Dave Finesses EPP Climbdown

The EPP climbdown by the Tories would, one might have thought, seen support leak to UKIP from the Euro-obssessives. Dave managed, with Blairite skill, to somehow straddle the issue without too much pain. An intense lobbying and internal news management operation was mounted to placate the Euro-sceptics. ConservativeHome.com has not broken out into civil war in the comment forums – though some mild skirmishing is evident. Wisely Hague made sure Tim Montgomerie was briefed and kept on side throughout the process. A tribute to his increasing power-broker status and influence over the grassroots is that the upper echelons of the Tory party went to great lengths to keep him “in the loop”.

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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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