That’s two days for Commons, Lords and Royal Assent. Virtual participation is being encouraged. Seventy-five per cent of MPs have a proxy vote.
We hail the commitment of Frost and Oliver Lewis to their negotiating brief. Without them, this deal is unlikely to have reached its final form.
For the second time in a year, the Brexit Party leader has ridden in behind the Prime Minister – for whom this news is a big plus.
Johnson should be praised for getting a deal at all – once again. But as matters stand, MPs won’t be able properly to consider it.
It symbolises the way national policy injured specific communities, and the promise that Brexit would change Westminster’s priorities.
Part-closed borders, an unresolved Brexit negotiation, a new strain of Covid – the interplay between these is perilous and Parliament should be recalled.
MPs should be summoned to vote on the new tiering arrangements. Whether they’d have time to consider a trade bill is a different matter.
If there’s a deal, some will argue for a closer relationship. Others will argue that, having come so far, we must go further in disentangling ourselves.
For the UK, it would say: “we are leaving and want to make our own rules.” For the EU, it would say: “don’t think leaving the EU is easy”.
These lobbyists have a Trojan Horse agenda: this debate has consequences for other animal materials including wool, leather and food production.
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The Political Declaration approves non-regression but not dynamic alignment – elements of which the EU has backed off from.
The agreement involves revising an international border – opposed in this case by the EU and the UK. It will have knock-on effects elsewhere.
Whether writing, speaking or negotiating, he puts on a performance which the spectators enjoy all the more because it horrifies the guardians of convention.
If no good deal comes and No Deal happens, the option of a return to EU membership is no longer on the table.