With growing problems at home, many member states are at odds with the Commission’s punitive line on Brexit.
Whatever the outcome, MPs and peers must be able to have their say in the lobbies.
Even more than party disagreements over what should replace it, the idea of a very powerful second chamber is out of constitutional fashion.
Plus: Hammond’s blunder. Peers’ folly. Stephen Hawking is not, repeat not, controlled by MI5. And: my inner Mary Whitehouse meets Katie Hopkins’ slack vagina.
May and Hammond are right to prioritise the working class, but an attack on small traders and self-starters is only going to alienate them – and many more besides.
He is a talented populist and looks set to do well in next week’s Dutch election. The question is what he will do then.
Also: Davidson bullish as donors step forward to back pro-UK campaign; Plaid suspend AM over bullying claims; and the SNP abandon oil.
Only a constitutional referendum lock, safeguarded by the Queen, can protect us from the left-wing coalition that could take power in 2020.
From business rates to car insurance, errors are being made.
Their final attempt to prevent Brexit is undemocratic and destined to fail.
Our current deficit could easily double in a less benign economic climate. Failure to take tough action would be reckless.
Nadhim Zahawi: It isn’t UKIP that stands to gain from the collapse of Labour. It’s the Conservatives.
The “People’s Army” is an unpopular party and an unattractive brand. They always have been, and Brexit has changed nothing.
Juncker has presented MEPs with five options, but the responses show how hard Brussels politicians will find it to change their attitudes.
Plus: The wit of Malcolm Rifkind. I switch energy provider. An improvement by Donald Trump (up to a point). And: women MPs on my mind.
It’s comforting for leaders to imagine that they can either have a direct line to voters or that they can let their actions speak for themselves – but it’s a fallacy.