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Britain will leave the EU single market -
Theresa may sets out her core demands for Brexit negotiations.
She wants British laws to be judged in British courts, and new ways
Brexit must mean control over the number of people who come
to Britain from Europe, and that is what we
The Prime Minister also had a message for other EU leaders -
While I am sure a positive agreement can be reached, I am equally clear
that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.
Parliament will have a vote on the final deal, but already
If all her optimism of a deal with the European Union didn't work, we
would move into a low tax, corporate taxation,
I'm not prepared for Scotland to be taken down a path that I firmly
We'll be hearing the first reactions from across the EU.
The Supreme Court gives this Libyan the right to sue a former foreign
A jump in the cost of living - inflation hits a two-and-a-half-year
Vinnie Jones will captain the six Nations squad with Sam Warburton
told to fight for his place in the side.
Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.
Britain will be leaving the EU single market.
That was the clear-cut message from Theresa May as she set
out her red lines for the Brexit negotiations that are
Britain must be able to control the number of people
British courts must have the final say in interpreting British laws.
And Parliament will get the chance to vote on whatever
The Prime Minister is aiming for what she called "a global Britain"
that has the best possible trade deal with the EU while opening up
There was a warning too for her EU counterparts -
she will walk away if EU negotiators try to punish Britain.
Here's our political editor, Laura Kuennsberg.
On a day when Theresa May set out her vision for Briain's future.
Good morning. What's the plan? On her way.
Have you got a plan? On our way out, not just out of the European
Union... Are we going to get a detailed plan? Theresa May gathered
ministers and ambassadors too. To confirm finally, we will leave
behind the way the country has made its living for decades.
APPLAUSE As a priority, we will pursue a bold
and ambitious free trade agreement with the European Union. This
agreement should allow for the freest possible trade in goods and
services between Britain and the EU's member states. It will give
British companies the maximum freedom to trade with and operate
within European markets, and let European businesses do the same in
Britain. But I want to be clear - what I am proposing cannot mean
membership of the single market. Privately, ministers had talked of
preserving some parts of the special club, the market of hundreds of
millions where our businesses can buy and sell without barriers.
Remain as had pushed her, but she believes it can't be done, because
the rules of the single market come with unlimited EU immigration. The
message from the public, before and during the referendum campaign, was
clear - Brexit must mean control of the number of people who come to
Britain from Europe, and that is what we will deliver. Our customs
arrangements, how we trade over borders, will change too, but no
final decision on how. Her clear hope, though, is that the UK will
not pay billions to the EU every year. There may be some specific
programmes in which we might want to participate. If so, and this will be
for us to decide, it is appropriate that we will make a contribution,
but the principle is clear: The days of Britain making vast contributions
to the EU every year will end. 27 other countries will decide if her
plans are an ambitious wish list or a fantasy, yet most dramatically, if
after two years of talks negotiations stall, she and her team
are willing to walk away. Written wants to remain a good friend and
neighbour to Europe, yet I know there are some voices calling for a
punitive deal that punishes Britain and discourages other countries from
taking the same path. Britain would not, indeed, we could not, accept
such an approach. While I am confident that this scenario need
never rise, while I am sure a positive agreement can be reached, I
am equally clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal
for Britain. Thank you. But remember, the Prime Minister never
wanted to leave. During the referendum campaign, you said
plainly that you believed if we left the EU and single market, the
country, its families and citizens, would be worse off. Now, I doubt you
have changed your mind, or, as Prime Minister, you have made a decision
that you believe will leave the country and its citizens poorer -
which is a? All the economic indicators have been more positive
than people predicted. It is only earlier this week that the IMF
confirmed we were the fastest growing economy last year. And what
I am talking about today is the country is coming together and
looking for that brighter future as a global Britain. Did the Brexit
backers in the Cabinet get the upper hand? It was an excellent speech,
optimistic, confident, and it set out our responsibilities in a global
context. This wasn't an inward looking, purely European speech. It
is negotiate bulk -- negotiable, good for the UK and for the rest of
the EU as well. Why should they allow us to have our cake and eat
it? As the Prime Minister said, it will be good for both sides. Do you
think what she set out is achievable? We shall have to see.
