The lead author has conceived the initial idea, developed the methods, the experiments, the analysis, and has written the draft. Coauthors have contributed to that draft mainly by rephrasing and restructuring it, in a way that lead author disagrees.
Additionally, coauthors insist on submitting to a journal which lead author disagrees with, but also the coauthors do not agree for submission on journals which the lead author prefers.
Lead author wants to stop collaborating with the coauthors, but doesn't want to leave this work unpublished (coauthors say they will ask for retraction if work is submitted, since they believe they contributed considerably). Would it be possible for the lead author to omit the coauthors' contributions by rewriting the manuscript, and submit it as the only author?
Given that the solution of negotiating and finding a middle way is excluded, do you have any other solutions to propose?