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A second round of talks in Brussels on the UK's departure from the EU -


the Brexit Secretary says it's time to get down to business.


Top of the agenda is the rights post-Brexit of EU citizens here,


The talks come as Downing St said ministers will be warned to keep


Cabinet discussions private, after a series of leaks.


The first contracts are awarded for the High Speed 2 rail line


between London and Birmingham - details of the final


An American neurologist who's offered to treat


the terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard, has met his doctors


A man with motor neurone disease begins his High Court challenge


to overturn the ban on assisted dying.


And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take the family on a four


And coming up in the sport on BBC News - gold for Great Britain


at the World Para Athletics Championships.


Olivia Breen wins gold in the women's T38 long jump.


Good afternoon, and welcome to the BBC News at One.


The second round of formal talks on Britain's departure


from the EU got under way this morning in Brussels.


The Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was "time to get down


to business", and that the priority was to decide the rights


of British and EU citizens in each others countries.


The EU says there has to be substantial progress on this


and on a financial settlement and the issue of the Irish


border before talks on trade can start.


Meanwhile, Downing St has said the Prime Minister will remind


colleagues of the need to keep Cabinet discussions


private, after a series of leaks over the weekend.


They have been getting into position for weeks. Even months. Finally, it


is time to talk detail. And for now, they seem to be


speaking each other's language. We will now delve into the... We need


to examine and compare our respective positions, in order to


make good progress. For us it is pont we make good progress, there


there will be negotiations and identify the differences so that we


can deal with them and identify the similarities so we can reinforce


them, and now, it is time to get down to work, and make that


successful negotiation. Mr Davis left soon afterwards,


leaving much of that work to officials.


This week, they will discuss the Northern Irish border which will


become an external frontier of the European Union. Then there is the


so-called Brexit bill. How to calculate what the UK owes for


financial commitments made as a member. And citizens right, what


will happen to EU nationals living in the UK and Brits abroad? That is


what the Foreign Secretary emphasised at a meeting just round


the corner. I am very pleased that negotiations are beginning and as


you know, are very fair serious our has been put on the table by the UK


Government about citizenship, the value we place on the 3.2 million EU


citizens in our country, the very good offer I think we are making to


them and the security they can have about their future and I hope very


much that people will look at that offer in the spirit it deserves. It


is a great offer. Questions about cabinet splits at


home, they went unanswered. Union Jack has been taken down


already, David Davis is heading home. The really hard work is taking


place behind closed door, privately EU officials think the UK is moving


closer to their position when it comes to money. There is still the


big issue of whether the European Court of jous tips has a say over


the lives of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The European


Commission tweeted this picture, not so subtle message, we have done our


homework, what are you bringing to the table?


And Adam Fleming is in Brussels for us now.


Do we expect any great leaps forward? I have been cautioned not


to, because the words that diplomats have been using with me over the


last few days is clarification. Both sides, the EU and the Brits have


swapped loads of position papers on a range of issues and this week an


Barnesly is going to be about sitting down and asking questions


about what did you mean when you wrote that? What do you expect on


this clause or that bullet point, so no great leaps forward. We think.


Although if there is any progress to be made, we will find out about it


on Thursday, because David Davis, the Brexit secretary will be back


here for a wrap up meeting with his opposite number Michel Barnier, and


we expect, hoping that both men will do a press conference round


lunchtime on Thursday, remember, this is just the start of the


process. There is going to be further round of talks here in this


building, in August, in September, and in October. And October is


crunch time. Because it is at that point that Michel Barnier, the EU


chief negotiator will decide whether sufficient progress has been made on


the issues of citizens' rights and the Brexit bill, for him to


recommend to other EU leaders that they open talks about the future


relationship, hand is the really juicy stuff the British Government


want to start talking about, because that is trade and cooperation in the


future. In terms of the political shenanigans back home, the official,


the politicians here are lapping it up, but remember, Michel Barnier is


working to guidelines that were written for him by national leaders


months and months ago, not over the weekend.


Our assistant political editor Norman Smith is in Westminster.


Norman, the political she Mangans, a series of leaks over the weekend and


Downing Street is now going to call for the Cabinet colleagues to stop


leaking. They are, but I suspect the prospect of that being heeded is


small. This has become so personal, the briefing against the Chancellor


directed at damaging him personally u so there is needle and edge in


this, added to which the division over Brexit which are fuelling the


leaks and the briefing war, are so profound. Bluntly, those round the


Chancellor fearful that we are in no shape to leave the EU in 20 months


type. Business in particular needs a breathing space to adapt, a


transitional period of two years, maybe more than that. The


Brexiteers, however, view that as a ruse, to try and delay Brexit, who


know, indefinitely to say we are not ready, we need a bit more time.


