After two and a half years of Theresa May making speeches and promises all over the place, we still don’t know what she told Nissan and we are no closer to getting Brexit out of the papers and into the history books.

From the moment Mrs May moved into Number 10 her premiership has been characterised by a complete lack of communication with anyone, and that goes doubly for the business community, who were once welcome and frequent guests in Downing Street.

So, it is no wonder that a PM who has spent 30 months stitching together a Brexit deal with the EU has managed to take nobody with her this side of the English Channel, since that’s pretty much who she has been speaking to.


She may have won a rather pointless vote of confidence from her own MPs, many still receiving counseling after the last election (aided by the useful idiots of the DUP), but Theresa May is the blockage in the political system. And since efforts to clear her out have failed, plumbers’ logic has it that it’s time to install a May-bypass.

I have for some time been saying that the politician best placed and qualified to take up the reins as Prime Minister is Philip Hammond, and if he can’t remove the squatter next door, then the Chancellor is the ideal bypass mechanism.

It would appear Mr Hammond agrees, and judging by his reported conversations with business leaders yesterday, he knows what needs to be done, and is not afraid to speak his mind. While Theresa May was pretending to ‘act in the common good’ by holding pointless meetings with SNP and Plaid Cymru leaders, Spreadsheet Phil was on the phone to business leaders.

On the call the Chancellor said that the “threat” of a No-Deal Brexit could be taken “off the table” within days and potentially lead to Article 50 “rescinded”, a leaked recording of a conference call reveals.

This is the type of thing that we need from our leaders, and represents two very large strides away from the cliff edge, and towards the final say ‘People’s Vote’ that is becoming increasingly obvious must be held as part of the process to defuse our Brexit woes.🔷

ps. I think it is worth pointing out that less than 24 hours after Theresa May’s Government’s Brexit Deal was defeated by the largest margin in parliamentary history, Mr Hammond was able to get 330 business leaders on the phone, including the heads of Siemens, Amazon, Scottish Power, Tesco and BP.

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(This piece was originally published on the Pimlico Plumbers blog. | The author writes in a personal capacity.)

(Cover: Screenshot of Theresa May in the House of Commons, ParliamentTV.)