Has anybody pointed out that the letter to Theresa May, calling her talks with Labour a “blind alley”, was signed almost exclusively by people she has forced out of the cabinet?
I’m not saying they signed their letter in bad faith, but she would certainly be well-advised to consult other MPs before making any rash decisions.
The presence of Sir Graham Brady is significant – but, again, if he is conveying the will of Tory backbenchers, he may be passing bad advice; there are plenty of backbenchers who are sick of Mrs May and would be happy to torpedo her.
If she were to accept the assertion, she would have to accept that there is no way to get any Brexit deal passed by the current Parliament.
This means she cannot fulfil her manifesto commitments and would have to call a general election. She has already said that she will not fight the next election as Tory leader.
So it seems clear that this is a veiled bid to force Mrs May out of the Tory leadership.
Trouble is, an election would open up Parliament to an influx of Brexit Party representatives, if the fearmongers talking up the possibility of a protest vote are right.
So this letter seems a foolish move – an attempt to foil Mrs May’s only remaining Brexit strategy that may seriously harm the Conservative Party in Parliament.
As a committed anti-Tory, I can only say…
I’m buying popcorn again.
Theresa May’s Brexit talks with Labour have been criticised as a “blind alley” as she came under intense pressure from 14 senior party figures to abandon the idea of a cross-party pact.
The former defence secretary Michael Fallon said the talks should be stopped, after he joined 12 other former cabinet ministers and Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, in warning No 10 against any deal that involved a customs union.
Fallon, who was forced to resign by May in 2017 for inappropriate behaviour towards women, said it would be better to stay in the EU than sign up to a customs union – a key demand of Labour.
In a letter to the prime minister, former cabinet ministers including Gavin Williamson, who was sacked this month over the Huawei leak, the former Brexit secretaries David Davis and Dominic Raab, and the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, cautioned her against any deal involving Corbyn’s central demand of a customs union.
The presence of Brady’s signature on the letter is also significant, as he is charged with the job of conveying backbenchers’ views to the prime minister.
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