Brexit 1) Government wins EU (Withdrawal) Bill vote 326 to 290

“…Parliament’s post-midnight vote resulted in the prime minister facing no rebellion from within her party, as the government secured a victory of 326 to 290. The result handed May an effective “Brexit majority” of 36 after seven Labour MPs – Ronnie Campbell, Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Kelvin Hopkins, John Mann, Dennis Skinner and Graham Stringer – defied their own party whip to support the government, arguing that the referendum demanded the legislation be passed. The prime minister called it a “historic decision to back the will of the British people” and said the vote would give clarity and certainty through the Brexit process.” – Guardian

  • It was a “comfortable win” – The Times
  • The first vote was 318 to 296 – The Sun
  • This was “May’s first test” – Daily Express
  • She “hails a historic moment” – Daily Mail
  • Johnson and Davis “issued last-minute pleas to back bill” – Herald
  • The bill will move to the next “stage of scrutiny” – FT
  • There were no Conservative rebels. And 7 Labour ones – Independent
  • Sturgeon called for Scottish Brexit unity… – Daily Telegraph
  • …But wouldn’t drop calls for second indyref – Guardian


  • Let’s look at Labour’s splits – Francis Elliott, The Times
  • My take on Labour’s confusion – John Crace, Guardian
  • There were “hours of dusty debate” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
  • There are “lessons for liberals” in all this – Janan Ganesh, FT
  • Cameron predicted the boredom of Brexit parliamentary squabbling – Michael Deacon, Daily Telegraph
  • Blair needs to move on from this stuff. It’s over – Tom Harris, Daily Telegraph



Brexit 2) But the next stages will be a “long slog”

“Britain’s politicians are gearing up for a gruelling winter of late night votes and thwarted travel plans as the need to pass Brexit legislation keeps them pinned to parliament. A midnight vote on the EU Withdrawal bill on Monday night is the first taste of what lies ahead, and seven more Brexit bills are heading towards the House of Commons covering sensitive areas including customs, immigration, trade and farming. ‘I’m warning some of our younger members it will be a slog for 18 months and that they need to batten down the hatches,’ said Gary Streeter, a Conservative MP and a former whip for John Major, the former prime minister, after the 1990s rebellions over the Maastricht treaty.” – FT

  • Senior Tory backbenchers amongst those keen to lay amendments – Guardian

Brexit 3) Davis to point up Britain’s military and intelligence assets

“Britain will today use its military and intelligence assets as a bargaining chip to persuade the EU to open talks on a post-Brexit trade deal. David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, will remind Brussels just how important the UK is in helping the continent fight terrorism, cyber-crime and “state-based military aggression” when he publishes a position paper on defence. The offer of a “deep and special partnership” on defence and security, including the use of British military assets in EU operations, is intended as a carrot to entice EU negotiators.” – Daily Telegraph

  • The latest negotiating paper highlights defence budget and more – Independent
  • Johnson says UK commitment to European security must be “undiminished” post-Brexit – Guardian
  • Fallon talks of “deep partnership” – The Sun

Brexit 4) Corbyn to tell TUC conference that leaving should “guarantee full access to the single market”

“Jeremy Corbyn will call for the UK to retain “full access” to the European single market on Tuesday as he seeks to clarify Labour’s position on Brexit. The party’s leader will tell delegates at the TUC conference that his post-Brexit vision is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who want to create a “Shangri-La for bosses and bankers”. Speaking in Brighton on Tuesday, he will say: “Labour respects the referendum result but we want a jobs-first Brexit that guarantees full access to the European single market as part of a new trade agreement and relationship with the EU.” – Guardian


  • He’s betraying leave voters – The Sun

More Labour

  • McDonnell’s “insurrection” power plan – Daily Mail
  • Leftwing unions to consider idea of scrapping Trident – Daily Telegraph
  • Corbyn “dismisses” Blair intervention – Independent
  • Scottish Labour is “doing the Nats’ bidding” – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph

More Brexit

Johnson defends British response to Irma in face of criticism

“Pressure is growing on the British government to send a representative to the Carribbean islands devasted by Hurricane Irma as other European leaders prepare fly out. Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, earlier defended Britain’s response to the “unprecedented catastrophe” of the hurricane amid criticism of its efforts to help British tourists and citizens in overseas territories. The government has been attacked for failing to send a representative to the area, despite President Macron of France and the king of the Netherlands planning to make the trip on Tuesday.” – The Times

May had “constructive” talk with Trump over Bombardier trade dispute

“Theresa May has asked President Trump to intervene in a trade dispute that threatens thousands of jobs in Belfast amid pressure from the Democratic Unionist Party, The Times can reveal. … Mrs May raised the issue with Mr Trump in a phone call last Tuesday after pressure from Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) on whose support she relies to govern. … Mrs May’s call to the US president was described by officials as constructive.” – The Times

  • This has only just been revealed – FT
  • She was “under pressure” from the DUP – Guardian
  • The dispute could “devastate one of NI’s biggest employers” – Belfast News Letter
  • Meanwhile, Parliament “needs to approve release” of DUP money – Independent
  • And Miss America criticises Trump over climate change – Daily Telegraph

Hague: Here’s what Aung San Suu Kyi should do

“It is possible to make the argument that we should cut her some slack, and, were this a continuation of the long-running hostility between the Rohingya and the majority Buddhist population, with low-level incidents, those of us who have met and admired her would be tempted to do so… All of us who have served in government know that ideals have to be tempered by reality, and that politics is a constant effort to choose the lesser of evils. Isn’t it preferable for this indomitable leader, having arrived in power — albeit incomplete — to keep doing her best for the majority rather than enter a futile confrontation with the army over a conflict that is not her fault?” – Daily Telegraph

  • The part America has played in this – Helen Epstein, Guardian

News in Brief

  • The end of the central bank? Callum Crozier – CapX
  • Channel 4’s correction – Buzzfeed
  • TV star’s daughter died at festival – Huffington Post
  • The saga of Robbie Travers – Ido Vock, New Statesman 
  • My interview with Jacobson – Alastair Benn, Reaction