They are not necessarily three birds of a feather: ConservativeHome is told that Simpson will vote with the Government this evening.
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Grieve today, Francois tomorrow? The rights and wrongs of withdrawing the whip from Conservative rebels.
Shouldn’t local Assocations have the right to select their candidate? It is far from obvious to us that the answer is no.
But the odds of an early general election are shortening as each minute passes.
Almost half of Party members oppose the Withdrawal Agreement – even without the backstop. Our survey.
And some two in five back it. When asked about a time limit on the Northern Ireland backstop rather than abolition, support falls to roughly a third.
Our survey. Nearly eight out of ten Party members believe that Johnson will deliver Brexit by October 31.
And eight in ten back the prorogation decision. As matters stand, Party members are fully behind their leader.
Don’t be so distracted by the actors – and all the talk of deselection and elections – as to miss the drama’s bigger picture.
Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
This Commons won’t accept the Northern Ireland backstop. That’s the reality – whether the EU likes it or not.
Remainers cannot both plead Commons supremacy over Brexit and deny it over the Withdrawal Agreement.
Even though public concern about immigration seems to have eased off recently, there is reason for caution.
A No Deal Brexit. “It’s not going to be the end of the world. But it’s not going to be a walk in the park either.”
Since the Government believes the Yellowhammer leak details are out of date, it should publish an up-to-date assessment as soon as possible.
MPs are more likely to try other means of stopping a No Deal Brexit than holding a no confidence vote in Johnson’s Government.
Brexit and No Deal. The Prime Minister has a policy, and a plan to deliver it. His opponents agree on neither.
They cannot settle on who should replace Johnson, and keep Britain in the EU beyond October 31. Or on an alternative approach.
Hammond complains about a No Deal Brexit – a policy to which he was signed up if necessary. And undermined.
He suggests that Johnson is acting dishonestly in claiming that he wants a deal. But with all respect to the former Chancellor, he is throwing stones from a glass house.
As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop & search, so with trade. The Prime Minister will want a quick win – or at least progress towards one.
So we’ve had NHS, policing and immigration plans from Johnson. Stand ready for a schools spending pledge.
He committed during the leadership election contest to raise it to £5000 per pupil – and level up outside London.