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John Strafford: The Conservative Party no longer belongs to its members. No wonder it faces an existential crisis.
If we do not leave the E.U. on terms that are acceptable to the members of the Party, large numbers will leave it. Here’s how we got here.
Our party will not be able to speak for Britain as it really is, and as it will increasingly come to be, unless we make some efforts to reflect this in our membership.
“Those who block a deal and then complain about no-deal, I think will have little cover when they next face the voters.”
Our Government alone isn’t entitled to finalise a deal. It must have Parliamentary endorsement. And this Commons rejected the deal by a record margin.
Plus: My exclusive insight into that May Corbyn summit. Why does the BBC indulge Brok? And: Cooper trooper – not so super.
“I pointed out that this would be the first time in British history that we had entered into a treaty arrangement with anybody else in which there was no right to leave.”
He would be averse to leaving without a deal, but even more alarmed by the idea of taking any course of action which risked breaking the Tory Party into fragments.
He has become emblematic of the failed status quo. We need someone who believes in Brexit.
“We can’t wait until a failure of the talks before we start to implement that reform programme. We have to begin it now, or nobody will take us seriously.”
On the Cooper amendment, 25 Labour MPs either rebelled or abstained – including half a dozen shadow ministers.
“Last night, the House set a clear direction on the way that the House could agree a deal.”
Details of the proposals negotiated to try to bring the Conservative Party together.
The Prime Minister’s previous form suggests that she will keep kicking the can down the road, or try to – even after the road runs out.
The amendment passed by 317 to 301 – and seven Labour MPs rebelled to back it.