Government accused of 'rehashing Project Fear' as Treasury is set to claim the UK would be £150bn worse off under no deal: Brexit News for Wednesday 28th November

Government accused of 'rehashing Project Fear' as Treasury is set to claim the UK would be £150bn worse off under no deal: Brexit News for Wednesday 28th November
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Government accused of ‘rehashing Project Fear’ as Treasury is set to claim the UK would be £150bn worse off under no deal

Theresa May is facing accusations of “rehashing Project Fear” after it emerged that Treasury forecasts show that Britain will be £150bn worse off under a no-deal Brexit. A cross-Government analysis is expected to show that under the Chequers agreement, which forms the basis of her deal, the UK’s GDP will be between 1 and 2 per cent lower over 15 years than if it had stayed in the EU. Dominic Raab, the former Brexit Secretary, said: “There is an economic credibility gap with all these Treasury-led forecasts, based on their track record of failure, the questionable assumptions they rely on, and the inherent challenge of making reliable long-term forecasts. Politically, it looks like a rehash of Project Fear. People expect to be inspired, not scared witless into deferring to the government. Whenever Whitehall make forecasts for leaving the EU on WTO terms, it’s always the same. They rely on the most pessimistic assumptions, and airbrush out the opportunities of leaving with full regulatory control and the ability to strike free trade deals around the world.” – Telegraph (£)

  • Brexit deal: Treasury to publish economic impact analysis – BBC News

Theresa May accused of ‘dangerous’ Brexit cover-up as she blocks full publication of legal advice on her deal

Theresa May will defy Parliament by blocking publication of the full legal advice behind her Brexit deal, prompting accusations of a cover-up. Downing Street said a “position statement” will be published on the legality of the deal, rather than the “final and full advice” given to ministers. Brexiteers claimed Mr May was refusing to reveal the advice because it will show that the Cabinet was warned that Mrs May’s deal could leave the UK stuck in a customs union. Number 10 was accused of “ignoring” Parliament  – which voted on the matter two weeks ago. Peter Bone, a Brexiteer Tory MP, said Mrs May’s refusal to publish the full legal advice behind her Brexit deal suggested she had something to hide. He said: “People will naturally think the legal advice doesn’t support their case and that’s why they don’t want to publish it. – Telegraph (£)

  • Fresh row looms as No 10 refuses to publish full Brexit legal advice – Guardian
  • Labour accuses ministers of planning to break agreement to publish ‘full’ legal advice – Independent

The deal could be defeated by MPs with as a big a majority as 200 votes next month…

Theresa May could suffer a 200-vote defeat when the Commons decides on her Brexit deal — dealing a fatal blow to her Premiership. With just 12 days to go until the crucial “meaningful vote”, Cabinet ministers are considering urging her to abandon it. One has even said there is “zero chance” the deal will get through. But No 10 has warned that the PM will not ditch the deal — and will keep pushing it through Parliament until it passes. One Cabinet minister branded No10’s refusal to change course in the face of overwhelming odds as “extraordinary”, adding: “There is zero chance the deal will pass now”. And a former minister – who is remaining loyal to Mrs May – has calculated that the Government will lose by a devastating 200 votes. – The Sun

…although May continues touring the country trying to drum up support…

Prime Minister Theresa May began a tour of the United Kingdom to drum up support for her Brexit divorce deal with the European Union, while her deputy said on Tuesday parliament might reject it if asked to vote on it now. May travelled to Northern Ireland and Wales on Tuesday as part of a tour aimed at rallying support for the deal. May has warned sceptical members of parliament that if they reject the deal the world’s fifth largest economy will either leave without an agreement or Brexit could be delayed or even reversed. The vote in parliament is scheduled for Dec. 11. – Reuters

  • Theresa May heading to Scotland today to defend EU deal – BBC News

…as DUP leader Arlene Foster hits out at the PM’s ‘propaganda’ tour

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has accused Theresa May of “giving up” on getting a better Brexit deal. The prime minister is due to arrive in Northern Ireland later as part of a two-week push to sell her deal. Speaking to the BBC, Mrs Foster accused Mrs May of engaging in “propaganda”. But Mrs May rejected that claim and said that getting a withdrawal agreement was about “compromising”. Mrs Foster said that the prime minister was “wasting time” trying to sell the agreement because it would not get the approval of Parliament. She added that there was no way that the DUP could support it – the party has said that it will vote against the deal. Mrs Foster said she knew that “people are fed up” but added that it was not a reason to “accept what’s on the table”. She also said it was “offensive” to suggest that there could be last-minute financial inducements from the government that could get the DUP on board.- BBC News

