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Tony Blair says he's determined to persuade Britons to rise up
and change their minds about Brexit.
The former prime minister calls for voters to rethink
the decision to leave the EU, saying they did not know
As these terms become clear it is their right
Our mission is to persuade them to do so.
We heard all these arguments last year.
It really is insulting the intelligence
of the electorate to say that they got it wrong.
We'll be asking whether Mr Blair is likely to have
The US food giant Kraft Heinz offers more than ?100 billion for Unilever,
The driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow,
killing six people, admits a driving offence
We have a special report from Guernsey where people
And after more than 20 years at Arsenal, what next
for Arsene Wenger as he hints he could be managing
And coming up on BBC News: Can non-league Lincoln
continue their run in the FA Cup as they prepare for a fifth round
Good evening and welcome to the BBC News at Six.
Tony Blair says he's on a mission to persuade British voters
to change their minds on leaving the European Union.
He's called on people to rise up against Brexit.
The former Prime Minister said the government was now set
on leaving the EU "at any cost", which would damage the economy
But the speech has been ridiculed by Leave supporters,
with the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, accusing
Mr Blair of insulting the public's intelligence.
Here's our political correspondent, Carole Walker.
A rallying cry from the former Prime Minister.
Time, he said, to rise up and force a rethink on the decision
The people voted without knowledge of
As these terms become clear, it is their right to
Our mission is to persuade them to do so.
He said he would expose the risks of the
current plans for Brexit, damage to the economy and jobs, put the
break-up of the UK back on the table.
He said controlling immigration had become the
government's main consideration as it took the country towards not just
I would actually question whether the referendum really provides a
We will withdraw from the single market, which is around half of our
We will also now leave the customs union,
covering trade with countries like Turkey.
This impacts everything from airline travel to financial
The Prime Minister has been meeting her French
counterpart this afternoon as she prepares to begin the formal Brexit
She said she will seek the greatest possible
access to the European single market through a new free trade agreement.
Will you take the advice of Tony Blair?
Ministers are scathing about Mr Blair's intervention.
We heard all these arguments last year.
It is insulting the intelligence of the electorate
Tony Blair believes the government's approach
to Brexit is being driven by ideologues passionate about the move
to take Britain out of the European Union
and that the Labour Party is failing to provide
But some will doubt whether he is the man to lead a
popular movement to overturn the Brexit vote.
Tony Blair did not say he wants a second referendum.
Do you really think you are the one with
the popular appeal to get a different answer if you did get a
This is a free country, so I have a right to speak and you
If you do not want to listen to me, do not listen to me. I am clear and
simple on this. I know there will be a volley of abuse coming my way for
speaking like this, but I care about the country. He has supporters in
the party he used to lead. Whether you love him or not he is somebody
we should listen to. He has huge experience of politics at the top
level. Theresa May is unlikely to be swayed by the warnings of one of her
predecessors as she embarks on complex negotiations to take us out
of the EU. And Carole joins me
now from Westminster. Tony Blair calling for the creation
of a new political movement. Is he likely to succeed? He wants to
change the terms of the debate to convince us that Brexit is not
inevitable. He is setting up an Institute to try to further the
cause. He has provoked an onslaught of abuse from many of the leading
Brexit campaigners who say that it shows that he is arrogant, out of
touch, it is undemocratic, teaching the British people as fools. It is
worth remembering he is also contradicting the present Labour
leader Jeremy Corbyn who says that his party will respect the vote in
the referendum last year and has instructed his MPs to support the
move is to begin the formal Brexit negotiations. Tony Blair is somebody
who in his day was a remarkable campaign. He won three general
elections. The legacy of the Iraq war means he is a hugely divisive
figure and even some of those who share his concerns about Brexit may
be wary of his involvement. Tony Blair's intervention is not going to
problem for the government as it embarks on this mission but it does
face some really huge difficulties on the road to Brexit.
One is famous for its brands like Marmite.
The other, the US food giant Kraft Heinz, has ketchup
But now Kraft Heinz has made a ?100 billion takeover bid for Unilever,
But the signs are that Kraft may well continue to push for a deal.
If it happens it would be one of the largest mergers
Our Business Editor Simon Jack reports.
