We’re only a day away from the most crucial vote on Brexit so far. Tomorrow, Members of Parliament will take part in a mammoth voting session, pushed through by Theresa May before the new Lewisham East MP takes her seat. They’ll be voting way past midnight, with the Prime Minister hoping that a majority will overturn the amendments made in the House of Lords.
I have previously discussed how these amendments could potentially delay and even cancel Brexit – and I am seriously concerned that the current make up of the House of Commons could result in the Lords reforms being voted in favour of.
We will have to wait and see – but with a Labour Party that can’t make up its mind on Brexit, and Tory rebels like Anna Soubry refusing to toe the line, I think it’s probable that we’re going to see some Brexit defeats tomorrow.
Mrs May is obviously worried. And rightly so. Not only is she still facing the possibility of a vote of no confidence, but the decision made in Parliament tomorrow could define her legacy forever. She is expected to tell the backbench 1922 committee that it is their duty to deliver for Brexit.
The BBC reports she will say:
“We must be clear that we are united as a party in our determination to deliver on the decision made by the British people…They want us to deliver on Brexit and build a brighter future for Britain as we take back control of our money, our laws and our borders.”
It’s bizarre hearing these words come from Theresa May. I remember these exact lines being used over and over by the Brexit camp during the referendum campaign. It still feels like were living in a parallel universe, where Theresa May has been Brexit all along. And I know people won’t agree with me when I say this, but I really feel like May is trying to deliver. I think she’s actually put her feelings aside and wants to achieve something that resembles the Brexit we voted for. I honestly think she actually cares about delivering it, but she simply can’t when she has half her party stabbing her in the back.
I’m no fan of hers. I’m really not. But I feel for her in this situation – and I hope that tomorrow goes well. Not for her, really, but for the future of this country. And hey, if she wins this vote and we achieve something along the lines of the Brexit we voted for, then we might not see a vote of no confidence. That’s something I think we need to avoid, if we want to keep Corbyn away from Number 10.
He really is just creeping round the corner of Number 10, waiting for Theresa May to leave the door unlocked. He doesn’t have a majority in Parliament, but neither does May. He could technically form a government, and if we see more instability in Parliament, then it might just happen.
Let’s pray tomorrow goes well. A lot is riding on it.