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Hello, welcome to our look ahead to

what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With me, the Political

Editor of the Sunday express and an

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economics editor. We will talk

Russians and chemicals and all

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sorts. A lot of fun to be had by

all. The Metro reports chemical

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experts at Porton down waking to

find out if the former Russian spy

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Sergei Skripal was poisoned. This is

a picture of his daughter Yulia who

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is also critically ill. It says

dignitaries including Prince William

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may not travel to Russia for the

summer's football World Cup.

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The same angle on the story in the

male, and could the Royals snubbed

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the World Cup?

The Telegraph says President Putin

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swore revenge on those who took part

in the 201050 macro, which included

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Sergei Skripal. The Sun says, what

is your poison? And the Guardian

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leads on the same story, but gives

over space to North Korea's apparent

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willingness to discuss getting rid

of its nuclear Arsenal as part of

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direct talks with America. So a lot

chew over, starting with the Metro.

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Camilla, Porton Down poison probe, a

lot of alliteration in that

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headline. That is the Metro for you!

The key to this story is the

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toxicology report, when it comes

out, and Porton Down are looking

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into what could have affected these

people.

The top-secret military

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facility in Wiltshire at the heart

of this and people are making

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comparisons to Litvinenko, which was

a radioactive substance and we'll

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concluded this morning when the

bench where these two unfortunate

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people were found was not singled

out or had a cordon around it and

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the hospital they tend it was not

close down the radioactivity was

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instantly ruled out. So it begs the

question, what is the modus operandi

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and the poison here? What substance

have they ingested and where is it

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from? On the lips of everyone

including the Foreign Secretary

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today.

48 hours on, we are no clear

but have had fighting talk from the

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Foreign Secretary and indeed from

the Russian Embassy as well covered

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in lots of the papers.

Not me, says

the Kremlin and the Embassy here.

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They were taking the Michael out

Boris, suggesting his statement was

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a little bit premature.

Malign and

disruptive with the words are

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reduced.

They say, handgun, who are

you accusing of this, mate? It is

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just a few days ago we went knocking

on Siberia's daughter get gas when

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our gas supplies fell short of

competing that after importing the

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beast of Siberia. A very delicate

time to have these conversations but

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Boris clearly feels he has something

he has to follow up on.

Well, this

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is interesting. The Daily Express,

Boris in threat to boycott World

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Cup, Putin warned of a claim he

ordered poisoning of Russian double

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agent. A similar headline here,

Britain's World Cup threat to

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Russia. Camilla, Boris Johnson as

the Foreign Secretary, our leading

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diplomat around the world, a

representative on the world stage,

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standing in the Commons to say if it

is Russia, that is pretty century

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because it might not be Russia, so

he must know something we do not

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know.

We would hope that Foreign

Secretary is well briefed on the

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detail around this. To be fair to Mr

Johnson, there is a sense of the

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Foreign Secretary had to address

this, it has been running across the

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newswires all day and there is a

suspicion there may be another case

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of Russian poisoning on British

soil, we need to know. But these

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might disagree, they have done an

investigation pointing out before

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this happened, there have been 14

different poisoning or other

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incident involving people who have

been enemies of the Kremlin and they

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have gone unreported and under

investigated by the Home Office and

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authorities. -- macro two. This is

high profile and has happened in

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public view in peach macro. There

was a need for Boris to respond. His

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words were initially misconstrued

and people thought he said the World

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Cup team would not be competing, he

is talking about the delegation and

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that includes Prince William cup

which could be diplomatically

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tricky.

Hugely controversial,

awarding Russia this World Cup. It

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was not something... To go further

is very in century. Reading the

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words from the Russian embassy

accusing written of the demonisation

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of Russia. So things getting very

tense indeed. The Telegraph is also

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talking about some of the words

Putin was said to have used.

Sorry

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to interrupt, the headline on the

front page of the Telegraph, Putin

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swore revenge on poisoned Russian

spy. He said this in 2010. And this

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spy swap involves the man now in

hospital, Mr Skripal. He was part of

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that and this was the first Russian

swap ever, apparently.

It was the

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first Russian swap ever and this is

eight years later. But if you read

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the words of Mr Putin at the time of

his release, he said, traitors will

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click the bucket, trust me, these

people betrayed their friends, their

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brothers in arms. Whatever they got

in exchange for it, those 30 pieces

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of silver they were given, they will

choke on them.

Quite extraordinary.

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The suggestion a delegation would

not go to the World Cup, if it is

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clear that Russia was involved in

this, and swilling cannot go now,

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can he?

No, and it is interesting

from perspective National Prince

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William. Royals need to remain

neutral and not get involved in

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scandal. But as you pointed out, the

World Cup bid was already drenched

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in scandal and Prince William talked

about Sepp Blatter and his

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involvement at the time in

corruption scandals. So it is

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tricky, but to be fair, on this, the

Royals do take the advice from the

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office and

with Boris at the helm, what he says

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has two apply.

You alluded to this

earlier about getting gas from

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Siberia. If Russia was involved in

this, it is proved to be, and

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Britain needs to rally round its

European partners for instance in

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order to get more sanctions placed

on them, how much more difficult is

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that, bearing in mind we are leaving

the European Union and the Germans

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and French get their oil from

Russia.

