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by the end of the day, low pressure will start to move in off the north sea to eastern scotland, north—east england, so here the winds will pick up, but it's going to be cold day for all and even colder than those values suggest where the fog lingers. through monday night, though, that area of low pressure starts to move westwards into much of scotland, start to see some snow on the hills as it bumps into that cold air and the winds will pick—up as well, you can see more isobars on the chart, but it looks like it's going to affect the northern half of the country on tuesday. so here, cloudier skies, windy conditions, outbreaks of rain, some heavy across scotland, some snow to the hills, maybe some sleetiness down to lower levels. it does look like it's southern england into the south—east which could escape and stay dry, perhaps with a little bit of sunshine, but again it's going to feel cold, 4—7 degrees for mostof us. it turns a little bit drier again through wednesday and thursday for much of the country, but it stays cold, rather grey, and then signs of it turning a little less cold by the end of the week as atlantic weather systems try to make inroads, which could bring outbreaks of rain too.
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last—ditch talks in brussels to try to secure a post—brexit trade deal with the eu. an early train to belgium for the uk's chief negotiator — he said every effort would be made to get an agreement. we are going to be working very hard to get a deal, we will see what happens in negotiations today.
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batches of covid—19 vaccine start arriving in hospitals — the first doses will be given across the uk on tuesday. the legendary bbc golf commentator peter alliss has died at the age of 89. and england win the autumn nations cup, with a nail—biting victory over france. good evening. the uk's chief brexit negotiator is back in brussels, in a last—ditch attempt to secure a trade deal with the eu. as he arrived, lord frost said they were "working very hard" to secure an agreement. a phone call last night between the prime minister and the european commission president failed to get a breakthrough — and time is now running out. the environment secretary george eustice said a trade deal could still be done —
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but accepted the talks were in a "very difficult position". our political correspondent chris mason reports. backin back in brussels, the uk's chief negotiator for the last roll of the dice in trade talks with the eu. we have worked very hard to try and get a deal, we will see what happens in the negotiation today and we will be looking forward to meeting our european colleagues this afternoon. there is frustration in government at what is seen as the eu's failure to understand the importance of the uk's new—found independence. we wa nt uk's new—found independence. we want to be doing a free trade agreement as a sovereign equal with the eu. anything that undermines our ability to control our own autos for instance, or our ability to make our own laws isn't something we can accept.
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big sticking points remain over fishing rights, fair competition and how any agreement is enforced. at its heart the disagreements illustrate the dilemma of brexit for both sides. the trade—off between the uk's sovereignty, taking back control, and its access to european markets. the french are worried about not being able to catch as many fish, and are happy to remind anyone who will listen they will say no to a deal they don't like. this is the framing of the relationship between the uk and eu for years, decades to come. so we have to be convinced on both sides of the channel it is the right framing for this relationship. if it is not, we should not sign. framing for this relationship. if it is not, we should not signm there is a deal, parliament will be asked to endorse it, likely to be a formality given the sizeable majority for boris johnson, but labour are divided about what to do.
