Newspaper headlines: EU ‘expects no deal’ and Dame Barbara’s dementia plea

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The Daily Telegraph focuses on the EU – saying it expects the UK to leave the bloc without a deal. Officials say Brussels has accepted Prime Minister Boris Johnson “isn’t bluffing” about his plan to push Brexit through by 31 October – with or without a deal – the paper reports.

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European diplomats have been told a no-deal Brexit is Mr Johnson’s “central scenario”, the Guardian reports. It says the briefing for officials in Brussels is the latest piece of “hardening evidence” that the UK will “crash out” of the EU.

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Also focusing on Brexit, the Times says Mr Johnson would not resign even if he lost a confidence vote – so that he could force through a no-deal departure from the EU. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says he expects Labour to table a confidence motion next month, the paper reports.

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Dame Barbara Windsor has urged Mr Johnson to act to help solve a dementia funding “scandal”, the Daily Express says. The EastEnders star – who has Alzheimer’s – signed an open letter to the government to mark her appointment as an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Dame Barbara’s “heartbreaking plea” also makes the front page of the Daily Mirror. The letter the 82-year-old signed says the dementia care system is “unfair and needs an urgent overhaul”.

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Meanwhile, the i weighs in on a row over whether or not the £1.8bn pledged by Mr Johnson for hospital funding in England was “new cash”. Health Secretary Matt Hancock insists the money for the NHS is “extra” – but the paper says trusts were awarded most of the funding last year.

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The Sun leads on a mother’s legal fight for the right to take her daughter to Italy for treatment after the NHS said there was no hope for the girl’s recovery. Tafida Raqeeb, five, has a burst blood vessel in her brain. Her mother Shelina Begum tells the Sun: “We will not just let her die.”

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The Metro leads on what it calls the “miraculous” survival of a six-year-old boy who was allegedly thrown from a viewing platform at the Tate Modern on Sunday afternoon. The French youngster – who was visiting relatives in London with his mother – was in a stable condition in hospital.

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HSBC’s chief executive has been ousted less than 18 months into the job after losing the confidence of the bank’s board of directors, the Financial Times says. John Flint’s resignation “by mutual agreement” is an “abrupt move” for the “famously conservative” company, the paper says.

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A file allegedly showing police should never have raided Lord Bramall’s home over false claims he was part of a “VIP paedophile ring” is revealed by the Daily Mail. The paper says police knew about serious questions over Carl Beech’s claims. He was jailed for the lies in July.

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Gary Lineker’s teasing request for a pay rise makes the front page of the Daily Star. The presenter – paid £1.75m by the BBC in 2018-19 – made the joke in response to a Tweet from the official Match of the Day account which said he was starting his 20th year on the programme.

Many newspapers detect a growing belief in Brussels and Westminster that Boris Johnson really is not bluffing when he says the UK will leave the European Union with or without a deal on 31 October.

According to the Guardian, European diplomats have been told the prime minister has no intention of renegotiating the withdrawal agreement and a no-deal Brexit is his “central scenario”.

The Daily Telegraph says it understands that EU leaders are now operating on a “working hypothesis of no deal”.

The paper also claims all Whitehall departments have been given a 48-hour deadline to prove their readiness to leave without an agreement on Halloween.

The Financial Times columnist, Robert Shrimsley, says the prime minister’s “scare tactics” may be for show – but no-one should doubt that the risk of a no-deal outcome is very high.

He says watching “the Johnson gambit” calls to mind the line attributed to the Duke of Wellington: “I don’t know what effect these men will have on the enemy, but by God they terrify me.”

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Whether Parliament has the power to block a no-deal exit is the subject of much discussion.

The Times reports Mr Johnson will defy any vote of no confidence by staying on as prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit – potentially dragging the Queen into politics.

Constitutional expert Vernon Bogdanor, writing in the Guardian, lists five ways the House of Commons could thwart Mr Johnson – but he warns it would be a Herculean task.

The Mirror and the Daily Express lead on a call by Dame Barbara Windsor for the prime minister to take action to end what is described as the “care funding scandal” affecting people with dementia.

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Dame Barbara Windsor, pictured on the EastEnders set with Boris Johnson, was diagnosed with dementia in 2014

The 82-year-old actress – who has the condition – has signed an open letter to No. 10 arguing that the current system is “unfair, unsustainable and needs an urgent overhaul”.

The Mirror says the star is articulating the suffering of people across the nation, and the government should listen carefully.

The front and back pages feature contrasting images of jubilant Australian cricketers and dejected England players after the home side’s defeat in the First Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

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James Anderson and Chris Woakes looked dejected as England lost to Australia

“Down, Down, Down – awful England fall like dominoes” is how the Daily Mail describes their batting performance on the final day.

“Mauled by Lyon” is a headline in the Daily Star – a reference to the Australian off-spinner, Nathan Lyon, who claimed six of the wickets to fall.

But it is not just England’s failures that come in for scrutiny. The Times notes that one of the umpires, Joel Wilson, made a record number of mistakes in a test match with more than 40% of his decisions overturned on review.

His performance was so poor, the paper says, that an official sponsor of the series, Specsavers, jokingly offered him a free eye test.

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