The logic is clear enough. The EU’s choice would be between no backstop and nothing else either; or no backstop and agreement on everything else.
Fairly or unfairly, the pro-EU cause is already associated with elites. The arrival of the Withdrawal Bill in the Upper House will do nothing to diminish that impression.
Economically, it could be transformational, as it has been in Norway, which established its fund back in the early 1990s. It is now worth over a trillion dollars.
Plus: We need a Housing Minister who will do for new homes what Michael Heseltine did with development corporations in the 1980s.
Plus: Osborne’s regrets, vintage Heseltine – and, after Germany, to Brighton, for what is claimed to be the biggest conference Labour has ever held.
Plus: investment increasing, Heseltine declining. Listen to Farage – especially if you disagree with him. And: Activate sounds like dermatological face cream.
It makes spending commitments which exceed the amounts it budgets to spend. Those escalating commitments…will approach E250 billion by the time we leave.
It is incumbent on all of us who have participated in the EU debate, on both sides, to confess to some sins and omissions.
Some might like to table amendments to instantly delete bad EU regulations. But that would be a gift to those who seek to disrupt Brexit.
It is intended to create a means by which peers and MPs can seek to hold up leaving the EU.
Plus: Hammond’s blunder. Peers’ folly. Stephen Hawking is not, repeat not, controlled by MI5. And: my inner Mary Whitehouse meets Katie Hopkins’ slack vagina.
His position as an adviser was more than decorative and he will be a loss. But as someone or other once put it, there is no alternative.
“I had to make that speech today…and if the Prime Minister can’t live with that, I have to respect her right to sack me.”
They will debate. They may even ask the Commons to look again. But the Bill will pass.
Plus: John Rees-Evans’s bizarrre views. May’s flourishing line in jokes. Trump’s chances of winning. And: let Article 50 be put to a vote in Parliament and let’s get on with it.