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


With me are Caroline Wheeler, Deputy Political Editor


of the Sunday Times and Jason Beattie, Head of Politics


The FT leads with a story that Downing Street has approached


Britain's biggest businesses to publicly state their support


for the government's approach to Brexit.


Jacob Rees Mogg's bid to become the next leader


of the Conservative Party has come under fire, says the Metro.


He has drawn criticism after a TV interview in which he said he did


not believe in abortion under any circumstances.


The Express focuses on a new study which it says proves that statins


can reduce the chance of an early death by 28%.


Hurricane Irma is the lead for The i, with the warning that


millions of people are risk in the Caribbean and US as


The Telegraph claims that Theresa May's Brexit plans


are in "chaos" as senior ministers distance themselves


following the leak of radical plans for immigration.


According to The Times, universities face being fined if they fail to


justify paying vice chancellors more than the Prime Minister. The


Guardian has revelations from leaked Brexit documents. And the mail says


a survey from the British Medical Association found around half of GPs


this book to our closing their lists to new patients. We will go straight


to the eye of the storm, may God protect us, the front page here, I


think that is a picture that has come from the international space


station. It shows just how big, angry and whipped up Hurricane Irma


is. Barrelling across the Caribbean from east to west and will probably


hit the British Virgin Islands next ballot has caused damage to places


like Antigua and Barbuda. And the fact that this is billed as the


biggest storm we have ever seen is significant about just how


devastating the impact can be and we already have the French President


basically saying it is going to be hard and cruel. That is because we


even see this gaining momentum as it goes across and it is only starting,


this is the beginning. We will see this move and towards the end of the


week it will move towards Miami and areas like that and already areas


are on a high state of alert. People stockpiling food and getting ready


for what looks like it is going to be the most devastating storms. And


it comes hard on the back of Hurricane Harvey and there is


another... Yes. Jason, lots of people's minds will turn to...


Doesn't feel like more of this is happening? Are we just reporting


that more? What are we reporting or not reporting? Over the past few


months we have had floods in India and Bangladesh. 1200 people dead, 6


million acres of crops destroyed and 14 million people affected and they


have not seen this leading any news bulletin. We do have this almost


West approach. That does not mitigate that the poorest people


will most often suffer, we can remember what happened in the


Dominican Republic. And a lot of people could lose their lives and be


badly affected but I wonder why we focus on this and we have ignored


completely almost what is happening in India. To be fair to the BBC, we


have reported it quite extensively, the floods in South Asia. But I take


your point as far as a lot of the newspapers are concerned. We had


this horrible weather season that began with catastrophic flooding


that caused amazing as dreadful landslides in Sierra Leone. And they


were very underreported, those deaths. I will mention Martin


Patience from the BBC right now. I will just throw that in. The


Guardian. The new league of Brexit papers reveals fissures between


Britain and the EU? We have a Brexit bonanza tomorrow, we have the bill


having the second reading in the House of Commons, questions to David


Davis to kick off and to make it more enjoyable we have Michel


Barnier launching new position papers in Brussels and doing a press


conference and the Guardian has an advance on some of those papers


which he will put forward. David Davis has persuaded, begged Michel


Barnier to show flexibility and imagination and he will come back


tomorrow and say, we are not being flexible and we don't have much


imagination. We are playing hardball. This is what the Guardian


is saying. One suspects that a lot of people looking at these


negotiations panning out, they might argue that the 27 through Michel


Barnier are not saying anything that they had not telegraphed months ago?


Equally, it does not feel like the message going the other way is


changing either. Given the fact that all along David Davis said we're


going to give them the mother of all frights in terms of changing the


timetable and basically, the essence of this, they are talking about


going in with the paper to be delivered on Northern Ireland to say


the commission will say you sort it out, it is your problem. Whereas


David Davis has consistently said, we cannot make progress on Northern


Ireland if you are so focused on only talking about the divorce Bill


and the withdrawal, we want to talk about our future relationship.


