May’s victory

Dalrymple points out that Theresa May’s crushing defeats in the House of Commons were

a great victory for her, provided that you make a simple assumption: that she and her colleagues never wanted Britain to leave the EU in the first place.

He notes that a majority of the British legislature

is, and always was, opposed to Brexit.

He reminds us that those legislators who agitated most vociferously for Brexit

declined, when the time came, to carry out the policy, leaving it to a woman, already well known for her political maladroitness.

May’s appearance of negotiating with the EU, he writes, was

elaborate shadow-play. She never intended to produce the complete break that just over half the electorate—but not the political class—wanted.

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