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


With me are Paul Johnson the Deputy Editor of The Guardian,


and the former Conservative MP, Tim Collins.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Express reports on a study suggesting high doses of Vitamin C


The FT says a computer system used by HM Revenue


and Customs may not be able to handle the surge in workload once


The Metro reports on a fatal helicopter crash


in Snowdonia, in which five members of the same family died.


The i says it's victory for parents, after SATS tests


The Times claims the Armed Forces face a ?10 billion shortfall amid


escalating costs for new ships and jets. The Mirror says new plans for


the NHS to deliver more for parents that swagger patients will happen


without extra funding. HMRC warns Customs risks being


swamped by Brexit surge. But the downside to Brexit? Of course the


Financial Times must have a negative story about Brexit. There's a shop!


Even though you have to admit only about half of all imports from the


EU, well, under half of two the EU, and yet, we seem to be able to do


all that trade with the rest of the world without computers crashing and


too much red tape and all the rest of it. Yes, there will be issues and


the statement basically says we are on top of it and will sort it out


and the people crack on and stop moaning, we may get there. It is the


customs union, isn't it? Would be a huge burden? They benefit. The


reason for leaving us so we can do free trade agreements with much


faster growing parts of the world and have less red tape with the


parts of the world that represent 95% of the world population and that


is something that is going to produce benefits. So you can always


find negative stories if you want. And financial Times want to. Son was


the guardian always wants to, too. This is where Brexit begins to bite.


An authoritative paper like the Financial Times, I'm surprised. He's


got his Union Jack socks on. The reality is, because we are coming


out of the customs union and single market, we are talking 300 million


instances of customs clearances. They'll send you don't have the


software and it will be chaos. There will be a mountain of red tape. We


will be out in two years, I think. Continuing with the same paper,


Lloyds of Brussels it is now being referred to, because they're opening


up an office in a part of the European Union that they were


convinced would not be leaving! The deliberate Italy or France, they


went to Belgium. Another anti-Brexit story in the Financial Times. What's


astonishing is that what Lloyds are doing is moving out of their


thousand people who work in London, how many other moving to Brussels?


Precisely ten. That is ten people. Their global hub will remain in


London and they've made it clear that is their headquarters and


Europe's financial centre. Funnily enough, the Financial Times doesn't


have the news today about BMW and Ford will make Britain a hub self


driving cars which will create thousands of jobs. Not ten. Funny


that! Now for the Express. David Cameron,


cash before trade talks. We have several stories here. The former


Prime Minister in the Ukraine are making a speech in which he said he


did not like the European Union's flag or their parliament and thought


that was the view of most people in Britain, but he still thought it a


good idea to have the referendum and was glad he campaigned for Remain.


The thing about Cameron is he was someone who understood many of the


reasons why many people objected to the European project and yet, in the


end, you can persuade the majority of people in his country that those


reservations should be overcome. It is interesting he revealed that, but


I think it is perhaps that sends that at heart, it was a political


project and that people in Britain, whatever the economic benefits and


there will be some coming out of the union, do not subscribe to the


political project. But above all is why we left. He must think you


didn't like the flight, how is that going to affect his place in


history, given that he had the referendum that led to all this?


Indeed he did. It says may reject cash before trade talks. But I don't


think she's in a position to reject very much. We have the security


fiasco of course, where we threatened most of Europe and


there's been a drastic withdrawal today. David Davis being on the


phone to European capitals, ambassadors have been called in, it


is all OK, we didn't need to threaten you. Of course, the Asunder


so differently. I think yesterday what the Prime Minister Sevigny


parallel talks on Brexit and on trade. And what happened? They all


said no. It is not going very well so far.