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is doomed, says ex-Cabinet minister Sir Michael Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon, who served as defence secretary under David Cameron and Theresa May before having to resign a year ago, told MPs on Monday the agreement was a “huge gamble” as it would see the UK give up its power to influence EU rules and regulations in return for vague assurances over future trade arrangements. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today that “this is not a good deal and we need a better deal”, saying that Mr Trump’s criticism of its repercussions for transatlantic relations “could not simply be brushed off”. “My fear is that this deal gives us the worst of all worlds,” he said. “No guarantee of smooth trade in the future and no ability to reduce the tariffs that we need to conclude trade deals with the rest of the world. “So, unless the House of Commons can be persuaded somehow that those are possible then I think, yes, the deal is doomed.” – BBC News

  • Former Tory minister and May loyalist says we should delay Brexit to get a better deal – Mirror
  • Theresa May loyalist Michael Fallon savages her ‘doomed’ Brexit deal – PoliticsHome

Theresa May dismisses Donald Trump’s Brexit trade deal concerns…

On Monday, the US president said the agreement “sounds like a great deal for the EU” and that the UK “may not be able to trade with us”… But during a visit to the Royal Welsh Winter Fair in Builth Wells, Powys, Mrs May said: “As regards the United States, we have already been talking to them about the sort of agreement that we could have in the future. “We have a working group set up and that is working very well, has met several times and is continuing to work with the US on this.” She added: “We are talking with others around the rest of the world about the possibility of trade deals there as well. For example, with a number of Asian countries I met at the EU Summit in Brussels a few weeks ago, talking about the real enthusiasm of trade deals with the UK. “We will have that ability outside the European Union, to make those decisions on trade deals for ourselves. It will no longer be a decision taken by Brussels. We will have control of that and we will strike trade deals that will enhance our prosperity, enhance our economy and bring jobs to the UK.” – ITV News

  • Theresa May tells Trump the UK can sign trade deals under her Brexit plan – City A.M.

…but leading trade expert says Trump was ‘speaking the truth’…

A former UK trade chief says Donald Trump is “speaking the truth” when he warns Theresa May’s Brexit deal will wreck hopes of a trade agreement with the US. Sir Andrew Cahn backed the US president, undermining attempts by a furious Downing Street to fight back against the bombshell dropped in Washington. Sir Andrew Cahn, the former chief executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), agreed, telling BBC Radio 4 that, unusually, the president “is actually speaking the truth”. Pointing out any trade talks would not be able to cover key US interests such as “sending their chicken to us, their cars”, he added: “In the end there just wouldn’t be a deal.” “So, after the transition period is finished in 2 or 3 or 4 years, anything could happen.” Sir Andrew, who advised on setting up the single market in the 1980s, added: “It will be very difficult to do independent trade deals for as long as we can see looking forward.” – Independent

…as Owen Paterson suggests Trump offered May a trade deal four months ago, but she rejected him

Donald Trump offered Theresa May a free trade deal when he visited Britain four months ago but the Prime Minister turned him down, a former minister has claimed. Owen Paterson revealed Mr Trump’s aides told him that the President had offered a free trade deal “on a plate” when he met with Mrs May at Chequers in July but was told the UK “wasn’t ready”. In a move that will heap further embarrassment on the Prime Minister, Mr Paterson, the former Environment Secretary, told the Telegraph: “When I visited the US in September I was told by people close to the administration that Trump had made an offer but Mrs May told him the UK wasn’t ready. I was told by people who knew him well and had been appointed to senior positions by him.” He declined to name the officials. Telegraph (£)

