the appearance of what's called a super moon. the moon was at one of its closest points to earth and was full, looking bigger and brighter than usual. it's the first super moon since november last year. that photograph was taken by our own frank gardner. but if you missed it, don't worry. there will be two more before the end of january. time for the weather with ben roach. i try to look at the moon last night but it was quite cloudy. to cloudy for some of us but some part in the east or the moon which has translated into sunny skies for some areas today, eastern scotland doing pretty well. that was carnoustie earlier but there is more clout further west in some places as sophie was talking about last night, thatis sophie was talking about last night, that is what it looks like in cornwall during this morning, the cloud producing the odd spot of rain but essentially it is a quiet start to the week. it will not stay that way. things turn wet and windy for the middle of the week and then dramatically colder at the end of the week and some of us will see some snow. this is the satellite picture, confirmation of quite a lot of cloud around, the best breaks and sunshine further east but through
the afternoon, large areas of cloud will continue to drift through. it will continue to drift through. it will be breezy in the finals, generally light winds and temperatures not bad for the time of year, seven or eight, up to ii degrees. this evening and overnight, a pretty cloudy story with large areas of cloud, some spots of patchy rain in the west and some more persistent rain developing across the northern isles later. if skies clear where you are, there could be the default patch and temperatures might drop close to freezing but most might drop close to freezing but m ost pla ces might drop close to freezing but most places will stay several degrees above and tomorrow is another fairly degrees above and tomorrow is anotherfairly quiet degrees above and tomorrow is another fairly quiet day. lots of cloud around the best chance of any brea ks cloud around the best chance of any breaks across parts of south and east. the wind picking up through the day across the northwest with some rain into northern scotland and again, temperatures about where they should be at 8—iod. this is where things stepped up a gear on wednesday, wind picking up further in western areas, likely to be gales at times, some rain pushing in from the west, you will notice a very mild day on wednesday but that is
not going to last. this is the big change. this area of low pressure, a deep low that could bring some very wet and windy weather on wednesday night and on the back of that, we start to draw in cold air, in fact really opening the floodgates, arctic air plunging right across the country. thursday will start off fairly mild, wet in the south—east as well but as we go through the day, skies will brighten with some sunshine and also some wintry showers in areas exposed to the strong north—westerly wind. temperatures will drop away as the day goes on. by the afternoon, 4—10 but let me show you friday, these north north—westerly winds whistling across the country, a fair amount of sunshine dummy eskimo byjust about anywhere, you could see some snow showers, most likely for western and eastern coasts and northern scotland. your form on eastern coasts and northern scotland. yourform on the eastern coasts and northern scotland. your form on the tour will read 3—6 but when you add the strength of the wind, it will feel subzero across strength of the wind, it will feel subzero across many strength of the wind, it will feel subzero across many parts of the country. it may be a fairly quiet start to the week but something much more dramatic is on the way.
on the verge of a brexit breakthrough in brussels, the prime minister is said to be close to a deal with the eu that could allow trade talks to begin. good afternoon. the very latest for you from the bbc sports centre. england lost a succession of quick wickets this morning. there were some moments of brilliance from australia. mitchell starc removed jonny bairstow in the same way, reacting incredibly quickly. england made the best possible start with
the ball. the tourists took four wickets in the busy night session, including steve smith. australia finished a day on 53—4. the lead, 258. we fought back well. we pushed australia back, which is good to see. we can take some positive stuff from that. obviously we are behind in the game. at the same time, it's really good that we flop back. it showed good character. i thought we bowled very well tonight. we've put some pressure back on australia. alex hales can now be considered for australian selection, following confirmation he is no longer a suspect after an alleged incident in bristol. he could be available for a
one—day international and 2020 after christmas. gareth southgate has been told hisjob is safe, even if his side loses every game at the world cup in russia. you signed a four year deal last year and the faa says he will be in charge for the next few tournament is. they say they have a long—term plan and am already seen success have a long—term plan and am already seen success with the under 20 and under 17 sites. in hockey, australia we re under 17 sites. in hockey, australia were 2—1 up going into the final quarter against england. but the equaliser came with a few seconds on the clock. quarterfinals take place on wednesday and thursday. jade jones said it felt amazing to finish a high after her second successive world tae kwon do grand prix title. she beat a spanish opponent in a
one—sided contest in the ivory coast. she will end the year as world number one. she took bronze in the world championships injune, following a break after the olympics. robert garrigus double try to return to formula i, olympics. robert garrigus double try to return to formula 1, following a crash. although i have limitations fitness wise, i am ready. crash. although i have limitations fitness wise, iam ready. i crash. although i have limitations fitness wise, i am ready. i have never been in such good shape as i am now. i have to work harder because i have two prepare better and ina because i have two prepare better and in a different way. it is part of thejob. and in a different way. it is part of the job. that is all the sport. on bbc two, there is live coverage of the uk is the tournament from
