Divided over Brexit but nowhere to run

Financial Times:  Brexit deal crisis: Rudd returns, Gove stays

Theresa May has reshuffled her cabinet as she battles for survival, replacing the two minister who resigned as part of the political fallout over the draft Brexit treaty. The big question still hanging over the prime minister is whether those seeking to oust her can find 48 Tory MPs needed to trigger a no confidence vote.



  1. Steve Barclay is appointed new Brexit Secretary, replacing Dominic Raab
  2. Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd returns to cabinet as the Work and Pensions Secretary
  3. Theresa May answered listeners’ questions on the draft Brexit deal on LBC radio show
  4. Michael Gove ends speculation about whether he would follow fellow Brexiteers out of the cabinet
  5. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox joins Mr Gove in urging MPs to support the deal
  6. More than 20 MPs have called for a no-confidence vote in the prime minister

Also from BBC:

When the UK made a major change in direction towards the EU it created chaos in New Zealand as our biggest marker for produce turned it’s back on us.

Now the chaos is in Britain as they try to exit from the EU, with little effect on us apart from possibly, eventually, providing more trade opportunities.


  1. Ray

     /  November 17, 2018

    The headless chookery of the MPs jostling for a go at being PM and the whole mess is strangely amusing to any “colonial type” who lived through the betrayal of the 70s when the brits went into the EEC.

  2. Corky

     /  November 17, 2018

    Can the Iron Princess hold on to her leadership? Unlikely.

    • David

       /  November 17, 2018

      I think in the short term she will survive now that Gove and Fox have decided to tough it out. I think she is probably the worst Conservative PM they have had in modern times but her stoicism is absolutely remarkable, I think she must have some mental health issue that hasnt yet been logged in the DSM.

      • Gezza

         /  November 17, 2018

        It’s looking less and less likely that ANY mental health issue hasn’t yet been logged in the DSM. I pity the poor psychiatrists these days. Gone are the days when they could simply say your problem is that you’re a freak or a weirdo – that’s ok, there’s a future for you on US tv.

    • Missy

       /  November 17, 2018

      Probably, it will be close. However, that is assuming the 48 letters go in, today it has been everything from yes they are in, to nowhere near 48, realistically most think it is close.

      If she does face a vote and wins then the party can’t bring another one for 12 months under Conservative Party rules.

  3. Gezza

     /  November 17, 2018

    Luv that video clip. Loled. 😀

  4. Missy

     /  November 17, 2018

    Theresa May faced up to the public today with a half hour phone in on LBC radio this morning answering questions.


    This is extraordinary, it isn’t something she has done before, so it was a big deal, and it was the only one she has done today. I have huge respect for her doing it, despite being hated by almost all Remainers and Leavers for the appalling deal she chose to answer to the public and take questions on what they were worried about, not what journalists thought they should be worried about. On a side note, despite being asked Sadiq Khan refuses to go on the Breakfast show on LBC, possibly because the guy who does it is a tough interviewer, and a little hard nosed (a former editor of the Sun I think). Khan does do the 10am slot, but the host on that is a hysterical anti Brexit looney leftie who gives Khan an easy ride most of the time.

  5. Zedd

     /  November 17, 2018

    Brexit vote #2 coming to a group of islands.. up over, soon 😀

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