News Daily: No-deal Brexit advice to be published and GCSE results

By Victoria King
BBC News

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'Sensible, proportionate' advice

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Recently-installed Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab insists a good deal between the UK and the EU is in sight, but today, the government will begin advising individuals, businesses, charities and other public bodies how to plan for the possibility that none will be reached at all.

"No deal is better than a bad deal" has been Theresa May's mantra throughout the Brexit process, but the consensus from many seems to be that no deal would be pretty bad too. Warnings have ranged from shortages of medicine to problems fighting crime, as well as the potential impact of tariffs on trade.

Mr Raab says today's "technical notices" will tackle some of the most "hair-raising scare stories" and will provide "a sensible, measured, and proportionate approach to minimising the impact" of no-deal. Reports suggest they'll cover areas including food production and payments to farmers, the Erasmus student exchange programme, and the future of EU citizens living in the UK. Labour, though, says they could simply be "a crude attempt by ministers to dress up the severe consequences as somehow acceptable".

Results day

The waiting is over. Hundreds of thousands of teenagers will tear open envelopes revealing their GCSE results today. It'll be the first time those in England have been graded on a numerical system - explained here - Wales and Northern Ireland stick with letters. Grade 9 will be harder to achieve than the previous A*, with estimates that only a few hundred pupils will be the first to get a clean sweep of 9s. Need advice on your grades? Try the BBC's chatbot.

What comes next? A-levels for most, but not all. Read our story of one young woman who left school after her GCSEs for a low-wage job, but now, at the age of 22, is a successful civil servant and owns her own home.

Turnbull pressure continues

Australia could be about to get its sixth prime minister in a decade. Parliament has been suspended as the government tries to resolve the crisis surrounding the leadership of incumbent Malcolm Turnbull. He has refused to quit despite months of poor opinion polls, anger at his plans on carbon emissions and a leaching of support from senior colleagues.

Now though, he says he will not stand again for the leadership if his rivals secure enough support to hold a second contest in three days. Find out more about the man trying to oust him.

The black man who took on the Klan

By Neil Smith, entertainment reporter, BBC News

In October 1978 Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, saw a classified advert in one of the city's daily newspapers. The ad invited readers interested in receiving information from the Ku Klux Klan to write to a PO box located in a nearby town. Stallworth, curiosity piqued, wrote a note to the PO box under his own name. His is the true story behind BlacKkKlansman, the latest film from director Spike Lee.

What the papers say

The explosive claim by Donald Trump's former lawyer that the president ordered him to use election funds to pay hush money to two alleged mistresses dominates the headlines. The Times says the prospect of impeachment is beginning to hang over the White House. "Trump's presidency thrown into jeopardy", is the headline in the i, while the FT says the Cohen and Manafort cases are "likely to significantly alter political calculations" ahead of the mid-term elections in November. The Sun points out that it took two journalists to bring down Richard Nixon over Watergate - but Mr Trump could be toppled by a porn star and a pin-up. Elsewhere, there's coverage of a warning by the British Heart Foundation about the rising tide of Type 2 diabetes. The Daily Mail says the "explosion" in cases is blamed on unhealthy lifestyles. The Daily Mirror thinks much more needs to be done to encourage people to eat better and take more exercise.

Daily digest

Hush money Trump says payments came from him not his election campaign

Tech tax Corbyn proposes ways to fund "public interest journalism"

Ambulance delays One patient waited 62 hours

Coughs Use honey first, new guidelines say

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Lookahead

09:30 Latest official migration statistics released - the fall in the number of people coming to the UK from the EU is likely to continue

0930 Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech in Edinburgh on the future of the media in the UK

On this day

1985 The head of West German counter-intelligence, Hans-Joachim Tiedge, is unmasked as an East German spy

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