Government and Brexit thrown into chaos!
Thursday 12th July 2018 | Jake
The 9th of July 2018 may go down as a defining moment in the Theresa May government and Brexit, a watershed day that exposed the debilitating fragility of a party unable to manage a veneer of stability as it struggles in the throes of a bitter civil war.
Firstly the Brexit secretary, David Davis, walked away, claiming he “wouldn’t have done a good job” of delivering the arduously negotiated Brexit plan Theresa May had presented. Davis hadn’t been doing a very good job anyway, struggling through the negotiation process with Brussels like somebody on their first day of a job.
Then Boris Johnson, in a trademark act of brazen self-interest decided Davis couldn’t have the spotlight for too long and resigned from his role as foreign secretary, insisting as he went, that the Brexit dream “is dying.”
Boris has long asserted that Britain can both have its Brexit cake, and eat it too. In reality the insatiable black hole is swallowing everything put before it, ripping the Tory party in two: those who want a soft exit, negotiating a deal that would see Britain retain many EU laws, and those that want a sharply felt severance, aka a hard Brexit (Boris and Jacob Rees-Mogg chief among them).
The central figures of the Vote Leave campaign are one by one fleeing the sinking ship, the idealistic dream of Britain sailing away to sovereignty and mouthwatering trade deals with faraway nations gradually fading away to reveal a bleak reality behind the fantasy sold to so many millions.
For now, Theresa May has thrown together a refurbished cabinet, shuffling her loyal supporters around to steady herself amid the crisis. Jeremy Hunt moves into Boris’ former digs at the Foreign Secretary HQ, while Dominic Raab becomes Brexit Secretary. But a plaster won’t remedy the in-fighting, May faces a challenge to maintain her control of the party, and considering how she’s risen to previous challenges, her days look numbered.