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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be
With me are Ben Riley-Smith, Assistant Political Editor
at The Daily Telegraph and Lindsay Razaq.
Westminster Correspondent at the Scottish newspaper,
Let's look at some of the front pages.
The Telegraph says tonight's Brexit vote in the Commons has handed
Theresa May a 'blank cheque' for leaving the EU.
The Prime Minister's victory also dominates the front of the i -
it says the government will now set out a strategic Brexit plan.
And the most jubilant headline on the story comes from the Express.
The Financial Times reports on the deal to save the Tata
Steelworks in Port Talbot, which will keep the blast
An image of the out-going HMS Illustrious dominates
the front of the Times, which also has a story
on consultancy companies earning billions from overseas aid.
And the Metro leads on the fines handed down to two pharmaceutical
companies for over-charging the NHS for drugs.
We are going to start, where else, with Brexit. Lindsay, victory for
the promised, the Commons backs her, and MPs show support for Downing
Street on Article 50. There is no going back now, it is going to
happen. That is what the Brexiteers would
like to think. It has been a significant day, a significant vote
in the House of Commons today. It is the first time MPs have shown
support for Article 50. Clever politics from Theresa May. It came
from a Labour motion calling on the government to publish its plan for
Brexit. She was fearful of a rebellion from the backbenches, and
came in with an amendment of her own, which said, yes, OK, but in
exchange, we want you to commit to our timetable for Brexit, Article 50
being triggered. It gives her breathing space.
A bit of breathing space, Ben, the fact is we have a few months before
31st March, there could be a lot of pitfalls and barriers, and hurdles
up to that point. For instance, the Labour motion said they wanted a
plan. That plan has got to be detailed enough, hasn't it? To
satisfy those critics who feel the party, the Tory party is not putting
out enough details as to what it is going to do.
That is one of the big question is, we are in a big spin operation after
the vote to work out what it means, which side has won. Whatever happens
in the Supreme Court, whatever legislation, whatever decision is
taken, the others are saying, hang on, there needs to be a piece of
legislation, that is what we are arguing for in the Supreme Court.
The second is how detail should the plan be? Labour appear to want to
say, do you want to be in and out of the customs union, the single
market, be specific about what you want. You can imagine, Theresa May
will keep it broadbrush. Some conservatives? Ken Clarke voted
against. One conservative. He voted against the government
today. He is a well-known Europhile, which is not surprising. Others that
did back the Prime Minister, it might not prevent them from being
vocal, the Lib Dems are demanding a vote on the final referendum on the
final deal, so people know they voted to leave, but now they want to
know what the next stage will be. They want to have a vote on that.
The pressure isn't going to go away. I suppose it is a momentary pause
for her where she can reflect and think, OK, this is under my belt.
Fact is, critics, the Labour Party, Plaid Cymru, they might say that
there is not enough detail, they want a Bill. We will get to the
Supreme Court in a minute. We know it has to be done by 31st March, we
have agreed to that, but they could be big problems.
It becomes incredibly hard labour and the critics which is where
Theresa May has been clever. She has said, you backed 5-1 that we should
begin the talks, if they begin to amendments down saying, OK, we are
not going to talk again until you reveal the plan, she will ask why?
You are undermining the agreement that we made a couple of weeks ago.
It is hard for Labour to say, yes, we will force you to reveal the
plan, but agree that you have total authority to begin it.
Keir Starmer initiated the motion in the first place. Although Labour
will claim it as a victory, it has backfired a little bit, potentially.
The papers seem to think it has backfired. They are talking about as
we talk about the Daily Telegraph, MP s hand made blank check for
Brexit. Whatever happens in the Supreme Court, it doesn't matter.
In theory, it does, because the vote we had today in Parliament isn't
binding. It is utterly meaningless. In reality, it is not. But if the
Supreme Court says she has two consult parliament before triggering
Article 50, we have to have a Bill. I understand the government has
prepared a three line Bill on the back burner in case they are obliged
to do this. Even one of the justices is conceding that it would appear
odd now if the Supreme Court were to say, "This is what we think". That
is in contradiction to what the MPs have voted.
You can see the way the Tories are beginning to put it, the Brexiteers,
the Supreme Court ruling is now irrelevant. Iain Duncan Smith saying
the government have a blank cheque. They are saying, case closed, job
done, move on. The numbers are interesting. Like you said earlier,
5-1, backed exit. If you look at Labour, this year, who has been the
party with the biggest split over Europe, the Tories will thought one
Tory refused to vote with the government. Most of Labour voted
with them, 50 Labour MPs refusing to take a decision, and 23 Labour MPs
voting against the motion. They are the most spit party.
Why are we surprised at the size of the victory here? I was going to say
that no one in their right mind, there was Tim Farron and others
saying we should have a second referendum. The bottom line is, the
vast majority of people did not say, we should overturn the will of the
British people, and rerun the whole thing, they didn't.
