Theresa May: Leading the United Kingdom through Brexit

Theresa May: Leading the United Kingdom through Brexit

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is living the proverbial life of “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” reflecting her astute vision and overcoming leadership challenges on the Brexit deal.

By Sumit Kumar

The British Prime Minister Theresa May is living the proverbial life of “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” reflecting her astute vision and overcoming leadership challenges on the Brexit deal.

Even as, there has been a dissidence within the conservatives seeking her removal from the premiership, she snatched a hard-fought victory from the crushing defeat. She survived the floor test on December 12, though with a depleted margin: 200 MPs supporting her while 117 voted against her.

An unscathed May emerging from the victory of the no-confidence motion is now immune to the leadership challenge for a year. The interim period will also coincide with the March 29, 2019 deadline by which Britain has to exit the European Union.

A timely victory has put her in a steering command to enter into a more realistic deal with the European Union.

The pressure has been mounting on her to resign for a long but she is in no hurry to leave before a Brexit deal is sealed. She very well understands the implications of a no-deal before 29 March deadline as it could lead to a possible scenario where there is a freeze in trade which can hit the shipment and the airline services, movement of the goods including food items plunging Britain to an economic recession.

In her bid to win over the detractors, she has even announced that once she delivers on the Brexit, she will step aside for the election of a new leader. Additionally, she offered to talk to the disgruntled MPs on Brexit in an apparent bid to resolve the crisis amicably. 

As she attends the EU summit from today she will have to tough bargain with her EU counterparts to get the concessions on the deal to placate the angry opponents back home. But given the EU leaders tough stand on accommodating any concessions, she would have to tread a balanced way to get a Brexit deal which is accepted by all.

Essentially a tough negotiator with a penchant for delivering even at the ‘crisis moment’ makes her our Diplomat of the Year. In Diplomatist's August 2016 Cover Story, we have rightly predicted about her perseverance and the highly spirited quality as she is set to cruise Britain out of its most anxious and difficult times.

Go to Section Page

Back to Top

Diplomatist Magazine was launched in October of 1996 as the signature magazine of L.B. Associates (Pvt) Ltd, a contract publishing house based in Noida, a satellite town of New Delhi, India, the National Capital.

Search