Ohhh my goodness what a mess!
So where are we this morning? Well, no one really knows.its a bit like Shrodingers EU we are simultaneously staying in the EU whilst leaving with no deal on March 29th!
It’s a carry on for sure, let’s see if I can find a few highlights!
First the PM lost the vote.that means her ‘deal’ is dead in the water for the reasons that I mentioned the other day. Hated by Leavers and Remainers it was defeated by 230 votes, the biggest defeat since 1918. She should have resigned, I half expected her to do so by this morning but it’s not happened. The Tory party can’t sack her because they held a leadership challenge a month ago (yep it was really only a month ago!) so she is protected from another challenge for a year.
Following the defeat May offered the opportunity to Corbyn to call for a vote of no confidence, she called his bluff and quite cleverly, what she said was the she would make time for the debate today if he wanted one and if he didn’t then she would unusually allow the motion from the other parties which was tabled in December to be debated.
Corbyn couldn’t allow that to happen so he has called a vote of no confidence which we will see debated today and voted on around 7 I think.
Will she win? I think so. The sums add up for her to do so if none of her own MPs vote against the government and they have the support of the DUP. Which they do, the DUP said they will support the Government.
Some optimistic souls on twitter are suggesting Sinn Fein could ride in, take their seats and help Corbyn to win the no confidence vote but I think not. Although nothing surprises me just now.
So that’s where we are. SNP have said of course, they will support a vote of no confidence and have called for a people’s vote.
The EU have said there is no negotiating a new deal
Donald Tusk has said the UK could stay on Europe if it’s too hard to leave.
The UK Government is saying they will negotiate with other parties “who share the same objectives” so that’s the DUP then, not the SNP or Plaid or the Greens and depending on what Labour decide their position is – not them either!
Douglas Ross the MP for Moray (you lucky people you) has said that this is a great message to send the EU and that it will focus their minds and force them to rethink their approach!!!!! Oh and he’s not the only one – see the picture! Honestly it’s an alternate reality!
There are several more posts to write about this whole debacle I’m sure. But basically, the tories will win a no confidence vote and we will be right back where we started.
Meanwhile Scotland who voted to remain are trying our very best to help the UK sort this out are being ignored as usual.