Details of the proposals negotiated to try to bring the Conservative Party together.
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He learned at Westminster Council and City Hall the politics of persuading people to agree.
Only 13 of the more than 100 colleagues who are publicly opposed have said that their position is solely based on that aspect of the plan.
The conventional wisdom is: weak Prime Minister, strong Cabinet. But what we see is: weak Prime Minister, weak Cabinet.
We currently have it at 189 declared for May, versus the 31 publicly opposed, and 93 undeclared.
Drained of authority? Yes. Rudderless? Certainly. Humiliated? Absolutely. But May’s very weakness is becoming a strange strength.
She looks increasingly like the captive of pro-Remain cross-party MPs working together against the pro-Leave referendum mandate.
Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
Plus: Cox, another possible. Plus 15 names in total. Women for May. And: I will make sure the Treasury backtracks on the loan charge scandal.
That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.
Meanwhile, the Government has quietly been appointing more trade emissaries during the last few months.
Frankly, any outcome – no deal, Norway, Canada, even the risk of a second referendum – would be better than what is currently on the table.
WATCH: Baker on how, if the backstop problem can be solved, Canada Plus Plus Plus is the natural Brexit negotiation solution
As we wait for the Government to clarify its position, the former Brexit Minister sets out the ERG’s.
In all, there are 30 new entries in the whole list, one down on last year and two down on the 2016 record of 33.
The EU’s rejection of Chequers gives May a chance to unite her party around Canada Plus Plus Plus – the only strategic Brexit option now open to her.
During the weeks and months ahead, Conservative MPs will need to use their heads as well as their hearts to reach the Brexit winning line.