Newspaper headlines: ‘Brextra time!” and ‘sex care scandal’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Brextra time!” and ‘sex care scandal’


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“Another year in Brexit limbo?” is the headline in the Daily Mail. It comes after a senior EU diplomat said Theresa May was ready to consider a plan to delay Britain’s exit of the bloc to the end of 2021. The diplomat said she offered “no new proposals” to the 27 leaders but did say the UK “would be ready to consider the extension of the transition period”.

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The Daily Telegraph also leads on Mrs May’s summit in Brussels and suggests she is trying to “play for time” by considering extending the Brexit transition period. The paper says the PM also called on the EU to show “courage” and come up with “creative” ideas to break the negotiating deadlock.

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The Guardian says Mrs May “failed to unblock the Brexit talks” in Brussels and EU leaders were “irritated” that she arrived at the summit without “new ideas” to get round the Irish border problem.

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“Brextra time!” is the headline in the Sun. The paper says the possibility of staying “under the control of the EU” for another year “runs the risk of infuriating hardline Brexiteers” within the Conservative Party.

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The i also leads on claims the prime minister is open to extending the period before Britain exits the EU. On its front page, the paper highlights concerns that UK citizens may need visas to visit France under new laws being considered in Paris.

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The Metro also reports that British citizens living in France may have to apply for visas post-Brexit. The paper says under the new proposals British workers would require permits, and may have to apply for permission to work in the counry longer than three months.

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A young autistic woman was allowed to have sex with numerous men because her carers were said to believe it might help her to “learn from her mistakes”, the Times reports. The woman, 23, who had severe learning disabilities, was part of a court-approved trial this summer in Manchester in which random men were permitted to visit her care home. Manchester City Council opposed the trial, saying it would “inevitably expose her to a very significant risk of sexual harm, violence, abuse and trafficking”.

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The Daily Mirror leads on news that the mother of poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal wants to see him before she dies. Yelena, 90, said: “I want to hug him.” But the paper says even a phone call could risk the life of Mr Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, who was also poisoned.

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One of the US’s top market regulators has threatened to stop European banks from using American futures markets if the EU refuses to water down post-Brexit plans to oversee clearing houses, the Financial Times reports. The head of the Commosity Futures Trading Commission said EU plans were “completely irresponsible”.

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Making the over-75s pay for a TV licence would be “be an act of cruelty”, Dame Esther Rantzen has said in the Daily Express. The charity campaigner and presenter was speaking after a discussion paper commissioned by the BBC described the concession as “no longer justified” as the wealth of over-75s had “improved significantly”.

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Coronation Street actor Shayne Ward has said he was “really hurt” to not be nominated for an award for his portrayal of his character’s suicide.

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