29/03/2017 The Papers


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


With me are Henry Mance, Political Correspondent


For the first time, enjoying his momentous day, the first appearance


on the Tapers! It's supposed to be fun!


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Telegraph reports jubilation as Article 50 was triggered,


but it reports immediate tension between Britain and Brussels.


The Metro reports on the Prime Minister's warning that failure


to reach a deal with the EU within the two-year time limit


could "weaken" cooperation in the fight against


crime and terrorism. The FT says Theresa May's letter


was seen in Brussels as conciliatory and flexible.


The Mirror reports on the tension, with Germany's Angela Merkel


rejecting an early start to talks on a new trade deal.


The i has a picture of Britain's ambassador handing over the Article


And Nigel Farage beams from the front of the Express


on security cooperation were seen by many in Brussels as blackmail.


And Nigel Farage beams from the front of the Express


Beginning with the Express, he looks very happy. No turning back on EU


exit, 2316 days after the Express started its historic crusade to free


Britain from Brussels, Theresa May insists there is no turning back.


Caroline, this is your sister paper. They have said this several times,


once we get going we are not going to change our minds, and Theresa May


said the same. What they are drawing attention to is that the Daily


Express and to a lesser extent the Sunday Express really led the agenda


on Brexit. If you look at that 2316 days, that is eight years plus it


has taken them and they have been calling for the withdrawal of the UK


from the EU from all of that period of time. Today they see this as


being in momentous occasion. We are scratching our heads and wondering


what changes today other than the fact that those divorce papers in


effect have been delivered to the EU. This is the day we are all going


to Mark, some people are calling it Brexit date. You know, fair play,


campaigns are what newspapers live and die by and this has been a very


successful campaign by the Daily Express which culminated in that


vote on the 23rd of June. Henry, let's talk about the Daily


Telegraph, it says it is a magnificent moment, an interesting


choice of photographs that have appeared on various papers, some of


them showing that moment that the letter was handed over. Others


showing Donald Tusk and Sir Tim heading in other directions. It was


an interesting performance by Donald Tusk. He is not a big federalist,


not the kind of Eurocrat that you might think of, like Jean-Claude


Junker or someone. His tone was a slightly sad one. The photos on the


Telegraph suggest that, even if the headline is triumphant, Boris


He has written a piece, it is time He has written a piece, it is time


to back Britain and go lowball. It is very positive. We were just


reading it. -- go global. We are going to blast off for an


extraordinary voyage. He talks about it being historic and, as I see it,


a magnificent moment. We can only see some of his comment piece, but


he looks more balanced towards the end, acknowledging that not


everybody in the country is voting for Brexit. He talks about what we


do now in terms of pulling together and kind of achieving this great


moment is future for the country. The i treats us to goodbye in many


of the languages that are spoken across the European Union. I won't


even attempt to pronounce some of them! There we have the picture of


the moment that the letter was handed over to Donald Tusk, as


talking for three hours. I was talking for three hours. I was


impressed. It marked a week since the terrorist attack advertisements


do. It was a really strange occasion this afternoon. Theresa May took


questions from 113 MPs. Some of them are in the papers. She also went on


to do interviews afterwards. It was quite an exhausting start to two


years of negotiations. Onto your paper, the Financial Times. Donald


Tusk again looking forlorn at one point. He said, we are missing you


already. Do you think? We seem to relish the theatre of it. Did they


have the handover this letter in full view of all the cameras was


white of course they did, surely! They hand delivered it, they sent it


was quite theatrical. There has been was quite theatrical. There has been


lots of this, talking about missing you already, the Treaty of Rome


celebrations overshadowing the negative, Jean-Claude Junker talking


about it being a tragedy, how he was heartbroken that the UK weren't


there to celebrate with them. It is more of that kind of narrative. You


have written a sketch piece here called, dear Europe. Such letters


have a tainted history. What are you comparing this to? This has a couple


of references, one to Neville Chamberlain's message to Adolf


Hitler, a personal message. And also the nobleman surrounding Henry VIII,


trying to ask for an annulment to his marriage from the Pope. This is


a very current situation and we have moved on but we don't always seek


the world from the point of view of Europe. Both Neville Chamberlain and


Henry VIII were very optimistic about what they could achieve just


by writing to Europe and get their way. It is going to be wrote tough


and there are going to be things that they don't like. We were told


at one point this letter was consolatory and shows that civility


and yet there are tensions emerging already, as you would expect. The


papers have picked up on this notion that what Theresa May is in effect


saying is that, while we want to have a kind of nice divorce, a Team


Zoeller to divorce, at the end of the day we have something that they


want, which is that we are a key player in Europol and we have a much


more significant security service and we play a huge role in the


fighting of crime and terrorism across Europe. That point was made


very much on the Daily Mirror. Brexit battle begins, trading blows,


security threat to EU if UK cannot secure a deal. Theresa May did not


make many speeches in the run-up to the referendum, but she did talk


about the importance of the EU and our relationship for security. Would


she do anything that brilliant danger the lives of British


citizens? I think it's unlikely, but this is a negotiation and you have


to pretend you are willing. The counterargument is, why not show


some goodwill? Why not say, we definitely won't put in danger


European lives, British lives, given what has happened in Brussels, Paris


and London. Let's talk about the Westminster attacks which you


mentioned, back on the i. Thousands joined hands as the inquests hear


how they die. A week on ordinarily from that her attacks it would have


featured much more. But because of the timing of it it is only an very


few of the front pages. But again, it is extraordinary that this only


happened one week ago. It really struck me, being there today, that


it was just one week ago, because we it was just one week ago, because we


were all there last Wednesday. In a funny way, you know, the whole


Brexit thing has overshadowed the attack story today in the same way


that the attack massively overshadowed what the Goverment's


was expecting to be a full one week leading up into Brexit being


launched, certainly in the Sunday newspapers we pencilled in that it


would be a Brexit splash across the board, aeons of pages on Brexit on


Sunday, but actually what we did was beyond the pages on the para packs


instead. The notion that everybody was in that packed chamber today,


there was no room for anybody else to get in, as you say, more than 100


MPs actually spoke. They were sat in the chamber where they have been


locked for five hours just one week ago. I mean, it seems... It was


reminiscent of when Jo Cox was murdered. We had a very sombre day


in the House of Commons, and then a few days later you could remember,


given how fierce the debate had become. And here it is, if events


take their course and these guys are very busy now. It was the point they


made after the terrorist attacks. You know, as much as this was a


terrible shock for those there are, ultimately it is the seat of


democracy and life must go on. We cannot let the terrorists stop this


very important occasions and discussions that politicians are


having about the very future of this country on the future of the country


inside and outside of European Union. What is obvious is that the


police of course and many members the public haven't forgotten that it


was one week on and did turn out. I think there are still questions to


be asked about the attacker, about the impact it has on community


relations, what happens to Westminster security. Those things


are happening in the background. Jeremy Corbyn as the Prime Minister,


are you sure the police have the resources, given the cuts that


happens to budgets? It literally was the thing before dinner, we were


waiting from the historic announcement. Contrary to the trail


we showed before we came on air, we will be back with a much longer


review, 24 minutes Rob tells me, at 11:30pm. A bumper edition! Coming up


next, the weather. Hello there, good evening. The winds


are more from the south. That drags up some warm air to achieve high


temperatures we need some sunshine. There wasn't a great deal of that


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