Saturday, June 10, 2017

Life After May Day

British politics produces a real House of Cards:
The latest election shock is "yet another own goal" that will make "already complex negotiations even more complicated," said the European Parliament's top Brexit official, Guy Verhofstadt.

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said it's not even clear whether May will now lead those negotiations.

"She might start off doing that but the Conservatives might well replace her mid-stream," he said. "That's going to make it difficult for the EU 27 because they're going to want to know who they're talking to and what their policy is."

In the Conservative Party, recriminations were immediate and stinging. Many analysts said it was unlikely May could remain leader for long now that her authority has been eroded. Steven Fielding, a professor of politics at the University of Nottingham, called her "a zombie prime minister."

"Honestly, it feels almost like she is almost not aware of what has happened in the last 24 hours," Conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen told LBC radio. Allen said she couldn't see May hanging on for "more than six months."
And now...PM Corbyn? You play with political fire, you get burned at the polls...

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