A Tory MP has lifted the lid on the chaos unleashed in his party by Theresa May’s weakness.
Former minister Ed Vaizey confirmed suspicions that the PM’s failure to stand-up to hard Brexiteers in her party has left her without authority and created a power vacuum.
Following the leaked letter from 60 Tory MPs demanding a hard Brexit, May has again gathered Cabinet ministers at Chequers today to try and find a unified position.
But Vaizey told Channel 5’s Wright Stuff: “Discipline has completely broken down in the parliamentary party. Nobody tells anyone off because there’s no power anywhere.”
“Discipline has completely broken down in the parliamentary party.”
— The Wright Stuff (@5WrightStuff) February 22, 2018
The admission comes after Vaizey was asked whether he was disciplined for comments he made about Brexit on the same programme yesterday.
He made a mocking impression of ministers who claim Brexit will boost Britain’s trade, calling the Government’s position “complete nonsense”:
“This whole thing about how Brexit is good for trade is obviously complete nonsense,” says Tory MP Ed Vaizey.
— The Wright Stuff (@5WrightStuff) February 21, 2018
The insight into anarchy raging behind the scenes in the Tory party is not only embarrassing for May, but her new chief whip Julian Smith.
Clearly his predecessor’s pet tarantula really was the only thing standing between the Tories and all out civil war…