Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the Commons voting to try to take control of the Brexit process
- MPs likely to back soft Brexit or second vote, says minister who quit
- Rees-Mogg says it is ‘very, very difficult’ to see no deal happening
- Government may ignore result of indicative votes process, says Hancock
Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is due to make a business statement at 12.30pm. Presumably this will cover the topic of indicative votes.
From a Eurosceptic point of view, from the point of view of somebody in my position, as one of the minority of MPs who really want to leave, we have to recognise that what we want and what we can deliver is not necessarily the same because of our lack of numbers. The ERG and other Eurosceptics in parliament cannot win any vote on our own …
The prime minister does not want to leave without a deal. And the cabinet does not want to leave without a deal. And if parliament does not want to leave without a deal, it is therefore very, very difficult to see who you get to leaving without a deal, even though that is the law of the land.
I think Downing Street has lost the opportunity to leave without a deal. I think that was a mistake. It seemed last week as if Downing Street was going to take that opportunity, and that would have been on 29 March, on Friday, at 11 o’clock at night, and it has now been pushed into the long grass.
And why do I think that was an error? Well, the legal position was leaving. It was what people voted for, effectively. It was what the government was pretty clear would happen. The prime minister said 100 times or more from the despatch box that we would leave on 29 March. So I think there’s a feeling that political trust is not what it ought to be.