In order to ensure that the Conservative Party remains able to govern effectively, I have concluded that, despite its faults, I will vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.
There is speculation that such a poll couldbe rolled into the European elections on May 23rd if necessary.
Seven Cabinet Ministers. Half the Whips Office. Eleven Ministers. All these failed to back the Government in yesterday’s extension vote.
Now some of these MPs may have been ill, or absent, or abroad. But how many were slipped with the connivance of the system?
Such as: do you see Brexit as a help or a hindrance – and what’s your vision for our post-Leave country?
“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.”
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: How the news of the Prime Minister’s departure reached the waiting press
Where Thatcher’s leadership once hung in the balance, May promised to go.
Ashley Fox: May’s deal. We will be dragged into the disaster of European Parliamentary elections if it doesn’t pass.
We be explaining on the doorsteps why voters should send representatives to an institution we pledged to have left two months previously.
Huw Merriman: To ensure that the aid budget is spent carefully, let DFID, not the Foreign Office, control it
The Taxpayers’ Alliance is right to demand responsible stewardship of valuable resources. But we should not mess with the aid rules.
Hers or Letwins? That’s what the choice is narrowing down to. From the point of view of trust in politics, how MPs vote will now make little difference – if any.
It would increase our power to control freedom of movement, plus our laws and finances – and deliver on the referendum result.
Chris White: A guide to today’s indicative votes – and their significance, as the legislature seizes power from the executive
This week has seen Parliament grab control, and this has serious implications for the practices of responsible government.
In other words, May waits for Letwin. Which adds a new dimension to her chicken game. Her message is: “vote for my deal soon – or get his.”
The Moggcast. Deal-or-No-Brexit “becomes the choice eventually…May’s deal is better than not leaving at all”
Rees-Mogg details how the deal is “definitely not” worse than Remain. And: why the Letwin plan is constitutionally “absurd”.
Matt Hancock: 75 years on, let’s celebrate how we Conservatives were the original Party of the NHS. And are still serving it today.
It was Henry Willink, supported by Churchill, who declared the NHS should be “free at the point of delivery, according to need not ability to pay.”
Sara Khan should hold an investigation into racial and religious prejudice among all the main parties.