28/02/2018 BBC News at Six


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A red alert in Scotland, as heavy

snow hits large parts of the UK.

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It's the highest level

of weather warning, meaning

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lives could be at risk.

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People are told not to travel

in the affected parts of Scotland.

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We wouldn't be advocating people

going out in this kind of weather.

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Stay warm, stay safe,

and let us come to you.

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Sub-zero temperatures have blanketed

the whole of the UK today.

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Thousands of schools

have been closed.

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There've been major problems

and long tailbacks on the roads.

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In Nottinghamshire, the A1

was closed in both directions,

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after an accident involving 16 cars.

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We'll have the latest

from our correspondents

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in Glasgow and Durham,

as well as the situation

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across the rest of the UK.

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And there is a lot of more snow to

come.

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Also on the programme tonight:

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Former Prime Minister Sir John Major

urges Theresa May to put country

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country before party -

and possibly a second referendum -

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on a Brexit deal.

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Nobody can truly know what the will

of the people may then be.

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So let Parliament decide,

or put the issue back to the people.

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More than 5,000 jobs at risk,

as two big High Street names -

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Toys R Us and Maplin -

collapse.

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The Royal Four's first

official engagement,

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as Prince Harry jokes that they're

stuck together for the

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rest of their lives.

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And coming up on Sportsday,

on BBC News:

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Heading up Wembley way

for the first time in a decade -

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League One Rochdale play Spurs again

in their FA Cup fifth-round replay.

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Good evening and welcome

to the BBC News at Six.

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The Met Office has

issued a red alert -

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its highest weather warning -

across large parts of Scotland,

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as heavy snow falls and the cold

weather intensifies.

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It's the first red warning issued

for snow in five years,

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and people in this area -

which stretches from Glasgow

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to Edinburgh and up to Perth -

are being told to avoid all travel.

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This is what temperatures looked

like first thing this morning

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across the whole of the UK.

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Everywhere was below zero,

with Farnborough, in Hampshire,

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the coldest, at minus 11.7.

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Snow has fallen across large parts

too, with more than 22 centimetres

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in Boulmer, in Northumberland.

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And many more schools

were closed today -

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thousands across England,

Wales, Scotland

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and Northern Ireland.

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In a moment, we'll hear

from Danny Savage.

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But first, to Lorna Gordon.

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In Glasgow.

Yes, when that red warning came into

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force, the areas affected in central

and Southern Scotland to all intents

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and purposes have been grinding to a

halt. The trains here on out off in

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Scotland's big city Glasgow, there

is now no public transport services.

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And most roads, including the busy

motorways, they are almost empty of

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traffic. Where they are not empty on

roads like the 80, drivers have been

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stuck for hours.

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At the tail end of winter,

the highest alert for snow.

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The driving treacherous,

the disruption widespread.

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Heading out in these

conditions not advised.

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This, the first time Scotland

has had a red weather

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warning of this kind.

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In force for a large swathe

of the country's most

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heavily populated areas,

frequent showers, drifting snow

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and the extremely low temperatures

means some rural

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communities could become cut off.

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Is it OK to come in?

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Hello, Marjorie.

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In the village of Bishopton,

on the outskirts of Glasgow,

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the local Minister has been looking

in on the elderly and formidable.

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In this kind of weather,

it's good for everyone to look out

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for their neighbours?

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It is indeed, that is right,

and even the smallest

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gesture can be a help.

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Checking in on everyone

and just checking to see

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they are safe is important.

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We wouldn't be advocating people

going out in this kind of weather.

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Stay warm, stay safe,

and let us come to you.

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The weather today is brutal.

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There's freezing temperatures across

pretty much the whole of Scotland.

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And when the wind blows,

it feels much colder than that.

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The school here in Bishopton

shut for the day.

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Across Scotland, more than 450,000

children have been missing lessons.

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I was meant to be working,

but Alistair is off school,

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so he came with me.

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Take Your Child To Work Day,

but for weather reasons?

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Yeah.

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I wouldn't normally be off

but the schools got closed,

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I couldn't get to work,

so my boss told me to stay at home

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and work from home if I could,

but we ended up sledging.

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In Perthshire, these deer

coming down from the hills

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in search of shelter or food.

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One measure, perhaps, of just how

extreme this weather has been.

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It is pretty unusual in Scotland, we

do have some severe weather but snow

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on the scale whilst not

unprecedented is unusual. We would

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have to go back a number of years to

see an event like this.

