So it’s not exactly “Goodbye, Mrs May” just yet…
Inevitably, the biggest news of the week was that the Prime Minister had survived a confidence vote in a ballot of Conservative MPs by 200 votes to 117. But in a last-minute, pre-vote concession, she promised her MPs that she would step down before the next election. Others may wish to comment, but L&RUK is not the appropriate vehicle.
In which connexion, the European Council evidently tried to be as helpful as possible to the PM, given her present difficulties. On 14 December it agreed the following:
“1. The European Council reconfirms its conclusions of 25 November 2018, in which it endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and approved the Political Declaration. The Union stands by this agreement and intends to proceed with its ratification. It is not open for renegotiation.
2. The European Council reiterates that it wishes to establish as close as possible a partnership with the United Kingdom in the future. It stands ready to embark on preparations immediately after signature of the Withdrawal Agreement to ensure that negotiations can start as soon as possible after the UK’s withdrawal. Continue reading