Theresa May is Out

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced this morning that she will resign as prime minister early next month following the collapse of her latest effort to pass a Brexit bill.

May sought to void offering her resignation by presenting a Brexit plan that also called for holding a second public referendum on it, but her latest proposal was rejected just like all her previous proposals have been rejected.

From CBS News:

May is expected to continue as caretaker prime minister until her party elects a new leader. That internal election process will begin in the days immediately following her resignation on June 7. The leader of the party automatically becomes the prime minister.

Speaking to the nation outside her office, May said she believed that "if you give people a choice, you have a duty to implement what they decide," referring to the 2016 public referendum that saw the nation opt to leave the EU. "I have done my best," she said.

"I have done everything I can to convince MPs," she said, noting that she had "tried three times" to get the deal she reached with European negotiators approved by Parliament.

I am not an expert on British politics, but I will posit that this isn't going to lead to an orderly Brexit or chants of kumbaya in British parliament.

Theresa May was never able to present a Brexit proposal that a majority of lawmakers approve of because the Brexit is a fundamentally bad idea premised on xenophobic and economically-illiterate bullshit.

It will not be easier for the next sacrificial lamb who becomes the prime minister of the United Kingdom to develop a Brexit proposal that can pass through parliament because the problem is the Brexit itself, not Theresa May.

There is no scenario in which Britain gets to have their cake and eat it too; no scenario in which leaving the European Union results in a new era of economic prosperity in Britain. It's all down hill.

The Brexit is a lot like Donald Trump. Everyone knows it was bad idea, even if they don't like to admit it. And speaking of Donald Trump, there is a possibility that his British doppelganger, Boris Johnson, could become the next prime minister.

  • muselet

    Boris Johnson looks to be the frontrunner for leader of the Conservative Party. He is a colossal nitwit, but the Tories find him amusing and will cut him slack they never dreamt of cutting Theresa May (the Tories seem to loathe their own female PMs; their treatment of Margaret Thatcher was appalling, and their treatment of May hardly better).

    Johnson will have somewhat more success negotiating a Brexit plan with his own backbenchers than May had, but whether it will be enough to get anything past Parliament is an open question.


  • Aynwrong

    White morons that mostly have it better than the groups they think have it far too easy are destroying the economy for just about everyone including themselves because they think life has become too hard for them.

    The term snowflakes has never been more apt.

  • jimtowndem

    looks like putin wins again