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Tonight at Ten.
Labour spells out its plans
for leaving the EU and says Britain
does need to be in a customs union.
Speaking in Coventry,
Jeremy Corbyn said it his aim
was to protect British jobs
and to secure tariff-free
trade with the EU.
We want to be able to develop
the economy in this country
for the benefit of all,
to invest in those communities
that are left behind,
those areas that voted Leave
as well as those areas that voted
Remain and we develop an effective
trade relationship with Europe
in the future.
Mr Corbyn also argued that
a customs union would avoid
the creation of a hard border
between Northern Ireland
and the Republic of Ireland.
We'll have detail and reaction.
The number of people known to have
died in an explosion and fire
in a building in Leicester has now
risen to five.
Warnings in place across the UK,
as bitterly cold weather sweeps
in from eastern Europe.
Tonight, hundreds of ploughs and
critters are heading out onto the
road networks to keep them open and
ready for the morning. We will have
the latest on where the heaviest
snowfall is expected over the next
Serious questions about standards
in some unregistered schools
in England following a BBC
And Team GB arrives
home from Pyeonchang
after a record-breaking
Winter Games for Britain.
And coming up on Sportsday on BBC
News, could Scotland's Ryan Wilson's
Six Nations be over?
As the number eight is sited over
alleged foul play during Saturday's
victory over England.
Jeremy Corbyn has laid out Labour's
approach to Britain's trade
relations after Brexit.
He says he wants the UK to enter
into a permanent customs union
with the European Union,
a deal which he says would put
people's jobs and living standards
ahead of what he called
the ideological fantasies
of the Conservatives.
He also said this would avoid
the need for a hard border
between Northern Ireland
and the Republic of Ireland.
But Theresa May has already ruled
out staying in the single
market or a customs union,
as our political editor
Laura Kuenssberg reports.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE.
Bit by bit, piece by piece.
A clearer view on Brexit,
if Jeremy Corbyn was in charge.
Labour wants to keep our
customs deal with the EU
essentially the same for good.
So, Labour would seek to negotiate
a new, comprehensive UK -
EU customs union to ensure
that there are no tariffs
with Europe and to help avoid
any need, whatsoever,
for a hard border
in Northern Ireland.
But listen very carefully,
there is a big if in there.
The option of a new UK Customs union
with the EU would need to ensure
that the UK has a say
in future trade deals.
A new customs arrangement
would depend on Britain being able
to negotiate agreement on new trade
deals in our national interests.
Other countries with similar kinds
of deals have very little control.
We would have to have a meaningful
say in how those negotiations went
and what the agreement was.
So we would not end up as simply
passive rule takers.
But what if they say
no to your proposal,
as is very likely, given
what the European Union has said?
Listen, we would want to make sure
and would make sure that Britain had
a say in our trade relations.
understandings of the strengths
and weaknesses of both sides,
by the degree of the manufacturing
industry, of agriculture,
food industries that operate on both
sides of the channel and also,
as I say, we are not going
to undercut the whole of Europe.
But what is your Plan B?
The Plan B is to continue
negotiating in order
to achieve Plan A.
Whether it is A or B,
it is seemingly tilted
towards after Brexit,
even though most Labour seats
in Coventry and around
the country voted to Leave.
But some Brexit-backing Labour MPs
questioned whether it is real.
There is no way they are going
to agree that we would have
our own customs union,
that we would stick our noses
into any trade agreements
they want to do and that Jeremy has
kept faith with his long-term
objective that we must be
free to negotiate our
own trade agreements.
For many voters, there has been
enough dancing around the details.
A clean break.
A total clean break.
Why do you say that?
Because, like, we need to get
Great Britain back to Great Britain.
And how it used to be.
They say we should stay
as close as possible,
I don't think we should stay
as close as possible,
because I don't think it is a good
idea to be in the EU.
It is not beneficial
to everybody, really.
I could speak to these two guys now
and they would tell me one thing
and the people behind them would...
Everyone is the same,
mixed up, we just want
an end to it now, I think.
