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This is BBC News with Martine Croxall.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment.

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Police investigating the suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday have

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Remembering the 22 victims of Monday's bombing,

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the city came together for the Great Manchester Run,

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to show it won't be defeated by terror.

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It's been an exceptionally difficult week for everybody, but greater

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Manchester is saying this place will get through it and we will go

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forward together. Vigils and services of remembrance

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have been taking place today in memory of people

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who lost their lives Thousands of British Airways

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passengers have suffered a second day of delays caused

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by a massive IT failure. Japan has protested

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against North Korea's latest launch of a missile,

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which appears to have landed Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to tomorrow's papers. With me are John Rentoul,

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Chief Political Commentator He has told us that he's interested

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in politics, so I'm quite relieved. And I hope she's interested in

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economics as well. The Financial Times leads

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on the IT chaos causing misery for BA customers

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and carries a photo of a rather happier looking German Chancellor

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at a campaign event. cost-cutting and what it calls

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a 'moronic' cover-up. The election campaign

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is the Telegraph's main story. It claims Jeremy Corbyn attended

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an event ceremony in honour of a terrorist involved in the 1972

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Munich attack on Israeli athletes. The Eye says the Conservatives

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are re-launching their election campaign in a bid to stop

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what the paper calls their poll The Times reports that a key legal

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power designed to control British jihadists has

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been used only once. The Mirror has a full-page photo

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of some of the 40,000 people who took part

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in the Great Manchester Run. The paper calls it a 'defiant

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act of solidarity'. And a terror warning is the top

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story for the Express. It reports on fears that Libya has

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become a breeding ground Let's start with something a bit

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uplifting, the front page of the daily Mirror. 40,000 runners taking

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to the streets in Manchester. Ruth, you know Manchester better than any

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of us. This speaks of the spirit of the place. We still all know and

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think about the people who lost their lives and their families, but

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the people from the North West of England are without doubt the best

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people ever anywhere. They are the most intelligent, beautiful, they

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are the best comics, and they stick together. What got me about this was

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the way the communities came together as well. I was very touched

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when I saw the Muslim cleric with this elderly Jewish lady because you

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want to see everybody together. You don't want to see particular groups

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together, you want to see the whole city which is as diverse and

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energetic as any in the country. To hold an event like that so soon

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after something which could have made so afraid to go out is quite

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uplifting. I think the spirit Manchester has shown in the past

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week has been really impressive and I'm not from Manchester, but I'm

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really proud of them. I love Manchester. It's a great place to go

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to party conferences in. Politics again, you see. Europe assessed. It

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was great to see everybody out and congratulations to get the race

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under way and I'm sure they had great fun -- you are obsessed. Ten

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days to diss -- decide the Prime Minister. The Conservatives are

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relaunching their campaign because the polls are not going quite so

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well, but also Nicola Sturgeon suggesting that she would join

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forces in a Progressive alliance with Labour. That's right. That is

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what has happened new to night. You were reporting it earlier, but

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Nicola Sturgeon saying she would be part of the Progressive Alliance,

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but also said she did not think Jeremy Corbyn was suited to be Prime

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Minister. She is trying to have it both ways. The thing about Nicola

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Sturgeon is that you secretly know she wants Theresa May to win, like

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she wanted David Cameron to win before because she knows the Tory

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Prime Minister in London means votes for the SNP in Scotland. But she

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also has to pretend to be part of the Progressive Alliance against the

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Tories. This relaunch of the campaign will be very interesting. I

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think it will. They will go hard about Jeremy Corbyn himself as being

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weak on terrorism not least because of his association with the IRA,

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allegedly and he said he was not sympathetic with any terrorists. And

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he has voted against anti-terror -- legislation in the last ten years so

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his record on terrorism is very poor so I think they will go over that.

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It might sound like opportunism but this is an election campaign after

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all but even though there has been a slide in the Tory vote it still

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looks as though they are reasonably on track to have a fair overall

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majority, perhaps not we thought a fortnight ago but still an overall

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majority. One poll the other day had a 5-point lead. That is very close

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but then there was not a poll today in the Sunday Times which was seven

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points. That's not suggesting necessarily that the polls are

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shifting. We will have to see what happens this week and whether the

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narrowing continues or whether it starts to widen again. The other

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thing to say about Nicola Sturgeon is that she was scorned by Jeremy

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Corbyn. She is a spurned woman. She wasn't interested in the progressive

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alliance. She tried to snuggle up to Ed Miliband and Ed Miliband had to

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try and defend her. It is a complete disaster for the Labour leader to be

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associated with the idea of a coalition of chaos. The stories

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could do well in Scotland and pick up another five or six seats. They

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could do better than in a long time. Lots of people have been complaining

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to me, not you, but to me. The independent. Labours are the most

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trusted to defend pensioners. Social care fiasco. We must start with you,

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John. What it found? I think it's significant that the social care

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question has not gone away. It was the big question after the

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Conservatives publish the manifesto, the withdrawal of free home visits.

