Interpretation one: its members are talking at length, but there’s no real resistance to the Prime Minister’s draft Brexit plan. Interpretation two: it is running into trouble.
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The DUP leader says that “there will be consequences” if the Prime Minister proposes one.
Losing both them and the DUP will send a very strong signal to every Conservative MP about its implications for the Union.
But although the Prime Minister looked calm, Nigel Dodds, parliamentary leader of the DUP, did not.
She dodges a direct question on whether Parliament with have the sovereign right to withdraw unilaterally from any backstop.
Not a lot, yet – but the two fundamental things we do know already provide cause for Eurosceptic concern.
May’s choice today. The possibility of her Government collapsing soon…or the probability of it doing so now
The DUP hates the idea of Corbyn in Downing Street. But it is very hard to imagine it waving the draft deal through.
Raab, Cox, Gove, Fox, Mordaunt – all these Cabinet members, and others, should prepare to resign today
They should first seek to persuade May not to press for a decision, since there will have been no opportunity for full timely study of the text.
Daniel Hannan: May’s deal. It leaves us facing colonial rule from Brussels, of the sort imposed on Bosnia following the Yugoslav war.
Cowardice and lack of vision have brought us to this pass – facing all the costs and obligations of EU membership, but with no voice, no vote and no veto.
Damien Phillips: As Merkel calls for a “real, true” European army, Cabinet members must grasp that this plan threatens our security
Our European partners can be unreliable and, in cases like Romania, dangerously compromised.
Raab, Cox, Gove, Fox, Mordaunt – all these Cabinet members, and others, should resign tomorrow if necessary.
They mustn’t let Downing Street bounce them into agreeing a 500-plus page deal that they won’t have had time to study properly.
Julian Smith says that “it’s a major document – hundreds of pages…the Prime Minister’s been working, day in, day out.”
WATCH: Johnson gets in early doors. May’s proposed deal is “vassal state stuff – utterly unacceptable”
“If you ask me, am I going to vote against it? My answer is yes,” he says, as the DUP and ERG come out fighting.
Various Leavers – and the head of the Remain campaign – predicted such an outcome. Now it seems we’re seeing it happen.
WATCH: Dodds – We told Ministers we will vote with Labour on Brexit legal advice. So they’ve folded rather than lose.
“Our understanding is that the Government is going to abstain, so the motion will be carried.”