Lionel BarberBrexit BREAKING: Boris Johnson examines “purgatory option” via extended transition period as per Brexit secretary. Key point: this shows how keen BJ is to strike a deal, despite the Bannon-style diversionary fire ex Downing Street
Lionel BarberMagisterial read from Max Hastings on the decline and fall of the Tories, spiced with delicious quotes (Yes, I know it could all come good on election night but right now it looks, well, dicey)ft.com/content/b6571a… via @financialtimes
Lionel BarberFT verdict on Boris Johnson’s suspension of parliament: MPs should back a No confidence motion and head for an election.This manoeuvre sets a dangerous precedent and is an affront to constitutional democracy. (Also quotes JS Mill) ft.com/content/9dbc78… via @financialtimes
Lionel BarberAnother win for Macron who, through force of will and imagination, is transforming the face of international institutions. Three women: Lagarde for ECB, Georgieva in pole position for IMF, and Ursula von der Leyen for Commission ft.com/content/7b89aa… via @financialtimes
STEVEN EDGINTON: Today I want to set the record straight and reveal the real story about how Sir Kim's diplomatic cables entered the public domain.
Lionel BarberThe plot thickens.....but the idea that a 19 year old cub reporter was primarily responsible for the Darroch leak defies belief. After all, this involved a trove of diplomatic cables not a snatched telephone conversation about Ambo views on Trump!