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Hello, I'm Ros Atkins.
This is Outside Source.
Yesterday America recognised through
slim as the Israeli capital. Today,
More than 30 Palestinians
are wounded in Gaza
and the West Bank in protests follow
President Trump's decision
to recognise Jerusalem
as the capital of Israel.
Meanwhile Israel's Prime Minister
has said others will
follow America's lead.
I have no doubt once the American
Embassy moves to Jerusalem, or even
before, there will be a movement of
many other countries embassies.
As expected, Democratic Senator
Al Franken confirmed
he'll resign because of
sexual misconduct allegations.
But he went on the attack. I am
leaving one man who has bragged on
tape about his history of sexual
assault suits in the oval office.
plans are in reverse -
it's backed out of a decision
to move away from coal -
because millions are
without proper heating.
The virtual currency Bitcoin
is defying its detractors -
its value has increased by 15%
in the last 24 hours and is now
worth $16,000 a coin.
That volatility is causing problems.
We will accept that from New York.
As you want to get in touch, the
hash type is BBCOS.
seen a violent reaction to President
Trump is 's decision to recognise
Jerusalem as Israel's capital. As
you can see from some of these
pictures which came into the
newsroom, protesters have been
burning tyres and throwing stones.
Israeli troops have fired tear gas
and rubber bullets. These protesters
have come all the way from downtown
the Mahler weather was a central
demonstration that called for more
support from the Arab countries. We
have sensed a bit of disappointment
from the Palestinians who say we
expected a reaction, a bit probably
not from the Arab leaders but the
Arab nations who have some sort of a
relationship or a strong
relationship to Jerusalem. You could
sense the disappointment. This is
just to point out that around
hundreds, maybe 400 to 500 people
have gathered today here. Also, the
leader of the Islamist group Hamas
has called for an uprising against
Tomorrow will be a day of
rage and the beginning of a wider
move towards an uprising, which we
will call the intifada of Jerusalem
and freedom in the West Bank.
so saw these pictures of a mural of
Donald Trump on a security barrier
in Bethlehem. It is being painted
over by Palestinians. There was a
message for Mike pence, who is due
to visit Israel later this month.
You are not welcome, they wrote on
the wall. Donald Trump says the
decision recognises the reality on
the ground. He says Israel has the
right to select its capital, as
other countries do. The Israeli
Prime Minister agrees with that.
have no doubt that once the man in
embassy moves to Jerusalem, or even
before, there will be a movement of
many other countries embassies to
Jerusalem. The time has come.
sign of any countries following the
American lead. The daily Star
newspaper from Lebanon, the headline
reads, no offence, Mr President,
Jerusalem is the capital of
Palestine. As we were talking about
yesterday, Palestinians want East
Jerusalem the capital of any future
state of theirs. That critical
sentiment has been replicated across
the region. There be played this
report. -- let me play this report.
Jordanians are attached to Jerusalem
on both levels, a grass-roots level
as well as an authority level. This
is one of the protests here today.
In other cities they are taking
place to condemn the decision by Mr
Trump yesterday to relocate the
American embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem and recognised through
some of the capital of Israel.
is, as Jordanians, we have the
closest relationship to Palestine
and the Palestinians. We support
everything that relates to
Jerusalem was Arab, is
still Arab, and will remain Arab. It
belongs to Palestine.
are very strong here today. Barbara
is live from Washington. Yesterday
you were describing the domestic,
political reasons for this disc --
decision by Donald Trump. Also the
influence of donors on the decision.
Not just donors full to the critical
base that Mr Trump was appealing to.
He wanted to keep his campaign
pledge to a particular constituency
that voted to him. That did include
a man who is an American Jewish
billionaire and has donated to the
Republican Party and to the campaign
of Mr Trump. This was a very
important issue for him. It was not
just him, it was evangelical
Christians who had carried out an
intense campaign to try to sway Mr
Trump's opinion, which was very
important to them. They see it as a
connection through the Bible. They
had a strong advocate through Mike
pence, a very committed Conservative
religious believer. You could see
also when Mr Trump made his
announcement, Mr pence was right
there. He was beaming away. Those
were some of the constituencies that
Mr Trump paid attention to when he
decided to take this decision
against the advice of
national-security officials who felt
there would be a violent backlash.
