Neither is at all likely indeed to succeed May if they nod reluctant assent to any scheme to sign up to the Customs Union – which might not succeed in any event.
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Stewart Jackson: Don’t pivot to the Customs Union, Prime Minister – it could destroy the Conservative Party
Breaking her promise in such a way would enrage many voters, divide her Party, and cost the nation dearly in lost Brexit opportunities.
The biggest defeat in modern times and the largest Tory rebellion won’t stop her trying to resurrect her deal.
Strangely but truly, the best way of helping the Prime Minister is to send her back to Brussels to win concessions on the backstop.
Opposing it in the hope of something better risks ending up with the worst possible outcome: no Brexit at all.
A fact amidst the rumours. The Prime Minister is failing to persuade most rebel Conservative MPs to switch and support her deal.
We count four so far from our list of 109 who have changed their minds – and all of them were only “probables”.
The conventional wisdom is: weak Prime Minister, strong Cabinet. But what we see is: weak Prime Minister, weak Cabinet.
The anger expressed on the Conservative benches reflected the anger felt in many a humble home.
The Speaker defied all precedent to allow an amendment which forces the Prime Minister to present the Commons with a ‘Plan B’ much sooner than planned.
We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.
His campaigning on behalf of ex-servicemen helped him see off Graham Brady, Tracey Crouch and Dominic Grieve.
Keir Starmer takes a distant second, with Anna Soubry and Tony Blair failing to make much of an impact.
The sequence of events: bow to a second referendum, lose the ERG, gain Blairites, contest a general election – and rebrand the Party.
The leading Remainer rebel doesn’t believe it to be an option that can realistically be offered to the electorate.
Drained of authority? Yes. Rudderless? Certainly. Humiliated? Absolutely. But May’s very weakness is becoming a strange strength.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.