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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


Tomorrow's front pages: Theresa May's speech dominates


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


that Britain will break away from the EU single market.


The i says the speech was a hard Brexit plan,


representing an end to the UK's single market membership.


The Metro also leads on Brexit, and Mrs May's promise to push


for continuing free trade with the bloc.


The Telegraph focuses on Mrs May's pledge to look beyond Europe


to China and India, as well as a policy announcement


tomorrow to invest ?5 billion to build new homes.


And the Guardian notes the pointed response to Mrs May


from the European Council, which said it would prepare


to safeguard the EU's interests in the negotiations next year.


The Daily Mail says Mrs May's speech was a message to remainers that


The Mirror says Sam Allardyce could move to a new job in America.


And the Times says EU leaders have rejected the Prime Minister's appeal


for immediate talks about Britain's new deal, heightening fears


OK, so let's begin. Welcome to you both. And that 10:30pm we focused a


lot on Brexit and Theresa May's speech and we will turn to the Sun,


and it is their march to freedom, as they call it. Obviously different


papers are going to receive Theresa May's talk about Brexit differently,


and the Sun is seeing it as Theresa May setting March 21 2019 as the


date of our independence from the EU, perhaps becoming a national


holiday if the Sun has anything to do with it. For a paper that wanted


to leave they seem quite happy with the terms of a Brexit which she


clearly set out today, which is for a hard Brexit. It seems that she is


saying that Britain should exit the single market, and that the freedom


that we would gain from that would outweigh the financial difficulties


of doing so. Welcoming this hard Brexit, there are different opinions


on hard and soft Brexit but they are very keen. I like it because there


is a skill in summing up the story in four paragraphs, which is what


they have done. One of the quotes says Mrs May says let's show the


country we mean business, which alongside Brexit means Brexit, what


does that actually mean? Did we not mean business before? She has done a


fine line in soundbites so far. This is the first time we have heard her


speak on this, and she warned she wasn't going to be pushed into


making further comment until she was ready, until she got closer to the


day and things firmed up as well. But the EU also responded. What do


you think they were saying when they will safeguard their interests is?


That is the most telling part of the four paragraphs, the one in which


the EU Council chief, Donald Tusk, says they will safeguard their


interests. Inevitably they will do what is best for them. That is what


happens in negotiating situation. There is no reason to be nice to us,


and no reason to expect that they will. They are taking the shine off


that idea that the UK will have some sort of special status or magic


capacity to get a deal that it wants. For some time now the EU has


been saying, well, no, you won't. You can't, we are not going to do


that. It seems like today they are really just reiterating. It is not


everyone in the Conservative Party who are saying, it is the people who


wanted to stay in saying maybe we need to pedal back of it. No, a lot


of people who... I think even for the people who want to leave, there


are different ways of leaving. What Mrs May has done today is outline a


version of leave that is going to upset a lot of people, and not just


the people who wanted to remain. It has upset a lot of business


sections, it is going to upset people within her own government and


what worries me about this style of Brexit is that, actually, a


Conservative MP wrote today in the Guardian that it was Brexit


fundamentalism. He talked about it being a romanticised vision of


Britain, a country of imperialist chauvinism. What worries me about


this is that it is almost as though the leavers have become a little bit


drunk on free-market fundamentalism which they always wanted. Because


actually what they could do is make business even more deregulated that


is at the moment, and that is kind of what we always wanted. That is


what I am worried about with this kind of hard Brexit, that that is


the vision that they want, a much more deregulated version which is


going to be worse for small businesses, for... And others have


been speaking on this as well. It is a fundamental problem with


referendums, there was nothing about immigration or staying in the single


market or all these major issues. As you say it is an opportunity for


people to start projecting what they think people are voting for on to


whatever will happen next spring in the negotiations. The Times's


headline is the rejection by EU leaders of the hard Brexit talks.


Who exactly are they referring to hear? The Sun has given the positive


take, this is a more negative approach. They claimed that Angela


Merkel and other EU leaders have offered instant opposition to this


hard Brexit idea. Again, it comes back to what Donald Tusk said, which


is we will look after our interests, and Angela Merkel is the bigger


player there. One of the fascinating things in this is that Mrs May says


she wants to give British companies the maximum freedom to trade and


operate in the single market. That would involve staying in the EU,


that would be the maximum freedom, isn't it? There are not really any


clear answers, it is fair to say. The Telegraph also leading with


Europe, we must look beyond Europe and looking to China and India. At


that is the thing. You know, they are going to have to find some way


to reassure British businesses, how far trade is in the European single


market -- half our trade is in the European single market and for


companies based here they will be worried about how that will be


replaced and how it can be replaced quickly enough for them to actually


make up the loss that they would presumably in curb by being taken


out of the single market. And so far we haven't seen any signs from any


other country that we would be given any kind of preferential treatment,


or that there would be any sort of fast track negotiation with them.


Well, no, hang on. We have already agreed to start scoping discussions


with Australia and New Zealand, the mighty power houses that and New


Zealand. That is 2% our trade. And the scoping out is really... That is


a done deal, isn't it? Makes it so much better. The key headline is we


must look beyond Europe, she is talking about trade and also talking


to the party, saying we must shut up about Europe. That is why she had to


make the speech at the first-ever conference, telling the party to


stop speaking about Europe but that is never going to happen because


stories like nothing more than assessing about Europe. Another


announced that we heard was the ?5 billion, it looks like we are going


to get more building, new houses, a possible solution to the housing


crisis. I don't think it is a solution to the housing crisis.


25,000 homes by 2020. I am no expert in building houses but that is 8000


houses a year. I don't know how long it takes to build a house. I like to


-- the line that there will be 200,000 houses in the longer term.


It is a daft promise. What's interesting about this is it seems


very clearly to be following the Labour Party lead on this because


Jeremy Corbyn's main platform was housing. They have pledged to build


1 million homes in five years and make half of them council houses. I


think when it comes to evidence talk about building houses, the first


thing you think is are they going to be affordable? The ones we are


seeing built at the moment clearly are not, for one, and your


definition of affordable is completely out of range for most of


the population. Getting on the housing ladder is impossible,


whether it is a new house or current stock. Which is why the Labour Party


are saying half of our homes will be social housing, which makes more


sense in terms of solving the crisis pulls up the communities Secretary,


Sajid Javvid, says it is a community concern. He clearly wants to tackle


this. -- Sajid Javid. And Donald Trump is looming yet again, the gift


that keeps giving. He is apparently a genius, according to his


republican backers. Having not paid any tax for a long time, they are


not denying this leads to the New York Times that he hasn't paid any


tax but he is a genius for avoiding tax. Rudy Giuliani has gone on TV to


say he is a genius for not paying his taxes. It is incredible how this


plays out. You would think people would be incredibly annoyed with


millionaires evading tax or avoiding tax, sorry, not evading. But to be


able to spin it as a great thing, you know, our potential future


president... He doesn't pay tax, what a genius! They have decided


that they will vote for him and nothing is going to change their


opinion, supporters of Trump. But we have until November so let's see


what transpires between now and then.


Thank you, James Millar and Rachel Shabi.


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