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The Papers: Brexit ‘day of drama’ and Ryanair strike threat

Front page of the Metro
Image caption Many of the papers lead on a vote by MPs aimed at preventing the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. A majority of 41 approved an amendment which would stop the next prime minster from suspending Parliament to force through a no-deal Brexit. The Metro describes the move as “the first revolt” against Tory leadership contender Boris Johnson.
Front page of the Financial Times
Image caption The Financial Times says the result of the vote was a “warning sign” of conflict ahead if Mr Johnson does become PM. It says his plan to take Britain out of the EU by 31 October with or without a deal has “suffered a serious setback”. The paper reports public finances could take a £30bn hit “under even a relatively benign no-deal exit”.
Front page of the i
Image caption In much the same vein, the i leads on “Johnson’s first defeat”. It also calls into question the comments Mr Johnson made about EU fishing rules while brandishing a kipper at a hustings in the leadership contest earlier this week. It said his claims were “done up like a kipper”.
Front page of the Telegraph
Image caption Chancellor Philip Hammond was one of the driving forces behind Thursday’s rebellion, the Daily Telegraph reports. It says Mr Hammond texted fellow MPs to urge them to defy the three-line whip and vote to help block a no-deal Brexit. One “furious” Eurosceptic told the paper Mr Hammond had left a “booby trap” for the next PM.
Front page of the Guardian
Image caption The Guardian quotes Mr Hammond saying he would “fight no deal every inch of the way”. The paper describes the rebellion in the Commons as a “brutal preview” of things to come if Mr Johnson enters Downing Street. It brands the votes, abstentions, and resignation of minister Margot James as a “day of drama” in Parliament.
Front page of the Times
Image caption While the Times nods towards the dramatic day in the Commons, its lead story is a £2bn pay rise for public sector workers, set to be unveiled as one of Theresa May’s last acts as prime minister. Police officers, soldiers and teachers are among those to be given above-inflation pay rises, the government will announce next week.
Front page of the Daily Star
Image caption The Star warns holidaymakers of a potential strike by Ryanair pilots over the summer. It says action by staff at the budget airline, as part of a pay dispute, could jeopardise thousands of British families’ holiday plans.
Front page of the Daily Mail
Image caption The Daily Mail’s lead story says one in three people with dementia have been forced to sell their homes to cover the costs of their care. The figure comes from a poll conducted by the newspaper, which is campaigning against what it calls the “dementia care cost betrayal”.
Front page of the Daily Express
Image caption Boris Johnson, the frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest, tells the Daily Express he would end the “cruel injustices” faced by people with dementia if he becomes prime minister. Mr Johnson also repeats his vow to reject any further delay to Brexit, the paper says.
Front page of the Sun
Image caption TV star Ant McPartlin’s driving ban has ended early, according to the Sun. McPartlin cut five months off his 20-month court punishment for drinking and driving by completing a course, the paper reports.
Front page of the Daily Mirror
Image caption The government could face a welfare bill increase of £1.6bn as a “shock” result of making over-75s pay for TV licences, the Daily Mirror reports. The paper says more older people are signing up for pension credit because this would entitle them to free licences when the new rules are enforced.

The vote by MPs to block any attempt to suspend Parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit is the lead for several newspapers.

The Guardian says MPs have given Boris Johnson a brutal preview of the scale of the challenge facing him if he becomes prime minister. His life has become more difficult, the i says.

Cartoons in the Times and the Daily Telegraph show Mr Johnson bound and tied up following yesterday’s vote. It’s a prospect that horrifies some; the Telegraph describes it as a monumental act of self-harm. Any Tory who genuinely wants Mr Johnson to rescue an agreement, the paper says, should give him as much latitude as possible.

In the Sun’s view, the vote is not some noble defence of democracy – but simply a move to make it harder to honour the referendum result by leaving the EU with no deal. But the i says the idea that Parliament could be suspended at a critical moment in national history is outrageous, robbing MPs of an opportunity to debate and vote on our future.

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Image caption The Daily Telegraph says Chancellor Philip Hammond was the driving force behind the Tory rebellion on Thursday

The website says the vote shows Parliament is ready to stand up for itself in the battles to come with the executive. British constitutional democracy is fighting back, it declares.

The Daily Telegraph lays the blame for the rebellion at the door of the chancellor, with the headline: “Hammond stirs up trouble for Boris in Brexit parting shot”.

It says Theresa May has been accused of a final act of weakness in failing to discipline either the chancellor or seven other ministers who abstained from the vote.

The Financial Times notes that while Tory Eurosceptics repeatedly thwarted Mrs May’s Brexit deal, Mr Johnson now faces a mirror-image group of Europhile rebels who are determined to stop him from carrying out a no-deal exit.

The Times reports three cabinet ministers are preparing to quit on the day Mr Johnson becomes prime minister if, as expected, he wins the Tory leadership race. According to the paper, Justice Secretary David Gauke is set to resign soon after Theresa May completes her final Prime Minister’s Questions.

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Image caption Theresa May will leave No 10 next week

Chancellor Philip Hammond and International Development Secretary Rory Stewart are also considering departing before Mr Johnson arrives, it adds. The paper says the resignations will deny the new PM the chance to sack the strongest opponents of a no-deal Brexit.

The Daily Express leads with a pledge by Mr Johnson to end what it calls the cruel injustice of people having to sell their home to cover the cost of dementia care. In an interview with the paper, he says he wants to build a cross-party consensus to find a solution.

As part of its campaign on the issue, the Daily Mail carries a poll which suggests one in three people with dementia have been forced to sell their home to pay for care. Just over 1,000 people were questioned for the survey and 27% of those who took part said they had spent more than £50,000 on care.

According to the Daily Mirror‘s main story, Tory plans to save cash by removing free TV licences could backfire and add £1.6bn to the welfare bill. The paper reports the BBC’s decision to limit free licences to over-75s on pension credit will spark a rush to sign up for the benefit, which could cost twice what is saved.

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Image caption The painted lady butterfly commonly flies to the UK during the summer months, but every 10 years millions arrive in a mass migration

Finally, several papers report that the UK is set for an invasion of painted lady butterflies this summer, in what naturalists are describing as a once-in-a-decade phenomenon.

The Times reports large clusters of the butterfly, with its distinctive orange and black features, have been spotted in Cornwall, Sussex, Norfolk and parts of Wales, having flown from north Africa and southern Europe.

According to the Telegraph, there have been sightings as far north as Shetland and St Kilda – which has no native butterflies.


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