Could the fix be in to nullify Brexit? We thought it was peculiar that the Conservative Party chose an anti-Brexit candidate, Theresa May, to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister. Now May has called an early election, even though she has a solid majority. Her stated reason is to obtain a larger “mandate” for the U.K. to negotiate the terms of Brexit with the EU. This doesn’t seem convincing given that the party publicly got behind Brexit after it passed and Cameron resigned.
A Prime Minister only calls an early election if the polls suggest that the governing party is likely to increase its majority, of course, and indeed polls so indicated when May called the election a couple of weeks ago. However, under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act passed in 2011, two-thirds of the House of Commons must agree to election prior to expiration of the five-year fixed term.
One obvious question is why a minority party would ever agree if the majority party feels that an early election would be to its advantage. Perhaps in some cases the minority party has its own polling numbers, or an underdog strategy that it is convinced that it can execute. But in this case Parliament approved the early election nearly unanimously: 522-13.
What do all of these MPs know that the Tories, or the rest of us, don’t? Labor could have agreed to an early election to create a pretext to dump Leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has never been popular among the caucus, if they lose ground. The Liberal Democrats also mostly supported the early election; perhaps they figured they had nothing left to lose.
Our conspiracy theory is that Theresa May is hoping to lose her majority, or at least have it reduced, in order to sabotage Brexit. Maybe Labor is in on it. We speculated at the time that the establishment would do everything it could to slow-walk and eventually ignore the Brexit vote. This could be part of that strategy; with the media’s help, perhaps May could attribute any result other than a significant gain in Conservative seats as resounding proof that the electorate has changed its mind on Brexit.
Theresa May might envision getting on the cover of Vanity Fair (or whatever the British equivalent is), and then lucrative sinecures on the globalist lecture and think-tank circuits, as the heroic woman who sacrificed her own position and her party’s interest for the good of her country, and indeed the whole world.