Brexit news: How the papers reacted after Theresa May suffered three bruising defeats in the Commons

Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard
Brexit defeats: Theresa May faced a bruising set of front pages on Wednesday morning
Brexit defeats: Theresa May faced a bruising set of front pages on Wednesday morning

Theresa May faced one of the worst days in her tenure as Prime Minister on Tuesday with three bruising defeats in the Commons.

Mrs May kicked off the marathon five-debate on her Brexit deal in the Commons on Tuesday night.

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But she was faced with a triple blow as the government was found in contempt, ordered to publish the full legal advice on the Brexit deal and an amendment was voted through which gave MPs more powers to vote on Plan B.

Newspapers have given their assessment into the dramatic day with one simply describing it as "The day May lost control."

The pound surged and then slump to its lowest level for almost a year after the Government was ordered to publish the full legal advice on Brexit (PA)
The pound surged and then slump to its lowest level for almost a year after the Government was ordered to publish the full legal advice on Brexit (PA)

The Daily Mirror describes the triple blow in the Commons as "63 minutes of mayhem" and warns Mrs May looks to be losing control of her Brexit strategy.

In its leader, the paper says the "crushing" defeats have left Parliament in chaos.

"With the prospect of the PM's Brexit plan being defeated next Tuesday rapidly increasing, these are significant days that will shape our country's future for decades to come", it writes.

The paper said Parliament was in chaos (Daily Mirror)
The paper said Parliament was in chaos (Daily Mirror)

Describing Mrs May as "weak and wobbly", it adds: "Either the PM produces a Plan B, or MPs will do it after they've written her off for good."

The Daily Telegraph runs with the headline "The day May lost control", and says the PM suffered humiliation on a historic scale.

Its editorial comment warns the day's events were "emblematic of the mess the Government is in - assailed on all sides and buffeted by events over which it has no control".

The paper said Mrs May faced defeat on a historic scale (The Daily Telegraph)
The paper said Mrs May faced defeat on a historic scale (The Daily Telegraph)

The Guardian says Mrs May "staggers on" following the defeats, but The Sun claims the PM "cannot tough this out".

"Her defeats yesterday were body blows for the Government and possibly Brexit", says The Sun's leader.

But the paper does praise Mrs May for her "calm determination".

The Daily Mail says Brexit is "on a knife edge" following the Commons defeats, and explains that her administration became the first in modern history to be found in contempt of Parliament.

The paper said the public's trust in political class was under threat (Daily Mail)
The paper said the public's trust in political class was under threat (Daily Mail)

The paper's leader warns that Parliament, rather than the Government, could end up having "total supremacy in shaping Brexit" - and means Brexit may not happen at all.

"Just consider how that would shatter the integrity of our democracy and erode what's left of public trust in our political class," it says.

"It should now be clearer than ever that the only hope of salvation is Mrs May's deal," it adds.

The Daily Express also continues to back the PM and warns that Britain's democratic vote had been "thrown into jeopardy".

"Sabotage Brexit at your peril!", its headline reads.

In its opinion piece, it adds: "It is clear that the deal struck by our courageous and indefatigable Prime Minister is now the only sure way that Brexit is delivered."

According to The Times, it was the "worst defeat by PM in the Commons for 40 years".

The newspaper added it was the "worse series of Commons defeats on a single day for 40 years".

Additional reporting by Press Association

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