What next?

Dave Brown for The Independent.


Monday night saw round two of the indicative votes all rejected, all of which were variations on a softer Brexit. Here's the results:

Motion C: Customs Union (Proposed by Ken Clarke, Conservative)
Ayes: 273
Noes: 276
Majority: 3

Motion D: Common Market 2.0 (Proposed by Nick Boles, Conservative)
Ayes: 261
Noes: 282
Majority: 21

Motion E: Confirmatory Public Vote (Proposed by Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson)
Ayes: 280
Noes: 292
Majority: 12

Motion G: Parliamentary Supremacy (revoke Article 50 if No Deal is ruled out; Proposed by Joanna Cherry, SNP)
Ayes: 191
Noes: 292
Majority: 101

Nick Boles of Motion D not only resigned as Conservative whip but also resigned from the Conservative Party itself in an emotional speech in the House of Commons.
Anne Soubry, former Conservative and now member of the Independent Group, has said he'd be welcome to join them but he has announced his intention to stand as an Independent Progressive Conservative:
Now, all eyes are on the next round of indicative votes (which haven't been confirmed as yet) as well as Theresa May's plans for an improved deal which involves talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Jeremy Corbyn accepted:
This has been met with suspicious from some Labour MPs who suggested it may be a trap:
There was also dismay from the European Research Group (Jacob Rees Mogg et al), with sources describing the group watching May's invitation with horror: The Guardian writes,
More than 60 MPs and peers who support the ERG gathered in committee room 15 of the House of Commons on Tuesday to watch May’s televised invitation to Corbyn.
One member said they let out a collective gasp when the prime minister said she would invite Labour’s leader into No 10 for talks. Some claimed they were already receiving emails of resignation from Tory members in their constituencies.
Others suspected that May would use Corbyn to seek a customs union with the approval of the EU, a move which they say runs contrary to the result of the 2016 referendum.
Former minister Conor Burns, who is from Northern Ireland, said that the deal was proof that May’s government had collapsed.
Junior minister Nigel Adams has resigned as government whip this morning writing to May,
At cabinet yesterday, there was an opportunity to get onto the front foot for once. However, by legitimising and turning to Jeremy Corbyn to assist you at this crucial stage, rather than being bold, is a grave error. It is clear that we will now end up in the customs union. That is not the Brexit my constituents were promised, and it is contrary to the pledge we made in our manifesto...
... It now seems that you and your cabinet have decided that a deal - cooked up with a Marxist who has never once in his political life, put British interests first - is better than no deal. 
The right wing papers were similarly displeased. Here's The Sun and The Telegraph's front pages:


Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Claire Perry however commented on The Telegraph's article that stated the majority of the Cabinet wished to keep a 'no deal' on the table:
So what next? On Monday the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg suggested the following timetable:
Tuesday 2 April: Five-hour cabinet meeting from 0900 BST
Wednesday 3 April: Potentially another round of indicative votes
Thursday 4 April: Theresa May could bring her withdrawal deal back before MPs for a fourth vote
Wednesday 10 April: Emergency summit of EU leaders to consider any UK request for further extension
Friday 12 April: Brexit day, if UK does not seek/EU does not grant further delay
23-26 May: European Parliamentary elections
What else? Brexit, of course, shadows pretty much everything, but here's a couple of stories that caught my eye. Last week the Conservatives announced that teachers, NHS workers, and the police could be held accountable for knife crime. The BBC reports,
Teachers, NHS workers and police officers in England and Wales could be held accountable for failing to spot violent crime among young people under government plans announced on Monday.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has launched a consultation to assess whether there is a "public health duty" to report concerns over children at risk.
He said he will use "all the tools" at his disposal to end violent crime.
That needless to say hasn't gone down well, and to be honest I don't think that requires much explanation.

In other news footage emerged this morning of some soldiers of the British Army using an image of Jeremy Corbyn as target practice:
The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation, saying in a statement "This behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects".

Meanwhile it's emerged that there have been attempts to disrupt the railway network. ITV reports,
Police are investigating after two "malicious" devices were placed on railway tracks in a "pro-Brexit" sabotage attempt. 
British Transport Police confirmed the devices were found near Yaxley in Cambridgeshire on March 21 and Netherfield in Nottinghamshire on March 27. 
It is believed the devices were found by Network Rail members of staff and "intended to cause disruption" to train services. Officers believe the sabotage attempts "relate to Britain's exit from the European Union". 
British Transport Police confirmed the devices contained "literature relating to Brexit," prompting the link to pro-Leave campaigners.
Happy days.

So now, we wait for the conclusion of the Corbyn / May meeting. It could get quite dramatic in politics this evening... 

Comments

Jean said…
Indeed. Ack!
Cleo said…
Where are you??!! I sent you a message on Goodreads ......
mudpuddle said…
something must have occurred... hope it wasn't disastrous or life endangering... best wishes, anyway...
o said…
mudpuddle - don't worry, all is well :) I think after the various stresses that accumulated over the past year or so I needed to take a little time out. Actually you commented right when I'm trying to decide what to do next with blogging. Everything I've read is stacked in a pile by my desk so clearly I'm not ready to give up blogging, plus I've got a political post on my mind (Tory leadership contest). When, I'm not sure, but I would like to move forward a bit... I'm going to try and make some decisions today, be a little proactive! :) Hope you're well?
reese said…
Looking forward (with hope!) to your return!
mudpuddle said…
tx for reply, O... a busy time, blogging, bicycle building, dog sitting, vacationing, various sorts of maintenance... and always reading; don't know what i'd do without books, tho... hope to see you back sometime; i check this locale sometimes wondering how your boiler's doing... haha...
o said…
Thanks Reese and mudpuddle. I'll certainly be back and very soon - I've actually been working on it, drawing things together from various old blogs, fixing dead-end links, all that kind of thing - basic housekeeping if you will :) I aim to be finished and back to it by the beginning of July if not sooner :D