The Papers: Brexit deal ‘impossible’ as ‘blame game’ begins

Newspaper headlines: Brexit deal 'impossible' as 'blame game' begins

Daily Telegraph

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A Brexit deal is now "essentially impossible" before the end of the month, reports the Daily Telegraph. The paper's story, based on a No 10 source, suggests German Chancellor Angela Merkel's insistence that Northern Ireland must stay aligned with the EU is "the death knell" for a deal. Last month, MPs passed a bill in Parliament saying that if no deal was reached between the UK and EU by 19 October then Boris Johnson must write to the EU and seek an extension to the deadline.

Daily Mirror

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The Daily Mirror, however, suggests the prime minister is at fault for the breakdown in talks. The paper leads on quotes from European Council President Donald Tusk, who accuses Mr Johnson of playing "some stupid blame game". Labour's shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer, is quoted as saying Mr Johnson's plan all along "has been no-deal Brexit".

The i

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The i, meanwhile, says Mr Johnson may "snub" the "crucial" EU summit next week. EU leaders are due to meet over two days, beginning 17 October. This is the last such meeting currently scheduled before the Brexit deadline.

Financial Times

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"Johnson urges Varadkar to keep talking" is the headline on the front page of the Financial Times. The paper says hopes of a Brexit deal before 31 October are "all but dead". Nonetheless, it adds, the PM and his Irish counterpart will meet this week "to try to resuscitate the talks".


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"We're going round in Merkels" is the Metro's take on the state of Brexit talks between the UK and the EU. It adds that the blame game being played out between EU leaders and Downing Street is a sign that the prospect of reaching a deal is "more distant than ever".

Daily Express

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Continuing on a similar theme, the Daily Express proclaims: "That's it then!" The paper reports the "angry clash" between Mr Johnson and the EU spells the "end" of the hopes of a deal.

The Times

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The Times is slightly more optimistic about a deal, saying Mr Johnson has one "last chance" to keep his Brexit deal alive. A "vital" face-to-face meeting between Irish leader Leo Varadkar and Mr Johnson "could take place tomorrow", the paper adds.

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Away from Brexit, the Daily Mail leads on its campaign to end what it calls "the dementia care scandal". Leading with the headline "the roar No 10 cannot ignore," the paper says ministers must fix the "broken system that forces countless pensioners to sell their homes to fund crippling care costs". More than 350,000 people have signed the paper's petition on the subject, it adds.

The Sun

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The Sun says ITV is set to make "telly history" by pairing up two male dancers for the upcoming series of Dancing on Ice. The paper quotes a source, who says: "It's a huge moment."

Daily Star

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"Choke was just a joke" is the headline on the front page of the Daily Star, referencing a picture of England cricketer Ben Stokes with his hand on his wife Clare's face. Despite criticism of Stokes, Clare says the pair were just "messing about", adding: "The way this has come across is so far removed from what it was."

The Guardian is one of a number of papers to focus on the fall-out from Donald Trump's decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria.

In its editorial column, the paper describes the decision, thereby giving Turkey the opportunity to attack Kurdish forces there, as "reckless and dangerous".

It argues that in a worst-case scenario the move could lead to what it calls a "new humanitarian catastrophe" and the resurgence of the Islamic State group.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Trump "risks sending dangerously confusing signals in a volatile area, where any conflict can have much wider geopolitical implications".

And it points out the Kurds "have lost thousands of fighters removing the threat posed by Islamic State" – and therefore deserve to be protected from the threat now posed to them by the Turkish military.

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The lead in the Daily Mail is about a campaign its running for changes to the funding of dementia care.

The paper is angered by the number of elderly sufferers who have to sell their homes so they can pay to be looked after.

It has a front page picture of a petition with more than 350,000 signatures being delivered to No 10.

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There are details in the Times of a row that's broken out about cricket sponsorship.

It reports that the head of the NHS in England, Simon Stevens, has criticised the sport's governing body, the ECB, for allowing the shirts of teams competing in the new Hundred tournament to be used to advertise snacks such as crisps and popcorn.

An ECB spokesman is quoted as saying snack brands have a "long history of partnering with sports".

Finally, the Sun reveals that the ITV show Dancing On Ice is to make history by becoming the first television dance competition to feature an all-male couple.

The paper's showbusiness editor, Simon Boyle, suggests the producers of Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC "missed a trick" by not doing the same thing in the current series.

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