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tonight at 6: the aerospace giant airbus threatens to pull out of the uk, if britain leaves the eu without a deal. the firm, which employs more than 1a,000 people, says the warning is not part of project fear, but a dawning reality. we're very fearful there'll be chaos at the borders and we want our factories to be able to operate as smoothly as possible. president trump threatens 20% tariffs on all european cars going into the united states, as the trade dispute escalates. the row over boris becker's claim to be a central african republic diplomat — he tells the bbc his status is real. good evening. welcome to bbc news.
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our main story: the aerospace giant airbus has warned it will reconsider its investments in the uk, if britain leaves the european union single market and customs union without a deal. the company, which employs 1a,000 people in britain, says if a transition agreement isn't reached, it could be catastrophic for its business. ministers say they don't expect that situation to arise. our business correspondent theo legett reports. this is airbus‘ supply chain in action. these huge transporters are used to carry aircraft wings from its factory in north wales, to assembly sites in france and germany. across the uk, it's involved in building passengerjets and military aircraft, defence systems and satellites. but company bosses say if we leave the eu without a deal, it would be catastrophic for the uk business. today we've published a risk assessment memo, where airbus is laying out the huge
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concerns we'd have if there's a no deal brexit. we're very fearful there will be chaos at the borders and we want our factories to be able to operate as smoothly as possible. airbus employs 1a,000 people in britain, at 25 sites across the country, but it says it supports another 110,000 jobs indirectly — at major suppliers, for example. it says it contributes nearly £8 billion to the uk economy and pays £1.7 billion a year in taxes. the problem for airbus is it relies on getting parts where it needs them, when it needs them. it says any change in customs procedures or safety approvals would be very damaging. leading figures in the aerospace industry agree. clearly, if we move to a point where this uncertainty continues, and the threat of a no—deal brexit continues to grow, that is potentially catastrophic for our economy. the government says it doesn't expect to leave the eu without a deal and is working with businesses to
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address their concerns. this pro—brexit economist says he is not worried. i think airbus itself has relatively low credibility on this, having cried wolf about leaving in the past for the eu referendum and the euro, but nonetheless, there may well be some big relocations, however, we should expect there to be more activity coming in from the eu than going out, because the uk is a big net importer and net importers under the scenarios should expect to gain. as a company in which european government still holds significant shares, airbus does have a political role to play, but its managers insist their threats are not idle. they want guarantees there won't be a hard brexit and more time to get ready for the new reality. theo legett, bbc news. donald trump has further raised global trade tensions, by threatening to impose a twenty per cent import tariff on all european cars coming into the united states. the warning was posted on twitter, shortly after retaliatory levies imposed by the eu on a number of american goods, came into effect. earlier i spoke to our north america
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reporter anthony zurcher. it seems like the united states is willing to do some sabre rattling now with the latest round of trade wars, notjust with the eu and canada, however, there's also an ongoing trade dispute with china. in a couple of weeks, the united states will impose $34 billion worth of tariffs on china and there's talk of immediate chinese retaliation as well. so this rhetoric and the threats and the retaliations have been escalating on multiple fronts just in the past few weeks. i mean, i am tempted to ask where does it go now? when the president gets near his twitter account it is hard to know, but we have interviewed that so many analysts in the last few weeks who had said the trade tariffs are fundamentally damaging, in their opinion. there are people around president trump who would say the same.
