What the papers say – February 26
The imminent arrival of “the Beast from the East” makes many of the front pages.
A wintry week ahead and an upcoming speech from Jeremy Corbyn make the front page headlines on Monday.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the Labour leader is expected to announce he wants to keep Britain in the customs union, prompting criticism from Brexit Secretary David Davis.
Writing for the paper, Mr Davis says Mr Corbyn is selling “snake oil” over Brexit, and warns the position would represent two “serious breaches” of Labour’s manifesto.
The Daily Mail brands the situation: “Corbyn’s Brexit Betrayal”, and reports that the Labour leader will “snub” millions of voters by setting out plans that would “keep Britain shackled to Brussels”.
The speech is likely to “put May on the spot”, according to The Guardian.
The paper says the embattled Prime Minister faces an “uphill battle” to avoid being defeated on the issue by an alliance of opposition parties and Tory rebels in a vote in the spring.
Guardian front page, Monday 26 February 2018: Corbyn Brexit speech to put May on spot pic.twitter.com/Y0Tf2Heltp— The Guardian (@guardian) February 26, 2018
The Independent declares that “Brexit battle lines” have been drawn.
Away from politics, several papers focus on a bracing week ahead for Britain with the arrival of a snowy blast dubbed “the Beast from the East”.
The Daily Mirror warns the week-long “big freeze” could prove deadly, while the Daily Express declares that “snow chaos” will “cripple” the UK.
The Daily Star reports that people have been warned to stay indoors amid the “historic” cold snap, while the Metro says trains have already been cancelled despite the fact no snow has arrived yet.
Elsewhere, the Times reports that the new universities watchdog, the Office for Students, will tackle high pay, grade inflation and support for disadvantaged students, according to its regulatory framework.
The Financial Times says China has proposed removing the two-term limit for the presidency.
Front page of Financial Times London edition for Monday 26th February 2018 pic.twitter.com/P74ht5aGW7— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) February 25, 2018
And the i reports that lower quality dairy products could be sold to British shoppers under a post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.