If a Labour voter said to you,
I'd back Brexit, and I did not think
that would mean still having
a trading relationship
with the European Union,
they wanted something more dramatic,
a more dramatic break,
what would you say them?
I would say...
I would say to them,
think this thing through.
We have a lot of jobs that depend
on sales back and forth,
across the North Sea
or across the Channel and we have
to ensure those jobs.
This isn't Jeremy Corbyn tearing up
Labour's plans for Brexit,
it is a more powerful step along
the way, trying to contain
the tensions inside his own party,
those on both sides of the argument
and the many Labour voters
who backed Brexit in 2016.
It does also, though,
draw a clear difference
between the Labour position
and the Conservative plans.
Thanks a lot.
Thanks for coming, guys.
It is not just his fans,
but some Tory MPs want to keep
our customs links, too.
Labour's firmer position
in Parliament could cause
trouble for Number 10.
BBC News, Coventry.
So what difference could it make
to trade if Britain stayed in some
kind of permanent customs union
with the EU?
Chris Morris, of the BBC's Reality
Check, is here to explain more.
Being in a customs union with the EU
after Brexit would mean
there would still be a common
external tariff -
in effect the same tax -
on goods being brought
in from elsewhere in the world.
But it would also mean - like now -
that there would be no tariffs
for goods crossing borders
between the UK and the EU.
That is important for companies
based in the UK, which operate
processes across Europe.
This is the BMW factory in Oxford,
mentioned by Mr Corbyn,
where they make the Mini.
Its components cross EU
borders multiple times.
A crank shaft cast in France
crosses to a plant in
Warwickshire to be finished.
It then goes back to Austria to be
built into an engine,
which then comes back to Oxford
to be put into a completed car.
Half the cars built in Oxford
are then exported back to the EU
and it is all tariff free.
But the government argues
that the problem with the customs
union is that you cannot
negotiate your own trade
deals around the world.
A key part of taking back control.
It is true that you are
constrained, you cannot alter
those tariffs on goods.
You can still do some
deals on services.
Banking or insurance
or tourism, for example.
Now, Labour insist that they would
still want to be involved alongside
the EU in negotiating all trade
deals in the future anyway.
So, is it trying to have
its cake and eat it?
Business leaders have been broadly
positive about Labour's proposal,
but are still looking
for a little more clarity.
Being in a customs
union is a hassle-free
solution for businesses.
But there are different types
of customs union and all we have
heard from Jeremy Corbyn today,
was not all of the details
for businesses to know.
It's also worth remembering that
being in a customs union wouldn't
entirely solve the problem
of maintaining an invisible
border in Ireland.
You'd also need something
like a new free trade agreement,
to deal with regulations on things
like food safety or animal welfare.
Still, it's been a big day
for Labour's position on Brexit.
But whatever policy
emerges in London -
all of it still needs to be
negotiated with the other 27 EU
countries, and all of them have
opinions of their own.
Chris Morris. Thank you.
The number of people known to have
died in an explosion and fire
in a building in Leicester yesterday
has risen to five.
Search and rescue teams
recovered a body from
the rubble earlier today.
Five people remain in hospital,
one is critically ill.
Emergency crews have been continuing
to search the ruins of the property,
as our correspondent Sima Kotecha
The damage, fully
exposed, in daylight.
Last night, just after
seven, an explosion.
A shop and the flat
above it were destroyed.
Flames shot up into the air,
around seven metres high.
Towering over the
I just heard a big bang.
The owner of the shop
was inside at the time.
I didn't know, what was that?
I found myself on the floor.
Half of my body was
under, how to say?
Under the bricks and rubble.
How are you feeling at the moment?
I don't know how to tell you.
Never I feel how I am now.
The shop was a Polish supermarket.
It had only been open since January.
Today, firefighters spent hours
inside, wading through the rubble,
trying to find survivors.
Police have confirmed that five
people died inside the building,
and several are in hospital
with injuries, but
there could be more.
We can't confirm exact numbers
so we are working on the possibility
that there could be people
still within the building
and we will sweep through,
with our search and rescue teams,
with the help of a search dog,
to make sure that we have located
everybody that could possibly
be in there.