EU lawyers reject MPs’ plea for right to cancel Brexit

European Union lawyers have rejected a plea by Remain campaigners for parliament to have the power to unilaterally cancel Brexit because it would be a “disaster” encouraging countries to trigger the exit process. Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty’s Article 50 exit clause, triggered by the government last year, Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019. Campaigners, including the MPs Chris Leslie and Tom Brake, have taken a case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) arguing that the government should have the unilateral right to revoke the exit process, giving the House of Commons the power to reverse Brexit. Hubert Legal, the European Council’s top lawyer, dismissed the idea and warned judges that it would encourage troublesome countries to trigger the withdrawal clause for tactical or electoral reasons. Constant negotiations would then have be used “to charm the notifying sheep back to the flock” with concessions and opt-outs and, said Mr Legal, the “main victim could be the European project altogether”. – The Times (£)

  • Allowing Britain to reverse Brexit without Brussels’ permission could destroy EU, ECJ hears – Telegraph (£)

Five former Cabinet ministers warn Theresa May she’s heading for ‘No Deal’ Brexit

In an open letter published by HuffPost UK, ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, David Davis, Priti Patel, Owen Patterson and John Whittingdale join Rees-Mogg in demanding that the PM abandon her plans – or face heavy defeat in the Commons. They say that unless the current UK-EU “political declaration” agreed last weekend is turned into a legally binding document, a no-deal Brexit is “much more likely”. “Our grave doubts about this proposal are shared across the House of Commons by members of all parties,” the letter states. “By continuing to pursue it – when it is plain that it does not have enough votes to carry it through the House of Commons – you are making a ‘no deal’ scenario more likely. “The ‘no deal’ situation will involve some element of risk, challenge and short-term disruption – just as the historic vote to leave in 2016 did. “But we still believe, as you once did, that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’. It is better than a deal which would cost our country £39billion and hand the EU the keys to our destiny.” – Huffington Post

Attempt to woo Labour MPs backfires as they say Downing Street ‘treated us like idiots’ during Brexit briefing

Theresa May’s attempt to persuade Labour MPs to support her Brexit deal backfired after they said Downing Street “treated us like idiots” during a briefing on the withdrawal agreement. Gavin Barwell, Mrs May’s chief of staff, and David Lidington, her de facto deputy, addressed Labour MPs on Monday evening in a bid to win support and deliver a boost to the Prime Minister’s chances of getting her deal through the House of Commons. But the session was labelled “pointless” and “utterly sh–e” by MPs who said it had actually made them more likely to vote against the deal. Meanwhile, the briefing sparked fury among Tory Brexiteers who said Number 10 was attempting to deliver Brexit in name only – Brino – on the back of Labour votes. Number 10’s hopes were dashed after MPs who attended the briefing labelled it “shambolic”. – Telegraph (£)

Britain clears trade hurdle ahead of Brexit

The UK’s efforts to prepare for post-Brexit trade received a boost on Tuesday, when nations at the World Trade Organization backed the country’s continuing membership of a $1.7tn public procurement pact. Trade officials said that the WTO members had given their “provisional” support to the UK’s continued membership of the Government Procurement Agreement, a 47-country deal that opens up nations’ public contracts to foreign bidders. The trade official said that governments agreed that the WTO should now prepare a draft decision paving the way for Britain to join the GPA as a standalone member. The WTO estimates that the deal covers contracts worth $1.7tn per year. – FT (£)

Brexit Britain close to agreeing open skies deal with US

The US and UK are close to finalising an open skies aviation agreement, which falls short of current EU arrangements but will protect British carriers from ownership problems after Brexit. Negotiators for the two sides are meeting on Wednesday in Washington for what they expect to be the final round of talks on the wide-ranging air services agreement, according to two people briefed on the talks. If confirmed, the deal would provide continuity for UK and US-based carriers when Britain leaves the EU-US open skies treaty after Brexit, which underpins the busy transatlantic flight corridor. – FT (£)

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reportedly agree to TV debate over Brexit

Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn agreed to a prime time television debate on Brexit ahead of a crunch parliamentary vote as she struggles to win support for the deal agreed with the European Union. This would be the first time May has been willing to go up against the Labour leader in a live television debate after she refused to take part in any in the run-up to last year’s general election. The Brexit debate is expected to take place on Dec. 9, two days before members of parliament vote on whether to support her deal, in one of parliament’s most important moments in decades. – Reuters

This is how the Government is war-gaming what happens if it wins the meaningful vote on Brexit

