FPI Resources: Theresa May To Become New British Prime Minister

July 12, 2016

The decision by British voters to withdraw from the European Union led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who will be replaced tomorrow by fellow Conservative Theresa May. May quietly opposed withdrawal from the EU while making it clear that she will respect the voters’ judgement. Important decisions about national security will soon confront the new Prime Minister. Next week, Parliament will debate whether to preserve the country’s nuclear deterrent and strategic forces. The UK may also face a decision soon about whether to contribute as many 1,000 troops to a proposed stabilization force for Libya. In addition, May will have to implement the UK’s recent pledge to lead one of the four NATO battalions soon to be deployed to the Baltics. FPI believes that the following resources will help lawmakers, their staff, and members of the general public to understanding the significance of the UK leadership transition.


My Vision for Britain – Theresa May – The Sun – July 9, 2016

“Brexit means Brexit. There must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it by the back door and no second referendum. The country voted to leave the European Union and, as Prime Minister, I will make sure that we leave the European Union.”

Make the UK’s Defence an Important Priority – Theresa May – Daily Mail – July 4, 2016

“It is vital for our national interest that we maintain what is the most significant security and military capability in Europe – backed up by our commitment to spend 2 per cent of gross domestic product on defence – and that we are able to project our power around the world. In particular, it is crucial that we maintain our independent nuclear deterrent.”

America’s Alliance with Britain and Europe Will Endure – President Barack Obama – Financial Times – July 8, 2016

“As difficult as it will be, I am confident that the UK and the EU will be able to agree on an orderly transition to a new relationship…“The special relationship between the US and the UK will endure. I have no doubt that the UK will remain one of NATO’s most capable members.”

Theresa May, the Steely, Steady Woman Who Might Lead Britain – Stephen Castle – New York Times – July 5, 2016

“Ms. May’s tenacity has drawn parallels not only to Ms. Thatcher but also to another methodical woman in politics, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a clergyman’s daughter, like Ms. May.”

Madame Prime Minister (By Default) – Glen Newey – Foreign Policy – July 12, 2016

“[May] has built a career out of keeping her head down, and now, it seems, will have kept her head down all the way to 10 Downing Street. She is not well-known internationally, or even particularly well-known nationally. She rations her public pronouncements carefully. It is not simply a matter of preferring a low profile; May has calculated, correctly as it happens, that the route to the top of the greasy pole lies in determined pursuit of an objective.”

Theresa May: Where does Britain’s Incoming Prime Minister Stand on Foreign Policy? – Orlando Crowcroft – International Business Times – July 12, 2016

“[David Cameron’s] replacement – Theresa May – has backed his every move. May has never rebelled against the government line on foreign policy, voting in favor of military action in Iraq, Syria and Libya, as well as in 2010, when she voted in favor of the continued deployment of British troops in Afghanistan.”

A New Prime Minister—Now Comes the Hard Part – Editorial – Financial Times – July 11, 2016

“Sensibly, [May] has insisted that Article 50, the red button for exit, will not be pressed until early next year at least. This gives her time to formulate Britain’s negotiating position before formal divorce talks with Brussels begin.”

Exit Leadsom, Enter Theresa May – Noah Daponte-Smith – National Review Online – July 12, 2016

“Theresa May was a Remainer — a reluctant one, to be sure, conspicuously silent on the matter, but a Remainer nonetheless. For her to stick to the hard line she has set on Brexit — ‘Brexit means Brexit, and we will make a success of it’ — would be a welcome sign of union.”

Labour’s Pains and the Future of British Politics – James Kirchick – Voice of America – July 11, 2016

“[Labour leader Jeremy] Corbyn’s ascension has also been concomitant with an explosion of anti-Semitic remarks by party activists and officials, a problem he only exacerbated last week by comparing Israel to ISIS at – get this — the launch event for an internal party inquiry into anti-Semitism.”

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