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

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With me are the the deputy political editor for the Guardian,

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Rowena Mason, and Christopher Hope, the Assistant Editor and chief

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political correspondent at the Daily Telegraph.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with

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the meeting between Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon makes

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Tt says the pair's talks on Brexit ended in stalemate.

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The FT leads on Tesco's bid to buy food wholesalers Booker,

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but also finds room on the front page for the failure to find

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a solution to Northern Ireland's political deadlock.

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The Express carries a claim from the former government minister

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Iain Duncan Smith that the EU owes the UK billions of pounds.

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And Mr Duncan Smith also makes the front page of the Telegraph.

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He's one of a group of politicians and business leaders calling

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on the government to sweep away European red tape

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The words of the mother of the Westminster terrorist

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Khalid Masood are highlighted by the Metro, she says she's

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shocked, saddened and numbed by her son's actions.

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The Mail leads with details of a cost-cutting plan for the NHS;

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it also seems to think the legs of the Prime Minister

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and Scottish First Minister are worth highlighting.

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The Guardian has pro-EU Conservatives urging Theresa May

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to concentrate on securing a good post-Brexit trade deal for the UK

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rather than the size of the bill for leaving the EU.

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While the Mirror leads with more on last week's

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terror attack in London, including the speed it's thought

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Khalid Masood drove on his murderous rampage along Westminster Bridge.

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Let's begin. We start with the i. This is the meeting between Nicola

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Sturgeon and Theresa May, fixed smiles on the front page there. I am

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not sure if those are genuine smiles. They are both managing to

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crack a smile, even though their positions are a long way apart at

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the moment. Nicola Sturgeon saying that Theresa May hasn't listened to

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her at all when she's trying to tell her that Scotland wants to stay in

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the EU. If not, stay in the single market. Because Theresa May hasn't

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listened to her, she says she will have another independence

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referendum. Theresa May on the other side is saying that now is not the

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time for that. There's very little overlap between their two positions

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at the moment. Christopher, what are the chances of both sides getting

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anywhere closer during the next 18 months? There's a chance, because as

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things stand, nothing has really changed. This is for the cameras.

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She is getting around the regions, or nations of the country, before

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Wednesday when she triggers Article 50. Shaking hands with Nicola

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Sturgeon in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow, rather unprepossessing

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utilitarian venue. That maybe describes why are there. Not

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particularly glamorous, I suppose. But the Daily Mail, let's go to

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that, they have found the glamour in the situation. Christopher, never

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mind Brexit, who won Legsit. It is the Daily Mail. They make the point

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that they are women in skirts and their legs are showing. That's a per

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-- profound point. It is unnecessary. You wouldn't compare

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David Cameron's trousers. It looks over the top. It looks a bit 1970s

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Dick ever read, showing lakes. I think ill it is they will be

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Playing devils advocate, will they be furious given that, at the end of

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the day, those four good pins? Clive! I'm playing devils advocate.

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Pins are allowed. What Theresa May would say is, I hardly noticed it, I

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am getting on with the job. She says that and has these glamorous shoes.

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No one is interested in your shoes, Christopher. The Daily Mail is read

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by a lot of women in this country. Do you think that the general

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perception is that this is totally unnecessary, why has the Daily Mail

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done this? I think it depends on your perspective. Some women will

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find it a little bit sexist to focus on their legs when they have got

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Brexit to be thinking about. Other women might think, well, that is the

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position they happen to be sitting in. All right. What could they have

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worn? Opaque tights, is that what you say? Trouser suits? Maybe they

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didn't realise they were going to be photographed from that angle. Let's

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move now onto some news. Funnily enough, news... It could be used,

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the Daily Express, the EU owes Britain billions. Is it true? What

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Iain Duncan Smith is saying is, we keep getting hung up on us paying

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money to the EU to leave in two years' time come Wednesday. What

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they are saying is that they should be paying us to leave. Iain Duncan

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Smith has told the express, while we go on about paying them money to

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this club, they owe us money. Why do they owe us money? We pay more into

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the EU budget and we get out every year. Right. That is it. Ongoing

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commitments for infrastructure, the other side of Europe will say to us,

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that is why we think you owe us money. It is access to the single

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market and access to the customs union. If we leave both, we should

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be paying extra money into that. It is a congregated matrix of different

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money flying around, isn't it? IDS, to his credit, is trying to address

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it on the front page of the express. There are liabilities that the UK

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has two pensions, or workers, bureaucrats or whatever it is, the

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operators of the European Union. There are obligations that we have,

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surely that can be offset with whatever Iain Duncan Smith reckons

