The Brexit Secretary insists that the European Union has to accept a replacement to the backstop, which he describes as a “unicorn”.
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Shami Chakrabarti, the Shadow Attorney General, claims the Opposition will seek one after the Benn Act has been complied with.
“I don’t think there’s much to be gained from speculating on what we may or may not do, what tactics we might choose to deploy later on.”
You might blame Parliament for the fact that the Prime Minister will have broken his promise but Parliament didn’t force him to make that promise.
Simon Fawthrop: The letter requesting a Brexit delay was sent by carrier pigeon and arrived too late? What a shame.
If Benn and others seek to bind the Prime Minister to the letter of their Surrender Bill, then he should oblige – by following it in exacting detail.
The Chancellor responds to reports that Boris Johnson might try to defy the bill mandating him to extend Article 50.
Interview. McLoughlin – Hunt’s former campaign Chairman, lifelong One Nation Tory – backs Johnson’s suspensions
The former Party Chairman and Chief Whip says the only way to save moderate conservatism is to get Brexit through.
Once again, Remainers are bolstering the separatists even as they lecture Brexiteers on the importance of the Union.
Syed Kamall: Why the Prime Minister has grounds to hope the EU will grant her request for an extension
Even amongst those keen to use it as a lesson, there is not yet any willingness to take the blame for a no-deal departure.
Heaton-Harris resigns as No Deal Minister: “I simply cannot support any further extension to Article 50”
He praises the work done by civil servants to prepare for exit without a deal – and suggests the Prime Minister has not been fully informed of their progress.
Those who backed the motion included Guto Bebb, Antointte Sandbach and Ed Vaizey.
Indicative Votes. Bercow selects four motions. All back either a Softer Brexit, a second referendum – or No Brexit at all.
That’s variously for a customs union; for a custom arrangement plus the Single Market; for a second referendum, and for staying in the EU.
PS: We make that 28 Spartans and six Remainers. The Prime Minister won only nine votes from across the floor, and lost the DUP.
“There are those that will say ‘the House has rejected every option, you’ll probably lose, so why bother?’. I bother because this is the last opportunity to vote for Brexit.”
He describes the backstop as “a con trick which breaks up the UK”.