Tony Connelly describes in painful detail the success of Irish negotiators in aligning themselves with the EU27, while leaving the Brits to flounder.
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The Labour leader is under mounting pressure to support a second referendum – but time is against one, and he knows it.
“We will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain further assurances that the UK Parliament needs.”
Were it not for the backstop, May’s deal would get over the line – with support from an overwhelming majority of Conservatives, including us.
Iain Dale: It’s going to be a White Christmas – because there are snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere.
Plus: Tory MPs, the world’s most duplicitous electorate. But a certain long-serving woman Labour MP is sending Christmas cards to them all…
A guarantee of a legally binding change to the backstop, and a more vague promise not to go on and on as leader, both present challenges.
WATCH: May – “I’ve heard loud and clear the concerns of those who didn’t feel they were able to support me”
The Prime Minister is meeting EU leaders to seek the “legal and political assurances” on the backstop she promised MPs yesterday.
Len McCluskey’s opposition to a second referendum is explicit, Seamus Milne’s Euroscepticism is unshakeable, and so on. The People’s Voters need Labour’s whipping power, but they won’t get it.
May wins – but not by enough to break free from her internal opponents. Too strong to fall and too weak to win, she is, if anything, more exposed to them than before.
Sir Graham Brady’s announcement of the voting figures came as an icy shock to the Prime Minister’s supporters.
“A significant number of colleagues did cast their votes against me, and I’ve listened to what they said.”
Andrew Gimson’s Westminster sketch: A carnival in which even the Prime Minister’s inhibitions start to break down
Rumour and counter-rumour fly round the Palace, and those with walk-on parts have a wonderful time.
Our snap survey. Almost two-thirds of Party members want the Prime Minister out now. Over a third back her.
The Prime Minister can take comfort in the decisive break for in her favour from those presented with this forced choice.
The danger zone is between about 105 to 120 or more votes against her – i.e: a slice more than a third of the vote.
WATCH: May blasts Corbyn’s “henchman”, the “inconstant Gardiner”, for fronting Labour’s Brexit u-turns
“The biggest threat to people and this country isn’t leaving the EU, it’s a Corbyn government,” the Prime Minister warned.