Newspaper headlines: Fears and confidence over Brexit

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The Times leads with a threat from Airbus to pull investment from Britain if no deal is reached with the EU.

The paper puts the move down to the fact that the manufacturer has lost patience with Theresa May's stalled Brexit negotiations. It quotes the company's chief operating officer, Tom Williams, saying that in the absence of any clarity it has to assume the worst-case scenario.

The Times considers the threat from Airbus to be the most significant intervention on Brexit by a large company since the referendum two years ago.

Hardened criminals may be allowed to stay in "Brexit Britain" is the Sun's take on the home secretary's announcement about the future of EU nationals.

The Daily Mail leads on the story - saying nearly four million EU migrants will be allowed to live permanently in Britain after Brexit and bring their families with them.

It adds that international criminal record checks will not be routinely carried out, meaning violent criminals could earn the right to live in the UK.

But the Financial Times talks to an immigration lawyer who commends the announcement for marking a real shift away from the "hostile environment" approach.

'Super confident'

"Drop the defeatism on Brexit". That's the advice from the US ambassador to the UK, according to the lead story in the Daily Telegraph.

It says Woody Johnson doesn't think that Brexit will present a "major challenge", and questions why the UK is "so nervous" about the prospect of leaving the European Union.

The Daily Mail, which also has the story, says Mr Johnson adds that he's "super confident" about the special relationship between Britain and the US - and very confident about what will happen after Brexit.

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According to the Bloomberg website, the powers of the Bank of England are being overhauled as it adapts to unprecedented changes in the global economy.

It explains that under a new framework the Treasury will pump £1.2bn into the BoE, which in turn will take on greater responsibility for keeping the economy on an even keel.

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The new arrangement has been described by BoE Governor Mark Carney as "ground-breaking".

The Guardian reports that the bank will be able to provide more than £500bn in lending to the economy without seeking the permission of the Treasury.

According to the Independent, Donald Trump is set to make a second visit to Britain straight after Brexit and this time with the pomp and ceremony of a full state visit.

It says while a state visit was thought to have been shelved indefinitely, US and British diplomats have been recorded making plans for the trip.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, says: "It's ridiculous that the British government should act in this obsequious way to a man who wants to wreck the open trading system on which the UK depends".

Bulldozer pledge

For its lead story, the Guardian reports that Theresa May is seeking to contain a "fresh crisis" after the resignation of her international trade minister in protest at plans to expand Heathrow Airport.

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And the Times is among the papers to point out that Greg Hands' decision to go puts Boris Johnson in the spotlight as another critic of the plans.

The Sun says that Mr Johnson - who once said he would lie down in front of the bulldozers to stop a third runway - has been accused of running scared after saying he will be out of the country for the vote.

'Taxi for Messi'

The Guardian reflects on Sir Simon Rattle's emotional farewell as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

The orchestra gave its all, says the paper, with the silkiest of violins, the most crunching of basses and wind soloists to die for.

At the end, Sir Simon received the kind of loud, cheering standing ovation, complete with bouquets of flowers from admirers, that used to be reserved for opera divas.

"What a Messi", "Taxi for Messi" and "Messi Misery" are just some of the back page headlines after Croatia defeated Argentina 3-0 in the World Cup.

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When the brutal indignity of it all had ended, says the Daily Mail, Argentina's star striker, Lionel Messi, was the first off the pitch, walking with his head down after what the paper describes as a display of tactical and technical ineptitude from his team.

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