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


With me are Lucy Fisher, senior political correspondent


at the Times Newspaper, and the former Labour


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


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


The 'i Newspaper' leads with tomorrow's triggering


of Article 50, allowing the UK two years to negotiate


The Daily Express refers to the Prime Minister's letter


formally notifying the EU about the UK's departure


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


signing the letter addressed to the President


of the European Council, Donald Tusk.


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


it is Dover and out. The Daily Telegraph claims that


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


of her negotiating position, it will not contain any


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


much taking the line from Theresa May, very patriotically determined


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


internal memo from the German finance ministry suggesting no deal


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


potentially be disastrous for Germany's financial stability and


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


David Davies last night, on question Time actually hinted that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


said immigration will not necessarily come down. It could be


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


reunification. It is interesting and the different scenario from


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


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


having to reapply. Ministers have suggested. That answers the


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


relationship with Ireland and the EU. The Holyrood parliament voted


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


asking the same question. If Scotland is having this discussion


about independence, we want a discussion about independence as


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


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


political commentators and journalists, but it is a distraction


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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