Tory difficulties are bound up with Brexit. Labour’s stretch wider, and are part of wider ones for social democratic and democratic socialist parties.
Posts Tagged: Norway
If May backs a Brexit extension once, why wouldn’t she do so again? And U-turn on a second referendum too?
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
All he may have achieved is to make the No Deal that neither side of the negotiations wants marginally more likely.
He talks Brady, Norway, prorogation, and postponing Article 50, and explains why the ERG is “not a fourth party”. Plus: does the Queen listen to the Moggcast?
Stella Creasy & Debbie Abrahams: A referendum got us here. Now let a Citizens’ Assembly – and more direct democracy – take us forward.
We want to learn from what other Parliaments have done when faced with difficult choices. Such an assembly would report back within ten weeks.
Nick Boles: Like all revolutionaries, once-reasonable Brexiteers slide towards ever greater radicalism
Where Farage, Johnson and Paterson once praised the Norway option, it is now denounced as apostasy.
In English, Barnier said: “I’ll have done my job if, in the end, the deal is so tough on the British that they’d prefer to stay in the EU”.
The only way of ruling it out is to change the table itself: in other words, to abandon Brexit, or prepare to – as Remainers should admit.
Henry Newman: Norway Plus, Common Market 2.0. Call it whatever you like, it could basically leave us as a non-voting EU member
It amounts to wishful thinking, not a workable, sustainable answer. And it’s not as easy to implement as some of its advocates make out.
Today, May is swinging towards her Party’s leavers. The logic of the Chancellor’s position, and that of his allies, is to block her – or try to.
The closer the prospect of it gets, the more some people warm to it – as the BBC’s Question Time suggested this week.
Esther McVey: Now that May’s Brexit deal has been voted down, we need to win back trust. Here’s how.
We also need to examine a ‘no deal transition period’ – i.e: a payment for a period of time to enable both the UK and the EU to adjust to the changes ahead of us.
Neither is at all likely indeed to succeed May if they nod reluctant assent to any scheme to sign up to the Customs Union – which might not succeed in any event.
Strangely but truly, the best way of helping the Prime Minister is to send her back to Brussels to win concessions on the backstop.
A fact amidst the rumours. The Prime Minister is failing to persuade most rebel Conservative MPs to switch and support her deal.
We count four so far from our list of 109 who have changed their minds – and all of them were only “probables”.