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the metropolitan police has contacted boris johnson with a questionnaire to ask what the prime minister knew about alleged parties in downing street during coronavirus restrictions. the premiere of ontario has declared a state of emergency, as covid demonstrations continue across the canadian province. he said protestors could face fines or even prison if they refused to disperse. nato allies have been meeting to discuss ukraine. the us has warned that a russian invasion could happen at any time — but says there is nothing yet to indicate vladimir putin has decided to do so. president biden has signed an executive order seizing seven billion dollars of afghan central bank assets held in the us. some of the money could be used to settle lawsuits brought by american victims of terror attacks.
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hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are kevin schofield, who's the political editor at huffpost uk, and rachel watson, the deputy political editor for the scottish daily mail. tomorrow's front pages, starting with... let's start with the telegraph and the warning from the us that russia has troops in place to invade ukraine �*any day now�*. the daily mirror's headline is �*get out! as british nationals are told to leave ukraine immediately as a russian invasion looms. there's a similar headline on the daily mail — it cites the 80minute video call
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between nato and european leaders to discuss the ongoing crisis. in other news — senior tories publicly warn the prime minister against clinging to power if the police investigation into no ten parties finds that he broke the law — that's on the front page of the i. and according to the guardian — the treasury is pushing for almost all free covid testing to end as soon as next month to save billions of pounds, despite warnings from experts. so let's begin... we will start with the mirror. kevin, if you are a pick—up at that. it is a very stark headline, really dramatic front page is looking at tomorrow's papers. get out! that is the message to british nationals in the message to british nationals in the ukraine. the message to british nationals in the ukraine-— the message to british nationals in the ukraine. , ., ., the ukraine. yes, on the front page of most newspapers _ the ukraine. yes, on the front page of most newspapers tomorrow - the ukraine. yes, on the front page - of most newspapers tomorrow morning, the warning from the foreign office telling british nationals in ukraine to get out for the clearly the intelligence is telling notjust
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america and other western allies that it looks as though russia has decided as we have long suspected to invade ukraine and it's no longer safe for british nationals to be there. and borisjohnson had a very sobering call with other world leaders this evening and it looks as though an invasion could take place within days with america it has, subsequently and said they don't think, contradicting reports here, they don't think russia has finally made up his mind. or president putin has finally made up his mind but certainly there's a lot of chatter now, i think this is all but inevitable. so it's not a safe place for british nationals to be so they are told to come home. yes urging travel by commercial— are told to come home. yes urging travel by commercial means - are told to come home. yes urging travel by commercial means while | travel by commercial means while they remain available. certainly the
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suggestion that if people don't do that, don't get out while commercial flights are available then no one is going to come to their rescue should the situation escalated. rachel, picking up with the daily mail in the scottish daily mail, frontpage is exactly the same. again it's britons in ukraine told to get out now. this is a message that a number of countries have been telling their nationals, isn't it?— nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there, nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there. it's — nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there. it's get _ nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there, it's get out _ nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there, it's get out now— nationals, isn't it? yes, as you say there, it's get out now while - there, it's get out now while the commercial flights are still there. i watch _ commercial flights are still there. i watch the briefing earlier from the white house and they were talking — the white house and they were talking about and warning us citizens — talking about and warning us citizens in the country that if you don't _ citizens in the country that if you don't get — citizens in the country that if you don't get out now we can't promise that we _ don't get out now we can't promise that we can — don't get out now we can't promise that we can get you out if things do escalate _ that we can get you out if things do escalate quickly. that was quite a start— escalate quickly. that was quite a stark warning coming in that very lon- stark warning coming in that very long briefing of question and answer that went _ long briefing of question and answer that went on in the white house eariieh — that went on in the white house earlier. that really is very dramatic _ earlier. that really is very dramatic front pages but they show
