The Papers: Divorce shake-up and PM ‘told she is problem’ | - South Africa News

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Image caption The i is one of several papers leading on Tuesday’s announcement that the government is overhauling decades-old divorce laws. The proposals would make the “irretrievable breakdown” of a marriage the only grounds for divorce, rather than at present where one party has to be at fault. The i calls the proposed changes to legislation a “revolution” and says the the reforms come after a consultation showed there was broad support for a no-fault system.
Image caption The shake-up of divorce laws aims to help “limit the blame and bitterness of marital break-up,” according to the Daily Mail. The paper says the reforms follow years of campaigning by family lawyers and judges, who have been trying to remove the idea of someone being at fault as it can create or increase conflict between the two divorcees. But the paper says critics fear a rise in “divorce on demand”.
Image caption The Metro says the new proposed system will also mean husbands or wives who want to contest a divorce will have less power, “stopping them from trapping their partners”. The newspaper quotes Justice Secretary David Gauke as saying he firmly believes now is “the right time to end this unnecessary blame game for good”.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph leads on reports that senior figures in the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbench MPs have told Theresa May to stand down immediately at a meeting in Downing Street on Monday. The backbenchers said that the mood had “turned against her” – but Mrs May reportedly “sat in stony silence and refused to discuss her future”. The paper also says Mrs May is considering allowing MPs to vote on whether to hold another EU referendum in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock.
Image caption The Financial Times focuses on the reaction of some Conservative Brexiteers, after Theresa May took steps to ensure the UK can take part in European Parliament elections next month and also reopened talks with Labour. The paper reports that sources said Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom was “incandescent with anger” over Mrs May’s talks with Labour. Meanwhile, an email from the Conservative Party has told potential European election candidates to put their names forward by 17:00 GMT on Tuesday, the paper says.
Image caption The move by the Conservative Party asking for potential European election candidates to come forward “drew the ire of hard Brexiteers”, the Guardian says. The newspaper also leads on the prime minister’s Brexit strategy, as she prepares to ask Germany and France’s leaders to support a Brexit extension. At an EU summit on Wednesday, Mrs will make the case for a delay until the end of June. The paper says a longer delay and participating in the European elections “now looks like the most likely option”.
Image caption The Times also looks ahead to Mrs May’s talks with Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. Mrs May wants a Brexit delay until 30 June, but the Times reports that EU leaders have started to suggest their price for agreeing – which could be the UK losing its say in future EU budget talks and trade deals.
Image caption Meanwhile, the Daily Express takes aim at high-earning council employees, saying there are 2,454 town hall staff across Britain being paid salaries of more than £100,000. The figures, based on analysis from the Taxpayers’ Alliance which campaigns for lower taxes, have provoked anger, says the newspaper.
Image caption And the Daily Mirror reports that Scotland Yard is investigating five men living in the UK who are suspected of being involved in atrocities committed during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The newspaper names and pictures one of them as Celestin Mutabaruka, 63, who lives in Kent. Mr Mutabaruka told the newspaper that he welcomed the chance to clear his name and said: “I have nothing to hide.”
Image caption The Star leads with a story about a woman who tried to cheat the NHS out of more than £2m by exaggerating injuries from botched surgery. Lesley Elder, 50, has been jailed after she was spotted at a hen party in Ibiza.

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