your car. judd trump playing graeme dott on table one. i am back in an hour. back to our main story. the uk and eu appear set to announce progress has been made hand to avoid a hard border in northern ireland. it comes as theresa may is in brussels this lunchtime where she is meeting the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, and the european council president, donald tusk. it is reported to government has offered to maintain regulatory alignment between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. leo varadkar has said he will make a statement at 2:30pm this afternoon. we will of course bring all developments here on bbc news. in the past hour, donald tusk give an update on the situation on
twitter. he said he was encouraged after his phone call with leo varadkar on the issue of violence and added that getting closer to sufficient progress at the december summit. our correspondent is in brussels. a number of developments, but nothing confirmed yet?‘ brussels. a number of developments, but nothing confirmed yet? a lot of speculation and a lot of tweets saying important people in this process think a certain thing. i would say, wait until the document comes out. will understand there is to bea comes out. will understand there is to be a joint report published in the next few hours if it can be agreed over lunch. it will set out all the concessions and compromises and agreements which have been made by both sides in this first phase of brexit talks so far. quite a chunky document. something to get our teeth into. when we see it, we can see the actual words and the form they take. for example, the issue of the border with northern ireland, previously
the top had been about preventing regulatory divergences. now it is about preserving regulatory alignment. post two things sound different, but do they mean the same thing, do they have the same outcome arrived at by different means, is it substantive or is itjust a linguistic fix, finding a form of words that allows both sides to get over the line so they can judge the sufficient progress has been made in the first phase of talks to get onto the first phase of talks to get onto the next phase. not that phase one is completely signed, sealed and delivered. then the ball moves into the court the 27 remaining eu states. there will be a summit were eu leaders will decide what happens. is next friday. there will be frenetic diplomatic activity after lunch, although the way up until next friday. all the detail in this
document will have to be sold by theresa may to her party and certainly the dup. indeed. the eu side of the equation, they are acutely aware of the political situation at westminster and stormont. diplomats and officials here watch british tv and read the newspapers. they know precisely what political picture faces theresa may when she goes back home. the eu 27 have realised they have to give her a deal that she can sell to the british people and the british parliament is because they get a vote on it at the end. in terms of the other piece of paperwork we are going to try to get our hands on, it's going to be something called the guidelines. so when the first phase of brexit talks is getting ready, the european council, the member states published guidelines for how the talks would be conducted, what the principles were on all sorts of issues. they really
acted as the bible. i go back to them every day almost because the set out exactly what the eu wants from this progress. are now going to work on the next version of this which will be their blueprint for the next phase of exit talks. already we are moving onto the next document because that will set the tone, set the rules for the hall next phase of brexit talks. remember, this is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. in terms of a big day in brussels, how big is it? massive. having a prime minister here, they roll up the union jack, having a prime minister here, they roll up the unionjack, she arrives to be met for a handshake. there is an enormous press pack watching that. before that meeting, we had meps on the brexit steering group being let in for a meeting with jean—claude juncker and michel barnierfor jean—claude juncker and michel barnier for a jean—claude juncker and michel barnierfor a preview of
jean—claude juncker and michel barnier for a preview of the agreement which has been cobbled together. we started spilling the beans about what could be in it. something to observe, it's been quite exciting. exciting as far as eu politics goes. i've been here since 19 eu politics goes. i've been here since i9june eu politics goes. i've been here since 19 june on day eu politics goes. i've been here since i9june on day one of the negotiations. it's been fascinating to watch this process emerged to get both sides into the same place, but a place that is palatable for their audiences in the eu and the mps at westminster. thank you. the northern ireland border has been one of the major sticking points. dup mp sammy wilson has said that it would be impossible to guarantee that there would be regular curry convergence between northern ireland and the republic of ireland. he's been talking to bbc radio ulster. the
government have made it clear there will be no agreement made which will impact and create differences between northern ireland and the united kingdom. it's impossible to guarantee there would be that convergence because many of those powers that would require the regulations to be converging with re st regulations to be converging with rest with stormont and given the fa ct rest with stormont and given the fact that there are a number of vetoes in stormont which would come into effect. the british government could not make that kind of commitment because it would be presuming we would be prepared to abide by an arrangement such as that. we have been clear that we will do nothing to separate us from
