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The UK and the EU agree the main
principles of a transition deal,
paving the way towards Brexit.
A handshake and relieved
smiles after intensive
talks over the weekend.
The deal we struck today,
on top of that agreed in December,
should give us confidence that
a good deal for
the United Kingdom
and the European Union
is closer than ever before.
A decisive step
remains a decisive step,
but we are not at the end
of the road.
There's still no solution
to the problem of the
Northern Ireland border.
We'll bring you all the details
about what's agreed and what's not.
Investigators search a new site
in the spy poisoning case
as international chemical weapons
experts arrive in the UK.
The 26-year-old British woman
killed fighting alongside
Kurdish militia in Syria.
Ant McPartlin is arrested
for suspected drink-driving and goes
back into treatment,
his Saturday night
programme is taken offair.
And the couple whose white
wedding lasted a little
longer than they expected
after they were marooned by the mini
beast from the east.
And coming up on Sportsday in BBC
News, we look back on rugby union's
Six Nations, which culminated in
an Irish grand slam when they won at
Twickenham at the weekend.
Good evening and welcome
to the BBC News at Six.
The UK and the EU have conditionally
agreed a part of the transition
deal that should smooth
the way towards Brexit.
Both the EU negotiator
Michel Barnier and the Brexit
Secretary David Davis have called
the agreement - for the period
from March next year
to December 2020 -
a decisive step.
These are the pages
of the transition deal -
highlighted in green
is what's been agreed.
In yellow, close to agreement,
in white, the parts
still being negotiated.
Agreed so far...
EU citizens arriving in the UK
before December 2020
will have the same rights as those
here now, as will UK
citizens living in the EU.
The UK will be able
to negotiate trade deals
during the transition period.
But not yet agreed is the issue
of the border with Northern Ireland.
Our Europe editor
Katya Adler has more.
In the quest to resolve relations
after Brexit today was a big moment
between the EU and UK. An historic
handshake to seal a deal, not the
final Brexit deal but the
long-awaited agreement on transition
to ease the UK from leaving the EU
to life on the outside. The EU and
UK's chief Brexit negotiators were
visibly relieved, they had been
under pressure from business.
Businesses need not delay investment
decisions or rush through plans
based on guesses about the future,
instead they now have certainty
about the terms that will apply
quite. An oft repeated phrase at ago
she nations is...
Nothing is agreed
until everything is agreed.
transition deal is part of the UK's
complex moved to all withdrawal
agreements from the EU. Areas
highlighted in green indicate where
agreement has been reached but
emissions are daring. Like Ireland,
there is still no solution on how to
avoid a hard border between Northern
Ireland and the republic. The UK
hopes an ambitious trade deal can
solve the problem but just in case,
Ireland and the rest of the EU
insist on a backstop agreement where
Northern Ireland stays in the
customs union and parts of the
What Ireland has
asked for is we would have an
insurance mechanisms so I and others
can say to people in Northern
Ireland and Ireland, we will not
have border infrastructure again.
What was agreed today? It will be
time limited. The UK will continue
to pay into the budget, maintaining
full access to the single market and
customs union. It will have to
follow all EU rules but will no
longer be a decision maker though it
may voice concerns. The UK can sign
new trade deals but cannot implement
them until after transition. But
Brexit decision-makers were upbeat.
Good news today? As you see,
Springer has sprung with a force
spreading to these often frosty
negotiations. Progress today was
hailed as a big step forward but it
is not all good news for the
government. It is clear there will
not be a final trade deal between
the EU and UK at the end of these
talks, the transition will be used
to hammer out more details and to
get this far, the UK has had to make
concessions. Like fishing. Far from
taking back control as promised by
the government, EU quotas will
continue during transition, allowing
EU countries to fish in UK waters.
The transition period is expected to
be waved through by EU leaders at a
summit at the end of the week.
In a moment we'll be
getting reaction from our
business editor Simon Jack.
But first, let's go
to our political editor
In a moment we'll be
getting reaction from our
But first, let's go
to our political editor
Laura Kuenssberg in Westminster.