Not exactly nodding along, either, the other parties across the UK. The
political consequences of Theresa May's choices are unclear. I think
we have to have a deal that ensures we have access to the market, that
we have British jobs depended on that market, that is what we will be
pushing for. If it is specifically this form of single market, I don't
know. She seems to want to have her cake and eat it. Choices emerging
here. Do we want to be taken down a path that we didn't vote for and
which is against our interests, audibly want to take control of our
own future? And I think that is a choice Scotland has the right to
make. To wave the white flag across the Straits of Dover, as Theresa May
has done, is damaging to Britain's future and is a theft of democracy.
In Brussels, the message will had been received and at last clear.
Parliament was told today they will get a vote on the final deal, but
his is plain that the Prime Minister believes the country has delivered a
clear verdict, and she has made her mind up, drawn her big conclusions.
Her dilemma is now are persuading a continent that what she wants is
possible, and those who voted to stay in the EU that it's even
desirable, but this is really only the start of a long process. Much
will change. Concern and criticism won't fade away. The scale of what
we decided, how it will change our country and all our lives is still
fully to emerge. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster.
For decades now, Britain has traded within the EU's single market.
As we've been hearing, those days are numbered.
So what is the European single market and what could
Here's our diplomatic correspondent, James Landale.
The single market is the beating heart of the European Union, it
binds the European community together. The members believe that
if they get rid of barriers to trade and have goods, services and workers
move freely across their borders, then their economies will grow. To
make this happen, they agreed, trading rules. A widget made in
Greece same as one made in Spain. They set up the European Court of
Justice to make sure everybody follows the rules. Supporters say
the single market helped British companies flourish, like this
engineering firm in Bristol. It makes it easier for them to export
their goods and employ people from across the EU. I think there's an
obvious risk morass outside of the single market. We trade increasingly
with Europe. I think any change in the customs regime is probably going
to make us uncompetitive. But opponents say the single market
imposes unnecessary red tape on British firms, like this nappy
manufacturer in Northampton. It gives too much power to EU judges,
and allows into many migrant workers. The owner of this firm says
the opportunities outside are greater. I think morally we can't
remain part of the single market because we want to go out and do our
trade deals with countries outside the EU, and that's very exciting for
countries such as ours. So, to help make that happen, Theresa May wants
Britain to have instead the greatest possible access to the single
market. Particularly the British cars, lorries and financial
services, and to get that by negotiating a new free trade deal
with the EU. If she can, and if they are willing. And what about the
so-called customs union, the deal under which EU countries impose the
same tariffs on goods and services imported from outside the EU?
Theresa May said she didn't want that UK to be bound by this any more
and instead wanted Britain to be able to set its own tariffs and
negotiate its own trade deals with the rest of the world. But, she said
she would accept some kind of new customs arrangement with the EU but
didn't spell out what that might be. So, this is what the Prime Minister
wants. Now, all she has to do is get the EU members to agree, and that's
far from certain. I have skated over the surface of what are some
important issues, so you can read more detail on the BBC website, that
will take you through all the options and what that might be.
