Newspaper headlines: Brexit fallout and roadside dementia

Sir Tim Barrow Image copyright Foreign Office
Image caption Sir Tim Barrow is the UK's new ambassador to the European Union

The papers offer their interpretations of Sir Tim Barrow's appointment as the UK's new EU envoy after his predecessor resigned, questioning the government's Brexit strategy.

The Financial Times believes Theresa May has bowed to pressure by selecting a career diplomat, allaying concerns about the civil service becoming politicised.

The Times and the Guardian both argue that the prime minister wanted to calm the row about Brexit after the resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers highlighted strains between some mandarins and ministers.

The Guardian says the attacks on Sir Ivan's impartiality by former Conservative ministers had angered some senior civil servants, with some privately claiming they were considering stepping down.

For the Sun, Britain's new ambassador to the European Union is a "wily behind-the-scenes fixer".

It hopes Sir Tim will show ambition and optimism when it comes to leaving the EU.

The Daily Telegraph criticises what it sees as Sir Ivan's "distinctly undiplomatic" resignation message and calls on the civil service to demonstrate the loyalty and discretion it expects from ministers.


According to the Daily Mail, theology students at the University of Glasgow are being warned they may see distressing images while studying the crucifixion of Jesus and are being given the chance to leave classes if they fear being upset.

The paper says this is part of a trend among a number of universities to let students know about parts of courses that might be disturbing.

Advocates say this helps protect the mental health of vulnerable students but critics believe people are left unable to face the realities of the world.

Other examples, according to the article, include veterinary students being warned they will have to work with dead animals; while those studying forensic science are alerted that some lectures contain images of crime scenes.


Several papers are concerned about the growing scale of household debt.

The Daily Mirror says it has reached crisis levels with consumer credit standing at £192bn, the most since the economic crash of 2008.

In particular, the Mirror highlights the plight of those aged 18 to 34 who are struggling in the face of low wages and rising rents.


For its lead, the Sun has been speaking to a refugee from Syria who says he was was waved through border control despite having a bogus passport.

He tells the paper that he bought the forged document for £300.

The Sun says this is evidence of a security shambles which leaves Britain wide open to an attack from the Islamic State group.

The Border Force declines to comment directly on the case but does tell the paper that technological changes have improved its ability to spot forged documents.


The Telegraph offers a wry assessment of the fallout after the Yorkshire seaside town of Scarborough barely noticed it had been struck by one of the biggest earthquakes to hit the UK in almost a decade.

The paper says that during the 3.8 magnitude tremor, which happened two nights ago, a woman reportedly lost control of her frying pan and afterwards people tweeted pictures of fallen wheelie-bins and capsized deckchairs, together with the slogan "We will rebuild".