STALLED – Conservative ‘Coup’ Against May Hits The Buffers
According to Lewis Goodall writing for Sky News the European Reform Group gathering this morning “felt like a gathering of the defeated.” Even Jacob Rees-Mogg was forced to adopt a defensive tone as he said “patience is a virtue and virtue is a grace.”
David Davis was present but Boris Johnson apparently was not and when it comes to the postmortem on the failure of the ERG thus far to successfully oust May both must take some responsibility. Every challenger to a Conservative leader since the fall of Margaret Thatcher has been haunted by the specter of Michael Heseltine and the persistent fear that ‘he who wields the dagger never wears the crown’. This has obviously cowed both Davis and Johnson who have savaged May’s deal but fallen short of direct attacking May herself and calling for her replacement leaving Rees-Mogg to carry the torch pretty much alone.
Rebellious MPs are apparently now occupying a holding position, waiting to see if May loses the ‘Meaningful Vote’ on the deal in Parliament and so are some Cabinet Brexiteers so we cannot definitively say that she is safe yet. The deal still may not yet make it even to Parliament as France and Spain are beginning to express dissatisfaction with its terms. So, this is far from the end but the ERG’s initial failure to organise and campaign effectively does not bode well for the future.
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