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Tonight at 10:00.
Heavy snow hits the UK,
with warnings of much more
disruption for millions
of people tomorrow.
A red alert across large parts
of central Scotland tonight,
the most severe weather warning,
meaning there's a risk to life.
No flights at Glasgow airport
until tomorrow lunchtime -
foil blankets are handed out
to stranded passengers
as they bed down for the night.
Snow on this scale, whilst not
unprecedented, is unusual.
We'd have to go back a number
of years to see an event like this.
Thousands of schools were closed
today across the UK,
allowing children to take
to their sledges.
And it's forecast to be
just as bad tomorrow,
with weather warnings for more snow
and very low temperatures in almost
every part of the UK.
A warning on Brexit,
former Prime Minister Sir John Major
urges Theresa May to put country
before Party and not rule out
a second referendum.
Let Parliament decide,
or put the issue back to the people.
More than 5,000 jobs at risk as two
big high street names,
Toys R Us and Maplin, collapse.
The UK's fishing industry -
worth more than £1 billion a year,
we report on the impact
Brexit could have.
A snowy win for Spurs
tonight, but a game marred
by the controversial
video referee technology.
Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News.
More VAR controversy,
a disallowed penalty and plenty
of goals too on a crazy night
in the FA Cup at Wembley.
There are severe weather
warnings in place tonight
for almost all of the UK,
as snow continues to fall
and sub-zero temperatures intensify.
Across large parts of Scotland,
including Glasgow and Edinburgh,
a red alert is in place tonight -
the Met office's most
severe weather warning,
meaning that lives could be at risk.
People are being told not
to travel in central Scotland
until mid-morning tomorrow
at the earliest.
Across the whole of the UK today,
temperatures were well below zero
first thing this morning,
with Farnborough in Hampshire
the coldest at -11.7 Celsius.
Snow fell across large parts
too, with more than 31
centimetres in Cumbria.
And thousands of schools
across England, Wales, Scotland
and Northern Ireland were closed.
Lorna Gordon is in Glasgow.
Large parts of Scotland ground to a
halt today. By my calculations,
around 3.5 million people fall
within the Red Warning area. In
cities like Lars there has been a no
public transport since it has been
in force. There are no trains, no
buses, very few planes have been
able to take. For those who have
taken to the roads, some people have
been stuck for hours.
At the pale end of winter, the
highest alert for snow. The driving
treacherous, the disruption
widespread. Heading out in these
conditions isn't advised. This is
the first time Scotland has had a
Red Warning of this kind, in force
across a large swathe of the
country's most heavily populated
areas. Frequent showers and drifting
snow leading to fears some rural
communities could be cut off.
OK to come in? How are you?
village on the outskirts of Glasgow,
the local minister has been looking
in on the elderly and vulnerable. In
this kind of weather is good for
everyone to look out for their
It is indeed. Even the
smallest gesture, just checking in
on someone to make sure they are
safe is important. We wouldn't
advocate people going out in this
kind of weather. Stay warm, stay
safe and let us come to you.
Red Warning to cold, Glasgow's
normally busy city centre streets
were instead close to deserted. One
person took to their skis.
pretty unusual for us in Scotland.
We have some severe weather but snow
on this scale is unusual. Weird have
to go back a number of years to see
an event like this.
lorries meant on some roads even the
gritters and snowploughs struggled
to get through. The M80 travelling
north grantor halt with driver stuck
20 minutes ago we moved
about 100 yards and we stopped
again. For a while when it was
daylight, the sky cleared and it was
quite optimistic. The next thing was
it went black and heavy, heavy
showers of snow.
lead to problems at the airports
too. Most flights in Glasgow were
cancelled. The Red Cross bringing in
temporary bedding for hundreds of
passengers stranded overnight. One
sign perhaps of how extreme this
weather has been, deer coming down
from the hills in Perthshire in
search of shelter or food. More than
1600 schools across Scotland have
been closed for the day. Many will
remain closed tomorrow too. This
weather has been exceptional, and
it's not over yet. Lorna Gordon, BBC
Wherever you are in the UK, travel
is going to be difficult tomorrow.
