A problem throughout is that he was there, but is too well-behaved to tell us what he heard.
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David Frost: The Northern Ireland Protocol is damaging the peace was designed to protect. And so must be revised.
We need to deliver a more robust, and more balanced, outcome than we could in 2019.
He was placed under no real pressure by the Leader of the Opposition, whose questions were far too long.
Henry Newman: The Alternative Arrangements Commission offers the best route through the backstop problem
There are real, viable answers to this sticky problem. But rebuilding trust may be as hard as resolving technical questions.
In trying to find a way across, and to secure the votes she needs from Labour MPs, the Prime Minister risks unintended consequences.
There are four steps she must take, successfully and in short order, to be in with any chance of seeing it fly.
Henry Newman: There are only two European Council options this week – a managed no deal, or a backstop with an exit
EU leaders should recognise that May is serious in trying to reach a negotiated deal that has a chance of passing Parliament.
By combining all the Cabinet approval ratings for the year, we can see the true scope of members’ dissatisfaction.
Polite discomfort (or “a load of arse-kissing”) on the Prime Minister’s conference call with senior Tory activists
“No-one had a pop at her”, I’m told – but equally her answers don’t seem to have won round the assembled Association officers.
Gisela Stuart: The EU referendum gave the political class a chance to mend its ways. So far, it hasn’t.
There is still time for adoption of a comprehensive free trade deal on offer from the EU and applied to the entire UK, which even now could provide a way forward.
The DExEU minister says she has “a lot of respect” for Davis, but that she’s “here in the government”.
She said the bare minimum on Brexit and Corbyn has no idea how to get anything more out of her.
With the backstop blocking progress in the negotiations, the Government must map out its plan to mitigate the effects of no agreement being reached.
“We should…switch to Canada +++ and deliver an outcome that is good for the UK, acceptable to Parliament, and negotiable with Brussels.”
Rees-Mogg is “worried” by reports that working families will lose money. Plus: how should May pitch for Labour voters? And why he is “always on good behaviour.”