It’s fairly easy to panic about the future of Britain if you spend too much time looking at the House of Commons. Our MPs are in a flap. Most of them voted against Brexit but were given new marching orders last year and are trying to work out what comes next. This newspaper recently revealed that at least 15 Tories are set to defy the Government on Brexit. That’s if the members of the Cabinet can agree on anything. All of this is mocked in Brussels: how to negotiate with such a partner?
Today’s Guardian has an odd splash headline, denouncing as ‘Orwellian’ a letter that Michael Gove and Boris Johnson sent to Theresa May warning her that some parts of her government are unprepared for ‘no deal’. I’m not quite sure what’s Orwellian about that, or even so controversial. Here’s the leaked extract of the letter. ‘Your approach is governed by sensible pragmatism.
Earlier this morning, Paul Mason made a point about Brexit that you hear quite often: there’s no chance of no-deal, because there is no parliamentary majority for no-deal. Michael Gove and John Redwood can say as much as they like that “no deal is better than a bad deal” but they would not get no deal past the Commons. This argument has never quite made sense to me. Surely no-deal is the default, and that it’s a deal that parliament would have to vote for?
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