Unilever, a name that may not be known in every household, but every
household will recognise what techniques. Marmite, PG tips, Surf
and dozens more. Hines which makes beans, and Cadbury, wants to put
these brands in one basket. Unilever say that Kraft trying to get the
company on the cheap and have rejected the offer but in mega deals
like this the first offer is rarely the last and Kraft will have a plan
to justify a higher one. They do that by radically cutting costs with
Unilever and pushing up Unilever's profits beyond what Unilever have
been prepared to offer to the market. Kraft will do that because
they have a different perception of what they are rated profit is done
here in Europe. When it comes to takeovers that does not get much
bigger than this. Kraft is offering ?115 billion which would put it in
the top three mergers and acquisitions of all time. The
combined company would be worth over ?200 billion. It would wield
enormous power. One of the reasons both company's shares rose on the
prospect that a deal may yet be done. Kraft has a track record of
buying well-known UK brands and not a good one. In 2009 Ed Bott Cadbury.
After promising to keep the factory near Bristol open it backtracked.
That led to changes to the takeover rules requiring companies to spell
out their plans for jobs and premises in more detail but many
feel they do not go far enough. At the moment the legal powers do not
allow the government to block takeovers of this kind but there is
a wider competition this year which the competition authorities should
investigate. Sky was snapped up. Great businesses on special, say
others. Unilever says it is not just about price. These two companies
just do not go well together. Shareholders will have the last
word. The driver of a bin lorry that
crashed in Glasgow in 2014, killing six people, has admitted
to a motoring offence that occurred Harry Clarke, seen here
on the right, pleaded guilty to culpable and reckless driving
in September 2015. His licence had already been
revoked after the crash Our correspondent Steven Godden
is at Glasgow Sheriff Court. It was the mag days before Christmas
in 2014 Harry Clark was driving a bin lorry through the centre of
Glasgow when he lost consciousness and the chaos that followed his
out-of-control vehicle, knocking over pedestrians, and six people
were killed. In the vehicle accident on Friday it was determined that
tragedy could been prevented if Harry Clarke had not lied about his
history of blackouts. He has never been prosecuted for what happened
that day but he had his licence revoked. That is crucial to today.
Nine months after the bin lorry crash, neighbours saw Harry Clarke
in the car park outside his house. He drove the car out onto the street
and return two hours later. Prosecutors said he was a danger to
the public, he should have known he was unfit to drive. They accepted
his guilty plea to a charge of reckless and dangerous driving. He
left without making any comment but he will be back here at the end of
next month for sentencing when he could be jailed.
Retail sales fell unexpectedly in the UK last month,
They'd been expected to rise by 0.9%.
Instead, sales in January dropped by 0.3% compared
The pound fell against the dollar and the euro
Analysts have blamed food and fuel price hikes for the squeeze
Business rates, they're the commercial version of council tax.
And in April they're set to change for the first time in seven years
to reflect the shift in property values in many areas.
But some of the revaluations are so dramatic that many
businesses, big and small, are worried about the impact.
Some even fear they could be put out of business.
But the government maintains that more will end up benefiting
It is a tale of two high streets. On the left there is Bolton where many
business rates are going down. On the right, London's Brick Lane, now
the home of hipsters where rates are going up. The owner of this
chocolate shop currently pays ?29,000 in rates. She does not know
her new bell but that's expert has worked it out. It is not good.
Unfortunately your bill over the next five years will increase up to
?47,000 per year. Effectively a 62% increase over five years. I am
speechless. If we can afford it it will be by the skin of our teeth.
It is all change on business rates, from shops and pubs
It affects 1.85 million properties in
It is set to rake in ?23.5 billion for the Treasury this year.
The government says 920,000 businesses will see their bills go
420,000 will stay the same, but to make the sums add up, it
More than half a million of them whose bills are going up.
The level of increases is just enormous.
And it is very difficult to see any business, particularly
when business rates are often the third largest
outgoing, to sustain that level of increase.
