BRITAIN stands humiliated on the world stage, its Prime Minister distrusted by her own MPs and begging for help from a Marxist leader of an anti-Semitic party who is pledged to destroy her.
Three long years after the UK voted Out, demoralised Tories fear election defeat and the extinction of their party.
Yet despite clarion calls for her to go, Theresa May clings to office. She promises to quit Downing Street, but only when she is ready.
Her aim is to make it to the Tory Party conference in October — just as her 12 months’ grace expires after the last failed leadership challenge — and wave goodbye to a grateful party on her own terms.
Increasingly angry critics want this over and done with. Which explains why so many are “buying Boris”.
Until recently, BoJo’s dream of another bid for the top job looked fanciful.
Remainers — including Mrs May herself — were determined to stop him. Today, Tories of all shades are thinking the unthinkable.
Boris is a proven winner who twice scored surprise victories as Mayor of Labour-leaning London.
Grey-suited MPs who wanted “Anyone But Boris” suddenly identify him as the only one who might keep them off the dole.
Yes, the gaffe-prone ex-Foreign Secretary comes with baggage — a chaotic private life and a history of ragged judgement. But for Tory voters, he remains head and shoulders above all other runners and riders.
ONLY POLITICIAN WHO CAN SEE OFF FARAGE
They want a Leaver as leader. BoJo is the man who delivered Brexit. More than half the adult population supported Out in 2016. Those votes are up for grabs.
Even in his fifties, he has the breezy optimism that might appeal to young voters who are deserting the Tories in their droves.
BoJo is already a household name. His rivals are virtually unknown.Nigel Farage and his new Brexit Party. Remainers may have won the battle in the Commons but they know they are certainly doomed without this Great Communicator’s charismatic appeal.
Which might explain why arch-Remainer Amber Rudd, with a wafer-thin majority of 346, is talking up a “BAmber” ticket for the man she once warned: “You can’t trust him to take you home.”
Boris will think twice before linking up with Ms Rudd, who will not be forgiven for busting Cabinet unity to sabotage Brexit.
But his leadership quest is back with a bang after last week’s crisis Cabinet meeting — and this time Leave-supporting ministers are in the dock as much as Remainers.
CORBYN AT TOP TABLE IS ULTIMATE BETRAYAL
If Brexit was a mess before their seven-hour marathon, it was in total chaos afterwards.
Having argued for No Deal, 14 of them turned turtle and agreed to talks with Jeremy Corbyn.
In turn we would spend years in protracted talks with Brussels, kissing goodbye to £39billion as a down payment while losing any say in EU decision-making.
We might even end up with a second referendum.
It is surely worth asking how on earth is abject capitulation better than a No Deal Brexit?
Why would the world’s fifth largest economy surrender to Brussels rather than risk temporary disruption on World Trade Organisation rules successfully adopted by other nations?
“Britain is a very attractive proposition for foreign investors,” says a senior Tory.
“A wall of money is waiting to flood into Britain the moment we sort this out.”
More than half the Cabinet argued on these grounds in favour of No Deal.
Yet after passionate interventions from Michael Gove and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, they agreed to invite Jezza along for talks — the man who wants to destroy capitalism and counts Hamas as “friends”.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY SAYS
If Britain stays in a customs union, it’ll be a betrayal to Brexit
PM must deliver the Brexit we voted for or Corbyn sweeps into No10 for good
Don’t give up Danny Rose… you can help KO racists and inspire black players
Treacherous Theresa May has surrendered our freedom… and her honour
There is no perfect exit — Brexit 1.0 can be evolved, adapted and improved
THE SUN SAYS
Weak PM must pack her bags and GO — time for a new Cabinet to tackle Brexit
For many Tory MPs, Corbyn’s place at the top table is the ultimate betrayal.
They want Theresa May out — fast — and Boris in.
A courageous Cabinet might yet bite the bullet. Just don’t hold your breath.
WE know Theresa May is a Remainer masquerading as a Brexit Prime Minister, while Jeremy Corbyn is pretending to be pro-European.
She insists Britain must honour its referendum vote to leave the EU. Corbyn is a lifelong Eurosceptic who believes the Grand Project is a big business conspiracy against the workers.
For Mrs May, any deal that gets us over the line is a victory. Jezza, who probably voted Out, will secretly agree.
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