Corbyn nails it in the Commons as May’s government teeters on the brink

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May
Fréa Lockley

On 14 November, Theresa May finally announced the details of the Brexit agreement. Following a lengthy meeting, reports emerged that she had full cabinet agreement on the deal.

By the following morning, five ministers resigned before May even got to speak to parliament. Jeremy Corbyn said:

the government… is in chaos.

And he’s absolutely spot on.

Falling like dominoes

Northern Ireland minister Shailesh Vara went first. He was swiftly followed by Brexit secretary Dominic Raab:

Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey went next:

Then they toppled fast. Junior Brexit minister Suella Braverman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, private secretary for education, also offered their resignations.

All of this happened before May spoke to the House of Commons. And when Corbyn spoke, he absolutely nailed it.

Mr Corbyn!

Corbyn was critical as soon as May announced the deal. On 14 November, he categorically stated that it had failed to meet Labour’s ‘six tests’, confirming that Labour will vote against it. But he went even further, saying the Withdrawal Agreement was:

a huge and damaging failure. After two years of bungled negotiations, the government has produced a botched deal that breaches the prime minister’s own red lines, and does not meet our six tests.

He then said:

The government… is in chaos.

Many people think that Corbyn has played a perfect strategy:


While Corbyn made his speech, DUP MPs were seen nodding in agreement. As Scottish Labour & Co-operative Party MP Paul Sweeney commented, this suggests that May “really has blown it”:

So the cliché goes, a week is a long time in politics. At the moment, a day seems even longer. And we may only be counting the hours until May’s government collapses. Eyes on.

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