It's all those pesky MP's fault ... Geezus! Is there an adult in the House? Help!Theresa May is facing a furious backlash from her own backbenchers and calls for her resignation after she blamed squabbling MPs for delaying Brexit.
In a defiant statement on Wednesday night she told the British public: “I am on your side,” and now hopes to force her deal through parliament next week at the third time of asking.
Less than an hour earlier, she had been warned in a private meeting with Tory MPs that her bid to delay leaving could end up losing her even more votes from her own party. “She is going into an ever narrower cul-de-sac,” said one former minister.
Speaking in Downing Street in a televised address, May said the three-month Brexit delay she had earlier in the day formally requested from EU27 leaders was “a matter of great personal regret for me” – and she would not countenance a longer extension of article 50.
With just nine days to go before Britain is due to leave the EU, she laid the blame for the crisis squarely at the door of parliament.