Newspaper headlines: Calais children, 'warring princes' and 'relocating' banks

The admission of unaccompanied children from the Calais migrant camp to the UK continues to attract headlines.

The Observer says the arrival of the first child refugees who do not have relatives here is a "sudden and startling shift" in Britain's approach to the issue.

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It says more than 50 girls arrived in London from the Jungle camp in Calais, paving the way for hundreds more.

The paper calls the camp a "toxic symbol of Europe's migrant crisis" and its editorial sees the row about the age of those coming to the UK as part of a wave of "narrow minded and mean spirited" politics.

But the Sunday Telegraph defends those who raise concerns about who is being allowed into the UK. Britain is a "tolerant and generous nation", it says, but the asylum system has to have rules and integrity.

The Sunday Express agrees that nobody would begrudge vulnerable children the chance to join relatives here. It adds: "It isn't asylum seekers themselves that people object to - it's being lied to."

In the Sunday Times, columnist Sarah Baxter criticises the delay, followed by haste, which has characterised the UK's approach to the Jungle camp.

"The stubbly adults we've been conned into admitting are the price of our ineptitude," she writes.

The Sunday Times also claims British anarchists are plotting to attack police when they try to clear the Jungle camp this week, while the Daily Star Sunday says that the French officers are "spoiling for a fight".


'Royal rift'

The Sunday Express says the Royal Family is locked in what it calls an extraordinary row about the Duke of York's daughters.

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It says Prince Andrew wants Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to be given new full-time roles - supported by taxpayers' money - and new accommodation, but the move has been blocked by Prince Charles.

The paper says the Queen is "caught in the middle of a Royal rift" and has been at such a loss that the government has had to help smooth things over.

The paper says Prince Charles has made clear his preference for a "streamlined" Royal Family but notes that Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the claims.

Sunday Express royal editor Camilla Tominey says "there is a sense that it is no longer Buckingham Palace calling the shots, but the future king from across the road".

'Less convincing'

The Mail on Sunday is one of many papers to look back at Theresa May's first EU summit since becoming prime minister.

It says EU countries have decided to play rough with the UK.

"The complacent idea fostered by the Brexiteers that the UK, as a major market for EU goods, is bound to get a good deal, is looking less convincing day by day", it says. "Politics, not economics, is in charge here."

In the Sunday Mirror, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott predicts Europe will be Mrs May's downfall, criticising her for indecision and a lack of judgement.


Relocate button

The Observer leads with a warning from the head of the British Bankers' Association that major banks are preparing to withdraw from the UK early next year, because of the government's plans for Brexit.

Anthony Browne says banks already have project teams working out which operations they need to move, and says their hands are "quivering over the relocate button".

He says some smaller banks could "get out before Christmas".

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The paper says the government's stated aim of taking control of the movement of people has been "a hammer blow" to any chance of retaining the present terms of trade for banks. But it also quotes a government source saying ministers had sought to offer reassurance that they were determined to secure the status of the City of London.


'Bittersweet dreams'

The front page of the Sunday Times offers a first hand account of the fighting on the front line near Mosul in Iraq as troops move towards the city held by the Islamic State group since 2014 - describing the "deafening thud of mortars".

Correspondent Louise Callaghan says progress towards the city has been slowed not only by fierce resistance, but by rivalries between Iraqi allies. One commander says promised support from local tribes had not materialised, because Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were holding them back.

The Mail on Sunday's reporter Barbara Jones describes how one little girl cried with relief when Iraqi troops arrived.

The paper also carries an article by an academic trapped in Mosul, who says she dreams of the "bittersweet" day when fighting reaches the centre of the city - "bitter in the bloodshed, sweet in the hope of being free of IS".


Hitting the offenders

Finally, the Sunday Telegraph claims victory in a campaign against nuisance cold calls.

It welcomes the change in the law which means directors can be fined personally, saying it will close a loophole which allowed firms to dodge fines.

It says the newspaper has repeatedly highlighted the flaws in the system, and says "anything that reduces this irritant can only be good, and hopefully will dissuade unscrupulous people from exploiting others".

The consumer minister Matt Hancock writes in the Sun on Sunday that cold calls are "a blight on modern life" and says the government is "hitting the offenders where it hurts".

The paper's editorial says the change will "make people's day to day lives better, which is what government should be all about".