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Newspaper headlines: ‘Brexit impasse’ and a ‘tussle in Brussels’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Brexit impasse’ and a ‘tussle in Brussels’


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The UK and the EU have reached a “Brexit impasse”, according to the Financial Times, which says the Irish backstop “remains a sticking point” in the negotiations. The paper reports “EU leaders may conclude there is not enough progress to justify proceeding to a special Brexit summit in November”, increasing the risk of a no-deal exit next year.

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“Tussle in Brussels” is the headline on the front page of the Metro. The paper says Brexit talks will go “down to the wire” ahead of Wednesday’s EU summit, adding the potential divorce agreement could “make or break Theresa May”.

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The Guardian reports that Mrs May has suffered a “setback” in Brexit negotiations, with the Irish border issue threatening to “kill off hopes of an October deal”. Quoting the EU’s deputy negotiator, Sabine Weyand, the paper says Sunday’s meeting between Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier was “sobering” because both sides had been hoping a deal could be concluded.

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Like the FT, the Times says Brexit negotiations have reached an “impasse” over the Irish border. The paper says ministers have been told to start “implementing plans for a no-deal Brexit within weeks”.

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The Daily Telegraph reports Mrs May “refused to endorse” a draft Brexit deal agreed by negotiators on Sunday because of fears the cabinet “would fail to back the plan”. The paper says it is the first time both sets of negotiating teams had agreed any sort of deal – but it was still not enough to convince the PM.

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The prime minister’s fears of a Tory rebellion are well-founded, according to the i, which says former Brexit minister David Davis has warned of a leadership challenge “if Downing Street refuses to change tack on Brexit proposals”.

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As if a potential leadership challenge was not enough to unnerve Mrs May, the Daily Express says as many as 10 cabinet ministers could resign over a potential Brexit deal. The paper says the prime minister is “fighting for her political life”.

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Away from Brexit, the Daily Mail leads on the government’s new strategy to deal with loneliness. One aspect of the strategy is that, instead of “doling out pills”, doctors will be able to prescribe social activities to those suffering from loneliness and social isolation. The paper also asks, perhaps slightly tongue-in-cheek, if the Duke and Duchess of York are set to “wed again”.

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Russia is on a “drive” to recruit British “traitors”, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper says “spooks and diplomats” have been warned that “ruthless Russians will try to ‘turn’ them”.

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Strictly Come Dancing’s pantomime villains are the splash on the front page of the Sun. Alongside the headline “shirty dancing”, the paper says judges were furious that “kiss pair” Seann Walsh and Katya Jones dodged “the bullet” while their fellow contestants were upset that they got “extra help”.

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“Snowflakes are killing off British comedy,” reports the Daily Star, quoting “Absolutely Fabulous icon” Jenifer Saunders. Ms Saunders says comedians are shying away from controversial material because there is “always someone tutting”.

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