With just five days until the Brexit negotiations commence, Prime Minister Theresa May is standing on increasingly shaky ground.
Editor’s Remarks: Having been relieved of her parliamentary majority, May is now clawing back support from senior Tories that she relegated to the party’s fringes nearly a year ago. As usual, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is calling for more nationwide involvement in the actual Brexit talks. However, her own poor election performance is likely to strip her of any real influence over matters in Westminster. As usual, May’s toughest opposition comes from within the ranks of the Conservative Party who, despite popular opinion, were actually overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the EU. Former PM David Cameron recently spoke out and said that May must work more closely with the Labour Party if she is to make a success of the forthcoming negotiations. In reality, both the Tories and Labour have broadly the same stance on exiting the EU. However, the perceived closeness of the recent general election suggests that there will be much politicking back and forth between the two parties over Brexit and very little in the way of constructive co-operation.