A leading pro-Brexit Tory MP has stated frankly, in the aftermath of the confidence vote among her parliamentary party this evening, that the scale of the vote against her leadership and her inability to pass legislation means that she ought to go immediately to meet the queen and resign.
In fact, Jacob Rees-Mogg went further – telling the BBC that May ‘must recognise‘ that constitutionally her position is untenable:
Establishment commentators were predicting, before the result was announced, that anything over a hundred of her colleagues voting against her would catastrophically weaken Theresa May – and clearly Rees-Mogg feels that the eventual tally of 117 is disastrous for the lame-duck PM.
The hollow spin by May’s supporters can’t disguise reality – and even the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg couldn’t bring herself to describe May’s and the government’s position as less than ‘very precarious’ this evening.
For Labour supporters the result is, perhaps surprisingly, excellent news. May’s situation is as hopeless as ever, her chances of persuading the EU to agree any concessions as slim as ever, the disillusionment of the DUP as great as ever and her prospects of applying enough polish to the turd as remote as ever.
For all who want a general election, a Labour government and the genuinely better country that will result, the fact that she remains in place but even more badly damaged than this morning is cause for grim satisfaction – and grim determination to bring the whole, abysmal Tory circus to an end.
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