14 days to save Britain from Brexit
PUBLISHED: 14:55 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:55 26 November 2018
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The next two weeks will come to define Britain’s future.
Theresa May is battling to win support for her Brexit deal ahead of the crunch Parliamentary vote.
The prime minister’s hard sell to the public has already begun, in the hope they can exert pressure on MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration of future EU-UK relations that was approved by EU27 leaders.
And now is the time for people opposed not only to May’s deal but to Brexit overall to redouble their efforts to push for a People’s Vote.
With a Commons vote on the deal widely expected in the week beginning December 10 here is a look ahead at two pivotal weeks for Britain.
• Brexit Roadshow
May will take her Brexit deal set on the road over the next fortnight.
Expect visits to each of the four nations of the UK as she attempts to show how it is the best available for all of them.
• Air war
Tied in with the roadshow will be a media blitz by the prime minister and her most trusted cabinet ministers.
Earlier this month a publicity “grid” made news when it set out how each day of a blitz would focus on a different area of concern to voters, although Downing Street said it was not a government plan.
• Strong and stable?
May will be hoping for a different result from the last time she travelled the country with a supposedly simple message to hammer home.
Her “strong and stable” tour ahead of the 2017 general election was followed by the Conservatives losing their overall majority.
• Question Time 1
May will be back in the Commons on Wednesday for the noisy weekly ritual of prime minister’s questions.
Some of the strongest attacks on her are as likely to come from her own backbenches at the moment as from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour.
• Question Time 2
The following day the prime minister will face another grilling at the Liaison Committee, which is comprised of select committee chairmen and women.
They include many members of the Brexit awkward squad, including Tories like chairwoman Sarah Wollaston, ex-minister Nicky Morgan and Sir Bernard Jenkin, plus Labour Remainer big beasts like Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn.
• May v Corbyn
Reports have suggested that Downing Street is up for a televised head-to-head between May and the Labour leader before the vote, with the latter’s spokesman saying he would “relish” such a prime time sparring session.
• Et tu, Boris?
Some have suggested that if May is going to do a televised debate with Corbyn she should also debate other opponents of her deal.
bonkers Brexiteer Boris Johnson and staunch Remainer Nicola Sturgeon are among those suggested.
• South America
With impeccable timing, a G20 summit is taking place in Argentina on Friday and Saturday.
With the meeting in Buenos Aires due to discuss trade and climate change, the antics of US president Donald Trump may provide a distraction – or an added blow.