Newspaper headlines: EU referendum ‘hope’ and ‘no Trump visit’

By BBC News
Staff

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The Guardian says there is hope for a second EU referendum after former UKIP leader Nigel Farage made a “surprise call” for a fresh vote. The paper says the “most obvious” vote would be on whether to accept a deal Theresa May can negotiate with Brussels.

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It’s chilly on the UK high street, according to the FT, after shops including M&S and Tesco reported weak Christmas sales and saw shares plummet. It says it is a sign of the “precarious state” of the consumer economy.

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The government is to give banks a “secret list” of illegal migrants suspected of hiding in the UK, writes the Daily Telegraph. It says banks will be “ordered” to close their accounts in a bid to force people to leave the country.

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A&E doctors have warned the prime minister about “intolerable” conditions which they say are endangering lives, reports the i, with the headline: “Patients dying in hospital corridors”.

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Thousands more patients went to hospital with flu last week, writes the Times. It says cases rose 50% in the last seven days – prompting renewed calls for compulsory vaccinations for frontline NHS staff.

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US President Donald Trump has cancelled a planned state visit to Britain, claims the Daily Mail. The paper reports he has pulled out of a £750m embassy opening amid fears he “won’t be made welcome”.

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Wrap up warm, the Daily Star tells readers, as it warns an “Arctic blast” is set to cause temperatures to plummet to -10C (14F) next week.

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The Mirror leads on Mr Farage’s “astonishing” call for a second EU referendum , pointing to its own poll which suggests 55% of people would vote for remain in a new vote.

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The Daily Express says Mr Farage told twitter followers that he feared a second EU referendum “may be forced upon us”.

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The Sun claims Tory MP Peter Bone has left his wife – who he often referred to as “Mrs Bone” in Parliament – for another woman. Mr Bone told the newspaper he and his wife had been living apart for two years.