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they regard no deal as a disaster but cannot agree whether it would be wise to endorse any deal the government does. we will have to look at the content ofa we will have to look at the content of a deal but also any legislation. we won't give them a blank cheque but i have been clear, today and on previous programmes with you, the most important thing is the government get a deal. we want that to be delivered. we will look at any legislation passed in parliament. this is where the action is for now, the negotiations in brussels. what is your message to emmanuel macron? after the rows, anger and bitterness of the last four and a half years since the eu referendum, another crucial moment of decision beckons. the uk left the eu at the end of january, that much is sorted. we entered a transition period where very little changed. that runs out at the end of this month. that is
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why this is a crunch point. both sides say they still want to do a deal if they can. compromise has a habit of turning up fashionably late —— doa habit of turning up fashionably late —— do a deal. so there is still a chance something could be done. there is also the chance no deal is arrived at, and in three and a half weeks, that is the prospect the uk faces. chris, thank you, our political correspondent chris mason at westminster. the main sticking points in these negotiations have been known for months. but that hasn't made them any easier to resolve. our reality check correspondent chris morris looks at the issues still on the table. the final days of negotiation, and while fishing may be a tiny part of the economy on both sides of the channel, it is of huge political importance. it was central to the "take back control" message in the 2016 referendum. what is at stake now is access
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to these uk waters where eu boats currently catch about £600 million of fish every year. the uk wants much of that back. so, it's about the uk share of fishing quotas, notjust where you can fish but how much you can catch. there is also the timeline for measures coming into full force. the eu wants a status quo period of up to ten years. the uk says it should be much shorter. the other main area of disagreement is the level playing field, rules on fair competition for billions of pounds of business now and in the future. the two sides are trying to agree a common baseline on workers' rights and the environmental regulations that companies have to follow. if you cut regulations it can be cheaper to make stuff and the eu is worried the uk could do that in future. then, state aid or government subsidies for business. the uk is determined to assert its sovereignty and is refusing to follow eu rules. but the eu says it has to protect companies within its single market. so, the third main area of disagreement, how to enforce
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a deal and resolve any disputes. the eu is demanding the right to retaliate if the uk breaks rules in one area, by hitting back into another, imposing tariffs or taxes for example where it thinks it might hurt the most. then, the question of who adjudicates disputes, and the potential role of the european court ofjustice. in this final push for a deal, it is worth emphasising even if an agreement is reached, there are big changes coming. new bureaucracy, checks and paperwork for traders and travellers crossing the border from january the 1st, a deal would remove some of them including tariffs on goods. outside the single market and customs union, things will be very different. the choice now, a hard form of brexit or no deal at all. chris morris, bbc news. and our europe editor katya adler is in brussels for us. is this really the last roll of the dice or is this just theatrics?
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as we heard, there are some real difficulties between the sides, negotiators have been in that building hashing it out for the last four hours. there is a dose of drama being added in by the eu and uk for two reasons. to put that extra last—minute pressure on the other side in talks, but to send the message back home to a domestic audience to say, we are fighting and in your interest. example, france again today brandishing its veto, evenif again today brandishing its veto, even if a deal is reached, says paris, we will veto it if we don't like it. france did not need to say that, every eu state has a veto. france isn't the only country that is worried about negotiations. as for the government, it says it is bringing two bills before parliament this week that could contravene the brexit divorce deal agreed with the eu last year, that has the eu hopping mad. on top of that, both
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sides suggesting unless dramatic progress is made by tomorrow night, this could be it. haven't we seen brexit deadlines come and go before. what will make the difference here is whether the uk and eu negotiating teams in that building finally get the nod and wink from their bosses, the nod and wink from their bosses, the prime minister on the one hand and the president of the european commission on the other, to make this difficult political compromises. if they have, we probably will see a deal. if they haven't we probably won't. many thanks, our european editor there. let's take a look at the latest government figures. they show there were 17,272 new coronavirus infections recorded in the latest 24—hour period. the average number of new cases reported per day in the last week is now 15,131. 1,345 people had been admitted to hospital on average each day over the week to last friday.
