Stumbling to the Starting LineBrexit Talks Set to Begin amid Chaos in London

Britain’s crippled Prime Minister Theresa May is stumbling into Brexit negotiations, which are set to finally begin next week. She is doing all she can to cling to power, but recent elections mean it isn’t even clear what kind of Brexit Britain wants.

British Prime Minister Theresa May


British Prime Minister Theresa May

June 16, 2017   

Shortly after Prime Minister Theresa May’s election debacle, a man who had been largely forgotten saw fit to comment. At an economic conference in Poland, former British premier David Cameron offered his successor a bit of unsolicited advice — the same man whose most recent forays into the public eye involved dressing up as a James Bond villain for a party and having pictures of his feet posted on Instagram by his wife. Cameron said that his fellow Conservative Party member Theresa May “is going to have to talk more widely, listen to other parties.” He added that she should pursue a “softer” Brexit.

It was the kind of criticism that May could have done without.

The United Kingdom, after all, has been engulfed bypolitical chaos. One week has passed since the Conservatives unnecessarily frittered away their absolute majority in the House of Commons and since then, even the most assiduous scribes have been struggling to keep up with the speed at which political certainties have been crumbling. The situation in Westminster has experienced a complete reversal: Suddenly, the Labour Party — left for dead not that long ago — seems more unified and confident than it has been in years while the Conservatives, despite still being the country’s most powerful political party, are eagerly tearing themselves apart. It has become unclear who has the say in the country. One thing is certain, though: It isn’t Theresa May.


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