Theresa May was in her car, on her way to yesterday’s meeting with the Tory 1922 Committee when this shot was taken, but the window gives an impression of her only just keeping her head above water. Today, the undertow may claim her [Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA].

Plans to negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU are in chaos. I hear the nation roar: “What’s new?”

Two ministers – Lord (George) Bridges and David Jones – have left the Department for Exiting the European Union. They account for half the department’s ministerial staff, although a Lady Anelay has been appointed already as a replacement for Bridges.

The UK still has no understood position from which it can negotiate. The EU’s Guy Verhofstadt has expressed impatience at not having received notice of it…

… but This Writer thinks the simple fact is that we don’t have one.

Why’s that? Simple:

Theresa May and her Tories don’t have a government at the moment. They hope to form one with help from the Northern Irish DUP on a ‘confidence and supply’ basis. But they have to hammer out the details of their agreement and Brexit must be on of those details.

Before an agreement is reached – or rejected – it will be impossible for a UK government to make a statement on its negotiating position.

And remember: If an agreement with the DUP is rejected, then we are not likely to have a Conservative-led UK government. That would throw the entire situation back up in the air.

This Site speculated yesterday that the Queen’s Speech and Brexit talks – said to be delayed by each other – were more likely being delayed because of concerns over whether a DUP deal could be made. As the Tories’ position on Brexit falls ever-further into ruin, this continues to ring true.

Much hinges on an agreement between a far-right gang of extremists and the DUP (an even further-right gang of extremists). For the good of us all, let us hope that Theresa May fails to reach an agreement.

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