WHEN Theresa May goes to church this morning she has plenty to pray for.
The Prime Minister finds herself in the worst of all worlds.
AFP or licensors Theresa May is a lame-duck PM after the Brexit mess – but a caretaker PM would be too
Despite her best intentions and a dogged determination to see Brexit through, the chances of her deal ever getting Commons support are pitiably low.
Some senior ministers put the likelihood of it passing next week at 5 per cent.
The PM has seen her own authority seep away and is now unable to unify her own Cabinet, let alone the party in general.
That means she is powerless even to call an election.
As the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady points out here, her deal may be threadbare but it still offers the only realistic chance of Brexit actually taking place.
Backing it would give Britain a chance of a new start. If the deal fails again it seems Philip Hammond and David Lidington will be knocking on the PM’s door to tell her the time has come to make an exit.
But in the midst of this paralysing crisis even that is not an easy option.
There is no clear route to appointing a successor in the short term. And with the party at loggerheads even a swift transition to a caretaker PM is perilous.
After this week’s turmoil we face being stuck for some time with a lame-duck Prime Minister, whoever it may be.
Britain needs a miracle to avoid it.
IS maniacs still a threat
The crushing of IS in Syria is a massive achievement.
Defeating this self-proclaimed caliphate is the beginning of the end for a reign of terror which has claimed 18,000 lives and spawned 1,700 attacks over four bloody years.
Getty Images – Getty A Syrian Defence Force flag flies over the destroyed IS encampment on March 23, 2019 in Baghouz, Syria
The courage and sacrifice of the Western-backed forces that fought so fiercely to drive the jihadis from their final stronghold has been rightly praised by Theresa May.
But she was also wise to caution that the ousting of the religious fanatics from their territory will not end the risk they pose.
Many hardened fighters will go to ground in the area so they can continue to wage guerrilla warfare.
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Other dangerous extremists will no doubt flee to Europe and even to this country, still fuelled by their murderous hatred of the West.
Like the mythical hydra with its many heads, cutting off one risks generating others in its place.
Our security forces must now be on alert for a fresh wave of Islamic-inspired terror closer to home.
Complete victory against ISIS has been declared after the US revealed that the terror group has been ‘100 per cent eliminated’