The New British PM, Theresa May, Will Bring Quiet Effective Leadership to Brexit!
In uncertain times, some good fortune erupts unexpectedly. Former Home Secretary,Theresa May, the quiet effective voice behind the more boisterous, pompous, soon-to-be ex-Prime Minister David Cameron, will become the second woman PM on July 13, 2016.
I know very little about her.
Yet, when I scanned her well-documented background, a full picture emerged of a highly competent, self-effacing technician/politician. More importantly, like her former role model, the Iron Lady [Margaret Thatcher], May has the steely determination to stand up to the self-aggrandizing male politicians who dominate British politics and business.
Despite the fact that she quietly supported her former boss, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron to remain in the EU, she promised to proceed with Brexit in a timely, rational manner [unlike her male precursor]; perhaps taking the necessary two years before implementing Article 50 [immediate exit].
May is known to have a vigorous grasp of details concerning counter-terrorism, immigration and the British economy [with and without the EU]. She attended the prestigious Oxford University where she majored in geography and once worked for the Bank of England. Her background lends confidence to both the British and EU establishment that the Brexit will be implemented in a timely, bipartisan manner respecting both sides of the issue: should I stay or should I go, now?
Like most women with strong characters, she has a medical problem, Type 1 Diabetes [requiring daily injections of insulin], this does not impede her functioning as an effective leader. I think that May will resonate very well with another accomplished female leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a former physical research chemist [Phd]. The crux of Brexit will depend on how well these two highly accomplished politicians get along.
It will be Germany, the major EU political/economic force, which will dictate the final terms of Britain’s exit. From Britain’s POV, they will want to deal with the EU markets without having to assume further responsibility for EU workers [official/unofficial] working in Britain. Germany will eventually demand some concessions with regard to this thorny immigration problem.
The end result might be that Britain will end up with an economic model patterned after Norway/Switzerland.
Not too shabby!
I wish Prime Minister Theresa May and her wonderfully brave constituents –the best of luck!
The great American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote this about us; but, it could be equally said about our British cousins:
“America [Britain] is willingness of the heart!”