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EU draft deal: How the papers have reacted to David Cameron’s reform package

3 February 2016

7:52 AM

3 February 2016

7:52 AM

David Cameron has done his best to talk up his draft package of reforms with the EU. He said yesterday: ‘If I could get these terms for Britain, I sure would opt in’.

But how have the papers reacted to the proposed agreement? The bad news for the Prime Minister is that many front pages don’t share his enthusiasm for the draft deal. In fact, the newspapers could arguably be the worst set of morning reading for the PM since he became Tory leader in 2005. Here’s how the deal was received on Fleet Street:

The Sun stuck the knife in with its front page, describing the deal as a ‘farce’:

Unsurprisingly, the Daily Express pulled no punches either with its front page:

And the Daily Mail dubbed the deal ‘The Great Delusion’:

The Daily Mirror went for a softer line but still shared some of the widespread pessimism about the draft agreement:

The Times was less stinging in its criticism but the paper also did not share David Cameron’s attempts to claim he had ‘basically got what he wanted’:

The Daily Telegraph said those within the cabinet were now readying themselves to stand against the PM:

The Metro went with ‘EU are joking’, saying the PM was going to have a hard time dealing with Eurosceptics within his own party after revealing the deal:

Finally, the Guardian focused on Theresa May appearing to back the draft EU deal:


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