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Newspaper headlines: 'Desperate' May's Brexit rescue mission

December 11, 2018 5:45 AM
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Newspaper headlines: 'Desperate' May's Brexit rescue mission

The Mail leads with Theresa May's "last-ditch mission to salvage her Brexit deal" hours after avoiding a "humiliating" defeat by deferring the MPs' vote in the Commons. It describes the "shambolic scenes" after Tuesday's vote was ditched just half an hour after Downing Street had confirmed it was going ahead.

In a play on the famous remark by Margaret Thatcher, the Telegraph declares: 'The lady is for turning' as it reports the prime minister's last-minute decision to defer the Brexit vote. The paper says senior Tories are warning that Brexit could be delayed, amid mounting anger at their leader. The paper reports that "at least two more MPs have submitted a letter calling for a vote of no confidence" in Theresa May who, they claim, has lost 'the faith and the trust of her party'.

'Desperate May reveals her plan B: buy more time' is the Guardian's lead. It too highlights the last-minute nature of the U-turn, adding that any vote could now be delayed until January. Such a squeeze on the time needed for necessary legislation ahead of Britain's exit on 29 March fuels the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit, the paper reports.

The Times declares that no Prime Minister since World War II has had to pause a vote on a significant international treaty, as Theresa May heads once more to Europe to rescue her Brexit deal. The PM hopes to secure additional "reassurances" on the Northern Ireland backstop, but any assurances are unlikely to be legally binding, the paper adds.

Under the headline 'Mayday!' the i newspaper joins the throng in focusing on Theresa May's "extraordinary climbdown" in the face of "a crushing Commons defeat" of her withdrawal plan. It highlights sterling's 20-year low and widespread anger directed at the prime minister.

The FT says the PM is looking to the EU for help as her "premiership hangs by a thread". It states she will embark on "a tour of European capitals... to plead for a better Brexit deal" as the pound tumbles and MPs accuse her of running scared.


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