Newspaper headlines: 'No bespoke Brexit deal' for London

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Image caption Mr Barnier's interview came as EU leaders agreed Brexit talks could move on to the second phase

A blunt message from the EU's chief Brexit negotiator is carried on the front page of the Guardian.

In an interview with the paper, Michel Barnier says no, Britain cannot have a special deal for the City of London.

He tells the paper it is unavoidable that British banks and financial firms will lose the "passporting rights" that allow them to trade freely in the EU.

"There is not a single trade agreement that is open to financial services", Mr Barnier adds.

He says Britain has chosen its red lines - and "in leaving the single market, they lose the financial services passport."

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Relief over Cyril Ramaphosa's election victory in South Africa features in the Financial Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian.

Mr Ramaphosa narrowly beat Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - the former wife of President Zuma - at Monday's party conference.

According to both the Telegraph and the FT, the new leader of the African National Congress (ANC) is in pole position to become the country's president next year.

For the Guardian, the ANC has done the world a favour in choosing Mr Ramaphosa. It says the party now has a serious chance to stop the country's slide into a mire of corruption and racially-charged rhetoric.

Under Jacob Zuma's presidency, the FT says, South Africa has come perilously close to state failure. But the paper warns the fact that Mr Zuma's close allies were elected as deputy president and secretary-general of the party shows the divisions Mr Ramaphosa is inheriting.

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Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that up to 3,200 Toys R Us staff are facing losing their job this Christmas with the store close to collapse following plunging sales.

According to the paper, the UK's biggest toy chain will go into administration unless a rescue deal is agreed this week. It says that when Toys R Us arrived in the UK in 1985, it was able to kill off traditional competitors.

Now it has become a victim of internet shopping, home deliveries and supermarkets.

'Nightmare series'

The Daily Express highlights research suggesting that an active social life lowers the risk of developing diabetes.

According to the paper, scientists in the Netherlands have found that people who join clubs or mix in groups significantly reduce their chances of suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

Those who are socially isolated are much more likely to be diagnosed with the condition, it adds.

And England's Ashes defeat still dominates some of the back pages with the Sun describing it as a "nightmare series for England".

The FT says that in a sport played for more than two centuries, England have set new benchmarks for failure. The i says the fallout will be prolonged and painful.

Six sprouts only?

Finally, how many Brussels sprouts should you eat with your Christmas dinner?

Several papers report that Leicestershire County Council has advised residents to limit themselves to six.

According to the Times, the council tweeted: "Six sprouts equals one portion. Don't overbuy and they won't go to waste".

But the Sun says the authority was ridiculed by many of its 15,000 followers.

The Mail says they accused the council of acting like a nanny state by suggesting "officially approved" portions and speculated on the penalties if diners dared to eat seven or eight.

A council spokesman is quoted as saying: "We send out thousands of tweets, and sometimes we get it wrong."