy? fa ntastically. i've never once heard any of them raise their voices. they are just so calm, they‘ re just so understanding. they get it. and it seems really silly because all nurseries do that, but it does — it's just different. maintained nurseries excel. almost two thirds are rated
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outstanding by 0fsted, but increasingly they are struggling financially. in 2013, less than 6% of them were in debt. last year, that figure went up to more than 20%. and it's with the extra funding they currently receive from government, funding that could stop next year. sometimes, you can see the relief on the family's faces when they come here and think "these staff are here to help my child, and they're here to help me." what would happen to hindley without that top—up money? we would not be here. we would close because we would not have enough money. it's that serious? yeah, it's that serious. some children simply have a harder start in life with problems at home or issues with their physical or emotional development. and those are the children who come first in these nurseries. they are guaranteed a place and told that everything possible will be done to close the gaps in those vital early years. yeah!
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the government told us they do recognise the excellence of maintained nurseries but they have not decided on long—term funding. this week, mps from both main parties came together to say that's not good enough. i think this would be social vandalism of the worst kind to let these nursery schools go by default, when we don't really want them to go but we cannot actually find the pot of money to keep them open. and it could be autumn before we find out if that pot‘s being provided — too long a wait for some nurseries already making cuts. billy is behaving now that mum's gone, unaware that decisions happening hundreds of miles away could have a profound impact on his future here in wigan. nina warhurst, bbc news. a giant wooden dragon in north wales has prompted police to warn drivers not to slow down for a closer look, after an accident and numerous near—misses.
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the seven—metre sculpture looks down on motorists on the a5, near tregarth in gwynedd. sculptor simon 0'rourke spent nearly a week wielding a chainsaw to carve the dragon from a fallen oak branch. mr 0'rourke has also urged drivers to pay attention to the road. now it's time for a look at the weather with mel coles. hello there. through the coming week we're going to notice a big difference in the feel of our weather. it's going to be turning much milder as we look to the atlantic for weather systems and draw up milderair. through the rest of the day we have got outbreaks of rain and it's starting to push in to parts of northern ireland too, but it's certainly not been as cold as it has been recently. so overnight that rain continues its journey up towards the north and the east. some snow for the highlands. here we could see as much as ten centimetres and it will be accompanied by some blustery winds, particularly along western coasts. some exposed spots could have gusts of up to around 50 miles an hour and certainly not as cold as it was last night.
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so monday is a bit of a clearing up day. we've still got outbreaks of rain, particularly down towards the south and the east and here, the rain and cloud will outstay its welcome. elsewhere, the winds will ease down as the day goes on and we'll get to see some sunshine. still one or two showers feeding in on the breeze and temperatures, a big difference — some spots back up into double figures. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: nissan says brexit is causing uncertainty as it confirms that its new suv won't be made in sunderland, but in japan. the business secretary greg clark says it's a blow to the sector and to the region. theresa may says she has new ideas on brexit ahead of her return to brussels for talks on the irish backstop. a new underwater search is taking place off guernsey to find missing cardiff city footballer emiliano sala and his pilot.
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hundreds of students join police to search for libby squire, who disappeared in hull on thursday night — police say they're extremely concerned for her welfare. essex county fire and rescue service say they are dealing with a serious incident involving a light aircraft at belchamp water. victims of crime will be given new powers to challenge the release of violent offenders from prison, after a review in england & wales. now on bbc news, it's time for click. this week: barriers without walls. can tech trump the border? how microsoft came back from the dead. and the magic behind the avengers.
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