our main market which is the rest of the united kingdom. supreme court in madrid has granted bail to six former members of the catalan government who have been charged with attempting to break away from spain. the former president of the region has attended an extradition hearing in brussels. campaigning begins tomorrow for catalan elections later this month. all eight ministers have been imprisoned for more than a month. today, they have appealed to the judge to say they should be freed to campaign from tomorrow as part of the catalan elections because they are held on remand in custody. they have not been charged. the crime they could be charged with include sedition or rebellion against the state,
with a penalty of up to 30 years in prison. the judge has said that six of those ministers can be released so long as they pay bail of 100,000 euros. in the case of two of the ministers, they won't be released. this is the former vice president and the former interior minister. the judge said they were responsible for not doing enough to prevent alleged violence on 20 september. this was just before the banned referendum took place. spanish police were trying to get documents to stop the referendum going ahead. the allegation is that for 19 hours there was violence on the streets and the spanish police were stuck inside trying to get documents. that is part of the reason why these ministers will remain in prison. i've spoken in the past few days to some of the relatives of other independence activists. they will also remain in prison overnight. they say they are distressed about the decision. separately, the former catalan
president who fled to belgium has appeared this morning with four other ministers. they have given their defence argument today. elections are in three weeks. some of those ministers will be out campaigning tomorrow. the spanish government is worried about this creating almost a martyr effect. it is neck and neck in the polls at the moment. very close. six of these ministers are likely to leave prison today. domestic abuse affects many people in the uk. today campaigners are calling for financial abuse, when one controls and others access to money, to be recognised as a crime
in its own right. rachel, not her real name, was abused for nearly a decade. but it is a form of abuse that largely goes under the radar. financial abuse is where one partner has control over another‘s access to money. i was totally invisible in terms of credit status. i didn't have a tenancy agreement in my name. i had no bank account in my name. no access to cash or stops or shares, nothing.
i didn't realise at the time i had given up everything. rachel's partner gradually took control of all her money. he made her leave herjob to work with him, stopping her having access to wages or bank accounts. instead, he gave her a weekly allowance. the financial abuse rachel experienced led to physical violence and eventually she found the courage to leave. despite going to police and taking her case to the crown prosecution services on several occasions, rachel's partner was never prosecuted. my experience has gone three times to the crown prosecution service and bounced back and no further action has been taken and that isjust so disappointing. when i kept the diaries, i kept all of the e—mails and text messages, the bank statements, the court orders and... it failed. and that is extremely frustrating. in 2015, a new law against controlling and coercive behaviour was introduced. it meant people could be prosecuted for emotional and psychological abuse, not just physical violence. financial abuse can be a type of coercive control but this behaviour alone may not constitute a criminal offence. the government is currently consulting on a proposed domestic abuse and violence act. one campaign group is today calling for the bill to include financial abuse as a criminal offence in its own right. there is a bill that is being consulted on that is looking to put a definition of domestic violence into legislation.
and that would be incredibly helpful if we could have economic abuse within a statutory definition of domestic violence. so that we can say this is what it is and these are the things that we need to be able to do in order to tackle it. the government says the domestic violence and abuse bill will enshrine a definition of domestic abuse in law to make sure it is properly understood in all its forms. critics insist that those carrying out law enforcement need to be trained and aware of the signs of financial control for them to be able to spot it, or cases like rachel's will continue to go unpunished. ina in a moment, a summary of the business news. first, the headlines. on the verge of brexit breakthrough in brussels, the prime minister is said to be close to reaching a deal with the eu. almost three quarters ofa with the eu. almost three quarters of a million pensioners and children
in the uk have fallen into relative poverty in the uk, according to a charity. allegations against damian green made public. ahead of the metropolitan criticises two former officers for making the claims public. thank you. an update of the business news. toys "r" us will close 26 stores in the uk next year, putting hundreds of jobs close 26 stores in the uk next year, putting hundreds ofjobs at risk. they say stories will stay open in the run—up to christmas, but then they want to focus on smaller stories and interactive sales. east of england co—op is to start
selling cut—price food beyond its best before date. facebook has opened new headquarters in the uk. the office will be the biggest engineering hub outside of the us and will open during its tenth year in the uk. first, activity in the uk construction sector picked up in november, according to latest surveys. the purchasing managers index rose in novemberfrom october. a figure above 50 indicates expansion. the report suggests residential work increased but commercial building continued along with the declining trend we have seen this year. research from the bbc suggests the number of schoolchildren doing part—time work has fallen by a fifth in the last five years. getting a job over the
