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Storm Emma meets the Beast

from the East and wreaks

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chaos across the UK.

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At least three and half thousand

drivers were stranded

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on the M62 across the Pennines.

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Some managed to get to shelter.

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We landed in Manchester Airport

about two o'clock yesterday and

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we've been, well, trying

to get home since then.

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Just going around in

circles on the M62.

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Trains grind to a halt.

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Frustrated passengers take matters

into their own hands.

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Medical staff make heroic

efforts to get to work,

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walking ten miles though the snow

there and back.

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And, after the snow, flooding hits

parts of the South West.

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We'll bring you the latest

on the weather from around the UK.

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Also tonight...

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Theresa May sounds a pragmatic note

in her plans for Brexit saying

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neither side will get

everything they want.

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And as Hollywood prepares

for the Oscars this weekend,

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one of its top stars on sexism

in the movie business.

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Coming up on Sportsday

on BBC News...

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Katerina Johnson-Thompson wins her

first global title, taking gold

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in the pentathlon at

the World Indoor Championships.

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Good evening.

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Storm Emma has collided

with the Beast from the East

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resulting in disruption

across much of Britain.

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Heavy snow is causing

crashes, closing schools,

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stranding rail and air passengers

as well as motorists.

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One of the UK's major arteries,

the M62 across the Pennines,

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is still shut tonight.

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The Army has been called

in around the UK to help.

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Strong winds have added to problems,

causing large drifts in places.

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The sheer amount of snow remains

a major concern and even where it's

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been cleared the freezing

temperatures mean ice

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is now an added danger.

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Danny Savage reports.

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For the last 24 hours,

the M62 between West Yorkshire and

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Manchester has been a disaster zone.

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Multiple pile-ups

litter the carriageway.

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One driver filmed

this early today...

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Dozens of vehicles written off.

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More than three and a half

thousand motorists were

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stranded on this road overnight.

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Most had been moved by this morning

but hundreds were taken

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to emergency shelters.

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We landed in Manchester

Airport about two o'clock

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yesterday and we've been trying

to get home since then.

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The main route from the M3 to

the South West of England, the A303,

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also ground to a halt with drivers

defeated by a combination of heavy

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snow and steep hills.

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I'm trying to get to an old people's

home to get the heating on.

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I've been stuck out here since three

o'clock this afternoon.

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There was some respite at this local

petrol station that helped people

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through the night.

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We don't usually get snow

here, not like this.

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Do you think you're

going to get out of here?

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Yeah.

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Of course we will.

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"There's worse trouble

at sea," granny would say.

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Snowploughs tried their best

but made little progress

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because of the trapped vehicles.

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From Yorkshire to the Scottish

border, nearly every route linking

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east and west was closed.

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Somewhere under here

is the A66 in Cumbria.

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Even the gritters aren't

venturing out this far.

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This should normally be a busy dual

carriageway over the

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Pennines but it has

been shut for days.

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It probably won't open for days yet

and it's all because of these gale

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force winds just blowing the snow

constantly across the carriageway.

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Police are patrolling the roads

to discourage people

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from ignoring the closures.

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These conditions are some of

the worst I've seen for many years.

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The A66 is always one

that's a problem area.

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As you can see today,

this is particularly bad.

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Trying to get this open

is impossible at the moment.

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In Hampshire, the 17:05 Waterloo

to Weymouth train last night

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unintentionally turned

into a sleeper service.

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Passengers were stuck

on board for 13 hours

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as the train lost power.

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The heating then failed

in the freezing conditions.

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They managed to restore power

so we had lights but we had no

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heating and things like the buffet

car had run out of food and drink

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earlier on in the evening.

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So, it was a pretty cold night.

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In Shropshire, huge snowdrifts

blocked country roads as

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an army of farmers set out across

Britain to try and clear them.

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Neighbouring Worcestershire also saw

several inches of snow.

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Across the border into

Wales, three people were

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rescued after getting buried by

drifts in their car near Cowbridge.

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They had to sound their horn

to guide searchers in.

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In Ebbw Vale, firefighters

were called in to dig

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their way into this house.

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Back in the high Pennines, keeping

livestock fed was a priority.

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Keeping them watered

though is a problem.

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The water's frozen,

that's the main thing,

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in the house and out of the house.

