The EU is willing to deploy both clarity and menace in its dealings with us. This might once have been avoidable, but we must now do likewise in return.
Johnson’s speech today and the Commission’s basic take are strangely similar – Brexit points to a Canada-type settlement on alignment and divergence.
The phrase is widely attributed to Jacob Rees-Mogg. But a senior Labour politician got there first…
It would make no sense to spurn taking control of our trade policy and leave it with the EU – in which we will no longer have a say.
And the Prime Minister, tenth in the table last time round, is back in negative territory and second from bottom.
Respondents are much where they were a few weeks ago, for all the turmoil that has taken place since the reshuffle.
And, of course, only if there is an agreement to implement. Otherwise, we must leave immediately on 29th March 2019.
Ministers need get a grip by acting collectively to agree a Brexit end-state based in reality and on what Parliament will approve eventually – and then stick to it.
“Today I want to talk specifically about the bridge that we plan to build, to smooth the path to our new relationship with the European Union after Brexit.”
But unless his fully-developed vision of the future can capture heart-and-minds, I’d expect control of the party to stay with the mainstream.
Each one of us will have a vote on any deal – and 73 MEPs may well be crucial to passing it.
Our take is that our panel is waiting to see what happens next, and suspending judgement as the political cycle and Brexit negotiations continue.
Davidson and Mordaunt also score highly, whilst the Chancellor and Chief Whip both languish with negative scores.
He sweeps home with over half the vote against an expert enthusiast, a dedicated reformer – and a hero of a terror attack on Westminster.
Unlike Michael Fallon, whose presence in Cabinet the Prime Minister inherited, he was her own creation at the top, and one on which she relied.