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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

morning's papers in a moment.

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First, the headlines.

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23 British diplomats are to be

expelled by Moscow amid tensions

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over the nerve agent

attack in Salisbury.

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The British Consulate

in St Petersburg will also close.

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The Prime Minister has said

Russia Must account for its actions.

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-- The Prime Minister has said

Russia must account for its actions.

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We will never told a greater threat

to the life of British citizens and

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others on British soil from the

Russian government.

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Meanwhile, counter-terrorism police

have started contacting Russian

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exiles living in the UK,

about their personal safety

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following the suspected murder

of businessman Nikolai Glushkov.

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Snow and ice grip parts of the UK

as drivers are warned to prepare

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before setting out tonight.

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US officials investigate claims that

a political consultancy mishandled

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the data of millions of Facebook

users to support Donald Trump's run

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for the White House.

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Lara Croft returns to the big

screen, this time played by elusive

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it can do. Find out what we're made

of it and the rest of the week's top

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cinema releases full of -- Alicia

Vikander.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the playwright

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and New European

columnist Bonnie Greer

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and the economist Ruth Lea.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Observer has an interview

with a whistle-blower who alleges

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that information from millions

of Facebook users may have been used

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by a data company during the 2016 US

presidential election.

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Both companies deny any wrongdoing.

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The Mail on Sunday says Theresa May

is planning a crackdown

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on what the paper calls Putin's

'McMafia' associates

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of the Russian President

with money in the UK.

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The Sunday Times warns that

a Russian cyber-attack could turn

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the lights out in Britain.

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It reports that the

National Grid is on alert.

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The Sunday Express has more

on Theresa May putting pressure

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on Moscow with a possible travel ban

for 1,000 Russian tycoons.

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The Sunday Telegraph

leads on the same story,

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as well as a photograph of a smiling

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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at a St Patrick's Day parade

of the Irish Guards.

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And the Sunday Mirror leads

on the sex abuse scandal in Telford,

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quoting a police insider who says

it was "too much trouble" to crack

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down on grooming gangs.

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Let's start. A nice headline here,

the PM's ward on Vladimir Putin's

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'McMafia' million, cracking down on

dirty money. I'm unsure where

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'McMafia' starts and ends and where

Russian oligarchs who just happen to

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have a lot of money starts on end.

That is one of the issues. We have

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had a lot of Russian money in the

system for a long time. It is

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propped up quite a few things. In

some bits of the party as well. I

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think is the public clamour to find

out who is here, who actually is in

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the country, how are they in the

country? One thing is important to

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stress, this isn't about ordinary

Russian people. Russian people who

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are here. This is about people who

have loads of money in Kensington

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and Knightsbridge and in the

countryside, everything on to find

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out what the money is, where is it

coming from, what is it being used

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for, what is it popping up? How is

that leaving? What is going on? Part

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of the problem, and this has been

coming on for a long time, is that

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there are little vendettas and sort

of a little thing going on in the

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country between various factions of

the country and we need to know what

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it is.

Indeed. Ledecka weapons are

being booked for but they are hard

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to find, aren't they, Bruce?

--

political. She wants to make it

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easier to seize money, criminal

money, but Bonnie says we have a lot

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of money in the country and we are

led to understand most of it is

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legitimate and we are not trying to

have a war with the Russians in the

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country, but it is quite legitimate

to save if this is criminal money we

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don't want it or you and I suspect

there has been quite a sort of a,

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people have been relaxed about it is

the kindest way of putting it, but I

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think it is part and parcel of

Theresa May's attack on Russia

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because she is thought of driving up

the rhetoric against Russia from the

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disgraceful behaviour in Salisbury.

They have been stories of 20 years,

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various sort of people living in

London particularly who have had

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vendettas against other people who

live in London and it is a bit like

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I'm from Chicago and it feels like

Chicago yesterday were all of these

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sort of other countries exist

alongside vows where people were

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doing hits against people and

driving people out of town. And now

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she is needing to deal with this

because we don't know what happened

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in Salisbury.

But Russia is not, I

mean, is not a key trading partner

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for example of the UK at all, is it?

I'd think about less than 1% of

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exports and 1% of imports come from

Russia but of course there are

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useful Russian investments, indeed,

quite useful for Russia in the

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Russia is also BP has a big share in

their fuel company. You don't want

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to be like America...

Know, and the

dissidents there, they were asked

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why didn't you move to London and

set of New York and one of the

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things he said was because of what

is going on in London. It is a lot

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of madness. It is underground.

We

need to get it sorted. What the

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Sunday Times, the same thing, but

their headline is blackout threat to

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Britain as Pretty hits back. --

Vladimir Putin.

The National cyber

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Security Centre which is part of

GCHQ, the security services, are

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warning there could be a Russia and

cyber attack on the systems, the

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National Grid, the computer systems,

which were actually cause them to

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dysfunction and they could put the

lights out and basically I think

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this is a timely warning that they

should actually used their defences

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against cyber attacks and indeed

GCHQ is actually giving advice as to

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how they should boost their defences

and I think it is timely.

Russia of

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course has form on this, Estonia...

Well, exactly. There is a warning in

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the United States as well. She would

be irresponsible if she did not

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actually try and sort of beef up

security as well.

