Rank Hypocrisy Of Ex-Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May should be renamed Mrs Great Sulk. Because Theresa May has become something of a rebel after a little over a year on the backbenches, as anyone who regularly watches https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons has seen.

Mrs May after years of being on the Front Bench of Britsh politics and being PM does not like being just an ordinary MP. You can see her sulking with a look of thunder on her face when the new PM gets up to speak

Her sole aim in life is now to thwart everything that the new PM is doing. Always a Remainer at heart she gave a rousing speech cheered by the opposition last week over the Internal Market Bill, the former Prime Minister was among those that then abstained in the Internal Market Bill vote

However, she didn’t always take such a haughty position when it came to acknowledging international law could be broken. Oh no dear readers in fact her own Chequers White Paper

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/786626/The_Future_Relationship_between_the_United_Kingdom_and_the_European_Union_120319.pdf

pages 91/95. Back in 2018 May desperately tried to explain how parliament would still retain its sovereignty despite her dire proposals — she actively talks in her White Paper about the fact that the UK Parliament always retains the right to legislate or not legislate contrary to the UK’s international obligations

As Chapter 4, Paragraph 54 D says, if the Joint Committee had agreed to adopt a rule change…

The UK Parliament would then scrutinise any legislation to bring the proposals into UK law. As would be its right, the UK Parliament could ultimately decide not to pass the legislation, but it would be in the knowledge that there would be consequences from breaking the UK’s international obligations, as there would be for any international treaty, potentially for market access, border frictions or security cooperation.”

And Chapter 4, Paragraph 31 makes it clearer still…

“The UK Parliament would scrutinise this legislation in accordance with normal legislative procedure, respecting the principle that a sovereign Parliament has complete control over domestic law. This means that the UK Parliament could decide not to give effect to the change in domestic law, but this would be in the knowledge that it would breach the UK’s international obligations”

In other words, Theresa May’s own White Paper recognised that Parliament always had this power, and tried to justify her proposal by suggesting that parliament could always ‘break the glass’. Even she recognised that there would ultimately be this safety net…

She has a very short memory but then so have any ardent Remainers who work hard at keeping the UK under the control of the EU

What is life without a little controversy in it? Quite boring and sterile would be my answer.