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British PM May quits as party leader, starting succession race

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Very poor prime minister who will only be remembered for her failings, particularly the Brexit which in her heart-of-hearts never even wanted. It won't be any easier for her successor until they go the way of a no deal exit or even just cancel Article 50.

A conservative mess created by the tories and maintained by them over the past three years. I will be happy to see the back of them all come the next general election.

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Needing Nigel Farage now more than ever

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Her period as Home Office Minister will also be remembered for the large cuts in the police force (and expansion of commissioners and administrators) which have directly or indirectly led to the current levels of violence in London and other areas. Her management of the UK Border agency and immigration was also poor.

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Nigel Farage party failed to win in last nights bye-election which was won by Labour.

Farage is a one pint drinking one trick monkey.

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May has set back a woman being P.M. in Britain again for a good while, with her leadership or lack of.She wasn't no Margaret Thatcher and May was always for turning.And then to top it off,she gave Trump an undeserved state visit to the shores,though he treated her like trash. The worst PM since Chamberlain.

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Needing Nigel Farage now more than ever

The Brexit Party just failed to win a by-election he, and his acolytes, thought would be a shoo-in. Keep up.

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Nigel Farage party failed to win in last nights bye-election which was won by Labour. 

Farage is a one pint drinking one trick monkey.

Yes. Those getting all excited about his noisy one-policy protest party doing well in the low-turnout European elections could do with a cold shower.

Farage himself has had his arse kicked in a particularly anti-European constituency when running for parliament.

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I think that Mrs May was handed a poisoned chalice from the beginning, but she did or try to deliver what, we the British ( by the referendum out come ) decided to do. it was never going to be easy to appease all parties at home and abroad. As for the leadership contest, what a bunch of clowns we've got, Boris "bafoon" Jonson

and the others, jeees no wonder this country is such a mess, I am self employed and I have noticed that work has dropped off dramatically, this is going to be a poor year for me, and its not just me, I've asked at the builders merchants, other contractors, and they say its been a poor year, I think the reason for this is when there is uncertainty in the market, people don't spend money as they are unsure and nervous. there was a local bielection recently and the turn out was very low, people are sick and tired of blinking Brexit, but its what the majority wanted, and the government did as the people voted for, so poor Mrs may is only carrying out orders, I would like to see another referendum and I think that we will vote to stay in.

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The bye-bye election for Farage was in Peterborough, an area which voted to leave the EU.

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no wonder this country is such a mess, I am self employed and I have noticed that work has dropped off dramatically, this is going to be a poor year for me, and its not just me

Yes, ongoing uncertainty of this magnitude will certainly do your economy in, and the ordinary citizen is going to suffer more and more until somebody, sometime, resolves this mountain of a problem. I agree that May was handed a poisoned chalice, and it's ironic that some of those who put the poison in there are now looking to profit from it politically. I'm glad I no longer live in a UK which is going to divorce itself from the rest of Europe and which looks like it's going to have a bona fide upper class twit as Prime Minister. For the sake of all those I know in the UK, I hope that doesn't happen.

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The Brexit Party was just 681 votes short of Labour. Farage has just demonstrated that the Brexit Party, within 8 weeks of being formed, has the ability to be a serious electoral threat. Labour did win, but they lost a huge chunk of their vote share. All in all, disappointing that TBP didn't win, but an extremely good start.

Having an MP is good, but the impact of this election will be far greater. The phrase "Vote Tory, Get Corbyn" has now been solidified. Tory's now know that unless they back a WTO exit, they're gone.

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The winner will have only a few months to decide whether to try to salvage May's plan, delay Brexit again -- or sever ties with Britain's closest trading partner with no agreement at all.

The choice is clear - hard Brexit. Take your country back from Brussels, U.K.

She put on a brave face this week when hosting U.S. President Donald Trump for a state visit*

Trump was way too kind to her.

Nigel Farage party failed to win in last nights bye-election which was won by Labour.

The Brexit Party has done pretty well so far considering it was just formed a few months ago.

Farage is a one pint drinking one trick monkey.

Really! What's Corbyn?

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The worst prime minister we ever had. She said Brexit means Brexit but she did not deliver it!

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Farage is a one pint drinking one trick monkey.

Really! What's Corbyn?

Leader of the Labour Party. His party has policies which you can like or dislike. He can and should be criticised for his lack of clarity over Brexit.

What’s your opinion of the policies of Farage’s Brexit Party?

@Tangerine2000

Are you prepared to put an MP in place from a Party with no policies on critically important issues? Do you have any predictions on what they might be?

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@Jimizo

Do you have any predictions on what they might be?

You have asked this question before and I have answered it two times, but you never responded. Please have a look.

I'll add one more thing though. What's the point in electing an MP from a Party with a manifesto that'll blatantly ignore it. Labour and the Tories both promised to leave the EU and end FoM in 2017, but have done a complete U-turn on it.

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Do you have any predictions on what they might be?

You have asked this question before and I have answered it two times, but you never responded. Please have a look.

So, you are prepared to vote for a candidate from a party with no policies on vital issues and put that person in parliament? I find this bewildering.

Yes, parties break manifesto pledges and they are and should be hauled over the coals for it. However, that’s all we have to go on, and they do point in general directions.

