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2019年2月13日 星期三

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All the worst traits of Theresa May were on display in her Commons statement yesterday.

She refused to give straight a answer when asked when MPs would have a meaningful vote on the latest version of her Brexit deal.

When asked, if presented with the choice, would she extend Article 50 or allow a no deal, she ducked the question.

Pressed on whether Britain could secure a better trade deal with Japan than the one we have as a member of the EU, she avoided giving a response.

And then she claimed she was not responsible for running down the clock despite having pulled the vote on the deal before Christmas which did exactly that.

This lack of candour matters. 

It explains why MPs and ministers find the Prime Minister so difficult to work with and it contributes to growing public distrust in politics.

It is a tribute, of sorts, that voters still regard Mrs May as one of the more  honest politicians when she is one of the worst offenders when it comes to dissembling.
Thanks to an eavesdropped conversation involving Olly Robbins we now have confirmation of what everyone assumed was the case: the Prime Minister is deliberately trying to run down the clock in order to present MPs with the unpalatable choice of her deal or a lengthy extension of Article 50.

Amid all the parliamentary games, Brexiteer bluster and political positioning it is easy to overlook the sheer recklessness of the Prime Minister’s tactics.

Each day that passes adds to the uncertainty for business and heightens the risk that companies will walk.

Police chiefs are seriously concerned that we could lose access to the European Arrest Warrant in the event of a no deal.

Exporters to countries such as Japan are despatching goods now unsure whether they will be allowed into the country on arrival.

A responsible Prime Minister should never have allowed this situation. 

We have one who is happily tolerating it as the only means of ensuring her political survival.
We have Prime Minister’s questions today and you suspect Jeremy Corbyn may want to focus on domestic issues for a change.

The Labour leader last night attended a memorial for the campaigner Harry Leslie Smith.

One of Mr Corbyn’s more admirable qualities is how is willing to find time in his diary for such events. 

 Today's agenda:

9.45am - Transport committee session on health of the bus market.

10am - Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach, gives evidence to the Brexit select committee.

11.30am - Penny Mordaunt takes International Development questions.

12pm - Prime Minister’s questions

2.45pm - Bill Bowlder appears before the Foreign Affairs select committee.

What I am reading:

Tom McTague on Theresa May’s mindset

If you want to get in touch my email is jason.beattie@mirror.co.uk and you can follow me @jbeattiemirror on Twitter.
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