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welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us


tomorrow. I'm joined by Katie balls from the Spectator and David Davis


the broadcaster. Have you recovered from the election? Just! Still


shell-shocked! We are going to start with The Telegraph which declares


the Prime Minister will stick to her pre-election plans for a hard


Brexit, despite calls for a change of approach following the election


result. The Times says things could go in the opposite direction as it


sources claim. The Chancellor is preparing to fight to persuade


members of the government to support a softer Brexit instead. The i


points to pressure from Michel Barnier to begin talks as Theresa


May is still to finalise a deal for support for her government from the


DUP. The Financial Times claims Emmanuel Macron is also putting


pressure on Mrs May to begin talks. The Metro focuses on the DUP and the


status of their negotiations with the Conservatives. The paper says


deals with the party could lead to further problems for Theresa May's


government. Diane Abbott is on the front page of The Guardian. The


paper has an exclusive interview with her there. Although that's The


Daily Mail! The Daily Mail leads with claims that medical assistance


are treating patients as part of an NHS cost-cutting measure leaving


many at risk. We are going to start with The Telegraph. May says she's


sticking to her Brexit blueprint. She's in France, but she's talking


to a serious Europhile fan of the European Union, yet she's making it


clear she'll stick to what people are describing as a hard Brexit.


Yes, it's worth noting in her meeting with Macron today that it


was quite a friendly handshake. Unlike the one he had with Mr Trump!


There do seem to be warmer relations. There's been a lot of


speculation since the results about what it means for Brexit. Lots of


people in her own party want her to rethink her approach but The


Telegraph is saying that's not going to happen. Why? You could point to


the fact, David, that 80% of voters voted for parties, labour and the


Conservatives, who are advocating leaving the single market. Yes, but


what's been going on since the election result and the outcome,


which shocked just about everybody. I think that's a fair comment. I've


been abroad in recent weeks and it shocked people abroad. They still


don't understand why the Brits, a British Prime Minister has an


election she doesn't need to have. Anyway, putting that aside, I was


going to sit it I can say there's been a lot of briefing today and


indeed a few speeches and interviews, from Conservatives


saying soften your tone, Mrs May. A hard Brexit is off the agenda. And


what happened tonight very clearly is that the hard Brexiteers are


fighting back and there's been this briefing to The Telegraph saying the


Prime Minister is absolutely sticking to her guns and a threat


that Britain could leave the EU without securing a trade deal. Issue


trying to keep those backbenchers onside? Is that what this is all


about? I think she's trying to keep a lot of backbenchers and side at


the moment. We saw in her shuffle today of ministerial appointments,


we saw some remain porters, in, some Brexit supporters come in. It's hard


to did you switch side shoes on. Even if she wants to lead us out,


it's whether she actually can. May has never looked weaker as Prime


Minister than she does now and it's the cabinet making a lot of


decisions. Which takes off onto the other story, David on the front page


of The Times. Hammond pushes Tories to ditch Brexit trade plan. The real


Brexiteers are going to hold sway according to The Telegraph, but The


Times is now saying it could be Hammond. This is exactly the point.


Is it only a week ago it was Philip Hammond who was for the chop as


Chancellor? Now he is preparing to lead a battle within the government


to soften Brexit by keeping Britain inside the EU customs union. This is


what people like Boris Johnson have fought tooth and nail against. And


then of course President Macron who we mentioned earlier, he added to


the fire tonight by saying that the EU's doors remain open for Britain


to reverse Brexit, if things go on like this. I have to say, the result


is a night of the football match, France three with ten men, England


two with 11 men, I hope that wasn't an omen for Mrs May! Katie, is


Theresa May's debating style the way that she feels she should conduct


these talks on Brexit, is to go in there and say if we don't get a deal


where going to walk away and that's it. Hard Brexit. That is what


underpins her whole strategy, that they are going to be too scared not


to give us a deal. Is that what this is about? That was part of her


pitch. It's quite funny that during the election campaign, which


everyone admits was now quite a bad campaign, she said if you don't vote


for me you will have Jeremy Corbyn in the negotiations so you need me.


If you look at how she's been depicted in the foreign media since


the results and you do think she's more a laughing stock right now than


this Iron Lady. That could change but I think you can't deny although


she called this election to strengthen her hand, it's weakened


it massively. Of course, there's a bloke called David Davis who is


Secretary of State for Brexit. He is presenting a rather softer line in


the past few days than he had to follow the May line until last


Thursday. But now, it will be very interesting to see what tone he


takes and what approach he takes. I still don't understand why she has


the tone she has. What is the reasoning for going in there, making


it clear it's going to be a hard Brexit if I don't get what I want?


The idea is you have to be able to walk away from the table in order to


get a good deal. I think that wine is wearing weaker and weaker,


particularly now. We saw Michael Gove today, everyone seems to be


softening their language a little and talking about this need for more


conversation with everyone and all the different parties. It's all


talk, but there seems to be a conscious effort to make it seem


less hard. I don't know if Theresa May herself has got the memo. There


are a lot of Conservative hardliners on this matter and she now has to


keep them somehow onside, though history teaches us that the


Conservative Party's way of self-preservation is a considerable


way. Given the majority she's got now, next to none, even with the DUP


she's got to keep them on side as well. It feels a bit unlike the


Major years when he was held ransom by the blokes beginning with B, as


it were! We shouldn't underestimate the role of Ruth Davidson in this.


Without the games in Scotland with the Scottish Conservatives, May


wouldn't have been able to form a minority government. Ruth Davidson


is in favour of a soft Brexit. She wants to focus on the economy so she


isn't in the big Brexit camp. The front page of the Financial Times,


Cameron turns heat on May with call to consult Labour for a softer


Brexit. We'll go on to The Guardian. Interview with Diane Abbott on


diabetes and life as chief target of a vicious Tory campaign. We saw the


day before the election, Diane Abbott was moved temporarily from


the Home Office brief, after a bad interview on Sky. They said it was


health reasons. Now she says she suffers from type two diabetes. In


the stress of the campaign have blood sugar levels were all over the


place which affected her performance. The irony of that is


that the Prime Minister has, for many years, suffered from a


different type of diabetes as well. This whole question of the media,


particularly the press's approach to Diane Abbott, and other Labour


figures, was that counter-productive? In previous


campaigns certain newspapers claimed they won the campaign for the


Conservatives. I seem to remember somebody what one it was the


headline. Who was it what lost it this time, one wonders? Perhaps that


isn't a question to be asking tonight. Yes, on a programme called


The Papers! LAUGHTER Are you saying the papers have no influence? I'm


saying it's a very interesting question academically. I'll see you


at Birmingham University to discuss it! Talking about people wanting to


get into the press and the papers, Nick Clegg is now a columnist with


the i. Yes, the i is still print. It's The Independent that is online.


There he is, Nick Clegg, new columnist. Great news because he


lost his job last week. No need to go to the Job Centre! It's quite


traditional for politicians to have columns. Less common is what George


Osborne did, obviously, when you take on the editorship. I imagine


George Osborne might be kicking himself. Isn't it the same owner? No


it's not actually. You want complaining about politicians doing


new jobs? Television people have endlessly gone into. Politics have


they? I can go back as far as Geoffrey Johnson Smith, who was an


early TV presenter, who was a Conservative MP for years. I'm going


to have to wrap this up otherwise be looking for a new job as well!


LAUGHTER Thank you. That's it for The Papers tonight. Thank you to you


watching, goodbye. Hello. A bit of summer warmth on the


way for many of you tomorrow. The skies across the UK looking a bit


more like this at times. Certainly in areas where skies have been




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