“The divisions of the referendum need to be consigned to the past. Now is the time to…lead our country to a future of freedom, success, and prosperity.”
“It is frankly disgraceful that the Chancellor…has not published the underlying assumptions.” Davis’ speech on forecasting. Full Text.
“The truth is that the Treasury is more often wrong than right. And the same goes for the OBR.”
“This deal honours the result of the referendum.” The Prime Minister’s Commons statement on the Brexit deal. Full text.
“No-one knows what would happen if this deal doesn’t pass. It would open the door to more division and more uncertainty, with all the risks that will entail.”
“The British people don’t want to spend any more time arguing about Brexit.” May’s statment at the EU summit. Full text.
“So I will take this deal back to the House of Commons confident we have achieved the best deal available.”
The UK “will leave the European Union. We will then begin a new chapter in our national life.” May’s letter – full text
“I will be campaigning with my heart and soul to win that vote and to deliver this Brexit deal, for the good of our United Kingdom and all of our people.”
A Brexiteer backbencher and former minister, who has not yet signalled how he intends to vote on the deal, has been knighted.
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.
Beefed up to 26 pages (from seven), the Prime Minister hopes it will be enough to reassure rebellious MPs.
“It brings back control of our borders, our money and our laws.” The Prime Minister’s Downing Street statement – full text
“And it does so while protecting jobs, protecting our security and protecting the integrity of the United Kingdom.”
Mordaunt: Let’s champion “the invisible women who keep…our nation going.” Her women’s suffrage centenary speech: full text
“There’s a lot of focus on women in boardrooms…But this is not the place where business is being re-imagined.”
Two seats held by the Liberal Democrats and one held by Labour form the latest tranche of Tory targets.
May rebuffs the Gang of Five. “The Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed in full.” Her CBI speech: full text.
“That agreement is a good one for the UK. It fulfils the wishes of the British people as expressed in the 2016 referendum.”
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.
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement text: May’s broken promises on the ECJ, the backstop, customs – and dividing the UK
Article 20 says that the backstop will only ‘cease to apply’ if ‘the Union and United Kingdom decide jointly’ that it should end – no sovereign right for the UK to leave.
Polite discomfort (or “a load of arse-kissing”) on the Prime Minister’s conference call with senior Tory activists
“No-one had a pop at her”, I’m told – but equally her answers don’t seem to have won round the assembled Association officers.