Newspaper headlines: ‘Borders will remain open after Brexit’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Borders will remain open after Brexit’


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The Times focuses on the Brexit talks with citizens’ rights at the centre of events. The paper says Theresa May is ready to offer EU citizens free movement to the UK for up to two years after Brexit under plans devised by Philip Hammond. The chancellor, continues the Times, is understood to believe that he has the support of every cabinet minister for a transitional deal.

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Similarly, the Guardian says that, according to a senior source, the cabinet has accepted that the free movement of people for up to four years after the UK leaves the EU will be part of a Brexit transition deal. The source tells the Guardian: “If you ask business when they want to see it agreed, they’d say tomorrow.”

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The i says the talks ended in deadlock with no agreement on basic issues of citizens’ rights and payments, and the UK was warned that Britons living in Europe may be barred from settling in other members states.

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The Daily Telegraph says it has emerged that foreign criminals will be allowed to remain in the UK as a fresh row broke out over Britain’s right to deport EU convicts. The paper says the EU has demanded that the government drops plans to vet all three million European citizens who are expected to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

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On to the BBC pay row, and the Metro says Gary Lineker’s agent Jon Holmes has hit back at criticism of the former England footballer and Match of the Day presenter’s £1.8m wages, saying: “The market has set the rate.”

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The Daily Star splashes with the same story. “Here’s Gary Lineker trying to keep his cool by a swanky rooftop pool as the Beeb pay row boiled over,” says the Star.

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The Daily Mail says the row deepened after the corporation admitted that some of its richest stars use a potential tax dodge. The high-profile presenters have their salaries routed through personal service companies so they can avoid income tax, claims the Mail.

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The Daily Mirror runs an investigation that found children as young as four have been held over knife crimes “as the shocking number of kids carrying blades soars”. The paper quotes Police Federation chairman Steve White as saying: “It’s truly shocking. We have to intervene before it is too late.”

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The Daily Express says researchers have discovered that snoring can put people at greater risk of developing dementia. A study showed a link between Sleep Disordered Breathing – involving loud snoring, noisy and laboured breathing or repeated short periods where breathing is interrupted by gasping or snorting – and cognitive decline, explains the Express.

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Finally, the Sun is on top form with its front page which shows children making two-fingered gestures on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Germany. Under the headline “heir flick”, the Sun says: “Two grinning German lads flick V-signs in front of Prince William and Kate – but royal relations were none the wurst.”

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