Every paper focuses today on the broken figure of Theresa May, capturing the moment the Maybot cracked at the end of her farewell speech in front of 10 Downing Street.
The Guardian says “Broken by Brexit” below a picture showing the upset PM. An accompanying pullquote from her speech says: “It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”
The Mail opts for a poster front page, and makes its feelings clear with the sympathetic headline: “A crying shame”, before turning to its 16-page special report inside.
May appears long gone in the Telegraph’s eyes. It gives her the main picture but makes no mention of her name in the front-page furniture. “Boris makes Brexit vow in push for No 10,” is the headline. In the accompanying sketch, she is referred to as “she’.
The Times has “It all ends in tears” alongside the now-familiar image of May. The outgoing deputy political editor, Sam Coates, is given the top byline as he leaves the paper on a momentous day. The coverage focuses on three things: May’s departure, Boris Johnson’s no-deal “threat”, and Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a general election.
The Daily Express takes a patriotic angle with the headline: “Tears for the love of her country” and asks the question everyone is wondering: “Who can now deliver Brexit and unite Britain?”
Even the FT gives May’s agonised expression its front-page picture spot and looks ahead to the “Tory battle” for the leadership, making particular mention of the PM’s plea for a future leader to pursue compromise.
The Mirror goes with “The crying lady” and says the PM has been humiliated. It also says “buffoon Boris” is tipped to succeed her. The Sun echoes that, with the headline: “Teario Theresa, hello Bojo!”, The i says simply: “I have done my best.”