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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

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 ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

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 ...
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Why doesn't Theresa May sack hard-Brexiteers from cabinet?

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 ...
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On what basis is Theresa May triggering Article 50 (Brexit) if the Supreme Court said she couldn't?

@origimbo's answer is completely correct and accurate. I would just like to go into the details of the Supreme Court ruling and what the UK Parliament has done. Supreme Court ruling Basically, the ...
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On what basis is Theresa May triggering Article 50 (Brexit) if the Supreme Court said she couldn't?

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 received royal assent on March 16th 2017. Since this bill passed both houses and has become law, the constitutional requirements for ...
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Why didn't Theresa May consult with Parliament before negotiating a deal with the EU?

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 ...
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Why did Theresa May offer a vote on a second Brexit referendum?

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 ...
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Why didn't Theresa May consult with Parliament before negotiating a deal with the EU?

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 ...
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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

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 ...
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On what basis is Theresa May triggering Article 50 (Brexit) if the Supreme Court said she couldn't?

To add a bit more (I read the full rulings which are interesting), the supreme court didn't say Theresa May (i.e., the government based on the prime minister's wish) could not trigger article 50. ...
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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

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 ...
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What are valid criticisms of how Theresa May has approached Brexit?

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 ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

Because, I think, no one wants to be the Prime Minister place during Brexit. Just imagine the number of problems coming - with borders, economy, and the bank sector especially. For now, responsibility ...
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What is Theresa May waiting for?

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 ...
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Differences between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn's opinion on selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

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 ...
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Why are UK MPs targeting the prime minister and not the deal?

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' ...
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What did Theresa May mean by: the EU wants a backstop to the backstop?

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 ...
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What public statements has Theresa May made regarding fox hunting?

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 ...
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Why would May be against a new referendum?

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 ...
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What is the point of a new vote on May's deal when the indicative votes suggest she will not win?

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 ...
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What is the point of a new vote on May's deal when the indicative votes suggest she will not win?

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 ...
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Has Theresa May explained why she refuses to resign?

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 ...
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What are valid criticisms of how Theresa May has approached Brexit?

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 ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

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 (...
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What are Theresa May's views on LGBTQ+ rights?

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 ...
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What did Theresa May mean by: the EU wants a backstop to the backstop?

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 ...
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Why didn't Theresa May consult with Parliament before negotiating a deal with the EU?

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 ...
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Has Theresa May explained why she refuses to resign?

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 ...
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How did Theresa May remain PM after her Brexit deal was rejected?

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 ...
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