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The Papers: Johnson in ‘final push’ and ‘fears for Harry’

Guardian front page
Image caption Boris Johnson is making a final attempt to force Brexit through by the end of the month amid growing signs he is planning to once again push for a general election, the Guardian reports. The paper says the prime minister is to ask MPs to back him in two crucial votes on Tuesday – one on his withdrawal agreement bill, and the other on his plans to “ram” the legislation through the Commons by the end of Thursday.
The i front page
Image caption The i says there is “fury” at the speed with which the prime minister is trying to force through his Brexit legislation. It says MPs have complained of being asked to vote for a “blind Brexit”.
Daily Telegraph front page
Image caption Mr Johnson would sooner abandon his withdrawal agreement bill than accept amendments to it from other MPs, according to the Daily Telegraph. If amendments such as a second referendum are passed by MPs, the prime minister is expected to accept the need for a Brexit extension – and then call an immediate general election, the paper adds.
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Image caption “Out of order!”, the Daily Express declares on its front page, as it focuses on another element of the Brexit developments. The paper says “raging” MPs accused Commons Speaker John Bercow of “shameless bias” after he blocked a vote on Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal on Monday.
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Image caption In other news, the Metro leads on the BBC’s story that Prince William is “worried” about his brother, Prince Harry. The Duke of Cambridge is reported to have said he hopes the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are “all right”, according to a Kensington Palace source, amid concerns the couple are “in a fragile place”.
Daily Mail front page
Image caption The same story leads the Daily Mail, which notes Harry and Meghan had spoken of their struggles coping as royals. The paper quotes Prince Harry as telling an ITV documentary that he and his brother were travelling on “different paths”.
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Image caption “My fears for fragile Harry” is the Sun’s front-page headline. The paper says Prince William’s concerns about his brother came hours after Prince Harry appeared to admit to a rift between the pair in the ITV documentary.
Daily Mirror front page
Image caption The Daily Mirror also features images of Prince Harry and his brother – but it leads on another story, about footballers being over three times more likely to die from dementia than those of the same age in the rest of the population. Footballers also face a greater risk of other conditions such as motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s, the study quoted by the paper finds.
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Image caption The Times reports that the UK’s population is set to increase by three million over the next decade – with 80% of this growth driven by immigration. The paper says the Office for National Statistics expects the population to hit 70 million in the next decade, with growth quicker in England than elsewhere in the UK.
FT front page
Image caption The Financial Times leads on a report that a Russian cyber espionage unit hacked Iranian hackers to lead attacks in more than 35 countries. The Turla group allegedly hijacked the tools of OilRig, a group linked to Tehran, according to a two-year probe by the UK and US.
Daily Star front page
Image caption And finally, the Daily Star reports that Britons were grounded when an airport was shut down because of a Sir Cliff Richard cardboard cut-out being stolen from duty-free.

The front pages focus on Boris Johnson’s final attempt to force Brexit through by Halloween.

“Now it really is crunch time”, says the Daily Mail, which predicts a “Titanic Tuesday” in Parliament.

The Financial Times says the prime minister is hoping to secure a “significant breakthrough” in his battle to deliver Brexit and predicts he could scrape home, by 320 to 315, when the Commons votes on the second reading of the bill.

But the paper adds that the move to fast-track the deal through the Commons in just three days has prompted a “furious” response from a number of MPs, with some claiming they are being asked to “vote blindly” on the agreement.

The Times says the DUP has joined protests over the tight timetable, which it describes as an “ominous” sign for Mr Johnson.

The Guardian, meanwhile, quotes independent unionist MP Sylvia Hermon calling on Mr Johnson to visit Northern Ireland.

She says he should explain to people there why they deserve “just three days’ consideration” of major changes that will affect them.

The Daily Mirror accuses Number 10 of trying to “ram” the measures through.

But an editorial in the Sun urges readers not to be duped by what it calls “weasel politicians”, warning that any Labour amendment to keep the UK in a customs union would be a vote not to soften Brexit, but to stop it.

Such an amendment would prompt the prime minister to abandon his Brexit legislation, the Daily Telegraph predicts, and then demand an immediate election.

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Image caption Prince William’s concerns for the well-being of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, make the lead in many papers

Prince William’s concerns for the well-being of Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, make the lead in many papers.

A source close to the princes tells the Sun that Harry “isn’t in great shape” and his recent actions “are not those of a well-balanced man”.

But a palace insider, quoted by the Times, says it would be difficult to watch the ITV documentary, in which the couple described their struggles living in the spotlight, and not to feel compassion.

On its front page, the Daily Telegraph highlights proposals to fit electric vehicles with green number plates to persuade more drivers to abandon petrol and diesel models.

The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, believes zero-emission cars should become “the new normal”.

But proposed perks for electric car drivers, such as allowing them to use bus lanes, come under fire in the Sun.

The Go-Ahead public transport group says such a move would undermine “the vital role” played by bus lanes in tackling congestion.

The Times leads with predictions that the UK’s population could increase by three million over the next decade, with nearly 80% of the growth driven by immigration.

According to the paper, the population is set to hit 70 million.

The Daily Mail says the number of people over the age of 80 could almost double over the next 25 years, as more baby boomers reach old age.

A campaigner for the elderly tells the paper longer lives are “a huge opportunity”, but society will also have to rethink its attitudes to age.

‘Ear-splitting call’

Finally, there’s news of a bird in the Amazon which has shattered the record for the loudest call ever recorded.

The Guardian reports that a male white bellbird was recorded at 125 decibels – louder than any other species in the avian kingdom.

The paper says it is the same volume as a pneumatic drill, while the Times compares the ear-splitting mating call to being next to a runway as a jet takes off.

According to an expert from the University of Massachusetts, this mode of courtship has a drawback: Females back off when the male is about to sing.

“They seem to be concerned about taking the full-assault at point-blank range,” he tells the paper.

“I’m dying to know – what are the females thinking?”

Source: bbc.co.uk

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