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an ultimatum from the eu — the uk has two weeks to clarify key brexit issues — or no talks on trade next month. after the sixth round of talks, a sense that crunch time has come. this is a serious business. if we are to find a way forward it will require flexibility and pragmatism from both sides. we'll be looking at how far there is still to go, and whether the uk is likely to meet the deadline in a fortnight. also tonight. all the big broadband and phone providers agree to automatically compensate customers for poor service from 2019. the family of a british woman detained in egypt says she didn't know prescription painkillers she was carrying are banned there. shots fired. remembering the sacrifices of world war one, on the centenary of the end of one of the bloodiest battles of all — passchendaele. and supermodel naomi campbell on sexual harassment and diversity in the fashion industry. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, england's women will be looking for quick wickets going into day three
of the crucial ashes test. australia are still 103 runs behind. good evening. the uk has been given two weeks to provide more details of its plans on key brexit issues — if there is to be any chance of moving on to trade discussions in mid—december. the issues include what the uk is prepared to pay for in the divorce bill, eu citizens‘ rights and the irish border. the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier says it's vital the uk makes concessions and offers more money. david davis, the brexit secretary, says the prime minister has already pledged that the uk will honour existing financial commitments. from brussels, our europe editor katya adler reports. time is a precious commodity, and don't the uk and the eu know it.
we're halfway now between the date of our eu referendum and actually leaving the club. expect many more face—offs along the way. by now, round six of brexit negotiations, all attempts at bilateral banter, have gone. this is a serious business. says david davis. it is. the eu is the uk's biggest trading partner, and the government still hopes to keep european relations close even as we untangle ourselves from the eu. but relations now are strained. the eu and the uk's brexit negotiators feel they keep repeating themselves, but the other side isn't listening. the prime minister was clear in her florence speech. let me reiterate once again. our european partners will not need to pay more or receive less over
the remainder of the current budget plan as a result of our decision to leave. but eu leaders don't quite believe him. trust is in short supply here. they demand detailed financial guarantees, otherwise they threaten to block what the uk wants. talks of trade and transition. translation: only sufficient progress, that is to say, sincere and real progress on the three main brexit issues, will allow us to start the second phase of negotiations. on those other issues, how to avoid reintroducing a hard border between ireland and northern ireland, remains a key sticking point. so does how to legally guarantee the rights of eu citizens living in the uk and vice versa. eu diplomats say these issues can be dealt with in parallel to talks on future trade. money is the real stumbling block. and to turn up the heat... translation: my answer is yes.
michel barnier confirmed progress was needed by the end of this month. otherwise brussels threatens to dash the prime minister's hopes in this room in december at a summit of eu leaders. what theresa may wants is the green light from her eu counterparts to go ahead with what is known as stage two of the brexit negotiations. that is talk of trade and transition deals. on both sides of the channel, companies ache for news. uncertainty is very bad for business. but trade experts say eu — uk fallout over brexit issues will seem child's play compared to complications when it comes to trade. the real obstacle is to come, when britain tries to negotiate a new trade deal with the eu. and it's looking for something as good as or better than what it has now, which will be extremely difficult to achieve, because why would 27 countries, each of which has a veto, agree unanimously to give britain
something better than what they have? can britain get a new trade deal with the eu by the time it leaves in march 2019? not in my opinion. no one can stop time of course, but when it comes to brexit, time can be stretched. negotiations extended. if everyone agrees. but in brussels and london, there is little appetite for that. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. our political correspondent alex forsyth is at westminster. a deadline of a fortnight. what can the prime minister do to sort out these key brexit issues by then? the prime minister do to sort out these key brexit issues by then7m clear pressure now to get things moving before the next meeting of eu leaders in december but on those key difficult issues, despite both sides saying there has been significant progress, there is no firm agreement. on the question of the irish border there is consensus that
