Newspaper headlines: Boris 'taped attacking Treasury' and 'Ghost Town Britain'

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Brexit has already created more than a few "days of drama at Westminster" but the Daily Express says yesterday's edition - starring David Davis - has put Brexit "back on track".

It says Theresa May was forced to climb down by adding an end date to the customs "backstop" plan.

The Guardian says Mr Davis stepped back and forth from the brink of resignation - and back again - even before many in Westminster had digested their breakfast.

And what did they have for breakfast? Fudge, perhaps.

The Daily Mirror says keeping the Brexit secretary on board "needed more fudge than can be found in all of Devon's confectioners".

The Sun suggests the deal was insulting - putting a modified V-sign on its front page with the headline "2 fingers of fudge".

It says the cut-off date is meaningless and its editorial suggests the compromise was a big step towards a sell-out of Brexit.

The front page of the Daily Mirror warns of "Ghost Town Britain", saying the closure of 31 House of Fraser stores plunges the already struggling high street into chaos.

The Guardian rounds up the bad news, saying 35,000 jobs have been put at risk this year by problems at retail and restaurant chains.

The i concludes that high streets have been "destroyed by internet shopping".

The Times says the BBC has been paying its richest presenters millions of pounds through personal service companies over the past four years - despite promising in 2012 that it would curb the practice.

It says experts think the move could have enabled legal tax avoidance of up to £20m - and it accuses the BBC of trying to stop the paper reporting what was happening, by ignoring Freedom of Information requests.

The BBC said the practice had never been an attempt to avoid tax or national insurance, and denied secrecy.

Senior Conservatives have warned that police are not doing enough to tackle crime committed by moped gangs, according to the Daily Telegraph.

It quotes Stephen Greenhalgh, the former deputy mayor of London, saying the problem is out of control.

The Sun carries an article saying the Metropolitan Police must be empowered to deal with gangs who are "laughing at the law".

The Daily Express says a survey of police officers found that 97% of them wanted more bobbies on the beat.

The paper's editorial warns of police losing the public trust with skewed priorities, examining historical instead of urgent crime.

The Daily Telegraph conjures up an image of how film casting nearly went horribly wrong on Lord Attenborough's Oscar-winning Gandhi.

It says newly discovered archives have revealed that the director considered Marlon Brando for the lead role, at a time when the actor had just completed Apocalypse Now, and weighed more than 15 stone.

Sir Alec Guinness, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino were also considered before Lord Attenborough began to have "deep misgivings" about casting a white actor, and discovered Ben Kingsley.

The rest, says the paper, is cinema history.

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