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What the papers say – March 3

Icy weather and a cool response to the PM’s Brexit plan lead the papers at the weekend.

Striking pictures of how the icy blast has gripped the UK lead some of the papers this weekend, while Brexit negotiations also remain a hot topic.

A picture of a girl peering at icicles formed on the window of a home in Dunblane features prominently on the front of the Daily Express, next to a report on Theresa May urging Brussels to “get on with” talks for a post-Brexit trade deal.

The Daily Telegraph reports on Mrs May’s “most pragmatic” Brexit speech to date, saying the PM has told all sides of the debate that they must be prepared to compromise to achieve a deal.

The FT Weekend reports on the same story, with the headline: “May tells Eurosceptics to face facts”.

The paper says her speech received a “frosty” response in Brussels.

The Daily Mirror reports that Jon Venebles has received £260,000 in legal aid since the murder of toddler James Bulger.

It also says “Brrritain” was in lockdown as the snow and ice brought chaos to the roads and rail, while praising “everyday heroes” who helped out thousands stranded by the weather.

Away from the weather, the Daily Mail reports on a one-stop service to “revoluntionise” treatment for prostate cancer. It says the NHS programme will cut the time it takes for a diagnosis from six weeks to “just days”.

The Times says documents seen by the paper show religious extremists are “exploiting” home education laws to expose youngsters to “hate-filled material”, while it also reports on Mrs May’s speech to EU leaders under the headline: “We can work it out”.

The i reports on the court case of Umar Haque, a self-styled teacher who trained an “army of children” for terrorist attacks on 30 targets across London.

The paper says children were shown “brutal Isis videos” during lessons.

And the Guardian leads on energy price rises for one million households after it said E.ON, one of the Big Six, “quietly slipped out” increases on the coldest spring day on record.

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