This is a decision he made based on
domestic political considerations.
Let's talk about the United Nations.
The Security Council will discuss
this tomorrow. I saw President
Erdogan and President Putin
discussing earlier about how unhappy
they were about it. I don't
understand what it will add up to
when the Security Council comes
It will add up to a
statement, many statements,
repeating the view of the Security
Council on Jerusalem. That is
something that has been for a long
time, since my 248, the UN has had
Jerusalem and given it a special
status. Since the peace process
started, it said its final stages
should only be resolved through
because she oceans between Israel
and the Palestinians. In fact, it
agreed a resolution about this time
last year saying it would not
recognise boundaries that were not
agreed in negotiations, including in
Jerusalem. The Americans went along
with it, or at least did not veto
the resolution under President
Obama. There is an international
consensus about Jerusalem the UN has
signified and which it has carried.
The people who called... The
countries who called for the
emergency session 121 and they have
heard the Secretary General speaker.
When he spoke he talked about a
moment of deep anxiety. He said, I
have consistently called for people
not to take unilateral steps that
jeopardise the peace process. He did
not specifically call out Mr Trump
in the US that he was talking about
them. We will hear more about that
We will stay in
Washington where Barbara is on
another big political story. The
Democratic senator Al Franken has
confirmed he will resign first he
has been facing multiple claims of
sexual misconduct. Earlier he spoke
of learning about the allegations.
was shocked. I was upset. In
responding to their claims, I also
wanted to be respectful of the
broader conversation. All women
deserve to be heard and their
experiences taken seriously. I think
that was the right thing to do. I
also think it gave some people the
false impression that I was
admitting to doing things that in
fact I have not done.
This is a
major blow to the Democrats. Al
Franken was seen by some as a
possible 2020 presidential
contender. That looks very unlikely
now. In this speech today he
described himself as a champion of
women. Not a phrase the women who
accused him of groping and sexual
harassment have been using. At that
very moment that Mr Franklin
confirmed he would resign, he
attacked President Trump.
I will be
resigning as a member of the United
States Senate. I, of all people, am
aware there is some irony in the
fact that I am leaving while a man
who has bragged on tape about his
history of sexual assault sits in
the Oval Office, and a man who has
repeatedly preyed on young girls
campaigns for the Senate with the
full support of his party.
Trump was asked about those comments
not long ago. This is a short clip
but I will play it to you.
Al Franken made some comments about
you earlier today.
I did not hear
It is about what the
message should be on sexual
With that the president
He gave a resignation
speech today that it was a defiant
resignation, if there is such a
thing. -- but it was full stop he
said some of the allegations were
not true. This was very reluctant.
It is remarkable how quickly Al
Franklin passed like position
eroded. Only three weeks ago was the
first report of sexual misconduct,
along with a photograph of him
reaching to grope a sleeping woman,
which was particularly damning.
Yesterday there was dam breaking
their female Democratic senators
came out and called for him to
resign. By the end of the day of the
several dozen Democratic senators,
the head of the Democratic committee
and that made his position
untenable, I think full depends his
It is hard not to
notice the difference in approach
between the Democrats and
Yes. I think now is
perhaps the reason why the bus so
much pressure on Al Franken, because
Democrats have their eyes on Donald
Trump and the allegations made
against him, and in particular the
Senate race in Alabama. There will
be an election on Tuesday.
Republican nominee has his own
allegations of sexual misconduct,
including sexual assault of a
14-year-old girl dating back years.
