British Cabinet knifing each other ahead of catastrophic defeat in Tuesday's "meaningful vote".
Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) | Twitter
Full story:New Cabinet war erupts over May’s Brexit Plan B - make a new cross party Brexit offer or double down on her existing deal.
Downing Street now resigned to Brexit deal being voted down on Tuesday, instead battling to keep defeat under triple figures - seen as the margin needed to keep the agreement alive for a 2nd vote.
Emergency planning underway for PM to make an immediate Commons statement after the defeat, either late on Tuesday or Wednesday, to calm financial markets. May then expected to fly to Brussels for crisis talks with Tusk/Juncker.
Theresa Mays Brexit Plan B
Story seems to add up as The Sun has the most reliable sources in the Tories at the moment. Unlike the Mail, Telegraph, Times and Express, it hasn't favoured any of the chancers looking to replace May as leader and is seen as, for want of a better term, an honest broker by the nest of vipers stabbing each other in the back, belly and bollocks in an orgy of harakiri.
Flailing around for any possible way to hang on regardless of the damage to Britian, May's now reduced to crazed last-minute appeals to her backbenchers (spent the last three nights hosting piss-ups in No. 10 after ignoring them ahead of the original vote in December), the unions (whom she's never spoken to up to now), Labour MPs (ditto) and the EU (who've told her to fùck off) although she still refuses point blank to engage with Corbyn, Cable, Sturgeon and Adam Price, the only people who could dig her out of the hole that's closing in around her. Meanwhile, her Cabinet "colleagues" are circling like vultures over the expected carcass, the Brexiteers are trying to figure out whether she's going to turn on them now after she's spent the last week caving into them and the rest of the Tories are looking on aghast from the sidelines as she pulls their party down around them.
However, The Sun confines its story to the British perspective. May can dash all she likes to Brussels but all Juncker and Tusk will offer her are meaningless platitudes that the Brits, for all their bovine stupidity, will immediately see through. Neither are the EU going to waste their time extending Article 50 on a busted flush who couldn't organise a two-car funeral.
To avoid a crashout on the 29th of March, Britain's options are reduced to:
- Calling a General Election in which either Labour or the Tories campaign on revoking Brexit, which will give the EU a reason for extending Article 50
- The House of Commons agreeing to the Six Counties backstop independent of any future deal between Britain and the EU
It's too late now for any other course of action.
Patrick O'Flynn @oflynnmep
The message 17.4m Leave voters are getting from the establishment at the moment is that it is impossible to effect the political change they so desire via the ballot box.
1:48 pm · 11 Jan 2019 · Twitter for Android
What the imagination can't conjure, reality delivers with a shrug
This is really powerful, can someone please "embed it or whatever" it is compulsory viewing. It is a speech in the house by David Lammy MP for Tottenham.