Newspaper headlines:’ Victory for Brexit’ on day Boris starts his campaign

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Newspaper headlines:' Victory for Brexit' on day Boris starts his campaign

Newspaper headlines:’ Victory for Brexit’ on day Boris starts his campaign


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The Times is among the papers to lead on the launch of Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign. It says the MP “won’t rule out suspending Parliament” if it becomes necessary in order to “force through a no-deal” Brexit.

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A failed Labour-led attempt to pass a motion to rule out the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal is a “Victory for Brexit”, according to the Daily Express’s front page headline. The paper also reports Mr Johnson’s warning that politicians who try to block Brexit will face “mortal retribution”.

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The Guardian analyses the motion as an “attempt to box in new PM” and says that its failure has handed a “boost” to the campaigns of the hard-line Brexiteers jostling for the Tory leadership.

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The Financial Times hones in on the leadership contest too. Referring to Mr Johnson, it says he eased up on his “no-deal rhetoric” on a day that a confidential cabinet note, warning about the consequences of Britain leaving without an agreement in place, was leaked.

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“Now is the time to remember our duty” is splashed across the front page of the Daily Telegraph. The paper quotes Mr Johnson’s speech, in which he said he had the “guts and courage” to take the UK out of the EU by 31 October. The front page also squeezes in some analysis from Mr Johnson’s fellow Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson under the headline “Unlike the Maybot, he can lift your heart”.

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The Metro take a different line on the launch by criticising Mr Johnson for dodging questions about his past cocaine use. The paper says he dismissed questions in a “carefully staged” news conference.

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“Who’s a snorty boy”, asks the Daily Mirror as they also accuse Mr Johnson of “ducking questions about his cocaine past”. The paper calls the MP the “lying threat to Britain” as they recall an interview where Mr Johnson claimed he “vividly” recalled taking the class-A drug.

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Of course, Boris Johnson was not the only candidate who launched his campaign on Wednesday and the i front page is alone in focusing first on Sajid Javid, with the headline “Incompetent Tories not up to the job, admits Javid”. The paper calls this a “startling admission” and interestingly chooses not to use pictures of any of the candidates on its front page.

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Other than passing comment on the fashion advice Mr Johnson apparently received from his younger girlfriend, the Daily Mail decides not to focus too much on the leadership launch. Instead it takes the opportunity to praise itself for the success of its own “save our local post offices” campaign, following the news that pay rates for struggling postmasters will be reviewed in an attempt to stop a wave of post office closures.

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The Sun features a Brexit-related story on its front page, this one involving Nigel Farage and comedian Jo Brand. Under the headline “Jo’s acid tongue”, it says the BBC “defied calls” to have Ms Brand axed after she made comments on a radio show suggesting protesters should throw acid, instead of milkshakes, at Mr Farage.

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The Daily Star focuses on the news that Comic Relief will stop sending celebrities to Africa to raise funds – with the headline “Kicked in the Dooleys” and the much-criticised picture of the aforementioned Stacey Dooley posing in Uganda with a young boy.

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