Many of the European newspapers see little value in the prime minister’s new Brexit plan.
The Irish Times concludes it is “unrealistic and unworkable”.
The Dublin-based paper says the proposals either reflect an “extraordinary ignorance of Northern Ireland or a willingness to risk the Belfast Agreement”.
The Irish Independent also fears it could threaten the peace process, concluding it “asks too much and delivers far too little”.
German daily Die Zeit urges the EU not to accept what it calls Boris Johnson’s “poisoned offer”, suggesting the prime minister is not interested in solutions and instead wants to confuse people.
French newspaper Le Monde insists the current proposal would be very difficult for Brussels and Dublin to accept, while the Spanish El Pais calls the plan “complex and disjointed”.
It suggests the UK should be able to leave Europe without creating breeding grounds which revive terrorism from the past.
However, in the event the EU does reject Mr Johnson’s Brexit proposals, the prime minister’s senior aides have ordered Conservative MPs to call the bloc “crazy”, according to an internal memo leaked to BuzzFeed News.
Domestically, many of Thursday’s front pages weigh in on the chances of the government’s new Brexit proposals leading to a new deal with the EU.
The Daily Express is confident the prime minister is “edging towards a breakthrough”, while the Daily Telegraph suggests he’s placing Ireland under “huge pressure” to accept his plan.
But the Financial Times says his proposal “faces a frosty reception in Brussels”, with the Guardian reporting that the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has been “scathing” in private.
The i insists that the EU is ready to reject the scheme.
Elsewhere, the prime minister’s showcase speech on Wednesday at the Conservative Party conference receives mixed reviews.
“Is that it?” asks the Daily Mirror on its front page, which dismisses his talk as “vacuous” and without “a shred of policy”.
Martin Kettle in the Guardian suggests it could have been cobbled together over breakfast, with no mention of the climate, migration or terrorism.
But the Daily Express calls it the “mother of all speeches”, with a reference to the revelation that Mr Johnson’s mother voted Leave, while the Sun says it was “a joke-packed rallying call about optimism and… believing in Britain”.
Breastfeeding for the environment
In other news, the Daily Mail has spoken to the American businesswoman Jennifer Accuri, who is alleged to have received favourable treatment due to her friendship with Boris Johnson.
She dismisses all the claims and tells the paper that she’s being used as “collateral”.
Miss Accuri said she had every right to be on the UK trade missions, as a legitimate businesswoman.
The Daily Telegraph says scientists are offering a new reason to support breastfeeding – to help save the environment.
Experts from Imperial College in London say formula milk produces greenhouse gases from cows, extra packaging and uses electricity and water when the bottles are cleaned.
The Times says the study reveals that if all mothers in the UK breastfed their babies until they were six months it would equate to taking up to 77,000 cars off the road each year.
Many of the papers also celebrate Dina Asher-Smith making athletics history by becoming the first British woman to win a world championship 200m final.
The Telegraph calls her “sprint queen of the world”.
The Olympic Gold Medallist, Darren Campbell, explains in the Times why she is so good – that she explodes out of the blocks, prepares well, is relaxed and deals well with the mind games.
The Mail pays credit to her mother’s influence who offered her prizes, such as a Chanel handbag, as she hit certain targets.
You might have expected the young strutting Mick Jagger to have focused only on rock and roll.
But, according to the Sun, the Rolling Stones’ frontman’s former accountant says he had been planning for his retirement from the early days.
Laurence Myers says Sir Mick had suggested years ago that he should think about pensions because he reasoned “I won’t be singing… at 60.”
Sir Mick is now 76 and is currently on tour in North America with his band.
The Sun, meanwhile, focuses on what it calls the “Prince’s Press Rant”.
The paper says Prince Harry didn’t consult his father or brother before criticising media coverage of his wife.
The Times suggests he went against the advice of senior royal aides on the timing of his statement.
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