Theresa May Made A Late Night Downing Street Statement On Brexit And It’s Left People Fuming


|Graeme Demianyk, HUFFPOST|AIWA! NO!|On Wednesday, Theresa May caused bafflement after she gave a late-night statement outside Downing Street.

At the end of another historic day in British politics, the PM ordered a lectern be placed outside Britain’s most famous door so she could address the nation directly.

Off the back of the crushing defeat of her Brexit plan, and narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence in her government, this surely meant news. Big news.

Faisal Islam@faisalislam

PM to make Downing Street statement at 10pm tonight… wasn’t expecting that. Watch it live on @skynews4349:03 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy638 people are talking about this

But with the sense that May was anxious to speak unfiltered by the media, it quickly risked descending into farce … 

Tom Newton Dunn@tnewtondunnReplying to @tnewtondunn

A moment of true Britishness amid the Brexit crisis: the PM’s message to the nation will not now be carried live on the BBC 10 O’Clock News, because Southampton v Derby FA Cup replay has gone to extra time.2,3639:39 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,256 people are talking about this

Gary Lineker@GaryLineker

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She always delays things. She’ll be fine. Nial Foster@NialFosterFA Cup live on @BBCOne with it currently going into extra-time.

Theresa May statement due at 10pm.#Carnage
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The media and political junkies dutifully turned out as May went ‘full lectern job’.

This is not to be taken lightly. Think resignations and declarations of war. The first draft of history. Something yuuge or bigly. 

And, soon after 10pm, Theresa May spoke. 

“This evening the Government has won the confidence of Parliament,” May began, straight shooting. 

“Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit.

“I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the European Union and I intend to do so.”

May then aimed remarks at MPs who voted against her Brexit plan on Tuesday, saying that “MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want”.

And of cross-party talks to find some common ground on a Brexit deal, May called for politicians to “put self-interest aside” – adding she was “disappointed” Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has not taken part this evening.

With that, she was Keyser Söze-like … 

Had she committed news? The instant verdict was ‘no’. 

Paul Waugh@paulwaugh

Is that it? Really? #Maystatement24110:06 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy104 people are talking about this

Sebastian Payne@SebastianEPayne

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Theresa May announces absolutely nothing 1,82210:06 PM – Jan 16, 2019 · Islington, LondonTwitter Ads info and privacy535 people are talking about this

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Agatha Crispy@TayloredBites

TM’s statement with only the substance left in.10410:55 PM – Jan 16, 201958 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

Jay Rayner@jayrayner1

What a load of specious, empty, vapid bollocks.1,45210:07 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy277 people are talking about this

And confusion soon gave way to anger …

Femme Fatigue@CharlotteBHC

who the fuck makes an announcement at 10pm that’s past landline cut off unless someone’s DIED18710:17 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy29 people are talking about this

James Ball@jamesrbuk · 3h

Theresa May’s premiership: “The grand old duke of York”, but shitter.

James Ball@jamesrbuk

Any Number 10 aide who briefed that as a reason for journalists to extend their shift is a fucking idiot.

Any Number 10 aide who didn’t tell May a 10pm speech with no news was idiotic and would backfire should resign.63010:08 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy162 people are talking about this

But, hey, we got a few laughs out of it.

Tom Peck@tompeck

If she’s still going by April she’ll be doing statements outside Number 10 to announce she’s run out of bog roll.14210:18 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy43 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter

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Keith Foster@keith_r_foster

“I might as well say this now: Sue Cook has pulled out.”10710:18 PM – Jan 16, 2019 · Glenrothes, Scotland27 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

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David Schneider@davidschneider

Live pictures of Theresa May speaking in Downing Street.98310:05 PM – Jan 16, 2019299 people are talking about thisTwitter Ads info and privacy

James Felton@JimMFelton

Reminiscing about a time when if you didn’t have anything to say you didn’t call a press conference at 10 fucking PM to say it64510:53 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy152 people are talking about this

Mollie Goodfellow@hansmollman

[me to my grandkids in 50 years time]

some of you didn’t have nightly press conferences from Theresa May and it shows31310:01 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy42 people are talking about this

Henry Zeffman@hzeffman

Southampton/Derby > some stuff May has said before7210:07 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy22 people are talking about this

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