The Prime Minister’s 8 pm Statement is delayed

Does this mean they are rewriting it?  Can it  be different from what she and the Brexit Ministers told the Commons this afternoon?

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59 Comments

  1. Iain Gill
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Headless chickens, their claims of competence are blown wide open. We can all see the wizard is no wizard at all.

    • Stephen Priest
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Everything was copied and pasted from her previous statement.

    • Bryan Jones
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      It appears the EU will only grant the extension if the WA is agreed by parliament so if you and your colleagues vote against and defeat this surrender document again next week we should be able to leave on the 29th as promised by the pm 108 times or so

    • Leslie Singleton
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      Dear Ian–Why does she open her mouth?–She was given the decision she says is needed and it was No we don’t want her WA under any circumstances whatsoever

  2. Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    It was reported the statement would be outside nr 10! I thought she was resigning! But the pictures show it’s inside! Please give us your thoughts Sir John, when she makes the statement.

    • Know-Dice
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

      Oh I wish !!!

      The Downing Street cat could do a better job than Mrs May

      • Martin Collyer
        Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

        His name is Larry, respect for Larry please.

        • Know-Dice
          Posted March 21, 2019 at 9:49 am | Permalink

          Thanks Martin,

          In my haste to “dis” Mrs May, I inadvertently also disrespected Larry 🙁

          I hope that he will accept my apology 🙂

  3. ian
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    She meets with all opposition leaders apart from Gel who walk out, they all want a second ref

  4. Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    She said nothing – same… same … she can’t grasp that the majority of the country and t majority of MPs will not accept her ‘deal’!

  5. Timaction
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    Blaming Parliament for not implementing her awful WA. Rule taker with no say and trapped in.

  6. Mark B
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    They are going to repeal Art.50.

  7. agricola
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    After Grieve’s justified and damning enditement this afternoon I am not surprised. I am not a supporter of the way he has conducted himself over Brexit in the recent past, but today’s contribution was on the money. I sense we are at a tipping point.

  8. ian
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    She has got the hump with all MPs who are standing in the of her surrender WA and her bonus.

    • Leslie Singleton
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

      Dear Ian–Why does she open her mouth?–She was given the decision she says is needed and it was No we don’t want her WA under any circumstances whatsoever

      • Leslie Singleton
        Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

        Dear Ian again–And her place in history, which of course she doesn’t come close to deserving, having comprehensively cocked up everything. Who can doubt that Boris would have done better across the board?

  9. oldtimer
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Her statement signally failed to confirm exit on 29 March if her deal was not approved by parliament! Why?

  10. formula57
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    “Strong and stable Government” with T. May!

    This is now beyond being about Conservative Party credibility. We are diminished as a country by permitting that clown to carry on with her ridiculous antics.

  11. NickC
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    JR, She is destroying the Tory party before our eyes. Who can trust the Conservatives now?

    • APL
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      NickC: “Who can trust the Conservatives now?”

      Well, that’s one good thing about this administration. Its torn the scales from many many people’s eyes.

      Goodbye the Tory party. Don’t let the door hit your rotten arse on the way out.

  12. Sir Joe Soap
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    We know she’s an idiot.
    The EU knows she’s an idiot.
    Parliament knows she’s an idiot.

    How can she not go? Now??

    Your party is in its death throes.

  13. agricola
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to say it but it is the same old record. It is her lack of imagination, negotiating ability, and bloody mindedness that has got us where we are. She has uniquely managed to alienate just about everyone in the HoC. The sooner she goes the better

  14. Jack Falstaff
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    She has now delivered her speech, which says absolutely nothing except what we know already, which is that she is still insisting on pushing her useless twice-rejected deal, while it is common knowledge that Mr Tusk basically wants it too.
    They are in cahoots, it’s as clear as day.
    Her underlying message is that the situation is not her fault, which beggars belief.
    Needless to say, she did not wait for potentially embarrassing questions such as “what did you offer the EU that was any different from last time around?” (which the EU specifically asked for) but instead spun on her heel and turned her back on us, which, if you think about it, she has effectively done to 17.4 million leave voters.

    • Nigl
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Indeed. Same old rubbish about delivering on the result, taking back control etc. Basically it’s a threat, back this or never leave.

      Blaming MPs, in total denial etc. She should continue to be resisted.

  15. Mark
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    The following disturbs me:

    As a result, we will now not leave on time with a deal on 29 March.

    How can she know that now?

    Or do they not want to leave at all, causing potentially irreparable damage to public trust – not just in this generation of politicians, but to our entire democratic process?

    That should not even be on the table for discussion.

    • Steve P
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

      Translated means we can leave without a deal on 29 March

    • mancunius
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      It does have a kind of logic. Because the WA could not possibly be even hypothetically OK’d by the HoC before next week, its legislation here and in the 27 + Europarly would take some weeks to pass and ratify.

      Though how it might even be re-tabled in the HoC next week is still a mystery, since Bercow has already rejected it ‘substantially unchanged’, and the EU have refused to change anything at all.

