The Brexit referendum cost then British Prime Minister David Cameron his premiership. Now the final Brexit deal with European Union has put the position of sitting Prime Minister Theresa May at stake. The 62 years old conservative leader is fighting to keep her job against an emboldened opposition and a group of rebels within her own ranks. The five ministers of her cabinet have resigned so far and 24 MPs of her party now demanding her to resign. If another 24 MPs join the rebel camp then she will be left with no other option but to resign. The hard line Brexiters are out in full force to defeat the Brexit deal and so the Prime Minister Theresa May.
Following months of veiled threats, Brexit hard liners then began seeking a vote of no-confidence in the prime minister to avoid what they see as a betrayal of what leaving the EU should mean. The phalanx of lawmakers who want to defy Brexit, meanwhile, sees opposition to the deal as a way of forcing a second referendum or a general election, stretching the political process and the endgame further into the future. In a more upbeat statement later on Thursday, May said she was standing firm and vowed to see Brexit through.
She might be able to see the Brexit Bill through the parliament successfully but the opposition against her in the Tory party will increase. The rebels want to see her back as soon possible. Former London Mayor and foreign secretary Boris Jonson is the front runner to replace her. Ever since May replaced David Cameron in the wake of the 2016 referendum, she has lurched from crisis to crisis. Some were of her own making, like calling an election that cost her Conservatives a parliamentary majority. Others were simply a misreading of how the European side would react.
Indeed, the British like nothing more than rooting for the underdog. As May was buffeted between European summits and plots to undermine her at home, polls showed the public’s confidence in her ability to deliver a good Brexit deal also took a battering. But, at least anecdotally, she won respect for trying to do an impossible job.
It’s just a snapshot of the reaction to another 24 hours in the torturous world of Brexit, but the sympathy for May shows how efforts to undermine her risk needling a fatigued public that still might have to vote again this year depending on how the politics plays out. The opposition Labour Party would love to have snap elections next year. The divided house of conservatives will help the Labour to get the majority to form the next government. PM May might be the last obstacle in the Labour’s road to a victory.
She finally reached an agreement with E.U to leave the Union but everyone is not happy with this deal. Her successful negotiations for a final Brexit deal might become the main reason of her fall. She might not fell without a fight. But pressure is mounting. Her own colleagues are responsible for this situation.
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17 November, 2019