there can be no physical infrastructure, but there is not yet a practical solution. on the financial settlement that you clearly wa nts financial settlement that you clearly wants more, but theresa may is under some pressure, not least from her backbench mps, not to give up from her backbench mps, not to give up too much. despite the difficulties in brussels downing street saying clearly today that brexit will happen, no matter what, even saying they want to set down the date of departure, the 29th of march, 2019, into law. now that is in part to appease mps who are worried that date may slip and those who didn't want ministers to have the final say, but this is also about the government trying to show some muscle, get on the front foot, because next week the bill which brings eu law into uk law ready for departure will come to the commons and there will be some parliamentary fights on that. theresa may is warning mps not to use that to try to slow the process of brexit. downing street wants to show its determined to deliver on this and it's getting on with it, but this remains a very slow and very sticky
process. alex at westminster, thank you. major phone and internet providers, including bt and sky, have agreed to an automatic compensation scheme for customers when they fail to make appointments or if there are delays installing services. following a review by the watchdog ofcom, by 2019 customers will have their accounts automatically credited if they receive poor service. danny savage has the details. home broadband is something many of us take for granted, so when it drops out or stops working, its a big inconvenience. roxanne hargreaves has been there. my service went down, we didn't have any internet for about three days, and they took forever to come out. what do you think about this idea of getting compensation automatically? i think it's really good because you're paying so much for your internet a month, and if you aren't getting a good service, what's the point of paying for something you can't actually get? mick watson is having broadband problems, too. i shall be asking them, obviously, to do their usual technical checks, etc, but it would be worthwhile asking for some money back on the bill. at the moment, if your broadband
fails you are not automatically compensated for the days of service you've paid for but haven't received. today's announcement means customers will be reimbursed by the provider — without having to chase them. if an engineer fails to show up for an appointment, you get £25 back. if your new service isn't installed on a particular start date, you'll be credited £5 for each day it's delayed. and for those facing slow repairs, £8 per day will be paid for each day it's not fully fixed, after an initial waiting period of two working days. we know that providers won't want to pay out this money. we estimate it will be £140 million a year, so we also think it will incentivise them to solve problems more quickly, or even better, to make sure problems don't occur in the first place. but this is no early christmas present for broadband customers. the automatic compensation won't start until early 2019. danny savage, bbc news, leeds.
a british woman detained in egypt on suspicion of drug smuggling has told the bbc she didn't know the prescription painkillers she was carrying were banned in the country, and is desperate to come home. laura plummer, from hull, is due in court tomorrow morning in the red sea resort of hurghada, where she was arrested a month ago. her family told the bbc they fear for her mental and physical health. orla guerin reports. it looks like paradise. egypt's red sea coast has long been a tourist trap, but now one british visitor is trapped behind bars, accused of smuggling a heroin substitute to the resort of hurghada. 33—year—old laura plummer, a shop assistant, has been coming here for years. her family say she lives for her holidays in the sun. for the past month she has been detained at police station number one, with others accused
of drug trafficking. the offence can carry the death penalty here. well, we've managed to speak to laura plummer by phone. she told us she is being held in a cell about the size of her bedroom back home, but with 25 other women, so it's hard to breathe. she said her fellow inmates are trying to look after her, but no one speaks her language. she told us her spirits are at rock bottom. she said she's dreaming of getting home, of catching up with emmerdale, sleeping in her own bed, and having a cup of tea. her father got a text saying, help me, i'm in trouble. that was the beginning of a nightmare for laura plummer‘s mother and brother. they say she was mystified to be detained on arrival. she was kept in the airport all that time. she didn't know what was happening then, did she? she said, why are you keeping me here? what have i done? they just wouldn't say anything to her.
she didn't know. she said, i want to see your manager. the police here say she was kept for good reason — because she had 300 tablets of tramadol. it's legal in britain with a prescription, but banned in egypt, where it's the drug of choice for most addicts. laura plummer claims a colleague gave her the painkillers for her egyptian boyfriend, omar, who has a bad back. she told us they were in a chemist bag she didn't open. "i had no idea they were illegal here," she said. "i can't tell you how stupid i feel." her family insists she's paying a high price for an innocent mistake. the first time i saw her i couldn't believe it, you know. she was breaking down, she was begging me to take her home. it is absolutely heartbreaking because your daughter is there and you can't bring her home with you. the shop assistant is due in court tomorrow. she may be released on bail, or her detention could be extended.
