Hancock: I “Hope” Customs Union Will Be Time Limited

Thornberry: Our Brexit Tests Are Not Silly

Next CEO: “Most Important We’re Ready for No Deal”

Lord Wolfson says no deal is possible and we should prepare.

No deal probability is obviously rising…

Cleverly: Obama Trumps Trump

Shami: Corbyn was Incendiary in Jewish Remarks

IDS: Government Losing Great Benefit of Universal Credit

Flint: Second Referendum MPs are Patronising and Offensive

Flint: I Could Back May’s Deal

Bananas to Central Planners

More digestible than an IEA free trade pamphlet…

JoCo Loses It With Bolshy Batten

Fireworks flew on Politics Live this afternoon as JoCo repeatedly lost her temper with UKIP leader Gerard Batten while taking a belligerent Batten to task over his support for Tommy Robinson. UKIP have lost a slew of MEPs over the last few months in protest at Batten’s personal obsession with Islam and support for the former EDL leader. You can watch the full encounter here

Serjeant-Not-At-Arms

Swords were out in the House of Commons last night as the Serjeant at Arms Kamal El-Hajji had an embarrassing moment on the way to removing the Mace. El-Hajji is familiar with dropping things – he last made headlines in June by saying that “witch hunt” bullying claims against John Bercow should be dropped. Not his sharpest moment…

DD “Stitched Up” by Downing Street

David Davis has told Peston he was “stitched up” by Downing Street before warning the EU could do the same to the UK:

“If I can be stitched up by Number 10, Britain can be stitched up by the European Commission in exactly the same way if we don’t get absolutely explicit guarantees on timetable.”

Brexiteers are concerned that another stitch up is indeed on the way with Theresa May calling a meeting of a limited group of Cabinet ministers tonight at 5pm for an “update” on the negotiations. The suspicion is that this a move to shore up the loyalists in preparation for a deal with major concessions being presented as a fait accompli to the full Cabinet next week, just as happened with Chequers. Can the Cabinet Brexiteers stomach a full climbdown on the customs union?

The DUP are also furious about the emerging deal and deliberately abstained on a division on the Agriculture Bill last night to send a warning signal to Number 10 that their threat to vote down the Budget is serious if the Brexit deal breaches their red line on Northern Ireland. Downing Street is banking on rebellious MPs falling into line when it comes to the crunch votes. Increasingly the signs are that they aren’t going to play ball…

Ken Clarke Calls Colleagues “Right Wing Nationalists”

Tory Remoaner-in-Chief Ken Clarke took the opportunity of PMQs to call vast swathes of his parliamentary colleagues “right wing nationalists.” Guido isn’t sure this is the best way to win the hearts and minds of said colleagues…

When Gove Compared Prince Charles to Hitler

In his past life as a journalist, while he wasn’t busy going through David Attenborough’s bins, the now Environment Secretary made an interesting comparison between Prince Charles and… Adolf Hitler. According to Gove, both were fans of classical architecture, haters of metropolitan life and “keen supporters of population control”. Gulp…

What’s Going On This Week

  • Monday
    • Michel Barnier is meeting Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
      SNP Conference continues in Glasgow.
  • Tuesday
    • Conference recess over.
    • Michel Barnier meeting DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP MEP Diane Dodds.
    • Nicola Sturgeon closes SNP conference with speech at 3.15 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    • Michel Barnier to present the first draft of EU proposals for the trade relationship with the UK after Brexit.
    • PMQs is back on our screens at 12:00.
  • Thursday
    • House of Lords debate on Brexit & the Good Friday Agreement.
    • Question Time from Edinburgh on BBC One.
  • Friday
    • 70th anniversary ‘Any Questions?’ broadcast live from the Commons at 8:30 pm.

Mamma May-A

It is going to be a news heavy week on the Brexit front. Hell Week (© Tim Shipman) is what some are calling it. So to cheer us up on this autumnal morning and kick the week off on an up note, here is an uplifting music video from Moggmentum featuring at least three types of Brexit that are on offer from Jacob, Theresa, Andrea, Boris Liam… well you get the picture. Have a Happy Hell week…

Irish FM: Brexit Deal 90% Done

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney gives an optimistic progress check on the Brexit deal, saying that the Withdrawal Agreement is 90% agreed. Though it’s going to be more than just a “bumpy ride” for May if she formally climbs down on the customs union as expected this week…

Former MI6 Chief “Troubled” by Corbyn

Former chief of MI6 Sir Richard Dearlove says he is “troubled” by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations:

“I think someone coming from my background is troubled by Jeremy Corbyn’s past associations, some of which I find surprising and worrying… He has enthusiastically associated himself with groups and interests which I would not say were the friends of the British nation…

“I’m expressing concerns about him and his political past which I think are pretty extensively shared by a lot of people.”

He’s not the only one to have concerns about Agent COB…

Sturgeon: SNP Would Back Second EU Referendum

Nicola Sturgeon says she would “expect” SNP MPs to vote in favour of a second EU referendum if given the chance. At least they’re consistent about wanting to reverse referendum results…

Chuka’s Big Centrist Party Hints

Chuka’s appearance on This Week last night was chuk-a-block with hints about his rumoured new centrist ‘People’s Party’. He refused to say whether he was politically closer to Theresa May’s or Jeremy Corbyn’s conference speeches, kept referring to the Conservatives and Labour as the “two old parties”, and called our two party favouring electoral system “anachronistic”.[…] 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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