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Theresa May's Great Brexit Surrender

Gedalia Guttentag

“Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019



After tangling with EU president Jean-Claude Juncker in their first Downing Street encounter, May puts the EU on notice:

“During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a ‘difficult woman.’ And I said at the time the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker.”

—May 2017


May, a Remain supporter, indicates a hard Brexit stance as a Conservative leadership candidate:

“Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it.”

—July 2016


With her deal thrashed twice in Parliament, May insists that Brexit Day will still be March 29:

“I’m clear that I am going to deliver Brexit. I am going to deliver it on time.”

—February 2019


In another failed bid to get hard Brexiteers to vote for her deal, May says that she will step down after delivering Brexit:

“I know there is a desire for a new approach —and new leadership —in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations, and I won’t stand in the way of that.”

—March 2019


Having failed to bring her party to back the deal, Theresa May drops a bombshell by inviting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to do a deal around a softer form of Brexit:

“This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it requires national unity to deliver the national interest.”

—April 2019


“In retrospect, anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is even worse than we feared.”


A year after the Enough is Enough rally outside Parliament put anti-Semitism in Jeremy Corbyn’s party at the center of British politics, former Board of Deputies head Jonathan Arkush says that all the fears expressed then have been borne out. Jewish MPs have been hounded, the complaints process was designed to minimize the scale of the issue, and the party is now threatened by the EHRC, a human rights watchdog.

(Originally featured in Mishpacha, Issue 756)

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