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The EU will seek a balanced deal for Britain after Brexit says


Jean Claude Juncker says he'll try to ensure a good deal -


but Malta's Prime Minister says it shouldn't be better


We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom. That deal necessarily needs


to be inferior to membership. Here, Theresa May Defensor Brexit


plan to MPs, but is accused of bypassing Parliament over any


eventual deal. We will have the latest from Westminster and


Brussels. Also on the programme


this lunchtime... Thousands of British tourists


are being flown out of the Gambia after a state of emergency


was declared there. Unemployment falls to its lowest


level for more than a decade - with 1.6 million people now


out of work. And shock at the Australian Open


as Britain's Dan Evans pulls off the best win of his career,


beating seventh seed, Marin Cilic. And coming up in sport come's Ryder


Cup captain Thomas Bjorn gets an extra world card -- wild card choice


in a revamped accommodation for next year.


-- revamped competition for next year.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.


The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker has


told the European Parliament that he will do everything he can


to ensure that the negotiations over Britain's exit


from the European Union end in "a good result" for all concerned.


But he also admitted the negotiations would be "very,


Our Europe correspondent Gavin Lee reports.


A clear view from Westminster, cold comfort to EU officials meeting in


Strasbourg's European Parliament today. A sad, surrealist state of


affairs, that was the brief tweet from Donald Tusk, and when the


sudden clarity was welcomed here, seven months after the Brexit vote,


the verdict from Joseph Muscutt, the Maltese president, is that he will


work to make sure that Britain doesn't get a better EU trade deal


than what is already available. This is not a happy event for us. We want


a fair deal for the United Kingdom, but that deal necessarily needs to


be inferior than membership. This should not come as a surprise to


anyone. TRANSLATION: Over the last years, I have been sorry to see that


solidarity was not always forthcoming. And I deplore the fact


that for the first time in the history of Europe, some countries


have not applied the decisions taken in an area as sensitive as asylum,


although significant progress has been made in other places. There was


reason for optimism elsewhere. Hungary's Foreign Minister called


for the widest possible trade deal, warning of the risk of making Europe


less competitive if forcing Britain to make quick trade deals elsewhere.


The clarity of Theresa May's message has brought more questions, and the


scepticism across Europe about whether a clean break from the EU is


possible. There are less than ten weeks to go until Article 50 is


triggered, and with what Theresa May has now clearly set out, negotiators


on both sides will beginning to starting to formulate their opening


positions. Theresa May has been


defending her plans for the UK During Prime Minister's Questions,


she told MPs that she wanted to put the divisions over Brexit


in the past, and work for an "outward-looking, prosperous,


tolerant and independent" Britain. But she was critisised by the Labour


leader, Jeremy Corbyn, for not giving MPs a proper


opportunity to scrutinise the deal. Here's our political


correspondent, Iain Watson. If newspapers had a vote, Theresa


May would be guaranteed a landslide election victory. But there was a


less dashing response when she faced MPs for the first time since her


speech. The Labour leader said she should have delivered it here, in


Parliament. Restoring Parliamentary democracy whilst sidelining


Parliament. Mr Speaker, it's not so much the Iron Lady, as the irony


lady. Jeremy Corbyn did not just attack the venue for the speech, but


the content, particularly the Prime Minister's warning that Britain can


become a low tax, low regulation economy if she failed to get a good


deal. Can I urge her to stop her threats of a bargain basement


Brexit? The Prime Minister quoted Jeremy Corbyn herself to argue that


Labour had no Brexit plan of their own. She has said leave the single


market then at the same time so she wants to have access to the single


market. I'm not quite sure how that's going to go down in Europe. I


think we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the


market. LAUGHTER I've got a plan, he doesn't have a


clue. One of her own MPs urged her to debate each part of her plan here


in the House of Commons. Would she consider at least publishing all of


those 12 objectives in a White Paper, so that we can debate them


here in this place on behalf of all our constituents? What we usually


see at Prime Minister's Questions as the opposition attacking the


government, and the government responding, but Brexit cuts through


party lines and party loyalties, so there are some conservatives who are


worried that Theresa May's decision to come out of the single market,


and within the Labour Party some of Jeremy Corbyn's own backbenchers


thinks he is not taking a strong enough stance and opposing the Prime


Minister's approach. This former Shadow Chancellor said his own party


leadership should have been more vocal in standing up ownership of


the single market. For me, that is a pretty black-and-white issue and it


is something we should call out and say it is bad for our economy, that


is our GTI think as Labour the numbers of Parliament. Back in the


Commons, it was argued that leaving the single market would hit jobs and


incomes. Does the Prime Minister believes this is a price worth


paying for her Little Britain Brexit? I repeat what I said


earlier, we will be working for the best possible deal to get access to


the single market. Sow divisions within the political parties were on


display even before we begin the formal process of leaving the EU.


