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You can have a drink, it's OK. Don't spill it. Maybe put it down.


We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers


First, the headlines at 11:30pm: Theresa May has refused


to say whether she knew about a failed


Trident missile test when MPs were voting to renew


I have absolute faith in our Trident missiles.


When I made that speech in the House of Commons,


what we were talking about was whether or not we should


Trade, Nato and Brexit are likely to be high on the agenda


when the Prime Minister meets Donald Trump this Friday.


President Trump and his White House team have launched a furious attack


on the media, accusing them of lying about the size of the crowds


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


With me are the broadcaster, Natalie Haynes, and Rob Merrick,


deputy political editor at the Independent.


Starting with, which is it? The FT. Thank you.


The Financial Times leads with more reaction to the Trump


administration's hard line against what it is calling


The i says the prime minister's post-Brexit plan is to reboot


The Daily Express has claims from a leading Brexit campaigner


that up to a million EU migrants may head to the UK over


The Metro says Theresa May is ready to challenge President Trump over


sexist remarks when she meets him at the White House on Friday.


The Telegraph says a free trade deal with the United States is likely


to open the door to US jobs for British workers.


The Times reports that rural enterprises will be the biggest


losers in upcoming business rate rises in England.


And the Daily Mail claims terrorists and criminals are able to travel


to Britain without crossing border control because of a loophole


Not Trump, but Trident, I don't know if it makes you any happier, he


ridges on the Daily Mirror, tried and failure cover-up, May's missile


crisis - she was asked quite a few times by Andrew Marr whether she


knew about the failed test. This was the standout story from this


morning, of course, in the Sunday Times, the argument about Trident


revolving around the enormous cost, whether it increases or decreases


the nuclear Armageddon - we never argue about whether they work or


not, but apparently they are carried out every four years, the last one


was in June and, according to the paper, the missile went in the wrong


direction, headed for America, and of course no one was told about it.


Then parliament voted to renew Trident in a contentious vote in


ignorance of the fact that allegedly Trident didn't work in the test one


month earlier, and the Prime Minister was accused of keeping the


information from parliament. Anyone who saw Andrew Marr this morning,


she looked very uncomfortable and declined to answer the question, can


only assume she knew and get the information from parliament. Or she


didn't know and she should have known. So many ways to interpret it.


It wasn't armed, it didn't hit anybody. You have set the bar quite


low. Yes, the good news is there was no warhead when it went wrong and it


only veered off towards Florida. And who ever goes to a theme park?


Hardly anyone. Certainly never any children. According to the Guardian,


it was supposed to go in the direction of West Africa, which


apparently we don't care about at all. No one comes out of this


covered in glory, do they, least of all Theresa May, because failing to


answer a question four times in a row, a direct individual doesn't


know the question, it makes you look shifty, you can't go, look over


there, you have to have a defence strategy. The Guardian has a similar


title, May accused of covering up Trident failure, MPs calling for


full disclosure before the critical vote. It doesn't take place because


these tests are expensive, are they not? ?17 million per test. They have


to carry them out to make sure hopefully everything is all right.


Apparently, ordinarily, not many people know about it. There are sort


of confidential matters, we are talking about a nuclear weapons.


According to the Sunday Times, the last test carried out in 2012 was


given great prominence I MoD, producing video of the test, wanting


to advertise to the world that it needs to be taken seriously, so when


it work they had the works with publicity, and when it didn't, it


was hushed up. That sounds like North Korea. I am not sure it would


have changed votes in the House of Commons, most conservative MPs are


very keen on Trident and wouldn't have been persuaded by the fact that


one had malfunctioned. It shows her inexperience this morning. You can


make the case she doesn't need to go on national TV and talk in detail


about national security, at least she could have used it as a reason


for not giving a straight answer, but she didn't do that, she didn't


say that, instead she tried to pretend the question wasn't for


times, it almost implying that the vote that took place at month later


was irrelevant to the vote. I think it did make it look a little less


nonse. Will it reopened the discussion at about the Trident


renewal, because there is bound to be a push for that? You would hope


so, but I think you are probably right that there is such a majority


of MPs who are keen to stick with Trident, that even though the Leader


of the Opposition of course is famously antinuclear in all its


forms and has been for its whole career, I think it will make no


difference whatsoever, I think the numbers will be that even if the


numbers were out before the vote, I suspect. The best system of its kind


today. It is like there is no such thing as a full system. The other


thing about Trident is a currently the software is based on Windows XP.


LAUGHTER Hopefully they can sort that out. They have the abacus...