It is very difficult to see those businesses
This is the biggest shake-up to business
Streets like this one will have to share a far
bigger burden than they used to because property values have gone
But in other parts of the country, the changes will bring
Back to Bolton and a family run bakery who reckon
Our rateable value on this premises has gone down. We are a net gain in
this shop by about ?4000 a year. We quite like it. Under devolution
there are changes in Scotland and Wales as well. Edinburgh Castle will
see its rates rocket. Northern Ireland will not get an overhaul for
another few years. In England the government says the changes will be
phased in and more will benefit than lose out but for those who do life
may be far from sweet. Tony Blair calls on people
to "rise up against Brexit", Saying they have a right to
reconsider. But his critics accuse him
of insulting the intelligence And still to come: They've been
dubbed The Lady and The Tramp - she gave him a cup of tea
when he was homeless, now more than 40 years later -
they're getting married. he will be managing next season -
whether that's at Arsenal or somewhere else, as his future
hangs in the balance. Should patients be forced to pay
to see a GP or for a visit to A to ease the financial
pressure on the NHS? It's a controversial subject but one
that some feel should be considered. Well just 100 miles off
the south coast of England, the channel island of Guernsey has
been doing just that for decades - with islanders paying for many
aspects of their care. But critics say it can deter
people from seeking help. Our Health Editor Hugh Pym has been
to Guernsey to find out more. A card payment machine
in a hospital. Yes, it does happen in one part
of the British Isles. You see the list of
charges when you arrive. ?49.50 during the day,
more at night. 25% of the service's running costs
come from patient fees. This marine Ambulance Service
mainly covers the small Local people can either take out
an annual subscription, or might have to pay hundreds
of pounds to be picked up That subscription,
less than ?1 per week, If you don't have it,
the service says, it won't Payment is never mentioned as part
of the clinical care we provide. They are sent an invoice
within a couple of weeks following their use
of the Ambulance Service and they normally then
settle by whatever means This doctor thinks that
is fair for patients. I think there are enough
safeguards to ensure people go I think inevitably payment
for a service does make you think as to whether you really
should be going. Some residents pay
for medical insurance. Anyone on benefits has their health
costs covered by the state, though pensioners and children
are not automatically exempt. I had an accident at Christmas
and I had to go to A There could be a reduction
for pensioners. Because it is a lot of money
out of your pension. You can get to see a doctor
with one or two days of notice and the hospital
is first class, yes. You do have to pay for a GP and A,
but not ongoing hospital that people on low income might
delay seeking timely care. I think that for those people just
above the benefits threshold, they might not go to the GP early
enough, and that might mean when they do present,
things have got worse and then they have to be treated
in a hospital environment It is an island community relatively
well off with a population That's equivalent to
a medium-sized town in the UK. So it is hard to draw obvious
conclusions about what the NHS might The real risk of charging
is we do not raise very much money. We increase the administrative
complexity and, in fact, people with really important health
care conditions are deterred even further from going to see
their medical practitioner If anyone wants to see
a charging model, it's here. But, politically, it's not even
on the horizon for the NHS. Any party advocating it
might find its electoral Pakistan has told Afghanistan
to hand over more than 70 high profile militants
after a suicide attacker killed at least 80 people at
a Sufi Muslim shrine. In Pakistan the security
forces have carried out raids across the country,
killing and arresting dozens of suspected militants,
following yesterday's attack. The so-called Islamic State have
claimed responsibility He's been in charge of Arsenal
for more than 20 years - but will he be there
for much longer? Arsene Wenger said today that he'll
definitely be managing a team next season -
whether that's at Arsenal This week his team were thrashed
5-1 by Bayern Munich After the match some former players
suggested it was time Our Sports Correspondent David
Ornstein is at the Emirates Stadium. For 21 years Arsenal and Arsene
Wenger have gone hand in hand. But the club have struggled to get their
hands on a major trophy recently. He has been under pressure before but
is out of contract in the summer and today for the first time
acknowledged that his time here could be coming to a close. For
Arsenal the feeling was all too familiar. Badly beaten, all eyes on
the boss. For club and coach, is the end finally in sight? No matter what
happens I will manage next season. Visit here or somewhere else, you
know? That's absolutely for sure. You do not stay somewhere for 20
years and what out after a defeat like that. I have the strength and
experience to respond to that. In 1996 he arrived to headlines of
Arsene who? But he silenced critics by collecting trophies. He turned
the likes of Thierry Henry into superstars and his team became
invincible is, going an entire league season unbeaten. Three
Premier League titles and six FA cups among his achievements. Arsene
Wenger has not only managed this club but transformed it. The club,
the new stadium, and this state-of-the-art training ground are
all based on his vision. But not everything has gone to plan, he has
failed to conquer Europe and has not won league title since 2004 causing
a split amongst the fans. I have never seen Arsenal win the league
which is sad and I want that to happen. He has done us proud but I
think he has overstayed now. Enough is enough, we need to move on. I
would like to announce he's going to step down now so he can go out on a
good vibe and the fans can reunite. People have to be careful what they
wish for. I think it is important the club makes the right decision
for the future, I did not work here for 20 years not to care for this
club, I had many opportunities to go elsewhere during that period and it
is important the club is always in safe hands. Arsenal are still in
three competitions, the season is far from over. But the future of
their greatest manager looks more uncertain than ever before.
