Newspaper headlines: Barack Obama kitesurfing and Brexit hard talk

For the Times, MPs have been given a "concession" after they were promised the chance to vote on Theresa May's deal with EU negotiators six months before the UK leaves the EU.

The paper says Number 10 was "forced into the move to avoid defeat" at the hands of Labour and Tory rebels.

Before the government's move to head off a rebellion, there were 20 Conservative MPs who were ready to defy Downing Street and vote against the government on Article 50 amendments, the paper says.

According to the Guardian, however, the prime minister successfully "faced down a Conservative rebellion over Brexit".

A potential Tory rebellion was "virtually cancelled out" by six pro-Brexit Labour MPs who voted with the government, it says.

The government remains relatively confident the Brexit bill will pass its third and final Commons reading on Wednesday without changes, before heading to the Lords, the paper adds.

The Daily Telegraph warns the European Union is facing a new Greek debt crisis.

It claims the state of the government finances in Greece could destabilise the whole eurozone, and quotes the International Monetary Fund as saying a new bailout is needed.

The paper notes that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is unwilling to send funds directly to Athens as she faces a tough re-election battle in the autumn.

It predicts the Greek debt problems will come to the fore as soon as July, when the country is due to repay around 7bn euros to its creditors.


The Guardian considers the government's white paper on the housing market in England and concludes it does nothing to confront what it calls the country's "housing crisis".

The paper says the government is not addressing the obsession of buyers in extending themselves to own a home.

It says there needs to be an honest admission that there is no chance of building the extra 250,000 new homes a year that the government says are required.

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The Daily Telegraph reflects on the news that the Institute for Fiscal Studies thinks tax rises and cuts to public services are set to continue well into the next decade.

In an editorial, the paper says the British state has regressed 30 years, threatening to reverse the direction of travel Margaret Thatcher struggled so hard to establish.

It says that while it is admirable that the government wants to reduce the deficit, taxes have risen for seven years in a row - and another way of raising cash would be by reducing our foreign aid budget.


The Times says teachers are using police-style body cameras to record misbehaving pupils.

The paper says at least two comprehensives in England - both with a history of unruly pupils - are using the cameras to tackle "constant low level disruption".

The Information Commissioner's Office - which regulates privacy issues - said that schools were free to use the technique as a "self-reflection" tool for students.

In its editorial, the Times says that Commons Speaker John Bercow over-reached his office when he tried to pre-emptively bar US President Donald Trump from addressing Parliament.

The paper says that while the speaker is entitled to his personal opinions, his comments smell of hypocrisy - having already invited the presidents of China, Kuwait and Indonesia to address MPs and peers.

It says that while Mr Bercow has done a reasonable job as speaker, his desire for personal publicity has "blighted his record".

In his column in the Daily Mail, Quentin Letts says Mr Bercow's criticism of the president is all the more surprising given the fact that he is a "mini" Trump himself.

He says Mr Bercow is as greedy for attention as the president and has the same inflated self-regard.

The Guardian though says Mr Bercow did not over-reach his powers.

The paper says he was right to intervene because, if Britain is truly pro-American, it cannot want Mr Trump's presidency to succeed.

It says the president's temperament does not tolerate "democratic restraint" and he wants his whim enacted as law.

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And finally.

They are the photos that show former US President Barack Obama "as you've never seen him before", according to the Sun.

The photographs show Mr Obama learning to kitesurf while on holiday at Sir Richard Branson's luxurious Necker Island in the Caribbean.

The "worries of the White House are clearly far from Obama's mind", says the Daily Mail.

The Guardian says US presidents "don't get to have very much fun", however, "whatever Barack Obama might be missing about the Oval Office, those restrictions don't appear to be one of them".

"Branson challenged the ex-president to learn how to kiteboard before Branson himself could learn to foilboard, another young watersport that resembles water skiing.

"According to Branson's post, it was a challenge Obama easily won," the paper says.