When I took my sixth month pause from writing this blog at the end of 2018, the UK was still in the throes of organising its leaving of the EU, Brexit as it is called.
Prime Minister May had put a proposed deal to parliament which was constantly rejected. Death threats had been made against politicians, as traitors. Some leavers simply wanted ‘leave’ whatever that meant, regardless of the consequences. “Brexit means Brexit”, whatever that means. As one friend said to me, we need to leave the EU to “get the blacks of our streets”.
Since no-one was agreeing and no compromises were to be had, progress was nonexistent.
So now here we are in August, and it’s all sorted, right?
Well, no. Deadlines have been extended to October, provided good use of the time was made. For MPs, that meant going on holiday.
Total chaos from the Government today.
After several days of parilamentary discussion about the proposed Brexit deal, all 800+ pages of it, there was to be a vote. It’s a compromise deal, has to be, and hardly anyone likes it.
Mrs May realised the vote would be lost, she would have to step down and Boris Johnson would become PM. In her arrogant need for power, she simply cancelled, rather postponed indefinitely, the vote.
MPs are not pleased. The country is in melt down. There is nonsensical discussion about another referendum. I am not sure what that would achieve, whatever the result may be.
At some point there will be a vote of no confidence in Mrs May or the Government. Probably it will be lost.
The country is in a real mess. The UK Conservative government is in chaos. The news about Brexit dominates everything else, and, after nearly two years of negotiation, we seem to be no nearer any conclusion.
I don’t understand why Prime Minister hangs on. Actually, I never understood why she took the job in the first place. I suppose it was just a big ego trip for her.
Now the government have been found in contempt of Parliament, for the first time ever in all of history. They held back what appeared to be important information that apparently they should have disclosed.
Meanwhile, Brexit will happen, deal or no deal. Those of us who said two years ago that it would be a total shambles have been proved correct. It is the start of bad times for the UK.
It has been a fairly extraordinary day for British politics, and it’s only tea time!
Yesterday, the cabinet of UK Conservative government got together to discuss the draft EU withdrawal agreement. After a long and apparently heated discussion, all came out agreeing it was the way to go. At that time, few had seen the nearly 600 page report, let alone read it, but some members of the EU had and apparently agreed with it.
But, as the BBC and others said, and maybe you have been in such a meeting, you agree to things at the time, come out, think about what happened, actually look at the documents, and change your mind.
And so it was. During today, the Brexit secretary and others resigned their posts. Mrs May appeared in the House of Commons and had a hard time, from the opposition (to be expected) and from her own party. It’s a compromise, of course, not a piece of ideology. At the end of it, you have to have a country that still works.
Even before it had become available, Conservative politicians who are hard right Leavers (and also very rich and therefore relatively unaffected by what happens) were condemning the agreement and were talking of letters of no confidence, the PM to resign and leadership challenges, which would probably mean a new PM.