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strengthen the sovereignty of Britain's great institutions.


Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the


papers will be bringing us tomorrow. Slightly later than usual tonight


And the fact that the papers have been changing their front pages,


some of them as we speak. We now have a selection of what will be on


the news stands tomorrow. With me are the Times columnist


Jenni Russell, and the media commentator for Forbes.com,


Neil Midgley. We'll start with the Times. David


Cameron. Ahead on the EU vote. How would you characterise the mood on


Downing Street? I think the mood is jubilant. It looked as though it was


falling away from them. They were devastated by the reaction to


Cameron's initial deal because almost every single newspaper front


page criticised it. They are extremely downcast and taking it


back. Another thing they have a deal which has headlines they can sell to


the country, special status in Europe, we don't have to be part of


what we don't want, protection for the city of London, we can't be


bullied by the rest of Europe, and we don't have to be part of ever


closer union. I think they are feeling confident that most of the


population don't care about the details, they think the Prime


Minister has given us a Britain they want. I imagine they will have a


better weekend then if David Cameron had caved in Brussels tonight. Or is


everyone is refused to cave. It seems we don't know the detail. It


seems Cameron effectively put his foot down at teatime tonight and


said no, I will not give any more. Presumably doing that calculation


that if you came back with a terrible deal and indeed a deal that


was much watered-down from the draft that had been circulated a couple of


weeks ago, he would not have been able to sell it to his friends in


the Cabinet let alone the Eurosceptics in the Cabinet, let


alone the rest of the country. If we look at the FT weekend, which hangs


around for two days, so they have to think more strategically, they say


Cameron wins Brussels reforms. It will different to the other


countries, and Donald Tusk, if you do the initiation on their behalf.


People seem to have got a deal they can live with. Even the Eastern


European countries who did not want any kind of welfare reforms. By the


way, nobody understands what the welfare reforms are. I think I sort


of do. Poland's Europe Minister was twitching before we came on air


there was something about if people have less than four years just


before the end of the seven-year break, we still don't know what


happens to them. In the great scheme of things, Jenni was talking about


these yes we can phrases David Cameron is using. It is the phrases


that counts. We now have a special relationship, we are the special


country. We will have special status in Europe. If only Jose Mourinho,


the special one, was British. It is meaningless. Even if Cameron had got


rid of all of the welfare payments to EU migrants, which he hasn't,


only a very small portion of them, that is about ?500 million a year


out of an overall government spending of ?700 billion. You are


talking about half of 1000th. I probably got a decimal point wrong


there, but for every ?1000 to pay in tax, you might get alb. -- account


back. I don't think those sorts of changes make any practical


difference at all. The whole thing was about symbolism. It is about


people feeling they don't want to be drawn closer to Europe, and it is a


genuine achievement that we are now accepted from being part of ever


closer union. Which is being what the European Union has always been


about. Look at the Independent. The EU deal is done is the headline. We


then have above it a big shout to do with the refugee crisis, because


migration is the other thing they are talking about, is concerned that


maybe Greece might actually be excluded from the Schengen area as


it was felt to be doing enough to stop illegal migrants. There are big


it issues that this deal doesn't address, and some of the new


sceptics have suggested that might be what the campaign ends up being


about. Nobody has any idea how to deal with


the people pouring into Europe. Those remaining in Europe say we


much more at risk of migrants coming to Britain if we leave Europe. At


the moment we've got the French policing the French ports. Cameron


is perfectly right when he says that if we left the EU, and the French


thought they would no longer guard the Borders for you, then we would


have masses of people in little boats coming across the Channel,


just as they are now across the Mediterranean, to try to land in


Britain. I am far from an outer. I am out but not an outer. What the


distinction? Let's not go into that. The French thing with the border, is


a a bilateral agreement? It is. They might think if you don't want to be


part of our club and co-operate with us, why should we do things with


you. You might be right about that but the migration we can't stop at


the moment we could at least have some control over. That is distinct


from the huge number of migrants who are now entering Europe... This is


where we get interesting tomorrow, how the campaign starts to open up


beyond the terms of the renegotiation. And what other areas


will emerge. David Davis, who was David Cameron's challenger or co-


candidate for the leadership back in 2005, was out and about tonight. He


is an outer. He was saying that none of these things make any


difference, in that Cameron's initial bid as he went around his


European Tour was far too low a Dias had to come further down from that


and we've ended up with the crumbs from the table. Once the shouting


has died there might still be a warm feeling in Downing Street, that


they've landed a deal which they were able to sell on the night, even


if the last gets tarnished in the coming days. -- the gloss gets


tarnished. But whether this deal will make any difference to the gut


instinct of the British voter remains very much to be seen. I


agree. That's the key point. All of this argument has been beside the


point. The discussion has to be about the questions regarding where


we see ourselves in the world. I we better off as an isolated island,


not in alliance with 27 allies? -- are we better. Possibly losing


Scotland. Do we want to make our own little deals? Or do we want... We


will be a lot smaller if we lose Scotland. We can't trade freely with


Europe. A lot of companies would want to stay here... But there's no


danger of that, is there? If you want to retain free trade with


Europe then we have to retain the free movement of people. It had just


the same question about European migrants coming into Britain as we


have had now. The question has to be whether we feel more safe and secure


and longer as part of the group of countries who have fundamentally


similar values, who can act together against Russia, ISIS and climate


change, or not. Moving onto the Telegraph front page. They decided


they would commit themselves to there being a deal. This came before


the deal was done. Not the most flattering picture of David Cameron.


