Newspaper headlines: Brexit ‘backdoor’ and new aircraft carrier … – BBC News

Times front page

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The Times says the Home Office is drawing up plans that would allow EU citizens to be free to travel to the UK and stay after Brexit. The principle of freedom of movement would remain, explains the Times, but a system of permits would limit the number of people migrating to work. Also featured on its front page is a stunning picture of the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, silhouetted against a fiery sun.

Telegraph front page

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Turning to the Daily Telegraph, and the paper carries an article by Prime Minister Theresa May’s former chief of staff Nick Timothy in which he says university tuition fees are a “pointless ponzi scheme” that are “blighting young people’s futures” and must be reformed.

I front page

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In what it dubs an A-level results “free-for-all”, the i says there will be more top degree places available than ever before as leading universities open their doors and a glut of vacancies means universities will lower entry requirements.

Guardian front page

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The Guardian reports that the Football Association is facing questions over why it paid “hush money” to women’s international footballer Eni Alouko after it emerged that a bullying complaint against England manager Mark Sampson included an allegation that he made a remark with “racial and prejudicial connotations” to another player. The FA has confirmed that there is no evidence of wrongdoing.

Mail front page

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The Daily Mail focuses its attention on the resignation of shadow equalities minster Sarah Champion after she wrote a newspaper article about “British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls”. The paper says the equalities watchdog criticised Labour after she was hounded out for speaking up.

Metro front page

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The Metro leads on claims that a so-called seamless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – involving no physical barriers – would open a backdoor to the UK after Brexit.

Express front page

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The Daily Express reports that a record 2.37 million European Union migrants are working in the UK. “It has prompted calls for the government to take back control of the UK’s borders,” according to the Express.

Sun front page

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The Sun leads on the spat that has broken out between the Great British Bake Off, now on Channel 4, and the BBC’s new Big Family Cooking Showdown. The Sun says the BBC has bottled a ratings battle by moving its show after they were scheduled against each other.

Mirror front page

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The lead for the Daily Mirror is the court case in which a man who was hailed a hero of the Manchester bomb attack is accused of stealing a bank card and mobile phone at the venue on the night of the blast. Chris Parker, 33, denies two counts of theft.

Financial Times front page

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The Financial Times interviews the vice-chairman of the US Federal Reserve’s board of governors, Stanley Fischer, who, says the FT, has attacked attempts to reverse the post-crisis drive for tougher regulation, calling efforts to loosen constraints on banks “dangerous and extremely short-sighted”.

The Daily Mail calls the government’s proposals to create a “frictionless” border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic “an eminently workable solution”.

It doubts would-be migrants will try to use this route, as it says they will “lose the automatic right to work and claim benefits”.

But the Times proposes that the curb will come from companies having to apply for permits to hire EU workers.

The Financial Times suggests there could be a pre-travel security screening like in the US.

But writing in the Guardian, Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole suggests the proposals “lack credibility”.

He questions if it is part of game-playing.

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Pictures of the the Royal Navy’s massive new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, arriving in Portsmouth appear in almost every paper – many using a double-page spread.

The i newspaper uses a diagram of landmarks to show her scale.

The ship’s length, it suggests, is not far off the height of the Shard.

But the Daily Mirror notes “she has no planes, was millions of pounds over budget and cannot start work for at least three years”.

The Times reports of a rise in the cost of the fighter jets due to land on her.

It calls on the government to address their cost-effectiveness urgently.

The Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph both report that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn forced his equalities spokeswoman, Sarah Champion, to resign.

The Mail declares she was “hounded out”.

The paper suggests political correctness has betrayed abuse victims.

The Telegraph quotes a former head of the Equalities Commission, Trevor Phillips, who compares the party’s response to “Stalinism”.

The Sun calls her departure a “great shame”, saying it showed her words were correct that it was still forbidden to talk about the truth of white girls being exploited.

The Sun raises the issue on its front page of car dealers giving buyers ever riskier loans.

It says cars worth up to £20,000 are being offered without a deposit.

It quotes a Bank of England source warning of the risks this increase in consumer credit poses.

But reports of a car finance bubble are being blamed in the Times for a slump in used-car sales.

The paper quotes a broker who says the “negative narrative… is starting to impact buying confidence”.

“So tell us, Mr Craig… what could possibly have persuaded you to play 007 one last time?” asks the Daily Mail.

It offers its answer to Daniel Craig’s change of heart with the headline: “The £100m Bond.”

The Sun also suggests it was the “financial lure”.

But there is doubt about the size of the monetary incentive.

The Daily Star believes the British actor will pocket £76m.

The Guardian thinks he could receive nearly £120m.

The BBC is vetting the conductor’s speech before the Last Night of the Proms for fear of “tirades against Brexit”, according to the Daily Telegraph.

This comes after a pianist played the European anthem at one Proms concert.

At another, the conductor, Daniel Barenboim, interrupted proceedings to raise his concerns about Europe.

But the BBC insists it always checks the speeches.

The conductor for the Last Night, Sakari Oramo, says he has a rule against bringing politics into it.

Although he jokes: “But of course, if I start to speak something completely different, I don’t think anyone can stop me.

“I could ‘go Trump’ maybe.”


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