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So, just watering animals is a big

chore at the minute and just

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trying to feed up and getting to

the sheep that are three miles away,

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just trying to get there is fun

and games at the minute really.

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Delivering supplies by any means

possible will be normality in much

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of Britain this weekend.

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There's no obvious

sign of a thaw yet.

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Danny Savage, BBC News.

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The extreme weather has affected

emergency teams too,

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with South Western Ambulance Service

telling people not to call

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unless there is a threat to life.

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Across the UK, many doctors,

nurses and support staff have walked

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through snow and ice in an attempt

to ease the pressure on services.

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From the Royal Devon and Exeter

Hospital, Jon Kay reports.

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This is the road to Exeter's main

hospital, serving nearly

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half a million people.

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Hey, Anna, how are you getting on?

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In A&E, eight-year-old Anna has

come off her sledge.

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You've got a headache now, have you?

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Are you hungry at all?

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And she might need a scan.

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Her doctor is one of many who have

struggled into work.

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She should be fine.

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OK, great, thank you.

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How did you get in?

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I cycled on a mountain bike.

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That's about five miles.

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There was a lot of pushing -

just trying to get a bit

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of traction in the snow.

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We were out walking

the dogs last night.

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Junior doctor Chris is helping

Debbie, who slipped on the ice.

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Wait till you hear

about his journey to work.

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I walked about ten miles

from Exeter into hospital.

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, from Exmouth.

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And then you'll have

to walk ten miles back.

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Yeah, just like last night.

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Did it cross your mind to call

in and say, "I can't make it today,

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I'm going to have a snow day."

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No.

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I think you do certain jobs and you

have a certain responsibility.

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40 staff slept in the hospital

overnight after a critical

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incident was declared here.

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Phil also stayed over.

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He couldn't move his iced up car

after visiting his wife

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on the surgical ward.

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More than a hundred relatives

were given a place to sleep.

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It's been absolutely fantastic.

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I can't thank people enough.

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I couldn't have wished

for a better stay.

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You make it sound like a hotel?

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Well, it has been.

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No traffic jams in this city today

but emergency crews have struggled

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to reach casualties.

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South Western Ambulance saying only

call 909 if it's life-threatening.

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Among the walking wounded,

plenty of breaks, sprains and cuts,

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most of them weather-related.

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The worst one is just here.

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Pete fell in the snow.

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It could have been much worse.

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There were other people

in here who have had a lot more

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serious accidents than I have.

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After a tough winter,

and an exhausting 48-hours,

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there are more weather

challenges to come.

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The hospital's chief nurse now

has to find extra staff

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for the next few days.

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We are calling out now

for registered nurses in particular,

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if they are able to get

here, could they come?

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Particularly this weekend so we can

get through the weekend.

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Back in Casualty, Anna

is making progress

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after her sledging accident.

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Her dad is a local farmer

and tonight he'll be clearing

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roads with his tractor,

so the hospital can keep running.

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Well, Jon Kay filmed that report

earlier today in Exeter.

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He's a glutton for punishment.

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He's now moved on to Dawlish

on the south Devon coast,

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where there's flooding,

just to add to the problems.

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John, it looks pretty grim there.

Yes, Fiona, good evening. Almost

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every train operator in the country

has been affected by the weather in

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some weight today here at Dawlish

which is where the train line runs

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right next to the sea it is

particularly bad. At the moment no

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trains can come through because of

flooding we had earlier caused by

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storm Emma. That means the far

south-west of England is cut off

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from the rest of the rail network.

Nowhere near as bad as it was four

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years ago in the floods when the

train line was left hanging in

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midair. This time it should be fixed

within about 36 hours, fingers

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crossed full stop this incident is a

reminder of just how vulnerable this

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stretch of track is and this in the

very week that politicians have been

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debating what to do about the

long-term resilience, the long-term

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future of this infrastructure.

Tonight in the short term I can tell

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you that temperatures are rising in

South Devon, the icy snow melting

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and thawing quickly. For people who

live around here, they are looking

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at flood alerts and not just high

tides for tomorrow morning.

Thank

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you.

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There was trouble on

the trains this evening

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in South London after delayed

passengers started

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jumping on to the tracks.

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Come on. There we are. Nice and

smooth.

