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Welcome to our look ahead at the papers tomorrow. With me here Kate


McCann of the telegraph and Jay Watts of the Independent. Quick look


at the front pages. The FT have Theresa May's speech on our future


departure from the EU, saying the Prime Minister managed to ease


business fears of a so-called hard Brexit. I dominated by that speech.


Newspaper highlights her assertion Britain will quit the single market.


Metro says she played hard ball with the EU and warned it not to try to


punish Britain in the exit negotiations. The Express has the


same threat from the Prime Minister to abandon talks on a post Brexit


deal with the EU if there's any attempt to impose punitive terms.


The telegraph headlines her comment that no deal is better than a bad


deal. So, Kate, the papers on the whole are pretty warm reception for


Theresa May's speech. Yes, I don't think she could have hoped for


better today or tomorrow. This is also going to be the highest point


she's likely to reach in the two-year Brexit negotiation process,


because we've not started negotiating yet. So Theresa May's


setting out her hard ball as we've talked about. She's saying the EU


needs to listen up, we're not going to take no for an answer, this is


what we want. Underneath it all, there are softer tones saying we


don't want to see the EU ruined. We don't want lots more Brexit or other


countries to exit and we want you to be our friends. At the same time,


this is not a game. We're not playing around here, we're going to


drive a hard bargain and get a good deal for this country. All the


headlines are supportive. The comment that's quoted on the front


of the Telegraph, the plan represents a master class in common


sense. She'll be delighted with that. Yeah, absolutely, she will.


The front of the Telegraph that shows the challenge that newspapers


are facing. There was so much news today, so many points, so much


information on her negotiating stance. This is after woks and weeks


that we've been gagging for any small detail of what she's going to


do. Now she's thrown all this stuff out there. The news coverage has had


to focus on it and hasn't so much focussed on the unanswered


questions, there aren't many of them. If she's pleased with the


telegraph, she's going to be thrilled with the Daily Mail. Steel


of the new Iron Lady. I think this one will split opinion. It's very


1980s throw back. That's probably the intention here. If you look at


the tight face and the graphic. Theresa May basically dressed up


there as you say, Margaret Thatcher. It's all about her, this is her


moment. This is the toughest May is going to be able to be. Before we


start negotiating, before she has to start compromising and before the


country really starts to understand what Brexit means and like Joe says,


there are lots of questions. One of the big unanswered questions is


about the customs union. If you listen to what Theresa May said


today, on the one hand she's saying we will have a phased exit from the


EU. On the other she says there won't be a Troonational arrangement.


She says we won't remain a member of the single market but will have


access to the single market. We won't have a deal open to other


countries on the customs, but we will pick and choose the bits we


want. That's very difficult. We've skimmed the top line of the speech.


In the days to come we have to see what actually that really means. We


will, yeah. Metro, don't call me maybe. I don't know if that's a


reference to the Economist front page that called her Theresa Maybe.


This whole thing she couldn't make up her mind, what strategy she


wanted. Do you think she's answered her critics with this speech? I


think she may allow herself a sherry in Downing Street tonight. Is that


her tipple? Yeah, it must be. She's probably there with Philip -


Probably watching us! She's been accused of having no Brexit plan, of


not knowing what she's doing. Turns out today that she did have a very


clear idea of what she wanted. She talked about being disciplined,


about how the Europeans have been disciplined and it showed today that


she had a very clear message and she played the cards that she had very


well. I think her party will be very pleased with it. This is one day. It


was a good move in the chess game of politics. But the reality may kick


in. So some commentators saying this may the last moment of control she


has. What about the European reaction? In a sense, there was that


threat in a way, if you don't give ace deal, a -- give us a decent deal


there'll be no deal. Will they feel threatened? I think so. We'll see


more of that in the days to come. Aside from the stark language she


used, there were a number of references in the speech about the


UK's security powers and how much we contribute to things like Europol.


UK is the driving force behind that organisation, which protects the


whole of the EU from terrorism. There were a number of references in


her speech to if you don't give us a good deal, we might have to look


again at the security powers. Number Ten sources trying to play that down


tonight and say of course that's not a bargaining chip in. Reality, it's


one of our most powerful cards. I would be surprise today she doesn't


play it. The EU reaction will be muted at first. They want to see


what's going to come of this. They want to understand what it means. If


that issue is on the table, we'll see a fierce reaction to it. We're


going to be discussing the papers in much greater detail in the next


hour. For the moment, Kate, Joe, thank you very much indeed for being


with us. We will be back at 11. 30pm with a more detailed look at the


front pages. See you then.


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