The Papers: Brexit impact and 'Suzy cop's blunders'

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Times front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The potential impact of Brexit is the focus for several papers on Wednesday. The Times leads on the "rush" for Irish passports, reporting that the number of Britons applying has nearly doubled since the EU referendum as people seek the right to move and work freely in the bloc after the UK's departure.
Guardian front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Guardian carries a warning from rating agency Standard & Poor's that crashing out of the EU without a deal would trigger a UK recession. However, the paper says S&P still expected both sides in the Brexit talks to come to an agreement.
Financial Times front page - 31/1/18
Image caption The Financial Times leads on the announcement that EU traders of derivatives will be able to temporarily access UK services in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Brussels sought to quell banker jitters with the pledge, says the FT.
Sun front page - 31/10/18
Image caption As police launch a fresh search for the body of missing estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, the Sun reports that the officer who led the first inquiry into her murder in 1986 refused to view the prime suspect as her possible killer. The paper says an official review revealed "blunders" in the former detective's work on the case.
Metro front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Metro reports on a "Universal Credit mix-up" that left a family with 74p to live on. The case emerged a day after the chancellor announced extra funding to smooth over problems with the roll-out of the new benefit, says the paper.
Daily Mirror front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Daily Mirror focuses on teachers' reaction to the Budget - reporting that unions have "laid into" the chancellor for telling them they could buy "little extras" with a £400m funding boost. They said the offer was "insulting" and accused the government of starving them of long-term funds, it explains.
Daily Telegraph front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Daily Telegraph reports claims scientists behind a clinical trial into stem-cell treatments at University College London applied for government funding without disclosing the deaths of two patients. The General Medical Council is involved in a review of one of the cases, says the paper.
Daily Mail front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Daily Mail reports that one of only two men to be jailed over the 9/11 terror attacks in the US has been released from prison. Its front page carries a photograph of Mounir el-Motassadeq who was deported from Germany to Morocco after serving a jail term for assisting some of the plotters.
Daily Express front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Daily Express says a Falklands War veteran has started a hunger strike as he demands better treatment for former servicemen. The 62-year-old ex-paratrooper has launched a "desperate" protest over what he sees as a lack of mental care for soldiers, says the paper.
i front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The i leads on a warning from the World Health Organization about the UK's air quality. The problem is as big a threat as obesity, says the paper.
Daily Star front page - 31/10/18
Image caption The Daily Star reports a former police officer who helped expose the abuse committed by DJ Jimmy Savile is warning that officers have insufficient evidence to charge two A-list celebrities suspected of sexual offences.

The papers are still unpicking and unpacking the Budget - and the Daily Telegraph says it has found a "stealth tax on middle England".

It says the small print shows that a rise in national insurance will wipe out half of the income tax cuts which Philip Hammond unveiled.

The Daily Mail says the announcement of the cuts was "one of the most dramatic moments" of the chancellor's speech - but he failed to mention the higher national insurance contributions.

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A wide range of other Budget topics are also examined.

The Independent's digital edition says Mr Hammond is facing a backlash for failing to find the £3bn urgently needed to repair crumbling hospital buildings.

The Daily Mirror highlights the criticism of the chancellor by teachers, with the headlines "Must Do Better" and "You dunce, Hammond".

'High stake gamble'

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports US businesses fear the proposed 2% tax on the UK revenues of big internet groups sets a "dangerous precedent". It says the US Chamber of Commerce is among groups which have attacked the levy.

But the FT is among papers which support it, saying Philip Hammond is right to highlight the weakness of the global system which has let multinationals keep their tax bills down.

The Guardian agrees that "a licence to print money must not be a licence to avoid tax".

An editorial in the Times calls the chancellor's plan a "high-stakes gamble" designed to force a new international agreement on the issue. But the paper warns that if it fails, and President Trump retaliates, the global system could fragment further.

There is focus, too, on Labour's Budget response - particularly John McDonnell's promise in a BBC interview that he would keep Mr Hammond's tax cut for higher earners.

The Mail speaks of chaos, saying the party is at war, while the Guardian says his comments sparked a backlash.

The Sun calls Labour "shambolic" for first opposing a tax cut for the rich then saying they would keep it. But it adds that Mr McDonnell is right on this one, as Labour needs to attract aspirational voters who are caught up in the higher tax bracket.

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The Guardian leads with a warning from the ratings agency Standard and Poor's that leaving the EU without a deal could tip the UK into recession.

It says it is the latest of a "welter" of reports suggesting no-deal would be a serious blow to the UK economy.

The Daily Mail also picks up the warning in its editorial. It says the message is clear for Brexiteers that if they sabotage Theresa May's plans, they imperil the future prosperity of the nation.

Jangle nerves

Elsewhere, the Financial Times says Jeremy Hunt's plan to ask more business chiefs to become diplomats will "ruffle feathers" at the Foreign Office.

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The foreign secretary is to say that some ambassador roles should be opened to applicants outside the civil service but the the FT thinks it will "jangle nerves" in Whitehall about the prospect of a US-style system of political appointments.

Ukulele revival

Finally, the Times brings news which it says might have pleased George Formby - but not musical traditionalists.

Image caption George Formby - ukulele star

It says the popularity of the ukulele among schoolchildren has risen sharply, while the French horn, double bass and trombone are becoming "endangered".

The head of the Royal Philharmonic, which commissioned the research, says it shows more needs to be done to engage children with a range of instruments, adding there are no plans to rework Mahler and Beethoven for a 70-piece ukulele orchestra.

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