Just two years after becoming prime minister, Theresa May has had – to put it mildly – a difficult week. With a string of resignations and Brexit ‘negotiations’ in chaos, she probably needed a break. But the bad news hasn’t stopped.
According to a YouGov poll from the 10-11 July, the Conservatives are now two points behind Labour:
Westminster voting intention:
LAB: 39% (-)
CON: 37% (-2)
LDEM: 9% (-)
via @YouGov, 10 – 11 Jul
Chgs w/ 09 Jul
Awaiting figures for UKIP and Greens…
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) July 11, 2018
But the bad news doesn’t stop there.
The Brexit deal agreed at Chequers is…
Good for Britain: 13% (-1)
Bad for Britain: 42% (+9)
via @YouGov, 10 – 11 Jul
Chgs. w/ 09 Jul
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) July 12, 2018
The combination of these two results is a pretty damning way to ‘celebrate’ her two-year anniversary:
On her 2 year anniversary as PM, Theresa May has sunk to her worst YouGov polling score yet. 37%. Voters reject her Brexit Deal that makes the UK a rule taker, not maker. Time for a General Election so voters can choose a new team to conclude Brexit negotiations.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) July 12, 2018
And the carnage didn’t end there, because delivery of the white paper caused chaos in parliament. The sitting had to be suspended to give MPs a chance to read it:
Chaos. The sitting of the @HouseofCommons is suspended whilst MPs are distributed copies of the @DExEUgov white paper. @theresa_may promised a strong and stable government. They can’t even publish a white paper and get it to MPs on time pic.twitter.com/ZdBwE47EmC
— Labour Whips (@labourwhips) July 12, 2018
May’s position grows weaker by the minute.
On July 12, Jacob Rees-Mogg was the latest cabinet minister to announce he wouldn’t support May’s Brexit plans. According to Bloomberg, Rees-Mogg said:
It is not… something I would vote for, nor is it what the British people voted for.
— Bloomberg Politics (@bpolitics) July 12, 2018
The BBC‘s Laura Kuenssberg commented:
Rees Mogg on White Paper – “This is the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Phillip II at Le Goulet in 1200. This White paper has not needed age to turn yellow. " – just in case it wasn't clear, he says he won't vote for it
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 12, 2018
Iain Duncan Smith was also critical, and Marcus Fysh, another pro-Brexit Tory MP, said the white paper:
is beyond pathetic – it’s not even WTO-rule compliant. What a load of garbage.
It’s looking harder by the minute to see how May will cling to power. What a way to ‘celebrate’ two years in the job.
As Labour creeps ahead in the polls, and May’s popularity slumps, there’s a growing feeling that the PM’s bad news could be good news for the country.
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