What about this

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gas? We don't depend on Russia for

our gas supplies, Ruth? But other

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people do and it is a key point?

I

think so, my understanding is 1% of

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our domestic consumption is actually

imported from Russia which is

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miniscule. We do import gas but it

is from Norway and Qatar and places

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like that but people on the

continent, they are dependent on

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Russian gas. Germany for example,

about 36% of its domestic

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consumption comes from Russia. It

makes a terribly dependent on Russia

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and in fact a lot of eastern Europe

and the Balkans are almost 100%

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dependent on Russia. This means that

Vladimir Putin has a strong case in

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his hand when it comes to

negotiating with various European

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countries when it comes to...

So the

other countries say they thought of

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support our point of view, but when

reality comes, well...

I think what

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Ruth is saying, I'm sure, you know,

they have to be careful, Germany has

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to be careful, France has to be

careful, but if it happened the way

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it looks, this is an attack on

sovereignty and our partners have to

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stand up and they have to do it for

national integrity and let the chips

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fall where they may actually,

Vladimir Putin doesn't expect that

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to happen because part of what he is

dealing with is dealing with

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dissension which is a natural state

of democracy and he is coming in and

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trying to disrupt that so it has to

be done.

We do and how it will end

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but it has to be done. He has a very

strong hand of cards.

Absolutely.

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However, the Sunday Times talking

about another side issue coming on,

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Jeremy Corbyn has been going around

saying what he does, and they say

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the reason antique auburn MP

planning a new party? -- anti-Corbyn

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Mps. Does anyone think there is a

chance of coming into life?

You are

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asking me?

Right. You are a Labour

supporter.

I am definitely a Labour

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supporter. I don't see, I am saying

this as living here for a long time

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but my feeling is I don't see that

the United Kingdom does that sort of

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thing. I see France which basically

fired their two main parties, they

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sacked them, and made another party.

Italy is doing something that is

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different. I don't know if the

United Kingdom does this. I think

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people feel very strongly about

Labour, the Labour Party, people

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feel strongly about Jeremy, and I

think the idea of another party

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being made, I don't think that is

what, I could be wrong, but I don't

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think that is what this country

does.

We remember the gang of four,

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don't we?

We do!

It was the new sort

of Michael foot at the time, wasn't

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it?

Yes. Didn't, didn't...

It isn't

in the culture, is it?

At the end of

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the day it was subsumed into the

Liberal Democrat party with the

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exception of David Owen who wouldn't

be subsumed into anything but it

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faded. I think you were right, the

2-party system in the country, apart

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from the SNP in Scotland is

extremely strong.

It is about

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feeling. If you are a Labour Party

supporter it is a feeling, if you

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are conservative, it is a feeling,

it is not just a party.

I don't how

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this is... But that is right, the

first part post system doesn't help

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small parties in the country.

But I

think Jeremy Corbyn continues to say

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what we need is a proper

investigation, we have not seen the

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evidence and so on, and a lot of

Labour MPs are unhappy with that but

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are they really putting their name

to anything as radical, not just a

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new party perhaps but even a, I

don't know, you leadership or

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election?

The trouble is we don't

have the story! I think it was

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noticeable in the debates last week

when Theresa May was making those

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statements on Monday and Wednesday

that the weak auburn didn't quite

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get the tone of the house right,

didn't get the mood of the house

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right.

That was the mistake, more

than what he said, it was that he

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didn't catch the mood.

No.

That was

the problem.

Let's get back to

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something else that rumbles away in

our lives were about the last 20

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years, Brexit. The front page of the

Sunday Telegraph, Gibraltar left out

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of Brexit transition, explained to

us what the story is about?

As we

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know, we were hoping to have a

transitional period when we leave

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the European Union at 20, 19, and

the commission has put together the

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draft agreement -- march 2019. My

understanding is it is left out poor

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old Gibraltar.

When you say left

out?

It seems to have been left out,

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it has been left out of the

transitional arrangements. The truth

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is that it will have to be some

accommodation for Gibraltar is all

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of the other UK dependencies when we

do leave the EU. My suspicion is

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that by the end of this year,

Gibraltar will actually be dealt

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with.

But, Travolta Rins understands

that and still sensitive about this

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issue, do they not, Bonnie?

We are

on opposite sides of this question.

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She is a Remainer.

It seems to me,

and we talked about this quite

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politically, that it seems to me

that the government of weather is

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guiding Brexit should've actually

laid out for the people are kind of

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framework or map. -- collegiately.

It looked shambolic. This has got to

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be fairly Gibraltar resident

shopping. I'm not in a position to

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say whether it will happen or not.

You are closer to this than me. But

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for the residents, this has to be a

shakeup and they didn't vote for

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this to happen anyway so it is

another sort of part of the tapestry

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that just looks like a mess. A

threadbare... It will be sorted, it

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will be sorted.

You get things like

this! What does that mean? Our kith

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and kin Gibraltar will be sorted.

We

have to live it there. -- leave.

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Don't forget, you can

see the front pages

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of the papers online

on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you,

seven days a week at our website.

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And if you miss the programme any

evening, you can watch it later

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on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you, Bonnie and Ruth.

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Next up, it's the Film Review.

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But it's good night from me.

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