Even worse is the politicisation of the Speaker’s Chair. The impartiality of Britain’s Speaker was, like the impartiality of its monarch, a given.
By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Key to her victory is yesterday’s Remainer / Soft Brexit Cabinet and other rebels falling into line after a Party backlash today.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
Two of them, Sarah Newton and Paul Masterton, were members of the Government, and have resigned.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
That motions next week will be amendable opens up a can of worms for the Government – or rather a can of serpents.
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.
As Number Ten mulls extending Article 50, local activists should follow the lead of the National Convention.
How a note to May this morning about a deal, the meaningful vote, extension and future Brexit policy options might read. Plus a possible general election…
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
“It is a shame” that Soubry, Wollaston and Allen left the Party, Rees-Mogg says. Plus: May should sack Rudd and friends if they vote for Cooper-Letwin.
We all want Brexit over and done with now, but the deal has to be the right one for our country.
There’s no guarantee that it would return a Commons supportive of any deal that May might put before it.
She hopes to move quickly while Labour is splitting, get a quick gloss on the backstop, square the ERG with a hint of Malthouse later – and, hey presto, the deal will be done.