Newspaper headlines: Referendum debate, plastic banknote and white houses

The EU referendum debate dominates the Sunday papers, with the new plastic banknote and some rather odd health advice also in the news.

The Sunday Times reports that Justice Secretary Michael Gove and former London Mayor Boris Johnson have written to David Cameron saying his immigration policy is "corrosive of public trust".

They called on Mr Cameron to ditch his pledge to limit net migration to the tens of thousands a year because it has failed so spectacularly, says the paper.

It continues: "In the most pointed 'blue on blue' attack to date by the leaders of the Brexit campaign, Gove and Johnson ridicule the prime minister's flagship promise."

Mr Cameron is also criticised by another leading Brexit campaigner in the Sunday Telegraph.

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Image caption Priti Patel criticises the Remain leaders

In an article for the paper, employment minister Priti Patel says those leading the Remain campaign are too wealthy to share the concerns of working families about mass migration.

The Telegraph says: "Although she does not directly name Mr Cameron and George Osborne, she repeatedly makes clear she is aiming her criticism at the 'leaders' of the Remain campaign, who include the prime minister and the chancellor.

"In remarks that will deepen the divide at the top of the Tory Party, Ms Patel claims many Remain campaigners only see the benefits of migration, such as cheap domestic help and willing tradesmen.

"Her comments will be seen as sign of how the campaign is becoming increasingly personal."

The Telegraph says migration policy is a critical battle ground in the referendum and seen as the most potent weapon in the Leave campaign's armoury.

The Sunday Express covers a report by the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank which, it says, suggests the UK would be legally entitled to use existing trade deals worth billions of pounds even if the country voted to leave the EU.

The Sun says Mr Cameron is braced for a "shootout" with his ant-EU rivals after the referendum.

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  • From Brixton with love: Pierce Brosnan is on a mission to rescue community theatre: Actor Pierce Brosnan has made short film in support Ovalhouse theatre club in Kennington where he went as a teenager which is raising millions of pounds to move to a brand new building in Brixton Observer
  • Titchmarsh: Number 10 needs a blooming makeover (don't worry, I'll fork out for the flowers): Alan Titchmarsh has called for a dramatic change in Downing Street - but the celebrity gardener is not sticking his trowel into revolutionary politics, rather he wants to add an array of colourful plants to transform the drab Georgian cul-de-sac into an oasis of greenery Mail on Sunday

Owen versus Blair

The Observer leads with a survey carried out for the paper that suggests nine out of 10 of the country's top economists believe the British economy would be harmed by Brexit.

The paper says the poll, which drew more than 600 responses in the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted, found 88% saying an exit from the EU and the single market would most likely damage the UK's growth prospects over the next five years. There was a response rate of 17%.

Meanwhile, Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis tells the Observer that music fans need to vote - this year's event coincides with polling day.

Also in the Observer, 37 faith leaders have written a letter urging people to "think of the wider world and vote to stay in Europe".

In a letter to the Telegraph, four former Nato leaders urge people recognise the "vital importance" of UK membership of the EU.

Two "giants of the centre-left" go head-to-head in the Sunday Times.

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Image caption Sir John Major attacks Vote Leave's campaign style

Former Foreign Secretary David Owen says: "I am confident we can negotiate bilateral trade agreements and respond to the challenges and opportunities of leaving the EU.

"That we can export into global markets and prosper by becoming an outward-looking, vibrant, self-governing democracy."

While ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair argues: "The concerns the British have about Europe are shared across Europe.

"Let's get this vote out of the way and then go back to what we do best and have done throughout our time in the EU: giving Europe that hard-headed, practical leadership it needs."

Another former PM, Sir John Major, writes in the Mail on Sunday that Vote Leave's campaign is "crass and distorted" and peddles "downright untruths".

The Mail says: "The ferocity of the former Tory leader's attack will send shockwaves through his party. Normally renowned for his restraint, he spoke out after becoming enraged by tactics used by Vote Leave."

Writing in the Telegraph, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon warns that Brexit would only strengthen the power of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In his column in the Sunday Mirror, former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott says the "Outers" will move to shift Mr Cameron from Number 10 even if he wins the referendum.

Money laundering

Away from the referendum campaign, the Sunday Times reports on the Bank of England being associated with money laundering.

But do not be too alarmed for, as the paper explains, the Bank will launch its first plastic banknotes this week which can survive a 90C washing machine cycle.

"Unlike a traditional cotton paper banknote, the polymer version repels dirt and moisture; you can pour a glass of red wine over it and simply wipe it clean," says the paper. "It is also almost impossible to tear.

"On Thursday the Bank will reveal the exact design of the first polymer banknote: the £5 note. The new fiver will be about 15% smaller than the current one and will feature Winston Churchill, who replaces the 19th Century prison reformer Elizabeth Fry.

About 440 million plastic £5 notes will come into circulation in September, with other denominations to follow.

The Bank's Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland tells the Sunday Times that the new notes proved to be very popular with people who have been shown them.

She says: "They often said 'wow, that's really cool'. You don't often get 'cool' and 'the Bank of England' in the same sentence."

White house

"You may be proud of your Victorian red-brick home or pastel cottage by the seaside - but health chiefs believe it would be better if we painted our houses white," starts a story in the Sunday Telegraph.

The paper says this is one piece of advice in a 46-page document issued by Public Health England aimed at preventing seasonal deaths and preparing officials if there is a heatwave.

Other advice includes replacing metal blinds and dark curtains, and putting a damp cloth on the back of your neck in hot weather.

The Telegraph cannot resist commenting on this.

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Image caption Health chiefs suggest painting houses white in the hot weather

"Readers may remember with a wry smile the po-faced public information films of the 1970s that warned of the dangers of doing dangerous things: 'When having a bath, don't jump in with a plugged-in toaster.'

"The instinct to teach us about the surprising risks involved in sucking eggs lives on. When it is hot, says a 46-page public health document, cover your neck, eat salads and avoid coffee. Also, paint your house white.

"White paint, of course, reflects the Sun's rays. But wouldn't it be simpler, to follow the logic of our thoughtful betters, to demolish one's house and replace it with a tent?

"Doubtless this would require another 46-page book to deal with the health challenges of autumn - when your home may well blow away."