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Theresa May's Government Is Now in Turmoil

Lawmakers are resigning over her Brexit plan, and she might face a leadership challenge
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2018 9:55 AM CST
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

(Newser) – What a mess. Reaction in Britain has been so bad to Theresa May's newly unveiled Brexit plan that she's now busy trying to fend off a revolt within her own Conservative Party to remain prime minister. The highlights:

  • Resignations: Six government ministers quit Thursday, the big one being her own Brexit secretary, Dominic Raab, reports the Wall Street Journal. Raab had been in charge of helping Britain negotiate its exit from the European Union. "I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election," said Raab.
  • Why? May has been trying to come up with what's seen as a "soft Brexit," and nobody seems happy. The New York Times frames it this way: Lawmakers on the left and right "are converging around the view that the compromise she has carefully forged is the worst of both worlds, leaving Britain without a voice in the European Union but still subject to many of its trade rules."

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