“I believe there is a majority in Parliament that would support a permanent customs arrangement with the European Union.”
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May won’t yield to their demand for renegotiation unless she believes that at least some of them will quit. And on the basis of last week, why would she?
From an analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement text: May’s broken promises on the ECJ, the backstop, customs – and dividing the UK
Article 20 says that the backstop will only ‘cease to apply’ if ‘the Union and United Kingdom decide jointly’ that it should end – no sovereign right for the UK to leave.
David Davies: I voted and campaigned for Leave. But here’s why I’m supporting the Prime Minister’s Brexit plan.
Opposing this proposal serves only to help those who wish to undermine our desire to respect the referendum result. It is only by being united that we can fight them off.
We set five tests for it. Does this draft agreement pass them? And does it really take back control of our borders, laws and money?
The finding suggests that May will have an uphill struggle to sell it to them, just as she had over Chequers.
Bob Seely: This deal isn’t perfect. If it can be improved, great. But let’s not make the best the enemy of the good.
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
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.
She didn’t establish herself as a strategic Home Secretary, but is a highly effective media performer.
The Prime Minister surely knows that doing so is damaging. But she appears willing to disregard the cost out of desperation.
WATCH: Fox becomes the first Brexiteer Cabinet Minister to front for the Government – and chides fellow Leavers
He says that “ultimately I hope that across Parliament we recognise that a deal is better than no deal.”
So he’s left presumably unwilling to sell May’s deal on any other basis that it’s bad…but that the alternative is worse.
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.
For nothing in return, by way of a guaranteed free trade deal, the Prime Minister is willing to hand over at least £40 billion, potentially £60 billion.
“One of my cricketing heroes was Geoffrey Boycott…he stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end.”