Five cabinet ministers have resigned, scores of Tory MPs have signalled intent to rebel, and parliament has made clear it will not back the UK governments Brexit withdrawal plan.
Late last night the cabinet broke off from a five hour meeting with the PM, intended to be a session which would solidify the governments position ahead of a crucial month both domestically and with the EU.
Mrs May then addressed the nation, stressing that her deal was in the best interests of the UK.
I firmly believe with my head and my heart that this is a decision which is in the best interests of our entire United Kingdom. pic.twitter.com/dsOaFAcDgj
— Theresa May (@theresa_may) November 14, 2018
Within 12 hours five ministers had resigned, parliament made clear it would not vote on the deal, and all speculation turned to what kind of Brexit the UK would now have to adopt.
“I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country”#Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab’s resignation letter to the PM
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 15, 2018
Other ministers are poised to resign
This morning has already seen the departure of Shailesh Vara, who quit as a minister in the Northern Ireland Office, claiming that the Brexit deal did not respect the result of the referendum. Suella Braverman, a junior minister in the Brexit department, resigned moments before Mrs May arrived at the dispatch box in the Commons to address MPs.
Writing to Mrs May, Mr Raab said: “I regret to say that, following the cabinet meeting yesterday on the Brexit deal. I must resign. I understand why you have chosen to pursue the deal with the EU on the terms proposed, and I respect the different views held in good faith by all of our colleagues.”
Theresa May ‘strong and stable’ government resignations:
— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) November 15, 2018
The end of Chequers
With a matter of weeks left, it’s now clear Chequers is dead – leaving little option for anything other than the UK bowing out of the EU under WTO trade agreement. What happens to the government, or indeed members of it, is still unknown.