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this is bbc news. the headlines at 6.00pm. cabinet brexiteer liam fox says mps have already decided on the uk's brexit options as he backs theresa may's condemnation of calls for a second referendum. let me tell you that if there is another referendum, which i don't think there will be, people like me will immediately be demanding the best of three. a five—year—old boy becomes the third victim of a house fire in nottinghamshire. his mother and eight—year—old sister died yesterday. environmental groups criticise the deal struck at a un climate conference in poland saying it doesn't go far enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions. mps say the rollout of smart motorways — on which the hard shoulder has been permanently turned into a fourth lane — should be stopped due to safety fears. good evening.
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a leading brexit supporter in the cabinet has suggested that parliament will have to look at other options if the government's withdrawal plan is rejected by mps. but the international trade secretary liam fox dismissed suggestions of another referendum, on the grounds that it would perpetuate divisions in the country. here's our political correspondent, chris mason. it is not hard to find divisions over brexit outside parliament. protesters with different views fight for attention. and it is not much different inside. at least the prime minister has found someone willing to play ball today. and yes, she still hopes she will get her deal through parliament, but many are now discussing what happens if she fails, with growing talk of another referendum. the international trade secretary, liam fox, campaign for brexit and hates the idea. —— campaigned for brexit.
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supposing we had another referendum, supposing the remain side won it by 52—48, but it was on a lower turnout — entirely possible. let me tell you that if there is another referendum, which i don't immediately demanding it is best—of—three. where does that end up? today, two of the prime minister's closest allies denied they were toying with another public vote, her chief of staff said he wasn't planning one and her effective deputy said he has long thought it was a bad idea and would be divisive. those hoping for another referendum say it might eventually be the only option. if parliament is gridlocked and there is no way of resolving the impasse and no consensus can be met in parliament, then how else do you resolve this other than referring it back to the people? but many senior labour figures are deeply uneasy about asking the people again, and don't know on which side
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they would be if it happened. look, we're going to have to discuss tactics if and when we come to that. you don't know. andrew, policy is decided by our members in a democratic and open way. in the last month, the prime minister has spent more than 12 hours on her feet minister has spent more than 12 hours on herfeet in minister has spent more than 12 hours on her feet in the commons defending her brexit plan, and there will be more of the same tomorrow. what we are now witnessing here is a noisy conversation on all sides exploring other possible options. or to put it another way, working out what first to do next. —— what on earth to do next. let's talk to our political correspondent chris mason. hejoins me now. no great surprise about a second referendum but just yesterday,
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no great surprise about a second referendum butjust yesterday, tim bagwell suggesting about reaching across party boundaries and looking for allies. you see divisions reaching from the top and across all of parliament. it is quite striking that there is a willingness to talk about a plan b. the prime minister spent 11 hours and 58 minutes on herfeet in the prime minister spent 11 hours and 58 minutes on her feet in the commons chamber defending her brexit plan the other day, that doesn't include prime minister's questions, in the last month. she will do it again tomorrow afternoon. publicly she says it is all about the deal but now you have the cabinet talking about other options. what is striking is when they talk about other options, they preface that commentary with their own preferences. liam fox the other day in fact summoned the broadcasters to his office to do a round of interviews which was supportive of the prime minister but he went out of his way to describe the so—called
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norway option, a close economic relationship after brexit, norway plus, as not being able poplar —— not being a proper brexit. others have then fleshed out what they preferred vision for the future will be, and i'm sure we will get more. we have cabinet ministers saying no to norway or other variants of it, others saying no to a no—deal brexit, others saying we stick with the prime minister's line. others even saying that we need to resolve it with a second referendum. there is not a single government position on this assuming that mrs may‘s brexit deal would be voted down. and when you start looking at the maths in the house of commons at the moment, things can move very quickly but it is very difficult to assemble a majority to endorse anything. i think there is a majority there to
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reject no deal. there is also probably a majority to reject a lot of the possible options— the norway idea, the carnage idea. there are scenes that there wouldn't be a majority for a second referendum but that might change. so there is that prospect and clearly this is speculation but there is a prospect that you get into the middle or end of january and the that you get into the middle or end ofjanuary and the prime minister's deal has been rejected, no deal has been rejected, norway model, canada model has been rejected, maybe a second referendum has been rejected, who knows? and then perfectly reasonably the next question is what happens then? i was speaking to somebody yesterday who said after that the only responsible government option would be to request an extension of article 50 or two but that into english, to delay brexit. and that is what the irish prime
