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Boris Johnson adds his brand of diplomacy to the Brexit debate


as EU leaders spell out the problems ahead.


The Foreign Secretary is hoping for new ties with India -


And he is accused of upsetting old friends like France.


If Mr Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody


who chooses to escape rather in the manner of some sort


of World War II movie, then I don't think that is the way forward.


At the EU Parliament, first formal reactions


and they're spelling out the challenges ahead.


We want a fair deal for the United Kingdom,


but that deal necessarily needs to be inferior to membership.


We'll be asking what this means for Brexit negotiations.


He was told there was no space for him on a bus -


now this disabled campaigner wins at the Supreme Court.


We are going to evacuate everyone back home tonight.


Their holiday is over - thousands of British tourists flown


back from The Gambia after warnings of unrest.


Coming up in Sportsday later in the BBC News, tributes to the


pioneering Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint.


The former England captain who helped transform


women's cricket has died at the age of 77.


Good evening and welcome to the BBC news at Six.


EU leaders meeting in Strasbourg have been


giving their first formal reaction to Theresa May's Brexit speech.


The Prime Minister of Malta, which holds the EU presidency,


said any deal had to be inferior to the relationship Britain


With both British and EU politicians trying not to antagonise each other


Boris Johnson has been blamed for doing the opposite.


He's been accused of inappropriate language when he appeared to compare


France's President Hollande to a World War II guard


Our political editor Laura Kuennsberg explains.


Watch out, Foreign Secretary more light. It is his job to bring


friends and influence around the world. On tour in India today. The


delicate process of leaving the EU begins, rather in delicate words


about our old friends and foes, the French. Mr Hollande wants to


administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape rather


in the manner of some World War II movie, I don't think that is the way


forward. I think it is not in the interests of our friends and our


partners. From thousands of miles away he was slammed as crass. Not


what you would expect from a Foreign Minister a diplomat told me. Awkward


when back home the Prime Minister urges everyone to play nice. The


point made was reasonable but the language has to be careful when


dealing with colleagues and friends. Boris comes up with extraordinary


phrases of which we should all be ashamed. His team said he was just


making the point it makes no sense for the rest of the EU to treat


Britain harshly but only yesterday Theresa May publicly reminded


ministers at home of the need the discipline and with a difficult deal


ahead, Britain needs all the friends it has. Language matters, but it is


the words and attitudes of European leaders that will be vital.


Yesterday the Prime Minister appealed to EU counterparts to


behave as good friends, even as we leave. The arch European Jean-Claude


Juncker, who leads the commission that will manage the deal. We are


not in a hostile mood. We want a fair deal for Britain but a fair


deal means a fair deal for the EU. Leaders are in no mood to let


Britain divide and conquer, their goal is sticking together. We have a


clearer idea of what Britain wants, Angela Merkel said, the most


important thing is Europe is not divided. In public and private, this


is the reality. Whatever the UK asks for, the rest of the EU will not do


a deal when the terms are trade are as cushy outside as in. We want a


fair deal for the United Kingdom, but that deal necessarily needs to


be inferior to membership. Are you playing hardball? She may smile, her


speech yesterday please most of her party, but Theresa May is under


attack for not giving MPs enough of a save. It is not so much the iron


Lady as the irony lady. I have a plan. He does not have a clue. Next


Tuesday it is over to the courts, who could force the government to


give detail, more detailed to Parliament, before the technical


process of extricating ourselves from the EU begins. In these


negotiations it will not always seen that ministers are in charge.


Our Europe correspondent Damian Grammaticas is in Strasbourg.


