The Papers: ‘Brexit mutineers’, and Russian tweets

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    Image caption Brexit dominates the front pages of Wednesday’s newspapers after a day of debate in the House of Commons. The Daily Telegraph leads with pictures of Tory MPs it calls “the Brexit mutineers”. The paper says at least 15 Conservatives are planning to join with Labour to block a new amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would see the Brexit date enshrined in law.
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    Image caption The Daily Express says there is a “new plot to derail Brexit”. It says Labour is “secretly plotting” to stop the UK leaving the EU, after a senior figure said the party would want to stay a full member during any transition period. The paper accuses Labour of using that time to “scheme to overturn the historic referendum result”.
    Image caption The Guardian reports that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts were run from Russia during the 2016 Brexit referendum that attempted to influence the outcome of the vote. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh identified 419 accounts operating from the Russian Internet Research Agency in St Petersburg.
    Image caption The Times says almost 45,000 Brexit tweets were sent from Russia in just 48 hours. The paper says the majority of the tweets it had seen backed a vote to leave the EU. However, some messages backed the UK staying in, suggesting “the Russian goal may have been simply to sow division”.
    Image caption City bosses worrying about Brexit have been offered a special travel regime to allow them to move across Europe after the UK leaves the EU, according to the Financial Times. It says Brexit Secretary David Davis outlined the plan to 700 investors on Tuesday. They were also told he was seeking a two-year transition deal to be agreed in principle by January, the FT adds.
    Image caption The Metro reports the British army is “near breaking point” because of spending cuts. The paper quotes Sir Richard Barrons as saying the force is 20 years out of date and that £2bn a year of extra funding is needed at the Ministry of Defence.
    The Sun
    Image caption Missing teenager Gaia Pope features on the front of the Sun as the hunt for her continues. The Sun says the 19-year-old stripped off in a “distressed state” at the home of Rosemary Ditch before she vanished.
    Daily Mirror
    Image caption The front page of the Daily Mirror reports on the court case of Gary Goldsmith – the uncle of the Duchess of Cambridge – who has admitted punching his wife during a drunken row.
    Image caption The i reports that green belt land in the UK is being lost to new housing developments. It says the level of house building approved by local authorities in areas of outstanding natural beauty has risen by 82% over the past five years.
    Daily Mail
    Image caption Half of pensioners in the UK are taking at least five drugs a day, according to the Daily Mail. Under the headline “a nation of pill poppers”, it says the number of over-65s taking medication has quadrupled in the past 20 years.
    Daily Star
    Image caption The Daily Star reports that Strictly Come Dancing contestant Debbie McGee has been spotted without her wedding ring. Ms McGee, who was married to magician Paul Daniels until his death in 2016, is reported by the newspaper as saying there was “magic” between her and professional dancing partner Giovanni Pernice.

    Under the headline, “The Brexit mutineers”, the Daily Telegraph gives over half of its front page to photographs of Conservative MPs that it says are threatening to block Theresa May’s plans for leaving the EU.

    The newspaper says the group – which includes seven former ministers and two select committee chairmen – will join forces with Labour to block new measures that would enshrine the date of leaving into law.

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    The Independent describes bad-tempered exchanges during last night’s debate in the Commons, which it says regularly spilled over into the question of Brexit itself.

    The newspaper quotes the former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, calling it “an extraordinarily painful process of national self-mutilation I’m required to facilitate”.

    The Daily Express says Labour’s leader in the European Parliament has let slip a secret plot to stop Brexit.

    It says Richard Corbett wants to ensure Britain remains a full EU member during a two-year “transition period” in the hope the time can be used to overturn the referendum result.

    Military moves

    The Zanu-PF Youth League says it will stand by President Mugabe in the face of any threat to his position, the state-run Zimbabwe Herald reports.

    Zimbabwe’s military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to “target criminals”.

    However, it said this was not “a military takeover of government” and President Robert Mugabe was safe.

    The Secretary for Youth League Affairs Kudzanai Chipanga says they are prepared to defend President Mugabe’s leadership with their lives.

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    The Daily Mail reports that half of pensioners are taking at least five drugs a day – and some are on as many as 23.

    The number has quadrupled in 20 years, in what the paper calls “a worrying sign of the medicalisation of the elderly”, saying there are calls for older people to have their medication reviewed more often.

    But the head of the Royal College of GPs says people are only being prescribed what they need.

    Camembert showdown

    France’s fraud squad has been dragged into a “bitter cheese war”, the Daily Telegraph reports, centring on what constitutes a real Camembert.

    Independent producers, who use techniques virtually unchanged since the French Revolution, want to stop industrial firms from using the word “Normandy” on packets, saying the flouting of the rules “can no longer be tolerated”.

    But Lactalis – the world’s biggest cheesemaker – says removing the label could cost 1,200 jobs.

    There are plenty of photos of the athlete Sir Mo Farah after he picked up his knighthood from the Queen on Tuesday.

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    It was a “top Mo-ment” for him, according to the Daily Mirror.

    But it was comments made by the cook Delia Smith, who was at the palace to be made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, that stood out.

    The i reports that she thinks cooking has become “very poncey” and “chefy”.

    But the Guardian thinks Ms Smith is “completely wrong”. The paper’s food writer, Tony Naylor, argues her – in his words – “sweeping dismissal” of ornately designed dishes “encapsulates a small-minded English fear of modernity and fuss”.

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    The Daily Express calls her words “salty”, but concludes that readers who swear by her cookery course will have no argument with anything she says.

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