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Brexit and the End of May?

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street, January 15, 2019. (Peter Nicholls/Reuters)

The EU has agreed to a delay of Brexit till May 22 dependent on whether prime minister Theresa May can secure support from parliament this week. In the meantime, the UK has until April 12 to figure out what it plans on doing next.

However, it seems that after two and a half years of fumbling Brexit negotiations, Theresa May’s own cabinet has turned on her. Reports in the Sunday Times of London suggest that some ministers want to see the prime minister replaced by Michael Gove or David Lidington in the hope that one of the former will have more luck carrying Brexit over the line.

May is expected to put her Brexit deal to a vote for a third time tomorrow. If it is defeated it again, Members of Parliament are speculating that there may be a leadership coup — or May might resign.


Madeleine Kearns is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute. She is from Glasgow, Scotland, and is a trained singer.

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