Almost every train operator will be
affected again by the conditions
with some rail lines
completely shut again.
Airports across the UK are warning
of more delays and cancellations.
And motorists are being advised not
to make any unnecessary journeys.
Our correspondent Danny Savage
is in Durham tonight.
The infrastructure of the UK has
taken a real battering over the last
24 hours. This is the East Coast
mainline. Trains are coming through
tonight which are more than four
hours late. There has been a
critical incident declared in
Lincolnshire with police wanting to
use military vehicles to get people
to hospital. Also in south Wales,
many schools will be closed until
next week. There's a long way to go
yet before things start to improve.
Day three of this Siberian blast,
and things have got much worse.
This was Cumbria, but it could have
been virtually anywhere in northern
and eastern Britain.
Hundreds of vehicles,
on many different routes,
ended up getting stuck.
The A46 Lincoln bypass was blocked
by stranded lorries.
In south-east London,
a man in his 60s died
after falling into a frozen pond
in Danson Park, in Welling.
It's the worst snowfall
in the capital for several years,
and canals have been left frozen.
Landmarks faded from view
as blizzards swept in,
and young and old took to the slopes
in city parks.
Further north in Norwich,
it was gridlock as the journey
to work took hours.
The poor night girls
are still on shift.
They've been there since 7:30pm last
night, and no one can get in.
No, we're not.
We should have just stayed
at home, really, but...
Someone's got to keep the world
running, haven't they?
On the East Coast mainline,
linking London and Scotland,
there were numerous
cancellations and delays.
The snow, the travel
has been a nightmare.
It's been a journey.
The train is 2:38 train,
and it has been delayed
by a couple of hours.
So 17:15 is the current time.
As thousands of schools were closed,
endurance was needed
for the alternative to lessons
in the biting wind chill.
In rural areas, much has to be done
regardless of the weather.
All these ewes are pregnant,
they'll begin lambing
in less than three weeks.
Farmers want this freeze
to be over by then.
Sometimes the weaker lambs
would just freeze to death in it.
That's where most of
the problem would lie.
And the farmer himself,
getting round the sheep to find
which ones are in a corner.
They don't always lamb
where you want them to.
So you'd have to be out looking,
finding them in the snow?
Later, on the way into Sunderland,
we found Steve trying
to free his car, which ended up
off the road.
There was a lorry stuck there,
so we were stuck behind that
vehicle, and it was just
like a sheet of...
Well, you couldn't see
virtually in front of you.
It was a white out?
It really was.
Even Cornwall got a covering,
an opportunity for a different kind
of boarding in the south-west.
The far south-east ended up
on the receiving end as well,
adding to the accumulations in Kent
and neighbouring counties.
And there is no sign of things
getting any better yet.
Danny Savage, BBC
News, County Durham.
The blast of bitterly cold weather
over the past few days
has come from Siberia -
but this is what's
heading our way now.
Storm Emma is moving up from
the south from the Bay of Biscay.
And it's the South West
of England and Wales that
will be affected by that.
Jon Kay is in Cornwall
for us tonight.
Snowed today but how much worse as
it expected to get?
Emma and the
beast sounds like a fairy tale but
we don't know how and when this is
going to end. Today has been
unpredictable enough. As Danny was
saying, you don't often get this
amount of snow in a place like
Falmouth next to the beach huts.
Tomorrow is a new level of
unpredictability. Not only have we
got the snow coming in from the
east, we've got the low pressure
coming up from the South mixing over
this part of south-west England and
mid and South Wales. It's bringing
wind and moisture which means there
could be blizzard conditions, there
could be freezing rain, and the
authorities are trying to work out
what is going to happen where to try
and stay ahead of it. In Cornwall
they are hoping to keep 900 miles of
roads free to reach rural
communities. They know that's going
to be difficult to do if blizzard
conditions continue. They are
warning people to change their
plans, to change their lives, to act
accordingly. Hundreds of schools are
already shot, the University of the
West of England says it is closing
its campuses on Friday. There are
people in Falmouth who have never
seen snow like this but tomorrow
they could see a whole lot more.
