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The Papers: Iran ‘taunts’ UK and ‘new bed for Boris’

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Image caption The Sunday Telegraph is among the papers to lead with new developments on the tensions between Iran and the UK, after a British tanker was seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard in the Gulf. It says ministers are drawing up sanctions for the Iranian regime, adding that Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will use a Commons statement to announce “a package of diplomatic and economic measures” on Monday.
Front page of the Sunday Times
Image caption The Sunday Times carries an image of “the moment Iran struck Britain” on its front page and says ministers took their eye of the ball when they failed to act on previous threats. However, for its lead story, it says Europe are secretly reaching out to Boris Johnson in an attempt to avert a no-deal Brexit. According to the paper, German, French, Dutch and Belgian officials have held “peace talks” with two of Johnson’s cabinet allies, and adds that Ireland’s deputy prime minister has indicated that Dublin is prepared to compromise.
Front page of the Sunday Express
Image caption In other news, the Sunday Express reports that “Hardcore Remainer Tory MPs” have refused to pledge their loyalty to Boris Johnson, the man expected to be the next prime minister, and have told him personally that they would “bring down his government” if he pursues a no-deal Brexit,
Front page of the Mail
Image caption Taxpayers will be “spending thousands of pounds” on furniture for No10 if Boris Johnson becomes prime minister, the Mail on Sunday reports. The paper says Mr Johnson will need new furniture, including a bed, as his estranged wife has kept his belongings and his new partner, Carrie Symonds, “made it clear” she will not be lending him any of hers.

Footage of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seizing control of the British-flagged oil tanker, Stena Impero, appears on a number of Sunday’s front pages.

The Sunday Telegraph says ministers are drawing up plans to target the Iranian regime with sanctions in response.

According to the paper, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce a package of diplomatic and economic measures in the Commons, including possible asset freezes.

In the Sunday Times, an un-named former cabinet minister accuses Mr Hunt and outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May of being distracted by the Tory leadership contest and having “taken their eyes off the ball” over the Iranian threat.

A similar accusation is made by the former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, in the Observer.

He says whoever wins the contest is going to have to face a major international crisis as soon as he’s in post. “It can’t be ignored because of Brexit,” he warns.

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Image caption A video, which was provided by Iran”s Revolutionary Guard official website, shows Revolutionary Guard Corps preparing to board the British-flagged tanker, Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz.

For its lead story, the Sunday Times says senior figures from five EU countries have established contacts with Boris Johnson’s team in a bid to thrash out a new Brexit plan that would avoid a no-deal departure.

It reports that Simon Coveney, the deputy Prime Minister of Ireland – one of the countries – has written an article for the paper saying the withdrawal agreement is “not up for negotiation”, but also making clear that Dublin wants to avoid a no-deal Brexit at all costs.

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is pictured on a number of front pages loading suitcases into his official car in Downing Street, which the Sunday Telegraph says sent Whitehall tongues wagging.

But the Mail On Sunday leads with Mr Johnson’s plans for moving into Number Ten.

According to the paper, Mr Johnson – the favourite to become prime minister – has been criticised for spending thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money on new furniture, including a bed, because his estranged wife has kept his belongings.

The paper says he had told civil servants he “didn’t have any stuff”.


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