The those sentiments that we hold all the chords and they will do the


bidding when the cards are placed on the table cop has already gone wrong


twice in 24 hours. This is a guardian fantasy. This idea that the


attitude of the Government as we hold the cards, well, it isn't, we


understand it has to be hard bargaining, but in the end, it is


overwhelmingly to the benefit of both the EU and the UK to get a good


deal. We need to trade with them and they with us. They do better out of


it than we do and we need to secure our borders with them and they need


our help to secure their borders and we benefit. Staying with Brexit,


page five of the express. Nicola Sturgeon signing the letter


officially requesting following the vote in the Holyrood parliament a


second referendum when she chooses. The picture there is interesting,


because she has her legs up on the sofa and she is not showing her


legs. After the debacle concerning her legs. Is that the right word?


This is potentially significant moment. Yes, it is. Cameron's legacy


may well be about coming out on Brexit, but also potential of the


break-up of the union and there is one of the first ages. This picture


looks as if it was modelled on a picture taken of Margaret Thatcher


in 1983 with the red box, in Downing Street in all must exactly the same


pose. But is also her response to the picture of the Prime Minister


early in the week signing the Article 50 letter, with all the


officialdom behind it. This is a very casual pose and I think the


risk for Nicola Sturgeon is many will understand she was not signing


a serious letter, this is not there to any difference, because Theresa


May has Medicare and I was not the time. It looks like the sort of


casual thing you do late at night after you've knocked back a field


and frankly, that is the impression most people have. I don't see any


wine glasses. I don't see any alcohol! It looks like it was done


informally and is not very serious. Now, The i, victory for parents on


school tests. These were the SATS brought in to some dismay by the


teaching unions. Now they are going to be replaced, the Government has


announced, by assessments. The assessments will be taken in the


first year of entry, so at four or five-year-old, the assessments will


be done without the children knowing others baseline assessments will be


built in to an assessment when the child leaves primary school. A much


more deliberate and time taken over that assessment, a gentler method.


The suggestion from Sun is back, the many parents think it's a great idea


and the teachers don't cause they think is not preparing children for


the world. Yes, our youngsters are going to be competing with the world


were in China and much of Asia and Latin America, there is much, much


more rigorous education than is usually the case in the UK. This is


a very bad move by the Government I think and the headline is victory


for parents, undoubtedly for some, but very bad news for them, because


those being tested about performances for seven-year-olds


when all the children, but the teachers. He was making sure they


are performing. And now, this new softer approach will be done by


teachers marking their own homework and that is not a good idea. Onto


the Guardian. 18 week target for operations. This is an important


story. Strictly speaking, this is one of the keystones of the NHS at


the moment, this pledge for 92% of routine operations, nip -- knee and


hip replacements. Hernias, cataract removal, all done within 18 weeks.


The NHS will announce tomorrow that that is being jettisoned. The idea


is to put more money into emergency Mac round into cancer research. --


A White is important is it is Simon Stephens trying to bend and


show public opinion that we have to be realistic about what we can


achieve with the money that is there within the NHS and he makes it clear


that there is only a small amount. Surely with a ?365 million coming


after Brexit from Brussels... Where is Boris? Behind the scenes. The BMA


oppose all change. They oppose the creation of the NHS back in the day


and I remember that when 15 years these targets are being introduced,


they said they were bad and we distort clinical priorities and make


less urgent operations take place before more urgent operations and


what I think is interesting about this is that it says on the front


page of the Guardian in may result in people having to wait. That was


after a decade of Labour Government. Most people will take the view that


when there are huge constraints, if we end up with that side of it being


no worse than it was a decade ago, but we are able to protect A and


other services, it will be an OK deal. City watchdog sends a clear


message as banker loses job. This particular bank lost his job. I'm


not sure it is because he used what's up or whether the message is


sent through it, because it does appear to have been inside


information that was passed on. And it was encrypted. He seems to make


the mistake of handing his phone over to his employer, because


otherwise they wouldn't have access. In future, people probably think


twice about and in the phone over to the employer. That could be the


long-term effects. Amber Road has been meeting tech companies there


may have agreed to agree. Thank you both. Goodbye.


The next few days looked to be a little cooler. Today was the warmest


day of the year so far. The warmest March day since


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