Her motion is defeated. Will the EU now abandon her, and egg on Letwin and his supporters to try to take formal control of the negotiation?
Robbins’ overheard conversation has further eroded faith in his boss – and the ERG is itself divided over whether changes to the backstop would themselves be enough.
He has become emblematic of the failed status quo. We need someone who believes in Brexit.
Plus: Collective minsterial responsibility is seeping away. Plus: A.C.Grayling, Jews, nazis, yellow stars – and Brexit Derangement Syndrome.
“In my personal opinion, Olly Robbins should go to the Tower, in which case he should arrive by river.”
That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.
For nothing in return, by way of a guaranteed free trade deal, the Prime Minister is willing to hand over at least £40 billion, potentially £60 billion.
The DUP hates the idea of Corbyn in Downing Street. But it is very hard to imagine it waving the draft deal through.
What will happen this week? When could a summit take place? What would the Cabinet say – and what might the Attorney General do?
Plus: Chinese whispers, Whitehall moves – and a Budget that is set to target business rather than taxpayers.
“I’m against an extension to transition”, Rees-Mogg confirms. Plus: How many letters does he think Brady holds? And could there be a second referendum?
During the weeks and months ahead, Conservative MPs will need to use their heads as well as their hearts to reach the Brexit winning line.
He adds that Olly Robbins is a “patriotic man”, who “wants to get the best for Britain”.
Davis was not alone in being kept in the dark – ministers in various departments have been wrongly left out of Brexit planning done by their own civil servants.
The question this morning is whether Johnson, who fundamentally disagrees with May’s new Brexit policy no less, will also go – along with other Cabinet dissenters.