Tackling Brexit: A Look at Theresa May’s Political Career


Theresa May is the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and she has landed in one of the most tumultuous political times in British history – Brexit. Despite facing numerous challenges and criticism, May has managed to navigate her way through the complicated world of politics and remain in her position, becoming a figurehead for the Brexit movement.

Born in Eastbourne, East Sussex in 1956, May developed an interest in politics from a young age. She studied geography at the University of Oxford and went on to work in the financial sector before entering politics. She began her political career as a councillor in the London Borough of Merton and later served as Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party under David Cameron.

In 2010, May was appointed Home Secretary, a role in which she would serve for six years before becoming Prime Minister in 2016. As Home Secretary, she faced criticism for her handling of immigration and law and order issues. However, May was also credited with successfully reducing net migration to the UK, leading to her earning the nickname “the Iron Lady” for her tough stance on immigration.

In June 2016, David Cameron announced his resignation after the UK voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. The Brexit result threw the country into political chaos, and many believed that the person to lead the UK through this challenging time would need to be steadfast, determined, and resilient – qualities that May was perceived to possess.

May quickly emerged as the front-runner in the Conservative leadership race, and in July 2016, she became the second woman in British history to hold the position of Prime Minister. In her first speech, May promised to “make Britain a country that works for everyone” and to honor the result of the Brexit referendum.

However, May’s tenure as Prime Minister has been plagued with challenges and struggles. One of the biggest issues she faced was how to navigate the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union. May initially invoked Article 50, officially beginning the process of leaving the EU, in March 2017.

Over the next year and a half, May’s attempts to negotiate a Brexit deal were met with resistance from both the EU and members of her own party. She faced numerous setbacks, with several high-profile resignations from her cabinet and multiple failed attempts to push her deal through Parliament.

Despite these challenges, May persisted and continued to push for a Brexit deal, even facing a vote of no confidence within her own party in December 2018. She ultimately managed to negotiate a deal with the EU, but it was rejected by Parliament multiple times, ultimately leading to her resignation.

While May’s tenure as Prime Minister may be remembered for her handling of Brexit, it’s essential to note her accomplishments in other areas, such as introducing legislation on modern slavery and increasing funding for mental health services.

Now, as Boris Johnson works to finalize the UK’s exit from the EU, May’s legacy and impact on British politics will be forever tied to her handling of Brexit. Regardless of one’s political views, it’s clear that May’s determination and resilience in the face of immense pressure and challenges should be commended.

In conclusion, Theresa May’s political career has been defined by her tenure as Prime Minister during the tumultuous times of Brexit. While she faced many obstacles and criticisms, May’s determination and perseverance have made her a notable figure in British politics. Her legacy will undoubtedly be remembered for years to come as the UK navigates its new relationship with the EU.