Johnson and Cummings’ previous assaults on the pre-Brexit order have been brilliantly conceived. This one may not be up to the same standard.
Oddly there is no line that says ‘we might leave the EU, but only if the process passes tests that Philip Hammond isn’t applying publicly at this stage’.
Conservatives Abroad has several suggestions for how the next Prime Minister can better engage with this large and increasingly important constituency.
He is not wide of the election manifesto on which he stood, and should not be no-confidenced this evening. But there is a sting in the tail.
To be able to move on, the candidates must first articulate an honest vision of our new relationship with the European Union.
In trying to find a way across, and to secure the votes she needs from Labour MPs, the Prime Minister risks unintended consequences.
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
It would bring with it many compensations, including regulatory freedom, tariff income and £39 billion of cold, hard cash.
Javid is right to bury the “tens of thousands” target – but he needs to set out a clear pathway to lower migration.
We also need to examine a ‘no deal transition period’ – i.e: a payment for a period of time to enable both the UK and the EU to adjust to the changes ahead of us.
Tory MPs were elected on a manifesto which affirmed that “…we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK.”
Is she chickening out on Brexit? Or playing chicken with Commons and Party over her deal? Or merely a headless chicken herself – bent on daily survival?