Investigators will now begin looking
for the cause of the explosion,
once the search and rescue effort
is concluded and the area
is declared safe.
Sima Kotecha, BBC News, Leicester.
An inquest has heard how
a five-year-old girl,
suffering from asthma,
died after being turned
away from an emergency
because she was a few minutes late.
Ellie May Clark arrived
at a clinic in Newport,
South Wales, but was told
the doctor wouldn't see her.
She returned home but was taken to
hospital later that night and died
after a severe asthma attack.
The coroner said the opportunity
to provide potentially life-saving
treatment had been missed.
The outgoing head of
counter-terrorism policing in the UK
has warned of the growing threat
from far-right terrorism.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley,
who will retire next month,
revealed that four extreme-right
terrorist attacks were disrupted
last year, as well as ten
A fifth Briton has died
following a helicopter
crash in the Grand Canyon
earlier this month.
Ellie Udall was on honeymoon
with her husband Jon
when they were involved
in the crash.
He died last week.
A preliminary report
into the accident failed
to establish a cause.
It's been one of the coldest days
of the winter so far
for much of the UK, and weather
experts say the freezing
conditions will continue
for the rest of the week.
There are yellow and amber warnings
of snow in Scotland,
Wales and central, eastern
and southern parts of England.
Some rail companies have
already taken the decision
to cancel services tonight.
Our science editor David
Shukman has the latest.
The first wave of the storm.
Norwich this afternoon,
blanketed in white.
Not enough to stop the postmen
or the rubbish collection,
but this is just the beginning
of what is forecast.
London had an icy start this
morning, and the bands of dark
clouds are a hint of heavy snow
to come, along with
Already, some areas have
felt a wind of minus 15.
Would you like soup?
So, busy times at the largest
emergency shelter in London.
The charity Glass Door has decided
that it's too cold to turn
anyone away tonight.
The homeless are at greatest risk.
You feel more vulnerable.
You've got to have two
sleeping bags, or...
This morning I was waking
up with a snowflake
just dropped in my eye.
I'm just dreading what it's
going to be like tonight.
At least there's been
plenty of warning.
Nearly a dozen rail companies
in east and south-east
England announced early
on that they would be limiting
or stopping services altogether.
At this station, which this evening
looks almost abandoned, this is how
the disruption was announced.
During the night, some
empty trains will be run
to try to keep lines open.
So, what's behind this icy blast?
Well, it's all about the circulation
of the winds high above the Arctic -
moving in a way that means warm air
is descending towards the North Pole
- and that's why temperatures
in Greenland have been
slightly above zero.
Now, this pattern in the weather
also affects the jet stream.
Normally it flows from west to east
bringing us mild weather.
But now it's reversed,
which is like opening
a door of a freezer,
allowing extreme cold from Siberia
winter to flow our way.
In Lincolnshire, Meals on Wheels
went smoothly today,
but the elderly are warned
to get ready.
It doesn't bother me unduly.
Provided you are prepared for it,
you've got stuff in the fridge
and everything of that nature.
You've got your boots ready.
In Essex, gritters
are being deployed.
If the forecasts are right,
they will be even busier
at the end of the week.
Today has been a taste
of what's on the cards.
The real challenges come overnight
and in the days ahead.
David Shukman, BBC News.
Our correspondent Danny Savage
is at a Highway England
depot in West Yorkshire.
Tell us about the preparations there
This is one of the areas
where the heaviest snow is expected
over the next 24 hours. This is the
last of the gritters to leave the
deep bow tonight, the rest have gone
out across the network across West
Yorkshire and beyond, getting ready
for tomorrow. -- leave the depot
tonight. This is one region where
there are amber weather warnings in
place at the moment. It's where the
heaviest snowfall is expected. We
are talking about a large chunk of
northern England, east of the
Pennines and north of the Humber up
to Newcastle. Also parts of
south-east England tomorrow morning
up to about 2pm, through Kent, Essex
and Suffolk, more snow expected
there. They are expecting it to
start falling across the early hours
across eastern Britain and for it to
be a real problem through rush hour.
