“UK ‘more racist’ after Brexit” is the headline on the front of the Times. The paper is among many that report on comments made by the UN’s special rapporteur on racism, Tendayi Achiume, who said “anti-foreigner rhetoric” had become “normalised” in the UK since the EU referendum.
The paper says Ms Achiume also criticised the government’s immigration policies, which she said created a “hostile environment for all racial and ethnic communities.”
The Sun says Ms Achiume is “clueless” and accuses her of peddling “slurs” not backed up with evidence. The Daily Mail says her “insulting” remarks were received with “fury” by Number 10, which said the government had made “great progress” in making racial equality a reality.
In an interview with the Guardian, the former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve says Theresa May should sack Boris Johnson because of his interventions in the Brexit debate. Mr Grieve criticises what he describes as Mr Johnson’s “tendency to express himself” by making speeches which contradict policies being developed by his colleagues. He accuses Mr Johnson of undermining “democratic governance”. “If you don’t like a policy, you leave the government,” says Mr Grieve.
As Iraqis go to the polls, the Telegraph prints a dispatch from the old city of Mosul, which remains in ruins a year after being “liberated” from the Islamic State group. Josie Ensor writes accounts of relatives who regularly return to the city in the hope of recovering the remains of their loves ones. New bodies continue to be found daily, she says, but much of money donated towards the city’s reconstruction has “simply disappeared” amid accusations of corruption.
The Daily Mail and the German newspaper Der Spiegel have obtained details of the vast sums of money paid to some of England’s top footballers. Der Spiegel says excerpts from a new book show the Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can expect a loyalty bonus of more than £15m if he fulfils the terms of his contact – on top of his weekly salary of £198,000. The Mail says Manchester United have agreed to pay their forward, Alexis Sanchez, £75,000 for every game he starts – in addition to his weekly pay of £391,000.
Many of the papers print photos of the Duke of Edinburgh during his fist public appearance since his hip operation. “PHIL-good factor” is how the Mirror sums up his return to the limelight. The paper says a “beaming” Queen seemed delighted to see her husband back on his feet when they attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Daily Express says Royal sources have suggested it’s likely he will be fit enough to attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle next week.