Brexit has voted May

24 May 2019

Brexit has voted, but he'd not sure what for. Lots of boxes, tick only one … the last time hasn't worked out so well.

We think we are important. Once out of Europe (in case that happens) we can negotiate with Trump's team for favourable terms. If that doesn't sound too likely, a top Chinese diplomat has warned that there could be "substantial" repercussions for her country's investment in the UK, if Huawei were to be banned from Britain's 5G network. The UK is still reviewing its 5G telecoms policy and may allow Huawei to supply "non-core" 5G components. Chen Wen, who is the Chinese chargé d'affaires in London, said the UK economy would be damaged by the message any ban on Huawei sent out to international and Chinese companies. What Trump will do if we don't toe his line may bear some thought.

Ever intent on avoiding the problem, Parliament has decided in true FA style to sack the manager because the members are underperforming. Theresa May is expected to announce her resignation as leader of the Conservative Party as senior Cabinet ministers told her they could not support her Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB). Both Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt told the PM her Bill should not be put to the Commons. Mrs May is due to hold a meeting with Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, at which it will be made clear that if she does not resign she will be removed within days. The most likely time for her formal departure is said to be the 10th June, after Donald Trump's state visit and before an unprecedented vote of no confidence by leading Tory activists on June 15th. The Government was due to publish the WAB on Friday but this was delayed as criticism mounted. As usual, it is all criticism (not entirely unjustified) and no alternative. As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches we have to be grateful that the team we had to get us into Europe then was a lot better than the team we have to get us out now… GRRRRR!