Scotland

Wednesday's front pages: Queen Brexit claims and sponsors desert Sharapova

SNP MPs will today vote against changes to the law that would allow shops to stay open for longer on Sundays in England and Wales, reports The Scotsman.

One of Scotland's leading cultural figures has called for 2021 to be designated "Scott Year" to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of the novelist Sir Walter Scott, writes The National.

The Herald says a top murder detective has accused one of his deputy chief constables of "misconduct" in the scandal of Police Scotland illegally spying on journalists' sources.

The Scottish edition of The Times says experts have poured cold water over tennis star Maria Sharapova's defence of her use of a banned drug, saying that there was no medical reason why she should have been taking it for ten years.

On the same story, the Scottish Daily Mail claims that the 28-year-old athlete could now become the biggest financial loser in sporting history, missing out on estimated future earnings of as much as £100m.

The Queen has been hailed as a backer of Brexit after details emerged of an extraordinary alleged bust-up between her and Nick Clegg over Europe. The Scottish Sun says the 89-year-old monarch firmly told passionate pro-European Mr Clegg that she believed the EU was heading in the wrong direction.

The Press and Journal writes that Aberdeen have passed another major test of character in their quest for a first title since 1985 by coming from behind to beat Partick Thistle 2-1 in a thriller at Firhill.

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