Brexit leads most of Wednesday’s papers as EU leaders gather in Brussels for another crunch summit when they will be asked to sign off on a second extension.
Britain’s departure from the bloc is set to be delayed by up to a year after the Prime Minister was warned her proposal of another short extension was too much of a “risk”, the Daily Telegraph says.
Theresa May was told ahead of the summit that she needs to present a “clear plan with credible political backing”, The Independent reports.
The rebuff comes despite Mrs May visiting the leaders of France and Germany on Tuesday in an effort to persuade them to back her proposal, The Guardian says.
Metro reports that French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to push for the longer delay to Brexit.
But he has been urged not to “humiliate” Mrs May as the price of granting a long extension, The Times reports.
The Daily Mail says a year’s delay to Brexit is a humiliating prospect and tough conditions are likely to be attached.
Among these will be a refusal to reopen the controversial withdrawal agreement, the Daily Express reports.
Back in Westminster, a third of Tory MPs defied a Government whip to vote against an extension to Article 50 in the Commons, the i reports.
In other news, the Daily Mirror leads with a report on MPs’ houses.
The Sun reports on a prank involving former foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
And the Daily Star says Chinese consumers are buying up British pork, increasing costs for customers.