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they owe us? It could be zero. It could be a balanced number... All

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the talk or 50 billion in the last few weeks has been nonsense? Or is

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this fake news? It appends on your perspective. If you are a die-hard

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Brexiteer, and you think the EU has been robbing us for years and years

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and you wonder why we should pay them anything at all. If you are on

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the other side, and maybe you are an official in Brussels, you think the

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UK has a lot of liabilities that still haven't been wound up and it

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needs to settle its debt. Nick Clegg was saying it was like we had an am

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a bar Bill with the EU, that is what he said this evening on Question

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Times And Is Mac. Does This Take Into Account The Final Numbers Of

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The European Union? EU have said they hope us. He is trying to say,

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looking at one side of the balance sheet, and not the other. OK,

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Rowena, whatever the right and wrong is of this fiscal issue, hope is,

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according to some within the Conservative Party, that this issue

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is sorted out quickly and fast, because then we can get on to the

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nitty-gritty of what Brexit really does mean. I think so. What some of

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these Tory moderate rebels, the people fighting within the

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Conservative Party to stay in the single market are saying is, if the

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EU might be better disposed towards us when it comes to negotiating a

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train real, if we have conceded a bit of it on the divorce Bill, so

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there is a price on everything, we want a good deal out of the EU. We

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might need to pay a little bit to get it. The two think not meant to

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be tied they probably will be. It will come down... David Davis on

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question Time said it could be zero. It could be zero. But once that is

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out of the way, Christopher, we can get into the meat of what this is

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really about. That is right. Europeans have made it clear this

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Bill needs to be sorted first. It is all leading to whether we have

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access to the supermarket, free movement of moving into the country,

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it is tied together by the number at the beginning. A big day on

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Wednesday. Huge. Momentous. Are you working on Wednesday? I don't know

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what I am going to be doing on Wednesday. Who knows where I will

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be! A letter delivered to the European Council president. OK,

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let's move on to the Telegraph. Red tape, Mr Duncan Smith again,

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figuring a lot in these papers. Top of the page there, Christopher. The

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suggestion that the great reform Bill will involve, what, 19,000 EU

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rules and regulations that will come onto our statute books. 600 wrecked

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its governance country, and that, 90,000 rules and regulations, which

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we will try to lift across this reform Bill on Thursday after the

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letter is delivered on Wednesday. The idea is, they are moved lock,

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stock and barrel into British law. After that, campaigners say that the

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Tories should say the next election, we get rid of the ones that are

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pointless and superfluous, and hold back business. That is the idea of a

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campaign. It is a good idea, trying to shape and look beyond exit and

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shape how might things progress. There will be a battle if there are

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some things that the government wants to get off the statute books.

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This is going to be a really huge issue in the coming years. It will

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be a big battle with the Labour movement trade unions who want to

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preserve things like health and safety legislation, environment and

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a decision, as well as workers' rights that the government has set.

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It will protect listing workers' rights, but there will be

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Conservative backbenchers that will want to in pic -- unpick some of

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these things. I think Chris has an example. Newts. It is a big issue.

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What do you mean? They are protected in this country, and there are more

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newts here than in other parts of Europe. Newts and road-building is a

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big issue. I am putting it out there! It has got to be interesting.

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Terra killer 's mother, I weep for the victims. The mother of this man,

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Khalid Masood, who went on a rampage last week. Christopher, you were at

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the Commons at the time, and members of his family have spoken now. It is

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back to normal at the House of Commons, but they moved the gates

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near to where the attack took place. It has really shocked the country.

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Personally, I feel sorry for her, for Janet Ojoa. It was brave for her

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to speak up this way. Rowena, is there a sense that have gotten back

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to normal? People carry on their daily business, the House of Lords

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and House of Commons business is carrying on as before. But people

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are still sad and traumatised by what has happened there. It is

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incredibly grim and sad for all affected. We saw people die outside

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my office window. There were bodies therefore many hours stop its

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unbelievable, not what you expect. Others went through to try and save

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lives, and it was worse on the bridge, but it is a difficult time.

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Absolutely. Finally, to end this edition of the papers, the Daily

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Telegraph, Rowena, calling time on his London cap. It says that the

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Duke of Edinburgh has used a green Metro cap for 18 years to travel

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incognito around London, but now he has called time on it. He has given

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it up. He has given it to the Sandringham Museum. He got in the

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back of a Greens taxi, didn't talk to anyone, just got a view of what

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London was like. Without having anyone looking at him. How many of

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us look at a full taxi, we look for empty taxis. Clever. Very clever.

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Rowena and Christopher, good to have you.

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Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online

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