Newspaper headlines: ‘Battle over second Brexit vote’ and ‘Geraint’s glory’ By BBC NewsStaff.’

The Papers

Many of Monday’s papers focus on Brexit and discussions of a second referendum. The Guardian says Theresa May will “beg MPs” today not to “break faith with the British people” by demanding another public ballot. Like many of the papers, it carries a picture of BBC sports personality of the year winner, cyclist Geraint Thomas.
“Battle in the Number 10 bunker over second vote,” is the Metro’s headline. The paper says Mrs May will rule out the idea, following the claims of a plot behind her back to hold one. The PM is expected to tell the Commons that calling another vote would risk doing “irreparable damage” to public trust in politicians.
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph leads on comments from former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, taken from his column in the paper. He says a second referendum would provoke “instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.
Daily Express
Don’t dare steal our Brexit,” is the headline on the Daily Express, which reports that Mrs May’s warning that a second referendum would plunge the country into fresh division. She has vowed to stop any new EU vote, the paper says.
The Sun
The Sun also leads on the PM’s Brexit vote warning, saying May has “slapped down ministers” who have reportedly been “plotting” a second referendum. She is attempting to kill off the idea for good, the paper says.
The Times
The PM’s cabinet allies have publically demanded that she allows MPs a series of votes on options to break the Brexit deadlock, the Times says. Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Education Secretary Damian Hinds both backed the plan on Sunday, it reports.
The i
“At last: a plan to end the UK’s Brexit impasse,” says the i. It also says cabinet ministers are pressuring the PM to let MPs vote on all of the options, while one cabinet faction will demand that the UK leaves without a deal.
Daily Mirror
Away from Brexit, the Daily Mirror uses its front page to launch a campaign to keep free TV licences for the over-75s. The BBC is losing government funding for the benefit in 2020, the papers says, and is considering scrapping the benefit. Ex-PM Gordon Brown, who introduced the scheme, is backing the campaign.
Financial Times
The Financial Times says Jaguar Land Rover is to announce plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a £2.5bn turnaround plan. It says up to 5,000 posts are at risk at the carmaker, which employs 40,000 people in the UK. In October, the company posted a loss of £90m for the three months to September, the paper adds.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail reports that the NHS plans to increase the voluntary workforce from 78,000 to 156,000 over the next three years. The paper is running a campaign to sign up hospital volunteers – backed by JK Rowling, Claudia Winkleman and Sir Cliff Richard.
Daily Star
The Daily Star warns of three 60mph storms set to hit the UK over the festive period, as well as traffic chaos and increased pressure on hospitals with an increase in alcohol-related admissions. “Christmas Hampered” is headline.

Theresa May’s warning about another Brexit referendum features on a number of front pages, including the Daily Express , which has the headline: “Don’t Dare Steal Our Brexit.”

It says the prime minister will try to reassure “furious” MPs that she won’t sanction a second referendum, “after senior Tories accused her allies of plotting to betray voters”.

The Metro suggests there is a “battle in the Number 10 bunker” over another vote, following claims that Mrs May’s advisers have held talks about the prospect “behind her back”.

According to the paper, her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, and her de facto deputy, David Lidington, “both yesterday denied they were seeking a second public vote – but did not deny that discussions had taken place”.

The Times says Mrs May’s cabinet allies have publicly urged her to put Brexit in the hands of Parliament and allow MPs a series of votes on options to break the deadlock.

That demand appears to be backed by the i,which has the headline: “At last, a plan to end the UK’s Brexit impasse.”

The Financial Times says that while some senior cabinet ministers believe a second referendum may be the only way to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal, “they also all want other options to be tested first”.

PATheresa May with her husband Philip

According to the Daily Telegraph , Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has denied reports he told cabinet ministers Mrs May must be “removed” from office after Brexit, so others can take over and renegotiate her deal.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told the Telegraph that a second vote would provoke “instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.

Writing in the paper , he says it is “sickening to discover” that senior figures in government are actively canvassing the idea – and he warns that ministers would be “out of their minds” to sanction another ballot.

The public, he says, would be “utterly infuriated” by being asked to vote again, simply because they had failed to give the right answer last time.

Several papers use their leader columns to support Mrs May’s position.

The Daily Mail claims a second vote would be “utter folly”, while the Sun insists the prime minister is “absolutely right” to slap-down what it calls “the arch-Remainers”.

For the Times , Mrs May must seize the initiative, if she is to avoid another calamitous week.

It argues a second referendum is “the least bad option”, but says that if Mrs May will not take that step, “she should allow MPs to vote on her deal as soon as possible, before Parliament breaks for Christmas”.

Only then, it says, “can the process of finding a way to break the deadlock begin”.  letter – calling on the BBC to make global warming its top editorial priority – is published inthe Guardian .

It’s been written by the campaign group, Extinction Rebellion, which was responsible for organising civil disobedience protests, which blocked several bridges in London last month.

The activists say they want to meet BBC director general Tony Hall to discuss how the corporation can report “the full truth”.

They say the BBC should adopt a climate emergency strategic plan with the same urgency as was placed on informing the public about World War Two.

The health service wants to double the number of volunteers it uses over the next three years, according to the front page of the Mail .

It reports that the ambition is set out in NHS England’s Long Term Plan – due to be published in the new year – and would bring the total number of volunteer carers to more than 150,000.

The Mail says the document highlights how volunteering can benefit both patients and the volunteers themselves, as older people stay physically active and connected to their communities, while younger people develop skills and experience for work and education.

A number of papers predict a bright future for Stacey Dooley, after the documentary maker won the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

“At a time when young female faces from working class backgrounds are at a premium in television,” says the Guardian , “the broadcasting world is at the feet of a woman who was originally plucked from her job at Luton airport’s duty-free makeup section”. 

PAStrictly winners Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley

The Telegraph is less generous, and suggests that votes for the journalist’s dancing partner, Kevin Clifton, may have swung the result in her favour.

As the only British professional dancer in the final, it says, “quiet patriotism could also have been a factor in this Brexit era”.

Dire warnings about travel problems over the holiday period are featured by a number of papers.

According to the Sun , Britain faces “Christmas chaos – with 229 miles of roadworks and 330 railway projects blighting journeys home”.

Experts have told the Daily Mirror that 20 million leisure journeys will be made in the run-up to Christmas, with Thursday expected to see the biggest increase in cars on the road.

The Times says the RAC has warned drivers on the busiest motorways to expect delays of up to three hours.


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