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In today’s briefing update, we look at Sunday’s top stories. Most papers focus on the vaccine showdown, Covid-19 frontline workers and the possibility gambling logos will be removed from Sport’s jerseys.

Also featured: The latest Covid-19 figures, Sports, business and entertainment news. 


Several papers set out details of what the Sun on Sunday calls Boris Johnson’s “seven hour showdown” with EU chiefs.

A senior government official tells the Sunday Times and the Sun that the phone calls to  President Ursula von der Leyen were “pretty spicy”.

The Mail on Sunday suggests contingency plans were drawn up to airlift vaccination doses out of the EU following the short-lived decision to introduce export controls on the Northern Ireland border.

British and EU vaccine industry bodies warn in the Observer of the dangers of export bans when firms are working collaboratively.

Online, the Independent stresses that the UK has offered to help the bloc with its production crisis.

The Sunday Times says ministers are considering removing gambling logos from sports shirts.

The paper says a crackdown on betting firm sponsors could hit football clubs, snooker, darts, boxing and rugby league.

A source from one Premier League club suggests the timing is the worst possible with finances hit by the pandemic.

But the Times says MPs and campaigners have welcomed the possibility because of concerns about gambling addictions.

Below are our top picks of the Sunday Papers.


EU’s vaccine blunder reopens Brexit battle over Irish border

The Observer says the EU’s “blunder” over the Irish border has reopened the “toxic” political row over Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status, according to the Observer. The EU is facing a backlash after it announced potential export controls on vaccines produced within the bloc – a move the European Commission backpedalled on just hours later, says the paper. Some Conservative politicians are planning to use the row to demand an overhaul of the Brexit deal over Northern Ireland, it adds.

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Boris’s double vaccine victory over EU

The Mail on Sunday is celebrating, with the headline: “Boris’s double vaccine victory.” The paper says that the PM “forced the EU into an extraordinary double climbdown” on vaccines reaching the UK. Meanwhile, 8.4m first doses of the vaccine have been administered, the paper adds.

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Vaccine victory 

The Sunday People also hails the “vaccine victory”. The paper describes “a day of hope” after “one year of hell” as the EU backtracks over potential export controls. Plus, experts say the jab is working, the Sunday People adds.

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Britain ready to help out EU on vaccines

The Sunday Telegraph says Britain is set to help the EU with its vaccination crisis, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi has told the paper. Meanwhile, it says new modelling suggests that the UK may not be able to abandon social distancing rules this year unless a vaccine proves to be 85% effective at stopping transmission of the virus. 

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On the coronavirus frontline: Heroes at work

The Sunday Mirror reports on the “crisis” facing doctors and nurses “on the corona front line” in hospitals, carrying an image of medical staff wearing personal protective equipment and tending to a patient.

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Boris toasts another big Brexit bonus

The Sunday Express says UK Trade Secretary Liz Truss will on Monday request to join an 11-nation, £9 trillion trans-Pacific trading bloc. The paper is celebrating it as “another big Brexit bonus”.

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UK Weather Forecast

Sunday 31st January 2021

Sunrise 07:41

Sunset 16:50


Today will start bright, with cloud building from the west through the day. Rain, sleet and snow will push into southern and western areas later. Remaining drier and brighter further north and east.



This evening, areas of rain, sleet and snow will ease in Wales and southwest England, but remain for a time overnight. Northern areas will turn clear, with scattered showers for northeast Scotland.

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Featured Story 

What's going on with GameStop?

What are the papers saying?

There has been a lot of interest in the stock market this week after investors from the Reddit message board managed to give shares in GameStop a huge boost.

Here’s a look back at the story so far, with an explanation of stocks, short-selling and what has been happening with GameStop. – BBC News

Amateurs take on Wall Street

GameStop: Wolf of Wall Street gives his advice to people investing in gaming retailer – Sky News

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen deletes Twitter account over GameStop threats – The Guardian

Billionaires are blaming the GameStop surge on Covid stimulus checks – The Independent

A 10-Year-Old GameStop Investor Cashed In. His Return? Over 5,000% – The New York Times

GameStop winners and losers: How small ‘Wolves of Reddit’ investors are now MILLIONAIRES on paper and ‘Roaring Kitty’ is up $31M – while hedge funds face $19B in losses – Daily Mail 

What’s Next?

GameStop and AMC: UK trading platform IG stops new trades – BBC News

Data Reveals Bitcoin Could Be About To Become The New GameStop After Huge Price Spike – Forbes

After GameStop, which companies are Reddit investors targeting next? – The Guardian

Should I buy Gamestop shares? – This Is Money 

Millennials have grabbed power with GameStop – it must not be misused – The Telegraph 



Global Covid-19 updates



DEATHS: 2,230,714

RECOVERED: 74,838,244

Business news

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 UK applies to join trans-Pacific trade group – FT News

Pub chain Marston’s shares jump on takeover news – BBC Business

ASOS on brink of sealing TopShop and Miss Selfridge takeover – Sky Business 

Social media platform Reddit hit by outages in U.S. -Downdetector – Reuters 

Sports News

Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford racially abused on social media – Read on

Celtic 1-2 St Mirren: Defeat is ‘lowest point’ of Neil Lennon tenure – Read on

Patrick Reed benefits from controversial drop in Farmers Insurance Open – Read on

Man Utd dropped lose ground in title race with a draw at Arsenal – Read on


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Katy Perry says daughter Daisy ‘has changed my life’ as she gushes over motherhood – Read on

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Gary Barlow ‘to host Big Reunion style TV show to resurrect iconic bands of the 80s-00s’ – Read on


YouTuber Abigail Thorn announces she is transgender with powerful statement – Read on

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