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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be


With me are the political commentator James Millar


The Financial Times says Mrs May has given the clearest indication yet


that Britain will break away from the single market.


Brexit is leading the i's front page too, who are summing up the PM's


first major speech on Britain's decision to leave the European Union


The Metro also leads on Brexit and Mrs May's decision


to fire the starting gun on Article 50 by March 2017,


highlighting the Prime Minister's comments that there will be "no opt


The Telegraph are highlighting a quote from Theresa May that


"we must look beyond Europe" as well as a pledge,


announced by Government ministers, to dedicate ?5 million


And, in addition to Brexit, the Guardian have also made


room for the referendum result in Hungary.


Starting with Brexit, any of you watch the speech is life today? Bits


and pieces. After the event. The Financial Times says it is her first


significant speech on the subject, it is her first speech on the


subject since she became Prime Minister. She said Brexit means


Brexit. Did you take it as hard Brexit? Yes, although she says there


is no such thing, but she means there is only one thing, a hard


Brexit. According to the Financial Times, her team deny that what she


said means that Britain wants to leave the single market, but what


she said about wanting control on immigration and not wanting to be


under the jurisdiction of the European Court, both those are the


pillars of remaining within a single market, so by default she has said,


we are going, and those things are more important to us than being in a


single market, which will cause grave concern not only within her


own front bench and party, but also business and the opposition in


parliament. But which goes down a treat with her members, which may be


why it she said it, because it went down a storm in the hall. Outside


the hall, her backbenchers, you mentioned the opposition, it is Tim


Farron of the Liberal Democrats that is quoted in the Financial Times,


saying it is a disaster for British jobs, business and economy, and


there is no sign of Labour or the SNP, the more significant opposition


parties in terms of parliamentary reticent Asian. Nicola Sturgeon


tweeted her displeasure, she said that Theresa May had completely...


For somebody who was keen on keeping Britain United, she kind of said the


opposite. They went and met early on, there was mutual respect in a


room of her's mutual respect. In a room of her own supporters, she said


Holyrood can get lost. She has no time for divisive nationalists, and


there is no opt out from Brexit. She has backed Nicola Sturgeon into a


corner. It is a game of poker. The Guardian picks up on the hard Brexit


line. What they have picked up on it a bit of reaction from Europe, from


the EU. It is quoting Donald Tusk, the head of the European Council,


his response on Twitter was, once it is triggered... First of all, relief


that we have said when we will trigger it, but he has also said


that once the article is triggered, the EU will engage to safeguard its


interests, which of course will happen, why would it do anything


different? We can expect an inflexible and uncompromising


approach. It is pointed but it is entirely obvious. He tweeted it out,


as did Nicola Sturgeon. A very new thing. Senior figures tweeting their


response. They seem to have embraced social media. They have no choice in


the matter! The Metro, Theresa May to fired the starting gun by the end


of March, putting Britain on course to be out of the EU by 2019. It


sounds so simple! It will be fine, we will just go! The IFS says the


economy will shrink by 5%, but it will be all right! It is not that


much of a surprise, the timescale. I have spoken to various people in the


EU, they said, they have got to be out by May 2019, because that is


when there are European Parliament elections. It looks like Theresa May


has signed up to that timescale. It is a nice headline, good work! It is


a bit of fun. The independent goes into the party. Although they have


made a lot about the reception that she received at the conference,


better than Jeremy Corbyn received at their conference... I don't know,


his went down well also. But they said a lot of the problems are still


there. A lot of the problems are still here. This is what they say.


Who is not happy within the party? 80 pro-EU Tories, apparently,


including a senior PR. She has a slim majority, she could not afford


to hack off large chunks of her party, so that will be interesting.


