If Tory MPs think that No Deal would collapse Brexit altogether, or that it would be unmanageable next March, they need a Plan B. But we stress: if.
The presence of four Labour Leavers helped the UK to avoid a customs union – but their absence on a more minor amendment produced a Government defeat.
Does the narrowness of the win signal further problems to come, or has the Government headed off the revolt?
Plus: Damian Collins and his useless Select Committee shot themselves in the foot this week. Let grandstanding committee chairmen be warned.
Grieve may have backed off yesterday, but the Government backed down. May now risks losing control of her Brexit policy altogether.
“When [it] is able to set out an achievable, clearly defined path…it should go to the people, once again, to seek their confirmation.”
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Many women’s lives could be transformed by the right approach – this issue must not be neglected or forgotten amid bigger and more newsworthy events.
The Conservatives ought to learn from him. Plus: Vote, vote, vote for Widdecombe. Fire and Fury is damp and limp. My teeth, oh, my teeth. And: My quest to enter Phillip Lee’s brain.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
We now have eleven runners and riders in our Next Tory Leader section…with another 15 candidates standing by. Watch this space.
Meanwhile Corbyn dismayed his own side by going on for far too long and refusing to take any interventions.
Plus: Soames makes his way towards a gender-neutral loo. Lunch with Tyrie, lunch with Kirby. The Shipley Strangler strikes again. And: George Simpson saves the day.
The Mayor of London leads the Business Secretary by a single vote.
The Chancellor’s instincts on pensions are right. He favours more freedom and responsibility, and has acted accordingly.