Newspaper Headlines: Brexit rows and 'save the High Street'

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Several papers lead with Brexit-related stories ahead of the crucial Cabinet meeting at Chequers on Friday when ministers will try to agree a common position on a deal with the EU.

Under the headline, "Warring cabinet out of control", the "i" says hardline Brexiteers have been told they will have to topple the prime minister to prevent a deal that keeps trade aligned with the EU.

But, it adds, her allies are urging her to stand up to her challengers and fight for a Brexit that is "right for the country".

According to the Times, Mrs May's chief Brexit adviser Oliver Robbins has told ministers they have no chance of striking a bespoke trade deal with the EU.

In the Daily Telegraph senior Conservative Eurosceptic, Jacob Rees-Mogg warns Mrs May will face an open Tory rebellion risking the collapse of her government unless she delivers the Brexit "she herself has promised".

'Low expectations'

In a leading article, the Telegraph says it is easy to lose count of the number of crunch moments in the Brexit process.

The Times says that on past form the prime minister's preference may be to seek refuge in a fudge, yet clarity cannot be avoided for ever.

The New Statesman website says Mrs May must stop kicking the can down the road and must pick a side.

For the Financial Times, the current strategy of delay and obfuscation has failed. If the government wishes to secure a deal with the EU, it will have to change its approach and be clearer about it direction.

The Sun says tensions are nearing breaking point ahead of the summit. The Daily Express warns that despite the magnificence of the Chequers setting, expectations for success are not high.

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The Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror launch campaigns to "save the High Street" as figures suggest 50,000 retail jobs have been lost this year.

The Mail says the figures expose the bloodbath up and down the country as hundreds of stores from major chains to small shops shut their doors.

It says crippling business rates have been blamed for driving long established companies to the wall.

The Daily Mirror points out that while business rates go up, online giants get tax breaks.

It says there is much that can be done to halt the decline from levelling the playing field between online and "bricks-and-mortar" retailers, to having a different vision for town centres.

Partner of choice

There is a suggestion in the Guardian that Theresa May's 70th birthday present for the NHS, an extra £20bn a year by 2023, isn't generous enough.

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The head of the government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, says the NHS will require far greater financial support if it is to meet the needs of a changing population.

Meanwhile according to the Sun, US Defence Secretary James Mattis has urged Britain to increase its military spending to remain Washington's "partner of choice".

The paper says a leaked letter from Mr Mattis to his British counterpart, Gavin Williamson, expresses concern that the UK's military capability is at "risk of erosion".

Against the odds

As the Wimbledon fortnight begins, the three-time champion, Chris Evert, suggests that the men's final should not always be the highlight of the tournament - and women should take it in turns to play their final on the last Sunday.

She makes her demand for parity in the Times.

In a leading article, the Times says the skill and crowd appeal of male and female competitors are equal, but the matches in which they play are not. It says that while men play five sets, women play three and it seems reasonable that they should play first too.

Finally, Spain's exit from the World Cup - at the hands of Russia - surprised everyone, not least the Russians themselves.

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The Moscow Times says Russia's victory was against all the odds.

Two weeks ago, says the Russian daily Kommersant, it was impossible to believe the team would go through to the quarter finals. But it says an almost hopeless confrontation turned into probably the most important victory in the team's history.

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