That is exactly it, it is

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the fact we are on this road where

we have to put more pressure on

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Russia, there is already pressure

and sanctions in some areas, but

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areas such as energy have largely

been left alone because we know we

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do have a problem with energy

supplies. Even more true if you are

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Germany. We have seen the pictures

of Angela Merkel and Putin over the

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years looking more friendly that

other political leaders and that is

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because Germany is so reliant on

Russia. This is an incredibly tricky

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time underplaying the screws could

be even trickier.

There are

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countries in Europe that did not

want tough sanctions put on Russia

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for putting their army into Crimea

and is taking parts of that area and

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putting their troops into Ukraine.

This is going to be very difficult

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indeed.

Even if it is 14 and

explained deaths that lay at the

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Kremlin's doors and who knows if

that's true, we will have a hard

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time convincing the rest of Europe

to back us up.

It is not just Boris

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Johnson, Defence Secretary Gavin

Williamson warned about cyber

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attacks on our energies lies.

He was

widely ridiculed for that! Now Gavin

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Williamson is a saint! Perhaps! We

shall see! We shall see. Financial

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Times, the Korean detente and

Pyongyang hinting at the end of the

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nuclear arms push, what you make of

that?

I wonder if the Winter

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Olympics has played a part in this!

Obviously there has been a meeting

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of the mines and talking about

denuclearisation, Trump in the

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middle trying to take some credit

for this new-found approach and a

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peace accord. You are saying what do

I make of it? We said backstage,

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these momentous news events keep

happening! They are great for copy,

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but it does leave journalists

saying, where can I take this now?

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Some North Korea, they have spent

the last 30, 40 years trying to get

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a viable nuclear weapon and now they

are within inches of getting this

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weapon and they turn around and say,

we are willing to give it up for

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security guarantees. Don't call me a

cynic, and call me a cynic! I am not

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impressed!

You think this is a

double bluff?

Something has not

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quite gone to plan for North Korea.

Well, we had a great time in the

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Winter Olympics! It is interesting

because if it is to do with the

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Winter Olympics, that could soften

their minds. All that snow! And does

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it really matter whether we go to

Moscow for the World Cup? Maybe it

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does, just to put the opposite

position on it.

If through the power

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of teamwork and having face-to-face

meetings for the first time in a

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long time through the neutral motion

of a global sporting event has had

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an impact on relations, I know we

should be cynical and reserve

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judgment, but we should also say,

OK, get on with that and we will

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support you as the rest of the world

wants them to have peace between

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them and not to have Kim Jong-un

blasting missiles into the sky!

It

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is interesting President Trump

trying to take credit when Mike

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Pence was refusing to have anything

to do with the North Korean

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delegation at the Games.

It is all

about the tweets. Little rocket man

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has brought us to this!

He is

keeping his options open, the US is

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either -- willing to go hard in

either direction! Thank you, Donald!

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Back to the Telegraph, a sad story

concerning a former alumna of this

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parish, Bill Turnbull. And a man who

has revealed that he is suffering

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from prostate cancer and it has

spread to his bones. The story on

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the front of the Telegraph, prostate

cancer screening fails to save

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lives.

This is a study done in

America. Into a test you can request

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from your GP. They say that it is

not that good an indicator and it

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can instead make you more anxious

about things that are not there or

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give you a false sense of security

when things are wrong. Which is

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devastating news. Was something that

you are saying does affect a lot of

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older men in particular and is

something we have to get to grips

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with. The Cancer Research UK charity

have funded the study and we were

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hoping for the opposite outcome but

we have something saying, this test

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is not up to much.

Cases like Bill's

are important and he admitted he

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should have got it checked out

sooner, four years in, there is a

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common thread to prostate cancer

cases where men put off going to the

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doctors because it is an intimate

area of the body and the symptoms

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can be embarrassing. So that is

difficult. If this test tells us

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anything, you need to go and get

checked out rather than blood tests

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if you have suspicions to have a

full examination.

The problem is

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those who do not have symptoms.

I

spoke to someone from Cancer UK

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today and she was saying that it is

about the risks, the risk factors as

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to how you should look at this. If

you are black for instance, you have

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a higher risk of contracting

prostate cancer, if you are over 50

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and there is a history of the

disease in your family. That should

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be the baseline from which you

should proceed to decide whether you

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have the test or not. But the test

is not fail-safe, no question about

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that, and it can suggest you have

got it when you have not.

Or it can

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miss it when you have.

It is hit and

miss, absolutely. We wish Bill well

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on that. We will end with the

Telegraph and this cartoon. It will

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be there eventually. It says here,

Brexit talks, it is good news and it

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has two characters leaving the talks

and says, it is good news for our

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anti-obesity campaign, we will not

be having our cake and we will not

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be eating it. That is certainly the

suggestion from the European Union

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when it comes to Brexit. And it

plays on Rush Johnson's famous

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suggestion that we would be able to

leave the European Union and get

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everything we want.

Although there

has been a lot of talk not just from

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Boris Johnson also from Jeremy

Corbyn wanting to be in the customs

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union and renationalise the railway

which is apparently a European

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impossibility, ahead of Philip

Hammond is doing his big speech. And

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now he is going to say, we need

services because it accounts for 96

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billion pounds worth of exports.

And

that really is a bit amazing the

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idea of having your cake and eating

it and across Europe, ministers

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already going, I don't think so!

We

will see what happens with that.

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Camilla and Dharshini, many thanks.

That is it for tonight and you can

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