Brexit Britain from Abroad: Bendable Iron Lady Toughens Her Brexit Stance

 The New Iron Lady Needs to Bend

British voters will soon choose who faces the European Union in Brexit talks that cover almost everything - from a golden handshake to border customs for people, goods and services.

Will they pick the woman who says she is prepared to walk away rather than be forced to accept a bad deal or the man who has pledged to make sure a deal is reached before leaving the negotiation table?

For the Conservative Party's Theresa May, an agreement can be good or bad though she's never been specific on either. As far as the Labour's Jeremy Corbyn is concerned, there isn't such a difference since a deal is simply a deal.

So, who will get the unenviable job?

Recent polls showed Corbyn has been catching up really fast from the back of the field. If the Tories' lead over Labour was a strong 18 percentage points about two weeks ago, it's now down to six points.

It is most likely that May will continue to lead Brexit talks, of which she has expressed little fear about seeing it end in a hard landing. But her confidence that the June 8 vote will give her an overwhelming majority in parliament - thus an unbeatable mandate - may be wishful thinking.

Editorial, Hong Kong Standard

Britain’s Surreal Brexit Election

During this campaign, it has felt at times like two competing visions of the past -- Labour's 70s v the Tories' 50s -- with issues like climate change and the environment, robotics and artificial intelligence, the impact of technology on the labor market, what public services for young and old will look like in the future, barely featuring on the agenda of politicians or the media.

An election ought to be the time when different approaches to the same questions are hammered out on the anvil of debate and campaigning. Yet though everyone is agreed Brexit is the single most important UK decision of our lifetime, Corbyn seems determined that Brexit should not be allowed anywhere close to center stage, and we are not one scintilla the wiser as to what May's Brexit plan really is.

Alistair Campbell, CNN

Merkel Lumps Brexit Britain with ‘Unreliable’ Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Europe has to forge its own path forward, as the United States and Britain were no longer reliable partners.

"The times when we could fully rely on others have passed us by a little bit, that's what I've experienced in recent days," she said while speaking at a campaign rally in Munich.

Her reference was to the contentious G7 Summit meeting in Sicily, which ended Saturday with the world's democratic powers divided. Most notably they were split "six against one," as Merkel described it Saturday, on the man-made threat posed by global warming.

Even though Britain agreed with its European allies on the need to combat climate change, its decision to leave the European Union means it, too, will be going its own way on a range of issues.

Deutsche Welle

May Pins Her Hopes on a Tough Brexit Stance

Tory strategists believe the uncertainty over Brexit is one of their strongest cards and the Prime Minister was expected to attempt, with an overnight speech in the West Midlands, to move the agenda back to the threat of Mr Corbyn leading the Brexit negotiations.

She was expected to cite two “position papers”, released by the European Commission, setting out Europe’s opening moves on rights for EU citizens living in Britain and the financial settlement due to Brussels before Brexit.

Included in the plans are the right for EU citizens to bring non-European family members into Britain decades after Brexit, the export of welfare or pension benefits to relatives outside Britain and full access to public services and employment on the same terms as British citizens.

“The European Commission are adopting an aggressive negotiating position, which can only be met by strong leadership on behalf of Britain,” Mrs May was expected to say. “The Brexit negotiations are to begin only 11 days after polling day. If I lose just six seats, Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister.”

Oliver Wright and Bruno Waterfield, The Australian

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