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theresa may holds talks with the president of the european commission in a bid to secure changes to her brexit withdrawal agreement. smiles for the cameras — the discussion was described as robust and constructive but brussels says the deal cannot be changed. meanwhile, jeremy corbyn writes to theresa may setting out five demands that could see labour back a brexit deal in parliament. we'll bring you all the latest from our correspondents in brussels and westminster. also this lunchtime. the bank of england forecasts the slowest growth for the uk economy in a decade. a search team recovers a body from the plane wreckage carrying the footballer emiliano sala and pilot david ibbotson. ban phones and screens at mealtimes and bedtimes, the uk's four chief medical officers tell parents. and the mars probe that's been named after the dna pioneer rosalind franklin. and coming up on bbc news. the british horse racing authority says cancelling all racing today was essential after an outbreak of equine flu.
one meeting for saturday has also been called off. good afternoon and welcome to the bbc news at one. theresa may has been meeting the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker, in brussels to try to secure changes to the brexit withdrawal agreement. both sides described the talks as robust but constructive. mrjuncker again insisted there could be no reopening of the agreement, but both leaders have agreed to meet again before the end of the month. theresa may has to get changes to the agreement to have any hope of securing the support of mps, after her original deal was rejected by the commons. the labour leader,
jeremy corbyn, has set out five demands for his party to support a brexit deal, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market. let's go live now to our europe correspondent damian grammaticus. that's right. mrs may came here saying she had a mandate from parliament to seek changes. we know the european commission had said it wasn't prepared to make fundamental changes to the deal on the table. she has secured a small concession of new discussions but there was a hairy moment potentially for the prime ministerjust as she got here. arriving in brussels today, minister hemmed in on all sides, left and right at every turn, finding opponents. outside european commission headquarters, another. bundled out of the way. his aim, shared with mrs may, was to prevent the uk exiting the eu with no deal injust 50 the uk exiting the eu with no deal in just 50 days' time. the uk exiting the eu with no deal injust 50 days' time. but
the uk exiting the eu with no deal in just 50 days' time. but seeing a way through is the problem. she agreed a deal with jean—claude juncker in december. now she's demanding the eu should change it, including seeking a legal guarantee that the uk won't be held forever to the conditions of the irish backstop. you have new proposals, prime minister? if all this looks familiar, it's because it is, yet againa familiar, it's because it is, yet again a crisis point, yet again mrs may in brussels seeking concessions, concessions the eu has said it's not prepared to make. is this hell, prime minister? laughter so the eu was my question for mrs may? does she have any new ideas? mr jean—claude juncker said they would not renegotiate the backstop but the eu is willing to rewrite the accompanying political declaration if the uk wants to seek a closer future relationship. an offer a p pa re ntly future relationship. an offer apparently ta ken future relationship. an offer apparently taken up. the discussion was robust but constructive, despite the challenges the two leaders agreed that their teams should hold
talks as to whether a way through can be found that would gain the broadest possible support in the uk parliament and respect the guidelines agreed by the european council. so, one blockage in brussels may have shifted and back in london movement too, jeremy corbyn has laid out conditions he would want to see in the future relationship, a uk wide customs union, alignment of rules with the single market, and alignment on rights and protections such as for workers and the environment too. what we are doing is saying we believe that these are the options that are available that would actually secure a majority in the house of commons. i'd be asking what oi'i house of commons. i'd be asking what on earth they mean when they say that they want to be in a customs union with the eu but also for britain to have a say in eu trade policy with other countries, not something allowed under the european treaties. so, mrs may has got the eu to agree to more negotiations, which
means more time, but that's not the same as securing a new deal, let alone one sure of winning the battle of her party and parliament back home. now, eu and uk negotiators will meet on monday next week. mrs may and mr young cup will meet again before the end of february but there is a significant difference here —— jean—claude juncker. the there is a significant difference here ——jean—claudejuncker. the uk side still want to talk about reopening the withdrawal agreement, and the irish backstop. the eu side say they will only talk about the future relationship, possibly speeding up the process towards ties in the future to make the backstop unnecessary. big differences yet to resolve but they are agreeing to keep talking. damian grammaticas, many thanks. our assistant political editor norman smith is at westminster. both theresa may and jeremy corbyn are under pressure this lunchtime? they are both in their own sort of brexit mangler, mrs may in brussels where she just brexit mangler, mrs may in brussels where shejust emerged brexit mangler, mrs may in brussels where she just emerged with the offer of further talks, you might