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he clearly is absolutely set on this as a course of action. and, if you remember, very early on in this process he tweeted out that trade wars are easy to win. the way he views it is that other countries depend on the united states more than the united states depends on these other countries. it will be interesting to see, once the trade bullets start flying, so to speak, whether that bears fruit. a lot of these retaliatory tariffs that the eu and china and canada are using, are targeting on the united states, are targeted to inflict the most pain possible to donald trump and republican leaderships‘ constituencies here in the united states. things like agricultural products from iowa and minnesota, whiskey from kentucky, these are tariffs that are particularly geared towards having political influence, beyond just being tit—for—tat
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retaliation for what the united states is doing. at least for the moment, talk about a trade war for donald trump's supporters, i would suspect, seems like the president living up to his campaign promises, getting tough with people who don't give the united states a fair deal. we'll see if that changes when it starts affecting factories producing goods or agricultural products here in the united states. whether it starts translating into higher car prices, either because the domestic producers having higher expensive steel products and other things going into production of cars, as well as foreign cars coming to the united states from, say, europe. so we're not anywhere near calculating what the political fallout of this will be for donald trump and for the american economy as a whole. that will have do come out in the coming weeks and months. boris becker has told the bbc that his passport for the central african republic is genuine, despite the country's foreign ministry
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claiming it is false. the former tennis champion said that he was given his documentation through official channels. his lawyers have argued that he cannot undergo bankruptcy proceedings, because he has diplomatic immunity from the car. boris becker was speaking to andrew marr. can i ask you first of all, do have you a central african republic passport? yes, i have. because the foreign minister has told the bbc that this is a forgery. he said it's a clumsy fake and that his signature is not his signature on the passport. i don't know what's internally happening within the politics of the republic of central africa, but i have received this passport from the ambassador. i've spoken to the president on many occasions. it was an official inauguration. i believed the documents they were giving me must be right. the foreign minister, whose signature is supposed to be on it, doesn't recognise his own signature. this could all be cleared up, because they want you to go back to the central african republic and be extradited there. would you go if you are asked to go? i'm very happy any time soon
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to visit bangui, the capital, and to speak to the people personally about how we can move forward and we can resolve this, this misunderstanding and this confusion. but as far as you're concerned, you have got a real passport? i have a real passport. it's at the embassy in brussels, last time i checked. and you can see the full interview with boris becker this sunday morning at 9 o'clock on the andrew marr show. nine o'clock on bbc one on sunday morning. a review of the church of england's inquiry in 2010 into allegations of historical child sexual abuse has said it missed at least 22 possible cases. the report has called for a fresh investigation in seven dioceses. it also revealed that police were engaged in a major operation in one diocese. creditors have backed department store chain house of fraser's plans to close more than half its stores,
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as part of a rescue deal. high street landlords were unhappy with the plan as they will have to shoulder the burden of financial losses, but they were outvoted. the retailer will now go ahead and shut 31 of its 59 shops nationwide and impose significant rent cuts on 10 others that it intends to keep. up to 6,000 jobs will go as a result of the closures. the prince of wales and duchess of cornwall have been visiting salisbury, showing their support for the city following the nerve agent attack in march. salisbury endured weeks of disruption as police investigated the poisoning of the former russian spy sergei skripal, and his daughter yulia, trade for many local businesses was severely affected. those are the main stories. more
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coming up. slightly later than usual, we'lljoin viewers on bbc one for the news at six with sophie raworth. says it will have to reconsider its future if there's no brexit deal. 70 years after the ship empire windrush arrived from the caribbean — a thanksgiving service at westminster abbey. and a last minute goal helps brazil beat costa rica to win their first match at the world cup. coming up on bbc news. i will be live in moscow with an update from the england camp. good evening.
