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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


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