Newspaper headlines: Theresa May's Brexit resignation pledge

Theresa May's decision to stand down after delivering Brexit is widely welcomed.

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The Sun, which had called for her to go earlier this week, says she has always done her duty by her country and - "to her great credit" - did so again last night.

The Daily Telegraph leader writers - who have also urged the prime minister to quit in recent days - say that while they have issues with the deal she reached with the EU, they have never doubted her commitment both to the task and to the country.

For the Daily Express, she put the good of the country before personal ambition.

Dominic Sandbrook, writing in the Daily Mail, says that even though Mrs May's premiership seems likely to end before its third anniversary, perhaps the most remarkable thing about it is that it lasted so long.

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In the words of the Times, she bowed to the inevitable.

"She was dealt a near-impossible hand with Brexit and played it astonishingly poorly," it argues.

In the Daily Mirror's view, she will be "remembered as a leader whose mishandling of the Brexit process inflamed divisions while leaving the country facing an uncertain future".

At every stage of Brexit, she made the wrong choices, it says.

The Financial Times says: "Mrs May has struggled to reconcile her own Brexit red lines with political reality, attempting to pull off an almost impossible feat with a non-existent majority, a disintegrating cabinet and a mutinous party."

Her decision to announce her resignation was her final desperate attempt to ensure that Brexit will indeed be her legacy, not a piece of unfinished business to be handed over to her successor, it adds.

For the Guardian, Mrs May might get "a legacy of sorts" but nothing about her deal would serve the wider interests of the country.

It says the agreement is unchanged, the prospect of a different Tory leader won't fix its deficiencies and its opponents will not really have changed their minds.

What now?

The papers mull over how a process aimed at discovering Parliament's preferred Brexit approach resulted in none of the eight proposed options winning over a majority of MPs.

The Mail says it was the night MPs couldn't decide on anything. "So just what do they want?" it wonders.

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When the options were put to the Commons, the Mirror says, the answer was: "None of the above."

For the Times, MPs took control - but ended up in yet another deadlock. Consensus was "a distant dream", in the words of the Telegraph.

The Sun says Brexit was plunged into farce, while the Express describes the exercise as an utter shambles.

Away from Brexit

A number of papers report that the Department for Education is so alarmed by the number of universities in the red that it's to hire an expert in balancing the books.

The i says the government is advertising for a specialist in "higher education financial sustainability" amid growing concerns of a university going into bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, the Times thinks the creation of the post is further evidence that the government won't rescue universities that go bust.

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There are many pictures from a new version of the children's classic film, The Wind in the Willows, reflecting the impact of rubbish on our environment.

The Mail says the two-minute cinema trailer - narrated by stars including Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate and Alison Steadman - shows how the lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Mr Toad are disrupted when roads, pollution, litter and intensive agriculture destroy their habitat.

One scene from the Wildlife Trusts' film shows Badger reacting furiously when his tree-stump home is ripped apart for a flyover. "Weeping willows" is the Mirror's headline.

Old Bill

Finally, the Sun reports that Britain's oldest policeman arrested a suspect 45 years his junior after a high-speed road pursuit and foot chase.

According to the paper, 74-year-old Special Constable Keith Smith had been in a marked car in Essex on Tuesday morning when he tried to get a driver to stop.

The motorist sped off and the constable gave chase until the suspect jumped out of the car and ran off.

Special Constable Smith caught him after running through gardens. The paper says a 29-year-old man will appear in court later.