Many of the front pages feature the same picture of Boris Johnson and his Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, deep in conversation as they stroll through the grounds of a Merseyside hotel – following their Brexit meeting yesterday.
“Dare we dream of a deal?” is the headline in the Daily Mail, which says: “Even the most pessimistic pundit would have to say that an agreement now feels like an evens shot.”
The Daily Express is similarly upbeat – claiming that Mr Johnson won a “dramatic breakthrough” – while admitting it may not be possible to finalise a deal before next week’s European Council summit.
An unnamed EU diplomat tells the Financial Times that the talks included a “new and substantially different offer” from the PM on customs co-operation.
But the paper points out that if Mr Johnson has bowed to the demand from Brussels to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union – even for a limited time – the Democratic Unionists and hardline Tory Eurosceptics would refuse to support it, creating a new “political storm” in Westminster.
In other news, the Times reports that a coroner warned the US military 12 years ago about the dangers of personnel driving on the wrong side of the road – amid the growing row surrounding the wife of an American diplomat accused of killing a teenager in a crash in Northamptonshire.
Harry Dunn, who was 19, died outside RAF Croughton – a US communications base – in August.
The paper says his parents have appointed lawyers to bring a civil claim against Anne Sacoolas, who left the UK after the accident.
US President Donald Trump has so far declined to lift her diplomatic immunity.
According to the Daily Telegraph, a homeless charity wants to build 300 modular homes to help young people off the streets.
Centrepoint hopes to raise £15m for the project, and is currently scouting sites in London and Manchester.
All tenants will be given entry-level jobs or apprenticeships, and their rent will be capped so they pay no more than one-third of their salary.
The charity’s chief executive, Seyi Obakin, says the scheme will offer people a genuine chance to turn their lives around.
“That stability”, he claims, “will enable them to move out of these facilities into the private renting sector – bye bye housing benefit, bye bye homelessness.”
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Finally, the Guardian has an interview with the Canadian man who rescued the music chain, HMV – which opens Europe’s biggest record shop in Birmingham today.
Doug Putman says he hopes the megastore – with its selection of 80,000 CDs and 25,000 vinyl albums – can challenge its online competitors by also hosting local bands and holding film screenings.
“The world’s a scary place if there is just Amazon,” he argues, “and ultimately we are all starting to realise that.”
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