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the president of the european council has condemned in the strongest terms those he said who promoted britain leaving the european union without a plan to deliver it safely. on the eve of talks with theresa may in brussels, donald tusk said the eu was preparing for the "possible fiasco," of a no deal brexit. i've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like for those who promoted brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it. we'll have reaction as theresa may meets political leaders in northern ireland, saying there will be a hard border —— no hard broder with the republic. also this lunchtime... in his delayed state of the union address due to the partial government shutdown, donald trump appeals for republicans and democrats to set aside their differences. we must resist the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the boundless potential for cooperation, compromise and the common good. it's understood that the first
deportation flight from the uk to jamaica since the windrush scandal has ta ken offfrom birmingham. and hotel booking sites have been warned to end pressure selling, after the watchdog finds evidence of misleading discount claims. and coming up on bbc news... pep guardiola calls on his city side to score plenty of goals, predicting the title race will go down to the wire. good afternoon, and welcome to the bbc news at one. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has spoken of a "special place in hell" for those who promoted brexit without a plan
to deliver it safely. and he warned of what he called the "possible fiasco" of no deal. speaking in brussels on the eve of talks with theresa may, he said he hoped the prime minister now had a "realistic" plan, to resolve the controversy over the irish ‘backstop‘, the mechanism brussels insists is necessary, to prevent a hard border after brexit, and to secure the peace process. mrs may is visiting stormont today for talks with the main political leaders in the north, to offer reassurance she can secure a deal with brussels, that prevents future border checks. our correspondent, emma vardy reports. they had a deal. they never wanted to see theresa may coming back for more negotiations here. the made in brussels is fiery. i've been wondering what the special place in hell looks like for those who promoted brexit without even a
sketch of a plan how to carry it. fight back and no sign of budging on the backstop... while we expected the backstop... while we expected the backstop... while we expected the backstop would never be used, we agree again today it is needed is a legal guarantee to ensure there is no return to a hard border on the island of ireland, while protecting the integrity of our european single market and customs union, and i think the events in london and instability in british politics in recent weeks demonstrates exactly why we need a legal guarantee. meanwhile, theresa may's on her third trip to northern ireland in seven months. here, just as in westminster, the same divisions remain. she is quite the regular now, but has yet to find a way through. northern ireland's unionist parties want the eu to agree legal changes to the irish backstop, the plan to avoid checks on the irish border, but some now believe we need
more time. we are not far from the 29th of march and we, as a party, don't see a thing that is a positive situation or something that fits northern ireland or the uk. we asked her to look for an extension of article 50. the largest irish nationalist party, sinn fein, have called theresa may's planned to amend the irish backstop an act of bad faith. mrs may will be leftm no doubt there will be no hard border on the island of ireland, that her course of action is completely unacceptable to us and we will set all of that out to her very clearly. attentions here mirror that of westminster, with one side are urging theresa may to sit more closely to the eu in future, and other wanting much more independence for the uk other wanting much more independence forthe uk —— other wanting much more independence for the uk —— pensions here mirror. legal changes to the irish backstop are what theresa may believes she needs to get the deal through
westminster and after that she is off to brussels to try to extract something here. she will arrive in northern ireland on friday. the next 48 hours will be crucial. in a moment, we'll speak to our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, in brussels. but first, our ireland correspondent, emma vardy, is in stormont. the second day of theresa may's visit to northern ireland. are you getting a sense of her message there, that she can secure a deal that will prevent hard border? well, her meeting with the parties here finished in the last few minutes. the dup leader arlene foster was the last to leave, and as she came out she made it very clear she will not be accepting any sort of backsliding on theresa may's guarantees that she would reopen the withdrawal agreement and change the backstop. it is unlikely the dup will accept any sort of document sitting alongside, but at the same time this has been a really difficult visit for theresa may because she has also had to face a lot of anger from the
