Theresa May has earned her defeat in Parliament and caused her own fault. The Brexit has developed tremendous destructive power. No matter how the British drama ends, the damage will remain – says Barbara Wesel.
Theresa May has crashed the vote on the exit agreement with the EU. After this historic defeat, the British Prime Minister would actually have to take her hat off, but May stifled the question of resignation in the bud: she had started to implement the Brexit and will fulfill this task, basta. And the vote of no confidence on the part of the opposition has survived. Because their own ranks close again, as soon as it comes to conserving the conservatives. For British politics, Mays persistence, which borders on stubbornness, but a fatality.
A well deserved defeat
May has earned this defeat in parliament over the deal because she’s in debt herself. The fact that their government, the parliament and the whole British policy because of Brexit so split and blocked, is also due to May’s specific political inability. The head of government had from the outset only their Conservatives in view, spoke to their own hardliners and tried to hold the party together at all costs. She has failed to build alliances, reach out to the opposition and make compromises.
Their hostile rhetoric against EU workers, and against Europe itself, has only deepened the gaps between the camps. And she has not made friends with her European colleagues, whose support she relinquishes and relies on. Theresa May is missing the stature as a state woman. It is not the responsibility for the future and the good of Britain. As a politician she is too small and too narrow, too rigid and unimaginative for the difficult times that have come over the country through Brexit.
The British would like another leader to be wished, but opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is not even considered fit in his own ranks. And so far no one is in sight to take on the role. It seems that common sense, the ability to compromise, and historical insight into the country’s international role and opportunities have disappeared overnight from British politics.
This is only the beginning of the end
The real nightmare, however, is: The turmoil about the Brexit is far from over. The political institutions have shown that they are not up to the challenge. The government is divided and failed. And so far, Parliament can only decide against existing proposals, but not for a way out of the crisis.
In the lower house is the only chance to escape the Brexit horror show. MEPs must look for a majority across party lines. This could be a softer Brexit, such as staying in the Internal Market. Or a second referendum, when the Labor leadership finally breaks away from its socialist illusions.
None of these solutions is easy to achieve or guarantees a good ending. Controversy and bearing thinking will persist, hostility and bitterness will poison British politics for years to come. But this shows the nature of Brexit: it is of unimaginable destructive power. And he does not blow up the EU, but tears Britain apart. Brexit is the country’s biggest disaster for the country.