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US NewsWill Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers?

11:20  15 may  2019
11:20  15 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

EU's chief Brexit negotiators brand Theresa May 'insane' and 'pathetic' in foul-mouthed rant seen in a damaging BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary

EU's chief Brexit negotiators brand Theresa May 'insane' and 'pathetic' in foul-mouthed rant seen in a damaging BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary The Prime Minister is branded 'pathetic' by top Brexit negotiators from the European Parliament in a new film about talks between Britain and the EU. Brexit: Behind Closed Doors shows a team led by Guy Verhofstadt branding her 'insane' and laughing at the UK. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Theresa May (pictured) is mocked and branded 'insane' by a member of team led by Guy Verhofstadt Verhofstadt's chief of staff, Guillaume McLaughlin, responds to the news that a Brexit deal is no longer possible because the PM hasn't cleared it with the DUP, with a foul-mouthed rant.

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Reuters Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.

Theresa May is still in No 10 but this week even she seemed to acknowledge this is borrowed time, as the prime minister began to author an alternative legacy to the rather damning political obituary her party and the wider political class might well decide to write.

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Releasing a new support scheme for survivors of domestic abuse, Mrs May delivered a concrete policy change for those she had once made it her mission to help before Brexit took all her bandwidth.

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"I've always vowed to leave no stone unturned in tackling domestic violence - this abhorrent crime has no place in our society," she said of her decision to impose a legal duty on local authorities to support and house survivors of domestic abuse.

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Getty

"They've got about four weeks left. This is part of her legacy planning," observed one MP wryly this week as the press release dropped.

This was a prime minister who began in office nearly three years ago with two missions - to tackle the "burning injustices" that blight our society and to deliver Brexit. Worthy goals, but the past two years have been characterised as a battle for May's survival rather than a stage for social change.

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Brexit betrayal is the mantra - it's little wonder that voters are getting ready to deliver the Conservative party a giant bloody nose in the European elections next week and potentially give Mrs May the added indignity of presiding over the Conservatives worst-ever performance in a national poll.

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One humiliation piled upon another, her enemies - and even some neutral MPs - are preparing to write her off as perhaps one of Britain's most unsuccessful prime ministers.

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"There is only one person who wants her to go on, and that's John Major," remarked one of her backbench detractors.

"Every passing day she remains as prime minister she is seizing from John Major the mantle of the worst prime minister in living memory."

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Getty Prime Minister John Major

Actually, it is not Sir John whom academics have crowned with that dishonour but the architect of the Suez crisis Sir Anthony Eden.

A poll of academics specialising in British politics and contemporary British history rated Sir Anthony as the worst-performing of all post-war prime ministers.

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Getty Anthony Eden David Cameron came in third from the bottom - just above Sir Alec Douglas-Home - for his great referendum failure, with one academic claiming it was the greatest defeat of any prime minister "since Lord North lost America".

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Getty Lord North

But Mrs May's Brexit crisis is now up there as the most serious domestic crisis Britain has faced in the modern democratic era.

Her impending defeat on Brexit (for the fourth time) is now spoken of in the same breath as Lord North's defeat in the American War of Independence and Sir Anthony's humiliation over the Suez crisis.

Will Theresa May be remembered as one of Britain’s worst prime ministers? © Getty David Cameron came in third from bottom in the poll

"Who is the worst prime minister? It's either her or Lord North who lost the colonies. But actually she is the worst because she lost her own country." This the reflection of a spartan Brexiteer.

She will be cast as the villain of this mess. It was Mrs May who insisted on trying to push through a deal her party could not accept. She was intransigent and unpersuasive; she was a poor negotiator; she never really believed in Brexit; she left the cross-party talks far too late; hers was a Brexit in name only; she should have never pandered to the Brexiteers or carved her red lines into stone; she was too partisan and tribal.

Leo Varadkar pays tribute to ‘deeply passionate’ Theresa May following resignation announcement

Leo Varadkar pays tribute to ‘deeply passionate’ Theresa May following resignation announcement Leo Varadkar pays tribute to ‘deeply passionate’ Theresa May following resignation announcement

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But perhaps over time she might be remembered more sympathetically. She never had the numbers to pass a Brexit deal through parliament, either before her snap election or after it. David Cameron not only left her with a country reeling from a divisive referendum, but also left her with a majority of just 12 MPs in 2016.

Nearly three times that number refused to support her in the third vote on her deal in March. If Brexit was a riddle, the obduracy of some of her own MPs made it an impossible conundrum for her to resolve.

Leo Varadkar pays tribute to ‘deeply passionate’ Theresa May following resignation announcement.
Leo Varadkar pays tribute to ‘deeply passionate’ Theresa May following resignation announcement

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