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What the papers say – October 9

Theresa May looks to put a chaotic week behind her as she issues a strong warning to EU leaders over Brexit.

Brexit remains a hot topic for the papers on Monday, with an upcoming statement by Theresa May to EU leaders featuring prominently on many of the front pages.

It follows a turbulent week for the prime minister, and divisions within the Conservative Party also continue to dominate the headlines.

The Times reports that Mrs May is “going on the offensive” as she issues a warning to European leaders that Britain will make no more concessions until they compromise on opening trade and transition talks.

A statement to the House of Commons in which the prime minister will tell other member states that “the ball is in your court” is also featured on the front page of the Express.

Mrs May will “dramatically raise the stakes” in the Brexit negotiations, the paper reports.

The i says the statement signals the prime minister’s “fight back” as she seeks to get a grip on her party, and also reports that she has threatened Boris Johnson with the sack unless he toes the line.

Meanwhile, the Guardian focuses on tensions within the Tory party over Philip Hammond’s Treasury, as leading out campaigner Bernard Jenkins accuses the department of a gloomy outlook which could scupper the UK’s EU exit. Other MPs have also urged Theresa May to sack the chancellor, the paper reports.

Away from Brexit and the prime minister’s troubles, the Mirror reports on the demise of weekly bin collections, saying many are now paying for private waste firms to pick up their rubbish as council collections drop to every three weeks in some areas.

The Sun carries a story about Ryanair safety engineers being snapped playing pranks while at work.

The Mail reports that changes are being considered to the next census which would mean declaring your sex is optional, “for the benefit of intersex and non-binary people”.

And with just one week until old round pound coins cease to be legal tender, The Telegraph reports that shops are planning to defy the Royal Mint’s deadline and continue accepting them.


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