The Wednesday Thread - May's last PMQs & resignation, Boris to officially become PM Watch

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We'll, we're finally at Wednesday 24th July, where it's all change for the UK. Following the announcement yesterday that Boris Johnson had won the Conservative leadership election, this is the plan for today:

At 12:00 BST Theresa May takes part in her last Prime Minister's Questions

After lunch she will make a short farewell speech outside No 10 before travelling to see the Queen to tender her resignation

Boris Johnson will then arrive for an audience at Buckingham Palace where he will be invited to form a government

After that he will make a speech in Downing Street before entering the building for the first time as prime minister

Later, he will begin announcing his most senior cabinet appointments, such as chancellor, home secretary and foreign secretary, and will make and take calls from other world leaders

A more in depth look at Day One is given here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48872370

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49092327

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-49073992 (Live updates)

Use this thread to discuss anything and everything that happens today as the role of Prime Minister officially transitions from Theresa May to Boris Johnson. Your thoughts on May's legacy, your predictions for Boris and how he will fare as PM, and of course, predictions on who is going to get those all important cabinet positions.
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May has left Number 10 for the last time as PM, on the way to her final PMQ session.
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Larry for chancellor!
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If may hasn't officially handed her resignation oin. Could, technically, she just carry on as pm till a VoNC?
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Final PMQs for May has begun, after which she’ll leave to meet the Queen and formally renounce the premiership.
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Oh my. Dominic Cummings is to be Boris's special policy guy. Cummings is the guy Benedict Cumberbatch played in the Brexit drama. He's also the one who was recently found in Contempt of Parliament for refusing to give evidence at the Select Committee. He's also the one who's blog has routinely ****ged off various Tory Brexiteers. Really bonkers stuff.
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Phillip Hammond has made official his resignation as Chancellor.
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Boris' speech will be interesting. Wonder how tame he'll make it :holmes:
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Boris' speech will be interesting. Wonder how tame he'll make it :holmes:
It's looking like he's hell bent on an extremely right wing model of a Singapore economy, close buddying up to Trump, free ports, massive tax cuts and even deeper austerity cuts, so we'll see how different to that the actual speech is. :rolleyes:
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Quite a mixed speech. He tried hard to sound Churchillian and to convey a sense of drama and determination.

There was very little acknowledgement in it of the fact that he faces huge problems with a wafer thin majority based on a coalition with the DUP. He intends to take on massive challenges that have vexed all former governments for 30 years like Social Care, the quality of GP access in the NHS and so on, whilst at the same time cutting taxes (big hint that he will drop stamp duty for a whole swath of properties) and this all seems to be pretty unlikely. To resolve Social Care, he would need all-party co-operation and detailed involvement and agreement to fund it. This when he is using bellicose Hard Brexit rhetoric likely to infuriate the LibDems, the SNP, Plaid and many in the Labour Party, for example.

He was confident that he can resolve the Irish border issues without the backstop (which absolutely none of the experts are and the EU and Ireland reject) and threatened the EU with cancellation of the departure payment obligations already agreed, £39bn. This will go down badly and make any negotiations harder.

Some incredibly ignorant voters being interviewed now on the BBC who think we should just 'get on' and Brexit will be fine. :rolleyes:
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For someone who has been heavily criticised for not being a details person, his opening speech did little to assuage those fears. A fair amount of what he said would be supported across the spectrum, but we really need more specifics on how he's going to deliver them.
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Best thing to do now while he has the support of Tory voters and has won back UKIP/Brexit party voters is to call a General Election that way Conservative MPs will have no choice but to unify or else they risk a Labour Government, that's enough to scare them into being united, Boris will then get a staggering majority as he'll he do everything Theresa didn't in 2017 (she mainly lost from a media point)... then there'll be little to no time for Brexit negotiations and he'll get the no deal he wanted. If he waits for a GE, he'll be making a big mistake.
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If I was in parliament rn I'd have to brain meself with the ceremonial mace.
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If may hasn't officially handed her resignation oin. Could, technically, she just carry on as pm till a VoNC?
Our parliamentary something is largely based on people doing what tradition dictates. What would 'technically' happen in cases where a person decided to not do as expected is a complete ****ing mess worse than brexit.
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Best thing to do now while he has the support of Tory voters and has won back UKIP/Brexit party voters is to call a General Election that way Conservative MPs will have no choice but to unify or else they risk a Labour Government, that's enough to scare them into being united, Boris will then get a staggering majority as he'll he do everything Theresa didn't in 2017 (she mainly lost from a media point)... then there'll be little to no time for Brexit negotiations and he'll get the no deal he wanted. If he waits for a GE, he'll be making a big mistake.
I'm personally quite sure he will call a GE after the summer holiday, the most likely date for the election itself is Thursday 10 October. By then it will be clear that there is no variation to the Backstop on offer from the EU, so he will go to the country on a "let me govern" call to support a Hard Brexit.
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I'm personally quite sure he will call a GE after the summer holiday, the most likely date for the election itself is Thursday 10 October. By then it will be clear that there is no variation to the Backstop on offer from the EU, so he will go to the country on a "let me govern" call to support a Hard Brexit.
Awful idea. He’ll be seen as reckless and be limiting himself of options and support, no deal is the minority of the majority, many people supporting brexit that don’t want a no deal would unite with remainers to block it. There’s no public or parliamentary majority for it (even if new MPs came). If he can build an alternative deal and put it on the table, an election then would be good but I can’t see how he’d juggle the 2.

Really needs to call it ASAP and cancel the summer holiday so he has the best of September and all of October. Plus I’m sure they’ll want to do it before the party conference so he can set the agenda.
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I get a little perturbed when I read comments attacking Brexit voters as being somewhat ignorant.
Lets face it, Brexit was a vote to leave the EU,nothing more.The so called deal didn't come into that equation.That was trusted to the representatives whome were voted into office to make difficult decisions for the electorate.An 87% take up by voters was an amazing turn out but they/ we have been failed by an uninspiring anti brexit leader and her squabbling cohorts.Boris, could well be the man to put the great back into Great Britain once again but he must be given due diligence.
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