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At least one skier took to the

streets, not the slopes, to get

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about. And with conditions so

difficult, there are warnings

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tonight drivers could be stuck on

some roads for several hours with

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even the gritters struggling to get

through.

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The snow and ice has

caused serious problems

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across most of the UK today.

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In Lincolnshire, the emergency

services called on the Army to help,

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after dozens of road incidents.

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Many police forces are urging people

not to drive tonight with problems

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on a number of major roads -

some of which have been

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completely closed.

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The worst affected areas

in England have been Kent,

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East Anglia and North-East England.

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Danny Savage is in Durham.

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Day three of this Siberian blast

and things just got worse.

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This was Cumbria early this morning,

but it could have been virtually

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anywhere in Northern

and Eastern Britain.

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Hundreds of vehicles -

on many different routes -

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ended up getting stuck.

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The A46 Lincoln bypass was

blocked by stranded lorries.

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Further south, in Norwich,

it was gridlock in rush hour,

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as the journey to work took hours.

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The poor night girls

are still on shift.

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They've been there since

half past seven last night

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and no-one can get in.

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We should have just stayed

at home really, but someone's

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got to keep the world

running, haven't they?

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On the East Coast main line,

linking London and Scotland,

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there were numerous

cancellations and delays.

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The snow, the travel,

it's been a nightmare.

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It's been, yeah,

it's been a journey.

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It is the 2:38 train

and it has been delayed by,

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like, a couple of hours.

So 17:15 is the current time.

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Thousands of schools

were closed for the day.

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Of course, that meant fun

in the snow, but you needed

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endurance in the biting wind chill.

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If you took a spin down

a country road in Yorkshire,

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this is what it looked like.

Beautiful, but treacherous.

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Come on!

Come on!

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In rural areas, much has to be done,

regardless of the weather.

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All these ewes are pregnant.

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They'll begin lambing

in less than three weeks.

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Farmers want this freeze

to be over by then.

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Sometimes, the weaker lambs

would just freeze to death in it.

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That's where most of

the problem would lie.

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And the farmer himself getting

round the sheep to find

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which ones are in a corner.

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They don't always lamb

where you want them to.

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And so you'd have to be out looking,

finding them in the snow?

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Yes, yeah.

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Up the road, Sunderland was

one area badly hit this morning.

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All the buses stopped

running at one point,

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as blizzards swept through.

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On the way in, we found Steve

trying to free his car,

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which ended up off the road.

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There was a lorry stuck

there, so we were sort

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of like stuck behind a vehicle.

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And it was just like a sheet of,

well, you can see virtually

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in front of you really.

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A white-out?

It really was.

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Even Cornwall got a covering.

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An opportunity for a different kind

of boarding in the South-West.

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South-East England ended up

on the receiving end as well,

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adding to the accumulations in Kent

and neighbouring counties.

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The capital received

its heaviest snow

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for several years,

with canals freezing over.

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The reality again is that the

severity of snowfall varied widely.

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There is no sign of things

getting better yet.

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Much of the attention over the next

24 hours is going to be on Scotland

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with that red weather warning in

place. But there is still a very

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serious situation in other parts of

England and Wales. The critical

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incident declared by the Chief

Constable of Lincolnshire police,

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calling in the Army to help with

medical work and getting people to

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and from hospital. There has been a

major accident in Nottinghamshire,

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on the A1, 16 vehicles involved.

Schools in South Wales, many will

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not open until next week because of

the severe weather. Transport

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networks not quite paralysed, but it

is really in places and the rock

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last train to London from the room

was three hours late. It shows how

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difficult the situation is for

people getting around in the UK at

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the moment.

From Durham, thank you. And there

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are warnings that the West is not

over yet. More to come in the next

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two days and we will have a full

weather forecast late in the

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programme.

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The Prime Minister has come under

pressure over Brexit at home and in

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Brussels. Sir John Major criticised

the handling of the proceedings and

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a document was revealed proposing

keeping Northern Ireland in a

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customs union and like the rest of

the UK if no deal can be reached.

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Theresa May said the idea could not

be agreed to. We will hear from so

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John Major in a moment, but first,

our Europe editor in Brussels and

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her report does contain flash

photography.

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In the historic process

in which the UK leaves the EU,

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this is a big moment -

the first legal draft

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of the UK's exit treaty.