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And they are expected to use the value of their home to help pay for

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it and that has gone down extremely badly with a lot of pensioners and

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it is significant because the conservative vote depends on older

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people who tend to turn out a lot more than younger people and vote,

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and if they are unsettled by this that might not happen this time. It

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really put the cat among the pigeons, the so-called dementia tax.

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It did seem like when them manifesto came out it was anti-pensions, and

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it wasn't about the extra expenditure on home care, if you are

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at home, although there was a limit of 100,000. There was no cap, that

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was the main thing and then there was the U-turn last Monday. It

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wasn't just the social care thing, it was the means testing over winter

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fuel allowances. And the end of the triple lock. In themselves, perhaps

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they don't seem that important, but taken together it seemed like a

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concerted attack on a splendid group of people which are the backbone of

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this country. They have paid their stamp. I have been paying all my

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life. I come from the north of England and I had to pay, it's just

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not good enough. It's only just under the surface, isn't it. Life is

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hard. Hopefully your fee for coming here will help a little. Enough cat

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food. The Daily Telegraph, well, the worst chaos I have ever seen. Half

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term misery as BA disruption to continue for days there is a picture

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of a poor woman who is asleep on her luggage waiting for a flight which

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may or may not have arrived yet. The biggest IT failure in aviation

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history one of the other papers reports. It seems as though it will

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be an expensive one for BA, because the Daily Telegraph is saying that

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the compensation payments may be 50 million and there will be the costs

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of goodwill and lost business of another 50 million but the

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suggestion is that one of the reasons we had this disaster was a

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move to cost-cutting and they had outsourced a lot of the IT services

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to India, that kind of consultancy or whatever it was, and if that's

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the case, my goodness, has it rebounded. A false economy indeed.

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And it does seem to be not a lack of communication, a PR disaster of the

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world's kind. -- the worst kind. It did seem most of the information

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came from the media. We did our bit, John. Very few members of staff

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either seem to have information or be in evidence at Gatwick or

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Heathrow. That's right. It looks as though BAe were taken surprise by

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this. They didn't seem to have a contingency plan may need one for

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when things like that go wrong, just so they have got people out there

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telling the customer is what is going on. Any day of the week for

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this to happen would have been difficult, but over a bank holiday

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weekend where so many people are trying to get away and the

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ramifications are worldwide because all the planes will not be in the

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right place. Including Andrew Neil, apparently. He could have got on a

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train, it's not like getting back from India. He could have thumbed

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left. I wonder who would have given him a lift. Jeremy Corbyn? Nicola

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Sturgeon, maybe. I think John is right, no contingency plans. No free

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food, no water, drinks. Some people were lucky if they got a bottle of

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water. Look after these people for goodness' sake. They were ignored --

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neglected and ignored. It's extraordinary. This is a consumer

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driven industry, so we here. Let's look at the FT. Angela Merkel

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sipping a large glass of beer in Munich. Cold comfort, it says.

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Europeans on their own as US tensions grow. She is saying in this

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campaign rally that she was at that really we cannot rely on the US and

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the UK and we have two snuggle up to France a bit more. She is being a

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bit anti-American. She has an election coming up and the German

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voter does not like Donald Trump. She is obviously telling them what

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they want to hear. It will be interesting to see if she carries on

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with this kind of anti-American rhetoric after being re-elected as

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Chancellor, if that is what happens. Do you remember when she offered to

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shake hands with Donald Trump and he did not do it? No, he didn't. Very

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pointed. Where is macron would not let go. There is a whole book to be

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written about Donald Trump and his handshakes. I think essentially it's

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a bit of a cheek. If I may. Permission granted. When it comes to

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security, Germany does not pull its weight. When it comes to defence

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spending, it's less than 1% of GDP and Donald Trump does have Germany

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in his sights when he was accusing various countries of not fulfilling

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their commitments for Nato. The other thing I would say is, that

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when it comes to the UK, Theresa May went out of her way when she was

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invoking Article 50 to say that she wanted a good security relationship

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with the European Union and I think she meant it. She had said as Home

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Secretary that she thought it was an important part of the security plan

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to be in the EU. Well, that might be a U-turn. I thought I would pointed

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out. Angela Merkel is engaged in posturing the negotiations as well.

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From a trade point of view, Britain is pretty important to Germany. I

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think we are first or second as the largest market for goods. We have a

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trade deficit of ?30 billion in goods with Germany, the equivalent

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of about 1% of German GDP and I think there would be a lot of German

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exporters of Audi cars and BMWs who really want to continue to trade

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with us. I think they will. But this is right from John, posturing ahead

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of the Federal elections before the 24th of September and also the

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Brexit negotiations will be starting in June and I suspect that the EU is

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ramping up the rhetoric, so to speak, before those negotiations

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start. The great unanswered question is, did she finished that beer? We

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suspect not. There was quite a lot of it. A whole litre. That's it for

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the papers, John Andrews, always a treat to see you. Have a very good

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bank holiday Monday -- John and Ruth. Coming up next, the Film

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Review.

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