Newspaper headlines: Fears and confidence over Brexit

The UK’s post-Brexit future provides a focus for Friday’s front pages – with the Times reporting that Airbus is on the brink of pulling British investment after losing patience with Theresa May’s negotiations with the EU. The paper says the firm has worries that EU safety certifications will not apply after March, and over uncertainty about customs checks.

The Daily Telegraph reports comments from the US ambassador that the UK needs to shed its “defeatist attitude” to leaving the EU. Woody Johnson also told a Channel 4 documentary he was “very confident” about Britain’s future after Brexit, the paper says.

Metro leads on the government announcement on its application scheme for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit. “£65 (and three questions) for EU to live here”, reads the headline.

The Daily Mail also reports the details on the granting of “settled status” to EU citizens. It chooses to highlight the estimate that 3.8m EU nationals will be allowed to live in the UK and says it is possible “violent criminals” will not be excluded by the application process.

The Daily Express says confidence about Brexit – as well as optimism sparked by the World Cup and scorching weather – could see the UK economy boosted by £90bn this summer.

The Guardian leads on the resignation of international trade minister Greg Hands over the proposed expansion of Heathrow Airport. The paper says the announcement increased the pressure on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has also criticised the plans.

The i leads on the revelation that the House of Commons has spent more than £2.4m on non-disclosure agreements with employees over the last five years. Some of the 53 “gagging orders” could have been used to silence staff from revealing complaints against MPs, it says.

The Daily Mirror leads on the fallout from the report into the deaths of more than 450 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between 1989 and 2000 – and claims that a former nurse had tried to warn people were being prescribed painkillers unnecessarily.

The death of former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon is the main story in the Daily Star. It reports claims the 32-year-old had been the victim of online trolls.

The FT leads on speculation the Bank of England is to increase interest rates in August. Sterling strengthened after it was revealed the bank’s chief economist voted for a quarter-point hike this week, a sign opinion on the rate-setting panel was changing, reports the paper.

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