we will have more on the us election inafew we will have more on the us election in a few minutes. first in the uk, a socially distanced remembrance sunday commemoration has been taking place. people were urged to join the traditional two—minute silence at 11 o'clock on their doorsteps. at the cenotaph in whitehall, no members of the public were allowed to attend, and only 26 veterans marched instead of the usual 10,000. let's have a look. big ben chimes the hour
some of the key moments today at the cenotaph in london. covid has brought a lot of changes to the way remembrance sunday has been marked today. some people have stood on their doorsteps, others have watched services on television. but a group of military veterans have come up with a unique and safe way to remember their comrades — a drive—in remembrance service. it took place at the thruxton airfield in hampshire, from where duncan kennedy reports. this was a different kind of gathering. an airfield, not a memorial stone. drivers, not marchers. and separation amid the contemplation.
thruxton‘s usual roar of sports cars was today silenced. racing giving way to remembrance. it seems to me, particularly im porta nt to reflect on separateness today. the unique event was organised by cabot mission motorsports, the forces charity for veterans. they wanted to mark remembrance day in a covid safeway, and decided —— they wanted to mark remembrance day in a covid safe way, and decided the cars they love were the answer. this is going to be the first, this one. in the car. what do you think of that? well, we can actually come and see it, which is a good thing. and we are staying our distance apart as well. this remembrance sunday, let us remember those who have gone before... the service was relayed to vehicles by the fm radio network in thruxton. christian says sitting may not be marching but there is a duty to remember. i thought 2020 couldn't have got any stranger until today. but we are lucky to be able to be here and do something quite special, i think. and remember like we would every other year. just we are sat in cars. last post plays
some traditions may have changed, but others echoed their familiar cadence across salisbury plain. a day for innovation and safe observance woven into an act of peace and solemnity. duncan kennedy, bbc news, thruxton. the manchester united footballer marcus rashford, and child poverty campaigners, have welcomed the uk government's decision to provide free meals to disadvantaged children in england during the christmas holidays. after facing weeks of pressure, borisjohnson spoke to rashford to confirm he was making specific funds available. here's our education correspondent elaine dunkley. these are the volunteers on the front line of food poverty. we help about 160 families in the school holidays and then
through the non—school holidays, it is 20 to 50 families depending on need. the cherry tree project in stockport provides emergency supplies for those in need. we've come across huge amounts of people where they are made redundant or where they have lost jobs, where the job has changed so they now have less hours or they are on furlough and they are on less money. gemma, who is looking for work, is worried about providing for her children over the christmas holidays. takes off a lot of pressure from a lot of parents, especially single parents or people who have just lost theirjobs around all this as well. and it is notjust parents who are worried, children feel it too. my mum has been poorly and stuff, they have been giving us food and they have just been making sure my mum is ok and things like that. marcus rashford is used to getting round opponents on the pitch to score and now the same tactics with politicians. last night, he spoke
to the prime minister. on the phone, he kept thanking me, but then in the back of my mind, i'm like, it's the families that deserve the u—turn, and i thanked him on behalf of the families. during half term, some local councils, restaurants and cafe is provided food for struggling families. after the government ruled out extending free school meal vouchers in england beyond term time. now the plan is for local authorities rather than schools to distribute funding over the christmas holidays stop there will be a £170 million grant scheme run via councils to help food and bills until march. it will be expanded across england next year. a scheme helping pregnant women and young family will go up from april. support has already been announced for children in scotland, wales and northern ireland. marcus rashford is seen as a hero by many, but as the pandemic pushes
more families into hardship, it's focuses on widening the safety net for those on lowest incomes. back now to the us election, and the question on downing street's mind — what kind of relationship is the president elect likely to have with borisjohnson? the prime minister said today that he was looking forward to working with mr biden on climate change — as well as on international trade — and security. but as our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports there are some tricky issues ahead. from the days of margaret thatcher, joe biden has been no stranger to britain, making it his business to know the prime ministers of the day. at least, until now. for borisjohnson has yet to meet the president—elect and the two men have their differences. mr biden has described the pm as a "physical and emotional clone" of donald trump.
and as for brexit... had i been a member of parliament, had i been a british citizen, i would have voted against leaving. views shaped in part by his ancestry. mr biden, a quick word for the bbc? bbc? i'm irish. he's made clear that peace in northern ireland should not become a casualty of brexit, with a uk—us trade deal very much on the line. a warning repeated by allies. there are of course significant concerns here about how any departure arrangement, final status, between the uk and eu might impact the border in northern ireland. from downing street, the prime minister insisted the us was britain's closest, most important ally, and there was a good chance of a trade deal. there is far more that unites the government of this country and government in washington, any time, any stage, than divides us. we have common values, we have common interests, we have a common global perspective.
