Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
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This Commons won’t accept the Northern Ireland backstop. That’s the reality – whether the EU likes it or not.
Remainers cannot both plead Commons supremacy over Brexit and deny it over the Withdrawal Agreement.
Many of our proposals can be introduced quickly. Some might take 12 – 15 months. We don’t believe anything will take longer than two to three years.
“The backstop is anti-democratic” and “risks weakening…the Belfast Agreement”. Johnson’s letter to Tusk. Full Text.
“It cannot form part of an agreed Withdrawal Agreement. That is a fact we must both acknowledge. I believe the task before us is to strive to find other solutions.”
So we’ve had NHS, policing and immigration plans from Johnson. Stand ready for a schools spending pledge.
He committed during the leadership election contest to raise it to £5000 per pupil – and level up outside London.
Iain Dale: This Cabinet is the most right-of-centre in modern times. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Plus: should Patel have come? Should Mordaunt have gone? And: my predictions. What I got right and wrong.
It troubles me that Jeremy Hunt called for a second referendum – a message which gives aid and succour to the SNP.
He has a clear plan to leave the EU, and as a former Brexit Secretary I can say that it is credible and has my support.
Alexander Temerko: Without a softer Brexit, the Conservatives will be destroyed. Who can best deliver it – Hunt or Johnson?
Speaking to many donors at the Birmingham hustings on Saturday, I found that the Foreign Secretary’s quiet assurances were more attractive to them.
Hunt interview: “I’m clearly second-placed now to Boris, and ready to argue that we have better choices as a country than he is offering.”
He says he’s best placed to deliver Brexit, slash corporation tax and beat Corbyn. And adds “I am not going to criticise Boris for going to a posher public school than me.”
A general election is rolling down the tracks. And he is the man best placed to see off Corbyn and Farage.
Dean Godson: There are plenty of ideas on the centre-right. Here’s how it can create a new, decent, patriotric consensus.
Despite polarisation on Brexit, there is more agreement among voters than often appears – and therefore more cause for optimism.
Nick Hargrave: How Johnson became Prime Minister, cut a Brexit deal, won an election – and triumphed. For a bit.
None of what follows is impossible and, if there is a common thread, it is the self-interest of MPs in avoiding an election before leaving the EU.
He’s a respected, experienced former Chief Whip – without the baggage of having sat around the Cabinet table during the past three years.
Andrea Gee: I’m standing in this Euro-election in Scotland to help deliver Brexit – and defy Sturgeon
The solution to the challenges we face doesn’t lie in burying our heads in the sand or in jumping ship to another party.