Scotland

Scotland's papers: Indyref2 bill and gorilla escape

Nicola Sturgeon's plans to launch a blueprint for a second independence referendum dominate the front pages. The Herald prominently features the first minister's words from the SNP conference that were aimed at Theresa May: "Hear this - if you think for one single second that I'm not serious about doing what it takes to protect Scotland's interests, then think again", writes the paper, above a large image of Ms Sturgeon.

To "rapturous applause" on the opening day of the three-day event, Sturgeon said she was ready for the prospect of Scotland "charting its own course", and that she was confident of winning a new vote, writes The National.

The Scotsman says that businesses that were "vehemently" opposed to independence are now considering whether leaving the UK could provide greater certainty if Scotland could remain in the European Union.

Scotland is to seek major new powers over immigration and the ability to agree its own international deals with other countries in an attempt to head off a "hard" Brexit, according to the front page of the i paper.

In other news, The Times Scotland reports that billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is bidding to acquire assets in the North Sea owned by Royal Dutch Shell as his Ineos chemicals group steps up efforts to become a leading player in Britain's struggling offshore oil industry.

MPs are to hold an "unprecedented" vote on whether disgraced former BHS boss Sir Philip Green should be stripped of his knighthood, according to the front page of the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Scottish Daily Express says that the Queen has become the world's longest reigning living monarch following the death of the king of Thailand.

Paedophile Robert McGregor filmed himself abusing three young boys, then shared the images with others online, reports the Daily Record.

A gorilla on the loose at London Zoo has been captured after being shot with a tranquilliser dart, according to the Scottish Sun.

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