Brexit supporting newspapers are split over the withdrawal agreement secured by Prime Minister Theresa May that has prompted cabinet resignations this morning.
The 585-page agreement covering all areas of the UKâ€™s withdrawal from the EU, which was backed by the cabinet after a five-hour meeting yesterday, has angered some Brexiteer MPs.
Pro-Brexit papers have split views on the deal, with the Daily Mail and Express supporting it while the Sun front page ran the headline: â€œWeâ€™re in the Brexs*itâ€�.
The Sunâ€™s leader pushed the Prime Minister to end a â€œdecade of lies that took us into the EU and kept us thereâ€�.
It added: â€œThe public has been sold a pup again and again. It has had enough.
â€œCome clean with Britain. This deal is not wholly without merit. But let us see it for what it is.â€�
The Telegraph said in a leader that â€œthis is not the good deal the public was anticipating, but a bad one.â€�
The paper also carried a column by Theresa Mayâ€™s former joint chief of staff Nick Timothy that dubbed the deal a â€œcapitulationâ€� by the Prime Minister.
Under its new editor Geordie Greig, former editor of the pro-Remain Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail has softened its take on Brexit.
In a shift away from its editorial stance under former-editor Paul Dacre, the Daily Mail leader praised Mayâ€™s deal and took aim at â€œzealous Brexiteersâ€�.
It accused hard line Leavers and â€œLabour opportunistsâ€� of â€œgambling with our futureâ€� by threatening to vote the deal down in the Commons.
The column read: â€œWill the die-hards never get the message that Britain is fed up with their posturing?
â€œThe public want Brexit pushed through with the best deal Brussels is prepared to sign.â€�
The Daily Mailâ€™s support for the Prime Minister in todayâ€™s leader column comes after the paper praised her for making a â€œhistoric dealâ€� against â€œinsuperable oddsâ€�.
Its mid-market competitor the Daily Express has shown similar support for the Prime Ministerâ€™s Brexit deal.
The paperâ€™s front page yesterday described Mayâ€™s deal as the â€œbest for Britainâ€�. Today, its front page celebrated â€œcabinet backingâ€� for the deal.
At the time of writing, Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey have resigned from the cabinet over the Brexit deal.
In its leader column, the Express described May as a â€œremarkable Prime Ministerâ€� who had â€œdefied all dire predictionsâ€�.
Pro-Brexit current affairs magazine The Spectator was less charitable. Its leader column this week said: â€œDuring last yearâ€™s general election campaign, Theresa May declared that â€˜You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexitâ€™.
â€œUnfortunately, her deal proves this point. It was negotiated by a team of people who imagined their job to be a damage-limitation exercise.
â€œThey did not see Brexit as an opportunity and this is reflected in the terms put before the cabinet.â€�
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Source: Digital Journalism