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Theresa May holds crucial talks
with ministers to agree
a united approach to Brexit.
Senior ministers are at Chequers
this afternoon as the Prime Minister
tries to get Cabinet
consensus on Brexit.
We'll have the very latest
from our correspondent at Chequers.
Also this lunchtime: The number
of EU citizens leaving the UK
is at its highest for a decade.
President Trump suggests giving
guns to some teachers
as he meets survivors
of the Florida school shooting.
Scientists say anti-depressants
do work, and more of
us should be on them.
And up, up and away
at the Winter Olympics -
it's gold for America in the men's
skiing half pipe.
And coming up in the
sport on BBC News...
Team GB's men are out of the curling
at the Winter Olympics.
The silver medallists from four
years ago lost 9-5 to Switzerland
in their play-off match.
Hello, welcome to the news out on.
There's a crucial meeting this
afternoon of the government's
inner cabinet on Brexit.
The Prime Minister is holding talks
with senior ministers at Chequers,
in an attempt to secure a common
approach on Britain's negotiating
position with the European Union.
The meeting begins in an hour,
but with significant
differences to be resolved,
it could go on until
late into the evening.
Here's our political
correspondent, Chris Mason.
The official country residence of
British prime ministers since 1921.
Checkers in the Buckinghamshire
countryside, hosting a meeting of
the Government's most senior figures
involved in making Brexit happen.
The chance for them to work out what
they see our long-term relationship
with the EU looking like.
to the Secretary of State for
Westminster, Brexit dominates
everything. Liam Fox faced questions
this morning, as did the Prime
Minister's de facto deputy, who
tried to talk things down.
one of a number of meetings of
Cabinet ministers to talk through
how we approach the forthcoming
negotiations. Obviously everybody
brings their particular departmental
interests to the table but if you
look at what happened back before
the December European summit there
was a lot of speculation the Cabinet
would not reach agreement. We all
agreed the position the Prime
Minister took to Brussels and got a
successful outcome and we are
determined to get the best possible
But there are continuing rows
about precisely how long the
transition period immediately after
Brexit next year should be. And
crucially there are differences of
instinct around the Cabinet table
about what the UK's long-term
relationship with the EU after
Brexit should look like and those
differences won't melt away easily.
The Prime Minister has got to keep
Brexiteer backbenchers onside.
Brexit Cabinet all fought the last
election on a manifesto of leaving
the European Union and that's
basically what they are talking
about, the structure as to how we do
that. The Prime Minister enunciated
yesterday the main principles about
taking back control of our laws and
money, leaving the single market and
Labour has faced
criticism is itself about a lack of
clarity about what it wants but is
We have been evolving
and deepening our policy over the
last few months. The key issue is to
say to the Government you got to
have the transition period of these
two years, but also for the
long-term look at the potential of a
The cameras won't get
much closer to checkers than this
today. Spectacular views, yes, but
don't expect spectacular political
theatre. The process of negotiating
Brexit and home -- at home and
abroad is a slow and grinding on.
Our Political Correspondent Alex
Forsyth is at Chequers.
How important is this meeting?
It is pretty crucial because, as
Chris was outlining, the whole point
of it is to try to get some
agreement among Theresa May's top
team about what the long-term
relationship between the UK and the
EU will be. The tricky aspect of
that is trade. The Prime Minister
has been clear it's her view of the
UK will be leaving the single market
and customs union. The question is
what kind of trading relationship
replaces that and crucially how
closely aligned the UK will state of
the EU with its
rules and regulations, and what it
is prepared to trade off in terms of
the UK's own sovereignty in order to
gain access to the markets. The
difficulty is there are
significantly different views about
that, not just between parties but
between the ministers who will be
meeting here today. Some of course
whom campaigned for Brexit, some of
whom wanted the UK to stay in the
European Union. This meeting this
afternoon could be tricky, could be
very long, and they will have to try
to agree some sort of compromise. We
may get detail later about what that
looks like but we are also expecting
a speech from the Prime Minister
next week outlining what the UK
hopes to achieve. When they get
through the negotiations here, once
they agree what they want, they have
to agree it with Brussels too.
