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


With me are the political commentator Jo Phillips


and Chief Economics Commentator at the Telegraph, Liam Halligan.


Welcome to both of you. A look at the front pages first of all. The i


newspaper is leading on the story that Spain might get a veto over how


any agreement between the UK and the EU applies to Gibraltar. Parliament


faces in new expenses scandal after a leak of information on how much


MPs pay their staff. That makes the front page of the Telegraph. The


Guardian claims that US security officials had serious concerns over


Michael Flynn becoming national security adviser because of his


links with Moscow. The Times reports that repay Google ?31 million worth


of corporation tax. The express covers new research suggesting that


a lack of sleep increases the risk of suffering a stroke or heart


attack. Prince Charles tried to delay the US invasion of Afghanistan


says a book being serialised by the Daily Mail. That features on the


front page of the paper as well. And an exclusive interview with singer


Linda Nolan who has been diagnosed with cancer in the daily Mirror. We


will look at those front pages in a moment. First, the i newspaper. Fear


on the rock. I think you did an interview a while ago with the Chief


Minister of Gibraltar. This is not entirely unexpected, but Spain is


apparently going to be given a veto over the future of Gibraltar, which


has always been a bone of contention between Spain and Britain. London is


said to be furious, Boris Johnson is said to have committed to fight


ruthlessly to make sure that it stays British. And this is all part


of the shenanigans that have been going on today from Donald Tusk, his


comments, Europe playing it out on what we can expect, agreed the


divorce Bill and then we will talk trade -- laying it out. What about


Ireland, no special deal for the City, Nicola Sturgeon has told


Theresa May that she has handed a letter, her version of Article 50,


saying we will hold a second independence referendum. What do you


make about Gibraltar? It was nice for a day, wasn't it? Yesterday I


thought the Prime Minister and her rather emollient Article 50 letter


and now the EU has this road map for negotiations which is going to


dominate the airwaves for the next couple of years. And they have


alighted on Gibraltar because they know that will lead to strong


emotions in the UK. It has been a British protectorate since 1713, I


think. A long time. This is designed to provoke. Spain does have a veto


on this deal. It seems that the gloves are off. Does and surprises


that it has happened so soon? Not at all. My view is that the whole


divorce bill thing is also designed to to pluck 60 billion


euros out of the air, it is a figure that's meant to rile and meant to


get the UK on the back foot. If I was advising the British government,


which I am not, I would say that in a complex negotiation many facets,


the actual amount of money is the very last thing you decide when


everything else has been decided so this strikes me as something


completely on its head. As Liam says of course this will come, are you


going to take this CV is and who gets the cat, like in every divorce.


The cuts will be later! Our cat correspondent, tonight, Jo! Spain is


where most Britons living in Europe live as well which adds another


facet to it. To be fair to Spain, so far in these talks about the future


of UK citizens in the EU and EU citizens in the UK, many British


citizens are in Spain and Madrid has been eager to say publicly, we will


accept these people and let's try to get a deal on the rights... British


people living here, I think that will get solved quite quickly. I


hope so. Yet these are the bones of contention will be swirling in the


air for months to come. Different parts of the EU will want different


things. It is not just what Donald Tusk says. Liam, let's go to the


front of the Telegraph, continuing the Brexit theme. Donald Tusk says a


spot of this opening salvo there must be no unfair competitive


advantage that Britain takes after Brexit. It's all about shifting and


trading regulations to get a more business friendly environment to


facilitate cross-border trade. Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory


leader, a big Brexiteer, has predictably said this is posturing.


I think the Telegraph are only punting this because a lot of the


readers run small and medium-sized enterprises that don't actually


export to the EU. At the moment they do have to adhere to all the EU


rules. Things like Brexit make life more difficult for the small and


medium businesses. Afterwards that will be gone. It will depend on


relative regulation. If Sun is in relation to workers' rights that


will throw up another... It would but there are things about


environmental transport, a lot of things have been very beneficial. Is


this Great Repeal Bill which viewers will hear lot


about, repealing the EU version, that is why it's called the great...


It will be strange when people start asking which is the one about the


bent bananas that have been talked about for the last 30 years? It will


be such a tsunami of legislation that the government has had to give


an undertaking that, we are not going to use this transfer as a way


to trick and trim and get stuff through on the nod, we are not going


to cut Labour or environmental standards. Of course, the Labour


Party and the Lib Dems will be keeping their eyes open for any slip


from that pledge. You threw me a question in the office. When was the


first MPs expenses scandal? To all of our astonishment it was 2009. And


we all said, about five years ago? It is on the front page of the


Telegraph, a suggestion of a new expenses scandal. Although the


headline is often is misleading because it is not about expenses, it


is about a breach of data. Basically the information, about the people


MPs employed in their offices. Some will be members of that MP's family.