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So how is it possible,

you might ask, to have a draft

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withdrawal agreement already

when Brexit negotiations

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are still ongoing?

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Well, this 120-page document

is the European Commission's

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understanding of what has been

agreed to date with the UK and of

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what it still wants to be agreed.

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So in here, we see that divorce

issues which were discussed,

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but not finalised, before Christmas.

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The rights of EU citizens

within the UK and UK citizens

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in the EU after Brexit.

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Also, the financial settlement,

the so-called Brexit Bill.

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And to the Irish border.

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Also in here, the transition

agreement, but no details

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of a future EU-UK trade deal,

because those talks

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haven't even started yet.

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The document's paragraphs

on Northern Ireland

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are particularly controversial.

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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator

came out today to defend them.

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We have applied imagination

and creativity, to find a specific

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solution to the unique challenge

that Brexit poses for the protection

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of the Good Friday Agreement.

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Mr Barnier said three options had

been agreed with the UK to avoid

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the reintroduction of a hard border

between Northern Ireland

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and the Irish Republic,

but he said the UK hadn't yet come

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forward with details.

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So his backstop solution involves

Northern Ireland remaining

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in a customs agreement with the EU

and in parts of the single market.

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You must also be aware

of the potentially explosive

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effect in the UK of this

Northern Ireland protocol.

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Is this perhaps

intentional, on your part?

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TRANSLATION:

I'm not trying

to provoke or create shock waves.

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I want these negotiations

to be a success.

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But let me remind you that it was

the UK's decision to leave and,

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as I've said from the beginning,

nobody should underestimate

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the consequences of this action.

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But the Prime Minister

was having none of it.

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The draft legal text

the Commission have published

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would, if implemented,

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undermine the UK Common Market

and threaten the constitutional

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integrity of the UK by creating

a customs and regulatory border down

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the Irish Sea, and no UK Prime

Minister could ever agree to it.

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The Prime Minister and the EU

do agree a hard border

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between Northern Ireland

and the Irish Republic must be

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avoided, but the Prime Minister's

negotiating position is complicated

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by the Government's reliance

for Parliamentary support

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on Northern Ireland's Democratic

Unionist Party.

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If we didn't leave the EU to oversee

the break-up of the United Kingdom,

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it would be catastrophic

economically, never mind

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politically, for Northern Ireland

to cut off from its biggest market.

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But this is not

where the story ends.

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This document is a first draft,

to be amended by EU member states,

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then negotiated with the Government

- which has plenty to say about it.

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Katya Adler, BBC News, Brussels.

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The former Prime Minister Sir

John Major has called

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on Theresa May to offer MPs a free

vote on the final Brexit

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deal, with the option

of putting it to the public

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in a second referendum.

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Sir John, who campaigned

to remain in the EU,

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criticised the UK's approach

to Brexit and said many of its red

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lines are unrealistic.

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But a leading Brexit-supporting

Conservative MP has described his

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speech as "riddled with errors".

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Our political editor,

Laura Kuenssberg, reports.

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Stop Brexit! Stop Brexit. The

freezing protesters who have taken

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up a permanent place in Westminster

might have a new ally. The former

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Tory Prime Minister Sir John Major,

who says MPs should be allowed to

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approve or to block the final Brexit

deal will give you second

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referendum.

Nobody can truly know what the will

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of the people may then be. What the

will of the people may then be. What

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the will of the people may then be.

Or put the issue back to the people.

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I don't enjoy being out of step with

so many of my party. And I take no

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pleasure at all in speaking out as I

have today. But it is as necessary

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to speak truth to the people as it

is to speak truth to power. This

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decision is far more than a party

issue. It is about the future of our

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United Kingdom and everyone who

lives in it.

His case, Theresa May

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is trapped by her Brexiteers, the

current plot has a bad ending.

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She is boxed in by people setting up

hurdles that it is very difficult

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for her to jump and very difficult

for the European Union to jump. And

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the end product of this no doubt in

the minds of those setting those

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hurdles is that the European Union

will say no and it will be said, we

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have no agreement because these

wicked Europeans and therefore we

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leave with no agreement and a very

hard Brexit. That is not in the

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interests of this country.

There is

a risk from what you have said

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today, it sounds like someone who

was on the losing side of the

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document and you don't want to

accept it.

