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Labour calls for the UK to remain
in a customs union after Brexit.
The party says it would be
best for trade and for
the Northern Ireland border,
and warns the Government it may not
have parliamentary support
for its vision of Brexit.
With both Jeremy Corbyn
and Theresa May giving
major speeches this week,
we'll be asking where Labour's shift
leaves the Government.
More fighting between the Syrian
government and rebel groups
in the Damascus suburb
of eastern Ghouta.
In Leicester, emergency services
deal with a major incident
after an explosion and fire.
On the campaign trail in Italy.
How far-right politicians
are drawing big crowds ahead
of next week's election.
Song and celebration,
as the Winter Olympics that mixed
sport and politics come to an end.
And tributes to one of Bollywood's
leading ladies - Sridevi -
who's died at the age of 54.
Labour wants the UK
to remain in a customs union
with the EU after Brexit,
according to the Shadow
Sir Keir Starmer said
today that a new treaty,
replicating the existing customs
arrangement, would be best
for the economy and respect
the referendum result.
The Prime Minister is committed
to leaving both the single market
and the customs union.
She's expected to outline
the Government's position
in more detail this week.
Our political correspondent,
Ben Wright, reports.
When it comes to trading with the EU
after Brexit, there is now clear
water between the
Government and Labour.
In a speech tomorrow, Jeremy Corbyn
will confirm his party would
keep the UK in a customs
union with the EU.
Crunch time is coming
for the Prime Minister because the
majority in parliament does not back
her approach to a customs union.
Labour's Brexit spokesman said
the UK would be better off teaming
up with the EU to reach new trade
deals with other countries.
it's the only way to get
tariff free access.
It's really important for our
manufacturing base and nobody
can answer the question, how
you keep your commitment to no hard
border in Northern Ireland
without a customs union.
As an EU member we are currently
in the European customs union.
The idea behind it is pretty simple.
A single set of tariffs
is imposed on goods imported
from outside the EU.
Goods can then move freely
without tariffs around
the bloc but members cannot
do their own trade deals.
The EU also has a single market
which allows capital,
services and people to move freely
around member states.
The Government says we will leave
the customs union and the single
market after Brexit.
Some Labour MPs want
their party to commit to both.
It's a massive hit
on our economy if we
leave the single market,
if we leave the customs union.
It's a massive hit to peace
in Northern Ireland if
we leave the customs union.
These are core Labour values.
Labour MPs argue
the party risks betraying
their own voters.
You've come out, Stella,
with all these things,
we will stay in the customs union,
we will stay in the single market.
The decision was quite
clear to leave.
In the north, Labour voters
voted very, very clearly.
Are you going to rat on them or not?
The Brexit negotiation
is not only a haggle
between the UK
Government and the EU.
Parliament is critical, too.
Theresa May did not have an overall
majority in the Commons and a
number of Tory MPs also
argue that the UK should
have a customs union with the EU.
So, a vote, when it comes,
could force the Government to
change its position.
The Government insists the UK must
be free to have an independent trade
policy after Brexit
outside the customs union.
Labour say they want
to join a customs union,
what does that mean?
Is it like Turkey, which has
a customs union but only in goods,
but not in agriculture,
not in services, not in finance?
Is that what we want for Britain?
Will we take rules in certain
sectors but not in others?
Liam Fox also said the Government
would try to persuade all Tory MPs
about the Government's position
before putting a trade
deal before MPs which,
at the moment, looks like
it could be defeated if Labour joins
Tory rebels in calling
for a new customs union.
Which is why the impact of Labour's
is the shift could be
very significant. Today, a couple of
the Conservative MPs who also want a
customs union between the UK and
European union after Brexit... The
potential is there to allow the
Government's said plan out of the
water. A lot could happen before
then including what is billed as a
very important speech by Theresa May
on Brexit in which ears to set out
in more detail on how the Government
wants to get frictionless free trade
with the EU outside the customs
union that speech would be closely
watched by the EU and sceptics
within the Prime Minister's own
party. Thank you very much, then
-- Ben Wright.
