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Theresa May wanted to save her legacy despite Brexit chaos, but it was far too late

24 29 0

May's last-ditch attempt to push her hated Brexit deal through parliament on Tuesday was swiftly met with renewed calls for her to — finally — hang up her hat. When they start referring to you as the "squatter in No. 10," maybe it's time to bow out ungracefully.

The embattled PM saw off an attempt by Tory MPs to force her to announce a plan for her resignation on Wednesday night, but she could only hold on for so long. Andrea Leadsom’s resignation as Leader of the Commons marked the 36th ministerial resignation during May’s troubled tenure.

It’s hard to believe May assumed the office of British prime minister only in July 2016. With Brexit exhaustion having already set in months ago, it feels like we’ve been watching her try and fail at her job for much longer. May promised Britons “strong and stable” leadership, but as many have rightly noted, gave them “weak and wobbly” instead. By the end, it was more like “anemic and rickety” as her leadership became more ridiculous and untenable by the day.

May’s choices in the lead-up to her resignation were limited and unenviable — and ultimately, her 10-point 'compromise' offer was something that MPs just were not buying. Of all the pieces of the compromise deal, it was the suggestion that MPs could vote to open the door to a second referendum that really sent her party colleagues into an all-out revolt. Even MPs who had previously refused to demand her resignation had finally had enough.

Having lost the confidence of the parliament and the people, May’s mandate was no more. Arguably, she had lost her mandate months ago, when it became clear that she was unable to reach a deal with Brussels that would satisfy the House of Commons. When MPs voted in March to take the Brexit process out of her hands and to........

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