15/07/2017 BBC Weekend News


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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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His comments have been dismissed by both senior Conservative and Labour

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figures. Our Political Correspondent,

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Eleanor Garnier, has this report. Balancing the needs of the UK

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economy at the same time as getting control of Britain's borders is a

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key issue in the Brexit debate but a former Labour Prime Minister has

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suggested political change in France has opened the path to compromise.

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Tony Blair claims the EU could be willing to make concessions on the

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free movement of people to allow the UK to stay in a reformed EU. Britain

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benefits enormously from that freedom of movement. However the

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question is, where there are changes to it, not alteration in the

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visibility of the printable but qualifications to it, around the

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things that concern people. But those claims directly contradict

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what those in Brussels are saying, that the UK must accept free

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movement without exception or new ones. I'm not going to disclose

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conversations I had within Europe, but am not saying this on the basis

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of a whim. Some of those who campaigned to leave the EU says

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there is no evidence to back up his claim. The EU has made it absolutely

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clear that the four freedoms including freedom of movement are

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not divisible. The chief negotiator said that. They took four minutes to

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read his guidelines, there is no debate in the EU. It's complete

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nonsense, another attempt to undermine Brexit. Campaigning in

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Southampton the current Labour leader rejected the position of his

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predecessor and says his party respects the result of the

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referendum. Anyone is entitled to give their views and I listen to all

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of them. The views we have is that we want to see tariff free access to

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the European market, protection of EU National and of the rights and

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consumer rights we achieved through European Union membership. This

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latest intervention from Tony Blair will not change the government 's

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approach to negotiations. Ministers say the former Labour prime

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ministers demonstrating again that he is out of touch with voters yet

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Mr Blair has reopened the debate on the central issue of Brexit, a

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decision he says is the biggest country has faced since the Second

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World War. Once he helped determine Britain's place in the world. Now

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this former Prime Minister must settle with commenting from the

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sidelines. Eleanor Garnier, BBC News.

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In Turkey, tens of thousands of people have taken part

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in pro-government rallies to mark a year since the unsuccessful

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President Erdogan's government has in the past twelve months

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dismissed or arrested 200,000 people accusing them

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Let's hear from our correspondent Mark Lowen who's in Istanbul.

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Many people arrested Mark but people there are celebrating.

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Yes, people here, a pretty noisy crowd, they see it as Dickie's

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second independence, the might last year when the people stood up the

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and thwarted a fifth successive coup in the history of the country,

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tonight President Erdogan will come here to address the crowd and will

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speak to Parliament one year from when the rubble jets bombed the

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building. Yet the opposition have not come here, they are deeply

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critical of the mass arrests that followed, 50,000 arrested, 150,000

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sacked or suspended, 7000 more last might. The government insists it is

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rooting out the virus of the supporters of the coup and that the

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supporters run far and wide in this society. Yet critics believe that in

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the last year the president has used a state of emergency to crush

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dissent. When year ago there was unity against the coup. It has faded

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and this country believes July 15 marks the rebirth of modern Turkey.

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The other side believes the aftermath is killing off what was

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left of Turkish democracy. Mark, thank you very much.

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Police in Devon say a 15-year-old girl has died after suffering

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an adverse reaction to a psychoactive substance,

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sometimes referred to as a legal high.

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The teenager was found unconscious in the early hours

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of this morning at a park in Newton Abbot and died

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Let's speak to Chloe Axford who's in Newton Abbot for us now.

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What can you tell us? I am here in the park, it is a peaceful evening,

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it was a different scene in the early hours of this morning when

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paramedics were called out. They took the girl, who was unconscious,

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to hospital with two other girls. Sadly she later died. Police believe

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she took a new psychoactive substance known as a legal high. She

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was not from this area. She had been visiting family and had been in the

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park last night with 12 other young people. Police say they are almost

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certain that someone in the community knows who might have

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supplied the drug and they are keen to find that supplier. They believe

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people might be too scared to come forward but they have said to me

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that if anyone has information and if there are any witnesses they

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really want to hear from them. Thank you, Chloe. It is a very busy

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weekend of sport, we will start with a tennis.

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With all the details, here's John Watson at Wimbledon.

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Yes, there was to be no fairytale 6th title for Venus Williams

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in the women's final at Wimbledon today.

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She was beaten in straight sets by Garbine Muguruza of Spain.

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14 years between the players, would you have experience be decisive, the

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pieces gave nothing away. It's a Wimbledon final, is it ever final

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four Venus Williams? Routine just goes on. She arrived at Wimbledon

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like a revolution, seemed completely new in 1997. Ask your parents!

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23-year-old Garbine Muguruza at the top of the screen, over 20 years

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every opponent has learned that Venus Williams can reach most

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things. We have seen that before. Uniquely for a women's final, the

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roof was closed so everything was amplified. The rallies were getting

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longer, they were getting louder. Both women were playing well but one

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was better. Garbine, shouldn't the first set 7-5. Second said started

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with a double fault, Venus suddenly fragile, how quickly she unravelled,

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even when Williams threw everything into her shots and connected there

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was Garbine Muguruza. Strong and certain she would not be beaten. A

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new champion, a new era, the match was settled by a computer, the final

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Williams error but there had been many. The second set, 6-0. Garbine

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Muguruza had beaten the player and. I thought, the hardest match today

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against Venus, she is such an incredible player. I grew up

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watching her play so it's incredible to play the final! Well, what Venus

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experienced today was what the Williams sisters inflicted on so

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many opponents here but are they done? Venus had this message for

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Serena. I miss you. I tried my best to do the same things you do but I

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think there will be other opportunities! I do. There is the

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new champion, changed out of her tennis gear and surrounded by old

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friends and plenty of new ones as well. This occasion always stays the

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same but Wimbledon always need someone just to handle it a bit

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differently. It is a new take on tradition, which keeps us

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enthralled. Joe Wilson, BBC News, Wimbledon.

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Britain won their first title of the tournament today and it came

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Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett retained their title,

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beating the French pair Stephane Houdet and Nicolas

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Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's British Grand Prix

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in pole position, equalling Jim Clark's record of five

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The Mercedes driver was more than half a second faster

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Championship leader Sebastien Vettel,

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who leads Hamilton by 20 points, was third fastest.

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South Africa are on top against England in the Second

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Captain Joe Root was the only player to pass 50

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for England as they were bowled out for 205.

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In their second innings, South Africa closed on 75-1

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England's women have fared better, completing a sixth successive win

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Captain Heather Knight made 67 before the West

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England will now face South Africa in the semi-finals.

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Stef Reid has won Great Britain's second gold medal at the World

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Para-athletics Championships in London in the T44 long jump.

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The double Paralympic silver medallist won her first major global

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championship title with a jump of 5 metres 40.

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And Chris Froome has regained the yellow jersey

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And that, Kate is all from Wimbledon.

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There's more throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel,

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we are back with the late news at ten to ten - now on BBC1 it's

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