What the papers say – June 26

Boris Johnson appears across the front pages again on Wednesday, this time after a photographer caught him in a moment of affection with a supporter – albeit of the four-legged kind.

The Tory leadership hopeful, who met Lucky the dog while campaigning in the Surrey Hills on Tuesday, said it was “do or die” on Brexit, The Times reports.

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Mr Johnson “categorically” ruled out any further delays to Britain’s departure from the EU, the Daily Express says.

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The pledge was a challenge to rival Jeremy Hunt, who responded by saying he could be more trusted as prime minister, the i reports.

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Mr Johnson’s manoeuvre signalled a hardening of his position on Brexit and an increase of influence on his campaign by hardline Eurosceptics, The Guardian says.

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The Financial Times leads with warnings that the “do or die” promise raised the risk of a second general election that will hand power to Jeremy Corbyn.

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In other news, the Daily Mail leads with a decision by doctors not to charge foreign NHS patients for care amid concerns of “racism”.

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The Daily Telegraph leads with closures of GP surgeries affecting rural and coastal communities.

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A row over a will between two step-sisters leads the Daily Mirror.

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And The Sun leads with Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez being ordered by a tribunal judge to pay his children’s nanny thousands of pounds.

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