Talking about 12 hours of snowfall
in places. It's not just overnight
tonight, the people working here are
looking forward to Wednesday and
Thursday for possible more heavy
snowfalls as well. They are getting
on with it tonight, but it will be a
round-the-clock operation for the
next few days until there is a sign
of this cold weather letting up, and
there is no sign of that yet.
Savage, with the latest from West
A BBC News investigation
into unregistered schools in England
has found "huge safeguarding
issues", according to
the Children's Commissioner.
The schools watchdog, Ofsted,
has identified more than 350
of these suspected unregistered
schools - places that offer more
than 18 hours a week of teaching,
which by law should be registered
as a school.
Secret filming by the BBC appears
to raise serious questions
about the way some of the schools
are run, as our special
correspondent Lucy Manning reports.
Inside our secret schools,
from the authorities,
operating out of offices and houses,
even a disused building
on an industrial estate.
We've obtained photos
of the inside of other suspected
They show shocking conditions,
squalor, appalling food
hygiene, dangerous wiring.
Schools need to be registered
if five or more pupils are educated
for at least 18 hours a week
- many aren't.
Ofsted has identified more than 350
suspected unregistered schools.
Only half have been inspected.
We were able to find
two that haven't been.
One is here in Southend, Essex.
It's 9:40am and children
from the ultraorthodox Jewish
community have started learning.
On one day, a young boy
appears to be crying.
There is a child here
who clearly is upset.
Minutes later, the teacher
seems to use force.
There is a physicality about that.
They're manhandling the child.
The child remains very distressed.
That raises immediate concerns.
I wouldn't expect to see
that in the classroom.
Any parent watching that
would be very, very worried
about what's going on.
On a different occasion,
a boy appears to cower
away from the teacher.
What you've got there is clearly
a child who seems to be quite wary
of the adult that's there.
When the adult turns around,
the child steps back.
And the adult clearly
strikes the child.
On all counts, that is
There are huge safeguarding issues
about the well-being
of those children.
Are you surprised that this
can happen in the UK
in this day and age?
Parents throughout the land will be
so surprised that schools of this
scale are operating outside
the legal system.
The synagogue denies this
is an unregistered school.
It says education is provided
here within the 18 hour limit,
but when we observed it,
it was operating for longer.
It also says it's not
aware of any assaults,
but asked for more information.
We've learned there have been more
than 50 safeguarding alerts
about unregistered schools
across England and Wales
in the past four years,
according to our Freedom
of Information request.
These are primarily physical abuse
concerns, but include
sexual abuse allegations.
Not all unregistered
schools are religious.
Of those that are, half are Muslim.
The BBC has obtained the copy
of a book from a suspected
unregistered school in Birmingham
that is now closed.
In one section it openly advocates
the murder of homosexuals.
Another chapter warns
a wife against refusing
sex with her husband.
Elsewhere, it says a woman wearing
perfume is an adulterer.
Another suspected unregistered
school was run here in East London.
A broad and balanced curriculum...
Mohammed Umair, a former
headteacher, was issued
with a warning notice by Ofsted
for running it.
We've learned he is facing
prosecution for racially
abusing Ofsted inspectors.
It is alleged he shouted
"Britain First paedophiles" at them.
We understand the registered school
Mr Umair ran previously,
featured here in online footage,
faced an extremism complaint.
He denies all the allegations.
He maintains he wasn't operating
an unregistered school and says
the centre was being run
by somebody else.
Louise Casey warned
about the problem of unregistered
schools in her 2016 report
into community cohesion.
The Department for Education
really need to wake up
to their own research,
their own evidence, and what Ofsted
is telling them, and take action.
It brings up kids that are anti
a British way of life.
Sometimes in these environments
they feel they have more in common
with some of the extremists,
and some of the terrorists.
Run out of a basement of a church
in south-east London, we've also
learned of an unregistered school
that even had its own
logo and uniform.
The problem - four months after it
opened, headteacher Kay Johnson
was banned from teaching
for allegedly hitting
a five-year-old pupil with learning
difficulties at a previous school.
