PHEW! (sort of), Theresa May, and Brexit
So, Theresa May survived a Tory Party Vote of Confidence today and thus continues to be the leader of the Tory Party, and the Queen's Prime Minister.
N.B. It was not a Parliamentary vote, but a Tory Party vote.
Please also note that this was essentially an English Vote. Of the three hundred and seventeen Tory Members of Parliament at Westminster who were eligible to vote, only thirteen were from Scotland, and only eight from Wales. None were from Northern Ireland. So much for a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!
The U.K. political world is chaotic as it stands, but lord only knows what would have been the chaos upon chaos had May lust the vote.
My "phew" is of course just for now. Sooner rather than later Mrs. May will have to bring the exit strategy she has negotiated with the E.U. for a vote in the House of Commons.
Parliament is so divided that it's hard for me to believe that it has a devil of a chance of approval. The devil is in the details.
The author of this chaos is none other than former Prime Minister David Cameron. He won a general election with his cynical promise to hold a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the E.U.
His ruling class instincts told him that a "leave" majority was never a possibility. He knew best.
But the British voters gave him his come-uppance by voting 52% - 48% to leave.
His crime was that he had no plan for Brexit in the event of a "no to Europe" vote in the referendum.
Theresa May was handed (or chose to take) a poisoned chalice.
I'll mix my metaphors by saying that she has been drinking from this chalice whilst being stabbed in the back by reactionary Tory Members of Parliament.