Theresa May has thrown the kitchen sink at her Brexit deal three times to date. It hasn’t worked on any of those occasions, but for some reason, the British Prime Minister having a fourth go. First, the UK must hold elections to the European Parliament next week. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is currently tipped to win in the UK, and other, smaller parties are also expected to perform well.
The opposition Labour Party is also set to lose voters, both from pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit voters. Second, on June 6 there will be a significant election in the parliamentary constituency of Peterborough. The fishing town where Brexit can’t come soon enough 02:48 It’s not the worst plan in the world, or it wouldn’t be if it didn’t appear quite so desperate. The thing is, since May’s deal was voted down a third time on March 29 — which, incidentally, was the day the UK was supposed to leave the EU — opposition to her deal has been strengthened.
Not just from Brexiteers who think her deal is far too soft, but also from Remainers, who have been smelling blood ever since the first Brexit deadline was missed. For May to pull it off would be nothing short of a minor political miracle. We have seen time after time that not only does parliament not have a majority for her deal, but there’s not majority for any other Brexit plan. Meanwhile, supporters of no deal and those who want Brexit scrapped altogether both think they are winning the argument, despite both facing huge opposition in Parliament.
She might be confirming the suspicions of many in Westminster that June could be her last month as Prime Minister. She has already said that if her deal is passed, she will step aside at an appropriate time and let someone else deal with phase two of Brexit. If it doesn’t pass, then goodness knows what she is hanging on for. We are very likely seeing May’s last weeks at the helm of the UK.
With a deal, without a deal, she will probably have to go — and sooner rather than later. And whatever happens, she will leave behind her a political mess that no one knows how to solve. As things stand, no one involved in British politics sincerely believes we will get to the end of Brexit without another general election. She probably can’t wait to be rid of the whole thing.
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