- With an impending vote of no confidence from the UK Cabinet, Theresa May could soon be out of office
- Despite the numerous calls for a voluntary resignation from the position of PM, May seems unmoved
- The Conservative Party’s popularity has significantly declined attributed to Theresa May’s multiple failed Brexit deals
On April 23, a new report found that Conservative grassroots campaigners have called for an extraordinary general meeting to discuss Prime Minister’s handling of Brexit. Rodney Atkinson, one of Britain’s most successful political economists and a former adviser to the UK cabinet is the latest to comment on the impending vote of no-confidence against Theresa May for failing to deliver Brexit.
Following her unsuccessful Brexit campaign, Theresa May is now facing a vote of no confidence from the UK cabinet. According to Rodney, Theresa May is likely to initiate a cabinet re-shuffle which will aim at sacking ‘Leaving’ members of the government and Promote ‘Remainers.’ This will be vital to gain support for her withdrawal agreement since former Leavers will have no choice but to accept the Remain surrender document.
No Love for Theresa May
May has very little support for her Brexit deal within her party. May’s party members have openly expressed dissatisfaction in her for failing to deliver the Brexit deal. Support from the Leave supporters is generally weak, and therefore May can easily gather support for her treaty and negotiate its terms. But according to the history of the politics of EU and international treaty law, this may be impossible as the UK would be trapped and powerless to negotiate their successful exit.
Concerning whether May would voluntarily leave the PM position, Rodney fails to see her exiting voluntarily. Various leaders, notably Graham Bradly, the head of governing committee of the Conservative Party of Great Britain, has openly called for the resignation of May by the end of June. Despite the continuous calls for her resignation, Theresa May seems to be unwilling to resign voluntarily. The most likely way to force her out of office would be through a vote of no-confidence.
Theresa May has once survived a vote of no-confidence attributed to immunity granted by her party. However, this immunity may be overruled to vote her out in the next no-confidence vote. The Conservative 1922 Committee is in charge of the rules, and they can change them to kick May out of office. With the local elections fast approaching in May, the Conservative Party is likely to suffer significant losses thanks to May’s failed Brexit deal leading to a significant decline in the Conservative Party’s popularity.
Should May Resign?
The resignation of May as the current Great Britain PM would do much to improve her party’s public image. Rodney Atkinson terms May’s Cabinet career as a “political disaster.” Her term as Prime Minister has been marked with questionable occurrences including overturning historical procedures in parliament, the abolishment of the Department for Exiting the European Union. May has also been accused of lying to her MPs, her ministers, and the country. She has also been charged with conspiring with Angela Merkel and her civil servants to deceive Great Britain and the Conservative Party.
May is now more likely to be kicked out of office than ever with more than 70% of MPs expressing dissatisfaction in her Brexit deal as well as her tenure as the PM. The Conservatives are also looking at changing the party rule which grants her immunity against any vote of no confidence so that she can be thrown out of office. May has undoubtedly ruined her party such that it would be a challenge to win the coming local elections. Should she resign or be removed from office through a vote of no-confidence, the Conservative Party could benefit significantly.