The prime minister has secured a scrappy trade-off in her party, but it won’t wash with the EU
The two-year anniversary of the vote to leave the European Union has come and gone. As the tick of the article 50 clock has built in intensity, months of speeches, negotiations and summits have come and passed. But, absurdly, it is only now that the prime minister has managed to align her cabinet around the beginnings of a Brexit vision.
The agreement she secured at Chequers was undoubtedly a political breakthrough for the Conservative party. Ever since David Cameron allowed ministers to dissent from the government’s position in the referendum debate, any semblance of cabinet unity on the biggest existential question facing the nation has been missing. An uneasy truce has – for now – been secured.