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get Jason Solomon's verdict in the film review. -- 999.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead at the morning's papers.

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With me are James Cusick, a political correspondent

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for the Independent, and the broadcaster, Lynn Faulds Wood.

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But let's start with the front pages.

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All the newspapers feature pictures of Boris Johnson

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The FT says dozens of FTSE leaders will sign a letter of support

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backing David Cameron's push to keep Britain in the European Union.

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But the Express says Boris Johnson will 'get us out of the EU'.

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The Telegraph leads with Mr Johnson's article calling

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He's pictured in front of the union jack.

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The Guardian says the Mayor's intervention marks

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the most significant hurdle to the prime minister's chances

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The Times shows Mr Johnson surrounded by the media

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on his London doorstep during his statement this afternoon.

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It also features the public petition for a meningitis vaccine to be made

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The Daily Mail's headline reads 'Boris goes in for the kill' -

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claiming his decision is a dagger blow for Cameron.

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The Sun takes a Dad's Army theme, and highlights that Mr Johnson told

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the Prime Minister of his decision via text message

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While the Independent's headline says the Mayor is 'out for himself'.

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It is all about Boris, never mind Donald in the State and they both

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have the same haircut -- States. Numerous words outlining why this

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should be the case to leave the EU. Boris is the man to stop the

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Brussels machine, as the Telegraph neatly puts it. The front page

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itself is classic. It is Boris behind the union jack. It is almost

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future PM stuff with a 2000 word essay in the paper which could be

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read out at any party conference as a leader's speech. It is full of

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invective and it is not something that has been worked out in that the

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last couple of days -- in the last couple of days. He has held these

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use for a long time. A small part of the front page brings up the

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possibility that Britain might not ultimately leave the EU in the event

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of an outvote because what he wants is some redraw and of the

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relationship on the line that Churchill envisages -- these views.

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Four paragraphs into a story about leaving Europe it raises the policy

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-- possibility that we might not have to leave the EU. He and David

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Cameron over the months had a discussion about two referendums.

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One that would lay out the position and the second would be a

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confirmation. All of the papers today show that Boris Johnson has

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made up his mind and he will be a front rather, whether he likes it or

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not -- runner. He likes it. He is on every front page. ?30 million worth

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of bliss. The front of the Telegraph. This is a man who is

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saving this is my conviction and David Cameron says he thinks it is

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about leadership ambition and so do I. It is interesting what you are

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saying, that this is effectively a very high-stakes gamble bargaining

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chip that Britain besides, we will pull out of the EU, so Boris

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Johnson, when he becomes leader of the Conservative Party and Prime

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Minister, because David Cameron has resigned, he goes back to Brussels

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and he says, we know it is a fait accompli. We have the Danish

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rejecting the resolution. There is a sort of history in Europe that you

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can make up your mind to do something and the institution finds

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a way to ask you a game. It would end the European project if one of

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the 28 is saying that we only want a free trade agreement and that is it,

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no supernatural powers for a court in Brussels, it is the end of the

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project. The strange thing is, in all of the many essays, it is not

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like there is something wrong with what David Cameron has negotiated,

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it is the whole project. He is saying, this is a great friend, he

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is saying you did a great job in Brussels in the time available to

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you, but by the way I think he is saying he thinks it is pants and it

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is not good enough. He is also saying that he is against the

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creeping colonisation and federalism by the European powers that be. He

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is not against Europe. He is saying it is great and a lovely place to

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live. He lived in Brussels, he likes chips and mayonnaise. And the little

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streets until they were dominated with huge buildings full of

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bureaucrats. Basically, he is saying he would like a different Europe and

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the one we now have, and so we will leave for now but when he quoted

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Churchill, he looks Churchillian on the front of the paper, he said he

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wants to be associated with Europe but not absorbed by it. I think you

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are right. Once we are out, if we are out, he will come back in with

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various interest and... (CROSSTALK). It has to be said, the EU does not

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want Britain to leave and they have made that clear. The Independent, he

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has his hands in his pockets. At a funny expression. It looks as if he

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is whistling, but maybe not -- and a funny expression. He confirms he

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will back the Brexit, in line for Number Ten if UK votes to leave.

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This is my newspaper... That is the best headline. I think it sums up

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Boris Johnson. The venality the Independent suggest. It is a nice

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play on words, out for himself. The political editor says this makes him

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a natural leader. Of course he is the front man. He said he didn't

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want that role. It would be interesting for me and the rest of

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the lobby in Westminster to see how much he is forced into this. That is

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David Cameron's fear. Until today the natural leader, there have been

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questions over who it was, if it had to be Michael Gove, fair enough, but

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he wasn't the most like politician. Every front page today is confirming

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what is said here, he is the natural leader, and that worries Number Ten.

