Also: possible breakthrough for devoscepticism as ‘Abolish the Assembly’ projected to win seats; and Scottish Tories embroiled in EU referendum row.
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Tory MPs were elected on a manifesto which affirmed that “…we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK.”
Artificial restrictions have created huge competitive pressure on places, but lowering standards is not the answer.
The Labour leader is under mounting pressure to support a second referendum – but time is against one, and he knows it.
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.
Over half of party members favour ‘No Deal’ as their first preference, and more than seven in ten believe defeat on Tuesday means it time to go.
Also: Welsh Labour choose their new leader (and First Minister) this afternoon; Scottish Tories attack SNP over tax divergence plans.
Also: Jones accused of ‘pre-judging’ allegations against former minister as inquiry continues; and May clashes with Sturgeon over independence.
A Brexiteer backbencher and former minister, who has not yet signalled how he intends to vote on the deal, has been knighted.
Also: Jones criticised for shielding ministers from independent scrutiny; and Mundell’s bizarre pop at ‘carpet-bagging’ colleagues.
We set five tests for it. Does this draft agreement pass them? And does it really take back control of our borders, laws and money?
The Prime Minister has eschewed the chance to bind waverers with patronage in favour of promoting able loyalists who won’t make trouble.
Losing both them and the DUP will send a very strong signal to every Conservative MP about its implications for the Union.
Also: Scottish Tories attack SNP over income tax ‘gap’; no boost for Plaid from new leader; and DUP’s Brexit donation given a clean bill of legal health.
Four fifths of our panel remain opposed to her leadership, but within that group there has been a significant hardening of attitudes.