Sir Oliver Letwin pledges his support to the government’s Brexit deal when it comes to a vote.
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Our guestimate of the numbers. Letwin’s amendment should pass. But were Johnson’s deal voted on, it would be too close to call.
On a vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
“If we have a deal we have a deal. And there is no need for any kind of prolongation. That’s not only the British view that’s my view too.”
“We’ve got a great new deal that takes back control – now Parliament should get Brexit done on Saturday.”
“The Article 50 negotiation process and principles for the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.”
“The main change relates to the future EU-UK economic relationship where the current UK government has opted for a model based on a Free Trade Agreement.”
By being so scornful, his critics have set a low bar for him. We are about to see whether he can astonish them by bounding over it.
It may not be agreed at all with the EU – and if it is the numbers in the Commons are very tight indeed by our calculation.
At stake here is whether Britain ultimately repatriates meaningful economy policy, or remains only ever one small step away from EU re-entry.
The Prime Minister himself has said that the May Withdrawal Agreement is dead – and dual-tariff systems for Northern Ireland would be unacceptable.
If a UK-EU deal is agreed, it will be because both men want one urgently – which in turn opens a chance to reset Anglo-Irish relations.
David Gauke: Whatever briefings from Downing Street may claim, an election fought on a No Deal platform would be disastrous
Let me give seven examples of principles that most Conservatives would support. I struggle to reconcile them with those pursuing a No Deal Brexit at any cost.
We can begin to see how a deal can now be agreed and then pass Parliament. But the obstacles are still formidable.
Plus: Could the Brexit Party get a free run from the Conservatives in 50 seats? Welcome, Chris Mason. And: my weekend.
Yesterday’s Downing Street briefing and the plight of the Brexit talks suggest that he will ultimately settle for extension. That could be fatal – not least for him.