Fighting is continuing
in the Damascus suburb
of Eastern Ghouta, a day
after the UN Security Council passed
a resolution calling
for a ceasefire to be implemented.
The Syrian government is trying
to retake the area from rebels,
some of whom are linked
to extremist groups.
Our Middle East Editor,
Jeremy Bowen, has this report.
You may find some of it distressing.
This was inside eastern Ghouta.
In almost seven years
of war in Syria, real
ceasefires have been rare,
ineffective and short.
The UN couldn't agree on a start
time for the ceasefire.
The best they could do
was to say "without delay".
That is elastic enough to wreck this
Today is the first day
of the ceasefire resolution.
Still there's warplane, atmosphere,
there is still shelling.
It's less than before.
Civilians are still being killed.
Civil defence workers dug a badly
injured baby out of this bomb site.
Already the Russians say Jaysh
al-Islam, the main armed
group in the enclave,
has broken the ceasefire.
It says it's forced to fight back.
When the regime is not
abiding by the UN resolution
I cannot stand still and watch
and not defend myself
and our families in Ghouta.
This boy and the men with him are,
we are told, victims
of a chlorine attack.
When it's weaponised, chlorine
is banned under international law.
The Russians claim this
is fake, part of a plan
to discredit Syrian army.
Whether you believe these pictures,
or the Russians, it's another bad
sign for the ceasefire.
The Syrian army is dug
in around eastern Ghouta,
reported to be pushing forward.
Ceasefire or not,
it can sense victory.
Ceasefires need both goodwill and
self-interest if they are to have a
chance. The ceasefires of Syrian
regime like best are ones that lead
to surrenders, which is what has
happened and all the other rebel
enclaves around Damascus. Let's hope
it is a proper, humanitarian
ceasefire. I am afraid to say,
history is against it. Thank you.
A major incident has been
declared in Leicester
after a large explosion destroyed
a shop, and a home above it.
Four people have been taken
to hospital, and members
of the public have been told
to avoid the area.
Our correspondent, Jeremy Ball,
is on the scene now.
Jeremy, what more can you tell us?
It is around three hours since the
explosion happened. There is still
thick, acrid smoke drifting across
the scene. People who live here
described hearing such a loud bang
it sounded something like an
earthquake. We heard that the shop,
a Polish convenience store, has been
destroyed. People live above the
shop. We have seen search and rescue
dogs at the scene. Four people have
been taken to hospital but the
building will have to be searched to
find out if anyone else is trapped
in the wreckage was we can still see
flames coming out of the building,
so it is still an ongoing incident.
It will not be until the search is
finished that the investigation can
begin to find out what has happened
After 16 days of competition,
the Winter Olympics in South Korea
have drawn to a close,
with a colourful ceremony featuring
nearly 3,000 athletes.
The politics, which underpinned much
of the Games, were at the fore again
today as North Korea
signalled its willingness to hold
talks with the United States.
Laura Bicker reports
This is the confident
side of South Korea.
Modern, dynamic, and edgy.
The perfect stage for
a record-breaking British team.
Five medals in these Winter Games.
This year will be remembered
by Russia as well,
its athletes still not allowed
to fly their flag after a doping
It will be lifted if
no more cases arise.
We were taken on a journey
through time, a mix of old and new.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons,
led by a 13-year-old
shredding his guitar.
And backed by 80 traditional
But much of the drama
in Pyeongchang was political.
Entering this arena is the US
President's daughter, Ivanka Trump.
Hugs for the South Korean First
Lady, but no warm reception
North Korean general
sitting behind her.
There was no contact between
the two, but it does seem that
Pyeongyang is now ready
to talk to the US.
A victory for the South Korean
leader, President Moon.
Unlike the opening ceremony,
athletes from the two Koreas flew
their own country's colours,
highlighting the division despite
Critics fear the North has
been given too much of a
platform at these Games.