Fancy buying a painting from me? I’ve got the frame and canvas. I’ll fill the rest in after you’ve paid me,

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You believe they'll have no policies before the next GE?

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Both the labour and the conservatives are backing brexit. A new election wouldn't do much unless the citizens vote in the liberal democrats. I doubt brexit will be completed. Britain will be like a teenager who says they'll move out but never does.

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You believe they'll have no policies before the next GE?

I’m talking about right now. Would you have voted for the Brexit Party candidate in last night’s by-election and hoped to put an MP in place who has no policies on vital issues?

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Why did farage not stick with UKIP instead of fracturing it? Single issue parties don't work as well. UKIP -love them, hate them, don't care about them - has a full platform from defence to healthcare. If there were allegations of racists in the party, they could have removed the said members (though i am a fan of due process, even within an organisation).

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Jimizo:

Parties do break manifestos, but at least in a parliamentary system the govt has to answer for it. The party or parliament can remove a prime minister. In constitutional emergencies the head of state can remove the prime minister too. In presidential systems, the president can ignore the Congress amd his party. Plus, he's also head of state so he'll hardly want to remove himself.

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Thank you for your service Honourable May. Benazir had an even tougher road.

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@Jimizo

Yes, I would have.

Countless MPs have stood on manifestos, broken them, been deselected by their own constituencies, but refuse to hold a by-election, then they decide themselves what policies people voted them in on, knowing full well that it's a complete lie.

For TBP, people consider this single issue to take priority over everything else.

But you didn't answer my question. Do you believe they'll have no policies before the next GE?

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For TBP, people consider this single issue to take priority over everything else.

It is a huge issue. I just find your willingness to vote for someone with no policies on other vital issues like taxation, education, the NHS, defence and energy policy a bit rabid.

Yes, I think they’ll have policies before the next election and may even publish a manifesto which I’d probably trust less than most. Farage does have a history of having a circus of bottom-of-the-barrel extremist headbangers in tow. Some of the loons he was in league with in the European Parliament were praising Anders Brevik. I wouldn’t trust a party led by Farage to tie up their own shoelaces.

I get your frustration with Brexit, but Farage’s s##tshow isn’t the answer.

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Bye bye, brexit loser..

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@Jimizo

I appreciate you answering.

If not the Brexit Party, who will those (who I believe to be the majority of the UK) who want to leave the EU, vote for?

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I appreciate you answering.

If not the Brexit Party, who will those (who I believe to be the majority of the UK) who want to leave the EU, vote for?

It’s a fair point but Brexit, as big as it is, isn’t everything. One of the problems created by the Brexit chaos is the loss of perspective. We have so many issues which need attention, but have been neglected as the parliament and the media have been so focused on this mess.

I don’t mean to sound insulting here, but you are quite rabid about a no-deal Brexit and are prepared to vote for a party with no policies on vital issues to get this very risky outcome. Don’t you think that’s a loss of perspective?

For me, I’d look at the whole packages of what the parties are offering. If a no-deal Brexit trumps everything else, fair enough, but at the moment you are in a mindset where you will vote without even knowing what the full packages are. As far as I can see from Farage, he’s a nationalistic tooth-and-claw rightist who was prepared to do deals with unhinged racist garbage in the European Parliament.

I’d say be pragmatic.

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Its looking increasingly likely that the UK will never leave the EU.

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CONGRATULATIONS MAY, I agree that U quit. There are better efforts to put in the people that appreciate U.U are on the right track. Trying to save yr own country, unappreciated. Where is the justice for U ???.

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May did the best she could against all odds. She was blighted by Remainers in her party who stabbed her in the back, voted against her and behaved in a treacherous manner. Those who resigned because they didn't like what she was doing should lose their seat, they were voted in to do a job, which they failed to do, choosing to follow their own agenda instead.

Is it coincidence that the only 2 female PM were both ousted ousted out by their party?

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Is it coincidence that the only 2 female PM were both ousted ousted out by their party?

Probably not. The Tories ousted Heath and put a woman in charge who was then ousted later on. Duncan-Smith was ousted too.

The Tories in particular like ousting. I don’t think they care about gender.

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Good riddance! Now get someone in there that once and for all gets the United Kingdom OUT of the European Union!

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Good riddance to the useless, stupid woman. The worst PM since Lord North.

She lied and lied over 100 times when she promised she would leave the EU with or without a deal. She never supported Brexit and she betrayed Britain.

Now let's have a PM who gets us out of the EU that hates us.

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Bill AdamsToday  06:39 am JST

Now let's have a PM who gets us out of the EU that hates us.

How do you suggest the next PM does that, when there's absolutely no consensus on any of the options?

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@bill, "Good riddance to the useless, stupid woman". its not her fault that there is one big political game being played here, the opposition have been throwing spanners in the works constantly, so it makes them look good, Europe have been doing the same, as to say to any one else  thinks your going to leave, this is the mess your going to be in, this is a message that's been sent out by the leaders in EU parliament, what ever deal she came up with, a bunch of people from the stay in or opposition political brigade said no, so the whole produces started again, trying to get a deal, and when it was presented again and when they could agree with it, Europe said no, back to square one. who ever steps up to the plate will face the same dilemma, "look what I am offering" I can hear them now, nope, its not what I want, so ill vote against it to throw a spanner in the works again, repeat cycle.

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