Brexit – A Shakespearean tragedy starring Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May is a puppet at the hands of the rebel lawmakers, including ones from her own Conservative Party, as well as that of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is under growing pressure to provide a date when she will leave her office as a price for bringing Brexit-supporting rebel lawmakers in her party behind her twice-defeated European Union divorce treaty.

In what is one of the most important junctures for Britain, the country is at a crossroad unable to decide on which road it will take. Nearly 3 years after the 2016 Brexit referendum, Britain still remains clueless when or even if Brexit will take place.

Having been humiliated and weakened, May’s ministers have lined up to insist she was still in charge; they have also denied a report of a plot that demands she leave office at a cabinet meeting on Monday.

On its editorial page, The Sun states that May must announce she will stand down as soon as her Brexit deal is approved and the United Kingdom has left the EU.

“Time’s up, Theresa,” said The Sun on its front page. The newspaper said her one chance of getting the deal approved by parliament was to name a date for her departure.

On Sunday, May had called rebel lawmakers including Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker to her Chequers residence, said Downing Street.

Ministers David Lidington and Michael Gove were also present in that meeting.

Both have denied reports they were being lined up as a possible caretaker prime minister.

“The meeting discussed a range of issues, including whether there is sufficient support in the Commons to bring back a meaningful vote (for her deal) this week,” said a spokesman.

According to a tweet by Alex Wickham, May was told by Brexiteers, at that meeting, that she must set out a timetable to leave office if she wants to get her deal ratified.

According to The Sun’s political editor, Tom Newton Dunn, some ministers were urging May to pivot to a no-deal Brexit as the only way to survive in power.

On January 15, May’s deal was defeated by 230 votes; her deal was again struck down by 149 votes on March 12.

In order to see her deal sail through, May must win over at least 75 Mps, including dozens of rebels in her Conservative Party, some Labour MPs, and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.

According to The Sun’s report, which cites 11 anonymous ministers as saying, May must stand down and warned that she has become “a toxic and erratic figure” whose judgment has “gone haywire”.

Brexit had been due to happen on March 29 before May secured a delay in talks with the EU. Its departure date has been rescheduled to May 22, if parliament passes May’s deal. If she fails, Britain will have until April 12 to offer a new plan or decide to leave without a treaty.

A few lawmakers have asked May to name her departure date as the price for supporting her deal.

British lawmakers are slated to debate on the government’s next steps with regard to Brexit, including the delayed exit date. To this end, they have proposed changes, including one which seeks to wrest control of the process from the government in order to hold votes on alternative ways forward.

Significantly, proposed changes or amendments are not legally binding, however they do exert political pressure on May to change course.

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