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People stuck on a train

near Lewisham forced open the doors

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and began walking down the tracks.

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People stuck on a train

near Lewisham forced open the doors

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and began walking down

the railway line.

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Operator Southeastern warned

they couldn't run the trains

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while people were near the tracks.

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In Scotland, the worst

of the weather may be over.

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But days of appalling

conditions is having an impact

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on farmers and food supply.

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Our Scotland Correspondent, Lorna

Gordon, reports from Kilbarchan.

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The rolling hills of Renfrewshire,

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pretty, but the conditions making it

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challenging.

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The best way to reach

this farm, by foot.

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They are doing their best to get

milk out but they have

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had just one tanker

in and they do not expect another.

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You see the snowdrifts coming

down the road yourself.

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It is up above my shoulders.

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We can't get the milk vans out,

the milk tankers in,

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we cannot get feed stuff in.

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You just don't know where to turn.

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These cows produce 2000

litres of milk every day.

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This farm is not alone

in facing big challenges

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in getting its milk to the shops.

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It is thought a significant number

of farmers here in Scotland are now

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having to dispose of their milk.

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In local shops, some essentials

are in short supply.

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I came with my studs on all the way

down the road to get milk,

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and there was no milk.

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No milk anywhere.

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We've come back for a second loaf.

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We figured we'd best get two.

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Apparently, there is not much left

anywhere, so we did the right thing.

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Empty shelves seen in some stores

elsewhere. Those tasked with getting

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through say this weather is the

worst that has been seen in decades.

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We have never seen as much snow as

this. We are delivering milk to

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Dumfries in the south. We have

never, ever seen this.

Once the snow

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melts, stocks will reach the shops

once more.

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once more. Easing the pressure on

farms like this who are trying to

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keep their customers with milk.

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With freezing temperatures

continuing well into next week,

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and possibly the week after,

there's little sign of let-up

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in the bitter weather.

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Let's speak to our Wales

correspondent, Sian Lloyd, who's

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in the Vale of Glamorgan.

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That is an incredible amount of snow

behind you.

Yes. There are many

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scenes like this to be seen right

across the bail of Glamorgan.

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Drifting snow is a real problem. --

the Vale of Glamorgan. We have been

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out to about across this county

today and have seen many local

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farmers out in their tractors trying

to clear the country roads which are

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so important to the local

population. There has been such a

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heavy demand on the snowploughs and

gritters. They cannot get

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everywhere. Many major routes have

been closed. Lots of local providers

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have not been able to operate their

services, so very limited public

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transport. Some 2000 homes across

the country here are without power

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and also all of the schools were

closed here again today. We are on

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the yellow warning like many parts

of the UK. Plummeting temperatures.

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It is bitterly cold here tonight but

it is expected to freeze and we're

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not sure what we will wake up to

tomorrow.

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Other news now, and Theresa

May has outlined her

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vision of Britain's

future relationship

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with the European Union.

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She warned that both sides

would have to accept "hard facts"

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and that no one would get

everything they want.

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She said the UK would have to pay

money into some EU agencies

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to maintain access to them.

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And she repeated her commitment that

that Britain would NOT be part

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of the EU's single market or

customs union.

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Our Political Editor,

Laura Kuenssberg, was

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watching the speech.

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Roll up, roll up.

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A hot ticket for a certain

kind of audience.

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Looking forward to the speech.

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Ministers and diplomats

arriving for a speech.

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Can you unite the party, sir?

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That will affect us all.

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And it matters to her survival, too.

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With controversy never far away.

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The first message -

no more promises that after Brexit,

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we can have it all, to trade just

as we do now or be completely free

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from the European courts.

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I want to be straight

with people because the reality

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is that we all need to face up

to some hard facts.

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We are leaving the single market.

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Life is going to be different.

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In certain ways our access to each

other's markets will be

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less than it is now.

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The second hard fact is that even

after we have left the jurisdiction

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of the European Court of Justice,

EU law and the decisions of the ECJ

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will continue to affect us.

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Out of the single market

and the customs union,

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she confirmed, yet no new answer

to one of the hardest parts.

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We don't want to go back

to a hard border in Ireland.

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We've ruled out any physical

infrastructure at the border or any

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related checks and controls.

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But it's not good enough to say,

"We won't introduce a hard border.

