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It seems that, finally, the Tory Cabinet are taking brexit seriously and recognise that they have to decide what on earth their actual negotiating position is going to be.

that is, the negotiating position with Brussels. There has been no end of negotiating between the various wings othe Tory party with all manner of fantasy brexit solutions being put forward and ferorishly agreed or denigrated by the various factions.

Sadly each and every one has usually been dismissed as frivolous, illegal or even damaging by the EU. But that has not stopped the tories from regarding the power plays within the party as being far more important than thosse in Brussels. A view not exactly disputed by David Davis, the brexit negotiator who, we now know, has spend less than 48 hours in Brussels this year.

But now, all of their nonsense has to stop and May has decided  that she has to risk party unity to save the country. Which is where, as I suggested at the time, May has set a trap for the ultras, or Mogglodytes as they are apparently now known, when she forced through a motion in the Commons that the fina ldeal cannot be defeated point by point earlier this month. At the time, everybody thought it was to stop wrecking motions from Remainers, but it also ties the hands of the ultras if they don't like the final settlement.

A flavour of how it is going now emerges;

The Canary - John Shafthauer - The Tory splits are widening as several MPs turn on Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg wrote an article for the Telegraph on 2 July. In it, he said [paywall] that Theresa May "must stick to her "no deal is better than a bad deal" mantra, or risk splitting the Conservative Party like Sir Robert Peel".

In response, several of his Conservative peers have turned on him.

Rees-Mogg wrote:


Theresa May must stand firm for what she herself has promised. One former Tory leader, Sir Robert Peel, decided to break his manifesto pledge and passed legislation with the majority of his party voting the other way. This left the Conservatives out of office for 28 years. At least he did so for a policy that works. At Chequers, [May] must stick to her righteous cause and deliver what she has said she would, she must use her undoubted grace to persevere.

The logic of his argument has been called into question. But more interestingly, it's also come under attack from several Conservative MPs. These include Simon Hoare of North Dorset:

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 at 06:37:22 PM EST

A mix of ferociously and feverishly (I hope)

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jul 2nd, 2018 at 08:44:06 PM EST
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