A lot of people believe that with
the resignation being announced, it
is easier to accuse Donald Trump and
others of embracing someone who has
a cloud hanging over his head. They
can turn that into what they think
may be a potent campaign issue.
have all been focusing on the of
arithmetic in the Senate. With Mr
Franken standing down, is there any
possibility that Senate seat could
come into play in an interesting
First and foremost, when he
resigned, and he has not resigned
yet. He says he will resign in the
coming weeks. When it is formal and
his successor will be reported by
the Democratic government of
Minnesota. At some point there will
have to schedule a special election.
That is a test. Right now it was
relatively easy for the Democrats to
turn their back on Al Franken
because they know he will be
replaced by a Democrat. It will not
be the last person in the centre of
a sexual harassment storm and some
points the Democrats they will be
tested where they have to come out
again. Someone facing these
allegations and it could lead to
them losing political power. That
could be the real test of their
principles on this matter.
started in America and in a minute
we will turn to Australia. That was
the moment the Australian Parliament
supported same-sex marriage.
Brexit talks over the Irish border
are intensifying as negotiators on
both sides push for a breakthrough.
We understand from sources there is
some new language being put into a
draft agreement that has been put to
Brussels, to the Irish government,
that has been shared with the DUP
this afternoon. Certainly some
positive nods, a hint there is
movement, but nothing confirmed yet
from the Government. All they are
saying but Number 10, is that there
has been progress but no agreement
has been reached. We have heard from
the European Commission's chief
spokesman within the last half an
hour or so, saying that Jean-Claude
Juncker, the president of the EU
Commission, has been on the phone to
Theresa May and the Irish Prime
Minister and that progress is going
on. Expect talks to go through
during the night and a possible
meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker
tomorrow morning. There'll be a
statement from Donald Tusk in the
morning as well. So far, where we a
little bit of movement but nothing
We are live here in the BBC
newsroom. Violence has erupted as
Palestinians protest President Trump
is my decision to recognise
Jerusalem as Israel pulls back at
that. These are some of the main
stories from BBC World Service.
Democrats have voted overwhelmingly
in holding talks with Angela
Merkel's Conservatives. That makes
the possibility of a grand coalition
between the two biggest parties more
likely. That is on BBC World Service
radio. BBC Hindi is Senate people in
Nepal are voting in Parliamentary
elections. Tanner has been
substantial. -- turnout has been
substantial. This painting believed
to be by Leonardo da Vinci is
heading to the Louvre in Abu Dhabi.
Reports say it was purchased by a
Saudi prince. China had some grand
plans for getting people to use gas
rather than cold to heat their
homes. The aim of this was to
improve air quality. These plans are
being abandoned in some places. The
Ministry for the environment says
keeping people warm in winter should
be the number one principle, and
that means more coal. According to
Chinese media reports, some 28
northern cities in the country have
been affected by this new
regulation, which was brought in
initially in 2013. The Government
wanted to transform China postbag
energy supply from a coal powered
economy to a Green energy powered
economy. There does appear to be a
long march towards a greener
economy. We have seen reports today
that many households were left
without any heating because the
coal-fired instruments are being
switched off and new instruments
have not been replaced. The
Government now is telling northern
Chinese cities that if you have not
finished this process yet but just
keep burning coal. That sounds like
a decision it will take quite a long
time to implement.
Yes. This episode
does tell us something really
adjusting about how the Government
in China works. When we talk about
the Chinese government we normally
think it is monolithic. In fact,
this order came from the central
government back in 2013 and it still
has not been done yet. Something
must have been going on. By map of
the reason this was suggested in the
first place is these cities have
major pollution problems. --
reason. It is a short-term fix and
does not sort the long-term problem.
The Government intended to sort the
long-term problem. The whole process
is really, really long in this case.
It does appear that it is not very
smooth in the process.
What is the
weather like in this part of China?
How cold is it?
It is December.
Usually in this kind of season, the
temperature could drop down to as
low as -10 degrees.
So, it urgent.
The Government Minister of the
environment issued a statement,
telling Northern Chinese cities, if
you have not done that yet but
please let people get heating and
keep burning the cold.
about more craziness going on with
it calling. It has reached $16,000 a
calling, up 15% in the last 24-hour.
