Newspaper headlines: ‘May of reckoning’ for PM’s Brexit deal

Image caption The majority of papers lead on Theresa May’s talks with the EU in Strasbourg. The Metro describes Tuesday as a “May of reckoning” as MPs prepare to (again) have their say on the proposed withdrawal agreement in the Commons. Following a day of negotiations, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington told the Commons the PM had secured “legally binding” changes to her Brexit deal ahead of MPs voting on it.
Image caption Mrs May has called on MPs now to “come together” and “deliver on the instruction of the British people” – but the Daily Mail questions whether the changes will be enough for that to happen.
Image caption The Guardian says developments secured by Mrs May are “still not certain to be accepted by hardline Eurosceptics” in the Conservative Party and the DUP. Whether they back the deal in Tuesday’s vote is likely to be dependent on whether Attorney General Geoffrey Cox “says that the Irish backstop is no longer permanent”. The backstop is the insurance policy designed to avoid a hard border in Ireland in the event that the UK and EU do not manage to secure a trade deal.
Image caption The PM’s “last-minute Strasbourg dash” has kept her Brexit deal “afloat”, the Daily Telegraph reports. The paper adds Mrs May now believes she can get her deal through the Commons after winning “legally binding concessions” on the backstop.
Image caption “Now get behind this deal and let’s unite Britain” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Express, which says the legally binding changes could “clinch” the Commons vote.
Image caption “Backstop from the dead” is the headline on the front page of the Sun, which says Mrs May secured a “dramatic” breakthrough and “breathed new life” into her deal.
Image caption “May claims victory in Brexit backstop talks” is the headline on the front page of the Times. The paper says the attorney general is now expected to change his legal advice surrounding the potential permanence of the backstop.
Image caption The i describes Monday’s concessions on the backstop as “May’s last throw of the dice”, adding that Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar cancelled his US trip to hold a “special late night cabinet meeting in Dublin” to discuss the changes.
Image caption The Financial Times also leads on the PM’s talks in Europe. It says, regardless of apparent progress in negotiations, EU diplomats remain “doubtful” the changes will be enough to see her deal pass through the Commons.
Image caption “Ground them” is the headline on the front page of Tuesday’s Daily Mirror, referring to aeroplane manufacturer Boeing’s 737 Max 8 models. Sunday’s crash in Ethiopia – resulting in the death of 157 people, including eight Britons – was the second time one of the jets has crashed in five months. This has led to calls for all of them to be taken out of service, the Mirror says.
Image caption The Daily Star leads on a story about “gypsy king” Paddy Doherty. The paper says the former boxer “contemplated suicide” after prostate cancer left him in “agony”.
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