28/03/2017 The Papers


28/03/2017

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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 Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent

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at the Times Newspaper, and the former Labour

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The bloke banging his head on the concrete, welcome to Brexit.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The 'i Newspaper' leads with tomorrow's triggering

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of Article 50, allowing the UK two years to negotiate

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The Daily Express refers to the Prime Minister's letter

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formally notifying the EU about the UK's departure

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from the European bloc, and shows an image of Theresa May

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signing the letter addressed to the President

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of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

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The sun has projected its headline on a white cliffs of Dover and said

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it is Dover and out. The Daily Telegraph claims that

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while Mrs May's letter to Mr Tusk will include a broad outline

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of her negotiating position, it will not contain any

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mention of a cut-off date The Guardian calls it the day

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Britain steps into the unknown. Happy day for the express, Ayesha?

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It is a day for newspapers and from pages. The express is the most

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euphoric and then you start working down from it. The express is, dear

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EU, we are leaving you. There is going to be so much focus on this

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letter now, who delivers it. Someone will be tracking it. I hope he is in

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when they deliver it, when you get one of those messages, we have left

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a card because you are out. The express is delighted. They are very

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much taking the line from Theresa May, very patriotically determined

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language. Fierce determination to get the right deal for every single

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person in the country. They are trying to put a positive, optimistic

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spin on it. What is going to be in the letter apart from hate, folks,

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we're off? Anything else? It will be very short indeed. Just invoking

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article 50, it is unprecedented, we don't know what is going to come

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next. All eyes will turn to Brussels, the 27 and their response,

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setting out the terms for the talks and if they will allow Britain to

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try and negotiate a trade treaty at the same time as negotiating the

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divorce. Front page of the Daily Mirror, dear EU, it is time to go.

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We are one great union of people and nations with a proud history and a

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bright future. And there is the word divorce and Donald Tusk, the man who

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should be getting that letter tomorrow. Onto the Daily Telegraph,

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Lucy. The behind Brexit, says Theresa May. Do you think tomorrow

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we are going to see those Remoaners, the Remainers, his say just get the

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best deal? I doubt it. The Prime Minister has encouraged Brexiteers

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not to hold independent state parties. She doesn't want people to

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be triumphant, rubbing it in the face of the 48% that did not vote

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for this. Her message is one of unity, let's come behind this

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decision and move forward. It is interesting, we do remain very

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polarised, but one positive thing Brexiteer 's have seized upon this

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week, was a leak that went to a German publication showing an

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internal memo from the German finance ministry suggesting no deal

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if Britain doesn't get a trade deal with the rest of the EU, it could

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potentially be disastrous for Germany's financial stability and

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economy. So I think remain as feel as though they are on shaky ground,

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keeping their head down for more than one reason. I think we all

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accept the result of Brexit, but nobody voted for Britain to be worse

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off. We didn't vote for broke Brexit, we didn't vote for the

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economy to go off a cliff edge and it's not noble for people to be

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asking serious questions about what this deal is going to look like and

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what it will mean for jobs and prosperity and the culture of this

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country. I thought it was interesting, Nicky Morgan's tone.

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She did a tour of the TV studios today. She has been fears in her

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opposition to Brexit, but leaving her language softened, she said

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let's end this phoney war and be more united. But here are some tests

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we think the British people will expect. One of the big things will

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be immigration and that will be a contentious issue. The government

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had been thin lipped about what they are saying about immigration and

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David Davies last night, on question Time actually hinted that

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immigration might not come down in terms of what people are expecting

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from Brexit. So, the truth is, it is a leap in the dark with a blindfold

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on. Nobody really knows what'll happen, including David Davies and

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Liam Fox. We will have to see how all of shakes down. The front page

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of The Times, Lucy. The eyes of history are watching and that

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includes the picture behind Theresa May of the first Prime Minister of

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Great Britain? Yes, an interesting choice given many historians revile

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him as corrupt. But he is the first Prime Minister and it is that

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patriotically chip, this union Jack flag next to her. It will become an

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iconic image. I love this buzzword, it is a wet signature. It is a

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proper fountain pen. You can see the weight of it. I am disappointed it

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is not an actual quill. But the IRNA is it is a woman Prime Minister in

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the position of having to do this, following on from a woman

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Conservative Prime Minister who, while she had her issues with Europe

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and famously said no, no, no, was actually still committed to Europe?

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She was committed to the trade aspects and the trade and commercial

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advantages it gave Britain and its membership. And the irony women are

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playing a significant role. Look at Nicola Sturgeon and some of the

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other nationalist leaders. It may end up having a big constitutional

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crisis with the United Kingdom and it is interesting women are the

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leaders on it. But I think Theresa May, she is calibrating this very

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carefully. She is not being as flamboyant as her predecessor may

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have been. She is trying to be measured and calm. Her strategy is a

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little bit like treat the British public like potatoes and keepers in

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the dark. She is trying to be sober, trying to be measured and I think

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they are not going over the top with the media stuff too much right now.

