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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are the Political Strategist
Jo Tanner and Paul Johnson,
Deputy Editor of The Guardian.
Welcome to you both.
Many of tomorrow's front
pages are already in.
The Financial Times leads
with trouble on the high
street, as Toys R Us and Maplin
enter administration, while New Look
and Prezzo close outlets.
The Daily Mirror dubs the situation
"heartbreak on the high street,"
as more than 5,000
jobs are put at risk.
Theresa May's opposition to the EU's
proposals for the Northern Irish
border features on the
Metro's front page.
It's also one of a number
of papers to feature Prince Harry
and Meghan Markle speaking alongside
the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge today.
The Daily Telegraph report claims
that pro-EU politicians
are exploiting the Irish border
question as a means to stop Brexit.
The Guardian features the pressure
on the Prime Minister for Brexit and
the disruption of the freezing
weather. Plenty to keep us busy.
Let's start with Brexit, it's on
your front page, the Guardian. If
this was an 800 meter dash, we just
hope the bell and everyone is
jockeying for position, into the
The home straight...
It might be... I don't think it will
be straight, it will be a zigzag!
Some people might fall over. Some
people might be disqualified and
injured! It won't be
straightforward. An extraordinary
day, a day when some people might
look back and say that the blue
touch paper was lit. Michel Barnier,
the chief EU negotiator, came up
with the 120 page draft and people
focused on two pages, Ireland. It
was him saying on behalf of the
nations of the EU, if the UK doesn't
have a bespoke plan, we'll have to
revert to this, Northern Ireland
being part of the customs union.
Theresa May said we couldn't do
that, no British Foreign Minister
could do that, the DUP were angry
saying it was a provocation and try
to break up the union. The Irish
were crossed because they don't see
how you can square this circle. John
Major popped up, as he does
occasionally, not usually helpful to
the current incumbent by Minister,
and he said we need a free vote in
parliament for a second referendum.
Tony Blair is going to pop up
tomorrow with the idea of a reformed
EU is wooing the UK back in. Does
Theresa May have a plan?
There are a
multitude of stories, Jo, an Brexit.
-- on the Brexit. Boris Johnson says
in the Daily Telegraph that the
ultra-Remainers are determined to do
everything in their power to stop
the democratic will of the people's
wished to leave.
Allies of Boris
allegedly say that the Irish issue
is being exploited. I think there's
a real danger, a lot of people don't
remember the Troubles in Northern
Ireland, and what went on. Years ago
we didn't talk about Northern
Ireland, politicians didn't because
it was very sensitive, they didn't
want to upset anybody but the issue
of the border has become almost a
free for all for everybody to have
an opinion. It is dangerous because
we have sensitive issues, the Good
Friday Agreement in difficulty,
power-sharing in the balance.
there a danger for the European
Union because they put out a strong
line in this legal text that's been
published. If the government
continues saying we don't want a
customs union and we won't have a
border, do we force the European
Union to unilaterally put a border
there and they don't want to do that
because of the Good Friday
It is a draft. I think it
is an attempt to push. They say they
haven't heard from the British
government and that it hasn't done
its job and come up with ideas. Some
specious talk about knowledge even
the they are saying, come on, let's
see your ideas. I think this is show
us what you've got on Friday.
wouldn't unilaterally want a border
in which case Northern Ireland
becomes a good weight for the UK to
get a free-trade deal. It becomes a
and this issue about
ensuring that peace continues. It
becomes such a big issue, it's
almost a case of who is prepared to
force the issue. Some concessions
made today I think around people
coming into this country and about
their ability to apply for the right
to remain, which had previously
looked off the table. So we're
looking to make concessions after
this difficult discussion when we've
had the back and forth. So it's
going to play out. We've had an
extraordinary week, starting with
Jeremy Corbyn on Monday and we don't
teach it ending. Theresa May has to
do something big on Friday, a big
Because of these
interventions, do you sense that
Remainers and Brexiteers are
becoming more hardened in their
positions and people are now
A colleague said that
but going back to the Boris Johnson
story in the Telegraph, interesting
story. I've seen a quote saying, one
ally of the Foreign Secretary, that
is Boris Johnson saying that! And
he's come training -- he's
complaining about ultra-Remainers
but there have been two occasions
when the main person destabilising
the Prime Minister has been the
They say that the
leaks over him saying there would
need to be a hard border in Ireland
was leaked by the Remainers in the
There's clearly a lot going
on, we heard this horey about
Phillip Hammond talking about
sleeping rough on a beach, in a
discussion about homelessness. This
briefing against each other, we know
that there was this login at
Chequers when they were in a room
and we saw the pictures of everyone
on their different shares discussing
the issues -- there was a lock-in.
Clearly tensions are boiling over,
we saw it last year, the briefing
starting, partly digging in, partly
playing things out in the media to
get what we want.
