“They’re not going to renegotiate the withdrawal agreement…but how do you operate it in a way that’s acceptable to both sides?”
“A second referendum would be divisive…We’ve had the people’s vote,” the Education Secretary argues.
“Canada Plus Plus would be very good but in the meantime, [we can] get out without paying the £39 billion.”
Jo Johnson says his priority is to avoid the “irrevocable” mistake of “accepting this bad deal”.
The sequence of events: bow to a second referendum, lose the ERG, gain Blairites, contest a general election – and rebrand the Party.
Its freedom to prosper, to make and judge its own laws, for its people ‘to take back control’ over how or by whom they are governed – all these will be lost for ever.
David Snoxell: The International Court of Justice may put more pressure on the UK over the Chagos Islands
The Government’s long rearguard defence of the British Indian Ocean Territory has reached a higher theatre than I ever expected.
Artificial restrictions have created huge competitive pressure on places, but lowering standards is not the answer.
When I tried to focus these concerns by calling for a vote to see if this deal did indeed have the agreement of Cabinet, opposition crumbled – and my colleagues fell silent.
Tony Connelly describes in painful detail the success of Irish negotiators in aligning themselves with the EU27, while leaving the Brits to flounder.
The Labour leader is under mounting pressure to support a second referendum – but time is against one, and he knows it.
“We will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain further assurances that the UK Parliament needs.”
The Conservatives held a seat in Dumfries and Galloway. Labour lost a seat to an independent in Ashfield. But Labour held seats in Haringey, Harlow and Middlesbrough.
It is an attractive destination, with a friendly population and a fascinating history, but it has been badly let down by officialdom.
Were it not for the backstop, May’s deal would get over the line – with support from an overwhelming majority of Conservatives, including us.
Our plan is supported by remainers like me, by leavers such as David Davis and Dominic Raab and, crucially, by the DUP.
Iain Dale: It’s going to be a White Christmas – because there are snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere.
Plus: Tory MPs, the world’s most duplicitous electorate. But a certain long-serving woman Labour MP is sending Christmas cards to them all…
Local authorities are still waiting until people are actually homeless before offering assistance. This is expensive and has an unnecessary impact on vulnerable people.
A guarantee of a legally binding change to the backstop, and a more vague promise not to go on and on as leader, both present challenges.
WATCH: May – “I’ve heard loud and clear the concerns of those who didn’t feel they were able to support me”
The Prime Minister is meeting EU leaders to seek the “legal and political assurances” on the backstop she promised MPs yesterday.
If you’d had to guess which of their MPs would rebel on the deal, Lamont and Ross wouldn’t have made the top six.
Len McCluskey’s opposition to a second referendum is explicit, Seamus Milne’s Euroscepticism is unshakeable, and so on. The People’s Voters need Labour’s whipping power, but they won’t get it.
Barwell and Lidington are alleged to be preparing a second referendum
‘Theresa May’s chief of staff has triggered a civil war in Downing Street by telling Cabinet Ministers that a second EU referendum is the only way to break the Brexit deadlock. Gavin Barwell, the Prime Minister’s most powerful and influential adviser, is understood to have decided that plans should be drawn up for another public poll. But his incendiary suggestion has been greeted with fury from Brexiteers in the Cabinet. Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Mrs May’s deputy, David Lidington has held a series of secret meetings with Labour MPs to build a ‘coalition of the willing’ to force a new EU vote…Sources say that Mr Barwell has told the pro-Remain ‘gang of five’ Cabinet Ministers – Mr Lidington, Chancellor Philip Hammond, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Justice Secretary David Gauke and Business Secretary Greg Clarke –that a second vote is ‘the only way out of this’…Mr Lidington has led the secret efforts to drum up support for a second poll by meeting senior Labour figures such as former Europe Minister Chris Bryant…Labour MPs have made clear that the price of their support would be including Remain as an option.’ – Mail on Sunday
- Majority of supposedly neutral campaigners actually want Brexit cancelled – Sunday Telegraph
- The Prime Minister has discussed her options with Cameron – Sunday Times
