( A quick thought)
THE FIRST QUESTION IS.
HOW CAN A NON ELECTED PRIME MINISTER RATIFY A DEAL TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION.
She can negotiate the deal which has to be accepted by the House of commons and the 27 remaining EU member states.
When the government of the UK invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This is the significant “red button”. Once the Article 50 process is commenced then Brexit does become a matter of law, and quite an urgent one.
It would appear this process is (and is intended to be) irreversible and irrevocable once it starts.
But invoking Article 50 is a legally distinct step from the referendum result — it is not an obligation.
If she does not have a mandate from the people of the Uk by way of a General Election she is incapable of signing any agreement.
There is only one solution.
Before the 2011 Fixed Term Parliament Act (FTPA) the Prime Minister could simply “call an election”.
This was effectively the PM exercising the royal prerogative: no parliamentary vote was needed, it was the PM’s decision.
This power was transferred to the House of Commons under the FTPA, which was introduced by the 2010 Coalition government.
On paper it is no longer the Prime Minister’s decision. This is not true.
There are two ways under the FTPA that an election can be called ahead of schedule.
The first is if two-thirds of MPs vote to hold an election. This is a very high bar and would in practice require both Labour and Conservative support.
The second is if there is a no confidence vote in the government of the day. After such a vote other parties are given 14 days to form another government. If none can be formed, a new election is held.
A majority government could, by a simple vote, declare “no confidence” in itself.
Since no other party has a majority, after 14 days an election would be set.
One of the reasons England put forward to leave the EU was that it was run by unelected officials.
May’s policies will improve the lives of UKers until it doesn’t, because every policy contains the seeds of its own sunset;
If she wants to lead a country she would be well advised to hold;
A general election, combined with a re run of the in or out of the European Union with all sixteen years eligible to vote, with the introduce of true Democracy by adopting Proportional Representation.