She denies the allegation.
And also says she never set out
to do anything illegal
by running the school.
We have this little hidden
universe of tiny schools...
Ofsted says it needs a change
in the law to close these schools.
Why have there been no
prosecutions of those running
There is a chain to this.
It starts with Ofsted
preparing a case.
It goes to the Secretary of State
to approve taking it
forward, and then it goes
to the Crown Prosecution Service.
We've prepared a number of cases,
none of them have yet been approved.
We believe many of these
cases could and should
have been taken forward.
Why can't you just go
in and shut the schools down?
My hands are tied.
We have no power to shut down.
We have the power
to enter and report.
That is as far as our powers go.
We can't even pick up
evidence that we find there.
The BBC understands ministers have
known about the presence
of unregistered schools
for nearly a decade.
Documents we've seen
show that in 2009, then
Education Secretary Ed Balls
was warned some schools
were operating illegally
without the most basic health,
safety, and welfare checks.
And this confidential advice note
reveals Ofsted warned
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan
urgent action was needed.
That was in 2015.
Shortly after, then Prime Minister
David Cameron made a promise.
I can announce this today.
If an institution is teaching
then whatever its religion,
we will, like any other school, make
it register so it can be inspected.
The Department for Education
declined to be interviewed
about our investigation.
It said it jointly agrees
with Ofsted if cases should be
recommended for prosecution.
And it says where a school
is operating illegally
action must be taken.
Meanwhile, hundreds of these schools
are still running and thousands
of children are left at risk
of extremism, uninspected teaching,
Lucy Manning, BBC News.
A man has admitted killing three
teenage boys in a car crash
in west London last month.
The court heard Jaynesh Chudasama
was more than two and a half times
over the alcohol limit,
and speeding, when his car hit
the three teenagers,
who were on their way
to a birthday party.
Russia's President Putin has ordered
a daily ceasefire to enable
civilians to leave the rebel-held
area of Eastern Ghouta in Syria.
The area has been subject
to an intense bombardment by Syrian
government forces backed by Russia
for more than week.
Our chief international
correspondent Lyse Doucet is here.
What's your reading of what the
Russians are trying to do here?
suppose if you are the main foreign
military power in Syria then you
must feel you can literally call the
shots. What Russia is doing is
unilaterally rewriting what had been
a rare Security Council resolution
on Syria at the weekend which called
for a 30 day, 24-hour ceasefire.
They still Russian offer of a five
hour daily, that would still give a
desperately needed residents of
Eastern Ghouta, including those who
are living in basements to avoid the
intense bombardment. Russia has made
it clear, as it has in the past when
there has been a rare pause, that
certain groups would be excluded. In
the case of Eastern Ghouta, it means
an Al-Qaeda linked group with
hundreds of fighters. This time
Russia says it will include the
partners of this group. By
definition, this pause will not be
perfect. As for the humanitarian
corridors, Russia made the same
offer in Aleppo in the last stages
of a brutal battle there in 2016, we
saw it on the ground. Many people
were too afraid to leave, many did
not have anywhere to go. In some
cases, rebel groups stopped them
from going. In Eastern Ghouta now
there are more people, more fear,
more at stake on the outskirts of
Damascus. In a war that some like to
say is over, it's just getting worse
for many Syrians.
Lyse Doucet, chief
international correspondent, thank
In China, President Xi Jinping
is all set to stay in power
for decades to come
following a decision
by the Communist Party to remove
the limits on presidential
terms in office.
Mr Xi had been due to leave office
in 2023, after a decade in the post.
The decision will cement his status
as the most powerful leader of China
for the past four decades,
as our Beijing correspondent
John Sudworth reports.
It's no secret that Xi Jinping has
been tightening his grip on power.
This is just the most recent display
of tubthumping military loyalty.
But now, a defining
moment has been reached.
State media reports of closed-door
party meetings confirmed
that the two-term limit
is to be scrapped.
There's nothing to fear,
his supporters argue.
Mr Xi, the benevolent
father figure, is staying
on for the good of the nation.
