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The Papers: Boris’s ‘Brexit or Brexile’, and Oxfam faces ‘backlash’

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    Image caption Brexit – and Boris Johnson’s ongoing role in it – is back at centre stage for many of Wednesday’s newspapers. The Daily Telegraph says the foreign secretary will say in a speech that EU laws and regulations being imposed on Britain after Brexit would be “intolerable and undemocratic”.
    Image caption Mr Johnson’s speech on Brexit also features on the front page of the i, under the headline “Johnson vows to squash Remain insurgence”. It reports that a union chief has warned that “a Boris Brexit would mean Brexile”.
    Image caption The Times leads on the ongoing scandal at Oxfam, with new claims that the charity hired a man who had already been forced out of another British humanitarian agency over claims that, while working in Liberia, he asked the charity’s drivers to drive him to clubs to meet prostitutes to take back to a villa funded by the charity.
    Image caption “Oxfam: Now the Backlash” is the front page headline for the Daily Mail which reports that many major firms are reviewing their relationship with the charity, with Visa and Marks and Spencer issuing condemnatory statements. The paper adds that The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme has threatened to stop its youngsters working in Oxfam shops.
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    Image caption Meanwhile the face of former football coach Barry Bennell dominates the front page of the Guardian, following his conviction for multiple sexual offences against young boys he trained between the late 1970s and the early 1990s.
    Image caption The number of first-time home buyers is at its highest since 2006, according to figures published in the Metro. UK Finance, which represents 300 lenders, said more than 365,000 people bought their first home last year, with an average age of 30 and an annual income of £41,000 a year.
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    Image caption The Daily Express says that rising house prices in the UK show there is a market boom “after the Brexit vote”. Figures published in the paper show the average value of homes rose by £1,000 a month in the last year, with the average house in the UK costing £227,000 in December 2017.
    Image caption The Financial Times says that the demand by his own party for South African President Jacob Zuma to stand down is an attempt to “end weeks of political paralysis”. But the paper says Mr Zuma has asked to remain in office for another three to six months and may yet refuse the order completely. “Drawn-out Zexit” is the trail for the FT’s further analysis.
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    Image caption The Daily Star focuses on the resumption of package holiday flights from the UK to Tunisia, three years after a gunman killed 38 people in the resort of Sousse. Reporting that Thomas Cook flights have sold out, the paper uses the headline “Brits fight back on the beaches”.
    Image caption Members of a Conservative student club at Oxford University are accused of molesting women at a “rowdy event”, the Daily Mirror reports.
    Image caption And the Sun interviews an Iraqi refugee who claims he arranged hundreds of fake abuse claims against British soldiers in the Gulf. The paper says whistleblower Basim Al-Sadoon took part in a racket to win payouts from the Ministry of Defence.

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