Time. And the other reason her plea for is not to succeed is she did it


a few months ago when she said she would demand the mobile phone


records of senior civil servants and ministers, she would want to see


their e-mail record, and that had no impact and that is when she was at


the prime of her power, so how much impact will this latest call have,


given she is a diminished figure, so my sense is the leak, they will keep


a springing from the Cabinet. Thank you.


The Government has announced the first major contracts


for the High Speed two rail line between London and Birmingham.


Three British firms are among the companies chosen to build


tunnels, bridges and embankments - at a cost of ?6.6 billion.


The final route of the line north of Birmingham will


be announced later, after years of disagreement,


but the first trains aren't expected to run until 2026,


HS2. Critics say it be the most expensive railway on the plea net.


The Government says it is essential for the future of the UK's transport


system and the economies of the Midlands and the north. Contracts


have been awarded for the first phase of the project, between London


and Birmingham. Those first contracts are worth more


than ?6 billion. That, says the Government, will bring in 16,000


jobs, but already six years in the planning the first trains won't be


operational until 2026, by which time 300,000 passengers will be


riding on the new network each day. Overcrowding and overcapacity on the


existing network is why it backers say HS2 is essential. No


contradiction says the Government it is spending billion on


infrastructure at a time when public sector pay is still capped at 1%.


We have a situation today, where the railways round cities are congested.


Where there is not enough space for the freight service, if we are going


to have the capacity we need for future we will have to get the


express trains off those line, create more space in London,


Birmingham, Manchester and more space to get freight off the roads


and on to rail. Large swathes of woodland, farmland and some villages


will have to make way for the new line. More controversially still


expert says the Department for Transport has grossly underestimated


the price. Some suggestions the first phase to Birmingham alone


could double in cost from 23 billion, to almost ?48 billion.


The cost is based on international best standards, and those standards


do not apply to the problems we have in the UK, where we are building on


a small congested island, full of property owning people in a


democracy, and the costs of land take and come penisation is


considerable. At such a price others say HS2 will


be nothing more than a vanity project and there are better ways of


spending public Monday. Lots of much smaller enterprise, they are not as


grand, they don't grab the headline, they don't leave a legacy for the


politicians who design them but there are all sorts of typically


road projects that one much more valuable possible fob economy and


that a colossal multi-billion pound new train line, which won't be fully


operation alfor-15 years. This project has been mired in delayed


and complications but later today the final routes of the northern


branches to Manchester and Leeds are due to be announced including what


could be a controversial path round Sheffield. Manufacture


A man who's terminally ill is challenging the Government


to try to overturn the ban on assisted dying.


Noel Conway has motor neurone disease, and wants to be able


to choose when and where he dies, without putting those who might help


The law currently makes it illegal to help someone to die.


Our medical correspondent Fergus Walsh is at the Royal Courts


Well, Noel Conway was too weak to come to court this morning buzz his


lawyers say he is hoping to give evidence via videolink on Wednesday.


At the heart of this case, whether or not the current law breaches his


human rights, by preventing him from dying with dignity. Noel Conway


increasingly relies on a ventilator to help his Bree. His chest muscles


are gradually getting weaker. Once, fit and active motor neurone disease


has rob him of the ability to walk, as the condition progresses his


fears becoming entombed in his body. I will be quadriplegic. In fact I


could be virtually cat tonic. I will be in conceivably a locked in


syndrome. That, to me, would be a living hell.


That prospect is just not one I can accept. This is an issue which


polarised opinion, there were demonstrators representing both


sides of the argument outside court. Inside, Mr Conway's legal team said


the question of what is a dignified death was a matter for the


individual, not the state. Under the Suicide Act, any doctor


who helps Mr Conway to die would face up to 14 years in prison. The


last major challenge to the law involved Tony Nicklinson who, unlike


Mr Conway has not been diagnosed as terminally ill. Since then, MPs


overwhelmingly rejected proposals to allow assisted dying. Supporters of


the current law say it protects the weak and vulnerable. Parliament have


rejected the change to the law on ten occasion on ground of public


safety and the evidence from other jurisdictions shows that any change


in the law to allow assisted suicide is unnecessary, and also dangerous,


because it is uncontrollable. But Mr Conway says the law is


broken. And condemns him to unimaginable suffering.