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It will be an interesting Prime Minister's Questions tomorrow and

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her body language in the chamber. The stakes are very high as Lucy

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said, people are so divided. Even Labour voters who voted to leave and

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they would not change their mind on voting to leave, but they are

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nervous about what it means for them and their small businesses. If we go

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to the Financial Times, Theresa May signs historic Brexit letter and

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opens terms for compromise. The ?60 billion exit bill, but David Davies

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said immigration will not necessarily come down. It could be

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that at the end of this process, many on the Leeds side might field

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Raqqa feel disappointed and short-changed. The key elements is

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whether Britain has links to the European Court of justice. Brexiteer

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said make Parliament sovereign, let's take is out of the

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jurisdiction of this foreign court that has the final say on our laws

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and regulations. But the suggestion here they are softening on that and

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there could be some partial or non-binding agreement with Britain

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with this court as an arbiter to trade regulations. Also, the divorce

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Bill, this question of how much Britain will pay to leave and any

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future contributions, she may have this soft on her tone on that. And

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finally, she has suggested in her letter to Donald Tusk tomorrow, she

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wants to beef up security ties with the other 27 nations. It is

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interesting, this moderate tone after some robust rhetoric from her,

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Liam Fox and David Davies in recent months. And just at the end of the

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financial timepiece, and be of the most critical in terms of the

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obstacles and things. But in spite of the mood music, some diplomats in

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London think the chances are now no greater than 50-50 in getting a

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deal. So clearly there are lots of these obstacles in the way. But

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Number Ten have moved a lot of the issue of EU migrants. She has said,

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I want to fight as hard for EU migrants, who live in this country,

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as British people as well. I personally feel she would gain a lot

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of goodwill and show leadership if she made a stand now and said we

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would be prepared to do the right thing by EU citizens. The European

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Union have made it clear it is one of the things they need to get

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sorted first before they can move other issues. The is interesting. If

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we zoom in a little bits, there are dotted lines around the United

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Kingdom. We don't get any closer than that. As if you are going to

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cut out the United Kingdom from the map of Europe. And if we bring up

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the garden, they have taken a similar route. Hoping to bring it up

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now. They have already cut the United Kingdom out of the map. Lucy

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I suppose the government and Theresa May want to make the point that

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actually, we're not cutting ourselves from Europe, we not

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cutting ourselves out of this jigsaw as the Guardian suggests. We will

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just have a different relationship? That's right, Theresa May has said

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she wants the EU to be a strong trading partner with the UK. What

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strikes me as interesting about these two front pages, is the fact

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they make so many assumptions that Scotland will still be part of the

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UK and Northern Ireland. One of the big stories for me this week has

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been ministers conceding, for the first time, that Northern Ireland

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could be part of the EU and leave the UK if it voted for

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reunification. It is interesting and the different scenario from

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Scotland, which would have to apply, for the first time to join the EU as

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an independent nation. Northern Ireland could stay in the EU without

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having to reapply. Ministers have suggested. That answers the

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leader-macro leaves a lot of questions in the air about our

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relationship with Ireland and the EU. The Holyrood parliament voted

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today, it is not necessarily the UK you cut out of this map, you could

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cut Scotland out, cut Northern Ireland up potentially. A whole can

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of worms has been opened by this. Do you think Leavers saw any of it

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coming? I don't think they did. They don't want to open up any questions

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about that, they don't want to get into the idea of potential

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unravelling of the Constitution and the chaos. So anybody from my side,

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the Remoaners asks these questions, we get shouted down and we are told

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we are sore losers, the people have spoken. But there are big questions.

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We have seen today in Scotland, there was the vote in Holyrood which

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will make them want to ask for a referendum. There is no way Theresa

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May will give them one. But of course the Nationalists in Wales are

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asking the same question. If Scotland is having this discussion

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about independence, we want a discussion about independence as

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well. It is a fragile time for the whole of the UK as well as the EU.

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But people are frustrated about, it is all very interesting for us,

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political commentators and journalists, but it is a distraction

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from lots of domestic issues going on but still need attention from the

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government. Finally, we have almost ran out of time, the Sun newspaper,

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Lucy. Possibly the best of the Brexit front pages. As our Prime

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Minister signs the exit paper, Dover and out. It is impactful. It speaks

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to exactly what the Brexit boasts the leader-macro voters about,

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border control. David Davis picked out at a major moment, suggesting

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immigration will go up as well as go down. I think people will feel

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betrayed... If Bauer comes to pass. We don't know, we have two years of

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this. Remember that guy bashing his head across the country, I wasn't

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far off. That is a hard Brexit. Lucy, Ayesha, thanks for looking at

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the stories behind this single headline, which is of course, we are

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out and that letter will be going to Donald Tusk tomorrow from Theresa

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May. You can see the front pages of all of them online and if you missed

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the programme you can watch it later on the BBC iPlayer. Relive all the

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magic! Thank you to my guests and for you watching. Goodbye.

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