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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 Kate McCann, senior political correspondent

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at the Daily Telegraph, and Dan Bilefsky, London-based

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The Telegraph leads with a warning that Donald Trump could threaten

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military action on Syria following reports

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The Metro features the same story, with President Trump describing

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the suspected gas attack as a red line.

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In the Financial Times there's claims that Theresa May might

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soften her stance on free movement as part of Brexit talks.

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The Express says house prices are set to rise by a quarter

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The i reports that the UK is trying to improve diplomatic

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The Guardian says there is mounting pressure on Jeremy Corbyn

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to expel Ken Livingstone following his remarks on Hitler.

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The Times reports the Government's rise on probate

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And in the Mail, claims that the UK's foreign aid budget has

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I am not normally hear on Wednesday, I am discombobulated. Some grim

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stories tonight. We will do our best to find some light relief towards

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the end but we start with the Telegraph. Donald Trump squares up

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to President Assad over the gas attack but we start with this

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picture story of this 29-year-old man who lost all of his family,

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including twin babies, he is holding in his arms, and there is a moving

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dispatch from Beirut. This is a heartbreaking story about a young

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man who discovered that his twin children, babies and wife, or in the

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line of fire of the attack and he ran from his shop to be with his

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wife and children and took them to a safe place in the basement and he

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realised they had been hit by the gas, and they died. And this

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photograph shows him cradling those babies in his arms and it is

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absolutely heartbreaking. Some of the pictures we have seen of

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survivors and the condition they were in, medics making the point

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that these attacks leave no marks. This is not the first time that

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Sarin gas is suspected against civilians and this is not an

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accidental attack, this is an attack on civilians, 86 people have died,

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30 children. This is not the worst picture by far, there are pictures

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of children piled on top of each other, stripped of their clothes

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because when this gas hits, the best thing is to dust their clothes and

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water. Imagine how awful that must be. Two days later, there has been

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nothing done, no action, we talk about the need to consider things

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like this carefully and they will come onto the comments from

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President Trump but can we stand by and let this happen again? Talking

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about the politics and international diplomacy around this, because

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Russia maintains this was that Syrian air strike on a store of

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rebel-held weapons, they hold the veto on the Security Council. There

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will not even be a resolution, probably, condemning this? Russia

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has consistently used its veto on the council to veto any attempt to

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castigate Assad, given the fact that Moscow is his biggest patron. Until

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recently, President Trump made clear his main objective in Syria was to

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defeat Islamic State and he was considering cultivating Assad as an

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ally and now this has happened, any attempt to cultivate Assad or

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support Vladimir Putin becomes morally unconscionable for Trump and

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at the same time he criticised President Obama for being weak and

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he failed during the last chemical attack to abide by his promise to

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take action if Assad breached the red line and he cited chemical

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attacks. He also said, whatever you do, do not go into Syria? Do not

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take military action? When Trump changes his mind every few days,

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depending on the last person he spoke to... He recently blamed

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resident Obama are not taking action after Assad breached the red line

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and now you would expect him to be decisive and this is a geopolitical

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powderkeg, very dangerous, given the involvement of Vladimir Putin. We do

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not know what he might have in mind when he says, his ambassador said

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that if the UN will not take on Syria, we will. Let us look at the

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Guardian and the look at the New York Times, the same story. The

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right-hand man and of Trump loses the national security role, Steve

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Bannon. Many eyebrows were raised when he was given the seat at the

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table and there are all sorts of sensitive information. It was quite

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astonishing when he was appointed to this board, the committee on the

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National Security Council, the council is the nerve centre of

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American foreign policy and you have the chief advisor to the President

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being appointed and everyone was worried this would politicise

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American foreign policy, he is a very controversial figure, he was

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the head of Breitbart, a very right-wing neo-conservative media

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organ. He is depicted as the dark leader of American domestic policy.

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And he is an ideologue in many ways. The front page of the New York

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Times, Trump removes Steve Bannon from the National Security Council.

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This is how it looks on the internet. Who was this a result for?

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It is not quite clear yet who has engineered this. McMaster, who was

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appointed, he seems to consolidate his power and other people say that

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Jared Kushner is up and Steve Bannon is down but he still occupies a very

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important part of the White House and he can continue to exert

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influence on domestic policy but his wings have been kept with foreign

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policy in this committee, which has been very military dominated. We can

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move on to the Telegraph, a story that Kate has had some involvement

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with. Trust might -- Liz Truss might lose her position. Liz Truss, ten

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years ago, as Justice Secretary, you automatically became Lord Chancellor

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because that was held by judges? What is happening? This is

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interesting. It has been building over the past couple of months.

