Newspaper headlines: 'Your Brexit's broken' and 'May humiliated'

EU leaders in Salzburg Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Theresa May presented her Brexit plans to EU leaders earlier this week

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Times and the Guardian, Theresa May was "humiliated" by European leaders in Salzburg, who unanimously rejected her Chequers plan for Brexit as "unworkable".

The Metro sums up their response as "Nein Nein Nein".

The i calls the summit "a disaster".

In the Daily Mirror's view, Theresa May's Chequers Brexit plan is now "in tatters" and the UK is "closer than ever to crashing out with no deal."

The Daily Mail says a "visibly furious" Mrs May has warned she's ready to walk away without a deal; she was "stunned", it says, by a "calculated snub" from EU leaders.

"Salzburg in September may sound dreamy," writes Quentin Letts in the Mail, "but it proved a sweat-drenched nightmare for too-trusting Theresa May"; she was the victim of "a gang-bang stitch up, a cynical group monstering."

The prime minister was "visibly shaking", according to the Daily Express, "after being rebuffed by a vengeful EU".

The Sun calls it an "ambush". "EU dirty rats," says the headline, "we can't wait to shake ourselves free of these two-bit mobsters".

Allies of Theresa May have told the Financial Times they expected a confrontation at a summit in October, as part of the choreography of EU deal-making - but the prime minister had been "blindsided" by the crunch coming now.

The FT describes her as "seething".

So what do leader writers make of it all? The Guardian believes the short shrift given to Mrs May was foreseeable and avoidable; Mrs May is a prisoner, trapped by her party's divisions and more turmoil is in store.

The Times reckons a deal is still possible if Mrs May's party get behind her.

The Daily Mirror sees the summit as yet another miscalculation by a prime minister who has misread almost every step of the negotiating process.

But according to the Daily Telegraph, Brussels can't beat Brexit with insults and Mrs May has to make it 100% clear we won't be bullied into serfdom.

For the Sun, the EU leaders are gangsters, trying to rule by fear.

"Britain won't be cowed by EU bullies," says the Mail.

EU countries will be the losers if we walk away with no deal, says the Daily Express; they need to wise up.

Back home, the Daily Mail says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is "on the rack" over the chaos on the railways earlier this year.

It says he's been accused of shirking his responsibility over failings during an overhaul of rail timetables.

An official report on Thursday said no-one seemed to be in charge. The Mirror calls him "Failing Grayling".

The Daily Mirror's not surprised that the chief executive of the Prison and Probation Service in England and Wales, Michael Spurr, has been "shown the door".

The state of England's jails, it says, is a stain on the nation. Drug abuse is rife, violence is out of control and officers face daily attacks.

"But he should not be made the scapegoat," the paper says. "The fault lies with Tory ministers who have cut the number of officers, starved the service of funds and handed contracts to incompetent private firms."

Booting out a respected public servant is not a solution - it's an abdication of responsibility.

According to the Sun, the NHS is struggling to offer a 24/7 service because of what the paper calls "snowflake" doctors - young medics who refuse to work nights and weekends.

Manager are said to feel they have to "cave in" to demands for flexible working and sky-high overtime rates, or face losing staff.

The situation is so bad, the paper says, that it's caused a rift between younger staff and their more experienced colleagues who are said to have a better work ethic.

A health trust chief who asked not to be named tells the paper it's a "hard act" to meet the younger generation's expectations.

The Times says the Royal Holloway University in London is urging people to escape the internet rat race by living like a Roman Stoic for one week, from October the first.

Those wishing to take part need to download an online course and watch a YouTube "webinar".

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In other news, The Times says it can reveal that Britain's military and security services have tested a new arsenal of offensive cyber-weapons against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

They're said to have spread malware to block jihadists' access to data, disrupted cash transactions and spread fake news to sow confusion.

The paper believes the establishment of a well-funded, offensive cyber-force is "an important step" with "the potential to transform Britain's national security".

Tigers, chimps and rhinos are set to receive help from the UK taxpayer, reports the i.

Britain will be sending £2.1m in aid to Africa and south-east Asia, the paper says, to protect critically endangered animals and tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

In Indonesia the aid will also create what are described as "16,000 sustainable jobs". Details will apparently be announced today.

Finally, the Times reports a plea for shorter novels from the chairman of the Man Booker Prize judging panel, Kwame Anthony Appiah.

He says his fellow jurors agree that the "chastening pencil" of an editor is often missing and "inside some books, is a better one, a thinner one, wanting to get out".