There is a map in
the paper, celebrating 25 years --
Matt in the paper. A snowman says, a
little bit of Brexit and everyone
becomes hysterical. Let's talk about
a story that has caught my eye. By
focusing my job a lock on American
politics. A story on the FT about
Jared Kushner and Ivanka club, both
of them under fire -- Ivanka Trump.
Gerard has had his security access
withdrawn but the breaking news is
that hope Hicks, the communications
director and very much in the inner
circle, is resigning.
Very much in
the inner circle, this is quite a
surprise. The New York Times
characterised her as the
communications director who doesn't
communicate in public which is
probably a bit of a plus for Donald
Trump. As journalists said, it is
29, it is a remarkable job to have
done. Probably a better job to have
done than it is to do. Trump is very
warm, which he hasn't been to the
several dozen people who have left
over the previous year. She said
this curious thing, she said there
are no words to express her
gratification to the president, so
communications director, who had no
Can she tell a committee
yesterday that she told one or two
White lies. That would
have been an opportunity to tell
another one. The house intelligence
What do you think is
going on, because these people are
close to the President? His son in
law and his daughter seemingly
ostracised from the White House and
his closest allies in hope picks.
She has been one of his longest
From the beginning.
brought in with very little
experience to take the role and now
there is a question about what's
going on, is it... Who is going to
be thrown on the bus, with these
hearings going on? Is it clearing
the decks, anyone who could be
associated and may be perceived as
wrong, inappropriate? It becomes
less damaging. There's a lot of
speculation, Twitter has become very
active around people from the Unufe
times -- from the New York Times
regarding the intelligence committee
today. We don't know, clearly there
is more to it.
A story on the
Financial Times and the Daily
Mirror, the heartbreak on the high
Street, thousands of workers facing
the axe at Toys "R" Us and Maplin
and also this Italian restaurant
chain Prezzo as well.
There is a
hurricane blowing down the high
Street. The FT and the Daily Mail
have dramatic presentations. Three
particular trends. You bring it
together, it is a generational shift
to online shopping. People don't go
to Maplin any more, they go to
Amazon. Toys "R" Us was bought out
and saddled with $5 billion worth of
debt and couldn't survive we had a
reporter who spoke to two people who
said it was a trip down memory lane,
like going back to the 90s, the last
time they went there, said one of
them. And Prezzo is a different
reason, we've seen the casual
eating, the glut of outlets for
this, we saw the difficulties over
Jamie's Italian. If you add them
together, as the Daily Mirror has
done, you have a very grim picture.
Very sad for those workers.
these are shops, if you have a
son... I have a son who is nine,
look at the queues outside Hamleys
in central London each year where
people go for these spectacles,
playing with the toys. These are big
warehouses where you pick things off
the shelves, but places like Marks &
Spencer 's and other places that do
other things now do other products
home so you don't necessarily need
to go to a shop like this any more.
Places like the Entertainer,
heralded as one of the stores doing
well, they don't open on Sundays
because of the owner's Christian
beliefs. They didn't agree with
Sunday trading laws and they have
still done well.
On the front of a
lot of the papers today, the Royals,
the new generation. In fact, let's
bring you the Metro. It is a wider
picture. I was struck them if you
had gone back 20 years ago and the
crisis the Royal family faced,
especially post Diana, and now where
they are, the Queen must be quite
pleased with what she's seeing.
but probably slightly nervous as
well, an interesting dimension. A
great picture that the Metro have
used. Very different body language.
There is even some affection that
Meghan and Harry have all stop the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, we
don't call them we and Kate any
more. There is the informality about
the couple, even the dress code --
Will and Kate. The future King of
England is on the edge of the
Yes, that's quite
interesting. He isn't aloof, he's
very warm but metaphorically he is
slightly aside from them, isn't he?
But there isn't rivalry between them
in the way that some families have,
they seem quite happy, he seemed
happy for Harry to have the
Two interesting things.
You describe the photograph well. It
is part of the slimming down of the
Royal family. The extras are now
written out of the picture. There is
something, clearly the attention to
Meghan and Harry and William and
Kate etc is enormous. There is a
missing generation here. We talked
about the next king, the future
King, but there is Charles and
Camilla, they are in the shade at
the moment, aren't they?
about the weather, a lot of lovely
pictures of the snow. I noticed that
the new wave coming in is being
blamed on storm ever. -- storm Emma.
Why isn't it a man? It could have
I don't think this is
Emma on the front of the i.
Office in 2015 started giving names
to storms and they personalised
them, deliberately. You get far more
Tomorrow I think we are
expecting to see the coldest March
day on record, since 1965.
for the papers. Don't forget you can
see the front pages on the website.
If you missed the programme you can
watch it on the BBC iPlayer. Thanks
to Jo and Paul.