I guess EU leaders have had time to digests Mrs May's speech and come up


for a formal reaction. What did you make of their language? It is


interesting, the comments by Boris Johnson, although some here see them


as at best insensitive and at worst offensive, have not made a big


impact because here the view is there are serious issues at stake


and the important thing to be remembered is what they are saying


is the UK needs to understand it is trying to achieve unprecedented


things. Theresa May wants a free-trade deal and an unprecedented


amount of time within two years and for that she needs goodwill on


behalf of the negotiating partners here. What's the Maltese Prime


Minister who will chair the EU countries said was that Theresa May


had made a political decision to prioritise stopping the free


movement of people, and the UK leaving the single market would not


achieve as good a deal outside. Very clear on that. Angela Merkel clear,


saying outside the EU, the UK could not cherry pick because from the EU


perspective, Eddie deal would not offer benefits that would make any


other country want also to follow the same path outside the EU and


from the EU point of view that is what we do greatest harm to their


unity. Two banks - HSBC and UBS -


have confirmed they will transfer jobs from London to Europe,


after the Prime Minister said Brexit would mean Britain would leave


the European single market. Our business editor Simon Jack


is at the World Economic Simon, HSBC have talked about this


before, they were not bluffing? No, it seems they were not and have been


saying for months if we left the single market they would move about


1000 high-paid bankers to Paris and we also learned today more about how


much business they will take. They will take 20% of HSBC's European


banking revenue. They would not split it out but it is in the


hundreds of millions, potentially billions of revenue, which is not


the same thing as profit but a big chunk. UBS confirmed on plans they


could move up to 1000 bankers, most likely to Frankfurt. This will be a


hit to the Exchequer. There will be few violins for bankers leaving but


these are among the highest-paid people in the country making


hundreds of thousand pounds each. The Exchequer will see a hit, there


will be erosion of London's place in the global marketplace for financial


services. It seems clear that contingency plans, since the speech,


has become a reality. It's being hailed as a victory


for disabled people. Doug Paulley, who uses a


wheelchair, took legal action because he couldn't board a bus


in Leeds, when a mother with a pushchair refused


to make way for him. Today judges at the Supreme Court


ruled that the bus company's policy of requesting but not requiring


other passengers to move Our disability affairs


correspondent Nikki Fox reports. It has taken almost five years of


legal battles to get to this point. How are you feeling? Elated.


Finally, Doug Paulley had his day in the highest court in the country.


All seven judges agreed the bus company policy of requesting and not


requiring a person to vacate the wheelchair space was unlawful. But


it is not clear-cut because the judgment does not insist some will


move from the space. I am really pleased with the result. I am aware


some will be pleased. It has not gone as far as some would like or it


has gone to far. This is about disabled people'srights, access, to


travel on the bus and hopefully today is a step in the right


direction. It began in 2012 when Doug was unable to catch a bus


because the space the wheelchairs was occupied by a mother and


pushchair. She refused to move which meant dot-macro could not get on.


First Group admit that following the verdict they might have to amend


training to staff but are pleased drivers will not have to force


people off the bus. We welcome the fact the court confirmed a driver is


not required to remove a passenger from a boss if they refuse to move


from the space, which is important for drivers. The impact of the


judgment will have wider implications. Further than just


buses. Any service provider or company that has a dedicated space


for disabled people, which could be a supermarket disabled bay, access a


bald toilet in a restaurant, they will have to make sure wheelchair


users get priority. Not all wheelchair users agree. I will not


go on the bus and take the woman with the pram. I am disabled, but I


am still a man and this just feels not right. What about mothers with


babies? It is not as simple as wheelchairs versus pushchairs. It is


better to remain a grey area for people to use common sense. Today's


ruling paves the way for a closer look at legislation when it comes to


prioritising Access for wheelchair users.


Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level


The number of people out of work fell between last September


and November and now stands at 1.6 million.


Average earnings were up by 2.7% compared with a year earlier.


Thousands of British holidaymakers enjoying some winter sun


in The Gambia have been told to cut short their holiday.


They are being flown home after a state


The Foreign Office is advising people to avoid all but essential


There's been political tension in the country ever


since the president refused to accept that he lost


It's basically that we are going to evacuate everyone back home today.


About half the holiday-makers in The Gambia are British.


Most are following Foreign Office advice to leave,


Asking us to leave is unnecessary, I think, at the moment.


But I understand that we need to do it.


To me, it feels stupid, because this will all be over


But it's not just foreigners fleeing the capital, Banjul.


Many Gambians fear possible violence, as the President


tries to cling to power, defying his election


President Yahya Jammeh at first conceded that he lost,


22 years after seizing power, and facing mounting


accusations of torturing and murdering opponents.


But then he changed his mind, and refused to step down.


The man who won, Adama Barrow, fled to neighbouring Senegal.


He insists he will be sworn in as President tomorrow,


and other West African states, including Nigeria,


are preparing their forces to intervene on his behalf.


The Foreign Office stresses that one of its first


duties is the protection of Britons overseas.


