More than a thousand congregated at the Emmanuel Centre in London on Monday night to hear a debate on Deal or No Deal with former Brexit secretary David Davis, former Chancellor Ken Clarke, economist Liam Halligan, Brexiteer and former MP Gisela Stuart, and the Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth.
While the audience despaired, via a show of hands, that Mrs May will sell us down the river with a bad deal, David Davis appeared remarkably optimistic. A decent deal could be cut at the eleventh hour, he assured the doubters: the EU has been known to stop the clock if it has to. It made some wonder what he knows that he was not telling. Is collective pressure about to be exerted on Mrs May by a Cabinet appalled by her ineptitude? Will she finally toe the line and push for a ‘Canada plus’ now that even the Remainers in her team are horrified by the mess she appears to be landing the UK in?
You can listen to the discussion for yourself here and make of it what you can. (And fast forward through Ken Clarke, for whom nothing will ever change).