think that's not much, not ideal, nothing even approaching a deal, but suchis nothing even approaching a deal, but such is the hole mrs may is in, just the offer by the eu to keep on talking, to keep on negotiating, is in itself something of a result and it avoids what they feared, which was basically having the door slammed in their face and mrs was basically having the door slammed in theirface and mrs may being told no moules and frites for you today. and jeremy corbyn is in his own mangler of his mps, on the warpath, after he wrote a conciliatory letter to mrs may over brexit saying let's keep talking and discussing it, easing back on some of his red lines, not even mentioning now the prospect of another referendum, and some of his anti—brexit mps fear that mr corbyn is paving the way for mrs may's deal to get through parliament, and some suggest they are even toying with the idea of quitting the labour
party. now, my sense is they are not quite there yet but it looks like both mrs may and mr corbyn peak brexit mangle moment. —— are both approaching peak brexit mangle moment. thank you, norman. the bank of england says it expects growth this year to be the lowest since 2009, when the economy was in recession. it has slashed its growth forecast to i.2%, down from the previous i.7%. our economics correspondent andy verity is here. why so gloomy? we should be clear, retail, it is still predicting growth, not any kind of shrinkage for the moment but the main reason is there has been a global slowdown. there is less potential for growth from the rest of the world and from exporting goods to the rest of the world, and also the domestic economy slowed down significantly at the end of 2018. so that paints a slightly gloomier picture for 2019, 1.2%, as you mention, rather than 1.7% as
they predicted a few months ago. normally if there was a big shock from the bank of england the currency markets would react. they have only reacted mildly, the pound is down about half a percent reflecting the fact that on the currency markets they have taken a few months to get used to the idea that we have got a bit of a modest slowdown going on. the elephant in the room, of course, that the bank of england is deliberately ignoring is the possibility of a no—deal brexit. these are all on the assumption that that won't happen and a deal does go through. the bank has warned if there is a no—deal brexit we could have a contraction in the economy of up to 8%, as bad as the global financial crisis. for the moment we assume that is not happening in the markets also assume they will not need to raise interest rates as soon. it had been predicted that would happen this year, now they say the official rate, 0.75%, won't get above 1.1% over the next couple of years. 0k, andy, thank you. a body seen in the wreckage of the plane carrying the footballer, emiliano sala and the pilot david ibbotson,
has been recovered. it hasn't yet been formally identified. the light aircraft was found on the seabed in the channel on sunday, two weeks after it disappeared during a flight from nantes in france to cardiff. our correspondent duncan kennedy is in portland on the south coast. duncan. rita, this is the latest stage of what has been an externally difficult and sensitive process for eve ryo ne difficult and sensitive process for everyone involved, particularly of course, the two men's families. it is not yet clear whose body has been brought ashore in portland this morning, whether it is that of emiliano sala, or david ibbotson, but police say they are keeping both men's family fully informed. the red and white recovery ship that brought the body to ensure docked at portland just after 9am this morning. a few minutes later this tea m morning. a few minutes later this team of forensic police officers and others went on board. they stayed on the ship for more than two hours. emiliano sala and his pilot david
ibbotson died last month, though, it's not clear which body has now been recovered. that operation here in portland will be watched by both men's families at their homes in argentina and in north lincolnshire. the two men had been flying from france to wales when their aircraft went down here in the english channel. the search vessel used a submersible to carry out the lifting operation in what was said to be as dignified a way as possible. the men's families have been kept informed throughout. accident investigators say the body was removed separately from the wreckage and that it wasn't possible to recover the plane itself because of poor weather conditions on the surface. that operation has been suspended now for what's called the foreseeable future, although the enquiries team says it has already gathered valuable video evidence. throughout the past two weeks cardiff city fans have made their
grief clear about the loss of emiliano sala. many were upset at this week's's news that his former clu b na ntes this week's's news that his former club nantes had asked cardiff city to pay his £15 million transfer fee before the search for his body has been concluded. this lunchtime, a small convoy of vehicles carrying the body that has been recovered made its way out of portland port. the next stage will be for the dorset coroner to begin his work. sorry, we've lost duncan. let's move on. a public search for a name for the uk assembled robot that will be sent to mars in 2020 has resulted in the most popular choice being the dna pioneer rosalind franklin. the honour follows a call for suggestions that drew nearly 36,000 responses from right across europe. the astronaut tim peake unveiled the name at the airbus factory in stevenage, where the robot is being put together. in around two years' time
