Theresa May – the prime minister of iron
The British Prime Minister's Brexit strategy is apparently: with his head through the wall. May criticize May for a long time, they have an overly authoritarian style of leadership and take too little consideration for the opinions of others. Last week, Members of the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly against the Brexit agreement she had brought home from Brussels a few weeks ago, leaving her with the worst parliamentary defeat in modern history.
One of the reasons for the change of course, of course, was obviously not this debacle for May. On Monday, he told Parliament that he would join his original plan. But now he wants to "listen" to what the deputies have to say – almost two years after the start of the Brexit negotiations. If this will help revive their plan it is questionable.
Arlene Foster: the secret power
The head of the Northern Irish Unionist Democratic Party (DUP) has May in hand. And they both know it. May remained in power after the new elections failed in mid-2017 because the ten deputies of the DUP of the House of Commons tolerate their government.
The DUP politicians are enthusiastic unionists and reject anything that could wedge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. This is why the Brexit agreement, which May has negotiated with Brussels, is out of the question for them. As this could lead to Northern Ireland (at least temporarily) different rules apply than in Scotland, England and Wales. A Labor government maybe less syndicalist would like the DUP, but under no circumstances. So last week they voted against relieving the government of their trust.
Jeremy Corbyn – the Zauderer
Many Labor members have been extremely dissatisfied with their boss in recent weeks. The overwhelming majority of the Labor base want a second EU referendum or a Brexit leg. But Corbyn has kept a low profile on this subject so far. Because unlike members, Labor voters are divided on this subject. The majority of the electoral constituencies won by Labor in the last elections voted in favor of Brexit in the EU referendum. So far, Corbyn has supported a more delicate Brexit than May. One in which the country would remain in the Customs Union.
But it seems that the base has found its way to Corbyn: and so on Monday night Labor issued an amendment that aims to have parliamentarians vote on various alternatives to the May Brexit affair. One of the options: a second EU referendum. The vote is expected next week. However, there is currently no majority in the lower house for a referendum of this kind.
Jacob Rees-Mogg – Brexit Ultra
The Conservative MP, along with Steve Baker, heads the Brexit hardline faction under the Conservative parliamentarians of the House of Commons. Rees-Mogg retains his image of the traditional English upperclass so consistently that he is nicknamed "18th Century Deputies".
His rigid appearance does not seem to hurt him. On the contrary, for a while, Rees-Mogg also acted in the front row for the Premier of the Tory base. He has long supported a Brexit no-deal, a Brexit in which the country leaves the EU without an agreement. In the last days, however, it surprisingly put the May agreement behind. Apparently he is afraid that the Brexit can be canceled altogether, if finally May fails.
Dominic Grieve – the sub-immigrant
The conservative MP and the former justice chief of England and Wales are not afraid to speak. Grieve has always claimed that he did not want to stop Brexit. But he has long warned of the risks of a messy exit from the EU – and has often made life difficult for Theresa May. At the moment, Grieve is working to change the Rules of Procedure in the House of Commons, which would allow MEPs to take control of the Brexit process. He did not make friends with the Brexit extremists.
Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper – the pushers
Conservative MP Nick Boles and his Labor colleague Yvette Cooper do not go any further than Grieve in their proposal, but in a similar vein: they want to present an amendment next week to allow MEPs to vote for the Brexit meeting on March 29 at to put off.
If MEPs and the government have not reached a compromise by the end of February, Brexit should be postponed until the end of 2019. The EU would have a say, but it would probably be flexible to prevent a Brexit chaos. Some influential MPs support the two.
Nicola Sturgeon – the northern lawyer
Scotland is often forgotten in the current chaos in London. The part of the country has a decisive role here. Its residents voted by a large majority in the 2016 referendum to stay in the EU. Because this enjoys a good reputation among many Scots. As a result, there is little enthusiasm for being dragged out of the Alliance against their will from London.
The prosecutor of the pro-European Scots is Nicola Sturgeon, prime minister of the region. He regularly accuses Premier May of ignoring the concerns of other parts of the country. The Sturgeon Scottish National Party pays close attention to the region's state of mind. While the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Scottish nationalists could not yet prevail. But the mood could change, especially if Brexit were to damage the region economically.
Boris Johnson – the eternal candidate of the throne
The former protagonist of the Brexit has become relatively quiet lately. But this should not fool anyone. Johnson wants to be prime minister, it's a bad secret in the UK. After the vote in the European Union in 2016, it was unsuccessful because his former colleague, the current minister of the environment, Michael Gove, had stabbed him at the last minute. Theresa May named him Foreign Minister, however, he could not shine in this role.
When Johnson resigned from his ministerial post during the summer, presumably in protest at May's plan, many party colleagues saw his opportunity wasted in the best work in the kingdom. But Johnson does not give up and is still well at the base of the Tories. Since you are currently considered a promising candidate for the May succession again – if you should ever cancel your post.