Iain Watson, BBC News. In a moment, we'll talk


to our assistant political editor Norman Smith in Westminster,


but first our Europe correspondent A rather conciliar truth tone struck


in the European Parliament, though it was made -- conciliar tree tone


struck, though it was made clear that negotiations will be difficult.


That's right, given that most European politicians, especially in


a place like Strasbourg here, view Brexit with incompetence ability.


There was no big well-prepared -- with incomprehensible at it was the


we're working with a view snippet from a speech, and we are working


with a view clips from a news Conference, but the tone from


Jean-Claude Juncker, who is going to be a very important figure on the


European side sounded pretty conciliatory. He was pleased with


what he called clarifications from Theresa May, and although the talks


were going to be very difficult, he was going to do his best to make


sure there was a good outcome, fair for both sides. Everyone here will


tell you the same thing. They can't afford to let Britain look like it


is better off after leaving, so at the end of this we will be left with


a semantic debate, I think, whether British negotiators and European


negotiators understand the same thing when they say that a deal is


fair and reasonable for both sides. That is where a lot of the talking


is going to come. Our Assistant Political Editor


Norman Smith is in Westminster. How much pressure is the Prime


Minister and at Westminster? You would think Mrs May would be under


huge pressure, that she would be really feeling the heat, because,


let's be clear, she has pretty much put her head on the block with a


proposed Brexit deal. More than that, she has massively ratcheted up


the stakes, by suggesting will walk away from any deal if we don't like


it by insisting that she wants to strike an agreement within two


years, which many people think is hopelessly ambitious and


unachievable, and by seeking what looks like, pretty much, a special,


golden deal for Britain, where we get everything we want from the


single market and the customs union, and we get rid of all the nasty


things we don't like. And yet, I have to say, Theresa May was oozing


confidence in the Commons today. She was on a roll, she was swatting away


criticism from the Labour leader, saying I have a plan, I'm sticking


to it, it's called leadership, you should try it. And I think the


reason for that optimism is a view that Brussels will blink first is


when it comes to Brexit, that they will not want to damage trading


links with Britain, they will not want to go down the road of tariffs.


Secondly, I think she knows she has to walk the walk to get her game


face on, if she's going to go into these negotiations, but above all, I


think she has looked at what happened to her predecessor, David


Cameron, who also went to get a deal and came back with one that was


widely derided, and I think she has concluded that if she is going to


get a good deal, she has to be prepared to bang the negotiating


table, and, if necessary, to leave the negotiating table.


The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has said other


countries are "queuing up" to sign trade deals with the UK


Mr Johnson also said the UK would not be


"hauling up the drawbridge", despite new migration controls


He was speaking as he arrived for a two-day visit to India.


I think that the Prime Minister set out a very powerful,


very positive vision yesterday, for how we can do a deal that


will not just benefit our friends in the rest of the EU,


but also drive growth in the rest of the world.


And one of the points I am going to be making here in India


is that we think we can do free trade deals that will be for


the benefit of both our countries, both Britain and India,


Our economics editor Kamal Ahmed is in Davos.


I think, Sophie, of course in this situation where you have the world's


fifth or sixth largest economy, depending on how you measure it, no


country is going to say to and bullion Foreign Secretary, do you


know what, we don't a deal with you. Of course there are some


opportunities. Boris Johnson has said that we could start sketching


those possibilities out. He talks about writing on the back of an


envelope what kind of free trade deal we can do, which can then be


put in place once we've actually left the European Union. But anyone


who has done trade negotiation now is the last thing they are done is


written on the back of an amber lope. I went in a few weeks ago to


see some of the officials in the US Embassy, for example, the trade


deals. They brought out huge legal documents about how they approach


trade deals, so the notion that we can sign these trade deals quickly I


think is a difficult one to prosecute. Boris Johnson is in


India, for example, where there has been big clashes on immigration.


