What the papers say – September 21
The “humiliation” of Theresa May in Salzburg after a Brexit “ambush” by EU leaders tops nearly every paper on Friday.
Some report that the Prime Minister has been left angry yet defiant following the rejection of her Brexit proposals, while other say she has been left fighting to save her plans – and her premiership.
Several papers also carry images of the Duchess of Sussex and her mother, Doria Ragland, after she joined Meghan and Harry at the launch of a Grenfell community cookbook.
Mrs May was left “visibly furious” after EU leaders unanimously rejected her Chequers blueprint as unworkable on Wednesday, says the Daily Telegraph, which also picks out French president Emmanuel Macron’s dismissal of Brexiteers as “liars”.
The Guardian says Mrs May was “clearly nervous and angry” after EU Council president Donald Tusk declaring Chequers “will not work”.
Mrs May is thought to have had a “blazing row” with Mr Tusk before he made his announcement and warned counterparts she could not make any more compromises, the Daily Mail reports.
The Daily Express describes the EU as “vengeful” and leads with the PM’s vow not to back down.
In a front-page leader, The Sun calls the EU chiefs “mobsters” who made a “cack-handed attempt” to sign Britain up to an unacceptable Brussels deal.
The rejection has triggered a crisis in Government, with some cabinet ministers considering forcing her to abandon Chequers in a matter of days, The Times reports.
The Daily Mirror says the plan is “broken” and “in tatters” and the chances of a no-deal Brexit have increased.
The i describes the development as the “Salzburg disaster” and EU leaders had struck a “vulnerable” PM.
Mrs May now faces having to fight to salvage her plans at the Tory party conference ahead of a “moment of truth” – as described by Mr Tusk – when the EU leaders meet again on October 18, the Financial Times says.
In separate Brexit news, The Independent says the Labour party would get a large boost in voters if it backed a second referendum.
In other news, the Daily Star leads with the outcome of a three-year investigation into the Croydon cat killings – which are now suspected to have been caused by foxes.