25th July 2018

Brexiteer rebellion seen off for now

This week we saw the absurd spectacle of the government supporting attempts to wreck its own Brexit plan, as the hard Brexiteers struck back following the Chequers agreement. This leaves the government with no foundation for negotiations with the EU, as there is no position it can take that will command the support of the Tory party.

Its two options are to face down the hardliners and go full soft Brexit or crash out with no deal. They are pointless and disastrous respectively, but given the tiny modicum of leadership that would be required for the former the latter seems more likely.

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