Newspaper headlines: Brexit budget, Clement Freud abuse claim and Tate's Switch House

As campaigning in the EU referendum enters the finishing straight, a fresh warning from the Remain camp of the financial impact of Brexit makes headlines - along with a "blueprint" from Leave supporters on how a UK departure from the bloc could play out.

The Times describes it as the Remain campaign's most explicit ultimatum to voters. Chancellor George Osborne and his Labour predecessor Lord Darling, it says, are to outline a "Brexit budget" of tax rises and cuts to frontline services that is being readied in case the UK opts to leave the EU.

Writing in the paper, the pair say they will be setting out the "hard choices" the UK will face if voters opt to leave. And they describe the current volatility in the financial markets as an illustration of the "economic uncertainty the Leave campaign blithely tells voters won't be caused by a vote to leave".

For the i, a surge in support from voters for Brexit is putting pressure on the Remain camp to change its tactics.

The Guardian says the chancellor's latest intervention is a sign of the panic gripping the remain campaign. Mr Osborne plans to say the hit to the economy will be so large that he will have little choice but to tear apart Conservative manifesto promises.

According to the Daily Mirror, the announcement will see Mr Osborne predict the immediate effect of leaving would be "economic freefall" - and the need to plug a £30bn black hole.

But the Daily Express says Leave campaigners have reacted with "fury" to the announcement, accusing the chancellor of hatching plans to "go nuclear". He is "threatening to hammer the City and punish voters to force a Remain victory", they say.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the chancellor's warning coincides with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove's launch of the Brexit "blueprint" designed to address concerns that leaving the EU could take up to a decade of negotiations.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Chris Grayling, the leader of the Commons, says the UK would legislate to leave the EU by 2019. His comments, says the FT, are an attempt to gain democratic legitimacy for the next steps the Leave campaign want to take and a sign of growing confidence".

The Daily Mail says proposals for six new laws covering areas including immigration, NHS funding, and the power of the European courts, are a "manifesto for Brexit". The Sun calls it the "Brexit Queen's Speech".


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Image 'demolished'

Claims in an ITV documentary that the late broadcaster and Liberal MP Clement Freud sexually abused two girls between the late 1940s and 1970s attract front page coverage in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

"Clement Freud can today be exposed as a child abuser," says the Mail. The paper reports "harrowing interviews" given by the women to the programme, which it says demolishes Sir Clements's image as a loveable wit and raconteur.

The Times says the claims will be examined by the Metropolitan Police's national investigation into historical allegations, Operation Hydrant, and will also be of interest to the independent Goddard inquiry into child sex abuse.

The Daily Telegraph says Sir Clement was unmasked after one of his victims contacted ITV's Exposure programme, which also broke the story of late BBC DJ Jimmy Savile's catalogue of abuse.


What the commentators say...

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Media captionSenior political correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, Kate McCann, and the deputy editor of the Daily Express, Michael Booker, join the BBC News Channel to review Wednesday's front pages

Gallery with a viewing platform

The art critics give their verdicts after the Tate Modern unveiled its new Switch House extension and rehang of existing works.

The Guardian's Adrian Searle likens the angled and slanting concrete in Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron's 10-storey building to set designer Ken Adam's constructions for the Bond movies and Doctor Strangelove's war room.

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"The twisted, off-kilter pyramid of Tate Modern's new extension is terrific not only on its own terms, but also in its impact" on the rest of the same team's original conversion of Bankside power station into a contemporary art gallery in 2000, he says.

In the Daily Telegraph, Mark Hudson writes: "If the exploratory nature of the new Tate makes it a bit of mess, it is a hell of an interesting one. You won't like everything you see here; it may drive you mad... but it will certainly give you plenty to think about."

For Rachel Campbell-Johnson in the Times, the Switch House, with its focus on post-1960s work and world artists, picks up the cultural story from when "art was no longer something that could conveniently be stuck on a plinth or hung out of the way on a wall".

The "sculptural sweep of a staircase" winds through the heart of the new building allowing visitors to examine how art become architectural, she writes.

The i sent "Young British Artist" Gavin Turk along and he believes the Tate Modern has been improved.

Looking out over London from the Switch House's new viewing platform was "incredible, absolutely lovely," Turk adds, although he does worry some visitors may be encouraged "to come in, get in a lift, go straight up to the 10th floor... without looking at any of the art".