- Senior Tories reportedly want it to be a free vote – The Observer
- Labour rebels could even keep a post-DUP Conservative government in power – The Sun on Sunday
- Chief whip accused of ‘freelancing’ with Labour MPs – Sunday Telegraph
- Helping the Conservatives deliver Brexit would put Labour into third place, poll suggests – Sunday Times
- No Deal planners propose warning people not to book holidays for April – Sunday Times
- The EU draws up its own plans – Sunday Times
- No more humiliation, no more delay – put every penny needed into clean break preparations – The Sun on Sunday Says
- Tough choices lie ahead – Sunday Times Leader
- Stop Project Fear. Commence Project Ready. – Sunday Telegraph Leader
- We want a second referendum – The Observer Leader
- A re-run would be a gross insult to the people – Michael Howard, Mail on Sunday
- They can’t justify a new vote, they just want to get their way – Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
- If they prevent Brexit, it will destroy democracy as we know it – Daniel Hannan, Sunday Telegraph
- Team Remain’s lobbying in Brussels is paying off – Janet Daley, Sunday Telegraph
- We promised Labour voters we would honour the referendum result – Ian Austin, The Sun on Sunday
Hunt: Britain would ‘flourish and prosper’ in the event of No Deal
‘Mr Hunt’s words are likely to be welcomed by Leavers who insist that a no-deal scenario – the default position if an agreement is not struck by March – would be better for the country than Mrs May’s current agreement. He acknowledges that the deal on the table risks “anchoring Britain indefinitely in the customs union”. He adds: “I’ve always thought that even in a no-deal situation this is a great country, we’ll find a way to flourish and prosper. We’ve faced much bigger challenges in our history. “But we shouldn’t pretend that there wouldn’t be disruption, there wouldn’t be risk, and there wouldn’t be impact and that’s why as a responsible government we have to make all the preparations necessary.”’ – Sunday Telegraph
- He concedes that like ‘every MP’ he would like ‘a crack at the top job’ – Sunday Telegraph
- While May’s ‘supporters’ rallied round her, several of them were campaigning to take over – Sunday Times
- Proposal for a “Brexiteer primary” to avoid splitting leadership vote – Mail on Sunday
- The rise and rise (and rise?) of Gavin Williamson – Iain Dale, Sunday Times
- We need a strong, optimistic leader for Brexit and beyond. May isn’t it. – Adam Holloway, Sunday Telegraph
- There is a wider, ideological, clash underway – Andrew Marr, Sunday Times
- The peculiar experience of seeing Benedict Cumberbatch become my husband – Mary Wakefield, Sunday Times
- Juncker behaves ‘like a medieval king’ towards women – Sunday Telegraph
>Today: Sheila Lawlor on Comment: Even with an exit clause from the backstop, this deal would be unacceptable
>Yesterday: Esther McVey on Comment: Delivering Brexit from here. We must prepare properly for no deal.
Even amid seemingly endless crisis, the Prime Minister keeps on going
‘May’s capacity for soaking up punishment may not have led to discernible political success, but it has turned her into an icon of obstinacy. Her refusal to admit defeat has infuriated and awed her adversaries. “She is astonishing,” another aide added. “She doesn’t get any credit for it, but I honestly don’t know what keeps her going and makes her want to get up in the morning.” When May flew to Argentina for the G20 meeting last month, she knew that her days as prime minister might be numbered, yet she spent part of the 14-hour flight signing Christmas cards and doing a sudoku puzzle, seemingly unperturbed by the Brexit storms that were brewing… The latest word in Westminster circles is that May is “bunkered down” with two favoured aides, cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill and chief of staff Gavin Barwell. Other advisers have been frozen out.’ – Sunday Times
- Her survival is good news…for Corbyn – Stephen Bush, Sunday Times
- How Philip May took charge of the confidence ballot response – Mail on Sunday
- The blunders of a Christmas coup – Dan Hodges, Mail on Sunday
- The art of her deal is seeming to win when in fact she has lost – Irwin Stelzer, Sunday Times
- The clock ticks on – Adam Boulton, Sunday Times
- She has shown incredible resilience – Karren Brady, The Sun on Sunday
- Her rage at Blair – Sunday Express
- Sue Perkins compares the Prime Minister to “sh*t on a shoe” – Mail on Sunday
- Serkis’s Gollum parody of May misses Tolkien’s innate conservatism – Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times
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