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You're watching BBC Newsline, and these are the headlines


Uncertainty whether Brexit could mean the return of customs


checks at the border, after the Prime Minister lays


As a Stormont election looms, the Secretary of State calls


Details are revealed about the locations


Still no permanent GP for this practice.


What needs to be done to persuade someone to take up the post?


That they know they have support to help them through the challenges of


running a business as well as the clinical aspects of general


practice. A mild and cloudy night, some very


settled weather to come, dry and cloudy but getting cooler during the


week. It's unclear if it will mean


the return of customs The Prime Minister laid


out how she sees the UK leaving the European Union,


and said that meant exiting That's the arrangement


which allows for tariff-free But Theresa May also said


she will try to negotiate Our first report is from our


economics and business Thousands of vehicles


cross our border every day That's because the UK


and Ireland are members But could we soon be moving


to an arrangement like this? Here on the border between Sweden


and Norway, lorry drivers must cross They have to hand in their


paperwork, and can also There are tariffs to be paid on some


goods, effectively a tax on trade. That's because Sweden


is in the customs union, Think of the customs


union like a club set up All the members of the club have


agreed they won't charge customs duties or tariffs


on each other's goods. The members also agree


to take a joint approach Imports from outside the EU must


attract the same tariffs no matter In the jargon, that's known


as a common external tariff. But that


joint approach means the members deals, the type of deals


that the Prime Minister I do not want Britain to be part of


a common commercial policy or be bound by the common external tariff.


These are the elements of the customs Union that prevent us from


striking our own, hence its trade agreements with other countries.


But I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU. Whether that


means we must reach a completely new customs agreement, become an


associate member of the customs Union or remain a signatory to some


elements of it, I hold no preconceived position.


So the Prime Minister hopes that, whatever deal is done with EU,


we will retain the good parts of the customs union, and also make


But in the meantime, there is uncertainty


for businesses, particularly those in border areas.


We have a very complex supply chain here. We produce food and drink on


both sides of the border, what does that mean if we are potentially


looking at customs, tariffs, increasing the cost of doing


business? We are sitting on the periphery of Europe already in


Belfast. Sinn Fein was not


impressed by the speech. They say it means a hard


border is coming. Theresa May is intent on leaving the


single market and customs Union, hard Brexit equals hard border.


We hope a way can be found for dealing with this problem with the


border. Theresa May again promised


there will be no return It's just not clear how much impact


that change will have. The Secretary of State James


Brokenshire has called on the parties to campaign


respectfully during the Assembly election, and do nothing


that would exacerbate His comments came as MPs debated


the political crisis at Stormont and the forthcoming Assembly poll


to be held on March second. The SDLP and Sinn Fein say


post-election the British and Irish Governments should convene


an all-party summit, but that has Our political correspondent


Stephen Walker is in Westminster. James Brokenshire I came to the


House Of Commons for the second time in the week to give a statement on


Northern Ireland and as he looked forward to the Assembly election


campaign, he hoped those on the election trail would behave in a


positive manner. This election is about the future of


Northern Ireland and its political institutions. Not just the Assembly


but all of the arrangements that have been put in place to reflect


relationships through these islands. That is why it would be vital for


the campaign to be conducted respectfully and in ways that do not


simply exacerbate tensions and division.


Those worries are clearly shared by other parties.


We all have great concerns, we have got to get it back to proper,


reasonable argument and lead the people, not frighten them.


Once the election is over, James Brokenshire says devolution needs to


be restored but he was warned today in the meantime talking as to


continue. Let us not waste this six week


period to make sure if we can get people talking. To get where we want


to be, we need discussion. Otherwise it is a recipe for disaster.


The SDLP the aftermath of the election both governments need to


convene a joint summit. They need to bring all the parties


around the table to have discussions about how the institutions can be up


and running again, that means the Assembly, executive, and a British


Irish Council. The DUP has made it clear post


election they see a limited role for the Irish Government.


Other than the Irish and encouraging people to do what their electors


want them to do on the sidelines, that is all they can do, otherwise


it would be interference. Don't be interfering in my country.


Sinn Fein insists Dublin does have a key role in the weeks ahead.


