The Papers: Brexit conspiracies, revolts, and fissures

The Papers: Brexit conspiracies, revolts, and fissures
Daily Mail front page
Image caption The Daily Mail accuses Tory rebel Dominic Grieve of “conspiracy”, as it asks what the MP was doing at a meeting at the European Commission in London, along with “campaigners set on reversing Brexit”.
Metro front page
Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced a “Brexit revolt”, says the Metro, after 90 Labour MPs defied an order to abstain on a parliamentary vote to remain in the European Economic Area. Despite this, the move to retain EEA links post Brexit was voted down by 327 votes to 126.
Guardian front page
Image caption The Guardian leads on a “fresh row” with the EU over its Galileo satellite programme, as the paper says the UK has been “shut out” of the project, despite British taxpayers having already invested £1bn into it.
Daily Star front page
Image caption Closer to home, pub chain JD Wetherspoon is “ditching” European beers and champagne in the run-up to Brexit, the Daily Star reports, adding that the pub’s pro-Brexit boss Tim Martin has claimed the move will lead to cheaper prices for customers.
Daily mirror front page
Image caption The Daily Mirror accuses the Conservative party of “greed and hypocrisy” over medicinal cannabis, as the paper claims the prime minister’s husband Philip May’s company invests in “the main supplier” of the drug.
Times front page
Image caption The Times carries a warning from NHS England’s chief executive Simon Stevens, that a childhood mental health epidemic is being driven by social media and that the health service is being “left to pick up the pieces”.
Telegraph front page
Image caption Home Secretary Sajid Javid is due to announce new immigration measures, the Daily Telegraph reports, which will “effectively increase the visa cap by 40%” to enable more highly skilled migrants from outside the EU to enter the UK.
The Sun
Image caption The Sun reports that a former Rolls-Royce technologist has been arrested amid fears of a Chinese plot to steal RAF secrets. The paper says it is understood Bryn Jones, who lives in Derbyshire, denies any wrongdoing.
Financial Times front page
Image caption And the Financial Times leads on news from the US economy, where interest rates have been lifted by the Federal Reserve, amid “accelerating growth and rapid job creation”, which the paper in part attributes to President Trump’s tax cuts.

The Times says Jeremy Corbyn suffered the biggest rebellion of his leadership last night as 90 Labour MPs defied his instructions to abstain in a crucial Brexit vote on the single market.

Some 75 Labour MPs voted for and 15 against, while six quit their frontbench roles.

The Metro said Mr Corbyn faced the mass rebellion as the Commons descended into chaos.

The Daily Mail calls it a “huge blow” for the Labour leader.

Turning its attention to the Conservatives, Mail columnist Quentin Letts accuses Tory rebel Dominic Grieve of slipping into the European Commission’s London headquarters to address a secret meeting of people plotting to stop Brexit.

“Has there ever been a more unprepossessingly narcissistic figure that Dominic Grieve?” he asks. “Has Westminster a worse example of a silken slitherer?”

Mr Grieve says he does not want to stop Brexit and it’s “rubbish” to suggest the meeting revealed his true intentions.

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On the anniversary of the Grenfell fire, the Times reports that more than half of the survivors are stuck in limbo as they have not moved into new homes.

For the Daily Mirror, the shell of the tower stands as a bleak memorial to the 72 people who lost their lives.

The Guardian takes a more optimistic tone and leads on the story of two people who lost relatives in the fire but found friendship in what they say was an exhausting quest for answers.

Asked to put their year into single words, they offer “exhausting”, “draining”, “disappointing” and then “hopeful”.

The Daily Telegraph leads on an expected announcement from home secretary Sajid Javid, that an overhaul of immigration rules will enable thousands more highly skilled migrants to come and work in the UK.

The paper says the move indicates that ministers are now prepared to project Britain as a more global country, open to business from beyond the EU after Brexit.

The Sun considers the change to be the first softening of a regime introduced seven years ago by Theresa May.

Pushy parents

The Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph reveal the latest example of ultra-competitive parenting.

A head teacher at a primary school in Cardiff has had to rebuke parents who filmed sports day with iPads so they could challenge the results.

The head has written a letter to parents reminding them that “the teacher’s word is final”.

Meanwhile at Eton, teachers have started to remove mobile phones from pupils before bed to help them sleep better, reports the Times.

The school had expected an angry reaction but the boys have apparently welcomed the move – saying it gave them a break from social media.

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And the Times reports that churchgoers tend to live up to six years longer than atheists or agnostics.

Research carried out in America found that the faithful not only smoke less, drink less and generally behave more sensibly, but they also find it easier to maintain a healthy social life, especially in old age.

The paper’s headline says: “Churchgoers get six more years before the afterlife.”

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