Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE
Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE
Andrew Hammond
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Hammond

As Theresa May’s Brexit deal lies in tatters, the EU should remember it’s not blameless

  • Andrew Hammond says the incompetence of Theresa May’s government has been on full display this week, but the European Union has also displayed a lack of imagination in negotiations

Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE
Brexit backers and opponents gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London on January 14. Ahead of the failed Brexit vote on Tuesday, Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU may not happen at all if the plan were rejected, thus undermining faith in the democratic process. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.