George. It didn't take long
for EU leaders to react. The president of the EU Council
called the speech realistic, but the European Parliament's
negotiator called The pound strengthened
after the Prime Minister's speech. More on that from our
Business Editor Simon Jack, who is at the World Economic
Forum in Switzerland. But first, let's talk to our Europe
Correspondent Damian Grammaticas, Damian, I suppose people are still
die jesting the speech, but any themes emerging? -- digesting. There
is a feeling that there is a little more clarity, but the European
Parliament's chief negotiator said that in his view Theresa May was
selling an illusion, because this idea that you could read the single
market, leave the customs union and then still enjoy privileged access,
he said that was an illusion. Also, another senior MEP said to me that
Theresa May was overselling the benefits of what could be achieved
with trade deals with distant countries, and underestimating the
difficulties that there will be for British companies, British
businesses, giving trade with the EU. He said they may find it very
difficult in the future if there are things like customs checks, Mike
tariffs coming in. Also, the idea that the UK could walk away was
dismissed, saying the UK would suffer most. One negotiator said he
is not seeking to punish the UK in the negotiations. Simon, let's come
to you. I guess you couldn't be in a better place to gauge business
sentiment. What is the reaction so far? Businesses have been calling
out for some clarity. We got some today - no ifs, no buts, no single
market. Pretty clear, but most leaders I've spoken to here had come
to this conclusion themselves, thinking that continued membership
of the single market was incompatible with the political
imperative of bringing immigration down. What really got years
twitching here was the tone of Theresa May's speech here today. She
didn't pull any punches, said she would fight for a good deal, was
prepared to retaliate if necessary, and that she thought no deal was
better than a bad deal. What that means, if she does walk away, walks
into these general international trading standards, that means
tariffs could come in. Businesses here are very worried about that,
and they hope it is a negotiating posture. It is a nuclear option that
they don't want to press the button on. They beget clarity? Sum. Are we
going to get a better idea of where we finally end up? I'm afraid not.
Thank you, both. So, is Theresa May's vision
of Britain's future what voters had in mind when they went to the polls
in the EU Referendum? Our Midlands correspondent,
Sima Kotecha, has been talking to people in Birmingham,
which voted narrowly It's the 50-50 city,
where half the population voted to leave the EU,
and the other half voted to remain. Today in her speech,
the Prime Minister said people who had voted for Brexit had done
so with their eyes open. The country seems like it's
slipping, slipping. We lost everything,
everything to the European. Everything was going up and it just
seemed to be slipping away. She confirmed the UK
was heading for a hard Brexit, but not everybody's clear
about what that means. Unless it's laid out
in layman's terms, we don't She may as well just
speak Chinese to us. You've got 16 sausage
rolls there for a pound. At the market, locals were digesting
the headline announcement. She's just said that the UK will be
leaving the single market - I think things are all
right the way it is. Personally, they are rocking
the boat quite a lot. Diversity is a good thing,
because you bring all kinds And the jobs that some people
in England don't want to do, other people are happy to come
and do it to keep the country going. The leave campaign won by a whisker
here, fewer than 4,000 votes made the difference,
but no matter which way people voted, the question many
want the answer to is, We need still even more information,
and I don't think we will fully understand until we have made that
complete break away. Then, we will understand
what it means. You know, at the moment,
it's just pie in the sky, isn't it? The Prime Minister says she wants
a smooth and orderly Brexit, In her speech today,
the Prime Minister made a point of saying she wanted the four
nations of the UK to have their say Let's hear now from our
correspondents in Cardiff and Belfast, but first our Scotland
editor, Sarah Smith. Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister
of Scotland, responded to Theresa May's speech today by saying she
think it is has increased the chances there will be a seconding
referendum on Scottish independence. She said it's clear that the UK is
heading for a hard Brexit, which they she thinks will be economically
catastrophic and will not allow Scotland to be stem rollered down a
path it didn't vote for. At the end of last year, the First Minister put
together a paper outlining you how she thinks Scotland could stay in
the single market if the UK leaves. That could only happen if the Prime
Minister and the UK Government agrees with it. She says she doesn't
think Theresa May is giving the proposals serious consideration and
that is why she said she thinks the prospects spect of another vote for
independence, she think's a prospect which is being abouting more likely.
-- becoming more likely. Most exposed to the fallout from Brexit
because it shares a land border with the Irish Republic. Theresa May was
quick today to say there would be no return to the borders of the past.