Initially, David Davis accepted this timetable, we're just going to do


with withdrawal and then the future relationship and towards the latter


weeks of the summer, he then goes on this massive offensive, actually, we


cannot solve the Northern Ireland situation unless you allow us to


move forward and talk about other things. It is not just Northern


Ireland, they are talking about legislating to make sure foods and


things like Prosecco are protected so we cannot have cheap copies and


other things. The essential message is, the commissioner is saying, you


want to move on and talk about other things? No. We want to stick to the


timetable, if you want to use imagination, use your own. The


Telegraph, Theresa May's Brexit plans in disarray. I will return to


the scene that some people are pointing to... The EU had


telegraphed a long time ago that this was going to be their strategy


and for some reason, it might seem that we have always believed that we


can convince them otherwise. Why did we think that? Why did we believe


that in the first place? That is an extraordinarily good question, why


they were just so gung ho... It was not just the Brexiteers, some who


wanted to remain are wondering why the EU is so steadfast in pushing


this narrative? There are 27 of them and unless they have a clear line,


it is easier for them to unravel. They have to act collectively and


have one negotiator, Michel Barnier. What we're finding out is what was


obvious in the beginning, this whole process is extraordinarily complex.


Each question leads to another. This is why the problems are mounting for


Theresa May. You have divisions in the Cabinet, probably in the


country, on what sort of immigration controls we have. We have this


constant unresolved argument, Northern Ireland cannot move forward


on whether we should or not have a transition period and if we do, are


we members of the single market or the Customs Union? And for how long?


You have business saying, we want some sort of security so we can


start investing again. And all of these issues are, because you have


this internal conflict with the Conservative Party and in the


Cabinet, they are mounting without any clear resolution, overseen by a


Prime Minister whose authority has disappeared since the general


election. This double dynamic, and the Labour Party is not immune...


There are divisions in the Labour Party. On domestic policy... And


then international relations, this is leading to an extraordinary lack


of clarity. And the money issue. We are big net contributor to the EU


budget and is a sense that if they let us off the hook in terms of


talking about how much money we will pay them when we Brexit, that is


somehow going to be lost in the wayside and they believe some of


their bargaining position so we are at a massive impasse and it seems


difficult to move beyond that. The interesting thing about this is


actually, it is a Daily Telegraph that writing the stories, which are


raising questions about the success of the Prime Minister and her


ability to do with this. This is talking about the leak from


yesterday, talking about the immigration blueprint and splits


within the Cabinet over this, the likes of Amber Rudd and Damian Green


being much more resistant to big curbs on immigration. Actually,


there have been other stories today, if you wanted to do a negative


story. We have seen a number of stories being done in The Daily


Telegraph, probably a site from the express, the biggest flag waver for


Brexit... They are looking at this and raising questions. The Financial


Times, executives resist Downing Street's strong-arm bid for Brexit


backing. This is interesting. Business leaders, perhaps not


willing to give the kind of coverage that perhaps Number 10 would like?


This idea of organising letters of support feels very retro, it was a


tactic first used in the 1980s and dribbled into the 90s and we thought


it had died. Now, it is not exactly surprising on the back of the league


about the government's possible immigration strategy for Brexit that


big business and small businesses, who rely massively on the flow of


goods and people, are not exactly happy with the government's stance


on Brexit. They made that quite clear for some time. These are


number of leaks from within the business community and they seem to


suggest that they are not necessarily onside and are some


great quotes about saying, basically those who have been approached, you


would have to be manoeuvring for a knighthood to sign this letter,


somebody is suggesting! Another person from within the inner Downing


Street circle says, I had no idea who in Number 10 thought this was a


good idea. The Metro, abortion is wrong even after rape. This is Jacob


Rees-Mogg, speaking on television today. Yes, he did an interview this


morning he talked about his views on abortion and in some ways his


position on this is not that surprising given he is very vocal


about his ardent Catholic beliefs and he has voted pretty much in


every division you can see against gay marriage. Why this becomes a


story is that Jacob is being talked about more as a potential leadership


candidate, when and if any vacancy arises, and how that will set him at


odds with the modernising strand that was championed by David


Cameron. The Daily Mirror, gender neutral role, school bands skirts


and the head brings in a new uniform policy? This is fascinating. The


debate about transgender, this is a very good way of illustrating this.


It throws up so many questions, for example, they had the music awards


last week and they did not have any male or female category. In the


Olympics, if you transition, which category do you run in? Does this


give you an advantage or disadvantage and should be respected


or wish to do this? It is really quite interesting and not all these


questions have an immediate answer. We will have to end things. Thank


you both very much. Don't forget, you can see the front


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


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


evening, you can watch it Thank you, Caroline Wheeler


and Jason Beattie.


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