Brandon Emails National Convention About Backstop

Party chairman Brandon Lewis has sent this email to members of the National Convention.

Trying to convince the backbone of the party of the merits of the deal…

Government Minister ‘Likes’ Letter Of No Confidence

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth has liked a photo of Henry Smith MP’s letter of no confidence on Twitter. One more to add to Guido’s Resignation Watch list?

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

Good luck dissecting today…

Theresa May’s Statement in Full

Nothing has changed…

Meanwhile In Lib Dem Land

Unfortunate subject line of the Lib Dem email this afternoon, considering their recent financial troubles. Is any party in Westminster close to competent today?

Peers Rule to Not Suspend Lord Lester

Peers have voted 101 to 78 to block the suspension of Lord Lester for sexual harassment, going against the conduct watchdog’s recommendation of a record breaking suspension until 2022. They decided the inquiry was unfairly run. This is extraordinary. The privileged protecting their own…

“Where’s Gove?” Update

In answer to “Where’s Gove?” Guido understands he was supposed to be in West Yorkshire this afternoon and subsequently Teesside. He cancelled both events, giving a family reason, presumably heading back to London if he ever left. Meanwhile he has been offered the Brexit Secretary job. Such is his Machiavellian reputation that his absence from the action in SW1 is fueling rumours…

UPDATE: Michael Gove has reportedly told Theresa May that he will only agree to become Brexit Secretary if he can renegotiate her deal. If not, he is considering quitting Cabinet himself. Bold move…

Watch Rees Mogg Press Conference in Full

Mogg spoke to a massive media scrum for ten minutes. It’s all but certain now that Graham Brady has the 48 letters required to force a vote of no confidence…

Rees-Mogg: This Is Not A Coup

Speaking outside Parliament following the ERG meeting where it was decided that letters should be sent in, Rees-Mogg clarified:

“A coup is when you use illegitimate procedures to try to overturn someone in office. This is working through the procedures of the Conservative Party.”

Speaking to a huge media scrum, Mogg said that there are “many many people” who could replace Theresa May. “You’ve got Boris Johnson and David Davis, you’ve got Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, you have Penny Mordaunt, you have streams of talent within the Conservative Party who would be very capable of leading a proper Brexit”

ERG Advises MPs To Send In Letters

It’s on. Mogg will be making an announcement outside parliament after the ERG meeting…

Read Rees-Mogg’s full letter to Graham Brady below:

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Brexit Deal Resignation Watch

Join Guido all evening for a fun game of ‘Resignation Watch’. Many of the above Cabinet ministers have recently been beefing up their Brexit credentials, with even previously loyal ministers like Grayling and Fox voicing dissent. Key figures to watch include Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, and Penny Mordaunt…

UPDATE: Gone as of 15:00:

Gove Offered Brexit Secretary Role, Telegraph Reports

The Telegraph is reporting that Gove has been offered Raab’s old job. He wasn’t keen on the role when Davis quit, will he want to take up the poisoned chalice now? The role of DExEU Secretary is effectively that of ‘Chief Assistant to Olly Robbins’. Not the most attractive brief…

UPDATE: Gove has reportedly turned down an offer to be new Brexit secretary. Will he follow through this logic and resign?

Mundell Hits Out at Raab

Punchy from the Scotland Secretary, calling Raab a “carpet bagger”. Can safely lower odds on Mundell resigning

Mogg Asks May If He Should Write A Letter

“As what my right honourable friend says and what my right honourable friend does no longer match, should I not write to my Right Honourable friend the Member for Altrincham and Sale West?”

The Telegraph is reporting he will hand in a letter.

Dodds Savages May

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds made a cutting speech in the commons, saying of the Prime Minister that “she clearly doesn’t listen.” Does the DUP do refunds?

Osborne Sticks In The Knife

Brutal.

Watch In Full: PM’s Commons Statement

She’s not going down without a fight…

Suella Braverman Resigns

DExEU minister Suella Braverman becomes today’s fourth resignation. Developing…

Raab Refused To Board Jet To Brussels Last Night

SKY’s Kate McCan has revealed that Dominic Raab refused to travel to Brussels last night. They had a jet waiting on standby for him…

The former Brexit secretary didn’t see the deal until almost the very last moment. “He was fed up because he had been cut out of the process…”

McVey Resigns

Esther McVey has resigned with a statement that is much more hostile to the Prime Minister than Raab’s. Read it in full:[…] 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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