Support Growing For Johnson Brexit Plan

THERE'S growing support for Boris Johnson’s Brexit Plan across the board tonight.

Steve Baker from the influential ERG said “This is a great place to be starting... but we haven't yet seen that destination set out in full” before later calling Boris a “hero!”

DUP Leader Arlene Foster said it was a “sensible way forward.”

Even Michael Barnier sounded optimistic saying, “we will continue to work towards reaching a deal but a deal which respects and fulfils the three commitments of the backstop in a legally operational way.”

Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, has said that the government's latest Brexit proposals are ‘serious’ but he warned the EU that the 'clock is ticking.’

Nigel Farage said on LBC this evening that it’s aspirational and it takes us out of EU regulations and customs union.

Even Stephen Kinnock said “If Dublin and Brussels are happy, then we’re happy.”

Kinnock thinks around 30 Labour MPs could back a deal.

Labour whips reckon number is more like 10 to 12.

Gareth Snell and Ruth Smeeth have said they will back Boris’ Deal and Caroline Flint, Sarah Champion, And Emma Lewell Buck are likely to follow.

Boris Johnson has spoken tonight to both Angela Merkel and Leo Varadkar. and is expected to make more calls to EU counterparts in coming days.

Of all the EU leaders though, Varadkar was most negative.

The Irish Taoiseach said the proposals do not fully meet the agreed objectives of the backstop.

However, he indicated that he would study them in further detail, and would consult with the EU institutions.

The SNP and Lib Dem’s are split again.

A Senior Lib Dem source said about the SNP: "They are putting their desire for an election above what is good for the country, which is a totally reckless course of action."

But the sour grapes came from Labour MP Hillary Benn who said “This is even worse that Theresa May's deal."

“May at least followed through on her commitment to keep an open border in Northern Ireland."

Alec Shelbrooke told TBG - “The PM’s deal is a realistic compromise. Let’s get Brexit done, so we can focus on the strong domestic agenda put forward in today’s speech.”

And so say all of us!