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


With me are Kevin Schofield, editor of PoliticsHome,


and journalist Rachel Shabi.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with The Mail on Sunday


which reports that Theresa May intends to crack down


The Observer leads with news that Labour want the UK to remain


in the single market for several years after Brexit.


The Sunday Times says more than 100 academy school chain heads


are earning more than the Prime Minister.


The Sunday Express front page is dedicated to the fatal crash


on the M1 where eight people lost their lives.


The Sunday Telegraph reports on weaknesses in Parliament's


security exposed by security service tests.


Starting off, should we start with the Observer and the news that


Labour are making this dramatic shift? Is it really that dramatic?


Maybe not. This front-page is coming off a piece Britain by the shadow


rakes it -- the shadow Brexit secretary. He


is saying that Labour wants to stay in a customs union in the


transitional period. This would be in reaction to the Conservative


position which was put out by Liam Fox and Philip Hammond, saying that


in the transitional period, the Conservatives would want to leave by


the customs union and the single market. That seems a strange


position to take because presumably the transition period is intended as


a buffer so that damage is not done during that period of exit. It


relates specifically to the Labour market and the customs union. So,


Labour have said, that makes no sense. Obviously we will have a


transitional period. At least the government has come to its senses on


that, knowing that it is necessary and desirable. But as would look


very different. It is a clear distinction between the two parties.


It also says that Labour have left the option open of staying in the


single market and the customs union for good, long-term. That is


dependent on Brussels agreeing to that, which it is a big question. It


also brings up the question of free movement, I don't know how you could


remain in the single market without insisting on free movement. That is


probably the reason that most people voted to leave, they wanted to take


back control of the UK's borders. In terms of the politics, it is a very


difficult one I think for Labour to sell to the country, especially a


lot of traditional Labour voters in the north who voted for Brexit


specifically for reasons of migration. I will believe it when


the general comes out and confirms it. There have been so many


conflicting messages from not just the Cabinet, but the shadow cabinet


as well. For the general to come out and say this, I think it is


significant. How do you think that the EU will take this idea of a soft


Brexit? I think what we are hearing from the EU is just, look, whatever


it is you want to do, will you please just tell us? Put it down on


paper. What we are hearing from the EU, especially in the last few


weeks, in response to these policy papers that the government has put


out, on top of the two negotiation meetings, the reaction from the EU


has very much been, you still don't really seem to know what you want.


You haven't told us. We have asked for clarity on these three things in


this phase of the negotiation. What happens to UK nationals in Europe


and vice-versa, what happens to be Irish borders, and what happens to


the bill that Britain have to pay in order to leave? -- has. There has


not really been a possibility to move into the next phase of


negotiations with any of those. The Independent, Hurricane Harvey, the


state of Texas, according to Reuters, they are taking supplies


and food to areas that have been badly hit, it has been downgraded to


a tropical storm at the coastline is very vulnerable? Yes, the risk of


flooding is very high. We have seen pictures today coming out, the scale


of damage in places like Houston and Rockport, there has been a lot of


damage to buildings, we have seen trees on the ground, electrical


poles... It is the slow-moving aspect that is the problem. People


are hunkering down and bracing themselves for the worst. It is


hanging around. Going back to Brexit, the Independent, apparently


it is the big businesses who are leading the talks? That won't come


as a huge surprise. Not to most people. The big business appears to


be where the government is more concerned about keeping people on


side. We know that the business establishment, if you can put it


that way, they are pro- remain and they have a lot of concerns about


what happens when we leave these two trading systems. On the one hand, it


is probably not that surprising that they have a lot of influence, but


there is a significant line here, which says, the groups that donated


money were given access to the team. I think that will stick in the craw


of a lot of voters. It also says that trade unions are not getting


the same exposure. And David Davies has been laying out some walls of


his own to Russell 's? He has shown how determined he is to get things


done, giving up his bank holiday to fly... -- Brussels. He is going over


there to kickstart the next round of talks. We are told it is going to be


a lot more aggressive, he is going to go in and tell the EU to stop


dragging their heels, be a bit more flexible and try to meet the UK


halfway. I think the ball remains in Britain's Court. It is determining


what the terms of the exit are and whether the EU will agree to those


terms -- court. Yes, they are still waiting for the detail, and they? --


aren't they? Yes, determining the bill for leaving and that sort of


thing, the EU is not saying they need to know that figure exactly but


they need an idea of what the figure will be. If they can agree on those,


then they can move on. They are not even getting that. With things like


the border in Northern Ireland with Ireland, Ireland and the EU did not


cause it and don't want it. They don't necessarily understand why


they should now be having to figure out a way a round it that avoids


impacting this very difficult peace process. There is a lot of concern


in the Foreign Office about the potential process. It is so


difficult to see how you could maintain a frictionless border how


do you square that circle? Returning quickly to the Mail on Sunday, why


do you think Theresa May is setting her sights on fat cat and their


salaries? -- cats. The Mail on Sunday, they are really giving it a


full backing in terms of exposure. When you look inside, paragraph 30,


after listing a lot of these fatcat bosses, it says, there is no


indication of wrongdoing by these people nor any government


indications of wrongdoing. So, they have decided to sort of... It sounds


like a very stupid position to take, but you can see why she is taking


it. The appeal, the Labour platform of speaking to these rampant wealth


inequalities within our society, they are very popular. Of course she


wants to tap into that. Unfortunately, nobody is going to


believe her for the reasons he outlined. And now a section of her


party is going to believe she is behaving like an anticapitalist. It


seems like a loser- lose situation. Many parents will be wondering how


much their heads of schools earn after this story. -- lose-lose. It


is extraordinary, and it is quite jarring because it is in the context


of schools facing cuts, parents being told... Being asked to pay for


things all the time, textbooks, teachers buckling under the pressure


of classes and sometimes ending up feeding children who are coming to


school hungry. They are obviously facing the consequences of austerity


cuts. It makes it particularly galling when we hear of figures like


this. $420,000... Outrageous. The Princes will be honouring their ray


of light a day before the anniversary of her death. Yes, it


says that the queen and the Prince of Wales will remain out of view, I


think that is probably the best thing that they could do. The two


boys have been put forward to talk about it. It must be very difficult


for them. This will be the last time that they will have to do it, I


believe. Thank you very much for that. Have a lovely bank holiday


weekend. I am going to be indoors, working away. Coming up next, stay


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