This blog was written on saturday morning, Sept 29th 2018,
I completely agree with Jacob Rees-Mogg. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.
Actually, to be more accurate, Rees-Mogg agrees with me. Some weeks ago I wrote a Briefing, The Politics of Hard Numbers, here, in which I argued that there was no majority in the House of Commons for any Brexit deal.
In an article in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph Rees-Mogg argues, as regards Theresa May’s Chequers plan, that the EU:
“…has been so clear that the plan fails to meet its requirements that it is hard to see that it could change tack without a new chief negotiator.”
More critically, he notes:
The domestic opposition is even more important because, although our system provides for a powerful executive, ultimately laws need the support of the House of Commons, which Chequers cannot get. Indeed, if put forward it could be heavily defeated with no direct consequence for the Government.