Tory Party must ditch May for Brexit failure or risk being DESTROYED claims expert

And Robert Tombs, Professor of French History at the University of Cambridge, has said British politics is now in the grip of the biggest crisis since that which enveloped the country over calls to repeal the Corn Laws in the 19th century. Prof Tombs set out his views in article written for the Politeia think tank, arguing that Mrs May, whom he describes as “Theresa the Unready”, was “damaging our national politics to a degree that is truly historic”. Mrs May’s failure to carry out the “national mandate” provided by the 2016 result had “greatly aggravated” divisions within society, he said.

Prof Tombs compared Mrs May’s failure to make good on her repeated promise to deliver Brexit by March 29 with Prime Minister Robert Peel’s support for the repeal of the Corn Law in 1846, which split the Conservative Party.

However, whereas Mr Peel resigned shortly after an alliance of Liberals and Radicals backed repeal, Mrs May remains in power.

Her decision to initiate talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a bid to get her divisive withdrawal agreement through the Commons has enraged many Brexiteers within her own party.

Mrs May, who survived a no-confidence vote among Tory MPs in December, cannot now face another such vote until the end of the year.

She has made it clear she has no intention of stepping down until a Brexit deal has been agreed by MPs.

And given no mechanism exists by which she can be removed from office by her own party, Prof Tombs believes the situation needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency, because failure to do so would threaten the party’s entire future.

He told Express.co.uk: “I think we are in a situation similar to that of the Corn Laws and other great political upheavals.

“Recent years have shown that the Prime Minister on his or her own has too much power: see Tony Blair over Iraq, and now May over Brexit.

“The idea of Cabinet Government seems to have evaporated.

“So at the moment we need a new PM and that means a new Tory leader.

“It seems to me wrong that internal party rules can have such an influence on our whole constitutional practice.

“But we need a way of exercising some political accountability over the PM, who can just sack her critics and keep ploughing on.”

Prof Tombs said the situation was exacerbated by the apparent unwillingness of potential replacements – most notably former Foreign Secretary – to challenge Mrs May directly, despite being widely acknowledged as the front runner.

However, he suggested in this respect, there was at least some historical precedent.

He said: “The obvious political problem is the absene of an obvious successor.

“But perhaps this was always a problem – for example, when Thatcher was forced out in 1990.”


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