Newspaper headlines: Jo Cox tributes, referendum divide and Tim Peake returns

After a man appeared in court charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, the Sunday papers reflect on the emotional scenes as her family visited the place where she was shot.

The Sunday Times reports that her sister Kim Leadbeater borrowed one of Mrs Cox's favourite phrases when she urged people to focus on "that which unites us not which divides us".

"Long after the doors of Batley's 19th Century town hall should have closed for the day," says the Sunday Times, "the line of Jo Cox's friends and admirers spilled down the steps to the market square and into the pouring rain.

"Among them was Shaheena Zahi, a young Yorkshire-born woman who waited patiently for 30 minutes to write a heart-felt message in the book of condolence to the town's murdered MP: 'You were a star in our county'."

The Sunday Telegraph describes how Mrs Cox's parents Gordon and Jean Leadbeater, and Kim, embraced as they surveyed the sea of flowers in Birstall market place.

"Just two days ago Jo Cox had been gunned down in cold blood," says the Telegraph. "Yesterday Kim Leadbeater, her parents at her side, stood yards from the scene of the murder and delivered the most remarkable and beautiful tribute to the 'utterly amazing woman' that was her sister."

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Image caption Jo Cox's father, sister and mother comfort each other

The Observer says Batley, of which the village of Birstall is a part, takes pride in its heroes - and Jo Cox was destined to become one of those.

"Visitors alighting from trains pulling in at Batley gain a vivid impression of the Yorkshire town even before they leave its station," writes the paper's Jamie Doward.

"A sprawling, colourful mural in its underpass depicts the area's most celebrated buildings and locations: the headquarters of Fox's Biscuits and Johnstone's Paints vie for wall space with the Batley Bulldogs rugby league team; a Union Jack flutters from the town hall next to the statue of Joseph Priestley, the theologian who discovered oxygen and was born in nearby Birstall.

"At one end of the mural is a church, at the other a mosque."

The Mail on Sunday says there was a moment when Mrs Cox's parents and sister clung tightly to each other, utterly alone with their thoughts and memories.

The Sunday Express says: "Kim Leadbeater shook as she addressed crowds of constituents at the impromptu memorial to her big sister in Birstall, West Yorkshire."

The Sun on Sunday says Kim gave a poignant speech, the Sunday Mirror says it was a powerful tribute, the Sunday People talks of her bravery and dignity, while the Daily Star Sunday says it was emotional.

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Tense and dramatic run

The EU referendum campaigns gets back on track after the hiatus following the death of Mrs Cox.

The Observer says the campaigns are neck-and-neck, with a poll for the paper unable to split the Remain and Leave sides.

"Both sides will today resume their battle to capture the votes of the undecided, and to persuade people to switch sides, though both the Leave and Remain camps say that the manner of their campaigning will be more sober and less combative," states the Observer.

"The poll sets the stage for a tense and dramatic run to referendum day."

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Media captionSunday Express political editor Caroline Wheeler and London Evening Standard home affairs editor Martin Bentham join the BBC News Channel to review Sunday's front pages.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Prime Minister David Cameron says there would be "no going back" if the UK voted for Brexit.

He says Britain would have to join the euro, be part of the Schengen area and give up its budget rebate if it wanted to return.

Comparing Leave campaigners to irresponsible parents, Mr Cameron says: "If you were about to get into your family car and drive your family at high speed on a motorway and the mechanic said to you: 'The brakes are faulty, the fuel is leaking, don't get in that car,' you would listen to that expert.

"Would you take a risk with your family getting into a faulty car? You wouldn't do it."

On the other side of the argument, the Telegraph interviews Vote Leave leader Michael Gove who predicts that the economy would prosper should the UK decide to come out of the European Union.

He says Britain would be better placed to cope with the strains of global economic disruption if it was outside the EU.

"There are great things that Britain can do in the future as a progressive beacon. By voting Leave, we have that opportunity," he tells the Telegraph.

"People should vote for democracy and Britain should vote for hope."

Final thoughts

These are the last Sunday editions of the papers before the referendum, and they take the opportunity to nail their colours to the mast.

Calling for a Leave vote, the Sunday Times believes it is time for the UK to strike a new deal with Europe.

"Yes, we must be prepared for difficulties, but we should hold our nerve," it says. "This vote may be the best opportunity we shall ever have to call a halt to the onward march of the centralising European project driven by the inherent flaws of the eurozone."

The Sunday Telegraph argues that the UK must leave the EU to create a country fit for the future.

It comments: "Just as in 1973, when we joined the Common Market, we are at a crossroads in our history. The path we took then offered much but led us into a cul-de-sac hemmed in by a sclerotic, hide-bound, rules obsessed, inward-looking institution."

The Observer contends that for an international, liberal and open UK the country needs to be part of the EU.

"At its core, the European Union remains a practical expression of the belief that liberal democracies can achieve more acting in concert than alone," it says. "We must not turn our backs on that."

Over a two-page spread, the Mail on Sunday urges its readers to vote Remain for a "safer, freer, more prosperous and an even greater Britain".

The Sunday Express supports Leave to keep Britain "strong, dynamic and influential".

The Sun on Sunday says in four days' time Britain can be set free, while the Sunday Mirror warns against losing freedoms won in the past.

Brought down to Earth

UK astronaut Tim Peake is pictured on the front pages giving the thumbs up after returning to Earth following six months on the International Space Station.

The Sunday Times says Major Peake will be reunited with his family on Father's Day after a textbook landing.

"Minutes after landing Peake was lifted from the Soyuz capsule with his eyes closed and looking tired," says the paper. "Soon, however, he was smiling, trying to call his family to say he was home and declaring the journey 'was incredible... the best ride I've been on ever'."

Maj Peake was looking forward to pizza and a cold beer, the Sunday Times adds.

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Image caption Tim Peake's next mission: Pizza and a beer

The Telegraph says Maj Peake's capsule uncoupled from the space station for the start of a "hair-raising" 250-mile vertical journey home.

"In what was a smooth landing by Soyuz standards, the capsule touched down with a distinct 'thud', created a large cloud of dust and fell on its side," the paper reports.

Observer science editor Robin McKie writes: "Peake was crammed into a tiny Soyuz capsule with two other astronauts - the American astronaut Tim Kopra and the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko - and ended up in a remote patch of the Kazakhstan steppe.

"Just after touchdown, their Soyuz capsule, which measures just over two metres in diameter, was blown on to its side by a gust of wind. However, all three crew members were reported to be in good shape."