The Speaker defied all precedent to allow an amendment which forces the Prime Minister to present the Commons with a ‘Plan B’ much sooner than planned.
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Our guide to how the Government can deliver its Brexit deal in Parliament. Or No Deal. And whether MPs can block the latter.
Short of backing Labour in a no-confidence vote, rebels can only make such a departure more chaotic and hope the Prime Minister buckles.
The Government is suggesting that it will make little difference in practical terms – but opposed it for symbolic and political reasons.
We also reproduce the full text of the letter itself.
Iain Dale: Brexit Derangement Syndrome breaks out everywhere. Adonis, Bridgen – and now, alas, Boles. Everyone’s going bonkers.
Plus: Which of Hancock’s Slags should I liaise with? I’m not known as “Uncle Herod” for nothing. And: Here’s hoping 2019 is happier than 2018.
Boles’s Association Chairman calls his No Deal threat “not patriotic”. In reply, he sticks to his guns, citing his “duty to the country”
Philip Sagar warns that it “has already reignited the calls for [the MP’s] deselection from party members” and could amount to “an act of personal political suicide”.
Tory MPs were elected on a manifesto which affirmed that “…we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK.”
The plan is not perfect. It is a compromise. But as its popularity grows, it has attracted some unfair and inaccurate criticism.
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.
The sequence of events: bow to a second referendum, lose the ERG, gain Blairites, contest a general election – and rebrand the Party.
Norway-to-Canada was one thing. Norway-plus-the-backstop is another. It is inferior even to the Prime Minister’s proposed deal.
Interview. As May’s defeat looms, Johnson sketches a manifesto: “People want to see a bit of gumption and a bit of leadership”
He expects her plan to be voted down on Tuesday, calls for a renegotiation which she could not conceivably lead – and rules out Norway Plus.
Some favour a Second Referendum; others, EEA membership. But they have combined to deal the Prime Minister a second bloody blow in a single day.
Nicky Morgan: The only credible alternative plan is Norway Plus. And that may well be what Parliament ends up supporting.
But it could take the ruling out of all other options before we get there. And if MPs ends up reaching a consensus view, then the Government will have to adopt it.
WATCH: Boles – “We’re definitely going to need new faces, new ideas and new leadership before the next election”
“I think it should be up to Theresa May to decide precisely when she wants to hand over.”