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Theresa May, ‘zombie PM’ appoints anti-Brexit, pro-immigration chief of staff

Theresa May is looking to be Britain's new zombie Prime Minister. May has made the worst possible choice by appointing Gavin Barwell as her chief of staff, following the departure of her two main advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.

Published: June 11, 2017, 11:34 am

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    Well over 80 percent of General Election voters voted for Britain to leave the European Union, but Barwell is a Remainer.

    Although he lost his Croydon Central seat at the election, Barwell has now effectively been promoted for holding a view that the vast majority of British voters do not share.

    The appointment is a slap in the face for those who believe in Brexit Britain. Barwell wanted the UK to Remain inside the European Union and has branded Nigel Farage a “racist” who “hates modern Britain” in the run up to the EU referendum. Barwell is openly pro-immigration.

    Nigel Farage told blogger Westmonster: “This is the worst possible start. Gavin Barwell is a staunch Remainer who abuses those who want to control immigration.” Barwell is the co-chair of Migration Matters, who campaigned to have more Indians coming to Britian.

    Martin Selmayr, senior aide to European Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker, tweeted that the resignations of Timothy and Hill was like the sacrifice of a pawn in the game of chess, using the word “bauernopfer”.The word translates in English as “sacrifice of a pawn”.

    The driving force behind the Leave vote, Farage, has confirmed that he was considering returning once again as the Leader of UKIP after Paul Nuttall resigned in the wake of his poor election results. UKIP lost their only seat.

    Farage said, writing in the The Telegraph, that he was “pondering” whether to stand, weighing up the huge internal reform that the party required.

    He said Leave voters would be “furious” if the UK does not leave the single market and the customs union as is now being hinted, arguing that Theresa May’s hash of an election campaign may have “imperilled” Brexit.

    On Sky News, British television host Sophie Ridge, incredibly invited only guests that want the UK to remain as part of the EU, on her programme Sophie Ridge on Sunday, despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of voters do not want to be part of the EU.

    Jeremy Corbyn is ready to get rid of Theresa May within a matter of days, he says. He is planning to use the Queen’s Speech as his first opportunity to topple May.

    In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Mirror, Corbyn said it was time for May to wake up and smell the coffee.

    The Labour leader says: “I can still be Prime Minister. This is still on. Absolutely. Theresa May has been to the Palace. She’s attempting to form a government.” But Corbyn believes there is enough opposition in the rest of the House – on May’s own backbenches – to defeat the Government.

    That could trigger another election as the Tories would face a confidence challenge, he believes. May fell eight seats short of a House of Commons majority and she will now be reliant on the 10 seats of the the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) to add to the 318 Tories in order to get the 326 seats needed to pass legislation.

    Downing Street 10 announced that DUP deal had been reached, but was then forced to backtrack after the said negotiations were still continuing.

    DUP’s position against gay rights, abortion and climate change is “toxic” to liberal Tories, but May is fighting to keep the job she won less than a year ago.

    Nicky Morgan, an education secretary under David Cameron, told the Guardian: “As a former minister for women and equalities, any notion that the price for a deal with the DUP is to water down our equalities policies is a non-starter.”

    Ruth Davidson, the lesbian Scottish Tory leader, has expressed concern over the impact of a DUP deal on gay rights.

    Davidson, who has basically saved Theresa May by winning 13 seats north of the border on Thursday, had reportedly told May earlier to “stay away” from Scotland while campaigning.

    A senior party insider told the Sunday Express: “She [Davidson] just wanted the money to fund the campaign but otherwise wanted to be left alone to get on with it without interference. She also ordered Mrs May to stay away from Scotland and focus her campaigning efforts on other parts of the UK.

    “The strategy clearly appears to have worked. It’s ironic that by keeping Theresa May at bay she has saved her from complete electoral defeat and saved the Union at the same time by weakening SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and her bid for a second independence referendum.”

    Davidson’s 13 new Scottish Tory MPs is keeping Jeremy Corbyn out of Downing Street for the moment. Davidson is also a tepid Brexiter: “I want to ensure that we can look again at issues like Brexit which we know we are now going to have to get cross-party support for. And move to a consensus within the country about what it means and what we seek to achieve as we leave.”

    May’s position in her own party is under threat. In a devastating snap poll of Tory members by ConservativeHome, some 60 percent of party members wanted May to resign and trigger a leadership election. Out of the 1 500 who took part in the survey, only 37 percent said she should stay on as premier.

    Many voters held the struggling Prime Minister accountable for the recent spate of jihadist attacks. While May was Home Secretary, between September 2010 and September 2016 police numbers in England and Wales fell by 18 991. The number of firearms officers also fell from 6 976 in March 2010 to 5 639 in March 2016.

    Former Tory MP Stewart Jackson, called his party’s manifesto “electoral poison”. On BBC Radio 5 Live, he said it was “shockingly bad…lacking passion, it was bland, it lacked vision…above everything else a real lost opportunity. Our manifesto was all about what we’ll stop them having and what we’ll not give them and what’s good for them and that’s frankly electoral poison and a complete disaster.”

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