Technically, May still has time to avoid European elections. Politically, it is very hard indeed to see how she now can.
Posts Tagged: David Lidington MP
Next Tory Leader. Our Survey. Johnson dominates the table. He puts on ten points and leads by eighteen.
The pattern of results over many months suggests that the worse the position of the Conservatives, the better he does.
“Our position hasn’t changed – we think that the public came to a clear position in 2016 with both parties saying that the decision would be final.”
Next Tory Leader. It’s Johnson first, Raab second and Gove third in our first survey since May’s pledge to quit.
Next time round, we will try run-offs between some of the main candidates, which are a bit ovedue.
Harmony reigned as he denied being a revolutionary.
Paul Bew: Merkel has let alternatives to the backstop out of a bottle. So there’s no putting them back in.
It really is something when a significant part of the EU leadership joins the list of agnostics. No wonder there is nervousness in Dublin.
WATCH: Not me, Guv 1) Lidington – “I don’t think I’ve any wish to take over from the Prime Minister”
“One thing that working closely with her does is cure you completely of any lingering shred of ambition to want to do that task.”
WATCH: Duncan Smith – The leadership must be chosen by Party members, not in a “stitch-up” by a “cabal”
“If the answer is a caretaker, whether Mr Lidington or anybody else, what the hell was the question?”
May should go in mid-April. But attempts to appoint a successor uncontested will only stir further chaos in the hen coop.
He and other pro-Soft Brexit or Remain Ministers have long been pushing for some variant of this move.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
WATCH: May’s Dash for a Deal 2) Lidington claims that legally binding changes have been made to the backstop
There is a joint legally binding instrument on the Withdrawal Agreement. But what does the Attorney-General think?
Our survey. Next Tory leader – Johnson is top again. Here’s why he’s in pole position with minimum effort.
It is striking how little the former Foreign Secretary is doing to maintain his lead. Then again, he scarcely needs to stir – for the moment.
Interview. Sharma – “Every foreign investor I met thought leaving the EU would present significantly more opportunities for bilateral trade.”
The Employment Minister embodies two reasons why the Government is still afloat – its jobs creation record and under-reported Ministerial loyalty.
“There was no mention whatsoever of any infrastructure, any hard border” in Dublin’s preparations for a WTO Brexit.