Daily Brexit Update: Tuesday 17th July 2018
Things are getting very interesting in Westminster as the high stakes high speed game of Brexit chess continues.
In fact it's got so heated that the government is attempting to cool things down by shutting down parliament five days earlier than planned. Or is this just a way to slow down any challenge to her leadership?
Instead of sodding off for summer, why don't MPs stay in Westminster and sort this bloody Brexit white paper mess out? https://t.co/naO1zxFmUe
— Julia Hartley-Brewer (@JuliaHB1) July 16, 2018
The PM did manage to get the customs bill through the third reading but it now includes some Brexiteer amendments that will make her negotiations with Brussels much harder.
In fact the Brexiteers reckon this will have killed off her Chequers based Brexit proposals as Brussels is highly unlikely to agree to any of these changes.
But some are not convinced by any of this and are asking why was this so easy?
The Brexiteer wrecking amendments have been accepted. Why do I fear that this was too easy. What cunning plan does Theresa May still have to sell our country down the river
— Effie Deans (@Effiedeans) July 16, 2018
And now it's the Remainers who are plotting to put their spanner in the works by inserting an amendment into the Trade bill that would force the UK into a customs union if we don't get Theresa May's free trade area. This will give the EU every incentive to just keep saying no of course.
And without directly demanding the PM resign, David Davis has laid into the Chequers White Paper saying that it is a result of over-magnifying the risks and hugely under-estimating the benefits of Brexit.
And while the MPs bicker, the PM's Europe adviser, Olly Robbins as asset stripped the Brexit ministry and taken its best fifty negotiators! Poor old Dominic Raab won't have a department to run soon! He's already just be an overpaid errand boy running between Robbins and Barnier, this will take his bicycle away!
"In a quid pro quo deal with Mr Raab to soften the blow, No10 has agreed to keep him fully consulted on negotiation decision making." You seriously gonna take that @DominicRaab? https://t.co/BjCDochbar
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) July 16, 2018
Tory party members are not happy, with Westmonster reporting that one Conservative Party Association where 73% of members are against her Chequers plan.
And now a Daily Mirror poll gives us the 'shocking' news that most people want to leave the EU without a deal!
Only to the Mirror would this be a shock.
Shock poll reveals Brits would rather have a No Deal Brexit than back May's plan https://t.co/wNbsqkoMqP
— UKIP (@UKIP) July 16, 2018
And Jacob Rees-Mogg puts out his latest podcast (YouTube video):
Finally, what does Liverpool think about Brexit and a second EU referendum (video):