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minister said today. it would merely postpone the point. it would merely postpone the point. it is kicking the can down the road. and it has quite a few tone marks in it already. in the great scheme of things, not that important, but this spat between the current prime minister and one of her predecessors. to reza may really striking, in words released by downing street, so this wasn't a slip of the tongue dot dash to reza may really striking. this was written down and sent to journalists and the prime minister was strikingly angered by tony blair's intervention on friday. intervened plenty of times before. he thinks it is transparent, a terrible idea and would like another referendum. she thinks it was unbecoming of him as a former pro minister and degraded the office he
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once held and the people he once served. tony blair has hit back, arguing that it is his duty to argue for what he believes in. those that would like another referendum pointed out that every other living former prime minister accept david cameron have also endorsed another referendum, including john major. it is something that crosses party divide. it gives you a sense of the angerfrom the divide. it gives you a sense of the anger from the prime divide. it gives you a sense of the angerfrom the prime minister that she comes back again and again that she comes back again and again that she believes it is her duty as prime minister to deliver brexit. she attem pts minister to deliver brexit. she atte m pts to minister to deliver brexit. she attempts to do it now. nobody, least of all her, can be certain where this is going to go now. no sole agent is now in charge of this. we know that because the government isn't in charge of events and we don't know where we will end up. thank you very much for the honest assessment. police in the belgian capital brussels have this afternoon fired teargas at demostrators taking part in an anti—migration protest. the protests are over a global migration pact, with the demonstrators vehemently
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against a united nations agreement which is due to be signed in morocco next week. some protesters threw missiles at police and there was a strong response from the security forces. the mother and two children who died following a house fire in nottinghamshire have been named as justine, isabella and harvey collison. the blaze in collingham broke out yesterday morning. gerry jackson reports. justine collison and her eight—year—old daughter isabella died in the fire at their home yesterday. today, five—year—old harvey died in hospital. husband and father gavin is fighting for his life. the flames broke out at breakfast time in this quiet village lane, leaving no time for most inside to escape. the child ren's grandmother was led to safety. close neighbours had battled to rescue the others. it's an adrenaline rush, to try and get in, to help them, because i saw my dad and his other bloke who are trying to get in so i thought,
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all efforts to get through the door and help them. but obviously we couldn't. it wasn't until we saw the fire brigade, you know, open the front door that we saw the inside was just thick with smoke. from learning that they were first in a serious condition to what's happened today, got more and more upsetting, as today has gone through, it's got more upsetting. police and fire officers have spent a second day here at the property trying to work out what caused this tragedy. meanwhile, members of this close—knit community have been gathering to pay their tributes in the wake of the tragedy so close to christmas. justine collison was a much respected teaching assistant at a local school. today, a colleague was among those paying their respects. she was lovely, could not meet a nicer woman. she was always smiling, and adored her children and her husband. a special service was held at the village church, all saints, this morning. it will remain open every day
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between now and christmas. gerry jackson, bbc news, collingham in nottinghamshire. a group of mps has said the rollout of a type of smart motorways — where the hard shoulder is permanently turned into a fourth lane — should be stopped. the all—party group backed campaigners who say having no hard shoulder puts motorists and recovery workers at risk. england has more than 100 miles of all lane running smart motorways, with 225 miles more planned. environmental groups have said a deal struck at a un conference in poland does not go far enough in tackling climate change. delegates from nearly 200 countries did reach agreement on how to implement the landmark paris climate accord, and they outlined plans for collective rules on cutting carbon emissions. but the commitments are not legally binding. here's our science editor david shukman. for years, we have known how each cluster of smoke adds more carbon dioxide to the air and raises
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the global temperature. but only now has the world inched towards a deal to try to tackle this. the talks in poland ended with scenes of excitement and relief. the polish minister in charge had managed to overcome some very difficult arguments. and many governments see this as a breakthrough. we made a major step, and we also showed that european union is the frontrunner. we really tried hard to bring the parties together, work together, and we are quite satisfied with the outcome of this night. so, where does this leave us? most significant is a new set of rules for how countries cut the gases warming the planet. that was sorted. but the deal was voluntary, so we will now have to see what individual governments actually do. on finance for developing countries, to help them go green and prepare for the impact of climate change, there was some progress but they say not enough. promises of much deeper cuts of emissions in future, which scientists say are needed very rapidly, that'll have to wait for another time. the small island nations say
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the deal does not go far enough. faced with rising sea levels and the threat of devastating floods, they say bolder steps are needed. we've got 12 years. this here today doesn't really solve anything. i think we've got to do practical things. we've got to cut down the emissions drastically, in terms of emissions. so i think, working together, i think we can achieve what we want. the real test now is whether the deal eventually leads to fewer warming gases entering the atmosphere. so far, all the talk over the past 25 years has failed to achieve that. david shukman, bbc news. afundraising campaign by chester zoo to raise £50,000 following a fire which destroyed much of the roof covering its monsoon forest area has reached its target in little more than 2a hours.
