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A lot of people are talking about The Sun's front page

‘Great Britain or Great Betrayal.’

A LOT OF people are talking about The Sun’s UK front page today.

Images of ‘classic’ British places and things feature on the newspaper’s cover, which is emblazoned with the words ‘Great Britain or Great Betrayal’. Even the Loch Ness monster features.

_101978729_sun-front-page-for-12_06_20 Source: The Sun

The article in question is about Brexit, in case you didn’t guess, and the opening line reads: “Rebel Tory MPs could today destroy their Prime Minister, their Government and the Brexit the 17.4 million majority voted for.”

The House of Commons in London will later today vote on whether to give MPs a decisive say on the final Brexit deal struck between Britain and the European Union.

This morning Justice Minister Phillip Lee resigned in order to voice his criticism of the Conservative Party’s approach to Brexit.

While today’s edition of the newspaper may become a much-wanted souvenir, particularly for pro-Brexiteers, others have criticised the cover.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston tweeted that The Sun’s “ignorant headlines & soundbites” may actually be what betrays Britain “when the consequences of a hard Brexit smash into people’s lives”.

Labour MP Chuka Umunna, meanwhile, said newspaper editors who think they can “intimidate and threaten members of parliament” are “a real and present danger to our democracy”.

Other people have pointed out that some of the items featured on The Sun’s cover aren’t actually British or, in some cases, great.

RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes noted that the Mini car, “the most quintessentially British automotive marque is owned and manufactured by that most quintessentially German manufacturer BMW”.

He also questioned the inclusion of Sellafield, a nuclear fuel reprocessing and decommissioning site located in Cumbria, urging people to look up Windscale (what Sellafield was previous known as).

On 10 October 1957 a fire, the worst nuclear accident in Great Britain’s history, happened at the site. No one died as a direct result of the fire but it’s believed that more than 200 people may have developed cancer due to the subsequent radioactive contamination.

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