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The largely positive response in Westminster today to Boris Johnson’s Brexit proposal – sketched out in his keynote conference speech – implied that Johnson has struck gold with a new deal. Meanwhile, on the other side of the negotiating table, the proposals have been met with raised eyebrows and scepticism. Where does this leave us?
In parliament, it looks as if Johnson is getting key groups on side. Despite having no majority since expelling 21 Conservative rebels – the numbers very much might be there. They come from the DUP support, which in turn guarantees at least some ERG support, and then votes from Labour rebels (mostly those in Leave voting constituencies), and most of those 21 Conservative rebels – who supported May’s deal.