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'May's finest hour': Here's what the UK papers are making of May's speech

The UK premier gave a televised speech where she said Brexit talks were at an impasse, and it’s up to the EU to offer a solution.

THERESA MAY’S SPEECH yesterday has caused quite a stir, to say the least.

In an abruptly-called televised talk, May had another chance at responding to criticism of her Chequers plan and the general backlash to the demands the UK has been making.

Her speech in Salzburg, given immediately after European Council President Donald Tusk said that the UK proposals “will not work”, was criticised as weak. The Tory party conference is next week, putting pressure on her to deliver a strong performance.

The UK Prime Minister took the opportunity yesterday to say that the EU has been treated with respect, and that “the UK expects the same” in return. She said that she would not “overturn the result of the referendum, or break up my country”, suggesting that a compromise to finalise a Brexit deal wouldn’t be easy.

The speech, the latest in an escalating war-of-words, was received with caution by EU leaders, who rushed to say that a compromise was still possible.

Back in the UK, the tone was more jubilant – not least of all in the UK papers. The Daily Express ran this opinion column on its front page.

Daily Express Source: Daily Express

The Daily Mail summed the whole situation up on its front page (bias warning: in case you didn’t already know, they’re quite anti-EU).

Daily Mail Source: Daily Mail

“Defiant” is basically as close to a compliment as you’re going to get from The Times.

Times Source: The Times

The Sun‘s headline didn’t disappoint.

Wow Source: The Sun

The ‘i’ newspaper played on “the lady’s not for turning phrase, used by former PM Margaret Thatcher at a Conservative party conference in 1980. Not the first time May has been compared to Thatcher, and not the last either.

i newspaper Source: i weekend

The Daily Telegraph‘s front page is the least dramatic of the lot.

The telegraph Source: Daily Telegraph

The Guardian‘s front page is also quite subdued, but carries what is probably the sharpest criticism from May’s speech.

Guardian Source: Guardian

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