May’s days numbered in face of Cabinet plotting

Theresa May has seen the face of a leadership bid to replace her many times during her ignoble tenure as Prime Minister. After the 2017 General Election, she was confronted with many calls to resign, and her disastrous Brexit strategy has led to many failed leadership attempts. Now, as her plans to get her Withdrawal Agreement at the third time of asking look increasingly unlikely to succeed, her ability to stay in No10 looks as doubtful as ever. The revelations in many of the Sunday papers today about a Cabinet coup to put either Michael Gove or David Lidington as Interim PMs have been widely refuted by those supposedly involved. The plot may have already failed, the unwelcome publicity making it impossible to come to fruition. That said, there is little hope among the declining group of May supporters that there is much more of the road to travel along for the current incumbent.

The indicative votes that are (possibly) to go ahead this week may be non-binding, but the government could find a majority in Parliament for a t least something. They should take that opportunity, something that the Prime Minister is not willing to grasp.

Solution needed as Brexit extension agreed

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks away after holding a press conference in Brussels on March 22, 2019

Theresa May was given an Article 50 extension until 12 April, and now she and Brussels have some breathing space to get the deal through Parliament at the third time of asking. Donald Tusk said that he was ‘far more optimistic’ than he was at the start of the summit earlier this week. The tense summit, for once, offered a comprehensive solution, but one will need to be found before the next exit day to solve the impasse.

Delay and delay won’t really solve anything, Gerry says…

May: Nothing has really changed

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to make a statement inside number 10 Downing Street

In her speech yesterday evening, Theresa May took a particularly dangerous line, trying to pit the ‘will of the people’ against that of Parliament’s elected representatives. In a statement that claimed that she wanted no long extension to Article 50, the PM said (rightly) that the Commons had never actually voted for a solution to the Brexit impasse, but her fault was trying to use that as a way to put them under pressure to finally accept her deal, whenever it comes back to the House.

Not a very Prime Ministerial position to take, Gerry says…

Tusk: No short Brexit extension if deal rejected

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Donald Tusk has told Theresa May that she will not be able to get the short extension to Article 50 that she desires unless her Brexit deal is passed by next Friday. In a move that could potentially help the PM in her quest to get the deal through and persuade John Bercow that the need for an MV3 is imminent, Tusk warned that a short extension was only possible if the deal was accepted, since there is much more Brexit legislation still to pass in Parliament.

Time is of the essence here, Gerry opines…

May: No extension beyond June

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Theresa May has said that she will try and get an extension to Article 50 that does not go beyond the current ‘short and technical’ mantra, with June 30th the intended date. May said that MPsĀ  had ‘indulged’ themselves over Brexit and that there was a real chance that European Elections could be forced upon the UK, but that she wanted to avoid that, as it would be a hard-right landslide.

Rather desperate now, Gerry thinks…