She could well become the fourth PM to be killed off by Europeby Jay Elwes / October 14, 2016 / Leave a comment
Theresa May’s Conservatives are 17 points ahead of Labour in the polls. The Opposition is crushed and in disarray. May dominates British politics. And yet she is heading for a political fight that she cannot win. The Government’s opposition is no longer domestic, but international—it is the EU. Her tenure as prime minister will be dominated by Europe. There will be nothing else. Her schools policies were ridiculed and have now all but vanished from view. This will be the fate of all other policies so long as the European question persists. Europe will overshadow everything. And when the time comes for direct confrontation, she will lose.
The European Union will give us nothing. This is more than clear to anyone who choses to breathe deeply and examine the facts. The hyped-up Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party have never looked happier, men in their fifties, sixties and seventies, who declare that Britain’s departure from the EU will be “glorious.” But their extreme sensitivity to even the gentlest criticism of Brexit is not suggestive of confidence. They know the extent of the gamble that they have encouraged the British people to take—we all know it—and the signs are deeply troubling. Since the Brexit vote, the value of the pound has dropped by 14 per cent, to a 31-year-low against the dollar. Though this helps British exporters, it also stands as a verdict on the attractiveness of the British economy overall. Now, it appears, the British economy has simply become less attractive.