What the papers say – August 13
Calls to ban hands-free phone calls while driving and a US pledge on post-Brexit trade deals make the front pages on Tuesday.
The Daily Mail reports that MPs have demanded extending current legislation on mobile phone use behind the wheel, saying even using headsets or speakerphone can create the same dangers as holding a phone.
The i leads on the same story, reporting that police may be given new technology to enforce any such ban.
The Times carries comments from Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton, who said the US would back a no-deal Brexit and work with the UK immediately on sector-by-sector trade agreements.
Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph says a poll has suggested Prime Minister Boris Johnson has the support of more than half of the public to deliver Brexit by any means, including by shutting down Parliament.
The Guardian leads on more criticism of National Grid following Friday’s nationwide power cut.
And The Sun reports that a Metropolitan Police officer defied bosses to appear on Nigeria’s version of Big Brother.
Nigel Farage’s reported comments on the royal family make the front of the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Express says figures show a rise in violent assaults on police.
In other news, the Financial Times reports on a sharp drop in the value of Argentina’s currency.
And the Daily Star claims police lured a hiding burglar out of an attic with a burger and chips.