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"If the EU forces Ireland to do it,

that is down to them".

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We chose to leave and we

have a responsibility

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to help find a solution.

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But we can't do it on our own.

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It is for all of us

to work together.

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More details on how she wants much

of the economy to stay closer

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to the EU, but the Prime Minister

wants the right to pick

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and choose when and how.

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The Commission has suggested

that the only option available

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to the UK is an off-the-shelf model.

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We both need to face the fact

that this is a negotiation

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and neither of us can have exactly

what we want.

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The fact is that every free trade

agreement has varying market access

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depending on the respective

interests of the countries involved.

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If this is cherry picking,

then every trade arrangement

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is cherry picking.

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Last, an answer to claims her plans

are too vague and unreal.

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We know what we want.

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We understand your principles.

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We have a shared interest

in getting this right.

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So let's get on with it.

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Thank you.

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APPLAUSE

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Do you accept now that we can't

have it all as we leave?

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Secondly, you have outlined today

you want to pick and mix,

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even though the EU has repeatedly

rejected that approach.

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What is it do you think you can say

to your EU leaders that

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will actually change their minds?

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I'm confident as we come and sit

down together we will be able

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to show that mutual interest

and mutual benefit from

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the proposals I have put forward.

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After weeks of internal Tory

wrangling, the Prime Minister has

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made gathered Tory grandees content.

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This is about finding a way through

that will work for everybody.

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Why have you spent so long saying

we can have everything?

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You said we could have

the exact same benefits?

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I said that is the aspiration.

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What were aiming at here,

and what the Prime Miniester said

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clearly, is that we want

to have a complete

0:17:290:17:32

tariff-free arrangement.

0:17:320:17:35

We want to have mutual recognition.

0:17:350:17:37

All those things, not

just in our interest,

0:17:370:17:40

they are in Europe's interest

and that is why we will get them.

0:17:400:17:43

What happens if the

European Union says no?

0:17:430:17:45

The invitation that was made through

the speech the Prime Minister made

0:17:450:17:49

was to apply a cool head to some

very important, mutual problems,

0:17:490:17:53

but also opportunities.

0:17:530:17:58

An outbreak of Tory unity?

0:17:580:17:59

The Foreign Secretary was grounded

by snow but gave a thumbs up,

0:17:590:18:04

and Brexiteers and Remainers

followed suit, for now.

0:18:040:18:08

Governor, were you happy

with what you heard?

0:18:080:18:11

Others, like the Bank

of England governor,

0:18:110:18:14

less keen to give their verdict.

0:18:140:18:16

The opposition, unimpressed.

0:18:160:18:17

I think it will be judged

as yet more confusion

0:18:170:18:19

on the road to complications.

0:18:190:18:20

What we need is a set of objectives

which means we can protect

0:18:200:18:25

jobs in this country.

0:18:250:18:31

Number Ten has pressed

its case with more detail

0:18:310:18:33

and realism than before.

0:18:330:18:34

That could make a difference

to the next steps of

0:18:340:18:37

this lengthy tangle.

0:18:370:18:38

But there are plenty of audiences

making demands of Theresa May,

0:18:380:18:41

who will still demand yet more.

0:18:410:18:42

Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News.

0:18:420:18:47

With a year to go until Britain

leaves the EU, how do voters feel

0:18:470:18:51

the government is getting on?

0:18:510:18:52

Our Deputy Political Editor,

John Pienaar, has been to Reading

0:18:520:18:54

to gauge feelings there.

0:18:540:18:58

Brexit is a complete mess.

0:18:580:18:59

Not quick enough, not doing enough.

0:18:590:19:02

Did you really think it was going

to be simple and quick and easy?

0:19:020:19:06

I know people said it would be.

0:19:060:19:08

Did you think it would be?

0:19:080:19:09

I thought it would be.

0:19:090:19:11

I didn't think it would take two

years to come out of it.

0:19:110:19:14

Why should we have to give them

all this money back?

0:19:140:19:16

We've paid for it over the years.

0:19:160:19:18

I'm sure we've paid more than most.

0:19:180:19:20

You think just walk?

0:19:200:19:21

Yeah, definitely, yeah.

0:19:210:19:22

I think we're just a silly

government, to be honest with you.

