BEPPU, OITA PREF. – Britain continues to be mired in serious confusion over its departure from the European Union. The situation over the stalemate is changing day by day, and we may see a completely different picture by the time this article is published, but the following was the situation as of Thursday.
Prime Minister Theresa May played her final card on March 27 by offering to resign if Parliament accepted her government’s Brexit agreement with the EU, which set down conditions for Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. If her tactic proves successful and Parliament supports the deal, Britain will leave the union on May 22. But Parliament had rejected the agreement twice already and, as was widely expected, the agreement was voted down for a third time, further weakening the prime minister’s grip on power. In addition, none of the eight alternative Brexit plans put forward by Parliament were approved either.