Two years after becoming prime minister, Theresa May has received some very bad news

Theresa May
Fréa Lockley

Just two years after becoming prime minister, Theresa May has had – to put it mildly – a difficult week. With a string of resignations and Brexit ‘negotiations’ in chaos, she probably needed a break. But the bad news hasn’t stopped.

In fact, it’s got worse as the week has gone on. The latest poll shows that her position is getting weaker by the day, as the fallout from her Chequers summit continues.

Leader?

On 11 July 2016, Theresa May became leader of the Conservative Party. By 13 July, it was formally announced she was the UK prime minister. Two years on, the polls show she has nothing to celebrate.

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According to a YouGov poll from the 10-11 July, the Conservatives are now two points behind Labour:

But the bad news doesn’t stop there.

Chaos

As May published the long-awaited Brexit white paper, 42% of the country thought that her so-called [paywall] “Chequers compromise” was bad for the country.

The combination of these two results is a pretty damning way to ‘celebrate’ her two-year anniversary:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1017332662502117381

And the carnage didn’t end there, because delivery of the white paper caused chaos in parliament. The sitting had to be suspended to give MPs a chance to read it:

May’s position grows weaker by the minute.

Coup?

On July 12, Jacob Rees-Mogg was the latest cabinet minister to announce he wouldn’t support May’s Brexit plans. According to Bloomberg, Rees-Mogg said:

It is not… something I would vote for, nor is it what the British people voted for.

The BBC‘s Laura Kuenssberg commented:

Iain Duncan Smith was also critical, and Marcus Fysh, another pro-Brexit Tory MP, said the white paper:

is beyond pathetic – it’s not even WTO-rule compliant. What a load of garbage.

It’s looking harder by the minute to see how May will cling to power. What a way to ‘celebrate’ two years in the job.

As Labour creeps ahead in the polls, and May’s popularity slumps, there’s a growing feeling that the PM’s bad news could be good news for the country.

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