It is certainly not the Brexit that people voted for. As Bill Clinton might have said about the main issue: It’s the Sovereignty, Stupid!
The noise that he picks up, with an almost clairvoyant sense, is not that of a queue waiting to vote but of a mob pitching the mighty from their seats.
If May’s deal goes down, three words from John Kerr last year will highlight a choice for this new one.
“Surely the correct response to a poll with a rigged franchise would be to refuse to sanction it with our participation.”
We need a new strategic partnership with Ireland. At the moment, that end seems endlessly remote.
She must so less from desire than prudence, since No Deal is the default position – and could happen despite Parliamentary moves to block it.
At the heart of the disagreement between “People’s Vote” campaigners and the Norway Plus supporters is whether the 2016 result is accepted or not.
“I don’t regret calling the referendum, I made a promise to call the referendum and I called the referendum.”
It would be even more irresponsible than David Cameron putting an undefined “Leave the EU” option on the 2016 ballot paper.
Perhaps, against all the odds, we will find a way of muddling through and preserve our broad church for a time after the era of Brexit has passed.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.
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.
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.
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.
The finding suggests that May will have an uphill struggle to sell it to them, just as she had over Chequers.