Seven points to reflect on during the coming weeks, including this: the centre ground of British politics is vacant.
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It’s real aim is to create the circumstances in which Brexit can be halted – without the all-but-impossible holding of a pre-March 29 plebiscite.
The excuses have become dully predictable – we cannot allow this hatred itself to become a dully predictable party of everyday life, too.
Nick Hargrave: The economic consequences of No Deal might only be temporary. But the political ones would dwarf Black Wednesday.
Even the near threat of such an outcome could outscale 16th September 1992 many times over in terms of setting political perceptions.
No celebrity candidates. No non-Tories. Bailey, Boff and Morrissey have all spent years campaigning, knocking on doors, handing out leaflets in the sun and in the rain.
Michael Tomlinson: I voted Leave. But as MPs leave Westminster this summer, we must look wider than the EU debate – and deliver social justice for Britain.
We must embrace such issues as poverty, families, prisons and young people.
James Frayne: A second referendum? The poll data suggests Greening’s idea would be a total disaster for the Conservatives
The British left are somewhat more open to the idea, but the Conservative Party’s members and voters would not wear the proposal
Our Executive Editor notes that while Opposition MPs continue to criticise the failings of their Party, they still haven’t actually done anything about it.
The Government is in crisis. MPs need to ponder deeply should be done for the best. That means not quitting Westminster this week.
James Kanagasooriam: The Conservatives have no secure future as a governing party unless they win many more ethnic minority votes
The good news is that there is an enormous opportunity for the Party – because it is much worse at converting people considering voting Blue into actual voters.
Every Opposition needs a way of maintaining flexibility as it manoeuvres to bring down the Government – and this is Team Corbyn’s.
And, late in the day, the Prime Minister bows to our advice, and rushes on to Marr, today, to make the case for her new proposals.
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.
WATCH: Starmer rejects May’s customs plan as a “bureaucratic nightmare” – and says Labour wants a customs union
“As for Chequers, I’m afraid it’s got ‘fudge’ written all over it.” The Prime Minister has gone to “extraordinary lengths” to avoid a union.
Nick Boles and Robert Syms: One of us was a Remainer, the other a Leaver. We join now with other Tory MPs to back Theresa May.
Any Cabinet member who throws their toys out of the pram at Chequers will receive a cold shoulder in the tearoom.