. . . IN PA­TRO­N­IS­ING LET­TER HANDED TO CHIEF OF STAFF

An ex­tract from the leaked cor­re­spon­dence to the PM and Gavin Bar­well, right, that flips be­tween fawn­ing and force­ful

The Mail on Sunday - - Brexit: The 'Soft Coup' -

EU Exit – Next Steps. ‘For your and Gavin’s eyes only.’ Your ap­proach is gov­erned by sen­si­ble prag­ma­tism. That does not in any way di­lute our am­bi­tion to be a fully in­de­pen­dent self-gov­ern­ing coun­try by the time of the next elec­tion. If we are to counter those who wish to frus­trate that end, there are ways of un­der­lin­ing your re­solve. We are pro­foundly wor­ried that in some parts of Gov­ern­ment the cur­rent prepa­ra­tions are not pro­ceed­ing with any­thing like suf­fi­cient en­ergy. We have heard it ar­gued by some that we can­not start prepa­ra­tions on the ba­sis of ‘No Deal’ be­cause that would un­der­mine our obli­ga­tion of ‘sin­cere co-op­er­a­tion’ with the EU. If taken se­ri­ously, that would leave us over a bar­rel in 2021. We all want you to push your agenda for­ward with con­fi­dence and have your Gov­ern­ment ar­tic­u­late the fol­low­ing... Yours, BJ/MG

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