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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
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