Wed. May 22nd, 2019

The Papers: MPs branded ‘failures’ as cabinet splits

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The Daily Express brands the UK’s politicians “failures” after MPs voted by 413 to 202 – a majority of 211 – for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. It means the UK may not leave on 29 March as previously planned. The Express says the decision is a “damning indictment of our democracy”.
Thursday’s vote to delay Brexit has exposed a “cabinet split”, reports the Guardian. Eight cabinet ministers voted against the government’s motion to extend Article 50 – the legal mechanism by which the UK will leave the EU – with the intention of keeping the possibility of a no-deal Brexit alive. The Guardian adds that, for now, Mrs May has “narrowly retained control of the next steps of the process”.
“Give May just a little more time” is the headline on the front page of the Metro. The paper says the prime minister “secured precious breathing space” for her Brexit deal, which will be voted on again before the EU summit in Brussels next week.
The Times also leads on the proposed delay to Brexit. The paper reports that Mrs May will ask the EU to delay the departure date “until at least the end of June”. However, the PM has said that if MPs do not back her withdrawal agreement by next week then any extension will have to be considerably longer.
The vote to delay Brexit “boosts May’s hand”, according to the Financial Times. The paper says that – ahead of the third vote on the PM’s deal – there are signs Eurosceptic MPs “are starting to crumble under the threat of a long delay to Britain’s exit from the EU”.
The PM may have enjoyed a minor victory on Thursday, but the Daily Telegraph says she now has just “one last roll of the dice”. The paper says “huge pressure” is now being put on the DUP and Tory Brexiteers to “fall in behind the prime minister’s deal” in the so-called third meaningful vote.
The i leads with the rather minimalist headline: “Brexit delayed”. It says the attorney general will “issue new legal advice” in an attempt to sway the DUP over the potential permanence of the Irish backstop – the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland – which has been a sticking point for the party.
Away from Brexit, the Daily Mirror leads with the headline: “Knife thugs cheat justice”. The paper reports that more than a third of people repeatedly charged with carrying blades are avoiding jail.
The Daily Mail reports that David Steel has been suspended by the Liberal Democrats over remarks he made to a child abuse inquiry about the late MP Cyril Smith. Lord Steel said he asked Smith in 1979 about claims he abused boys at a Rochdale hostel in the 1960s. He said he came away from the conversation “assuming” that Smith had committed the offences.
The Sun reports that Felicite Tomlinson – sister of One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson – has died at the age of 18. It is the “second tragedy” to befall the singer, the paper reports, after his mother Johannah died of cancer in 2016.
A “desperate TV star” is looking for a “stranger to have a baby with”, according to the Daily Star, which says the anonymous “household name” is “broody but sick of men”.

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MPs branded ‘failures’ as cabinet splits

Brexit dominates Friday’s front pages after MPs voted to ask the EU to delay the UK’s departure date.

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