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BBC News Daily: 25 April 2017 – BBC News

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  • Labour promises ‘new plan’ for Brexit
  • Le Pen quits as National Front leader
  • Nastase comment racist, says Williams
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A week after Theresa May shocked the country by announcing she wanted a general election, the political focus is moving firmly towards Brexit. Labour’s promising a “new plan”, guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK.

In the party’s first major policy statement of the campaign, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer will also say he’ll work to keep the “benefits” of membership of the European customs union and single market. But the Conservatives respond that they are the only party with a “clear plan” for Brexit, calling Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “weak”.

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What the papers say

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There’s quite a lot of Brexit about. The Guardian reports that a pro-Remain group is urging voters to unseat prominent pro-Leave MPs, while the Times says Brussels is preparing to hit the UK with a 2bn euro (1.7bn) bill.

The Telegraph quotes Mary Curnock Cook, head of universities admission organisation Ucas, urging students not to “obsess” about getting a job after graduation. And the Mirror interviews the British survivor of a shark attack, who says her husband punched the animal to save her.

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Today The United Nations holds talks in Geneva, Switzerland, on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

10:00 The England squad for cricket’s ICC Champions Trophy is announced.

On this day

1915 The Allied Powers launch a major land invasion of the Gallipoli peninsular, in the Ottoman Empire.

1953 Scientists Francis Crick and James Watson publish an article describing the double helix structure of DNA.

1983 The German magazine Stern publishes the first instalment of the controversial Hitler Diaries, later found to be fake.

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