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bring forward further proposals we can take country unilaterally to

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strengthen the sovereignty of Britain's great institutions.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the

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

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

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

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the news stands tomorrow. With me are the Times columnist

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

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

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

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

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

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Cameron's initial deal because almost every single newspaper front

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page criticised it. They are extremely downcast and taking it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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seems Cameron effectively put his foot down at teatime tonight and

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

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

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

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

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the Cabinet let alone the Eurosceptics in the Cabinet, let

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

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

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Cameron wins Brussels reforms. It will different to the other

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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maybe Greece might actually be excluded from the Schengen area as

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

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

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

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about. Nobody has any idea how to deal with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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beyond the terms of the renegotiation. And what other areas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the same question about European migrants coming into Britain as we

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And not the most encouraging headline. They talk about David

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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like this the changing role of newspapers and whether print is

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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headline on a newspaper you summarise the story as informatively

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that 5000 jihadis have entered Europe in the migrant search and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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the weather forecast. A weekend of weather contrasts

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