Sunday Papers: No-deal Brexit countdown- Queen’s vaccine made public

Sunday Papers: No-deal Brexit countdown- Queen’s vaccine made public

Brief. Me - October 20, 2021 5:43 pm

In today’s briefing update, we look at the differing take on the no-deal Brexit negotiations – as the cabinet backs the PM.

The secondary story featured on many front pages says the Queen will be vaccinated within weeks and will make it public to help combat misinformation. 

In our special feature, we look at the crucial US senate race. 

We also take a lot at the latest Covid-19 cases and global updates. 

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Military planes to fly vaccines in to avoid ports hit by Brexit

The Observer’s top story says the government is working on contingency plans to fly tens of millions of doses of the coronavirus vaccine from Belgium to the UK via military aircraft to avoid Brexit-related delays at ports. The paper quotes the Department of Health and Social Care and senior sources at the Ministry of Defence who, it says, have confirmed that large consignments of the vaccine would be brought to the UK from 1 January by air – if road, rail and sea routes were hit by “widely expected delays” after that date. The news comes as Brexit talks are set to resume in Brussels on Sunday, with the paper reporting hopes that a trade deal “will be struck in the next few days”. – Guardian

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The final throw of the dice

The Daily Telegraph’s splash reports that Boris Johnson will give a Brexit trade deal a “final throw of the dice” after his hour-long phone call with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen on Saturday failed to break the deadlocked negotiations. Mr Johnson has told his Brexit negotiator Lord Frost to head to Brussels for 48 hours of “intensive” talks with Michel Barner, which the paper calls a “last-ditch bid” to secure a trade deal by 31 December. – Daily Telegraph

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Final throw of the dice

The Sunday Express also leads on the “final throw of the dice” warning, as it reports that Britain and the EU have until Sunday night to reach a trade deal or accept there will be no deal. The paper says the time frame was set by Mr Johnson during a “dramatic” phone call with Mrs von der Leyen. – Daily Express

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Cabinet backs Johnson over no-deal Brexit

A senior No 10 source has told the Sunday Times that the chances of a Brexit trade deal between the UK and the EU were now “‘no better than 50-50’ after more than four years and five months of talks”. The paper says that if no further progress is made, the PM’s team is talking about plans for him to announce no-deal in a televised address to the nation, in which he will place the blame on the EU and “French intransigence”. – Times

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The Queen ‘will get vaccine within weeks’ 

The Queen is set to receive the vaccine “within weeks” and will publicly reveal she has had it to boost take-up of the jab, according to the Mail on Sunday’s splash. The paper cites senior sources who insist the monarch and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will not get “preferential treatment” and will “wait in line” during the first wave of injections set aside for the over-80s and care home residents. Public health experts are said to believe that if the royal couple reveal they have had the jab, it could help to combat misinformation, which it is feared, could lead to a “substantial proportion” of the population refusing a vaccine. – Daily Mail

UK Weather Forecast

Sunday 6th December 2020

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Today
 

Today, any patchy rain lingering in the south-east will soon clear away, but persisting in parts of Wales and northern England. Mostly dry with sunny spells elsewhere, but showers in northern Scotland.

Tonight

Tonight, scattered showers will continue in the north-east. Staying mostly dry elsewhere, with large amounts of low cloud in central and southern areas, along with some patches of mist or fog forming.

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In Review

Donald Trump has held his first rally after losing the US presidential election.

The event in Georgia comes before key Senate runoff elections there in January which will decide control of the upper house.

Joe Biden is the first Democratic candidate to win the state in a presidential election since 1992.

Trump has repeatedly refused to admit his defeat and made numerous unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

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What’s the media saying? 

The Georgia Senate races that will define Joe Biden’s presidency. Republicans worry Donald Trump’s claims about a ‘rigged’ election will alienate voters. – FT

Georgia Senate races in focus as Trump spotlight fades. The US Senate majority and Joe Biden’s opportunity to govern alongside a Democratic Congress both hinge on two runoff elections. – Aljazeera

How Georgia’s Senate race pits the Old South against the New South. “There’s a third rail of politics in the South. And it’s race.” – Politico

 Trump Continues Attacks On Election Results At Georgia Senate Runoff Rally – NPR

Trump rails against election result at rally ahead of crucial Georgia Senate runoff. President falsely claims he was ‘cheated’ and calls for people to vote in coming Senate races that will decide control of the chamber. – The Guardian

GOP Sees Georgia Senate Races as ‘Firewall’ After Trump’s Loss. With the president’s role uncertain, McConnell directs colleagues to aid the effort to keep the Senate in Republican hands. – Wall Street Journal 

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 66,923,356

DEATHS: 1,535,674

RECOVERED: 46,297,673

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South Africa, England cricket match abandoned after two members of staff at their hotel tested positive for the virus.

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Queen Elizabeth II will receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine within weeks after UK regulators granted emergency approval.

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South Korea will impose heightened social distancing rules for the capital Seoul and surrounding areas, local media reported, as health authorities struggle to contain the largest wave of coronavirus infections in nine months.

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Provincial governments across China are placing orders for experimental, domestically made vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they may reach the country’s 1.4 billion people.

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German police intervened to break up a demonstration by opponents of coronavirus lockdown measures in the northern city of Bremen after the protest was banned by the country’s highest court.

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Indonesia’s social affairs minister turned himself in to anti-corruption authorities to face charges of taking bribes related to the government’s virus aid distribution.

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Mexico’s Health Ministry has reported 11,625 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and an additional 593 fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,168,395 cases and 109,456 deaths.

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Australia’s Victoria state has eased virus restrictions after the country’s pandemic hotspot recorded 37 days without any new infections, moving toward a “Covid-safe” holiday season.

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