age of 16 is relatively straightforward. if you want to work below that age, it is a bit trickier. your employer has to get a special licence from the council. fewer under 16 is doing it. we have done some research. according to figures obtained, following a freedom of information request to local councils, there has been a 20% decrease in the number of licences given out between 2012 and 2016. christian tait has been lucky enough to find a saturdayjob. ifi if i felt it would affect my schoolwork, i would stop. if i felt it would affect my schoolwork, iwould stop. let's look at the markets. the ftse 100
schoolwork, iwould stop. let's look at the markets. the ftse100 rose from a two month low on monday, joining a broader trend we have seen among riskier assets, sparked by progress on tax reforms in the us. that lifted shares in british banking stocks. financials are often seen as the biggest beneficiaries of tax change. banks are doing well today. conversely, shares in more defensive stocks such as precious metals are amongst the worst performers today. report suggests rupert murdoch has rekindled talks to sell its social media app to disney, including its stake in sky. the dollar is up against major
currencies after us lawmakers managed to squeeze through that cut at the weekend. the pound having an impact on the fps eve. see you in the next hour. facebook has opened new accommodation in london. by the end of next year, the company's workforce in the uk will reach 2300. in 2014, facebook was criticised
after it transpired it paid just over £4000 in tax by putting uk sales throughout ireland office. many people were outraged about the tax setup at facebook. what would you say to them now? we comply with tax laws within all areas we operate in. last year, we moved our revenues we re in. last year, we moved our revenues were received from a life skill clients in the uk into our uk office. that is recognised and taxed. our focus here office. that is recognised and taxed. ourfocus here is about making sure we continue to grow and invest. for londoners to have a new square, to have confidence in the city and the sector, we think it's a great message. the company is hiring another 800 people in london. by the end of next year, there will be 2300 people working here, making mr biggest engineering base outside the us. so what is it like to work here?
the meals are free, there are plenty of treats including a bus full of sweets. they say that as a small pa rt sweets. they say that as a small part of the culture. i was on maternity leave and was able to come back to an environment that is very flexible and supportive. the move todayis flexible and supportive. the move today is being hailed as good news for government and london mayor. welcoming this global giant that didn't even exist 15 years ago. back to our main news. the deal that looks set to be agreed in brussels this lunchtime, you can see pictures coming live from stormont, the northern ireland border has been a big issue. there is the dup leader who is about to make a statement. there has been quite a lot of
speculation this morning emanating from the european union exit talks, in particular on the border between the united kingdom and the republic of ireland. we wanted to make a statement in relation to our position. we have been very clear northern ireland must leave the european union on the same terms as the rest of the united kingdom. we will not accept any form of regulatory divergences which separates northern ireland economically or politically from the re st of economically or politically from the rest of the uk. the economic and constitutional integrity of the united kingdom must not be compromised in any way. her majesty is government understands the position of this party. the prime minister has told the house of commons there will be no border in the irish sea. the prime minister has been clearer the uk is leaving the european union as a whole. and
the european union as a whole. and the territorial and economic integrity of the uk will be maintained. we want to ensure the common travel area is continued. we wa nt common travel area is continued. we want a strict time—limited implementation period. the republic of ireland government claim to be guarantors of the belfast agreement, but they are clearly seeking to unilaterally change that belfast agreement without our input or our consent. and of course we will not stand for that. thank you very much. thank you very much. thank you. so the reality kicking in. clear disquiet. a rather shaky voice
arlene foster giving reaction to reports that a breakthrough in the brexit talks is not far—away. donald tuskis brexit talks is not far—away. donald tusk is saying he is encouraged by progress. and a deal on ireland, citizens rights and the divorce bill is getting closer. buggy issue of the irish border is creating difficulties for the dup love always said they do not want no border deal between alan dunne northern ireland effectively create a single irish entity when it comes to trade and other issues. we have heard from other issues. we have heard from other dup politicians, including lord trimble, who has said he is scratching his head and he doesn't see how these negotiations can continue on that basis. theresa may is in brussels. there is talk of a
breakthrough. christian fraser is there for us now. we have seen arlene foster very unhappy at what is being discussed. and yet there they must be very happy there is a sign ofa they must be very happy there is a sign of a breakthrough? certainly, the optimism we have heard from the european side would suggest that they are satisfied with the wording in the document, but as you say, not to the satisfaction of the dup. some of this language sounds arcane, boring and technical, but actually it is fundamental to the success of this first phase of the success of this first phase of the negotiation. when you think back to last week, when the irish government said it had concerns about the border between north and south, they said there could be no diversions in regulation between the north and south. now we have