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With a week or so to go, the ERG have nearly clinched it.

Let’s just recap on what amounts to a BRILLIANT campaign in & out of Parliament

100 MPs have fought their own party, the Commons AND the Parliamentary odds to bring themselves to within a week of victory.

They’ve successfully avoided any suggestion that they want to split the Tory Party.

They’ve consistently stated they won’t vote against the PM in a no confidence vote.

When they do find themselves hard pressed by Remainers in the Commons, they’ve consistently fallen back on principle.

They use principle to justify themselves when in this situation and remind the PM she depends on the ERG if she’s to stay on.

Underestimated, full of bluster, regularly making emotive comments or finding alternative experts to distract, they’ve successfully achieved what everyone thought impossible.

When the civil service puts out facts, they have to find their own experts to cause doubt about the official statements.

When they look like they’re a blocking vote, they come up with their own Malthouse “compromise” or the Brady “agreement”.

Both of which they know are unacceptable to the EU & therefore do nothing but waste time and distract.

And most remarkably they’ve managed to undermine Cabinet collective responsibility.

With ERG members inside the cabinet, it cannot be a surprise that May keeps her own council.

After all if she wanted to undermine her position she’d just tell Cabinet.

Their campaign has been so successful that should the Tory party finally split they are unlikely to get the blame, primarily because the rest of the party has been won over by them (or held hostage?).

I’ve no doubt that they been assiduous at courting local associations where they can. And I’ve tweeted previously on how all of this has a whiff of coordination between those on the right (Farage is the most obvious) who want to secure a no deal.


- The ERG are amazing.

- In the face of overwhelming odds, they’ve nearly won.

- They ought to be studied as an exemplar on how to run parliamentary business, define debate, and develop Commons strategy.

So chapeau to the ERG. Strong campaign. I’ve enjoyed watching
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