Newspaper headlines: ‘Rest in peace, Charlie’ – BBC News

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“His battle for survival captured hearts around the world,” declares the Daily Mail, “but little Charlie Gard lost his fight for life yesterday – exactly a week before his first birthday.” The Mail says his death ends months of turmoil and court drama in which parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates fought for treatment they hoped would save their terminally-ill son.

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The Sun quotes Charlie’s devastated mother declaration: “Our beautiful little boy has gone.” The paper adds: “The brain-damaged tot’s plight touched the world.”

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The Daily Mirror describes how Chris Gard and Connie Yates were at Charlie’s side as his life support was switched off.

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The Daily Telegraph says MPs have warned the next general election will be a “second referendum” on Brexit if Chancellor Philip Hammond gets his way and implements a lengthy transition period lasting up to three years.

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The Daily Express says fears Brexit could be delayed have been raised after Mr Hammond announced plans for a two-stage “transition period”. “It means Britain could remain under Brussels rule for another five years until 2022,” says the paper.

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The Guardian says London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out the possibility of the UK remaining within the EU, arguing that Brexit could be legitimately stopped if Labour included the pledge in an election manifesto or committed to a second referendum.

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The Times says thousands of young children and teenagers are being paid by criminals to hide or launder stolen money in their bank accounts. The money “is usually then transferred to other accounts, making it harder for the authorities to track the money,” the paper reports.

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The i claims there is a “cover-up” with the HS2 rail link. The paper says the Department for Transport has censored an official report on the “risky” high-speed project, amid fears over rising costs and big delays, but ministers insist budgets and timeline are now redacted because they are “commercially sensitive”.

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The FT Weekend reports the deficit at the UK university sector’s main pension scheme has soared by £9bn over the past year to £17.5bn, making it the largest on record at any British retirement fund and putting the finances of higher education under further pressure.

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Finally, the Daily Star says experts have warned that huge poisonous huntsman spiders that can give birth to 200 babies at a time are set to swamp the UK.

Charlie Gard’s death is the main news for the Daily Mail, the Daily Mirror and the Sun.

The Mirror says his tragic story touched a nation.

It was all the more poignant because there was never going to be a happy ending, the paper adds.

Its headline quotes the statement issued by his parents: “Our beautiful little boy has gone.”

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The Sun has the headline: “RIP our hero”.

The Mail says his death ends months of turmoil and court drama in which Chris Gard and Connie Yates fought for treatment they hoped would save him.

“Rest in peace, Charlie,” is the headline.

The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express lead on the chancellor’s suggestion that there could be a transition period of up to three years after the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

The Telegraph says Philip Hammond’s comments have prompted alarm among Leave campaigners and some MPs.

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It says they fear that if Britain is still in a state of flux at the next election – in 2022 at the latest – Remain supporters will seize the chance to water down Brexit and even try to reverse the process.

According to the Express, many Remainers hope a slow Brexit will mean that Leave supporters will lose heart, and a possible economic downturn could be used as an excuse to hold another referendum.

For its main story, the Guardian says the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out the possibility of the UK remaining within the EU, arguing that Brexit could be legitimately stopped if Labour included the pledge in an election manifesto or committed to a second referendum.

It says his intervention is likely to fuel Labour divisions on Brexit, as the leadership is adamant that the party should respect last year’s result but some MPs believe it should fight for a second referendum.

The i newspaper reports that campaigners are calling on the government to come clean over the costs of the HS2 rail project, after details of the budgets and timescales were obscured or redacted in official documents.

It says the Stop HS2 group has accused Transport Secretary Chris Grayling of failing to back up his own claims that the project will be on time and on budget.

The Department for Transport tells the paper that the redactions contain commercially sensitive information.

The DfT later issued a statement in response to the story, saying it was “keeping a tough grip on costs and the project is on time and on budget at £55.7bn”.

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The Times says it has learned that thousands of young children and teenagers are being paid by criminals to hide or launder stolen money in their bank accounts.

According to the paper, criminals offer the children cash, sometimes as little as £50, to transfer much larger sums of “dirty money” through their accounts.

Parents are being asked to monitor their children’s transactions after the number of youths used by fraudsters and gangsters nearly doubled in a year, the paper adds.

Finally, the smouldering wreck of a £260,000 Ferrari is pictured in most of the papers – because its owner managed to crash the car only an hour after he had collected it.

The Daily Express reports that the driver lost control of the vehicle in wet conditions.

It careered 50 yards across a field off the M1 in South Yorkshire before bursting into flames.

Miraculously, says the Daily Mail, the unnamed driver escaped with just cuts and bruises, although police said there had also been a “hint of damaged pride”.

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