BuzzFeed News has been leaked details of 57 dummy amendments that the prime minister’s aides fear could be laid by Tory and Labour rebels if the Withdrawal Agreement bill comes to a House of Commons vote. The Brexit department this morning informed ministers that they had to take part in a cross-Whitehall “dry run” rehearsal of how to handle tricky potential amendments to the bill, which would come to parliament in the event Downing Street overcomes stiff opposition among MPs to win the meaningful vote on Dec. 11. Mock amendments were sent to each government department, with ministers expected to draft responses, a practice speaking note, and a question-and-answer fact sheet for each scenario. Ministers involved in today’s war-gaming exercise told BuzzFeed News they hoped Number 10 would also focus on making contingency plans for the government losing the meaningful vote, as widely predicted in Westminster. “Good to know we are preparing for the unlikely event that the meaningful vote passes, and not for when it doesn’t,” one said. – BuzzFeed News

A reminder: the next EU summit Is days after May’s big Brexit vote

Prime Minister Theresa May has scheduled her crunch Brexit vote two days before the next European summit. If she loses, leaders are going to have to scramble to find a way to respond.EU officials say leaders will confront the fallout at the summit, which was meant to be Brexit-free. But don’t bet on them offering her something new. Last weekend, as they signed off on the deal, they declared in unison it was the only deal available and couldn’t be changed. Leaders are unwilling to reopen the negotiations, and even less eager to get involved in the talks themselves, officials said. There’s no further EU summit scheduled until March 21, a week before the U.K. is due to leave. So if May continues to face objections to the deal or her government falls, leaders will have to come back together to discuss the way ahead before then. Under current plans, European affairs ministers from the 27 national governments will meet in Brussels on Dec. 18 to formally hand over the agreement to the European Parliament to ratify. – Bloomberg

Michael Fallon: It’s time to admit we made mistakes in the Cabinet, and this deal simply isn’t good enough

Security co-operation, Gibraltar, fishing rights, the fight against serious crime, the role of the European Court – all these things are important. But in the end, Brexit is a negotiation about trade: how we continue to trade in the European markets and how we reach new free trade agreements with countries across the world. Nobody doubts that the Prime Minister has tried her very best. But neither the Withdrawal Agreement nor the political declaration with which she has returned give us any certainty whatsoever about our future trading relationships. The pledge that both sides will simply use their “best endeavours” is legally meaningless and of no comfort to businesses now faced with two, or even three, years of further uncertainty. This simply isn’t good enough. – Sir Michael Fallon MP for the Telegraph (£)

Peter Foster: Theresa May should be honest that her deal puts Europe first and the rest of the world second on trade

In trying to sell her deal, by not actually selling it, Mrs May seeks to perpetrate a double deceit on the British public. Firstly, she is still pretending that her deal can deliver everything – trade that “flows freely” with Europe, an invisible border in Ireland and an independent trade policy with the rest of the world. It cannot. But there is a second, more fundamental deception, which is that Mrs May does not believe in ‘buccaneering’ Britain, even as she pays lip-service to its potential. Brexit was always about making choices and trade-offs. Mrs May’s deal clearly shows she has made hers. This has been clear to anyone who cared to look for months, but she has taken the nation (and her backbenches) for fools by denying it. And now it is too late to go back. – Peter Foster for the Telegraph (£)

David Collins: Theresa May has given up virtually everything for her deal. It’s time now to walk away

The UK has given up virtually everything in the horrendously one-sided Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration securing nothing in return, other than the notional advantage of avoiding the fabricated horror of a no-deal cliff edge. Having bested its opponent in the negotiation game, the EU has secured the humiliation of a key member state which dared to defy its hegemony, ensuring that no other country will ever risk following suit. A preferential trade deal with the EU, like those which it has recently offered to Canada and Japan, would have been ideal, but this was obviously wishful thinking based on the flawed idea that the EU would act reasonably. There may come a time when the UK and the EU can revisit their trading relationship but for now it is time to walk away. The UK’s efforts going forward should be on seeking mutually beneficial trade agreements with partners who will genuinely treat it fairly, starting with the US and the Commonwealth. – David Collins for the Telegraph (£)