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the aerospace giant airbus says it will reconsider its future investment in the uk, if britain leaves the eu single market and customs union without a deal. the company says the warning is not part of "project fear", but a "dawning reality". downing street says it's confident that a good brexit deal will be put in place. airbus has 25 sites across the uk, employing more than 111,000 people and contributing an estimated £7 billion to the british economy every year. their concerns today have been echoed by another major manufacturer — bmw has said uncertainty could damage the uk's car industry. our business editor simon jack's report contains flashing images. on a mission to air its fears over brexit, the boss of airbus in the uk issued a stark warning over the consequences of any interruption to their supply chains. we are very fearful there will be chaos at the borders
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and we want our factories to be able to operate as smoothly as possible. some politicians will say, we've heard this all before, this is scaremongering, this is a reboot of project fear? this isjust a business person sitting here today explaining the risks we've evaluated for our business. i'm not a politician. rather than project fear, this is dawning reality. this wing making factory in broughton, north wales, is the biggest of airbus‘ 25 uk sites and local people are worried. i've lived in broughton all my life and it would be disastrous if they went, for the community. and it's notjust airbus, it's all the suppliers that supply them isn't it, as well. airbus is not the only major manufacturer expressing concern about disruption to supplies. here at the mini factory in oxford, 270 trucks deliver millions of components every dayjust in time and in the right order to make one car every 67 seconds. mini's owner bmw, says it needs clarity on future trade and border arrangements by this summer. if we don't get clarity
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in the next couple of months, we have to start making those contingency plans, which means investing money in systems that we might not need, in warehouses that might not be usable in the future. effectively, making the uk automotive industry less competitive than it is in a very competitive world right now. and that is a decisive issue that ultimately could damage this industry. advanced manufacturing is a delicate, finely tuned business. minis may be made in the uk, but it's not as straightforward as that. when it comes to symbols of british manufacturing, it doesn't get much more iconic than this. but how british is a mini? well, the steering wheel is from romania, the front lights are from spain, the rear lights are from poland, the crankshaft is from france. and these components can go back and forth several times between here and the eu. in fact, of the components that go into this car, 60% come from the eu.
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you get a real picture of how it takes a continent to build a car. the government insisted it is listening to business and wants the same things from the negotiation. our intention is to avoid unnecessary frictions at the border, to avoid tariffs. we couldn't be clearer in terms of our understanding of what the economy needs and that is to be able to continue to operate a sophisticated, modern, just in time production system. airbus and bmw have long harboured concerns over brexit. with nine months to go before we leave the eu, those concerns have turned to alarm. simon jack, bbc news. 0ur deputy political editor john pienaar is at westminster for us this evening. politically, what impact will these warnings have? a dose of potentially harsh reality
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has been injected into eddie bate that has seemed irrelevant to many people. brexiteers are calling it project fear or even bullying. but the chancellor has been sharing the alarm of business leaders for months and inside government, many are writing off the idea of any substantial progress at next week's eu summit. brexit ministers are saying it will be ok, the eu will play hardball saying it will be ok, the eu will play hard ball until the end saying it will be ok, the eu will play hardball until the end and then compromise. you can call the optimism desperation, depending where stand. this drama brexit has been slow, but it is about to liven up. not in a good way with one cliffhanger after another per head. john, thank you. president trump has threatened to impose a 20% tariff on all cars imported from the european union, as the transatlantic trade war heats up. shares in european car makers fell
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sharply this afternoon after the president made the threat on twitter. the eu has just imposed tariffs on a range of american food stuffs and goods in response to us tariffs on aluminium and steel. house of fraser has been told by its creditors that it can go ahead and close 31 stores as part of a rescue plan with the loss of up to 6000 jobs. the closures will affect up to 2,000 house of fraser staff and 4,000 staff in concessions. the earmarked stores, including the flagship on london's oxford street, will stay open until early next year. a service of thanksgiving has taken place at westminster abbey to mark 70 years since hundreds of caribbean migrants disembarked from the ship, the empire windrush, to help rebuild post—war britain. the government continues to face criticism, after it emerged that some of the windrush generation and their descendants had wrongly faced deportation. adina campbell reports. gospel music. music from the kingdom gospel choir — a fitting tribute to mark 70 years since windrush migrants came over from the caribbean. more than 2000 guests were part of today's service