Thank you. You can keep up-to-date
with the latest information on the
BBC News website.
The former Prime Minister Sir
John Major has called
on Theresa May to offer MPs a free
vote on the final Brexit
deal, with the option
of putting it to the public
in a second referendum.
Sir John, who campaigned
to remain in the EU,
criticised the UK's approach
to Brexit, said many of its red
lines are unrealistic.
But a leading Brexit-supporting
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg
dismissed Sir John's words
as "cheap comments".
Our political editor
Laura Kuenssberg reports.
Not a done deal!
The freezing protesters who have
taken up a permanent berth
in Westminster might
have a new ally...
The former Tory Prime
Minister Sir John Major,
who says MPs should be allowed
to approve or block the final
Brexit deal, or give
you a second referendum.
Nobody can truly know what the will
of the people may then be,
so let Parliament decide or put
the issue back to the people.
I don't enjoy being out of step
with so many of my Party.
I take no pleasure at all
in speaking out as I have today.
But it is as necessary
to speak truth to the people
as it is to speak truth to power.
Theresa May's trapped
by her Brexiteers.
The current plot has a bad ending.
She has been boxed in by people
who are setting up hurdles
that it is very difficult
for her to jump, and very difficult
for the European Union to jump.
The end product of this,
no doubt in the minds of those
setting these hurdles,
is that the European Union will say
no, and then it will be said well,
we haven't got an agreement
because of these wicked Europeans,
and therefore we leave with no
agreement and a very hard Brexit.
That is not in the interest
of this country.
There is a risk
though, is there not?
From what you've said today,
it just sounds like someone
who was on the losing side
of the argument, and you don't
want to accept it.
That's the cheap response
to anything that's said.
Are the 16 million people
who were deeply upset that we voted
to leave the European Union expected
to be absolutely silent,
and accept everything
that is said by other people,
even when they believe
it is to be damaging?
That's not real.
That's absolutely not real, Laura.
Of course they must speak out.
We are a democracy.
But isn't democracy also respecting
the result of the referendum?
Nobody knew in any
detail what the outcome
of the referendum really meant.
The Prime Minister relies
on the support of a vocal
group of Brexit backers.
who's going to blink first?
But she, like they, has no
truck with another vote.
The government has given Parliament,
and will give Parliament the right
to say whether they agree
with what's been negotiated or not,
and that will be it.
I think that's
the right thing to do.
We have to leave, because
the British people have
said we should leave.
Ministers may gnash their teeth
at this intervention,
but it has cheered some
of the Tory restive troops.
John Major is right,
we should have a free vote.
And if it is absolutely
the will of the people,
then this process that was begun
by the people of this
country must be finished
by the people of this country.
But is he really helping?
Didn't he complain his predecessor
was a back-seat driver?
Why should Theresa May tolerate
what you're doing this afternoon?
This is the first occasion
I've spoken on this
for many, many months.
Unless my memory serves me ill,
Margaret spoke on a weekly basis,
not once in many many months.
Hard to believe now the referendum
was meant to end Tory fights.
With a year to go, and the future
shape of the country
at stake, there are plenty
of scores to settle.
Laura Kuenssberg, BBC
Sir John Major's intervention came
on the day that the European
Commission published its first draft
of the official treaty for Brexit.
In it, it proposes
a common regulatory area
on the island of Ireland -
which would effectively mean
keeping Northern Ireland
in a customs union -
unlike the rest of the UK.
But Theresa May said the idea
threatened the constitutional
integrity of the UK and would never
be agreed to.
Here's our Europe
editor, Katya Adler.
In the historic process in which the
UK leaves the EU, this is a big
moment. The first legal draft of the
UK's exit treaty. So how is it
possible, you might ask, to have a
draft withdrawal agreement already
when Brexit negotiations are still
ongoing? Well, this 120 page
document is the European
Commission's understanding of what
has been agreed to date with the UK,
and of what it still wants to be
agreed. So in here we see the
divorce issues that were discussed
but not finalised before Christmas.