Telegraph: Mrs May’s threats are failing to persuade her critics

Theresa May was in Northern Ireland yesterday to sell her Brexit deal to the people of the province. She also visited Wales to do the same and is due in Scotland today. While the nation is full of admiration for the Prime Minister’s extraordinary diligence and her keen sense of duty, it has to be asked: what is the point of this exercise? Arlene Foster, Ulster’s First Minister and leader of the DUP, which is propping up the Conservative government, called the trip a waste of time. While that sounded harsh, it had a ring of truth. Clearly, Downing Street strategists hoped this UK tour would be about extolling a deal that had already received a fair wind from MPs. But as was evident from the exchanges in the Commons on Monday, this strategy is deeply flawed, because her own backbenchers are not backing it. They are the people the Prime Minister has to persuade, and she has so far failed to do so. Spending two days traipsing around the country before heading off to Argentina for the G20 summit is noble, but it is eating up precious time when she could be working to convince her recalcitrant MPs at Westminster that hers is the only way forward. – Telegraph (£) editorial

James Frayne: Five factors which give May a chance of moving public opinion in her favour

Can Theresa May sell her proposed deal with the EU to the public? This isn’t the only question that matters at the moment – or indeed the most important question; what Government colleagues and MPs think is more important. However, the Prime Minister has indicated that she is prepared to speak directly to voters about the merits of the deal. And with the possibility of another close election never far from people’s minds, politicians will be thinking hard about what their behaviour means for their own and their party’s (re)election chances. So, what are her chances?If you look at the small number of published polls to date, things don’t look good. YouGov’s last poll on this, a week ago, showed the public opposed the draft deal by 45 per cent to 23 per cent (with the rest saying don’t know). Remain voters opposed the deal by 50 per cent to 22 per cent and Leave voters by 47 per cent to 28 per cent. Furthermore, YouGov’s latest tracker on the Government’s handling of exit negotiations showed people think they are handling it badly by a massive 75 per cent to 14 per cent. And if you look at the media coverage, things don’t look good either. – James Frayne for ConservativeHome

Callum Jones: Has Trump’s torpedo sunk British trade hopes after Brexit?

It was meant to be so easy. Days before entering office last year, President Trump told this newspaper that Britain would attain a prized free trade agreement with the United States “very quickly” after leaving the European Union. Such promising overtures have since fallen by the wayside. This week, not for the first time, the president has publicly suggested that Theresa May’s Brexit strategy would leave dreams of a bold transatlantic deal in tatters. By declaring that the UK “may not be able to trade with the US” under the prime minister’s plan, Mr Trump has poked an already agitated hornets’ nest. No 10 reiterated that the 26-page political declaration Britain had hammered out with the EU was “very clear” that it would be able to strike out on its own, with an independent trade policy, after leaving. The statement made no mention, however, of the 585-page withdrawal agreement that effectively carries Britain to that point. – Callum Jones for The Times (£)

Woody Johnson: If Britain takes back control of trade, you will be first in line for a US deal

President Trump has always said that Brexit is for the British people to decide. But, as he made clear again this week, he hopes there will be room for an ambitious trade deal with the United States. Theresa May shares this goal and has pledged that the UK will be free to negotiate its own trade deals as soon as you leave the European Union. The United States is ready to get straight to work. A talented group of Americans have been meeting their British counterparts for over a year now to lay the groundwork. The president’s trade representative has already formally notified Congress of our intention to start negotiating.If we seem enthusiastic, it’s because we are. Britain is the perfect trading partner for the United States. We have already forged one of the most successful economic partnerships in global history. Imagine what it could mean if we could tear down barriers to business, slash prices for consumers and turbocharge our trading relationship — it would be a game-changer for both of us. – US Ambassador in London Woody Johnson for The Times (£)

Matt Kilcoyne: Remaining in the EU would come at a big price for Britain

Whatever those clamouring for a ‘People’s Vote’ might claim, no Brexit does have a cost. Firstly, the price in terms of political capital will be significant. What does going back on the referendum result say to the 17.4million voters who voted Leave? What about the damage done to trust in our institutions and our politicians? Or to the idea that voters can change our country’s destiny by the power of their choices at the ballot box? It’s important to remember too that there is no such thing as continuity Remain. If Britain does stay in the EU, life will not be how it was before the referendum result, whatever you might hear from those keen to pretend the 2016 vote never happened. – Matt Kilcoyne for The Spectator

Allison Pearson: Theresa May has finally united the country… in expletive-ridden disbelief

