Newspaper headlines: Brexit figures row, 'superstar' nun and remembering Ronnie Corbett

The claims and counter-claims sparked by the Treasury's forecast on the cost of a British exit from the EU are explored in Tuesday's papers.

Chancellor George Osborne, says the Financial Times, attempted to conquer the economic battlefield on Brexit with dire Treasury predictions of the damage leaving the EU would inflict on the country. It will, however, it notes, be met with a stinging response from Justice Secretary Michael Gove, the cabinet's leading Leave campaigner.

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The i is among several papers to preview a speech from Mr Gove in which he is expected to suggest the chancellor is treating the public like children, with scare stories. The paper's political editor, Nigel Morris, says Mr Gove will attempt to answer claims that leaving the EU is a step in the dark.

The Sun says "buried" in the report was an "admission" that Britain will have an extra 3m migrants by 2030 if it stays in the EU.

Mr Gove will, says the Daily Mail, "intensify the bitter row" among Tories by insisting the prime minister and chancellor, are effectively giving up on a key pledge to cut migration to the tens of thousands.

Meanwhile, in a letter to the Times, former Chancellor Nigel Lawson attacks the Treasury report as "highly tendentious and spuriously quantified".

But the paper says his observation that regulations from Brussels would make reforms to the economy harder to achieve is likely to be seized on by Labour supporters of the Remain campaign who say that some Tories want to leave the EU to scrap worker protections.


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Reality or flawed?

In a leading article, the Times says many criticisms can reasonably be made of the Treasury's assumptions in the report but Mr Osborne has thrown down a challenge. "The weakest aspect of the Out campaign is the lack of clarity on what Britain's post Brexit trading arrangements would look like."

In the view of the Guardian, "the Treasury was not scaremongering... It is a reality check. British voters have every reason to be fearful of what the leave campaign would inflict on them".

Brexit, says the Daily Mirror, will cost us all. George Osborne's figures "are iffy, as is the norm with this tricky chancellor, but there is no doubt that Britain would be a poorer country if we left Europe".

But the Sun says the Remain lobby "discredits itself by conjuring bogus figures while failing to concede any positives in leaving".

The assumptions in the forecast were, in the eyes of the Daily Express, "fundamentally flawed". "The one thing we learned from yesterday's grandstanding was that the establishment is running scared. In the absence of a positive case for the EU the campaign to keep us in is cranking up the scare tactics."

The Treasury forecast was "not merely Project Fear, it was Project Apocalypse", says the Daily Mail.

The Daily Telegraph urges Mr Osborne to "cool it". Claims the document is based on facts, not political rhetoric, are dubious and his stance risks the Conservative Party's unity and future prospects, it says.

The Financial Times acknowledges there may be some scope to criticise the Treasury's analysis but says its conclusions about the consequences of leaving the EU are in line with the view of almost every reputable economic body. "The Brexiteers must respond by addressing the issues it raises head on," says the FT.


'Superstar nun'

Tributes are paid to a nun from Londonderry who died in the Ecuador earthquake as she tried to lead people at the school where she worked to safety.

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, who taught music in Playa Prieta, "died as she lived," says the New Day, "trying to help others".

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She perished alongside five novices when a stairwell collapsed. At least 272 people have been confirmed dead in the magnitude-7.8 quake which struck on Saturday evening.

The i describes Sister Crockett, 33, as a "superstar" nun who gave up a self-confessed wild teenage lifestyle and a budding acting career to work with some of the world's poorest people.

According to the Guardian, she only joined Home of the Mother Order 15 years ago after she accepted a free trip to Spain without realising that it was a pilgrimage.


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'Fitting punchline'

Finally, reporters recall the tears and laughter at Ronnie Corbett's funeral in Croydon, south London.

The comedian died last month at the age of 85 after having been diagnosed with a suspected form of motor neurone disease.

A photograph of his trademark black-rimmed glasses adorning a wreath appears in many papers.

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And there are images of four candles burning at the back of the altar at St John's, Shirley. It was, the Daily Star reminds its readers, a "poignant nod" to the entertainer's famous Four Candles/Fork Handles sketch on TV's Two Ronnies.

But, says Robert Hardman in the Daily Mail, the "farewell joke had not even been scripted by one of Ronnie Corbett's comedy pals. It had been the idea of the churchwardens."

It was only right that the comedy legend was given a funeral with some fun in it, says the Daily Express. "They had come to remember the laughs as well as to honour a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and friend."

And the service closed with a recording of Corbett singing "Up's the Only Way to Go". It was, says the Daily Mirror, a "fitting punchline to a life lived to the full, a man whose jokes brought smiles to the faces of so many."


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