After a campaign that saw twists, turns and terrorist atrocities, Britain’s newspapers have given their final assessment as voters go to the polls:
Metro describes the election as the battle for Britain, telling readers they have ‘no right to moan for the next five years if you don’t vote’.
The Daily Mail accuses Labour of telling ‘many lies’ during the campaign and offers a ‘tactical voting guide’ to boost the Tory majority.
The Guardian mourns a missed opportunity to debate Brexit during the campaign and criticises Theresa May’s approach as potential divorce negotiator-in-chief, warning ‘a farce might follow a Brexit drama’.
The Times urges voters to ‘beware old Labour’, saying that a vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing party ‘would reward an ideological maverick when the country needs experience and pragmatism’.
On the other hand, the Daily Mirror, warns voters not to ‘condemn Britain to five more years of Tory broken promises’ under the headline: ‘Lies, damned lies and Theresa May’ on its front page.
The Daily Telegraph attempts to coax any readers suffering ‘voter fatigue’ to the polling booth with a warning that Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters need to be ‘countered by those who think the prospect of a neo-Marxist Labour government would be a national disaster’.
The Sun tells voters: ‘Don’t chuck Britain in the Cor-bin’ on its front page, urging them to back Mrs May or risk destroying 35 years of ‘spectacular progress and prosperity’ by putting the Labour leader in charge.
In the Financial Times, columnist Bill Emmott says Mrs May has ‘shown herself to be poor at strategy and campaigning’, but when voters get in the polling booth her leadership and policy stances may prove to be more trusted than Mr Corbyn’s.
The Daily Express instructs its readers: ‘Vote for May today’ on its front page, warning it is ‘for the sake of the country, the Brexit process, our economy and our safety’.
The i judges Mrs May’s campaign as ‘lacklustre’ while describing Mr Corbyn’s as ‘bold’ and ‘lively’ – but adds: ‘i does not have an axe to grind, and is unique among UK national newspapers in refusing to endorse a party. You Decide.’Â