This is a graft of what the value
has been doing. You will see a
similar pattern. It started
reasonably flat. Into the back half
of this year it has been going up
and up and up. Why? What is going
There is a lot of interest in
Bitcoin. As we have seen in the last
few weeks, just how much it has been
gaining in terms of its value. It is
creating more and more interest and
more and more people want to bite
into it. It is also getting more
legitimacy from the financial
community. -- buy into it. Different
exchanges are offering features. It
is a forward looking way of how much
it will be valued. Bitcoin is a
volatile kind of currency and so the
future may not be very indicative of
where it will trade. That said,
there are some people who believe
that having these financial
instruments will actually give it
Do not go anywhere.
As soon have mentioned volatility,
that's talk about that now. Bitcoin
is a digital currency which is
designed to be spent. That is tough.
This is an article on the BBC
website about an online gaming
service called Steam. It is not
accepting Bitcoin anymore because of
high fees and volatility. This
analyst says it is ironic how the
wild success is causing Brexit to
fail for what it was designed for, a
currency for payments. There are
concerns about how it is being used.
The UK Government is saying
should be updated to include Bitcoin
and also the issue of security. This
report from the Guardian has $64
million worth of Bitcoin were stolen
in a cyber attack. Lots of pressure.
Any normal currency under this kind
of pressure might see its value
fall, but it does not seem to be
having no impact at all.
regards to some of those articles,
there are different schools of
thought into what temple Micro is
meant to do. Whether it is an
alternate currency or an investment
tool. -- what Bitcoin is meant to
do. If you think about some
companies here for some stores in
New York which accepted Bitcoin as
payment for a sandwich and they will
probably no longer take that anymore
because the value is so high.
Probably someone is not buying
$16,000 worth of sandwiches. This is
a currency that is getting a lot
more traction. Though there are some
big people within the financial
community that are really sceptical
of this, it is something that big
financial institutions are having to
pay attention to.
It might look to
the untrained eye that this is a
fear of missing out but it is really
a bubble because there is nothing at
the centre of it.
You have taken my
word. I have been saying that.
People just wanting to cash in. Even
as I came into the building today, a
colleague from another publication
stopped me and started to ask
questions about Temple Maffeo
because his friends had made so much
money on it and he felt he was
missing out. -- about Bitcoin.
suspect will will be discussing that
again. We will turn to Australia in
a little while. No, we are going to
talk about this now. There was an
extraordinary moment in Australian
Parliament earlier. This was the
moment it supported same-sex
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Here is our report on the story.
After years of division and dispute,
in the end it felt inevitable and
emphatic. As Australia postbag MPs
voted in favour of legalising
same-sex marriage. Campaigners in
the public gallery applauded
politicians who applauded them back.
The vote marks a victory for them
and the Prime Minister, Alcan
Turnbull, who could not hide his
What a day for love,
equality, and respect. Australia has
done it. Every Australian had their
say in they said it is fair, get on
with it. And the Parliament has got
on with it and we have voted today
for equality, for love. It is time
for more marriages, more commitment,
more love, more respect.
last month postbag yes vote in a
national survey on legalising
same-sex marriage. -- last month's
yes vote. Pressure was put on
politicians to deliver this before
the end of 2017. Australia joins a
growing list of countries, including
Great Britain, Ireland, the United
States and Canada where gay marriage
is already legal. There has been
filed in reaction to President
Trump's announcement yesterday that
America will recognise Jerusalem as
the capital of Israel and will move
the American embassy from Tel Aviv
to Jerusalem. As I was mentioning
earlier, over 30 Palestinians have
been wounded in clashes on the Gaza
Strip and the West Bank because of
clashes with Israeli security
forces. There have been lots of
pictures coming in during the day
showing protesters burning tyres and
throwing stones but also the
security services responded with
tear gas and rubber bullets. If you
want more background on the Middle
East peace process, you can find
that online right now. I will see
you in a couple of minutes.