The EU appears to have rejected
a key British proposal
for the future relationship
after Brexit, according
to documents published
by the European Commission.
Our reporter Adam Fleming has
been looking at them.
Adam, what has the EU been saying?
couple of weeks ago EU officials
have a private meeting to discuss
this proposal put forward by the
British government, that you have
some areas where the UK keeps EU
rules and regulations, other areas
of the economy where they have the
same goal but get there using
different rules and regulations, and
areas where things are totally
different between the two. A
document published last night shows
the European Commission's Brexit
negotiators said that concept would
be incompatible with the EU ground
rules for Brexit which are all about
protecting the integrity of the
single market, the internal market
as they call it here in Brussels.
This morning a senior EU diplomat
said it looks like the UK was trying
to pick bits of the single market it
liked and reject bits it didn't like
which to them is not an acceptable
course of action. This meeting at
Chequers today is all about the UK
agreeing an opening position for the
next phase of Brexit talks which is
all about trade and the future
relationship. If we have learned
anything about the process,
anything about the process, all of
these meetings here with Michel
Barnier and David Davies are about
finding a compromise between the
British and Brussels position which
they are happy with in Brussels and
end up being happy with in Britain.
Adam, thank you.
The number of European Union
nationals leaving the UK
is at its highest level
for a decade.
New figures show that 130,000
EU nationals emigrated
in the year to last September.
Our home affairs correspondent
Danny Shaw is here.
Danny, how significant
are these statistics?
These figures from the office for
National Statistics appear to
indicate to me is certainly that
Brexit is having an impact on
whether EU nationals want to live in
the UK. If you look at the
referendum June 2016, since then
every quarter these figures are
published there's been a drop in the
number of EU nationals coming to
live here and there's been a rise in
the number of EU citizens leaving
Britain. The latest numbers we have
got, 130,000 people leaving, that's
the highest since 2008, and 220,000
arriving, the lowest for almost four
years. At the same time we are
seeing a rise in the number of
people from outside Europe coming to
Britain, the highest number since
September 2011. What does this do
for the controversial target to cut
net migration, the difference
between overall numbers coming and
leaving to less than 100,000? They
are still way off that target at 240
Danny, thank you very much
The UK economy expanded by less
than previously thought in the final
three months of last year,
official figures reveal.
Gross domestic product -
or GDP - grew by 0.4%
in the October-to-December period,
down from the initial
estimate of 0.5%.
The Office for National Statistics
said the downgrade was due to slower
growth in production industries.
Donald Trump has suggested that
giving guns to some teachers
would stop massacres like last
week's high school shooting
in Florida, in which 17 pupils
and staff were killed.
The president said teachers
with firearms training could have
concealed weapons in the classroom.
His comments came as he met
survivors of the Florida massacre
and other shootings.
reports from Florida.
The people demand a hearing.
In Florida telling their lawmakers
loud and clear, they don't want this
mass shooting to drop off
the political agenda
like all the others have.
At the White House, President Trump
was listening, to victims
of the Parkland school attack,
but also those that came before it.
Andrew Pollack's 18-year-old
daughter Meadow was
killed last week.
It doesn't make sense, fix it,
should have been one school shooting
and we should have fixed it.
And I'm kissed.
Because my daughter I'm
not going to see again.
She's not here, she's not here.
She's in North Lauderdale
at whatever it is,
King David Cemetery,
that's where I go to see my kid now.
It doesn't make sense
to her schoolmate Samuel Zeif
either, especially the gunman's
access to a semiautomatic rifle.
I don't understand.
I turned 18 the day after,
woke up to the news that my best
friend was gone and I don't
understand why I could still go
in a store and buy a weapon of war.
The president has responded to calls
for tougher gun laws with promises
of strong background checks,
but also more guns.
It's called concealed
carry, where a teacher
would have a concealed gun on them.
