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This is BBC News.
We'll be taking a look at tomorrow
morning's papers in a moment.
First, the headlines:
On the eve of a crucial meeting
for the Prime Minister in Brussels,
a group of leading Brexiteers,
demand guarantees, before any
"Divorce Bill" is paid.
All four board members
of the government's
Social Mobility Commission have
resigned in protest of what they see
as a lack of progress
towards a "fairer Britain."
The White House says North Korea's
nuclear ambitions pose "the greatest
threat to the United States,
and to the world."
A lorry driver who crashed
into stationary traffic on the M6
after falling asleep at the wheel
is jailed for 16 months.
Sky-watchers can begin catching
glimpses of this month's
"super-moon" when the Moon appears
larger and brighter in the sky.
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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me is the deputy political
editor of the Independent,
Rob Merrick, and the author
and broadcaster, Natalie Haynes.
Tomorrow's front pages,
starting with this.
Thank you for coming in in and thank
you for staying for the second
That is OK to do.
A number of tomorrow's front pages
look ahead to the Prime Minister's
meeting with the President
of the European Commission
in Brussels tomorrow.
The Times reports claims that the UK
and the European Union are "90%"
there on a deal that would open
the door for transition and trade
talks on Brexit this month.
The Independent reports on fears
from MEPs that the future rights
of EU citizens in the UK and Britons
in the EU are being forgotten
as a deal gets closer.
The Express says Theresa May faces
a backbench revolt if she gives more
concessions to the EU.
The Financial Times says
the Prime Minister is set
for a momentous day in Brussels.
It also reports that there has been
a surge in Swiss banks' reporting
of suspicious activity
by Saudi clients.
Some of the papers,
like the Guardian, are leading
on research from the Joseph
which found almost 400,000 more
children and 300,000 more over-65s
were living in poverty last
year than in 2012-2013.
The i has the same story,
describing a "poverty time
bomb" for pensioners.
The Daily Mirror says the report
exposes Theresa May's pledge
to tackle poverty as a sham.
The Telegraph focuses
on the virtual currency,
Bitcoin, saying there will be
a crack-down amid concern
it is being used to launder
money and dodge tax.
Looking at tomorrow and the Brussels
meeting. Brexit is 90% complete.
meeting. Brexit is 90% complete.
Things are apparently going quickly.
We were thinking we were nowhere
It looks 90% absent 20 minutes ago.
It was casually mentioned by an
unnamed official. Work is needed to
find a formula to satisfy Ireland.
Apparently we are not bothered about
the Good Friday Agreement. That is
surprising considering Theresa May
and the DUP.
They don't want to
border between Ireland and the rest
of the country.
Theresa May is in a
She has to satisfy the Dublin
government and the EU, guaranteeing
they will not be a hard border after
Brexit. But she cannot say she is
more aligned with Dublin than
London. After saying that, I don't
understand how they can be 90%
Perhaps they are rounding up.
In order to get to phase two, they
don't have to reach agreement. They
just need sufficient progress.
is a very wide margin.
whatever they decide it is. They
want to move on to trade. The bar to
is lower than an agreement. -- to
clear. The government wants to have
a two year transition deal. They
recognise not everything will be
ready by March 2018. They could be
talking about a transition deal even
if not enough has been done to talk
One of the big issues
with the divorce bill in the Irish
border was supposed to be the rights
of citizens. Apparently they are at
We want to focus on other
issues. It seems to have slipped
down the pecking order. What we
picked up from Brussels was a series
of meetings MEPs have had with the
chief negotiator for the commission,
the belief that the EU is willing to
compromise too much and keep these
issues into phase two. There might
not be guarantees EU citizens
desperately want. The legal right to
stay would still be in doubt if the
UK left without a deal. They say
they should focus separately on
making sure they can leave and stay.
Even if that agreement is reached,
there is the family reunification
rights, the rights of those born
after Brexit, whether they will be
overseen by the European Court of
Justice rather than the Home Office,
which many Conservative MPs are
suspicious of. Many were told
wrongly they are being told to leave
the country when they have a right
Many are choosing not to
come in the first place now.
trouble is it is equally awful, I
would imagine, being a British
citizen living on mainland Europe
not knowing what your rights will be
in a few years' time. These
individual people are quite easily
swept aside in pursuit of a greater
gains believed by those negotiating.
