Sunday 18th November 2018,

Sunday Newspapers today as well as the big TV Political morning shows. PM May on TV trying to sell her version of Brexit to the people. Others to the contrary, No new about the possible leadership challenge. May refuses to change course and it seems likely she will be defeated on the Meaningful vote in Parliament next month.

Sajid Javid talking about opportunities for UK under two scenarios: this deal, and no deal. Suspect he’s one of many ministers who will now refer to no-deal as a still-viable option.

Sunday Telegraph is outstanding today. Here’s Robert Tombs: “If Brexit is defeated, it’ll prove not only impotence of democracy in Britain but throughout the EU. The lid [on the boiling pot] will be screwed down. We all know the consequences of that.

Fraser Nelson: Despite the revulsion at Mrs May’s deal, she is confident that opponents won’t move against her

“As far as I know no”. on whether 48 of her Tory MP colleagues have written to Brady of 1922 committee calling for vote of confidence in her.

  seemed to say to there is no scope to renegotiate backstop and Withdrawal Agreement – thus apparently slapping down , , , and Grayling. Her offer to them appeared to be to wait and see..what the Political Declaration says next Sunday about the nature of the UK’s future relationship with the EU – as if this would reassure them.

But the Withdrawal Agreement, when signed, will be a legally binding document. The Political Declaration will…be a non-binding statement of intent. The Brexiters in the cabinet will look at the Political Declaration – even when fleshed out from today’s seven page draft to the expected maximum of 20 pages, compared with the Withdrawal Agreement’s 585 – and fear that it…presages many years of negotiation to transform it into a legal treaty running to hundreds of pages. In fact they will see the Political Declaration’s apparent countenancing of what the PM sees as a special and unique deal for the UK, what she sees as an important victory,… making inevitable that talks to turn the framework for a future relationship into a deal will last many many years, far longer than the 21 months of the agreed transition.

So the ambition implicit in the Political Declaration actually makes more likely what the Brexiters .fear most, namely that the backstop – or an expensive extension of the transition – will be implemented at the end of 2020. May will be accused by her Brexiter colleagues of the Johnsonian crime of having and eating cake – of claiming…..that the backstop is unlikely to be implemented even when she eschews the kind of future relationship that would be easier and far quicker to finalise because it is largely off-the-shelf and consistent with extant EU models and deals.

I cannot see the Cabinet…Brexiters, or indeed the Brexiters on Tory benches, being reassured in the slightest. The coming week will see the civil war in the UK’s governing part intensify. Theresa May is not over the worst; she cannot yet be confident of securing her Brexit deal or keeping her job..

Heading for deadlock

May faces down Brexiteers – ousting her could risk Brexit – gang of five won’t be able to rewrite the divorce deal – further negotiations only on future relationship – letters not at 48 – Brady: MPs are lying – Raab: deal is fatally flawed

This is so good   

Dom Raab reveals he has been talking to the ‘gang of five’ who stayed in Cabinet since resigning about how they can change the PM’s Brexit deal. So serving Cabinet ministers are working with those that quit to try to force the PM’s hand

Demolishing the PM’s terrible Withdrawal Agreement proposals forensically here: ERG publish <i>Your Right To Know. the case against the Government’s Brexit deal via

Such a lovely read from in the this morning on what actually happened this week

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