By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Posts Tagged: Sir Oliver Letwin MP
May keeps control of the negotiation. She fends off Benn, Letwin, Cooper and company by two votes – 314 to 312
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…
If May backs a Brexit extension once, why wouldn’t she do so again? And U-turn on a second referendum too?
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”.
The Moggcast. Rees-Mogg supports Association AGMs lining up with the National Convention over Brexit.
“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.
Shailesh Vara and Suella Braverman: Reject Cooper-Letwin tomorrow – and focus on a good deal which can secure a Commons majority
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.
Perhaps we will find out today why Downing Street and the whips stuck with a motion that risked revolt by ERG members and second referendum backers alike.