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at westminster abbey and two of them met for the very first time. you guys are the same age and from the same ship. alfred gardner and john richards, who are both 92 and from jamaica, were on empire windrush back in 19118. something like this, i mean — you know, make me feel we're still alive. and we're still doing them. and we're still doing well. everything looking right. for many, today's service has been bittersweet, following the outcry about the legal status of caribbean migrants and their families, since the windrush scandal came to light. the government created a mess and they've acknowledged it. i think that's the point. and having done so, what we've got to do is keep pressuring them for justice and fairness and reparation and compensation. # london is the place for me #. today at least, it's
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been a happy occasion, full of hope and joy, but many don't want to lose sight of those who have been deeply affected by the events in recent months. adina campbell, bbc news. brazil left it late before knocking costa rica out of the world cup this afternoon thanks to two injury time goals in st petersburg. david 0rnstein watched the action. bouncing to the beat of brazil. four years after tasting humiliation on home soil, the five—time champions are back rejuvenated, with a score to settle. their star is neymar. if he shines, invariably they do too. though in the first half, neither did and costa rica came close to silencing the samba. brazil did find the net, only for gabrieljesus to be ruled offside, and despite thinking the next major call in the box had gone their way,
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the video assistant referee system decided otherwise. brazil were heading for a second draw in as many games. their tournament hopes on the line, but as the clock ticked into stoppage time, philippe coutinho arrived at the perfect time to cue wild celebrations, a bit too wild for his manager. now for the showboating. yet with neymar‘s style, there is substance, and the world's most expensive player had the final say. for all the money, no shortage of emotion. brazil get a win on the board and how crucial that might prove in a bid to lift their sixth world cup. serbia play switzerland and nigeria beat iceland 2—0. time for a look at the weather, here's ben rich if you like warmth and sunshine you
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will like this weekend. long spells of sunshine and the temperatures will be climbing. it will be a chilly start to saturday morning and sunspots in the countryside could be down to 12 degrees. but the sun will get to work but there could be some high cloud turning the sunshine hazy. further south, we're looking at highs of 2a or 25 degrees. similar temperatures inland, the 0range colours are expanding across the charge. close to the coast it will develop a sea breeze and further ahead into next week, plenty warm weather on the way. spells of sunshine, high 20s, perhaps 30 degrees and precious little rain in the forecast. have a good weekend. that's all from the bbc news at six, so it's goodbye from me and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. welcome back, you're watching the
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news channel. history will be made in saudi arabia on sunday when the deeply conservative kingdom lifts its decades—long ban on women driving. human rights campaigners say it's a small step in the right direction, which is long overdue, but they say the move comes amid an unrelenting crackdown on human rights. from riyadh 0rla guerin reports. we are sitting in on a driving lesson, which would be perfectly normal anywhere else in the world, but not here in saudi arabia, because there's a woman behind the wheel. we are at the campus of the princess nourah university outside riyadh, and driving instructors tell us there's a waiting list of women who want to come for tuition. they are so keen to finally be able to drive in their own country. there is plenty of empty road here, just a few speed bumps here and there, but it's a safe environment to learn to drive. the ban on women driving has been lifted by the crown prince, mohammad bin salman. he's introduced other changes in recent months — cinemas have opened for the first
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time in more than 30 years, and women can now go to sporting events. many women we've spoken to here tell us that this is a moment of freedom, that they will now be able to do things for themselves. they feel that other changes will follow. the process of change here is very tightly controlled, it's directed from the top, and it's the authorities who set the pace. some of the women who campaigned hardest for the lifting of this driving ban — the key activists — several of them were arrested in may, they are facing serious charges, and human rights campaigners say that while women will now be allowed to drive, the climate for human rights is still stifling. instead of being behind the wheel, key activists are behind bars. creditors have backed plans by the department store chain house of fraser to close more than half its stores, as part of a rescue deal.
