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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the author
and journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
and Ruth Lea, economic advisor
at Arbuthnot Banking Group.
First, a look at all front pages
that will greet us tomorrow.
The Metro leads with
a picture of Rebecca Dykes,
the British Embassy worker
who has been found dead
at the side of a road in Beirut.
The Financial Times says that
millennials and gig economy workers
have been left behind
by pension reforms.
The Daily Express has a warning
of wild winds for Christmas,
saying that 70 mph storm chaos
is on the way.
As with many
of tomorrow's front pages,
the Telegraph also carries
a picture of Rebecca Dykes,
as well as a message
from the UK Government
that the Saudis
"must stop starving Yemen".
The Times say the Tories are urging
Theresa May to stay on as PM
over fears that a leadership
election would wreck
post-Brexit trade talks.
The Guardian reports
that Tory backbenchers
are calling for
a cross-party alliance,
saying that Labour are the key
to securing a soft Brexit.
The Mirror also leads with the news
that a British embassy worker
has been killed in Beirut.
Are so let's begin with the
Guardian, that story that Labour
holds the key to a soft Brexit,
according to Tory backbenchers.
course, we don't know which rebels
have been talking to Gavin Barwell,
but it seems that some of them have
been going to him and saying, look,
we should have a deal with some of
the Labour Party, have a cross-party
alliance to come up with some sort
of soft Brexit compromise. I think
the chances of this are absolutely
zero, I cannot see for one second,
one ns, that Theresa May would agree
to a cross-party alliance with the
Labour Party, absolutely
unbelievable. I do wonder what is
going through the minds of rebels
now, fair enough, they won the vote
last week, they can have the vote on
the framework deal at the end of
2018, but what happens if they then
say, we don't really like this deal,
whatever it may be, let's vote
against it, what is the alternative
I would like to ask Dominic Grieve,
Anna Soubry. The alternative would
be, presumably, falling out of the
EU in March 2019 with no deal at
No, that is not what it means,
and I think it is so wrong to
present it in this binary way, and
to ridicule some very, very, very
real, authentic, sincere,
intelligent people. It wasn't easy
for those 11 people to do what they
did last week, hang on, let me
finish. It is not as if there is
only one way that this can happen.
This is the biggest thing this
country is going to go through. Even
you, with your very strong views,
and me, with my very strong views,
have to realise that between several
positions there is a sea
Could I ask a
question, please? What if the rebels
vote against any deal agreed with
the EU? What will happen? Yasmin,
what will happen...
I'm trying to
answer your question.
You are not
You keep interrupting me.
There isn't a deal...
Just a moment,
You can't do this, I need to
speak. Barnier has just said,
actually, he has cast doubt on
whether the Government should we
allow the flexibility that we
thought she had got, they cannot
cherry-pick, he says. Like I said,
there is a range of possibilities.
We cannot carry on. I thought you
had more sense than Johnson and the
Rees-Mogg, Ruth. Twice before I
bring you back in, let's address
this idea of reaching
out, do you
think there is a coalition to be
In a way, the Labour Party
has got away with things for a long
time, they are as divided as the
Tories, but they do not have the
loony wing that the Tories seem to
have produced in people like
Rees-Mogg. But they are as divided,
they are as many Labour MPs who are
for as against, so a coalition of
people who, in my view, and it is my
view, who have a more sensible,
softer approach to Brexit would be a
Two things, Theresa May
would not agree to that, and you
have not answered my question - what
happens if the rebels vote against
the deal agreed between the EU and
the British governance?
I do not
accept it is agreed yet.
Hypothetically, what happens if they
vote against any agreed deal?
We keep talking!
not like an election, this is our
destiny for the next hundred years,
that is not about you, it is about
the children and grandchildren.
Britain has been incredibly good at
compromising, not taking hard lines.
I am not taking hard lines. I am
just saying, what do these people do
if they vote no?
I trust them to do
the right thing, that is my answer.
One of the issues here, Michel
Barnier has given an interview to
Prospect magazine, some references
to the fact that he has said there
will be no cherry-pick in, they are
taking a pretty hard line position,
saying, we will not give you a bus
broke deal, what you make of that?
In the words of Mandy Rice-Davies,
he would say that, wouldn't he?
He is a negotiator, and if you
are a negotiator, you put your
position here, the other puts his
position there, and then you
So there is a bespoke
deal to be found?
I have every faith
in this government and the EU, which
Yasmin so adores.
I do, I do.
every sense that they will see there
is a beneficial deal to be hard.