police here say ignorance of the law is no defence. orla guerin, bbc news, hurghada. a brief look at some of the day's other news stories. there's to be an independent inquiry into the death of the former welsh government minister carl sargeant. first minister carwynjones said yesterday he welcomed scrutiny of his sacking of sargeant, who was found dead on tuesday. the minister was being investigated over claims of sexual harassment and is understood to have taken his own life. the labour mp kerry mccarthy has said she received "unwanted attention" from fellow labour mp kelvin hopkins, over a period of about 20 years. mr hopkins is currently suspended from the party, following accusations of inappropriate behaviour made by a party activist — which he denies. he says he had counted ms mccarthy as a friend and her complaint has caused him "immense hurt". the online taxi—hailing service, uber, has lost an appeal against a ruling that gave its drivers employment rights. an earlier hearing had ordered
the firm to treat its drivers as workers, rather than self employed independent contractors. two drivers had argued they should be entitled to the minimum wage, sick pay and paid leave. uber says they will appeal to the supreme court. girls who've been given the human papilloma virus, or hpv vaccine, may only need three smear tests in their lifetime — instead of the current 12. that's according to a new study. hpv is thought to cause nearly all cervical cancers, and a vaccination against it has been offered to girls aged between 11 to 13 since 2008. a new faultline opening up in the middle east has prompted calls for calm among international leaders. saudi arabia has been accused of declaring war on lebanon by the leader of hezbollah, a lebanese group with close ties to iran. it follows the resignation of the lebanese prime minister a few days ago who is now in the saudi capital. there are fears lebanon is increasingly becoming a pawn in a wider regional confrontation
between the major sunni power saudi arabia, and shia—dominated iran. the un secretary general has warned of ‘devastating consequences' if the conflict erupts. from beirut, our middle east correspondent martin patience reports. for a region in turmoil, beirut served as a sanctuary from the violence. but now it finds itself at the centre of the growing struggle between saudi arabia and iran. in a move that has stunned lebanon, the prime minister resigned suddenly last weekend. not at home, but in saudi arabia. he lashed out at iran, accusing it of destabilising the entire region. today, iran's proxy in lebanon shot back. the leader of hezbollah claimed riyadh was holding the prime minister hostage. in a bid to diffuse the crisis, the french president emmanuel macron stopped briefly in the kingdom.
he met the saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman. who is pursuing a tough line against iran. many in lebanon on share his view that tehran is too influential. some people are seeking dividends in lebanon on for the role that they played in syria. those people are iran and hezbollah? yes. they've openly expressed that. that we fought isis in syria, we drew isis away from lebanese borders and therefore we need to be recognised. during the civil war here in the 1980s, the city was divided by warring parties. and this building was on the front line. but today, lebanon is divided by the regional structural. and the country's seen as a pawn by the bigger players. everyone's reassuring us that
everything will be ok but that doesn't mean that it is. but we've been through worse, so we are trying, just hanging on there. it's a play of power and we're in the middle but it's always like this for lebanon. for 30, 40 years. but the fear is the dynamic is far more dangerous than in the past. in the last few decades we've never been so close to the precipice. in many ways the threat of regional war has never been this real, if you like. beirut famously partied through its civil war. and tonight, it's no different, but this is a region on edge, and the international community is calling for calm. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. the battle of passchendaele was one
of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of the first world war. it took three months to reach the village, which is on a ridge above the belgian city of ypres. the battle to take it and the rain soaked mud resulted in almost seven hundred thousand deaths and injuries on both sides. today the largest number of first world war field guns ever assembled fired a salute to the fallen, exactly a hundred years since passchendaele was captured. robert hall was there. fire! in a muddy field near the franco—belgian border, the thunder of the guns. every one of these weapons had fired during the battles of the first world war. today, they sounded their tribute a century on from the day canadian troops finally took the hilltop village of passchendaele. the fighting was part of a plan to capture high ground and reverse the course of the war north
