The Democratic Unionist Party have perhaps been a real blessing in disguise. When the Tories failed to secure a majority government in the 2017 General Election, I was concerned.
It’s not that I like the Tories – I don’t. But, I did believe they were the only party that at least gave us the POSSIBILITY of passing Brexit through the Commons.
But it turns out, the DUP have been holding Theresa’s feet to the flame. They’re the real conservatives from Northern Ireland who push back when the Tories start with their usual rubbish. Now, it looks like the DUP are once again stepping up to try and save Brexit.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that the DUP is joining Brexit Tories to threaten rebellion against Theresa May. The news comes after Brexiteers in the Tories gave Theresa May one week to drop the Chequers deal or face a vote of no confidence.
A rebellion threatened by the DUP could be enough to make May realise she simply doesn’t have the support she needs in the Commons to pass the implementation bill this Autumn. If David Lidington’s efforts to lobby Labour, SNP and Lib Dem MPs doesn’t work, then she’ll be faced with no choice than to either step down, or change her plan.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the leading Brexiters paving the way for a change to the Chequers plan. He’s the head of the European Research Group, and he’s put down four amendments to the Customs Bill that MPs might be asked to vote on next week.
The support of the DUP is very welcome in this process, and could be the kick May needs to realise she must ask. At this point, she’s stuck squarely between Brexiteers who could pass legislation through Parliament with the help of the Tory Party generally, or anti-Brexit campaigners in Labour, SNP and Lib Dems who could help her pass a soft Brexit.
Pick one, Mrs May.