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He is also bringing in the idea that if you vote out it is not

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necessarily final. That is the wording that is being used. He wants

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a new relationship of trade and cooperation. Back to the idea of out

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why Europe got together as a common market in the first place. Is that

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what Nigel Farage and George Galloway want? No. He doesn't want

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to be seen with either. It is quite clever, to be able to say it, vote

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out, but it means in on our terms. Vote out and we renegotiate what in

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means. We could be here all day if we go into details playing words.

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(CROSSTALK). We don't want to be all day, sorry, mate. David Cameron

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might be grateful that we are not actually discussing whatever he

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brings back, which could be vetoed anyway by European lawmakers, so he

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might be pleased it is all on Boris today. The Sun, blonde bombshell

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after PM Dad's Army debacle. And here he is... Look at the right hand

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side, the sun that yesterday was saying, who in the EU do you think

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you are kidding? That is where the Dad's Army theme has come from. It

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is a play on words. Exactly. Yesterday, they were saying, we

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don't like what you have brought back, Mr Cameron, and today they are

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saying on the right hand side, Mr Cameron is being lined up, and the

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blonde bombshell is coming -- lo not. I think the Sun is clear, I

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think they like Boris. The Sun and the Express. Is that divide among

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the papers, James, basically the Mirror... The Guardian is definitely

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supporting him. And the Mirror. The Mirror has EU rats Boris, which has

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the Mirror siding with David Cameron. I suppose legitimately

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questioning Boris's motives. In some of the papers it is almost... It is

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not necessarily an in or out fight but an establishment versus the

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people fight, which is how the Express has painted the picture. If

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it has come down to that, it means the negotiations, the outcome of

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what is at stake, the detail is being quietly parked and it comes

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down to a visceral, emotional reaction to it. That will

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characterise it. Lots of people think what we will discuss over the

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next 120 days is what will happen in Scotland, people have made up their

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mind before the campaign started. -- is what happened in Scotland. It is

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about how to change people's long-held views. That is why it

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David Cameron is going on about a leap in the dark. It is the unknown

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that you don't want to go near. Don't for a about the details. Only

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one paper supporting him, the FT, with business leaders. We know how

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David Miliband feels. Nothing else. Have a look at Boris's face on the

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front pages. You can see which way the paper is going by the expression

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on Boris's face. The more left-wing leaning papers are not supporting

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it. OK, OK, we will test that with the Daily Mail. Horoscope is in for

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the kill. What does it say? -- Boris goes in for the kill. It says I am

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petitioning for Hannibal Lector. LAUGHS.

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Boris goes for the kill. Johnson backs EU exit. Another paper

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suggesting he is out for himself. We should say why it is a dagger blow.

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David Cameron knew that he was going to go for the out, and in fact Boris

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couldn't remember the name of the out he was going for, so he called

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it Vote Leave. Ten minutes before appearing on his doorstep, that is

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when David Cameron was dumped by text. To send your Prime Minister a

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text with something so important shows him what he thinks of the man.

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Disdain, contempt... I don't know. Lee

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Disdain, contempt... I don't know. -- be careful, you are supposed to

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be... (CROSSTALK). Let's go to the Guardian. What does this look say?

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Don't buy anything from this man! I think I can take it from this that

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the Guardian are going to back the stay in side of things. Boris says

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this is my conviction, I have wrestled with this one... If it is

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your conviction, you don't really wrestle with it, you have probably

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known for a long time. David Cameron says it is not his conviction but

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his leadership ambitions. James, the suggestion is from Number Ten, they

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are worried Mr Johnson could add four percentage points to the tally

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for the out campaign. Our people in Scotland, in the north-east, will

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they be concerned he will vote out? -- are. The Guardian has a small

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graphic on the front which says why he is vital and it means that the

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two politicians, whose vote they will take their cues from, are the

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Prime Minister and Boris Johnson, which is why Number Ten are

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anxious. The Guardian goes into good detail. This is a neat what story.

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-- Nick Watt. He says Downing Street have been irritated by Boris

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Johnson. You totally understated. Indeed. It has been great to have

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you in to look at some of the stories making the headlines. Many

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thanks. Stay with us here on BBC News, there is much more coming up.

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Now, it is time for the film -- Film Review.

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