Sunday Paper Review: May struggles to keep cabinet together
As usual, this week's front-pages are dominated by the fallout from Brexit
The Scotland on Sunday reveals that mistrust of the Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, may be behind the unwillingness of the British government to ascent to the Scottish devolved government's demand for Brexit powers to immediately be devolved to the regional level. Sources in Whitehall have claimed that the SNP's preferred deal would hand a 'veto' over UK governmental policy to Sinn Fein, in the event that the Northern Irish Assembly was restored.
The Observer carries the story that student groups representing almost a million students in the UK have called for a final vote on the Brexit deal. The paper also carries polling from Opinium showing that 53% of the country supports the public having a vote on any final deal.
Meanwhile the Prime Minister has taken to the pages of the Sunday Times in a desperate bid to change the minds of the opponents of her 'customs partnership' plan within the cabinet. This is despite the Irish Deputy PM outright rejecting the plans on the Andrew Marr show, commenting that “'To be honest we don't take our lead from Boris Johnson in relation to Brexit, we take our lead from the Prime Minister.”
The Times also carries claims that John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, is set to stand down from his role next year amidst claims of bullying by former staff. The Speaker had previously promised that he would serve no longer than 9 years when he was elected in 2009.
The Sunday Herald leads with a call from Marina Litvinenko, the widow of the murdered Russian spy, for Alex Salmond to drop his show from the Russian state television station, RT, labelling it a"propaganda-style" outlet. The former First Minister has repeatedly maintained that he retains “full editorial control” over his program.
The Mirror covers the 25,000 strong anti-austerity march in London, called by the TUC to raise the issues of poverty pay and Tory cuts. The march was addressed by Jeremy Corbyn, who promised to repeal existing anti-Trade Union legislation, and to bring back privatised utilities and services into public ownership.
Although the news came too late for many of the papers print copies, the online editions carry the news of Tessa Jowell, the former Labour cabinet secretary, who sadly passed away from brain cancer on Saturday.