Hello. Strong winds, fire, and some
snow in this forecast. Another lip
of the weather around the world.
First of all we're off to the United
States where we have some strong
winds at the moment. They are caused
by an area of high pressure. The
winds get squeezed over the
mountains. In the West some strong
gusts. Also very low levels of
humidity. That combination of
weather factors spanning some
significant wildfires and they may
well continue to rage as we go the
weekend. Outbreaks of rain across
the south-east of the United States
and things turning colder as air
begins to move in from an old
westerly direction. Across the Bay
of Bengal this area of Cloud is a
depression. We have been monitoring
it for the last few days. What is
interesting is it is wrapping dry
air around the circulation. As it
drifts it's Wayne northwards, some
of the power of the weather system
will be taken out of it. -- its way
northwards. So, although there is
some forecast rain expected this
weekend, for North East India and
Bangladesh, hopefully, it should not
be too heavy as the dry air begins
to evaporate some of the heavy rain.
Storm Caroline has been making the
headlines across the UK during the
last 24 hours. It has been working
its way into Scandinavia bringing
strong winds on Friday. Gusts could
reach 80 miles an hour. We will have
battering waves to the coast
bringing the risk of flooding. Cold
air follows. We will see snow
showers coming in. Overnight we
could see some significant snowfall
eastern France and Germany, getting
down to quite low levels, for
example in Munich. I pressure is
blocking the progression of milder
winds across from central areas of
the Atlantic. We have cold
north-westerly winds and proper
Arctic air with us bringing snow
overnight and into Friday as well.
The wind is not changing direction
and some areas will see a lot of
snow. The amount will vary
significantly. Nevertheless some
significant falls are expected. In
Northern Ireland but Wales and the
Midlands perhaps ten to 15
centimetres by Friday. In Scotland
may be blizzard conditions to start
the day. The totals of snow will
mount up during the day. Ten to 20
centimetres of snow by the time you
get to Friday. Away from the snowy
areas, there will be some sunshine
but it will be a freezing cold
feeling day. Temperatures struggling
but the main thing is the snow. We
will see some significant transport
disruption across northern and
western areas. There is the weather.
Welcome to Outside Source.
These are some of the main stories
in the BBC Newsroom.
More than 30 Palestinians have been
wounded in Gaza and the West Bank in
protest, following President Trump's
decision to recognise Jerusalem as
the capital of Israel. Israel's
Prime Minister believes others will
follow America's leave.
I have no doubt once the American
embassy moves to Jerusalem or
before, there will be a movement of
many other country's embassies.
Franken confirmed he will resign
because of sexual misconduct
allegations. He denied them, though,
and attacked the President.
I am leafing while a man who has
bragged on tape about his history of
sexual assault sits in the Oval
And we report from one of the areas
in California, devastated by the
latest wild fires.
Let's start with the wild fires in
Let's start with the wild
fires in California.
Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy
Bel-Air neighbourhood have
found their homes under threat
after another wildfire
erupted in California.
Strengthening hot winds have
been fanning the flames.
This is Bel Air.
The fire destroyed several homes
in the exclusive area,
quickly spreading over 150 acres.
It's not just in Los Angeles where
the devastation has been caused.
There is Los Angeles, and up the
coast to Ventura county, it's been
affected by the fires as well. I can
show you this report from a
colleague at CBS on the damage
that's been caused.
colleague at CBS on the damage
that's been caused.
Well the destruction and the
devastation is truly astonishing and
hard to believe when you see it
first hand. Neighbourhoods like this
one, where I am standing at now, it
is safe to say that half of the
houses are no longer standing. All
that is left here is a mini van in
the der driveway. So many people
left with the clothes on their back.
If they come back, they will find
there is nothing left. In terms of
the wind. The good news is that the
wind expected up to 70 to 80 miles
an hour, we have not seen that. That
is good when it comes to fighting
the fires but the bad news, we are
talking about 96,000 kerbs, that is
about 140 square miles in Ventura.