the six—wheeled robot will travel across the red planet in search of life. equipped with a state—of—the—art drill capable of digging two metres down, the rosalind franklin rover will look for organic life deep below the surface. last november, scientists agreed she should land in an area of mars called oxia planum, a surface plain containing clays and minerals formed by ancient seas billions of years ago. it's thought that any sign of life is likely to be in a place where there once was water. once safely landed, the rover will drive autonomously on mars for at least seven months, allowing scientists to focus on collecting data rather than directing its every move. the mission, led by the european space agency, is due to launch next summer at around the same time as nasa's separate exploration programme, mars 2020. with fewer than half of all missions sent to mars ever successful, scientists will be hoping luck is on their side for rosalind's launch. well, rebecca morelle is at
the airbus space site in stevenage. rebecca. yes, i'm here at a mock-up of mars where this prototype rover has been put through its paces. it is designed to roam across the rocky martian terrain. now, this mission is nearly complete, everything is almost ready but one vital element has been missing and that's the name of the rover and today it has been unveiled as the rosalind franklin rover. to explain why i'm joined by british astronaut tim peake. why is this rosalind the rover? rosalind franklin, great british scientist who did so much to help unlock the secrets to human life, to dna and double helix, and so it's only fitting that the exomars rover is named after rosalind because it will be searching for signs of past life on mars. you've got the public involved with this naming process. absolutely, the competition was
opened up to the public, over 36,000 entries, so a huge response, and it just shows that there is so much public appetite for these exploration missions. this really is a big mission for the european space agency. why is it so vital to get out there, to get on mars? it is a really exciting mission, this rover is going to actually drill two metres under the surface of mars. that is where we stand the best chance of discovering organic molecules that could have resided on mars, so it is going to a special landing site, a very ancient landing site where there was once a liquid ocean and we know that 3.7 billion years ago earth and mars were very similarso years ago earth and mars were very similar so life could have evolved on mars as well. thank you very much, tim peake. this is obviously a robotic mission heading to mars and the real thing is actually being assembled together at the moment, scientists are working around the clock. and it really will be a fitting honour for the woman who truly was an unsung hero of science,
to have this legacy that will now live on on mars. studio: rebecca and tim peake, many thanks. the time is 1:15pm. ourtop tim peake, many thanks. the time is 1:15pm. our top story this lunchtime. theresa may has held talks with the head of the european commission in a bid to secure changes to the brexit withdrawal agreement. the meeting was described as robust but constructive. coming up, the outbreak of equine flu which has brought british horse to a standstill today. future meats are also in doubt. coming up on bbc news. jonathan davies will captain wales for the first time as they make ten changes for their six nations match against italy on saturday. with several rested after their winning start in france. parents are being urged to stop their children from using mobile phones during meal times, and to take them out of their bedrooms at night. the advice comes from all four of the uk's chief medical officers. they recommend that children go
no more than two hours without taking a break from screen based activities. our health correspondent dominic hughes has more. learning about internet safety starts early. important lessons for these liverpool primary school children around information and identity. the dos and don'ts of the online world. the issue of consent is one of the areas covered by new advice from the uk's chief medical officers. it includes talking about safely sharing photos and information online, keeping phones out of bedrooms to help with sleep and taking a break to get moving after a couple of hours on screens. advice designed to help parents navigate their way through a new and unfamiliar landscape. the advice we give is based on strong evidence about good, healthy development of children and young people. why have we given it related to this issue? we had a careful discussion among
the chief medical officers and we believe that we should adopt, in this country, a precautionary approach to protecting our children. so, how many hours of screen time do these children have each day? six! two and a half. it depends. it's very hard to get off it because you just want to carry on watching it over and over again. if you're playing a game and you're in the middle of the game, then i feel like it's hard to come off it. do you take your phone into your bedroom at night? i don't have one. and what about their teacher? six! six. on a work day, six. for stacey feenan it's important her pupils‘ lives have a healthy balance. they should have opportunity to engage in technology but they're also just getting that variety in life so that they understand the opportunities that are available for them in real life as well as online life.