That is a cheap response

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to anything that is said. The 60

million people who were deeply upset

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that we voted to leave the European

Union expected to be absolutely

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silent and accept everything that is

said by other people even when they

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believe it to be damaging? That is

not real. That is absolutely not

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real. Of course they must speak up.

We are a democracy. But is democracy

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not also respecting the result of

the referendum.

Nobody knew in any

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detail what the outcome of the

referendum really meant.

The Prime

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Minister relies on the support of a

vocal group of Brexit backers. But

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she, like they, has no truck with

another vote.

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The Government has given Parliament

the right to say whether they agree

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with what we negotiated or not and

that will be it. And I think that is

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the right thing to do. We have the

lead because the British people have

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said we should leave.

Ministers may gnash their teeth at

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this intervention. But it has

cheered the other Tory rest of

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troops.

John Major is right, we should have

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a free vote. And it is absolutely

the will of the people, then this

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process that was begun by the people

of this country must be finished by

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the people of this country.

But is he really helping? Did he not

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complain his predecessor was a

back-seat driver?

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Why should Theresa May tolerate what

you're doing this afternoon?

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This is the first occasion I have

spoken on this many months. Unless

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my memory serves me ill, Margaret

spoke on a weekly basis, not once in

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many months.

Hard to believe now the

referendum was meant to end Tory

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fights, with the year to go, the

future shape of the country at

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stake, there are plenty of scores to

settle.

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There was frustration at surge on

major's intervention at the moment

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when Theresa May gets striving to

hold together an uneasy truce in the

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Tory party, but on his point of

view, he chooses his interventions

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and words carefully, and rarely.

Clearly, for those inside the Tory

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party, and around the country that

don't think this whole battle is

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over, they may well give some

comfort. But we will see how to read

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and make answers this amount and the

rest of the very, very long list of

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them being put to her door in her

own big Brexit speech on Friday.

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The time is just after 6:15.

Our top story this evening:

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A red alert in Scotland as heavy

snow hits large parts of the UK.

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It's the highest level

of weather warning,meaning

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lives could be at risk.

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And still to come:

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Worried about plastic pollution?

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This is the first supermarket in

Europe to open a plastic-free aisle.

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Coming up on Sportsday on BBC News:

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Ben Stokes is back making

the difference for England.

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His man of the match display helps

them to a big win over New Zealand

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in the second one day international.

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They've been big high street names

for more than 30 years,

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but now Toys'R'Us and the electrical

chain, Maplin have both collapsed,

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putting more than 5000 jobs at risk.

Toys R Us has 3000 staff.

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Maplin employs two and

a half thousand people.

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Both firms have been struggling

with poor sales and increasing

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competition from online retailers.

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Here's our Business

Correspondent Emma Simpson.

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# With toys in their millions

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# All under one roof

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# It's Called Toys'R'Us!...#

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It was a force to be reckoned with,

pulling in shoppers

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with its American-style megastores.

Today, the magic's long gone.

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Some stores were already

closing to cut costs.

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But it wasn't enough.

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It's a shame, but it's not

probably a great surprise.

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It's been on the cards for a while.

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And people tend to buy

online these days, I think,

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because it's cheaper.

0:20:070:20:08

Because I've four children,

grown up now, but we always used

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to come here for their toys,

so it's a shame.

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So what went wrong for Toys'R'Us?

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They are too reliant on

these large out-of-town stores.

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But a lot of their problems

are actually self-inflicted.

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They overlooked the importance

of online, where about 40%

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of toy sales take place.

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And perhaps more importantly,

they've neglected their stores.

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Toys'R'Us has been struggling

for years, a business weighed down

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by huge amounts of debt.

0:20:420:20:43

Its American owners filed

for bankruptcy protection

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in the States last autumn.

0:20:450:20:48

And today, this toy story ended

with the UK chain effectively

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running out of cash.

0:20:500:20:55

And tonight, the man tasked

with rescuing it told me

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that wouldn't be easy.

0:20:580:20:59

Whilst we're going to make every

effort to sell the business,

0:20:590:21:02

I think realistically

there is a small chance that

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someone will come through.

0:21:040:21:06

And if they do, it will be

for parts of the business,

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and certainly not for the business

as a whole, and certainly not

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in its existing format.

0:21:120:21:15

Maplin also collapsed today

with more than 200 stores.

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It blamed a slowdown in

consumer spending and higher costs.

