After this week’s failure of the Conservatives’ 1922 committee to change the leadership challenge rules, the ‘flipping point’ I wrote about the other day has now been reached, I think. The Tories are finally about to collapse. Only most of their MPs don’t know it yet.
If the Tory Brexiteer MPs want to survive and bring about Brexit, they need to resign en masse and join The Brexit Party. Now. No more “Maybe if we apply enough pressure things will change…”. They won’t. Just leave now. Your current party is dead in the water.
My feeling, however, is that most or all of them won’t do any such thing. Maybe Steve Baker, but probably not even him. Because as good as some of the Brexiteers are, they’re Tories, and kicking the can down the road is ingrained in them all.
Sebastian Payne from the Financial Times tweets:
Sir Graham Brady told Theresa May on Tuesday that the present situation is unsustainable. Will he now demand her exit date, in exchange for avoiding leadership rule changes and a messy challenge?
Why would she pay any attention to that? They’ve already revealed that they have no spine.
1922 executive committee vote on rule change was 9/7 against – with Sir Graham Brady and @KemiBadenoch abstaining.
In times past we’d want to know who the nine were. But now, who cares? They’re all finished.
Update: The Tory Brexiteer MPs should, after joining the Brexit Party, and allowing some time for the BP to get some Westminster candidates together, trigger an early election. They can also threaten Theresa May with this beforehand to force a WTO exit.
But, of course, they won’t, because they’re all mouth and no trousers.