Aead of a “critical week” that will include a summit with EU bureaucrats in Brussels and culminate with a weekend session of the Cabinet to iron out the final details of the draft Brexit deal, Theresa May has run out of arguments and is reviving project fear threats and scare tactics to force Conservative MPs to support her supremely unpopular draft Brexit plan, which she insists is the “best deal possible” and “in the national interest” despite many Brexiteers and remainers alike describing it as a complete betrayal of her country.
In an interview with Sky News on Sunday May faced Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and claimed that some of the concerns raised by opponents of the deal could be addressed with alternations to the draft for an agreement that is intended to create a ‘framework’ for the future trading relationship between the two sides.
And if this isn’t enough, she said MPs would be better off if they swallowed their doubts and trusted the process – at least, if they want Brexit to succeed. Because provoking a leadership change at this point would likely jeopardize the UK’s ability to reach any deal with the EU. And faced with the possibility of a “no-deal” Brexit, it’s likely that MPs would vote for a second referendum to would raise the possibility of Brexit being scrapped altogether. In other words this woman of zero talent and infinite ambition is telling our representative, “You’ve got to do as I say because I’m a woman and if you oppose me you are sexist.
“These next seven days are going to be critical, they are about the future of this country,” May told Sky News. “I am not going to be distracted from the important job.”
“A change of leadership at this point isn’t going to make the negotiations any easier…what it will do is mean that there is a risk that actually we delay the negotiations and that is a risk that Brexit gets delayed or frustrated.”
May’s suggestion that Brexit could still be cancelled comes as Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said her MPs would vote against the draft plan, while a poll of 505 Tory MPs found that more were against the deal than for it. This would add to the unanimous opposition from the DUP (the Northern Irish party propping up May’s government) and almost guarantee that the deal would lose by a staggering margin, given that most Labour MPs would also be expected to vote against.
Meanwhile, in an interview on the Andrew Marr show, May’s former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab offered his most detailed explanation yet about why he decided to resign this week. As Raab explained, with “two or three points” being changed, Raab said he would be able to support the deal. But instead of pushing for these changes, Raab said May is “being bullied, I do think we are being subjected to what is pretty close to blackmail frankly.”
“This is a manageable problem,” Raab said. It is, if those cheese eating surrender monkeys and the sausage scoffers are trying to push us around we should send Type 45 Destroyers into the Rhine, The Elbe and The Seine and from there vapourise Brussels, Berlin and Paris and remind them who has always been the major power in Europe.
Compared with a month ago, the Conservatives have dropped five points to 36% while Labour has gained three to stand on 39%. The proportion of Leavers backing the Tories has dropped by 10 points in one month.
And as if the domestic opposition wasn’t enough of an obstacle, Brussels on Sunday deepened May’s predicament by declaring in a seemingly arbitrary way that any extension to the Brexit transition period last at least a year, and be accompanied by an additional 10 billion euro payout (in addition to the 39 billion euros the UK would be expected to pay under May’s plan, according to the Guardian.
But the European Research Group, the umbrella group of Brexiteer Torys who have ferociously opposed May’s deal, released on Sunday a concise accounting of its criticisms of May’s plan. After reading, the 585 page document they conclude it seems to undercut May’s insistence that her deal is a “good deal” that was negotiated on the “UK’s terms.” The ERG accuses May of abandoning her promise, made in January 2017, that she would not accept any deal that would leave the UK “half in, half out” of the EU. But by allowing for the possibility that the UK could be bound by EU rules set by the ECJ, as well as customs union rules over which the UK would have no say, May is accepting that UK will become a “vassal state” beholden to the EU’s rules, with no say in deciding them.