Theresa May suffered further abject humiliation in the Commons this morning when, as she tried to deliver her speech on the dismal deal she has ‘achieved’ with the EU in the wake of multiple resignations from her government, she was repeatedly laughed at – including by members on her own side of the House – as she tried to claim the deal ensures a ‘smooth and orderly’ exit from the EU.
But things were about to get worse as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn commenced a forensic dissection of the towering weaknesses of what amounts to May’s complete capitulation to the EU, with no effective UK control over its exit from the new arrangements – until potentially as late as the end of 2099.
Corbyn’s full response took around seven minutes – but his opening two and a half minutes were calmly devastating for May’s shredded credibility:
Even DUP MPs couldn’t restrain themselves from agreeing with the Labour leader:
Never thought I’d hear Nigel Dodds calling out ‘he’s right’ when Jeremy Corbyn is speaking but that’s what he’s doing now in the Chamber
— Kevin Brennan MP (@KevinBrennanMP) November 15, 2018
With letters flying in to the 1922 Committee and Rees-Mogg whipping his supporters to mount a challenge, May will be lucky to make it to the end of the day as PM.
The response to the two leaders’ speeches are telling, with even right-of-centre voters commenting on social media that Corbyn looks like the only one who can be trusted to rescue the UK from a Brexit shambles that left-wing commentators have been predicting for over two years.
Among the myriad disasters of Theresa May’s government and her excuse for a ‘deal’ with the EU, it’s likely that ‘#20XX’ will loom as large in Theresa May’s nightmares as any.
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