What the papers say – December 14

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The Brexit Bill vote and the “chaotic” scenes that followed dominate the front pages.

Brexit and Theresa May’s “humiliating defeat” in the Commons is the focus of Thursday’s papers.

In a damaging blow to the PM, 11 Tories rebelled on the Brexit Bill in a bid to ensure MPs have a “meaningful vote” on the EU withdrawal deal.

The Daily Mail leads with headshots of the 11 Conservative MPs who backed ringleader Dominic Grieve, whose amendment squeezed through on a majority of four.

The paper, under the headline “Proud of yourselves?”, calls them “self-consumed malcontents” and accuses them of “treachery after siding with Labour”.

The Guardian says the victory “heartened proponents of a soft Brexit”, quoting Jeremy Corbyn who said the result was a “humiliating loss of authority for the government” ahead of Mrs May’s trip to a Brussels summit.

Chris Froome also features on the front of the Guardian following news that the four-time Tour de France winner failed a drug test during the 2017 Vuelta a Espana. The cyclist says he did not break any rules.


The Times leads with “Revenge of the rebels”, while mentioning pro-EU Nicky Morgan’s “take back control” tweet. It also leads on a NHS survey which concluded that women get “progressively happier” in their retirement.

The Daily Telegraph continues with the ‘unhappy’ theme, but it’s Brexit misery again, describing the Brexit vote defeat as a “mutiny” and an “embarrassment” for the Government.


Away from the dramatic scenes in the Commons, the Mirror leads on the news that Peter Kay has cancelled his 112-show tour. Under the headline “I’m so sorry”, it quots the comic’s statement in which he said the tour had been scraped due to “unforeseen family circumstances”.

Elsewhere, the Financial Times says the UK will be tapping into gas from Russia over the new year after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline, with the move potentially driving up prices.

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