Newspaper headlines: Papers devour Brexit 'have cake and eat it' pic

Rule number 527 for success in public life: once you've worked out your winning tactics, never ever walk around with them tucked under your arm when there might be pesky photographers about.

Pesky/enterprising photographer Steve Back is the latest of many snappers over the years to land a genuine scoop by first pointing a long lens at a carelessly-brandished document and then magnifying the information that is gleaned.

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His photograph of a handwritten document being carried by a senior Tory official in Downing Street - apparently revealing thoughts aired at a meeting on how the UK should approach the upcoming Brexit negotiations - features on many front pages.

The Guardian goes biggest with the picture and says it appears to offer "a tantalising glimpse of a tight-lipped negotiating strategy".

Most tantalising of all, it seems, are the words "have cake and eat it", which - according to the Times - reflects "Theresa May's insistence that Britain get the best possible deal".

Although those words make the snappiest headlines, it is hardly the most shocking of revelations, so the i's front page perseveres with analysing the rest of the note. It points to another section apparently suggesting the government has accepted that continued access to the single market is unlikely, but that it could press for a "Canada-plus option", referring to the trade deal just completed between Canada and the EU.

Underneath the headline "Oops! Has MP's aide let slip Britain's Brexit secrets?" the Daily Mail is alone among the front pages in actually showing who is holding the document. She is Julia Dockerill, an aide to Conservative MP Mark Field and, the paper notes, "a self-described Essex girl".


Is every (Br)exit covered?

If Brexit does mean Brexit, as Theresa May has often repeated, does it also necessarily mean that the UK must leave the European Economic Area?

The Times reports a "new legal challenge" - revealed by the BBC on Monday - which will assert that leaving the EU does not automatically entail a similar exit from the EEA.

For those who struggle to understand the difference, the paper explains that the EEA is "a greater single market covering the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein".

But the Daily Mail is dismissive of what it calls "Remain's latest plot". In an editorial, it labels it a "transparent, backdoor attempt to thwart the referendum result" and points out that the "unelected and unaccountable Labour peer Peter Mandelson" is among those behind the legal challenge.

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Image caption It is not known how many Polish words Theresa May used in her conversations with Beata Sydlo during the latter's visit to London

A Daily Express editorial laments that "enemies of democracy are able to mount spurious court cases such as this one", and adds: "In a just world, the referendum result would have been the end of the matter."

One woman who has a plan for an indelible link between the UK and Europe is Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, who has made a request that Polish be taught in British schools.

The Daily Mail says that Mrs Szydlo, while on a visit to the UK, used a televised news conference in Downing Street to make the "surprise request, which follows a huge influx of children into UK schools from Poland". Perhaps it shouldn't have come as such a surprise, as the paper points out that Poland's foreign minister asked the same of Ireland just last week.

And one final Brexit story leads the Financial Times - it focuses of the warning by the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, that the UK will feel more "pain" than the EU once the parting of the ways is complete.


Good ideas of the day?

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'Uber for laundry' pays you to wash strangers' clothes - Electrolux says it is testing the "fun" idea that people could use smartphone technology to pool the use of domestic appliances - Times.

It mutt be love for bride - Argentine woman whose fiance jilted her just before her wedding went ahead with her big day and "married" her dog instead - Daily Star

Keeping fit between 45 and 55 is key to healthy retirement - A US study suggests that taking up exercise in the last couple of decades before retirement can cut your chances of heart failure by 86% once you stop work for good - Daily Mail

Put your coat on, girl, you'll freeze - The Daily Mirror invites veteran columnist Paul Routledge to offer Nicole Scherzinger some typically Yorkshire fashion advice on her latest "cleavage-baring" outfit


Farewell Farage, now for Nuttall

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A familiar sight greets readers on the front page of the Daily Express - as well as the latest warning of an "Arctic blast" set to sweep across Britain, there is a photograph of Nigel Farage grinning.

But it may not be a familiar sight for much longer, as Mr Farage is pictured alongside Paul Nuttall, the man newly elected to replace him as UKIP leader.

In its potted guide to the new man in charge, the UKIP-supporting paper reassures its readers that the 39-year-old is a "pub man" and a football fan who played for Tranmere Rovers as a youngster.

In its profile, the Guardian points out that he was widely seen as the party's "best bet to quell recent turbulence" who has already offered "the hand of friendship to UKIP's solitary and semi-detached MP, Douglas Carswell".

That seems to have gone down well, as the paper carries an opinion piece by the very same Mr Carswell who declares that he has not "felt so gung-ho about the party's chances" since he won his Westminster seat two years ago.

The Daily Telegraph's editorial says UKIP has several Labour seats firmly in its sights and now has "an authentically working-class leader able to address the concerns of voters from whom Jeremy Corbyn and his cohort of Islington left-wingers could not be more estranged".

The Times points out that the party is polling in second place in 40 constituencies and the "imbalance" of only having one MP is "ripe for correction".

The Sun's editorial points out that those who have asked what purpose UKIP serves now that Britain has voted to leave the EU may be about to get the answer: "Its point seems to be wiping Labour out."

And the Labour-supporting Daily Mirror is taking that threat seriously. Political editor Jason Beattie comments: "UKIP may come across as a comedy turn. But they are clowns whose water pistols contain weedkiller."

The Daily Telegraph's cartoonist Matt does spare a thought for departing leader Nigel Farage, depicting a UKIP supporter saying: "Wonderful. I'd rate that as one of Nigel's top three resignation speeches of all time."


Could Ed be panto dame - and is politics behind him?

Image caption Ed Balls gave it his all on Strictly - but where is his next destination?

As one political heavyweight waltzes off stage left, many papers are left to wonder what the future holds for Strictly Come Dancing's unlikely twinkle-toed star Ed Balls, who was once Labour's man of figures a bit more ambitious than a measly four out of 10.

The Times reports that despite exiting the competition at the weekend, he is in talks about taking part in the 21-date Strictly Come Dancing tour in January and February. But the paper points out that he is also listed by one bookmaker as a 33-1 chance to be the next Labour leader.

However, the Daily Star reveals that his odds of being a pantomime dame are rated to be just 5-1 with another bookmaker.

The Sun hears from the man himself, who says in an interview that he is not ruling out a return to Westminster but is "not sure" that performing Gangnam Style to a prime-time TV audience was the best way to start a political comeback.

He also reveals that he has always had a "fun, slightly camp side" but "those are things people don't see when you are a politician".

But i columnist Grace Dent says she is firm in her view that ex-politicians should never return to Westminster after experiencing reality TV fame.

Pointing to the example of Donald Trump, she says that encouraging voters to root for characters they've become familiar with in reality shows has "caused enough trouble in 2016 already".

Instead, she prefers to remember Mr Balls for his "distinct dearth of damns he gave about holding back or saving face" every time he took to the dancefloor.

"He came at the task with a puckered lip and his pelvis in full thrust. There is something terrifically British about this entire tale."