Although she won her vote of confidence earlier this week, events are now showing what a politically wounded Prime Minister Theresa May is.
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After all that's gone on recently, Theresa May said in a press conference this afternoon that the EU was still for talking.
But having watched her performance, all I saw was someone putting on an act and all I heard was the same old stuff using the same old words but in a different order.
It looked to me like she was trying to breathe life into something that's long since gone the way of the dodo.
As UKIP leader Gerard Batten Tweeted:
"Mrs May’s long awaited press conference, and we expected something dramatic. Once again nothing but meaningless words about ‘further clarification’ which leaves things exactly where we were. How long can she go on grovelling to the EU?"
Well, the answer seems to be as long as her party want her to, and it appears that there are 199 other Tory MPs who want to see this continue – that is assuming she voted for herself in the recent confidence vote and you never know do you?
Her deal is dead and her credibility is now shot, as is that of those Tory MPs who still back her even now.
And on our dear Theresa, not sure if you've seen the video footage yet but it turns out that she had a few stern words to say in public to Jean-Claude Juncker. Although you can't actually hear what was said the body language was quite direct. And lip readers, brought in by one newspaper, say that Mrs May was berating Mr Juncker for calling her and/or her Brexit deal 'nebulous'.
However, this word was actually used by Juncker in general terms, not aimed at her specifically.
Now, that may appear amusing and some might say that it was about time she took her handbag to a Eurocrat.
And at a later press conference she was candid about it and tried to laugh it off a bit, but is this how we want to see our Prime Minister acting in public, especially when it is unfounded? More bad judgement as far as I'm concerned. She and the other 199 Tory MPs who voted confidence in her, have even more to answer for!
Now, have you heard about the Flash protest by 60 yellow vests in London today, that brought Westminster Bridge to a standstill for a couple of hours?
According to politicalite.com:
"The protesters played ‘Rule Britannia’ on a loudspeaker and slammed the Westminster Elite.
"There were around 60 protesters who chanted: 'What do we want? Brexit! When do we want it? NOW!'
"Activist James Goddard said in the Facebook Live post: 'This is what happens when you go against the working-classes'."
Once the police came they were moved on without any arrests. But is this a sign of what's to come?
I wonder if the UK government will take a leaf out of Egypt's book and clamp down on the sale of yellow vests? Yes, a few days ago Egypt banned the sale of yellow reflective vests to walk-in customers and restricted them to verified wholesale business only, for fear of France-style copycat actions against their government.
Finally, we are told that as the date and time of our exit from the European Union of 11pm on 29th March 2019 is stated in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, then Brexit is safe from a UK law perspective.
So I thought I'd go and check it out again to make sure that was right.
And lo and behold there it is in black and white, plainly saying:
"…“exit day” means 29 March 2019 at 11.00 p.m…."
But, and it's a big but – and you knew I was gonna come out with a but didn't you?
But if you scroll on down the page you'll come across this little statement:
"A Minister of the Crown may by regulations—
(a) amend the definition of “exit day” in subsection (1) to ensure that the day and time specified in the definition are the day and time that the Treaties are to cease to apply to the United Kingdom, …"
So the date and time of the UK exit from the European Union is not so much written in stone in the Act as scrawled in chalk on the side of it.
This would, one assumes, make it extremely easy in UK legal terms to change the date of our exit without being forced to go back to parliament to change this particular Act.
The real question is, who has the power ask the EU to extend Article 50? The executive, that's our ministers in government, on its own? Or does the legislature, which is our MPs in parliament, have to OK it first?
And with reports a few months ago that discussions had already been taking place on this subject, the procedure to extend Article 50 could already have been quietly agreed and be in place and just take the metaphorical flick of a switch to activate it.
So, please let us all know what you think by leaving a comment below.
Thank you for watching.
Mrs May’s long awaited press conference, and we expected something dramatic. Once again nothing but meaningless words about ‘further clarification’ which leaves things exactly where we were. How long can she go on grovelling to the EU? pic.twitter.com/luC6NruFdd
— Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) December 14, 2018