Newspaper headlines: May’s Brexit plan attacked and England win
Pictures of England’s jubilant footballers in their red kits celebrating their march into the World Cup semi-finals are on all the front pages. “Yeesss”! is the Sun on Sunday’s headline. “Onwards!” the Sunday Telegraph declares in a large banner above its masthead. It says the 2-0 victory over Sweden sent a nation into a collective frenzy.
In the pub and on the sofa – the Observer says – a nation hungry for joy has found its new heroes. For the Sunday Mirror’s headline, the team are “Semi-Gods”. The Express says the nation has started to believe that football could really be “coming home”. The Mail on Sunday agrees: “Mamma Mia! Maybe it really IS coming home”.
David Baddiel – who co-wrote the anthem, It’s Coming Home, for the Euro 96 tournament – writes in the Sunday Times that he is daring to hope this time because the team is marked by joy and newness and youth and Gareth Southgate’s deep emotional intelligence. The Sun on Sunday warns that England now face an epic battle against Croatia. But the Sunday People’s headline urges the squad and their fans to – “Keep calm and Harry on”.
The Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer and the Mail on Sunday lead with resistance to Theresa May’s plans for the UK’s post-Brexit trading arrangements with the EU. According to the Telegraph, pro-Brexit MPs have expressed anger that Leave-supporting members of the Cabinet didn’t take a greater stand against the proposals – including resigning.
One senior MP is quoted as saying: “Brexiteer ministers have put their careers before their country. They are traitors to the nation.” The Sunday Times says more than one MP texted Boris Johnson on Saturday, warning that he had 48 hours to resign and lead moves to overthrow Mrs May or he would never be Conservative leader. Others contacted Jacob Rees-Mogg, urging him to run for the leadership, the paper adds. “He’s our Churchill,” one is quoted as saying.
Cabinet ministers have been sent into battle to “sell” their agreement on the UK’s post-Brexit trading arrangements with the EU. Michael Gove – a Brexiteer – and Greg Clark – a Remainer – write a joint article in the Mail on Sunday. Sajid Javid and Liam Fox pop up in the Sun on Sunday. The Express has an appearance by Andrea Leadsom while Philip Hammond tries to woo readers of the Sunday Telegraph.
In other news, according to the Sunday Times, White House officials fear that the widespread protests planned during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Britain later this week – and the appearance of a giant balloon depicting him as a baby – could mar the trip and cause him to lash out at his hosts. It says one senior Republican has noted that Mr Trump will have the whole of next weekend in Scotland – where he will be staying at his golf resort – to watch television and use his Twitter account.