What was sketched out yesterday, boiled down to essentials, sounds a lot like his Canada Plus Plus Plus. But no decision yet it seems on the Customs Union.
Robert Tombs asked at yesterday evening’s meeting if Tony Blair, Ken Clarke and Peter Mandelson really want us to enter a United States of Europe.
The Prime Minister, despite her personal unionism, is setting a course for stormy constitutional waters. It will fall to her successors to navigate them.
Today’s Brexit summit. We must be Ready On Day One to leave transition and the Customs Union on time.
Cabinet differences on policy are resolvable within the framework that May has already set. Practical preparation is the real Achilles Heel.
The Prime Minister told one good joke and then bored her way to victory.
Like any thought criminal, his NUS accuser gave him no explanation, nor did her supporters believe he even had a right to ask for one.
The newspapers can’t be blamed for reporting that Britain won’t be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world” – his own department issued the quote in advance.
For all its compromises and ambiguities, it is the only practicable means to hand of giving the province something approaching normalcy.
But a vote on some form of customs union is coming. Might it become a confidence issue?
His first major interview returns policy to the spirit of May’s original education ideas, with new faith schools and expanded selective ones as part of the mix.
We feel a commission, a working group, an inquiry coming in – to look these inconsistencies, accidents of history and quirks, to see if some tidying-up is required.
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein could persuade their communities to back the compromises necessary, they have not done so.
At the Kimblewick Hunt in the Chilterns, they can see that now is not the time to try to reverse it.
The Schools Minister has been a near-constant presence at the forefront of educational reform. It’s good that Hinds is listening to him.
Johnson’s speech today and the Commission’s basic take are strangely similar – Brexit points to a Canada-type settlement on alignment and divergence.