That is fine. Oh, dear, move on. Let's talk about the Prime Minister,


but this time her visit to see Donald Trump on Friday. The Times


says, make them fight for free trade as Trump's first visitor, though she


might not have much fight on our hands if she is the preferred


trading partner. Well, the first foreign leader to visit it him, so


presumably she feels at the front of the queue. When Obama said, we will


be at the back of the queue if we vote to leave, and we will be very


angry, and Boris Johnson impugned him over it, and now Donald Trump is


literally putting her at the very front of the queue, so maybe she


won't have to fight quite so hard. I think the trouble is that we are


quite a small country relative to the US and I think we export more


than we import, although I might be wrong. You are wrong. And my? You


are. I am glad to help. You couldn't let it slide, could you? I could


have said it more politely. In that case, they would like us better than


we like them, I don't think so. We are little and they are quite big.


At the moment of course, the EU is the much bigger trading partner for


us than the United States. Not likely to be replaced, is it, on


that scale? Definitely not. I think what must worry lots of people in


Britain is this is presented as a great coup the Prime Minister to be


seen by Donald Trump, and of course it would be true if it was a normal


president, but this is not a normal president, Donald Trump is a


monster. Oh, dear, I don't think I can let that pass. I think it makes


him sound inhuman. Hmm, OK. Poor, lovely monsters. Everything that we


have been told about the PM's trip and how desperate we are to sign a


free-trade deal says she won't go in and stand up to her, she won't go in


and say she wants to deal with him on accepted values in this country,


or on this continent, but to fall at his feet, to kowtow... That is a


great word. One example of how policy has changed because of Donald


Trump, last month, alongside America, led by Obama, Britain voted


against Israel's settlements in Palestine at the UN and condemned


Israel. It was then made known by the Trump team how displeased they


were, and they tried for the vote to dissuade Britain from voting that


way and they made no interest how unhappy they were a low and behold a


couple of days later Britain makes a speech condemning Trump's policy


towards Israel, so we displeased Trump, we were given a stern telling


off, and I think we said it won't happen again. Policy towards Israel


is changing because of how desperately we want to cuddle up


with Trump. It says it might open up the door to US jobs. Will we get


jobs as Brits in America? 1 million each way, isn't it, 1 million Brits


in the US and 1 million Americans working in Britain, apparently, and


the theory is we could have even more of those things so that the


Telegraph says, either in -- I don't have my glasses, so I could be


making it up. The average age of someone who reads the Telegraph,


surely they need spectacles. A bright light and a magnifying glass.


I wish I was here late Jessica Fletcher. There is, 1 million


Americans, I can read it. The Daily Mail has a much bigger font. That is


what I need. Let's move over to that, terrorist fast train to


Britain. Security flaws allow anyone to get to the UK without a passport.


How? An interesting story, anyone on the Eurostar would remember that you


go through very strict audit checks in Brussels before you leave Belgium


rather than when you get to Britain -- border checks. What it says here


is if you get on in Brussels and say to them, you are only going to the


next stop, which is Lille in France, within the Schengen zone, which


doesn't require a border check, you can say you are going to Lille and


stay on all of the way to the UK and evade all of the checks between


Belgium and the UK, which the Daily Mail says is a risk in terms of


terrorists and criminals being able to exploit the loophole. It says at


the bottom of the front page that the Lille loophole was closed when


it was revealed in 2011, then it says turn to Page four. Surely, you


can't - can't someone check your ticket to realise your ticket only


goes as far as Lille? I know this because I got the train about two


weeks ago from Brussels to London and they check your ticket when you


get on at Brussels and you go through customs at Brussels but I


would be astonished if many people travel from Brussels to Lille by


that mechanism because trains are irregular and they go every two


hours, and you have to go through all of our security when you could


just get the local train service, the B trains, so I would be


surprised, but it isn't the same as not being able to, so I can see why


the Mail thought it was a good story to splash. It was highlighted five


years ago and nothing has happened in the interim. Let's look at the


Sun, official warning, you have had your chips, boffins, and Ross is in


the gallery tonight, he hates that word, along with geeks. Linking


fries with cancer, why is that? The question, the food standards


authority has begun a campaign to persuade us we should stop having


superbrand roast -- Succop -- super browned potatoes and darker toast.


They have to tell you that the professor for the Understanding of


Risk, something like that at Cambridge, pointed out that there is


little evidence and we should perhaps feel less anxious about


things. I think the tests were done on mice, and I don't want to shock


anybody, they are less keen to consume roast potatoes than, for


example, Nick? Yes, I think so. -- me? I have never seen mice eating


pizza or toast. That is it for the papers tonight.


Don't forget all the front pages are online on the BBC News website


where you can read a detailed review of the papers.


It's all there for you, seven days a week, at BBC.co.uk/papers,


and you can see us there too, with each night's edition


of The Papers being posted on the page shortly


Natalie and Rob, thank you and see you again soon. Goodbye for now.


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