As a split in the Conservative Party finally threatens for real, May must explain why and when she backed off mutual recognition.
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Ministers and others are mulling whether checks already in place across the Irish Sea could be extended.
We don’t claim that the EU would accept it – but neither will the Commission nor the 27 necessarily accept the Prime Minister’s new plan.
Never mind Hunt. Move over, Hancock. Meet Geoffrey Cox – the most significant appointment of the reshuffle.
As the meaning of legal texts moves centre-stage, Brexit-wise, May sends for a top QC to champion her case – and pore the documents.
Number 10’s plan was summarised in the statement released after Chequers. The Ministers’ was contained in DexEU’s draft of the White Paper.
After Davis quit, a vote of confidence in May’s leadership hung in the balance. Now it’s set to happen – and events are creating their own momentum.
No clearer signal could be sent that the Haltemprice and Howden MP is out on his own. But the promotion will lose Raab some friends even as it delivers a new gain in status.
The question this morning is whether Johnson, who fundamentally disagrees with May’s new Brexit policy no less, will also go – along with other Cabinet dissenters.
Our snap survey. Three in five Party members believe May’s new Brexit plan represents a bad deal for Britain.
And the same proportion don’t support it. This mirrors the Leave/Remain divide which the survey found before the EU referendum.
ConHome snap survey newsflash. Is May’s Chequers Brexit plan good or bad? Should it be backed or not? Our poll is now live.
An e-mail has been sent to the inboxes of our regular panel members, and we hope to publish the findings during the next few days.
If no deal is better than a bad one, the sum of this policy is certainly a bad deal. Tory leavers now face a bleak choice.
What may count most today is not whether the water simmers over, but whether his temper and patience do instead – or first.
A Brexit in the hand is worth two in the bush. None the less, the Commons will have to vote her proposals down, if the EU banks them but offers no proper deal in return.
Our survey panel. It’s a record high for the view that the Prime Minister should leave Downing Street before the next election.
Each monthly answer to this question since last June has found that over half the respondents want a new leader in place for the contest due in 2022.
It’s a close-run thing, with fewer than 20 votes in over a thousand separating these two Big Beasts among potential contenders.