The EU won’t grant us a long extension for fear of what European elections here would produce. If we hold our nerve, the UK will Brexit on WTO terms in April.
So you think his Indicative Votes wheeze has run into a dead end? Never fear. He has a cunning plan…
The Letwin plan has not exactly delivered the promised clarity. Instead, the Commons has again said what it does not want.
He suggests that it is no different to ministers passing laws with amendments they dislike, but Redwood points out they are not normally compelled to do so.
The Leader of the House is as cloth-eared as Jeremy Corbyn when it comes to dealing with her own backbenchers.
Hers or Letwins? That’s what the choice is narrowing down to. From the point of view of trust in politics, how MPs vote will now make little difference – if any.
This week has seen Parliament grab control, and this has serious implications for the practices of responsible government.
In other words, May waits for Letwin. Which adds a new dimension to her chicken game. Her message is: “vote for my deal soon – or get his.”
Rees-Mogg details how the deal is “definitely not” worse than Remain. And: why the Letwin plan is constitutionally “absurd”.
The list includes the three who resigned from the Government this evening – and Green, one of the Prime Minister’s oldest allies.
He, Cooper et al have seized control of parts of Commons and Brexit business, and we wait to see what happens next.
The proposal was rejected by 314 votes to 311. Boles, Gyimah, Spelman and Vaizey were among those to rebel. Plus Brine and Harrington.
Harmony reigned as he denied being a revolutionary.
“It is ridiculous to suggest that Parliament taking control is overturning democratic institutions… it’s doing its democratic job of holding Government to account!”
She yesterday achieved the outcome most likely to prop her up – at least for the time being. But Cooper, Letwin and Bercow are waiting in the wings.