Tory leadership contest expected to drag on for at least three years as no one agrees on result

UK Politics
Tory leadership contest expected to drag on for at least three years as no one agrees on result

On Friday, Theresa May announced she would be standing down as Tory leader on 7 June, saying it was time for another prime minister to try to deliver Brexit.

‘Try’ being the operative word as a Brexit deal that people actually support is essentially undeliverable.

Whoever’s next to have a go will just come home to No 10 each day to find a little card on the doormat saying ‘sorry, we tried to deliver Brexit but the treachery of your MPs was too big to fit through your letterbox.

‘However, your growing sense of despair has been left in the UK’s safe place round the back of the Isle of Wight.’

Michael Gove became the eighth MP to join the leadership race. This sets up a fascinating battle with one of the other chief architects of the Leave campaign: Boris Johnson.

Gove and Johnson fighting to become PM in order to use their skills to deliver Brexit is a bit like two men starting the Great Fire of London and then arguing about who gets to hold a small bucket of sand.

Members of the Conservative Party will have the final say on who wins.

Which means a small number of white, posh, racist men will be deciding whether we crash out of the EU without a deal and leave the British economy in ruins. God bless democracy.

Still, given the Tories track record on coming together and agreeing how to implement a result, the Downing Street removal men probably aren’t at action stations just yet.

Mrs May will continue as prime minister while the leadership contest takes place.

So despite her teary resignation speech it’s quite likely she’ll still be in PM in three years. She’s basically the Japanese Knotweed of politicians – for years you don’t even notice she’s there and then suddenly she’s causing chaos and impossible to get rid of.

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