It may not be agreed at all with the EU – and if it is the numbers in the Commons are very tight indeed by our calculation.
Posts by Paul GoodmanFollow @
She claims that there has been entryism – though the relationship between MP and activists has been bad for some time.
If a UK-EU deal is agreed, it will be because both men want one urgently – which in turn opens a chance to reset Anglo-Irish relations.
The place to put these proposals to the test is at a general election, not in a Parliament apparently determined to do little other than delay Brexit.
If it happens, he must not just win but keep the backing of the DUP, Spartans, Labour rebels and as many of the whipless 21 as he can – and stave off a referendum too.
We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
It’s time to grasp the real message of the 2016 referendum: that universal suffrage has been a mistake of historic proportions.
Yesterday’s Downing Street briefing and the plight of the Brexit talks suggest that he will ultimately settle for extension. That could be fatal – not least for him.
Grieve’s intention of standing in the seat as an independent makes it a test case for early selection and local choice.
MPs would thus become the elected equivalents of the welfare scroungers of tabloid legend – dragging the reputation of Parliament even deeper into the mud.
At first glance, his quest for the city’s mayoralty as an independent is merely eccentric. But it is also a logical next step for an ambitious man who is above all a soloist.
The Chequers Plan has been dead for some time, but Johnson has now read the funeral rites over it.
An agreement is unlikely to be reached at all. But these estimates, however rough, should give pause for thought.
Had the Benn Act not been passed, it would be far stronger – as he presents his new “fair and reasonable compromise” to the EU.
This was the old, cuddly Boris – not the new, Trumpish Johnson – but with a difference. He was remorselessly on-message.
There is a sense with all Johnson speeches that he is somehow parodying a politician making one – that the whole thing is done tongue-in-cheek.