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Secrecy, suspicion and stumbles catch up with British PM Theresa May

She had many disastrous moments, any of which could have caused her downfall

British Prime Minister Theresa May's shortcomings have given her own party more than enough reasons to want to see the back of her.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's shortcomings have given her own party more than enough reasons to want to see the back of her. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Theresa May was dealt a poor hand when she became Britain's Prime Minister, and proceeded to play it very badly.

Perhaps no leader in 2016 could have satisfied British expectations of Brexit. Advocates of leaving the European Union had made many promises about the benefits, and been deliberately vague on the details. But Mrs May's approach of taking decisions in a tight circle left her without allies when the going got rough - both at home and in European capitals.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline 'Secrecy, suspicion and stumbles catch up with Theresa May'. Print Edition | Subscribe