This case is going to go on all week and we are likely to get a judgment


not until October, and then on such a key issue, this may well go all


the way to the Supreme Court. Thank you.


An American neurologist who's offered to carry out a new therapy


on the terminally ill baby, Charlie Gard, has met


He is also expected to examine Charlie over the next


two days and to meet other medical specialists.


Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital believe


the treatment won't work, and that Charlie's life support


For the parents of baby Charlie Gard, a great deal is riding on the


visit of this man. Dr Michio Hirano. A lauded neurologist from the US. He


has offered to carry out experimental treatment which he says


could improve Charlie's life chances. Much of Charlie Gard's


short life has been spent in intensive care. He has a rare


genetic condition, and experts say he should be allowed to die in


dignity. But after a lengthy legal battle,


Charlie's parents hope that decision can thousand be reversed. Dr Michio


Hirano and another physician arrived this morning and were met by the


medical director, they have been given an honorary contract which


gives them full status to examine Charlie Gard. They will also have


access to his medical records, and all of the hospitals clinical


facilities. So the key thing that the doctors will be looking for


today is to ensure that they have absorbed all of the information from


the historical notes round this patient, but also, carried out a


physical examination themselves to find the signs of his neurology and


understand exactly his status at the current time.


Dr National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children --


National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children -- Michio


Hirano's assessment is to be completed in two day, the findings


will be passed to the judge who will decide whether there is hope for


Charlie yet. In the past few minutes, Stephen


Hough has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the manslaughter and


rate of a 15-year-old girl in 1976. Her body was found by three children


playing hide and Seek. Matthew Richards is at court. This is an


attack that happened more than 40 years ago. What was said in court?


The judge acknowledged this was a very unusual case. Stephen Hough was


convicted last week of the red and manslaughter of Janet have as well


as a serious assault against. Today he was sentenced to 12 years in


prison. Back in 1976, Janet, was 15 years old. She disappeared in


January after going to be Leisure Centre. She died after a brutal


sexual assault. Although he was questioned at the time, it was


another teenager, Noel Jones, who was jailed for manslaughter. He


always protested his innocence. Questions are being asked about how


he came to be the centre of police investigations. Stephen Hough may


have thought he got away with his crime. But he gave a DNA sample to


police in 2017. That was traced to samples taken from Janet's body. He


was taken to trial. Janet Commons's family were in court to hear the


sentencing. They have lost none of the pain they


feel. Matthew, thank you. A second round of talks in Brussels


on the UK's departure from the EU - the Brexit Secretary says it's time


to get down to business. And still to come, could


the wild cat be back? After more than a thousand years


of extinction in the UK, a campaign to see the return


of the lynx. Coming up in sport, England


goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to have a medical at West Ham today,


