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News to the weekend, see you in a
Well and welcome to our look ahead
at what the papers will be bringing
us tomorrow morning. With me, Helen
Brand, OBE, chief executive of the
Association of Chartered Certified
Accountants. And Sebastian Payne,
correspondent at the Financial
Times. Welcome to you both. Before I
speak to them, let's take a look at
some of tomorrow's front pages. The
Daily Mail calls people to rejoice.
We are our way. The Telegraph hails
the price of freedom from all the
stories about Brexit you'll be
surprised to hear. The express talks
of a huge Brexit at last. Mae
bounces back, that's what the Times
runs with. The 2-1 headline, Britain
sets course for a soft Brexit. The
Financial Times itself strikes a
cautious tone noting Donald Tusk's
warnings on tough choices ahead are
all around. The daily Mirror
describes Theresa May as Mrs Softy.
The Guardian notes the European
Union warning there might be delays
to a final Brexit deal. OK, let's
get started on papers. Alan, you
lead us off with the Daily Mail.
There is a Theresa May hand, a
Claude Junker hand shaking.
It seems a little over the top.
not sure rejoice is necessarily the
word the business world will be
using I think relief is probably
more along the lines. It's more
about losing control of its borders
and money. The relief in the
business world is more about there
being movement, that we are moving
Because you want to get on,
business wants to get to the trade
We know business confidence
has been severely knocked by the
insurgency around Brexit. In our
global economic conditions, the UK
and Irish members, it's been reduced
by half in the past year. It was all
linked to Brexit and lack of
certainty around the transition
period. That the hard border
possibility... Actually, regulatory
governance was something that came
up quite often with members in terms
of what's worrying them moving
forward. All of those things are
starting to be addressed. More
importantly we can get down to the
detail of the trade agreements.
we unravel those, those three
things, borders, laws and money,
nothing particularly nailed down.
Generalities is what we've got,
isn't it was indeed.
heard today is an Brexit on the 30th
of March 2019, not much is going to
change, we'll still be handing over
big sums of money, there will still
be free movement of people. The laws
are still going to be mirrored
what's happening in Europe the
foreseeable future. It means nothing
changes but for all those people who
voted for a radical shake-up of our
politics, I don't think it's quite
what they had in the deal put
forward today, there is talk of the
European Court of Justice having
jurisdiction for eight years after
In political terms, next
century, might as well be.
parliaments away from where we stand
now. A lot of compromises here. If
you think a lot of the bellicose
rhetoric we had during the
referendum campaign, it's all been
calmed down, cooler heads
The European Court of
Justice has been a compromise on the
European side. They saw that in
perpetuity, there would be some
recourse to the European Court of
Justice. There has been some
compromise on both sides.
own paper, Sebastian, as you say, it
seems a little less wildly
enthusiastic. Mae blunted by Donald
Tusk warning on tough choices ahead.
Are we saying this was quite a...
Victory isn't the word, a
breakthrough. The next it will be
That is the
editorial inside our paper tomorrow,
says exactly that, it's been a tough
battle to get here and Theresa May
has done very well. Also to bring
her party with her on this journey
because she's had this coalition of
Brexit is and Remainers who have
different views on whether country
should head. Everybody today was
giving this is the nod, saying this
is a good deal. The tough stuff
comes on the trade negotiations
because a lot of Brexit supporters
have been holding fire because they
really want that final clean break
in 2021, 2022. Willing to accept
handing over money, free movement of
people, some ECA jurisdiction. They
will want a clean, final break.
Making that work is going to be
tough. This is what Donald Tusk said
today, the divorce is done. It's
hard to divorce something, but even
harder to build a future
relationship. We've had a tense 48
hours in British politics. A lot
more of those tense moments before
this process is over.
If one was to
say this is leading us towards a
soft Brexit in headline terms, do
I don't think that's
unfair when you look at the reality
of what has been agreed, it is
softer than harder.
What has been
negotiated around the Irish border
issue does look like that. Can you
come friend what it's really about?
It seems everybody has a slightly
different view of what it means.
