Testy Exchange Between Marr and Shami

Awkward doesn’t begin to cover it…

Raab: I Still Support the Prime Minister


Raab: May’s Deal is Fatally Flawed


Sturgeon: Extend Article 50

May: There Is More Negotiation Taking Place

May: 48 Letters Have Not Been Reached

Corbyn: I Don’t Know How I’d Vote In A Second Referendum

Guido is pretty sure he knows how the lifelong Lexiteer would vote…

Corbyn Hasn’t Read The Draft Withdrawal Agreement

Guido readers can get one step ahead of the leader of the opposition by reading the draft agreement in full here

Corbyn: We Will Vote Against This Deal

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

New Ministerial Appointments In Full

Following the appointment of potentially troublesome Amber Rudd as DWP Secretary, Remainer rebel Stephen Hammond has replaced new Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay as Health Minister.

John Penrose who backed Remain but has become an ERG stalwart since the refendum has been appointed as Minister of State for the Northern Ireland Office. Leave-voting Kwasi Kwarteng has been appointed as new junior Brexit minister after serving for 18 months as Philip Hammond’s PPS. The Cabinet’s balance has shifted further in favour of remain, and some potentially troublesome backbenchers have been bought off…

Stephen Barclay New DExEU Secretary

The new Brexit Secretary is leave voting Health Minister and former whip Stephen Barclay. The diminished role of DExEU Secretary has been acknowledged by Number 10, with the role now not having scope over negotiations, just the domestic preparations for leaving the EU.

A former Barclays bank director, Barclay has mentioned Brexit just ten times in Parliament, seven of those being in the same debate. In 2015, he was named by ConservativeHome as one of the most loyal Conservative backbench MPs, not to have voted against the government in any significant rebellions.

Both Michael Gove and Geoffrey Cox were offered the job but neither wanted it. Guido suspects that’s because the Brexit Secretary has no control over Brexit…

Amber Rudd New DWP Secretary

After the resignations of Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, Theresa May is looking to shore up her top team. Amber Rudd is back in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions after 201 days on the backbenches. Brexiteer out, Remainer in…

There have now been 14 work and pensions secretaries since the department was created in 2001, and a whopping six since March 2016.

In September Rudd came out to say a second referendum is preferable to a no deal Brexit. Cabinet could get choppy.

Just 36% of Brits Want to Stop Brexit

Just 8% of Brits support the idea of having a second referendum, according to the latest poll by YouGov. Added to the people who want to stop Brexit by other means, only 36% of voters would like to see the result of the referendum reversed. By contrast adding together the different Brexit options sees 46% of voters in favour of EU withdrawal. Nothing has changed…

Baker Confronts That Brexit Protester

Brexit hero Steve Baker took a moment out of his interview on BBC News this afternoon to let that Brexit protester know that Brexit is worth it. It’s worth watch…

Voters Want May (and Her Deal) Gone Now

YouGov have found that the British public want Theresa May to stand down as Prime Minister by 47-33%. An even clearer majority of leave voters want her gone…

The public also believe May’s Brexit deal does not respect the referendum result. Contrary to the narrative, Leave voters clearly don’t see Brexit as all about immigration…

Chief Whip Cancels MP Deal Briefings

This afternoon the Chief Whip has cancelled the briefings offered to members of all parties explaining May’s draft withdrawal agreement. The briefings had been scheduled to run from 2-6pm. Everything going well then…

Brandon Lewis: There Can’t Be a Free Vote

“I don’t think that on something like this you can have a free vote. This is a Government position about what we are going to do.”

Someone should tell Penny…

Momentum Anti-Deal Site Registered Before Deal Revealed

Momentum have launched a new website called votedownthedeal.co.uk, encouraging MPs to vote May’s draft withdrawal agreement down. The website says the deal “will put our jobs, rights and living standards at risk.” It also confidently asserts that “this deal will leave us with the worst of all worlds, both crashing our economy and leaving us with no real say.”

But the URL was registered on 8th November, a week before anyone saw the text of the draft deal. Could it be that Momentum was planning to encourage MPs to vote the deal down, whatever was in it?

Steve Baker: 48 Letters Reached

Top tactician Steve Baker has told the ERG whatsapp chat that they have the numbers to force a vote of no confidence. It’s on…

UPDATE: “My count will be be inaccurate. It is a grave matter but I think we’re close.”[…] Read the rest


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Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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