Will the end of May come in July? Boris' Brexit bombshell threatens to sink Theresa

Will the end of May come in July? Boris' Brexit bombshell threatens to sink Theresa

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Will the end of May come in July? Boris' Brexit bombshell threatens to sink Theresa

Boris Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary, coming hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis stepped down, has plunged Britain into a full-scale political crisis on the week Trump is due to visit. Can PM Theresa May survive?

According to the old saying (usually attributed to Lenin, but without citation), "There are decades when weeks happen and there are weeks when decades happen."

This looks like one of those weeks. And it's still only Tuesday.

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For a start, and let's get our priorities right, England is appearing in its first World Cup semi-final for 28 years on Wednesday. If the Three Lions beat Croatia, which they are the favorites to do, then next Sunday England will line up in their first World Cup final since 1966, possibly – and you've got to love the irony given the Brexit squabbles – against Belgium.

However, due to the very silly politically-motivated boycott of Russia by the UK government (remember, no evidence has yet been produced that the Russian government was behind the Salisbury poisonings), no top officials or dignitaries will be in Moscow to see it.

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If the prospect of England winning the World Cup in Russia wasn't a big enough story, we've also got the first state visit of US President Donald Trump to Britain coming up, too.

Then there's the latest development in the Amesbury poisoning case, which saw the death of Dawn Sturgess announced on Sunday night. That tragic news saw the usual suspects' line up to blame Russia, with one MP, Sarah Wollaston, even calling for the remaining World Cup games to be played somewhere else.

Evidence-free Russia-bashing looked like it would take center-stage yet again, but now Boris has intervened.

2018, which is already proving to be quite extraordinary, could be the first year when the end of May comes in July. The beleaguered UK prime minister has been a wounded animal ever since she needlessly squandered her party's parliamentary majority by calling an early election last year.

That dreadful error, and her poor performance in the election campaign, for 'Strong and Stable' read 'Weak and Wobbly', should have led to her stepping down the day after the election. She has survived because Establishment fears of a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government were greater than Tory anger with May for leading a lousy campaign.

But the fudges and compromises she has had to make to cling on to power couldn't last forever. May, a supporter of Remain in the 2016 EU Referendum, was entrusted with the task of implementing Britain's withdrawal from the EU. Up to now, she's just about managed to keep everyone on board. However, her so-called Chequers plan last week was, for those Tories who would like to see a clean break with the EU, one step too far.

Boris Johnson, biographer of Churchill, says that the Brexit dream is dying. He clearly believes he is the man who can rescue it. It's 1940 again, in Boris's eyes, and in our 'Darkest Hour', the former foreign secretary and Latin scholar can defy the EU-appeasers – the modern-day equivalents of Chamberlain and Halifax – and lead his country to a glorious Brexitus.

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