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What the papers say – February 22

The Cabinet Brexit committee meeting with Theresa May at her country residence leads the papers on Thursday.

Brexit is back on the front pages on Thursday as Theresa May heads for crunch talks with senior Cabinet ministers at Chequers.

The Guardian says the Prime Minister’s challenge in reconciling divided members in the Tory ranks was underlined when Downing Street “moved to swiftly deny that the government was seeking an open-ended transition period” after Britain leaves the EU next year.

The Daily Telegraph leads with claims of a “backlash” at Mrs May’s plans for Brexit transition which it says “made no mention of the Prime Minister’s pledge to end free movement”.

The Independent, meanwhile, says the Brexit “divorce bill” could soar by billions if Britain tries to extend the transition period set by Brussels.

The case of John Worboys features prominently in the Daily Mirror after the news that the “black cab rapist” received more than £166,000 in legal aid.

The i leads on a ruling by Supreme Court judges that found forces should be held liable over “seriously defective” inquiries after rejecting an appeal by the Metropolitan Police linked to the case of Worboys.

The Metro leads with the same story, saying the landmark ruling opens doors for other victims of crime to sue the police.

The Times leads with research from Oxford University, declaring anti-depressants are effective and many more people could benefit from them.

The Sun also covers the same story on the front page, saying “only a fraction of adults with depression are getting the help they need”.

The Brit Awards do not escape the headlines either, with Cheryl and Liam Payne pictured on the front page along with Rita Ora and Perrie Edwards.

The Daily Mail appears to dampen rumours of a split with the par star in a “very public show of affection”, it says.

It also leads on there being a “record high” number of women working in their 50s and 60s.

And the Financial Times says Theresa May is braced for Unilever to pick the Netherlands over the UK in the race for the location of his new headquarters.

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