That way we would have a proper contest, focused on the future and the full range of issues. And our hardworking members would have a real choice.
The Prime Minister knows that a short extension is most likely to keep her in Downing Street. Which is why she always likely ultimately to back one.
Gove and Davis followed the Prime Minister, but they were heavily outnumbered in the Parliamentary Conservative Party. The Chief Whip abstained.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
MPs have less than a day to study this revised deal. So today’s vote should be postponed. If it isn’t, they should withhold support from the Government.
We have secured legally-binding changes which address MPs’ concerns about the need to protect the UK from being stuck in the backstop against its will.
As the motion that was passed by the National Convention says, Conservative MPs need to honour their manifesto pledges.
If she fails again next Tuesday, she risks the legislature becoming, in effect, the executive – and seizing control of the Uk side of the negotiation.
In over six hours of meetings, officials tried to make the tyres fall off the Malthouse Compromise, and couldn’t do so.
There’s no guarantee that it would return a Commons supportive of any deal that May might put before it.
We regret the Party being less broad a tent than it did this morning. But the position of these MPs had become impossible – and intolerable.
“There is a failure of politics in general, not just in the Conservative Party but in both main parties as they move to the fringes.”
At least four Tory MPs have apparently been placed on defection watch including Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston and Richard Harrington.
Our party will not be able to speak for Britain as it really is, and as it will increasingly come to be, unless we make some efforts to reflect this in our membership.
Plus: My exclusive insight into that May Corbyn summit. Why does the BBC indulge Brok? And: Cooper trooper – not so super.