Theresa May's Brexit 'deal or no deal'

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Image caption Theresa May set out her Brexit strategy in a speech in London

Theresa May's Brexit speech is pretty much the only story in town, at least as far as the front pages are concerned.

It is the tough rhetoric which captures the headlines.

The Times headline sums up her message to the EU as "Give us a fair deal or you'll be crushed".

At the opposite end of the market, the Daily Star renders it as "May: I will crush EU".

For the Daily Mail, the parallels with Margaret Thatcher are hard to resist. It says the speech showed the "steel of the new Iron Lady".

Among the papers that opposed Brexit, the Guardian found the speech a "doubly depressing event" - a reality check for those who want to keep the UK in the single market while being riddled with its own streak of "global fantasy".

But the Guardian acknowledges that as a political manoeuvre it was a huge success for Mrs May and has strengthened her authority.

The Financial Times praises the prime minister's "bold vision" but warns that the road ahead will be perilous.

The Daily Mirror says Brexit will be a rollercoaster ride and only the reckless would pretend that it will be easy to reach a good deal with other nations.

The Sun's front page is mocked up as a Biblical tablet of stone with the single word headline "Brexodus".

The paper says Mrs May could call a snap election if Parliament votes to reject the deal she negotiates.

The Daily Telegraph praises the "steel behind" Mrs May's words and declares the speech "a defining moment in British politics".

Matt's cartoon has a worker bricking up the Channel Tunnel and remarking: "Mrs May's Brexit is a little harder than we'd been led to expect".


In other stories, the recently-retired head of the Serpentine Gallery in London, Dame Julia Peyton-Jones, features widely after becoming a mother at the age of 64.

The Daily Mail says that instead of putting her feet up after a high-flying career, the woman known as the "Queen Of Arts" will now be busy raising her daughter, Pia.

Dame Julia has not revealed further details, and the papers cannot say whether she had the child naturally or through a surrogate mother, IVF or adoption.


The Times reports that Manchester United, the world's richest football club according to Forbes magazine, has defended the launch of three new replica kits each season by claiming that their fans want "newness".

The paper thinks that argument flies in the face of concern expressed by parents at the high cost of funding their children's support for top teams.

Each new United kit costs £88 pounds for a child's version. Manchester City, Spurs and Arsenal also bring out three new strips per season.


Finally, the Daily Telegraph reports that intelligence agency GCHQ is launching a recruitment drive targeting teenage girls who know their way around social media.

A nationwide competition will launch next month designed to attract thousands of potential female spies with the skills to protect the nation against cyber attacks.

The Telegraph says the security services want to tackle their image as "male, pale and stale" by recruiting more "Jane Bonds" to their ranks.