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how things seem to have escalated quite _ how things seem to have escalated quite quickly. this is been at the top of— quite quickly. this is been at the top of most of the news agenda around — top of most of the news agenda around the world now. especially nato countries for the last couple of weeks. — nato countries for the last couple of weeks, months. but really over the last— of weeks, months. but really over the last week we've seen it strengthening, strength and this week, _ strengthening, strength and this week, we — strengthening, strength and this week, we visit to moscow and other countries _ week, we visit to moscow and other countries in — week, we visit to moscow and other countries in eastern europe from government figures liz truss was over there — government figures liz truss was over there. there's definitely intelligence that has been gained over the — intelligence that has been gained over the last few hours that has struck _ over the last few hours that has struck over— over the last few hours that has struck over seems to have really concerned — struck over seems to have really concerned these countries that actually — concerned these countries that actually we could be days away is the message. in the us talking about they believe actually, there think they believe actually, there think they know how it might happen as weii~ _ they know how it might happen as weii~ not— they know how it might happen as well. not that it's potentially ciose — well. not that it's potentially close to _ well. not that it's potentially close to happening they talk about aerial— close to happening they talk about aerial bombardment. and with the troops _ aerial bombardment. and with the troops potentially go into ukraine from russia. it does seem to have
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escalated — from russia. it does seem to have escalated quite quickly. i from russia. it does seem to have escalated quite quickly.— from russia. it does seem to have escalated quite quickly. i guess for --eole in escalated quite quickly. i guess for people in ukraine, _ escalated quite quickly. i guess for people in ukraine, whether- escalated quite quickly. i guess for people in ukraine, whether they're british nationals, us nationals, with other nationalities are there, they are being told get out. it is very difficult for them to know whether this intelligence is indicating that an actual invasion will happen or whether it's purely designed by putin to wrap up the pressure to gain some concessions in negotiations. but if we look at the front page of the telegraph, they have russia set to invade any day now. i really dramatic in the edge but for the modern looking soldier is a ukrainian marine pictured, it could be a world war ii or world war i trench. ., ., , itrench. could net? indeed. that is one of the — itrench. could net? indeed. that is one of the arguments _ itrench. could net? indeed. that is one of the arguments that - itrench. could net? indeed. that is one of the arguments that boris - one of the arguments that boris johnson has made in trying to persuade russia not to invade is
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that ukraine are going to just roll over and allow this to happen. this will lead to bloodshed. this will be a vicious and violent conflict. and russian members of the armed forces will die. and he's trying to appeal, actually over the heads of president putin and go to the people if that's possible on their government not to go ahead. it does seem as though it would take something quite extraordinary now for an invasion not to happen. of course the question does become, how does the west react? clearly the idea of an armed conflict between american troops and russian troops is almost unthinkable. in the first instance at least they are talking about very, very strong economic sanctions which will really hurt the russian economy. clearly, vladimir putin is having to wait up all of these
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things in his mind but as we say, the intelligence all seems to be pointing in the one direction. not just that an invasion this can happen but it can happen very, very quickly. as i say, the attention were that to happen will be put back on the west to see exactly how they would respond to that. it's a powerful picture, is in a? coincidental possibly but we were hearing from the white house that if an invasion does happen it would likely begin with aerial bombardment. 50 likely begin with aerial bombardment.- likely begin with aerial bombardment. . , ., bombardment. so we have this image ofthe bombardment. so we have this image of the ukrainian _ bombardment. so we have this image of the ukrainian marine _ bombardment. so we have this image of the ukrainian marine who _ bombardment. so we have this image of the ukrainian marine who happensl of the ukrainian marine who happens to be looking towards the sky, quite a powerful picture as we are poised waiting, wondering exactly what will ha en. , . , , waiting, wondering exactly what will ha en, , . , , happen. yes, incredibly powerful ima . e happen. yes, incredibly powerful image when _ happen. yes, incredibly powerful image when you _ happen. yes, incredibly powerful image when you think— happen. yes, incredibly powerful image when you think about - happen. yes, incredibly powerful image when you think about it. l happen. yes, incredibly powerful. image when you think about it. we are not— image when you think about it. we are not in— image when you think about it. we are not in ukraine and when you
