The leading Remainer rebel doesn’t believe it to be an option that can realistically be offered to the electorate.
“I think, actually, what people want to hear is how we get out of the mess of the backstop.”
“We entered into the confidence and supply agreement in relation to supporting Brexit on the basis of our shared priorities.”
“I think she could still turn it round. But we need a change of approach: she needs to go back with, if you like, a ‘best final offer’ to the EU.”
The Brexit Secretary claims that the Withdrawal Agreement balances controlling money and immigration with keeping trade flowing.
“At the moment I am looking for someone who can unite the party behind a Brexit deal. A person who believes in Brexit.”
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Tom Swarbrick was “alongside Theresa May during previous crises, including when she called the last general election.”
“The argument is a strong argument. I think the deal is a strong deal. I wouldn’t have taken up my post if I didn’t believe that the deal delivers the Brexit vote.”
“The backstop would endure indefinitely, and it would tie us to the Customs Union with no escape.”
Has he considered sitting as a National Liberal? Or might he join Patrick O’Flynn in the SDP?
“My understanding is that the rest of the world trades on WTO rules with independent free trade agreements.”
The Chancellor also insists, having been involved in the process for more than two years, that there is no realistic prospect of renegotiation.
At the funeral of the 41st President, George Herbert Walker Bush, he is honoured by the 43rd, George Walker Bush.
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The former Chief Whip says that if the Prime Minister is defeated next week, she must return to the negotiating table.
In today’s Brexit debate, the former Universities Minister explains why he resigned and won’t be supporting May’s deal.