There are just two subjects that the papers are interested in today: the World Cup game between England and Sweden and Theresa May winning support for her Brexit deal at the Chequers summit on Friday.
Most of the newspapers agree that the Brexit agreement is a victory for May.
The Guardian splashes with the headline: “May wins cabinet agreement for soft Brexit plan” and reports that the prime minister managed to sign up “her fractious cabinet” to a “controversial plan to match EU standards on food and goods”, but that this had not gone down well with Tory Brexiters.
The headline on the strongly pro-Brexit Daily Telegraph is: “Cabinet signs up to May’s Brexit deal” and they report: “Theresa May won her battle with Eurosceptic ministers on Friday night as she announced the cabinet has signed up to a Brexit deal that keeps Britain tied to EU rules and regulations indefinitely.”
The headline on the FT Weekend is “May wins backing for ‘soft’ Brexit after facing down cabinet rebels” and the i weekend is even more stark with “May takes back control”.
The Daily Mail is less than impressed with the deal that has been reached, calling it “an uneasy agreement on a 12-point ‘compromise’, which could see Britain tied to some EU rules forever”. Their front page has the headline, “Soft Brexit threat to May”, and they warn the Conservatives may lose the next election if the Brexit deal “goes too far”.
The Times is interested in how the deal will affect Boris Johnson, who led a group of Tory rebels who were calling for a tougher line on Brexit, and whom they claim will be sacked “if he rebels again”. Their headline is: “Johnson in firing line as PM claims Brexit victory”.
The Daily Express is full of cheer at the news saying “Cabinet agree 12-point Brexit plan AND there’s more good news … Trump ready to offer UK zero tariff trade deal”, based on comments from the US ambassador to the UK, Robert “Woody” Johnson, that zero tariffs could be on the table as the US president seeks to get a “quick deal” on trans-Atlantic trade.
The Mirror doesn’t have Brexit on the front page, instead dedicating the full page to Harry Kane and the rest of the English football side, with the headline: “Captain Fantastic: My band of brothers”, though the paper does dedicate page 11 to the Brexit discussions held at “May’s pad”, as they call Chequers, saying the PM had succeeded in uniting the Tories, and leading with the “dramatic retreat” by Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and David Davis from threats they would quit over the Brexit deal.