And so begins the great race to find the next leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party. So far, so vacuous, with various levels of boswelox floating around as people announce their intentions to run for the post.
Several (well, the ones I’ve looked at anyway) have gone down the ‘we must leave without a deal’ route. My issue with this is there is no real explanation as to how they are going to talk round a government that is terrified of a future outside of the EU, has no belief in itself or the people of this country to pull it off, and has every intention of pulling some kind of Letwin/Cooper-esque move to get No Deal ‘taken off the table’ at the last moment (if not sooner) or just pull a vote of no confidence and go for an election.
Many have said that changing the Prime Minister won’t change anything, but I suspect removing Messrs Robbins and Barwell from the driving seats in number 10 will be a good start. A shuffle of the cabinet to more leave-minded person heading up the Treasury would also go some way to at least proving to the EU we’re vaguely serious about leaving on WTO terms. How anyone ever expected the EU to play ball with the old regime in charge, I have no idea. Perhaps now we can do some proper negotiations.
The EU do seem genuinely scared of Boris in charge, although so do half the population of the UK. I suspect (at least for the EU) it’s for similar reasons outlined above. They knew they were on to a good thing with Theresa May at the helm, with the setup she had around her.
So let’s see what the next few weeks of moving and shaking and general nonsense brings…
First up tonight, though, the EU referendum results!