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Brexit is a submarine made out of cheese. Nobody sane at all thinks there is a good Brexit deal to be had. (Every proposed "good Brexit deal" uniformly assumes they can dictate terms to the EU; that has not proven to be the case). However, May has been forced (in order to become PM) to pretend there is a good cheese-submarine, and has in fact built a ...


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May is in a very precarious, weak position which prevents her from firing openly rebellious MPs such as Boris Johnson. She called an election in 2017 which went extremely badly. She started with a decent majority and ended up with a minority government, propped up with a £1.5bn bribe to the DUP. As a result of this she needs the support of all her MPs, or ...


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That is because there is a likelihood that the opposition party will gain power should the government be defeated in the confidence vote. According to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, the government has 14 days to try to form a new government or an early election will have to be called. The new government formed will also be subjected to a confidence ...


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After the referendum there was no requirement to consult Parliament on any deal, the government could have simply agreed it with the EU and presented it as the only option on the table - take it or leave with no deal. Given that most MPs are strongly against a no-deal exit, it would likely have passed due to them having no other choice. However, thanks to ...


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Uncharitably, Theresa May's latest offer is smoke and mirrors rather than any actual change. The PM's latest plan is to offer votes on a second referendum and a customs union after the Withdrawal bill has been passed. Crucially, she is not including any second referendum as part of the Withdrawal bill itself. Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince ...


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Perhaps one thing you may be forgetting is that, when the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU started, the Conservative Party had a healthy majority in the house of commons. Therefore, there was some level of confidence in the UK Government that, as long as they could negotiate a deal with the EU that was acceptable to the Tory Party, they would be ...


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Theresa May isn't just being targeted over Brexit, though. May called snap elections in 2017, in a bid to strengthen her hand. Instead, she lost seats and had to form a minority government propped up by a confidence & supply agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party (where the Tories had outright control before). There's no question she did ...


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(I'm turning my comment on Jontia's answer into an answer in itself, not because I think Jontia's answer is wrong, but because I think it doesn't fully explain what's going on.) Theresa May is dangling the offer of a Parliamentary vote on a second referendum (or 'confirmatory referendum' as some liken it) if Parliament votes through her Withdrawal Agreement ...


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The PM has played this disastrously and is now under fire from at least three sources of opposition: the so-called "ERG", who believe that her deal is bad because it's not Brexity enough. They claim that a better deal with no backstop or a fake backstop is possible, despite all the evidence to the contrary. However, these people probably put in their ...


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Let's take the most frequent criticisms of Theresa May and look at their "validity" (not based on whether Brexit is good or bad, but on whether her actions were consonant with the goals of getting a negotiated Brexit). Validity is difficult to estimate even under this definition. There are chances and risks attached to almost every of Theresa May's actions ...


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Based on the reporting, she's staying a bit longer for two main reasons: The prime minister will remain in Downing Street, to shoulder the blame for what are expected to be dire results for her party from Thursday’s European elections – and to host Donald Trump when he visits. Trump will be visiting the UK from June 3 to June 5. Another issue, which ...


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No-one in the Commons is unaware that any other PM would face the same Brexit challenges, to much the same outcome; but this is about a more important long-term principle than that. To add to others' points, the issue isn't necessarily the details of May's Brexit deal so much as how she went about getting it. Legislatures guard against executives that deny ...


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Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly said he would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia. He said: Labour will re-examine the arms export licensing regulations to ensure that all British arms exports are consistent with our legal and moral obligations,This means refusing to grant export licences for arms when there is a clear risk that they will be used to commit ...


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The argument is over how long this "backstop" situation might continue. In theory it is meant to be temporary, but temporary political fixes have a way of becoming permanent. Hence the fear is that Northern Ireland will become a de-facto part of the Republic. The UK will have control of income tax, criminal law and policing, but the economy, including VAT ...


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Theresa May voted against the ban on fox hunting in 2005 and on previous occasions. She has declared that she is personally in favour of fox hunting “This is a situation on which individuals will have one view or the other, either pro or against. As it happens, personally I have always been in favour of fox hunting and we maintain our commitment, we have ...


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A referendum is intended to settle a disputed matter by referring it to the population. There have been several referendums recently. If the decision of a referendum does not settle a matter, then it could be argued that any of these should also be held again. There was a referendum on Scottish independence. It is is acceptable to hold a second referendum ...


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It's not clear that supporters of no-deal will refuse to back May's deal at the 3rd time of asking. The indicative votes in particular allowed MPs to support several positions, some of which are mutually contradictory. If given a choice between deal vs remain then some of the "no-deal" supporters may fall into line with the Government position. The BBC has ...


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The elephant in the room here is the conclusion of meeting of the European Council last week, in response to the UK's request to extend the Article 50 negotiation period beyond the 29th March. The third bullet point is the relevant one here: The European Council agrees to an extension until 22 May 2019, provided the Withdrawal Agreement is approved by ...


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In short, she'd like to secure her legacy by being the PM who pulled off delivering Brexit. (Edit: as she resigned this morning she raised that not delivering Brexit was her deep regret.) If she fails to do that before leaving, she'll be remembered as the PM who: Failed to deliver Brexit after 3 years Couldn't keep her cabinet and her party together ...


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May's problems mostly stem from her inflexibility and unwillingness to cooperate or listen to others. Early on in the process May set out certain "red lines", things she would not compromise on. Many of them were not things that were on the ballot paper or even contradicted things said by the main Leave campaigns, such as leaving the single market. Those ...


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As far as I understand, Theresa May was elected to the leader of the Conservatives (and consequently Prime Minister of the UK) to make a Brexit deal No, she was elected leader of the Conservatives (and consequently Prime Minister of the UK) to lead the Conservatives (and consequently the country). Making a Brexit deal is surely the most important part of ...


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The original backstop was an agreement to keep either all or part of the UK in the EU customs union until a solution was found for the Irish border. The UK agreed to this in principal but now the details must be agreed. The UK wants a time limit on the backstop agreement, so that if a solution is not found it will expire eventually. That will prevent the UK ...


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Theresa May's stance on LGBTQ has changed over the years. However, since the Conservative leadership election, she has endorsed LGBT rights as seen from the statement she gave to the Conservative Party group LGBTory. "When I launched my campaign for the leadership I set out my belief in building a country that works for everyone. Central to that vision ...


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I think the other answers are correct but they (politely) omit two important points: The level of ignorance of some of the most senior UK politicians in power about the EU treaties and the Irish border issue, leading to a terrible lack preparation on the UK side. The irreconcilable views inside the Conservative Party over what Brexit actually means. The ...


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Well, she just did! https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48395905 Theresa May quits: UK set for new PM by end of July Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. Mrs May said she would continue to serve as PM while a Conservative leadership contest took place. ...


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How do MPs explain that on Tuesday they reject her deal, but on Wednesday they trust her to continue to get an acceptable deal (which she failed to do in two years, according to the vote the previous day)? Exactly this. They trust her to come up with a different deal (not all of them expect the same changes though, some may even hope for a no-deal Brexit). ...


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Firing the "hard" Brexit supporters would allow them to criticise the government while claiming that Brexit would have been more successful if it had been lead by them. Theresa May is beholden to these MP's and does not have the political support of her party in terms of taking these actions. Firing any MP would lead to a rebellion within the Conservative ...


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Aside from the political reasons given in Denis de Bernardy's answer, there are administrative benefits to the delay, such as Conservative MPs vanishing off from Westminster for the Whitsun recess next week, and the 1922 Committee (who run things like this in the Conservative party) having already starting planning for a contest commencing on the 10th of ...


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