India wants to have easier access to Britain, in terms of immigration


into the country of skilled workers. Britain has not given that. So on


all these deals, there is always tension. Britain, of course, as


well, was more attractive, maybe, to some countries, because it was a


gateway into the EU. That Gateway may now be closed, but we must never


forget and this is where Boris Johnson does have some leveraged,


Britain has a big economy, a fast-growing economy, still robust,


and it is a big consumer market. So we are an attractive proposition,


but free trade deals are very difficult negotiations.


Thousands of British holiday-makers are being flown home from The Gambia


after a state of emergency was declared there.


The Foreign Office is advising people to avoid all but essential


travel to the country, after its President refused


to accept that he lost last month's election.


It is not very good news, it is basically that we are going to


evacuate everyone back home today. Today? Yes, today. It is not what


they wanted to hear, tourists in the Gambia have been told it is not


safer them to stay. Thomas Cook has five aircraft to bring almost a


thousand of its package tourists home. For those now gathering at


Banjul airport, it's been a stressful day. We just think really


it is overkill and they are just trying to frighten people. To me, it


feel stupid, because this will all be over within 24 and is the 48


hours. Asking us to leave is unnecessary I think at the moment,


but I understand that we need to do it. Tension in the Gambia has been


building for weeks. Residents are fleeing the capital, as are some


government ministers, as the political crisis threatens to become


violent. At its centre, this man, Azzedine Yahya Jammeh, who has


refused to accept the results of last month's elections and declared


a state of emergency -- President Yahya Jammeh. If it is allowed to


continue, it may lead to a state of public emergency. Opposition leader


Adama Barrow was due to be sworn in tomorrow. A group of West African


nations has threatened military action if he is not given power, so


last night the British government issued this warning to tourists.


The Gambia's reputation as a safe haven in the sun is now in jeopardy,


with thousands of tourists queueing up to leave, and the country edging


closer to instability and conflict. Richard Lister, BBC News.


Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level


The jobless total dropped by just over 50,000


between September and November - and now stands at 1.6 million.


The figures also show that average earnings were up by 2.7%


But, as our economics correspondent Andy Verity reports,


after years of rapid growth, the number of people in employment


is no longer growing - and hasn't done since July.


This farmer and food processor near King's Lynn in Norfolk supplies


root vegetables like carrots to all the major food retailers


It is being forced to offer higher wages to attract the people it needs


to do the work, regardless of the living wage.


It says that is because the supply of workers from


the rest of the European Union has now gone into reverse.


We are struggling to fill positions at the


It is a very fluid marketplace with inflation in wages


in our sector at the minute, which is being driven by some EU


citizens going home and moving from the UK


In the three months to the end of November, the number of


unemployed people dropped by 52,000 to 1.6 million.


It remains at its lowest rate in 12 years, 4.8%.


The average weekly pay packet was ?477,


up by ?12 compared to a year ago, or 2.7%.


Businesses cannot always pass on the higher cost of labour by


Simon will have to wait until he renegotiates his contract


with his customers, the food companies and


retailers, and they will not want big price increases.


All of us are looking to try and recoup some of


And I think the load has got to be shared by all and that


If tighter labour markets are offering modestly


paid workers the chance to bid up their wages,


many economists will see that as positive.


I think we are seeing quite a robust end to the UK


economy, it is very consistent with all the other economic


Hiring has not slowed down materially, and people are finding


jobs and finding jobs actually with improved wage levels.


But there has been a marked change since the


For 20 years now the number of people in work in the UK


In the three months to the end of November,


it dipped slightly and it is now no higher than it was in July.


A wheelchair user has partially won his case at the Supreme Court


Doug Paulley took legal action because he couldn't board a bus


in Leeds when a woman with a pram refused to move.


Our disability correspondent Nikki Fox reports.


As he makes his way to the Supreme Court on one


of the most important days of his life, Doug Paulley


is about to find out whether his nearly five-year legal


battle will end in victory for all disabled people who need


This all began back in 2012 when Doug was unable to catch a bus


because the space for wheelchairs was occupied by a mum


She refused to move, which meant that Doug could not get on.


