Tony Connelly describes in painful detail the success of Irish negotiators in aligning themselves with the EU27, while leaving the Brits to flounder.
We have the full list from the New Progressive Democratic Liberal National Coalition Party – including a three-way Northern Ireland jobshare.
Not for the faint-hearted. Contains intense violence, blood and gore, strong language and Philip Hammond.
“The divisions of the referendum need to be consigned to the past. Now is the time to…lead our country to a future of freedom, success, and prosperity.”
May won’t yield to their demand for renegotiation unless she believes that at least some of them will quit. And on the basis of last week, why would she?
He says that “ultimately I hope that across Parliament we recognise that a deal is better than no deal.”
So he’s left presumably unwilling to sell May’s deal on any other basis that it’s bad…but that the alternative is worse.
That’s the single fact that stands out from the “low tragedy, high farce” of resignations, splits, divisions, principles and ambitions consuming British and Brexit politics.
Plus: But her deal’s so bad I’d rather Remain. Robbins is the real Rasputin, not Timothy. Would I really vote Tory tomorrow? And: Carry on Cocks and Dicks.
A new leader would need a new plan to reverse this evident humiliation of May’s leadership and of British statecraft.
They should first seek to persuade May not to press for a decision, since there will have been no opportunity for full timely study of the text.
They mustn’t let Downing Street bounce them into agreeing a 500-plus page deal that they won’t have had time to study properly.
The Trade Secretary on the Northern Ireland backstop. He also says that the Cabinet must have “the fullest possible information”.
What will happen this week? When could a summit take place? What would the Cabinet say – and what might the Attorney General do?
We have occasionally seen precipitous falls in Cabinet members’ scores. Vertiginous rises are rarer. Indeed, it is hard to think of a jump quite like it.