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Tonight at Ten, Theresa May prepares to spell out her ambitions
for Britain's departure from the European Union.
On the eve of her long-awaited speech, we'll be reporting
on the likely shape of the Prime Minister's strategy.
And there's already an offer of help from Donald Trump,
he tells journalists he'll work on an early trade
Obama said you'll go to the back of the line
meaning, if it does happen, that was a bad statement.
And now we're at the front of the queue?
And we'll be reporting on reaction to Mr Trump's
criticism of Germany, of Nato, and the EU.
The inquest into the killing of 30 British tourists in Tunisia hears
that the security forces delayed their response
In Northern Ireland, the power-sharing
There'll be new elections to the Assembly on March the 2nd.
No one should underestimate the challenge faced to the political
institutions here in Northern Ireland, and what is at stake.
Rolls-Royce will pay nearly ?700 million to settle allegations
They're quite naughty, rebellious books, I suppose.
There are a lot of naughty, rebellious children around.
And tributes to the children's author and illustrator Babette Cole,
And coming up in Sportsday on BBC News:
Andy Murray gets off to a winning start in Melbourne
as the world number one sets his sights on the first
tennis major of the year, the Australian Open.
Theresa May has been finalising her long-awaited statement
on the government's ambitions for the forthcoming talks
In tomorrow's speech the Prime Minister's expected
to spell out what kind of Brexit deal she wants, and the future
Donald Trump says his promise to negotiate an early trade deal
between America and the UK should strengthen Mrs May's hand.
Our political editor Laura Kuenssberg reports
on what we might expect, based on the evidence so far.
Heard the one about leaving the European Union?
But despite what sounds like meaningless platitudes, the big
decisions on the European Union have been obvious since June.
There is clearly no mandate for a deal that involves accepting
the free movement of people as it has worked hitherto.
Unlimited EU immigration won't stay, nor the power of European judges.
Our judges, sitting not in Luxembourg, but in
Without them in charge, it means we'll be out
People talk in terms as if somehow we are leaving the EU
but we still want to kind of keep bits of membership of the EU.
And she's even dressed up to make plain how doing business
outside Europe will be more and more important.
And a thumbs up for Brexit from the man who in 91 hours will be
Promises of a quick trade deal given to one
Former minister, sometimes reporter Michael Gove.
But I do believe this, if they hadn't been forced to take
in all of the refugees, so many, with all the problems
that it entails, I think that you wouldn't have a Brexit.
Good cheer for Brexiteers ahead of the Prime Minister's speech.
It's very good news that the United States of America
wants to do a good free trade deal with us and wants to do it very
fast, and it's great to hear that from President-elect Donald Trump.
The Prime Minister may delight them, ready tomorrow to make plain what's
We're going to have the European Court of Justice no longer
We are also going to be outside the single market so we can
And probably outside the customs union so that we can
negotiate our own trade deals with the rest of the world.
This is the most crucial set of choices any Prime Minister
And although the fundamentals were clear before she moved in,
there's been precious little detail in public.
But Theresa May's opponents fear she'll disappoint
because she's juggling her party as well as the public.
Partly because she's had to overcompensate,
as a former Remainer, to prove herself to her own party.
Partly because she has no mandate of her own,
she has not been elected by anybody, so she's not in a very
But partly because she's chosen, really, only to listen to the 52%
of people who voted for Brexit, and not the almost half
of the remaining part of the voting public voted for a different future.
Some people might say that people on your side of the argument haven't
listened to people on the other side for too long and that's why the vote
I accept that unless something dramatic happens or there's a huge
change in public opinion, Brexit is likely to occur.
What I do not accept is that the Brexiteers have a mandate
Theresa May will tell us and them, the other European countries,
more about her decisions that will shape Britain
Her political hope, she and the country are not
Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster.
Our business editor Simon Jack is in Davos,
where the World Economic Forum taking place this week,
and our deputy political editor John Pienaar is in Downing Street.
