Theresa May has not only humiliated herself in Europe – she has humiliated us ALL. Politically, she is a dead woman walking

Not a stateswoman: The facial expression says it all.

I don’t think I have to comment much on this one. I’ll just let everybody else do the talking – starting with Donald Tusk:

If you’re wondering what this means, here’s Paul Mason:

But let’s not take his word at face value. Theresa May had something to say about it:

And this is what The Independent had to say about that:

It was the lowest moment of her premiership thus far, and that very much includes the time she was being openly mocked by a lord with a bucket on his head.

When [Theresa May] stands on stage at a press conference, her teeth gnashing, her eyes wide and wild, as if everything has gone utterly terribly wrong and she hasn’t got the first clue what she is going to do about it, then you can be absolutely sure it’s because everything has indeed gone utterly terribly wrong, and she hasn’t got the first clue what she is going to do about it.

That Theresa May was reduced to a brittle husk of anger is because this kind of pure frustration emerges only when you know there is no one left to blame. No one else at whom the finger can be pointed, because the defeat is entirely your fault.

She had been humiliated, and then she was forced to humiliate herself. She had thought this informal summit of EU leaders in Salzburg would be the final breakthrough on an exit deal from the European Union.

But there has been no breakthrough. There is still a chasm of empty space between her red lines and the European Union’s. The question of the Irish border appears unresolvable.

Either Northern Ireland stays in the single market and the customs union, or the whole of the UK does, or there is no deal. None of these options are satisfactory for the UK.

A customs border in the Irish Sea, whilst humiliating in any circumstances, is simply impossible when your government depends on Northern Irish MPs because you squandered your parliamentary majority.

Of course, everyone had an opinion about it:

And my opinion? What do I think?

I think it’s over.

Mrs May cannot devise a scheme that will reconcile the wishes of the hard Brexiters in her party with those of the DUP and the EU 27.

She has steered the UK up a cul-de-sac, and now she has run out of gas. There is no way back from this.

Her ministers will not accept anything she brings back from Salzburg, let alone Parliament as a whole.

Theresa May is finished. We will see a constitutional crisis this autumn – and maybe it will lead to a general election.

If it doesn’t – and you can bet Mrs May will do all she can to hold on to office – it will be worse for all of us in the long run.

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  1. Florence September 21, 2018 at 7:40 am - Reply

    She had the gall to mock Labour by presenting the humiliating image of Corbyn “naked and alone” in the Brexit negotiations. How’s that going Tweezer?

  2. Vanda September 21, 2018 at 8:12 am - Reply

    What a horrendous botch job this party, and this PM, has done of trying to negotiate Brexit. They have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that they just haven’t got a clue, and they are simply unfit for high office. They’re not up to the job.

    But what makes me really angry is that you just KNOW this truculent and incapable woman will not do the honourable thing and resign. She will not sit down and consider what’s best for this country – and that would be her resignation, so that someone else more capable, more personable, can take over and try to salvage something of this mess.

    Instead she will cling on to power in a grotesque display of defiance. She has shown contempt for the people of Britain, and even for her own party. She is still insisting there is nothing else on the table – only what SHE believes is right is an option, nothing else counts. As pointed out above, she has made the whole situation worse because of being in hoc to the DUP and depending on them for votes. Now they can virtually dictate to her the stance she has to take on the Irish border, and she has no room for manoeuvre. She is being held to ransom by a tiny group of 10 MPs, and on that rests the future of our whole country.

    The woman is not only delusional to an alarming degree, but she is scarily authoritarian, to the point of almost being a dictator within her party. Remember when she simply brushed Davis aside like an old rag when she decided her own white paper was better than anything he could offer? No wonder the man is seething with resentment.

    The whole thing is a disgrace. I cannot believe that arguably the most important decision this country has ever made has been left to this shambles of a cabinet to sort out. She, and indeed her whole cabinet, should resign in disgrace. There should be a general election called. This is the honourable thing.

    But she has NEVER been an honourable person.

  3. Ron September 21, 2018 at 9:54 am - Reply

    She had lost her mandate in the 2017 election – the people of GB rejected her hard Brexit but she still carried on knowing the damage it would cause our economy – May deserves every thing she gets ”NOTHING….

  4. nmac064 September 21, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

    It must come as an unpleasant surprise to these nasty Tories that their “divide and rule” tactic hasn’t worked. May has been a “dead woman walking” for a long time now, but she obviously either doesn’t realise it, or doesn’t want to accept it.

  5. Jill JervisJill Jervis September 21, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    She should tell them if they can’t come to some amicable agreement that they won’t be getting any goodbye money out of us either.

  6. Janet phillips September 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    No deal is better then the wrong deal. Just think about if you where sorting something for your household and family and you didn’t like the deal someone was offering. I know what I would say
    Sorry not acceptable. NO DEAL

    • Mike Sivier September 21, 2018 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      This is not quite the same. I think it would be more accurate to say no deal is just as bad as a bad deal.

    • R Mitchell September 22, 2018 at 7:39 am - Reply

      Theresa May has not only let the EU down she has let this country and her own party down as her primary object is to find anyway to stay in control. It is time her own party realized this and got rid of her. What we need now is a Leader (hopefully Labour) who realizes the benefits of being part of a larger community which actually puts us in profit and acts with dignity and friendship.

  7. Noel Anthony Kennedy September 21, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    It doesn’t matter whether the divorce settlement is 40 Billion or 40 Trillion the EU won’t compromise fundamental principles

  8. Thomas September 21, 2018 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    May will drag the UK over a cliff.

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