“Humiliated but Unrepentant, what Next for Theresa May?”, Francis Ghilès (CIDOB, Spain)

“Humiliated but Unrepentant, what Next for Theresa May?”, Francis Ghilès, January 2019

The scale of the defeat suffered by Theresa May in Westminster on 15 January 2019 will go down as the worst humiliation a British Prime Minister has suffered in the House of Commons in well over a century. It qualifies as a historic defeat, dwarfing the Suez debacle in 1956 and going hat in hand to the IMF in 1976. The PM’s deal to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union, painstakingly negotiated over twenty one months was thrown out by 432 votes to 202. The night before, the House of Lords had already voted by a majority of 321 to 152 to reject the deal, regretting that May’s proposal would damage the future economic prosperity, internal security and global influence of the UK. That majority included many conservative peers as well as almost all Labour and Liberal Democrats. The head of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall said  that […].

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