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231 deaths were reported. that's people who died within 28 days of a positive covid—19 test. that means on average in the past week — a29 deaths were announced every day. it takes the total number of deaths so far across the uk to 61,245. the medical director of nhs england says the mass vaccination programme for covid—19 starting this week marks "the beginning of the end" of the pandemic. but professor stephen powis warned it would take many months to vaccinate everybody who urgently needs protection. batches of the vaccine have started to arrive at hospitals. around 800,000 doses are expected to be available across the uk this coming week, with jabs starting on tuesday. our science editor david shukman reports. an unmarked van at croydon university hospital in south london with a delivery that could start to change the course of the pandemic. inside these boxes, the first
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vaccines for covid—19. ingenious research is creating light at the end of the tunnel. this is so exciting, a momentous occasion. the nhs has been planning extensively to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history. it is really exciting. the vaccines have to be stored at —70, only large hospitals can do that, so, distribution is complicated and will take time. nhs staff around the country have been working tirelessly to make sure we are prepared to commence vaccination on tuesday. this feels like the beginning of the end but, of course, it is a marathon, not a sprint, and it will take many months for us to vaccinate everybody who needs vaccination. so far, only the pfizer biontech vaccine has been approved in the uk, so, it is the one being used first. the roll—out of this vaccine will involve an operation on an extraordinary scale.
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there are something like 6.7 billion peoplejudged to be the highest priority. residents of care homes, for example, and the over—80s. that requires 13.4 million doses because everybody has to have two doses. it is hoped there will be 800,000 available in the coming week or so, with up to 5 million by the end of the year. but however this pans out, it will be a huge challenge. production is slower than hoped at the pfizer plant in belgium after problems with raw materials. but other vaccines may come on stream soon, like the one by oxford university and astrazeneca now awaiting approval. the key factor in all of this is the readiness of the public to get vaccinated. the medicines regulator wants to reassure people. i would really like to emphasise that the highest standards of scrutiny, of safety, of effectiveness and quality have been met. international standards.
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so, this should be real confidence in the rigour of our approval. so, we are on the brink of the first big step out of the crisis. but there is a long way to go. david shukman, bbc news. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks. good evening. england have won rugby union's autumn nations cup — but it took a dramatic sudden—death penalty to beat a young france side 22—19. our correspondent andy swiss reports from twickenham. at last they were back, the fans might have rather trickled into twickenham but amid the facemasks and temperature checks the anticipation was clear. among the select few, 400 nhs workers had been invited including these to win seats in the royal box. it is tremendously exciting, and to be representing nhs workers and west middlesex hospital. and a final as well, the clincher, the best one to be at, amazing.
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twickenham normally holds 80,000 fa ns twickenham normally holds 80,000 fans but the 2,000 did their best to make an atmosphere as england began hot favourites against an understrength france. what drama they got as the underdogs took an early lead. a lead they took until the very final minute when luke karen to keep aldo's his way over. at 19-19, karen to keep aldo's his way over. at 19—19, extra time and sudden death. owen farrell with the chance to win it but somehow it stayed out. how close was that. when his second opportunity came, this time, he held his nerve. not a vintage performance from england but the autumn nations cup was theirs in the most extraordinary fashion. what a remarkable finish that was, and what a welcome back for these fans. if they had been missing nail—biting drama, england suddenly gave them plenty today. andy swiss, bbc news, twickenham. tottenham are in action in the north london derby and as it
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stands they're going back to the top of the premier league. earlier, leicester moved—up to third. they beat bottom side sheffield united 2—1 — jamie vardy scoring the winner in injury time, before being booked for his celebrations. crystal palace thrashed a ten—man west brom 5—1. spurs are two goals ahead at home to arsenal. and liverpool play wolves later. rangers continued their dominance at the top of the scottish premiership — beating second from bottom ross county 4—0. rangers now lead celtic by 13 points after they drew with stjohnstone. sam kerr scored a hat—trick for chelsea women as they beat west ham 3—2, to set a record of 12 consecutive wsl home wins. england's one—day cricket series in south africa is injeopardy again after the opening match was abandoned for the second time in three days. two unnamed members of the england touring party tested positive for coronavirus — following the news that some of their hotel staff had it. a decision on the remaining games is expected later.