And remember, the key thing is that MPs are accountable at the ballot
box. If you are at an MP in a constituency that is proper exit,
you cannot stand up in Parliament and say your constituents are wrong.
Anyone that wants to get elected again shouldn't be doing that.
What these headlines are suggesting is that there was nervous and is on
the part of Brexiteers that there could be some mechanism whereby the
vote was overturned -- nervousness. That was seriously real.
The greater fear was not that the vote would be overturned, that was
the ultimate fear. It is two fold, one that they could use the vote to
force Theresa May to be really specific about what she wants. Once
she is public with that, they can chip away at it. The second one is,
can you delay the process by withholding their support? Maybe she
will miss her March deadline. Those two things become less likely with
this boat. They are not out of the woods yet.
The mention of the devolved nations, we heard from the lawyer for the
Scottish Government, who is arguing that there should be a vote in
Holyrood as well. Is that going to fly?
We will have to wait and see. We are going to prejudge the most
eminent minds in the Supreme Court, it is worth a go on the part of the
SNP, no question about that. Let's go to Tata Steel. On the face of it,
Ben, a good news story. Thousands of jobs look as though they will be
saved. As with businesses up and down the land, the pension scheme
has been the real stumbling block here. That seems to have been taken
out of the equation now because the old scheme is the past.
It is such a turnaround from when the announcement seemed sudden when
the plant could be closed. The government was caught on the hop.
Sajid Javid came in for criticism because he was abroad when the
announcement was made. Critics said this looks fantastic on the face of
it, 1 billion over the next ten years, 8000 jobs secured until 2021.
The sticking point, I think, will be the pension scheme. Tata Steel are
saying let's close the ?15 billion pension scheme that was spiralling
away. Let's replace it with a new contributory scheme. It has not yet
gone to the trade union, so we are only halfway there, which is why
Greg Clark is cautious. Let's wait and see. On the face of it, very
good news. Indeed. What the steel industry is
saying is that Tata Steel have moved a long way here, secured some jobs,
now the government has got to step in. Got to deal with Chinese
dumping, deal with green energy, taxes, corporation tax, energy
costs, a whole host of things. The head of UK steel was telling me
tonight that he hasn't heard, as part of Theresa May's industrial
policy, an idea of where steel fits in, and that is what he wants to
hear. There has not been a huge amount of
detail with strategy, as with the Brexit plan. Certainly, the
government will be under pressure off the back of this because there
is momentum with this. Theresa May has stood outside Downing Street and
said she is on the side of ordinary, working people, as she called it,
the people that are just about managing. These are the very people
she is talking about when she says that. There will be pressure for her
to do more. All right, OK. Back to the
Telegraph, commuters on rail strike line lose job offers, what is this
about? Extraordinary story, the problems at
Southern Rail have been well but committed, terrible delays, people
spending hours getting to work and getting home. We are seeing some of
the terrible repercussions but that is having on people. Specifically,
job offers are being removed when employees here that the people they
were going to employ are travelling on Southern Rail. There is a woman
who is an IT Trainer quoted in the paper, telling me could not have the
role because users Southern Rail. This person has done nothing more,
they may be perfectly qualified, the problems of somebody else, other
than them, has stripped them of the chance of getting a is worrying.
It is horrific. If you are a boss, the point of having a worker is that
they will come and be able to do the job on time and when he you require
them to do so. If that cannot be guaranteed because the trains are
rubbish, what are you going to do? It does seem extraordinarily harsh
that people are being dismissed as candidates, they might be the best
candidate going, but may be dismissed because of this. If you
are the boss, you are counting the pennies, and you have to make sure
your employees are at work on time. In one sense, I guess, it could be
perceived as reasonable. When I first read it, I wondered if,
legally, employers can disconnect on this basis. I don't know if there is
an illegal reason. Any lawyers out there, if Lord
Pannick is watching, tell us what is going on with this story.
The Metro, we have a little picture in the corner, Donald Trump, Person
of the year on the cover of Time magazine. There he is on the front
of the Metro. He is Person of the year. That picture is taken from the
front page of Time. There it is will stop he is upset lips is who is that
fellow? Is it a contributor from the United States? He is upset that at
the bottom of Time magazine it says that Donald Trump is president of a
divided States of America. He is suggesting that he did not divide
America, he is bringing America back together.
I don't think he would argue that it is divided, that is essentially the
reason why he won. But he is taking issue with the reason, I guess,
behind it. He did say it was a great honour, but has taken issue with
that description of him, unsurprising really. It is like Time
magazine having their cake and eating it, giving it to the
controversial person and... the editor said it was a
straightforward decision, and a choice of the person that has had
the greatest influence on events for better or worse.
If you speak to Nigel for while -- he beat Nigel Farage to the title.
Donald Trump call the list a joke in 2014.
No one is surprised any more. Thank you so much for the stories and
headlines, many thanks for that. Stay with us on BBC News.
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