Since the referendum of June 2016 returned a narrow win for ‘Leave’, Brexit has dominated UK politics. That vote caused David Cameron to resign and Theresa May to assume office. As a result, dealing with the issue has been May’s main challenge as PM.
Now, it appears that Brexit will also cut her reign as Prime Minister short. And even her closest allies in the press are predicting it.
Over the last months, it has become increasingly obvious that Brexit negotiations are not working. This flies in the face of statements made by Brexit team member and Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox. Speaking in July, Fox said:
The free trade agreement that we will have to come to with the European Union should be one of the easiest in human history
Then there was the matter of expense. As recently as September, Brexit Secretary David Davis stated that the idea of a £50bn ‘divorce settlement’ was “nonsense” and “completely made up”. Yet just two months later, in November, it was accepted that this sum was accurate.
Davis also appears to have lied to parliament over Brexit impact reports, which his department was meant to have conducted. They now seem to have never existed.
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 7, 2017
May’s minority government is propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), but Ireland provides the latest barrier. Having caved in to the EU on expense, May’s team offered a deal on 4 December. Yet the deal was blocked by her own allies in the DUP. They were unhappy with its effects on the Irish internal border.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has responded by saying he expects a new deal to be offered within 24 hours. In other words, May must settle the Irish issue first. Without that, progress with the EU is impossible. And commentators from both sides doubt her ability to deliver on this.
Fears May’s govt could collapse as early as next week without a Brexit deal. @TelegraphNews says Johnson, Davis & Gove ready to act in case of coup agst May. 2 Putin puppets & 1 liar. I feel sick to the pit of my stomach & mourn for the future of the UK. https://t.co/2eeYa5nf2R
— Gina Miller (@thatginamiller) December 7, 2017
Seems betraying the Unionists in Northern Ireland is only the tip of the treachery iceberg. This is a complete capitulation to EU on citizen's rights, ECJ & the transistion period on unimaginable scale. It really is time for @theresa_may to go. https://t.co/7VyJjmE0kJ
— Yes Brexit (@YesBrexit) December 7, 2017
May’s lack of friends extends further. Even staunch Conservative media partners like The Telegraph are writing obituaries for her premiership.
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 6, 2017
The track record of May and her team has been disastrous on Brexit so far. They have lied, dithered and bungled. Unless that changes dramatically, it appears her time is up.
– Read other Canary articles about Brexit here.
– Join us as we continue to hold the powerful to account.
Featured image via screengrab
Do your bit for independent journalism
Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.
We need you to help out, if you can.
When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.
You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.
In return you get:
- Advert free reading experience
- Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
- 20% discount from our shop