There seems to be a common view
about trying to maintain the status
quo for citizens of Northern
Ireland, in terms of trade and
access and no imposition of a
border. I don't think we seen the
detail, you hear that coming from
the DUP. In terms of wanting to see
that detail. They don't want a
different solution from the rest of
the United Kingdom.
today, both the pound and shares
went up, which would indicate the
business world feels it is in the
A bit of relief.
Its major news, people picking their
way through it. Helen, perhaps you
can start this one, May bounces
back. Fair enough. It's when you
come to the little headlines,
rejuvenated PM to confront Johnson
an Brexit. For those of us who might
have forgotten where Boris stands,
what is this about?
Boris wants a
clean break at some point.
I don't know him
personally, so Foreign Secretary. He
wants a clean break. He's going to
compromise elements now with the
endgame in mind. It's been the big
issue, the Cabinet hasn't discussed
the endgame. Buoyed by the success
of the last 24 hours, saying we're
going to have this discussion now.
We can all aim for a common vision
of what Brexit means.
reported December 19 will be the
first time the Cabinet is sitting
down and saying, what does Brexit
means Brexit actually mean in
How long after the
referendum is this? A year and a
The key thing is, the reason
they haven't had this discussion is
because there is no agreement, this
is where the real divergences. As
you were saying, Boris wants that
clean break have to like Liam Fox
and Michael Gove, people like Philip
Hammond and Amber Rudd what a much
closer relationship with the EU.
Finding a compromise between those
will be quite difficult. In the
Times story they've said this
meeting is not going to be about
shouting, trying to win arguments,
it'll be about everybody laying out
their positions and explaining where
they come from. The key figure in
this will be Michael Gove. Doing the
broadcast around speaking on behalf
of the Prime Minister this morning.
The man talking about taking back
control, the Democratic
liberalisation of a concept he's the
one saying it's great giving £35
billion to the EU, just what we
wanted. Which way he falls on this
decision, do we remain close to
Europe or go far away? He'll be the
deciding factor on how you broker
the second phase of the talks.
indicates more about what Mrs May's
If she is softer...
story says she wants to confront
Boris Johnson on this issue. She is
clear in her is interesting. I don't
think we've had back clarity until
It's amazing when you began
this week, in a weak position Mrs
May was in. On Monday she was meant
to do the deal, it fell apart, she
had to take a quick phone call from
Arlene Foster of the DUP who said
she would block the deal. There was
talk of her being gone by Christmas,
couldn't last the week, now she's
bounced back. Even now there is talk
she will hold the reshuffle, to
bring more life into her Cabinet.
it likely in the present scenario?
One might think she wants things to
settle down. You think reshuffle is
She does want to have a
reshuffle and has wanted to do so
since the June election. Bit by bit
she has lost more and more political
capital and gain some of the budget,
the first budget in who knows how
long, that didn't fall apart the day
after. She's now got this deal, bit
by bit getting stronger. I think if
she's going to sack some people,
promote some people, before the end
of the year, it's a pretty good
There was talk Philip and the
Chancellor would be moved aside. As
you say, his budget has done rather
well. I haven't heard the business
world complaining about it, pretty
No, I think the business
world, again, as long as certainty,
stability, is welcome as well. The
idea of who is leading, what they
are leading on, is quite important.
I do think... There is this
moment of strength, that's the
point. Coming forward we'll get into
more detail and it'll get really
difficult which is what your
newspaper said. It's not going to be
Michael Gove has written in
the Telegraph... You spotted,
seeming terribly enthusiastic, some
might say a slight reversal of where
he was before, it's near the end
you've spotted what you think is a
Michael Gove has written an opinion
piece which explains what a
wonderful deal this is, the best
deal Donald Trump might say. In the
end, an interesting sentence about
this exit proposal, saying it's a
British people dislike the
arrangement we've negotiated with
the EU, the arranged... The
agreement will allow a future
government to diverged. What he's
saying is... It will not buy into
the UK hands to follow that
trajectory for evermore. Let's say
we had a soft deal and it wasn't
working, the Tory government would
get a looser, have a hard Brexit. Or
a future government might come along
and say, this isn't working, maybe
we should go back into the EU. This
is a very significant thing for
Michael Gove, essentially saying
even though we thought the Brexit
question was closed and done, it's
in the hands of the people.
the agreement will allow... He's
saying this is built into the
agreement. Which I've not seen
Nigel Farage will have something
sharp to say about that.