how to police and balance their children's use of screens can be a challenge for many parents, so for mum kate any guidance from experts is welcome. ifeel like being a parent you're constantly learning and informing yourself and getting the best advice you can. so, i think that's enormously helpful. i can imagine for some parents they'd feel like they are just being told what to do and they feel they've got it sorted and they might resent that. but personally speaking, yeah, i'm really glad somebody‘s going to give me a bit of input there. the advice also contains a voluntary code of conduct for industry, something that will no doubt be explored when health ministers meet bosses from instagram later today. dominic hughes, bbc news, liverpool. energy companies have been given the go—ahead to increase gas and electricity prices from april for customers on standard variable rates. it means more than half of british households are set to see their bills go up. here's our personal finance correspondent, simon gompertz. cooking, lighting, heating, you
can't avoid paying for it, but jackie, from south manchester, bought the price cap on standard variable tariffs, would protect her from increases. now she finds it doesn't. in my mind if somebodyjust says to me, we are capping your price, i would think that's great, i don't have to worry about it and think about it, but it isn't, is it? it isn't true. the result of the cap being movable is that the maximum bill for the average home will go up to £1251: bill for the average home will go up to £1254 a year for those on standard rate, an increase of £117, although that will depend on how much you use because the cap is actually on each unit. the blame is being put on higher world energy prices but in stockport nearby there is worry about being able to cope koziello it's ridiculous, theyjust keep on and on with this. it's just crazy. this changing your supplier all the time, we shouldn't have to be doing that. we spend different
amounts, we were struggling at one point, we couldn't afford it, could we, because of that, but i don't think they should put it up.“ there was no cap we have a lot of evidence to show consumers would have been paying a higher price, 75-100 have been paying a higher price, 75—100 more, so people are benefiting from the cap and can be assured they are paying a fair price for their energy. to customers the idea of a price cap that can be lifted seems unfair. it looks like they are having to pay more so that they are having to pay more so that the suppliers' profits can be protected. i don't get that argument, companies, because of competition, are having to force down costs, they are having to force through efficiencies and quite simply that is costing companies and it's costing jobs. there is a way out to shop around for a cheaper deal, which is whatjackie is already resolved to do. simon gompertz, bbc news. geoff whaley, who was 80 and from buckinghamshire, travelled to a clinic in switzerland
with his wife ann and this morning took his own life. the clinic says he's now one of over 400 british people in the last 20 years to have made thatjourney. assisted suicide is illegal in the uk, and ann whaley says geoff's final weeks were marred by police inquiries into her involvement in his plans. geoff whaley spoke to our home editor, mark easton. this is one of the illnesses that really you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. particularly the final weeks, or possibly months, which are, or can be, particularly gruesome. and i decided that i didn't really want to go through that. suicide, not so long ago, certainly in your lifetime, was illegal. exactly, yes. now it's not against the law but anyone who assists you is. yes. but we're quite reconciled to that and i know ann has reconciled to the fact that she may be interviewed when she came back. before you even went, though, you've already been interviewed a number of times under caution by the police. yes, but that's most unusual
and that's because an anonymous call was received by the social services and it's the police'sjob in the domestic abuse unit to follow that up. there was a policewoman and a detective sergeant, and they were clearly not expecting to find a non—abusive situation, because they were very embarrassed about the whole thing. but we put them at their ease. and the first responsibility is, and this is quite right, is to decide whether i'm the sort of person in a full mental state, and having established that, i thought that would be the end of it. i've never seen geoff cry in 52 years of married life. but i found him with his head in his hand and he wasjust sobbing. you have had to make a decision as to whether to, in legal terms, assist jeff. i didn't think of it like that. if my husband says to me, now, i want you to make this phone call for me, what am i expected to do? have an argument with him?