The fire has made its way through
this neighbourhood. And here it is
just 5% contained. This is very much
an uphill battle for the
firefighters on the front lines.
To what degree has one street been
affected and the next not. Are we in
a strange situation where we are
seeing what we are seeing beside you
and a few metres down the road it is
It is extraordinary to
see. I don't know if we can pull
back to zoom in on this house there
but really, there is one side of the
street where homes are devastated,
levelled to the ground and nothing
left but the foundation and on the
other side of the street, I don't
know if you can see it from your
point of view but a house that is
completely untouched. A house that
people can return to. But here a
series of homes are levelled. There
was a cul-de-sac where six homes
were down to the ground. And nothing
left other than the metal.
Behind me, all that is left the is
Huge moment in Greek
Turkish relations today -
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has become
the first Turkish president to visit
Greece for 65 years.
This is a delicate
relationship for many reasons.
MAP One is Cyprus.
The north of the island
was invaded by Turkey in 1974.
That was in response to a military
coup backed by Greece.
Another issue was the Greek
Supreme Court blocking
the extradition of Turkish soldiers
who fled to the country
after allegedly participating
in last year's failed coup.
President Erdogan spoke earlier.
"We also discussed the matter
of the extradition of the coup
plotters that have come to Greece.
What I told Mr
Tsipras is that it is possible
for these coup plotters
to be returned to Turkey.
Turkey has abolished
the death penalty -
it's not a country where torture
takes place, and therefore I believe
the Greek justice system
will hear our request to extradite
the ten officers."
BBC Turkish has been looking more
in-depth at this issue.
This Cagil Kasapoglu
in Thessaloniki - with people
who fled Turkey last year.
The Mediterranean has seen many
people cross to Greece in recent
years. Now, a new group of people
are taking the same journey. They
are members of the Gulan movement,
labelled by the Turkish government
as terrorists, since the failed coup
of July, 2016.
Rights Watch said that they had
credible evidence of torture in
custody but Turkish officials have
repeatedly denied these accusations.
Turkey uses its diplomatic efforts
to remove members of the Gulan
people. But so far it has not
happened in Greece, instead, more
people are arriving and trying to
build a new life.
Another Gulan supporter, crossed the
border only four months ago. He says
he spent six months in prison, where
he claimed to have been tortured but
later released. Then he was charged
again for having an encrypted
message on his phone, which is the
Turkish authorities deemed to be
used by the Gulan movement.
against the Gulan movement ongoing,
many more are expected to arrive
here in Greece.
From that report from Greece to a
report from Italy, because pizza
makers in Naples are celebrating
their skill of pizza twirling. It
has been given UNESCO heritage
It's a familiar sight to most of us,
served up in restaurants and take
away shops around the world. But in
Naples, considered the birthplace of
the modern pizza, it's a ritual
handed down through generations.
Here, the locals have been
petitionening to have the pizza
making process added to the United
Nations heritage process.
Pizza has become such a universal
heritage all over the world, many
people don't know it is Italian. So
the recognition from UNESCO will
establish once and for all the
truth--that pizza is a global food
but born here in Naples and born in
This oven, considered to be the
place where the first ever pizza was
made. For these masters at creating
the perfect pizza, being added to
the list is recognition for the
years that they have spent honing
Going to school is not enough to
learn how to make pizza. You can
learn how to handle the dough but to
learn the art, you have to spend a
long time handling that dough in the
For now, they are celebrating a
slice of Italian life that is near
and dear to their hearts.
At this time of the programme, I
would tell you about the BBC website
and coverage of the stories we have
on Outside Source, I'm not sure that
the pizza story has made it to the
website, ball of the other stories
There is news on the Brexit
negotiations, there is news shortly
on the West Bank and Gaza.
BBC.com/news is the address or
download the BBC News atp -- app.
Big row in Nigeria -
22,000 teachers have been sacked
for failing a competency test
that was meant for their pupils.
This was in Kaduna State -
the BBC's Is'haq Khalid is there.
