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Theresa May + Customs Union = Conservative Coup?

by John Brian Shannon

While UK Prime Minister Theresa May continues to take the path of least resistance towards Brexit (all the while courting and fawning over EU politicians) Conservative backbenchers are said to be considering their chances of staging a coup against her leadership.

At this point, such a coup attempt would fail and leave Brexit forces in a much weaker position than they’re presently in. Considering they have the will of the people behind them and formalized via the June 2016 referendum result(!) Brexiteers haven’t begun to come close to working their movement to its full and proper potential.

But it’s not only May’s path of least resistance approach that’s raised the ire of the Tory caucus, it now appears PM May is trying to appease both Philip Hammond and the EU by suggesting Britain continue as a member of the existing customs union, or that it should become part of a new customs union.

All of which has conspired to convince Conservative backbenchers that Theresa May might be dithering on her promise of delivering a full Brexit.

“Brexit means Brexit” will have turned into “Brexit Means Half-a-Brexit” if Brexiteers can’t organize and morph into a cogent group with a clear leader — complete with a de facto shadow cabinet within the Conservative caucus ready (ostensibly) to take the reins of power at a moment’s notice.

And most importantly (seeing as Theresa May and Philip Hammond aren’t doing it) to speak out and to sell the many benefits of independence from the EU to people of all political stripes, ipso facto chiding the government for not doing so.


Do we have the wrong Prime Minister for Brexit? Is the task too big for her?

Or is it that Brexiteers, still at this late date, are a poorly organized group of patriots that haven’t gelled together to become a force majeur in British politics — and are therefore unable to take their rightful place as a powerful political bloc that truly represents the will of the people?

Every poll these days reports the collective will of the British people is to get a Brexit deal signed and get on with creating a better future for families, UK companies and the country as a whole. Even those who voted to Remain now agree that Brexit must be completed as soon as possible.

It’s universally agreed that political uncertainty is the enemy of economic progress and that industries need clear regulations in order to thrive. That truism is almost as important as ensuring the democratic will of the people is upheld by the government.


A Weak Brexit Lobby Will Cause a Weak Brexit

Brexiteers should stop blaming Theresa May for being a weak leader and become part of the solution instead of part of the problem!

After creating a nominal shadow cabinet within the Tory caucus, the Brexit faction should be hitting every talk show, every town hall meeting, every photo op and every possible event in order to showcase all that Britain can and should be post-Brexit because if it appears that Brexiteers aren’t enthused about Brexit, why should anyone else be enthused?

Let’s see some easy-to-grasp charts, let’s see some future projections based on best practices, let’s see some side-by-side GDP and per capita income comparisons between staying in the EU vs. leaving the EU. Let’s also see what the £8.6 billion (net) annual savings can do for the UK budget, for NHS funding, for transportation improvements, and so much more!

I strongly suspect that Theresa May is merely reflecting the views of the loudest faction within the Conservative Party (which at this point are the Remainers) and I further suspect that if there isn’t a cogent, united and highly visible faction within the Conservative Party supporting the Brexit viewpoint, Britons are on track for a weak and wobbly EU exit.

My heartfelt advice to all Brexiteers, especially MP’s and MEP’s is to ‘use it or lose it’ because if they don’t, Britons will receive a Brexit in name only.

The ball is in your court, Brexiteers!