17/01/2017 The Papers


17/01/2017

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Welcome to our look ahead at the papers tomorrow. With me here Kate

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McCann of the telegraph and Jay Watts of the Independent. Quick look

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at the front pages. The FT have Theresa May's speech on our future

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departure from the EU, saying the Prime Minister managed to ease

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business fears of a so-called hard Brexit. I dominated by that speech.

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Newspaper highlights her assertion Britain will quit the single market.

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Metro says she played hard ball with the EU and warned it not to try to

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punish Britain in the exit negotiations. The Express has the

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same threat from the Prime Minister to abandon talks on a post Brexit

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deal with the EU if there's any attempt to impose punitive terms.

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The telegraph headlines her comment that no deal is better than a bad

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deal. So, Kate, the papers on the whole are pretty warm reception for

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Theresa May's speech. Yes, I don't think she could have hoped for

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better today or tomorrow. This is also going to be the highest point

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she's likely to reach in the two-year Brexit negotiation process,

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because we've not started negotiating yet. So Theresa May's

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setting out her hard ball as we've talked about. She's saying the EU

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needs to listen up, we're not going to take no for an answer, this is

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what we want. Underneath it all, there are softer tones saying we

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don't want to see the EU ruined. We don't want lots more Brexit or other

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countries to exit and we want you to be our friends. At the same time,

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this is not a game. We're not playing around here, we're going to

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drive a hard bargain and get a good deal for this country. All the

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headlines are supportive. The comment that's quoted on the front

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of the Telegraph, the plan represents a master class in common

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sense. She'll be delighted with that. Yeah, absolutely, she will.

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The front of the Telegraph that shows the challenge that newspapers

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are facing. There was so much news today, so many points, so much

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information on her negotiating stance. This is after woks and weeks

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that we've been gagging for any small detail of what she's going to

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do. Now she's thrown all this stuff out there. The news coverage has had

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to focus on it and hasn't so much focussed on the unanswered

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questions, there aren't many of them. If she's pleased with the

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telegraph, she's going to be thrilled with the Daily Mail. Steel

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of the new Iron Lady. I think this one will split opinion. It's very

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1980s throw back. That's probably the intention here. If you look at

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the tight face and the graphic. Theresa May basically dressed up

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there as you say, Margaret Thatcher. It's all about her, this is her

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moment. This is the toughest May is going to be able to be. Before we

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start negotiating, before she has to start compromising and before the

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country really starts to understand what Brexit means and like Joe says,

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there are lots of questions. One of the big unanswered questions is

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about the customs union. If you listen to what Theresa May said

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today, on the one hand she's saying we will have a phased exit from the

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EU. On the other she says there won't be a Troonational arrangement.

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She says we won't remain a member of the single market but will have

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access to the single market. We won't have a deal open to other

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countries on the customs, but we will pick and choose the bits we

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want. That's very difficult. We've skimmed the top line of the speech.

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In the days to come we have to see what actually that really means. We

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will, yeah. Metro, don't call me maybe. I don't know if that's a

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reference to the Economist front page that called her Theresa Maybe.

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This whole thing she couldn't make up her mind, what strategy she

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wanted. Do you think she's answered her critics with this speech? I

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think she may allow herself a sherry in Downing Street tonight. Is that

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her tipple? Yeah, it must be. She's probably there with Philip -

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Probably watching us! She's been accused of having no Brexit plan, of

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not knowing what she's doing. Turns out today that she did have a very

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clear idea of what she wanted. She talked about being disciplined,

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about how the Europeans have been disciplined and it showed today that

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she had a very clear message and she played the cards that she had very

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well. I think her party will be very pleased with it. This is one day. It

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was a good move in the chess game of politics. But the reality may kick

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in. So some commentators saying this may the last moment of control she

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has. What about the European reaction? In a sense, there was that

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threat in a way, if you don't give ace deal, a -- give us a decent deal

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there'll be no deal. Will they feel threatened? I think so. We'll see

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more of that in the days to come. Aside from the stark language she

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used, there were a number of references in the speech about the

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UK's security powers and how much we contribute to things like Europol.

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UK is the driving force behind that organisation, which protects the

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whole of the EU from terrorism. There were a number of references in

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her speech to if you don't give us a good deal, we might have to look

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again at the security powers. Number Ten sources trying to play that down

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tonight and say of course that's not a bargaining chip in. Reality, it's

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one of our most powerful cards. I would be surprise today she doesn't

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play it. The EU reaction will be muted at first. They want to see

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what's going to come of this. They want to understand what it means. If

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that issue is on the table, we'll see a fierce reaction to it. We're

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going to be discussing the papers in much greater detail in the next

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hour. For the moment, Kate, Joe, thank you very much indeed for being

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with us. We will be back at 11. 30pm with a more detailed look at the

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front pages. See you then.

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