If the Tories don’t carry out their promise over Brexit, they are finished – Telegraph.co.uk

If the Tories don’t carry out their promise over Brexit, they are finished – Telegraph.co.uk

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I can’t remember a more extreme example of the tension between the short term and the long term than that which the country now faces.

In the short term, almost anything could happen. The Conservatives and the DUP could fall out. Theresa May, despairing at the collapse of her reputation, could resign. Equally and on the other hand, she could sack Philip Hammond if he breaks government policy by making his planned speech calling for Britain to stay in the EU customs union.

Because of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Chancellor postponed and did not give this speech at the Mansion House on Thursday night. But we know what he would have said, because a leading article in the Evening Standard that morning – mistakenly assuming it would be delivered as planned – told us its contents.

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