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The prospect of Britain leaving the European Union has dominated
debate at both Westminster and Holyrood.
Under challenge from the SNP, the Prime Minister said
she would not give a "running commentary" on negotiations.
But, in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said
that was because Theresa May didn't have a clue what to do next.
Our political editor Brian Taylor has the details.
Is leasing or more to is absolutely because -- the single market is
absolutely recall of the year the European Union. It is the single
market that Obama is talking about when it said that it was worried
that it would lose connections with its British investment and the
remainder of the European Union. So, its epicentre of the old thing. Of
course, there could be continued British membership of the single
market if that is possible. There could be limited forms of access to
the single market. The brightness of the challenged in the Commons by
Angus Robertson of the SNP to see whether she supported full
membership of the single market. She was asked that twice and twice she
declined to answer. Here is a reply. The United Kingdom will leave the
European Union and we will build a new relationship with the European
Union. The new relationship will include control of the movement of
people from the EU into the UK and it will include the right deal for
trade in goods and services. And that formulation, that formula used
by the prime minister did not and brisk the First Minister, Nicola
Sturgeon. -- impress. She had a basement on what has moved with the
guard to Brexit and Scotland's there on. She accused the primers are
having a of clarity with regard to Brexit and, in particular, to the
single market. Ad units to think it is acceptable to have a cloud of
secrecy hanging over the UK's Government's negotiating decision.
It's not ideal to have a Prime Minister who is unwilling to answer
the question if we should be remaining in the single market or
not. The UK, do not want a running
commentary, they want the position to be formulated and then hard
bargaining with the European Union. A bit of a row in the Labour Party
connived with Jeremy Corbyn talking about free trade dogma and a
spokesman later said that they would not necessarily back membership of
the single market. It has caused a big rally Nicola Sturgeon pounced on
it. Tonight, Kenya Dugdale stressed the cheat sheet and autonomous
decision in her autonomous Scottish party. -- that she. She backed the
Scottish Parliament and the Scottish element.
If you thought finding a high street bank branch was becoming
increasingly difficult, you'd be right.
According to BBC research, Scotland has lost or is about to lose almost
150 branches across six of the biggest names
They've been familiar sights on our high streets for years but are
disappearing fast. In Aberdeen alone, nine bank branches have
either closed in your last year or are earmarked for closure. And it's
not just there. BBC analysis has found that the country is losing
almost 150 branches over 18 months. Edinburgh lost the nose, more than
Moray. Another eight in the islands. Moray. Another eight in the islands.
-- Highlands. This lack -- TSB has found the worst. Investment instead
of going into a huge super range in the city centre. Rural banking is
changing, too. The mobile banking to be replacing the brownish in many
places. This basic paper-based service is about to be modernised.
We also offer cash transactions, both to pay money and take money
out. But we will offer, also have things like broadband connection,
Wi-Fi connection on the mobile brands. We will have iPad type
tablets. The brown share will close next month minivan will become the
only option. For villages, it's a big change. I have always been used
to going into a branch. I would still like to continue doing that.
It's so gave transferring but you can withdraw from a phone. In a
shrinking retail sector, filling the empty branches is not easy. But this
former Santander on Aberdeen's union Street has been turned into an
estate agency. They say it's likely that retailers will snap them up.
The big retailers are first and foremost going to look at shopping
centres and retail outlets. I think the larger city centre bank branches
lend themselves better to restaurants and two bars and coffee
houses, nightclubs. The rate of banking is changing as people shift
online. But that's changing the face of the high Street, to add more
branches close for good. The chief inspector of prisons has
highlighted two growing problems The number of prisoners serving
sentences for sexual offences has And as many are convicted
of historical crimes, there's also been a significant rise
in the number of older prisoners. Our Home Affairs Correspondent,
Reevel Alderson reports. It's Scotland's biggest jail and one
of the oldest, the grand Victorian bowling present their own Rob and
enjoy conditions you are acceptable in a 21st century. Now there's
another challenge staff here. Growing numbers of six offenders.
The number of prisoners at Scotland's gels or 7416 at the end
of last week. Of these 1100 so, are convicted six offenders. --
Barlinnie. The portion has quadrupled in the past year or so.
Poses challenges for the sassy engines of arranging programmes and
making sure case management is conducted properly. Of a segregated?
