Scotland

Scotland's papers: Indyref2 demands...and refusals

Image caption The ongoing indyref2 debate dominates Scotland's front pages. The Herald leads with Scottish Secretary Alister Jack insisting Nicola Sturgeon would "absolutely not" have a mandate to hold a second Scottish independence referendum even if the SNP won a majority of seats in Scotland at the general election. Mr Jack said "standing four-square" against a second vote would be a central plank of the Conservatives' campaign.
Image caption The National says Nicola Sturgeon stands by what she describes as "Scotland's right to choose". The first minister, speaking ahead of a pro-independence rally in Glasgow, tells the paper another election win for the SNP "will make the case for our country having the opportunity to decide its own future simply unanswerable".
Image caption The Scotsman features a picture of Ms Sturgeon on the campaign trail in Leith, where she said she believes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will back an independence referendum if he becomes prime minister. The SNP leader also says she believes the vote will happen within her 2020 timetable.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph also focuses on Ms Sturgeon's confident prediction that Mr Corbyn will accept indyref2 if he gets the keys to 10 Downing Street. The first minister dismissed Mr Corbyn's insistence he would not hand her the powers for another separation vote in the "formative years" of a Labour government, saying it was not "sustainable."
Image caption The Times says Boris Johnson has "abandoned the threat of a no-deal Brexit" in the Conservatives' election manifesto. The paper says the prime minister's approach of "getting Brexit done immediately" by pushing through his "fantastic" deal is aimed at capturing the centre ground and is far removed from his previous "do or die" pledge to leave the EU by 31 October.
Image caption The Daily Mail says senior Tory Michael Gove has warned Scots that Jeremy Corbyn will "throw them under a bus" by granting the SNP another chance to take Scotland out of the Union. Mr Gove also said Scottish Labour was no longer a unionist party and only the Tories would keep the UK together.
Image caption The Sun carries an interview with Strictly Come Dancing judge, Shirley Ballas, who urges women not to get breast implants - after having hers removed. She made the decision in order to reduce her own risk of developing breast cancer.
Image caption The Daily Record focuses on the families of Scots who have died overseas accusing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of a "lack of compassion" and leaving them "abandoned". Critics include MSP Clare Haughey, whose son Charlie died during a holiday in Holland, and Brian Curry whose daughter Kirsty Maxwell fell to her death in suspicious circumstances in Benidorm.
Image caption Comedian Ricky Gervais "loves it" when "snowflakes" get offended by his jokes, according to the Daily Star. The paper says he uses it for inspiration.
Image caption The Courier's Angus and Dundee edition leads with doctors in Tayside saying they were physically threatened because of a "flawed report" into breast cancer treatment. The report was commissioned after around 200 patients were given lower than standard chemotherapy doses.

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