What the papers say – October 16
It is Brexit and the Cambridges in Pakistan that lead Wednesday’s fronts.
Brexit continues to make headlines in Wednesday’s papers, while pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Pakistan also feature on the fronts.
The Times writes that Prime Minister Boris Johnson may see Brexit delayed until the New Year as technical details about a deal may take until January 1 to finalise.
The Times 16/10/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) October 15, 2019
Duchess of Cambridge, in traditional shalwar kameez, visting a national park near Islamabad. She and William also joined Imran Khan for lunch yesterday on the second day of their tour. Photo : Samir Hussein/WireImage#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes @thetimes pic.twitter.com/p1CElffSm8
The Daily Telegraph writes that Mr Johnson is “increasingly optimistic” that a deal can be agreed between the UK and EU by the end of the week.
However The Guardian points out the problem may not be in getting a deal, but in selling it to his MPs after offering concessions to the EU.
Guardian front page, Wednesday 16 October 2019: Johnson close to a Brexit deal – now he has to sell it pic.twitter.com/OLtSteRGnO— The Guardian (@guardian) October 15, 2019
The Financial Times leads on the same tale, saying that Mr Johnson will be “pressed to yield more ground”.
The Independent, questions if the prime minister is “getting Brexit done”, while the Daily Express says he will strike a deal that is “best for Britain”.
Metro focuses on the racism of Bulgarian supporters during and following their side’s loss to England.
The Daily Mirror leads on a similar theme, claiming the abuse suffered by England players was “part of an organised plot by local neo-Nazis”.
And the i says taxpayers are paying too much in “out of control deals” for public services.
Wednesday's front page: Taxpayer PFI deals out of control as @JPIMediaLtd investigation reveals £5bn in extra costs to hospitals, schools and police #tomorrowspaperstoday #skypapers #bbcpapers #thelostbillions pic.twitter.com/osP3Mqy5BB— i newspaper (@theipaper) October 15, 2019
The Sun reports on the case of severely brain-damaged Tafida Raqeeb who has been flown to Italy for treatment.
While the Daily Mail leads with a report suggesting women should be offered mammograms in their lunch breaks to “reverse the screening crisis”.