It is fascinating, we went into the Labour conference thinking it would


be a disaster, and it was but quite as bad, and you go into the Tory


conference thinking that Theresa May is fairly confident, but we may, at


the other side thinking that the Tories are in is equal a mess as


Labour. I am glad they have picked up on this, because we have focused


on Labour being this United, but if you got the goods of the tips, -- if


you look at the Conservatives, her front bench, if they are going to


follow up on what they have said, they don't want to leave the single


market, that is what they have said. This is a really big split. I don't


know how she is going to bring them with her in this hard Brexit that


she has announced. Did you listen back to Boris Johnson? Don't be


laughing! Is a serious matter! Getting used to Boris Johnson as


Foreign Secretary! His hair looks tidy. We were discussing, why has


she done this? If she went for a soft Brexit, people like Boris


Johnson and Liam Fox would go off on one. If she talks up a hard Brexit,


people like Amber Road, Sergei Javad, they are not going to go off


the handle. It maybe gives you a hint to why she has done it this


way. They might cause trouble in other ways. It depends. People like


Philip Hammond have said clearly they think leaving the single market


would be a mistake. Philip Hammond is not a man who has ever flown off


the handle in his life! Maybe not publicly, but in terms of the


Government's position, and what we going to negotiate for, if the


majority of the party to think that a single market hard Brexit would be


a mistake, it will be in testing to see how this plays out, and the


opposition party will mobilise and unify. The Labour Party can agree


that they do want access to the single market. The Tories say hard


or soft Brexit, the EU would not have accepted anything but the hard


option, but they? The EU is pragmatic above all things, and they


will find answers that suit them, essentially. Hard Brexit might well


be what they were after and what they might get, but there is an


issue of Germany selling BMWs in Britain, they do everywhere, that is


not how you make these deals, but lots of EU businesses want access to


Britain. Theresa May said there will be give and take. The CBI said there


is not enough details yet. They were not really reassured by what they


had heard. That is what has come up. The reason may have said she will


not provide a running commentary, and that is true, you don't want to


give away the hand you are playing, but it raises questions for


Parliament. If they are not pretty to any of this, how is that going to


play out in dry constitutional terms? Let's turn to what could have


been interesting for the EU, events in Hungary. Turning back to the


Guardian. It looks like he is in trouble. It is a good day for the


EU, they have got a timescale out of Theresa May, and this referendum on


whether Hungary should accept 1294 refugees... It is not much. The


people who voted voted for it, but most people did not vote, so it does


not stand. In a country of 8 million eligible voters, less than 50%


turned up. 95% said they are not going to agree, of the 45%. It is


not as if they were talking about major numbers anyway, and it is not


as though... They have not even accepted that many, they have


approved a tiny percentage of applications. A lot of them not


wanting to stay in Hungary. A lot of them say, you are not that great


anyway, you are not welcoming, so we will move on. It has been a transit


place. It is a sign of The Times, even on those terms... He is trying


to stand up to the EU, is part of the point of it. It did not work.


Could he risk doing that? He relies on the EU for so much, it is a big


risk. Most people decided not to take the risk. He can maybe do that,


but if you are a normal person in Hungary, you don't want to take the


risk, because Hungary benefits from the EU. Finally, going back to the


Financial Times. On demand TV switches off, National Grid Spike to


put kettle on after show. We often hear about these spikes. They


describe it as a British phenomenon, whereby there would be a surge on


the National Grid because people would be rushing off to turn on the


kettle either in advertising breaks or because they are watching the BBC


and it is not in the ad break but it is at the end of a programme, but


now people are not watching programmes lied so much anymore,


there is OnDemand, iPlayer, so that is not happening anymore. I think it


is a fantastic story. It drops in nuggets like grid managers used to


get the radio Times survey could see if any blockbusters were coming. It


makes sense. My kids don't watch TV, they watch YouTube and iPlayer. You


think, of course. It makes you wonder about how they connect


viewing figures. Because everybody is going back to watch something at


a later time or a later date. The BBC is collecting the figures from


the kettle statistics from the National Grid, not the other way


round! The best bit is the last paragraph. They were expecting a


surge at the end of The Great British Bake Off, but it did not


come, because the next programme had ten baby pandas on the screen, so


people carried on watching. Baby pandas have featured a lot! We will


leave it there for now. We have another one at 1130 PM.


Stay with us here on BBC News. We will have more on the Prime


Minister's timetable for leaving the EU at 11pm, as set out at the


Conservative Party conference in Birmingham earlier today.


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