The rights rights of EU citizens in
the UK and UK citizens in after
Brexit and the Brexit bill and the
Irish border. Also in here the
transition agreement, but no details
of a future EU-UK trade deal because
those talks haven't even started
yet. The document's paragraphs on
Northern Ireland are particularly
controversial. The EU's chief Brexit
negotiator came out today to defend
We have applied imagination
and creativity to find a specific
solution to the unique challenge
that Brexit causes for the
protection of the Good Friday
Mr Barnathan said three
options had been agreed with the UK
to avoid the reintroduction of a
hard border between the Northern
Ireland and the Irish Republic, but
he said the UK hadn't yet come
forward with details so much his
back stop solution involves Northern
Ireland remaining in a customs
agreement with the EU and in parts
of the single market. You must also
be aware of the potentially
explosive effect in the UK of this
Northern Ireland protocol. Is this
perhaps intentional on your part?
I'm not trying to
provoke or create shockwaves I want
these negotiations to be a success.
Let me remind you that it was the
UK's decision to leave. As I said
from the beginning, nobody should
under estimate the consequences of
But the Prime Minister
was having none of it.
legal text the Commission have
published would if implemented would
undermine the UK Common Market and
threaten constitutional intregrity
of the UK by creating a customs and
regulatory border down the Irish
Sea. And no UK Prime Minister could
ever agree to it.
The Prime Minister
and the EU do agree a hard border
between Northern Ireland and the
Irish Republic must be avoided. But
the Prime Minister's negotiating
position is complicated by her
Government's reliance for
parliamentary support on Northern
Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party.
We didn't leave the EU to oversea
the break-up of the United Kingdom.
It would be catastrophic
economically, never mind politically
from Northern Ireland to be cut off
from its biggest market.
This is not
where the story ends. This document
is a first draft to be amended by EU
member states then negotiated with
the Government. Which has plenty to
say about it. Before you go away
tonight thinking - another Brexit
crisis, actually we are slap back in
the middle of more Brexit
negotiations. There were strong
words today in London, in Belfast
and in Brussels, but nobody actually
slammed the door. Tomorrow, in the
next chap term of this drama --
chapter of this drama. In a spirit
of compromise the Government is
offering more rights to EU
citizenses who arrive during the
transition period. It's a
negotiation with much to play for,
although one EU diplomat pointed out
me tonight the Irish question still
has the potential to bring a Brexit
deal tumbling down. Katya, thank
an explosion on Sunday night
at a shop in Leicester,
that claimed the lives of five
people, have tonight arrested three
men on suspicion of manslaughter.
Let's speak to Sima Kotecha,
who's there for us this evening.
What more can you tell us about
these latest developments?
say, Sofie, three men have been aest
ared on suspicion of manslaughter
this evening. Police say they are in
their 30s and from East Anglia, the
north-west of the country and the
East Midlands. They say at this
stage in their investigation there
isn't much more they can say.
However, in a statement they stress
there remains no evidence to suggest
that the blast was in anyway terror
related. Now it, five people are
believed to have died in that
explosion on Sunday including a
mothered and her two teenage sons. A
Polish supermarket, along with a two
story flat were completely
destroyed. Tonight, police say they
are questioning those three men.
A woman who was rescued
from the 19th floor
of Grenfell Tower has
died in hospital.
74-year-old Maria Del Pilar Burton,
who was known as Pily,
had been in hospital since her home
was destroyed in the fire.
It brings the death toll to 72.
They've been big high street names
for more than 30 years,
but now Toys R Us and the electrical
chain Maplin have both
collapsed, putting more
than 5,000 jobs at risk.
Toys R Us has 3,000 staff,
Maplin employs 2,500 people.
Both firms have been struggling
with poor sales and increasing
competition from online retailers.
Here's our business
correspondent, Emma Simpson.
# With toys in their millions
# All under one roof
# It's Called Toys R Us!...#
It was a force to be reckoned with,
pulling in shoppers
with its American-style megastores.
Today, the magic's long gone.
Some stores were already
closing to cut costs,
but it wasn't enough.
It's a shame, but it's not
probably a great surprise.
