Even The Telegraph warns it’s game over for Theresa May, unless she delivers on Brexit now [TWEETS]

Theresa May alleging collusion
Mark Turley

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:

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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.


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.

May’s lack of friends extends further. Even staunch Conservative media partners like The Telegraph are writing obituaries for her premiership.

Borrowed time

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.

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