Theresa May resigns today (7 May) as Conservative party leader. Below are five major reasons why she is resigning:
1. Calling A Snap General Election
A snap election is an election called earlier than expected. Theresa May called a snap general election in 2017 and when the results came in on June 8, 2017, the Conservatives (her party) had lost their majority and May’s political authority had all but vanished. It would never recover.
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2. Triggering Article 50 Without A Plan
Article 50 is a clause in the European Union’s (EU) Lisbon Treaty that outlines the steps to be taken by a country seeking to leave the bloc voluntarily. May’s triggered the two-year Article 50 process without a clear strategy of how to approach an incredibly complex set of negotiations.
3. Brexit means Brexit
May took a firm route that would see the UK leaving the single market, customs union, and the European Court of Justice. Others This was contrary expected a soft exit whereby the UK would leave the EU but stay very close to its markets.
4. Failing To Sell Her Brexit Deal
May failed to convince the MPS that the Brexit deal she was negotiating with European counterparts was the best. Resultantly, it was rejected by MPs three times leading to her demise.
5. Refusing to compromise
She must have learnt from election embarrassment and have a different Brexit. Probably, she should have reached out to the Labour party MPs to establish what sort of Brexit might command a majority in the House.