After losing the absolute majority in parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May has also lost the mandate she was hoping to solidify for a Brexit negotiation. The result is an unfavorable turn for Prime Minister May as she called the election three years earlier than required.
It is clear that the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London had an impact on voters’ psyche.
People in the UK feel less safe. Many who voted for Brexit last year are finally beginning to understand the social and economic penalties for leaving the EU. Remember the 2016 BBC poll that suggested the main reason many Brits voted out was due to EU immigration policy and the lack of border control? Many people throughout the rural areas were concerned that the face of Britain was changing for the worse. Brexit was a “grassroots” backlash to EU politics on immigration.
And, now, with the NATO alliance in flux, Britain’s position in Europe has taken yet another backseat to Germany’s reemergence onto the world stage.
Should Prime Minister Theresa May resign, as some have suggested?
Or, should she stay on to provide stability in rapidly changing panorama?
In my opinion, there is no upside to Prime Minister May resigning at this point.
Despite voting to exit the EU last year, Britain needs to ensure that the nation’s interests are protected. Terrorism is not waning. The nation is still mourning the victims of two dastardly terror attacks. The only proper course of action when the world is in a dangerous state of flux is maintaining social and economic stability.
Prime Minister May’s decision to stay in her role would seem to reasonable and prudent.
As Irish comic dramatist, literary critic and socialist propagandist, George Bernard Shaw, once said, “The statesman cannot govern without stability of belief, true or false.”