Newspaper headlines: Tory rebels 'furious' with PM and Britain bakes


Newspaper headlines: Tory rebels ‘furious’ with PM and Britain bakes


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Theresa May is pressing ahead with her preferred hybrid customs plan, in spite of opposition from senior Brexiteers, reports the Financial Times. The article claims the PM is prepared to risk a Eurosceptic backlash, telling Tory rebels that they might otherwise have to accept Parliament’s will and be faced with “an even less palatable option”.

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The i claims the “Cabinet’s fragile unity is under fresh strain” after Theresa May accused of bringing back “Project Fear”, in her bid to bring Tory rebels to heel over her preferred plans for a customs deal with the EU. “Making threats to keep this alive is just desperate,” one angry Cabinet source is quoted as saying.

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Sir Alex Ferguson continues to dominate the Daily Star’s coverage, reporting how sport stars have sent messages of support to the ailing football manager, who remains in intensive care. The picture shows a swimmer enjoying the bank holiday sunshine, with record-breaking temperatures predicted on Monday.

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The Daily Telegraph also homes in on the unusually warm bank holiday weather, with a picture of a youngster in Lymington River in the New Forest. The lead story reports that Justice Minister Lucy Frazer QC is considering a change in the law to give grandparents the legal right to see their grandchildren after divorce. Like the FT, the papers also reports on the Brexiteers’ “furious” reaction to Business Secretary Greg Clark’s comments that Britain staying in the customs union was still “on the table” amid fears of job losses after Brexit.

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Eamonn Holmes makes an emotional plea for Sir Alex Ferguson, following the 76-year-old’s brain haemorrhage on Saturday. “Pray for my mate Fergie,” reads the headline on the front page of the Mirror, with Holmes adding: “If anyone can beat this, Fergie can.” The main image shows a packed beach in Bournemouth as “Britain bakes”.

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“Fear of Corbyn” is prompting the EU to take a tough line in EU withdrawal negotiations, reports the Times. Senior European officials have told the paper that they are concerned by Labour’s economic policies. Should there be a future Jeremy Corbyn government, state subsidies could give the UK “a competitive advantage”, while a move to public ownership could “damage European companies who have invested in privatised public services”.

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“At least 1,000 highly skilled migrants are wrongly facing deportation,” reports the Guardian in its lead story. Immigration experts have criticised the Home Office’s use of section 322(5) of the Immigration Act which is intended to deal with those judged to be a threat to national security. Expert claims nine out of 10 recent cases that went before a tribunal were overturned on appeal. They are suggesting either the Home Office is “recklessly incompetent” or there is a “blanket policy” being applied.

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“Bloodbath on our streets” says the Daily Express, whose front page focuses a number of violent incidents that took place over the weekend. Three people were left dead across the UK “in gun and knife chaos” while two young boys, aged 13 and 15, were shot in a north-west London. Both boys are currently in hospital.

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In an exclusive story, the Sun claims Freddie Flintoff was arrested on Sunday afternoon, over “an alleged bust-up”. Flintoff, who was out with his family, was taken to a police station in Cheshire for questioning. The England cricketer strongly denies any wrongdoing. The front page also reports on the three boys shot in London over the weekend.

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The Daily Mail has a dramatic picture of plastic waste piling up in the Cheswold river in Doncaster. The UN environment chief Erik Solheim has praised the UK government for taking “the global lead on plastics”, following a campaign run by the Mail. The paper also claims royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle is now “the most powerful woman in fashion”.

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