“Mr Enders’ intervention is a classic example of the sort of Teutonic arrogance which is one of the reasons so many people voted to leave the European Union.”
Plus: Collective minsterial responsibility is seeping away. Plus: A.C.Grayling, Jews, nazis, yellow stars – and Brexit Derangement Syndrome.
“In my personal opinion, Olly Robbins should go to the Tower, in which case he should arrive by river.”
The only way of ruling it out is to change the table itself: in other words, to abandon Brexit, or prepare to – as Remainers should admit.
Today, May is swinging towards her Party’s leavers. The logic of the Chancellor’s position, and that of his allies, is to block her – or try to.
He tells the Prime Minister that it “will walk through the lobbies with her to vote this nonsense down.”
Strangely but truly, the best way of helping the Prime Minister is to send her back to Brussels to win concessions on the backstop.
But though such a change might win his support, would it persuade his colleagues? Plus: he believes Bercow made “an honest error” last week.
If May’s deal goes down, three words from John Kerr last year will highlight a choice for this new one.
“I’m not interested in being an irreconcilable…the leadership question is settled.” Rees-Mogg accepts defeat – but reserves the right to differ over policy.
May wins – but not by enough to break free from her internal opponents. Too strong to fall and too weak to win, she is, if anything, more exposed to them than before.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.
By remaining in a customs arrangement which retains high standards and open access, it will be good for London – and the rest of the country too.
We need to get back to our focus, governing for the people. They are fed up with Brexit and we are running out of time
That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.