of ypres, but wet weather slowed and what of the attacks. allied forces advanced just five miles. allied and german armies lost well over half a million men, killed or injured, hundreds disappeared in a sea of mud. 64 volunteers, some of them serving soldiers, manned the guns. they represented the seven nations which shared the horrors of that summer and autumn. my grandfather was killed in action at hill 60 in the battle of passchendaele. i have always had a feeling he should be remembered. all of our young soldiers are very aware of the poignancy of what has gone before them. recent wars in iraq and afghanistan really hit home but it makes them more interested in the history that came before that. being here is important to them and it means a lot. in the drizzle, with the smell of cordite in the air, thoughts turn to the young men
who walked into that smoke and fire so long ago. for us to be able to represent and portray the 36th ulster division that gave so much at that time, it is a unique proud, privileged moment for us. those young fellas from that long time ago gave everything, didn't know whether they would be alive within the next hour. the next minute. what they gave was unreal. this weekend, britain and europe will remember conflicts across the decades. here, as the guns fell silent, the focus was on one terrible battle, on lives ruined, on those who never came home. robert hall, bbc news, northern france. the bbc has withdrawn a drama from its christmas schedules after two accusations of rape were made against an actor. ed westwick was due to star in the agatha christie drama
"ordeal by innocence". he's denied the allegations and says he'll work with the authorities to clear his name. marseille's former manchester united defender patrice evra has been banned from playing in european club competitions until the end ofjune. he aimed a kick at the head of a marseille supporter ahead of a game in the europa league last week. he's also been fined 10,000 euros. it's been an encouraging night for england at wembley — where they were taking on germany in a friendly. an inexperienced team against the reigning world champions. david ornstein reports. a year ago england displayed the p°ppy a year ago england displayed the poppy and were punished. the governing body fifa deeming it a political symbol. since then, the
rules have been relaxed. football now free to pay its respects. decked in blue and depleted by injuries, england looked unfamiliar. germany less so. already denied by the woodwork, the world champions were then kept at bay byjordan pickford, one of five debutants for the youthful hosts. another was 20—year—old tammy abraham, so close to making an immediate impact. england were now in the contest and jamie vardy almost put them in front. captain for the night eric dier lead by example, no gold but plenty of cause for optimism, which can't often be said about england at senior level. they nearly won it with the last kick, what a boost it would have been for gareth southgate and his promising team. a positive night for england. they'll be back here on tuesday to meet the mighty
brazil, then only two games, both in march, before they name their squad for the world cup in russia next summer. elsewhere tonight wales were beaten 2—0 by france. also in a friendly. goals from antoine griezmann and olivier giroud. all eyes turn this weekend on sunday to northern ireland who play their second leg of their world cup play—off against switzerland in what is possibly the biggest game in their recent history. naomi campbell — one of the biggest names in modelling for the last three decades — has been a vocal critic of the inequalities in the fashion business. she took vogue to task for its lack of diversity prior to the appointment of its first black editor. will gompertz has been speaking to her in new york about her views on diversity and sexual harassment in the industry — and her own sometimes controversial behaviour. i think it's a positive message to put out, an all—black cast for the pirelli calendar.
doing alice in wonderland. are you feeling that there is a change? that's what i feel. interesting, isn't it? that's what i'm starting to see, which is great. but let's hope that it's not a trend, and it remains that way, and they continue to choose with a diverse mind. have you been turned down because of your colour? many times in my past. but it's not something that i let deter me and stop me. i used it to drive me. lupita nyong'o did an instagram post today, criticising a front cover where they have airbrushed out the frizziness of her hair. she won't be happy about that. she's not happy about that. why would they do that? she doesn't understand. see, it's... i mean, i understand why she's upset. 100%. and what about the darker side of naomi, the angry...? there isn't an angry any more. i don't really let people push that button. other issues in the fashion industry. the abuse of vulnerable young people, specifically women, but young men, as well.
