The first in a ConservativeHome series of what the new Prime Minister must do in the month before Parliament returns in September.
Posts Tagged: Emmanuel Macron
Who are you voting for to run the EU Commission? Have you watched the debates and scrutinised their manifestos? Oh, wait.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
But the Commons has dug in against the Withdrawal Agreement. These immovable obstacles seemingly point in only one direction: a general election.
Nick Hargrave: How Johnson became Prime Minister, cut a Brexit deal, won an election – and triumphed. For a bit.
None of what follows is impossible and, if there is a common thread, it is the self-interest of MPs in avoiding an election before leaving the EU.
The President’s support for Johnson may do the latter no good among voters, but it’s likely to do him no harm among another electorate – Tory activists.
Henry Newman: Remainers are desperately spinning the result. But the moral of this election is that Britain must now leave.
Ken Clarke summed it up recently when he argued that there was now no chance of Britain being a stable member of the EU.
Plus: Farage and my evenings. Edinburgh and my show. Notre Dame, fire, Macron – and recovery? And: Javid’s emotional intelligence.
At first glance, it looks like just about the worst timetable for achieving Brexit – which must now be seriously in doubt.
No way forward is without risk at this stage. But the least hazardous course is for the Party to step out soon with a new leader.
Syed Kamall: Why the Prime Minister has grounds to hope the EU will grant her request for an extension
Even amongst those keen to use it as a lesson, there is not yet any willingness to take the blame for a no-deal departure.
Now more than ever, it’s Brussels and not the Government which is in the driving seat – and we don’t know which way it will turn.
The divisions and impatience exposed could well be real, but it doesn’t follow that Brussels is about to suddenly shift its policy.
She yesterday achieved the outcome most likely to prop her up – at least for the time being. But Cooper, Letwin and Bercow are waiting in the wings.
Truth or bluff? “In case of a “no” vote or no, directly it will guide everybody to a no deal, for sure.”