What the papers say – October 15

Brexit takes centre stage in Monday’s papers with reports of a stalemate over the Irish border and plots to topple Theresa May featuring among the headlines.

The Times says that last-ditch talks between the UK and the EU broke up after an hour as ministers have been told to start preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

The Daily Telegraph reports a Brexit blueprint was agreed between the UK and EU, but that Mrs May refused to sign off on the plans over fears her Cabinet would not give the green light.

The Guardian reports negotiations are on a “knife-edge” with the paper reporting Mrs May suffered a setback over the Irish border issue.

The Financial Times also leads with Brexit reporting the Irish border question remains a “sticking point”.

The Metro leads with “tussle in Brussels”, saying the talks are going “down to the wire”.

While the i reports on David Davis’s warnings about a leadership challenge should Downing Street not change tack on Brexit.

The Independent leads with the same story, with pressure being placed on Mrs May to accept a Canada-style deal.

The Daily Mirror carries a different front page story, reporting that Russian spies are targeting former MI6 officers to turn them into agents.

The Sun claims judges on Strictly were “furious” after Seann Walsh and Katya Jones remained on the show.

The Daily Mail leads with elderly people being prescribed ballroom dancing or cookery classes on the NHS to tackle the crisis of loneliness.

The Daily Express leads with Brexit, reporting that Mrs May is “fighting for her political life”.

And the Daily Star carries quotes from Jennifer Saunders that comedy writers are too scared of offending people.