How is this agreement going down
there is it being seen
as a success for the government?
I think you would have heard the
sighs of relief in Westminster in
Brussels. There had to be
compromised to get this far. Some
budging on the EU side but a lot
more from the British Government for
Tory MPs, particularly on fishing.
There has been compromises too far
and certainly some of the things
agreed in the draft deal are
different from what leave voters
were promised in summer 2016. It
will be almost two years before the
government can make significant
changes to immigration policy and we
will play billions of pounds for
almost two years after leaving. But
broadly speaking for the government,
their priority in terms of Brexit
has been to get this transition deal
done. Today, they believe they have
done that. The reason is
straightforward. They were concerned
about the idea of Brexit being a
shock to the system where we leave
next year and were responding to
demands in their party and the
business community that the big
decision the country took was
something that would have to happen
over time and today is a big
building block to making sure that
agreement is in place but a lot of
work still to do and so sighs of
relief in number 10, but maybe not
Simon this gives business
more certainty, is it enough?
sighs of relief Laura is talking
about are echoed in the boardrooms
of businesses in the UK. It is a
welcome development in the Brexit
process, time to have breathing
space to prepare for life outside
the EU but having said that,
businesses like banks and
pharmaceutical companies, car
companies, it does not mean the
issues will be spirited away, what
will happen in Northern Ireland,
about regulation, investment but
businesses talking to their
employees, who employ EU staff, this
will be welcome. Bigger businesses
have spent hundreds of millions on
contingency plans and I do not
expect them to stop. They will want
more detail about the final picture
and what our relationship will be.
For the business community, very
welcome, a time to draw breath, but
not a time to relax.
Simon Jack and
Laura, thank you.
International chemical weapons
experts have arrived in Salisbury
to examine the nerve agent used
to poison the former Russian spy,
Sergei Skripal, and his daughter.
It comes as EU foreign ministers
expressed unqualified solidarity
The focus of the investigation
shifted ten miles north of
Salisbury, to the village
Here, officers examined and then
removed a car that was used
to pick up Yulia Skripal
from the airport
the day before she and her father,
Sergei, were attacked with
Nearby, at the military research
complex of Porton Down,
inspectors from the global chemical
weapons watchdog the OPCW were due
to start analysing the nerve agent
that British experts believe came
a process that officials say
could take some weeks.
In Brussels, the Foreign Secretary
was talking to Nato and European
allies, trying to maintain
the diplomatic pressure on Russia -
looking not just for statements
of support, but tangible, joined-up
There are things we can and must
do together, tackling
disinformation from Russia,
and the UK has been
helping to fund that
an EU level.
Tackling cyber together.
about what Russia is up to.
And for now, at least,
allies standing shoulder
All 29 Nato allies stand united.
We stand in solidarity
with the United Kingdom.
And the UK is not alone.
Earlier, EU foreign
ministers gathered to
discuss the attack and issued
a joint statement expressing
unqualified solidarity with the UK,
saying they took its assessment that
Russia was to blame
What is absolutely clear
is that solidarity with the
United Kingdom and our extreme
concern about what has happened,
that is really unacceptable.
But in Moscow,
the defiance continued.
As President Putin began his fourth
term of office, his spokesman said
the UK must prove Russia's role
in the poisoning of Mr Skripal or
As for Russia's diplomats in London,
well, some of these
officials and their families will be
heading home tomorrow -
23 in all, with a similar number
diplomats leaving Moscow shortly.
Tomorrow, the National Security
Council will meet to decide
Britain's next steps and there
is a live debate within government -
should they retaliate and escalate,
or simply do nothing?
Should they kick more
Russian diplomats out of
the Embassy here or should they find
new ways of penalising Russia?
The question is,
what further diplomatic
price is the Government
prepared to pay?
James Langdale, BBC News.
A British woman who was a volunteer
fighter with an all-female Kurdish
armed unit has been killed in Syria.
