What the papers say – August 23

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The papers mostly lead with Brexit and what Boris Johnson said to Emmanuel Macron, and vice versa.

What the papers say

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit dealings on his trip to France make headlines in Friday’s newspapers, as does Will and Kate’s budget travel plans.

The Guardian says Emmanuel Macron has described the Irish backstop as “indispensable” to a Brexit deal and urged Mr Johnson to set out his proposed alternatives as soon as possible, while The Daily Telegraph has a somewhat different take on the same story, reporting that the Prime Minister has demanded a new border plan.

The Times lead on a story saying teenagers have overturned gender expectations in GCSE results, with girls performing better in maths and
physics than in previous years and boys getting more top grades in English.

The i has a clever Second World War reference in its headline on the Johnson/Macron summit, while its former stablemate, The Independent, has a more restrained take on the same issue.


The Daily Express reports that Mr Johnson gave a “Brexit victory salute” after his talk with Mr Macron.

The Daily Mail says thousands of lives could be saved by a cheap, four-in-one pill cutting the risk of heart attacks and strokes.


The Sun leads with a story saying the Duke and Duchess have flown with FlyBe after Harry and Meghan took four private jets in 11 days, while The Mirror covers the same territory.

The Financial Times says the EU has plans to crackdown on the use of facial recognition technology in public areas.

The Daily Star reports that Love Island’s Caroline Flack has a horrifying secret.

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