Pro-Brexit MPs weighed a no-confidence vote in Theresa May yesterday evening. But the essential case against one remains unchanged.
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We prefer Canada Plus Plus Plus. But a question could emerge over the next few months: is it a better option than an unmanageable No Deal – or even no Brexit at all?
The myth has it that there never was such a plan – in fact, DexEU had a proposal to fulfil its promise of no ‘hard border’ while still overseeing a proper customs regime.
Implementing a fair and controlled skills-based immigration system would be a huge win for the Government – and deliver on a key pledge of the Brexit campaign.
Henry Newman: Yes, we have proposed a voluntary managed alignment in goods. But direct ECJ jurisdiction must end.
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.
May’s appeal next week at Chequers will be founded in grinding detail, not Churchillian rhetoric. Key to agreement will be taking Ministers with her and springing no untoward surprises.
Henry Newman: There’s still time for the UK to shape the Brexit negotiations – if the Government gets its act together
That means making overdue decisions, settling internal disputes, and no more campaigning by the Treasury to undermine Brexit policy.
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.
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.
Henry Newman: The more we look back to the referendum, and re-fight its battles, the less we get ready for the future
And most EU member states haven’t spent nearly enough time really thinking what the future relationship between the UK and EU should look like, either.
There are two options under consideration. One in particular, the partnership model, is unworkable and unacceptable. It should be put out of its misery.
Despite talk of the negotiations getting bogged down, the French president seems to understand that the process is about politics more than legal complexity.
Countries with which we strike future trade deals – the top priority for Party members according to our survey – should be treated more favourably than those with which we don’t.
Henry Newman: May is right – the EU cherry-picks whenever it is politically convenient. Brexit should be such a time.
From its range of tailor-made trade deals to its habit of allowing Member States to break the rules, Brussels is more flexible than Barnier’s rhetoric might suggest.
Henry Newman: Enough! May must make up her mind on Brexit – or risk the collapse of her negotiating position.
It’s often suggested that the Remain wing of the Cabinet wouldn’t wear such a choice. I doubt it.