0:19:220:19:25

How many kids have you got?

0:19:250:19:26

These are your kids, right?

0:19:260:19:27

We've got eight kids.

0:19:270:19:28

You've got eight kids.

0:19:280:19:29

Congratulations.

0:19:290:19:31

Are you worried about their future?

0:19:310:19:33

Or optimistic?

0:19:330:19:36

Slightly on the fence,

because I don't see how

0:19:360:19:38

the economy is going to get any

better by leaving.

0:19:380:19:42

I think it could really

only get worse.

0:19:420:19:46

I think the question

is how much worse.

0:19:460:19:48

At the moment, I don't really

have a clue, because they haven't

0:19:480:19:51

set out a clear picture,

and they haven't done

0:19:510:19:53

all the tests to decide how

good or bad it will be.

0:19:530:19:58

Theresa May?

0:19:580:19:59

She's not doing too bad a job.

0:19:590:20:00

She's just between a rock

and a hard place with

0:20:000:20:03

what she's got to work with.

0:20:030:20:08

My vision for the future

economic partnership

0:20:080:20:10

between the United Kingdom

and the European Union...

0:20:100:20:13

I feel people have been a bit hard

on her because she's

0:20:130:20:16

been given probably the worst

possible situation.

0:20:160:20:18

What about you?

0:20:180:20:20

Do you want to cut the Prime

Minister some slack on this?

0:20:200:20:23

Yeah.

0:20:230:20:24

I think she gets a worse rap than...

0:20:240:20:26

It's very easy to scapegoat

her and I do feel bad

0:20:260:20:28

for her in that sense.

0:20:280:20:30

I feel she has done an awful

lot of flip-flopping.

0:20:300:20:32

She really needs to sort of maybe

pick a direction and go with it.

0:20:320:20:37

Greater steps need to be

made to re-establish

0:20:370:20:39

the country's opinion on this.

0:20:390:20:40

There's a lot of people that

have changed their mind

0:20:400:20:43

since the last Brexit referendum.

0:20:430:20:44

Maybe doing another referendum would

be a good idea at the very least,

0:20:440:20:47

just to re-establish where we are,

prove maybe that the government

0:20:470:20:50

is on the right path,

or show the government

0:20:500:20:52

that they aren't.

0:20:520:20:53

In the end, can it work?

0:20:530:20:54

It has to.

0:20:540:20:55

Or else we're in a lot of trouble.

0:20:550:21:00

Theresa May, her mission today

is to see Britain more

0:21:000:21:03

united after Brexit.

0:21:030:21:04

Can that be done?

0:21:040:21:05

Brexit has separated our country

and I think it could make it worse

0:21:050:21:08

and it's very sad to see.

0:21:080:21:11

I think we've just got to live

with it and move on.

0:21:110:21:14

We've got to stick together.

0:21:140:21:15

Here's hoping.

0:21:150:21:16

Cheers.

0:21:160:21:17

John Pienaar, BBC News, Reading.

0:21:170:21:25

Katya Adler, who is in Brussels.

0:21:270:21:29

How did the speech go down there?

0:21:290:21:34

The EU has long been pressing

Theresa May for more details of her

0:21:340:21:38

Brexit vision and today they got the

details aplenty. There have been

0:21:380:21:43

working groups studying the Prime

Minister's speech of this evening

0:21:430:21:47

from all 27 countries and privately

EU diplomats have told me they

0:21:470:21:51

praised Theresa May's constructive

approach in her speech, her more

0:21:510:21:56

realistic approach, they said,

saying that of course not everybody

0:21:560:21:59

can have everything they want out of

the agreement. But they pointed out

0:21:590:22:03

that on the big picture they did not

see much new in the Prime Minister's

0:22:030:22:07

speech policy wise. The EU chief

negotiator tweeted that now that the

0:22:070:22:13

Prime Minister had confirmed the UK

would be leaving the single market

0:22:130:22:16

and the customs union, he could

confirm that the UK was heading

0:22:160:22:20

towards a free trade agreement with

the EU, meaning nothing really

0:22:200:22:23

closer than that. So the EU is still

by jesting what the Prime Minister

0:22:230:22:29

said, and apart from those who said

they regretted that she did not come

0:22:290:22:33

to any concrete proposal as to how

to solve the Irish problem, another

0:22:330:22:37

EU diplomat said to me this evening

that they were looking for clues as

0:22:370:22:41

to what might become future UK

policy at negotiations. The very

0:22:410:22:46

same happened, he said, after the

last Brexit speech the Prime

0:22:460:22:50

Minister made in autumn.

