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2019年2月14日 星期四

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Morning,

 

Today we have another round of Brexit votes whose only purpose will be to remind us of what Parliament cannot agree on.

My colleague Dan Bloom has done a very good briefing on what MPs will be voting on here.

Downing Street had hoped today’s proceedings would be a non event but with her characteristic ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory Theresa May finds herself facing another bloody nose at the hands of the Tory right tonight.

The European Research Group are unhappy the Government’s motion references an amendment that calls on the government to rule out a no deal.

While a defeat tonight will not change Government policy - the motion is non binding - it will shatter the Tory unity which briefly flowered when MPs backed the Brady amendment last week.

It will also make it harder for Mrs May to persuade the EU that she has the backing of Parliament as she seeks to renegotiate the backstop.

 
Labour, of course, has its own problems with Brexit.  

The Guardian is reporting that as many as ten frontbenchers could resign if Jeremy Corbyn fails to push for a second referendum.

Westminster is also rife with rumours that a handful of disillusioned Labour MPs are set to break from the party at any moment.

Labour MP Neil Coyle took to Twitter yesterday to warn the Labour leader that members are "leaving in their thousands over Brexit”. 

He added that councillors were quitting and “MPs will leave.”

Allies of Corbyn will point out that he also faces resignations if he were to endorse a second referendum.

As I mentioned before, the problem with trying to please everyone is you often end up pleasing no one.
You may have missed it but yesterday a Conservative peer claimed Winston Churchill was a “racist” and “white supremacist” without sparking universal outrage.

Later that afternoon John McDonnell described the former Prime Minister a “villain” for his role in the Tonypandy riots and all hell broke lose.

The Tory peer was Danny Finklestein and it is worth reading his Times article (£) in which he sets out his reasoning.

Those seeking to beatify Churchill do him and history no favours. 

Like many successful leaders he was deeply flawed. 

If we try to pretend otherwise then we risk setting a standard for politicians which they will never be able to achieve.

   Today's agenda:

9.30am - Chris Grayling takes Transport questions.

10.30am - Andrea Leadsom gives regular update on House of Commons business.

11.30am (approx) - Debate and then votes on Brexit (from 7pm).

8pm (approx) - Labour MP Stephanie Peacock has an adjournment debate on the Mineworkers’ pension scheme.

What I am reading:

Rafael Behr on how a Labour split is inevitable

and

Robert Preston on why he thinks a Tory split could happen

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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