Paper review: Britain on ‘knife edge’ at exit poll


Daily Mail front page
Image caption In the Daily Mail’s 4am edition, the paper says Theresa May’s decision to call an election has backfired “disastrously”.
The Daily Mirror
Image caption The Daily Mirror says Theresa May’s job is “on the line” as the UK heads for a hung parliament.
The Sun front page
Image caption It’s “dismay” for the Sun’s latest front page which says Britain has been “plunged into political chaos”, adding that Mrs May’s election gamble was a “disaster”.
The Guardian front page
Image caption The Guardian said the shock poll result came after Mr Corbyn had “enthused voters” in more than 100 rallies across the country. Meanwhile the SNP were headed for a “sharp decline”, the paper added.
The Telegraph front page
Image caption The Telegraph says that if proved correct, the result puts both Mrs May’s premiership and Brexit “in doubt”.
The Times front page
Image caption The updated Times front page says a “humiliated” Mrs May was facing calls for her resignation as results continue to come in.
The i front page
Image caption The i says the political classes “are stunned again” and the paper points to the same exit poll in 2015 which accurately forecast the election result.
The Metro front page
Image caption The Metro said the Labour leader had “defied critics” as Mrs May faced a “crisis”.
Daily Star front page
Image caption The Daily Star late edition says Mrs May’s hopes have been “wrecked” by Labour’s “unexpected” surge.
Daily Express front page
Image caption The Daily Express focused on Mrs May’s “fight to stay in power”.
FT front page
Image caption The Financial Times says Mrs May’s gamble “appeared to have triggered another period of turmoil in British politics”.

Many of the newspapers printed additional editions to reflect early election results as well as the BBC/Sky/ITV exit poll.

Both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail suggest that Theresa May will lose her majority, leaving Britain with a hung parliament.

The Telegraph says it puts her premiership and Brexit “in doubt”. It points out that Mrs May called an early election after opinion polls suggested she would win a landslide majority. The Times says some Tories had set Mrs May a threshold to win 90 more seats to justify going to the polls.

The Daily Mail’s later edition puts the focus on the Prime Minister’s future, but carries her insistence that she won’t resign. It says the “surprise Labour surge” could put Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street and quotes one unnamed minister saying the Tory campaign was “the worst in living memory”.

The prospect of a hung parliament became clearer as The Sun changed its headline between editions from “May-hem” to “Theresa Dis-May”. In its editorial, the paper says it “sincerely hopes the Conservatives as the largest party will somehow be able to run as a minority government long enough to call another general election”.

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The Guardian front page pictures a smiling Jeremy Corbyn after voting in Islington. The paper says the Tories had been so confident of a majority that they had been privately discussing a re-shuffle.

The later edition of the Metro also marks the success of the Labour leader’s campaign which it says many had written off as “too left wing” to have broad appeal. It goes for the headline “Stormin’ Corbyn”.

The Financial Times reports that the exit poll saw a sharp fall in the value of the pound. The paper says that rather than “bringing certainty” to the Brexit negotiations, Mrs May’s gamble appeared to have “triggered another period of turmoil in British politics”.

The former Labour minister, Ed Balls, tells the paper that if the predictions are correct “there will be a second election soon”.

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