Michael Gove has turned down the offer of replacing Dominic Raab as Brexit Secretary but has expressed his full support in the PM and said he will help get a good withdrawal deal.
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The Environment secretary has helped to stem the flow of exiting ministers by saying he will stay on in government to help the PM secure a good Brexit deal.
When asked if he had confidence in Theresa May he said:
"I absolutely do." and went on to say:
"I think it’s absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the British people, we can get a good outcome."
What exactly he meant by 'the areas that matter so much to the British people' and 'getting the right deal in the future' is a little unclear, as we've surely got 585 pages of documentation that show the UK will be locked into the EU as a slave colony until the bloc lets us go.
And to help Theresa May further, three other ministers: Liam Fox, Penny Mordaunt and Andrea Leadsom are also said to have come to some sort of collective decision to stay on in government. But how long that will last is anyone's guess.
I think the idea is that they will put this forward as them trying to change things from the inside and maybe try and get the PM to change course. But the latest news from the EU is that they are not up for any more talks, that's it!
However, in an interview earlier today the former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, said that negotiations could still be left open. He also said that the UK had been too ready to offer concessions instead of standing firm.
He referred to Mrs May's proposals as 'dreadful' and that they wouldn't fly by any measure . "It is not a deal we should accept." He said and talking about keeping talks going he went on to say:
"It will get to a point, I am quite sure, when it will be very tense and people will be very nervous about the way the negotiations go, but European negotiations are never over until they are concluded."
And for those watching the numbers, 23 Tory MPs are known to have submitted their letters of no confidence in Theresa May to the chairman of the 1922 Committee, making the prospect of a vote of no confidence in their leader more likely. And the fact that Tory Whips have been called into Westminster has fuelled speculation that this is imminent.
However, once there are 48 letters, there still has to be the vote itself and the odds are on her winning that vote, which would then, under Tory party rules, give her a clear twelve month period to do as she wished without challenge.
William Hill has put those odds at 2/5 that she will come out on top and has reopened the book on which year she will leave office.
“The market is very volatile but the odds have done a complete U-turn and now suggest that Theresa May could well weather the storm.” Said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
The Remainers are of course saying that we must either return to the EU fold or have what they keep calling a people's vote to sort all this out.
But as former Brexit minister Steve Baker said on BBC Politics Live today, it took them a year to get the last referendum legislation through and there is no time left for that and Jo Coburn the presenter pointed out that without a PM to back it up, there would be no referendum.
But there is a case that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will be ruling on soon. And that is whether the UK can rescind Article 50. But the government is battling hard to keep the case out of the European courts claiming that, as the government has said the UK is leaving the EU, then it would be a purely hypothetical exercise. But one of the lawyers behind that case, Jolyon Maugham QC, says that parliament needs to know that it could make the decision to revoke the Article 50 notification, if politicians thought it in the national interest.
I've got to be honest here. I'm not sure how people would take a situation where a Remain dominated establishment that did not like what the people wanted that has continually done everything in its power to frustrate democracy to the point that it has destabilised the country then turns around to the people and uses a legal artifice to declare that the peoples' will counts for nothing and then also tries to pin the blame on the peoples' inability to understand the complexities of the situation.
At that point democracy dies. And what do these 'experts' expect the people to do? Roll over and accept it to just go on about their insignificant little lives? The patience of the silent majority is wearing too thin for that attitude.
I just hope that the backlash is purely democratic, but swift and hard at the next election.
So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.
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I think the truth is, strange as it may seem, that he didn’t negotiate it, nor did David Davis before him. This is an Agreement largely cooked in the Cabinet Office/Downing Street. https://t.co/uVUHd3CyvY
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) November 15, 2018