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May carries on in spite of it all

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Commentary. When Corbyn called May’s government a ‘zombie government’ Wednesday, the Labour leader was doing nothing more than dutifully stating the facts.

written by Leonardo Clausi

Topic European Union


January 18, 2019

On Tuesday a resounding defeat, on Wednesday an eked-out victory. The no-confidence motion to oust Theresa May was defeated 306 to 325, by a majority of 19: the “dirty dozen” of the DUP saved May’s skin again. She has been generously rewarding the Northern Ireland party in order to keep her government afloat after the catastrophic early elections of 2017. For now, May will continue on as Prime Minister.

But what is she going to accomplish, exactly? “I will continue to work to deliver on the solemn promise to the people of this country to deliver on the result of the referendum and leave the European Union,” she said—which, translated into plain political language, simply means that she will continue the futile consultations centered around the embalmed corpse of her draft agreement with the EU, which died on Tuesday in an overwhelming defeat in the House of Commons. In such conditions, there is simply no room for maneuver, with appallingly little margin for a turnaround. The lingering questions surrounding the Irish backstop, the possible second referendum or the risk of a “hard” Brexit are too controversial and........

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