series of weekend a series of rescheduled races will take place as the racing community tries to get back to what it does best, racing horses. of course. richard conway. time for a look at the weather with nick miller. spring is in the airfor spring is in the air for the spring is in the airfor the next few days. not clear blue sky everywhere today. still a fair amount of cloud. but more of us will see the sunshine for the next couple of days, lifting the temperatures as well. from roll please. some places could see 16 celsius by friday. not everybody will get it temperatures that high. but widely temperatures in double figures. we are drawing up mild airfrom a long way in double figures. we are drawing up mild air from a long way south of the uk. for the next couple of days there is a driver components to the air. that means the cloud we have of the moment will disappear and we will have the blue sky. the best of the sons and a set —— this afternoon through wales, east anglia and southern england. some cloud left behind for northern england, northern ireland and scotland, where there is patchy rain in the
north—west. the rain is quite windy. it is breezy across the uk. winds in the western isles could be in excess of 50 mph tonight. already temperatures are above normal for the time of the year. help to buy more sunshine in the next couple of days. some clear whether overnight, particularly across england and wales, will allow temperatures to drop away, especially where the winds alight. in south—east england we could end up below freezing. notice it is a mild night for much of northern ireland and scotland, with cloud. patchy rain in the north and west of scotland. here, temperatures holding up going into tomorrow. it is a similar picture tomorrow. it is a similar picture tomorrow. mild and dry airfrom the south. a weather front close to northern scotland. for some, south. a weather front close to northern scotland. forsome, patchy rain. that gets moved away northwards as we go through the day. more sunshine compared with today. plenty of blue sky for england and
wales. still quite breezy. not quite as windy as it is out there today. the temperature is responding nicely. adding a degree or max orrin places. on friday, still plenty of sunshine. we are going to bring some cloud back towards the west of ireland and north—west scotland. some patchy rain. a little breezy on friday. we have to contend with the wind. out of any breeze in the sunshine, 1a degrees. into the weekend, a quick taster. still plenty of dry weather. the risk of patchy rain on saturday. not quite as mild but temperatures in double figures. thank you. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime: theresa may insists she wants the uk to leave the eu with a deal on the 29th of march. it comes after her
chief negotiator was reportedly overheard appearing to suggest there could be a delay. that's all from the bbc news at one. so it's goodbye from me, and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. good afternoon, it's 1.30pm and here's your latest sports news: after a dream start, ole gunnar solskjaer said last night's loss to paris saint germain in the champions league was a reality check, his first defeat in 12 games since his appointment as caretaker manager, they were outclassed by the french champions in the first leg of their last 16 tie. kimpembay with the first, and kylian mbappe with the second. paul pogba was sent off late on and will miss the return leg in paris. disappointed of course, because i thought he was our best player, he had three players
around him all the time and he was still out on top so that is a big blow because he has been fantastic for us. england forward jadon sancho has been labelled the best young player in german football heading into borussia dortmund's tie with tottenham tonight. steffen freund who played for both clubs belives he's the biggest talent playing there. since his move from city he's earned an england call up and his team mates are aware of his growing reputation. ifeel a bit responsible, or responsibility, for keeping underground because i know now we are here in england, you're world famous for hyping your young players so we try to keep it underground because no doubt he has a big future in front of him. test places in england's top order remain up for grabs according to alistair cook after a disappointing series defeat ended with a consolation victory in the last test against west indies.
joe root‘s side won by 232 runs in st lucia after they were well beaten in the first two matches. they haven't absolutely nailed their places, there have been glimpses. rory burns has shown signs of looking mentally capable, i think he would have found it incredibly tough from the step up from county cricket after doing such a long stint of county cricket. and thenjoe got 69, i thought he would kicking himself because he was probably 10—20 -- 20-30 —— 20—30 minutes away from a from the way the game was panning out. i think there have been glimpses of encouragement but there is always going to be places up for grabs. free entry is being offered to racegoers at scottish track musselburgh as racing resumes after a six—day shutdown because of equine flu.