We'll come to jump in a moment. What our business leaders saying about
their hopes, ambitions, even fears before tomorrow's speech? I think
that the writing has been on the wall for some time that we are
leaving the single market. What is new is that we are more than likely
to leave the customs union which is a perimeter around Europe which
governs what stuff comes in but then things can move freely within so you
don't have to open every palate and inspect every lorry-load. Looks and
we'll be leaving that to make the most of trade deals around the
world. They are holding more cards than you thought, you had Donald
Trump endorsing the UK approach, senior EU negotiators admitting it
would be very disruptive for the EU if the UK was to leave on bad terms.
Even mild mannered Philip Hammond has said he might take the gloves
off and lower taxes if we didn't get a good deal. All of that has added
to their confidence that they can thrash out a good deal. What is
being said here is that we don't want to be overconfident here, we
don't want to get to a position where we thought we were going to
get a good deal and did not in fact get one and fall onto WTO
regulations which means tariffs, and businesses worry could damage trade.
Many thanks. John, I said this speech was long-awaited, how much
detail are we likely to get? Theresa May is being egged on by a chorus of
enthusiastic Brexiteers in her party, in the press, some in her
Cabinet to promise as clean a break as one can imagine from all EU
obligations and ties. Theresa May is, above all else, a pragmatist. He
has not played her cards as closely as she has done to tip them now. She
is not an ideological committed Brexiteer. She will be clear on
driving as hard bargain as she has two to achieve laws made here in
Britain by British lawmakers and enforced by British judges and
within borders managed by an immigration policy made in Britain.
There are expected to be maybe a dozen points she will touch on for
the coming negotiations in the week ahead. Will that satisfy the clamour
for more clarity? Not much chance of that. Will it give us a clear idea
of where we end up? Even less chance. That will be up to long
negotiations in many months ahead and nobody knows the details of that
yet. Thank you both. Some of Europe's political leaders
have hit back at Donald Trump after he accused Chancellor Merkel
of making a 'catastrophic' decision to accept hundreds
of thousands of migrants, He also threatened high tariffs
on German car imports. Mrs Merkel responded by saying that
Europe would continue to fight And President Hollande
of France said Europe did not need "outside advice",
as our diplomatic correspondent They have rehearsed the inauguration
in Washington with a stand-in for President Trump,
but no one knows quite what to expect at Friday's
ceremony, still less The President-elect
continues to amaze, now accusing Germany's Chancellor
Merkel, more than 11 years in office, of a very catastrophic
mistake with her open-doors approach I think it's not good,
I think it was a big Germany's Chancellor
did not return fire, except to argue that
genuine refugees cannot be sacrificed in the fight
against terrorism. TRANSLATION: I would separate this
from the task The majority of refugees have left
Syria because of their And here's the latest
Trump on President Putin. We can make good
deals with Russia, he One good deal could involve
reducing both sides' nuclear Some fear Mr Trump easing sanctions
against Russia. There's talk of an early summit in
Iceland's capital echoing the famous Reykjavik encounter between Reagan
and Gorbachev 30 years ago. That summit may have failed but it did
open the way for eventual arms reduction. Now the man tipped as
Trump's pic for ambassador to the EU says history can be repeated. I
think there will be a summit in Rakitic which is quite interesting,
not unlike the summit between Reagan and Gorbachev some decades ago where
people were equally pessimistic and yet what resulted? Frankly the end
of the Cold War. And we need an end to this Cold War. Donald Trump is
still calling the Western military alliance of Nato obsolete, so what
could that mean for the new deployment of heavy armour to Poland
to deter any Russian threat? Could it be reversed? Francois Hollande
expressed his frustration. TRANSLATION: Europe will already be
ready to pursue transatlantic operation. Europe does not need
outside advice to tell it what it has to do. Those staging the
inauguration may be anxious to learn lessons from their rehearsals but
signs are world leaders remain worried about the real president
Trump. How will he translate sometimes baffling words into
action? China has also reacted strongly
to Mr Trump's latest pronouncements. State media in Beijing said China
would 'take off the gloves' and take strong action if Mr Trump
continued to provoke Mr Trump broke with decades
of precedent last month by taking a telephone call
from the Taiwanese president, a move that angered Beijing,
which regards Taiwan Our correspondent John Sudworth