Inside court, all seven judges unanimously agreed that


First Group's policy of requesting and not requiring a person to vacate


As it does not go as far as insisting someone


I feel like it will create a cultural shift and that is


So people will be aware of the fact that the wheelchair area


is for wheelchair users and that they should take priority.


The impact of today's judgment will still have wider implications.


For example, any service provider with a space for disabled people


will not just have to request that a non-disabled person move,


For example, a bus driver may refuse to move from a bus stop in order


First Group admit they may have to amend the training


they provide their bus drivers following the verdict today.


We really welcome the fact that the court has confirmed that


a driver is not required to remove a passenger from a bus


if they are refusing to move from this space.


That is really important for drivers to have that clarity.


I'm really happy with today's ruling.


It's great that after five years of fighting and campaigning


by so many people, that we have got a ruling that says that disabled


people to have the right to catch a bus and that the bus company must


make all reasonable efforts to make that possible.


Today's Supreme Court ruling is not clear-cut but it does pave the way


for a closer look at legislation when it comes to prioritising access


The EU will seek a balanced deal for Britain after Brexit says


the head of the European commission - but any deal has to


be "inferior" to full membership of the EU.


Our American road trip has become a river trip today. Donald Trump says


he wants to get the country moving again but how is he going to do that


and how can he afford it. Dan Evans earns the biggest win


of his career, stunning 7th seed Marin Cilic in the second


round of the Australian During the US election campaign


Donald Trump pledged to make America great again,


but as he prepares to take office In the week that Donald Trump


will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States,


Jon Kay is on a road trip through the heart of America


on 'Route 45' to find out how Americans are feeling about Trump's


presidency and whether he can deliver what he's pledged to when it


comes to rebuilding America. Today as he continues


on his journey south - If you want to understand


Donald Trump's election win, Next to Route 45, the Ohio River


meets the Mississippi. It's an essential artery for the US


economy, carrying 18 million tons But things aren't


what they used to be. The locks which boats pass


through here have seen better days. Nearly 100 years old,


they regularly break down, A boat could be waiting out for 52


hours before coming through? Mark, the lock keeper,


says it's a struggle The concrete is starting


to break up and crumble. Every time it gets hit


by a boat as it lands on it, it puts pressure on it and causes


more cracks and more stress on it, we patch it together


and try and keep it going, Donald Trump has pledged $1 trillion


to rebuild America's rivers, A promise that's won him plenty


of support round here. But he hasn't said where


the money will come from. We drive on, into


America's rural South. There are two million


farms in this country. Will a property developer president


understand this business? At the University of Tennessee,


students are learning how to weigh Stick it in, press it


forward, pull it out. There are going to be some are gonna


be more willing to go forward Donald Trump won nearly 80%


of the vote in the Martin area. They like his confidence and in turn


they have confidence in him. He might have a few mess-ups


on the way, but eventually But is farming compatible


with Trump's plans for building? What about the land,


the environment? Donald Trump is a man


you associate with skyscrapers and New York City, not with farming


and places like this. Do you think he understands


you and what you want to do? I think he's going to help the small


town people also out. I don't think he's just


going to be the big city man What about farming, does


he understand farming? Not as well as some


agriculture people. Whether it's agriculture


or infrastructure, in these communities away from Washington,


many feel Trump will be a president Someone not just following


the political herd. And we continued the road trip


tomorrow, continuing south to Mississippi.


Latest figures show Accident and Emergency departments


in Wales have again failed to meet their targets


Meanwhile, the Chief Inspector of Hospitals in England has


warned that patient safety is being compromised


Our health editor, Hugh Pym, is with me.


The system in Wales is under a lot of pressure. All reminders about


pressure right across the system across the UK. Today we have figures


from December in Wales, and the key for hours percentage of patients


treated or assessed should be 95% but in December it was 81%, well


short of that. No other part of the UK it has to be said is hitting 95%


of England and Scotland are ahead, Northern Ireland is behind Wales. We


also learned from Wales that possible chiefs are saying in


December of those admitted to A 20% of patients were over the age of


85. That was double normal levels. Another indication of the kind of


pressure that the NHS is facing. There has been a high-level warning


that the NHS needs more money. So Mike Richards 's chief inspector of


hospitals in England at the Care Quality Commission. So not just a


warning from another think tank, this is a regulator saying because


of the strain on the NHS he is concerned about patient safety and


thinks that more money will be required. This is what he had to


say. I believe the government will need


to put more money into the NHS, but if it does, and when it does,


I think it's very important I think we need to transform


the NHS, we need to have much greater integration between GPs,


primary care, care homes and hospitals,


and that is beginning to emerge. And those new models of care


will are important and can deliver Now the government says it has given


the NHS in England the money requires, although that is


contested. The government also says it is pushing for further


integration but I think this warning from a very senior player in the


world of health, that more needs to be done is quite significant. Given


how volatile the debate is about the NHS generally.


