Image caption Boris Johnson’s bid to bolster the Union makes the front page of the Times. The paper says his promise of a £300m spending spree to bring the United Kingdom together will not pacify Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, though. On the eve of Mr Johnson’s visit to Edinburgh she declared she would not support a no-deal Brexit.
Image caption The i says Ms Davidson’s decision not to back Mr Johnson – despite his declared aim to “renew the ties that bind the UK” – is one of several warnings pointing towards the possibility of the break-up of the Union. Both a new Scottish referendum on independence as well as an Irish unification poll could be on the cards, the paper says.
Image caption The Guardian leads on a report from a Whitehall think-tank warning a no-deal Brexit would “leave spending plans in tatters”. The various domestic spending pledges Mr Johnson has made in his first week in office would be “crushed” by the economic effects of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Institute for Government said.
Image caption The Daily Express invokes language associated with wartime Britain as it describes the government holding emergency no-deal Brexit meetings “in a bunker beneath Whitehall”. The move comes after the new prime minister set up a “war cabinet” of key ministers to deliver Brexit “by any means necessary”, the paper says.
Image caption The Telegraph focuses on Mr Johnson’s Brexit ad campaign – a £100m marketing blitz to prepare the country for leaving the EU without a deal. Adverts are expected on billboards, radio and television, the paper says.
Image caption Underneath a colourful splash marking Colombian Egan Bernal’s victory in the Tour de France, the Financial Times leads on news of 1,000 jobs at risk in a Vauxhall factory in Cheshire. PSA – the French carmaker that owns Vauxhall – has told the paper it would pull production from the UK if Brexit renders the factory unprofitable.
Image caption Moving on from Brexit, the Metro leads on a police hunt for what it calls the “thugs” who beat up a rail passenger and told him “gays should be strung up”. Officers issued CCTV of the group of men after the homophobic attack in east London.
Image caption Meanwhile British tourists have been warned of a “knifing season” after a spate of stabbings and muggings at a popular holiday resort, the Daily Mirror reports. One young British partygoer in Magaluf, Majorca was stabbed with a screwdriver during the violent spree, which Spanish police admitted had “become a problem”.
Image caption The Mail’s lead story claims patient numbers at GP surgeries rose by up to a third between December 2016 and the end of 2018. It says NHS figures indicate a growing population and recruitment crisis, meaning family doctors are coming under “huge pressure”.
Image caption The Daily Star leads on claims a sex tape featuring a former Strictly Come Dancing Star has been shared online. It also previews the live final of ITV2’s summertime reality show, Love Island.
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