Theresa May – who opposed Brexit from the start – has tried to put forward a Brexit plan that keeps the UK in the EU in everything but name.
British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a massive crisis as her Brexit plan crumbles.
Within just hours, Brexit Secretary David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit the cabinet.
Both Johnson and Davis advocate a more clear break with the European Union – an approach that aligns far more with what people who supported Brexit wanted – including the UK having control over their own laws and trade relationships.
By contrast, Theresa May – who opposed Brexit and is an odd choice to implement it – has advocated an approach that basically keeps the UK in the EU in everything but name. Under her plan, the UK would still be under the influence of the European Court of Justice, and would be in a free trade zone with the EU – which could limit Britain’s ability to sign free trade deals with other countries.
Johnson has said May’s plan would turn the UK into a “colony” of the European Union.
A significant rift has now opened in the ruling Conservative Party, and it could get even worse for May.
According to reports, “No 10 said it will not reconsider the Chequers Brexit plan signed off by ministers on Friday but Laura Kuenssberg said she had been told by a source that either Theresa May “dumps” it or “another minister will go, then another, then another, then another”.
Additionally, BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg says a confidence vote could be in the offing:
Whispers Tory MP s have reached the magic number of the 48 letters required to force a confidence vote – no way of knowing yet if true – meeting at 5.30
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 9, 2018
If these events culminate in new leadership for the UK that actually implements a real Brexit, that will be good news. Countries should retain their own independence, rather than be dictated to by distant foreign bureaucracies.
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