With the backstop blocking progress in the negotiations, the Government must map out its plan to mitigate the effects of no agreement being reached.
Chloe Westley: In praise of the small business people I met, who help create the wealth which keeps public services going
During this Budget run-up, many of those I met raised business rates as a killer, plus council tax, the apprenticeship levy, parking charges and corporation tax, too.
When you’re worried about your child’s school, politicians look remote when they sound more interested in acronym bingo on whether we should look more like Canada or Norway.
Plus: Leadsom stonewalls, Cox charms, Brexit stalls. And: my almost-but-not-quite shoulderpads fetish.
Both the type and quantity of migration that is desirable would be better decided at a more local level.
Rebecca Lowe: Nationalisation. Ask not only: would the state do it better? But also – should it be involved at all?
It was darkly funny to see Labour MPs claiming that nationalisation could fix signals failures when track infrastructure is owned and controlled by the state.
Robert Halfon: No to Ted Clubberlang Conservatism, no to Deliveroo Conservatism, yes to Workers’ Conservatism
That’s you told, Johnson and Truss. Plus: a Universal Credit Brexit Dividend for working families.
Andy Street: Here in the West Midlands, there’s a new kind of politics developing. We call it Urban Conservatism. And it’s winning.
Our new fortnightly columnist on a renaissance which “through teamwork and shared vision, is producing real results”.
The Prime Minister will be under pressure to stand down if she doesn’t junk Chequers.
Levels of trust between Numbers 10 and 11 Downing Street may be low, but the latter holds the key to helping create an economy and society that works for everyone.
The excuse is always that there aren’t enough beds in other places. How come Labour goes to Brighton, then?
Also: Bradley retains May’s confidence as she takes belated action on MLA salaries; Plaid’s new, right-wing leader offers prospect of Tory pact; and more.
Alex Morton: As she prepares to shape her own spending review, May’s influence could last much longer than you expect
Her domestic policy impact could stretch for some years beyond her premiership – especially given the briefing yesterday of “an end to austerity”.
Lord Ashcroft: The Tory MPs who say “they have sent in letters they haven’t”. Or “withdrawn letters they never sent”.
Brady reports no confidence moves against May that might not be no confidence moves at all.
Daniel Hannan: Kavanaugh may be guilty. But justice demands that his confirmation should take place.
The presumption of innocence should not be some empty piety. A nasty aspect of politics is that this principle is reversed when the headlines are bad enough.