nationalist community, a lot of disappointment from sinn fein over her change in stance over the backstop, because of course many voters here did not vote for northern ireland to leave the eu in the first place. theresa may leaves here today, she is off to brussels, but we have to remember it is those dup but we have to remember it is those d u p votes but we have to remember it is those dup votes that will count when it comes to getting her deal through westminster because they belief there as if she had the dup on side, then the brexiteer votes will also follow. emma, thank you for that. our europe correspondent, damian grammaticas, is in brussels. donald tusk, a special place in hell for those who backed brexit without a plan to deliver it safely. strong words for him, but he is clearly framing this whole argument of the backstop in the context of the peace process 7 backstop in the context of the peace process? exactly right, clive. the focus since he said it has been a lot on that remark, a special place
in hell, and donald tusk has been very blunt all the way through the brexit process about his views and his criticism particularly of those who he thought had sold what he viewed as a false prospectus, those who supported brexit and then stepped aside to let others try and carry it out, but if you look at what he said, exactly, he is very clear. he says there is no new deal on offer but he is open to listening to what m mrs may says when she gets here, but he says it has to be realistic proposals that guarantee peace on the island of ireland, and thatis peace on the island of ireland, and that is the basic foundation of the eu position, that the position on ireland, once that —— and it wants that backstop because of the implications for the peace process in ireland. donald tusk saying when mrs may comes here tomorrow he is prepared to listen, but she needs to come up with ideas. the eu at this moment in time is not putting anything else on the table. it has to have a backstop, that peace process has to be guaranteed, and as
the irish prime minister said, he said the reason in particular for thatis said the reason in particular for that is that the political situation in london, the other ad kerr said, demonstrates the instability in british politics, it demonstrates exactly why he wants the legal guarantee and a solution that he knows will last —— lee over at —— leo varadkar said. damian, thank you. president trump has called on republicans and democrats to set aside their differences in his delayed state of the union address after the partial shutdown of the government. he said congress had to choose between "greatness or gridlock," but warned that a wall was still needed along the mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. he also announced he'd hold a second nuclear summit with north korea's leader at the end of the month, and he condemned what he called the "ridiculous" investigations against him into alleged russian collusion. our washington correspondent chris buckler reports. the president of the united states!
it's a sign of the political state of this union that this address had to be delayed. democrats initially withdrew donald trump's invitation to speak amid a partial government shutdown. we must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution, and embrace the fabulous potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good. —— the boundless potential of cooperation, compromise and the common good. but after two years, during which some critics have called mr trump america's most divisive president, the reaction of many democrats was telling. away from the political differences, mr trump believes he has a positive story to tell about his presidency, particularly when it comes to the economy. an economic miracle is taking place in the united states, and the only thing that can stop it or foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations. over his shoulder,
the democratic speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, couldn't help but roll her eyes at the reference to the ongoing investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election and claims of collusion involving the trump campaign. but the president got a warmer reaction from his political opponents when he mentioned the growth injobs for women. you weren't supposed to do that! wearing white for gender equality, the group of democratic women stood out in the chamber. a fact mr trump couldn't ignore. we also have more women serving in congress than at any time before. their success in the mid—term elections has given the democrats control of the house of representatives... chanting: usa, usa! ..and frustrated some of the president's plans, particularly when it comes to border security. just three weeks ago, debra's parents... mr trump invited as some
of his guests the family of a couple allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, an emotive attempt to get funding for his long—promised wall with mexico. in the past, most of the people in this room voted for a wall, but the proper wall never got built. i will get it built. this was a speech in which america came first, but mr trump made one significant international announcement, giving details of a second summit with the north korean leader. my relationship with kimjong—un is a good one. chairman kim and i will meet again on february 27th and 28th in vietnam. mr trump's words were measured, and he stuck largely to the script in his appeal for washington's politicians to come together.
but there is a chance, with his sometimes angry tweets and off—the—cuff comments, that the president himself could soon threaten those relationships in the future. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. our washington correspondent, jane o'brien, joins me. wide he has called for unity but is there any sign that notjust the catlike democrats but that the president himself will heed that call? that is what the democrats are saying —— that notjust the democrat but that the president himself. the many of them themselves are likely to be presidential contenders, and are likely to in opposition to him.
