Newspaper headlines: Brexit blow or May’s Trump card? – BBC News

Observer front page

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The Observer says German industry has warned the UK not to rely on its help in securing a good Brexit deal. The paper describes it as a stark intervention that strikes a blow at the government’s EU departure plans. “Two of Germany’s biggest industry groups have told the Observer that their main concern during the Brexit process is protecting the single market for the remaining 27 members, even if this harms trade with Britain,” it says.

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The Sunday Times says Theresa May has claimed that plans for a trade deal with the US had put Brexit back on track as critics warned she faced a “legislative war” to pass the Repeal Bill severing ties with Brussels. “Anti-Brexit MPs and peers said they would try to derail the bill, to be published this Thursday, the first anniversary of May becoming prime minister,” reports the paper.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that Mrs May seized on the “optimism” of Donald Trump and world leaders over Brexit to face down a growing rebellion from cabinet colleagues and backbenchers. “In a pointed rebuke of critics,” says the Telegraph, “Mrs May played up the prospects of increasing trade with ‘old friends and new partners’ after leaving the EU, including China, India and Japan.”

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“May is dealt Trump card on Brexit,” is the headline in the Sunday Express. The paper says the US president promised to sign a “powerful” trade deal with the UK very quickly, telling the prime minister the UK would thrive outside the EU.

Mail front page

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The Mail on Sunday reveals that pressure was growing on Theresa May to quit as prime minister after reports that Tory ex-Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell said she had lost all authority and should go. Mr Mitchell, the Mail goes on to explain, is a key ally of Brexit Secretary David Davis – who is favourite to succeed Mrs May.

People front page

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The Sunday People has an exclusive interview with the former chief of the British army, Lord Dannatt, in which he accuses the government of failing veterans over dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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The Sunday Mirror reports that Nolan Sisters star Linda Nolan, who has cancer, has been trolled on Facebook by a woman claiming to be a victim of the Manchester bombing.

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The Daily Star Sunday leads on reality TV show Love Island, saying that extra security has been drafted in to stop Jonny Mitchell and Theo Campbell trading blows over Tyla Carr.

Many of the Sunday papers deliver their verdict on Theresa May’s whirlwind diplomacy in Hamburg.

The Sunday Telegraph says the prime minister played her “trump card” when she called attention to world leaders’ enthusiasm for deeper trade ties with the UK.

It was a tactical move in the Telegraph’s view – aimed at rebuking Cabinet colleagues who stress the risks of leaving the single market and customs union.

The Sunday Times says Donald Trump “rode to her rescue”, giving the PM an opportunity to take a swipe at her mutinous ministers.

The future after Brexit is not so bright in the Observer. Two of Germany’s biggest industry groups tell the paper they will prioritise protecting the single market over forging a new deal with Britain – and warn that negative effects for British business will be hard to avoid in the coming months.

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A former SAS soldier makes a number of startling claims in an interview with the Mail on Sunday about allegations of illegal killings by special forces in Afghanistan.

The unnamed trooper says he took part in raids now being investigated by the Royal Military Police and that civilians – some of them children – died when operations went wrong.

He admits that unarmed Afghans were “routinely killed” – but only when they were confirmed to be high-ranking Taliban, who would have been released within days had they been captured.

“The tactics sound gruesome but these were bad men whose guilt had been established,” the soldier reasons. “For me”, he says, “the ends justify the means.”


Breast implant warning

The Sun on Sunday calls on the government to act urgently to warn of the health risks associated with some types of breast implants.

The paper cites data from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency showing that two women have died and more than 20 others required surgery after receiving “textured surface implants”, which can damage the immune system.

In an editorial, the Sun demands ministers come clean about what they know, and follow the example of France and the US by issuing a public warning.


Argentine ‘plot’

The Sunday Express has details of an alleged plot to plant an Argentine flag on the Falkland Islands.

Rogue generals are said to be planning a night-time commando raid on a remote part of the territory.

There, a photographer would capture an image of Argentina’s colours on British soil which, the Express claims, would be published to humiliate the governments of both countries.

Argentina’s President Macri is said to be aware of the plot, and the paper says an RAF Chinook helicopter is on standby to counter any incursion.

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The Sunday Mirror seeks to end speculation about which actor will next play 007. The series’ long-time producer Barbara Broccoli is said to have retained the services of the blonde Bond, Daniel Craig.

The singer Adele is tipped to return on theme tune duties as, according to a source, they are “the winning team, the real money-spinners”.

The Mirror remembers that in 2015 Mr Craig said if he did return to the world of fast cars, gunfights and disposable women, he would not be doing it for the money. The paper estimates he will be paid £60m to reprise his role.

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