Fri. May 24th, 2019

Newspaper headlines: Brexit ‘mayhem’ and ‘the house of fools’

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The Daily Mirror says the UK is facing “months of chaos” after Theresa May’s Brexit deal was defeated in the Commons for a second time. MPs voted to reject the withdrawal agreement by 149 votes. Mrs May said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal and, if it should not, on whether Brexit should be delayed.
Rather than attack the PM – as nearly every other paper has done – the Daily Mail blames “contemptuous MPs” for plunging “our despairing nation into chaos”. It brands the House of Commons a “house of fools”.
The Times leads with the headline: “Driven to despair”. It reports that the pound fell against the euro and the dollar following Tuesday’s vote, and says markets will now be given information about “previously secret no-deal tariffs, which place tens of thousands of jobs at risk”.
“Out of control” is the headline on the front page of the i, which says Mrs May suffered a “humiliating Commons defeat” on Tuesday. One of the paper’s columnists, Katy Balls, now says many Tories are considering a new referendum.
Like the i, the Guardian describes Mrs May’s Commons defeat as “humiliating”. The paper also highlights the fact there are just 16 days to go until the UK is due to leave the EU. That, of course, could change if MPs vote to extend Article 50, which they will likely get a chance to do on Thursday.
Humiliation is also a theme on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, which reports that there have been “no discussions” at Downing Street about Mrs May resigning, despite her facing “growing calls to step aside” in the wake of this latest defeat.
The prime minister’s authority is now “in shreds”, according to the Financial Times. The paper says Mrs May has lost “control” and is likely to have to delay leaving the EU and then possibly accept a softer Brexit.
“Croaky horror show” is the headline on the front page of the Sun. The paper says the PM lost her voice as well as the vote on her deal, leaving the UK “without any clear Brexit path”.
The Daily Express, meanwhile, wonders: “How much more of this can Britain take?” The paper, which campaigned for Leave in the 2016 referendum, says Brexit is now “hanging in the balance” with the 29 March departure date “almost certain to be postponed”.
Away from Brexit, the Daily Star leads on a story about Eastenders actress Katie Jarvis, who it says was the victim of a “vicious nightclub attack”. The paper also takes a look at Snoop the dog’s “new manor”. Staffordshire bull terrier Snoop was filmed being abandoned a week before Christmas, but the RSPCA helped get him a new owner.

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Brexit ‘mayhem’ and ‘the house of fools’

Wednesday’s newspapers are dominated by Brexit, after the PM’s deal suffered another Commons defeat.

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