After the government suffered another defeat last night, MPs will seize control of the Commons and hold votes on various Brexit options on Wednesday. This means that by mid-week there could – in theory – be a majority for a different form of Brexit than May’s deal. The two options seen as likely to attract the most support involve a permanent customs union or a Norway-style relationship with the EU. Government ministers have been out on the airwaves today suggesting that this is further proof Brexit will only be softened further if May’s deal is voted down for a third time.
It’s a warning we’ve heard before but there are signs that it is beginning to yield results. Speaking to Conservative Home, Jacob Rees-Mogg has suggested he could now reluctantly back the deal:
‘Is this deal worse than not leaving? No, definitely not. If we take this deal we are legally out of the EU… Being legally out is of great importance. It restores our independence.’
Rees-Mogg appears to suggest that a no-deal Brexit is unlikely:
‘The prime minister does not want to leave without a deal, the cabinet doesn’t want to leave without a deal, and the British parliament doesn’t want to leave without a deal. It is therefore very difficult to see how you get to leaving without a deal.’