0:22:500:22:53

Laura, was the speech enough

to placate the Leave and Remain

0:22:530:22:56

camps within the Tory Party?

0:22:560:23:02

For now, tonight, yes. That does not

mean they will swallow the

0:23:020:23:05

compromises she says they will have

to make in the longer term, but in

0:23:050:23:09

terms of this speech, Number Ten

believes this has been a step

0:23:090:23:12

forward, if not a giant leap. There

are still contradictions. There was

0:23:120:23:17

no dramatic evidence of new

thinking. But there was a new layer

0:23:170:23:21

of detail and most importantly as

far as Downing Street sees it, a

0:23:210:23:25

message to the EU, let's do a deal.

And a signal, a concrete, over

0:23:250:23:31

signal from the Prime Minister for

the first time that she knows that

0:23:310:23:34

she will have to make compromises.

She knows that Britain will not be

0:23:340:23:38

able to get everything on its list.

But also a message, pushing back,

0:23:380:23:43

saying you will have to compromise

too. It is legitimate to question

0:23:430:23:47

why it has taken so long for her to

strike this note of realism. She has

0:23:470:23:52

been dealing with political

difficulties in her own party. But

0:23:520:23:56

tonight, inside the Conservative

Party, both sides have broadly

0:23:560:24:02

swallowed this speech. Number Ten

believes it has been received pretty

0:24:020:24:04

much as well as it might have been,

and rather than Brexiteers and

0:24:040:24:10

Remainers, they are hoping for a

pragmatic approach, people who are

0:24:100:24:14

willing to be realistic and

pragmatic. But this will be tested

0:24:140:24:18

at an important summit three weeks

to night, when Great Britain is very

0:24:180:24:21

keen that point to be able to show

real progress. We will see.

Thank

0:24:210:24:27

you.

0:24:270:24:29

In Syria, the UN says 24 hospitals

and clinics are now known

0:24:290:24:32

to have been hit in the Syrian

military's bombardment

0:24:320:24:34

of a rebel-held area near Damascus.

0:24:340:24:35

It says a high number of civilians

are being killed and injured every

0:24:350:24:38

day in Eastern Ghouta,

despite the UN calling

0:24:380:24:40

for a ceasefire nearly a week ago.

0:24:400:24:42

Our Middle East Editor, Jeremy

Bowen, is in Damascus tonight.

0:24:420:24:44

So, a ceasefire in name only?

0:24:440:24:52

There is no ceasefire at the moment.

The UN resolution exists on paper,

0:24:520:24:58

but it does not exist in reality.

President Putin of Russia, his

0:24:580:25:04

so-called humanitarian pause has,

today, quiet and things down in the

0:25:040:25:08

morning. But it started up again.

After that, I saw warplanes bombing

0:25:080:25:14

targets in Eastern Ghouta. The thing

about the war here in Syria, not

0:25:140:25:19

just in Eastern Ghouta, is that at

the end of last year people were

0:25:190:25:22

hoping that maybe it was winding

down. But the evidence of this year

0:25:220:25:27

is that it has changed shape, but it

has escalated. Unicef, the

0:25:270:25:33

children's fund of the United

Nations, have said that something

0:25:330:25:36

like 1000 children this year have

either been killed by the war or

0:25:360:25:41

seriously injured. So while the

level of rhetoric condemning what is

0:25:410:25:45

happening here has once again ticked

up, as a matter of fact, once again,

0:25:450:25:56

international diplomacy, those who

want to stop the war, have failed

0:25:560:25:59

once again.

Thank you.

0:25:590:26:03

A 21-year-old man who

tried to kill a woman

0:26:030:26:05

because she was wearing a hijab

has been found guilty

0:26:050:26:08

of attempted murder.

0:26:080:26:09

Paul Moore, from Leicester,

choose Zaynab Hussein at random

0:26:090:26:11

and ran her over in his car.

0:26:110:26:12

He later told his half-brother he'd

"done it for Britain".

