The third time is not the charm for Theresa May. On Thursday, Parliament resoundingly rejected, yet again, May’s third attempt to secure a consensus for her exit terms agreement with the EU. The withdrawal agreement was rejected by MP’s by a vote of 286-344. The Labour Party remained unswayed by May’s latest offer and with the Democratic Unionist Party’s 10 MP’s opposed, May’s proposal was doomed.
No one is satisfied with the outcome, particularly those voters who elected to leave the EU. The outcome for Brexit presently? Who knows? I think Joseph C. Sternberg, of the Wall Street Journal, says it best,
“March 29 was supposed to be Brexit Day. Oops. Now it will be April 12, or May 22, or sometime in December, or perhaps in 2020 or—increasingly plausible if not yet entirely likely—never.”
May was unable to garner a clear majority for her package, even though she offered to resign if her proposed bill passed. Given May’s the repeated rejection of May’s negotiations with the EU governing the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, there are now only two equally distasteful options for Britain: either depart in two weeks without a deal, or be forced to participate in the EU parliamentary elections and postpone Brexit indefinitely. Holding a fourth vote is pointless.
May’s involvement in the Brexit affair has been a colossal failure. From the beginning, she exhibited a lack of enthusiasm for assiduously implementing a withdrawal agreement that was true to the intent of the voters to leave the EU. From the start, May approached the entire matter with one foot in, one foot out lack of enthusiasm. She cut out lawmakers from the deliberations and negotiations util the very end, forcing MP’s to accept a fait accompli.
The bungling of the exit agreement has now put the EU in the driver’s seat and as they had previously indicated prior to the third vote, they would not be accommodating to the UK, nor come to May’s rescue.
Indeed, during a speech to the European Parliament on Wednesday, the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, openly mocked Britain, saying,”If I were to compare Great Britain to a sphinx, the sphinx would be an open book by comparison. He further eluded to the looming and ineluctable deadline for a decision, by saying, “And let’s see how that book speaks over the next week, or so.”
To add insult to injury, 170 rebellious, disenchanted Brexiteers Tory MP’s, fearing dilatory tactics in the separation process will dilute the effectt of the original referendum, sent a letter to May today, demanding that Britain leave the EU within the next two months.
It is clear that May lost control of the Brexit process when she brought her original proposed withdrawal agreement before Parliament three weeks ago.