a lot of the newly elected democratic house members from last year we re democratic house members from last year were elected to be a check on the president, not to facilitate him, so it is very difficult to see how bipartisanship under these circumstances could really how bipartisanship under these ci rcu msta nces could really ta ke hold, but we will be getting an early test because there are bipartisan courts under way on immigration write now to try to avert a shutdown next friday, another government shutdown, and they need to reach some kind of compromise. but with president trump saying he still demands funding for his wall and democrats giving no indication they are actually going to give him that money, we will see what happens. but the atmosphere in washington doesn't really seem to have changed much, never mind the good will the president mentioned last night. jane, thank you. it's understood the first deportation flight from the uk to jamaica since the windrush
scandal has ta ken offfrom birmingham. campaigners say 35 people were on board after some were given a last—minute reprieve. there are reports that one 22—year—old man tried to take his own life. our community affairs correspondent, adina campbell, is here. adina, but in all of this can we actually confirm? it is important to say at this stage these are still unconfirmed reports. we have had no details from the home office as of yet despite numerous calls. according to campaigners in close contact with the families affected, they say 35 people were on on board that flight from birmingham this morning that reportedly leftjust after eight o'clock. as you say, it is reported one man on that flight did try to take his own life. he was on that flight and campaigners say he was given a last—minute reprieve. so the numbers are still very much unclear. there have been widespread
concerns over the last few days from these campaigners, from mps, other high—profile figures. on monday i sat down with the jamaican high commissioner who said that in some cases he believed the government should be taking a second look, but of course the government has said and has repeatedly said that these are serious offenders. but could we perhaps see all this controversy lead to future flights being cancelled? it is highly unlikely. these deportation flights happen on a regular basis and the last one was backin a regular basis and the last one was back in 2017. there haven't been any deportation flights of this kind since the windrush scandal first came to light in april of last year, but that's what has caused some people great concern. they say considering the windrush review hasn't happened, the compensation details are yet to be ironed out. they believe the government could be acting too quickly, but the home secretary sajid javid has been very clear about this. he said in the
commons yesterday these are serious offenders who have committed serious offences such as murder and rape and it is his legal requirement to make sure they are sent back to jamaica. adina, thank you. two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, after a teenager was stabbed in south london yesterday. the 19—year—old was attacked in battersea and died at the scene. police say the two suspects were detained, after presenting themselves at a hospital, in central london. interserve — one of the uk's largest providers of public services — has reached a deal with creditors to prevent its collapse. the company holds government contacts for a range of services, including prisons, schools and hospitals. the plan involves cutting its debts from over £600 million to 275 million by issuing new shares. labour's deputy leader, tom watson, has called for radical reforms to curb the power of the digital media giants. mr watson has accused the companies of what he called "surveillance capitalism", and warned the industry too often chose to profit from children, rather than to protect them.