0:26:120:26:16

Moore was also convicted

of using his car to seriously injure

0:26:160:26:19

a 12-year-old Muslim schoolgirl.

0:26:190:26:21

He'll be sentenced later this month.

0:26:210:26:25

Prince Harry and Meghan

Markle will invite more

0:26:250:26:27

than 2500 members of

the public to the grounds

0:26:270:26:29

of Windsor Castle for their wedding.

0:26:290:26:31

They'll be able to watch

the couple arrive and depart.

0:26:310:26:33

Charity workers and school

children will be amongst

0:26:330:26:35

those invited to attend.

0:26:350:26:41

This weekend, Hollywood celebrates

its 90th year of the Oscars,

0:26:410:26:44

after a tumultuous year for the film

industry, following the sex

0:26:440:26:47

abuse scandal involving

Harvey Weinstein and others.

0:26:470:26:52

The actor Heather Graham is one

of a number of women who accused him

0:26:520:26:55

of sexual harassment.

0:26:550:26:56

Now she's written and

directed her first film

0:26:560:26:58

about sexism in Hollywood.

0:26:580:26:59

She spoke to our Arts

Editor, Will Gompertz.

0:26:590:27:04

Why are we sitting around talking

about how sad our lives are?

0:27:040:27:07

We should be talking

about how great we are.

0:27:070:27:09

Half Magic is a romcom,

in which three women decide to start

0:27:090:27:12

asserting themselves,

to take a stand against the men

0:27:120:27:14

who are undermining them.

0:27:140:27:16

I am so relieved that

you find me attractive,

0:27:160:27:18

but when can you read the script

that we wrote?

0:27:180:27:20

Heather Graham plays a junior

film executive whose

0:27:200:27:22

career is being frustrated

by a mean, sexist boss.

0:27:220:27:24

Your boobs are too big.

0:27:240:27:26

Whose interest is focused

on her body, not her mind.

0:27:260:27:30

I wrote this movie because years

before that I worked on developing

0:27:300:27:33

movies that I wanted to get made,

women's stories that I wanted

0:27:330:27:36

to act in and produce

and I couldn't get them made.

0:27:360:27:39

So this movie was my

reaction to that.

0:27:390:27:41

Why couldn't you get them made?

0:27:410:27:43

People would say that

I wasn't a big enough star,

0:27:430:27:46

that no one cares about women's

stories, that women's

0:27:460:27:49

movies don't make money.

0:27:490:27:51

They would say if you want to get

a movie made, write about a man.

0:27:510:27:55

Let's make a pact to be

with good guys only,

0:27:550:27:57

guys who treat us great

like we deserve.

0:27:570:27:59

If you think about how many levels

that a woman has to get

0:27:590:28:02

through to get a movie made

and seen, you have to go

0:28:020:28:05

through so many levels

of male-dominated businesses.

0:28:050:28:07

First of all you have

to have the idea that

0:28:070:28:09

you can ever do this,

which there's not a lot

0:28:090:28:12

of role models out there.

0:28:120:28:13

Then you've got to get

someone to finance it,

0:28:130:28:15

which is usually a man.

0:28:150:28:16

Then you have to get

someone to distribute it,

0:28:160:28:18

which is usually a man.

0:28:180:28:19

Then when it comes out,

you have to get a bunch of male

0:28:190:28:23

journalists to not say

that the movie sucks.

0:28:230:28:24

So that you can get to your

audience, which is women.

0:28:240:28:27

So all the different steps

that you need to get

0:28:270:28:30

through to get to women,

which hopefully men will watch it

0:28:300:28:32

too, but you are mainly

going for women.

0:28:320:28:34

You have to go through like walls

and walls of men to get your

0:28:340:28:37

project out in the world.

0:28:370:28:39

Why did you break up with me?

0:28:390:28:40

Why did you break up with me?

0:28:400:28:42

All I wanted to do was love

you and mentor you and help

0:28:420:28:45

you achieve your true potential.

0:28:450:28:46

I'm sorry, I don't know what to say.

0:28:460:28:48

I had a business meeting with a guy.

0:28:480:28:50

I sent in the script.

0:28:500:28:51

I said, "I want to get this movie

made, I want to empower women".

0:28:510:28:55

We had this business meeting,

he doesn't finance the movie.

