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The Papers: Is Brexit ‘a new dawn’ or UK’s ‘biggest gamble’?

Friday's Daily Telegraph front page
Image caption A pointing Boris Johnson, delivering his pre-recorded Brexit day address, features on some of the day’s front pages. The PM will “hail the dawn of a new era” in his speech, says the Daily Telegraph. That era will begin, the paper says, with a tax cut to give workers an “immediate Brexit bounce”. And US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told the paper that a “gold standard” trans-Atlantic trade agreement can be agreed.
Friday's Guardian front page
Image caption The Guardian strikes a less optimistic tone. The headline “small island” leans against a picture of Britain’s south coast. The UK has made its “biggest gamble in a generation”, the paper says.
Friday's Daily Mail front page
Image caption Those same famous cliffs are pictured on the Daily Mail’s front page, underneath the booming headline: “A new dawn for Britain”. The paper says the UK will remain a “friend of Europe, but free and independent once more”.
Friday's Sun front page
Image caption “Thirty years of resistance to the creeping danger of a European state”, will come to a head when Big Ben hits 23:00 GMT, the Sun says. In its front page leader, the paper hails the “birth of a new Britain”. Now, the UK’s “course changes for ever”, the paper says, “and for the better”.
Friday's Daily Express
Image caption “We did it!” declares the Daily Express, which has long campaigned for the UK to leave the EU. To highlight that point, the front page features an outline of the UK, tiled with the paper’s earlier Brexit-focused editions. The paper also previews Mr Johnson’s speech, saying that the PM will “herald a new era of renewal and change”.
Friday's i front page
Image caption For the i, Brexit represents a “leap into the unknown”. The paper says that questions over the UK’s diplomatic and trading future remain “unresolved”, at a time when the Bank of England has cut its growth forecast for the UK economy.
Friday's Times front page
Image caption Mr Johnson will look to secure a new UK-EU trade deal based on the one agreed between the EU and Canada, reports the Times. However, three EU leaders have told the paper that the bloc will reject any such move unless the UK signs up to EU rules.
Friday's Metro front page
Image caption Mr Johnson will “vow to the nation to restore unity”, says the Metro, which counts the days since the EU referendum result was announced: 1,317. Away from Brexit, the paper reports that Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, has been criticised by a UK health official.
Friday's FT front page
Image caption As if to summarise the day’s front pages, the Financial Times suggests Brexit day will be met with a “mixture of optimism and regret”. While Brexit-supporters party in central London, there will be “profound sadness” for others, the FT says. Mr Johnson will set a sober tone, says the paper, and will focus on Leave-voting regions, such as Sunderland where he will hold a Cabinet meeting later.
Friday's Daily Mirror front page
Image caption The Mirror says Brexit day is the time to bring the country “back together”. Its lead story, meanwhile, focuses on coronavirus. The paper pictures what it says are staff delivering equipment to an “isolation point” in the Wirral, Merseyside, ahead of the arrival of about 150 UK citizens from the Wuhan area, where the virus is thought to have originated.
Friday's Daily Star front page
Image caption For the Daily Star, today’s date holds a different significance “…it’s the end of dry January!”

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”.

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Image caption Boris Johnson’s address will be broadcast at 22:00 GMT, an hour before the UK leaves the EU

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.

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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.

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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.

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Image caption Jodie Comer was named Best Actress at the Baftas last year for her performance in Killing Eve

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.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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