British press fired up by new PM’s Boris shock

July 14, 2016 6:48 am
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"Britain's credibility was hanging by a thread last night as new PM Theresa May chose gaffe-prone Boris Johnson as foreign secretary," the left-wing tabloid said/FILE
“Britain’s credibility was hanging by a thread last night as new PM Theresa May chose gaffe-prone Boris Johnson as foreign secretary,” the left-wing tabloid said/FILE

, LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 14 – Britain’s newspapers on Thursday focused on new Prime Minister Theresa May’s challenge-laden in-tray, while her appointment of top Brexiteers led by Boris Johnson thrilled some but alarmed others.

Dailies concentrated on the slant of the incoming government team replacing that of David Cameron, who stepped down as premier on Wednesday.

Overview
  • However, most newspapers were more interested in the surprise appointment of former London mayor Johnson as foreign minister.
  • "New PM's bombshell," said the Daily Mirror. "Dear world... Sorry", with a front page picture of Johnson stuck on a zip wire holding two British flags, from the London 2012 Olympics.
  • "Britain's credibility was hanging by a thread last night as new PM Theresa May chose gaffe-prone Boris Johnson as foreign secretary," the left-wing tabloid said.

“May’s clean break” said The Times’ front page, with a picture of the new premier and her husband waving from the steps of 10 Downing Street.

It drew on her sacking of Cameron’s number two George Osborne as finance minister as drawing a line between her administration and her predecessor’s.

The Times editorial was entitled “No time to lose”.

“Theresa May promises to rise to the challenge of leading Britain out of Europe, yet nothing she hopes to achieve will be possible without prosperity and growth,” it said.

“Britain is at a turning point. Its wealth, stability and identity are all at stake,” it said.

“The political limbo left by Brexit has been ended with impressive speed, but economic uncertainty lingers.

“Mrs May’s political honeymoon will be short.”

The Financial Times business daily focused on Osborne’s replacement Philip Hammond, calling him a “dry, low-key fiscal hawk”.

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