If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
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Also: May cites absurd fears about ‘direct rule’ to justify abandonment of No Deal; Tory rebels wooed separatist votes; and polls open in Newport West.
May has clearly given up on the party – not without reason – so will it now give up in her? What happens to what’s left of the confidence and supply deal?
Tacking a customs union on to May’s deal will make no difference to it – at least, if you’re a Unionist
The point is that we’re already signed up to a form of one under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. That’s what the backstop’s all about.
In order to ensure that the Conservative Party remains able to govern effectively, I have concluded that, despite its faults, I will vote for the Withdrawal Agreement.
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.
The Prime Minister knows that a short extension is most likely to keep her in Downing Street. Which is why she always likely ultimately to back one.
Whilst it remains the case that the Protocol could conceivably remain in force indefinitely, that scenario has become more theoretical than it was previously.
Richard Ekins: The real meaning of Cox’s advice. There is only a theoretical risk of being trapped in the backstop.
A number of important points about his view have been overlooked or misunderstood by some MPs and commentators.
Henry Newman: Why the revised deal’s changes to the backstop are significant – and offer Britain a route out
The final paragraph of Cox’s advice notes that in some circumstances the UK could suspend or exit the backstop under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Garvan Walshe: Extension. A short one would serve no purpose. A longer one would bring Brexit’s reverse.
Honourable countries face up to the consequences of their actions. They don’t, like dilatory schoolboys late with their essays, simply ask for more time.
MPs have less than a day to study this revised deal. So today’s vote should be postponed. If it isn’t, they should withhold support from the Government.
We have secured legally-binding changes which address MPs’ concerns about the need to protect the UK from being stuck in the backstop against its will.
WATCH: May’s Dash for a Deal 7) “We needed legally binding backstop pledges and “today, we have agreed them.”
She says that a new target date of December 2020 for its end has been agreed by both parties to the talks.
May’s Dash for a Deal 6) She says the Government now believes that the UK could disapply the backstop. Her statement.
That’s “the position of the United Kingdom”. But is it that of the EU too?