It's understood 27-year-old
Anna Campbell, who was from Lewes
in Sussex, died last week
in the town of Afrin along
the northern Syrian border,
where Turkey has been fighting
Kurdish forces since January.
Emma Vardy has been
speaking to her father.
Anna Campbell was a principled
and determined young woman,
according to her family.
She had qualified as a plumber
in the UK but she left
Britain to travel
to Syria last year.
I was alarmed but not surprised,
really, because I know her.
She's always had a desire, a wish,
a tendency to protect
If I wanted to participate in the
revolution of women...
Anna Campbell had joined
the all-female Kurdish armed group,
She saw them as a movement
liberation in the Middle East
but Turkey considers them as an
extension of the Kurdistan Workers
Party, which, it says, is a
At first she became involved
in fighting against
so-called Islamic State where IS has
been holding the last of
But, in January, the new front
in the conflict opened up.
Turkey began attacking the Kurds
along the northern Syrian border,
around the town of Afrin.
In a statement, the YPJ said they
tried to keep Anna Campbell away
from the front lines
but that she had insisted
on joining the operation.
British police have repeatedly
warned against travelling
to Syria and have advised that
becoming involved with any armed
group could lead to prosecution.
Since 2015, seven British men
have lost their lives
while assisting the Kurds.
Others, who have returned to the UK,
have been arrested.
It is in Afrin that Kurdish
commanders say Anna
Campbell was killed by Turkish
air strikes and friends
informed her family.
I know she would never have
forgiven me if I had
stopped her from going but I feel
like I could have done
more to raise awareness
of what was going on.
Anna Campbell is the first British
woman fighting with the
Kurds to have died.
Her family say she was driven
by a belief in creating
a better world and was
prepared to put her life on
Emma Vardy, BBC News, in Lewes.
One of the largest inquiries
into the alleged abuse of teenage
British army recruits has collapsed
after a judge halted the first
of three court-martials.
It had been alleged 16 instructors
ill treated 28. The judge said a
three-year investigation by the
Royal Military Police have been
The TV presenter, Ant McPartlin,
says he will seek further treatment
after he was arrested
on suspicion of drink-driving.
He was detained yesterday afternoon
following a collision involving
three cars in south west London.
ITV says his Saturday night
programme broadcast with his partner
Declan Donnelly will not be
broadcast this weekend.
Our Entertainment Correspondent
Lizo Mzimba has more.
Moments after the mini he was
driving was involved in a collision
with two cars, Ant McPartlin at the
scene of the crash. When police
arrived he was taken away under
arrest after failing a breath test.
A number were treated for minor
injuries and a child passenger taken
to hospital for a precautionary
checkup. The evening before, Ant
McPartlin have presented ITV's
Saturday Night Takeaway. He returned
to TV last year after going into
rehab visitation to treat addiction
to alcohol and painkillers. This
afternoon, the broadcaster said...
From Britain's Got Talent through to
I'm a celebrity so much of ITV's
deterrent is built on Ant McPartlin
as well as his co-host, Declan
Donnelly foot appear they will be
trying to wreck what one of this
will mean for the long-term future
of one of it's biggest stars. --
trying to work out. Police say
inquiries into the collision are
The time is 18:15pm.
Our top story.
Britain and the EU shake
on a Brexit transition deal -
but there's still no agreement
over Northern Ireland.
Still to come..,
A heroes' welcome for
as they return from their most
successful Winter Games.
Coming up in the sport, as a new
favourite for golf Masters in a
couple of weeks it is Rory McIlroy
after he won the Arnold Palmer
Invitational yesterday, his first
tournament victory since September,
Doctors have restored the sight
of two patients with the most common
form of blindness in the UK.
More than 600,000 people in the UK
suffer from age related macular
degeneration and doctors hope
the treatment could be widely
available within a few years.
The team at Moorfields Eye Hospital
in London used surgery to insert
stem cells at the back of the eye.
Here's our medical
correspondent Fergus Walsh.
Before his pioneering
Douglas Waters was completely blind
in his right eye.
Now he can see.
