The Brexit Department pulled off the fastest ever political U-turn – the only 11 reactions you need to read
Dominic Raab, the head of the Department for Exiting the EU, wrote a letter stating that he expects a Brexit deal to be finalised by November 21st.
Dominic Raab has told MPs in a letter he thinks there will be a deal finalised by 21st nov – No 10 trying to play that down – hear decision about having a Nov summit likely to be taken in next week – pretty unclear
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) October 31, 2018
This basically means that he has three weeks to invent the technology required to make the UK’s plan for the Irish Border workable. It seems a tad ambitious, but who are we to pour scorn on his plans when his own department is ready to do it?
Dominic Raab may have been a little over eager in his wording. His department have just issued an urgent statement… pic.twitter.com/DfiHDCA6YB
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) October 31, 2018
Of course, the Brexit Department weren’t the only ones feeling doubtful.
So Dominic Raab wrote to MPs today to say he thinks a Brexit deal will be finalised by 21st November.
Fairly soon after his department released a statement to say it was a mistake and that “there is no set date for the negotiations to conclude".
— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) October 31, 2018
I can't decide which part of this is more unlikely: that a deal will be reached by November 21st, or that Dominic Raab thinks. https://t.co/PSP6H6dGeb
— Stephen Farrow #FBPE (@stephenfarrow) October 31, 2018
Dominic Raab said he's organising a party in his local brewery. His department issued a statement saying he couldn't. Shambles doesn’t even begin to cover it. https://t.co/mDnsbLNHGb
— jaycee brown (@jayceebrownbook) October 31, 2018
Clever. Doesn’t say which year. https://t.co/fUTs1dBcIe
— John Rain (@MrKenShabby) October 31, 2018
So it turns out that the man responsible for negotiating Brexit cannot even negotiate attending a select committee hearing without his department and No10 having to clarify what he means 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/g1f0wmXVDj
— Labour Whips (@labourwhips) October 31, 2018
Or to paraphrase, the cabinet has no idea what’s going on. https://t.co/NxWMHJXtKQ
— Peter Grant MP (@PeterGrantMP) October 31, 2018
This must be one of the quickest u-turns in political history. @DominicRaab told MPs that a Brexit deal would be done by the end of November. Three hours later his own department was forced to correct the record. What a mess. https://t.co/L0nrbpoqws
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) October 31, 2018
— Simon Carswell (@SiCarswell) October 31, 2018
Dominic Raab is making David Davis look competent. Which is quite a fucking achievement
— Sir Andy Murray (@mrsbiltawulf) October 31, 2018
In 2011 Raab claimed "feminists are now amongst the most obnoxious bigots", & in 2017 he said "The typical user of a foodbank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem episodically". Not convinced we should listen to anything he says. https://t.co/iFocIVKzWo
— russjackson (@docrussjackson) October 31, 2018
BREAKING: Brexit Dept issues completely non-humiliating clarification to Brexit Secretary's earlier suggestion that a deal is nearly done. pic.twitter.com/TKqDiBl3oE
— Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) October 31, 2018
Mr. Raab might need to look over his shoulder, because somebody’s paying close attention.
— Shadow Brexit Team (@ShadowBrexit) October 31, 2018