These are actual lives of people
thrown into complete disarray for
years to come because no one is
prepared to stand up and say you
want to stay there and you want to
stay here and you can tell each
other out. You are welcome. -- you
cancel each other. That seems like
it quick and easy thing to fix. If
you cannot get that thing done, I
don't fill terrific about borders
The headlines are
optimistic. A French warship berths.
The French are coming to the rescue.
We would have a more fun story if
this weren't the FT. We may be
getting rid of amphibious craft due
to cuts. The French still have some.
Our marines could go and train on
them because we will have a couple
of rafts and perhaps a canoe.
should not joke. It is serious.
it is a bit funny when it becomes
clear that in the words of Nicks
Childs, we may have deficits in
shipping is, ie, we will have none,
but we have a world-renowned force
in the Marines. The French have the
ships, but their Marines are in the
Army. There is room for cooperation.
They have ships and we have the
people to put on them. This could
Unless everyone needs them at
the same time.
You have to put
a downer on it.
This would be a big
story if it was a normal week.
have not had one for a while.
Conservative MPs are not happy about
defence cuts. Money is being spent
on cyber warfare and Triton. People
will say that troops are not needed
any more. Looking at the state of
the Western world, people might
think closer communication between
allies. But many people in this
country are suspicious of what they
see as a euro Defence Force.
Guardian. A sharp rise in child
poverty as cuts bite. We had a mass
resignation of the board of the
Social Mobility Commission. They
said he would not be replaced
anyway. But the prospect is that
things will get worse for those who
are already poor.
devastating figures, no doubt about
it. The first thing to point out is
this is the first increase in child
poverty in 20 years. They found
700,000 more young people and
pensioners are living beneath the
bread line. If you think that is
bad, a separate study for the
Institute for Fiscal Studies said
5.2 million children will be living
in poverty in the next five years.
It is a truly terrifying figure. The
figures out today, 700,000, this has
already happened already in the last
four years. The criticism of the
Prime Minister is she made that
speech everyone admired in Downing
Street when she took over. She said
the government would look after the
downtrodden not the favoured few.
But the criticism is clearly that
she just made a speech without
Austerity is not over.
long way to go of it. As I said, the
numbers being quoted are just
horrifying. 30% of children in
poverty. How can that possibly be
true? That number just seems so
incredibly high. But the increase is
700,000. That is not the net figure.
The net figure is one in five. 40
million people living at 60% of
median income. It is a terrifying
number. These are actual real-life
people who cannot cope with pay
freezes and the rising cost of
living. None of these things are
likely to change any time soon. If
austerity was lightened, the cost of
living ceasing to rise, seems
The best before date in
a bid to cut waste. This is the
Apparently they will be
selling food after best before dates
including chips and lollies. It was
previously being sent to landfill.
Now it will be just reduced in
price. As we know, best before race
not same as use by. You will not be
poisoned by a slightly stale crisp.
You will just get some calories you
need for 10p as you are already
suffering as we read from the
previous story. It seems like a
little bit of progress to reduce
waste and give food to people who
are in poverty. I don't think that
is a good solution, but it is better
to do that than not do it.
people who can afford to pay full
price will say it is a good idea to
stop the waste as well.
It is a
positive thing. One supermarket,
Coop, they will do it and others
will follow it.
Wonky veg is
another. I got a wonky carrot and a
It is a broad
church where you live.
funny but they are OK when you cut
them up. We will finish with the
Guardian. Air pollution stops play
in Delhi test match.
I liked this
Dramatic riches of Sri
Lankan players with gas masks. --
pictures. Everyone knows the air
quality is horrific death and I
would not want to live or a play or
bowl fast in those conditions. But
as you get to the bottom of the
story, skulduggery is afoot.
That is according to the chairman of
the English Cricket Board. He says
there was a point where Sri Lankan
players were put in gas masks and
fast bowlers were unwilling to ball.
They got 507 runs. India felt
obliged to declare at that point
because the Sri Lankans would not
bowl at them. They came out to bat
and were not wearing gas masks. That
is when the Indian board said if for
the 7000 people in the stance did
not have a problem and the England
team did not have it, why did the
English team make a farce? --
Last year in November they
had to stop two tests. In defence of
those who exercise in terrible
weather when we should not, it is
much harder if you are running
because you are breathing more
deeply. I cannot imagine what it is
like for the pollution to be so bad
you are, and I quote, vomiting
continuously. I do like the word
It is not quite a body
line my favourite bit of Australian
sledging is when someone was
swatting flies and they said hey,
leave those flies alone. Ending on
an anecdote. Thank you for coming
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