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The summit that could change Britain's relationship with the EU -


I think it's much more important to get this right than to do


anything in a rush, but with good will and hard work,


we can get a better deal for Britain.


And you know, my mother gave me this bible, this very bible.


Donald Trump's built a presidential campaign on Christian values,


but the Pope says building walls is no such thing.


Captain Kirk and Mr Spock in Star Trek.


Now William Shatner writes of his 50-year friendship


When the venture is over, you say goodbye. Best friends forever. And


there are instances where you say, man, I will call you tomorrow and we


will have lunch. And it never happens, and it is all gone.


A very warm welcome to you. David Cameron says he is battling Britain


as he tries to negotiate a new deal for Britain's relationship with EU.


The Prime Minister has spent the day meeting other EU leaders at a summit


in Brussels, where he said with hard work, he could win a better deal for


Britain. The president of the European Commission said that he was


confident that a deal could be reached, but with big disagreement


is looming over access to welfare and other issues, let's cross live


now to our correspondent in Brussels. Good evening and welcome


to Brussels. Somewhere in this building, there are 28 leaders now


poring over a draft document that has been put before them by the


European Council leader. It is the three baskets of reform David


Cameron is looking for. The press room is alive with speculation. In


the last hour or so, we have had some idea of what is happening in


the room. It was David Cameron who made the opening marks. He has been


telling European colleagues that we have already come a long way with


this renegotiation. They have solved many differences, but is about time,


she said that Britain's place in Europe was to find once and for. He


said Britain's position has been allowed to fester. He said this was


the chance to settle it for the next generation. He also made the point


that although he is trying to get some clearer language on the union,


he is not opposed to other countries seeking that political integration,


further economic integration. It is just that Britain, he says, once a


different model and those who want that should be allowed to. Really,


it is a message of live and let live. There are great differences at


the moment in the text, still some square brackets on the important


issues, such as child benefit in particular. Some real concerns among


Eastern European countries. Also concerns from the French about what


sort of mechanism Britain would have to protect itself from the decisions


at the 19 countries of the Eurozone are taking. Remember that Britain


stands outside the euro zone. An awful lot to discuss. David Cameron


told reporters earlier he brought plenty of shirts. He expects the


negotiations to go along into the night and possibly into tomorrow.


But when he finally emerges, he hopes to have a document that will


allow him to fire the gun on the referendum campaign.


The Prime Minister wants 27 other politicians to agree to his terms.


We've got some important work to do today and tomorrow and it's


If we can get a good deal, I'll take that deal,


but I will not take a deal that doesn't meet what we need.


I think it's much more important to get this right than to do


But with good will, with hard work, we can get a better


Mrs Merkel wants to help make it happen now.


TRANSLATION: I'll do everything to keep the UK.


Agreement is possible, but no country has the right


Those dramas could derail the process, or it least drag


The Prime Minister wants to change the EU rules,


new regulations to protect the city, before giving you the choice to vote


But can the Prime Minister bring everyone together?


Inside the gathered ranks, there is still disagreement on how


long the UK should be able to limit benefits,


and whether it is fair for any new rule to apply only to us.


But across town, his opponents accuse him of making all this fuss


Well, he's brought an internal Conservative Party dispute


to international proportions, so he is running around Europe


trying to get people's support here and they are not very keen


They may well end up with some kind of agreement,


which he will represent as a victory.


And anger over the proposed deal goes way beyond these brave souls


There are plenty of Eurosceptics, MPs and ministers among


Conservatives, and politicians ready to attack.


and free trade, but we can't have that as members


But tonight, Number 10 is adamant this whole project can


and will deliver a new and improved EU.


Their negotiators believe this is the moment.


There are so many countries, so many complications involved,


This is the best chance David Cameron has of getting


a new deal for the UK with the rest of the Union.


but there is no guarantee the terms would get any better,


so his political future could be determined tonight.


Brave or foolhardy, this journey has seen the Prime Minister striking out


Who he can take with him in the next few hours will shape


Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Brussels.


