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The Guardian (February 12)

2019/ 02/ 14 by jd in Global News

“GDP growth slipped to its lowest since 2012, at 1.4%, down from 1.8% in 2017.” The UK’s dismal performance in 2018 gave the lie to “Philip Hammond’s claim that Britain can reap an economic dividend from Theresa May’s Brexit deal…as official figures confirmed the UK has suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012.”

 

Reuters (January 16)

2019/ 01/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Nobody expected May’s Brexit deal to secure a majority. Nevertheless, the scale of the defeat—the worst for a British government in modern history—was startling…. It’s very unlikely the deal can be rescued.” In fact, investors seem to be signaling that “reversing the Brexit decision” is now more likely than “a chaotic exit…. The pound jumped 1.4 percent against the U.S. dollar immediately after the result was announced on Tuesday.”

 

The Times (January 15)

2019/ 01/ 15 by jd in Global News

“Tonight the House of Commons will finally get the opportunity to pass judgment on Theresa May’s Brexit plan….  But with Brexiteer MPs implacably opposed and Labour also intent on voting down the plan, it looks certain to be heavily defeated. The critical question is what happens then.”

 

Reuters (December 11)

2018/ 12/ 13 by jd in Global News

“With less than four months left until the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29, May’s premiership and her deal to stave off a disorderly departure or a bid to stop Brexit are hanging by a thread. If she is toppled — and it is far from certain that she would lose a vote among all the party’s members of parliament — — could further complicate Brexit.”

 

The Times (December 9)

2018/ 12/ 10 by jd in Global News

“This week, parliament’s Brexit drama reaches its climax, resulting perhaps in a nation set on a course that no one seems to think is in the national interest, or the collapse of a government, or the fall of a prime minister. Barring a last-minute miracle, Theresa May has lost her final battle. Her big push has failed.”

 

Wall Street Journal (November 18)

2018/ 11/ 20 by jd in Global News

“As the British government convulses over Theresa May’s Brexit deal, its negotiating partners in Europe are watching with bewilderment and anxiety, tempered by a flickering hope that the U.K. Parliament might yet decide the pain of Brexit isn’t worth it.”

 

New York Times (November 17)

2018/ 11/ 19 by jd in Global News

“Everything is up in the air in the Britain’s tumultuous politics right now.” The Brexiteers “savage Mrs. May’s deal and offer no practical suggestions for anything else. This is an utter failure of responsibility. Yes, the prime minister’s deal is pitiful, an awkward compromise that will hobble Britain’s economy and diminish our power. But the truth is—and everyone knows this—there is no better, purer Brexit available without a permanent economic hit.”

 

Vox (November 15)

2018/ 11/ 16 by jd in Global News

Prime Minister Theresa May “and the EU are desperately trying to avoid a no-deal scenario. After months of stalled negotiations, the two sides finally thought they had reached a breakthrough this week that solved some of the thorniest issues of the divorce, and provided for a transition period so they could work out a future trade deal…. But the latest dramatic resignations reveal the obstacles that May faces in finalizing the withdrawal.”

 

The Guardian (November 12)

2018/ 11/ 12 by jd in Global News

“Theresa May chose to ride the tiger of her party instead of protecting the interests of her country. Blundering at every point, she made a very bad situation worse.” Eventually, there will come a day when “we’ll wonder how these Brexit fanatics seized the nation.”

 

Forbes (September 20)

2018/ 09/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Britain’s non-binding resolution, to leave the EU (aka Brexit) is moving forward because one weak-willed and weak-minded politician, U.K. Prime Minister Teresa May, is treating the 2016 opinion poll as legally binding. It wasn’t and isn’t.” It is time for the Prime Minister to “exit Brexit” and “reverse the U.K.’s mistake.”

 

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