The minister responsible for talks
between the two Koreas says
Pyeongyang is being pushed
on its nuclear weapons.
We did convey
the message to the North Koreans
It is necessary that North Korea
and the United States talk
to each other to solve this
in a peaceful manner.
But at the end of this Olympic
reverie there could be
a dose of reality.
This show of harmony has
given South Korea some
breathing space, but tensions
still lurk in the background.
not going to last.
North Koreans are entirely
separating, they've said it from the
first meeting, that the nuclear
issue has nothing to do with the
cooperation between the two Koreas
concering the Olympic Games.
And so Pyeongchang
bids farewell to the
Olympic flame and many
wonder what could be
next for the two Koreas.
These Games are ending just
as they began, with a major
North Korea has said it's willing
to talk to the United States.
There's still a huge problem
of its nuclear weapons programme,
but this is the first progress made
on this peninsula in years.
Laura Bicker, BBC News, Pyeongchang.
More than a thousand people have
taken part in a march
in the centre of Belfast calling
for action on the legacy
of Northern Ireland's Troubles.
The march was organised by a number
of groups representing people
who lost their lives.
They say promises to
deal with the past,
including a five-year plan
to complete outstanding inquests,
have been broken.
China's ruling Communist Party
is expected to abandon a rule
limiting the time a president can
serve in office - a move
which could see the current leader
Xi Jinping stay on indefinitely.
He had been due to step down
in 2023, after ten years in the job.
The change will be seen as further
evidence of his growing hold on
Italians head to the polls in a week
in a general election
that has the rest of Europe
on the edge of its seat.
Populist politicians are leading
the polls with Italians
angry about migration,
frustrated with the EU and worried
about their sluggish economy.
Our Europe Editor, Katya Adler,
reports from Milan.
In Italy this election season,
populism rather than policy
is the undisputed vote winner.
Italians flock to those
who say they are listening
to their frustrations
with the status quo.
Matteo Salvini leads the hard right
anti-immigration League party.
It's almost more popstar than
All of Matteo Salvini's
supporters hoping he can make it
to Prime Minister with his
slogan, "Italy First."
"What do you say to those who call
you a racist populist?", I asked.
I don't respond
to insults, but I'm proud to be
a populist if it means being amongst
people, solving their problems.
Immigration is seen
as a big problem here.
Around 700,000 mainly African
migrants arrived here by boat
over the past few years.
Many asylum claims are rejected.
People go underground.
The police said we needed an escort
to visit these illegally
occupied buildings in Turin.
We clearly weren't welcome.
Recent attacks by migrants
and against migrants in Italy,
plus widespread pre-election
have stoked tensions here.
The Mayor of Turin is from another
populist, big-hitter party,
the controversial Five Star Movement
- anti-migration, Eurosceptic
and very antiestablishment.
Mayor Appendino took me for a spin
in her intentionally
non-bling electric car.
We have had a crisis,
People don't like the establishment
because there are no solutions
and poverty is increasing,
so what they see in us,
when they were so young
and they never did politics before,
and they see in us a way
to get out of the crisis,
a way to find new solutions.
With populists so popular here,
should Europe brace itself
for turmoil in Italy,
the Eurozone's third-largest
economy, after these elections?
Well, not quite.
Yes, Berlusconi is back,
and the irony of the populist
outbreak in Italy is that a man
who disappeared from politics
surrounded by scandal has now
returned and is able to present
himself as a calm elder statesman.
Silvio Berlusconi can't run
for office because of a conviction
for tax fraud, but his party
will likely have a key
role in forming the next
Which is why, despite all
the political rhetoric here,
young voters fear little
will actually change in Italy
after these elections.
In these elections, nobody
is speaking about young
people in the proper way.
Most of our schoolmates
right now are unemployed.
There's hope in the future.
Voter turnout in these elections
is expected to be high.
Italians are engaged -
Katya Adler, BBC News, Milan.
More on the last day
at the Winter Olympics,
and the rest of the sport,
over to Karthi Gnanasegaram.