On nights like this, it is worth reminding people of the structure of


the EU and how decisions are taken. The European leaders who are sitting


upstairs for the European Council. The council is the highest level of


political cooperation within Europe. They set the direction of travel and


once they reach agreement, and it must have agreement of all 28


countries, then it is up to the executive of the European Commission


to come out with some legislation, to propose legislation, and then the


European Parliament will debate and put that legislation into action. Mr


Cameron needs not only the support of the 28, he needs the support of


the commission and he also needs the support of the European Parliament.


On Tuesday he was here lobbying the president of the parliament. Let's


listen to what he had to say. I do not belong to those who urged


the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to call for the referendum,


that is for sure. But the question is served, the referendum is fixed.


If this is a good idea or a bad idea, it is not what we have to


discuss about. I will do the utmost to convince citizens in the UK to


vote to stay in, because I believe that we need each other. The United


Kingdom and the European Union. We are stronger with the United


Kingdom. Well, in Laura's package, you heard the thoughts of Nigel


Farage. I spoke to him today and he is quite scathing about what is in


this document. It is not what the paper it is written on, he says,


because the underlying it will be the parliament that un-pics at all.


And that is shared by Ukip's sole MP. He has been talking to BBC about


his disdain the document. Some sort of deal has been done, but it is not


really a great deal, because we haven't asked for much. Take a step


back. At the time of the Bloomberg speech, David Cameron said he would


seek out fundamental, fire reaching reform. He clearly has not. Not even


supporters pretend this amounts to much. He promised us he was going to


seek treaty change. He has not. He promised he would return powers back


from Brussels. Not a single power is being transferred. Clearly, a deal


has been done, but it is pretty thin gruel, you might say. I don't think


this is really going to impress many voters in the run-up to the


referendum. We are starting to see some very encouraging movement in


the polls, the momentum is with the Leave campaign. Yes, we can do this.


There is a growing realisation that we do not need to be in a political


union in order to trade with Europe. Europe faces enormous economic,


technological challenges. The safer thing to do is if we take back


control and I think people are beginning to realise that actually,


David Cameron's EU deal does not add up and we will be better off if we


took back control and didn't have to send ?350 million to Brussels every


week. Look at what David Cameron is negotiating and compare it with what


he said at the outset. He claimed he would get treaty change. There is no


treaty change. He claimed there would be a transfer power back from


Brussels but not a single power has been transferred back. Again and


again, David Cameron has watered down his demands and even the


mediocre and Mikey is asking for it doesn't really add up much. There is


no fundamental, fire reaching reform. People are waking up to that


and I think people realise that we can leave the EU and trade freely


with the European Union. If we do that, we will get the best of all


worlds. Douglas Carswell, the Ukip MP setting out some of the thoughts


of the Leave campaign. Also setting out some of the challenges that


David Cameron will face when he returns to Britain with this


document. You get the impression talking to people in the UK that he


cannot afford to water down any more at the document as it stands. He is


going to fight for everything that they have in the draft text. We have


had some briefings from different camps in the last few minutes. It


tends to happen that certain members of negotiating teams come out to


brief journalists. One German diplomat was talking about the


agenda and how long they might go into the night. He said I hope the


Getty Gilberts that satisfies Mr Cameron, but I cannot bet we get it


today. We're not 100% happy with everything in the text, but overall


we can find agreement. He went on to say that it is other countries that


have bigger problems, the likes of Poland and Romania. We're talking


about work benefits and the challenges of child benefit that Mr


Cameron wants to index to the countries that the families and


children live in. Let's try to understand a bit of


that vertical context in Europe's major capitals as David Cameron


tries to persuade his European counterparts. Any moment we will


hear from our corresponded in Berlin and one in Budapest, but first, here


is our correspondent in Paris. Here in Paris, the real concern is


in the -- isn't benefits for migrants, but rather, protecting the


euro. David Cameron wants to ensure the euro zone countries cannot gang


up on the UK, but the French president is concerned this would


mean giving the City of London and on the advantage. France is still


struggling with high unemployment and the president will be seeking a


real election next year. He certainly does not want to come home


looking like a loser. He has got to be seen to be sticking up for French


interests. The French are particularly opposed to the idea of


an a la carte Europe. We do not like cherry picking. One minister


famously said you cannot come to a football game and expect to play


rugby. Ultimately, France wants Britain to remain in, just not at


all costs. Germany's position has not changed.