The way we
have behaved until very recently,
and I have to give credit to Theresa
May, and she has spoken language
which is conciliatory, but these mad
Brexiters will not let that happen.
Every time... The Florence speech
was a good speech.
It was, I agree.
But look what happened
next, all these extremists
Brexiters, there is no deal good
She is in charge, I have
Look at Boris!
We have to move on from Brexit, but
before we do, we have members of the
Cabinet meeting tomorrow, Tuesday is
a full cabinet meeting, Yasmin, what
do you think they will set out as
their vision for this next phase of
I don't know,
because I think the Government
itself is so divided. There are so
many people in that cabinet to have
a completely different vision from
the way Theresa May has been
talking. I don't know. I think they
could get their own house in order,
we might begin to understand.
are moving towards it, because
Philip Hammond, who was always keen
on the transition agreement, which
is going to happen, he is moving
more and more to the idea of a bus
broke deal, and if you have got
Philip Hammond and David Davis and
Boris Johnson, those three in
particular on the same side, that is
excellent news, and it seems as
though they are coalescing around
Boris is not, he is
taking off again, as ever.
had a good go at coalescing on
Brexit, but let's move on to the
Financial Times, we are going to
start with IKEA, and other EU story
in a way, but more specific, to do
with a crackdown on corporate tax
avoidance, they are in the firing
Which is extraordinary, like
all these other internet giants and
so on, they have got their very
clever ways of what is not a
strictly illegal tax avoidance, and
I am pleased that the EU is coming
down on these things that have been
going on for such a long time. One
of the reasons, I think, so many
people across Europe and the West
are so troubled at the moment is
that they don't feel the world is
fair, and something has got to be
done, and I am glad they are doing
something about it. Will I go to
idea? I have a quandary!
going to whizz on, there is a story
in the FT I want you to talk about,
millennials and the deep economy,
young people, particularly
self-employed people, people with
several jobs, the zoo of pensions
and whether we are saving enough.
suspect we are not, and I take the
view that anyone who is
self-employed will not be included
in auto enrolment.
This is new auto
enrolment for younger people.
also, they're going to put up the
levels at which people contribute.
So I take the point, but the FT, I
must make the point that this is a
step in the right direction towards
people saving more for their old
age, which will needs to happen, as
we have got an ageing population,
the ever more burdensome on
taxpayers, the generation of
taxpayers coming up.
facts, around 38% of the working age
population, the Government, under
saving for their retirement.
is not just that they'll
self-employed, the gig economy, the
money they earn is so low, most of
them, so saving is not an option,
especially if you are living in
cities like London.
The cost of
living is so high.
Telegraph, Yasmin, let's start with
this story, this picture of Rebecca
Dykes on the front of several of the
papers, this apparent murder in
Beirut, very upsetting story.
just before Christmas, she was just
about to come home for Christmas,
and she is on the front page of
virtually every paper, quite
rightly, I think. But yes, we don't
know more than that, but apparently
so far it seems to indicate murder -
and other stuff, which I just feel
so bad for the family.
strangled and found on the motorway,
and she worked for the Department
for International Development out of
the embassy, tragic, what can you
say? We have no idea who has done
it, who knows?
Very much the
beginning of that reporting on that,
isn't it? And Yasmin, to end, we
will look at the Telegraph's lead
story, Saudis must stop starving
This is interesting, that the
Daily Telegraph is running this,
because we have been allies of this
vile regime for the longest time,
and the way it treats its own
population is something that we talk
about, but really interesting that
we have now got the Telegraph and
the International Development
Secretary saying, stop doing what
you are doing in Yemen. Some of our
arms are being sold to Saudi Arabia.
Children are starving, getting
diseases we thought had been wiped
out. Man-made horror like this,
actually, we avoided looking at this
story for a long time, so I am
impressed, actually, that the
Telegraph has run it.
I agree, they
could be breaking international law
by blockading people, starving them
of international aid. I totally
agree with Yasmin, this is an
horrendous civil war going on in the
Yemen, part of the overall conflict
between Saudi Arabia and Iran to
sort of control the Middle East. The
Sunni-Shia conflict. Unfortunately
for the two people of Yemen, they
just happen to be in the front line
of horror. -- poor people of Yemen.
It is time that people started
speaking out against Saudi Arabia,
everybody has been sucking up to
them for reasons that we although.
Plenty of food for thought, we must
leave it, time is tight.
That's it for The Papers this hour.
Yasmin and Ruth will
be back at 11:30.
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