i couldn't do that. no. if he said, ring this hotel, ring this airline, which is what he did, of course i did it for him. how important is it for you that you have this legacy after you're dead, of the law, perhaps changing, or at least the debate changing. oh, geronimo, that would be absolutely fantastic. absolutely fantastic. iwant... i want the act to be designed so that any rational person of, who is in full control of his mind, makes that decision, can be helped in any way by other people. without any fear of prosecution. but there's the problem, geoff, and i'm sure you know, that it's quite difficult to work out how you don't end up with a slippery slope. if you could produce to me now two or three possible vulnerable people
in this country and i took them to switzerland to try and get them through dignitas' system, they'd fail miserably. when you've got a husband as brave as mine you have to. you have to support him. hold it together. he's the one who's being strong for me. he really is. hold it together. yes, i will. ijust want him to be here but i know that what he has chosen to do is the right thing for him. i wouldn't put an animal through what he would go through if he went to the end. and ijust wish the law would allow me to have him for a little longer, i really do. geoff whaley and an wally was speaking to our home editor, mark
easton. 20,000 birds have washed up dead or dying on north sea beaches along the dutch coast. the guillemots, which are fish eating sea birds, all showed signs of severe starvation. the cause isn't clear, but there are fears the birds may have been affected by a spill from a ship which may have been behind the deaths. some of these images may be distressing from the start. this is just one of thousands of guillemots, washed up on beaches. the mass deaths here on the dutch coast have baffled scientists who are now pursuing three main lines of enquiries. that the birds may have eaten plastic that toppled off a cargo vessel. that they could have been poisoned by paraffin leaking into the sea. or, that hazardous chemicals such as paraffin or peroxide may have soaked into their feathers affecting their ability to hunt and to insulate themselves from the water. mardik leopold is a biologist at wageningen university and sea bird specialist. he is leading this investigation.
the bird that is young and in very bad shape. you can see even on the outside that it is really skinny. guillemots feed mostly on fish. the north sea is rich in sprat and herring. food shortages are unlikely. bad weather may have contributed. but that wouldn't explain why the deaths are limited to the netherlands and to the guillemot population. it should still be here if it's plastic, it doesn't ijust. the scientists are hoping matt postmortems on hundreds of birds next week will reveal what's causing the guillemots' deaths yawned any reasonable doubt. anna holligan, bbc news. all british horse race meetings have been cancelled today, because of an outbreak of equine flu. the decision was made after three horses tested positive for the disease. our sports correspondent andy swiss reports.
here at doncaster they should be raising this afternoon, but as you can see, the course is empty. this is one of four meetings that have been cancelled because of this outbreak of equine flu. what happened is that yesterday's meetings at ayr and ludlow, three horses ran which tested positive for this disease, which is highly contagious. the horse racing authorities said it was essential that today's meetings were cancelled to try and stop the disease spreading, but a lot of people remember what happened back in 2001 at the foot and mouth outbreak, which saw racing cancelled for some time including the famous cheltenham festival and with the cheltenham festival and with the cheltenham festival scheduled to take place next month the racing industry will be anxious that this outbreak is brought under control. andy swiss there. councillors in edinburgh have voted in favour of
introducing a tourist tax which would be the first of its kind in the uk. the plan is to charge an extra £2 per room per night in hotels, b and bs and hostels. james shaw has more. arriving in edinburgh, the scottish capital, and one of the hottest tourist destinations in the uk. it seems to get more popular every year. but what difference would a tourist tax make to the city's appeal. i don't see how it's going to encourage more tourists coming into the country because obviously scotland, or the uk, is a beautiful country. but if there is more tax and if the accommodation is going to be more expensive, then i think it will definitely discourage more people from visiting the country, which is a shame there are strong arguments for and against. visitors and residents acknowledge that something needs to be done. but is this the right way to do it? well, iwould hope that the council would think about spending it on keeping the streets clean. that's terrible! a tourist tax? there is a lot of culture. they offer a lot for the people.
so, it's good to pay for it. do you think it would discourage people from coming to your city? yeah, i think it would, definitely. but council leaders believe there may be no other way to cope with the costs which mass tourism brings to the city. it's about how we make sure the city continues to function through that relatively organised chaos that the festival becomes and there is a concern about the impact for young travellers on tight budgets. we just really want to make our voice heard as a hostel, specifically. the £2 tax per person per booking will disproportionately affect hostel guests. people who tend to travel on a budget, for hotels, this is nothing, but for us it is a big deal. it is £2 on top of the booking that £10. that's 20%. so, you know, that needs to be clarified for us. the tourism tax will not be enforced for a while. the scottish parliament still needs to pass enabling legislation. but many cities in the uk will be watching the progress of this new
attempt to make mass tourism sustainable. james shaw, bbc news, edinburgh. take a look at this. this is britain sjames woods putting in a gravity defying performance to win gold in the men's slopestyle event at the world championships in the us. it's his first gold at the world championships. woods had to cope with difficult windy conditions and said of his achievement that he couldn't be more proud. just terrifying! time for a look at the weather now, with lucy. wind is a feature of our weather as well, these are the strongest