The resignation of even one senior Cabinet Minister would be likely to spark a leadership challenge. Let alone two. Or three.
“I’m not saying that there would be an organised push, but the letters would just go in to Graham Brady,” one senior pro-Leave backbencher told this site yesterday.
Onward, FREER, the revitalised CPS. The Tory MPs involved in all these will have to take some risks if they’re to get off the groumd.
The issues at stake stretch even wider – into the future treatment of EU nationals and the Brexit negotiation.
Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
May kept astride the Home Office tiger through relentless, grinding work and fearsome, dedicated SpAds. If Rudd can’t do the same, she risks being eaten.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
Three in four support some kind of action. However, three in five appear unwilling to risk members of our armed forces losing their lives.
She cited the attack in Salisbury: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised….in Syria, on the streets of the UK…
And: should the Government have the power to do so without a preceding Commons vote?
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Reports this morning suggest conflict within the Government and hesitation in America. And no wonder.
It may be useful to ask how the Environment Secretary would handle problems confronting other Cabinet Ministers. Consider the case of knife and gun crime.
Public opinion would back missile strikes against Assad, and arming a credible opposition, were there to be one. But not more western boots on the ground.
The capital isn’t a single political entity. Rather, it is still in some ways a Napoleon-of-Notting-Hill-style mass of small towns.