      Btw that bit about ‘do they not want to leave at all’ is pure May – the WA is not leaving, as any fule kno, and the obvious no-deal WTO scenario is one she will not accept, as it would mean her plan to leave us shackled to the boot-scraper on the EU doorstep would be permanently foiled.

  16. Steve
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Nothing new.

  17. James
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Another damp squib of a Statement from our floundering and hapless PM. The same plugging of her absurd and demeaning zombie deal that would do the opposite of what she claims. One would have thought that a defeat of her proposed deal by the largest margin of votes in parliamentary history might have given her a clue. She is intelligent enough to realise that she is completely out of her depth. She should have the decency to resign, take her whole team with her, and hand over to someone who knows what they are doing and actually believes in Brexit.

  18. Oliver
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    This will split Labour wide open – so it’s all “sweet” – presumably the ERG have explained it all to her. Tories split largely as before, DUP still against – all those Labour guys in Leave seats have to decide what they want, while Corbyn has to whip against the deal (just because he’s a class warrior), which alienates all the marginals he needs to win.

    Well done!

    • Woody
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      Corbyn’s feeble attempt at just opposing everything and anything may alienate a few of his marginals, but it will make a number of labour party heartland constituencies continue to be labour instead of becoming marginals.

  19. William
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Answer is no. It’s was completely boring and pointless, as has become typical of Mrs May. Nothing new or interesting said at all.

    • Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

      She is the worst we could wish on our enemies! I want her to stay another week! Choice is her ‘deal’ or No Deal! Love that. Massive majority against her deal, no Deal in legislation.

  20. Beecee
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I have listened to her statement

    She has lost touch with reality and needs to be sectioned

    If that is too harsh? Well that is how it is!

  21. Alan Jutson
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    It is being reported that Mr Tusk has said she can have her extension if our Mp’s vote and approve for her deal, which incidently they have written, which means they still have control over us, and will then be able to tell us what they are prepared to allow us to have, in a so called yet to be imposed lengthy trade arrangement under their rules.

    Oh and you will pay at least £39 Billion with ongoing expenses yet to informed of and demanded.

    So there you Mp’s of Great Britain.

    A foreign power has told you to vote for their deal, then shut up, get back in your box, and do not bother us again, because after you have signed the deal, you will never get any say in any future rules they can legally impose on the UK.

    Who on earth in their right mind could still vote for that, and think they can then sensibly believe they can still run our once great Country.

    For goodness sake show some courage and common-sense, Leave on WTO rules on 29th March and take back real and proper control.

  22. Andrew S
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Now she’s trying to do remainer deals with corbyn, snp, liberals, anybody. She is desperate. Tories will be trashed at elections for a generation. Vote the Brexit Party !

  23. 'None of the above'.
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    I am reserving comment until Saturday 30th March.

  24. Dominic
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    The fact that this duplicitous, EU-insider parasite is still PM is an indication of just how far the EU’s infected our institutions but more tellingly just how gutless the ERG is in acting in an utterly ruthless manner to crush her and this cesspit of a government

    The ERG knows what it needs to do. Time for bullshit and talk is now at end. We are sick of talk

    • Helen Smith
      Posted March 21, 2019 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

      The ERG doesn’t have the numbers

  25. nhsgp
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just fired up the time machine and got back from the 22nd June. May was on the TV. Absolutely clear saying we would be definitely be leaving on the 30th of November.

  26. nhsgp
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry John, but May is causing irreparable damage to the Tories and democracy.
    It’s not just remainer MPs who are going to get sacked by the public, but remainer MPs are going to be routed too.
    The reason is you are all in it together. It’s MPs against the population

  27. nhsgp
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Next, is it clever to attack the people you need to support your deal to hand over our money to the EU?

    She’s not the brightest.

    Now we are force to fund the EU with more billions of our money.

    That’s May playing a political game.

  28. Neil
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    John – what happened at the 1922 meeting, or was it cancelled because of a TM no show?

    Reply The meeting went ahead without her.

  29. Everhopeful
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear me!
    What a performance.

  30. Richard1
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    What was the point of such an address to the nation? There will be a 3 month delay (if the EU agrees) in order that we can have another three months of Parliament voting on and rejecting Mrs May’s terrible deal. She seems to get another 40 or so MPs to agree each time so maybe by MV4 or 5 it will get approved.

    To me it’s clear – either of the other two alternatives she set out, no Deal or no brexit, are preferable to Mrs May’s Brino. If I were an MP I’d have no difficulty at all voting it down.

    As so often Allister Heath has a good take on it:-

    Theresa May is now the Remainers’ greatest asset – they are in no hurry to see her go
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/03/20/may-now-remainers-greatest-asset-no-hurry-see-go/

  31. mancunius
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Surely the next time May talks about ‘her’ deal (she didn’t write or probably even udnerstand a word of it) or ‘her deal delivering on Brexit’ (it does the opposite), she should be prosecuted under the Trades Descriptions Act.