ahead of his season-long loan One of President Trump's key


election pledges last year, was a promise to send millions


of illegal immigrants The BBC's Panorama programme has


been investigating how the President has been putting his controversial


deportation plans into action. Hilary Anderson has been


to California to meet families who've been split by immigration


arrests, and to talk to the children of detained parents left


to fend for themselves. One morning in May,


when they were getting ready for school in their home


in San Diego, California, border patrol officers came


and arrested both of their parents. They just came up to my mum


and told her she was arrested Their parents, Rosenda


and Francisco Duarte Snr, have been living in America


illegally the 21 years. Border patrol initially


suspected them of involvement in international human trafficking,


but later dropped the accusation. The Duarte parents run


a small ice cream business The first night alone,


the children all moved their beds Francisco, the older brother, now


does his best to run the household. The border guards knew


they were leaving a teenager They just asked me,


are you Francisco? They said, OK, you can


take care of them. So they just left you here


with all the family? President Trump came to office


on a promise to prioritise TRUMP: We have some bad hombres here


and we are going to get them out. In his first 100 days,


41,000 illegals or suspected Most were criminals,


but there was a massive spike in people like the Duartes


being arrested, non-criminals President Trump's supporters


say the administration Nobody wants families split


and the way to ensure that, if you are a family,


is to not come to this Sometimes the sins of the father


are visited upon the sons, and that's unfortunate,


but the Government didn't The Duartes went to see their


parents in the immigrant detention Their mother has since been released


on bail, but both parents still face possible deportation,


as now do any of America's And you can watch Panorama tonight


at 8.30, on BBC One. Prince George and Princess Charlotte


are travelling with their parents to Poland, at the start of a four


day tour of Eastern Europe. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


are beginning their trip in Warsaw, before moving on to Berlin


later this week. The Foreign Office hopes the tour


will remind EU countries about the strength of their ties


to the UK. Our royal correspondent,


Peter Hunt, reports. For a Duke and Duchess,


the pleasure of a Wimbledon final will be replaced by flying


the flag in Poland. It's a visit that's already


attracted attention here. This is a country that relatively


recently embraced the EU, welcoming the royal representatives


of one on the way out of a royal The future of Monica -- the monarchy


will experience pollen's turbulent past.


With a visit to a museum representing


This visit to Poland and then Germany will inevitably be seen


It won't obviously have any impact on the negotiations,


but the government hopes their presence will show


the strength of the ties that will endure once Britain has


It is a message they brought to Paris in March, and other royals


abroad to other European cities in their roles as royal ambassadors for


the UK. As in Canada last year,


the Cambridges are coming en masse. For George and Charlotte,


such trips are a novelty. Eventually, they will


be a way of life. The royal couple have arrived with


their children in Warsaw. After what appeared to be some light


Persuasion, Prince George followed his father of the private jet,


followed by his mother and his sister, Princess Charlotte. The Duke


and Duchess of Cambridge briefly chatted with dignitaries before


heading off to meet the Polish president and first Lady. Later in


the week they will head to Germany to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel and


to visit the Brandenburg gate. Roger Federer made history


on Centre Court at the weekend, by winning the men's single's title


at Wimbledon for He beat Croatia's Marin


Cilic in straight sets. It's Federer's 19th Grand Slam title


- and his second since returning from a six-month break earlier this


year, following a knee injury. He's been speaking to our sports


correspondent, Joe Wilson. He describes this Wimbledon title as


beyond his wildest dreams. Monday morning, fresh as a daisy,


interviews to do. The Roger Federer, the champion's routine is serenely


familiar. Sunday night he did the champions dinner. He looked like


James Bond. Nobody does it better. Well, no man at Wimbledon. This was


the eighth time. And what he achieved this year was to overtake


the seven men's titles of Pete Sampras, a player who inspired him.


That makes it personal. He will always be my hero, not because I


have surpassed him at Wimbledon. That doesn't change anything for me.


Pete still is my guide. After our match in 2001, I wanted to surpass


him. I never thought it would be possible in my wildest dreams. If


the fans were happy for me again yesterday, it was another incredible


day. It is the fortnight went on in Britain, we get to feel close to


Federer. Yes, he is just a tennis player, but sometimes sports


stretches the perception of what is humanly possible. At 35, Roger


Federer is only interested in winning the big matches these days.


His greatest triumph is the ability to manage his body. So what does the


target now? There is a temptation to throw himself back into the schedule


of chasing tournaments around the world, to be ranked world number one


again. But is that significant? Even Federer doesn't insure. May be


become world number one at least one more time in my career, or a goal to


finish the year as world number one. For me, it makes no difference being


number one for a week or year end. I have to have a bit of a meeting and


discussion with my team about that in the coming week. As four more


grand slam titles, Federer says there are no goals. What the


appreciated at the weekend was an hour out of the public eye with his


family. Joe Wilson, BBC News. England's cricketers face an uphill


struggle on day four of the second test against South Africa


at Trent Bridge. Set a target of 474 to win,


they lost early wickets. At lunch there were 79-4. Here is


Patrick Geary. Test cricket is the waiting game.


England's task was to stay out there, hang around. Keaton Jennings


managed less than ten minutes. Two long days lay ahead. South Africa


were so far in front that wickets took on more value than once. So


when the umpire gave Barry -- Gary Ballance not out, they gambled with


their last review. Check the technology. Everything on red. Lbw,


ride. The situation calls for a strange skill in sport, the ability


to do nothing. Alastair Cook is an expert. He is a throwback to a more


patient age. He holds on until he knows it is safe, then scores. He


makes it seem far easier than it is. After all, look what happened to his


successor, Joe Root, officially the second best test batsman in the


world. Three down, more than 400 behind, but Cook kept going. While


he was out there, that was still half full. A couple of minutes


before lunch, and fate intervened. England cracked. They must have


coped without the great survivor. Few other Englishmen have showed


they can handle the weight. Patrick Geary, BBC News. Oscar-winning actor


Martin Landau has died at the age of 89. He first found fame in the


Alfred Hitchcock film North by Northwest. He featured in a number


of big-screen blockbusters during his 60s and the TV series, Mission


impossible. He won and Oscar in 1995 for Edward.