Police say that there are now more than 1000 cases of alleged


historical child sexual abuse in football


The figures come from the National Police Chiefs' Council.


They say the estimated number of victims now stands


And almost 200 potential suspects have been identified.


The Mobile operator EE has been fined ?2.7 million


for overcharging tens of thousands of customers.


The penalty was imposed by telecoms regulator Ofcom -


after an investigation found that the UK's biggest mobile network


overcharged customers using the '150' customer services


number within the EU and billed them even


EE has apologised and says it has put measures in place to prevent


Britain's Dan Evan has pulled off the best win of his career


at the Australian open as he knocked out the number 7 seed Marin Cilic


Less of a surprise was Andy Murray's easy victory over


Russia's Andrey Rublev which takes him through


Dan Evans is no stranger to winning against the odds. On the verge of


quitting tennis a couple of years ago he has now beaten to the top ten


players in the world in the last couple of weeks. Today's big scalp,


Marin Cilic, who looked too much for Dan Evans in the first set. He won


it 6-3 as Evan struggled with the sinking sun. As the shadows


lengthened Evans came to die. Breaking the Cilic serve to take the


second set. And belief blossoming in the darkness, he dominated the third


as well. The fourth set turned into a battle but Evans was edging it.


And Cilic was struggling to keep up. With a wicked Cilic seven, Evans


took his chance. And what to do after the biggest Grand Slam winner


of your career, get straight on the phone, of course. With seven


through, Andy Murray was just getting started, he beat Russian


teenager Andrey Rublev in straight sets but the whack -- the match was


not without drama. For a time it looked like the world number one's


Melbourne chances were gone. Andy Murray has an appointment with an


ice pack but Dan Evans is unlikely to be feeling any of his aches and


pains tonight. Not a bad day of work for a player once described as the


most wasted talent in British tennis. A train from China has big


campus first ever to make the journey across Asia and Europe and


arrived in the UK. The engine took 80 days to make the trip to the UK,


half the time of the equivalent journey by sea. They travelled


through Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus before heading to the


Channel Tunnel. At this time of the year a place in


the sun might hold some appeal. Or maybe not. This is the scene from


just outside Benidorm. And that train journey would have been


conducted across a pretty cold Europe at the moment. Some of that


cold air has made its way into the south-east. So you get a glorious


start the day if frosty. -7 overnight in some places in Kent.


And about 8 degrees on the other hand across many parts of northern


Scotland thanks to low from the Atlantic for the high pressure still


dominant, fairly settled but quite a variety. And we keep that team going


over the next couple of hours. If you are thinking about the school


run or a dog walk, some rain around across the Northern Isles. Coming


down to be weather front then it is pretty miserable, quite murky across


the West Midlands. The best of the guaranteed sunshine perhaps that the


southern counties of England and perhaps just creeping into parts of


Wales. But not doing much for those temperatures, stuck around four or 5


degrees. And as soon as the sun goes down, the temperatures will again


fall away. Not so much where you keep that cloud. Somewhere in the


south again looking at around minus four degrees. So here we go again on


Thursday, something of a repeat performance with the best of the


Sunshine across southern counties. Some gaps further north are


possible. But again the temperature is nothing to write home about


despite what you see the sunshine. Five, six, 7 degrees. And the


weather pretty much the same on Friday. There is a general evening


out of those temperatures. And here's the thing, getting into the


weekend high pressure is still the dominant feature. But if it looks


threatening in the Atlantic do not worry, high pressure will be


dominant on Saturday and on through the weekend which will be mainly dry


with some sunshine. If you want to get involved with Weather Watchers,


those are the details. A reminder of our main


story this lunchtime. The EU will seek a balanced deal


for Britain after Brexit says the head of the European commission


- but any deal has to be "inferior" That's all from the BBC News at One


- so it's goodbye from me -


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