Theresa May Survives Leadership Challenge from Brexiteers
British prime minister Theresa May has survived a confidence vote called by members of her party who feel she has mishandled Brexit.
In a sign of how deeply Britain’s departure from the EU has divided Conservatives, 200 lawmakers voted for May and 117 against. Read more
May’s Brexit Deal Splits Conservative Party
Seven members of the British government, including Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, have resigned in protest to Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
They — and many Conservatives — object to a potentially indefinite “backstop” in the withdrawal agreement that would keep the United Kingdom in a customs union with the EU in order to avoid closing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Read more
May Wins Cabinet Support for Brexit Treaty
British prime minister Theresa May has won her cabinet’s support for a withdrawal agreement with the EU.
The challenge now is getting the treaty approved by her ruling Conservative Party and its allies in Northern Ireland. Read more
Theresa May Loses Pro-Brexit Ministers
Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have resigned from Theresa May’s government.
Both opposed her Brexit strategy of seeking as close as trade relationship with the EU as possible without accepting free movement of EU nationals. Read more
May Has No Good Options to Heal Party Rift on Brexit
Divisions over Britain’s exit from the European Union are once again dividing Conservatives, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May with no good options. Read more
Theresa May Repeats Alexis Tsipras’ Mistake
When Greece resisted demands for spending cuts from its creditors last year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, for talks with the other 27 heads of government.
His hope was that fellow leaders would be more sympathetic than the technocrats of the “troika”: the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Tusk rebuffed him and reminded Tsipras that the troika had been delegated by national leaders to monitor Greece’s bailout. The whole point of putting bureaucrats in charge was to avoid the politicians being tempted to cut Greece some slack.
Theresa May clearly hasn’t learned Tsipras’ lesson. Read more