How are you, class?
Fine, thank you.
The future of these children is in
the hands of their teachers.
But only a third in Kaduna,
including the ones that we filmed
passed the competency test.
The government decided to take
The government cannot continue to
have these people in the classrooms.
They are cheating the pupils, rather
than teaching them.
Of course, when we reported it to
the governor, he directed that we
should replace them.
These sackings of teachers is
unprecedented here. It is proving
contraversion. The government says
it is sacking nearly 22,000 teachers
as part of efforts to tack 8
problems in the education system in
order to guarantee the future of
But Labour unions are opposed to the
The unions accuse the authorities of
not following the proper procedures.
The governor has no right to examine
a teacher. We have the teacher's
council that is backed by law. Why
not give the teaching council the
opportunity to test the teachers.
Unsurprisingly, those who have lost
their jobs are angry. Including one
woman, teaching for 20 years and
became a head teacher. Talking to me
on the condition of anonymity, she
said that the tests were not fair.
Sincerely speaking the result of the
competency test came to us as a
Some of us were really disappointed.
Devastated, not knowing what to do.
There is no doubt, education is
Nigeria is facing many challenges,
and whereas the wealthy opt out of
the government system, the poor have
no choice. The question now is
weather the mass sacking and hiring
of new teachers will address the
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If you follow the news on Monday you
know we are reporting on Brexit
talks between the UK and the EU. How
it did not go to plan. The sticking
point was the Irish border, Theresa
May had to find a deal to satisfy
the UK, Ireland and the DUP, whose
support they rely on Westminster.
The Democratic Unionist Party did
not come on board on Monday. Since
then it has been quiet. But things
seem to be moving.
Here this statement: Laura is
tweeting that things are moving.
Laura is not the only BBC journalist
looking at this.
Let's bring in another.
It looks like tomorrow is the day
that there will be an announcement.
The government have been trying to
get the DUP onside. No official
confirmation on agreement but it is
understood that is former words have
been formerly agreed. It has been
put forward. Theresa May is trying
to get the negotiations put forward.
The d'you cup the DUP not saying
much but it looks like the Prime
Minister could be travelling to
Brussels tomorrow, we know that
Donald Tusk is making a statement
and we could get the break through.
The DUP were unhappy with the idea
that Northern Ireland would end up
with regulations similar to the
European Union, while the rest of
the UK had something different. What
That's the main
question. What form of words, what
precise language has gone into this
draft agreement that is then to be
circulated to EU leaders. Remember
this is all about getting Brexit
talks on to trade to the second
phase. But it centres around the
issue of what happens around the
Irish border. Ireland are clear that
they want to see Northern Ireland
remain in and it yep regulations, in
tandem with Ireland after Brexit.
That will be Britain's frontier with
the EU after we leave. But it is
playing with sell antics at this
stage. This is to nail down the
language of an agreement. It is not
the final details of agreement as to
how the border looks. It is only to
get a form of words acceptable to
all sides so that the EU can say,
"yes", we are satisfied this looks
like progress and talks can move to
trade. It is less than a week before
a crucial summit of EU leaders
decide to give the green light to a
second stage of talks. That's what
the sides say that they want.
Getting the DUP, Ireland and
Brussels on side is crucial.
I wanted to reiterate, something in
your answer, this is not the deal,
just an agreement of how the deal
may roughly look?
We keep talking
about crunch points. This is a key
moment. Trade talks are the
substance of the Brexit
negotiations, the future
relationship between Britain and the
EU, and we are not on to that stage
yet. All of the talks have been on
the divorce matter, so the
separation issues. The main being
the Irish border, the other being
the divorce bill, the money that
must be settled and the rights of
citizens living in the EU, those
abroad and those living in Britain.
But in the initial phase of talks
all that must be agreed is a form of
words acceptable to all sides. Then
the main substance of the
negotiations on trade on the future
relationship, on how things will
look down the line, only then can
Thank you very much for taking us
Of course, expect much more on