In a parallel universe, Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the opposition and he’s slamming Theresa May for not opting for No Deal. Life-long Brexiteer Jeremy Corbyn, for some reason, now appears to be leading a Remain-party and trying to force the government to rule out No Deal. Today, Corbyn claimed that the Prime Minister is “clearly not listening” over his Brexit claims, and renewed his demand for No Deal to be taken off the table.
No Deal clearly cannot be taken off the table. I forgot who said it first, but No Deal is the table! Brexiteer MP Liam Fox confirmed it, too, during an interview in Davos. The Secretary of State for International Trade also said that the Prime Minister is talking to a variety of MPs about coming to a new deal and that he believes there is an increasing will to achieve a compromise – but he didn’t suggest which MPs.
It seems to me that May’s tactic hasn’t changed. She’s going for the DUP vote, and attempting to win over her rebel MPs – and it looks like it might be possible. Jacob Rees-Mogg, staunch Brexiteer and one of the 118 Tory rebels who voted against the Prime Minister, now claims “things are going our way.” Rees-Mogg said that he believes Theresa May’s deal could be reformed and win over opponents, but that he wouldn’t be supporting it unless the Northern Ireland backstop is removed.
Meanwhile, Michel Barnier isn’t backing down. The chief Brexit negotiator for the EU warned today that Labour MP Yvette Cooper’s plan to try and block the Prime Minister from delivering No Deal wouldn’t work, unless a majority is found for a withdrawal agreement. In a speech in Brussels, Barnier said that the default for the UK will still be leaving without a deal unless they come up with an agreement the EU can accept.
That means MPs in Westminster can do what they like to try and stop No Deal, but unless an agreement is made or Article 50 extended, Britain is leaving. Without a deal. And there’s nothing they, or Jeremy Corbyn, can do about it.