Corbyn Vs may Round Sixteen
Brexit dominated again this week and as usual, so did the same tired responses from the Prime Minister.
Theresa May began by marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday and said: “It is a reminder we must all challenge prejudice and hatred.”
Stephen Kerr (Conservative) then stood and stated that the United Kingdom was the most successful political union the world has ever known. Once the weekly Conservative primping hyperbole was out of the way Jeremy Corbyn stood at the despatch box to ask questions he must know by now will never be answered.
Jeremy Corbyn began by mentioning Holocaust Memorial Day and condemned antisemitism and racism and that we should do everything we can to avoid horrors like this happening ever again.
He went on to state that the Chancellor and the Business Secretary advise that there is a large majority in the Commons against no-deal and went on to ask the PM “so will she take no-deal off the table?”
May responded by saying “the way to avoid no deal is to pass a deal”…
She then went on to say that she has offered to talk to Jeremy Corbyn and went on to smear the leader of the opposition saying: “He has been willing to sit down with Hama, Hezbollah and the IRA without pre-conditions but he won’t sit down with me. In this case, he is neither present nor involved.”
Corbyn hit back reminding May of the offer to meet her last September. He then went on to say “Whilst her door may be open, her mind is closed.” He then went on to ask “Will she confirm that, if the anti-no-deal amendments are passed, they will rule out no deal?”
In a nutshell, Theresa May replied that the amendments do not solve the issue, because they just delay Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn returned to the dispatch box and said a no-deal Brexit would cost jobs and worsen standards of living. He then went on to ask “Is her government ruling out a customs union with the EU?”
May stood at the dispatch box and mocked Jeremy Corbyn for not being precise enough stating the question is… “What does Labour mean by staying in the customs union?” She then proceeded to recite a number of options for a customs Union and said she would like to talk to Corbyn about it but if he won’t talk about it perhaps he hasn’t got a clue.
Perhaps Theresa May forgot it was PMQs and she isn’t meant to be asking questions but answering them?
Corbyn responded that it was a simple question and went on stating: “The TUC backs his policy and the CBI, and the first ministers of Wales and Scotland. Can May explain why she is ruling it out? She could, for once, answer the question.”
May belittled the leader of the opposition by saying she will try to help Corbyn out… She said businesses want to be able to export to the EU without facing tariffs or rules-of-origin checks. Her deal allows that, but also allows the UK to strike its own trade deals.
Once again Corbyn came out on top because he asked reasonable questions but received no reasonable responses. Theresa May spent her time evading the questions, mocking the leader of the opposition, even to the point of questioning his ability to understand what he was talking about. Jeremy asked some crucial questions regarding amendments which are designed to rule out a no-deal Brexit if they are passed and May avoided giving any clear answer, only stating that extending article 50 does not rule out no-deal as it just postpones the decision period. The PM spent much of her answers flogging Jeremy Corbyn for his decision to impose preconditions on no-deal before he will meet with her to discuss her deal.
The Commons seemed more peaceful this week with much less hollering and abuse directed at Jeremy Corbyn, it looks like the Tories decreased numbers in the house due to a ‘billionaires jamboree’ as Jeremy called it has had one positive impact in the house.