The meltdown continues. I expect to spend a few hours this week watching live stream coverage from the UK House of Commons.
Prime minister, Theresa May, just acknowledged that her controversial television address last week was a tantrum, an act of frustration. May went directly to the British people and lay the blame for her bungling on MPs, that seemed to fuel a lot of death threats and, in one case, an assault. May continues to refuse to apologize to the House for her broadcast while saying she regrets the blowback.
It's thought that May's stunt will undermine her chances of a "third time lucky" meaningful vote on the UK-EU withdrawal agreement.
An opposition backbencher called the Brexit squabbles a "psychodrama inside the Conservative government." There's some truth to that.
Oh dear, parliament is scheduled to recess at the end of next week.
The Guardian's Nick Cohen writes that Westminster's Brexit chaos has at least united the public - under a sense of national humiliation.
May says her government will entertain a series of non-binding 'indicative votes' to gauge the will of parliament, perhaps to explore alternatives or tweaks to her withdrawal agreement but that doesn't seem to be going over well.
Earlier, May admitted she does not have the votes to put her "deal" to a third vote. May desperately needs the backing of the DUP MPs from Northern Ireland, the party that is propping up the minority Conservatives. That got May a "hard no" from Democratic Union party leader, Arlene Foster.
It's pretty clear that a political autopsy is underway in the House with the opposition parties positioning themselves to stick the blame where it largely belongs - on Theresa May and the Tories.
The House of Commons has narrowly passed an amendment giving Parliament control of the Brexit process, another loss for Theresa May. Earlier May's business and industry minister, Richard Harrison, resigned, saying the government was playing roulette with the future of Britain.
“At this critical moment in our country’s history, I regret that the government’s approach to Brexit is playing roulette with the lives and livelihoods of the vast majority of people in this country who are employed by or otherwise depend on business for their livelihood."