Striking images are used to represent tonight’s formal exit from the EU.
A photograph of Big Ben striking 11 o’clock is wrapped around the Times, alongside the message “Brexit – it’s time”. A remarkably similar Sun front page declares “Our time has come”.
The Daily Mail hails it as a “new dawn for Britain”, echoing the address Boris Johnson will give to the nation tonight.
For the i newspaper, today marks the “UK’s leap into the unknown”, as the “questions over trade and future relations with Europe and America are unresolved”.
Under the headline “small island” – and an image of a Union flag planted on a British beach – the Guardian calls it “the biggest gamble in a generation”.
And there are souvenir editions and special pullouts aplenty to mark the UK’s exit from the EU.
Leading the way is the Daily Express, which carries an eight-page spread. With the front page headline “Yes, we did it!”, the paper congratulates itself on winning its 10-year “crusade for Britain to leave the EU”, calling it “the greatest campaign in newspaper history”.
The Financial Times says “the prime minister has ordered that there must be no triumphalism”, adding that “although Brexiters, led by Nigel Farage, are planning a party in Parliament Square, Britain’s departure will be a moment of profound sadness for half the country and takes place against an uncertain economic backdrop”.
The Daily Mirror urges people on either side of the Brexit debate to “put aside the bitter rifts” and conduct the journey ahead in a spirit of reconciliation and renewal.
Home Secretary Priti Patel makes the same plea in the Sun – writing that the country must “come together to heal old wounds” and “embrace the opportunities ahead”.
The Daily Mirror bucks the Brexit trend and leads with the preparations for the British nationals being flown back to the UK to escape the coronavirus outbreak.
It says officials are still trying to locate around 500 people who recently arrived from Wuhan.
An academic tells the paper that eight people who warned last month about the virus on a Chinese messaging site have been arrested and made to sign a document, promising not to “spread false news”.
A GP sets out in the i newspaper how she is dealing with the virus. She explains that NHS guidance tells her to consider a patient’s symptoms and travel history but avoid examining them – and to isolate anyone suspected of having the disease.
The children’s commissioner uses a letter in the Daily Telegraph to criticise Facebook’s head of global affairs, Sir Nick Clegg, for “pushing back” against planned reforms to protect children from harmful content.
Anne Longfield says she was “surprised” by his recent interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, in which he insisted it would be hard to police such a large platform. She accuses the firm of being too reliant on its users to report material
A report in the same paper suggests Chancellor Sajid Javid was taken to task by No 10 for briefing journalists ahead of a key meeting that he had decided to support HS2.
The Telegraph says Downing Street accused him of a “cack-handed attempt to seize the agenda” and warned a repeat would not be tolerated.
There will be a new, greener, look for the Baftas on Sunday, according to the Daily Express..
The stars will walk a recycled red carpet, it says, and be served a sustainably-sourced, vegan meal, as part of efforts to make the ceremony carbon neutral.
They will also be given a “gifting wallet” – in place of a goodie bag – and are being encouraged to wear something old or hire their outfit.
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