There is a devastating opinion piece in the FT from Robert Shrimsley:
Theresa May is:
Narrow, rigid, unimaginative, sly, secretive and wholly lacking in the political skills necessary to win over voters or build alliances, rarely can a leader have looked less suited to the task before them. This is the consensus view of the British prime minister….
If her deal falls, she will have failed utterly, but even if it passes, little is resolved. For although Mrs May’s package is often called a deal it is little more than a standstill agreement. She has bought 21 months of armistice in return for an indefinite continuation of the conflict. Little of the UK’s future relationship with the EU is settled. There is no trade deal, no plan for services, no final destination. Mrs May will soon be gone; these battles are still to be fought. Under Mrs May, parliament and government have torn themselves to pieces for the right to do so all over again. In her early months as PM, Mrs May was widely mocked for saying “Brexit means Brexit”. Nearly three years on, she has still not managed to elucidate. That is the full scope of her failure.
I confess that I entirely agree. And I brook no quarter – this is a British Prime Minister who has unremittingly put party before country.
After months of detailed analysis by her own government of the harm and cost to the UK in lives, chaos and money of No Deal, her response is to shrug her shoulders and say “but I’d do it anyway.”
This isn’t a threat to her opponents, or standing up to the EU. It is threatening her own population with something that will hurt them enormously, but which they have no control over avoiding.
It is indicative of the disastrous state (and ownership) of the British press that, alone, the Japanese owned FT has spoken the truth.
A ‘sneak preview’ of Britain’s card hand is no more than the truth…