Overall, most English voters would rather keep the Union together if it were up to them.
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If a UK-EU deal is agreed, it will be because both men want one urgently – which in turn opens a chance to reset Anglo-Irish relations.
David Gauke: Whatever briefings from Downing Street may claim, an election fought on a No Deal platform would be disastrous
Let me give seven examples of principles that most Conservatives would support. I struggle to reconcile them with those pursuing a No Deal Brexit at any cost.
David Trimble and Roderick Crawford: The Government’s new proposals meet the EU’s original aims better than the backstop
The last has failed to meet the objectives set out in both the original negotiating guidelines and in the Northen Ireland Protocol itself.
Had the Benn Act not been passed, it would be far stronger – as he presents his new “fair and reasonable compromise” to the EU.
Nick Hargrave: As a Tory moderate, I’ve been tempted to give up on Johnson’s party. But here’s why I’m sticking with it.
It would also be dishonest to claim that the thought of voting Liberal Democrat did not flicker momentarily as we’ve veered towards knuckle-head, pound-shop Orbanism.
In the end, it may well prefer to hold out for a general election – and the likelihood of a Brexit delay – in the hope that something better turns up.
David Trimble: We can do better than the backstop. Why the Withdrawal Agreement breaches the terms of the Belfast Agreement.
The Commission is negotiating the terms of the UK’s withdrawal; yet the subject matter on which we are all stuck is not entirely within the jurisdiction of the EU.
How the pro-Leave Spartans, not pro-Remain or pro-Soft Brexit Tories, could end up whipless – and barred from contesting a general election as Conservatives.
The fundamental mistake of the Brexiteers domestically is that they have mistaken a moral argument for a political one.
Lord Ashcroft: My Northern Ireland polling. Six out of ten voters there accept the backstop. But only one in five Unionists do so.
More broadly, there is a lead for Irish unification of 46 per cent to 45 per cent – a statistical tie.
Stephen Booth: The No Deal paradox. If it stays on the table, there may yet be a deal. If it’s taken off, that’s unlikely.
Even if the leaders on both sides soften somewhat, and workable ideas are forthcoming, the political incentives for the status quo are powerful.
Their words, like Johnson’s visit itself, look more like more gambits in a blame game than a genuine change of heart.
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.