Newspaper headlines: Brexit 'mayhem' and 'the house of fools'

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Wednesday's newspapers are dominated by the news that MPs rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time.

"How much more of this can Britain take?" asks the Daily Express, while "May loses control of Brexit" is the headline in the Financial Times.

The Guardian says MPs inflicted a fresh blow to the prime minister's "shattered authority" when they again voted against her Brexit plan.

The Daily Mirror calls her defeat "humiliating", and says it now looks like Brexit will be delayed.

The HuffPost UK website says the EU has demanded a "credible justification" before it can grant any delay request. This, the website says, suggests Mrs May might have to pivot to a softer deal or call an election or referendum.

The Times says the rejection of the PM's plan darkened the mood of EU leaders, who are due to meet next week for a summit.

A diplomat tells the paper that some behind the scenes are prepared to cut Britain loose.

There's criticism too of MPs.

The Sun calls them a "parliament of pygmies" who "calamitously let down the nation".

The Express accuses "wrecking Remainers" of rendering the vote of more than 17 million people "meaningless".

But the FT argues MPs must now take control to avoid political chaos and create space for a re-think.

The Daily Mail is one of several papers to speculate about how much longer Mrs May can survive as prime minister.

The Times and the Mirror say she's on borrowed time.

A writer in the Daily Telegraph, Allison Pearson, argues the UK needs "a bold new leader" who can enter EU negotiations with "guts, vision and fire in their belly".

The Sun says that Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are leading contenders to replace Mrs May.

The i adds Michael Gove and Dominic Raab to the list.

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Away from Brexit, several papers report a new study has found air pollution could be causing more early deaths than smoking.

The Sun says it is estimated there were 64,000 deaths in the UK caused by dirty air. The Guardian says this is double previous estimates.

The i points out the UK's early death rate from air pollution is lower than for many other European countries.

But the Times says pollution is linked to asthma, heart, disease, cancer and may contribute to dementia and obesity. The clamour for cleaner air, the paper adds, is only going to get louder.

Meanwhile, one of Cambridge University's last women-only colleges is to open its doors to men, the Mail reports.

From 2021, Lucy Cavendish College will change its entry criteria to allow other under-represented groups to apply. It expects to target students from deprived areas and ethnic minorities.

The Telegraph says the decision leaves just two women's colleges in the UK - both at Cambridge.

Finally, James Bond will become the "spy who plugged me... in ", reports the Sun, as the character will drive an electric car in the new film.

It's the idea of the director Cary Joji Fukunaga for 007, played by the actor Daniel Craig, to be seen behind the wheel of a limited edition Aston Martin.