Leave and Remain have been the two threads running through British politics for a number of years and it was a similar case on Wednesday with Theresa May facing a no-confidence vote.
Thursday’s papers lead on the fallout after a dramatic day in Westminster, with the Times saying a “wounded” Mrs May “survives”, but that she was forced to give up leading the party into the next election in order to get over the line.
The Times 13/12/2018 Prime minister Theresa May returns to No.10 Downing Street and eventually survives the no-confidence vote. Photo: Times Photographer Jack Hill #firstname.lastname@example.org/3WDqLvrLQ2
— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) December 12, 2018
The Daily Telegraph runs with a picture of a smiling Mrs May, but the paper says the result “leaves the Conservative party more divided than ever” and will make it harder for her to pass her Brexit deal.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 12, 2018
The Guardian says the scale of rebellion against Mrs May – 117 of the 317 votes – is “damaging”.
The Guardian front page, Thursday 13 December 2018: Tory coup fails. But scale of rebellion damages May pic.twitter.com/ZPOVCnTkbR
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 12, 2018
The Financial Times reports the margin of Mrs May’s victory will “fail to quash revolt”.
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) December 12, 2018
The Metro leads on Mrs May “staying put”, with a headline riffing on a poster produced by the Government before the Second World War.
— Metro Newspaper UK (@MetroUKNews) December 12, 2018
The i says Mrs May got a “stay of execution” following a “day of chaos at Westminster”.
— i newspaper (@theipaper) December 12, 2018
While the Independent says the Tory “civil war” goes on.
— The Independent (@Independent) December 12, 2018
The Daily Mirror peppers some festive-themed funnies on to its front page, with the headline “It’s lame duck for Christmas”.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) December 12, 2018
The Sun says Mrs May has been left “wounded” by the “battering”.
— The Sun (@TheSun) December 12, 2018
But the Daily Mail says she has seen off plotters and encourages her to finish the job of delivering Brexit.
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) December 12, 2018
The Daily Express runs with a similar theme.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) December 12, 2018
And the Daily Star reports that I’m A Celeb winner Harry Redknapp once brought a fake television.