i think we live in the new age of surveillance capitalism where tech monopolies hoover up all our personal data, turn it into a thing they call behavioural science, profit from it greatly, but don't give anything back to the citizens that provide that data, or the society they live in. and that's created a distorted digital market that we need to deal with. our media editor, amol rajan, is here. there seems to be of steam building up there seems to be of steam building up to serious sanctions if not legislation. i think that the tragic death of molly russell added momentum to this policy question, not whether to regulate out how to do it. there are enormous challenges and complexities, first what counts as social media, where do you
regulate social media given that they are often global companies. and how do you control these companies when they have such a lot of data. tom watson i think did move the dial on this policy question and asked for a legally enforceable duty of ca re for a legally enforceable duty of care and secondly he would create a new regulator which would specifically look at using additional to try to break up some of these companies. and then he wa nts to of these companies. and then he wants to give citizens a much greater awareness of their own data so that in future they would have greater control. some of these ideas are likely to come out in a government paper in the next few weeks and it is worth saying that a lot of detail has yet to be are about but i think that we are moving towards a fundamental reconfiguration of the relationship between big technology companies and
citizens. thank you. our top story this lunchtime. the president of the european council, donald tusk, has spoken of a "special place in hell" for those who promoted brexit, without a plan to deliver it safely. a downing street spokesman said the eu referendum was the largest democratic exercise in british history. and still to come... bbc news launches a new tool that highlights what matters to people under the age of 26 in their area. coming up on bbc news... it's a big day for british tennis as gb's fed cup team hope playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in 26 years will lead them to victory. six of the biggest hotel booking websites, have agreed to make changes designed to end misleading sales tactics. it follows an investighation from the competition watchdog and from september, the firms including expedia,
hotels.com, and ebookers, will have to be clear about which hotels have paid them for higher rankings on their sites, to end pressure selling. tom burridge reports. they are the big websites for hotel bookings mould wide but are they giving you the best deal or is their information misleading? you don't wa nt to information misleading? you don't want to miss a deal if you think it is good. they always have these things flashing, only so many rooms left, so that is pressure.|j things flashing, only so many rooms left, so that is pressure. i would look elsewhere to find a cheaper generally. they do not have the best deals. claims like this on booking. come that there are only five rooms ina come that there are only five rooms in a hotel on its site not quite you would imagine says the competition and marketing authority. we're told
there are 15 people looking at the site right now but that turns out to mean in the past week. now you are told there are just three rooms available and that just told there are just three rooms available and thatjust means only three on that particular website in the hotel. its investigation found that websites often give a false impression of help popular rumours and sometimes the full cost is not displayed upfront. this lunchtime booking .com said this hotel is in high demand with 14 bookings today on the website and just one room left for tonight. expedia tells me there are just left for tonight. expedia tells me there arejust a left for tonight. expedia tells me there are just a couple of deluxe rooms left, no suggestion that the hotels have done anything wrong but the websites stand accused of pressure on us the websites stand accused of pressure on us into buying. probably you do not know that the ranking of a hotel also depends on how much commission paid to the website. one consumer group says that these tactics used to tempt us can be false. discounts and deals are
almost certainly not a discount or a deal and you will find a better price if you've phone the hotel directly and they will match and read that price. booking .com says it agreed to make changes to ensure that the website is transparent enough for consumers. expedia says it has worked with the competition watchdog to improve standards across the industry. the competition and markets authority says the six big hotel booking websites have promised to adhere to tighter consumer standards. not all were guilty of misleading consumers. council tenants in england, scotland and northern ireland, owe more than £300 million in unpaid rent. official figures analysed by bbc news, show the outstanding amount has increased by more than a quarter, in the last four years. the local government association and debt charities blame the rollout of universal credit, the government's flagship welfare reform, but ministers insist the number of people in arrears does fall, when they move on to the new system. david rhodes reports. look at my cardigan!
lisa, a mum of three, owes york council over £1000 in unpaid rent, she says because universal credit has pushed her into debt. you don't know what's coming next with universal credit. i was out of debt in 2017. and since i got universal credit last year i've nearly lost my house twice. and ijust... yeah. just end up in debt again. universal credit is designed to make claiming benefits simpler and to help people back into work. 1.5 million people in great britain have seen up to six benefits now merged into one monthly payment. but four years ago councils in england, scotland and northern ireland were owed around £250 million by current tenants. last year that figure had climbed to over £300 million. the welsh government doesn't collect comparable figures to the rest of the uk.
the charity citizens advice today said half of the people they are helping who on universal credit have rent arrears whilst other charities say there is a clear link between the new benefit system and rising levels of housing debt. we are seeing universal credit really push people to breaking point. we are seeing people with significant rent arrears that have incurred those in the transition to universal credit. rent arrears have an impact on the housing shortage that exists across the uk. money collected in rent can only be spent on maintaining and building new council homes. in the 1970s local authorities built around 100,000 new homes a year. now they are building less than 10,000. we think there's enormous challenges for local authorities in keeping going services for tenants that get paid for by rent. but also building the homes this country so desperately needs. because our housing accounts simply don't have the money in them they should because of the level of rent arrears we're seeing now.