the british horseracing authority are working to limit the risks of further outbreaks. there are three other fixtures today at plumpton, southwell and kempton park. england have released joe cokanasinga and dan robson back to their premiership clubs to play this weekend. both are recovering from injury and have been given the chance to play in what is a rest weekend in the six nations. england head coach eddiejones has named a 25 man training squad that meets today for a three day camp ahead next saturday's six nations match with wales. the biggest first prize in golf will be on offer on the european tour this year, with the winner of the season ending world tour championship earning 2.3 million pounds. organisers hope the increase in money up for grabs will encourage the world's best to play more events on the european tour. justin rose missed last years event, as he stood no chance of overhauling tommy fleetwood and francesco molinario
for the race to dubai title. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. including the latest from snooker‘s welsh open — wherejudd trump and ding junhui are currently in action. for now that is all for me, i will be back later on this afternoon. there is no connection between violence in video games and violence in real life — according to a new study which surveyed 1,000 1a and 15—year—olds in the uk who said they played video games such as ‘fortnite' and ‘grand theft auto.‘ the psychologist who conducted the study says the research didn't demonstrate that there is cause for concern. what we really looked at was the last month in the young person's lives. so about half of the teenage girls and two thirds of the teenage boys had played violent games recently but we were not able to find that parents were able to pick up on that,
so we used objective game ratings and an open science approach, so that everyone can check our work, and this is the approach we need to have when we are asking either these short—term questions or longer term ones scientifically. the problem is media hype distorts relatively small—scale studies that claim big impressive sounding results, so i think the key thing to understand is that not all studies are created equal and just because there is a correlation between one part of the brain looking like it lights up and something that someone fills out in a survey, does not mean there is something we need to neccesarily be worried about. the most important thing is to think about here is there is nothing magical or special about games that make them different from other parts of parenting and childhood. as long as you don't treat them they're like a black box and you are actively involved, if there are problems arising you will have a good idea of where they are coming from. a study suggests that women
could be put off going for smear tests because of misunderstanding about the human papilloma virus — hpv. the infection can be passed on during sex and is linked to cancer. the charityjo's cervical cancer trust, asked 2,000 women and found that a lack of knowledge, and shame were widespread. the australian government says it's re—opening its controversial christmas island detention centre, to cope with a potential rise in people seeking asylum. the announcement came after the government suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament. mps there passed a landmark bill that allows migrants in offshore camps to receive medical care in australia. phil mercer reports. immigration will again be at the heart of australia's next election campaign. the debate is toxic and decisive. order, the result of the division is ayes, 75, noes, 7a. the question is therefore
resolved in the affirmative. reeling from a embarrassing defeat in parliament, the prime minister said new laws making it easier for sick migrants held offshore to be treated in australia would weaken border security and encourage more asylum seekers to come by boat. in anticipation of that, he is reopening a detention centre on a remote australian territory in the indian ocean. we have approved putting in place the reopening of the christmas island detention facilities and a series of compounds there, both to deal with the prospect of arrivals as well as dealing with the prospect of transfers. since 2013, canberra has sent migrants intercepted at sea to camps on the tiny republic of nauru and on manus island in papua new guinea. it has insisted they would never be allowed to resettle in australia. critics say the prime minister is spreading deceit and fear,
before an election expected in may. they point out that the medical evacuation law applies only to people already detained offshore, meaning any new arrivals wouldn't be eligible for transfer to australia. it is important to note that this legislation is confined to the current cohort of people on manus island and nauru. it does not provide any kind of attraction to people to leave where they are and to try to make the journey to australia, because they will not be considered as part of this legislation. this is designed to solve a medical problem with a medical solution. the united nations has said australia's offshore detention policies were inhumane. but canberra has stressed that they prevent people smuggling and save lives at sea. in a moment we'll have all the business news, but first the headlines on bbc news.