They'd go for special training.
They would be there and you would no
longer have a gun-free zone.
There is some support for that
argument, but students who survived
the attack flooded Florida's state
legislature, demanding a ban
on assault rifles.
Lawmakers may make it harder
for a teenager to buy one,
but not more than that.
Still, that's movement
in an unmoving debate.
The students aim to harness that
momentum and turn it
into a national campaign.
This feels like something new.
The students seem to
have captured a moment.
They're giving a face and a voice
to widespread anger and frustration
about mass shootings.
But whether their movement has
the power to bring real
change will be the story
of the coming months.
Barbara Plett-Usher, BBC News,
Our Correspondent Gary O'Donghue
is in Maryland where
later today the head
of the National Rifle Association
is making his first speech
since the Florida school shooting.
Gary, what's he likely to say?
That is interesting because the NRA
has a pattern of these things, when
the shootings happened. It goes very
quiet in the immediate aftermath of
that and that's exactly what's
happened this time. This will be the
first public comments by the head of
the NRA since the Parkland shooting
and there's a lot of things for him
to address. There is pressure for
example for a ban on assault rifles,
something they won't support at all.
There is pressure to raise the age
at which you can buy such guns,
that's one of the suggestions in the
Florida house at the moment. Then
there's the question of what you do
about people with mental health
problems and their access to guns.
He will be talking among friends,
this is a right-wing conference so
he will I think get a lot of support
here. But bear in mind his
organisation is extraordinarily
powerful. It spends a lot of money
lobbying and politically giving
money to congressmen for their runs
and they know that. In terms of the
president himself, he is saying this
morning it does have to be the time
when teachers get guns in ordered to
stop what he calls sickos shooting
The United Nations Security Council
will today consider a resolution
calling for a ceasefire in Syria.
It comes as government
forces in the country
continue their intense bombardment
of the rebel enclave
of Eastern Ghouta,
on the outskirts of Damascus.
The UN have described
the enclave as "hell on earth",
and in the last few days hundreds
of civilians, including many
children, have been killed there.
This report from Paul Adams does
include some distressing images.
A massacre, hell on earth, a
monstrous campaign of annihilation.
The world is running out of ways to
describe what's happening in eastern
Ghouta, but the bombs are still
falling and the toll is dreadful.
And medical facilities are not being
spread. This Children's Hospital now
The clinical care and
surgery unit is out, the incubator
unit is out, the paediatric section
is out. All of the departments of
hospital are out of service, the
destruction is total.
medical staff tried desperately to
keep up with hundreds of casualties.
The siege of eastern Ghouta began
five years ago. The situation was
intolerable long before this
These are hopeless
cases, there's nothing we can do to
save them. These victims have
suffered head and brain injuries.
This one has stopped breathing. I'm
worried about this boy too, both
need intensive care but we cannot
operate because the bombing is
Where are the Arabs?
Where are the Muslims? Do we have to
appeal to Israel instead to help?
Shame on you, this is just a little
boy who wants freedom. Why are you
doing this? I don't know what to do.
Can any of this be stopped through
diplomacy? The UN wants a ceasefire
and there's a meeting at the UN
Security Council this afternoon, but
in Geneva its envoy for Syria
doesn't sound optimistic.
Comment on whether you think there
will be a deal today on a ceasefire
I hope it will, but it
is uphill, it is very urgent.
there isn't one, what happens?
will have to push for it to take
place as soon as possible because
there is no alternative to a
ceasefire and humanitarian access.
Russia says the real blame lies with
terrorists firing out of Ghouta into
the capital. Jihadi fighters
including some connected with
Al-Qaeda have been active in the
area since the siege began. This for
President Assad is about securing
Damascus, there's no immediate sign
of him stopping. Britain is halfway
towards its target of resettling the
most vulnerable refugees from the
Syrian civil war. The Home Secretary
says 10,000 refugees have already
come here and she's looking to see
what to do after the scheme ends in
two years' time. Daniel Sandford
Far from the horrors
of the war in Syria,
we found Khaled Kara Hasan playing
football in his garden in Coventry
with his sons, Mahmood and Zid.
