Quiet But Worried – Tory Brexiteer Speaks Out
One prominent but conveniently unnamed Tory Brexiter told The Guardian:
“We are being quiet for now. But, yes, we are worried.”
Publicly, even Jacob Rees-Mogg has declared boldly that Mrs May ‘repainted the red lines’. However, this is politics and we can’t rule out the possibility that it is all part of the game plan, especially when the government whips behind the scenes will doubtless be using every trick in the book to ensure a public united front.
I think its fair to see Conservative Remainers are definitely happy with the deal, something that should give people who think there is value in the deal pause for thought. If they are so happy, why should we be so? Brexiteers who speak out publicly now don’t just have to face the whips but public vilification from the Remain side. Michael Gove who suggested that voters could alter the deal if they didnt like it found this out when Anna Soubry stepped in:
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“I was a bit disappointed at what looked like a bit of a rowback. I think it is important that everybody puts their own ambitions to one side and unites behind Theresa May. We should be seeking to build a consensus – one we appeared to have on Friday morning.”
The charge of ‘breaking unity’ is the political equivalent of the death stare you give to someone when they have just pushed in front of you in a particularly long que. It is kind of a myth in my opinion that it is division that harms parties, especially when a crucial issue is at stake. Voters are grown-ups and they understand there are going to be different opinions within a Party, after-all, both the Conservatives and Labour are hopelessly divided against themselves over Brexit and I don’t think many complain directly about the disunity. What people do complain about is the Conservatives lack of resolve and Labour’s lack of clear direction and consistency, both symptoms of disunity. Extreme introspection is also a symptom of disunity often and this is something voters do punish, I believe.
All of this leaves an obvious political space and opportunity for UKIP. No matter whether the likes of Mr Rees-Mogg are playing a long-game or not they are, at least for the moment, effectively neutered by being Conservative MPs. People who are rightly frustrated and angry with the sell-out deal May negotiated no longer have an obvious spokesman in the Conservatives. Whatever else is wrong with UKIP, it has no such fetters and is 110% united in wanting us out and out now. So, it can speak with a much clearer and less inhibited voice. Ironically, UKIP’s last leader, Paul Nuttall argued this may become the case, predicting UKIP MPs would be needed to “see this [Brexit] through to the end.” Well Paul, you were obviously right. Once again, the torch of Brexit has been left as UKIPs to bear alone, even if Tory Brexiteers do find their voice once again it may well be too late to remove the tarnish from the image of their Party as being implacably opposed to the will of the people.