Only three years ago, many Tories were talking of a “Canada ++” trade deal. Then Theresa May and her close advisers negotiated the worst deal in history with the EU. She excluded her Ministers in these negotiations, she even excluded the DUP who were propping up her remainer Government. Her “deal” lost to a vote on the House of Commons by the largest majority in parliamentary history. Some deal that was (is). Her mantra “no deal is better than a bad deal” was shown to be a blatant lie designed to fool the electorate.
Anyway, today, “Canada” means something entirely different. It refers to the 1993 Canadian Federal Election. The Conservatives started that election with 156 seats. By the time all the votes had been counted, they were down to just two seats. The Conservative and Unionist Party of Great Britain will suffer the same fate if they do not rally around their new Prime Minister. The Brexit Party look set to wipe them out should a snap election be called, or indeed, if the country has to wait until 2022.
The future is not guaranteed for the Conservatives, but, it is in their own hands. If the UK is still a member of the EU on 1st November 2019, it is “game over” for the Conservatives. Maybe their defeat will be greater than that suffered in Canada in 1993. The next General Election certainly has the potential to wipe the Conservative off the UK political map forever should they continue to be split and seen to be dithering.