What the papers say – August 22
The papers mostly lead with Brexit, with 30 days being the new timeline to sort out the Irish backstop.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit dealings on his trip to Germany dominate Thursday’s newspapers.
In a theme common across today’s papers, The Guardian says Angela Merkel has challenged Mr Johnson to come up with a solution to avert a no-deal Brexit “in the next 30 days”, putting responsibility for stopping the UK crashing out of the EU firmly at the Conservative leader’s door, while The Mirror covers similar ground.
Guardian front page, Thursday 22 August 2019: Merkel gives PM 30-day deadline to avert no deal pic.twitter.com/DcjkM2twhV— The Guardian (@guardian) August 21, 2019
The Independent also reports on Ms Merkel giving the UK a 30-day deadline for a Brexit deal, as does The Times.
The Times 22/8/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) August 21, 2019
Angela Merkel suggested that it was still possible to avoid a no-deal Brexit, challenging Boris Johnson to come up with an alternative to the Irish backstop within 30 days. Photo : Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters#thetimes #tomorrowspaperstoday #reuters @thetimes pic.twitter.com/VbBl8HZbxy
The i says the Prime Minister accepts the German Chancellor’s “very blistering timetable” to break the Irish backstop impasse.
The Daily Express reports that Mr Johnson won a major concession from Angela Merkel last night when she gave him a month to propose an alternative to the border backstop.
Here is tomorrow's @Daily_Express #frontpage:— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) August 21, 2019
- @BorisJohnson welcomes new deadline to finally find #Brexit solution
- Proof that the older generation pays its way
- Why we just can't get enough of #DowntonAbbey #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/ajQkRyylKB
The Daily Mail says Mr Johnson received a Brexit boost after Ms Merkel said the Irish backstop could be ditched.
The Sun leads with a story on a tanning addict who was refused a £70,000 loan for his dream home after mortgage brokers discovered his £500-a-month obsession.
The Financial Times says falling debt costs are raising the pressure for more spending on public projects.
The Daily Star reports that a football pundit blames the “VAR handball chaos” on Brexit.
Here is tomorrow's @Daily_Star #frontpage:— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) August 21, 2019
- #IanHolloway blames VAR handball chaos on #Brexit
- 'I was savaged by Fidel Castro's crocodile'
- #PamelaAnderson's red hot secret #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/Phw4YOvTxn