Monday, 23 October 2017

Corbyn premiership spreads caution among Tories

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LONDON: Senior members of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to reunite her divided government before Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn takes over her position.

May’s cabinet has been riddled with division over the country’s overall strategy to handle Brexit, more than a year after the country’s controversial vote to leave the European Union (EU).

The differences of opinion peaked last week, when Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson laid out his own Brexit outlook in an article published by the Telegraph on Saturday, which drew criticism from other Tories for promoting key Brexit demands of the opposition. Tory grandee William Hague, who once led the party, warned in his own article on the same platform that “putting it a bit quietly,” Johnson’s words showed how May’s ministers “lack co-ordination.”

“More bluntly, it is now 15 months since the referendum, and high time that all members of the Government were able to express themselves on this subject in the same way as each other, putting forward the same points, as part of an agreed plan,” the Conservative bigwig and former foreign secretary wrote Monday.

Boris Johnson breaks ranks with Theresa May and says the UK should send £350mn freed after Brexit to NHS.
Hague warned that May’s upcoming Brexit speech on Friday was her only chance to unite her cabinet and get the government back on track.

“If not, there will be no point Conservatives discussing who is going to be the Foreign Secretary, Chancellor or Prime Minister in the coming years, because Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister, sitting in Number 10 with John McDonnell and Diane Abbott, completely ruining this country,” Hague wrote.

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