The key Cabinet Committee on Brexit is the European Union Exit and Trade (Strategy and Negotiations) sub-Committee. It has eleven members. Four of them backed Brexit: Boris Johnson, David Davis, Liam Fox and Michael Gove. Seven did not: David Lidington, Philip Hammond, Amber Rudd, Greg Clark, Gavin Williamson, Karen Bradley and Theresa May herself.
Williamson has taken to lining up with the original Brexit-backers in the committee. Bradley was added to it in February. The reason given was that Northern Ireland’s interest needed to be represented on the committee. This was a good point. But Bradley’s presence on it was essential to the Prime Minister for another reason. With Williamson going over to the original Brexiteers, the committee was divided five-five. Bradley is nothing if not a May loyalist – she was a junior Home Office Minister under May until the latter, as Prime Minister, promoted her to the Cabinet as Culture Secretary.
Today’s Sunday Times reports that in a meeting attended by Olly Robbins, the Prime Minister’s chief Brexit adviser, officials predicted that were the Government’s position on the Customs Union to change, Johnson and Fox would resign, but Davis and Gove would not.