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that's it, back to you, rita. the bbc commentator peter alliss, who became known as the voice of golf, has died. he was 89. he won more than 20 tournaments during his career as a golfer, and played on eight ryder cup teams before becoming a commentator. katherine downes looks back at his life. his was the voice that brought the game of golf to life for millions. 0h! i think he enjoyed that one. for a sport defined by its quirks and characters, peter alliss was the perfect match. hello, what have you been doing? what a day i've had. the people and the noise, i've never had a moment to sit down. golf was in his blood, his father percy had been a professional and under his guidance, young peter flourished. even when he was still playing, he had begun to make the move behind the microphone.
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i think this course is in wonderful condition at this time of year. his warmth and wit made him a regular on british television where he said the key to commentary was never to take it too seriously. it has enormous rewards, great sadness, great joy, great stupidity. great nonsense, you know. and it's really not all that serious. for all his fans, he did have his critics. might be a bit of a handful, those three. to some, he was the epitome of old—fashioned attitudes in a game in need of modernisation. i try to be an observer. you get into trouble sometimes if you don't say the right things to the right people. but there was never any debate about his expertise. he's played it boldly. that could be magical. when the world's greatest golfers produced their greatest moments, alliss was the perfect guide. thank you. he was a great man in many respects. for his commentary, he came and took over from henry longhurst who was regarded
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as the doyenne of commentary. but peter took the mantle overand, to be honest, no one got near him. only last month he was commentating for the bbc on the masters, broadcasting from home due to the pandemic. that is ok. lovely feeling, five ahead, umpteen putts for victory, glory be. his excitement was undimmed, even after almost 60 years as golf‘s master storyteller. so, a rather strange masters has come to an end. it is not what we expected but it was still a good one. well done to everybody, and here's to next april when we'll do it all again. peter allis who's died at the age of 89. that's it. we're back at 10.05pm. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. nottingham's christmas market has temporarily closed — just one day after it opened following unprecendented high footfall. the city council faces criticism for allowing the event to go ahead, despite the city being in tier 3, with some of the strictest restrictions.
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the market was set to run from 10am until 9pm every day until christmas eve. but many local businesses welcomed the decision, as they say many of the local businesses were forced to close. jo cox brown from night time economy solutions says she was at the event to support small businesses but left after concerns about how crowded it was. yesterday was small business saturday and i am a big supporter of small businesses. nottingham has the most small businesses per square mile of any city. i left pretty soon, and the reason was because the city was hiving. earlier in the week, i warned on behalf of businesses in the city and 400 businesses contacted me to say they were really unhappy with this proposed market. they foresaw the issues that were going to happen, and they asked me to arbitrate on behalf of the council, on behalf of them and the council, but the council want listening to the businesses, and the impact it had
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on the city has been hugely negative, all the bad pr and press we have received as a result of putting this market on, when actually it should have been halted and could have been. a lot of people speaking to the media said they were flabbergasted that this was allowed to go ahead, the council said the safety advisory group had reviewed the risk assessment, that public health had as well, and it was questioned by the businesses in the city. they had not had sight of that. then the event organiser and operations, when it came to actually running the event, have run it really poorly, so there was no social distancing in place, no people wearing masks, people weren't being asked to socially distance. i've run events all over the country, in terms of the night—time economy, so i'm well used to running these type of events, so i think
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the businesses in the city were utterly confused as to why nobody had thought about public transport, the amount of people they were allowing into one particular area, ticketing even could have managed the event in a better way. it is an absolute funnel for people. you have to pass it to go from one area of the city to another. it is where many of the bus stops are, the taxi ranks. it wasn't a wise decision to host it in the city centre. at least six coronavirus patients at a hospital in north western pakistan have died after the oxygen supply ran out. the tragedy occured when the daily delivery of cylinders from the city of rawalpindi failed to arrive on time tothe khyber teaching hospital in the city of peshawar. it comes as pakistan is dealing with a second wave of coronavirus cases during the colder winter months, with increased demand forcing the hospital only recently to double their oxygen supply. our correspondent secunder kermani explained what had happened. this seems a strange case, and there are questions as to how this could happen in one of pakistan's major
