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What the papers say – December 16

The announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding date dominates the front pages on Saturday – with the royal event set to clash with the final of the FA Cup.

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Theresa May stressed her keenness to get on with shaping a "deep and special" future partnership with the EU as quickly as possible (Olivier Matthys/AP)

May ‘well on road’ to Brexit delivery after EU state heads agree to next stage

Theresa May has declared she is “well on the road” to delivering Brexit after leaders of the 27 remaining member states agreed to allow negotiations to proceed to their second phase.

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In pictures: Prince Harry returns to Sandhurst 11 years after his own graduation

Prince Harry returned to Sandhurst to inspect the newest batch of officer recruits, more than a decade after his own graduation from the prestigious military academy.

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MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (Owen Humphreys/PA)

We cannot be an EU colony for two years, Rees-Mogg warns after Brexit compromise

Theresa May has been warned not to accept European Union plans which would leave the UK a “colony” of Brussels for two years after Brexit.

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UK launches ‘deeper examination’ of ICO cryptocurrency tokens after consumer warning

The UK’s financial watchdog is set to launch a “deeper examination” into Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), in a move that could ramp up regulation against the fundraising tool that has been riding the wave of the Bitcoin boom.

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In pictures: Mercedes driver wedges car in basement after crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after a Mercedes crashed through railings and ended up wedged in a basement.

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More than 500 primaries and around 200 secondaries have been judged as requiring improvement or being satisfactory at their last two inspections (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Schools ‘named and shamed’ by Ofsted lost 599 staff since 2015, union says

Schools included on a so-called “name and shame” list by the education watchdog have lost almost 600 staff since 2015, a union has said.

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Frosty start for Britain as shoppers and drivers warned over ice

Britain woke to another frosty morning on Saturday after temperatures plunged as low as minus 6C (21F) overnight.

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Four children died in the house fire (Peter Byrne/PA)

Mother in house blaze tragedy begged to be moved to a safe house, family say

A mother whose four children were killed in a house fire begged to be moved to a safe house earlier that week, their family said.

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BA was given just two stars for its food and drink in a customer survey (Steve Parsons/PA)

BA and Ryanair at bottom of airline satisfaction survey

British Airways has slumped to third from bottom in an annual survey of short-haul airlines.

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Cheaper to ski in Europe this winter for many UK visitors, research finds

Two-thirds of European ski resorts will be cheaper for UK visitors this winter compared with last year, according to new research.

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Unilever has sold its spreads business - including Flora - to private equity firm KKR (PA)

Unilever offloads spreads business to private equity firm KKR

Private equity firm KKR has emerged victorious in a three-way battle for Unilever’s spreads business, striking a 6.8 billion euro (£6 billion) deal to buy the under-performing operation in charge of Flora and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

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A guide to survive the excesses of the festive period has been drawn up (David Davies/PA)

Nutrition experts create Christmas ‘survival guide’

Drinking water, eating bananas and cutting out sugar-laden “health” drinks could help festive revellers swerve a Christmas hangover and avoid the bulge.

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Hillsborough campaigner appeals for help in finding missing granddaughter

A Liverpool fan who campaigns for victims of the Hillsborough disaster has made an urgent appeal for help in finding his missing granddaughter.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Joe Giddens/PA)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal date for special day

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding is to take place on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace has announced.

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The disturbance took place outside the House of Lords on December 8 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Man faces court accused of punching House of Lords doorkeeper

A man has appeared in court accused of breaking the chain on a ceremonial jacket of a House of Lords doorkeeper and punching him in the face.

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Gin tops poll as nation’s favourite spirit

Britons bought a record 47 million bottles of gin over the last year, up by seven million on 2016 as consumers named the G&T their favourite drink.

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Alyshia Orford thanks James McGeown (John McMonagle/PA)

Homeless man who guarded open car ‘overwhelmed’ by thousands raised for him

A homeless man who stood guard by an open car to make sure a handbag and money was not stolen has been overwhelmed by a campaign that has raised thousands of pounds for him.

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Pop-up police officer cutouts to act as speeding deterrent in Dundee

Life-size cutout police officers are to be placed at speeding hot-spots in Dundee to remind drivers to slow down.

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Hillsborough police officer will not face charges over horse burn claims

A police officer alleged to have falsely claimed his horse was burnt by fans at Hillsborough will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

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