reports from Beijing. Not everyone in China is taking
Donald Trump too seriously. His inauguration this
week comes just ahead of the Chinese New Year
of the Rooster. And this factory is making, well,
giant Trump lookalike The orders are flowing in, we can
barely cope, the boss tells me. But increasingly Mr Trump
is becoming a target of anger. Mock-ups of Taiwanese ships provide
shooting practice at this While US presidents have long
avoided challenging Beijing's claim to sovereignty,
the so-called one China policy, "China's military,
especially our Navy, is growing stronger,
we don't fear US provocation", "We want peace, but if they cross
our red line we have to take Last week, in a move seen by some
as intended to make that very point, China sent its aircraft carrier
through the Taiwan Strait. And China's Communist Party run
newspapers have issued a stark warning, telling Mr Trump that
if he changes US policy, Beijing will have no choice
but to take off the gloves, and that China will mercilessly
combat those who advocate These Chinese workers make luxury
marble products for the US market. For them, the biggest fear
is not rising military Their American boss believes
Mr Trump's threatened tariffs will do nothing to change
the basic market reality. Hiring one worker in
the states, that could hire So moving our business to the states
would impinge into our margins which would then reflect
on consumer pricing. And it would be very difficult
to run a business that way. The world is about to find out
whether one of the most vital and complex bilateral relationships
is to undergo a profound change. Before his election,
China could simply dismiss Donald Trump's rhetoric
as the overinflated blast And China is making it
increasingly clear that while it has a lot to lose,
so, too, does America Our North America editor
Jon Sopel is in Washington. This latest interview, what does it
tell us, do you think, about Mr Trump's likely approach to foreign
policy? I think it tells us there is not an
overarching philosophy. In the Bush- Blair era we had liberalist
interventionism and some have posed Trump as an isolationist but I don't
think that's right. As everything with trouble you have to view him as
a businessman and deal-maker. If you look at the transcript of the
interview he gave, it is peppered with remarks I'm going to deal with
this one, we are going to do a deal with that one and he talks about
cabinet choices, what makes them good? They are good deal-makers, he
wants to do a deal with Britain on trade and a deal with Nato companies
getting them to spend more, deals with China, Russia and the Middle
East and that's the way he thinks. The worry of the diplomatic immunity
in Washington is if you do one deal it has a consequence somewhere else.
It's like three-dimensional chess. You can't move one piece without the
other pieces on the board being affected. There is a feeling Donald
Trump doesn't get that. That said, Donald Trump's focus come if he can
help it, is not to be on international affairs, it is to
focus on US issues, jobs, health care. That's where he wants the
first few months of his administration to focus on. Jon
Sopel, thank you, with the latest from Washington.
The inquests into the deaths of 30 British tourists
who were killed in Tunisia 18 months ago have started in London.
They were shot dead by a gunman at a beach resort near Sousse.
It was the deadliest terror attack on Britons since the July 7th
The inquest has been told that some of the victims
might still be alive, had local security forces
Our correspondent Daniela Relph reports.
For them, the inquests matter so much.
The families of those killed, still looking for answers.
As the hearing began, the names of those who died were read out
The inquest heard they had needlessly lost their lives.
Mobile phone footage shows the chaos and confusion during the attacks.
Listening to the sound of gunfire and the sense of panic.
The gunman was Seifeddine Rezgui, a 23-year-old who was eventually
But he'd been intent on killing tourists.
CCTV footage has traced his movements that day.
An unknown person dropped off by car near the hotel.
As he walked away he hid his gun beneath a
The sounds of gunfire were heard, those on the
beach run for their lives, confused about what was happening.
On the beach was Rezgui, shooting systematically
He can then be seen inside the hotel,
roaming around, looking for his next victims.
At no point do the police or security guards appear to
Samantha Leek QC, counsel to the inquests,
referred to a statement from a Tunisian witness.
"He said the security units that should have intervened deliberately
and unjustifiably slowed down to delay their arrival at the hotel.
They had the ability to put an end to the attack before the police
arrived." This is a map of the gunman's movements put together by a
British police team. The red arrow indicates where Rezgui started
shooting may the sun lounges before moving to the terrace and outdoor
pool area and into the hotel. He killed everywhere he went.
