Five ministers have resigned this morning already. By the time you read this, the number could have gone up, judging by the faces on some government ministers here in the Chamber. This shambolic Tory government and its inept Brexit negotiations are now falling apart. This morning I challenged Trade Minster Graham Stuart to confirm he will still be in his job beyond lunchtime.
Unfortunately, he dismissed my question as “playing politics.” This is rich, coming from a party which created this whole Brexit mess to resolve an internal Tory argument over EU membership. Over the last two years, the Conservatives have repeatedly put their own careers and their party over the needs of the country. Today is no different.
I spent last night reading the 585-page agreement. It completely fails to live up to the promises made by government at the start of this process, and I will be voting against it if it comes to a vote. However, since the cabinet seems unable to accept it, it already looks like it is dead. I will keep you updated on the next steps, as I work with Labour colleagues to find a way out of this looming disaster.
THANGAM: The minister says he will be supporting all measures to help the supply chain, including small business in my constituency of Bristol West. But I have to say, can the minister really guarantee that he and his Secretary of State will still be in post by lunchtime to defend those industries?
MINISTER: It’s unfortunate, as shown by the previous vote, that the party opposite always puts politics ahead of the interests of ordinary people working in the automotive industry across this country. We are seeing more and more investments in this country. And we saw announcement of a major investment by McLaren in Sheffield, only yesterday. Let’s not play politics, let’s get the deal over the line that protects our growing and strong automotive industry.