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Cabinet Ministers have told the Telegraph that they believe these

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rules need to be spit, Tony Blair brought them together in 2007, that

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happened, and that means Liz Truss is not only the Justice Secretary

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but the Lord Chancellor and those rules are different, they sit in the

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same department and has been criticism of the fact that from very

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senior judges, the most senior in the country, that this Lord

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Chancellor will, Liz Truss is not doing a good enough job. She was

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heavily criticised a week ago for not coming out strongly enough and

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standing for the judiciary, particularly in the wake of some

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attacks in the newspapers on them after the Brexit court case and

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there have been other businesses are concerned about the way the

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Department is running and while the present policy is managed. There

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have been other incidents recently but things have not gone to plan.

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These are sources talking to the Telegraph about how that role needs

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to be spit and they are appealing to the Prime Minister to say we need to

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look again at how this works. This is something that is likely to take

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a long time because it is completely dead and something that has not been

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done for a while, ten years ago these rules were put together. It is

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something we need to keep an eye on but it is interesting to see people

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moving against Liz Truss in that way and that position. Is she on

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borrowed time? It'll be interesting to see how things proceed. The

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Department admits the Lord Chancellor role is not working

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properly, if you remember about three weeks ago, they had to change

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the discount rate, which sounds technical but it resulted in

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concerned about insurance premiums going up as a result. In the

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consultation document subsequent to that, the Ministry admitted that

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perhaps an independent body needs to set that in future, which I believe

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is a condition they do not think that Google is working properly.

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Quite a lot to keep an eye on. -- that role. The Financial Times,

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Theresa May envisages free movement past 2019 as the Brexit stance

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softens. It seems to be softening as he is out of the country. Hold on...

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Getting rid of free movement was one of the main reasons for not wanting

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to remain part of Europe? Another example of the government appearing

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to backtrack on the cornerstones of the reasons for Brexit in the first

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place. Britain wanted control over its borders but if you want that,

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that means you lose being in the single market, which is economically

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important and at the same time, Britain needs workers from the EU

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for the economy to function well. It seems like she is hedging their

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bets. Isn't this a transitional phase? Is not a permanent acceptance

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of free movement forever? Quite. Theresa May says that after 2019,

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she has admitted there was likely to be a transitional period so

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everything can be sorted because two years is not very long. And this is

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an admission that effectively, while you remain in the single market and

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if we do in a transitional period, we would also abide by the rules.

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There are many interesting points but two particularly is that this

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looks like we're starting to see how Theresa May will play ball with the

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EU. We had harsh words recently, all other stories about security linking

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to the economic feature and people getting frustrated that perhaps the

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Prime Minister might make a threat like that, even if it was thinly

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veiled. And we can see Theresa May softening her position to say that

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there may be some we can give and we might not be quite as hard line on

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this as you thought. That is going to be interesting because it keeps

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people on their toes. Is she really hard line? He/she prepared to give a

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little bit of ground? Interesting quote from Steve Baker, a

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Conservative MP... He was one of the leading lights behind the Brexit

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movement and he has championed this for a long time. He says that I do

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not want to discuss hypothetical scenarios, we cannot have MPs tying

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the hands of the PM by drawing new red lines with every twist. The

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question is, how long will that hold? How long will the hard-core

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Brexit MPs be prepared to allow her to play her hand without rumbling

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from the sidelines? That is the question going forward. Back to The

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Daily Telegraph. This is a light relief we promised. A couple have

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been fined 2000 euros because of their cooking! I will not spoil

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this... My guests can explain. A court in Rome has come up with the

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most marvellous word. Olfactory molestation! The case of a couple

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who enjoyed cooking pasta and that is so smelly that the residents in a

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tower block have complained about that rich pasta source and mixed

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seafood, a beloved dish to Italians, but some noxious these people have

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filed a legal suit that has gone all the way to one of the highest

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courts. It seems to be quite a problem in many places in Italy? I

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would not mind my neighbours cooking pasta! Had as a benefit to having

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somebody next-door who can cook. There is a funny set of quotes in

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this about how there has to be a line drawn between the people

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cooking and those complaining because was another man who wants to

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prosecute his neighbour because she cooked chicken soup at eight o'clock

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in the morning. I have never had that for breakfast! It does sound

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like this is one case and there are lots of others who will not end up

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in court. Olfactory molestation! And I am thinking of moving there! That

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is with this offence took place. Nice part of the world! That is

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its... Fragrance free! Don't forget, you can see the front

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pages of the papers online It's all there for you - seven days

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a week at bb.co.uk/papers. And if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it A fine spring day, 16.6 in Cardiff.

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We have some breaks in the cloud, we could hang on to clear skies for

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much of the night towards South south-west and eastern Scotland and

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the north-east.

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