Is Britain About to Get a New Prime Minister?

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Number 10 Downing Street on November 13, 2017 in London, England.
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Is Britain About to Get a New Prime Minister?

Theresa May is trying to negotiate with the European Union while her own government is unstable.

Secretary of State for International Development Priti Patel resigned on November 8, adding to the bad news surrounding Britain’s Conservative government. Details of Patel’s recent vacation to Israel surfaced outlining several unauthorized meetings made with Israeli figures. Patel is British Prime Minister Theresa May’s second cabinet-level minister in a week who has left the government. On November 1, Michael Fallon resigned as defense secretary following sexual harassment allegations.

After Patel’s resignation, all eyes are on Theresa May. Times of Israel reported that if these recent allegations “gain traction, they threaten to further destabilize an already enfeebled government.”

According to the Times of London, the unauthorized meetings were held with no officials present and they contained sensitive information of foreign policy. Patel was accused of omitting mentions of other meetings. Times of Israel reported Patel’s behavior as “a breach of the ministerial code.”

Bloomberg reported on Sunday, November 12, that 40 Conservative members of Parliament have agreed that they have zero confidence in May and will sign a letter saying that. Under Conservative Party rules, only eight more signatures are needed to trigger a leadership election. If Ms. May loses such an election, Britain could have a new prime minister.

This turmoil has weakened May’s authority with those she deals with at home and abroad, as they wonder if she will last much longer as the head of government. Meanwhile, Britain is going through its most significant foreign negotiations in decades as it attempts to exit the European Union. One European leader told the Times of London that “European Union leaders are preparing for the fall of Theresa May before the new year. … ‘There is the great difficulty of the leadership in Great Britain, which is more and more fragile. Britain is very weak and the weakness of Theresa May makes [Brexit] negotiations very difficult.’”

May’s coalition was unstable from the start. At the time of the election, we wrote:

Yesterday’s result [from June’s snap election] also means May’s position is incredibly unstable. … Many Conservatives are furious at Ms. May for calling the election in the first place, for running a disastrous campaign, and for initiating what could end up being a massive setback for Conservatives in Britain.

Even if May survives and continues as prime minister, she will lead an unstable coalition. When May called the election, she said, “Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.” May only had a small majority at the time, which, she said, made negotiations with Europe tough. This election was supposed to give her a much larger majority and stronger position in Brexit negotiations. …

Brexit negotiations were already going to be tough; after yesterday, they’ll be torturous. …

Whatever the details, Britain seems to be heading into one of the most significant periods of transformation and decision-making in its history. It has to decide what kind of nation it is after leaving the EU. It is also being hit by a major outbreak of Islamic terrorism. And now it has highly unstable leadership.

In the 1960s, Herbert W. Armstrong wrote several articles in the Plain Truth about the problems plaguing Britain and its future collapse. In a March 1973 Plain Truth article, he wrote: “Britain is going to look back on Monday, Jan. 1, 1973, in all probability, as a most tragically historic date—a date fraught with ominous potentialities! For that date marked the United Kingdom’s entry into the European Community.”

Already many lament it “as a tragically historic date.

As we wrote in He Was Right, “God never intended for Britain to join with Europe. It’s ill-advised efforts to do so have revealed fatal weakness and lack of trust in the source of its national greatness. At the same time, they have portended the downfall of the country!”

Joining the European Union was a mistake not so easily thrown aside. It is also a reflection of the fact that the EU isn’t the entirety of Britain’s problems. Britain joined the EU in the first place because of these underlying problems. Now Britain’s divisions and political problems are hurting Britain’s efforts to leave.

For more on why Mr. Armstrong forecast Britain’s exit from the EU, and where its relationship with the EU is headed, read our article “Why the Trumpet Watches the UK’s Break From Europe.”