So ministers felt they had no choice but to urge those


The Americans took a similar decision, more than a week ago.


Ministers feel caution has to be the watchword.


We have been putting a contingency plan together,


should the advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office change.


And of course, that happened last night.


And the advice, to stop all but essential travel,


effectively translates into, you shouldn't go unless you have to,


and if you are out there, you really ought to come home.


So now, charter aircraft are flying into The Gambia


empty, flying out full, as the tourist exodus accelerates.


Tonight, Senegal is seeking UN backing for West African


Its troops are already massing on the border.


EU leaders spell out challenges ahead for Brexit,


while Boris Johnson's been accused of inappropriate language.


British tennis on a roll, Dan Evans beats the seventh


seed to make the third round of the Australian Open.


Coming up live on Sportsday, Plymouth Argyle tried to cause a big


upset against Liverpool in their FA Cup third-round replay.


Nasa scientists say 2016 was the hottest year since records


Average global temperatures edged ahead of 2015,


and are now 1.1 degrees higher than pre-industrial levels.


In fact, it is the third consecutive year that the record has


Scientists believe that the El Nino weather phenomenon played a role,


but increasing levels of greenhouse gases were the main factor


Our science correspondent Rebecca Morelle has more.


Our planet is warming, fast, and the latest data suggests that


This winter, parts of the Arctic have had a heatwave,


temperatures were above freezing when they should


While Australia's Great Barrier Reef was transformed to this.


Vast swathes of coral were killed off, as the waters warmed.


2015 was the warmest year on record up until now,


It's beaten it by about 0.1, 0.12 degrees Celsius.


Which doesn't seem like a lot, but in terms of the yearly


Part of this rise was caused by an El Nino event,


a warm ocean current that disrupts the world's weather.


But scientists say greenhouse gases were the main driver.


This shows how global temperatures have increased


The bigger the circle, the hotter the year.


And the latest data, collected by Nasa and meteorological


agencies around the world, suggest 2016 is the third year


The global temperature is edging ever closer


Scientists say a rise of two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels


could lead to dangerous impacts around the world.


So a lower limit of 1.5 Celsius was set by the Paris climate


agreement, a global deal that came into force last year.


But with carbon dioxide at record levels, scientists say this


is a temperature threshold we are on course to surpass.


To tackle global warming, the world is being urged


to move away from fossil fuels, like coal.


But in the US, Donald Trump has said he wants to revive the industry,


and has threatened to pull America out of the Paris climate agreement.


The woman who brokered the deal is concerned.


If the US chooses to exit the road and the path that has been pursued


by every other country in the world, it is only going to damage


itself, because it will become less competitive.


We are moving toward a de-carbonised society.


All eyes will now be on this year's data.


Already, scientists forecast that 2017 won't be as warm,


But they say longer term, unless action is taken,


British sprinters, James Ellington and Nigel Levine, have been involved


British Athletics said the pair were injured in the crash


yesterday in Tenerife but are "conscious and stable".


It is believed they have both broken their pelvis. James Ellington has


written on his Facebook page that they are lucky to be alive.


Police say a 16-year-old girl found on a path, in Rotherham,


The body of Leonne Weeks was found on Monday.


Her family said they were "devastated" at the loss


of their "beautiful daughter and sister".


An 18-year-old man is being questioned over her death,


and a 26-year-old woman is being held on suspicion


Southern Rail services will run a full timetable from next Tuesday


after the driver's union, Aslef, called off a planned


Fresh negotiations in the long-running dispute over


the role of guards on trains are due to take place tomorrow.


This Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President


But his election campaign was one of the most divisive of recent times


and thousands are planning to protest against his presidency.


Opposition is particularly strong in California where his plans


to deport immigrants and build a wall on the Mexico border,


From Los Angeles, James Cook sent this report.


What do we think of the beautiful sunshine for a rally today!


In California the resistance is heating up.


As Donald Trump takes office, fear among the state's 10 million


From the streets all the way up to the governor,


Isabelle Medina has lived in the US illegally for 20 years.


For her and millions like her, Mr Trump's election could mean


It was shocking, and at that very moment it was scary.


Because our people were thinking, oh, my God, what is going


As his campaign wore on, the focus shifted from mass deportations


My son Ronald de Silva was murdered April 27, 2002,


My husband was shot by an illegal alien.


