Newspaper headlines: 'Eeyore Hammond' and a 'cabinet rift'

By BBC News
Staff

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The Daily Mail and Daily Express both lead on the renewed warning from the Chancellor Philip Hammond that a "no-deal Brexit" could weaken Britain's finances.

The Express says Mr Hammond has been firmly rebuked by Downing Street for re-igniting the Tory feud about Europe.

Under the headline "Eeyore Hammond Launches Project Fear part 2", the Mail says the "gloomy" chancellor has triggered a major Cabinet split.

It quotes one unnamed Government source who accuses Mr Hammond of not only letting his party down but also his country.

In its lead editorial, the Daily Telegraph says the government's position on a no-deal Brexit scenario is as "clear as mud".

It says it is harder to recall a government more inept at communications - and at a moment in history in which clarity is most desperately needed.

It ponders whether the government's official stance is that stated by the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab yesterday - that a no-deal Brexit is best avoided but could be weathered.

If so - the editorial asks - will Mr Hammond be disciplined by Theresa May for explicitly and publicly contradicting it?

A number of papers carry pictures of a beaming Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, overjoyed to be reunited with her four-year-old daughter during her temporary release from prison in Iran.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed in 2016 for five years after being convicted of spying, which she denies.

Describing the image as "truly heartwarming", the Mirror says there are signs the Foreign Office is finally repairing the bungling of Boris Johnson whose slap-dash remarks and diplomatic blundering - the paper says - risked prolonging her imprisonment.

Image source, Free Nazanin campaign / AFP
Image caption,
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe reunited with her daughter Gabriella

"Who will lay flowers on the political grave of Malcolm Turnbull", asks Peter FitzSimons on the website of the Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr FitzSimons - the chairman of the Australian Republican Movement - believes the abiding sentiment when it comes to Mr Turnbull's time in office is one of deep disappointment.

Mr Turnbull, he says, promised so much but delivered so little - and seemed to be mostly devoted to simply extending his prime ministership, without actually doing anything with it.

"Malcolm Turnbull won the Liberal leadership by striking a Faustian pact to sell his political soul to the devil - and now now the devil has called time on the deal."

That's the view of Peter Hartcher, writing on the the website of the Melbourne-based daily the Age.

He says Mr Turnbull - a moderate who believed in a Republic, climate change and same-sex marriage - was willing to betray all these beliefs in return for high office.