Robert HARNEIS -TDO - (FRANCE) -Theresa May has told Tory MPs at the 1922 Committee that she will step down as Prime Minister before the next stage of the Brexit negotiations.
Significantly May has not put a definite date on her departure but has told MPs that she will step down once her deal is passed and before negotiations on the future relationship begin. Equally important she is very well aware that it will not be possible to replace her in the event of a sudden unexpected election, an election she herself could quite easily generate if it suited her.
In her comments, May reportedly pledged to Tory MPs: “I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won’t – I hear what you are saying.”
It comes as the government prepare to bring her EU deal, that is opposed by a majority of her own party activists, back to Parliament for a third vote.
One of the problems she faces is that no one believes what she says any more. She has notably promised 108 times to leave the EU on the lawful date of 29 March and has now arranged an extension. A majority of her party activists fear that one extension will lead to another and that Brexit will be sabotaged on the way because a majority of members of parliament wish to defy the vote of the referendum to leave.However the fact that leading Brexit supporter Jacob Rees-Mogg has said that he will now support her proposed deal indicates that she may have been more specific at the meetings with Brexit supporting MPs at the weekend.
If she does not somehow bring about an effective Brexit very soon, she risks destroying the Conservative party as effectively as the Socialists and other parties have been destroyed in France and Italy. A major problem is the obvious and unprecedented bias against Brexit of the Speaker or chair of the House of Commons, John Bercow, who is trying to prevent her vote taking place at all.
The European Union now faces chaos in the United Kingdom that could damage the whole economy of the European Union, an anti-EU government in Italy that has just broken ranks to sign an agreement with China, a minority government in Germany, growing hostility to the EU in Holland, snap elections in Spain, a deeply unpopular pro EU President in France, serious disputes with Hungary and Poland, a Euro currency at risk and all this in the run up to the European elections on 23rd May this year.
Any political leader seriously considering joining EU or the Euro, at the moment, needs their head examined.