0:28:550:28:57

I run into him at a party

and he said, "Oh, that was so fun

0:28:570:29:01

"when we had that date

the other day".

0:29:010:29:03

The lunch meeting where I asked him

to finance my movie.

0:29:030:29:05

I said, "That wasn't a date,

that was a business meeting".

0:29:050:29:08

How long ago was this?

0:29:080:29:09

This was like two years ago.

0:29:090:29:11

And do you think if that happened

today it would be different?

0:29:110:29:13

I think today men are starting

to think about their behaviour

0:29:130:29:16

and they are starting to question

if, you know, how they should treat

0:29:160:29:19

women in the workplace,

which is a good thing.

0:29:190:29:21

Will Gompertz, BBC News, Hollywood.

0:29:210:29:23

There is definitely a change of tone

here in Hollywood. The question is,

0:29:230:29:26

will it be reflected at the Academy

Awards which take place just over

0:29:260:29:30

there in a little over 48 was. Will

Rachel Maskell and be the first

0:29:300:29:33

female singer -- cinematographer to

win the Oscar? Will Greta girl wig

0:29:330:29:41

win Best director? And will Francis

McDormand, as many people think, win

0:29:410:29:46

best actor for her portrayal of

Mildred Hayes in three billboards

0:29:460:29:52

outside ebbing, Missouri, which

captured the angry female point of

0:29:520:29:56

view which many feel is the essence

of the times up movement.

0:29:560:30:01

Let's return to our main story,

0:30:010:30:02

and the snow that's brought chaos

to much of the UK.

0:30:020:30:05

Amid the misery this week for many

stuck in cars, on trains,

0:30:050:30:08

struggling into work, there have

also been stories of great

0:30:080:30:10

heroism and of those who've gone out

of their way to come

0:30:100:30:13

to the aid of others.

0:30:130:30:14

Sarah Campbell reports.

0:30:140:30:15

An out-of-control car ends

up on the wrong side

0:30:150:30:18

of this Edinburgh road.

0:30:180:30:19

A collision seems inevitable.

0:30:190:30:23

No, no, no, no!

0:30:230:30:26

That it didn't happen

is thanks to the quick

0:30:260:30:28

reactions of the bus driver.

0:30:280:30:30

To me, it looks worse on the video

than I felt at the time.

0:30:300:30:35

I did get a fright,

but I managed to avoid it,

0:30:350:30:37

luckily, and then I got

on with my job after that.

0:30:370:30:40

I totally forgot all about it

until I got home and my husband

0:30:400:30:43

asked me if I had seen this video.

0:30:430:30:47

He didn't know it was

me that was driving.

0:30:470:30:50

Born in Balgedie, Fife.

0:30:500:30:52

Despite the village

being all but cut off,

0:30:520:30:54

midwives made it to the mum to help

with the delivery and local farmers

0:30:540:30:57

cleared the roads to get both Mum

and baby safely to hospital.

0:30:570:31:03

And stranded drivers on the A1

in Northumberland were treated

0:31:030:31:06

to cream cakes and muffins,

handed out by a fellow

0:31:060:31:08

motorist who happened to be

a delivery driver for Greggs.

0:31:080:31:13

In Birmingham, this businessman

paid for 12 hotel rooms,

0:31:130:31:15

which he then offered

to homeless people.

0:31:150:31:18

You can't expect people

to be out in that, it's

0:31:180:31:22

life-threatening, really.

0:31:220:31:24

So I just thought, for the sake

of £15, £20, it gets a few

0:31:240:31:28

people off the streets.

0:31:280:31:30

And stuck in Skegness

without an event to go to,

0:31:300:31:32

the BBC's Concert Orchestra

offered their services as a wedding

0:31:320:31:35

gift to fellow hotel

guests on their big day.

0:31:350:31:40

When they started, it

took your breath away.

0:31:400:31:42

Oh, yeah.

0:31:420:31:43

Very unexpected.

0:31:430:31:49

Amid freezing temperatures,

the warmth of human

0:31:490:31:50

kindness has resonated.

0:31:500:31:52

Sarah Campbell, BBC News.

0:31:520:31:57

That's it.

0:31:570:31:58

Now on BBC1, it's time

for the news where you are.Have

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