As ERG Chairman his unyielding opposition to May’s Deal proved to be of great significance.
The speeding up of turnover rates has almost nothing to do with shifts to the right or left, and much more to do with wider cultural change in Parliament.
On a straight up, straight down vote on the deal, our calculation is that the Government will lose by two – though that bypasses abstentions. But such a vote is very unlikely today,
Plus: Will the 21 rebels get the whip back? And: The Tories need younger members, and so does everyone else.
The Brexiteers have fallen flat internationally because they overestimated Britain’s power. And they have done so domestically because they mistook a moral argument for a political one.
Many are choosing to depart at an age which would have been very unusual in earlier times, and each gives Johnson a new chance to reshape the parliamentary party.
The data for this was collected before the Government’s string of Commons defeats – next month’s may look rather different.
He has resigned because his profound loyalty to his brother cannot be reconciled with his profound opposition to a no deal Brexit.
Plus: my profound sense of unease at the withdrawal of the whip from 21 Conservative MPs.
“In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest… time for others to take on my role as MP and minister”, says Jo.