Manchester City have won their first
trophy under manager, Pep Guardiola.
City beat Arsenal 3-0
in the Carabao Cup final
but Guardiola didn't go up
to collect the trophy, saying
it was for the club and not for him.
Natalie Pirks reports from Wembley.
Winning trophies is nothing
new for Manchester City,
but Pep Guardiola was probably
surprised at just how simple
the first of his reign was.
The day started in
crisp London sunshine.
Yellow ribbons caught the eye,
Guardiola again defying the FA
by wearing his for imprisoned
Arsene Wenger has never
won the League Cup.
He had reason to look pensive.
Manchester City aren't known
for route one football,
but from a goal kick Sergio Aguero
defence with ease.
That lob was rather cheeky, too.
From woeful defenders to wonderful.
Vincent Kompany, so often
out injured, popped up
with an important contribution.
And just look what it meant to him.
Fans were celebrating,
but City weren't quite done yet.
On a night where City's
old guard came up trumps,
Arsenal's fans were left wondering
just how they got it so wrong.
Arsene Wenger had said this
was Arsenal's chance to show
they were on City's level.
At times, they didn't appear
to be on the same planet.
This trophy remains elusive
for Wenger but, for Guardiola,
it could be the first of many.
The treble is still very much on.
Natalie Pirks, BBC News, Wembley.
Great Britain didn't win any
medals on the final day
of the Winter Olympics but this has
been their most
successful Winter Games.
Andy Swiss reports from Pyeongchang.
Britain's Olympic journey here
hasn't always been the smoothest.
17th and 18th for the much
a disappointing finish,
but their misses have
been matched by medals.
Yarnold wins gold again!
Laura Deas has won bronze as well.
A record five in total...
After some £30 million of funding,
they haven't come cheap,
but the team believe
they are worth it.
We are very happy.
It's a historic Games,
our best ever Winter Olympics,
three medals on that Saturday,
and back-to-back gold
medals with Lizzy Yarnold.
The greatest feat came in the skiing
as Norway sealed their place at the
top of the medals table thanks to
the most decorated Winter Olympian
of all time, winning her 15th medal,
a glorious finale to a glittering
career. And so a spectacular end to
a Games that has seen some stunning
performances and a record tally by
Andy Swiss, BBC News.
Ben Stokes' bowling has been
described as "brilliant"
by the England cricket captain,
Stokes played for the international
team for the first time
since September but his two wickets
couldn't save England who lost
the first One Day International
against New Zealand
by three wickets.
The day's football results
and the latest from the Women's Six
Nations are on the BBC website.
The Indian actress, Sridevi,
who starred in nearly
300 Bollywood films,
has died of a heart
attack at the age of 54.
A former child star,
her films had huge box office
success from the 1970s
to the late 1990s.
That was whether or not she had a
prominent male co-star.
looks back at her life.
For decades, she was
Bollywood's leading lady.
Sridevi captivated audiences
with her charisma and comic timing.
In a male-dominated film
industry, she was one of the
first woman to become
a megastar in her own right.
You know, the audience
just wants a good film.
That's what matters.
Whether it is a heroine-oriented
or hero-oriented film.
Sridevi was attending a family
wedding with her husband and
daughter in Dubai when she suffered
a heart attack late on Saturday
As news of her death broke,
crowds gathered outside her house in
Across India, fans paid tribute.
It is a loss to our country,
to the film industry.
She was such a role model
to all women across the country.
Now we've got a lot of famous
leading ladies in Bollywood.
Back then, in the 80s and early 90s,
there weren't too many of them.
She was one of the first.
India is mourning the loss of one
of its brightest stars.
One film producer described
the impact of Sridevi's death -
saying she was a pioneer,
who put the early cracks of
the glass ceiling of Bollywood
and paved the way for today's female
Sridevi will be remembered
for the way she lit up the screen.
She left the world of Bollywood way
too soon but her legacy is enduring.
who has died aged 54.
That's all from us.