Chris Wilkins, the strategy director in Theresa May's team, is the latest team member to quit since the June general election. His resignation means that the Prime Minister will have to do tough negotiations alone during a critical phase of talks with the European Union. Wilkins will vacate the post during the fourth week of July. He said that he plans to work in the private sector as a communications consultant. He said that he always planned to leave, but had consented to remain until the elections were completed in summer. He reiterated his support for Prime Minister May and wished her and her team well for the future.
For May, this resignation is a serious blow, adding to previous mortal hits after a number of resignations happened in the communications, policy, and strategy departments. The British Prime Minister now lacks quality advisers she can trust. It is apparent that her staff sees zero future with her at the helm. The same point has been echoed by Tim Bale, a politics professor at the University of London. He also said that some kind of re-invigoration is sorely needed. The constant string of departures mean that the PM has lost her top strategists post the dismal results of the June general election. The first resignation was sent by Nick Timothy, the staff co-chief, soon after the conservatives headed by May lost their parliamentary majority. Timothy and Wilkins co-wrote the Brexit speech which May read to illustrate her plan to wrest UK out of the single EU market and the customs union.
Disappointment all around
Other than Timothy and Wilkins, another notable May aide, Fiona Hill also quit. Hill was co-chief of staff, the other being Timothy. The Prime Minister was publicly attacked by Katie Perrior, the former communications chief working under May. The former made her displeasure about how May ran her office in front of the public.
Sources close to Wilkins say that he was shocked by the Conservative party's disastrous results in the June election. He was specifically aggrieved by the manner the Conservative Party ran the campaign. His work description included duties as the speech writer to the Prime Minister. He also molded her vision of reforming the UK economy in such a way as to prioritize the needs of the ordinary working population.