Leadsom Slams Bercow For Lack of “Courtesy and Respect”

During an explosive session in the Commons this afternoon, Andrea Leadsom slammed Bercow for not treating colleagues “with courtesy and respect.” Naturally, he responded by ignoring her…

Labour on Venezuela, Then and Now…

Shadow minister for policing Louise Haigh claimed on Politics Live today that “No one’s suggesting that we move to North Korean or Venezuelan levels of interference and state control of the economy.” Except Guido can remember one or two people who suggested exactly that. Seumas will be wanting a word…

Rees-Mogg: Bad Deal is Better than Remaining in the EU

Jacob Rees-Mogg sums up the incredibly difficult dilemma facing Brexiteers – if no deal is no longer an option, then is May’s deal better than no Brexit at all? Rees-Mogg told LBC:

“The deal is still a very bad deal, it doesn’t deliver on the promises of the Conservative Party manifesto and it doesn’t deliver on the referendum result in full. The question people like me will ultimately have to answer is, can we get to no deal instead? … I’m concerned that the Prime Minister in spite of her previous commitments is determined to stop no deal…

“No deal is better than a bad deal but a bad deal is better than Remaining in the European Union.”

He’s not wrong…

UPDATE: Rees-Mogg’s response to a caller saying that May’s deal is worse than Remain sets out the Brexiteer’s dilemma even more clearly. If the UK does not Leave now the political establishment will never allow Brexiteers to even have a sniff of the exit door in the future. The idea that we will get a better deal after a two-year delay is fantasy, Remainers will be fully in control of the process by then…

Remainers have successfully moved the debate entirely onto the economic relationship since the referendum – many Brexiteers seem to have forgotten that their key objective before the referendum was getting out of the political structures of the EU. Those who are saying they would rather Remain now need to think very carefully about their priorities…

Hammond: ‘Physically Impossible’ to Leave on March 29th

The veiled threats from tin-eared Hammond this morning are not going down at all well with Brexiteers. Putting one of the least-trusted Remainer Cabinet ministers out on broadcast just before a crucial vote is hardly the best way to rally support for it…

Hammond: “I Don’t Think” I Told Anyone I Was Going to Abstain

Worst non-denial ever…

Hammond Refuses to Rule Out More Cash For DUP Support

Hammond repeatedly refuses to rule out the DUP “delivering again” for Northern Ireland. Of course the cash will be going to Northern Ireland itself, not the DUP. Not that it will stop metropolitan elite commentators from sneering at one of the UK’s most underinvested regions getting a boost…

Boles: Defecting to TIG Without By-Election Would be “Ratting” on my Constituents

Nick Boles refreshingly upfront after his decision to quit his local Conservative Association yesterday. Not that the other TIGgers had any such concerns…

Corbyn Would Vote Leave in Second Referendum “If We’ve Got a Good Deal”

This will go down well with his Europhile base…

Corbyn Can’t Say He’s ‘Enthusiastic’ About a Second Referendum

Corbyn dancing on the head of a pin to avoid saying he’s enthusiastic about having a second referendum…

Fox: Country Has Brexit Fatigue

Fox has a point, the direction in opinion polls is not encouraging for Brexiteers…

McVey: Rules Have Changed, It’s This Deal or No Brexit

Esther McVey, who resigned from the cabinet in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal, has said she will now “hold her nose” and back the deal in the third ‘Meaningful Vote’ this week because “the rules have all changed”.

DUP: We Want a Deal

Nigel Dodds and the DUP have been in intense meetings with senior mininsters including Michael Gove, David Lidington, Julian Smith, Mark Sedwill, and Philip Hammond. Dodds described them as “good discussions” and said that “we want to leave with a deal”…

Andrew Neil, Portillo, and Kendall all Dance for Brexit

Last night on Andrew Neil entirely seriously informed the This Week audience that that he and the show’s guests will be participating in a ‘Brexit Danceathon’ – not stopping until Britain has left the EU. Guido fears that they may be dancing long after This Week has ended as a show…

Audience Demolishes ‘Arrogant’ Second Referendum Politicians on Question Time

“It is nothing but sheer arrogance. Arrogance of people that have lost. And people that want to subvert democracy.”

Listen to those cheers…

MP Admits Knife GPS Tracker Idea Was ‘Probably A Bit Sh*t’

Scott Mann has made a pretty decent recovery from his hilariously bad ‘knife GPS’ idea this morning, reading through joke tweet replies with Johnny Mercer. Although Guido agrees he does have a point about knife crime being a serious issue. 17.4 million people were stabbed in the back yesterday…

What Theresa May Used to Say About No Deal

Theresa May is set to vote in favour of her anti-No Deal motion tonight, directly contradicting her repeated (and popular) position she has claimed to hold for over two years. Guido has dug up this video of the Prime Minister setting out her stall during the 2017 Election, making it clear that “we have to be prepared to walk out”…

May’s excuse for seemingly going back on that promise up until now has been that, unlike most people, she believes her deal is a Good Deal. Unconditionally voting against No Deal this evening would simply be saying that Any Deal is better than No Deal. She will be holding herself hostage to whatever Remainer MPs and the EU try to stitch up next…

Emily Maitlis Loses it with Barry Gardiner on Newsnight

Emily Maitlis finally lost it with the People’s Gardiner on Newsnight last night as he vaccilated hopelessly over what Labour’s Brexit position is with 16 days to go. Goes some way towards explaining why Labour are 10 points behind

Titania McGrath’s Stark Brexit Warning

Titania McGrath has a stark warning of the disasters that will immediately befall the United Kingdom if MPs fail to stop Brexit. This will weigh heavy on MPs’ minds ahead of the vote tonight…

Rees-Mogg: ERG Will Only Vote For Deal if Brexit Itself is Threatened

ERG chair Jacob Rees-Mogg has told Kay Burley that the ERG haven’t yet decided which way to vote on the new meaningful vote this evening. JRM says the ERG will be meeting at 5pm to discuss whether the threat of no Brexit is real or “phantom”. Only if Brexit is at risk altogether will they consider voting for what is still a “bad deal”…

Bryant Tickles Cox

Chris Bryant got Geoffrey Cox chuckling at the Despatch Box after regaling an unexpected anecdote…[…] Read the rest “Bryant Tickles Cox”

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