“It would be difficult to justify having a vote if you thought you would lose it”, the International Trade Secretary says.
He would accept a “short technical extension”, “but if we don’t have a deal then we should leave with No Deal”.
The Shadow Brexit Secretary twists and turns as he seeks to justify not voting today in favour of part of his own party’s policy.
He and other pro-Soft Brexit or Remain Ministers have long been pushing for some variant of this move.
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“I think we will stay right in our land,” the President says, changing the subject as quickly as possible.
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“It is intolerable that [May] is asking those of us that oppose her deal to tear up our manifesto commitments and break our word to our constituents.”
The Transport Secretary appeared to loiter enthusiastically, preventing Gauke, Rudd and Clark getting the shot they might have wanted.
The Cabinet Minister says that he’s not resigning, even though he defied the Whip this evening.
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She says that ‘the deal on the table” is the only deal available as she spells out the options.
“We’re having to be engaged in this because our duty is governance – our duty is the medium and longer term.”
He says that beef and sheep farmers would face tariffs of “at least 40 per cent, in some cases more than 100 per cent.”
“On this side, we’ve been insistent on saying that No Deal is not a viable option.”
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Instead we need “a short extension, seven or eight weeks…to prepare for a No Deal outcome.”
But he lists the good news and claims that it has “defied expectations and will provide the solid foundation that Britain needs to seize the opportunities of the future.”
A rasp-voiced Prime Minister sets out the details whereby the Commons will vote on No Deal and if necessary on extension.