Eight Things We Learned About UK Politics During Theresa May’s November Chaos

November so far has been a train wreck for Theresa May, but out of the carnage — she’s lost two ministers in a week — some clarity has emerged on what it would take for this British prime minister to fire someone and what can knock Brexit out of the political spotlight.

Here are eight things we’ve learned.

1. When it rains, it pours

The saying goes that a week is a long time in politics. That’s all the time it took for May to lose Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in the sexual-harassment scandal rocking Westminster and her international development secretary, Priti Patel, over a stack of revelations about secret meetings with Israeli officials — including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To make matters worse, two other senior figures are in hot water. Officials are investigating harassment and pornography allegations against May’s deputy, Damian Green, which he strongly denies. Separately, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson faces calls to resign for a loose comment about a British woman currently in jail in Iran that may lengthen her sentence.

2. If pushed far enough, May will act

By Monday afternoon, it was clear that Patel had been running a freelance foreign policy in one of the most sensitive, complex regions in the world. That on its own would under normal circumstances have been enough for her to be fired. On

Article source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-08/it-s-been-chaos-for-may-but-a-political-lesson-for-rest-of-us

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