Tag Archives: Theresa May

UK: May ditches manifesto plan with “dementia tax” U-turn

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Theresa May has said that a Conservative government would set an ‘absolute limit’ on the amount that people pay for social care, in a U-turn on plans included in her party’s election manifesto last week. The prime minister claimed that the inclusion of a cap, which comes after even supportive newspapers dubbed the plans a ‘dementia tax’ triggering days of backlash, was simply a clarification. … The announcement triggered claims of ‘chaos, confusion and indecision’ from Labour while the Lib Dems said it represented a ‘manifesto meltdown.’ … The Tory manifesto included plans to include a person’s property in the means test used to assess payments for social care within the home. It set a floor of £100,000 and promised that a family home would never need to be sold in a person’s lifetime. However, the policy caused anger because it meant that offspring would be forced to cover the cost, with many needing to sell their parents’ home to do so.” (05/22/17)


UK: May warns of chaotic Brexit in final Prime Minister’s Questions before election

Source: CNN

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the opposition Labour Party would doom Britain to a ‘chaotic Brexit’ as she clashed with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a testy final Prime Minister’s Questions before a snap general election is held on June 8. May, who made repeated use of her party’s mantra of “strong and stable leadership” under the Conservatives, said Labour would ‘crash’ the economy if it won the election, and that a vote for Corbyn would damage Britain’s ability to ensure the best terms for its exit from the European Union in two years’ time. … Labour on Tuesday vowed to scrap May’s Brexit plans if it wins the general election in June, saying it will seek a softer departure from the European Union.” (04/26/17)


Brexit referendum 2.0

Source: The American Conservative
by David A Cowan

“To the surprise of Britons, this week Prime Minister Theresa May made her boldest move yet by calling a snap general election for June 8. It is a gamble that has caught her political rivals off-guard and promises to be a game-changer for Brexit, the country’s ongoing process of leaving the European Union. … This snap election could give May the personal mandate, large majority, and lengthy timetable she needs in order to secure a successful Brexit. It could also produce a renewed and united Euroskeptic party ready for the parliamentary battles of the future. If May fails to win a landslide majority, then the process of Brexit will be put in jeopardy.” (04/19/17)


UK: May to seek snap election for June

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: ‘The country is coming together but Westminster is not.’ There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday — Labour have said they will vote with the government. The prime minister needs Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.” (04/18/17)


UK: May signs letter triggering Brexit

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK’s departure from the European Union. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks ‘the moment for the country to come together.’ It follows June’s referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.” (03/29/17)


Don’t look to Theresa May to defend freedom

Source: spiked
by Luke Gittos

“Last week, Khalid Masood drove a car through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates of the Houses of Parliament and stabbing a policeman to death. Four people were killed, five if you include Masood. Prime minister Theresa May issued a statement shortly after the attack which many described as ‘defiant.’ She said the streets of Westminster were ‘ingrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe,’ and she said this spirit would stay strong after the attack. But her words ring hollow. The problem with celebrating May’s ‘defiant’ speech is that May actually has an appalling record on civil liberties. She has proven herself terrible at protecting freedom. … No sooner had May proclaimed a commitment to the spirit of freedom than her officials were hinting at increased state control of the internet and new forms of spying on citizens’ conversations.” (03/27/17)


UK: “We are not afraid,” says May, a day after fleeing in terror

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“‘This was an attack on free people everywhere,’ prime minister Theresa May has said of the ‘sickening’ violence around the UK parliament on Wednesday. In a statement to members of parliament, she said that ‘we are not afraid.’ She said that aside from the killed or injured Britons, casualties included three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish person, one from China, one from Italy, one American, and two Greeks.” [editor’s note: According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, May “was immediately rushed into a silver Jaguar and driven at high speeds away from Parliament” during the attack – TLK] (03/23/17)


UK: May to trigger Article 50 for “Brexit” next week

Source: CNN

“British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the UK’s exit from the European Union on Wednesday, March 29, a spokesperson has confirmed to CNN. Other member states will ‘realize it’s not worth leaving’ the European Union after they see the deal the UK gets, the European Commission President has warned. The loss of Britain to the bloc, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next week, has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something President Jean-Claude Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday.” (03/20/17)


Trump/May relationship isn’t special, it’s desperate

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Since the Second World War, British prime ministers have had two overriding foreign policy goals: to their country’s ‘special relationship’ with the United States (the phrase was coined in 1944 by Winston Churchill) and to promote the integration of Europe (as a way of preventing future wars). The dilemma the current prime minister, Theresa May, faces is that the election of Donald Trump, with an ‘America First’ foreign policy that includes a hostility to institutions like the European Union and NATO, is forcing her to pick between those two goals. Even as she negotiates an exit from Brexit, May has, until now, kept faith to the idea that a united Europe is in Britain’s best interest. But as she meets with Trump on Friday, it’s clear that she’s decided to give priority to the relationship with America even if it means alienating traditional European allies.” (01/27/17)


Theresa May comes to Washington

Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“British Prime Minister Theresa May goes to Washington this week. She could hardly be more different from the president whom she hopes to charm and who reportedly calls her ‘my Maggie,’ after Margaret Thatcher. In the best traditions of the British Foreign Office, May will be briefed up to the eyeballs about her interlocutor, about what can be discerned of his policies and what she should try to extract from him. Trump may or may not receive a briefing on her. As the Wall Street Journal notes, the two leaders hold diametrically opposed views on globalisation and trade, the president seeking economic self-sufficiency for his country, and the prime minister wishing to project the UK into the globe. A New York Times columnist described May’s view of a ‘Global Britain’ as ‘baloney.’ It seems, then, that not so much a valued ally as a beggar is coming to Washington — a leader isolated in Europe, seeking a deal from another who has written the continent off.” (01/26/17)