One has to pinch oneself to remember that as recently as last July May was Prime Minister, Hammond Chancellor of the Exchequer and Gauke Lord Chancellor.
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.
Steve Brine and Greg Clark, who have also been deprived of the whip, voted with the Government – which lost by 289 votes to 306.
Plus: What would it take to get the Cabinet leavers to resign? Clarke’s Maastricht Treaty Customs Union moment. And: in defence of Robbie Gibb.
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
I like Fiona Bruce. I hope she can pull the programme out of the doldrums. But I fear its time has past.
There is plenty of reason to check that the Government’s ones have been giving sound legal advice to ministers. Too often, it has been wrong.
Plus: Hammond’s jokes. Javid’s stonewalling. Am I a fascist? And: of the making of books there is no end
She has taken a decisive step along a road that is very clearly signposted. She cannot turn back without political ruin. And there is no sign whatsoever that she wants to.
Her camp wants to move on from the subject. Quite right. But she will find it hard to do so until she has put doubts about her commitment to rest.
It was all over the 1975 In campaign. This time round, it is largely absent. What does that say about the state of the European Project?
After 25 years and 16 consecutive defeats a by-election victory for the Conservatives while in Government
Would a Conservative Party led by him have beaten UKIP?
JP Floru is Head of Programmes at the Adam Smith Institute. State action is usually less efficient than private action. … Read more »