His family are some of the 10,000
people now given refuge in Britain
under the vulnerable person
Khaled, who was a pharmacy
assistant in Syria, now works
part-time in Waitrose.
He told me he fled Homs in 2012
after Syrian government forces
bombed first his neighbourhood
and then a second area,
where he'd taken refuge.
I decided with my family
to leave Syria, Turkey,
because I like my family.
To protect them.
I remember my brothers,
I remember my friend, my neighbours.
Here it's more safe, more safe,
but in Syria it's like,
you know in Syria it's
like fighting, but it's
still my country.
You miss it a bit, yeah?
But the old Syria is gone.
This mobile phone footage sent
by a friend shows what their flat
in Homs looks like today.
The scheme to resettle refugees
from Syria is overseen
by the Home Secretary,
Amber Rudd, who was in a camp
in Lebanon this week.
The UK has promised to give homes
to 20,000 of the most vulnerable
by the end of 2020 and is now
halfway to that target.
I think that the British public can
be very proud of that,
proud of the fact they've been able
to reach that commitment,
that these families are being
resettled in the community
and are being looked after.
But campaigners say Britain
could still be doing much more.
There are more than 5 million
Syrian refugees living
in neighbouring countries,
some in terrible conditions.
Like this woman, who has
three children under ten
and whose husband is missing.
A couple of years ago she had
the chance to go to Germany.
I was afraid at the time,
as my children were still young,
so I declined the offer,
she told the BBC.
With a return to Syria
still impossible, it's a decision
she now bitterly regrets.
Daniel Sandford, BBC News.
Our top story this lunchtime.
Theresa May is holding crucial
talks with her ministers
at Chequers this afternoon,
to agree a united approach
for the Brexit negotiations.
And still to come.
More disappointment for Team GB
in the Winter Olympics -
men's curling is the latest to be
knocked out, with the skipper
Coming up in sport...
Mercedes reveal their new car
for the Formula One season.
Lewis Hamilton says he'll quickly
get used to the new halo
designed to protect drivers.
New research shows
antidepressants are effective -
and that many more people
could benefit from taking them.
The study, in the medical journal
the Lancet, found 21 common
antidepressants were more effective
than placebos at reducing symptoms
of acute depression.
Here's our health correspondent,
How did the chicken cross the road?
Comedian Christian Talbot makes
a career out of making people laugh.
..to feel safe.
But off the stage he takes
antidepressants in order to get
from one day to the next.
It did feel literally
like a weight off my shoulders.
I was less anxious.
And I sort of felt just more even,
you know, not happy, but even.
Antidepressants are some of our most
64 million prescriptions were handed
out in England in 2016 and, yet,
they are the source of huge debate.
So many people take antidepressants
that it seems remarkable
there could be serious questions
about whether they work,
but some trials have hinted
they have no affect,
and for the fiercest critics,
antidepressants are snake oil.
But scientists think
they have finally answered
the question in a huge study.
They analysed more than 500 clinical
trials, including previously
unpublished data held
by drug companies.
We found that all the most commonly
prescribed antidepressants work
for major depression and for people
with moderate to severe depression
and also we found that some of them
are more effective than others,
or better tolerated than others.
The study assessed whether these
drugs are effective
in the short term.
More work is underway to see how
long any benefits last.
However, there are still
patients that don't respond
to any form of treatment.
The patient can be reassured that
if they need antidepressants
and they take antidepressants
they are doing the right
thing, but we can move
on to the new most important
questions, which is what we do
with patients who don't respond
to all available antidepressants.
The study included 21 drugs,
yet some to patients do not
respond to any of them.
How can we help them?
Another concern is too few people
with depression get treatment.
Researchers estimate at least
one million more people
in the UK would benefit
from therapies including
James Gallagher, BBC News.
University lecturers across the UK
are beginning a series of strikes.
The action will affect
around a million students.
