Newspaper headlines: UK ‘ditches cake-and-eat-it Brexit stance’ – BBC News

Guardian front page

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British officials have “quietly abandoned” a “cake-and-eat-it” Brexit deal and have accepted there will be a “painful” trade-off between market access and political control when the UK leaves the EU, the Guardian reports. The paper says there has been a “dramatic” change of mood at the Department for Exiting the European Union since the general election.

Daily Telegraph front page

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A cabinet split has emerged between Chancellor Philip Hammond and senior ministers over whether taxes should be raised to pay for increased spending on public services, according to the Daily Telegraph. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said taxpayers should not pay for the increase, but the chancellor is reported to have told colleagues that demands for extra money would lead to questions about who they are prepared to “alienate” by raising taxes.

Financial Times front page

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The Financial Times splashes on news that a City of London delegation will travel to Brussels with a “secret blueprint” for a post-Brexit free-trade deal on financial services. The paper reports that the initiative is independent of government but is understood to have the unofficial support of senior Whitehall figures.

The Metro front page

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Meanwhile, Metro leads on news that nurses and midwives are quitting the NHS in their thousands. The paper, citing figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, says the health professionals are leaving amid “mounting workloads, plunging morale and poor pay”.

Times front page

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Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to fine technology companies for failing to remove extremist material have been compared to the action of a Chinese dictator by her own counter-terrorism watchdog, according to the Times. Max Hill QC is quoted in the paper as saying that proposals to “criminalise” companies like Google and Facebook could push them “offside” at a time when co-operation is needed from them.

Sun front page

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Iraqis who claimed they were abused by US troops were ordered to change their stories and accuse innocent UK soldiers instead, according to the Sun. A whistleblower has alleged to the paper that “tank-chasing” British lawyers persuaded Iraqis to lie about who had detained them.

Daily Mirror front page

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The Mirror leads on a report that at least 69 refugees have drowned this year trying to reach Spain from Africa. Rescuers are patrolling water off the Costas, where 6,000 have arrived in sight of tourists, the paper reports.

Daily Express front page

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The Daily Express says that EU officials are to hold “crisis” talks about the rising number of migrants coming to Europe. The paper says more than 12,000 arrived in Italy last week.

Daily Mail front page

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Young drivers are being encouraged to take on “dangerous levels” of debt by car dealers who are offering them vehicles for no money upfront, according to a Daily Mail investigation. The papers says “ruthless” salesmen are offering cars worth up to £20,000 for no deposit – even for people who are unemployed, on low wages or have a poor credit rating.

The i paper front page

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Conservationists are warning that the government’s plan to withdraw from EU fishing arrangements could harm fish stocks, the i says. According to the paper, there are fears of international disputes and overfishing following the environment secretary’s pledge to leave the London Fisheries Convention, which allows certain countries to fish in UK waters.

Daily Star front page

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Finally, the Daily Star splashes on Andy Murray’s Wimbledon defence, noting he will begin his tournament on Monday – hours after confirming he and his wife are to have a second child.

UK officials have “quietly abandoned” hopes of securing “the government’s promised cake-and-eat-it Brexit deal”, the Guardian reports.

According to the paper, government insiders have reported a “dramatic change of mood” in the Department for Exiting the European Union since the general election.

It says the idea of enjoying full trade access to the bloc – without concessions over immigration, courts and a financial settlement – is now being given less credence by officials.

Many of the papers focus on the reported divisions within Conservative ranks about public spending.

“Cabinet split over austerity tax row” is the front page headline in the Daily Telegraph.

It suggests Chancellor Philip Hammond has warned ministers that “unpopular tax rises” will be required to fund possible moves, like lifting the cap on public sector pay increases.

The Mail’s editorial says the paper is “deeply troubled by reports that some Tory MPs, including senior ministers, are demanding that the spending taps be turned back on”.

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‘Oxygen of publicity’

According to the Times, Britain’s new independent reviewer of counter-terrorism laws is concerned about the way jihadist attacks are covered by the media.

It says Max Hill believes the publication of images of dead terrorists can give, in his words, “the oxygen of publicity in death, to those who apparently craved martyrdom”.

But one senior media lawyer, Mark Stephens, tells the paper: “It is extremely unhelpful to make the argument that freedom of speech needs to be curbed, in an effort to fight terror.”

The lead in the Financial Times is about a delegation from the City of London travelling to Brussels this week, with what it describes as “a secret blueprint for a post-Brexit free-trade deal on financial services”.

The paper says there is concern among bankers that the deadline for the UK to leave the EU, in March 2019, will come before a “credible deal has been struck”.

“Blame it on our boys” is the front page headline in the Sun. It claims that Iraqis, who had alleged that they were mistreated by American troops, were told by lawyers to accuse UK forces instead, because the Ministry of Defence was easier to sue.

The paper quotes someone who used to work for a law firm handling such claims, saying it was widely known that many were fake.

Migrant deaths

The front pages of both the Daily Mirror and the Daily Express report on the latest deaths of migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.

The Mirror’s headline is “Migrants’ hell on Costa beaches”, while in the Express it is “EU in crisis over boat migrants”.

The paper says European Union officials are to hold emergency talks on the matter.

The Mirror’s opinion column urges the authorities to “turn the tide on the crisis”.

It believes that, faced with such a problem, the UK is “morally right” to spend £13bn on international development, which could help tackle some of the causes of migration.

‘Braced for Trump’

According to the Times, Donald Trump may “drop in” to the UK in the next fortnight.

It says the US president has a gap in his diary, between a visit to Germany this week for the G20 summit and a trip to France later in July.

The White House will apparently give officials here only 24 hours’ notice, if he decides to come.

“Britain braced for snap Trump visit” is the headline.

Finally, amid all the preview coverage of Wimbledon, the Daily Telegraph goes straight to the front of the queue – the queue, that is, of people who have been camping since early on Saturday to get tickets for the first day of the championships.

There the paper finds Des Robson, a middle-aged computer technician from Northumberland, who put a visit to Centre Court on his bucket list, after suffering two heart attacks.

Behind him is Elle-Anne Lee, a 21-year-old dental nurse.

Her father had bet her £100 that she would not be among the first three in the queue.

She tells the paper: “Now I’m quids in.”


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