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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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