It says the prospects of an agreement look “slim” – even though the PM has told Conservative MPs he’s “desperate” to get one.
In an interview with the paper, the former chancellor, Philip Hammond, says that if the talks fail, Mr Johnson should consider a “rapid-fire zero-tariff trade deal” with the EU – leaving Northern Ireland in a separate backstop.
“It’s important,” insists Mr Hammond, “we send a message to Brussels that the well isn’t run dry of ideas; that there is still a deal to be done.”
There’s a mixed response to the call from England’s outgoing chief medical officer to ban eating and drinking on public transport, in an attempt to stop children snacking.
The Daily Mail describes Dame Sally Davies as “nanny-in-chief”, while Kate Andrews in the Daily Express says the idea is so extreme “it suggests an unhealthy obsession with consumption on the part of the public health officials who cooked it up”.
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