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chester zoo said yesterday was one of the toughest days in its long history and thanked the remarkable efforts of the zoo team and the emergency services which meant the fire was extinguished as quickly as possible. the operation to move the affected animals is continuing and the zoo has been touched by the level of support it's received. yesterday was probably the toughest day in the history of the zoo. lloyd evans devastated —— we are devastated about the damage to the building behind us. we are touched by the messages of support we have had from chester, the uk and internationally, it has been fantastic. the headlines on bbc news. cabinet brexiteer liam fox says mps have already decided on the uk's brexit options as he backs theresa may's condemnation of calls for a second referendum.. for a second referendum. a five—year—old boy becomes the third victim of a house
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fire in nottinghamshire. his mother and his eight—year—old sister died yesterday. environmental groups criticise the deal struck at a un climate conference in poland saying it doesn't go far enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions. the bbc sports personality of the year awards is taking place in birmingham tonight. for the first time, the shortlist, which is usually revealed in advance, will be announced on the show, just before voting opens. let's talk to our sports presenter holly hamilton, she's in birmingham for us. it is looking pretty crowded. we have seen the stars walking on the red carpet tonight. we don't know who the nominees are. it is the
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first time they have done it. we we re very first time they have done it. we were very excited to see who was going to walk through that door, down this red—carpet. it is down to six on the shortlist as well this year, so competition will be fierce. greatest sporting moment of the year isa greatest sporting moment of the year is a new category. those nominated we re is a new category. those nominated were unveiled recently. tyson fury who came back against welder is amongst them. i asked him earlier what it is like to be nominated for this prestigious award and about his incredible year full of ups and downs. it has been an incredible journey. downs. it has been an incrediblejourney. a journey that most thought was impossible and i just journey that most thought was impossible and ijust proved that anything is possible with the right mindset and the right help. if you wa nt mindset and the right help. if you want something, you can achieve it. i wanted more than anything to be back on top of the rock. and it took you a while to win back
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the british public. things that have been said. you have done that. that in itself is quite incredible. your popularity is pretty good doc before, i was acting, trying to be the outlaw, the bad boy. now i'm just being me. i think people like that more. you have talked about suffering from mental health problems. you have received so much support from people struggling with the same things. what other men to you, people thanking you ? it is very inspirational as a fighter and a person. so many people are coming to me for advice and help andi are coming to me for advice and help and i will help as many as i can because i have been to those dark places and i know the results, and i know anyone can come back from anything. he will face alistair cook, who is also after sporting moment of the year when he scored the century in his final innings for england before he retired from international
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cricket at the oval. i spoke to him and his best friend jimmy anderson as well, asking what it is like to be nominated. it was obviously a great week for me personally and as a team to go out ona high personally and as a team to go out on a high so it is a lesson on the cake. talk me through the year that you had. how does it feel coming to the other side of it? it is quite surreal. you feel like you will play for someone forever but there comes a time when a decision has to be made. it was tough on many levels but also quite easy as well. and to finish like they did was very special and it has been an interesting three months, being at home and watching the guys in sri lanka but i have no regrets. it is interesting that you can now watch them. looking ahead to next yea r‘s watch them. looking ahead to next year's ashes. how do you feel about watching them and not being involved?
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it was interesting. i obviously wasn't up at 4:30am. i wouldn't have missedjimmy wasn't up at 4:30am. i wouldn't have missed jimmy bowling in that heat. it was fine but we are busy at home with the farm so i haven't been sat there with idle firms. —— with idle firms. the guys did well without me so firms. the guys did well without me so it shows you how quickly sport moves on. it will be interesting now to see you will make the shortlist. six names on the list. they won't be revealed until 6pm tonight, when the show begins on bbc one. asking people here, including harry kane, as england are up for a moment of speculation. also dina asher—smith. i could sit here and talk all day about the various names who could potentially be on the shortlist. we are spoilt for choice about the incredible sporting year we have had. ready ourselves for 7pm
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tonight. it starts with gabby logan, gary lineker and clare balding. i might even go and join them. thank you very much, have a lovely evening. more than a0 people have been injured in a huge explosion and fire in a restaurant injapan. at least one person is said to be in critical condition after the blast in the early evening in the city of sapporo onjapan's north island of hokkaido. the cause of the fire is not yet known but local residents reported a strong smell of gas. gemma coombe reports. bright orange flames and thick black smoke. the immediate aftermath of a huge explosion in a busyjapanese restau ra nt. huge explosion in a busyjapanese restaurant. it happened at 8:30pm local time in sapporo, the capital city of the northern main island of hokkaido. the japanese news outlets