A deputy headteacher has been banned from schools for a minimum of ten
years for having sex with teenage girls. The council has launched an
enquiry into why he received an ?8,000 payoff and a reference
despite his actions being known about. One of the ringleaders behind
the Hatton Garden rate of 2015 has admitted trying to steel ?1 million
worth of gems from our London jewellers five years earlier. Daniel
Jones is serving a prison sentence for his role in the infamous
jewellery heist. He tried to break into a Mayfair jewellers in 2010.
Dick Bruna, the Dutch illustrator and author who created
the much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy, has died at age of 89.
He wrote more than 30 books about Miffy's adventures
which sold over 80 million copies worldwide.
They've been nicknamed The Lady and The Tramp.
That's because when Joan Neininger met Ken Selway -
more than 40 years ago - he was sleeping rough
The pair - who are both now 89 years old -
This weekend they're getting married.
Joan ran the little shop in the centre of Gloucester
with her husband, and one day in 1975 she saw Ken
What sort of food would you take? Anything that was beatable.
So Joan gave Ken a cup of tea that day and sketched
She invited him to live with her husband and children and as the
decades passed he became part of the family. In 1983 her husband died and
she was left alone. How lonely life can be, the shadows follow me. Which
brings us to today, they are living in the same sheltered housing block
and tomorrow they get married. He sings like Perry Como. How much of a
difference has she made to your life? Big difference. I have got
security now. A roof over my head. Food every day. And who would have
thought it, all these years on, a wedding? Yeah, well I never drink
it. He is lovely. When he's not being grumpy and stinky and
horrible. He's lovely. It hasn't always been easy. Joan helped Ken
get treatment for schizophrenia. Did she save your life? Yes. We just
belong together, that's all. We made it, didn't we darling? You know what
I think of you, I don't have to put it into words. He's just that part
of me. They will marry tomorrow with the full support of their families
on what will be Joan's birthday. What does the future hold in store?
Well it would be babies and it would be a white wedding dress! -- it will
not be babies and it will not be a white wedding dress!
Spring blooms encouraged again this weekend, some mild weather for the
past few days, staying that way, the breeze will pick up once again but
it would be bone dry, outbreaks of rain affecting western and northern
parts of the UK overnight am not amounting to match, pepping up a bit
in west of Scotland later in the night. With the blanket of cloud it
will be frost free for the vast majority, one or two fog patches,
hill fog, quiet start to Saturday morning. Early reign in Northern
Ireland clearing, behind it brightening up, there will be blast
the showers. A band of rain moving its way through Northern England and
North Wales, to the size of that we start with plenty of cloud,
brightens up a bit more especially into south-east England. What about
these temperatures for mid-February? Going out on Saturday evening light
rain moving south through parts of England and Wales, still blustery
showers across north-west Scotland and looking ahead to the second part
of the weekend, breezy across the board, variable cloud, the odd spot
of rain around. Later moving into part of Northern Ireland and western
Scotland. So we have established the mild weekend and in fact going into
the start of next week it will be even milder. It's just possible on
Monday that somewhere might get as high as 17 Celsius. But before you
get too carried away we are not expecting clear blue skies, lots of
cloud coming and might see a bit of sunshine and maybe realise the 1617.
Many of us will fall short of that but it will still be very mild for
the time of year although later next week it will turn colder again but
still nowhere near as cold as it was last weekend. The forecast wherever
you are or where you are going is on a website and you can see in more
detail what is happening next week with the weather for the week ahead
video. A reminder of our main story:
Tony Blair calls on people to "rise But his critics have
accused him of insulting And the US food giant Heinz makes a
takeover offer for Unilever. That's all from the BBC News at Six
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