She said the common travel area would be retained. But there were
few details as to how this would happen. Here's the question - if the
UK wants to control immigration from the EU, how can it do that with an
open border, with the Irish Republic? Here's another question -
say the UK steps outside the customs union, what will that do to the
border? Will that border become effectively a hard border? Is Wales
voted to leave the EU despite that I think inevitable concerns today,
economically, about what the impact could be, particularly in areas like
manufacturing and farming, strong in Wales. Dependant on exports to the
EU. At the National Assembly the First Minister has a problem, he
campaigned to remain. Since Brexit he has called for full and
unvettered access, as he calls it, to the single market. He said things
appears to be going in the wrong direction for him. Political
leverage is also a problem. If he complains too much, ministers at
Westminster can turn round to him and say - they are delivering what
the people of Wales want, which was Brexit. George. All right, Nick,
Gavin, Sarah, thank you all. Let's speak to our political
editor, Laura Kuenssberg, Laura, Theresa May has been
criticised an awful lot for not saying enough about her Brexit
plans, do you think she answered those critics today? Well, being
clear is a prize in any argument. The eurosceptics are cock-a-hoop
tonight. One senior Tory figure on the argument joked he could have
written the speech himself. The remainers who have been pushing to
hajj on to parts of the single market membership have been muted.
Theresa May killed off some of the charges of delay, of dither, of her
not being able to make up her mind. This clarity from today does give us
a sense she has taken the initiative. It gives her a bit of
breathing space in political terms. Let's be quite clear about it, one
day this is one day, 24-hours in what will be a long, complicated
fraught and dif process. There are people here, here inpm still, more
importantly on the other side of the negotiating table, those 27
countries, who believe what she is asking for is a delusion. If, as
time comes to pass, they are proven to be right and Number Ten is proven
to be wrong, it will be very politically and maybe economically
painful finding out that they were right and Theresa May called it
wrong. Lawyer thank you.
The former Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, can now be sued
by a Libyan man who claims that British agents helped
the United States to kidnap and secretly remove him and his wife
Today, the Supreme Court cleared the way for Abdel Hakim Belhaj
to take legal action over the alleged British involvement.
Jack Straw, who was responsible for MI6 at the time,
Our home affairs correspondent, Tom Symonds, reports.
Libya, 2011, Colonel Gaddafi's been toppled, and it's chaos.
Among the files strewn across the offices of his security
service, a document comes to light suggesting Britain played a part
in the abduction and torture of a Libyan dissident.
He's Abdul Hakim Belhaj, once regarded as a terror suspect.
Now, he's been told by Britain's highest court he can sue
MI6 and the Government, which tried to halt the case.
The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses the Government's appeals.
Normally, the English courts can't consider cases involving
what foreign governments have done abroad, but in this judgment,
the Supreme Court has concluded that that doesn't prevent the courts
here from considering British involvement in what's happened.
In this jail, Mr Belhaj says he was tortured after he and his
pregnant wife were intercepted by US agents and flown to Libya.
There have been no criminal charges but, speaking in Istanbul today,
TRANSLATION: They've got to admit that this act,
committed by individuals in the British Government,
is a criminal act encroaching on our freedom and rights
and rendering us to a regime they know is they know
My wife was pregnant then and she was kept
If they apologise, we will drop our demands.
The crucial evidence could be the document found in Libya
in which an MI6 officer appears to write to a Gaddafi
the safe arrival of Mr Belhaj, using his alternative name,
but also describing him as, "air cargo."
The letter says the intelligence that led to his capture was British.
Labour's Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary at the time
is one of those accused, but said today he acted
within the law and was never complicit with what might
Britain's alleged connection with so-called rendition,
official flights to secret prison torture destinations has never been
Tom Symonds, BBC News, the Supreme Court.
A brief look at some of the day's other news stories.
