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Theresa May: Full broadsides against Parliament – Politics

The British Prime Minister blames the House of Commons on Brexit chaos and triggers outrage with aggressive words. New suggestions she owes.


From Cathrin Kahlweit, London

When Theresa May stepped down in front of a wooden desk in London on Downing Street to make a statement, MPs, journalists, and citizens had had plenty of time to speculate on what she was going to say. Resignation? Elections? No deal? Everything had been traded. Finally, May had written a letter to EU Council President Donald Tusk Wednesday morning asking for an extension of the withdrawal procedure until 30 June. In her letter, May had also suggested that she assumes that they will get their twice rejected deal in the coming week still through Parliament. If that does not succeed, says May, then Parliament must decide how to proceed.

However, Tusk's answer confused May's timetable. A postponement until the end of June was not desired; He pleaded not to agree to a short extension until mid-May at the latest, should May pass through Parliament next week. May retired to her office with counselors and later summoned the opposition parties to discuss how to proceed.

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New rumors sprouted, new proposals circulated. Would not it be best to stop and renegotiate the exit process? Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn had left the meeting, it was said – in protest against Chuka Umunna's participation. Umunna had until recently been a Labor MP, but left the party and formed a new group. Personal rivalries in this moment? Shake your head in front of Downing Street.

Her speech sounded as though she had not received Tusk's answer

Finally, May stepped in front of the cameras. Her short speech, however, sounded like she had not received Tusk's response in the afternoon-or ignored it. Not a word went to May that the EU Council President argues against their desire to postpone the Brexit until 30 June, no word for internal debate, no conciliatory words to the members.

Instead, May continued where she started at noon, during the Prime Minister's Question Time: she harshly criticized Parliament. Told it was her deal – or no deal. And stressed that she was not ready to request a long postponement of the date of departure in Brussels. As if she had not recently brought this into play herself – and also heard of the EU, that Britain then had to participate in the European elections.

At noon she had raised in a militant, sometimes aggressive speech at the deputies confusion. She said that the people have a right to Brexit – and that Parliament has been running "navel-gazing" long enough. She considers the participation in elections to the European Parliament "unacceptable", which could not be expected of the British. Therefore, it has only requested a postponement of the withdrawal date in Brussels, which will be until the new EU Parliament meets.

The slaughter in the lower house showed that May is against the parliament, which blames them for the crisis. It also became clear that she did not intend to seek a consensus in the House of Commons that had rejected the exit treaty she negotiated by a large majority. That attitude, it was clear, would have to be abandoned after the Brussels ultimatum.

British media criticize May massively

Before that, however, she had to fend off numerous attacks. Responding to numerous questions from parliamentarians as to why she did not want to allow so-called indicative votes, with which Parliament could set out its priorities for a future treaty with the EU, she replied that the House of Commons had the opportunity, but rejected alternative solutions. Therefore, she sees no reason to vote again. On the outraged reference of Labor MPs, with their deal, which she apparently wants to bring in for the third time next week, she does exactly that, countered May, this was done in the interest of the people.

British media criticized May after their appearance in the lower house therefore massively. They act "detached from reality" and have no authority, wrote the Guardian. May finally got into the hands of the hardliners in their own party, who are trying to prevent a long postponement of the Brexit appointment by all means. The danger of a "no deal", a contractless exit, so the Times, had risen again with this day. Accordingly critical reports came also from the cabinet, also there grows the annoyance over the Prime Minister. Several ministers are said to have threatened to resign in case they give in to the hardliners, while others threaten to leave if they ask for a long delay because that increases the risk of soft Brexit.

Meanwhile, Parliament has been debating how to proceed. Should May submit her deal a third time, she would have to bypass the vote of Speaker of Parliament John Bercow, who decreed on Monday that a third vote was only permissible on a "substantially modified" bill. The ultimatum from Brussels could be enough.

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Some call it "resistance", others "insanity". What Prime Minister Theresa May wants can not even be said by herself. Nevertheless, she always goes on.By Cathrin Kahlweit


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