The divisions and impatience exposed could well be real, but it doesn’t follow that Brussels is about to suddenly shift its policy.
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The prisons minister decides to “be bold” and says that, if it comes to it, MPs should be free to express their genuine preferences on what’s next for Brexit.
If they reject the Withdrawal Agreement a third time, a deeply divided Opposition could yet get the credit for a soft departure.
“Brexit is the will of the British people, we need to deliver that.”
“We should look again at being able to leave with a negotiated deal, but in order to do that we need time…”
“However, it remains my intention to bring the deal back to the House.”
They are much less divided over whether to do the same to the Brexiteer rebels against the Withdrawal Agreement: definitely not.
Gove and Davis followed the Prime Minister, but they were heavily outnumbered in the Parliamentary Conservative Party. The Chief Whip abstained.
The 187 Tory MPs, including six Cabinet Ministers, who voted against the Prime Minister’s motion to extend Article 50
Almost two thirds of the parliamentary Conservative Party opposed it, alongside the DUP and a handful of others.
By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Halfon and Stevenson join the Europhile ultras in a very near miss for the Government.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
There’s a Conservative/Labour/Democratic Unionist push to rule out a second referendum and Benn leads the charge for Cooper/Letwin.
As a free vote, this may give us the clearest picture of the divisions at the very top of the Party over how to approach Brexit.
The Moggcast. “If a Remain Parliament sabotages Brexit, that will do enormous damage to faith in our democracy.”
Such harm would involve “electoral consequences”, Rees-Mogg warns. Plus: why he doubts the Cabinet is on the verge of ousting the Prime Minister.