It has to be all inclusive negotiations ensuring all the issues


are on the table and all the people are around.


Including the Irish and British? They has to be part of it.


Politically, the next six weeks are mapped out and in March it is clear


there is much talking to be done. And we'll be speaking


to the Secretary of State A former Defence Minister has used


parliamentary privilege to allege that Barra McGrory is what he called


a "Sinn Fein supporting' Director The Conservative MP for Aldershot,


Sir Gerald Howarth, May I make a really firm plea to him


that he should protect the interests of former British soldiers currently


being charged by the Sinn Fein supporting Director of Public


Prosecutions in Northern Ireland for murders which took place over 40


years ago? In response, a spokesman


for the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland said


it was wholly independent of all political parties


and the political system. "We would never seek


to influence political debate Equally, we must take


all appropriate steps to ensure that our decision-making processes


are protected from political This is necessary both to safeguard


the integrity of prosecutorial decision-making within the wider


criminal justice system, and to ensure that PPS staff


are able to carry out difficult but important functions strictly


in accordance with applicable law The Public Prosecution Service only


applies the law as it currently stands in Northern Ireland,


and does so without fear, MLAs were back at Stormont today,


as the parties are now preparing for the election


on March the 2nd. They debated the flawed


renewable heating scheme But the vast majority


of Sinn Fein MLAs stayed away. Our political correspondent


Enda McClafferty reports. After a day of frantic activity,


the pace dropped down The institutions are rolling


slowly towards collapse, and politics here will soon be


at a standstill. Even the ministerial dress code


in the chamber was different. But at least Sinn Fein's


Ministers showed up. the rest of their


colleagues stayed away. I think it is bordering on farcical


that Sinn Fein haven't bothered to show up today. They are being paid


to be here and be part of an executive and Assembly.


But they want to play politics. As we have seen yesterday, the


assembling was heading towards an election and the public will have a


say on what is happening. In the Assembly today we had pointless


motions from the opposition, they were talking to themselves. The


people waiting for the election. Pointless or not, the Assembly did


back a call for an inquiry And they also debated the failure


of the Executive to function. This is the way the Assembly ends,


not with a bang but with a diminuendo of interest.


I thank the member for his comments and if that is an invitation to be


joining your party I will be standing as an independent in the


next election. And if re-elected,


the Justice Minister may well play If anything I take part in politics


out of any concessions we have and in my role as Justice Minister I


have a clear role and a stronger ship with all executive parties


until this scandal. Assembly business will grind


to a halt next week, with no timetable as to


when the institutions might return. The PSNI says it is considering a


request for the Chief Constable to investigate allegations of fraud in


the renewable heat scheme. There are at least 14 suspected cases. Also


today the BBC has been passed a detailed breakdown of where the


boilers are located and it shows two main clusters in Ulster and Northern


Antrim. BBC presenter Stephen Nolan


got his hands on the regional We can reveal the full geographical


spread of applications to you today, It showed two main clusters


of boiler installations around They are areas that are close


to the main processing plant. Poultry farmers are heavily


represented with 871 They use the heat in chicken houses


where birds are reared. Last night, the former DUP minister


talked about the scheme. He named two special advisers


with links to the poultry But it was vigorously


denied by them. Any families they had were not


beneficiaries of the scheme. I will not go into the speculation


of which special advisers did But, make no mistake,


what I said in the House yesterday, I will tell a judge under


oath the exact same information. The DUP said the suggestion that any


special adviser had eight RHI 14 suspected cases are known but no


criminal investigation yet to root it out. Here is how the economy


minister fielded that question at committee.


For clarity, that is fraud? That is from people gaming the


system. Fraud, exploiting the process.


Not good enough for the opposition who have written to the Chief


Constable asking him to get involved.


When you have a Minister of Northern Ireland saying there is potential


fraud or likely to be fraud and it hasn't been contradicted, I would


think that would be enough evidence for the PSNI to be involved.


