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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 Paul Johnson the Deputy Editor of The Guardian,

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and the former Conservative MP, Tim Collins.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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

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The FT says a computer system used by HM Revenue

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

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The Metro reports on a fatal helicopter crash

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

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

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

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

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

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without extra funding. HMRC warns Customs risks being

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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that! Now for the Express. David Cameron,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fiasco of course, where we threatened most of Europe and

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

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

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

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so differently. I think yesterday what the Prime Minister Sevigny

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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page five of the express. Nicola Sturgeon signing the letter

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officially requesting following the vote in the Holyrood parliament a

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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be done without the children knowing others baseline assessments will be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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those being tested about performances for seven-year-olds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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less urgent operations take place before more urgent operations and

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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