Everyone wanted to go
outside when the...
rain finally stopped.
So, this is an amazing
improvement, Mr Waters.
I just couldn't believe it.
And each morning, I picked things
out in the bedroom to look
at, out of the garden.
I'd do this.
And it's unbelievable.
I'm really chuffed,
I suppose you could say!
And so is his surgeon.
Two patients with age-related
macular degeneration had
the sight-restoring treatment
at Moorfields Eye
Hospital, in London.
We are able to show
that we could take someone that
could not read at all,
that could not see the book
that they were supposed to be
reading from, and taken them
to reading around 60-80 words
per minute with their
normal reading glasses.
For us, this is a
And it could help other
patients with age-related
who can lose all
their central vision.
So what causes AMD?
Well, if we open the eye,
the macular is at the back.
It's the part of the retina
responsible for central vision.
Now, if we pull out a section,
here are the light-sensitive cells,
the rods and cones.
AMD is triggered when a crucial
layer of support cells -
seen here in green -
As a result, patients gradually
lose the ability to read
or to recognise faces.
Scientists use stem cells from human
embryos and turn them
into the support cells needed.
They were put onto a tiny patch
like this, which was placed
at the back of Douglas's eye.
You can see it here.
The stem cells repaired his vision.
Regenerative medicine's goal
is to restore a person's health.
I think this is one of the first
indications from regenerative
medicine that that can be achieved.
We can stop people from going blind.
Douglas, who's 86, says
the stem-cell therapy has given him
Moorfields says it should be no more
expensive than other AMD treatments,
and potentially could help
save the sight of
thousands of patients.
Fergus Walsh, BBC News.
The Government has been told it
needs limit the amount of money
people can spend on fixed
odds betting machines.
They've been described as the 'crack
cocaine of gambling' -
with people being able to bet up
to a hundred pounds a time.
The Gambling Commission
is advising the maximum stake
should be 30 pounds.
Campaigners and opposition MP's had
called for the limit to be no
more than £2.
Danny Savage has more.
They are found in nearly every
high street bookmakers.
Traditional-looking fruit machines
with a very modern twist.
You can gamble up to £100
a spin but now it's been
suggested the maximum bet should be
£30 or as low as £2.
Terry White lost a quarter
of a million on them.
He was addicted to playing the games
on a digital screen.
£5 became 10, became 20.
Next thing I didn't realise how
much I was putting in.
And, strangely, because you're
putting the money in quickly,
it's not like you're dealing in caah
face-to-face over the table
or in a private card game
or somewhere, it's just a number
on a screen and that also makes it
easier for you to lose control.
These three bookmakers
in Sheffield all have the
machines and around them are signs
warning people not to gamble more
than they can afford.
Now nobody coming out of these shops
today wanted to talk to us on camera
but they all believed that limiting
the amount of money you could bet
would not necessarily solve
the issues of so-called
Have you got an app on your
smartphone, a gambling app?
Justin Larkham lectures
on gambling awareness.
Today he was talking to academics
at the University of Hertfordshire.
He's a former gambling addict
and is concerned that betting shop
punters will just go elsewhere.
Actually it might drive people
to go online betting,
which potentially is more
dangerous and hidden.
So I also think that
a reduction from £100
down to £30 will make a difference.
A maximum bet of £30
is being suggested for non-slot
machines like these ones,
where you can play roulette but,
where's that figure come from?
The evidence we looked at showed
that you need to come down to at
least £30 in order to have
a significant impact upon the harms
and risk of harms that people face.
What was clear though was there
was no individual figure that acted
as a magic bullet, which is why
we're suggesting £30 or less.
Bookmakers say the machines account
for half the revenue taken in their
shops and they say,
if maximum bets are limited,
the odds of finding one of these
on your high street will be slashed.
Danny Savage, BBC News, Sheffield.
Uber has announced it is ending
testing cars with no drivers.
The mini beast from the east brought
snow and biting winds for much
of the UK over the weekend.
Among the worst affected areas
was the south west of England
where hundreds of drivers
were stranded on the A30 last night
with police closing a 60 mile
stretch between Exeter and Bodmin.
