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


With me are James Cusick, a political correspondent


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


But let's start with the front pages.


All the newspapers feature pictures of Boris Johnson


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


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


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


The Telegraph leads with Mr Johnson's article calling


He's pictured in front of the union jack.


The Guardian says the Mayor's intervention marks


the most significant hurdle to the prime minister's chances


The Times shows Mr Johnson surrounded by the media


on his London doorstep during his statement this afternoon.


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


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


claiming his decision is a dagger blow for Cameron.


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


the Prime Minister of his decision via text message


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Cameron over the months had a discussion about two referendums.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


streets until they were dominated with huge buildings full of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


might be grateful that we are not actually discussing whatever he


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Mirror siding with David Cameron. I suppose legitimately


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


petitioning for Hannibal Lector. LAUGHS.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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