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


With me are France 24's UK Correspondent Benedicte Paviot


We will get right down to it, there is only one game in town. Brexit.


And much to the delight of the Daily Express, Britannia rising to defend


the United Kingdom. We will get a clean break from the EU according to


the Daily Express. Mae reveals a vision for a global Britain. This is


how long-awaited speech. That is right, according to the Daily


Express their will be this clean break and Britain will reject any


watered-down departure deal. It will not be half in half out, a bit like


you cannot be half pregnant. It will be completely out of the European


Union. Apparently the Prime Minister will confirm her top objective,


Britain's future outside the EU. Many of the papers mostly agree


Britain will be a free trading nation, global, outward looking.


Funny, I thought the UK was pretty outward looking not just with the


EU. We were noticing the papers do not quite agree. They think she is


going to say the UK is pulling out of the single market and of the


European Court of Justice, but they are not quite sure. The word that


kept on coming up is nuanced. It is a French word. I don't think you


will be allowed to use any more, maybe it will be illegal. Maybe you


won't be able to stop it. Yes she will. So, basically, the single


market is finished? Well, there has been, Clive, apparently all this


briefing has been going on today. But whether all the pundits I have


that much better informed, or are going to be that much better


informed about where Theresa May really stands, remains to be seen.


We are told repeatedly by the pro-Brexit media that Theresa May is


now in a strong position. My big worry about the next few months, or


dare I say it years, is are we actually going to get proper


coverage of both sides of the negotiation? The British press, the


predominantly London based press, is overwhelmingly and understandably


perhaps at this stage interested in what the Brits are going to do. But


there are 26 other countries who will be part of this negotiation.


Let's look at the Daily Mail's FrontPage. Theresa May unveils a


bold 12 point plan for Brexit. We will break free from EU judges.


David is indicating not 100% clear that we are definitely going to be


leaving the single market, although the papers seem to suggest it. The


customs union. The customs union is still 50-50, but she has made it


clear there will be no negotiation on the free movement of people,


which means the single market is finished because Angela Merkel and


Francois Hollande will not negotiate on that either. No, and as the Daily


Mail says, its headline is we will regain control of our borders. That


was one of the very big mantras of the Brexit campaign, and break free


from EU judges. Let's open a ten second parenthesis. Wait this is


being viewed on the continent, the former Prime Minister of France,


Manuel Valls, thank you, Clive, is the President elect... We could do a


bilingual show... The president elect has given a great


psychological boost and that is very good and nice for the government,


but the point is it is being viewed on the continent, not just in


Germany, but also in France. France is already in the launching of its


presidential campaign and general election and it is very much looking


like it as if it is a war. Those are the words Manuel Valls used. It is


being used and viewed as a war against the rest of the EU. Although


the French president is not standing, which is a break with


tradition, he is saying we are perfectly capable of organising our


own relationships within the EU. This will not make the British


Government's negotiating position any easier. Donald Trump thought he


was doing us a favour. Hang on a minute, I seem to remember Boris


Johnson and Michael Gove being very critical of the intervention of the


US president called Barack Obama, in the back of the queue and all that,


and now an American president, elected admittedly, is getting


involved and it is good news. That is the world in which we live in.


Indeed, very volatile, but could it have, as seemed to be the case with


President Obama's intervention, could Donald Trump's intervention


have an effect on the other 27 states? Would it make them even more


determined? I saw the word Downing Street is perhaps in a strong


position at this moment, but their big worry is at a very early stage


these negotiations get rather acrimonious. Anybody who is seen to


be staring that up, well, we will see what the price to pay is. That


is why I am saying it will be very interesting the coverage of this


great Brexit negotiation. Are we going to hear both sides? From both


sides in the British media? Just watch the BBC and you will be fine.