An inquest has heard how concerns over security
at a Tunisian holiday resort, where 30 Britons were killed
by an Islamist gunman in June 2015, were raised six months before
A report in January 2015, for the UK Government,
suggested there was a low standard of protection at some hotel
The killings were the deadliest on Britons since the
The man suspected of carrying out the New Year's Eve attack
on a nightclub in Istanbul has been arrested.
The Uzbek national was trained in Afghanistan, according
to the city's governor, and is believed to have illegally
39 people died in the attack on the Reina club,
A public inquiry has heard that a police marksman,
who shot and killed an unarmed man, was acting on "out of date"
Anthony Grainger was shot once in the chest during
a Greater Manchester Police operation in Cheshire in 2012.
The inquiry into his death heard that police
believed he was preparing for an armed robbery.
A teenager has been arrested after the body of a 16-year-old girl
The girl has been named locally as Leonne Weeks,
An 18-year-old, from Dinnington, is being questioned
Rising air fares and food prices have helped push up UK
inflation to its highest rate in nearly two-and-a-half years.
The fall in the pound since the Brexit vote is, in part,
Our economics correspondent, Andy Verity, is here with the details.
You have been looking at the detail of this? That is right. Part of the
reason that prices are going up is because of higher oil prices. They
bounced back on the ward markets. It's also, as you mentioned, because
of the weaker pound. And the weaker pound of course means if you are
going to buy imported goods you need more pounds to buy the same number
of dollars or euros to buy those imported goods. You have seen that
inflationary effect of the weaker pound up the chain. It strengthened
today. It has weakened 16%. Producer prices have risen by 16% over the
past year. Now, they are passing on some of that effect. Those producer
prices the prices for raw materials. It.7% is what they are charging at
the factory gate. They are only putting some of that into the shops,
retailers are shielding us from that. Retail prices have gone up by
1.6%. Competition may play a role there. The retailers are thinking -
if we raise our prices to cover the cost, business might go elsewhere.
Competition is shielding us from the effect of the weaker pound for now.
When you are being looking at petrol prices up by a tenth over the last
year, they can only do that for so long. We should expect more
incompetent inflation, perhaps up to 3%, over the next year. All right,
Andy, thank you very much. -- inflation.
Time for a look at the weather, here's Nick Miller.
The winter weather is being turned on it is heads. The highest
temperatures have been in Scotland. Despite the sunshine in south-east
England this is where the lowest temperatures have been. Blue sky Bob
was living up to his name in Kent. The sunshine in the south-east, the
low trps. It felt cold under this area of cloud through Wales and
Midland and into north-west England where they had outbreaks of rain on
and off during the day. There will be hill fog to be found tonight,
too. Cloud in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but mainly dry. Where you
have cloud, temperatures will hold up. Where you are under clear skies,
east anning Lee why and south-east England the frost will set in. Hard
frost in rural spots. Minus 6 possible going into tomorrow
morning. Scraping the ice off the car. After the frosty start more
sunshine to come during the day tomorrow. Elsewhere, most of us will
stay cloudy. Where you have the cloud in England and Wales damp and
drizzly in places. Dry weather despite the cloud in Scotland and
Northern Ireland. Rain into Shetland later. Sunshine in the Channel
Islands. It won't feel particularly warm, nor will it despite the
sunshine in the far south-east. A cold feeling day in the cloud across
south-east Wales into the Midlands. Temperatures a little bit higher the
further north we come. Could see brighter breaks in north-east
England across eastern parts of Scotland, patchy rain heading into
Shetland. Yes, in Scotland double figure temperatures again for some
of us. Looks like a bit more cloud tomorrow evening and night across
southernmost parts of the UK. That frost not as hard or widespread.
With high pressure in control, a lot of fine, settled but cloudy weather
to come going into the ebbed would, too.
Theresa May's long-awaited speech on Brexit.
She confirmed Britain would leave the single market and said
she wanted a stronger Britain, in charge of its own laws