theresa may faces the threat of another defeat in parliament on her brexit deal tomorrow — as tory pro—brexit mps threaten to revolt. lower energy and fuel bills lead to a fall in inflation — it was at 1.8 % last month — its lowest level for two years police say the deaths of three men in their 80s in exeter are linked — a man's been arrested on suspicion of murder. in the business news: uk inflation fell to 1.8% injanuary, the lowest level in two years according to the office for national statistics. it's also now below the bank of england's 2% target and has fallen from the five—year peak of 3.1% in november 2017 in the wake of the brexit vote. a fall in electricity, gas and other fuel prices was behind the fall in the headline rate. uk firms have accused the government
of leaving them "hung out to dry" in the event of a no—deal brexit. with less than 50 days until the end of march when the uk is due to leave the eu, the british chambers of commerce says 20 key questions remain unresolved. all flights to and from belgium have been cancelled due to a twenty—four hour strike by the country's main transport unions. air traffic control says they are unsure about adequate staffing levels. the strike, over wages, benefits and pensions, will also affect trains, buses and ports. let's return now to that top story — the rate of inflation — that measures how quickly prices are rising, has fallen to 1.8%. it means prices are still rising, but they're going up less quickly. it follows falls in the price of electricity, gas and other fuels and it means that our pay is now going rising — on average — more quickly than prices, and it should mean we feel a bit better off. the rate is now below the bank of england's 2% target —
earlier, we asked victoria clarke, an economist at investec, whether it will stay that way. perhaps for a couple more months but we just perhaps for a couple more months but wejust had a perhaps for a couple more months but we just had a low of energy price increases announced, versed by the energy caps going up in april and then companies following suit with white price increases so yes, for a couple of months but i think in april it will be pushing back above that mark, albeit perhaps temporarily, because for the moment there does not seem to be a lot of u pwa rd there does not seem to be a lot of upward inflation pressures. warnings about leaving the eu without a deal have come thick and fast from business over the past few weeks, ford is the latest firm to say that such a scenario would be catastrophic for the firm's manufacturing operations in the uk and that it would do "whatever is necessary" to protect its business. also today — the british chambers of commerce has gone into more detail about its concerns. it's published a list of 20 critical questions that remain unanswered for business in the event of the uk leaving the eu without
a deal on march 29. they range from what kind of trade agreements will be in place with countries around the globe, to whether and how firms can move skilled staff between the uk and eu, and which regulations they will need to follow. joining us now is claire walker, co—executive director of policy, british chambers of commerce. what kind of detail have you gone into and why are you going into this level of detail, because you have actually already warned about the dangers for business that a no deal would present? absolutely, what we are seeing is businesses want to avoid a messy and disorderly brexit on the 29th of march but they are facing a double disadvantage. they do not know what the end of the political situation is going to be and what clarity looks like, but they cannot plan for a no deal scenario because they do not have the answers they need as we have highlighted today with those 20
questions. out of the 20, what are the key questions you want to be a nswered the key questions you want to be answered straightaway? for all of oui’ answered straightaway? for all of our members up and down the country many of them are important but critical ones such as what tariffs will i pay to move goods around the eu and other countries, and what regulations will i face, either types of things that take time to process and that is what we are running out of with a4 days to go. what kind of information have you had from the government because they say you have to prepare for a no deal. we have heard businesses are already stockpiling so there is some advice out there. there is some advice out there. there is some advice and we give credit that there has been information, and we have had constructive conversations with government however these 20 questions remain. information is patchy and businesses find it out to make decisions with patchy information, and that is the problem we face here. businesses are doing the right thing for them and their
bottom line but it might not be the right thing for the uk and the economy as a whole. thank you very much. ftse 100 ftse100 is over half a percent. done group is on the board there is wealth. it said tax runner 2li% done group is on the board there is wealth. it said tax runner 24% as sales rose, especially online. the company's sales rose, especially online. the compa ny‘s chairman has sales rose, especially online. the company's chairman has warned that going forward the uk retail climate is likely to remain difficult during this period of exceptional political uncertainty. that's all the business news. theresa may has been at the dispatch box this lunchtime for prime ministers questions. mrs may insisted she wants the uk to leave the european union with a deal on the 29th march — after her chief brexit negotiator was reportedly overheard suggesting there could be a significant delay if mps rejected her withdrawal deal.