This 3-D graphic was also shown to the inquest.
The name and photo of each victim marks the place
There was also evidence today from a senior
She said at the time of the killings Tunisia
was ranked as high risk with
But at that stage British tourists were not advised to
It has been a difficult day for the families.
But they want to know how their loved ones came to die in such
Daniela Relph, BBC News, at the High Court.
Rolls-Royce has agreed to pay ?670 million
to the authorities in Britain, the US and Brazil - to settle
The British company - which makes engines for jets, ships,
and nuclear submarines - said the agreements related
to offences involving its intermediaries overseas.
Our industry correspondent John Moylan is here.
What happened here? In 2012 the Serious Fraud Office
said it was looking into allegations of corruption involving Rolls-Royce
in China, Indonesia and other markets. The US open their own
investigation into this two years later. You may recall Panorama did
its own investigation last year with similar claims regarding Rolls-Royce
in India and Brazil and what all of this was about was Rolls-Royce's use
of intermediaries or agents in countries around the world and
claims that payments or bribes were being used to win contracts. This
afternoon after markets closed Rolls-Royce issued a statement
confirming it had reached agreement with these authorities in the UK, US
and Brazil. Under the agreement it escapes prosecution, but it admits
wrongdoing and will pay this huge fine, almost ?700 million come at a
time it can ill afford it, after a number of profits warnings in recent
years. Rolls-Royce said it co-operated fully with the
authorities and reduced its use of agents around the world in recent
years but you have to say this saga is hugely damaging for the
reputation of what is one of Britain's most important companies.
John Moylan, thank you. power-sharing executive
in Northern Ireland has collapsed - and new elections to the Assembly
have been announced - for 2nd March. Earlier today, Sinn Fein
refused to nominate a new Deputy First Minister -
following the resignation Sinn Fein are blaming
the First Minister - the DUP's Arlene Foster -
for mishandling a controversial energy scheme - which could cost
the taxpayer ?500 million. Our chief correspondent
Gavin Hewitt reports. For ten years power has been shared
in Northern Ireland. It was one of the foundation
stones of peace. Today that power-sharing
government collapsed. I propose that a draft Order
in Council be brought forward shortly to set an election date
of Thursday 2nd March. No one should underestimate
the challenge faced to the political institutions here
in Northern Ireland and what is The trigger for the breakdown
was a row over a controversial green energy scheme drawn up
by Unionist minister Arlene Foster. But the bitter arguments
over the scheme exposed growing tensions
between nationalist and I think it's both
parties, personally. I find it very disappointing
and very, very sad. It's the tribal politics, you know,
I feel like we're back in the 80s and I was really hopeful that
for the future generations that they There's no appetite
for a return to any sort of violence at any stage
I think that possibly what will happen is we
will be led through another couple of years of political insecurity.
At Stormont the Northern Ireland Assembly depends on unionists and
Today both main parties were asked to
submit a name for one of the two top posts.
First up, the Democratic Unionist Party.
And they backed their current leader.
..Nominate Arlene Foster to be the First Minister.
There can be no return to the status quo.
If something is broke you stop and you fix it.
But they refused to put forward a name, so ending the
Without an executive, key areas of government
will be stalled and then, most importantly, there's Brexit.
voice when crucial decisions are taken?
We are in a very grave situation going into this election
and the timing of it when Northern Ireland
we are facing Brexit and when we are also
coming to the end of the
financial year is possibly the worst time that we could be entering into
Recent years have changed Northern Ireland, but
the shadows of the past still make compromise difficult.
Some campaigning for this snap poll have already begun with voters going
to the polls on March the 2nd. Then what will happen will be a period of
negotiations, perhaps lasting three weeks when they will try and hammer
out whether there is a basis for future power-sharing. What happens
if they can't reach an agreement? Then they could be further elections
in the future, or they could be direct rule from Westminster.
