Too Early to ‘Write off’ ‘Cornered’ Boris? Press Chewing Over Johnson’s Brexit Blow

The Brexit dead-end has long dominated mass media front covers, ever since Theresa May’s failed attempt to deliver it and Boris Johnson’s takeover to finally do it, but what takes prime coverage today is something more personalised – the prime minister’s failed bid to call a general election, which Johnson threatened after the Tories appeared rather far from unanimous vis-à-vis the no-deal Brexit option.

Most British newspapers have referred to the emotional aspect of Johnson’s defeat in Westminster yesterday, dubbing him a “cornered” politician, while some put special emphasis on Labour head Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to back the prime minister.

“Cornered Johnson suffers triple Commons defeat”, The Guardian wrote adding he was thwarted “three times in the House of Commons”. The outlet noted that the  attempt by opposition parties and Tory rebels to block a no-deal Brexit “cleared its second and third readings” proceeding to the latest “defeat” –  a failed attempt to call a snap election.

The FT, the I and a number of other newspaper editions referred to the defeat yesterday in a similar fashion:

“Johnson backed into corner as Commons delivers double blow”, reads the FT’s front cover headline, with the article summing up the prime minister’s “humbling double defeat”.

Another quality press edition, The Times, refers to yesterday’s Westminster vote as “another bruising day” arguing the premier “faces an increasingly…

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