The U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU continues to be fraught with more questions than answers.
Who is in control of the Brexit process, and who can determine what happens next?
CGTN’s Gerald Tan profiles some of the key figures.
Parliamentary votes, last-minute deals, and changing deadlines have all contributed to the shifting sands of Brexit.
So, who are the main players who will shape Britain’s future relationship with the European Union?
First up: British Prime Minister Theresa May. She negotiated a deal with the EU for two years; but British lawmakers voted it down twice — the first time by the worst defeat in parliamentary history. May now said she will step down, if she can get her deal through.
And there are plenty of fellow Tories jockeying for her post, among them, former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. He’s a hardline Brexiteer who wants a clean break from the EU. He’s indicated the UK could still leave without a deal.
That’s not the position of Jacob Rees-Mogg. He had headed the faction of Conservative MPs against May’s deal, but now said he’s ready to back her because it’s the better option than staying in the EU.
Another important figure: Oliver Letwin. A long-time Tory loyalist, he’s become the unlikely rebel, going against his party to become de facto leader of the MPs trying to wrest control of Brexit from May’s government. Letwin submitted the amendment allowing MPs to drive the exit process.
Across the aisle is Tom Watson, the Labour Party’s deputy leader. He’s pushing for a second referendum and said he’ll support Theresa May if she lets the people decide whether Brexit should be abandoned altogether.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of London calling for this very referendum, and the chance to vote again to stay in the EU.