A suggestion to build further support for the Prime Minister’s deal among colleagues, based on the auctions conducted each year at the Black and White Ball.
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It would be a good match. Former Remainer v the former Chair of Vote Leave. No gender war element, either. How about it, Downing Street?
It’s the Bored of Brexits versus People against May, as she seeks to snoreathon her way to victory – by persuading MPs that voters have simply had enough.
The key question arising from the diplomatic back-and-forth is whether Spain would be prepared to veto a future trade deal.
Keep your eyes fixed on the Withdrawal Agreement, which would be backed by law. Not on this Political Declaration. Which wouldn’t.
A staple of stagecraft magic is misdirection. While his audience is gawping at one thing, the magician is swiftly doing another. So it may be now.
Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
May says Brexit may be “somehow delayed”. How so, if it can’t be without her consent – that’s to say, the Government’s?
It is very hard to see how the Commons could stop a no deal Brexit without forcing a general election. Assuming the Prime Minister keeps her word.
Don’t presume anything about a Commons vote on May’s deal. Especially a second vote. If she’s still in place after a first one goes down…
The Government has clearly lost the support of the DUP, and is operating at present with no majority.
Tactical wins, strategic defeat. May’s deal binds us to the backstop. And threatens the future of “our precious union”
In a nutshell, this deal would bring back control of borders and money. But not laws in any meaningful sense. Which is where the problems begin.
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement’s text: How the Irish protocol would separate Great Britain from Northern Ireland.
It can’t have been Parliament’s intention to allow Northern Ireland to form part of a separate customs territory to Great Britain for any purpose.
May won’t yield to their demand for renegotiation unless she believes that at least some of them will quit. And on the basis of last week, why would she?
Which may or may not cast light on why the Chairman of the 1922 Committee must make enquiries about correspondence in his possession.
The finding suggests that May will have an uphill struggle to sell it to them, just as she had over Chequers.
May above him, Hammond beside him and Robbins ahead of him, this pro-Leave politician will have embraced his new post knowing that he is hemmed in.