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Hello and welcome to our local head to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With me are former Labour adviser

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and comedian Ayesha Hazarika and Neil Midgley,

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media commentator at the Telegraph. Metro leads with

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Boris Johnson's comments France's president was behaving

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like a WWII camp guard over Brexit. The same story is on

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the Express front page. The newspaper also

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quotes David Davis, the Brexit Secretary said

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he would stand up to the EU if it threatened Britain with

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retaliation over leaving. Britain's informal trade

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negotiations is a Telegraph lead. According to the paper's sources,

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ministers and officials are in talks with 12 countries,

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including China, India, Australia and South Korea,

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as well as Middle Eastern nations The Guardian leads on President

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Obama's explanation of why he commuted the prison sentence of

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former US soldier Chelsea Manning. We are going to get into that use

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conference in a moment, but first the Metro, Ayesha, EU fury at Boris

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Nazi dig, what on earth is this about?! Yesterday we were having

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Theresa May saying that we were going to take a very constructive

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approach with our Brexit negotiations. Right... That seems to

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have come to a bit of an abrupt halt today! Because Boris Johnson likened

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Hollande, President Hollande of France, to being like a World War II

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guard, and ministering punishment beatings to anyone chooses to

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escape. Has not gone down well particularly well with our friends

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in Europe, the lead negotiator has called his comments abhorrent, but

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Theresa May's people are saying it is all fine. We know they do not

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think it is all fine. I think they probably do think it is fine. I

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think they have taken a calculation that this will probably work for the

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people that they needed to work for, the people that they needed the

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speech to talk to yesterday. Only at the weekend we were still calling

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our esteemed president Theresa Maybe. She has shown in her speech

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that there is a Thatcherite backbone that we never knew she had. As she

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talks us out of the single market. And then Boris goes off and, you

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know, in votes World War II, it is a bit like Dad's Army, Union Jack

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arrows extending over the continent. So Theresa May has managed to get

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the 52% on board, that is what the speech did, and that is what these

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headlines suggest, that she has done well as far as the majority of the

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right-leaning press is concerned. But what about the 48%? I think she

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is making a very strong political calculation. She is not really that

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bothered about the 48%, she is very much sending a kind of

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patriotically, nostalgic, British message to those people. And she's

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trying to attract voters from different parties, sending a message

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to people in Labour heartlands that voted leave, that they can stick

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with their because she will deliver on immigration about everything

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else. And she tried to send a message to Ukip supporters as well,

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saying, don't go to Ukip, stick with the Conservatives, we will deliver

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on immigration. The only thing she cares about now is immigration, it

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is a political calculation. Neil, the Daily Express, we won't be

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bullied by EU, is what Ayesha is saying fair about the 48%? I

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disagree about the 48, there were some vox pops on the news last

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night, people from the 48, they were quite encouraged, because it is

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strong, it is patriotic, and people can see that there is a worst-case

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scenario where we just walk away with no deal, we go back to WTO

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rules, like the US and everybody else. They are not brilliant. The

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tariffs, as they keep telling us, will be cancelled out by the fall in

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the value of sterling for our exporters. There are all sorts of

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things like financial passporting in the City of London, but people are

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now seeing that Theresa May has now raised that, this is the prospect,

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we might have to walk away if our partners would do a deal. And the

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markets have not fallen, employment is OK, economic growth went up in

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the second half of last year. People are not feeling the Brexit disaster.

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My feeling is we have all got to calm down the rhetoric, that

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Remainers should not make everything a catastrophe, there has got to be a

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middle way. And also, I am not a Remoaner! This threat of walking

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away is what the 48 worried about, because Theresa May said, at the

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beginning of a speech, I am going to protect workers' rights, but, at the

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end, if we don't get a deal, we will walk away. You could be talking

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about a Britain that as the come a bit of a tax saving and cuts

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business regulation, red tape. -- that has become. She has said that

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she will protect them, are you calling her a liar already? I think

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she is facing in two different directions. The 48 were told before

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the vote that it was all going to come crashing down immediately after

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June the 23rd. George Osborne... People believe there are going to

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get that money for the NHS from the bus! I had enough of a headache

