British Prime Minister Theresa May Survives Vote of No Confidence Within Her Party

British Prime Minister Theresa May Survives Vote of No Confidence Within Her Party

May will remain Prime Minister, but struggles with Brexit will continue


British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence within her party on December 12th among concerns about her deal pertaining to the United Kingdom's anticipated exit from the European Union in March of next year.

May's Conservative Party voted 63% to 37% in favor of her remaining in her post. Most of the opposition stemmed from dissatisfied MPs who believe her Brexit deal to be "too soft" as it is currently negotiated with the EU.

With newfound confidence after the vote, May departed for Brussels to continue negotiations with her counterparts in the European Union, specifically as the state of things concerning the UK's land border with Ireland, a European Union country.

What this means, quantitatively, is that the Prime Minister likely does not have enough votes to pass her Brexit deal as it currently stands, or at least, not without the help of centrists from those outside of her party. It remains unclear how MPs in the opposition parties Labour, Liberal Democrats, and Scottish National feel about May's more centrist plan, though the indication is not strong in the plan's favor.

In convoluted terms, this means neither the Conservative Party nor Theresa May, has a working Brexit.

The United Kingdom is a parliamentary democracy, this creates an added aspect of chaos that we have not exactly seen with similar policy debates in the United States. Because the United Kingdom's Parliament does not have to wait for scheduled elections to occur before calling for one (though only a no-confidence vote in the current government or snap election called for by the government can trigger this) responses to policy initiatives can be more flexible in how they are debated.

This, of course, makes something as controversial as Brexit difficult to pin down.

Whereas in the United States, Democrats had to wait until the 2018 elections to offer up their direct response to President Trump and his ruling Republican Party, voters in the United Kingdom may do so at varying times throughout a government's time in office.

And given the often-unpredictable nature of elections, calling one of these early elections can be hazardous for parties and how they wield power.

Many on Britain's left have called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to declare for a Parliament-wide vote of no confidence in Theresa May with hopes of forcing new elections, and subsequently a new government. However, and it should go without saying, a Labour-positive result of this vote is less than assured.

To begin with, there is no guarantee that May would lose such a vote. Though over 100 members in her own party voted against her, would they really do the same again if it meant that their seat in Parliament would be on the line? What's more, the Democratic Unionist Party, with which May's government has a confidence and supply agreement, does not currently support a motion for a no-confidence vote.

Despite broad dissatisfaction with how the government has handled Brexit, there is no certainty that the Conservative Party would be voted out of office in such a scenario. Some polls give Labour a slight edge over the Conservatives in a hypothetical matchup, but even so the margin they lead by is well within the allotted space for error. And further, with the UK being a multiparty state, advances or losses by the Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, UK Independence Party, or other parties could shift the calculus that would result in either a May or Corbyn government.

The alternative to another election is another referendum on the prospect of Brexit. Many on the left have advocated for a so-called "People's Vote" to determine any final arrangement that manifests between the United Kingdom and the European Union. However, this is no more certain than a general election would be. Polls show some softening of support for Brexit, but with many who voted "Leave" merely upset with the May government's handling of the situation, the possibility of a second win for leaving is well within the realm of possibility. And even if a second vote were to return a "Stay" victory, what would that accomplish/say from a democratic standpoint? That sometimes voters change their minds and governments should never implement policy because of such fickleness?

Again, the mutability of UK politics is called into question. If American voters had the opportunity to reject Donald Trump every time he passed new legislation that was unpopular, would anything ever be accomplished? Would we be paralyzed by constant bickering and political pettiness, more so than we already are?

All of this to say that there is no easy way out of Brexit, and there are still some major disagreements that individuals have with one another, to the point of threatening to remove the Prime Minister from her office. While I think our allies in the United Kingdom need to come to a diplomatic and thoughtful resolution to this process, I also think it would do well for them to consider the words of the poet John Lydgate: "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."

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I Might Have Aborted My Fetus When I Was 18, But Looking Back, I Saved A Child’s Life

It may have been one of the hardest decisions of my life, but I wouldn't be where I am today if I hadn't had done it.


Due to recent political strife happening in the world today, I have decided to write on a very touchy, difficult subject for me that only a handful of people truly know.

When I was 18 years old, I had an abortion.

I was fresh out of high school, and deferring college for a year or two — I wanted to get all of my immature fun out so I was prepared to focus and work in the future. I was going through my hardcore party stage, and I had a boyfriend at the time that truly was a work of art (I mean truly).

Needless to say, I was extremely misinformed on sex education, and I never really thought it could happen to me. I actually thought I was invincible to getting pregnant, and it never really registered to me that if I had unprotected sex, I could actually get pregnant (I was 18, I never said I was smart).

I remember being at my desk job and for weeks, I just felt so nauseous and overly tired. I was late for my period, but it never really registered to me something could be wrong besides just getting the flu — it was November, which is the peak of flu season.

The first person I told was my best friend, and she came with me to get three pregnancy tests at Target. The first one came negative, however, the second two came positive.

I truly believe this was when my anxiety disorder started because I haven't been the same ever since.

Growing up in a conservative, Catholic Italian household, teen pregnancy and especially abortion is 150% frowned upon. So when I went to Planned Parenthood and got the actual lab test done that came out positive, I was heartbroken.

I felt like I was stuck between two roads: Follow how I was raised and have the child, or terminate it and ultimately save myself AND the child from a hard future.

My boyfriend at the time and I were beyond not ready. That same week, I found out he had cheated on me with his ex and finances weren't looking so great, and I was starting to go through the hardest depression of my life. Because of our relationship, I had lost so many friends and family, that I was left to decide the fate of both myself and this fetus. I could barely take care of myself — I was drinking, overcoming drug addictions, slightly suicidal and living with a man who didn't love me.

As selfish as you may think this was, I terminated the fetus and had the abortion.

I knew that if I had the child, I would be continuing the cycle in which my family has created. My goal since I was young was to break the cycle and breakaway from the toxicity in how generations of children in my family were raised. If I had this child, I can assure you my life would be far from how it is now.

If I had carried to term, I would have had a six-year old, and God knows where I would've been.

Now, I am fulfilling my future by getting a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, having several student leadership roles, and looking into law schools for the future.

Although it still haunts me, and the thought of having another abortion truly upsets me, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. I get asked constantly "Do you think it's just to kill a valuable future of a child?" and my response to that is this:

It's in the hands of the woman. She is giving away her valuable future to an unwanted pregnancy, which then resentment could cause horror to both the child and the woman.

As horrible as it was for me in my personal experience, I would not be where I am today: a strong woman, who had overcome addiction, her partying stage, and ultimately got her life in order. If I would have had the child, I can assure you that I would have followed the footsteps of my own childhood, and the child would not have had an easy life.

Because of this, I saved both my life and the child's life.

And if you don't agree or you dislike this decision, tough stuff because this is my body, my decision, my choice — no one else.

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