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thinkahout— are not in ukraine and when you think about it like that, those images — think about it like that, those images. we work in words and we try to get— images. we work in words and we try to get stories as best we can you read _ to get stories as best we can you read through the stories in the dramatic— read through the stories in the dramatic enough but sometimes a picture _ dramatic enough but sometimes a picture like thatjust really captures it. how frightening the situation — captures it. how frightening the situation really is. particular for the people that are over there. this looks— the people that are over there. this looks to _ the people that are over there. this looks to he — the people that are over there. this looks to be moving quite quickly now and it— looks to be moving quite quickly now and it feels— looks to be moving quite quickly now and it feels like this weekend could be and it feels like this weekend could he pivotal— and it feels like this weekend could be pivotal to what happens and when it happens _ be pivotal to what happens and when it happens. we know that president biden— it happens. we know that president biden has— it happens. we know that president biden has meant to have a conversation with putin tomorrow. so what will _ conversation with putin tomorrow. so what will that entail, will anything come _ what will that entail, will anything come from not or will we continue in the state _ come from not or will we continue in the stale mill that pulls us closer to cut _ the stale mill that pulls us closer to cut some kind of conflict? will sanctions — to cut some kind of conflict? will sanctions be enough to put roger off, to _ sanctions be enough to put roger off, to dissuade firm putin from doing _ off, to dissuade firm putin from doing this? we had discussions for weeks _ doing this? we had discussions for weeks now— doing this? we had discussions for weeks now and what could happen to pipelines _ weeks now and what could happen to pipelines and the stability of the energy. — pipelines and the stability of the energy, the gas pipelines coming into western europe from russia, what _ into western europe from russia, what would happen with that? none of these things if the intelligence is what were hearing from the white
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house _ what were hearing from the white house and these western countries, none of— house and these western countries, none of these seem to work so far. what _ none of these seem to work so far. what more — none of these seem to work so far. what more can the western countries, need to— what more can the western countries, need to do— what more can the western countries, need to do this weekend to try and stop some — need to do this weekend to try and stop some kind of conflict? kicking off early— stop some kind of conflict? kicking off early next week what is what seems _ off early next week what is what seems to — off early next week what is what seems to be suggested. will with the telegraph of the moment. move it away from ukraine, headline, johnson to deny breaking the law at downing street flat above party. these first editions of the front pages not getting in this breaking line from this evening that boris johnson himself has been one of those who was sent a questionnaire by the police. those who was sent a questionnaire by the police-— by the police. yes. unfortunate timin: by the police. yes. unfortunate timing issues _ by the police. yes. unfortunate timing issues for _ by the police. yes. unfortunate timing issues for newspapers . timing issues for newspapers especially on a friday, early deadlines for the papers. so there is note chance of say we will see that story being cast in the front
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pages from later additions tonight. it's interesting, clearly boris johnson gone to telegraph and briefings elsewhere —— according. he's lucky to go out without a fight indeed is not getting around it all. there's no suggestion that he's just can accept a fine from the police without putting up inside of the story. according to the telegraph telegraph he's going to claim that, this is on the 14th of november 2020, the same day that dominic cummings left number ten there was allegedly a party in the flat above number 11 downing st where boris johnson lives with his wife and children. allegedly there was a party, abba was played, friends of carriejohnson were there. it's interesting, borisjohnson isn't interesting, boris johnson isn't going interesting, borisjohnson isn't going to deny being in default when that alleged party took place, he can claim that he was working in the
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flat. because obviously not only is it his home it's above the shop, as it his home it's above the shop, as it were. i guess he could argue he takes his work home with them. and he could try and argue that he didn't break any rules because as i say, it's also his living space as well as his workplace. but this is only one party. we know there are at least another three alleged gatherings that borisjohnson attended. so i think it's interesting that the telegraph are only focusing on this one party i'll be at one that very, very controversial given that it took place in borisjohnson's own home. obviously initially borisjohnson said there were no parties, there were no rule breaking, all social distancing rules were abided by downing street at all times. that story seems to have appeared to a shifted somewhat to him haven't been
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there but was working and not taking part in a party. it's up to the met and the investigating officers whether that argument holds any weight for the but i don't think it's an understatement, it is an overstatement, i should say, that were borisjohnson to be fined by the police then i think it would be incredibly difficult for him to stay on as prime minister. a prime minister who has effectively broken the law i think with the pressure politically, not least of his own party would be absolutely huge. racial, apparently confirming a line that the prime minister is indeed one of about 50 people has been sent a questionnaire by the metropolitan police. —— rachel. how do you think that was a story on if you look at that was a story on if you look at that along with the front page of the i which asjohnson told by top tories, don't try to cling to power.
