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The toppling of Theresa: Day 37


Toppling Theresa, the play – that never ends. I am seriously considering rebranding this series. One of yesterday’s comments in response to the Kim May ‘cling on’ phenomenon prompted this thought. C Larssen wrote ‘You hang on in there, Mrs May. Every day . . . is one more day for voters to defect to TBP. She’s doing a grand job.’

Perhaps ‘Carry on up the Brino’ is what we should be calling it. But it’s going to be a risky ride for Brexit as long as Sir Mark Sedwill, acting as cox and crew to May’s Government, is set on navigating the UK over the Brino rapids, maybe even to a final EU reunion.

The first such jolt came with yesterday morning’s news of the Conservative Party’s enlightened EU election leaflet. Shamefully it vilifies the Tory MPs who blocked May’s WA. It links to a website which names and shames all who had the temerity to vote against May’s withdrawal deal – ERG MPS she now openly treats with contempt. Along with the leaflet’s failure to mention how an independent trading policy would be a benefit of Brexit, it seems to have been deliberately designed to enrage them.

However if this preferred plan falls through, our Dear Leader has another scheme up her sleeve.

Impervious, as we know, to previous and repeated rejections of her WA, indifferent to her party’s projected 6th place in the EU elections (not her fault, you see, but those pesky ERG MPs but for whom BRINO could have already been ‘delivered’ on a platter like John the Baptist’s head) Kim May has dreamt up a brand new series of indicative votes in Parliament to ensure we end up with a Brino – one that no one wants.

If, however, Labour agree a deal that can be written into a Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed for Britain to leave the EU with a deal – which could then be put to a vote by May 22, the eve of the European elections, that could pretty much be that for Britain.

We have to pray that McDonnell proves too cantankerous to co-operate. Non-legally binding indicative votes are less of a threat to Brexit than a Labour-agreed BRINO. All of which suggests we should not be counting the days to her departure but rather longing for her continuation in office.

Whichever it is, today is Day 37 . . .

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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