let's speak to our assistant political political editor, norman smith who is at the houses of parliament for us. thanks very much. not surprisingly another pm to you is dominated by brexit but one particular part of it really, the issue around seaborne ferries. the company that was going to runa ferries. the company that was going to run a ferry service from ramsgate and the contract has now been pulled. mr corbyn's at you typifies chaos and confusion of the brexit. mrs may's view is that it is evidence of former planning and ensuring that in the event of no deal it means other supplies can reach the uk. what do my panel make of it all, i'm going by a liberal democrat, a labour party member and a conservative member. looking at it from the outside, you have to say it looks a bit of a horlicks? you have
to understand procurement and i was a human manager for to understand procurement and i was a human managerforten to understand procurement and i was a human manager for ten years. 90% of the supply was done with big companies and it took a chance with 10% on this new entrance that is kind of almost like a broker and service and it was clear milestones in the contract. again that is as normal so they have security supply but they were trying to encourage a start—up as well. the milestones meant there was things they had to pass, a test and some gates but they didn't get through that and the contract was cancelled. this is normal in procurement terms. if you do not understand how it works perhaps it does look like chaos but you do have to balance security of supply and risks so 90% of the very contracts to get supply in the case ofa contracts to get supply in the case of a no—deal brexit has been done with established companies and this was a different approach with the new company which is not met the milestones and been cancelled. it happens all the time into commercial business. the business is it hundred thousand pounds of taxpayers money
has gone up in smoke. this is taxpayers money which has been squandered unnecessarily. not on this deal. the consultancy process with about the whole procurement services one option for the procurement. you could easily put 5% extra on the other contracts or we could go through the whole procurement to get a choice and a range of options. this was of course, more risky because it was a start—up and not an established company but that is not wasted. that information is still going to be valuable to feed into the process and actually, arguably probably allow them to manage the risk of a start—up. allow them to manage the risk of a start-up. you may not like it but if there is a possibility of no deal, you have to plan for it? the prime ministership take no deal of a table which is what we were saying from the outset. we had a vote where
parliament made its view clear so there is an easy answer to that. let us there is an easy answer to that. let us be clear about seaborne freight because anyone who has been involved in public sector procurement and all the work being done on transparency, fairness and value for money that any local council can tell you around the uk, this is nothing short ofa around the uk, this is nothing short of a fiasco and terribly illjudged. we can see at the minister questions the transport secretary was told this was high—risk and yet went on to do it and ended up wasting money in this way. it is quite appalling and the government needs to be held accountable for it. we heard jeremy corbyn saying he wanted white mrs may still had confidence in chris grayling. do you think there is a question might about mr grayling's position because he seems to be an unlucky minister. things do seem to be going wrong on his watch whether it is to train timetables or drones at airports. i think it is clear
that the government needs a siren call to be in trouble. theyjust have to be chris grayling in charge and it is going to go wrong. i think there is huge question marks over this issue and how it has been done but i was disappointed today that the leader of the opposition did not challenge mrs may in the way that we would expect the prime minister to be challenged and a crisis like this over brexit. it is likely scared sometimes taking it on. the position we are in the moment as we have the opposition lined up and waiting for the leadership of the to actually join them in this fight against the danger of join them in this fight against the dangerofa join them in this fight against the danger of a no—deal brexit. or the option of going back to the people and saying this is ms, what do you want? the opposition is lacking the leadership and it is time jeremy corbyn steps up to the plate. mrs may made a similar sort of argument, saying with jeremy may made a similar sort of argument, saying withjeremy corbyn you do not know whether he backs a second
referendum or a deal whether he backed brexit. he has been conspicuously ambiguous.|j backed brexit. he has been conspicuously ambiguous. i don't acce pt conspicuously ambiguous. i don't accept that interpretation and i disagree with that. we had a party co nfe re nce disagree with that. we had a party conference at the end of last year that set out our policy. we went through the stages of that policy and where we are now as we have always said all options are open and we have not ruled out the options. let me be clear, my constituency voted strongly to leave the european union. i wish there was a deal there that was capable of being voted for. it wasn'tjust a that was capable of being voted for. it wasn't just a leap in the dark. that was capable of being voted for. it wasn'tjust a leap in the dark. i am pleased the government finally seems to be constructively engaging with us in talks. we offered that months ago. ijust hope the prime minister does not spend her time trying to appease dehydrate of her party and will genuinely engage with something that can command a majority across the house of commons. what about the idea of taking no deal of the table? maybe
she has already taken out of the table with the comments reported that ollie robbins made on monday night? do you think she can save a lot of the anxiety for business and a lot of the difficulty she is facing in parliament if she took no deal of the table? no, if you take no deal of the table you have nothing on the table. i know she said this, but i was a commercial negotiator from most of my career, 27 years. you have to have the status quo on the table. it is what is most important now. all eu member states want a deal, members of parliament what a deal. the only thing the way of a deal is describing temporary better. it is not the wit of man to be able to do this and i urge the eu to do this quite quickly because they are famous for an 11th hour negotiation and coming up with the last minute. the reality is businesses all over, even in germany and france, are
getting nervous and they need the security of a deal. there is nothing wrong with the prime minister's deal, i read it in great detail and i understand it. there is nothing wrong with the deal, it works fine, the backstop would be better described as it could only ever be temporary and everyone should vote for it. if you are going to play chicken and keep kicking the can down the road, you have to be absolutely sure you are going to win. you can't just absolutely sure you are going to win. you can'tjust keep blaming the eu and say you want a deal. the eu did not ask for this situation, a conservative prime minister got us in this position. a conservative government has got us into this mess and the prime minister is kicking the can. the prime minister has got us the can. the prime minister has got us into this specific mess right now with the deadline that she set. five weeks ago was to i wasn't here. everyone in the place voted for it.
