By Sam Johnson | World Corruption Monitor
What seems to be a well-choreographed drama is now unfolding in the UK with Theresa May and the Tories already starting to undermine a full and unconditional Brexit. Until October, May’s mantra was Brexit means Brexit’ and that Parliament should have no say in the Brexit process. Then her first massive step down occurred when according to the Huffington Post, May said ‘she would (all of a sudden) allow Tory MPs to back a Labour call for Parliament to be able to “properly scrutinise” her Brexit strategy before the formal exit process begins in an apparent attempt to see off a backbench rebellion.’ Backbencher rebellion - my eye. This was part of ‘the plan’ all along.
Now all of sudden we see Mondays headlines ‘Tory MPs may back Labour call for disclosure of Brexit plan’. And we have it in today’s news that labour has indeed tabled a motion which “calls on the prime minister to commit to publishing the government’s plan for leaving the EU before article 50 is invoked”. So just when have the Tories backed Labour on any motion they have put forward? This is the beginning of the end for Brexit. It’s no small secret that the majority of both Tory and Labour MP’s would give their right arm to stay in the EU. And Therese May who was supposed to be championing the people has now given parliament the back door hammer they’ve been looking for. I can’t help wondering if there’s been a hidden agenda all along and the tip of the ice berg is now rearing its ugly little head. But most would say the PM has clearly been in favour of carrying out Brexit – to honour the Peoples vote of course. Maybe so, but what about the leaked video speech that surfaced a month before the Brexit vote in which the Guardian reported,
‘Theresa May privately warned that companies would leave the UK if the country voted for Brexit during a secret audience with investment bankers a month before the EU referendum. A recording of her remarks to Goldman Sachs, leaked to the Guardian, reveals she had numerous concerns about Britain leaving the EU. It contrasts with her nuanced public speeches, which dismayed remain campaigners before the vote in June.’
Furthermore, according to the Guardian, ‘May’s refusal to take part in the remain campaign led Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s former chief of communications, to wonder if she was secretly an “enemy agent” for the other side. However, others have suggested she believed in the arguments for staying in but was keeping her powder dry in case of a pro-Brexit vote.’ And keep her powder dry she did.
Therese May’s cunning approach and smooth manoeuvring to become PM in the wake of the Brexit referendum reminds me of another high flyin ruthless female Politian who ironically also delivered a secret speech to Goldman Sachs on Wall Street during her position for a presidential campaign. According the Guardian,
‘In the US, the Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, made three private speeches to Goldman Sachs staff in 2013, the contents of which she originally refused to divulge during a bitter primary contest with left wing rival Bernie Sanders. She was paid $675,000 (£554,000), and transcripts eventually released by WikiLeaks show her (also) taking a much softer line on Wall Street than she had publicly proclaimed.’
This doesn’t all go well for Brexit is Brexit. It certainly seems there’s been double dealing going on all along and It’ll be interesting to observe which part of May’s covert plan surfaces next in the sell-out of the British people.