The excuse the Brownites trotted out was that he had already agreed to talk to the Commons Liaison Committee on Thursday morning and so couldn’t be in two places at once. But as James Kirkup points out over at Three Line whip the timing for this doesn’t add up. Brown claims he agreed to his date with the Liaison Committee on the 5th but the Portuguese had informed the rest of the EU of the date of the signing ceremony back in October. So, even by Brown’s version of events Number Ten knew there would be a fixture clash before he agreed to go before the Liaison Committee; suggesting that he was deliberately double-booked. Presumably, this was so that he could pose as someone who put Parliament above the European Union.