Johnson should be praised for getting a deal at all – once again. But as matters stand, MPs won’t be able properly to consider it.
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Lord Fowler has identified the right problem in the wake of yesterday’s appointments but advanced the wrong solution.
Congratulations to him, and also to two other regular contributors – Syed Kamall, another former Tory MEP, and Dean Godson of Policy Exchange.
Vaccines, the new Covid strain and the absence of a proven alternative policy combine to leave Johnson with little choice but to follow the path he is taking.
Part-closed borders, an unresolved Brexit negotiation, a new strain of Covid – the interplay between these is perilous and Parliament should be recalled.
It is hard to see how a recalled Parliament would now have time to consider a Brexit Trade Bill properly
MPs should be summoned to vote on the new tiering arrangements. Whether they’d have time to consider a trade bill is a different matter.
Max Caller, the inspector who brought change to Tower Hamlets, has been sent in to the city. The Government could take control.
We’ve been critical of Johnson over aspects of virus policy, but there’s sense in his appeal for “a Merry Little Christmas”
The test of Truss’s big speech today on fairness will be whether it opens up a path to reforming Labour’s Equality Act.
Five reasons why Hancock’s announcement of tougher restrictions yesterday met less resistance than might have been expected.
The biggest decision has already been taken. We have left the EU. So let’s treat whatever comes next as an opportunity.
If no good deal comes and No Deal happens, the option of a return to EU membership is no longer on the table.
But unless we are viewing a conjuring trick both from our own Government and the EU, extra time looks unlikely to unlock agreement.
Year One of Johnson’s Government. Are Conservative MPs ready to back unpopular measures in Year Two – and afterwards?
This generation of Tory MPs is less reflexively obedient, wasn’t prepared for Covid – and isn’t ready for a No Deal Brexit, if it happens.
An alternative history. Remain won the referendum, and it settled nothing. May is PM with no majority. Another election looms.
The point we are making is that the UK would be unlikely to enjoy settled EU membership, instead of the present Brexit talks crisis, had Leave lost.
Even the cut-off point of the end of transition, and the arrival of No Deal, won’t necessarily halt the negotiation.