She can thanks Nick Timothy for her totally inept strategy.
Indeed, his red lines have boxed her in from the start and ultimately cornered her.
Remember when she took over, Brexit was still an undefined something and for a summer long she kept it that way with her non-telling "Brexit means Brexit", until Nick Timothy decided never to waste a good opportunity to truly turn Britain into a Conservative wonderland by trying to wiggle the UK out of the European Economic Area and all the labour laws, consumer protections and environmental standards that go with it, too!
Nobody really voted to get poorer, to get less rights at work, to see unhealthy food in stores or to breathe polluted air, but hey, here was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take control of all those rules and relax them a bit so there's far more money to be made with them in future, so why should a real Conservative hesitate for a second even, right? Let's just cover it up under a big red-white-blue sauce of sovereignty and surely people will all buy it, won't they?
From that moment on, TM committed not only to leaving the EU as she had always said, but also the SM and the CU, and so without giving it a second of a thought and blinded by the potential economic profits from being able to take a competitive advantage from ditching all hose labour laws, consumer protections and environmental standards, she also created a logistical nightmare for Dover, a political one for NI and the UK as a whole and an andministrative one for all integrated manufacturing in the UK.
Well, people didn't buy it at the GE, the Tories lost their (slim) majority and the rest is history as they say...
And guess what? the next PM will probably keep on banging on the same door, even harder, thus decimating his party further.
Already now, TM has no majority for her kind of a deal, so I remain baffled how any successor from within the Tories can think he/she can ever command a majority for any sort of a deal which is likely going to be even more radical than hers just to fend of the pressure of the Brexit Pary on the Tories? Whoever the PM, the headcount in Westminster won't change, and I doubt it'll prove a fine idea to call a GE to break the deadlock... unless the Conservatives are happy to take up the role of the DUP in a Farage government or want to sit at the utmost far end of the opposition benches yelling at PM Corbyn announcing he has concluded a Norway+ agreement with the EU?
Most interesting to watch for sure! I agree with what is said above: the Tories are beyond saving: they have truly met their Waterloo, over Europe.
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