It's been on the cards for a while.
And people tend to buy
online these days, I think,
because it's cheaper.
Because I've four children,
grown up now, but we always used
to come here for their toys.
So, you know, it's a shame.
Selling toys should be
a magical experience.
So what went wrong for Toys R Us?
They are too reliant on
these large out-of-town stores.
But a lot of their problems
are actually self-inflicted.
They overlooked the importance
of online, where about 40%
of toy sales take place.
And perhaps more importantly,
they've neglected their stores.
Toys R Us has been struggling
for years, a business weighed down
by huge amount of debt.
Its American owners filed
for bankruptcy protection
in the States last autumn.
And today, this toy story ended
with the UK chain effectively
running out of cash.
And tonight, the man tasked
with rescuing it told me
that wouldn't be easy.
Whilst we're going to make every
effort to sell the business,
I think realistically
there's a small chance that
someone will come through.
And if they do, it will be
for parts of the business,
and certainly not for the business
as a whole, and certainly not
in its existing format.
Maplin also collapsed today
with more than 200 stores.
It blamed a slowdown in
consumer spending and higher costs.
It's been a bleak winter
for many retailers.
Today, two big casualties
and thousands of jobs on the line.
The shops are still trading,
but for how much longer?
Emma Simpson, BBC News.
The United Nations says conditions
in Yemen are "catastrophic"
after three years of conflict there.
Houthi rebels, backed by Iran,
remain in control of large
parts of the country,
including the capital Sana'a.
Fighting them are forces loyal
to the former president,
who are being backed by Saudi
airstrikes and a naval blockade.
Caught in the middle
are the country's civilians.
More than 20 million of them need
humanitarian help or protection,
and famine remains a serious threat.
The BBC's Lyse Doucet travelled
with Saudi and Yemeni government
forces to the frontlines,
and sent this report.
High above the Iranian peninsula,
just off the coast of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia and its allies
have ruled these skies
since this war began,
and they control the seas below.
These shipping lanes,
a vital gateway for the world's
energy supplies, and a smuggling
route too for elicit goods.
Among them, the Saudis say,
weapons its arch-rival Iran supplies
to Yemen's Houthi fighters.
We land on board HMS Makkah,
a Saudi warship inspecting vessels
bound for Hodeidah port.
Most of Yemen's imports
flow through there,
but it's in Houthi hands.
So Saudis are on the lookout
for suspicious vessels.
For the captain, his mission
is a crucial front-line in this war.
So your operational rules are to
treat all vessels as suspicious?
Even humanitarian ones?
A naval blockade has
been lifted for now,
it had obstructed vital medicine,
food and fuel from reaching
Yemenis in desperate need.
But this war grinds on and
on the ground its Yemen's army,
troops and tribesmen,
who are batting Houthi fighters.
Advancing slowly on hostile terrain,
mountain by mountain,
seizing strategic heights
on the approach to the capital.
Sana'a is the prize in this war.
The Houthis want to keep it,
the ousted government wants it back.
But to take the fight
into the heart of this historic,
densely-populated city would be
a bloody urban battle.
All roads in this war
lead to this capital.
Yemeni forces and their allies
have an ambitious plan -
surround Sana'a and force
the Houthis to surrender.
But their enemy is well entrenched.
Supported by Iran,
the Houthis are now well
trained and well supplied.
Their ballistic missiles
have reached the heart
of the Saudi Kingdom.
And fear is part
of their arsena,l too.
And fear is part
of their arsenal, too.
Hundreds of journalists
and political opponents have been
many have fled.
In a government-controlled area,
we meet 27-year-old Annas.
His crime - posting
comments on social media.
He tells us, "they hung me
up, tortured me until
I fell unconscious."
When he woke up, he couldn't move.
"Imagine", he says,
"in a second you cannot walk.
What can I be now," he asks?
But Yemenis live
with other fears too.
This is the impact of a Saudi
air strike in Sana'a,
a neighbourhood close to the Defence
The Saudi-led coalition has been
pounding enemy positions,
armed with the most sophisticated
weaponry from allies
like Britain, the US and France.
