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Welcome to our look ahead at the papers tomorrow. With me here Kate
McCann of the telegraph and Jay Watts of the Independent. Quick look
at the front pages. The FT have Theresa May's speech on our future
departure from the EU, saying the Prime Minister managed to ease
business fears of a so-called hard Brexit. I dominated by that speech.
Newspaper highlights her assertion Britain will quit the single market.
Metro says she played hard ball with the EU and warned it not to try to
punish Britain in the exit negotiations. The Express has the
same threat from the Prime Minister to abandon talks on a post Brexit
deal with the EU if there's any attempt to impose punitive terms.
The telegraph headlines her comment that no deal is better than a bad
deal. So, Kate, the papers on the whole are pretty warm reception for
Theresa May's speech. Yes, I don't think she could have hoped for
better today or tomorrow. This is also going to be the highest point
she's likely to reach in the two-year Brexit negotiation process,
because we've not started negotiating yet. So Theresa May's
setting out her hard ball as we've talked about. She's saying the EU
needs to listen up, we're not going to take no for an answer, this is
what we want. Underneath it all, there are softer tones saying we
don't want to see the EU ruined. We don't want lots more Brexit or other
countries to exit and we want you to be our friends. At the same time,
this is not a game. We're not playing around here, we're going to
drive a hard bargain and get a good deal for this country. All the
headlines are supportive. The comment that's quoted on the front
of the Telegraph, the plan represents a master class in common
sense. She'll be delighted with that. Yeah, absolutely, she will.
The front of the Telegraph that shows the challenge that newspapers
are facing. There was so much news today, so many points, so much
information on her negotiating stance. This is after woks and weeks
that we've been gagging for any small detail of what she's going to
do. Now she's thrown all this stuff out there. The news coverage has had
to focus on it and hasn't so much focussed on the unanswered
questions, there aren't many of them. If she's pleased with the
telegraph, she's going to be thrilled with the Daily Mail. Steel
of the new Iron Lady. I think this one will split opinion. It's very
1980s throw back. That's probably the intention here. If you look at
the tight face and the graphic. Theresa May basically dressed up
there as you say, Margaret Thatcher. It's all about her, this is her
moment. This is the toughest May is going to be able to be. Before we
start negotiating, before she has to start compromising and before the
country really starts to understand what Brexit means and like Joe says,
there are lots of questions. One of the big unanswered questions is
about the customs union. If you listen to what Theresa May said
today, on the one hand she's saying we will have a phased exit from the
EU. On the other she says there won't be a Troonational arrangement.
She says we won't remain a member of the single market but will have
access to the single market. We won't have a deal open to other
countries on the customs, but we will pick and choose the bits we
want. That's very difficult. We've skimmed the top line of the speech.
In the days to come we have to see what actually that really means. We
will, yeah. Metro, don't call me maybe. I don't know if that's a
reference to the Economist front page that called her Theresa Maybe.
This whole thing she couldn't make up her mind, what strategy she
wanted. Do you think she's answered her critics with this speech? I
think she may allow herself a sherry in Downing Street tonight. Is that
her tipple? Yeah, it must be. She's probably there with Philip -
Probably watching us! She's been accused of having no Brexit plan, of
not knowing what she's doing. Turns out today that she did have a very
clear idea of what she wanted. She talked about being disciplined,
about how the Europeans have been disciplined and it showed today that
she had a very clear message and she played the cards that she had very
well. I think her party will be very pleased with it. This is one day. It
was a good move in the chess game of politics. But the reality may kick
in. So some commentators saying this may the last moment of control she
has. What about the European reaction? In a sense, there was that
threat in a way, if you don't give ace deal, a -- give us a decent deal
there'll be no deal. Will they feel threatened? I think so. We'll see
more of that in the days to come. Aside from the stark language she
used, there were a number of references in the speech about the
UK's security powers and how much we contribute to things like Europol.
UK is the driving force behind that organisation, which protects the
whole of the EU from terrorism. There were a number of references in
her speech to if you don't give us a good deal, we might have to look
again at the security powers. Number Ten sources trying to play that down
tonight and say of course that's not a bargaining chip in. Reality, it's
one of our most powerful cards. I would be surprise today she doesn't
play it. The EU reaction will be muted at first. They want to see
what's going to come of this. They want to understand what it means. If
that issue is on the table, we'll see a fierce reaction to it. We're
going to be discussing the papers in much greater detail in the next
hour. For the moment, Kate, Joe, thank you very much indeed for being
with us. We will be back at 11. 30pm with a more detailed look at the
front pages. See you then.