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Newspaper headlines: A ‘no-no’ to no-deal and May’s final warning

Newspaper headlines: A ‘no-no’ to no-deal and May’s final warning


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“It’s a total no-no” says the Metro after MPs twice rejected the UK leaving the EU without a deal on Wednesday. MPs will now get a vote on delaying Brexit, said the prime minister. That vote will take place on Thursday, and if it is passed – and the EU agrees to it – the UK will not leave the EU as planned on 29 March.

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But Theresa May will “attempt one final desperate roll of the dice on her Brexit deal”, according to the Guardian. The PM’s deal has been rejected twice by the House of Commons – but the paper says she will put it to MPs again next week in the hope that Tory rebels who are scared Brexit may not happen will decide to back it rather than risk remaining in the EU.

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The Daily Mail focuses on the “chaos” of what it calls Wednesday’s “mass revolt”. Like the Guardian, the Mail says Mrs May is threatening Brexiteers with “losing Brexit altogether” if they don’t back her deal next week.

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“May issues ultimatum” reads the front page of the Financial Times. The PM has told MPs that if a Brexit deal does not pass through the Commons by the 21-22 March EU summit then she will be forced to seek a “much longer extension” to Article 50 than originally proposed. The paper says the UK would then have to take part in the European Parliament elections in May – a move that has “infuriated Tory Eurosceptics”.

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The Daily Telegraph says Brexit could be delayed “until further notice”. It reports that a plot to delay Brexit by “up to two years” was under way on Wednesday night after Tory ministers Amber Rudd, David Gauke, Greg Clark and David Mundell did not vote with the government, therefore helping to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

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“Meltdown” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mirror, which reports that “13 rebel ministers” defied Mrs May in Wednesday’s votes. The paper adds she has lost control of both Brexit and her party – leaving her leadership “in tatters”.

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The i leads with the same headline as the Daily Mirror, and reports there has been a “total collapse of discipline” in the Conservative Party. “Senior Tories”, it adds, are warning that the government is “edging closer to breakdown” after Wednesday’s votes.

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The Times also leads with what it calls “Brexit meltdown”, and says Mrs May’s deal is now “back from the dead”. The paper reports that Mrs May is holding “secret compromise talks with the DUP and Brexiteers” to see what it will take for them to back her deal next week.

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The Daily Express says Mrs May has “challenged MPs to cave in and accept her revamped Brexit deal” after they voted to reject a no-deal exit. “Don’t let EU bullies win the day”, says its headline.

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Wednesday’s Brexit news also features on the front page of the Sun – but the paper’s lead story relates to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007. The paper says a new documentary, set to be released on Netflix, will suggest Madeleine was taken by people traffickers.

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Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson “has gone back to Alcoholics Anonymous”, reports the Daily Star. The paper says Merson recognised he still had “addiction issues” after appearing on a recent TV show that challenged former footballers to reflect upon their lifestyles.

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