Seeking to extend transition after all, thus re-raising the possibility of being stuck in it, or going ahead without proper systems in place would be an unacceptable choice.
Posts Tagged: Charlie Elphicke MP
May should not shirk from seeking an election over her manifesto pledge to leave it. But we are not there yet – not nearly.
Red Ted Knight and the then Militant Tendency were a disaster for Lambeth. The hard left has returned – new bottles, yet very much the nastiest of old wine.
Which is what she hinted at after the last one – and which would ease the pressures on her and help get the government back on its feet.
Some would-be rebels switched sides at the last minute, while at least three others abstained.
The moral that many of his colleagues will quietly draw is that you cannot rely on the Conservative Party to treat you fairly if you run into trouble.
Plus: How many letters has Brady had? The tragedy of the death of Carl Sargeant. And: introducing my new podcast with Jacqui Smith.
James Arnell: Ready on Day One for Brexit. 1) Money. If there’s no deal, and the EU fails to play fair, we shouldn’t pay it a penny.
I would propose that we pay a total of €12 billion as our “divorce bill” – even if there’s no FTA. But subject to three conditions.
Charlie Elphicke: “We should insure against the risk of error.” His Commons speech on Brexit contingency: full text.
“I have a response to the naysayers who say that it would be wrong to invest now. I say that it would be wrong to wait until the last moment.”
It would be prudent for that to become the presumption. Even if we do end up with a deal, infrastructure improvements will be welcome.
As an Under-Secretary of State, he will have to negotiate with the Chancellor, who is reluctant to commit large-scale resources to planning for No Deal.
The Government needs to make a decision on our post-Brexit economic model, reinvigorate the Conservatives in office – and win the votes of the next generation.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
To salvage her Brexit policy, May must now ensure that her government is ready for No Deal. Or it won’t last.
There is time to correct the lack of preparedness of our customs and computers for 2019. But it is running out.
May needs to demonstrate that Whitehall is prepared – deal or no deal. Crossing one’s fingers and hoping for transition is not an alternative, or shouldn’t be.