Newspaper Round Up: 12th of September 2020

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Daily Star
The Daily Star dubs new coronavirus marshals "Duds army". The paper questions what powers the new "Covid marshals" will actually have from Monday when the new rule of six comes into force, with fears they will prove "powerless busybodies and laughing stocks".
Daily Express
And the PM's trade negotiators are confident that Britain will thrive outside the EU, according to the Daily Express. A "historic" trade deal, to the tune of £15bn, has been struck with Japan, with "good progress" reportedly being made in reaching agreements with the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the paper adds.
Daily Mail
"Save our children's Christmas" is the headline on the front of the Daily Mail. Citing its own poll, the Mail says four in ten support a government U-turn on the rule of six policy, with calls for children to be exempt from the rule in England. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the rule in Scotland and Wales, and Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, has called on the PM to follow suit.
Times
The PM is drawing up plans to fine those who breach self-isolation rules after evidence suggested people were ignoring advice and leaving their homes, according to The Times. The move is expected to mirror quarantine measures for those returning from holidays, where travellers are required to isolate for 14 days. The paper adds that ministers are also considering plans for a hotline where people can report to the police those who are breaking quarantine rules.
Daily Telegraph
The PM has written in the Daily Telegraph to defend his aim to alter the Brexit divorce deal, accusing the European Union of threatening to impose a food "blockade" in the Irish Sea. Mr Johnson said Tory rebel MPs must get into line, arguing that he is trying to protect Britain from handing Brussels the "power to carve up our country". Also on the front page is a report that Michael Gove and Matt Hancock were the only two Cabinet ministers to argue for the new six people rule on social gatherings, with other senior ministers favouring upping the limit to eight.
Daily Mirror
The PM is drawing up plans to fine those who breach self-isolation rules after evidence suggested people were ignoring advice and leaving their homes, according to The Times. The move is expected to mirror quarantine measures for those returning from holidays, where travellers are required to isolate for 14 days. The paper adds that ministers are also considering plans for a hotline where people can report to the police those who are breaking quarantine rules.
Financial Times
Boris Johnson was warned by the civil service in January that the government's Brexit deal would leave Brussels able to claim jurisdiction over large amounts of UK state aid policy at the end of the transition period, the Financial Times Weekend reports. The PM is planning to override part of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Meanwhile, the R number is as high as 1.7, the paper adds, with the pace of coronavirus infections across the UK returning to levels not seen since May. The number of positive cases is doubling every seven to eight days, according to analysis by Imperial College London and Ipsos Mori.
i
Army medics are expected to help administer the "biggest vaccination push in British history", the i weekend reports. Tens of millions of coronavirus injections cannot be delivered by GPs and chemists, the paper adds, and the military is in talks with the NHS to help deliver injections.