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Theresa May’s government is facing not just one, but multiple rebellions that are threatening to push the UK into an autumn election.
Backbenchers have already warned they may defeat their own government over Universal Credit in what This Site has described as an act of selfishness in order to save their own Parliamentary seats.
Now it seems she is facing two threats over Brexit.
The Democratic Unionist Party has threatened to withdraw from the “confidence and supply” deal that is propping up Mrs May’s minority Tory government. If its MPs vote against the Philip Hammond’s Budget it will be defeated – and this will be seen as a vote of “no confidence” in Mrs May’s leadership. This won’t automatically trigger an election because of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, but it seems likely an election would be demanded along with her resignation as the Conservatives would no longer be able to pass any legislation in Parliament.
Not only that, but it seems David Davis, the former Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, is calling on cabinet ministers to mutiny against Mrs May’s plan for Brexit, saying her bid to keep the UK in a customs union is unacceptable.
Oh, and the number of letters demanding a vote of “no confidence” in Mrs May, submitted to the chair of the backbench 1922 committee, now totals 44 – just four short of the magic 48 needed to trigger such a vote.
She’s clearly living on borrowed time. Politically she is a dead woman walking, as I’ve suggested previously.
And it’s no surprise, when her government is actually advising British businesses to leave the UK because of Brexit. That is an insane position for any national government to take. See for yourself:
Am I the only one who thinks, as each day brings another mad development even madder than the day before: How the f**k is the Conservative government getting away with this? https://t.co/dggckAXtaK
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) October 13, 2018
Of course, some of the threats may be more serious than others:
Repeat after me. There are no Tory rebels…. https://t.co/X1dAeiN2w9
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) October 13, 2018
That’s as may be, but the other threats seem all-too-real.
The diabolical state of Mrs May’s Brexit negotiations has added momentum to calls for a so-called “people’s vote” – as encapsulated in Gary Lineker’s video:
— Richard Corbett (@RCorbettMEP) October 13, 2018
The man makes a good point.
But will such a vote be necessary of the UK ends up with a change of management before any irreversible changes happen?
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