Theresa May has outdone herself this morning. Reports are coming from Number 10 that she will write to the EU today asking for a short extension.
Why is that bad?
Because it means that the only extension we would be asking the EU for would be around two months, which would be barely enough time to pass May’s deal if it was voted through Parliament.
Which it most likely won’t, if it’s even allowed to come back to the house by John Bercow.
If that happens, we are then left with the very real threat of no-deal being the default position… unless someone has the balls to cancel Brexit entirely, which is about as likely as finding Elvis Presley on Mars.
A longer extension would allow us time to have a general election, a second referendum or to look at alternative options for Brexit such a softer, Norway-style Brexit.
Instead, unless MPs decide to wrest control from government (which is a possibility), we are stuck with May’s Deal, which might not even get brought back before Parliament, no-deal, which would be terrible for our economy, or revoking Article 50, which no-one will do.
Give me strength.
Why on earth is she doing this?
The Maybot has turned into the Terminator, relentlessly pressing on with her deal despite having had her synthetic flesh burned away and her legs ripped off. She is dragging herself along the floor to try and Terminate any lingering hope the UK has in actually finding some sort of democratic solution to the Brexit nightmare.
Her rhetoric, in a statement today, plays to the nations anger and despair, saying that “they share the people’s frustration” at Parliament being indecisive.
BUT THE REASON WHY THEY’RE BEING INDECISIVE IS BECAUSE IT IS A MASSIVE PROBLEM AND THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THE COURSE OF ACTION WE ARE TAKING IS THE RIGHT ONE.
THIS REQUIRES NUANCE, DEBATE, AND RATIONAL THOUGHT.
Just throwing your hands in the air and saying, “Oh well, this is all shit, might as well just do my deal,” is an absolutely abhorrent form of leadership.
Rather than take responsibility for the nation, she has simply folded and pandered to the hard-right in the ERG.
It is utterly disgraceful.
Is there any hope?
Yes, thankfully. There is a chance that the EU will simply dismiss a short extension out of hand, as they have always maintained that they will only grant an extension if they are told definitively what it’s for – be that a general election, second referendum etc.
Additionally, this might be the final straw for MPs who are already apoplectic at Theresa May. There will be an exceptionally heated PMQs today, and there may well be motions made in Parliament that wrest control from May at long last.
However, whatever happens just remember:
- Theresa May is playing politics with the biggest political decision the UK has faced in the last few decades.
- She is pandering to her party to remain in power, is tunnel-vision to democratic process to the extent that she is undermining Parliamentary process.
- If she showed any kind of real leadership, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place.
Put your hands together and pray for sanity. We won’t find it in our government.
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