i'm saddened, and i've made it clear whatever i can do to use my voice, in supporting models of my industry, and what i do, i will. it's never happened to me. but i don't want it to ever happen to anyone. it shouldn't happen to anyone, period. how big of a problem is it? well, it seems to be a big problem. and i think, before it gets better, it's going to get worse. i think we're going to have to hear about it lots, it's going to have to come out before... i mean, they're trying to find a solution, i know. and... i think it'sjust the beginning, really. the lid's been opened. and so... naomi campbell speaking to our arts editor will gompertz. that's it. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. good night. hello and welcome. the headlines this evening. goalless at wembley
but the england youngsters matched the world champions into night's friendly match. more disappointment for wires, soundly beaten by france in theirfriendly in for wires, soundly beaten by france in their friendly in paris for wires, soundly beaten by france in theirfriendly in paris —— wales. england's women continue their battle for the ashes, edging the second day of the must win test match in sydney. lots of sport to tell you about. we have the in the match in just a moment. we start with wales, playing in theirfirst moment. we start with wales, playing in their first game since missing out on the world cup play—offs, but a trip to paris proved a step too far as they were beaten 2—0 by france. one month after their world cup dreams ended in a nightmare, or wales came to paris looking for a
pick me up, a result against a france side backing the attacking force of giroud and antoine griezmann would be some achievement, and wales were on the back foot for much of the match, unsurprisingly. wayne hennessey keeping them out on this occasion, and that should have boosted the competence of the crystal palace goalkeeper but he slipped up when griezmann pounced. france boasted flair, and wales relied on experience, chris guenther is making his 84th appearance, but the reading defender is yet to score for his country —— chris guenther. he was sharper in his own penalty area, stopping griezmann from getting a second goal. with a more conventional build—up, giroud was far more composed here, claiming his 29th goalfor his far more composed here, claiming his 29th goal for his country. wales manager chris coleman's immediate
future is uncertain, but his country's looks bright, david brooks making his debut and ben woodburn combining for what could have been a spectacular consolation goal. we created a few dangerous opportunities, but it was always going to be difficult, but great experience for the younger boys coming on. hopefully we can learn from this and get together and build on what is going to be a very important european campaign. and now to what the wales manager chris coleman said after the match. the matter who they are planning against they score lots of goals and have lots of possession, but this was a good test, great to experience it, and from what we had, we gave. we have another gear but that is more ofa have another gear but that is more of a psychological component after
the hangover of the disappointment in the campaign. england were also in friendly action, they were playing at wembley against germany. inexperienced new look england side with many injuries and players missing as often happens with an injury. -- missing as often happens with an injury. —— with a friendly match. our correspondent was watching it, andi our correspondent was watching it, and i guess a goalless draw against the world champions at wembley is not the end of the world? that's right. germany were not at their best, but take nothing away from england, this was a positive night and the manager gareth southgate will be pleased, the most impressive performance of the debit and is was jordan pickford, —— of the debutants wasjordan jordan pickford, —— of the debutants was jordan pickford, in jordan pickford, —— of the debutants wasjordan pickford, in goal, he made a string of fine saves that will have given southgate a selection headache heading into the
world cup next summer, and of course england after the brazil friendly on tuesday have two more matches before that squad is announced. ruben loftus—cheek midfield it is fair to say was steady, the chelsea midfielder on loan at crystal palace, and then upfront, tammy abraham, on loan from chelsea, at swa nsea, abraham, on loan from chelsea, at swansea, he had a great opportunity to put england in front in the first half of the that was deflected wide. for a first performance at senior level, he will be very pleased, as well. five debuta nts level, he will be very pleased, as well. five debutants in total and i think cause for optimism. tonight was a night of firsts, so many players playing for the first time and be in the players were wearing poppies for the first time.