Sunday, 24 March 2019

If we face a Brexit apocalypse, May should not be the scapegoat.

The idea that Theresa May could gain support for her Brexit deal if she promises to stand down as PM, as senior Conservatives reportedly have told the BBC is bizarre.

Rhey seem to be gearing up to give her a victory in passing her "Deal " whilst making her a scapegoat  for any post-brexit backlash.
The BBC (If you can believe them)report that ....
"....MPs in the party have said they might reluctantly back the agreement if they know she will not be in charge of the next stage of negotiations with the EU.
It comes as newspaper reports claim cabinet ministers are plotting a coup against her.
No 10 has dismissed reports that Mrs May could be persuaded to stand aside.
The prime minister has come under growing pressure to quit following a week in which she was forced to ask the EU for an extension to Article 50, and criticised for blaming the delay to Brexit on MPs.
It remains unclear whether she will bring her withdrawal agreement back to the Commons for a third vote next week, after she wrote to MPs saying she would only do so if there was "sufficient support" for it.
According to reports in some of the Sunday papers, cabinet ministers are planning to oust Mrs May as prime minister and replace her with a "caretaker leader" until a proper leadership contest is held later in the year.
But there were differing accounts of who the preferred candidate is, with the Brexiteer and Remain wings of the party said to favour different interim leaders.
The Sunday Times reported that Mrs May's defacto deputy, David Lidington, who voted Remain, was being lined up to replace her, while the Mail on Sunday said the Brexiteer Environment Secretary Michael Gove was the "consensus choice".
But one senior backbencher told the BBC's Iain Watson that even standing aside would not be enough for her deal to be voted through - having twice been defeated by large margins - and that Mrs May might as well "dig in".
No 10 dismissed suggestions that Mrs May could be persuaded to stand aside, or that she would agree a "job share" arrangement where senior ministers would be given extra responsibilities.
The BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg said d there was "serious manoeuvring"
It comes ahead of a week where the PM is expected to lose further control over the Brexit process.
A cross-party group of MPs will press for alternatives to her deal to be debated on Wednesday - something government sources expect to happen.
In the coming days, as many as six other options, in addition to Mrs May's deal, could be voted on, in order to see which are most popular. They are:
  • Revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit
  • Another referendum
  • The PM's deal plus a customs union
  • The PM's deal plus both a customs union and single market access
  • A Canada-style free trade agreement
  • Leaving the EU without a deal"
It appears to me to resemble those in the German Resistance who believed that if they could remove Hitler from power , then they could negotiate a peace deal.
However it was felt amongst the allies (especially Russia) that their could be negotiations and Germany would have to surrender unconditionally.
While the main goal of the plotters was to remove Hitler from power by assassination , they did so for various reasons. The majority of the group behind the 20 July plot were conservative nationalists and did not necessarily believe in democratic ideas. Martin Borschat writes that the plot was mainly done by conservative elites who were initially integrated by the Nazi government but during the war lost their influence and were concerned about regaining it.
Of course comparing removal of May to the July Plot is extreme and leaves me ocomparing he Night of the Long Knives (as a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when Adolf Hitler, urged on by Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler, carried out a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate his hold on power in Germany, to other moves in British and other Politics.
If we leave the EU then those who took us down the road and who knew full well it would be disastrous  should not be allowed to escape the blame , by offering Mrs May as a Scapegoat.

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