A Better Path Toward Brexit After UK Conservatives Fall Short
UK politics are not stable after last week’s general election. When Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in April, she sought to reaffirm her political mandate as Brexit negotiations launched. However, May now finds herself hanging on to power by a thread, having lost the Conservatives’ governing majority in Parliament.
For now, May will seek to run a minority government with enough support from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland to pass legislation. While May retained her leadership after her first meeting with fellow Conservative Members of Parliament, there may well be drama inside the Conservative Party that could play out in coming weeks and months, with potential for new party leadership and even fresh national elections.
As we saw last year, the Conservative Party is capable of serious drama. Remember that Prime Minister David Cameron resigned after losing the Brexit referendum—a vote that he had called—in June 2016. After Cameron resigned, heir-apparent Boris Johnson was undermined by former ally Michael Gove, who in the end was outmaneuvered by Theresa May. “House of Cards” and the Trump White House have nothing on the Conservatives.