Friends don’t let friends go Brexiting without a mandate. But where are Theresa May’s friends? The prime minister staggers towards negotiations with the European Union like a drunkard crossing a car park – bold pace, wobbly gait. She is in no political condition to get behind the wheel. This is when partners are meant to intervene. Talks are due to begin in Brussels next week. If that date has come around too fast for the prime minister’s comfort, it might be because nine weeks of the available preparation period was squandered in an election campaign that was meant to inflate her personal authority, but instead punctured it beyond repair. May’s eagerness to get on with Brexit is also a reason to disqualify her from the task. She is up against a tricky deadline because her judgment and grip are unsound. The missteps began at the Conservative conference last October. The prime minister, new to the job and unelected, cast herself as the incarnation of a romantic national spirit of Brexit. In her haste to expunge any remnant of remain from her person, May locked Britain on to a course of severe rupture: out of the single market, out of the… Read full this story
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