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Newspaper headlines: Tory rebels ‘furious’ with PM and Britain bakes

Newspaper headlines: Tory rebels ‘furious’ with PM and Britain bakes
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Image caption Theresa May is pressing ahead with her preferred hybrid customs plan, in spite of opposition from senior Brexiteers, reports the Financial Times. The article claims the PM is prepared to risk a Eurosceptic backlash, telling Tory rebels that they might otherwise have to accept Parliament’s will and be faced with “an even less palatable option”.
Image caption Sir Alex Ferguson continues to dominate the Daily Star’s coverage, reporting how sport stars have sent messages of support to the ailing football manager, who remains in intensive care. The picture shows a swimmer enjoying the bank holiday sunshine, with record-breaking temperatures predicted on Monday.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph also homes in on the unusually warm bank holiday weather, with a picture of a youngster in Lymington River in the New Forest. The lead story reports that Justice Minister Lucy Frazer QC is considering a change in the law to give grandparents the legal right to see their grandchildren after divorce. Like the FT, the paper also reports on the Brexiteers’ “furious” reaction to Business Secretary Greg Clark’s comments that Britain staying in the customs union was still “on the table” amid fears of job losses after Brexit.
Image caption Eamonn Holmes makes an emotional plea for Sir Alex Ferguson, following the 76-year-old’s brain haemorrhage on Saturday. “Pray for my mate Fergie,” reads the headline on the front page of the Mirror, with Holmes adding: “If anyone can beat this, Fergie can.” The main image shows a packed beach in Bournemouth as “Britain bakes”.
Image caption “Fear of Corbyn” is prompting the EU to take a tough line in EU withdrawal negotiations, reports the Times. Senior European officials have told the paper that they are concerned by Labour’s economic policies. Should there be a future Jeremy Corbyn government, state subsidies could give the UK “a competitive advantage”, while a move to public ownership could “damage European companies who have invested in privatised public services”.
Image caption “At least 1,000 highly skilled migrants are wrongly facing deportation,” reports the Guardian in its lead story. Immigration experts have criticised the Home Office’s use of section 322(5) of the Immigration Act which is intended to deal with those judged to be a threat to national security. Expert claims nine out of 10 recent cases that went before a tribunal were overturned on appeal. They are suggesting either the Home Office is “recklessly incompetent” or there is a “blanket policy” being applied.
Image caption “Bloodbath on our streets” says the Daily Express, whose front page focuses on a number of violent incidents that took place over the weekend. Three people were left dead across the UK “in gun and knife chaos”, while two young boys, aged 13 and 15, were shot in north-west London. Both boys are currently in hospital.
Image caption In an exclusive story, the Sun claims Andrew Flintoff was arrested on Sunday afternoon, over “an alleged bust-up”. Flintoff, who was out with his family, was taken to a police station in Cheshire for questioning. The former England cricketer strongly denies any wrongdoing. The front page also reports on the three boys shot in London over the weekend.
Image caption The Daily Mail has a dramatic picture of plastic waste piling up in the Cheswold river in Doncaster. The UN environment chief Erik Solheim has praised the UK government for taking “the global lead on plastics”, following a campaign run by the Mail. The paper also claims royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle is now “the most powerful woman in fashion”.

The Financial Times says Theresa May is prepared to risk “a furious Eurosceptic backlash” by pushing ahead with her preferred plan for a hybrid customs arrangement when the UK leaves the EU.

It says the prime minister’s decision to despatch the Business Secretary Greg Clark to make the case for her customs partnership yesterday appeared to be part of a coordinated push by pro-European Tories and business leaders – a suggestion dismissed as “nonsense” by No 10.

An unnamed ally of Theresa May is quoted as saying her team will be “working flat out to persuade cabinet doubters” of the merits of her plans.

In a lead editorial, the Daily Mail sees things differently. It points out that Theresa May made it clear in her Sun on Sunday article that she will pull Britain out of the customs union. It suggests Greg Clark was working in cahoots with the “Europhile” CBI to throw doubt on her resolve and revive “Project Fear”.

But it says Theresa May should trust her instincts, take heart from the surge in support the Tories gained in Leave-backing areas in last week’s local elections – and tell her critics to “like it or lump it”.

The Times says the determination of Brussels to take a tough line on Brexit is influenced by fears of a future Labour government led by Jeremy Corbyn.

The paper says it’s spoken to senior European officials who have expressed concern that Labour could approve state subsidies for key industries, giving Britain an unfair competitive advantage.

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Image caption Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was shot dead in London

“Bloodbath on our streets” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Express. It describes what it calls a weekend of violence in which a horrifying string of incidents left three dead – and two boys, one aged 13, with gunshot wounds.

In an editorial, it says there is no end to the slaughter – and it makes a link to the sunny bank holiday weather which, it says, is bringing young people out on to the streets with all the associated problems.

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“A travesty of of the democratic practices he purports to embrace” is how the Daily Telegraph characterises the election in March that returned Vladimir Putin to office. Its editorial points out that Mr Putin – who will be inaugurated as Russia’s president today – will come close to matching Stalin’s many years in power if he sees out what is his fourth term.

The election may have been rigged, the paper says, but President Putin remains popular because he is seen as someone able to restore national pride and confront Russia’s enemies. But his country might have far fewer of them were he not there.

Evidence of wrongdoing will force Donald Trump out of the White House before 2020, according to the lawyer for the adult movie actress Stormy Daniels.

In an interview with the Guardian, Michael Avenatti says he doesn’t know how the president will spin his departure, but he firmly believes Mr Trump won’t be able to survive the balance of his term in office. Stormy Daniels claims she had a sexual encounter with Mr Trump before he became president – he denies it took place.

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Image caption Michael Avenatti believes Mr Trump will not survive his entire term in office

Alan Shearer is among the sporting figures sending their best wishes to Sir Alex Ferguson, who remains in intensive care after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Writing in The Sun, the former England captain says Sir Alex was a fearsome competitor to come up against and made the Premier League what it is – the most watched competition around the world. His message to the former Manchester United manager is “keep fighting”.

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