Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May asserts that her Brexit deal would have been more beneficial for the country than Boris Johnson’s agreement.
Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May has recently spoken out, suggesting that her proposed Brexit deal was a superior alternative to the one eventually brokered by her successor, Boris Johnson. May, who faced criticism during her tenure for her inability to secure a Brexit deal through Parliament, defended her handling of the UK’s exit from the European Union as she promotes her new book.
May’s Brexit Plan vs. Johnson’s Deal:
Theresa May argued that her plan offered some of the advantages of the EU single market while attempting to address the concerns of both hardline Brexiteers and Remainers. She contended that her proposal, though not providing 100% satisfaction to either side, would have ultimately provided the country with a better overall deal.
May’s Approach to Brexit:
May insisted that characterizing her plan as a “hard” Brexit was a fallacy. She stressed that her objective was to preserve certain advantages of the single market while respecting the concerns of the 48% who voted to remain in the EU. She firmly believed that her negotiated deal struck the right balance.
Parliament’s Rejection and Johnson’s Ascendancy:
Despite May’s efforts, Members of Parliament rejected her withdrawal agreement in historic votes on three occasions. Her government’s attempts to find a compromise with the Labour Party also proved unsuccessful. In July 2019, Boris Johnson replaced May as the UK’s Prime Minister.
Theresa May criticized various factors that affected her tenure and the Brexit process. She blamed former Speaker John Bercow for denying her a crucial vote at a time when the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland was open to an agreement. She also attributed her disappointing 2017 election result to Labour-voting Brexiteers and Jeremy Corbyn’s insufficient opposition to Brexit.
Comments on Her Book and Partygate:
During discussions about her book titled “The Abuse of Power: Confronting Injustice in Public Life,” May criticized Boris Johnson over the Partygate scandal. She argued that such scandals eroded public trust in politicians. While the book’s title seemingly alludes to abuse of power, May declined to directly link it to Johnson when pressed on the matter.
Climate Change and Economic Growth:
In terms of climate change, May refrained from criticizing Rishi Sunak but urged the government to pursue the net zero climate target with full commitment. She emphasized that achieving this goal should focus on creating jobs and stimulating economic growth, aligning with Sunak’s perspective.
A Balanced Approach:
May acknowledged the importance of not alienating the public with drastic environmental measures, emphasizing the need to bring people along on the journey towards carbon neutrality. She echoed Sunak’s desire for a balanced approach that considers economic growth and employment opportunities alongside climate action.
As Theresa May reflects on her tenure as Prime Minister and the Brexit process, she continues to assert that her approach to the withdrawal agreement would have been more beneficial for the UK. Her comments shed light on the complexities and challenges of navigating the Brexit landscape.