It wants Britain in the EU and right now Angela Merkel is arguably David


Cameron's greatest ally. She has voiced support for some of his


ideas. She has said in the run-up to the summit that national


parliaments, not Brussels, should be responsible for protecting those


systems against abuses. She has also spoken about ever closer union,


saying that whilst nothing should stand in its way, individual member


states should also not be obliged to follow that level of integration


every step of the way. So broad support from Germany. Worth


remembering Mrs Merkel's red lines. She will not budge on them. That


includes non-discrimination against EU citizens. As far as Mrs Merkel is


concerned, they are non-negotiable, so interesting to see how much


Germany is prepared to concede. Also remember there is a degree of every


patient at public and political level here in Germany that David


Cameron is choosing to raise this at a time when the refugee crisis is


threatening to tear Europe apart. In the words


threatening to tear Europe apart. In broadcaster, David Cameron is


playing a dangerous poker game. Here in Hungary and the other


central European countries, known together as the Visscher grabbed


four, the main concern is to ensure its citizens have equal rights in


Britain and elsewhere in the union. What that seems to mean in practice


is that they might be willing to accept curbs on benefits for


Hungarian, polls, Czechs and Slovaks working in Britain provided these


are only applied to new arrivals, not the hundreds of thousands


already there. And that these restrictions are phased out


gradually as workers contribute to the national economy, they should


also be able to claim benefits, they argue. The Government is also what


guarantees that citizens of non-EU countries do not suddenly have more


rights than they do on the British job market. Other British demands,


especially for stronger powers, for a national parliament and safeguards


against what some see as the groin powers of Brussels dovetail neatly


with their own policies. -- growing powers of Brussels. At last,


everyone has to take them seriously. Nick Thorpe in Budapest. You do get


the impression it is those for, namely Poland, the Czech Republic,


Slovakia and Hungary that might pose David Cameron the biggest problem.


Let's bring in our political corresponded. We started to get a


feel for how it is going. What are you hearing's so far the tone from


the EU leaders has been fairly positive. They were saying look, I


think we will get agreement here. It might require compromise, but we


want the UK to stay within the EU. We are hearing via Twitter people


are saying it was a constructive We are hearing via Twitter people


session. David Cameron was setting out where he sucks renegotiation was


session. David Cameron was setting at. He was effectively trying


session. David Cameron was setting persuade them he needs a credible


deal to take back persuade them he needs a credible


voters. We are not hearing if those political differences


voters. We are not hearing if those countries which have a particular


beef about a particular issue, for example, Poland and Hungary on


payments to migrant workers. We have got this tract


payments to migrant workers. We have which is where the officials are


trying to hammer out some legal details while the leaders


resolve some of the political detail. That'll go round the table


again tomorrow Mike with the hope of getting some deal, but what we are


hearing so far is that we are not at that stage yet. Armies of lawyers in


this building. I was making Albany remarks about David Cameron's speech


to the summit where he said Britain has to have a codified place within


Europe. It has to be put down in text what Britain is to Europe. I


think those in the remaining camp in Britain might have some sympathy


with that. What you have got at the moment is a situation where Britain


does already have a specific relationship with the European Union


which differs to some other member states, with its own particular


exemptions. There is a recognition that Britain's approach has been


different over a long period of time. This is not new. The problem


the David Cameron is that while people have sympathy with that


notion and want Britain to remain in the EU, but under its own terms, the


problem is there are plenty around the EU table who think why should


Britain have its own special deal? The president of the European


Parliament said earlier on that what is it about Britain that makes it


special? The point Mr Cameron makes is that shouldn't just be one size


fits all in Europe. There is a recognition across the EU that it is


moving into different directions. There are countries which want to


progress towards a deeper political and economic union. What's David


Cameron is trying to secure is some sort of guarantee that the UK will


not be sucked further into that. The problem is how do you do that


without leading to some sort of contagion, other countries wanting


their own parameters. That is the fear of some readers. Not just


specific demands from other member states, but that this could perhaps


lead to another referendum across the EU. This is a union facing big


difficult complex issues on the economy, the migration crisis and


the message from the readers is that this is a tapered unity, not


division. David Cameron is trying to get this deal to satisfy the


sceptics back home, the British public and his own cabinet. We might


be in for a long night. I think that is guaranteed. Thank you very much.


