There is talk of ministerial revolts and resignations over the backstop proposal to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit in Friday’s papers.
The Times reports that, at Thursday’s meeting of senior cabinet ministers, at least six of them challenged Theresa May to put a time limit on a plan to keep Britain tied to the EU customs union.
According to the Telegraph, at least three Eurosceptic cabinet ministers are said to be considering quitting – International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, and the Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom.
The Sun, meanwhile, says senior Tories are plotting to hand over tens of millions more pounds to their DUP allies to persuade them to accept a deal.
Tax cut confusion
Are taxes going to go up or down in the Budget later this month? It depends which paper you read.
The Daily Express has the headline: “Millions to get income tax cut.”
It says Treasury Minister Mel Stride has signalled to the paper that keeping taxes down will be a top Budget priority.
But the Telegraph’s headline says: “Promised tax cuts dropped to fund welfare”.
The paper understands the chancellor plans to scrap a manifesto pledge to raise the personal allowance for income tax so he can put more money into universal credit.
It says Philip Hammond is under pressure to find an extra £2bn to ease the troubled roll-out of the scheme.
High Court judges are in the Daily Mail’s sights after the recommendation by the Senior Salaries Review Body that they should get a pay rise of 32%.
It is the paper’s main story – with the headline: “Where is the justice in that?”
It describes the increase as obscene and says pay restraint in the public sector is only now coming to an end after nearly eight years.
In the paper’s view, Justice Secretary David Gauke should put the recommendation back in a drawer, where it firmly belongs.
Finally, the Telegraph says it is back to Windsor today for the second royal wedding of the year as Princess Eugenie marries Jack Brooksbank.
It says the Duke and Duchess of Sussex helpfully did a trial run for them – doing a recce of the chapel and giving the carriage a spin.
The Guardian says the wedding is scarcely less lavish than that of Harry and Meghan – and eyebrows have been raised at the couple’s decision to copy them with an open-topped carriage ride through the streets of Windsor.
The Mail reports that one royalist arrived in Windsor on Tuesday to get a prime spot – and found there was no-one else there. By noon on Thursday, however, she had been joined by two other hardcore royal fans – a far cry, the Mail goes on, from the heaving streets on the eve of Harry’s wedding.