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.
Either a new dispute resolution mechanism will be required, or the UK could dock into part of the EFTA court to resolve disputes over goods.
Plus: Shame on the Conservative whips. And away with Julian Assange: most of us would happily pay his airfare.
Since she might not get an acceptable agreement, or indeed any at all, the Government must strain to get Ready for Day One, not Ready for Day 730.
Plus: Damian Collins and his useless Select Committee shot themselves in the foot this week. Let grandstanding committee chairmen be warned.
By cramping the room for no deal, it seeks to send the Prime Minister naked into the negotiation chamber.
Davis may not have got all he wanted on the backstop. But for the second time in a few months, he has nudged May forwards. It is high time she made the most of him.
It is impossible to see today’s agreement as anything more than a fudge from which no-one emerges stronger.
The Prime Minister faces a ‘Kobayashi Maru’ test. For those who don’t know their Star Trek, that’s where there is a no win scenario for trainee captains of a starship.
The Home Secretary’s future is entangled with the calculations of May and the complications of Brexit.
“I’m not saying that there would be an organised push, but the letters would just go in to Graham Brady,” one senior pro-Leave backbencher told this site yesterday.
Whitehall has at times imperilled its reputation for neutrality, but there remains a positive ‘can-do’ attitude about Brexit. The Government should harness it.
The Prime Minister is not in a position to force policy about leaving the EU on her Cabinet colleagues – let alone the Brexit Secretary.
The key question is not whether we can diverge, but whether we can do so without asking the EU first and obtaining their prior agreement.