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Sunday Shows Round-Up: 'Plan B Is Plan A' But There Is A Sense Of The Inevitable

By Ned Simons

MPs vote on Theresa May’s deal in nine days time – then god knows what happens.

Keir Starmer told Sky News Ridge on Sunday Labour will seek to call a motion of no confidence in the government if May loses the Commons vote.

Shadow Brexit Secretary : https://t.co/EPYUk0pkcbpic.twitter.com/rSF2Yv3ZtX

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 2, 2018

Gove said other options were either “no deal or no Brexit” and insisted the government could “win the vote”.

“I reflected long and hard about this deal but I concluded, like lots of people, that while it is imperfect it is the right thing to do,” he said.

“One of the things that I hope people will have the chance to do over the next nine days is to recognise that we should not make the perfect the enemy of the good.”

Gove also warned Tories that voting down the deal could lead to Brexit slipping through their fingers.

“There is a real risk if we don’t vote for this deal there may be a majority in the House of Commons for a second referendum,” he said.

In public, allies of May are insisting Downing Street is not wargaming what to do should the vote be lost.

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis insisted May’s deal is the “only option”. He added: “Plan B is plan A – it’s to get this deal agreed.”

“Plan B is Plan A.”

Conservative Party Chairman @BrandonLewis tells #Ridge Theresa May’s deal delivers on what people voted for in 2016.

Follow live reactions to today’s show: https://t.co/AEC6jUBJBdpic.twitter.com/Y0lKL5u0rN

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) December 2, 2018

He told Ridge on Sunday: “It is the only deal that’s there on the table, it’s the only option we have got it: if this deal doesn’t go through, we have the risk of no Brexit, no deal potentially … there’s a whole range of chaos that can come through.”

Lewis also said he was not planning for an early general election, telling the programme: “I’m ready for the 2019 local elections, that’s what I’m planning for, we will be ready for the 2022 general election.”

But there are multiple reports that cabinet ministers are indeed thinking about a Plan B.

Conservative MP @NickBoles tells #Ridge he’s spoken to 6-8 members of the Cabinet about supporting a Norway-style Brexit deal.

Follow live reactions to today’s show: https://t.co/AEC6jUBJBdpic.twitter.com/hEaLlkrs3r

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) December 2, 2018

Tory MP Nick Boles told Sky News he had spoken to “probably now six or eight members of the Cabinet” who would come out in support of a Norway-style deal should the PM’s plan fall.

“Some of them are very committed to it – Amber Rudd has been very clear before she went back into the Cabinet that this is her preferred fallback option. Others are thinking it over,” he said.

“But what is true of everyone is that they’re all looking for that realistic, doable, negotiable, deliverable Brexit deal and there aren’t any others if the Prime Minister’s deal is defeated.”

Gove, asked about this fallback option, notably failed to rule out supporting it.

Via:: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/sunday-shows-round-up-plan-b-is-plan-a-but-there-is-a-sense-of-the-inevitable_uk_5c03c865e4b0a173c023e60b