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The Papers: Johnson ‘humiliated’ and Lineker ‘to take pay cut’

The Daily Telegraph front page
Image caption A photo of Luxembourg’s PM, Xavier Bettel, alongside an empty podium – after Boris Johnson pulled out of a joint press conference – features on many of Tuesday’s front pages. The Daily Telegraph says Mr Johnson’s attempt to kick-start Brexit talks fell into “chaos” as he was “mocked by one of Brussels’ most senior figures”.
Metro front page
Image caption “It all ends in jeers” is the take in the Metro, which says the PM pulled out of the press conference to “avoid a heckling mob of pro-EU protesters”.
Guardian front page
Image caption Mr Johnson’s claims of progress in Brexit negotiations were “left in tatters”, according to the Guardian, which says Mr Bettel “did not mince his words” as he mocked the PM’s suggestions.
Daily Express front page
Image caption “No Wonder Britain voted to quit the EU”, is the headline in the Daily Express, which attacks the Luxembourg prime minister’s speech, describing it as a “stage-managed anti-Brexit rant”.
The Times front page
Image caption The Times says Mr Johnson was ambushed at the press conference in “an extraordinary break with protocol”. It also carries a story about a new website showing pollution “hotspots” could drive down house prices in London. It says homebuyers are being encouraged to seek discounts of up to 20% in the most polluted areas.
Financial Times
Image caption The Financial Times leads with news of a spike in oil prices following fears over disruption to the supply from Saudi Arabia. The paper says it has been told that it could take months for oil production to return to normal in Saudi following Saturday’s attacks on its oil facilities.
Daily Mirror front page
Image caption Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has volunteered to take a pay cut, according to the Daily Mirror. It says the BBC’s highest-paid star, who earned £1.75m last year, is currently in talks over a new contract.
Daily Mail front page
Image caption The rollout of smart meters has been delayed by four years, reports the Daily Mail. The papers says the scheme has been “so shambolic” that only half of homes will have a smart meter by the original deadline of 2020.
Sun front page
Image caption The Sun says England cricketer Ben Stokes has been living with “a secret family tragedy”. It reports that his half-brother and sister were shot dead in 1988, before he was born.
Daily Star front page
Image caption And Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke makes the front of the Daily Star, taking a swipe at his previous partners by claiming he can finally win the show because his new partner, Emma Barton, has “her own teeth”.

A single image dominates most front pages – the photo of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, gesturing to the empty podium left by Boris Johnson’s decision to pull out of a joint news conference during his visit on Monday.

“Johnson left humiliated as Brexit visit ends in chaos” is the Guardian’s view as it reports that the PM was mocked for avoiding protesters.

The Financial Times captions the photo: “invisible man”, while, online, the choice for the Independent is: “gone missing”.

The Luxembourg Times is also scathing of its British visitor – the headline: “Noisy protest mutes Johnson”. It suggests that the UK prime minister “ducked out” of the event rather than face a hostile crowd ready to boo and jeer him.

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Image caption Mr Johnson skipped a press conference with his Luxembourg counterpart

But there is sympathy for the prime minister in some coverage. “Le Stitch Up” is the headline in the Daily Mail as it reports that “a baying anti-Brexit crowd” forced Boris Johnson to duck the planned press conference.

“Luxembourg laughs in Johnson’s face” is the caption accompanying the front page photo in the Daily Telegraph, which describes the post-visit briefing as “an EU ambush”.

The Sun keeps its verdict on what it calls a “feeble stunt” to mock the PM brief – with the headline “Luxemberk”.

A “stage-managed anti-Brexit rant by the leader of a tiny tax haven” is the view of the Daily Express. Its conclusion: “No wonder Britain voted to quit the EU.”

Fresh concerns over tensions in the Gulf and the impact on fuel prices make the front pages of several papers following attacks on Saudi oil facilities at the weekend.

The Financial Times says it has spoken to four people briefed on the latest damage assessments who told the paper that it could be months before oil production returned to normal.

The “i” focuses on what it will all mean for motorists at the fuel pumps. It points out that while there may be no immediate impact, because fuel stocks are bought months in advance, a prolonged period for repairs could mean motorists being hit with rises of up to 5p per litre further down the line.

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The Daily Mirror’s front page splashes with what it claims as a Gary Lineker exclusive.

The paper reports that the Match of the Day presenter is in new contract talks with the BBC and has volunteered to have his £1.75m salary – as the paper puts it – “slashed” following recent controversies over the amount paid to talent at the corporation, and the withdrawal of free TV licences for the over-75s.

The former England striker is said to have told a friend: “It’s the right thing to do.”

And there is coverage in several papers on new research on hunger and decision making which gives plenty of food for thought.

“Poor choices made when hungry” is the headline in the ‘i’, as it sets out how scientists from the University of Dundee have found that being hungry might increase the chances of making impulsive choices which favour short term gains – even in non-food related decisions, such as choosing a mortgage.


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