Remember I wrote a few days ago that I don’t believe our government will be successful with any further attempts to sweet talk European leaders over Brexit? Well, I was right. I’d say I hate to say “I told you so,” but I don’t. It was obvious, right?
The Guardian reports today that European officials have slashed May’s hopes that she could sweet talk EU27 leaders in an attempt to break current deadlocks. Diplomatic sources, The Guardian claims, are rejecting suggestions that the Prime Minister could hold talks with the 27 EU heads of government and state next month in Salzburg.
A senior source told The Guardian:
“That is completely ridiculous, that is complete overspin of Salzburg…It would mean that we ditch our negotiating approach of the last two years and discuss at 28 instead of 27 to one, and I don’t see why this would happen.”
But who knows? Brexit talks start up again later this week in Brussels, and a lot has changed since. It’s public knowledge that the EU is getting worried about the potential of a No Deal Brexit, and time’s ticking. Somebody’s going to have to buckle…I just fear it’ll be Mrs May. That is, assuming she’s still leader in the coming weeks.
And I think she will be. Tory insiders tell me that the reports in the papers about David Davis being installed as an interim PM appear to be little more than fantasy. They inform me that there is little talk about this inside the party, and the constitutional questions of whether it’s even technically doable would cause a whole world of chaos in itself. So perhaps this really is all talk – rumours and stories from the press.
Can you imagine if Theresa really remains PM throughout this whole process? Until March? It’s a harrowing thought.