04/12/2017 London News


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a long way back for England.

Thanks very much.

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That's all

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Good evening.

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Should the capital be given

a special Brexit deal?

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It was prompted by a tweet today

from the mayor gently reminding

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the Prime Minister that any deal

to keep part of the UK in the single

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market should be extended to London

to protect thousands of jobs.

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He said.

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He made the comments

while on a trade visit to India.

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Here's our Brexit reporter

Katherine Carpenter.

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It was the Romans who first built

the great Wall around the city to

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protect its prosperity and trade.

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Today, London's Mayor hinted

at partitioning off the capital once

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more, with a special Brexit deal,

similar to the one being thrashed

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out for Northern Ireland.

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The government has

accepted a principal

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today that part of the country

should have part of the single

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market.

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If it's good enough

for Northern Ireland,

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bearing in mind this will protect

tens of thousands of jobs in London,

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bearing in mind London is crucial

to the government's well-being

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economically and otherwise,

the government should give us

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the same deal as well.

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His comments were welcomed by some

at this garage on Seven Sisters Rd.

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Being in the single market means

goods, services and people can move

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around freely.

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The owner here says leaving

means costs will go up.

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I believe it will be hard for us,

going to be hassle.

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As a business runner,

we will be affected quite a lot if

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we leave the single market.

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If we stayed, it will be better.

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But his friend around

the corner was one of

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the 40% of Londoners

who voted leave.

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He says he will feel cheated

if the mayor has his way.

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I don't see how it will work.

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How can you segregate

London from the rest of

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the country?

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It's a view shared by other

pro-Brexit supporters, who

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question the practicalities as well.

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We decided in 2016,

in a referendum with a huge vote,

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to leave the European Union.

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Secondly, it's fraught

with practical difficulties.

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Where is the boundary going to be?

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Who will be in, who will be out?

It's not workable.

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This is an opportunity

for the mayor, who have

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called many times for more devolved

powers to support London through

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Brexit.

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If it can be done for

Northern Ireland, which is part of

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the United Kingdom, it makes it more

difficult for the government to say

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it can be done for one part of

the United Kingdom, and not another,

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remembering that London,

Northern Ireland and Scotland

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voted to stay in the EU,

while the UK as a whole

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voted to leave.

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There's still no agreement on the

Irish border.

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The Prime Minister has a lot more

on her mind than London,

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but the city has a lot on its mind

regarding the future,

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and frustration is growing.

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Victoria Hollins has

got more on this.

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Put this into context for us.

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What I think this suggests is that

the mayor believes the Government

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doesn't have a strong hand at the

moment in Brexit negotiations. The

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mayor of course and others have

argued that London should have a

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special case post-Brexit, not least

in relation to immigration. Some

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people would argue what's happening

today strengthens that position. Now

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he of course joins the leaders of

Scotland and Wales who are arguing

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that if Northern Ireland is made a

special case then so should they.

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But what needs to be made very clear

here is that this regulatory

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alignment being discussed,

apparently discussed at the moment

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is not the same as customs union and

a free market. There is an important

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difference here. Some people would

argue the mayor is jumping the gun

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somewhat. On the other side of that

they may say it's an astute time to

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make this sort of comment.

Thank you.

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Also on the agenda on the mayor's

trade visit to India and Pakistan

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is the issue of student visas.

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Sadiq Khan blamed the Prime Minister

for making it difficult for Indian

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nationals to come to London

to work and study.

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Our political correspondent

Karl Mercer reports.

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Of course the mayor wasn't staying

at this hotel, nor eating at this

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restaurant, but tucked off a main

road into Mumbai, these two pay

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testament to a city that thrives

on trade, deals and making money,

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something that the mayor

is keen to tap into.

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So there is a mantra

from Sadiq Khan on this trip.

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Everywhere he's been,

he has said that London

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is open, but apparently not as open

as he wants it to be.

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London is open for business.

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His contradictions may need

a bit more practice.

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

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Shall we have a round of applause?

Vp

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What will not is the message

he came to deliver

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he came to deliver

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on student visas.

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The British Prime Minister,

Theresa May, got it badly

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wrong with her decision to close

this route a few years ago.

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A rule change five

years ago meant that

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these two students, who wanted to go

to London universities, had to stay

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in Mumbai.