The FT has a very interesting FrontPage. Hang on, we have not got


to that. I am just going to pick up on the point you made, forgive me,


and it is about how acrimonious it could become. I have not read this


in the other papers. The Prime Minister's team is very concerned


that Brexit talks scheduled to begin later this year could quickly


descend into real acrimonious rows of the UK's Brexit costs and


liabilities according to the FT. We still owe the EU 50 billion? 400


billion. 40 and 60 billion euros. That is the front page of the FT


which also makes the point, David, about the governor of the Bank of


England, Mark Carney's feelings that inflation could get out of hand and


he will have to raise interest rates. This is the whole point. The


economy has gone, it has gone pretty well since Brexit, or at least it


has not fallen off a cliff. It is resilient. That is the word. The


question is what about the medium-term, let alone the long


term? There are elements of the economy, for example levels of debt,


not just personal debt, but government debt, and it is not long


ago I seem to remember being told about the deficit and that debt was


a really big problem. I understand that it is now the figures that I


have seen seem to be getting worse and it is being parked as an issue.


Then you come to the exchange rate and at what point, if we have to put


up, we are told, with the exchange rate taking a bit of a battering


this week with perhaps after tomorrow, will it happen? It has


already happened to some extent, but what will be the price to pay for


that? What point does somebody in government start worrying? You were


making the point earlier that the economy is doing fine after the


vote, but that is because consumers are still spending and David has


made the point about potentially a bubble and so on and so forth.


Consumers are for the first time perhaps going to feel the effect of


leaving the European Union, which is a rise in inflation. That could


affect consumers to the point that they do not spend and the economy


goes in the wrong direction. That is what Mr Carney thinks. Yes, that is


interesting because it is different to what they were saying only six


months ago. I think the government has walked us up a very big mountain


today and this speech that we are all looking at and saying, let's


remember that Theresa May was a candidate to succeed and what


happened when we got Brexit is we did not get any kind of period, the


others drop out and Theresa May was Prime Minister. We saw very little


of her campaigning and she suddenly had to come in and bring in this


team and she did it really quickly with that famous speech at Downing


Street. But the fact is, tomorrow there needs to be some real meat on


the bone. On the other hand people say why should she show her assets


and strategy? Her hand. We will all be reporting on it. Very much so.


Continuing with the FT, David, Northern Ireland. James Brokenshire,


the Northern Ireland Secretary has called an election and the


power-sharing executive has crumbled. A lot of problems there


are clearly despite ten years of devolution. Those of us who have


lived with the Irish problem for all of our lives, and I had a mother


born in County Galway, my late mother, but I worked for a time in


Belfast in the 70s, and this extraordinary power-sharing


agreement when it was worked out some ten years ago, some of us


always believed it was fragile and yet fantastic, a fantastic


achievement which owed a lot to both conservative and Labour prime


ministers. But now almost with the departure of Ian Paisley, the death


of the reverend Ian Paisley, and now we see Mr McGuinness going as well,


you start to see how fragile it was. Is that model, where you bring


together two extremes, actually maybe it has served its purpose for


a decade. My worry is that this election will not necessarily change


very much. What happened if it is flipped and Sinn Fein gets the top


job? A very good point. There is a suggestion from one analyst tonight


telling me that it is highly unlikely that the DUP woodshed that


way around. There is no way they would allow themselves to be in that


position. We have to move on. The Telegraph, women treated like cattle


in maternity units. This is an absolutely terribly sad and


appalling and scary story. Once you are pregnant, that is not something


you put off. You deliver that baby one way or another. There are some


very serious things. Half women in childbirth are being completely let


down to a point that it is actually very dangerous. 50% of new mothers


have experienced what are called red flag events during labour where you


basically do not have access to painkillers, where you do not have a


midwife with you, and there is a shortage of 3500 midwives. We have


got the picture of this stunningly beautiful bride and mother who was


only 30 years old, and who had an emergency Caesarean. It does not


happen every day, but that is a tragedy for her family and it looks


like there are other really very serious, potential problems. It is


very scary for any woman who is pregnant right now. Very scary and I


fear another negative story for the NHS at a time like this. All right,


finally, the cartoon on the front page of the Telegraph says it all as


we all await Britannia's speech tomorrow. Let's see if we can bring


it up. There it is. I wish Vladimir Putin would hack into the UK's


Brexit plans and tell us what is going on. Hopefully Vladimir and the


rest of the FSB will not have to do that. Thank you very much for


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