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The Guardian (December 2)

2017/ 12/ 03 by jd in Global News

Though Prime Minister “Theresa May is reviled for her weakness,” no other “British prime minister has found the strength to condemn an American president as she condemned Donald Trump since the Anglo-American alliance began in the Second World War.” Nothing the previous Prime Minister’s “said matches the forcefulness of May’s out, loud and proud denunciation of Trump for sharing the ‘hateful narratives’ of British fascists.”


The Independent (November 26)

2017/ 11/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Brexit has been a long, slow process in accepting the reality that should have been better understood before the referendum. In the next three weeks, some things will become brutally clear that should have been obvious long ago.” Theresa May’s path to the next EU Council on December 14 will be “strewn with unpalatable truths.” The £40bn exit bill and continuing sovereignty of EU law during the transition are just the beginning. “As it turns out, it may be that the more difficult intrusion of reality into the Brexit negotiations is the question of the Irish border.”


The Economist (October 28)

2017/ 10/ 29 by jd in Global News

Unlike Theresa May’s losing gamble, Shinzo Abe’s snap election “paid off handsomely.” The result of the gutsy move was hardly certain. “Rarely has such an unpopular leader won a free and fair election so lopsidedly. Only about one-third of Japanese people approve of Shinzo Abe” while “a whopping 51% disapprove. Yet on October 22nd his Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner kept its two-thirds majority in the lower house.” For this unusual outcome, he owes the opposition, which “imploded,” a debt of gratitude.


The Guardian (October 23)

2017/ 10/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Weak, depressed and despondent” describes the government benches as Prime Minister Theresa May made her “now-ritual update” to the Commons “on the continued lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations.” The update has “become as painful for the Conservative party as it has for the prime minister.” That said, it should be noted that some “deranged Brexiters” found a chance to roar “their approval at Britain becoming worse off than Mongolia and Mauritania.”


Reuters (June 9)

2017/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Despite her dramatic electoral upset, British Prime Minister Theresa May appears determined to stay in office. In the short term, she could yet manage it. But the longer-term consequences may well be disastrous for her country.”


The Guardian (June 5)

2017/ 06/ 07 by jd in Global News

Theresa May “has made an art of avoiding public confrontation with the US president.” Nevertheless, “enough is enough.” The Prime Minister “should make clear to Mr Trump how offensive and unhelpful his extraordinary intervention was, and rescind the invitation that has been extended to him for a state visit later this year.”


Financial Times (May 26)

2017/ 05/ 28 by jd in Global News

“A few weeks ago Donald Trump set a record that I assumed was unassailable; Theresa May has since sailed past it with ease. The leaders of the US and the UK have become so proficient at changing direction that ‘U-turn’ no longer seems adequate. Donald and Theresa are spinning policy doughnuts.”


The Economist (April 22)

2017/ 04/ 23 by jd in Global News

In the UK, everything “changes with the news of an election” this June. “With a proper mandate and some clout in Parliament, the prime minister would have the chance to shake off the ‘Theresa Maybe’ nickname that we gave her earlier this year.” Meanwhile, “businesses, lobby groups and, of course, private citizens have a chance to make the case for a soft Brexit both during the campaign and after it…. The battle over Brexit was fought last summer. The battle to define what form it should take is far from over.”


The Guardian (March 29)

2017/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

“There’s no going back–May has burned the boats of a divided nation.” But the move is backward looking, despite the Prime Minister’s protestations that the move will enable “a stronger, fairer, better Britain–a Britain our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.” In fact, only 12% of young people aged 18-24 support Brexit while 65% think leaving the EU is wrong. “At the other end of the age spectrum, the over-65s say the opposite, with 62% saying it was right to leave and 31% saying it was wrong.”


The Economist (January 21)

2017/ 01/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Negotiating free-trade agreements will be harder and more time-consuming than Mrs May suggests.” Reaching a comprehensive deal in two years is unrealistic. “Canada’s free-trade deal with the EU has taken seven years and is not yet in force. For Britain to replicate the EU’s trade deals with 53 third countries will be more testing” and ratification remains “tricky,” requiring approval by every parliament in the EU.”


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