China has become such
a developed country,
the middle-class is increasing
in size, as well as in the number
of wealth they command.
I don't think anyone in China,
either in the party or outside
the party, would sit tight to allow
the return of a despot or tyrant
back onto the political stage.
But one ruler still casts a long
shadow here - Chairman Mao.
The two-term limit was
introduced after his death
to keep tyranny at bay.
Zhang Bao Cheng, an activist jailed
for mild dissent in the past,
is one of the few daring to publicly
criticise the change.
If a leader
stays in office too long,
and if power becomes too
concentrated, then eventually
power becomes evil.
For most people, though, criticism
is best kept in the shadows.
The striking of just a few words
from China's constitution marks
the biggest political shift
in decades, with far
Out go regular, orderly transitions,
as the world's second-largest
economy finds itself in the hands
of a man with total,
unfettered power, indefinitely.
Behind the appearance of strength
lies the risk of instability.
A rising superpower has just
torn up its rule book.
John Sudworth, BBC News, Beijing.
Theresa May's offer
to redraft the flagship
to address the concerns
of the devolved administrations,
has been dismissed by the Scottish
and Welsh governments.
At stake is the way
powers would be returned
from Brussels after Brexit.
Ministers at Westminster claim
that the "vast majority" of powers
would go to Edinburgh,
Cardiff and Belfast.
But the Scottish government says
the current legislation
is an "attack on devolution".
Our Scotland editor,
Sarah Smith, is in Peterhead -
the largest fishing port in the UK.
Tell us more about the concerns of
the devolved administrations.
Fisheries is one of the policies
that will be coming back from
Brussels after Brexit, along with
things like agriculture and the
environment. And these are policy
areas that already devolved to
Scotland, Wales and Northern
Ireland. That's why the devolved
administrations accuse the UK
Government of a power grab when they
said that initially these powers
would be returning to Westminster.
Today they have reversed that
position and say the presumption is
these powers, when they come back to
the UK, will reside at a devolved
level. That should have taken us
closer to agreement. But, and there
is always a but, the UK Government
say they need to retain some control
because they need to make sure there
are common, UK wide legislation
around things like food hygiene,
hygiene standards and food
labelling. That's unacceptable to
the Scottish Government and Nicola
Sturgeon has said it's an effective
veto over the Scottish Parliament
and it is not something she will
Sarah Smith, Scottish
correspondent at Peterhead, thank
Britain's athletes have returned
from their most successful
Winter Olympics ever.
Team GB brought back five
medals from South Korea -
one gold and four bronze -
beating their previous record,
as our sports correspondent
Joe Wilson reports.
Flags at Heathrow for everyone.
A calm welcome home.
But Olympic medallist
means a new status, even
amongst old friends.
Lizzy Yarnold next.
The record investment at £28 million
of lottery funding from UK Sport
brought five medals,
including Lizzy Yarnold's
I wondered what her legacy could be.
There are many escalators
in Britain, but no skeleton
courses to slide down.
We are not a snow nation,
we're not an ice nation.
So the inspirational message I take
to schools is that I grew up in Kent
and I loved sport and I just wanted
to be an Olympian.
But I ended up going, doing my best,
and coming home with a gold medal.
And I was a normal kid from Kent.
The fact remains, if you want
to excel in winter sports,
you have to travel abroad.
There are some Olympic sports
which are far easier to play
in every town and city
in Great Britain.
Like this one.
British basketball has even been
discussed in the House
of Commons recently.
It has mass participation amongst
young people but isn't considered
likely to win Olympic medals,
and so doesn't get UK Sport funding.
We are in danger of
losing national teams.
It's got to be looked at now.
It's not just re-evaluating,
not just talking about my sport,
talking about all sports,
the way they are funded.
We are at a crucial point.
Some sports are given huge amounts
of money and it is a very low
UK Sport exists to turn
lottery money into medals,
which everyone enjoys.
But, like sliding on ice,
the secret to funding
may well be balance.
Joe Wilson, BBC News, Heathrow.
That's it from me.
Here on BBC One, it's time
for the news where you are.