I expected a Leave victory to be a profound shock and challenge to politicians. They have struggled to adapt even more than I anticipated.
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They are much less divided over whether to do the same to the Brexiteer rebels against the Withdrawal Agreement: definitely not.
It would need unanimous agreement. Looking at each of the 27’s varying comments, there are six distinct camps of opinion.
The 187 Tory MPs, including six Cabinet Ministers, who voted against the Prime Minister’s motion to extend Article 50
Almost two thirds of the parliamentary Conservative Party opposed it, alongside the DUP and a handful of others.
By longstanding convention the Speaker casts his vote for the status quo. But would he?
Halfon and Stevenson join the Europhile ultras in a very near miss for the Government.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
There’s a Conservative/Labour/Democratic Unionist push to rule out a second referendum and Benn leads the charge for Cooper/Letwin.
If this Prime Minister won’t or can’t sack them, her successor should. That is the only way to preserve the basis on which government functions.
The panel, comprising legally-trained Conservative and DUP MPs as well as outside experts, set out their full legal reasoning for rejecting the deal.
As a free vote, this may give us the clearest picture of the divisions at the very top of the Party over how to approach Brexit.
Several Ministers helped to see off the Government’s best hope of avoiding a full-on crisis in the Party – and perhaps of saving Brexit too.
There aren’t any surprises here, although on a grim night the Government at least appear to have talked two of its original signatories out of backing it.
WATCH: Ici Londres – “We cannot carry on offering the same deal to a Parliament that has rejected it”, Hannan argues
Instead we need “a short extension, seven or eight weeks…to prepare for a No Deal outcome.”
But he lists the good news and claims that it has “defied expectations and will provide the solid foundation that Britain needs to seize the opportunities of the future.”