Jon Kay has the story of one
couple who got stuck
at the most unfortunate time.
A white wedding.
But Sarah and John Lund had no
idea their honeymoon
would be even whiter.
Fun driving conditions.
After the confetti,
a blizzard of snow, as
they headed through Devon
on the A30 last night.
So, they abandoned their car
on the edge of Dartmoor and began
married life in an
emergency rescue centre.
We did see accidents on both sides
of the road and other cars
driving in a haphazard way.
We went very slowly and we just knew
we needed to keep each other safe.
So, this ended up
being the marital bed -
on the floor of the school classroom
with 80 other rescued motorists.
No, wasn't expecting that at all.
Yeah, lots of potential scenarios go
through your mind before your
wedding night but never
imagine snow in Okehampton.
So, after a night they
will never forget, the
newlyweds checked out
of their unlikely honeymoon suite...
Retrieved the wedding car,
and got their marriage back
on track, heading to their hotel
in Cornwall before
another storm arrived.
falling yet again, and
more severe ice predicted,
motorists here in the south-west of
England are being urged to stay off
the moors overnight and not to drive
at all after dark.
Not that Mr and Mrs Lund planned
to drive anywhere this evening.
They have made it to their hotel
in Cornwall where the
sun has been shining and where
tonight they finally have a room
Jon Kay, BBC News.
Britain's Paralympic team arrived
home today after their most
successful Winter Games.
Menna Fitzpatrick and her guide
Jen Kehoe became Britain's most
decorated winter Paralympians -
with one gold, two silver
and a bronze at this year's
Paralympic Games in South Korea.
Andy Swiss reports.
They left as hopefuls and have
returned as history makers.
returned as history makers. Four
medals including the best base save
till last. Fitzpatrick has less than
5% vision. She followed her guide to
gold for slalom. They told me it is
barely sinking in.
everything to me. I have always had
a dream since I was little to come
away with a medal at the Paralympic
games. 2018 was always that goal
from ever since I first started. I
am immensely proud to have done it.
Hopefully it will inspire others to
go out there and do the same and get
out and try something you never know
where it will lead.
This is a
simulation of what Fitzpatrick sees
when she is skiing. Following her
guide potluck bright orange beard at
up to 70 miles an hour. Her parents
first took her skiing when she was
How things have changed! She
used to follow me down the slope in
a bright orange coat. She used to
shout me to wait for her and I am
having to shout at her to wait for
The pair are already targeting
the next Games. For now they say
they will celebrate with a cup of
Time for a look at the weather.
When will it be over? It has stopped
snowing and the lying snow will melt
this week will stop we have lost the
bitterly cold wind. Things will
become lighter and then there will
be a change in wind direction which
will bring rain from mid week
onwards. A lot of dry weather at the
moment and a lot of snow lying,
particularly over the hills. The
drifting snow has been the problem
today. Looks much more like spring
in Belfast. Not everywhere covered
with snow. It will turn icy tonight.
We have Cloud loitering in the North
Sea. There may be one or two drizzly
showers, heightening the risk of icy
patches. It will be colder in the
West and north, particularly in
Scotland and Northern Ireland where
we have clear skies and light winds.
The high pressure has pushed away
the snow showers and it has dropped
the wind as well. A lot of the
showers will break up and we will
get some decent sunshine. Further
north some thicker cloud to give
some drizzly showers allowing
sunshine to develop in northern
England. All the while plenty of
sunshine in Scotland and Northern
Ireland. Temperatures higher than
today. Still a chilly wind in the
East of England. It will lose that
on Wednesday when will start to pick
up a milder, Atlantic wind. Much
more cloud on Wednesday. Outbreaks
of rain most of it in western
Scotland over the hills. We could
see Tebbutt is up to 10 Celsius.
Lucky us. -- temperatures up to 10
Lucky us. -- temperatures up to 10
Britain and the EU have agreed a
traditional Brexit transition deal
but there is still no agreement over