Tonight there was a telephone call from Downing Street to the Irish
Prime Minister expressing real concern that this election here
could be divisive. STUDIO: Gavin Hewitt, our chief correspondent at
Stormont, thank you. A brief look at some of the day's
other other news stories. Reports from Turkey say the gunman
suspected of killing 39 people at a nightclub in Istanbul
on New Year's Day has been captured. Local media say he was found
in a district of the city. So-called Islamic State has said it
carried out the attack at the club. In his first major
speech of the New Year - the Bank of England Governor Mark
Carney has warned families about spending on credit -
and ignoring the uncertainty He said rising prices
could hit spending power as the year goes on -
leaving people with less The former youth football coach -
Barry Bennell - has pleaded not guilty to eight charges
of child abuse. The allegations all involve a boy
under the age of 15 in the 1980s when Bennell worked at Crewe
Alexandra. Police in South Yorkshire say
they're treating the death of a 16-year-old girl
in Rotherham as suspicious. Her body was found in an alleyway
in the Dinnington area NHS doctors in England are warning
that some patients face 'dangerous' delays getting specialist treatment
through their GPs. The British Medical Association says
referral management centres - create barriers and take decisions
away from GPs. But supporters of the system
say it's a good way Our health editor Hugh
Pym has more details. If a GP refers you for a hospital
checkup or treatment you might think it would happen automatically but in
some areas the decision has to be vetted by another organisation,
sometimes a private company, and that's the subject of
a growing controversy. Tracy used to find everyday
household chores a nightmare, in constant pain
because of her varicose veins. I was in so much pain
with my leg 24 hours a day. I wasn't sleeping properly, I was
struggling to get through my work. Her GP recommended an operation
on the NHS but this was barred by the referral centre
so she had to get it done privately. If a GP feels that
a specialist needs to look at you then the NHS should
be supporting that and they're not. Research by the BBC has revealed
an increase in the use There are about 13.5 million
referrals for treatment by GPs Last year, about 2 million
were screened by referral More than 84,000 were rejected
for clinical reasons, or Really
it is a form of rationing. That's not to say
that we don't need to perhaps ration within the NHS
but I would rather it was done explicitly and that the public
were involved rather than every purchasing authority
making its own individual decisions and sometimes using private
companies to do that. The logic of the system is that
at a time of rising patient demand and stretched resources local health
commissioners have a mechanism for scrutinising decisions which could
lead to expensive Though they acknowledge that once
you've taken on board the cost of the centres there's no way yet
of assessing whether they do provide Some local health bodies
are limiting certain types of The referral centres
are reinforcing those decisions. We don't want to
squander any money, we have limited resources, so it's
really important resources we have we spend most effectively and get
the best value our population. Best value for money,
or bad news for patients? There's limited use
of this system in Wales. health service in Scotland
and Northern Ireland. In England it's certainly
generated a lively debate. Tributes have been paid
to the children's author and illustrator Babette Cole -
who's died at the age of 67. She created more than
70 picture books - She also worked on BBC children's
programmes including Bagpuss There were only two things ever that
I could do in my life. One was ride a horse and the other
was tell a good tale. You could say she was eccentric.
It ran in the family. On my mother's side they were circus
people and pirates. And on my father's side
they were painters. When she wasn't riding horses or
playing with her dogs, Babette Cole wrote and illustrated books that,
like her, were funny and rather Princess Smarty Pants
was her feminist take on stories Princes queue up to
marry Smarty Pants but when she kisses one
he turns into a toad. Dr Dog aimed to teach children
about dirt and disease. Mummy Laid an Egg was sort
of a really ground-breaking book because nobody had done
a sex education book Turning it around, so it's actually
the children that are teaching the parents,
which is what made it She produced books about slime
and smells, about puberty, about coping with divorce, about
handling troublesome family members. There were more than
70 titles in all. Children liked the whimsical
pictures, they liked her often anarchic stories and the way she saw
the world from a child's point But as she once said,
she never really grew up herself. The children's author
Babette Cole who's died aged 67. Time for me to remind you Newsnight
is about to begin on BBC Two. Here's Evan.
Tonight we will try to make sense of what we know about the big Brexit
speech tomorrow. Closer to a full English than a continental Brexit,
we think. We will hear from Michael Gove and Labour's Brexit Secretary
Kier Starmer as well. Join me now on BBC Two. That's Newsnight with Evan.
Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.