Newspaper headlines: Referendum riots and ‘Tory infighting’ – BBC News

The Times front page

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Catalonia’s independence referendum is the lead story on many of Monday’s front pages. “Spain torn apart” declares the Times – one of a number of papers to feature a photo of a riot police officer brandishing a truncheon to push back voters.

Daily Telegraph front page

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The Daily Telegraph also uses that picture – and it claims the violence shows the EU is in crisis amid a lack of condemnation from Brussels. The paper says the EU remained “conspicuously silent” on the “brutal” police tactics.

Guardian front page

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The Guardian also leads on the violence in Catalonia, reporting that “hundreds” have been injured while trying to vote in the referendum, which Spain says is illegal.

FT front page

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The Catalan poll is also the top story for the Financial Times, which carries a picture of riot police clashing with a demonstrator.

Metro front page

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An image of violence in Spain also make the front of the Metro, but its lead story is about division in the Conservative Party. It reports that senior figures say the prime minister’s days are numbered.

Daily Mail front page

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“What a time to be squabbling” exclaims the Daily Mail. It says Theresa May’s attempts to reach out to younger voters have been overshadowed by infighting.

i paper

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The i also leads on the Tory party conference with the headline “Backlash against Boris”. It reports that the “conference mood” has swung against the foreign secretary over his perceived “disloyalty”.

Daily Express front page

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The Daily Express’s front page headline claims Mrs May is “winning the Brexit battle”. It reports that EU leaders have praised her for her Florence speech and quotes her as saying “momentum” is building behind her to strike a post-Brexit trade deal.

Daily Mirror front page

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The Daily Mirror leads on what it calls a “Navy nuke scandal”. It says the captain of one of the UK’s nuclear-armed submarines has been suspended over claims of an inappropriate relationship between two officers. The MoD is “investigating”, the paper says.

The Sun front page

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“Will you Harry me?” asks the Sun – which says that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first public kiss has sparked what it calls “a frenzy of engagement speculation”.

Daily Star front page

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The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing makes headlines in the Daily Star. It says Eastenders actor Davood Ghadami is “fuming” over a comment from judge Bruno Tonioli about his “chemistry” with his dance partner.

Several of the front pages have a picture of a Spanish policeman clad in armour brandishing a baton as he confronts protesters in Barcelona.

“Spain torn apart,” says the headline in the Times, “as 850 are hurt in referendum riots”.

The Financial Times warns that the vote threatens to trigger one of the gravest political and constitutional crises in Spain’s 40-year old democracy.

For the Daily Telegraph, the clashes have “plunged the EU into a new crisis” – because of a failure by Brussels to criticise the Spanish government’s violent response.

The Sun describes the scenes as “Helldorado”.

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Elsewhere, the i is among those reporting a backlash among senior Tories against Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over his recent interventions in the Brexit debate. Some are said to have warned “nobody is unsackable”.

The Daily Mail sounds of note of exasperation, with the headline: “What a time to be squabbling”.

Nevertheless, according to the lead in the Daily Express, Theresa May is “winning the Brexit battle”.

It highlights claims by the prime minister on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show that a string of European leaders have personally praised plans for the UK’s departure – laid out in her recent Florence speech.

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The Daily Mirror claims an exclusive with a report that the captain of a nuclear submarine has been relieved of his duties as military chiefs investigate an alleged inappropriate relationship with a female officer.

It believes senior naval officers have been sent to the vessel, in international waters, to sort things out.

The MoD confirmed an investigation was taking place but gave no details.

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The Daily Mail reports a study suggesting half of all NHS dentists plan to leave the health service within five years.

A survey carried out by the British Dental Association found 58% want to go private, move overseas, retire or quit the profession.

NHS Engand tells the paper there are 3,800 more dentists offering NHS care than a decade ago, with no significant increase in the number leaving.

And finally, there are pictures all over the papers of Prince Harry apparently kissing Meghan Markle in public for the first time.

The Sun says it has “sparked a frenzy of engagement speculation”.


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