Theresa May’s former chief of staff, Nick Timothy, writes in the Daily Telegraph that the Treasury’s reluctance even to “mention the positives” of leaving the European Union – such as the freeing up of public money after Brexit – risks the UK receiving a bad deal.
He says Chancellor Philip Hammond and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson “must stop their games” because the stakes for Britain are too high.
The European edition of the non-partisan Politico website asks if Mr Johnson used the claim that leaving the EU would mean an extra £350m a week under UK control as a “smokescreen”.
He re-used the figure in his unauthorised vision for Brexit published last week.
The website points out that in his article Mr Johnson admitted the UK “has a Brexit bill and it will have to be paid”, and it says his aides made clear he accepted the idea of continuing payments to the EU during a transition period – two major concessions lost in the furore over the £350m figure.
The Daily Express says the prime minister will use a speech in Italy on Friday to appeal directly to European leaders to break the deadlock over Brexit.
The Financial Times says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is in a bind over Brexit as the party is finding it harder to sustain its “uneasy fudge on Brexit”, having neither embraced it nor sought to block it.
But the paper says if Labour abandons its ambiguity it risks opening up its own wide divisions on the issue.
Politics.co.uk reports that a former advisor to Tony Blair told an audience in London that he did not think Brexit would happen.
Darren Murphy said he believed Labour would end up voting against the EU Withdrawal Bill, and the government did not have the votes to push it through.
In the Mexican capital, Mexico City, the El Universal newspaper describes the streets silenced in the wake of the earthquake now full of the noise of hundreds of volunteers looking to help.
A commentator for the El Reforma paper, says the tremor has shown that people in Mexico must “learn to coexist with earthquakes and hurricanes”.
That is a sentiment echoed by El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean island ravaged by two hurricanes in two weeks.
The paper asks “how can we prevent the country from collapsing for weeks and months after these events”?
It says the island needs to rebuild in ways that mitigate climate change.
Dame Judi Dench and Sir Michael Caine have been revealed as the most prolific stars in British cinema, the Daily Mail reports, appearing in 111 UK films between them.
The Guardian and the i newspaper both pull out another fact from the British Film Institute’s Filmography survey – that the percentage of women cast in British films in 2017 is marginally less at 30% than the proportion in 1913 when it was 31%.
Nigels are nearing extinction, the Sun reports, under the headline “the end is Nige” – after not one child born last year was given the name.
The Telegraph asks if Nigel Farage’s Brexit campaign was to blame.
The Mail reports a slight increase in the number of boys named Boris.
The Guardian says the most popular new boys names are from a “galaxy far far away” – Finn and Ezra made popular by Star Wars.
Almost 70 girls were named Khaleesi last year, the title given to a queen in Game of Thrones.