London, United Kingdom – Mondays are rarely fun.
But for British Prime Minister Theresa May and her embattled government, Monday, December 10, 2018, will likely go down as a particularly lousy day.
It all started in the morning when in a landmark ruling the European Union’s top court said the UK may unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the 28-member bloc prior to its scheduled exit on March 29 next year.
By early noon, May’s already tenuous grip on Brexit appeared further weakened as whispers began to circulate that she would postpone a parliamentary vote on the widely criticised Brexit deal she negotiated with the EU, contradicting statements made by several officials earlier in the day.
Burdened with Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May is on the brink
It was only a matter of time then before the uncertainty which has come to dominate British politics since the country’s decision to quit the EU in a divisive June 2016 referendum went into overdrive.
When May finally announced that Tuesday’s vote was being delayed, acknowledging that her agreement would have been rejected, opposition MPs accused her of “losing control of events” and members of her own ruling party called on her to “govern or quit”.
“The situation is utterly confused,” said Simon Usherwood, a reader in politics at the University of Surrey and deputy director of the UK in a Changing Europe group.
“May won’t go; critics won’t press for motions of confidence or leadership challenges; and nothing has a majority in the House of Commons except a desire to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which is going to happen unless they can agree to something else – and they don’t seem to be able to do that,” he added.
“We end up with a zombie government: unable to get its key policy through parliament but unable to be killed off … in short, no one’s in charge.”
Source: Aljazeera News