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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
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