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Brexit, customs, implementation and new trade deals. May wants to have her cake and eat it – but not quite yet
We will all have to wait until after the autumn’s federal election in Germany until the negotiating positions of the two sides start to firm up.
Claims that he slapped down his own department, which wanted a ten-year transition, are a sign that Ministers may be getting their act together.
The Chancellor has not always been well treated by his neighbour, and deserves support over public spending. But he has mishandled his internal position over Brexit.
Our survey. Next Tory leader. “None of the above” leads the field. Many party members want to skip a generation.
Davis leads with less than a fifth of the vote. Johnson is on his lowest total ever. And if one counts write-ins, in second place is…Rees-Mogg.
Rudd falls with him, May is almost out of negative territory…and Davidson continues to soar up, up and away.
We can already see the damage being done to the Tory vote by the uncomfortable prospect of a near-permanent twilight state of austerity.
Plus: I’m beating James O’Brien; Labour’s telling silence on Venezuela; and saying farewell to a friend.
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.
Henry Newman: There will be a Brexit transition period – but it is unlikely to be via the EEA or EFTA
For all the talk of an “off the shelf” solution, those available would cross Brexiteer red lines.
Next Tory leader. A YouGov poll echoes ConHome’s survey result: Davis first, Johnson second, and none of the above beating both.
These are early days. But, on these findings, it isn’t worth commissioning expensive polls when one can simply read our survey each month for free.
Corbyn tried to twit her on public sector pay, and neither she nor the Cabinet could treat him with the old contempt.
The clock is ticking, and business and the public need to see that the Government is gripping the complexities of the process.
If more Cabinet members had won their seats from Labour, perhaps it would leak just a little bit less
Maybe it was ever thus, at least in modern times, but Tory-held suburban seats outside the South-East are under-represented at the top table.
Nicky Morgan: Ministers and whips may welcome this delay. But as the new Chair of the Treasury Select Commitee, I don’t.
The process of choosing members is taking a long time. Some will wonder how departments can continue without full scrutiny for almost four months.