Newspaper headlines: Space travel in Queen's Speech, 007 Hiddleston, referendum 'battle'

The Queen's Speech comes under the spotlight in Sunday's papers with predictions of new government legislation this week in areas including space travel and driverless cars.

The announcements, says the Mail on Sunday, will contain a package of "science fiction-sounding measures" as part of a strategy to portray Britain as a cutting-edge innovator on the world stage.

Measures in the Transport Bill will ensure driverless cars can be insured on ordinary policies, says the Mail. There will also be support for business investment in pilotless drone aircraft which could potentially replace delivery vans.

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According to the Sun on Sunday, Newquay in Cornwall is tipped to become the site for Britain's first spaceport for flights carrying tourists.

The "Star Trek Bill" aims to boost Britain's £40bn space industry, explains the Sunday Express. The government hopes the UK can capture 10% of the world's space market by 2030, creating more than 100,000 jobs, it says.

Meanwhile, the Express also reports councils in England are to get greater powers to seize land and approve large-scale building as part of plans to tackle the housing shortage.

The focus in the Sunday Telegraph is on a new Counter-Extremism Bill, including laws to ban hate preachers from working with children and other vulnerable groups, in the same way that paedophiles are vetted to stop them being given jobs in schools.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Prime Minister David Cameron previews plans to overhaul adoption laws to improve the chances of children in care. "The mission is urgent," he writes, "because, despite all our progress, there are still too many who never catch a glimpse of what they might have been."


The front page story in the Sunday Times claims David Cameron believes Boris Johnson could succeed him in Downing Street.

Quoting unnamed sources, the paper reports he has revealed privately that he fears the EU referendum campaign will give Eurosceptics such as Mr Johnson the "whip hand" in the Tories, whether or not voters back Brexit in the referendum on 23 June.

Mr Cameron has said he will not seek a third term as prime minister.

But the Mail on Sunday carries an interview with UKIP leader Nigel Farage in which he tells the paper he would back a bid by Mr Johnson to succeed Mr Cameron should a UK vote to quit the EU see the prime minister resign earlier than planned.

"Could I work for him? Yes," Mr Farage adds, explaining he could envisage a scenario where Mr Johnson was PM "and he asked me to do something".


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Referendum 'battle'

With less than six weeks to go before the referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, there is, in the view of the Sunday Mirror still "everything to play for".

The paper highlights a ComRes poll suggesting 29% of voters think they will be better off outside, compared to 33% who believe voting to stay is best for their pocket. Yet nearly four out of 10 voters still do not know one way or the other.

The Observer says 28m households will be targeted this week in a mass campaign to encourage people to vote in the EU referendum, after David Cameron warned of "terrible" economic consequences if the country votes for Brexit.

The Electoral Commission's move will be particularly welcomed by the Remain camp, which believes that much of its support is among young people, who are either not on the electoral register or will not vote, it says.

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In a leading article, the Mail on Sunday says the "final hard shape of the referendum battle" is starting to "emerge out of the mist".

"Two great issues dominate - the future of the economy, and the question of immigration... On the economy it would be hard to deny that the Remain camp have struck the shrewdest blows...

"But it is also far from over, and neither side can afford to be complacent or even confident."


'Key question'

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, leading Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson suggests the EU is pursuing a similar flawed goal to Napoleon and Hitler in trying to unify Europe under one "authority".

Mr Johnson says: "This is a chance for the British people to be the heroes of Europe and to act as a voice of moderation and common sense, and to stop something getting in my view out of control."

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Image caption Contrasting views from Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid in the Sunday Telegraph

But in the same paper, Business Secretary Sajid Javid explains why the "benefits and security of continued access to the single market" persuaded him to side with the Remain campaign.

Mr Javid, described as a Eurosceptic who agonised over whether to back Brexit, says: "I can see why some people want to leave the EU.

"Arguments about national identity and sovereignty pack an emotional punch. But for anyone who cares about British jobs, it comes down to one key question."

There are also contrasting views in the Mail on Sunday.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey says he believes "we now have no choice but to take back control of our borders".

Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn, meanwhile, argues it is essential for future generations that Britain stays in the EU. It can, he writes "be a frustrating institution and it needs to change. But that is not a reason to leave; we need to continue to reform it".

The Sun on Sunday highlights comments from another Brexit campaigner - the employment minister Priti Patel - on its front page. She criticises the Remain side for not addressing the impact of EU immigration on the UK.

In the Observer, Andrew Rawnsley, says the Leave campaign has fallen back on the topic of immigration because it "has not a single international or domestic economic authority that it can cite in support of Brexit".


007 bets off

Is Bond's secret out?

That is the question posed on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph which reports that betting has been suspended on Tom Hiddleston becoming the next James Bond star.

A flurry of bets saw Hiddleston, the star of BBC's spy thriller The Night Manager, become 2-1 favourite to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007. But bookmaker Coral is now said to have suspended all wagers after a "particularly large sum" was placed on the 35 year old, sending his odds plummeting to 1-2.

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Hiddleston, the Mail on Sunday reports, was reportedly spotted meeting Bond director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli last week.

"It looks as if it's all but official," suggests the Mail's diary editor Charlotte Griffiths.


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