The PSNI said the letter had been received and its contents were being


considered. The Health Minister says the Health


and Social Care Board is still trying to get a permanent


GP to take over Bannview Medical And, in a new development,


the possibility that the Southern Trust will take over the contract


and employ GPs directly Our health correspondent


Marie-Louise Connolly reports. According to locals the difficulties


at Bannview were well signposted which meant the current instability


could have been avoided. Patients feel we have been ignored.


The board seem to have got on the ball when faced with a protest.


What has led to this which is being felt in other surgeries? Currently


there are 343 GP practices in Northern Ireland. With 1370


registered GPs. Of those, 411 are Lowchens, that means they have


temporary posts. Part of the problem is an increasing number of doctors


choose to remain as Lowchens as they do not want the pressure that comes


with either managing or owning a general practice, and that is only


adding to the issue. What the Lowchens would like is to


know there is some control over workload, guaranteed holidays, that


they have financial investment in the practice to guarantee their


income, and that they know they have mentoring and support to help them


through the challenges of running a business as well as the clinical


aspects of general practice. The health minister told the


Assembly a solution to Bannview could be the Southern health trust


takes on the contract and employs GPs themselves, that is an unusual


move but one that the health board says could be a solution so many


struggling practices. It would help to stabilise care and


provide that within practices, it would be helpful for the doctors in


that they are working consistently with a group of patients and they


can follow those patients over time and see their development. That


would be a very positive development.


Amidst this is politics. GPs say their allocation of money does not


reflect the amount of work they do. The distal budget the help is ?5


billion. This works out at ?127 per patient or 6% of the total budget.


In the rest of the UK, it is ?141 or 8% of total budget. The BMA wants


10% of the total budget to go to GP health services.


Next week, GPs are being asked to vote on whether their practices


should leave the NHS. If that boat is a resounding yes, that could mean


patients being asked to pay to see their GP. A move that goes against


the very ethos of the National Health Service.


Back to Brexit and the Assembly election.


The Irish Government has welcomed what it called "the clarity"


Theresa May had brought to the UK's position on certain issues relating


Our Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison joins us now.


Shane, what more had Enda Kenny to say on Brexit?


The Taoiseach said it is deeply regrettable the Assembly elections


are taking place at a time when Northern Ireland faces the gravest


of issues, Brexit. The Irish movement has its own bracelet


concerns, the type of border, the retention of the Common travel area,


the future of the peace process, the 1 billion euros plus trade between


both islands. Ideally Ireland would like to see the UK state in the


single market. Theresa May said that would not happen. Dublin would like


to see the UK state in the customs Union. She was more ambiguous about


that but relatively negative. The Taoiseach welcomed the relative


certainty on clarity in her comments on wanting to retain the Common


travel area and avoiding the hard borders of the past. That said, the


Leader of the Opposition party was not impressed.


It is one thing to welcome clarity. I don't think we should be welcoming


a negative clarity because that is what the essence is of today's


speech by the Prime Minister. We needed more than clarity but real


signs of sensible and logical engagement with Europe but not a


case of we want our cake and eat it as well.


On the Assembly election, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has called


for a civil election campaign, words echoed by the


Enda Kenny is looking beyond the elections towards the inevitable


negotiations that are going to follow and he does not want the


atmosphere between the parties to be overly poisoned.


He is worried about the future of the Good Friday agreement


institutions at a time when the Brexit negotiations are probably


just weeks away. The Taoiseach and I have spoken


about this on many occasions and confirmed our commitment to work


with the Government of the Republic to ensure the results we have in


terms of the customs arrangements is as frictionless as possible. I also


said in my speech and we want to continue with the Common travel area


which existed long before either of us were members of the EU.


Theresa May speaking to our TE earlier. We hope to speak to the


Secretary of State James Brokenshire are before the end of the programme.


That is good to Stormont. Our political editor Mark Devenport


joins us now from Stormont. Could this conflict matters the


triggering of Article 50 soon after the elections?


The DUP and Sinn Fein have been pulling in different elections and


were on different sides over Brexit. They have been managing their


differences because they had to, they were both together in the


executive and able at least to stand together at Downing Street. And able


to unite on a two page letter setting out common goals in


maintaining the free movement of people and goods within the island


of Ireland. Now they are no longer lashed


together in the executive, Brexit could feature in any negotiations


after the election and the fact it will be high on the UK agenda


because it will coincide with the triggering of Article 50 I think


could make it a difficulty in those negotiations.