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high street landlords were unhappy with the plan, because they will have to shoulder the burden of financial losses, but they were outvoted. the retailer will now go ahead and shut 31 of its 59 shops nationwide and impose significant rent cuts on ten others that it intends to keep. up to 6,000 jobs will go as a result of the closures. our business correspondent joe lynam is here. just first of all, just explain how this deal has been achieved. company this deal has been achieved. com pa ny volu nta ry this deal has been achieved. company voluntary arrangement is whereby a retailer, in this case house of fraser, sits down with all its key creditors, usually supplies and landlords, so people from whom they rent property on the high street. they sit down and say, right, in order for us street. they sit down and say, right, in orderfor us to street. they sit down and say, right, in order for us to avoid going completely broke or filing for administration, we would like rent reductions or forgiveness for whatever period of time is agreed to stop on the supply side, they look
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for discounts or some sort of leniency. then it is voted upon and that then decides whether this cva, company that then decides whether this cva, com pa ny volu nta ry that then decides whether this cva, company voluntary arrangement, will go ahead or not. it got the nod today but in the teeth of some objections from many of the landlords, who say they haven't got afair landlords, who say they haven't got a fair crack of the whip because they have a fixed asset, where suppliers, that unsecured creditors, don't have as much credit worthiness asa don't have as much credit worthiness as a landlord does. what does it mean for landlords? you raise a very valid point. cvas are relatively new procedures. it is a form of insolvency. designed to prevent full—scale administration, when potentially the whole business would shut down like we have seen with toys " r" shut down like we have seen with toys "r" us this year, and a way of keeping the business on its toes. but landlords are complaining they are being outvoted and outmuscled by these unsecured creditors, such as these unsecured creditors, such as these suppliers. so i have a feeling
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day, when the next big cva happens, and we don't know what retailer may face that, they may say no, we're not even going to start talking about a seedy aches and we know there are guarantees we won't be outvoted or outmuscled. bringing it back to house of fraser, this company will close more than its half its stores, is it enough to ensure the remaining parts of the business? it is the known and unknown. the retail sector has a perfect storm. wages are going up, the national minimum wage on which many people depend on is going up to its highest level ever. the shift to online shopping is happening and happening rapidly and land values are going up. so the high streets on which they read these properties is at its peak. that is why we have seen at its peak. that is why we have seen so at its peak. that is why we have seen so much trouble for the retail sector in the first six months of this year and we have seen carpet right have a cva and mothercare, all in the hope of preventing even worse. we could see more as the year
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progresses. 0k, thank you. time for a look at the weekend whether. —— weather. as promised, the weather's looking at this weekend. of course, not everybody likes the heat but the good news is it's not actually going to be too hot this weekend. lots of sunshine on the way. the north of the country a little bit more cloudy. see, this is the satellite image from the last 12 hours or so, and tonight a little bit more cloud across the north but for many of us, clear skies. once again, temperatures will take a little bit of a dip. it won't be as chilly as it was this morning. i think temperatures in towns and cities will be around 8—10 degrees celsius, at least for most of us. so starts off sunny and pleasant, fresh weather out there. through the course of the afternoon, perhaps a little bit of light rain or drizzle in the very far north—west of scotland but other than that, it's a beautiful sunny day, withjust a few specks of fairweather cloud across much of england and wales and northern ireland. further north in scotland, a little bit more hazy. through the course of the weekend
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into next week, the temperatures keep on creeping up. we might hit 30 degrees celsius. (pres) this is bbc news —— our latest headlines (n0 timecheck) the aerospace giant airbus questions its future in the uk, if britain leaves the eu without a deal. the firm employs 111,000 workers at 25 sites, and says it's warning is not part of project fear. we're very fearful there'll be chaos at the borders and we want our factories to be able to operate as smoothly as possible. president trump threatens 20% tariffs on all european cars going into the united states, as the trade dispute escalates. the former wimbledon champion, boris becker, is told by the central african republic he could face prosecution for obtaining a forged diplomatic passport. he's denied any wrong doing. 70 years after the arrival in the uk of the first caribbean migrants on the empire windrush, a service of thanksgiving is held at westminster abbey. in a moment it will be time
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for sportsday but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news... we'll be speaking to a trade policy expert about the warnings from airbus and bmw over brexit. at nine thirty, clemenecy burton—hill will talk to a panel of authors about stories they think have shaped the world. and joining me later tonight to review tomorrow's papers will be benedicte paviote from france 2a and the head of politics at the daily mirror, jason beattie. that's all ahead on bbc news. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday.
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