Newspaper headlines: Drone fears and Treasury Brexit warnings

The papers look forward to the publication of a Treasury report on the consequences of Britain leaving the EU which is expected to predict a much lower national income than would be the case if the UK stayed in.

The Guardian is one of several to report a government "source" as saying "Every alternative to EU membership has significant economic costs".

Writing in the Times, Chancellor George Osborne says "People want less rhetoric and more fact. That is what we are providing today."


Royal family: More debate, less adulation

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Image caption Several papers picture the birthday image of the Queen created by Kwik-Fit from car parts.
  • There is still plenty of enthusiasm for the royal family in the wake of the Cambridges' tour of India and the run-up to the Queen's 90th birthday - but controversy too.
  • The Daily Mirror offers vouchers for competition winners to spend on dresses like those worn by the Duchess of Cambridge on tour. And both it and New Day give tips on how to copy the duchess's outfits with High Street purchases.
  • But the Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews says the trip "created such an insipid display, some complained it was nothing more than a glorified holiday."
  • In the Guardian Stephen Bates writes : "Kate is seen as too staid and sensible to generate the sort of crowds that Diana did."
  • Prince William, he adds, has been called in press circles "just another middle-aged bald bloke in a suit".

And Mr Osborne goes on, "Britain would be worse off, permanently so, and to the tune of £4,300 a year for every household."

According to the Daily Telegraph, the chancellor will warn that quitting the EU will cause cuts totalling billions of pounds in health, education and defence.

Some papers not committed to the Remain campaign have reacted furiously to the move. "Project Fear goes into overdrive," is the headline on a Telegraph leader which says "there is no longer any pretence at balance and rational debate".


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In the Sun Trevor Kavanagh calls the notion of a post-Brexit catastrophe "a big lie". "If New Zealand... can grow and thrive on just sheep and grapes, we can certainly prosper," he argues.

The Daily Mail calls the Treasury warning "Osborne's new scare". It quotes Commons leader Chris Grayling as saying it cannot be "logical" to predict a catastrophe when the prime minister formerly said Britain could succeed (though not as well) outside the EU.

One argument which a number of papers seize on as backing calls for Brexit is that of employment minister Priti Patel, who said the shortage of primary school places was "another example of how uncontrolled migration is putting unsustainable pressures on our public services".

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Media captionFormer Sunday Express editor Eve Pollard and Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley join the BBC News Channel to discuss Monday's front pages.

While Britain remains in the EU "We are completely unable to control the numbers of people coming to this country," the minister added, as the Mail and other papers report.

The Daily Express says ministers have been accused of a cover-up after a report on the impact of immigration on schools was delayed.

Drone alarm

The report by the pilot that an airliner approaching Heathrow was hit by a drone evokes general alarm and calls for further regulation and education of drone operators.


The Pope: Shining example, or gesture politics?

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  • Several papers report that the Syrian refugees brought back from Lesbos by the Pope are settling in in Italy.
  • The Daily Mail quotes one man as saying "It seems like a dream because yesterday, at the same time, there was nothing".
  • The i praises the Pope whose humanity "puts us to shame", and writer Ian Birrell condemns the "selfish attitudes displayed in much of Europe" and British "double-talking politicians".
  • But in New Day, Julia Hartley-Brewer writes that the Pope's action is "the worst kind of gesture politics".
  • "If the Pope really wants to help Syrian refugees, why not offer some cold hard cash from the vast wealth of the Roman Catholic Church?" she asks.

In the Daily Mirror bomb disposal expert Maj Chris Hunter says lower prices and advancing technology mean "today's terrorists are able to purchase drones capable of delivering explosive payloads... with potentially lethal effect."

The Telegraph quotes a Civil Aviation Authority spokesman as saying drones must not be flown near airports, or above 400ft, and their users should never lose sight of them.

According to the Sun, police "have refused to say" whether the incident was terror-related, but a drone owner could be jailed for life for endangering an aircraft. The Mail says 850 firms have permission to carry out "aerial work" in the UK.

'Ring of fire' quakes

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Following their coverage of last week's earthquakes in Japan the papers mark the much greater death toll in Saturday's Ecuadorean quake. As the Guardian points out, the quake was the strongest to hit the South American country since 1979, six times stronger than the strongest of the shocks felt in Japan.

The paper is among those which point out that both Ecuador and Japan lie on the "ring of fire" - a series of seismic faults surrounding the Pacific Ocean.

And the Daily Mail quotes one expert as saying "at least four" much bigger quakes could be triggered by the conditions which gave rise to the latest tremors.


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