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Newspaper headlines: ‘Your Brexit’s broken’ and ‘May humiliated’

Newspaper headlines: ‘Your Brexit’s broken’ and ‘May humiliated’


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There’s only one story in town for most papers on Friday: the rejection of Theresa May’s so-called Chequers plan by the EU. “Your Brexit’s broken” is the Mirror’s headline. The paper says the UK is “closer than ever” to crashing out of the EU without a deal.

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The PM has warned she is ready to walk away from the EU without a deal, the Daily Mail says. The paper reports Mrs May was “visibly furious” at a press conference in Salzburg, after her meeting with EU leaders. EU chief Donald Tusk said they “all agreed” that her Chequers plan “will not work”.

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The Daily Telegraph says French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain it must climb down further if it wants a deal. Mr Macron said the proposals were “not acceptable” in their current form and said Brexit was “pushed by those who predicted easy solutions”.

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The Guardian says Mrs May was humiliated by the EU’s decision. The PM told reporters that EU leaders were engaged in “negotiating tactics” designed to throw her off course, the paper says. Many of the papers have used similar striking photographs of a Mrs May wearing her red jacket among dark suit-wearing EU leaders.

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“The Salzburg disaster” is the headline on the front page of the i, which says the EU leaders have hit out at a vulnerable PM. It quotes the Hungarian leader as saying that France and Germany want the UK to “suffer”.

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The Metro says Mrs May now has just four weeks to change the EU’s mind or come up with an emergency plan B to avoid a no-deal. The paper reports EU leaders as saying the UK would suffer more than them from a no-deal Brexit, and claimed Mrs May was taking the prospect too lightly.

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The Daily Express says a “furious” Theresa May has warned that she “won’t roll over” on a deal, quoting a Downing Street source. The paper says the PM was visibly shaking with anger in Salzburg after the EU summit.

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The Sun says it can’t wait to be free of who it calls the “two-bit mobsters who run the European Union” – picturing French President Emmanuel Macron and EU chief Donald Tusk. The paper says the PM is “absolutely right” in not budging on the UK’s red lines.

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The Financial Times reports Donald Tusk as saying the “moment of truth” is near for Brexit. In other news, the reports the US stock market was at a record high on Wednesday, despite fears over the escalating international trade war.

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The Times reports that the Ministry of Defence and GCHQ is setting up an offensive cyber-force to tackle hostile states, terrorist groups and domestic gangs. The £250m unit will be made up of about 2,000 “digital warriors”, with experts recruited from the military, security services and industry, the paper says.

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The Daily Star leads on the revelation police believe the Croydon cat killer does not exist, instead blaming foxes for some of the cat mutilations. It says police spent three years looking for a cat killer.

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