Here’s the best summary of Theresa May’s latest Brexit chaos

Theresa May
Support us and go ad-free

According to the right-wing media, Theresa May has secured some kind of Brexit ‘triumph’. But this isn’t quite true. And it only took Labour’s Laura Pidcock one line to point out the very obvious issues.

Triumph?

On 29 January, May whipped Conservative MPs to support Graham Brady’s Brexit amendment. She’s told her cabinet, and the Commons, that she can change the details of the 585-page Withdrawal Agreement and secure a “legally binding change”. Brady’s amendment, to seek “alternative arrangements” in place of the Irish ‘backstop’, apparently ‘proves’ May’s got that support.

The trouble is EU President Donald Tusk said, only moments after the vote, that the Brexit deal is “not open for re-negotiation”.

But the following day, the right-wing press announced May’s “triumph”: that “she did it” and she’d ‘united’ the party.

In just one tweet, Pidcock tore all this apart:

Pidcock is absolutely correct, and the whole situation is still in total chaos.

Not a clue

By 30 January, Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay couldn’t explain what ‘alternative arrangements’ to the Irish backstop exist. As the Mirror reported, when the Today programme “repeatedly” asked about these plans, he:

could only say the UK was “exploring in terms of the use of technology… looking at things like the time limit”.

The EU has already ruled out both these options.

And things went from bad to worse, when May ‘flapped like a fish on land’ in Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs).

It’s becoming clearer by the hour that there’s no change, May doesn’t have any answers, and there really is no plan.

Jeremy Corbyn offered the perfect analysis of this. After May’s confused and fudged ‘explanation’ at PMQs, he said: “none of that was very clear to me, I don’t know about anyone else”.

With only 58 days left to leave the EU, the only shred of hope left is that May’s government collapses. That simply can’t come soon enough.

Featured image via Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/Flickr

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us