Scotland

Scotland's papers: Brexit secrets and 'savage' council cuts

Scottish councils are facing a £1bn funding shortfall by 2019, forcing them to choose between emptying their reserves or slashing services, according to The Herald.

The Scotsman says that local authorities face a shortfall of more than £500m in just two years' time, in a warning from public spending watchdogs.

On the same story, the Scottish Daily Express describes the cuts as "savage" and writes that Scotland's hard-up councils face dealing with a £550m financial deficit.

In other news, Paul Nuttall - who believes Scottish MPs should be banned from the House of Commons and once "joked" about throwing Nicola Sturgeon in front of a horse - has promised to "promote the English" as Ukip leader, after winning 62.6% of the vote, says The National.

Britain is unlikely to be able to remain in the single market after it leaves the European Union, according to a memo which appears to give the "fullest insight" so far into Theresa May's possible approach to Brexit talks, writes the i paper.

The Times Scotland also has the story and says Britain's Brexit negotiating stance is to "have cake and eat it", according to the handwritten note, mistakenly shown after a meeting between Tory MPs and senior figures in Whitehall.

At least 600,000 healthy women should be offered cheap pills that halve the risk of breast cancer, writes the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Daily Record claims that police investigating a "high-value" theft at the Harvey Nichols store in Edinburgh want to speak a former Scotland striker in connection with the incident.

Harry Clarke, who was at the wheel of a bin lorry when he blacked out resulting in the death of six people, is videoed by The Scottish Sun walking along the street where the tragedy happened. The paper claims the driver said he "wasn't bothered" about being back at the scene.

The Daily Star of Scotland says that Coronation Street fans were in "uproar" last night after the soap was axed to make way for I'm a Celebrity.

Dozens of schools across the north-east are "bursting at the seams" after new figures revealed the level of overcrowding at primary and secondary schools in the area, reports the Press and Journal.

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