What the papers say – September 17

Brexit makes headlines on Monday, along with reports on Chris Evans’s successor on the Radio 2 breakfast show and exploitation of children by drug-dealing gangs.

The Times says the EU is secretly preparing to accept a plan for the Irish border that will use technology to minimise customs checks, raising the prospect of Theresa May reaching a Brexit deal.

The Metro leads with Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s call for support for the prime minister’s negotiating strategy in the so-called Chequers plan.

However Boris Johnson has renewed his criticism of the proposals, writing in his Daily Telegraph column that plans for the Irish border are “disastrous”.

Supporters of a no-deal Brexit are launching a “chuck Chequers” campaign in a bid to build grassroots support for abandoning the proposals, the i reports.

Meanwhile Deutsche Bank is increasing plans to shift hundreds of billions in assets from London to Frankfurt amid concerns over the complexity of UK operations after Brexit, the Financial Times reports.

In other news, Zoe Ball is in talks to take over Chris Evans’s BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, The Sun reports.

The Daily Mail leads with an investigation into ‘county lines’ drug gangs and their use of vulnerable children for their operations.

Children at risk of abuse are being identified by some councils by using technology to analyse data, The Guardian reports.

The Daily Mirror carries a report on the future of social care on its front page.

The Daily Express leads with a study on potential risks of regularly taking aspirin.

Meanwhile The Independent carries new research that suggests female human trafficking victims are being illegally held in prison because of a failure to spot exploitation by authorities.

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