And not the most encouraging headline. They talk about David


Cameron looking very tired, as he has all day. Michael talking about


Cameron's eyes bulging, saying he looked like a delirious snail, which


is perhaps a little unkind. I've never looked at a delirious snail


before! When you look at the high resolution of poorer Cameron's tired


face... Can I point out that if he had arrived looking freshfaced and


as if he looked the past -- looked like he spent the past couple of


weeks in a health farm... I think this is actually a man who has had


sleepless nights and not on us -- enough time to exercise. I have been


battling for Britain. It hasn't kept Michael Gove on side. How big a deal


is that? Do you get a sense that we will see more people than we have


currently predicted, saying they are prepared to back a Brexit? Now that


this deal has been done? We will get more people in the sense that as


soon as the deal was announced the Cabinet ministers are free to go.


The interesting thing about that is it is pretty clear from the people


around Michael Groves that -- Michael Groves that if the Cabinet


assumed collective responsibility, he wouldn't have felt compelled to


come out and say what he thought. But he genuinely believes Britain


would be better as an independent nation and so he felt unable to


carry on. Is he trying to have it both ways? We were also told that he


won't be campaigning in a high-profile way. That I don't know


about. So he isn't going to inhale, the bill Clinton analogy? It would


be in -- interesting if that was the case. If you think what the


Conservative government is doing, it is hard to... It is painful to have


to say you will put it all at risk by going to the other side and


saying the person I like and admire is also fundamentally wrong. It's a


big night for Michael Gove and for newspapers. If I may be a newspaper


nerd for a moment, you were saying that when we arrived tonight the


Telegraph was the only paper that had a front-page going with the deal


and the others were in their first editions, hedging. It hadn't even


been formally announced. It shows you that on a fast moving Newsnight


like this the changing role of newspapers and whether print is


really the medium of the future. -- news night. If you are following


this many would know instantly. Equally, what influence will things


have on a night like this in about one month? Will the BBC still be


picking up what the Independent is saying? Or a it start to fade?


Obviously because of the work you do you have a different perspective on


this. What is your sense of power key the websites are? Not just


thinking about content, but actually the headline, the image, in a way


that newspapers have traditionally done? And how durable that is? When


you are writing for online you write the headlines in a completely


different way than you do in the newspapers. When you write a


headline on a newspaper you summarise the story as informatively


as you can. Whereas with an online headline, which somebody will pick


up on a search engine, you write it as cryptically as you can because


you want to tease them into actually clicking on your story, instead of


just getting the information they need from the seven words on Google.


Five things you didn't know about sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. They


are all very important. Seven things we didn't know about Europe. What


you do when you write online is what your readers or lack of readers are


interested in. I know exactly how much traffic I get on my page. And


how much effort you should make on that bit. Or do you just write about


things people are already googling or do you write new things? When I


write for the Telegraph, I can get 200 comments on a piece about the


new Top Gear presenters but 70 comments on a piece about BBC Three,


which shows you where the priorities R. -- priorities are. Just briefly.


The IAP they're even has this in blue -- the i. The Mail takes us


back to what we were talking about with the referendum campaign. This


is in their judgement the real story. The Mail has prejudged the


summit and decided that it hasn't worked. The PM's deal is picked to


pieces, they say. So they got that wrong. And then they are talking


about the fact that the head of Interpol, who is a Brit, has said


that 5000 jihadis have entered Europe in the migrant search and


they could be about to carry out attacks. Of course I have to say, if


I was a jihadist living on the other side of the Mediterranean... This


feeds into the politics, which is going to unfold over the weekend.


Further down the story there are unnamed Tory MPs pointing out that


the Prime Minister's deal does nothing to limit free movement


across the EU and therefore it does nothing about this 5000 jihadis who


might be on their way to new broadcasting house as we speak.


That's not true. If you are migrant and you have been given refugee


status in Germany, it will be five years before you get permission to


move into the rest of the EU. So it is not true that if you arrive as a


migrant in one part of Europe... The point about it, as Downing Street


have said, is that we are not part of the Schengen agreement. We are in


fact very protected from people coming into Britain. You can pick up


on this but we are just going to see some pictures of David Cameron


leaving Brussels with some relief. All I was going to say on a lighter


note... There you go, he is smiling. They answer Eurosceptic. They are


offering a free Monets print in the paper. -- on -- Monet. Thanks we


much. It could be only four months away, as he didn't disagree when


that was put to him. More news Abbottabad be our coming up. Now to


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