What the papers say – December 15
The latest on Brexit, struggling high street retailers and a family fraudster are on the fronts.
Theresa May’s bruising “bust-up” in Brussels leads a swathe of Saturday’s papers.
The Guardian says Mrs May has been left “brutally exposed” after she returned from Brussels “empty-handed” following her last-ditch attempt to secure legal concessions on the Irish backstop.
Guardian front page, Saturday 15 December 2018: Angry and bruised, May returns empty-handed pic.twitter.com/ZkYMzv0dlJ— The Guardian (@guardian) December 14, 2018
A “robust” exchange between Mrs May and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, in which she reportedly admonished him for calling her “nebulous”, was caught on camera, the Daily Telegraph says.
Mr Juncker was accused of showing “disrespect” to Mrs May, the Daily Express reports.
The PM has threatened to “crash” the deal if the EU does not give ground, the Financial Times says.
The Times says a majority of Cabinet ministers view the PM’s deal as “dead” and are discussing alternative options – including a second referendum.
Some senior Tories have told the PM to open talks with Labour in a final bid to save the deal, The Independent reports.
In other Brexit news, The Sun says EU chiefs plan to charge Britons £6 to visit the bloc in future.
Meanwhile, away from Brexit, the Daily Mail reports on drastic Christmas sales measures taken by high street retailers to keep afloat.
And the Daily Mirror leads with the case of a fraudster who lied about having terminal cancer to swindle her husband and family out of £250,000.