Members of the University
and College Union are walking out
in protest at planned changes
to their pension scheme,
which they say will leave them
worse off in retirement.
Our correspondent Tomos Morgan has
this report from Cardiff -
where hundreds of university staff
are taking action.
Know ifs, no buts, no pension cuts.
Picket lines, protests, the scene at
universities across the country.
Staff walking out in a dispute over
pensions. Institutions say there's a
£6.1 billion deficit in the current
scheme, which is unsustainable. They
say changes must be made. But after
35 meetings over the past year, the
University and College Union says
the strikes were inevitable is the
proposed new scheme would be far
We are saying changes
to the scheme should be fair. We are
in the scheme which the staff and
employers are committed to. They
employers have now junked that
approach and are going for something
where the staff are being shoved
With lectures being affected
by the strikes there a danger that
student degrees will be impacted.
There are suggestions exams may have
to be modified marking relaxed. The
thousands of students that have come
out today to protest across the
country are doing so alongside their
lecturers. Their frustration is
aimed at their institutions. They
are seen as consumers in the eyes of
regulators and the courts and if
this deadlock continues students
believe they deserve some
compensation from universities for
the loss of teaching time. Students
across the country have begun
petitions, calling for universities
to recognise that they are not
receiving a service paid for by
their tuition fees. The petition
here in Cardiff has already had
almost 5000 the glitches.
opportunity to focus on financial
compensation, we believe that
academic compensation is more
beneficial. We don't believe in the
long-running financial compensation
will benefit students and changes to
exam feedback or deadlines benefits
The union says senior
lecturers could be £10,000 a year
worse off under the proposed new
scheme. Universities UK, the body
that represents institutions, says
that they are making every effort to
minimise the impact of industrial
action on students, adding that
changes proposed will make the
pension scheme secure and
sustainable, safeguarding the future
of universities. Currently, 14 days
of protests are planned. But unless
a deal can be reached soon, unions
say more strike action stretching
into the summer exam period is
inevitable. Tomos Morgan, BBC News,
Britain's biggest energy supplier,
Centrica, says it's cutting 4000
jobs over the next couple of years.
It follows a big drop in profits,
down by 17 % last year.
The group - which owns British Gas -
has blamed its performance
in North America as well in the UK.
Our business correspondent
Emma Simpson reports.
It's been a disappointing year for
Britain's biggest energy supplier.
Today, the hard numbers will stop
Centrica's group profits down 17%
come at a £1.25 billion. It also
lost 1.4 million British Gas
customer accounts and more
cost-cutting is on the way, with
4000 jobs to go. And those cuts, the
boss told me, are partly down to the
government's looming price cap on
It's about competition and
what customers are wanting, but
there's a third reason. There is a
link between our cost efficiency
programme and preparing for price
cap in the UK. We've got to be
competitive and this measure means
that we've got to drive more
The posts will go over
the next three years, mainly in its
UK residential business.
It's only a
couple of years ago that I was
talking to the Chief Executive
around 5500 job losses and that
being the necessary action required,
and now here we are again with a
further 4000 job cuts being
announced. It's very, very
The government says
Britain's energy market isn't
working. Customers are being
overcharged. That's why it wants to
cap the most expensive energy bills.
A move which could put another
squeeze on Centrica's profits, so
our price rises on the cards?
can't make any guarantees others and
we watch the input costs closely and
we are trying to make our energy as
competitive as possible.
government intervention to
increasing competition, the whole
industry is in the midst of change,
but will it come at a price, and for
whom? Emma Simpson, BBC News.
In the Winter Olympics,
British skier Dave Ryding finished
ninth in the men's slalom.
The GB men's curling team failed
to reach the semifinals,
after Switzerland beat them
in their tie-break match.
In the men's skiing half pipe,
some spectacular aerial acrobatics -
as you'll see in David Ornstein's
report from Pyeongchang.
From Great Britain
and Northern Ireland,
Dave "The Rocket" Ryding.
At the gateway to Olympic glory.