Prisoners convicted of sexual offences are kept in one particular
hall so they are separate for activities, education and work. Matt
at convocation for the prison. Many convicted six offenders, like John
Farrell, are elderly. He is 63 and is serving five years for abusing
boys. Paul Kelly was jailed with him for ten years. The men are typical
of all the prisoners serving sentences for offensive decade ago.
12% of prisoners in Scotland are now over 50 and there are more than
100/60 five. The prison service is now having to buy an social care
services like those provided for elderly people. -- more than 100 are
over 65. The age profile of the prisoners within the population have
an increased considerably. These prisoners, all of the
psychogeriatric problems that people of that age group have in the
divinity and we are having to cater for that. Largely decided data for
fit young inmates -- designs. There are more changes being made as more
elderly people had installed real sentences. -- custodial.
Police investigating the murder of Aberdeenshire handy man
Brian McKandie say they could carry out a mass screening
It's now six months since the 67-year-old was found dead
Detectives say DNA profiles have been found at the house.
However so far they have not been matched on any database.
Campaigners are trying to save the East of Scotland's cleft
Health managers want to shut the Edinburgh unit -
which operates on children from Shetland to Selkirk -
Protesters argue Scotland's children will be failed if this
Alex has had many operations. He doesn't want the centre to shocked.
I want it to stay. Why is that? Because I've still got my operations
today. He was born with a cleft lip and palate. Surgery can help with
eating and speech. This proposal is talking about dismantling a
close-knit team who is multidisciplinary and surgeon lead.
The Cleft surgeon said he an end rat has a world leading reputation but
health authorities want to close it down and try soliciting Vasco
because they say the single-handed surgical service hair is not
available. Control of Smoke Pollution Act Glasgow. -- Glasgow.
Experts say quality of care will suffer as Glasgow's results are
worse than Edinburgh's. If you look at the Freedom of information
releases, you will find that unfortunately, if you are referred
to Glasgow, you will end up with more operations. There are more
problems relating to universe children who won't be able to
develop normal speech by the age of five. The authorities stress this is
not a cost-cutting exercise and rejected claims that Glasgow's
results are worse. No option is off the table, we are considering all
options. What is important to recognise is that if there are any
moves, what is maintained locally as the services that provide
reasonable. Alex's family say it is not about half what they have to
travel to surgery but the joint annuity of quality for all of
Scotland's cleft children. Scottish food and drink companies
expect to create more jobs and increase their sales
in the next five years. Many see Brexit as an opportunity to
grow. 100 firms were questioned for a Bank
of Scotland survey. It found companies expect
to increase their turnover by an average of 24% over
the next five years. It also forecasts 14,000 jobs
will be created in that time. Let's get the weather
from Christopher. Thank you. Good evening. Fairly dry
and cloudy tonight but really only Allah, we will see some wet weather
pushing in three Hebrides and approaching the West Coast. Nest and
met around the west as well. A fairly cloudy that start. We get the
temperatures at 8am, 16-17dC. Also windy from the south, a gale-force
around the Hebrides. Rain coming your way later. Largely dry bizarre
things are. Still some mist and low cloud for the Northern Isles.
Through the cause of Thursday, during the morning at least, still
the brain off and on as that weather continues to work its way north and
leaflets. And windy for all. South of the border, plenty of dry, fine
weather. Plenty of sunshine in the south east and vintages into the
mid-20s. Rats if showers just was because the Wales. We will have
challenged as well by the act and once the morning rain clears. Still
with us at this point for Orkney and once the morning rain clears. Still
Shetland but most of the mainland greedy with showers. Shall stay with
us. Into Friday, still windy. You can see the tightly packed as a bar
there but it is really drive. There is some wet weather coming our way
there but it is really drive. There later but plenty of dry, fine
weather foremost on Friday. You'll notice showers across the Highlands.
The end to eat the day. Integers fresher than we've had of late but
the rain will arrive and cross the country overnight Friday to
Saturday. Come Saturday, it is well away from us. Certainly affecting
England down to the south east. For 12 and Northern Ireland, and us in
Scotland, reasonably bright on Saturday with showers in the
north-west. As the Sunday, it starts fine but more rain arriving as he
had toward the end of the day. Certainly overnight into money as
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