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The Cabinet meets today to mull an EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Is May preparing to concede to Corbyn on the Customs Union? And is Fox willing to walk if necessary?

“During a Cabinet meeting today, ministers will debate whether to allow Labour’s demand for the UK to continue to accept new EU laws on workers’ rights and environmental standards after Brexit. Theresa May is expected to warn ministers they may have to agree to a temporary customs union, which would hamper Britain’s ability to strike trade deals with non-EU countries, to secure enough Labour votes to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill next month.  Allies of the PM fear the potential concessions are so significant that Leave ministers such as Liam Fox could walk out in protest if they are approved.” – Daily Mail

  • Hammond breaks cover to lead push against No Deal… – The Guardian
  • …But Barclay will push back for more No Deal preparations – Financial Times
  • The Commission says there will be no changes to the Withdrawal Agreement – Daily Express
  • Hancock woos Remainers over vote, Davis switches back to oppose the deal, Green urges alternative arrangements – The Sun
  • Juncker denies drink problem – Daily Mail
  • Thatcher: a very British revolution review – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Democracy must not become a fight to the death – William Hague, Daily Telegraph
  • Teach them a lesson – Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
  • If politicians ignore voters, they shouldn’t be surprised what comes next – Stephen Pollard, Daily Express
  • What a pointless charade these elections will be – Daily Express Editorial

> Yesterday: Anthony Browne on Comment – Policy Gains from Brexit 1) We need more debate about what to do when we take back control

Could Labour abstain in the vote?

“Senior Conservative sources believe that Mr Corbyn could be persuaded to support the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at second reading or abstain, especially if Labour performs poorly in Thursday’s European elections. However, backers of a second referendum dismissed the proposals, arguing that they were being put forward by Brexiteers. They added that it would be hard even for hardline prime minister to secure a no-deal Brexit without holding an election or a second vote.” – The Times

  • Ashworth says second referendum is likely – The Times
  • Labour won’t investigate Geoffrey Robinson over spy claims – The Times
  • Former Minister Jane Kennedy says party is broken to the core – The Guardian
  • Labour in Birmingham 1) Khalid Mahmood insists that the Trojan Horse plot was real – Birmingham Post
  • Labour in Birmingham 2) Phillips row with Muslim protestors over LGBT education – Daily Mail

Heseltine has the whip removed (but he isn’t expelled)…

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