British Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly survived another crunch Brexit vote in parliament, as she struggles to unify her divided party around her strategy for leaving the European Union. If the amendment had passed it would have thrown May’s Brexit strategy into disarray and increased pressure on the already beleaguered leader.
President Vladimir Putin accused Britain making baseless allegations against Russia after a former Soviet spy was among four people found poisoned by a nerve agent in southern England. “We would like to get documentary evidence but nobody gives it to us,” Putin, speaking through a translator, told the US network after a summit with President Donald Trump in Finland.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government imploded on Monday as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson followed Brexit minister David Davis in resigning over her masterplan for Britain’s future outside the EU. “It is now clearer than ever that Theresa May does not have the authority to negotiate for Britain or deliver a Brexit deal that protects jobs and the economy,” spokesman Keir Starmer said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a crisis in her cabinet on Monday after Brexit minister David Davis and two of his deputies resigned over a plan to retain strong economic ties to the EU even after leaving the bloc. Ian Lavery, chairman of the main opposition Labour Party, said: “This is absolute chaos and Theresa May has no authority left.”
Corbyn, visiting the Netherlands for talks with Dutch Labour Party leader Lodewijk Asscher, also criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May for failing to clinch an agreement with the European Union on future ties after Brexit. “If our parties look like just another part of the establishment… they will be rejected and the fake populists and migrant-baiters of the far right will fill the gap,” Corbyn said at his meeting with Asscher.
The European Union’s chief negotiator urged Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday to come up with “workable” proposals for Brexit and overcome “huge and serious” differences to prevent Britain from crashing out of the bloc without a deal. “Now we are waiting for the UK white paper and I hope it will contain workable and realistic proposals. But let me mention once again that the time is very short,” EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier said.
Even Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, two people whose actions have unquestionably influenced the campaign – Farage through long-held conviction, Boris through self-serving ambition – will escape ultimate blame. All they could ever do was influence. To make the history books, one actually has to decide.