No sympathy for May from this direction

November 18, 2018

by Martin Odoni

NB: This is an excerpt from another article published by The Prole Star.

A number of delayed inevitables finally happened this week. With Theresa May at last forced to declare publicly which policy to pursue over ‘Brexit‘, her house-of-cards is teetering. The Democratic Unionist Party, predictably furious to learn that the Prime Minister’s ‘backstop’ plan involved treating Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK, effectively establishing a kind of border in the Irish Sea, have in all-but-words dissolved the alliance agreed after the General Election. A number of May’s own MPs are now in open revolt over Britain not having independent power to end the backstop summarily, with the rumour circulating – perhaps wrongly – that the magic forty-eight letters of no-confidence have already been received by the 1922 Committee, automatically triggering a leadership ballot. Business leaders have expressed unhappiness with the Brexit plan. Opinion polls suggest the Tories have haemorrhaged between 3 and 6 points in around a week due to hardline Brexiteers across the country feeling betrayed by the suggestion that Britain may stay in a Customs Union with the European Union; they appear to be flocking back to UKIP. A ‘Coalition-of-chaos’?

A coalition of conservative chaos

Everything May said Corbyn would be, May has been.

In short, the Government has hit the buffers this week.


4 Responses to “No sympathy for May from this direction”

  1. Mr. Magoo Says:

    Triggering Article 50 9 months after the referendum was way too long. The Conservatives needed to produce a manifesto on their plan for post-Brexit Britain at least 6 months before polling day. This is what the SNP did regarding the Scottish independence referendum. They launched their manifesto for an independent Scotland on 26th November 2013, giving the Scottish electorate 10 months to decide whether to accept it before polling day!

    Click to access dokumentua1219.pdf

    What the Conservatives did on 23rd June 2016 was bet all the country’s money on the ball landing on red in a game of roulette. The ball landing on red would have resolved the Europe question (both in the UK and Conservative Party) for at least a generation. But, because the ball landed on black it has opened Pandora’s box. The only way out of this chaos is to hold a referendum on the finished Brexit deal.

    • Martin Odoni Says:

      I can’t agree that it was too long. To start a process when you are plainly not ready to carry it out is too soon.

      • Mr. Magoo Says:

        The Tories will never be ready for the process of withdrawing from the EU. We can only wonder where we would be now if a Brexiteer had replaced David Cameron as PM, or if there was no snap general election (so the government wouldn’t need to placate the DUP).

      • Martin Odoni Says:

        Well, that’s one way of speculating. But at the very least having a plan worked out, even if it turns out to be a bad one, should be the minimum requirement before activating Article-50.

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