The Saudis insist civilians are not
a target, but they're being hit.
This family, like many
others, lost their home
in a coalition bombing.
They've taken refuge here.
"We're begging for help",
cries Sabat al-Salah.
"Yesterday my three
children didn't eat.
I'm ill, always ill.
Neither dead nor alive."
There's no escape from this war,
it's pushed these families
from place to place.
At this temporary settlement they're
digging in, trying to make
a new home from the little
they now have.
The Arab world's poorest nation,
now a battleground for regional
powers, in a Middle East
which grows evermore combustible.
Saudi Arabia and Iran know
they're playing with fire.
Lyse Doucet, BBC News, Yemen.
The fishing industry
in Britain is worth more
than £1 billion a year,
but the sector faces an uncertain
future after Britain leaves the EU.
MPs are urging the Government
to publish their proposals for
the industry as a matter of urgency.
Our Scotland editor,
Sarah Smith, reports
from Peterhead, one of Europe's
largest fishing ports.
Fishermen around Britain's
coastline, from Cornwall
to the north-east of Scotland,
cannot wait to leave the EU.
They feel they've been dealt a raw
deal from the common
fisheries policy for decades.
What better way, they say,
to show we're taking back control
than to regain regulation
of the UK's coastal waters.
This is where the fish ends up at.
In Fraserburgh, David Mills
just invested millions
in a brand-new boat.
I think they should have total
control of the coastal waters,
there's no question about it.
Would that mean no EU
fisheries boats in UK waters?
No, no, I'm not saying that.
I mean, we know they've got to get
access, but we would like to be
in charge of the access
that they have.
Currently, EU rules mean that UK
ships are allowed to catch less
than 40% of the fish in UK waters.
While fishermen in Iceland,
which is outside the EU,
keep around 95% of their stocks.
British boats want a larger share
of what they say are British fish.
The UK fishing industry know
what they want out of Brexit.
The EU, though, take
a very different view.
They say they want to base any
future bilateral fishing deal
on current and historical patterns.
In other words, the very
arrangements that UK
fishermen so detest.
Much of the fish landed
and processed in the UK is sold
in European countries.
The EU say, without a fair
deal on access to UK
waters, we can't expect
to maintain tariff-free trade.
If there are tariffs imposed,
then that creates challenges.
Fresh fish is a perishable item,
and so, if it goes to a border,
for example, and there
are non-tariff implications,
such as document requirements,
that hold up the product
at the border, then
that is a big issue.
UK fishing is getting ready
for a sizeable expansion.
A huge new fish market is already
under construction in Peterhead,
part funded, ironically,
by the European Union.
Sarah Smith, BBC News, Peterhead.
Football, and Tottenham Hotspur have
progressed to the quarter-finals
of the FA Cup after what turned out
to be an emphatic 6-1 win over
Rochdale at Wembley.
But the first half of the game
was dominated by controversy over
the use of video referee technology.
Our sports correspondent,
Richard Conway, reports.
Wembley is always a special
occasion, Rochdale's manager,
Keith Hill, sharing this one
with his son.
Just five minutes in,
Tottenham thought they'd taken
the lead, only for Erik Lamela's
goal to be ruled out
for a foul picked up
by the referee's video assistant.
But it wasn't long before
Spurs did take the lead.
On a freezing cold night,
it was Son who shone.
That was pure quality.
But the video assistant
referee was fast becoming
the controversial star of the show,
helping award Spurs a penalty.
Son Heung-min scoring,
but his stuttering runnup
was adjudged to be illegal.
Another Spurs goal struck off.
A more traditional storyline,
that of the FA Cup giant killing
then briefly threatened
to take over.
Rochdale's Stephen Humphrys
sending hopes soring.
As the mercury plummeted,
Spurs emerged in the second-half
on a firmer footing.
has stayed down.
Fernando Llorente's neat finish
the first of his hat-trick.
Spurs were brushing
the League One team aside.
And with the final kick
of the game., Kyle Walker-Peters
scored his first ever goal
for the club.
6-1 in the end to Tottenham
and a game notable for video