We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
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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.
The mood of this conference has been supportive but apprehensive. And now we are finally seeing the outlines of Johnson’s negotiating plan.
It is possible that, in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling on prorogation, they are a kind of advance indicator: seven out of ten respondents want change.
Our survey. Last month, four in five Tory activists thought Johnson would hit his Brexit deadline. Now, it’s only half.
The Benn Act and the Supreme Court verdict have clearly had a very substantial impact on expectations.
ConservativeHome finds a sense of defiance and determination in Downing Street. But what’s its escape route from the Benn Act?
The eight MPs from whom the Conservative whip was removed who voted today against a conference recess
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, who have also been deprived of the whip, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.