The path to Brexit
Amid growing Cabinet tensions over Brexit, the Government confirmed this week that MPs would get a final say on whether to accept Britain’s exit deal with the EU. But the chance to vote on the agreement will only come at the end of the Brexit negotiations, not at the beginning, as some are demanding. A cross-party group of MPs – including Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and some senior Tories – are pressing for a Commons vote before the triggering of Article 50, which begins the two years of talks. European Council President Donald Tusk intervened in the debate last week, warning that the only alternative to “hard Brexit” was no Brexit. The process would be “painful”, he declared. Alluding to Boris Johnson’s famous remark about his policy on cake (“pro-having it and pro-eating it”), Tusk said: “There will be no cakes on the table for anyone. There will be only salt and vinegar.” The fall in the value of sterling, driven in part by fears of a hard Brexit, led to a brief standoff last week between Tesco and Unilever, after the latter tried to push up the price of a huge line of products, including Marmite, by 10%, blaming the collapse of the pound.