British Prime Minister Theresa May seems to have run out of options with regard to her proposal for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union. On April 2, Prime Minister May stated that she was preparing to once again appeal to EU officials for a second Brexit extension that will hopefully break the deadlock in the Parliament, but she is keeping her proposal on the table despite having been voted down three times.
As the situation stands, the UK has until April 12 to deliver a withdrawal proposal to the EU, which would have to be approved to avoid the worst-case scenario of a “no-deal Brexit.” PM May is also willing to work with the opposition Labour Party, a leftist faction led by Jeremy Corbyn, a political move that analysts consider to be borderline desperation. The embattled PM has already promised to step down if her proposal is approved; however, it looks as if she may be forced out at any time.
British voters have been watching Brexit negotiations, both in Parliament and at the EU, in utter dismay. The prospect of a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the UK economy, and it may also spark violence along the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland; to this effect, the January car bomb explosion in Londonderry along with the subsequent mailing of incendiary parcels to airports in London have been blamed on the New Irish Republican Army, a dissident group that has formed in the backdrop of Brexit.
The new Brexit delay sought by PM May would ideally keep the UK within the EU until May 21, a day before the European bloc holds elections. Until then, it would be safe to say that the PM’s days are numbered, and no one would be surprised if she is not able to make it. Pro-Brexit politicians have been deeply disappointed by the way May has managed the negotiations. Calls for a second referendum have gotten louder, and even EU officials seem to support the idea of a second Brexit vote taking place.
Unfortunately for the Prime Minister, stepping down at this point or later down the line will not make a difference with regard to her political future. A fourth time may not be the charm if her proposal is heavily amended and passed. Even though this would actually be good for the UK, she will not be able to erase the past, and she might only be remembered as a leader whose proposals were voted down, even by members of her own party, more than twice.