Must Theresa May be on her way?

Conservative British media are mobilising against Prime Minister May: "Time's up, Theresa" is title of The Sun's front page editorial, and in The Telegraph Brexit hardliner Boris Johnson calls May a "chicken" who has been too cowardly over Brexit. There is also speculation that May could be forced to resign by her own cabinet. While some commentators see this as the right move, others warn that May must stay.

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El País (ES) /

The sooner she goes the better

For El País it's unthinkable that May will continue to lead the government:

“The British Prime Minister Theresa May has outlived her usefulness. She must go as soon as possible. The Conservative leader has managed the incredible feat of antagonising all the actors in British politics. One minister after another has turned their back on her and resigned, and among those who are left a growing number are adopting insurgent positions. Many politicians in her own party reject her and are discrediting her, even comparing May with the appeasing Chamberlain vis-à-vis the resisting Churchill. The Eurosceptics make fun of her and betray her; the pro-Europeans ignore her. And almost all of them vote against her proposals”

Pravda (SK) /

Speculation rife, tensions simmering

British politicians should give up their tactical games once and for all, Pravda sighs:

“The Remain demonstration on Saturday in London was the biggest to date. What's more, people are angry that the current cabinet has been unable to bring the negotiations with Brussels to a successful conclusion and sees a no-deal Brexit conceivable. It's no wonder that many are speculating about a coup against Prime Minister May, who for the past three years has firmly rejected the idea of a new referendum. ... Within just a few days 4.4 million people signed a petition for Britain to stay in the EU. Such a mass of people who are seriously addressing the country's future should serve as a warning for all those who play games with the popular will.”

The Independent (GB) /

No Brexit without May

Brexit would be unlikely with a radical anti-European at the helm of the British government, columnist John Rentoul writes in The Independent:

“The Tory party is so consumed by the Brexit crisis that it is not looking for an election winner so much as someone who can hold the party together and deliver a 'real' Brexit. For many Tories that means a no-deal Brexit, which is something that the House of Commons has rejected twice. … Within weeks, the Tory party could choose one of the leaders of the Vote Leave campaign - Boris Johnson or Michael Gove - to be prime minister. But whoever becomes prime minister would be trying to secure a form of Brexit that is even less likely to get through parliament than May's deal.”