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The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has suggested some EU leaders might

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be prepared to change the rules of the single market -

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to keep Britain inside the European Union.

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He says the views of voters could have shifted, and the British

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might be willing to stay inside the EU if changes

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were made, such as stricter controls on migration.

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Our Political Correspondent, Emma Vardy, has this report.

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Tony Blair once argued passionately that Britain should remain in the EU

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and lost. Now in his latest intervention, he has said Britain

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could get a better deal on immigration, while remaining part of

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the single market, something many thought impossible.

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So is he an incurable optimist, or delusional, he was asked? It is

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important to understand there is a lot we know now we didn't know a

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year ago when we took the decision. We know for example that our

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currency is down, that is a prediction by the international

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markets as to our future prosperity. We know businesses are moving jobs

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out of the country. We know this time last year we were the fastest

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growing economy in the G7, now we are the slowest. We now that there

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is not ?350 extra for the National Health Service, there is less money.

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Tony Blair set out his case in an article for his institute for global

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change, saying give had been is at stake and what we are discovering

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about the cost of Brexit, how can it be right deliberately to take off

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the table the option of compromise between Britain and Europe so

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Britain stays within a reformed Europe. But there is scepticism,

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over whether there is the political will in Europe to allow Britain to

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change the rules. Last week, the EU's chief negotiator, said that the

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principles of freedom of movement, people, goods and services are

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indivisible. The EU made it clear made it clear

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that the four freedoms are indivisible, as they have called it.

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They took four minutes to agree the guidelines, there is no debate in

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the EU it is a nonsense, another attempt to undermine Brexit.

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Tony Blair says that what he hears behind the scenes is that there is a

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possibility of a compromise on the table. That this should not be

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discounted. Emma Vardy, BBC News.

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The authorities in Turkey have sacked a further 7,000

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members of the security forces and civil service -

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as mass rallies are held in the country to mark the first

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anniversary of a failed coup to overthrow President Erdogan.

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Around 200,000 people have now been punished for allegedly

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Live now to Istanbul and our correspondent there, Mark Lowen.

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Mark? Yes, what a way to ring in the anniversary. Another 7,000

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dismissals, and no let up in the purge since last year's coup

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attempt. The government insists that the supporters of the coup have

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spread themselves throughout Turkish society but with Human Rights Act

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visit, professors, are suspended, some are celebrating but others are

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deeply fearful for Turkey's future. You may find some of the images in

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You may find some of the images in this report distressing.

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Turkey's nightmare was unleashed as the plotters seized

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Sabri Unal tried to reach it to resist the coup attempt.

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He lay in its path, between its tracks.

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He tried to stop it again, but it ran over his arm.

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Today, he bears the scars of the coup.

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TRANSLATION: I came here for the sake of God,

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I was not afraid and I am not a hero.

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To be a hero, I would have had to stop the tanks.

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On the 15th July, rogue soldiers bombed government

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The coup soon became the purge, with over 50,000 arrested,

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accused of ties to the alleged plotter, the cleric Fethullah Gulen.

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President Erdogan called it a gift from God to cleanse

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Critics say all dissent has been crushed.

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The government hits back that the real crime was the coup

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We are actually saving Turkish democracy, Turkish rule

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of law, Turkish future from a power-hungry

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140,000 people have been dismissed or suspended.

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There is now a commission to look at all those cases.

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You will see, when this episode is over, that Turkish

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democracy is functioning, the Turkish judiciary

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Gulen followers were in every corner of society.

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The purge went wide, far too wide, many believe.

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Protests in support of two academics on hunger strikes for four months,

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Alongside, a human rights monument is now sealed off.

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A bleak metaphor for Turkey's plight.

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The wife of one is herself on hunger strike in solidarity.

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This in a country hoping to join the EU.

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TRANSLATION: One day your name is on a list and you are struck off.

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They want to live but for their demands to be met.

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Immortalised for generations to come as Turkey's rebirth,

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it is being celebrated here as the legend of the 15th

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of July, but for others, it is a painful chapter

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There was a sharp slowdown in income growth in the run up to last

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month's general election, according to a think tank.

