Ted Malloch: UK Constitutional Crisis Beckons
Guest: Ted Malloch author of DAVOS, ASPEN & YALE
On the evening of January 15, 2018 the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May and her government suffered the largest defeat in Parliament in the history of recent centuries.
The vote was 202 for her Brexit deal and 432 against.
She lost the “meaningful” vote on her Brexit plan by more than 200 votes.
This overwhelming defeat saw all the opposition parties and a large swath of her own Conservative Party line up to defeat a withdrawal from the European Union that took two tedious years to negotiate and failed to deliver on any of her promises.
It betrayed the 17.4 million UK citizens who voted in the June 2016 referendum to LEAVE the EU.
It made a mockery of British sovereignty, borders, and laws and would have handed over almost 40 billion pounds sterling to the EU – for nothing.
May’s leadership has been an abysmal failure.
She was recently censured by Parliament and only narrowly was able to remain as PM after an internal party challenge to remove her.
Leftwing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has immediately said he is now demanding a “no confidence” vote in an attempt to force a general election.
That vote will take place tomorrow.
Boris Johnson, MP and former Foreign Minister before he left the May government over its wrongheaded Brexit plans said, “”We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution — and handed the detonator to [EU Brexit negotiator] Michel Barnier,”
Johnson wrote in a British newspaper. “We have conspired in this threat to the Union. We have put our own heads deliberately on the block.”
May’s soft-Brexit plan would expose U.K. business to “potentially hostile regulation over which we have no control whatever,” according to Johnson. “It means we can’t do any real free trade deals,” he wrote. “It means we are a vassal state.”
Nigel Farage, the ever colorful former UKIP leader and the father of Brexit, called the sabotage instigated by the PM and her Remainer cronies in cahoots with the Speaker of the House of Commons, “the biggest crisis since the English Civil War in the 1640s.”
It is utter chaos.
No one knows what will come next.
A renegotiation with the EU?
A second referendum?
Postponement or even abandoning Brexit altogether?
A no deal, clean Brexit on March 29th?
Only time will tell – in what are truly unprecedented times.
Ted Malloch is the author of DAVOS, ASPEN & YALE