0:21:200:21:22

It's been a bleak winter

for many retailers.

0:21:220:21:26

Today, two big casualties,

and thousands of jobs on the line.

0:21:260:21:29

The shops are still trading,

but for how much longer?

0:21:290:21:32

Emma Simpson, BBC News.

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Russia has been readmitted to

the International Olympic Committee

0:21:380:21:41

following its suspension

from the recent Winter Olympics.

0:21:410:21:43

Russia was banned from

the Pyeongchang Games over

0:21:430:21:47

state-sponsored doping,

and its athletes had to compete

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under a neutral flag.

0:21:490:21:52

Two tested positive for drugs

but the IOC chose to lift the ban

0:21:520:21:55

after the remaining tests

came back negative.

0:21:550:21:59

Pupils have made an emotional return

to the school in Florida where 17

0:21:590:22:03

pupils and teachers died

in a shooting a fortnight ago.

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Students were embraced by police

officers as they entered the Marjory

0:22:080:22:10

Stoneman Douglas High School

to resume classes.

0:22:100:22:14

A 19 year old former pupil

Nikolas Cruz has been charged

0:22:140:22:16

with 17 counts of murder.

0:22:160:22:19

Huge crowds have attended

the funeral of the Bollywood

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superstar, Sridevi Kapoor,

who died at the weekend in Dubai.

0:22:240:22:28

Thousands of fans lined the streets

of Mumbai where she was cremated

0:22:280:22:30

with full state honours.

0:22:300:22:34

Police in Dubai say

the 54 year old drowned in a bath,

0:22:340:22:37

after losing consciousness.

0:22:370:22:38

She was one of India's

best known film stars,

0:22:380:22:40

and had appeared in about 300 films.

0:22:400:22:48

There is more pressure on retailers

and consumers to cut down on the

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amount of plastic we use. One

supermarket in Amsterdam has become

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the first in Europe to open a

plastic free I'll. And Johnson went

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along to find out more.

0:22:590:23:05

On these shelves, all is not what it

seems. At first they claim, and I'll

0:23:050:23:10

wear all the packaging is plastic

free. This looks like plastic and

0:23:100:23:15

feels like plastic.

But it isn't.

It's just biomaterials and it will

0:23:150:23:20

compost completely. And quickly?

Within 12 weeks.

This is the

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supermarket boss opening plastic

free aisles across the Netherlands.

0:23:240:23:30

It is what the consumer wants. What

you want as a citizen and for your

0:23:300:23:35

children for the next generation. It

should be just as simple as that.

0:23:350:23:40

This is the future...

Back in

Britain, Iceland has taken a lead,

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promising to cut out plastic within

five years, starting with paperboard

0:23:460:23:49

ready meal trays. At that is still

not entirely plastic free.

Not

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entirely plastic free because we

have a lining on this material to

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protect it, and also for sealing it.

We are determined to remove that

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quickly.

But the packaging industry,

there is the plastic free I'll, but

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it is a chance to catch up with

supermarkets.

There are huge changes

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in all sorts of things. I'm not

sure.

Plastic free implies stripping

0:24:130:24:20

it all away. And as we found with

the Dutch situation today, plastic

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is still there, it's just comes in a

different name.

They are talking

0:24:260:24:30

about reducing plastic, there are

plenty of targets, but there is a

0:24:300:24:34

big debate about the best way to

kick our habit.

0:24:340:24:38

Meghan Markle has joined

Prince Harry and the Duke

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and Duchess of Cambridge

for their first official

0:24:400:24:42

engagement together.

0:24:420:24:43

They were setting out

their charitable vision

0:24:430:24:45

for the future through the work

of their personal

0:24:450:24:47

charitable organisation -

the Royal Foundation -

0:24:470:24:52

amd Ms Markle will officially

join after her wedding

0:24:520:24:54

to Prince Harry in May.

0:24:540:24:55

Our Royal Correspondent

Nicholas Witchell reports.

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They are the foursome who will

take the Royal family forward

0:24:580:25:01

for decades to come.

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And on stage together

for the first time,

0:25:030:25:05

they talked

about their mission.

0:25:050:25:08

William said it was to

build on what his parents

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and grandparents had achieved.

0:25:100:25:13

Hold on to the values that have

always guided our family,

0:25:130:25:16

but seek to engage in public life

in a way that was updated

0:25:160:25:20

and relevant for our generation.

