Newspaper headlines: Another Brexit revolt, and 'pure evil' teen

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The Daily Telegraph leads with the revelation that 100 moderate Conservative MPs are prepared to rebel to block a no-deal Brexit.

In a letter to the chief whip - which was leaked to the paper - they describe how they're "deeply troubled" by the prospect and caution that "some colleagues" may not be satisfied with changes to the backstop arrangements for the Irish border and could support amendments designed to delay Brexit.

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The Guardian believes Theresa May "is facing the most serious revolt of her premiership next week, with as many as 25 members of the government ready to vote for a Brexit delay unless she rules out no-deal".

It says they've been "emboldened by the formation of the Independent Group, which some see as providing leverage to resist the influence of the European Research Group".

The Times reports that Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that dozens of his MPs could leave the Labour party "unless he backs a plan to put Theresa May's Brexit deal to a second referendum".

Shadow ministers are said to be among those prepared to "join the new Independent Group in Parliament or resign the whip" if Mr Corbyn fails to support the amendment - put forward by his backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson - which comes before the Commons next week.

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With the headline "Cover Up", the Sun says Downing Street is delaying an announcement on import tariffs that would result from a no-deal Brexit until after Wednesday's vote.

An "insider" suggests the government is worried the details will be seized on by Brexiteers as "another bit of project fear" and by anti-Brexit MPs as "proof no-deal has to be taken off the table".

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Analysis for the Department for Transport, seen by the Financial Times, suggests that a no-deal Brexit could lead to queues of up to a mile long at the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras in central London.

Experts are said to predict that "any move by France to beef up passport checks for passengers embarking at the station is likely to cause lines of up to 15,000 people".

They warn that persistent delays could threaten Eurostar's business.

The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express highlight a pilot scheme to ban the school-run to cut air pollution around schools.

Hundreds of head teachers are taking part in the initiative, fining parents who park near the school gates in an attempt to halt a rise in cases of asthma.

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, whose daughter Ella died from an asthma attack, tells the papers that she wants to see a nationwide ban.

And senior lawyers are said by the Times to be urging judges to learn to interpret emojis, which are increasingly appearing as evidence in court cases.

A leading QC speaks of the risk of misdirections by judges unaware of "the sexual and sometimes sinister messages that they can be used to communicate".

The paper offers a handy guide to the "not-so-innocent" secret meanings the characters can convey: a maple leaf, for instance, can symbolise drugs; while a bath tub can represent a coffin; and an aubergine often has sexual connotations.