The first session has broken up. Now they go into some of those issues


over dinner, particularly the migrant crisis. It does Aberdeen to


Britain because there is concern here about the flow of migrants to


Europe. It does pertain to Britain. The Greek Prime Minister in


particular feels the same way. We will bring you news on thoughts on


that thread the evening. And of course the important bits on the EU


reform package as well. For the moment, I will hand you back to


London. Sounds like a long night in store. Christian Fraser Forest live


in Brussels. Pope Francis has strongly criticised


Donald Trump's comments Presidential hopeful Mr Trump has


said that he would like to build a wall along the US border


with Mexico to keep migrants out. But the Pope said comments


like that are un-Christian. In response, Donald Trump has called


the remarks "disgraceful". Our North America Editor


Jon Sopel reports. The Pope went deliberately


to the US - Mexican border, where Donald Trump


wants to build his wall, not to make a political


point but moral one. On his flight back to Rome,


when asked about the billionaire property developer, he couldn't


resist and waded straight TRANSLATION: A person who thinks


about building walls wherever they may be and not


of building bridges, As far as what you said


about whether I would advise the boat or not vote,


I am not going to get I say only that this man is not


Christian if he had said We're going to build


a wall, believe me. In this race for the White House,


the one thing we have learned about Donald Trump is he doesn't do


turning the other cheek, ever. He has bullied opponents,


lashed out at critics, But taking on the leader


of the Roman Catholic Church? Well, that might be


something different. At a rally in a short


time ago, Mr Trump professed to feeling surprised


about the Pope's comments, If and when the Vatican


is attacked by Isis, which as everyone knows


is Isis's ultimate trophy, I can promise you


that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that


Donald Trump would have been It's true.


It's true. Donald Trump has sought to play


up his Christian faith in a bid to win over


the key constituency Having the Pope call that


into question is hardly helpful. My mother gave me


this Bible, this very But Donald Trump throughout has


defied political gravity. What makes others crash


to the ground has often just led Their interstellar careers


were linked decades ago, but for William Shatner


and Leonard Nimoy, that was only The actors who played Captain Kirk


and Mr Spock on Star Trek went on to become lifelong friends,


even if there were a few bumps In his new book, Leonard: My 50-Year


Friendship With A Remarkable Man, Mr Shatner recounts the off-camera


details of their relationship.. The BBC met him in


New York to learn more. In exploring this book,


I learned more about Leonard... Perhaps not more, but a great


deal about him that His vast and historical


interest in photography, the things he wrote,


some of the movies he was in, plays that he did and


musicals he was in. I didn't know that he


sang in a musical. We were both made fun of in a way


by having our voices on some records - you know, actors


who thought they could sing. So we both laughed about that,


but he was doing it professionally Rivalry - I guess would be


a term that could be used. It's dramatic, but it was just


the push and shove of actors Had we known each other earlier,


I don't think that would have happened, but on that occasion,


as a young actor and very hungry, I'd like all those fans to take away


the knowledge of how wonderful a friendship I had with


Leonard Nimoy and how dear Friendship is very


difficult to have, to give, because what happens between actors


on a movie or television series or a play, the passions


of the venture bond them. When the venture is


over, you say goodbye. And there are instances


where you say, man, I'll call you tomorrow.


I'll call you for lunch. And it never happens.


It's all gone. And in the business we are in,


where you were roaming a lot, solid connections are difficult


to make, and I cherish the one But for now from me and the rest


of the team, goodbye. If you would like to get in touch,


we would love to hear from you. Bye-bye.


Good evening. We will have some big contrasts in the weather by the time


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