17/01/2017 BBC Newsline


17/01/2017

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Two children, believed to be a brother and sister,

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have been knocked down and critically injured in County Antrim.

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The incident happened late this afternoon, near Randalstown.

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Our reporter, Catherine Morrison, has been to the scene.

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It's understood the children had just been dropped

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off by their school bus when they were knocked down

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by a car, at around 4:40pm this afternoon.

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It happened at the junction of the Staffordshire Road

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and Greenan Road, outside Randalstown.

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The car involved, a white Audi A3 remained at the scene and the police

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say no arrests have been made. The two children, a boy and a girl, were

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taken to the hospital where they are said to be any critical condition.

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This is every parent's worst nightmare. You said your children to

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school in the morning, and you have thoughts about them during the day

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but you assume they will return home safe to you in the afternoon. But

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this is an exceptional day and tragic circumstances. The thoughts

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and prayers are with the family. Roads in the area near the accident

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site remain closed tonight, The police have appealed

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to anyone who saw what Catherine Morrison,

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BBC Newsline, Randlastown. There's uncertainty if Brexit

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will mean the return of customs In her Brexit statement today,

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the Prime Minister said the UK would be exiting

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the European Customs Union, which allows tariff-free

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trade north and south. Although Mrs May also said

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she will try to negotiate Here's our economics and business

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editor, John Campbell. This is free flowing, S. Thousands

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of the Eccles cross our border every day, without any customs checks.

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That's because the UK and Ireland are members of the European customs

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union. But could we soon be moving to an arrangement like this? Here,

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on the border between Sweden and Norway, lorry drivers must cross at

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designated places. They have to hand in paperwork. They can also have

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their cargoes checked. There are terrorists to be paid on some goods,

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effectively a tax on trade. That is because Sweden is in the customs

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union but Norway is not. Think of the customs union like a club, set

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up to make trade easier. All the members of the club have agreed they

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won't charge customs duties on each other's goods. Members also agreed

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to take a joint approach to the rest of the world. Imports from outside

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the union must attract the same tariffs in a matter which member

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state they are going to. In their jargon, that is known as a common

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external tariff. But the joint approach means members of the club

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can't do their own trade deals. Deals the trap Prime Minister wants

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to do. I do not want us to be bound by the common external tariff. These

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are the elements of the customs union that prevent us from striking

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our own comprehensive trade agreements with other countries. But

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I do want us to have a customs agreement with the EU. The Prime

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Minister hopes that whatever deal is done with the EU we will retain the

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good parts of the customs union and also make lots of new trade deals.

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But in the meantime there is uncertainty for businesses,

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particularly those in border areas. We have a very complex supply chain

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here. We produce, for example, food and drink on both sides of the

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border. What does that mean for us if we are looking at customs,

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looking at tariffs? Sinn Fein was not a pretty impressed by the

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speech. Theresa May 's insistence on leaving the customs union is a hard

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Brexit. A hard border. The Government suggest a hard border

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will be avoided. I think away can be found to deal with the issue of the

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border we exit the customs union. Theresa May has again promised there

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will be no return to the borders of the past. But Brexit means change is

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coming. It's just not clear how much impact that change will have.

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Earlier I asked the Secretary of State how the UK could leave

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the Customs Union and not have border customs checks.

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In relation to the customs union as well I think the Prime Minister

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underlined that she wants to see the maximum ability for UK firms to be

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able to trade a cross borders without terrorists, without

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restrictions, and indeed underpinning that concept of what

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you might describe as a frictionless border. That friction is border that

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we see today. So it is that objective that she has in those

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negotiations, and I think it was key to see that in her speech earlier

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on. People do need real clarity. Can you guarantee that the physical

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border will remain the same? We've been very clear on not wanting to

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see a return to the borders of the past. Those restrictions that apply

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because of that really significant impact in Northern Ireland. So it is

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with that intent, that will, and that shared well in terms of the

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Irish Government, that we don't see a return to those old borders. And

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why we have set out that objective today and how that really underpins

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the approach we take a head. That's turned the assembly election, and

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you have asked for civility in the campaign. From what we've heard from

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the parties, it seems that will be a very tall order. How can you avoid

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not having a brutal campaign, as one party put it? I know that in any

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election campaign the issues need to be debated. It needs to be a robust

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campaign as these things always are. But I do focus on this issue of how

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we bring people back together afterwards. That it is not become so

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divisive that people do think carefully about what is at stake. In

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regard to those talks post election, how long will you give them before

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you implement direct rule? The law is very clear that we have the

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period of the election campaign and then there is giving the greatest

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focus, the greatest ability, to get devolved Government continuing, and

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that responsibility we'll have in the weeks ahead.

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The Press Association is tonight reporting that the father-in-law

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of the former DUP Director of Communications, John Robinson, runs

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two green energy boilers under the controversial

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Yesterday Mr Robinson, who's now the special adviser to

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the Economy Minister Simon Hamilton, denied any family

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Tonight, in a statement, Mr Robinson said his father-in-law applied

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to the scheme in August 2015, and that was before he got married,

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Mr Robinson said, "At no time did we discuss any aspect of the Scheme

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nor was I aware of his application to the Scheme.

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Neither my wife nor I have ever had any role in the business nor have

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we received any benefit, financial or otherwise,

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A former defence minister has used parliamentary privilege to allege

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that Barra McGrory is what he called a "Sinn Fein supporting Director

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The Conservative MP for Aldershot, Sir Gerald Howarth,

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Make a make a really firm plea to him that he should protect the

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interests of former British soldiers, currently being charged by

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the Saint Payne supporting Director of Public Prosecutions in Northern

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Ireland with murder, for events that took place over 40 years ago?

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In response, a spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service

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said it was wholly independent of all political parties

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As such it would never seek to influence political debate

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It said the PPS only applies the law as it currently stands

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in Northern Ireland and does so without fear,

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Earlier, I asked the Secretary of State what he thought

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of that allegation, made by his Tory colleague.

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I think we need to be very careful about what is said, reflecting on

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issues of the past. I am very clear on the DPP. On the independence of

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that office. Indeed the integrity of that office, the way in which

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prosecutions have been brought against a whole range of

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individuals. And therefore I think we need to be very careful in the

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language that we use and how I see the independence of the

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prosecutorial process. Geoff Maskell has

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the weather forecast. It is a bit of a quiet week on the

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weather desk this week. We have high pressure in charge and high cloud

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sitting over is. Tonight is a very mild note with temperatures down to

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six or 7 degrees. We keep that cloudy feel to our weather as we go

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through tomorrow and next few days. Temperature is still very mild for

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the time of year. We'd expect 7 degrees to be the normal daytime

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temperature. Tomorrow we'll see highs of nine maybe 10 degrees. A

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good bit warmer than what we would normally see at this time of year.

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If we take the wider view you can see there is a bit of range in terms

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of temperatures. An area of high pressure is sitting over western

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Europe and feeding in much cooler air from the continent across the

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south-east of England. Generally very dry at the moment matters

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because the high is sitting there, protecting us from the Atlantic

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weather systems will stop it looks like it will be there right through

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this week. Overnight as we go into Thursday, another mild night.

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Temperatures dropping off as we go through this week. Thursday is

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looking like the brightest day, we trade of some cooler air, getting

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cooler again on Friday. Really, for this time of year, with those light

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winds, it is actually feeling pretty good and staying dry witty much all

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the way through this week.

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