The nightmare continues.
According to her diary, Theresa May will return to work this week by grappling with Brexit. Here are some of the issues with which she’ll have to grapple:
She’ll have to deal with backstabbing by grandees in her own party. Michael Heseltine has already stuck his axe in, saying the Tories won’t see the process through because they’ll lose an election within the next two years:
'The electorate is changing.' Lord Heseltine gives his view that the government will fall before Brexit can happen. pic.twitter.com/4xvp4sgJfa
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) October 7, 2017
Mrs May is facing pressure over legal advice she is said to have received, stating that she can halt Brexit at any time:
The prominent lawyer Jessica Simor QC, from Matrix chambers, has written to May asking her to release the legal advice under the Freedom of Information Act. Simor says she has been told by “two good sources” that the prime minister has been advised “that the article 50 notification can be withdrawn by the UK at any time before 29 March 2019 resulting in the UK remaining in the EU on its current favourable terms.
“Such advice would also accord with the view of Lord Kerr, who was involved in drafting article 50, of Jean-Claude Piris, former director general of the EU council’s legal service, and of Martin Selmayr, a lawyer and head of cabinet to the European commission president.” She says “there is no time to waste” and adds: “It is important that this advice is made available to the British public and their representatives in parliament as soon as possible.”
The question is pressing because questions are being asked about donations made by Vote Leave to smaller ‘Leave’ campaigns in the run-up to the EU referendum, casting doubt on the legality of the campaign and the validity of that vote:
During the EU referendum, Vote Leave made several “donations” – often into the hundreds of thousands of pounds – to smaller, pro-Brexit campaigners with a shared mission. Vote Leave chose not to register these as “referendum expenses”. Lawyers argue this was a breach of campaign spending rules, used by the official Leave campaign to overreach its £7 million spending cap.
Labour is delighted at the prospect of the Tories dropping the Brexit ball, and cannot wait to take over:
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) October 8, 2017
The Department for Exiting the European Union has made a bald statement on the future…
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) October 8, 2017
… but there’s just one problem: Nobody believes it.
One reason for that is probably the fact that trust in the person who set up that department – Theresa May – is crash-diving:
The study by ORB International – seen by The Telegraph – found that nearly two thirds of people disapprove of the Government’s Brexitnegotiations.
The findings suggest that Mrs May‘s much trumpeted speech in Florence has failed to convince Britons that her team will make a success of the Brexit talks.
They will also throw into question the justification of Mrs May’s supporters of why she has to remain as Prime Minister.
So, with Brexit, we come back to the fact that people simply don’t believe that Theresa May is able to govern.
Ultimately, the Brexit question is the same as we were asking last week: When will Theresa May put us all out of her misery and give us the new general election we all want, so we can put all of this nonsense behind us?
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