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cities. staff say it was late on saturday night when they began realising they were running out of oxygen, because as you say, this daily delivery of cylinders had not arrived on time. it was meant to be coming from the city of rawalpindi, only around two hours' drive away. we have been speaking to some of the relatives of some of the patients who were there in the hospital at the time, and they describe the panic of families there as they realised what was going on and could see the condition of their loved ones deteriorating in front of the rise. ——their eyes. we know that at least six coronavirus patients who were at the hospital have died. there would have,
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of course, been other patients, non—coronavirus patients, receiving some form of oxygen support, too, but we don't know whether any of them died because of this lack of oxygen, and the delivery was, we understand, made in the early hours of sunday morning. the government has promised to conduct an enquiry into this. the hospital say they recently doubled their oxygen supply because of the increased demand. pakistan has been seeing a second wave of coronavirus infections, as so many other countries around the world have as well. overall in pakistan, there has been around 8500 coronavirus deaths, which is not as many as some people feared it would be, but the health system is weak and it is being stretched by this second wave of infections with coronavirus cases and hospital admissions both rising again. the family of the renowned children's author, roald dahl, who died thirty years ago, has issued an apology for anti—semitic remarks he made during his lifetime. a statement condemning his comments has been published on his official
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website although not on the front page. the statement reads: those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we knew and to the values at the heart of roald dahl‘s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations. the chief executive of the holocaust educational trust, karen pollock, told the bbc she had been aware of some of his anti—semitic remarks but felt she couldn't draw attention to it because of his popularity. i think i've always known about the anti—semitic remarks and roald dahl‘s anti—semitism, and actually on a personal level i've often found it uncomfortable to highlight it because it felt a bit like, you know, saying something bad about somebody who is so popular, but the fact is it was blatant anti—semitism. he made a comment that said something to the effect of, you know, there must have been a reason why hitler didn't likejews. i'm not giving you the
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word—for—word quote. and there are a couple of other interviews that he'd given that similarly point to anti—semitism. why an apology now and why hidden away, as you say, in a website? i can't answer for them. i'm finding this interesting, an interesting development. the voice of karen pollock from the holocaust educational trust there. the changing face of the nhs over the last 40 years has been caputured in a series of photographs, taken by a former paramedic. chris porsz started his career as a hospital porter in 1974, before joining the ambulance service, and has spent decades snapping pictures of colleagues and patients. he's compiled them all into a book — as emma baugh reports. look this way. he's been capturing colleagues on camera for more than 40 years, charting the changes of the nhs. it's a thank—you for decades of dedication, but most of all for this,
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most difficult of years. it's my tribute to the staff, the doctors, nurses, the cleaners, everybody. they've made an amazing contribution, they've got us through this at great sacrifice, at great personal sacrifice. i've got the greatest of respect for them. it's been an incredibly difficult year. i'll be honest, we're dreading going through it again, the nurses, doctors, they're exhausted. and ijust make this plea to the public really, that you can really help them out. it's not too hard wearing a mask. we have to wear one for 10—12 hours. kay preston has spent years caring for others and working through the pandemic. 12.5 hour shifts, it's a long day. but it goes really quickly and at the end of the day, you do feel that you have done something worthwhile. it's been hard work for everybody. the staff i know have done as much as they possibly can. they've felt tired but they've still been coming to work
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and hopefully this will soon be behind us. the tribute looks at how times have changed, but yet, how much has stayed the same. we've probably relied on one another to sort of help us through the difficult, you know, phases like they're going through presently. i'm sure they need time to, sort of, discuss things and support one another through the difficult times. my heart goes out to them. i think it's very difficult for them. i can't imagine the pressure that they're under because it's so continuous and so long. it's my beloved nhs, it's an amazing institution, it's the best in the world and we've got to look after it and protect it and i've been proud to serve it and i'm going to miss it. most of all, the message is, if you can be anything, just be kind.

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