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We wanted to come to London

and work of the economy and

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see how it was.

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But they stopped it

because of the immigration issues,

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or whatever, and we

were not allowed visas.

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Five years ago, on his trip to India

as mayor, Boris Johnson tried

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to stop those changes as well.

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If Theresa May wouldn't listen

to Boris Johnson then,

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why would she listen

to what you are saying now?

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The reason why she should listen

to us now is that the fear

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is that we have have been realised,

it's not simply that scaremongering

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that changes around student visas

will lead to fewer students coming.

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That has happened.

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If Theresa May wants

to make Brexit a success,

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if she wants to make sure businesses

continued to flourish and strive,

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we need to have access

to talented people from around

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the world, including India.

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It's in her interests

to change the rules.

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He wants students like

these to be able to stay

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after their studies and work here.

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The numbers of Indian students

coming to the capital has fallen 40%

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in the last four years.

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Historically and culturally,

we are connected to the UK

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and especially London,

which is why I chose

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London to study.

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For employment UK at the moment

might not The Best.

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In more sombre mood,

Sadiq Khan paid his respects

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at a memorial to those

who were murdered here

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by terrorists nine years ago,

when they attacked the luxury hotel

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where the mayor spent his night.

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Google, Bloomberg and Apple

have all announced plans

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to grow their business bases

in the capital.

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Now tech giant Facebook has

opened its biggest engineering hub

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outside the US creating hundreds

of new jobs in London.

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Tarah Welsh reports.

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It's one of the fastest-growing

companies in the world and has

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39 million users in the UK.

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That means more than half of us

have a Facebook account.

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No wonder it's got something to sing

about at its new offices in central

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London, entertainers,

dancers and even the Chancellor

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came along to celebrate,

reassured that even in uncertain

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times, such a big company

wants to expand here.

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Really excited about the fact

we are going to be looking for more

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people to be coming here.

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We hope a lot of those people

will be UK grown people

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because London in particular

is a fantastic tech hub.

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The company is hiring another

800 people in London

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so by the end of next year,

there will be 2300 people working

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here, making this their biggest

engineering base outside the US.

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It's also opening a centre to help

start-ups but some say this

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expansion has knock-on effects

for the industry.

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meaning in 2014, it paid

just over £4,000 in tax.

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Many people were outraged

about the tax setup of Facebook.

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What would you say to them now?

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Yeah, well, we make sure

that we comply with all of the tax

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laws within all of the areas

that we operate.

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You might have seen that last year,

we moved our revenues

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that we receive from our large scale

clients in the UK into our UK office

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and that is now recognised

and taxed at the right level

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of corporations for profitability.

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While so many of us use it,

it is likely to grow,

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Tarah Welsh, BBC London News.

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I'll wish you a very good night

and leave you with Lucy Martin who's

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got the weather for us.

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got the weather for us.

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Good evening. A settled start to the

week this week with plenty of cloud

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around and quite mild temperatures

to begin with before we see a spell

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of wet and windy weather Wednesday

into Thursday and then things

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turning colder but with more

brightness. Tonight then a fairly

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cloudy story. Cloud could be thick

enough for a few spots of rain and

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where we see breaks in the cloud

potential for a few patches of mist

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and fog to develop. Overnight lows

of five or six. Tomorrow mainly

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cloudy day. Some brighter intervals

or breaks in the cloud at times.

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Temperatures again just creeping

into the double figures, a maximum

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of ten degrees. Into Wednesday, we

will start to see winds spinning to

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a south-westerly direction so again

largely cloudy and the cloud thick

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enough to produce light rain and

drizzle. Temperatures at a maximum

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around 11, perhaps 12. But later on

Wednesday into Thursday that we

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start to see this wet and windy

weather. Thursday starts off with

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some rain, fairly breezy before we

start to see something dryer and

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brighter feeding in behind it. Also

means that Thursday we could see

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temperatures reaching 14 in the

morning. By the time we get to rush

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hour something a bit colder feeding

in. That will stay with us into

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Friday, largely dry and bright but

temperatures back down in single

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figures. That's how we stay into the

weekend, plenty of sunshine around

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but feeling very cold. And it will

be breezy as well. That's it from

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me.

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