What the papers say – December 10

The papers are led by Boris Johnson’s dinner with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels.

The Daily Mail reports it was a “dramatic night over fish supper”, the quotes Downing Street as saying “very large gaps remain between the two sides” and The Independent has the Prime Minister leaving Belgium “empty-handed”.

Metro carries the headline “Give us a meal deal”, the PM says in The Guardian an agreement is still possible and The Times reports Mr Johnson “refuses to back down in face of Brexit deadlock”, with the Daily Express also saying the premier was “standing firm”.

There are just four days to “save trade deal after Brussels talks go badly”, according to The Daily Telegraph.

The Daily Mirror reports Tesco is stockpiling food for the new years amid fears the PM will fail to negotiate a trade pact with the bloc.

Meanwhile, there is “Gloom at the inn” as The Sun says just one in five pubs could be open this Christmas due to “crippling” coronavirus restrictions.

The Treasury is considering plugging the “gaping hole” the pandemic has caused public finances with a “tax raid” on Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit, the Financial Times reports.

And the Daily Star says Sky political journalist Adam Boulton has “laid into his idiot colleagues for breaking Covid rules for Kay Burley’s” birthday party by retweeting a post criticising the “morons”.

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