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The Resolution Foundation says that in the year leading up to May,

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incomes rose by 0.7% - the slowest in 5 years.

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Pay for the top 1% though has risen sharply since 2015.

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With me is our Business Correspondent Joe Lynam.

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Joe, it sounds like rather gloomy reading, this. What have they found?

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The rate at which our income, salaries, rent, deposit income has

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grown. In the run up to the financial crisis in 2008, the growth

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was 2%. Then the recession came and we all took a hit. What The

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Resolution Foundation is saying that income rose in 2013, 2015 but has

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fallen back since. And it affects many groups, so the older you are,

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the more you are affected. Lot has to do with property assets. Young

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people are struggling to get on the housing ladder. They have to rent.

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The cost is going up but they have no assets. The older you are, as a

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pensioner, you have seen the property soar. The top 1% in the

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United Kingdom own a quarter of all assets and they are heading for a

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record take of all income growth. Joe linam, that then thanks.

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A 15-year-old girl has died after suffering an adverse reaction

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from a suspected "legal high" in Newton Abbot in Devon.

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Devon and Cornwall Police said the girl was taken

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to Torbay District Hospital in the early hours of this morning

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Two other teenagers were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

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Now it's a big day for sport - particularly in the tennis

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of course, here's Hugh Woozencroft at Wimbledon.

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Good afternoon, hugh. Good afternoon, it is Ladies' Final

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Day and a chance for Venus Williams to win her sixth singles title on

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Centre Court and with it become the oldest laid countries singles

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champion. Standing in her way

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is former French Open When you share a name

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with the trophy, your destiny That is partly what makes Wimbledon

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so special for Venus Williams. She first won the Venus Rosewater

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Dish 17 years ago, and today, she is hoping to do it again

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for the sixth time I couldn't have asked for more,

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but I'll ask for a little more. It won't be a given

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but I will give it my all. Here is the prize itself,

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lifted by Venus Williams or her sister Serena

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an incredible 12 times. This year, defending champion Serena

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is absent through pregnancy so Venus's task is to keep it

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in the family. Usually it is her in these finals,

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so I am trying my best to represent She's seeking a first

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Wimbledon triumph since 2008. Since then, illness and injury

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have stalled her career, but two decades after first

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appearing here, Venus is back Venus is playing, I think,

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as well as she has ever played. She has had to improve her game

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to keep up with the rest It might be the sports story of,

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definitely the year, That would be the oldest woman

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to ever win a major. Standing between Venus and victory

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is Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard has been

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irrepressible this fortnight, but Venus is the firm favourite,

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and if she lives up to the billing, her destiny will once

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more be a reality. Away from Wimbledon,

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the second day of the World Para Athletics Championships is underway

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this morning in London. Hannah Cockroft got her competition

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off to the best possible start, last night she won the T34 100

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metres in a world record time. The busy weekend of sport continues,

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as Silverstone hosts Qualifying for the race starts

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in less than an hour. We've had the third and final

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practice session already today. Lewis Hamilton is looking good

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in front of the home fans. His team-mate, Valterri Bottas,

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facing a five-place grid penalty for the race,

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so both Hamilton and championship leader Sebastian Vettel will be

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looking to take advantage. England's cricketers

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are playing their final group game They are taking on West Indies,

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having already qualified England were put

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into bat in Bristol. Moments ago they were

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91-4 after 22 overs. And it's day two of the Second

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Test between England The visitors started

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the day on 309 for 6. But James Anderson was in fine form

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- he took all four wickets remaining wickets within 35

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minutes this morning. Alastair Cook and Keaton

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Jennings both out. And a reminder Sean,

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coverage of the Ladies' Singles Final begins at 1pm

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on BBC 1. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. The next news on BBC One

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is at 6.25pm evening. Good afternoon. We have seen a lot

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of cloud over most parts of the UK today. That is confirmed by looking

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at the satellite

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