Monday 9 July 2018

I so love a good political crisis - and especially this one

If it's the Chequers deal, Brexit doesn't mean Brexit. Jacob Rees-Mogg

Should Boris follow you out? David Davis: “People can only make these decisions of principle by themselves”. No pressure then.

John Barron MP asks key question which PM dodges. Regulatory alignment with EU means any free trade deals with 3rd parties means imports from 3rd parties would have to conform with EU rules.

  1. Bet when the histories are written we'll find it wasn't just the customs plan - which is not *that* awful - but the way it was pushed onto the Cabinet that triggered this. Contrast the 1976 IMF loan crisis. TWO MONTHS of Cabinet meetings. All ideas exhausted. Respect shown.

  2. I’ve said it before: draft Farage. Sack May, give Farage a peerage, make him party leader and PM – at least until UK really does properly leave the EU. Too fanciful? Desperate times need desperate measures; public faith in democratic process now in danger

    When it comes to Brexit, the last 24 hours mean the range of possible outcomes could hardly be wider. At this admittedly very chaotic point in time, it is hard to see how May will have the votes she needs to pass her Brexit deal in the Commons this autumn.

    ....this has been the best day in some time for those who want to keep Britain in the Single Market and the Customs Union. It has been the best day in some time for those who want to stop Brexit from happening altogether. It has also been the best day in some time for those committed to a hard Brexit. And the probability of Britain crashing out with no deal is considerably higher now than it was at the end of last week. As is the chance of a second referendum.
    Oliver Wiseman

    May’s Chequers proposal had no services deal at all. So they must be assuming there would be a services component later. They were just waiting for the EU to demand the inclusion of services so we could capitulate on that as well.
    Indeed, that’s a key element of both Davis’s and Boris’s resignations: the assumption that May’s deal isn’t the end of the concessions. Imagine how foolish May’s going to look if she survives a stream of ministerial resignations on her plan, only for the EU to turn it down.
    Andrew Lilico

    David Davis’s resignation confirms that the Tories are incapable of delivering Brexit. But so is Labour. This is a profound, historic crisis for British democracy: none of the parties is willing to give the public what it wants.
    Brendan O’Neill

And please click here for something shocking and very telling. 


  1. Consider this: Mrs May flew to Germany to reveal her proposal to Chancellor Angela Merkel before she had presented it to her own Cabinet in an attempt to obtain pre-approval. It is generally held that the EU was also given wind of what she was proposing and was asked not to dismiss it out of hand before any negotiations. The Cabinet members were then given the 120-page document to read individually only two hours before their meeting started and had their phones and watches taken off them so they could not communicate details of the contents or the meeting. Meanwhile, civil servants behind the plan were leaking details of the proceedings as if they were commenting gleefully on Eurovision Song Contest entries. That a Prime Minister should seek to cut a deal behind the backs of her own Cabinet betrays that she is not negotiating for the best deal from the EU but on the contrary, is negotiating together with the EU against Brexiteers in the Cabinet who represent the 17.4 million that voted Leave. If that is not treachery I don’t know what is.

    Brian Monteith

  2. John O'Sullivan Retweeted Andrew Lilico
    I'm a Johnsonian (Frank) more than a Johnsonian (Boris), but I've followed Boris since his Telegraph days in Brussels. The evidence is clear: He was always tempted by Brexit & when the referendum made it politically possible, he chose Leave and helped win it. Genuinely, thanks.