Thursday’s papers are dominated by Brexit trade negotiations finally nearing their end.
The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian report the UK and EU are within “touching distance” of agreeing terms on a Brexit trade deal.
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) December 23, 2020
The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 23, 2020
Guardian front page, Thursday 24 December 2020: Brexit deal in ‘touching distance’, says No 10 pic.twitter.com/lQJa2a32AU
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 23, 2020
The Independent says negotiations are “in the end phase”, while the Financial Times reports the legal teams for both sides are “poring over” the fine print of the agreement.
— The Independent (@Independent) December 23, 2020
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) December 23, 2020
The i cites a French diplomat claiming the UK gave in to European demands.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) December 23, 2020
Formal confirmation of the deal is expected early on Thursday, according to the Daily Express and Daily Mirror.
— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) December 23, 2020
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 23, 2020
Meanwhile a number of papers take a festive theme over the news, with The Sun and the Daily Mail dubbing the occasion “Brexmas”.
Record breaking accord poised to be signed in less than a year of talks and will allow free trade to continue without tariffs of quotas in a major win for Britain.
Many said it was impossible… and No10 rejected MASSIVE pressure to drag out for another year because of Covid pic.twitter.com/wGB84tnSVg
— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) December 23, 2020
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) December 23, 2020
Elsewhere, the Daily Star leads with the emergence of a new mutant strain of coronavirus and millions more Britons set to enter Tier 4 lockdown from Boxing Day.