What the papers say – March 22
Brexit continues to make headlines.
Brexit features on many of the front pages at the end of the working week, after Theresa May was granted an extension to Britain’s departure from the European Union.
The Times says Mrs May has been given “one last chance” after EU leaders granted her a “three-week lifeline” to come up with an alternative plan if her Brexit blueprint is voted down by MPs.
The Times 22/3/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) March 21, 2019
European Union leaders last night handed Theresa May a three-week lifeline to come up with an alternative Brexit plan if her withdrawal deal is not approved by MPs. Photo : Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP#thetimes #tomorrowspaperstoday @thetimes pic.twitter.com/MFFqcBQ5Ja
The Daily Telegraph focuses on the reaction within the Conservative party to Mrs May’s handling of Britain’s departure, with Sir Graham Brady reportedly telling her MPs think she should step down.
The Guardian says that Mrs May’s appeal to EU leaders “falls flat” after she requested an extension until June 30.
Guardian front page, Friday 22 March 2019: May’s appeal falls flat as EU seizes control of Brexit date pic.twitter.com/j29e4IdFd1— The Guardian (@guardian) March 21, 2019
The Financial Times says Mrs May is facing a “national emergency”, employing the words of the Trades Union Congress and the Confederation of British Industry.
Front page of the Financial Times, UK edition, for Friday 22 March 2019 pic.twitter.com/NIdPEGRAZh— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) March 21, 2019
The Metro opts not to lead on events in Brussels and instead writes about a “Brexit bunker” at the Ministry of Defence which has been prepared in case of a no deal.
The i says the EU has delayed Brexit until April 12, with the chief whip said to be despairing over Mrs May’s address to the nation in which she turned the blame on MPs.
Friday's front page of i (first edition)— Oly Duff (@olyduff) March 21, 2019
EU delays Brexit until 12th April
Chief Whip reveals his despair at PM playing blame game#tomorrowspaperstoday #skypapers #bbcpapers #Brexit #EU #ChiefWhip pic.twitter.com/gheHp5bElo
The Independent questions whether Mrs May could claim to have taken back control after deadlines were imposed on Britain by EU leaders.
The Daily Mirror leads on the discovery of the body of missing student Libby Squire.
The Sun reports on the forthcoming release of former footballer Adam Johnson.
The Daily Mail carries a simple headline: “Brexit is delayed”.
The Daily Express writes that “emergency preparations for a no-deal Brexit are being “dramatically intensified”.
Here is tomorrow's @Daily_Express front page:— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) March 21, 2019
- Battle plans drawn up for no deal #Brexit
- Police say body found in river is missing Libby
- Joan Collins, 85: 'I'm in the best shape of my life'#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/uVjSHccwCz
And the Daily Star pleads for 24 hours without talking about Britain’s departure.