Newspaper headlines: Brexit shake-up, and Ryanair 'flightmare'

By BBC News

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Several of the front pages focus on who is in the driving seat in Whitehall.

"May versus Boris: PM takes back control," is the i's verdict on Monday's events.

The Financial Times talks of Theresa May "tightening her grip" by making Olly Robbins - previously head of the department run by David Davis - answerable only to her.

Former Conservative leader Lord Hague warns Mrs May in an article in the Daily Telegraph that she must use her landmark speech in Florence on Friday to unite the cabinet on an agreed plan for Brexit "or Jeremy Corbyn will be prime minister"

But according to Henry Newman on the Conservative Home website, the major development over the past half-year has been the informal cabinet agreement in favour of a transition period after Brexit, details of which were expected to be at the heart of the prime minister's Florence speech.

One of Germany's leading economists tells the Huffington Post he believes the UK and the EU should agree a permanent transition period.

Clemens Fuest, who is president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, described what he had in mind as a "Norway Plus" arrangement.

The Daily Mail attacks internet giants, after a report by the Policy Exchange think tank found jihadist content is accessed more frequently in the UK than anywhere else in Europe.

It says their excuse - that they are "platforms not publishers" - is pathetic and the government must bring them to heel.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Amazon has been accused of "aiding bomb makers" after the online retail giant was found to group key bomb components under the "frequently bought together" tab.

The Sun, meanwhile, labels Facebook "Disgracebook".

It says that while videos of beheadings by the so-called Islamic State group appear on the site, an ad campaign by an RAF charity has been banned on the grounds it breached Facebook's diversity guidelines.

The boss of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, has been known to be somewhat blunt in the past.

Perhaps no surprise then that newspapers are responding in similar vein to his company's current crisis.

"Cheapness has its price," according to an editorial in the Guardian.

Mr O'Leary's underlying disdain for both passengers and employees, it says, has spilt over into the real world, leaving 18 million customers in anxious limbo.

The Mail calls the episode "a miserable new low" for the airline.

For the Daily Mirror, it is not so much a budget airline as a "bodge it" airline - one that it might never recover from.

The Guardian leads with a warning from the chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority that the government needs to step in urgently to help tackle the mountain of debt being racked up by the most vulnerable consumers in Britain.

The paper says it has seen figures indicating that 8.3 million people now have problem debts.

The Guardian talks of the "worsening problems of Britain's borrowing binge".

Finally, the Mirror tells of the irritation caused by a woman who apparently has been seen at every funeral at a church in Slough for at least the past 14 years

She claims she feels the need to attend as many masses as possible.

But one grieving relative is quoted saying: "There's a mass every morning; she just goes to funerals for a cheap lunch".