What the papers say – July 18
Government clinches crucial Brexit vote.
Brexit leads the majority of the papers as Parliament held “crunch” votes on the legislation, while a couple of court cases also make the fronts.
The Times reports Theresa May threatened to hold a General Election if her plans on customs post-Brexit were defeated in the Commons. A dozen Conservative MPs rebelled, but the vote was passed with a majority of six.
The Daily Telegraph runs with a similar story but a different angle, reporting that four Labour MPs voted with the Government and thus “saved” Mrs May’s premiership.
The Guardian says Mrs May has “seen off” Conservative rebels as Tory remainers lost a “high stakes” vote on the customs union.
The Financial Times says Mrs May has “restored” her frail grip on Brexit.
Olympic showjumper Lizzie Purbrick’s court case leads the Metro, with the paper reporting she admitted sneaking into the flat of her husband’s lover and “spraying abusive messages” in pig’s blood.
The i says the Brexit vote caused “relief” in Downing Street after the “knife-edge” vote.
The Independent leads on calls to re-run the Brexit referendum after the Vote Leave campaign was referred to the police over alleged breaches of spending laws.
The Daily Mirror runs with the fallout from the murder of Anne Searle, who was strangled by husband Stephen.
The Sun claims that a transgender prisoner has been accused of abusing female inmates.
The Daily Mail says that politicians have been “paralysed by Brexit bickering”, contrasting that with the latest employment figures.
The Daily Express reports on police “failing to fully investigate” a crime despite clear images of the suspect.
And the Daily Star runs with a “tsunami” in Spain where tourists were hit by a “freak wave”.