We don’t claim that the EU would accept it – but neither will the Commission nor the 27 necessarily accept the Prime Minister’s new plan.
Posts Tagged: Ireland
Daniel Hannan: My view of May’s new Brexit plan. It’s just about better than No Deal. But now a line in the sand must be drawn.
Preparing for no deal ought therefore to be our national priority – cuts in corporate and personal taxes, removal of regulations, openness to global business.
If no deal is better than a bad one, the sum of this policy is certainly a bad deal. Tory leavers now face a bleak choice.
Harmonisation on goods. Flexibility for services. UK management of EU tariffs in Britain. Government Brexit Chequers proposal. Full text.
Plus “due regard paid to EU case law in areas where the UK continues to apply a common rulebook”.
What may count most today is not whether the water simmers over, but whether his temper and patience do instead – or first.
May’s appeal next week at Chequers will be founded in grinding detail, not Churchillian rhetoric. Key to agreement will be taking Ministers with her and springing no untoward surprises.
Lord Ashcroft: My latest polling explores the tensions and controversies around the union and Northern Ireland’s border
Crucially, opinion is not just divided between Leave and Remain, but between the Province and the mainland.
The people and locally-elected politicians must decide. Bradley’s letter to Tory MPs on abortion in Northern Ireland. Full text.
“What is clear however is that even amongst proponents of reform there is currently no consensus on what that reform should entail.”
Perhaps – if the Brexit Secretary can demonstrate that his proposals are compatible with May’s red lines, and saleable to the DUP.
Plus: A crazy clergyman, a bonkers Imam, and unreason on obesity. Richard Holden’s innocence. And: I am ready for Desert Island Dicks.
Also: female Tories press the Prime Minister for action on Ulster abortion law; and Davies urges Party to unite over Brexit.
It’s a counter-intuitive take – but it’s what the sum of opinion polling in recent years tends to suggest.
It looks to be the least bad medium-term means of settling the future of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
Lord Ashcroft: My Republic of Ireland focus groups on Brexit. They both agree that the UK is making a terrible mistake.
“Two years later no-one knows what they want, even the Tory party. Theresa May says one thing and Boris Johnson says another.”
Also: Davidson calls for ’emotion bonds’ of the Union to be strengthened; SNP face tough choices on independence ‘summer offensive’; and more.