Theresa May seems hell-bent on ruining her own Brexit deal.
She’s been on a tour around the UK, allegedly drumming up support for her Brexit agreement. The only people who’ll be allowed to vote on it are MPs, so the whole junket seems pointless – unless she’s betting on members of the public calling their representatives to demand support for the deal. That’s a long shot.
Today she appeared before the Commons liaison committee to discuss her deal and, instead of providing information as requested, all she wanted to do was waffle.
Asked if she had a “plan B” if she loses the vote on her Brexit deal, all Mrs May would say was that her deal was good and this was a matter for Parliament.
At another point, she suggested that she would activate full planning for a “no deal” Brexit if MPs vote down her deal.
This assumes that she would be in a position to do so – and that is not certain at all. MPs may trigger a “no confidence” vote in her, and a general election. Given this performance, they would be justified in doing so.
The way she twisted and turned is unbelievable: “If the House were to vote down the deal that has been agreed – given that the European Union has been clear that this is the deal that has been agreed and this is the deal that is on the table – then obviously decisions would need to be taken in relation the action that would need to be taken.” What?
Mrs May also refused to say explicitly that, if she lost the vote, the UK would definitely leave the EU with no deal.
Her performance failed to convince anybody, it seems:
Major car crash for the UK PM at the #LiaisonCommittee right now. Every answer the PM has given to every key question is a version of "the UK's hopes for the future EU/UK trade & security relationships are clear". What is clear is how very little is actually agreed with the EU.
— Saying It Clearly (@ItClearly) November 29, 2018
— ＣｏｘｅｙＬｏｘｅｙ (@CoxeyLoxey) November 29, 2018
" You have reached the voice mail of the PM
If you're happy with cliches – press 1
If you require a slogan – press 2
If you require an answer – press *- to be connected to a spokesperson."
Please be aware PM's responses are monitored for obfuscation by JRM Hon Member for the 18c https://t.co/z9aKXqudMH
— Clare Hepworth OBE (@Hepworthclare) November 29, 2018
That was quite bizarre. No support in #LiaisonCommittee for May (that I heard), and she performed incredibly badly. Repetitive, intransigent, not hearing the questions? Not understanding them? Or just fingers in ears oblivious to anything other than repeating soundbites.
— Helen121 (@Helen121) November 29, 2018
What are we to make of this waffle? It seems Mrs May – and the rest of her government, considering the intransigence we’re seeing over the legal advice informing the Brexit deal – is demanding our support while refusing to provide any reason for it.
I can’t; I won’t. And I certainly wouldn’t expect any MP with an ounce of integrity to do so.
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