Now, the best option for the Prime Minister is to try to work with Labour. Unless, of course, her backbench critics rethink.
She replies: “I think you know the answer to that.”
“We must now press on at pace with our efforts to reach a consensus on a deal that is in the national interest.”
Even the image depletes our stock of goodwill – both among our EU neighbours and among potential trade partners elsewhere.
Despite a three-line whip, only 133 Tory MPs actually voted with the Government. Several members of the Cabinet did not vote.
A Remainer parliament will never be willing to properly implement Brexit. And there is only one other decision-making body: the people.
She hopes for agreement before the European elections, but the Government will “make responsible preparations to hold the elections should this not prove possible.”
There are benefits to a cross-party deal. It will give businesses faith that the resulting deal will last through changes of government in the coming decades.
He praises the work done by civil servants to prepare for exit without a deal – and suggests the Prime Minister has not been fully informed of their progress.
‘I profoundly disagree with this approach and I have therefore decided that I must reluctantly tender my resignation.’
Not only are Leavers and Remainers drifting further apart, but the various Remain factions are now engaged in a furious blame game.
Now more than ever, it’s Brussels and not the Government which is in the driving seat – and we don’t know which way it will turn.
Otherwise known as Norway Plus, those backing the move included Bim Afolami, James Cartlidge and George Eustice.
Those who supported the motion included Mike Freer, Edward Garnier and Margot James.
Those who backed the motion included Guto Bebb, Antointte Sandbach and Ed Vaizey.