From a dry ski slope in Lancashire
to the real stuff in South Korea,
Dave Ryding has followed
an unconventional path,
but now finds himself battling
against the world's best.
The Rocket starts to get
acceleration on the flat.
Ryding's final run here propelled
him to a ninth place finish -
Britain's best Olympic Alpine skiing
result in 30 years.
That's a superb performance
by Dave Ryding, but it won't quite
be enough to get him on the podium,
and Britain's wait for another medal
at these Games goes on.
I'm 31, but still life
in the old dog yet, and it
motivates me for another four years
and I know I can
improve on that still.
Curling has become one
of the country's main sources
of Olympic success -
the men taking silver
in Sochi four years ago.
This, however, is a new team
and they leave empty-handed,
after an agonising defeat by
Leading 5-4 with just two ends to go
and a semifinals place at stake,
the Brits capitulated to lose 9-5.
We had a good game today,
but it wasn't to be, sadly.
A couple of things didn't go our way
and a couple of half shots
and that's all it takes
against a team as good as them.
Meanwhile there was confirmation
today that the Russian mixed doubles
pair of Alexander Krushelnitskiy
and his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova
have been stripped of their curling
bronze medal after Krushelnitskiy
was found guilty of doping.
In the women's ice hockey
there was incredible drama
as the United States and Canada went
to a sudden-death shoot out.
the USA win gold.
Having claimed each of the last four
titles, Canada were left devastated
as the USA celebrated
a famous victory.
There was more American joy
in the men's ski half pipe.
Defending champion David Wise making
the spectacular look simple,
to triumphant again
with a near-perfect final run.
Oh, that's it!
David Ornstein, BBC
Time for a look at the weather.
We are in for some Winter Olympics
Indeed we are, the story is
unfolding. Good afternoon. I'll
start with the European map and the
temperature contrast, you can see
the blues pouring out from Siberia
into western Russia, spreading
across the continent and reaching
our shores, particularly into next
week you really will notice the
bitterly cold conditions. It's going
to feel extremely bitter,
particularly if you add on the wind.
Widespread morning frosts. There's
the chance of some snow in some
areas, but uncertainty in that
detail. Keep tuned to the forecast
the weather snow will fall. Here and
now, we have high pressure in
control. Its finance settled. A lot
of dry weather around through the
afternoon. The best of the sunshine
across eastern side of England,
eastern Scotland and some glimmers
elsewhere, but there will be a tough
cloud and disappointingly chilly
where you have the cloud. Not too
bad in the sunshine. 5-7dC. As we
had through this evening and
overnight, the skies clear quite
widely. It looks like temperatures
will plummet. It will be a dry one
for where the skies are clear,
particularly in England and the fund
into parts of Scotland it will be a
really cold one, much colder than
last night, with a hard frost down
to maybe minus five Celsius in a few
places. One thing is for sure, it
will be a cold start tomorrow
morning. You'll be scraping the car
if you are heading out early. Like
today, because high
pressure is in control, it will be
largely financed right, variable
amounts of cloud and good spells of
sunshine, the best of it in
Scotland, parts of England and why,
a bit of cloud rolling in off the
North Sea for north-east England.
Temperatures 4-7. That's the trend
as we head into the weekend. The
temperatures continue to fall away
as we pick up the south-easterly
wind bringing the cold air, which is
already across the near continent.
Again, high pressure in control for
Saturday. A lot of fine and dry
weather. Wrap up well and head out,
it should be quite nice, good sunny
spells around. A bit more of a
breeze. It will start to knock the
temperatures down further. Ranging
from 4-7dC. A similar picture on
Sunday, with a lot of dry weather
around. Temperatures continue to
fall, particularly after Sunday. At
the start of next week we're looking
at highs a couple of degrees above
freezing. Add on the wind and it
will feel colder. There should be
quite a bit of sunshine around as
well but there is some snow in the
forecast, so keep tuned to the
weather forecast for the next few
That's all from the BBC News at One.
That's all from the BBC News at One.