When I tried to focus these concerns by calling for a vote to see if this deal did indeed have the agreement of Cabinet, opposition crumbled – and my colleagues fell silent.
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Were it not for the backstop, May’s deal would get over the line – with support from an overwhelming majority of Conservatives, including us.
Our plan is supported by remainers like me, by leavers such as David Davis and Dominic Raab and, crucially, by the DUP.
The Prime Minister says she told world leaders “we are looking forward to future trade agreements”.
George Bridges: The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The choice facing Parliament is compromise or chaos.
If you want to be sure that Brexit happens, however much you might dislike this plan, there is only one course of action – vote for it.
Stephen Booth: The backstop. It’s problematic for the EU as well as the UK – whatever you’re told to the contrary.
There is concern in some capitals that the UK can use it to secure privileged access to the Single Market in goods with, over time, a competitive advantage.
“The divisions of the referendum need to be consigned to the past. Now is the time to…lead our country to a future of freedom, success, and prosperity.”
Daniel Hannan: I want to support May’s plan. But I can’t. It proposes a way of leaving the EU that’s exactly the wrong way round.
Instead of leaving the Customs Union but retaining chunks of the Single Market – we shall end up staying in the Customs Union but leaving most of the Single Market.
They would plunge into unknown territory that is most likely to lead to our exit being delayed, diluted – or even ditched altogether.
Chloe Westley: If the Conservatives bow to May’s betrayal of the referendum result, they will be cursed for a generation
By refusing to consider the option of leaving without a deal, Conservative Ministers are essentially admitting defeat. And we deserve better than a defeatist political class.
It’s possible to trade across the Northern Irish border without simply swallowing EU regulation whole
A myth has been promulgated that there is no alternative – now exploded by the inclusion of “alternative arrangements” in the Political Declaration.
Nick Hargrave: If we join the EEA, others might follow – thus creating a Europe-wide, non-federalist alternative to the EU
As a bloc with heightened economic weight, with the UK as a key influence, it would have greater flexibility to negotiate over issues such as immigration and budgetary contributions.
Troublingly, such concerns are the basis for the most unpopular provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.
David Davis: There has long been an alternative to this discredited deal. It’s the Canada-style plan that Tusk and Barnier offered us.
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
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.