He was murdered by an illegal in 2010.


Prioritising the deportation of criminals was also


But here on the border there could be a big change.


An even bigger wall, paid for, says Mr Trump -


A nation built on immigration no longer feels like a refuge


Mr Trump's election has thrown up a fundamental question.


For many of the new President's supporters, the answer


is rooted in history, in a sense of white,


Here in Los Angeles, it's a very different story.


Deportados, how do we translate that to English?


At this museum, students are learning about the founding


of LA by Mexicans, Africans and native Americans,


It helps explain why California rejects Mr Trump so fiercely.


It is almost a situation back to the 1860s with the southern


states versus the northern states over the issue of slavery.


You know, we're not at that point yet, but California looks


like we will be leading the charge against whatever kind of actions


Many state agencies here already refuse to help


A sour relationship may yet collapse completely as both sides prepare


The former England women's cricket captain Rachael


She played for England 45 times and helped win


She was one of the MCC's first women members, and was made


Britain's Dan Evans has pulled off the best win of his tennis career


He knocked out the number seven seed Marin Cilic.


Less of a surprise was Andy Murray's easy victory over


Russia's Andrey Rublev which takes him through


Dan Evans went shopping on Sunday, to buy kit for the Australian Open.


Dropped by his sponsor last year, he's come back from the brink


of quitting tennis, to beat two of the world's top ten players


Today's big scalp, former US Open winner Marin Cilic,


who had looked too much for Evans in the first set, as


But as the shadows lengthened, Evans came to life, breaking


the Cilic serve to take the second set.


With belief blossoming in the darkness, he


The fourth turned into a battle, Evans saved eight break points,


He had to serve to stay in the match, but Evans took his chance.


And, what to do after beating the world number seven?


Get straight on the phone, there is big news to share.


Surely, the biggest win of his career.


I had to fight quite hard to get through.


It was definitely the situation, and the ranking was


With Evans through, Andy Murray was just getting started.


He beat the Russian teenager Andrey Rublev in straight sets.


But the match wasn't without its drama.


For a while, it looked like the world number


While Murray has an appointment with an ice pack, Dan Evans


is unlikely to be feeling any of his aches and pains.


Not a bad day's work, for a player the papers once


described as "the most wasted talent in British tennis."


Time for a look at the weather, here's Helen Willetts.


Tell us this deep chill is coming to an end! That deep chill depends on


where you are, it is a really slow-moving weather picture. But


what a difference in some parts of the country. It depends on the cloud


weather you have it or weather you don't. Where we had the sunshine


today in the south is where we had the hard frost. Further north, it


was far milder. And, it's pretty much the story for the next couple


of nights. We've still got a high pressure, the static weather across


the country. And this week weather front which is providing the cloud.


It's not in the south, in the south we've got that continental air. For


most of us, the cloud acts like a blanket, stopping the temperatures


from falling. As we saw this morning, this wonderful Weather


Watcher shot from West Berkshire, similar themes across the southern


half of the country again tomorrow morning are likely. With the weather


front close by, there's more moisture. The potential is there,


with breaks in the cloud, the fog to form. Ice and frost across the South


with potentially a bit of fog in East Anglia and possibly parts of


Wales. It is blanket cloud cover, sitting on the hills, quite a murky


morning, really. The cloud across Northern Ireland and the majority of


Scotland, some rain towards the north. The north-east of Scotland


might do quite well with the frost and fog. How still. Perfect


reflection on the canal, there. Pretty much the same through the


rest of the day, we might pick up a bit more cloud across East Anglia


compared with today. Perhaps not as sunny here. The sunshine prevalent


perhaps across parts of the Bristol Channel. Again, east of the


Grampians, perhaps east of the Pennines. Temperature is not much


higher than recently. Friday, subtle changes again, the cloud could move


a bit further south again. The frost and the sunshine best in the south.


Pretty chilly with some breaks elsewhere. Not guaranteed, because


that weather front is with us. It's very usable, out and about weather.


If you have the weekend off, lots of dry weather but hopefully more


sunshine than we are seeing at the moment. Do bear in mind it's


January, it'll be chilly. EU leaders spell out the challenges


of Brexit while Boris Johnson has been accused of inappropriate


language. That's all from the BBC News at Six,


so it's goodbye from me, and on BBC One, we now join


the BBC's news teams where you are.


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