there are issues where mr biden agrees with mrjohnson. being tough on russia, reviving the deal curbing iran's nuclear programme and agreeing new carbon reduction targets at a big climate summit in britain next year. above all, a president that supports multilateral organisations such as nato, unlike his predecessor. but... the hard truth is that britain outside the eu is less useful to washington, and so, whenjoe biden wants to influence europe, he will go to paris and berlin, not london. there was a time when american presidents were so important to britain that 160,000 people paid a few pounds to build a statue of one, like franklin roosevelt here. but those days are gone. joe biden‘s priorities will begin at home, fixing covid and the economy. allies, trade deals, they have to take second place. so for now, a relationship, not as special as once, but more predictable than of late, with perhaps fewer tweets. james landale, bbc news.
our political correspondent chris masonjoins us. i understand what lord peter ricketts is saying, if the us wants to talk to europe it doesn't have to go through the uk any more, but there is still huge importance in relationship, we are a un security council member. there is lots to talk about in terms of security, and also there is that trade deal. yes, quite a lot of reverence on the uk side will some of the international organisations that a biden administration will be more interested in than the outgoing trump administration. if you think of the nato alliance, the who in the context of covid—19, the world trade organisation which the uk outside of europe is having a much more direct relationship with. heap on top of
that, just embellish the sense james touched on there, the importance of climate and climate diplomacy in the next 12 months. we are already beginning to see this and we will see far more from the british government. a real leaning into climate is something borisjohnson wa nts to climate is something borisjohnson wants to be very much associated with a head of that summit in glasgow, scotland, which will take place in a year's time, postponed from this very weak. he will hope mr johnson has a far more —— he will hope that he has a far more sensitive ear in the white house. not coming to any international consensus will be easy, but boris johnson will be hoping he can sit closer to the centre of this with a new american president and others, and that president biden will be much more receptive to it than trump
might have been. there is much more around a trade deal with america. and mr biden was reminding people of his irish roots and the concerns expressed by him about any potential brexit dealjeopardising the good friday peace agreement. yes, on that issue. we have spoken to senator chris coons a lot on our programme. he's a pragmatist. much like the president elect is. i don't get the impression that the uk is at the back of the queue for a trade deal as was perhaps the case when barack obama was in the white house. that's an important issue, isn't it, that the new clauses in the internal markets bill is a real problem for a president—elect who has irish ancestry. quite. he's expressed that it. he has concerns about what might happen on the border between northern ireland and the uk and the republic of ireland in the eu and the good friday peace agreement of
two decades ago, which brought relative peace to the island of ireland. boris johnson relative peace to the island of ireland. borisjohnson today, we saw a snippet of his interview in james's report, in the full interview he made the case that doing a trade deal with the us under any president was likely to take quite a long time, that there would be wrangling, that the us would be tough in its negotiation regardless of the occupier of the white house. but bluntly speaking, we know president trump frequently talked about his desire to see something done. there might have been a gap between rhetoric and reality, whereas perhaps with president biden it'll be less important, and there is that concern around the whole question of the brexit deal. relatively soon in the uk we will find out what happens as far as any brexit deal is concerned. the transition period outside of the eu will come to an end in six or seven weeks' time. yes, and certainly what
comes of that will shape discussions going forward. thank you for talking to us. laura and i will be back at the top of the hour with the latest from washington and the rest of the us, but right now it is clive myrie's reflections on a tumultuous election week. it's morning again in america. past presidential elections here herald a sense of hope, a peaceful dawn. but this is now america. count every vote, count every vote! divided. angry. frustrated. primed for trouble. this is a fraud on the american public. this is an embarrassment to our country. i'm not here to declare that we've won, but i am here to report,
when the count is finished, we believe we will be the winners. this is the story of ourjourney through a bitter campaign and the ordinary americans we came across. election day is a little over three weeks away, and catherine and herfriend pam are stumping for the president in phoenix, arizona. they endure the heat... we love trump! ..and very public disapproval. i feel sorry for you! car horns beeping if we lose the election, we're going to lose our way of life. we won't be free. his campaign blows into town. for trump supporters like catherine the appeal goes beyond policy — it's personal, and that can promote a devotion difficult to shake.