Dominic Raab has dealt Theresa May a devastating blow ahead of her Brexit statement to the Commons by resigning this morning – in spite of the PM reportedly humiliating herself by begging him to stay on. Raab specified the Brexit deal’s provisions for Northern Ireland and the EU’s veto over the UK leaving the interim arrangement as key reasons for his departure:
In doing so, Raab has exercised almost the only influence of his short career as Brexit Secretary, opening the door for a queue of Tories to come out and call for her resignation, claiming enough letters to that effect are with the Tories’ ‘1942 Committee’. Raab was sidelined in many of the discussions with the EU and had so little to do with the ‘deal’ eventually proposed that he only appears to have found out about the details this week with the rest of the Cabinet.
Junior minister Shailesh Vara has also resigned, saying the people of the UK ‘deserve better’.
Opportunistically or by design, the Tories are now attempting to use this farce to call for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which has been the end-game all along for the hard Brexiters.
It’s time for the Tories to genuinely ‘put the country first’ and dissolve the government so we can have a general election and let Labour do the job and achieve the solid deal based on Labour’s long-held position of a customs union and access to the single market.
The regard of Barnier, Juncker and co for Jeremy Corbyn’s seriousness and sense is more than high enough to get it done.
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