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this is iain duncan smith and other former party leader saying that his future is in doubt if he receives, we had teresa made made comments about his future, john major also in the last couple days and now this suggestion. ian duncan smith and other signatories saying don't try to cling to power according to the i newspaper. i to cling to power according to the i newspaper-— newspaper. i think this is a significant _ newspaper. i think this is a significant move. - newspaper. i think this is a significant move. this - newspaper. i think this is a significant move. this is i newspaper. i think this is a - significant move. this is something that a lot _ significant move. this is something that a lot of— significant move. this is something that a lot of people have been waiting — that a lot of people have been waiting for, will borisjohnson that a lot of people have been waiting for, will boris johnson get one of— waiting for, will boris johnson get one of these questionnaires, will he be spoken— one of these questionnaires, will he be spoken to by the met police? it really— be spoken to by the met police? it really ties— be spoken to by the met police? it really ties into the front page of the i. _ really ties into the front page of the i. this — really ties into the front page of the i, this is another conservative ieader— the i, this is another conservative leader who — the i, this is another conservative leader who has spoken up about his concerns— leader who has spoken up about his concerns about the boris johnson leadership and the questions of the parties _ leadership and the questions of the parties. and should borisjohnson be found _ parties. and should borisjohnson be found to _ parties. and should borisjohnson be found to have broken the law his position— found to have broken the law his position would be untenable, is the comments — position would be untenable, is the comments that the i has on the front pa-e comments that the i has on the front page today— comments that the i has on the front page today put up i think it shows
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that growing fair within the conservative party. especially those older members, the people that have come _ older members, the people that have come before borisjohnson, as you sayjohn_ come before borisjohnson, as you sayjohn major, and ankit smith, tresa _ sayjohn major, and ankit smith, tresa made, people who have wanted to lead _ tresa made, people who have wanted to lead the _ tresa made, people who have wanted to lead the party in a serious manner, _ to lead the party in a serious manner, lead serious government and they see _ manner, lead serious government and they see borisjohnson manner, lead serious government and they see boris johnson and the concern — they see boris johnson and the concern now is that, what damage will this— concern now is that, what damage will this do— concern now is that, what damage will this do to the conservative party? — will this do to the conservative party? i— will this do to the conservative party? i think that is something that we — party? i think that is something that we are starting to see come across— that we are starting to see come across more. particularly around any potential— across more. particularly around any potential breaking of the law is. because — potential breaking of the law is. because can you imagine there is a prime _ because can you imagine there is a prime minister who may have to pay of police _ prime minister who may have to pay of police fine over this? itjust feeis — of police fine over this? itjust feels like _ of police fine over this? itjust feels like were getting into a position— feels like were getting into a position now that maybe some more of those _ position now that maybe some more of those senior— position now that maybe some more of those senior mps within west minister. _ those senior mps within west minister, what will they be thinking behind _ minister, what will they be thinking behind this as well? we've already seen the _ behind this as well? we've already seen the scottish conservative had made _ seen the scottish conservative had made a _ seen the scottish conservative had made a very clear where their
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position— made a very clear where their position on this is. and it's

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