|76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Term of office|
July 13, 2016 - July 24, 2019
|Political party||Conservative Party|
|Preceded by||David Cameron|
|Succeeded by||Boris Johnson|
|Born|| October 1, 1956 |
Theresa May (born October 1, 1956) was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019. She became Prime Minister without leading her party to victory in a general election. Instead, she won the Conservative Party leadership contest triggered by David Cameron's resignation in the aftermath of his defeat in the Brexit referendum. From 2010 until becoming Prime Minister, she served as the Home Secretary.
Although she served as the Conservative Party's leader, her policies while in office, dating back to her position as Home Secretary under Cameron (see below), actually gave her more in common with liberal public officials who embraced those same positions, effectively making her a CINO (Conservative in Name Only). As the chairwoman of the party, May openly advocated taking a more liberal and globalist stance.
She was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, the only child of Zaidee Mary and Hubert Brasier.
May officially initiated Brexit on March 29, 2017, when she triggered Article 50 and begun the two-year negotiations process to withdraw from the European Union. May's government rejected calls from conservatives for a law protecting free speech and ending existing restrictions on it. Instead, the government pursued policies restricting free speech. It also caved to left-wing environmentalist activists. In 2019, May asked a Chinese company to establish a 5G network, raising serious security concerns. In July 2019, May rejected a U.S. offer to protect British shipping in the Persian Gulf because she did not want to "upset" both the EU and Iran – that same month, the Iranian government hijacked two British boats in the Gulf.
2017 general election
For the election results, see House of Commons (UK). Due to several blunders made during the campaign, May's Conservative Party lost seats in a snap election she chose to hold in order to gain power, resulting in a hung parliament. As the Conservative Party remained the party with the most seats, May decided to seek a governing agreement with the right-wing, socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The two parties signed the agreement on June 26, 2017.
May became Prime Minister despite voting against Brexit. Through several poor decisions and by taking weak positions, May severely weakened the UK's position in negotiations by July 2018 and threatened the realization of the 2016 referendum.
In July 2018, May and her cabinet agreed to a very weak negotiating position that would leave the country under the European Court of Justice, effectively in the single market, and under the jurisdiction of many of the EU's regulations. Anti-Brexit Europhiles applauded the negotiating position. In opposition to such a weak agreement, several of her pro-sovereignty ministers resigned, including Brexit Minister David Davis and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. Several other officials also resigned. Pro-"Remain" officials in May's government consolidated their influence over the exit negotiations.
Not only was May a weak negotiator, but she also advocated for a bad deal. For example, she requested that a "backstop" be added to the final Brexit deal that would keep the UK in the customs union with no exit. The proposed agreement she reached with the EU in November 2018 would have hurt the UK's sovereignty.
By November 2018, May saw the most ministers resign during her first two years in office compared to every other prime minister since at least the 1980s.
In March 2019, May proposed delaying Brexit despite previously stating over 100 times that Brexit would occur on schedule. May's government reportedly blocked "no-deal" Brexit plans in the case that a satisfactory deal with the EU could not be reached.
May's weakness in delivering Brexit can be explained in the fact that she did not truly believe in it in the first place.
On May 24, 2019, May finally announced she would resign, after having poorly negotiated and unsuccessfully trying several times to pass her own version of "Brexit."
Despite originally promising to enact a "no deal" Brexit if the only alternative were a bad deal, May reportedly promised to help block the former after resigning.
May was replaced as Prime Minister by Boris Johnson, who took a stronger stance on Brexit.
Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage noted in 2017 that May had adopted the exact same political positions as he had a few years earlier. In her 2017 campaign manifesto, May and the Conservative Party adopted some of UKIP's EU and immigration policies. However, the manifesto also called for some forms of government expansion and additional social spending, and the manifesto contained several worrisome pledges for conservatives and proponents of Brexit. Additionally, the manifesto rejected individualism and "untrammeled free markets", and May rejected statements that she was like former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher or that she would "drift to the Right." Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wrote an editorial at the time of the manifesto's release stating that Conservative Party leadership never intended to keep its current and previous immigration reduction promises.
In August 2018, May endorsed South Africa's racist land confiscation policy. She ordered her party's MEPs to distance themselves from Hungary's conservative prime minister Viktor Orbán after they unanimously voted against imposing sanctions on Hungary. She has attacked nationalism in favor of globalism and has attacked conservative-nationalists and a "Hard" Brexit.
In March 2017, after a deadly major Islamic terrorist attack in Westminster, May refused to admit that the attack was actually Islamist terrorism and called Islam a "great faith" — overlooking key facts about Islam.
May harshly criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for sharing videos on Twitter that depicted Muslims attacking people and committing vandalism — in response, President Trump said to May "don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom." Six days later, British security services stopped an Islamist plot to assassinate May.
Homosexuality and gender-confusion
In the past, Theresa May voted against equalising the age of consent for same-sex interactions, voted twice against permitting homosexual couples to jointly adopt children, and voted against a bill that would repeal Section 28, an education regulation that forbid teachers to speak about homosexuality at all unless it was related to STDs. However, she supported the introduction of same-sex "marriage" in the United Kingdom during the premiership of David Cameron.
In February 2018, in a response to a Christian organization's petition to ban sex-change operations for minors, May's government endorsed those very same practices.
May celebrated the result of a May 2018 referendum in Ireland which legalized abortion in the country, calling it "an impressive show of democracy." However, she stated that Northern Ireland's own pro-life laws would be up to its citizens to repeal, rather than the central government, despite caving to pressure and voicing support for abortion.
Shortly after becoming Prime Minister, May abolished a climate change agency. However, May is a supporter of the Paris climate agreement and indirectly attacked U.S. President Donald Trump for choosing to leave the agreement.
May and religion
Law and order
May's Investigatory Powers Act was signed into law in December 2016, which requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to store every IP's internet history in the United Kingdom. This information can then be accessed via warrants issued by a special Investigatory Powers Commissioner or the courts.
In a 2017 speech at the United Nations, May spoke sympathetically about immigration to Europe from the Middle East. Despite this, she refused to give asylum to a Pakistani Christian woman accused of "blasphemy" to avoid upsetting Britain's Muslims.
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