That’s roughly half the Conservative Parliamentary Party, plus presumably some DUP MPs.
Posts by Paul GoodmanFollow @
The vote has no legal force, but it sends an important signal. The former Cabinet Minister didn’t move her amendment, but others did in any event.
Only one of those selected this evening, that tabled in the name of Damian Green (“the Malthouse amendment”) does so.
A functioning Government would whip for Malthouse Two – the plan backed by Steve Baker, Nicky Morgan, Iain Duncan Smith, Damian Green, Simon Hart and others.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
Last time round, the Government lost by 230. There will now a free vote tomorrow on No Deal. And if that falls, a Thursday vote on extension.
And it’s a thumbs-down for the revised deal from Cash, Raab and the committee of eight lawyers. No surprises there.
Which presumably means, since Dodds is one of the eight, that the DUP takes the same view.
“The United Kingdom would have…no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol’s arrangements, save by agreement.”
MPs have less than a day to study this revised deal. So today’s vote should be postponed. If it isn’t, they should withhold support from the Government.
What’s at stake tomorrow is even bigger than Brexit. It is trust in politics. Which is why the deal as it stands must not pass.
Faith in our system will shrink further if the Commons passes a deal that the Government itself believes now needs a sweeping overhaul.
That motions next week will be amendable opens up a can of worms for the Government – or rather a can of serpents.
If she fails again next Tuesday, she risks the legislature becoming, in effect, the executive – and seizing control of the Uk side of the negotiation.
Our survey. Crisis, what crisis? Three in four Party members expect the Conservatives to lead the Government after the next election
This growing confidence will reflect the greater negative impact that respondents expect the Independent Group to have on Labour.
Our survey. A plurality of Party members would back May’s deal were meaningful change made to the backstop
There’s been a jump in support for a time limit. But as we write such change doesn’t look to be forthcoming.
There is a strong case for altering the balance of welfare spending between working people and those retired.