Still no media sightings of David Willets campaigning for Basher Davis. Has Conway locked him up in a cellar? Is there a threat of two brains being beheaded? Until we see Willets on TV, unbruised and unaccompanied by a minder we will worry. Guido will refuse to believe that Willets is safe until we hear him speaking freely about tax policy. If he supports £38 billion of tax cuts we will want to know one thing – where are his children being held?
“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…”