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The Observer front page
Image captionThe Observer leads on a warning to Theresa May from Ireland’s European commissioner that she must stop a “mounting crisis” over the threat of a hard Irish border, or face further obstacles to the Brexit trade talks the prime minister is hoping to begin next month.
The Sunday Telegraph front page
Image captionThe Sunday Telegraph carries another warning to the prime minister, from Eurosceptic ministers, who urge her not to go back on a pledge to “take back control of our laws” from Brussels after Brexit.
The Mail on Sunday front page
Image captionThe Mail on Sunday leads on a “Russian link” it says is connected with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove’s bid to persuade the prime minister to move towards a harder Brexit. The paper says a secret letter, sent by the cabinet ministers to Theresa May, was co-ordinated by a think-tank funded by a tycoon who made his fortune in Russia.
the Sunday times front page
Image captionThe Sunday Times says a Labour Party HQ worker has died suddenly and unexpectedly. The party said its “thoughts and deepest sympathies” were with the man’s family.
the Daily star front page
Image captionTV presenter Davina McCall has “sensationally split” from her husband of 17 years, reports the Daily Star.

The country should be on standby for another royal wedding, according to many of the papers.

The Sunday Express reports Prince Harry is expected to announce his engagement to the actress Meghan Markle any day now.

For the Mail on Sunday, among others, the big clue to the seriousness of their romance is that she’s brought her beloved dogs, Bogart and Guy, to London.

Brexit border ‘farce’

In the words of the Observer, “the Irish border farce sums up Brexit”. It accuses the government of a lack of foresight and planning when it comes to the future arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

The paper is angry that Theresa May declared at the outset that Britain would leave the single market and customs union because this, in its view, ruled out a whole range of compromises.

The story is also covered in some of the Republic of Ireland’s newspapers. Dan O’Brien writing in the Sunday Independent thinks the Irish prime minister may be overplaying his hand by threatening to veto British trade talks in Brussels.

He argues Dublin’s efforts to put pressure on Mrs May to keep Northern Ireland within the single market, risks alienating – what he calls – the more moderate elements in London.

Meanwhile, prominent Brexiteers are apparently alarmed about a possible compromise which would allow European judges to continue issuing binding rulings after the UK leaves the EU.

According to the lead in the Sunday Telegraph, ministers are considering an arrangement where British judges are able to refer future cases involving EU citizens to the European Court of Justice.

The government says it won’t comment on the proposal.

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There are plans to give paramedics new powers to take on duties traditionally performed by GPs and hospital doctors, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

The idea is to let them help with conditions which may need urgent attention, but aren’t immediately life-threatening, in order to reduce thousands of needless hospital visits.

Currently, according to the paper, legal restrictions on prescribing drugs mean that frail patients are routinely taken to hospital or forced to wait until family doctors can visit.

Online distraction

Sunday Times readers will have to consider whether they are, what it calls, a cyber-slacker.

A senior analyst at the Bank of England has linked flat-lining productivity – the UK’s output per head of population – with a rise in the number of smart phones.

Dan Nixon thinks workers are being distracted by their devices because they’re routinely sneaking peeks at their social media accounts. He believes this is causing economic damage – with some studies suggesting staff take 25 minutes to refocus on their work after being interrupted.

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And the Sunday Mirror suggests one way new laws on drones could be enforced is with the help of eagles.

It reveals Dutch police have trained the birds to bring down unmanned aircraft if they’re flying recklessly and in tests the creatures have been able to grab the drones, without any injury to themselves.


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