It's more than a thousand years since the lynx


became extinct in the UK, but campaigners hope a decision


An application being considered by Natural England could see


the wild cats released into Kielder Forest


But the return of a major predator is worrying farmers.


Last lynx in Britain was killed for its first 1300 years ago. The


application going into Natural England today would see them return.


Between six and ten released in Kielder Forest in Northumberland.


This is a huge conservation milestone. The first licence ever


submitted to release lynx on a trial basis to the UK. That is actually


how big is real life lynx is. Paul O'Donohoe you from the lynx trust


has been doing a consultation, talking, listening, explaining.


These children have some big questions. Are lynx dangerous to


people? They live all over the world. A healthy wild lynx has


never, ever, ever attacked a human anywhere in the world. They may not


hurt people, but lynx our expert hunters. Their main prey? Dear. Dear


Andre Gray 's -- overgrazed. There's very little around. Not many places


for small mammals and birds. Lynx are needed to balance the ecosystem.


Not according to sheep farmers, who say that deer are not a problem and


lynx would be a threat. Think it is an absolutely stupid idea. For a


predator that has not been in this country for a thousand years, to be


released where it is going to cause damage to viable business. As far as


I am concerned, the lynx will go for the easy target, which will be sheep


and lamb. Opinion here is divided. In the local pub, Mike Brown is


thinking about his business. One estimate says the lynx could bring


in ?30 million a year in extra tourism. It is the most rural


village in England, so we need as many tourists as we can get. We rely


on tourist trade. That is 99% of the trade we take. We'll Kielder Forest


become the land of the lynx? The decision is now in the hands of


Natural England. If they say yes, experts predict they could -- there


could eventually be as many as 400 lynx in forest across the UK. Graham


Satchell, BBC News, Kielder Forest. Now the weather.


We have got some very warm weather, if not hot weather, to come for the


of this week. Temperatures surging into the high 20s, if not the low


30s. We'll see some thunderstorms breaking out Tuesday night,


Wednesday. Things will get cooler and fresher towards the end of the


week. It is a glorious day today. Plenty of sunshine. Peter Pan has


been out. He was in the Gower. Clear skies for the most part. I'd heard


making the sunshine hazy. Some of that is affecting southern part of


England. Across the north-west, we have got a weather front bringing


cloudy skies into Scotland. Underneath that cloud, skies look


rather like this. A few passing showers. That is the exception. The


cloud will continue to break-up across the Western Isles and the


Highlands of Scotland. Maybe Orkney as well. Most of us will end the day


sunny. Temperature wise, 28 degrees in the sunshine. 82 Fahrenheit the


warmest spot around the Greater London area. Overnight tonight we


keep those clear skies. For the most part, temperatures will fall away.


Not too uncomfortable a night. However, in southern England and


southern Wales, temperatures 17 to 18 degrees, perhaps too warm for a


good night's sleep. On Tuesday, an area of high pressure will move its


position. That will change the winds little bit. Cooler winds affecting


north-east England, eastern Scotland. Temperatures are few


degrees lower. Warm air in western Scotland. Highs of 25 degrees in


Glasgow. Temperatures peaking in the upper 20s in the warmer spots. As we


had through the evening time and overnight, thunderstorms will start


to work away across the English Channel. Some of those purposefully


Channel Islands before working into southern England, Wales, driving


north into East Anglia. The amount of rain we see will vary a lot from


these storms from place to place. The storms will move north. There


could be some areas that get a lot of rain in a few hours. Localised


flooding is a possibility. It will feel humid as well for Wednesday.


Temperatures peaking at 30 Celsius. That is the hottest day we will see


in this current warm spell. Things will turn cooler and fresher towards


the end of the week as Atlantic air moves in from the West. Temperatures


getting close to normal. 22 degrees for London. On the cool side in the


Northwest. This weather only with us for the next few days.


Thank you. A reminder of our main


story this lunchtime. A second round of talks in Brussels


on the UK's departure from the EU - the Brexit Secretary says it's time


to get down to business. That's all from the BBC News at One,


so it's goodbye from me. And on BBC One we now join the BBC's


news teams where you are.