Tory MPs Move to Oust Prime Minister

The Conservative Party’s annual conference didn’t go quite as planned this week as Theresa May’s attempt to re-launch her leadership on the national stage was undermined by an unfortunate cough, a crumbling set, and the failure of security to stop a protester from rushing at the Prime Minister to hand her a P45 on live television.

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 The gaffes dominated headlines, distracting from the substance of a speech that saw the Prime Minister move half-heartedly towards Labour with new promises on energy prices, social housing, and student debt – all no doubt a reaction to her shock defeat in June’s snap general election, and perhaps a form of penance for the toxic social care policy that blighted her election campaign at the height of her short-lived popularity.

If Mrs May had hoped that her speech would strengthen her grip on power in the short term, she will be sorely disappointed. Voices calling for a change of leadership have only intensified since Wednesday’s keynote address at her party’s annual gathering, and last night the former party chairman Grant Shapps became the most high profile figure thus far to come out publically against the Prime Minister’s position.

He says that his colleagues are “perfectly within their rights” to call for Mrs May’s resignation following her failed “roll of the dice” earlier this year, which lost her party its majority in the House of Commons. He went on to suggest that up to 30 MPs shared his view, including members of the cabinet, bringing opposition to Mrs May ever closer to the threshold of 48 required to trigger a leadership election through the 1922 committee.

Some are sceptical of moves to oust Mrs May. Nadine Dorries, the Eurosceptic Tory MP, tweeted that “the plot is by Remain MPs to topple the PM, destroy Boris and put a Remain leader in place to delay and possibly destroy Brexit”.

But given the concessions Mrs May has made thus far to Remainers, Hammond and Rudd, and the prospect of deeper surrender to Brussels now that the conference has been and gone, it is becoming less clear what Brexiteers have to lose from a change in leadership. If the wheels are already in motion to replace the leader of the Conservative Party, shouldn’t Brexiteers be thinking ahead to a historic chance to take Downing Street?

In a showdown between a pro-Remain and pro-Leave candidate, sensible Conservative party members will opt overwhelmingly for the Brexiteer. Even Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, one time MEP and pro-Remainer, came out in favour of our exit from the European Union this week. His intervention points to the shifting tide of support in the Conservative Party. Isn’t it time for the UK to get a patriotic Brexit Prime Minister to lead us successfully out of the corrupt European Union?

After all, on the continent, Europhile elites are becoming ever more stubborn while British negotiators naively attempt to play ball with people who have no interest in cutting a serious deal. Just this week, the French economy minister Bruno Le Maire warned that “we, Europeans, say to the British: ‘We want our money back’”. Perhaps somebody should inform Mr Le Maire that the UK – a massive net contributor to the EU – has paid more than half a trillion pounds into the project since joining in 1973, and the British people aren’t interested in sending over a penny more.

Meanwhile, in the European Parliament, Europhile politicians have voted by 557-92 against progressing Brexit talks onto the next stage – intended to establish future relations between the EU and the UK after Brexit. That figure included 26 MEPs who allegedly represent the United Kingdom. They claim that there has been insufficient progress thus far on money and citizens’ rights, despite generous British offers (overly generous on the subject of money). How much clowning around does the government need to see before they make a clear threat to walk?

In economic news: New moves by the EU to retain tariffs on cane sugar, hitting UK giant Tate & Lyle, remind voters of the need to leave the EU as environment secretary Michael Gove prepares to reform agriculture subsidies once we leave the corrupt Common Agricultural Policy; our decision to leave the EU has seen small and medium sized businesses reach a record proportion of British firms as they continue to drive our economic success; Dutch firm TMF, recently floated on the LSE, has relocated its HQ to London from Amsterdam in another huge “vote of confidence in the UK”; and our legal services sector continues to “reign supreme” following our decision for national independence.

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The Leave.EU Team