So …. Brexit
Well, today we were expecting another vote on TMs Deal. She has been scurrying around trying to persuade the DUP to back her deal. It had been shared that the DUP have been offered a seat at the negotiating table for the future relationship and another whole pile of money to back the deal.
The ERG were waiting to see what the DUP were going to say before showing their hand. The long knives were out this weekend with Tory MPs rumoured to be offering to back the deal as long as tM resigns, Esther McVey throwing her hat in the ring for leader and Boris having a good old go at her too. With his nice new “I look like a Prime Minister” hairdo!
Farage set off on his March – well a bit of a saunter really – he managed 5 miles with half a dozen of his mates.
Jeremy Corbyn has apparently suggested he would vote to leave in a second referendum, a second referendum which he is decidedly lukewarm about holding although he says that he will table a vote of no confidence in Theresa May. He will you know, you can only push him so far, he will do it, no he will, he REALLY will, this is your last warning, he really WILL table a vote of no confidence when … erm… well… not entirely sure when but …erm… yeah… he will.
So there we all were ready to shout at the telly again tomorrow when
In comes the Speaker and wields his fiery mace! Well not quite – although it did send TMs plans up in Smoke.
Parliament has rules you see. And it seems that bringing the same thing back to Parliament without making any changes is against those rules. Precisely to stop the utter bloody crap we have been watching for the last few weeks. So here we are – no victory from the jaws of defeat for TM.
I have to admit I have no idea what happens now – we are no closer knowing the outcome. And that’s where we are. Leadsom and the Daily Mail are apoplectic and Ross Thomson – Scottish Tory MP for somewhere over the rainbow said forcefully, “The EU MUST offer something new”. Erm nope – the EU mustn’t do anything, this is not their mess. It’s the Tories mess and they must sort it out.
Meanwhile in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon sent a letter to TM. Before the Speaker spoke – You can read it below. And after the Speaker spoke Ian Blackford called on the PM to convene a meeting with all opposition leaders and heads of devolved governments to try to figure out what should happen next. Spoiler alert – she didn’t bother. So Ian Blackford called a cross party meeting to gain some sort of consensus. Jeremy Corbyn didn’t bother going, although it is said that he will meet them today but he is definitely going to call for a – what was it? – oh yes, people’s vote – nope that wasn’t it – what WAS it? Oh yeah a vote of no confidence – yeah not that either … or maybe … perhaps.
The only people standing up for Scotland are the SNP MPs and the Scottish Government. The fact that the future of Scotland might be decided upon by a group of ten MPs from Ireland is surely evidence enough that this union of equals is nothing of the sort and is broken beyond repair.
Meanwhile it’s a week and a half folks!