    She made me chuckle when she said she didn’t want a long extension so as to avoid giving us and the EU the bother of having European Parliament elections. Ukip got the largest number of seats last time. This time round May knows (her pollsters have told her) the Tories would be pretty well annihilated by a nationwide PR vote for Ukip and the Brexit Party. Nobody would even bother to read the pro-brexit candidates’ names. Just the name of the pro-brexit party, cross, fold, drop into slot, bish-bash-bosh. For aught I care, they could be arsonists or Hatton Garden jewel raiders. Main thing – can they make trouble in Brussels? If so, bring it on.

    Btw, the cost of the 2014 MEP elections was £57,758,729 (publ. Cabinet Office, 1 Dec. 2016). The national turnout was a mere 35.6%. Which in itself is an argument for Brexit. All these sleepy-head remainers claim they’re passionately interested in the EU, and they’d vote for this and t’other and which, but when it comes to it they can’t drag their Versace-jeaned posteriors through the polling station doors.

    Maybe some remainer will post claiming they did vote in droves – for Ukip 😉

  32. Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Man proposes – God disposes – I watch … and pray:
    1 Timothy 2:1 1 I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made for all men; for kings and all that are in dignity, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all piety and gravity; for this is good and acceptable before our Saviour God, who desires that all men should be saved and come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.

  33. Steve P
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    PM said “As a result, we will now not leave on time with a deal on 29 March.” which translates to me as we leave without a deal on 29 March, it is over for the remainers if:

    1. EU do not agree at tomorrows meeting for any extension
    2. EU offer the extension but on condition of approving May’s deal
    3. If Bercow is consistent with his word then May’s deal cannot come back to the table

    May was trying to be clever with her words and say exit day would be moved to June 30th regardless – but that is only if her deal is approved to trigger the extension. If not approved it’s party time on the 29th.

  34. Excalibur
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Beware, Sir John. This purveyor of perfidy will be concocting artifice and mischief to achieve her ends.

    We are now within touching distance of the desired outcome of leaving under WTO rules on 29th March. One last push and we can be over the line. Do not allow the ERG to waver at the final hurdle.

    • Lifelogic
      Posted March 21, 2019 at 6:48 am | Permalink

      Indeed.

  35. Treacle
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    She is going to go on forever putting her useless deal before Parliament unchanged, even though the Speaker has told her she cannot do this. She has no other policy.

  36. ChrisS
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    What a waste of time !

    She said nothing new and, in fact, the only development of any consequence on this side of the channel today was her suggestion in the House that she would resign rather than ask for a longer extension.

    Then across the water we had Tusk saying that we can only have an extension if she gets and wins another vote on the deal. No Pressure there, then.

  37. Captain Peacock
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Why are people kidding themselves we were never going to be allowed to leave the corrupt EU. Its all one big con job on the Brexit voters who I hope will remember at the next election with the Tories come calling for their vote,

  38. formula57
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 1:15 am | Permalink

    We can work out what likely happened: –

    -Party leaders called to a meeting to acquiesce to some nonsense plan allowing May to stick to her failed approach despite her Party’s misgivings, all in anticipation of T. May triumphantly speaking to us at 20.00 hrs..

    – The invitations include non-party leader Chukka (presumably invited as the Tiggers’ c.11 votes were thought essential) and so Jezza (predictably) walks out at once leaving May high and dry, talking to the irrelevant who cannot endorse even were they minded to.

    – Advisors tell her she must proceed to speak to the Nation as announced so she delays (!) to prepare something to say but can only regurgitate tired and discredited waffle.

    Have we ever been worse led than this?

  39. Itchy Hiker
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    For a PM who says she will not be standing at the next general Election she astonishingly speaks over the heads of Parliament via the media to the voters.

    Maybe she is for a second referendum. She will lose it. But she will be there saying the whole world and his dog are thinking with their hearts and she has the only brain.If only it were plugged in!She has been saying on battery power for three years the answer is 42.
    It’s not. It’s 40 something but not 2

  40. Prigger
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    Seriously, I cannot recall any PM behaving like this. I vividly remember Macmillan, Wilson,
    Douglas-Home ( oddest thing about him was how one pronounces “home”),Heath, Callaghan, Thatcher, Major,Blair, Brown, Cameron.
    At the time behaviorally and personally Macmillan and Wilson seemed normal. Then, everything changed and all the words one might use in describing abnormality were gradually banned. One is lost for words in describing Mrs May.

  41. Mick
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    As a result, we will now not leave on time with a deal on the 29 March.
    “This delay is a matter of great personal regret for me and for this I am absolutely sure, you the public, have had enough.
    We can only hope the 27 countries or just one says NO to her extension, but really it doesn’t make much difference because hopefully it won’t get through Parliament next week and we can leave at 11pm the 29th March with no deal, we are British and I’m pretty sure we will make or own way in the big wide world

  42. a-tracy
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    If the polls asked people if May’s WA is agreeable to them I believe (if they were done fairly and truly) it would be a massive no. If Labour back that it becomes their Brexit shambles too so I don’t believe Corbyn is as malleable to fall for that.

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