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said the force of the blast was so strong, a number of buildings collapsed. firefighters battled the flames, warning people there could be further explosions. video from the scene shows dozens of people gathered on the street, which was strewn with debris and shattered glass. authorities haven't revealed an immediate cause but witnesses have reported smelling gas in the area. more than a0 people were hurt, one of them critically. bad weather and an increase in online buying are being blamed for shoppers staying away from the high street on what is usually the busiest weekend before christmas. retail experts say numbers across the uk yesterday were down almost 10% compared with the same time last year. here's our business correspondent, joe miller. a bruising year has left many of britain's large retailers fighting for survival and more than ever, banking on a busy festive season. but heavy rain heaped more misery on the high street yesterday and prompted many to stay dry and shop online. there was a sliver of hope
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for retailers last week when footfall rose 6% on the year before. but figures from analytics firm springboard show a drop of 7% on saturday if you include retail parks and shopping centres and a drop of 9% on the high street, adding further gloom to one of the worst novembers on record. sunday saw better weather and a small recovery on the high street. but overall footfall was still lower than in 2017 and analysts see few bright spots ahead. we've see consumer confidence drop, we've seen costs increase and in general, i think people are very nervous about spending. the british retail consortium predicts that sales will pick up in the next few days as more people rush to buy last—minute food and presents. the fate of one chain in particular may rest on such a surge. debenhams, which lost a record £500 million this financial year, has rebuffed an injection of cash from the self—styled saviour of the high street mike ashley. his company, sportsdirect, which rescued house of fraser,
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had a stark warning for its wounded rival. we've put this offer in to invest another a0 million, and it really is kind of the electric shock to wake them up to what is probably the last chance saloon. some suspect mr ashley, who was already debenhams's largest shareholder, wants the first claim on its assets if it collapses — an allegation the company rejects. but well debenhams and other struggling chains mightjust be able to afford to keep the billionaire at bay, neither they nor mr ashley's retail empire can afford a disappointing christmas. joe miller, bbc news. 11.7 million people watched the final of strictly come dancing on bbc one last night. the documentary presenter, stacey dooley, won the series with her professional partner, kevin clifton — who'd been a losing finalist on four previous occasions. our arts correspondent david sillito has all the details. it's the final! four couples, three dancers and from the very beginning,
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it was actually a former pussycat doll who set the standard. the big lift from dirty dancing was flawless. ten! the score, perfect tens. and those a0s kept coming. this athletic show dance on a raised and revolving platform. i personally as a dancer feel that you stretched yourself beyond limits, you've learned techniques you are not familiar with ever before, you have brought to the show a life, a style, and i truly am grateful for you. of course, craig did try to find a fault. i had a slight problem with your right toe, darling, but then i decided to get over myself. ten!
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not a point was dropped all night. but matching those scores dance after dance was faye tozer. this hollywood glitz in high heels on a very high top hat... at the end of this routine to fever, it was perfect tens across the board. what an end of a journey. wow. this is really high. but when it comes to a journey from being a non—dancer to doing this... ..youtuberjoe sugg was more than holding his own, ending with a charleston. you are the biggest surprise of this series.
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from a marathon night of dancers tonight, you have just got stronger and stronger and it's an extraordinary amount of work you have put in and it has paid off, you are a star. for tvjournalist stacey dooley, it began with an explosive show dance. everything was thrown at it. the crowd loved it. bruno tried to describe it as her greatest hits. your greatest hits. but craig... i wasn't that keen on the dance. it was the lowest score of the night. and even at the end of a paso doble described as having power and passion, she was in fourth place. all that matters is what the public thinks and they saw it rather differently.
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stacey and kevin! even more emotional was her professional dance partner kevin clifton. after five finals, his first victory. there it is, the winner of this year's glitterball trophy, stacey dooley. david sillito, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. the storm caused some severe weather yesterday. the most dangerous condition caused by freezing rain, leading to multiple accidents on a number of roads. heavy snow
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affecting northern scotland and we had a top wind gust of 79 mph in west wales. today the weather has been turning mild. the wind clearing the rain away. showers affecting western areas of scotland. for many areas the skies were clear, the winds will be light and it will be a cold night with frost developing in the countryside and a couple of fog patches. for monday, it looks like a decent start of the day with some sunshine. thicker cloud working into western areas with rain spreading in and turning increasingly windy with gales across western hills. relatively mild, with the top temperature of 12 degrees in the best. that is the weather. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: cabinet brexiteer liam fox says mps have already decided on the uk's brexit options as he backs theresa may's condemnation of calls for a second referendum. let me tell you that if there is
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another referendum, which i don't think there will be, people like me will be immediately demanding it is a best of three. a five—year—old boy becomes the third victim of a house fire in nottinghamshire. a mother and her eight—year—old daughter died yesterday. environmental groups criticise the deal struck at a un climate conference in poland saying it doesn't go far enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions. mps say the roll—out of smart motorways — on which the hard shoulder has been permanently turned into a fourth lane — should be stopped due to safety fears. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday.
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