if you would let me finish. the conservative government keeps kicking a can down the road and said the you want to deal it will be fine. what will we do if the prime minister is wrong. they are playing chicken, they are saying it is not open for negotiation. your position is illogical. if you understand the structure, it is a logical because you are saying everyone wants a deal. the reason we are not getting it is because article 50 says it is temporary but nobody believes that. iam going temporary but nobody believes that. i am going to call a truce because i feel this could go on for some time. thank you very much indeed. there we are, brexit today and backs it tomorrow because we hear that the european group of brexiteers are threatening to cut up rough over mrs may's motion and the potential of them abstaining in the vote means that mrs may could be facing defeat.
many thanks. now it's time for a look at the weather. we are following ten pitches going up we are following ten pitches going up over the next few days. already quite mild but with increasing amounts of sunshine on the way. adverse temperatures even further, a lot of clear blue skies —— not a lot of clear blue skies but some of us will have that on thursday and friday. there is a mild air on the south of the uk and were met looking colours and again there will be more sunshine. sunshine today in wales, midlands, east anglia and southern england, quite breezy. where you have the cloud you can see the odd shower especially in north—west scotla nd shower especially in north—west scotland seen some patchy rain. this is where we have the strongest winds, this is the average speeds. temperatures widely in double figures but they are about to go up a little bit more as well. into tonight we have another chilly night tonight we have another chilly night
to come for some of us but quite a split across the uk. cleaver parts of england and wales will see temperatures dropping away but we keep the cloud in parts of northern england, northern ireland and especially in scotland. there are still some patchy rain around and temperatures will hold up. the highest temperatures could be around the western isles and scotland and the western isles and scotland and the lowest temperatures in south—east england for a touch of frost. they could be mist and fog patches around. tomorrow, we are bringing mild airup patches around. tomorrow, we are bringing mild air up from the south, drierairand less in bringing mild air up from the south, drier air and less in the way of cloud. initially this weather front clinging to scotland but that gets shunted northwards with cloud and rain. still breezy, not as windy as it is today and more sunny spells will develop in scotland and northern ireland as compared with today. a lot of blue sky and some unbroken sunshine into england and wales. after early fog clears away and temperatures are a degree or so higher. on friday, there is not a
huge amount of change. there is more sunshine to come. we are going to be in this weather front end towards the west are northern ireland, and scotla nd the west are northern ireland, and scotland and bringing outbreaks of rain, as long as a stronger wind. but for many of us it is sunshine, 14 to but for many of us it is sunshine, 1a to maybe as high as 16 degrees for the top temperatures. this temperatures are not as high over the weekend but there is going to be more cloud around once again and apart from some patchy rain on saturday, plenty of dry weather to come so spring is in the air. hello, you're watching afternoon live.
i'm simon mccoy. today at 2: theresa may faces the threat of another defeat in parliament on her brexit deal, as tory pro—brexit mps threaten to revolt. we cannot vote for this, as it is currently configured, because it rolls out no deal and removes our negotiating leveraging brussels. lower energy and fuel bills lead to a fall in inflation. it was at 1.8% last month — its lowest level for two years. police say the deaths of three men in their 80s in exeter are linked — a man's been arrested on suspicion of murder. the home secretary tells the bbc he wants a crackdown on social media companies, which carry content that fuels knife crime. coming up on afternoon live all the sport — john watson. he has been called the best