work and pensions secretary amber rudd has said she wants to improve aspects of the universal credit system, which she says does work well for the majority of claimants. also the government said there is no one single cause why rent arrears build up and that many people join universal credit with pre—existing housing debt. but for tenants like lisa, she says the rent arrears she has has left her in fear of being given an eviction notice. well, yeah, just to think that someone could turn up and knock on the door and tell you you have to be out. david rhodes, bbc news, york. the government of pakistan says aseia bibi, the christian woman cleared of blasphemy after spending years on death row, is now free to leave the country if she chooses. she will also be offered protection for the rest of her life, if she stays in pakistan. the country's foreign minister said any nation thinking of helping her should show restraint, and pursue what he called "quiet diplomacy". the fracking firm cuadrilla has called on the government
to relax its limits on the size of tremors that are allowed as a result of its drilling operations. under the present rules, drilling must be stopped for 18 hours if it triggers earth tremors above a 0.5 magnitude. the company resumed operations near blackpool last year for the first time since the process was halted in 2011. the veteran presenter of bbc radio 4's today programme, john humphrys, has confirmed he'll be leaving the show, probably in the autumn. he joined the programme in 1987, after presenting television news bulletins. now 75, he's known for his rigorous interviewing style, and said today his departure would "make other people happier, possibly." crime rates, property prices and transport links, are some of the factors many consider, before moving to a new area. but what do young people think about? the radio1 newsbeat team, has been looking into what matters to people under the age of 26, including the number of bars and clubs in an area, as well as the quality
of 4g coverage. here's daniel rosney. we've looked at 11 different kinds of data for every area in england, wales and scotland. it's a really simple tool, all you do is type in your postcode or your local authority and it ranks your area out of ten. it gives you more information as well. it looks at 11 factors for under 26—year—olds including the numbers of bars, clubs, and music events, as well as access to sports facilities and 4g. average rent prices and levels of unemployment are also used. esme is 18. she's a home carer and lives in bridport, west dorset. it's one of the bottom five areas to live in britain if you're under 26. that's what this new bbc analysis suggests. people tend to retire in towns like bridport, which is why there's a demand for carers like esme. it's nice that i know everyone, but if i don't want to go in bridport, if i want to go
for a proper night out as an 18—year—old, then i have to drive about an hour, over an hour, to actually be able to stay up past one or two in the morning. apart from that, it's all right because i can drive. but if you can't drive, i don't see how you could grow up in west dorset, or anywhere, because there's nothing to do. it's quite isolated. and there's literally no big chains around here. i want to leave and i don't mind coming back, because i love it here. but i don't think i could just stay here forever because i think i need something to mix it up a bit. 60 miles away from bridport is bristol. and that's one of the top five areas for serving its younger population, according to this research. shan describes himself as a proud bristolian, born and bred. every corner that you go to has history about it, has some sort of culture about it and has something unique, and it'sjust so nice
because everyone here has a different background and a different story about them and ijust love that about bristol. esme plans to move to gloucester in september to study nursing, but for her, west dorset will always be home. and you can find the ‘know your place' calculator on the bbc news website. the oscars ceremony will take place without a host this month — for the first time in thirty years. the comedian kevin hart had been due to host it, but stepped down from the role in december, after apologising for homophobic comments he'd made a decade earlier. the abc tv network, which broadcasts the ceremony, insisted it would still be an exciting show, even without a host. time for a look at the weather... here's nick miller. ican give i can give you an exciting weather forecast but maybe for the wrong
reasons. we have a spell of strong winds to come over the next few days and even into the weekend. this afternoon a lot of fine weather to be had through much of england and wales. some showers around in northern ireland. some snow to the high heels across scotland. and temperatures normal or above for the time of year. but tonight turns wet and windy and we will see some outbreaks of rain spreading east across the whole of the uk. some snow in higher areas and the winds strengthening with gusts up to 70 miles an hour.