Victory for Leave in last year’s referendum resulted in a new government under a new Prime Minister. Theresa May has made a firm pledge to deliver on Brexit despite backing Remain during the campaign but she lost her parliamentary majority in a hubristic snap election.
At the start of 2017, Mrs May declared her intention to pursue a clean Brexit, without continued membership of the European Single Market and without full membership of the EU Customs Union. By the end of exit negotiations with the EU, the United Kingdom should therefore be taking back control of her borders, laws and trade policy and ceasing to make big payments to Brussels. But with a reduced working majority in the House of Commons, anti-Brexit Tories like Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan have more power than ever. A “soft” or fake Brexit is looking more and more likely, and Brexiteers must be more vigilant than they have been to date.
With Article 50 triggered and exit negotiations underway, Leave.EU will be closely following the activities of the Prime Minister, her Chancellor Philip Hammond, and those who may wish to obstruct our path to restored national independence.
LEAVE.EU INSIGHT AND ANALYSIS
PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY
Theresa May became Prime Minister in July 2016 after a short contest following the resignation of David Cameron. She has attempted to rid herself of the baggage of Cameron’s modernising project, but alienated voters in the 2017 general election with controversial positions on fox hunting and social care. She lost her parliamentary majority in June 2017 and now governs with the support of the DUP. Remain cautious around her; she flattered to deceive in her previous post as Home Secretary as she oversaw record high immigration. We’ll be watching her closely.
A NEW CABINET FOR BREXIT BRITAIN
May entered office as a supporter of the failed Remain campaign, and tried to address her failings by placing Brexit supporting MPs in key Cabinet roles. David Davis will manage EU negotiations, Dr Liam Fox is charged with restoring Britain’s global trade prowess as International Trade Secretary, and Boris Johnson now serves as Foreign Secretary. But high profile Remainers Philip Hammond and Amber Rudd find themselves in prominent domestic roles, while Europhiles Gavin Barwell and Damian Green got big promotions after the disastrous 2017 election.
BACK TO TWO PARTIES – AND THE DUP
The 2015 general election saw the national vote fragment like never before, with UKIP, the Greens, the SNP, and the Lib Dems taking millions of votes away from the traditional political parties. But the two big parties were back with a vengeance in 2017, taking the highest combined share of the vote since 1970 as the Tories staged a comeback in Scotland and Labour recovered across the south of England. But it isn’t all smooth sailing for Labour and the Tories as both failed to win an overall majority, with stable government now reliant on Northern Ireland’s DUP.
POLITICS NEWS & BLOG
Friday 22 September This week in politics began a with a 4,000 word article and ends with a 5,000 word speech. A new chapter in the Brexit saga will begin today as Theresa May addresses a small crowd gathered from across Europe in a church in Florence at 2.15...read more
Wednesday 20 September It looks like Boris Johnson has missed a magical opportunity to use the Prime MInister's pre-ordained game-changer of a speech to put Brussels in its place over the dreaded divorce bill. When it comes to Britain’s future trading...read more
Saturday 16 September "All I can say is, thank God we're leaving", exclaimed Nigel Farage at the State of the (European) Union address in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Britain’s one-time solitary insurgent against the faceless Eurocracy is now one of the European...read more