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The replies to this have - predictably - been along the lines of 'quell surprise'. But I am genuinely surprise. If, as some people argue, the hard line Brexiters supported Brady simply in order to run the clock down, then why have they come out in this way so soon? (1)
Surely it would have been more sensible to wait, let talks begin, and if they failed, then actually there was no need to give the impression of having supported Brady in what some might see as bad faith? (2)
And if it turns out that there were negotiations and signs of progress in them, then they could have started voicing their doubts about other aspects of the deal, partly to confuse the negotiations, and partly to lay the groundwork for voting against it when it comes back? (3)
So tactically I don't get this. I'd assumed that for some the point of supporting Brady was to run down the clock while creating a narrative whereby the EU was to blame for a breakdown. Yet here again, this move to say 'it's not just the backstop' seems counterproductive? (Ends)
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