The US Government has made its views known this evening.


It says it remains committed to a peaceful and prosperous Northern


Ireland and it has urged local politicians at Stormont to work


together to try to restore devolved Government is as quickly as


possible. These are changing sides -- Changing


times on both sides of the Atlantic, one of the last statements from the


Barack Obama administration given Donald Trump is coming.


That is not to save the attitude of the new rich region will change


radically. -- the new Administration.


There was no Sinn Fein presence at Stormont today, effectively the


election campaign has started. A couple of ministers turned up to


answer questions about the infrastructure, and for an urgent


question in relation to GP services around Portadown.


But no Sinn Fein backbenchers took part in debates. Obviously a sign


that they believe the election is now effectively already underway.


The question will be whether the fact Sinn Fein politicians have been


clearing their desks in their offices here turns to be a signal of


a longer absence, or whether they will be tempted back. It is a


three-week timetable set aside for talks after the election. Otherwise,


the Secretary of State will have two move at that point to calling a


fresh election or potentially bringing back suspension powers.


There still seems to be that talk there will not be the agreement


after the election to form a functioning executive. So direct


rule looks pretty likely among many of the pundits.


James Brokenshire is refusing to be drawn at this stage on whether he


would contemplate direct rule. I think that is simply him not wanting


to comment beyond this point. Three weeks does not seem to be a on which


the parties could look at big issues like a new language act,


alternatively what the DUP has been talking about, the potential need of


a structural change, changes to things like the coalition system we


have at the moment. All of that will be a big ask to achieve in three


weeks which is why most commentators think it is plausible we could be


looking instead at some kind of return to suspension powers even


though that would require some sort of emergency law to be pushed


through Westminster. Thank you for your analysis.


A woman golfing professional is hoping to share more of the


limelight, Stephanie Meadow competed at the Olympics last year and is


about to start another season on the tour in the United States.


Stephanie Meadow's short career has had ups and downs. 11 months after


finishing third at the 2014 US open, tragedy struck as her father Robert


passed away after a short battle with cancer.


2015 was really a pretty bad year personally. And professionally. To


be on the end of that is nice. It took a lot of hard work, I've worked


harder than I ever have. I haven't seen results for a long time. It was


tough to keep battling through. But I did it. Hopefully I can keep


improving and be up there. Testament to her hard work, last


year she represented Ireland at the Olympic Games in Rio.


Everything from the Olympic Village to the golf course to sing other


events, I saw Michael Phelps swim. It was really good fun. Paul


McGinley did an amazing job of being team captain. The first Olympics, I


never thought I could do that, it was special.


Ranked 259 in the world, Stephanie has her sights set on high for the


year ahead. I want to be in the top 60, played


25 events, I can make some money and get out there. Long term it is


improving every year. My main goal is to be number one in the world


like Rory McIlroy. That always has been my dream. Raw


talent, confidence and the desire to win. 2017 could be her year.


We have tried to link up with the Secretary of State before the end of


the programme but quiet on the weather desks down to


an area of high pressure. We will see lots of still water and scenes


like this. Miles, cloudy conditions, not a lot of breeze. It will get


colder through this week. It is down to this big area of high


pressure sitting out there over Central Europe, protecting us from


all of these systems as they tried to come in through the next few


days. Overnight, because we have had


ploughed through the day, we hold on to that, very mild, seven is the


average daytime temperature in January.


For a night-time temperature, that is very mild. Tomorrow, another


cloudy day. Tomorrow won't be as mild, 10 Celsius through the day.


A few breaks in the ploughed through the afternoon helping things feel a


little bit brighter for a time. Certainly not too bad. Overnight,


Wednesday, again, a very mild night, temperatures staying well above


freezing. Thursday is the brightest of the


next few days, more sunny spells but we have cooler temperatures to go


with that. Not a bad day. Into Friday, a bit


more brightness but feeling a little bit cooler. Look at those numbers,


not too bad at all. The View holds politicians to


account and we ask


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