To put it
mildly. One thing to note about Mr
Gove, one of the reasons he's being
ultra-loyal, like Mr Johnson, who's
been more of a troublemaker, Mr Gove
is desperate to be Chancellor, that
is the job you'll really want. If
he's very loyal and shows himself
politically astute, come the
reshuffle, maybe the hapless,
slightly hapless Mr Hammond might
get moved aside, that's what he's
Thank you for all
It is like a cunning plan.
Let's move on to other matters.
Funnily enough the sun has it quite
prominently, for them anyway. Trump
frenzy it talks about. Sebastian,
remind us what this is all about and
why it's so important.
One of his
campaign promises this week was to
move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem. And acknowledge Jerusalem
is the capital city. This was a
policy instigated by Congress in
1996, but it's so explosive that no
US president has ever enacted every
six months they just ignore it and
sign it. Mr Trump promised to do
this and has fulfilled on this work
against the advice of all his
allies, everyone in Nato, Theresa
May, the EU said don't do this, you
will inflame tensions. He said no,
we've got to do it, it's the right
thing to do. What a surprise, we've
had tensions. You can see pictures
in the son of the Israeli flag
burned. Demonstrations at the London
embassy. One Palestinian protester
shot and killed in these protests. I
think it'll be a tinderbox for this
Mr Trump took
this decision largely because he
said he would. Whatever people think
of him as president, he gets reviled
on so many levels, but actually he
said he would do it and promised his
supporters in the United States he
He said the same on his
taxation reforms. He is so...
Pre-election there was talk of him
not following through on these crazy
ideas. That was the received wisdom.
That isn't what happened, is gone
for his campaign promises and is
very keen to keep his constituency
happy. That is ignoring what his
allies and diplomacy and all normal
forms a baby you expect from the US
State Department and so
one as well. You mentioned the
business of tax cuts. That seems to
have gone down very well again with
business generally. Is that an
important marker for the future do
you think? From America?
think that is Trump's focus, it's
about being able to do business,
sometimes I think it's about his
businesses being able to do...
Particularly tax cuts.
they've lost a lot of business to
other jurisdictions that have made
the same kind of tax regimes, so
yeah, you can see why he's doing
This is for his core
voters, who the reason they went for
Mr Trump over Hillary Clinton was
because they thought, here is a guy
who says it like it is, a proven do
he cuts deals, he'll get things
done. Exactly what he's doing. When
it comes to his election there will
be a lot of outrage and his policies
that have been discriminatory,
helping big business. To a lot of
those caught Trump supporters, he
promised to build the wall and has
built some of it. He promised to
move the embassy. It to put in a
travel ban and has done that.
a doer of deals.
Jerusalem wasn't a
deal, it was a unilateral
announcement. I think that is the
worry, that he's taking no notes.
really doesn't carry people with
him, that's the very distressing
thing about the president.
we can't avoid, front page of the
daily Mirror, thrills and chills,
stowing a lot. Observation I would
make it is a bit early for snow
isn't it? Callum McRae yes. Do you
I like to look at it
rather than be in it.
You won't be
tobogganing down the hill like the
little girl or boy on the front.
don't think we'll see snow in London
but the rest of the country should
have some fun. I hope it's positive
for the children. Not fun for the
children who lose electricity.
Coming up to Christmas I imagine it
is the last thing...
They don't deal
well with these things.
having the infrastructure and
planning to recover, that we know
how to cope with this. It is where
We don't have to cope, I
guaranteed by Monday morning it'll
be train lines covered in snow,
As long as it's the
right kind of snow.
The crunchy kind
of snow you can get your feet into.
Thank you both very much indeed,
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Sebastien Buemi goodbye.
To Helen and Sebastian, thank you.