Brexit amendments - Newsnight (Government vs. Parliament) The Brexit Prime Minister - Episode 1 - BBC Sounds. Theresa May: Premiership in six charts. Theresa May has announced she will be stepping down as Conservative Party leader on 7 June.
Mrs May's departure will kick-start the race to find her successor. Here are six charts that shed light on her time as PM. 1. She hasn't been in office long Mrs May has developed a reputation for surviving in almost impossible circumstances, but she is still among the UK prime ministers with the shortest time in office. Mrs May became the UK's second female prime minister in 2016 but, unlike her predecessor Margaret Thatcher, she came to power through a leadership contest without winning an election.
She survived a leadership challenge last December, but, alongside poor local election results, has had her Brexit deal rejected on three separate occasions by MPs in the House of Commons. Her latest plan to publish the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Friday - the legislation required to bring the agreement into UK law - angered many Tories. All of this has served to cut her prime ministerial career short. 2. Theresa May in numbers: defeats, resignations and Brexit. May suffers heaviest parliamentary defeat of a British PM in the democratic era. Theresa May has sustained the heaviest parliamentary defeat of any British prime minister in the democratic era after MPs rejected her Brexit deal by a resounding majority of 230.
The prime minister immediately announced that she would welcome a vote of no confidence in her own government, and would make time for it on Wednesday. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, quickly confirmed he had tabled the motion, with the support of the leaders of all other opposition parties. Corbyn told MPs: “This is a catastrophic defeat. The Guardian view on Theresa May’s defeat: three strikes and out. Theresa May’s third successive Brexit defeat leaves Britain in a situation that is precarious yet full of possibilities.
Friday’s Commons defeat was smaller than those which had preceded it on 15 January and 12 March – the majority against Mrs May was 58 rather than the previous 230 and 149. It was also confined to the withdrawal agreement part of the EU-UK deal she made in November, rather than extending to the deal as a whole. But the verdict is clear. Three strikes and out. This was in all but name the Commons’ third “meaningful vote” on the Brexit deal this year. Given that her deal was likely to lose for a third time, it has to be asked why the prime minister should have so consciously invited her own humiliation in this way.
One reason was simply to keep some kind of Brexit show on the road. Theresa May is the weakest PM in living memory. Theresa May and the DUP deal: What you need to know. Theresa May runs not only a minority Government but a Brexit coalition. No amount of goodwill towards the promotion of a woman to the Cabinet can wash away Penny Mordaunt’s political “original sin” – her role in the EU referendum campaign.
Shamelessly she claimed that Turkey was not only going to become an EU member – an at-best distant prospect – but that some terrifying proportion of its population of 80 million would immediately turn up in Britain and, the most doubtful of her claims, the UK would have no right of veto over the new member state. That was wrong, and, for what it was worth, contrary to the Government’s declared policy, which was to favour Turkish accession in principle. Thus did Ms Mordaunt qualify for her first footnote in history; something of much greater significance than her much-noticed appearance in a televised diving contest. Of course, those exaggerations about the EU were one powerful reason why she got the job – in its way a reward for her political deceits.
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The Prime Minister refused to confirm whether the Foreign Secretary was "unsackable" from her Government, as Conservative Party members prepare to hear from Mr Johnson later on Tuesday. Speaking to Sky News' Sunrise, Mrs May revealed the Foreign Secretary's speech "has been looked at" before he addresses delegates in Manchester. It comes after Mr Johnson's recent interventions over Brexit appeared to have been delivered without the authority of 10 Downing Street.
Asked twice whether she is unable to get rid of her Foreign Secretary, the Prime Minister said: "You keep asking me about Boris and Boris's job. "Actually for the people watching this programme I think what they want is a Government that's focused on their jobs, on their futures, on their children's' futures and that's what we're talking about here at this conference. " Theresa-may-told-to-show-bolder-leadership-on-brexit-or-let-cabinet-take-the-...
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A string of Conservatives voiced fresh criticism, casting further doubts on the stability of the prime minister’s position after recent complaints about her lack of vision and rows about the direction of Brexit. Johnny Mercer, a Conservative backbencher tipped as a future leader, said a change of leadership would not be helpful and he did not support such a move but signalled it could still come to pass. “How long has the prime minister got? I am of the view that any sort of change in leadership is not helpful at the moment and I don’t support that, but I do think the window is closing because politics can be quite a brutal game,” he said. He added that pressure was inevitable “if you don’t answer the questions that people want us to answer” on issues such as defence, housing and the NHS.