Mar 12 2019
By B. Rose Kelly
Source Woodrow Wilson School
Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to exit the European Union was shot down again by Britain's Parliament in a 391 to 242 vote on March 12. What does this mean for the country and May's leadership?
Professor Harold James sent us a one-minute dispatch from Britain, sharing his reaction to the vote.
James is the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor in European Studies and a professor of history and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. James, co-director of the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, studies economic and financial history and modern European history.
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TRANSCRIPT: "This is a decisive moment where Britain has begun to dig itself out of the morass that was caused by the referendum in 2016. But it will be a really long and painful effort to get out of this mess. It isn't clear what's going to happen. It may require another referendum. It may require a general election, but what I think is clear is that Britain won't get out of its self-imposed dilemma under the leadership of Theresa May. Her prime ministership is effectively over, and there's got to be a new government before Britain can really think about negotiating a really permanent way of how to relate to the European Union."