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Simon Usherwood @Usherwood
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Key points from yesterday in parliament:


Last-minute horse-trading got No.10 out of a hole, but at a price

The gap between rebels and ERG types might be too big to bridge.

That means either rebels got enough of Grieve amendment to be satisfied, in which case ERG might kick off elsewhere (e.g. leadership challenge)

Or that they didn't, in which case except next round of ping-pong to be a heavier defeat than last night was shaping up to be. Followed by ERG kicking off

Issue can't be avoided, as UK must have this legislation in place prior to withdrawal and no chance of declaring amendment ultra vires

Plus, even if bullet can be dodged here, plenty more legislation coming down the tracks for other clashes

No.10 strategy remains one of party mgt before Brexit policy. Perhaps rapidly shrinking timeline will help focus backbench minds and keep them from pulling their various triggers, but that can be little more than a hope

Overall, another unforced complication in the process

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