It lists everything including names and addresses, the amount they earn,


the amount of holiday entitlement and bonuses, interestingly, this


appeared on the independent parliamentary standards authority's


old website. It was up there for four hours. That would have been


like leaving a document that you want the press to see accidentally


on a photocopier. Allegedly. LAUGHTER


. It is a big story for the Telegraph because it was the


Telegraph's investigation which led to the founding of Ipsa. It then


said that Ipsa recommended, let's get rid of the ideas of MPs


employing members of their family including spouses. MPs rebelled. It


seems that still 150 MPs at 650 employ family members. So a


roundabout one in four. In defence, a lot of MPs, men and women, live in


constituencies that are at the other end of the country. They did not


employ their spouse as office manager, then frankly, their


relationship would break up -- if they did not employ their spouse.


And then you would not get family people being MPs. Sometimes it can


be abused when people employ their children for doing nothing, that has


happened in the past. Sometimes it is defendable. If you don't spend


time in Parliament and understand how it works, it looks bad enough


from the outside and goodness knows Francois Fillon in France is


suffering, but it can be justifiable. It is true, if one of


you is in Westminster... Four nights a week and the constituency is


bogged down by questions about a local bus route... So sometimes it


makes sense that one person should be in the constituency keeping show


on the road. In the interests of keeping cats in the topic... Let's


go to the times. Dekker let's drop everything and just do cats. The big


moment in British history, cats! Google and tax. This is interesting.


All the big tech giants are in the spotlight. Companies that may be


abusing their market share. Saying they've come up with a fantastic


product that everyone needs. What we have is an investigation, Google's


parent company files in the states and shows the revenue of subscribers


to Google in the UK is 7.78 billion in the last year but the amount of


tax they pay is 25 million. That is very low. Then it turns out that


even though George Osborne is said to have wrapped Google over the


knuckles and done a deal to get tax back, which is hailed as a major


success, it transpires that HMRC now owes Google about ?30 million. But


probably oversimplifies it. You would think it is an April fool, but


nobody would run out as a front-page story however obvious it seems. The


country claims it it has paid or taxes legally do, just so that we do


that. You're on a! Guardian, the front page. Donald Trump. This could


have been an April fool when year ago, Michael Flynn, former national


security adviser to Donald Trump, forced to resign, has come up


through his lawyer, saying he has a story to tell provided he is immune


from prosecution. Because there are investigations going on into the


links between the Trump campaign, of which Michael Flynn was a leading


light and Russia in the run-up to the election of President Trump.


According to the Guardian, both American and British intelligence


had discouraged Michael Flynn "Worrisome" behaviour well before


his appointment and raised concerns about his ties to Russia, and his


capacity for linear thought, whatever that is. Don't ask me what


it means! I've no idea. We all looked mystified. Is it good or bad,


a capacity for linear thought? Not only will he go down as the shortest


ever serving international adviser, is a serious person, a former


Lieutenant General in the US Army, he held a major security post under


Obama and is a seasoned Washington insider. It almost takes us back to


McCarthyism and the mutual paranoia of the 1950s that you have a


national security adviser deposed, just a few months into a government,


in return for immunity from prosecution. You are guaranteed to


arouse curiosity if you say, I have something to tell you but I cannot


tell you what it is unless I have immunity. He wants a book deal. He


will end up with his own chat show. And this is the man leading the call


for "Lock her up" giving the campaign, about Hillary Clinton. I


am torn about talking about Cats now. Let's quickly do Le Sting.


Paris, Lyon and Grenoble say that of British cars come over and don't


have a green sticker talking about emissions of the particular vehicle,


they will be fined the equivalent of ?117. In order to get this sticker


they have to grapple with the French government website that apparently


is very difficult, and paid the equivalent of ?4 ten. It may be that


22 other French cities including Lille and Dunkirk, where many


British people go, may bring in this scheme as well. So if you are going


to drive to Paris, Lyon or Grenoble this Easter, do check. The RAC say


they have been inundated with calls. News that you can use. And because


it is going to be a nice weekend here, they say don't go anywhere.


Cats! Do we think this is a real story? A little caveat here. This is


quite a large piece of text. We must get these cat faces on the screen.


Any cat owner will recognise them. Scientists have cracked the secret


code of inscrutable cats. According to scientists who filmed 29 cats at


a Canadian shelter on 275 occasions with these different faces, relax,


everything is satisfactory for now. Viacom is that a vacuum cleaner,


please don't use it, this meal is not served to my liking, and so


forth. The thing that gives it away is the thoughts of a person called


Penny Ward Mouser, a cat enthusiast, the author of our cats smart. We


will have to leave that in suspense. Thank you. Can I just say, the last


30 seconds have been the pinnacle of my journalistic career. Mind to!


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