Panic spreads across the nation! Mass enrolment for root-canal work! Alarmed citizens hiding in underground car parks! Fortnights in Fuengirola! Sales of noise-cancelling headphones break all records! Be afraid, be very afraid: the Theresa May Charmless Offensive is coming soon to a town near you. “Well, we did consider a charm offensive, but it’s, you know, well… it’s Theresa,” explained one source, “so we went with ‘charmless’ instead.” Conservative supporters who would dearly like to stop despising their own Government still hope that the PM will reconsider, cancel her charmless offensive and begin to grasp how her deal has united the entire county. In expletive-ridden disbelief. Might that be a possibility? Sadly, I wouldn’t bet on it. – Allison Pearson for the Telegraph (£)

James Blitz: The hunt for Brexit Plan B

Will the “Norway Plus” plan promoted by Conservative MP Nick Boles emerge as parliament’s way through the Brexit crisis? But the savaging that her proposal received in the Commons on Monday, together with the coup de grâce delivered on Tuesday morning by Conservative loyalist Michael Fallon, have led many MPs to think her proposal is already dead, two weeks before arrival. As a result, debate among Conservative MPs about what constitutes “Plan B” is gaining momentum. The idea of having a second referendum is one notion favoured by Remainers, of course. But Mr Boles’s proposal, which in effect takes the UK into the European Economic Area alongside Norway, is also attracting support. According to a report in The Sun, Amber Rudd and Michael Gove have formed an alliance to back the proposal. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and the DUP’s Arlene Foster have indicated in recent days they would consider the option. One leading supporter of a People’s Vote was also privately indicating this morning that the Boles plan could be an attractive alternative that warrants attention. – James Blitz for the FT (£)

Robert Peston: Could Jeremy Corbyn be about to back a second referendum?

According to senior Labour sources, Corbyn is close to agreeing that shortly (days) after the loss of the meaningful vote by May, he would formally make his party the champion of another referendum or People’s Vote – on the basis that if there is no consensus in parliament on what comes next, the question has to go back to the people. At this conjuncture, there might well be a clear parliamentary majority for such a referendum – with the choice between May’s deal (as the only negotiated deal) and remaining in the EU – if the Tory MPs who currently say they back a plebiscite stick to their guns. Which is why, if May sees this coming (which presumably she must), she may try to head it off at the pass by saying shortly after losing the vote that she remains committed to Brexit and will in effect lead a government of national unity to capture the will of parliament on what kind of Brexit is sought by most MPs. If Brexit it be for the PM, rather than referendum, that would probably be Norway-plus, if she wants to reflect the preference of parliament. But for her to become deliverer of what many Tories would see as conversion of the UK into the ultimate vassal state would be potentially lethal for her party. – Robert Peston for The Spectator

Sarah Vine: She fired my husband yet even I salute May’s true grit that’s won the deal to deliver Brexit

On more than one occasion over the past few months I must confess I have thought to myself: if I had known then what a nightmare it was going to be, I might never have done it. Like 17 million other Britons — many of them readers of this newspaper — I voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t changed my mind about leaving. If anything, the intransigence of Brussels in negotiating Britain’s exit deal has only strengthened my view that being out is the only place to be. But we are where we are. Politics, as a wise man once said, is nothing if not the art of the impossible. And what more impossible task could there be than extricating Britain from a European Union whose very existence depends on keeping us in. The truth is, even the most experienced politician would have struggled against the might of Brussels. May chose to fight — and has borne the brunt of Brussels’ fury because of it. Did she have any inkling of how vicious it was going to be? Who knows. But the fact remains that she has put up with their jibes, their tricks, their lies and their arrogance, all the while battling incessant opposition at home. And I, for one, cannot help but admire that in her. – Sarah Vine for the Daily Mail

Brexit in Brief

  • If Brexiteers vote down this deal, they risk the very outcome they abhor. – Nick Herbert MP for ConservativeHome
  • It is the wavering MPs who will decide the PM’s fate. They have the nation’s future in their hands – Tom Harris for the Telegraph (£)
  • Department for Transport criticised over secretive preparations for no-deal Brexit – Guardian
  • Boris Johnson ‘should face May and Corbyn in Brexit debate’ – Express
  • EU will try to ‘push Britain into a permanent customs union’ if May’s Brexit deal is heavily defeated, senior Whitehall
  • insider reveals – Daily Mail