Scotland's papers: Brexit 'not real deal'?

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The Herald
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The Times

Several of Monday's Scottish papers lead with the latest on the Brexit negotiations.

The Herald says Theresa May is fighting back with "optimism". The paper's front page claims this is what the prime minister will tell MPs later.

Slightly more pessimistically, The Times writes that Theresa May's delicate Brexit compromise on Ireland is in danger of unravelling after the government's commitment to a deal was questioned in Dublin and Brussels.

The i newspaper goes further, claiming a cabinet rift is on the cards, saying Brexit Secretary David David will "refuse to pay divorce bill" if the next stage - trade talks - fails.

The National calls the Brexit negotiations "not quite the real deal" as it claims David Davis believes Theresa May's Irish border proposals are not legally binding.

The Daily Telegraph says the Scottish government has been warned ahead of this week's budget that there is a "serous consensus" in the Scottish business community against planned increases in income tax.

This view is reiterated by the Scottish Daily Express which says the revolt over the SNP's proposed tax increases is growing. The paper has a poll which suggests the majority of small business owners are opposed to any rise.

The Scotsman's front page has former justice secretary Kenny Mackaskill warning the public not to expect police to respond to minor crimes. The SNP politician tells the paper Police Scotland officers are "run ragged" and can no longer be expected to attend incidents such as vandalism.

In the Daily Record's splash, a rape victim tells of her "horrific" ordeal during an eight-year wait for justice in the Scottish legal system.

"We are inclusive, open and loving," says the Courier's Dundee edition in its top story about dozens of local people turning out in a protest to support young people targeted by a 'neo-Nazi' hate group.

The Scottish Daily Mail writes "Stop punishing house buyers" as it claims soaring numbers of Scots are being forced to abandon their dream of buying a new home because the SNP's property tax is locking them out of the market.

And the Press and Journal in Aberdeen says NHS Grampian patients are facing long waits as "operations are being limited as they struggle to cope".

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