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during the campaign, not tonight, please! Let's go to the Telegraph,

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Britain on a trade crusade, the international Trade Secretary, Liam

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Fox, is already scoping out the lie of the land, you would expect that,

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wouldn't you? He's doing what is called trade audits, starting to

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prepare the ground for doing deals, in talks with about 12 countries,

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and EU leaders have tried to say, you can't start doing any trade

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deals now, but they are saying... It is a bit of a grey area, surely we

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can be talking to anyone we like. To me, that makes sense, I don't think

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that is unusual, and lots of sectors are doing trade emissions all the

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time outside the EU, so I don't think there is anything surprising

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in that. But later in the article, David Davis, the Brexit Secretary,

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says that the government is really keen to bring back that target of

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net migration to be low 100,000. It is quite a tortured history, these

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migration targets, and I think this is something that has coloured

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Theresa May's view of it, particularly having been Home

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Secretary, and it was said that she did not hit those targets. So make

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no mistake, immigration is absolutely central to this, they are

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making a calculation which says this is an argument about the politics of

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immigration, rightly or wrongly. Well, I think that there was, again,

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a viewpoint about by the Remain campaign, I am eight Remainer, by

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the way... Same as me! Part of the 48% and happy! I am happier... I am

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Scottish, I am never happy! There was this view that there will be

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this price that we would have to pay for entry, for access to the single

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market, once we leave, the Europeans would exact a price. And there was

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be a price the other way around. And be a price the other way around. And

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now, for access to our market, first of all, the fifth largest economy in

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the world, and now the government is getting, after months of paralysed

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indecision, is showing a bit of spirit and a bit of humour, with

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Boris's comments, and with Liam Fox, who was not really supposed to be

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doing trade deals when we are in the customs union, but what are they

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going to do, fire us? I was going to say, what are they going to do?! Two

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of these 12 countries, by the way, where he is doing early talks, China

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and India. If you get them, you are doing all right. And that is why

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Boris is there now, making comments about the Nazis! The Guardian, OK,

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Neil, justice has been served, Obama defends Manning leniency. Chelsea

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Manning is the former soldier who leaked classified documents to

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WikiLeaks and a Julian Assange's name at the time, sentenced to 35

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years in prison, and this is a thing that American presidents do as they

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leave office, they grant leniency to, I think it is 209 people that

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Obama has granted leniency to. So Chelsea Manning's sentence has

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ended, she will be freed, and people are up in arms, saying she got a 35

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year sentence because she did the biggest breach of data

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confidentiality, classified data confidentiality in US history. And

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there is a really interesting article in the New Yorker saying,

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when you look at it more carefully, she has already served a lot longer

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than anybody else has served previously. And we might need

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leakers in the Trump administration! That is a very good point! Ayesha,

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Julian Assange has said he would give him is of up to the United

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States if Chelsea Manning was released. Let's see if the honours

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his word. I did see somebody outside the embassy, no sign of life in

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terms of him, but the other interesting thing about this final

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press conferences, look, we are already mourning Obama not being

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there, his exit approval ratings are very high. 60% plus. We have become

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accustomed to his grace, his humour, but he said his daughters are not

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planning, very disappointed about the result, they are not planning to

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follow him into politics, but he doesn't say anything about his wife.

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I still wonder why you would want to do the job after you have seen your

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husband do it. What, be the most powerful person in the world? There

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is a bit of a downside to that as well! The Times, British bubbly, we

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have finally got... We can't call it champagne, that is already taken,

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Ayesha, we have got a name, it looks like. We have, it is called British

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phase, we have to have our names on everything. -- tempt the. I thought

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we could have called it something like brolly! I am not sure about

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British fizz. They have try to come up with also lots of names, one was

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named after a scientist in the 19th century. British fizz does what it

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says on the tin - or bottle, doesn't it? Apparently it sounds good to

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eight New York Wine merchant who came up with it. It sounds like the

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sort of thing you get in a can! Oh dear, OK, all right! Thanks very

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much indeed. Enjoy some British fizz tonight! That is the papers, you can

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see the front pages of all of them online.

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If you have missed the programme any evening, you can catch and later on

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iPlayer. Thanks to Neil and Ayesha.

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