For a second consecutive day, front-page headlines feature strong words about the Brexit process from the UK side.
“38 days for Brexit deal or we walk” is the
Daily Telegraph’s summary of the prime minister’s stance. It says Boris Johnson is moving decisively to break months of deadlock between negotiators, and that if there’s no breakthrough by 15 October, Britain will accept No Deal and move on.
However, the Financial Times breaks the news of a plan by the government
to introduce new legislation that would override key parts of the withdrawal agreement relating to Northern Ireland.
“UK plan to undermine withdrawal treaty threatens Brexit trade talks,” reads its headline. And while the government insists this is merely a “fallback plan” should negotiations with Brussels fail, a source tells the FT it would be “a very blunt instrument” – and that ministers would be acting in “full cognisance” of breaching international law.
The i leads with a vow from Mr Johnson
to crack down on disruptive environmental protests after demonstrators blocked printing presses at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail says Home Secretary Priti Patel is considering changes
to the law to rein in what it terms Extinction Rebellion “fanatics”. It says options being considered include designating the group as an organised crime gang.
However, the paper’s columnist, Stephen Glover, warns against “making martyrs”
of what he calls Extinction Rebellion’s “misguided” leaders. He wonders whether police officers have “gone soft”, and says they should more strictly enforce existing laws – such as those on obstructing the highway and aggravated trespass.
The Sun, meanwhile, reports that a great-grandmother from Harrow
, north-west London, tripped on a manhole cover and bloodied her nose when visiting the newsagent to find out why her Sunday paper had not been delivered. It quotes Eileen Cook, 95, calling the protestors “selfish”.
“Sickly Come Dancing” is the front-page headline in the Sun, which reports ‘panic’ on the set of Strictly
, after a TV crew member tested positive for coronavirus. Production teams were sent home so the set could be cleaned, the paper says.
The show’s professional dancers have been isolating in a “biosecure bubble” and filming had been due to start on Tuesday. “We can’t take any cha-cha-chances,” says the paper.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by the Telegraph suggests as many as a third of restaurants
and cafes could be undermining the NHS’s Test and Trace programme by failing to take customers’ details.
Of 57 establishments visited in Bristol, Colchester, Newcastle and Leicester, 18 either didn’t collect information or operated a voluntary system, it says.
Electric fences could soon become a thing of the past, reports the Times
. It says cows could instead be penned by virtual enclosures.
Epping Forest in Essex is one of six sites testing out GPS electric collars, which zap cattle if they wander outside boundaries drawn by farmers using an app.
Natural England says it’s monitoring the trial to see if it complies with animal welfare standards.