0:25:200:25:21

Attention inevitably

focused on the newcomer,

0:25:210:25:24

Meghan Markle underlined

the relevance of her agenda

0:25:240:25:26

talking about female empowerment.

0:25:260:25:30

You'll often hear people say,

0:25:300:25:31

"You're helping women

find their voices."

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And I fundamentally disagree

with that, because women don't

0:25:330:25:35

need to find a voice.

0:25:350:25:36

They have a voice, they need

to feel empowered to use it,

0:25:360:25:39

and people need to be

encouraged to listen.

0:25:390:25:42

And I think, right now,

in the climate that we're seeing

0:25:420:25:47

with so many campaigns,

I mean, Me Too and Time's Up,

0:25:470:25:51

there's no better time

than to really continue to shine

0:25:510:25:55

a light on women feeling empowered,

and people really helping to

0:25:550:25:58

support them, men included in that.

0:25:580:25:59

Meghan said she was looking forward

to hitting the ground running

0:25:590:26:02

after her wedding.

0:26:020:26:03

Sitting next to her,

her future sister-in-law.

0:26:030:26:05

So how is it working as a foursome?

0:26:050:26:09

Working as family does have

its challenges, of course it does.

0:26:090:26:12

The fact that everyone's laughing

means that everybody knows

0:26:120:26:14

exactly what it's like.

LAUGHTER

0:26:140:26:19

But, look, you know,

we're stuck together

0:26:190:26:21

for the rest of our lives, so...

LAUGHTER

0:26:210:26:23

This is true.

Togetherness at its finest.

0:26:230:26:25

Togetherness, yeah, yeah.

0:26:250:26:26

Together and seeking

to make a difference.

0:26:260:26:30

Nicholas Witchell, BBC News.

0:26:300:26:33

Time for a look at the weather.

Here's Louise Lear.

0:26:330:26:38

Subzero temperatures across the

whole of the UK first thing this

0:26:380:26:41

morning but it feels colder.

0:26:410:26:45

It has been really miserable,

temperatures on your thermometer

0:26:450:26:48

felt like this, 1 degrees, but

factor in the wind chill, the beast

0:26:480:26:52

from the East we have been talking

about, and it probably felt like

0:26:520:26:57

more -6, wind gusts 30-40 mph, so it

is miserable and will spay cold for

0:26:570:27:03

the next few days. You can find

these on the BBC weather Web page,

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issued by the Met office, the

weather warnings which we don't talk

0:27:120:27:14

about national, that means to be

aware four issues. The Amber weather

0:27:140:27:21

warnings, be prepared, some

disruption and the red warning, we

0:27:210:27:26

only get one or two of these issued

a year. The last time we had a

0:27:260:27:30

weather warning, red warning, full

slow was in 2013, this means take

0:27:300:27:37

action. Take note that the weather

forecast is going to be really

0:27:370:27:40

hideous. We are likely to see more

snow as well in these areas, 10-20

0:27:400:27:47

centimetres, perhaps, as we go

through the night. Don't travel in

0:27:470:27:51

these areas unless you have to. It

will be a bitterly cold start to the

0:27:510:27:56

day with temperatures well below

freezing, any lying snow will freeze

0:27:560:28:00

over. Through the day, we run the

risk of showers across parts, and

0:28:000:28:05

down into the south-west, cloudy

with outbreaks of snow developing as

0:28:050:28:09

well across the Channel coast into

Wales and may be behind it and we

0:28:090:28:14

have freezing rain. It will develop

into Friday, with significant snow

0:28:140:28:21

across the south-west into Wales and

Northern Ireland. You need to keep

0:28:210:28:24

abreast of the forecast for the end

of the working week if you have

0:28:240:28:29

significant travel plans. The

emphasis could still change

0:28:290:28:32

slightly. Amber weather warnings, be

prepared for some disruption across

0:28:320:28:36

the south-west, the snow will

continue to track north and east as

0:28:360:28:41

we go through the day. That said, it

should be a slightly quieter story

0:28:410:28:45

across much of eastern Scotland,

still a few showers but not be

0:28:450:28:49

significant showers we see in

comparison, and a better day across

0:28:490:28:53

the north-east of England. Still

wintry grip across the country in

0:28:530:28:56

the next few days, keep watching the

weather forecast. We will update

0:28:560:29:00

you.

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That's all from the BBC News at Six

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